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for the week ending 31 March 2024

 NYPD Officer Shot, Killed During Car Stop In Queens
By Suspect With Multiple Prior Arrests

(Fox News) — A New York City police officer has died after he was fatally shot while conducting a vehicle stop, authorities said Monday.

A pair of officers stopped a vehicle at 1919 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, Queens around 5:48 p.m. as part of the NYPD Community Response Team because it was parked illegally, the NYPD said.

"We lost one of our sons today," Mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference.

As a pair of officers were approaching the car, the 34-year-old suspect, who has 21 prior arrests according to the New York Post, displayed a firearm and pointed it at them when he refused to exit the car, NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban told reporters.

The suspect then opened fire, striking the officer in the stomach, underneath his bullet-proof vest, authorities said.
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Florida's DeSantis Signs One Of The Country's
Most Restrictive Social Media Bans For Minors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will have one of the country’s most restrictive social media bans for minors – if it withstands expected legal challenges – under a bill signed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday.

The bill will ban social media accounts for children under 14 and require parental permission for 14- and 15-year-olds. It was slightly watered down from a proposal DeSantis vetoed earlier this month, a week before the annual legislative session ended.

The new law was Republican Speaker Paul Renner’s top legislative priority. It takes effect Jan. 1.

“A child in their brain development doesn’t have the ability to know that they’re being sucked into these addictive technologies and to see the harm and step away from it, and because of that we have to step in for them,” Renner said at the bill-signing ceremony held at a Jacksonville school.
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Trump Ordered $200 Worth Of Burgers From Long Island Drive-In For Flight Home After NYPD Officer's Wake

(NY Post) — He’s making All American great again.

All-American Burgers Former President Donald Trump rang up a $200 fast-food tab while on Long Island Thursday after paying respects to slain NYPD officer Jonathan Diller at Massapequa Funeral Home.

While headed to his private jet “en route back to Florida,” Trump and his campaign staff traveled westbound on Merrick Road from the funeral home’s South Chapel location to the popular All American Drive-In, Trump’s senior adviser, Daniel Scavino Jr., posted on Facebook.

After attending the wake of NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller, Donald Trump’s team stopped for burgers in Massapequa. Dennis A. Clark

Richard Vultaggio, a manager at All American, revealed to The Post the sizable order that Trump and his entourage requested: 

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 Suspect Accused Of Breaking NYC Woman’s Jaw In Sucker-Punch Attack Has Rap Sheet Of Similar Assaults, History Of Mental Illness – Back On The Street

(NY Post) — The suspect cut loose after allegedly socking a Big Apple woman in the face – breaking her jaw and knocking out several teeth – in a brazen daylight attack has a rap sheet of similar sucker-punch assaults to his name and a long history of mental illness, The Post has learned.

Franz Jeudy, 33, was nabbed after allegedly punching Brooklyn school bus aide, Dulche Pichardo, 57, in the face as she was walking home from work in Crown Heights on Tuesday evening, cops said.

Despite the victim’s severe injuries, Jeudy was set free by a Brooklyn judge on supervised release after the repeat offender was slapped with misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault, attempted assault and harassment – all non-bail-eligible offenses.

“This is terrible. I don’t want this to happen to anybody else,” a bruised and battered Pichardo told The Post on Friday.
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Biden Admin Under Fire As
Apex Predator Threatens Ranchers, Farmers

(Fox News) — A group of 20 House Republicans is urging the Biden administration to roll back protections for the gray wolf, pointing to the species' growing population size and conflicts with ranchers and farmers.

The GOP coalition, led by Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ore., argued in a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Martha Williams that the gray wolf no longer needed to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. He wrote that "protection merely for the sake of protection" is not the purpose of the law. Instead, he encouraged the agency to focus its efforts on protecting species in danger of extinction.

"The substantial growth in the population of gray wolves throughout Oregon and the western United States poses significant challenges for ranchers, farmers, and outdoorsmen alike," Bentz, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee's Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee, told Fox News Digital in a statement.
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 Florida Woman Photographs Alligator Eating
Another Alligator: 'Creeped Me Out'

(Fox News) — A Florida resident was on a two-mile run when she encountered not just one alligator, but two, and one was in the other's mouth.

Sue Edwards, who lives in Charlotte County, was making her way around a lake in Babock Ranch on Sunday, when she first saw the reptile, Fox 35 Orlando reported. It wasn't until she got a little closer that she realized how bizarre the sight was.

"When I got closer, I saw something in his mouth and initially I thought it was a snake, but when I got closer I noticed it was a smaller gator," Edwards told the station.

Edwards stopped to grab a few photos of the odd encounter, before she continued on with her run.
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Italy's Got Another Leaning Tower –
And This One Could Actually Fall Over

(NY Post) — They wanna Pisa the action.

There’s another leaning tower in Italy – but this time, officials are worried about a dangerous collapse.

The 12th-century catastrophe-in-waiting is the Torre Garisenda, standing tall at 148-foot on a four-degree bend – for now – at the heart of Bologna.

The locally beloved, long-standing icon was considered to be at “high risk” of tumbling down just last year, CNN reported.

The tilting troublemaker, now off-limits to onlookers, stands next to a larger, 319-foot structure called Asinelli Tower – together they are known as the two towers.
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GM Recalling 820,000 Pickup Trucks

(Fox Business) — General Motors is recalling about 820,000 pickups in North America because tailgates could unlatch and open unexpectedly.

The recall covers certain 2020-2024 model year Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500, and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 vehicles that have power unlatching tailgates.

The recall covers about 570,000 trucks in the U.S. and 250,000 in Canada – making it GM's largest U.S. recall of the year and one of the largest recalls filed in 2024 to date.

The issue arises when the affected pickup trucks are parked if water has leaked into the area where the tailgate's electronic gate-release switch is located. The electronic switch may short circuit due to the water intrusion, which can result in the tailgate unlatching.

An unlatched tailgate may open while driving and result in the loss of unsecured cargo in the truck bed, which can create a road hazard and increase the risk of a crash.
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UK Cadbury Store Blasted For Renaming
Popular Easter Egg Candy

(Amer Wire News) — A Cadbury chocolate store is under fire for its insulting name choice of products being sold for Easter.

The UK store is being ripped for advertising its Easter-themed chocolate eggs as “gesture eggs,” according to The Telegraph.

“The brand’s discount store in Springfields Outlet in Spalding, Lincolnshire, is displaying signs offering customers a two-for-£10 deal on ‘gesture eggs,'” the outlet reported. “The omission of the word ‘Easter’, particularly when advertising its popular Easter eggs synonymous with the religious holiday, has provoked anger among the Christian community.”

“If it wasn’t for Easter, we wouldn’t have a reason for Easter eggs,” Tim Dieppe, the head of public policy at Christian Concern, told the UK paper. “So I’m wondering why Cadbury wants to erase the connection between Easter and eggs, because if people stop celebrating Easter then they might stop buying Easter eggs.”
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Speaker Johnson Announces
He’ll Invite Netanyahu To Address Congress

( — A letter signed by Media Research Center Pres. Brent Bozell this week urged House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress. On Thursday, Johnson announced plans to do just that.

“We’ll certainly extend that invitation,” Rep. Johnson told MSNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Thursday. “We’re just trying to work out schedules on all this,” Johnson explained.

The House Speaker was discussing the rift in Congress between supporters and opponents of Israel’s ongoing battle to wipe out Hamas, the terrorist group that attacked Israel on October 1.

Last week, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sparked outrage when he denounced Netanyahu and called for him to be removed from office as Israel’s prime minister.

“What Chuck Schumer did was just almost staggering, just unbelievable,” Johnson told CNBC: “To suggest to our strongest ally in the Middle East, the only stable democracy, that he knows better how to run their democracy, is just patently absurd.”
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Sperm Whales Have Been Seen Using
Their Ultimate Weapon Against Attacking Orcas

(Nature) — Few animals in the sea are up to taking on the mighty orca. Like a pack of wolves, a pod of these black-and-white dolphins can team up and tear down large prey like seals, porpoises, blue whales, and great white sharks. Even sperm whales, the largest predators on Earth, are thought to be 'largely helpless' in the face of an orca attack.

Researchers on a tour boat off the southwestern tip of Australia have discovered a secret whale weapon these elusive creatures hide up their sleeves – or, rather, up their bowels – in use against an orca onslaught.

The new footage shows that when sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are threatened by orcas (Orcinus orca) they can shoot a poop slushy into the faces of their attackers. A big, red bomb of explosive diarrhea is apparently like kryptonite for killer whales. And who can blame them?

According to marine biologist Jennah Tucker, one of the orcas positioned behind the sperm whale when it 'let loose' was assaulted by a cloud of liquid feces. As Tucker told ABC News Australia, the orca on the receiving end of the seriously off-putting defense "moved off really suddenly". Others in its pod soon followed suit.
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