Warrant: Baldwin Didn’t Know Weapon Contained Live Round

SANTA FE, N.M.—An a**istant director unwittingly handed Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, court records released Friday show. “Cold gun,” the a**istant director announced, according to a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe court. Instead, the gun was loaded with live rounds, and when Baldwin pulled the trigger Thursday on the set of a Western, he killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her, was wounded, the records said. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office obtained the warrant Friday so investigators could document the scene at the ranch outside Santa Fe where the shooting took place. They sought to examine Baldwin’s blood-stained costume for the film “Rust,” as well as the weapon that was fired, other prop guns and ammunition, and any footage that might exist. The gun …

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Texas, Missouri AGs Sue Biden Admin to Resume Border Wall Construction

The attorneys general of Texas and Missouri teamed up to sue the Biden administration on Thursday, seeking to resume construction of the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit (pdf) against President Joe Biden and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in the U.S. district court in Victoria, challenging the administration for refusing to spend money appropriated to continue construction of the border wall amid a worsening “border crisis.” They argue that the president’s refusal to use the more than $1.3 billion appropriated for “construction of barrier system along the southwest border” is a violation of the separation of powers and the Take Care clause of the Constitution. “[It] is arbitrary and capricious, and fails to spend appropriations mandated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 and 2021,” the attorneys general, both Republicans, said in a …

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White House Orders Temporary Lift in Cargo Weight Capacity for Trucks

President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order to temporarily lift weight limits so trucks can carry more cargo, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Oct. 20. A national shortage of truck drivers is worsening shipping bottlenecks that have created waiting lines for freighters at backlogged U.S. ports in recent weeks. The most recent study from the American Trucking a**ociation (ATA) says the nation is short more than 60,000 drivers, and CNN reports ATA president and CEO Chris Spear says that number has now increased to 80,000. The a**ociation estimates 71.4 percent of all U.S. freight tonnage is moved on the nation’s highways. Biden’s executive order will also direct the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency to identify training partnerships to increase education for technical applications, job training and workforce development, Psaki said. “One of the challenges—and any of the people who are writing these reports will tell …

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Flu Vaccine Mandate Leaves University of California Students With Mixed Feelings

The University of California (UC) is requiring its students, faculty, and staff to receive a flu vaccine by mid-November, as part of its COVID-19 response, following a recent executive order. The mandate applies to individuals who learn, live, or work on a UC campus for the duration of the 2021-2022 flu season, according to UC spokeswoman Heather Harper. Michael Drake, president of the University of California, wrote in the Oct. 8 executive order that the impetus for the mandate was to “reduce the likelihood of severe disease … and in turn to reduce the likelihood that our health systems will be overwhelmed.” Harper told The Epoch Times “opportunities for the influenza virus to spread will significantly increase” as many people return to pre-pandemic activities during flu season with less adherence to face coverings and physical distancing. Last year, the UC executive board issued a similar flu vaccine mandate to all …

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LA County Wants Vanessa Bryant to Undergo Psychiatric Exam

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County is seeking to compel psychiatric evaluations for Kobe Bryant’s widow and others to determine if they truly suffered emotional distress after first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, his teenage daughter, and seven others, court documents say. Vanessa Bryant, whose federal lawsuit against the county alleges invasion of privacy, has claimed in court papers that she has experienced “severe emotional distress” that has compounded the trauma of losing her husband and 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Kobe Bryant and the others were killed Jan. 26, 2020, when the helicopter they were aboard, on their way to a girls basketball tournament, crashed in the hills west of Los Angeles amid foggy weather. Federal safety officials blamed pilot error for the wreck. Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit contends first responders, including firefighters and sheriff’s deputies, shared photographs of Kobe …

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Famous Las Vegas Magicians Get Millions in Federal Shuttered Venue Grants

Sin City has no shortage of stages that suffered mightily amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and according to payouts of a federal grant program meant to help them and their employees, a significant portion went to a handful of wealthy magicians. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant has distributed more than $16 billion nationally. In Nevada, 206 entities have been promised more than $193 million in two waves of grants. The list of businesses is reflective of Nevada’s flashy entertainment industry. Included in the grant-winners are a high-flying trapeze act, exclusive nightclubs, dance troupes, festivals, and others. Four organizations were awarded the maximum $10 million allotted; Vegas mainstay David Copperfield’s Disappearing Inc. being one. Magician duo Penn and Teller’s business entity received more than $7.5 million. Illusionist Criss Angel’s Magic Revolution not only received $6,964,936, but his production house, Angel Productions Worldwide, received $6,502,920 in a separate grant. …

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Do Vaccine Mandates in the US Resemble Practices in Communist China? Is the US at Brink of War with CCP?

In this episode, I’m joined by Lee Smith, author of “The Permanent Coup” and contributor of The Epoch Times, to talk about the apparent rising tensions between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In particular, the CCP’s threatening actions toward Taiwan appear to be fueling this. “There are so many pressures that the Chinese government is putting right now on the United States, to show both the Chinese public, to show the American public, and to show the international community who’s top dog,” he says. We also explore the ongoing controversy surrounding vaccine mandates on the homefront. The apparent protest—or sickout action—of Southwest Airlines workers is at the forefront of this debate. Is the United States purporting to fight CCP repression abroad, while breeding its own brand of vaccine repression at home? “If we’re looking abroad to resist or push back against autocratic measures, we should be looking …

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Irvine Deliberates $56M in Federal Funding

The City of Irvine began deliberating Oct. 12 on how to allocate the $56 million it received through the federally-funded American Rescue Plan Act. The $56 million in federal funding is split into five categories: $28 million for quality of life, $5.2 million for the natural environment, $6 million into traffic and mobility, $14.5 million for fiscal strength, and $2.7 million for organizational excellence. Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan proposed shifting funding from traffic and mobility items—totaling $8 million—and using those funds toward quality of life. Khan proposed spending $365,000 on ending food insecurity, $1 million for the implementation of a climate action plan, $200,000 to implement a diversity, equity, and inclusion action plan, and $200,000 to install air quality devices near the All American Asphalt plant. Former Irvine Mayor Christina Shea said she was concerned the council would not allocate enough money going toward pandemic-related losses, which is the purpose …

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Robert Durst Sentenced to Life for California Murder of Best Friend

Robert Durst, a New York real estate heir and multimillionaire, was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison without chance of parole for the murder of his best friend in California more than two decades ago. The 78-year-old Durst was convicted last month in Los Angeles Superior Court of first degree murder in the death of Susan Berman. Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, was Durst’s longtime confidante. The Los Angeles jury found he was guilty of having shot Berman, 55, in the back of the head at her Beverly Hills home in December 2000. The jury had also found Durst guilty of the special circumstances of lying in wait and killing a witness, which carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors said that Durst had sought to prevent Berman from incriminating him in the reopened investigation of the disappearance of his wife Kathleen McCormack, who went …

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Facts Matter (Oct. 13): Texas Governor Issues Executive Order Banning Vaccine Mandates by Any Entity

The Nordic countries—which include Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland—have either partially or completely suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine over concerns of potential heart inflammation. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently issued a new executive order, which banned vaccine mandates throughout the entire state. Likewise, in New York, a federal judge just ruled in favor of 17 health care workers who were objecting to taking the vaccine on religious grounds. And lastly, despite the non-stop coverage of COVID-19 by the media over the past year and a half, a new Gallup poll found that 92 percent of Americans overestimate the hospitalization rate of those who are unvaccinated. Stay tuned for our newsletter so you won’t miss out on our exclusive videos and private events. Facts Matter is an Epoch Times show available on YouTube. Follow Roman on Instagram: @epoch.times.roman Listen to Podcasts: https://blubrry.com/factsmatterwithromanbalmakov/  Follow EpochTV on social media: Facebook: …

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