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Girl, 1, on life support after ingesting up to 20 sleeping pills in NYC hotel: report

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A 1-year-old girl went into convulsions at an upscale hotel in New York Monday evening after ingesting as much as 20 sleeping pills, according to a report.

The infant had been staying at the Times Square hotel with her parents, who are Brazilian residents, the New York Post reported.

Around 7 p.m., her mother looked up from a book to see her daughter ingesting between 15 and 20 sleeping pills, the report said, citing unnamed sources. The girl started having a seizure, and her parents asked the front desk to call 911.

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First officers rushed the girl to the hospital in their patrol car to “get the child to the hospital as soon as they could,” a source told The Post. Police said the girl was deprived of oxygen for several minutes before they arrived.

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As of Tuesday, the baby was on life support at Mt. Sinai Hospital. An investigation is ongoing but police say no foul play is suspected.

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Ocasio-Cortez hired top Hollywood agency, explored possible book deal: report

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New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reportedly hired a top Hollywood talent agency and explored a possibility of writing a book, though the deal appears to have gone nowhere.

Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described Democratic Socialist who got into Congress after defeating prominent Democrat Joe Crowley in her district in November, has come to symbolize the party’s leftward movement.

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Ocasio-Cortez retained the talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and held meetings earlier this year about potentially writing a book, the Daily Beast reported.

The book deal in the end didn’t materialize, with reasons remaining unknown, the report said. It’s also unclear if the book deal will be resurrected at a later date or whether she continues working with the top Hollywood talent agency that reportedly represents the likes of George Clooney, Emma Watson, and Brad Pitt.

The congresswoman’s office neither confirmed nor denied the talks she had about the book deal, according to the outlet. Her office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News.

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Book deals signed by incoming members of Congress aren’t new, although few existing members ink such deals due to strict regulations that prohibit receiving an advance for the book.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democratic lawmaker from Minnesota who’s facing multiple controversies, entered a book deal worth up to $250,000, though the exact figure remains unclear, before officially becoming a congresswoman, Forbes reported.

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The book by Omar, the first Somali American to serve in Congress, has the working title, “This Is What America Looks Like,” and will be published by Dey Street. It will touch upon Omar’s upbringing in Somalia, her years as a refugee in Kenya and her subsequent arrival in the United States.

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Should you fly with a carrier that scored lower on the Airline Quality Rating report?

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_5989348110001_5989346606001-vs Should you fly with a carrier that scored lower on the Airline Quality Rating report? Rick Seaney fox-news/travel/general/travel-tips fox-news/travel/general/airlines fox news fnc/travel fnc article 1a3c9a2e-20c0-5bec-82a6-017b3f972f3f

I recently did several interviews about the annual Airline Quality Rating, which ranks the nine major U.S. airlines from best to worst. Since then I’ve been getting questions from folks who wonder if they should fly lower-ranked carriers.

Here’s what fliers need to know, but first things first:

Which airlines are ranked highest and lowest?

All airline evaluations were made on the basis of 2018 performance, and Delta came out slightly ahead of the pack.

  1. Delta
  2. JetBlue
  3. Southwest
  4. Alaska
  5. Hawaiian
  6. United
  7. Spirit
  8. American
  9. Frontier

Who came up with the Airline Quality Rating list?

It’s an ongoing ratings system published each year by two professors, Dr. Brent Bowen with Arizona’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Dr. Dean Headley of Wichita State University in Kansas. This is the 29th annual report.

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What criteria is used to determine an airline’s rank?

Four main areas: On-time performance, denied boardings (involuntary bumpings), mishandled baggage (missing or lost luggage) and customer complaints. And all of this information is gleaned from Department of Transportation data, which is published monthly.

So if I want to get somewhere on time, this list tells me which airline to choose?

Not necessarily. Hawaiian topped the list for best on-time performance, but it does a lot of flying in Hawaii — and weather delays like snowstorms are pretty rare there. United had the worst on-time record in this report, but the carrier ran into a lot of bad storms last year. Bottom line? There are some things airlines can’t get around, like weather, mechanical problems, or even airplane groundings such as those involving 737 MAX 8 planes this spring.

What about the complaint category. Did lots of people have gripes?

Not too many, really. The overall average number of complaints per month last year was a little over one complaint per 100,000 passengers. Not bad, huh? But this data only includes gripes formally filed with the Department of Transportation; it does not include complaints posted to social media, and these days, that’s where people go to vent. (Tip: Most airlines react quickly to concerns seen on social media. If you run into problems, start there.)

What does this report tell us about lost baggage?

It tells us the airlines are improving. We’ve actually seen steady improvement in this area for years. Plus, even the airline with the worst baggage record – American – only mishandled an average of less than four bags per 1,000 passengers each month. Will airlines continue to lose bags? Of course, but travelers are generally reunited with their suitcases within hours, or at worst, within a day or two. It’s a rare bag that is gone for good.

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Should I use this report as a guide when choosing airlines?

Let’s say that safety is a given (and air travel is still “the safest mode of transportation in the world” according to the 60,000-member Air Line Pilots Association). So, you could use the Airline Quality Rating as a general guide, but first, ask yourself these three questions about carriers you’re interested in:

  • Does the airline go where I need it to fly?
  • Does it offer tickets I can afford?
  • If my flight is even a little bit late, will my trip be ruined?

You’ll find the answers to the first and second question by using an airfare comparison site (there are several out there). If flying in the U.S., also go to Southwest’s website, because it’s the one airline that does not share its fare info. And if you want to save even more and your travel dates are flexible, use a deal-finding tool that zeroes in on the best prices in a month or season.

Now, to answer the third question, the chances of having an on-time flight on any of the airlines in questions is good, but what if your flight is late? Stuff happens no matter what airline you fly, and whenever there’s a problem, your best bet is to get in touch with the airline immediately, whether that means standing in line for a rep at the gate, getting on the phone, or contacting the carrier via social media.

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Finally, you’ll rarely have to worry about a late flight ruining a trip if you always give yourself plenty of time. When you book, schedule plenty of time to make a connection, and schedule plenty of time to make a morning event, even if it means flying in the night before. Most flights do arrive and depart on time, but don’t make the mistake of assuming that will happen every time.

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Cierre Wood, ex-NFL running back, punished ‘chunky’ 5-year-old girl with exercise before death, police say

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Former Notre Dame and NFL running back Cierre Wood, who was charged in the murder of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter, believed the child was “chunky” and forced her to do sprints, sit-ups and squats as punishment before her death, authorities said.

Wood, 28, and Amy Taylor, 25, both face murder and child abuse charges after La’Rayah Davis was pronounced dead at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas on April 10. The child had died with extensive internal injuries, including a lacerated liver, broken ribs and severe injuries from her forehead to her thighs.

CIERRE WOOD, EX-NFL RUNNING BACK, CHARGED WITH MURDER OF ABUSED 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Wood told police he made the young girl run sprints in the apartment, do sit-ups and wall squats, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. He called the fitness punishments “learning through fun.” Wood told police that he was “trying to get her on the right path due to her being chunky.”

The day she died, La’Rayah fell backward while doing sit-ups and hit her head on the carpeted floor. Unable to reach Taylor by phone, Wood said he tried splashing water on the girl’s face and blowing air into her mouth. When a “chunky red fluid” came out of her nose, he said he called 911 and performed chest compressions, FOX5 Las Vegas reported.

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Wood, left, and Taylor were both initially charged with first-degree child abuse. As details on the child’s death were released, the couple was later charged with murder. (/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Taylor told police she was at the grocery store at the time, and later said she had sat on her daughter’s chest as a punishment about a week before her death. She said her daughter had complained of chest pains and stopped eating full meals in the days before her death.

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“I honestly feel like when I sat on her I [explicit] her up…And now I don’t have a child now,” she told police.

Wood had short stints in the NFL with the Houston TexansNew England PatriotsSeattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills from 2013-2015. He also played in the Canadian Football League.

Both Wood and Taylor were held without bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 21.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Europe car sales sink for 7th straight month

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New car sales in Europe are continuing to fall for the seventh straight month, dropping by 4 percent in March.

The European carmakers’ association ACEA, based in Brussels, said 1.72 million new cars were sold last month, down from 1.79 million in March 2018. Italy led all five top markets in decline, with a double-digit drop.

The Volkswagen group gained market share, capturing 23.2 percent of sales with a mild 1-percent drop. Shares of its luxury brands were mixed, with Audi up by 1.7 percent and Porsche plummeting 19 percent.

French carmaker Renault was alone among mass carmakers in increasing sales, up 2 percent, on the strength of its lower-priced Dacia marquee.

German luxury carmaker Daimler’s sales slipped by 13.3 percent. BMW sales were down by 2.2 percent.

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8 razor blades found on Michigan gas pump handle: police

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Police in southwestern Michigan are warning residents to be vigilant after a patron reported finding razor blades on a gas pump handle.

A woman found two razor blades at Speedway on Ryno Street Monday evening, Coloma Township Police wrote on Facebook Tuesday evening.

When police inspected the next day, they found six more blades on top of the pump, the Detroit Free Press reported. Police reviewed surveillance footage but were unable to identify a suspect, the report said.

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“They may have been there trying to do more, but then maybe someone may have saw them and they ran off. I’m not sure what happened,” Chief Wes Smigielski told WSBT 22.

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He said the rusty blades’ condition indicates that they could have been there for a few months. An investigation is ongoing.

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Hans von Spakovsky: Dems seeking Trump tax returns face a tough court fight – Trump has a strong case

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Should elected officials be allowed to gain access to the federal income tax returns of American taxpayers? When President Nixon tried to do this to get dirt on his political opponents he was deservedly condemned and Congress passed a law in 1976 to bar the practice. But now Democrats want to ignore that law to get their hands on President Trump’s tax returns.

Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code guarantees the confidentiality of all our tax returns – yours, mine and even President Trump’s.

A recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report notes that federal officials are prohibited from disclosing taxpayer returns and information without the taxpayer’s consent. Criminal penalties apply to unauthorized disclosures.

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According to CRS, Congress passed this provision because of “revelations that President Nixon sought to use tax return information for improper purposes.”

What improper purposes? Partisan politics.

But while Democrats vilify Republican Nixon for using the power of government to go after opponents on his infamous enemies list, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., is being hailed a hero by his party for following in Nixon’s footsteps.

Neal has written Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig demanding copies of the tax returns filed by President Trump and eight of his companies for the last six years.

Trump lawyer William Consovoy has contested that demand, contending in an April 5 letter that Neal’s demand is illegal and “the IRS cannot legally divulge” the Trump tax returns.

The court fight over whether Congress can get the Trump returns is complicated, as I will explain below. It’s virtually certain to wind up in the Supreme Court.

If I had to bet on who will ultimately win the court fight I would put my money on Consovoy, a well-known and skilled Supreme Court litigator.

Getting President Trump’s tax returns has become a crusade for many Democrats – especially now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded Trump and his campaign didn’t collude with Russia to get elected in 2016.

Interestingly, in 1986 a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia supported the law keeping tax returns private, finding in the case of National Treasury Employees Union v. the Federal Labor Relations Authority that taxpayer privacy is “fundamental to a tax system that relies on self-reporting.”

The judge was right.

Few people had heard of that judge in 1986, but you’ve likely heard her name in more recent years. She got a big promotion and is now Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If she winds up hearing the case dealing with the fight over the Trump tax returns it will be interesting to see if she sticks with her position of 33 years ago, or adopts a different position to strike a blow against President Trump.

The House Democratic majority that took control of the chamber in January is clearly more interested in investigating every aspect of President Trump’s life than legislating.

Getting President Trump’s tax returns has become a crusade for many Democrats – especially now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded Trump and his campaign didn’t collude with Russia to get elected in 2016.

Neal notes that an exception to the general rule of privacy for tax returns allows the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee – that’s him – to request tax returns or information about the returns.

Democrats are claiming this exception gives Neal the absolute right to get the Trump returns, with no exceptions. But that’s a gross oversimplification.

If tax return information requested by the Ways and Means chairman includes information that can identify the taxpayer, it can be provided only when the requesting committee is “in closed executive session.”

Both the Congressional Research Service and Trump attorney Consovoy point out that the committee can exercise its power under this law only in the context of its constitutional oversight and investigative authority. This is a critical distinction.

The committee’s power is “subject to the same legal limitations that generally attach to Congress’ use of other compulsory investigative tools,” CRS observes.  It adds: “Notably, the inquiry must further a ‘legislative purpose’ and not otherwise breach relevant constitutional rights or privileges.”

Consovoy cites numerous court decisions holding that legislative “investigations” like Neal’s must have a legitimate legislative purpose. Congress doesn’t have a “stand-alone” investigation power.

In a 1957 case, Watkins v. U.S., the Supreme Court told the House Un-American Activities Committee that “there is no congressional power to expose for the sake of exposure” and especially not the “private affairs” of individuals.

Furthermore, according to the high court, Congress can’t use its investigation to act like a “law enforcement or trial agency” – or, as Consovoy put it in a follow-up letter to the Treasury Department Monday, like “a junior-varsity IRS, rerunning individual examinations or flyspecking the agency’s calculations.”

The point is that the House committee has no power to conduct its own examination and audit of any individual taxpayer – be it the president or anyone else.

Audits are a function of the executive branch, not the legislature. Congress can’t, as the Justice Department opined in 1981, intrude “on the Executive Branch’s function of executing the law.”

Rep. Neal claims that his legislative purpose in demanding the president’s tax returns is to determine “the extent to which the IRS audits and enforces the Federal tax laws against a President.”

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has the same authority under this statutory provision as Neal. But he’s not on board with Neal’s request, saying that it “doesn’t make sense when taken at face value, because you can’t take it at face value.”

Consovoy points out several facts to debunk Neal’s claim that the congressman just wants to review IRS enforcement of “Federal tax laws against a President.” He notes that Neal:

1)     Hasn’t requested the tax returns of any other president.

2)     Is demanding tax returns from before Donald Trump became president.

3)     Has asked no questions of any kind about IRS policy and procedures when the agency is auditing presidential tax returns.

4)     Hasn’t even waited for the IRS to finish its “ongoing examinations (and any resulting appeals)” dealing with President Trump’s tax returns.

Consovoy makes a strong case that there is no legitimate legislative purpose driving Neal’s demand, which means the demand to see the Trump tax returns is outside the constitutional authority and power of Congress.

Rather, Consovoy writes, Neal’s “request is a transparent effort by one political party to harass an official from the other party because they dislike his politics and speech …  and they want to use the information to damage him politically.”

The Treasury Department must determine whether to comply with Neal’s demand. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said his agency is consulting with the Justice Department “given the unprecedented nature of this request” to ensure the agency is complying with the law and to avoid “potentially weaponizing the IRS.”

Neal, by the way – who chairs one of the most powerful committees in the U.S. House, with extensive power over the American economy, private industry, and taxpayers – has never disclosed any of his tax returns, although he claims he will eventually.

Apparently, Neal believes the public’s need to know doesn’t extend to him.

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What will happen now with the Trump tax returns?

We don’t have the ultimate answer, though Trump has a far stronger case than most of the media are portraying. But don’t expect to be reading through the president’s complex returns anytime soon on the Internet. There will be a long court battle ahead with important implications about the protections for the privacy of all tax returns – including your own.

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California city tests universal basic income program ahead of 2020

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The city of Stockton, Calif., which launched a universal basic income pilot program earlier this year, will listen to stories from a select group of recipients of the no-strings-attached cash by the end of April, adding tangible anecdotes to the national political conversation on income inequality ahead of 2020.

NEW JERSEY’S LARGEST CITY PLANS TO TEST UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME PROGRAM

The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, a pilot program on universal basic income, launched in February, the Los Angeles Times reported.  Over 100 residents from the city’s lower-income neighborhoods will be administered $500 a month via debit cards for the next year and a half. The money comes without any restrictions, such as requiring recipients to be employed or maintain sobriety.

Head of Stockton’s program, Sukhi Samra, told the Los Angeles Times that 25 participants dubbed “storytellers” will offer their experiences on how the extra monthly cash has contributed to their lives. While data from the program’s research findings won’t be available until 2021, Samra expects anecdotes to resonate more with voters who could hear the potential effects of their political decisions.

Stockton became the first to move ahead on a universal income pilot, as other U.S. cities, including Newark, NJ and Chicago, consider similar programs that would deal out monthly payments to struggling residents. Programs in Canada and Finland were scrapped for being unstainable.

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Stockton received $1 million in initial funding for the $3.1 million program from the Silicon-Valley-based organization The Economic Security Project. Further research should reveal how basic income programs could be sustained by local or federal governments on a more permanent basic.

Fox News’ Brook Singman contributed to this report. 

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Head of Foxconn announces Taiwan presidential bid

Terry Gou, the head of the world’s largest electronics supplier, Foxconn, says he is planning to run for president of Taiwan.

Gou announced Wednesday that he would be putting himself up as a hopeful in the opposition Nationalist Party primary ahead of next year’s election.

The Nationalists favor closer ties with Beijing, a policy that accords with Gou’s massive business interests in China. Candidates are expected to face a crowded field in the 2020 polls, in which President Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party says she will seek a second four-year term.

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South Korean arsonist fatally stabs neighbors fleeing fire: cops

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A South Korean man set his apartment on fire Wednesday and fatally stabbed five of his neighbors,– including a 12-year-old girl– as they fled the building, authorities said.

The unidentified 42-year-old suspect also injured 13 people, the BBC reported. Their conditions were not immediately known. The suspect’s alleged rampage stemmed from a grievance about overdue wages.

He was detained by police at the scene.

The man set his apartment on fire in the southeastern city of Jinji around 4:30 a.m., police said. He then allegedly ambushed fleeing neighbors in the building stairway and stabbed them, the BBC reported. Officers confronted him in a hallway and fired blank and live ammunition before subduing him with a taser, the South Korea Times reported.

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The Ministry of Employment and Labor said the man never filed a complaint with local labor authorities about unpaid wages. Police told the Times he had at least five run-ins with his neighbors prior to the alleged killings.

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