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NTSB Investigating Chattanooga Bus Crash that Killed 5 Children

The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was arrested.

The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was arrested.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga after authorities said the driver was going “well above” the posted speed limit of 30 mph.

The crash killed five elementary school children on Monday, and the bus driver was arrested and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, WBIR reports. 

Johnthony Walker, 24, of Chattanooga only had his commercial license for about seven months, according to the NTSB.

Twelve students remained in the hospital a day after the crash.

Police said the driver was speeding on a narrow, winding road.

The NTSB is expected to be in Chattanooga for 7 to 10 days.

Globe Gazette: Donald Trump Should Live in White House, Not NYC

By Editorial Board
Globe Gazette

white house big photoA president-elect who handles his transition from his hometown, not Washington. A big city and its residents cursed with traffic snarls and security measures that get in the way of normal life. An incoming first lady who entertains waiting until the end of the school year to move the rest of the family to the White House.

Donald Trump, 2016? Yes. But also Barack Obama, 2008. It may be hard to believe now, but Obama had an adjustment to make when the Oval Office beckoned. In figuring his next moves, Trump could take a page from his predecessor.

Trump lives and works in the 58-story Trump Tower, which is in midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue, one of the busiest commercial arteries in America. Since Election Day, the building has been the focus of security efforts that have caused inconveniences for many locals.

Part of 56th Street has been closed to traffic. Two Fifth Avenue lanes are no longer in use. Trump Tower houses Gucci and Nike stores, which shoppers can get to only through the security cordon. Restaurateur David Chang tweeted, “All the NYPD & Secret Service checkpoints killing restaurant foot traffic on 56th St.” In New York Magazine, Justin Davidson said the area has become “the urban equivalent of the security line at JFK.”

A no-fly zone was imposed on the airspace above. In a borough that gave 86 percent of its votes to Hillary Clinton, Trump Tower also has been an irresistible lure for protesters, who create additional tangles.

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Thousands of Green Cards Mishandled Over Past 3 Years, Inspector General Reports

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government mishandled thousands of green cards over the past three years, according to a new Department of Homeland Security inspector general report. 

Among the problems were electronic system errors that led to at least 19,000 cards being issued with correct information or as duplicates.

The inspector general also found that some green card applicants received a card valid for 10 years, instead of the intended two years.

But the head of U.S. Customs and Immigration Services said some of the report’s conclusions were exaggerated, ABC News reports. 

The USCIS director said none of the green cards were sent to people who were ineligible to receive them.

Federal Agents Seize Tens of Thousands of Fentanyl Pills In Huge Drug Bust in Utah

pillsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s being billed as one of the largest drug busts in Utah history.

Federal agents seized tens of thousands of synthetic opioids – or fentanyl pills – and cash Tuesday at a home in Utah where a “pill press” was found, the Washington Post reports. 

The pills were falsely labeled as Xanax or oxycodone and shipped across the U.S.

The DEA, National Guard and IRS were involved in the raid at a home in the city of Cottonwood Heights in Salt Lake County.

“A very small amount ingested, or absorbed through your skin, can kill you,” warned Acting DEA Deputy Administrator Jack Riley in June.

Aaron Michael Shamo, 26, was charged with possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute.

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Uber Driver Arrested for Joining ISIS, Supporting Vicious Attack on Times Square

Times Square, via Wikipedia

Times Square, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Uber driver from Brooklyn was arrested Monday after authorities said he expressed support for attacking Times Square with a garbage truck.

Mohamed Rafik Naji, 37, is also accused of traveling to Turkey and Yemen last year to join ISIS, the New York Daily News reports. 

Naji showed his support of ISIS on Facebook, posting a photo of an ISIS flag, videos of jihadists and a link to an ISIS spokesman encouraging attacks on Western targets.

Naji is accused of telling an informant that he supported a deadly attack in Times Square with a garbage trucking running over pedestrians.

“They (ISIS) want an operation in Times Square,” Naji told the informant on July 19.

“They want an operation in Times Square, reconnaissance groups already put out a scene, the Islamic State already put up scenes of Times Square … I said that was an indication for whoever is smart to know.”

FBI Appoints New Special Agent in Charge of Denver Division

Calvin Shivers, special agent in charge of the FBI's Denver Division.

Calvin Shivers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver Division.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calvin Shivers, who joined the FBI in 1990, is the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver Division.

FBI Director James Comey announced the appointment Monday in a press release.

Shivers had been the acting special agent in charge since August.

He replaces Thomas Ravenelle, who was transferred to FBI headquarters.

The Denver division is responsible for overseeing Colorado and Wyoming.

Previously, Shivers was the section chief of the violent crimes against children section in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters.

Jeff Sessions’ Appointment As Attorney General Would Make Immigration a Top Priority

Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sen. Jeff Sessions was one of Congress’ leading crusaders for cracking down on illegal immigration and increasing mass deportations – positions he could turn into a reality as attorney general.

If President-elect Donald Trump officially choose Sessions to lead the Justice Department, immigration could be the top priority of his administration, the Associated Press reports. 

The AP writes:

As the nation’s top law enforcement official, Sessions could execute maneuvers to limit which nationalities the U.S. would accept as refugees and to reverse a federal policy that protects young people from deportation.

“The president has the clear power to suspend immigration to protect America,” Sessions said during the Republican convention when he was discussing the threat of terrorism and the need to scrutinize refugees more closely.

The fourth-term Republican from Alabama was the first senator to support Trump’s candidacy, and he helped shape Trump’s positions on immigration. Sessions favors limiting the number of refugees coming into the U.S. and turning away children who arrive at the border alone who are attempting to reunite with families living in the U.S.

Border Residents Skeptical about Trump’s Plans to Build a Wall

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the U.S. border has been met with skepticism from people who live close to the border.

Residents close to the border told the Associated Press that it seems unlikely that a concrete barrier could be erected along the 2,000-mile frontier with Mexico.

They pointed out the geology of the Rio Grande valley, the immense cost and the lack of of support by locals.

Residents said it would make more sense to build a “virtual wall” with surveillance cameras, observation balloons and drones.

That’s why residents weren’t surprised when Trump softened his position on the wall, suggesting that some of it could include fencing.

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