The Pensacola naval base shooter reportedly used a loophole to buy his gun legally

The Saudi national who fatally shot three people at a Florida naval base on Friday bought his gun legally even though people designated as “nonimmigrant aliens” are not typically allowed to do so, NBC News reported. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says there are exceptions for those with a valid hunting license or permit, and those from “a friendly foreign government entering the United States on official law enforcement business.” NBC News cited sources that said the shooter had a license and bought his weapon from a dealer in Pensacola. The gunman, whom news outlets have identified as Mohammed Said Alshamrani, was a second lieutenant in… Read More

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INFLUENCER MARKETING 2019: Why brands can’t get enough of an $8 billion ecosystem driven by Kardashians, moms, and tweens

This is a preview of the INFLUENCER MARKETING 2019 research report from Business Insider Intelligence. 14-Day Risk Free Trial: Get full access to this and all Digital Media industry research reports. As influencers become more plentiful and proven, brand dollars have flooded into the space. Brands are set to spend up to $15 billion on influencer marketing by 2022, per Business Insider Intelligence estimates, based on Mediakix data. Partnering with influencers is already familiar to many brands, but the market is undergoing constant change: Brands must continually evolve their strategies accordingly. The market is rapidly expanding as influencer types have proliferated, with influencers filling every conceivable niche and sub-niche interest.… Read More

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Patients from Utah children’s hospitals board plane to Santa’s Winter Wonderland

Dustin Jackson kisses his daughter, Billie, on the head after she opened her gifts during the sixth annual Santa’s Winter Wonderland event, held by Delta Air Lines, at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. After taxiing on a decorated Boeing 737 to the Delta hangar, patients from Primary Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Salt Lake City, and their families, enjoyed games, presents and fun. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News About 50 patients from children’s hospitals in Salt Lake City boarded a plane Saturday to the North Pole, where they met Santa and received gifts from their wish lists. SALT LAKE CITY — About… Read More

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‘I didn’t want to be gay,’ Ed Smart tells LGBTQ conference

Ed Smart speaks about efforts to help find Elizabeth (Elena) Salgado during a press conference in Sandy on Friday, April 24, 2015. | Deseret News archives ‘I thought Elizabeth’s ordeal was very difficult, but this one is more difficult,’ he said LEHI — Ed Smart didn’t want to be gay. The father of kidnapping and rape survivor Elizabeth Smart spent most of his life conflicted over who he felt he was inside and who he thought his family, friends and church wanted him to be. “I didn’t want to identify myself that way. I didn’t want to be that person. I stayed in the closet. I suppressed that. Out of… Read More

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LSU throttles Georgia in SEC championship game, stakes claim to No. 1 playoff seed

At an SEC championship game that was a game in name only, LSU annihilated No. 4 Georgia 37-10 in a performance that was part domination, part audition. Seeded No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings coming into the game, the Tigers — thanks to a phenomenal Joe Burrow-led offensive attack and an opportunistic defense — made the case that they ought to be No. 1 in the final iteration of the rankings. … …read more Source:: AOL.com       

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‘A grave is a luxury’: Case advances in death of Utahn missing for more than 30 years

Utah County Jail SALT LAKE CITY — For nearly three decades after her adult daughter vanished, JoAnn Ellsworth reminded her surviving children of a lesson she had learned as a teenager. “A grave is a luxury,” she told them. Ellsworth, an orphan from age 17, had made a ritual of visiting her parents’ burial sites. Before her death three years ago at age 83, the Payson mother had no such opportunity to mourn Peggy Sue Case, last seen alive with her boyfriend, Michael Ignatius Kufrin. “A day didn’t go by that she didn’t wonder what happened,” Case’s sister Christine Riley said Friday. In May 2017, a man living in the… Read More

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A top Trump health appointee reportedly tried to get taxpayers to reimburse her for $47,000 in jewelry that got stolen from a rented SUV

A top Trump health appointee requested that taxpayers cover roughly $47,000 worth of jewelry and other luxury items that were stolen as she traveled for work, Politico reported. Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, reportedly had her luggage stolen from a rented SUV in July 2018 during a trip to San Francisco. The items included $2,000 worth of clothes, a $325 moisturizer, $349 noise-cancelling headphones, and an Ivanka Trump-brand pendant valued at $5,900 and made of gold, prasiolite, and diamonds. A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services told Politico it was “perfectly appropriate” and not unusual for Verma to file such… Read More

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Undertrained, overweight, and partying for 3 months: Andy Ruiz Jr. rolls out the excuses after losing world titles to Anthony Joshua

Andy Ruiz Jr. failed to defend his world titles, losing all the belts to Anthony Joshua in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. Ruiz Jr. rolled out the excuses at the post-fight press conference. He told the media he was undertrained, overweight, and partied for too many months following his upset win earlier in the year. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Andy Ruiz Jr. and his team have excused Saturday’s defeat to Anthony Joshua on being undertrained, overweight, and for partying for three months. Ruiz Jr. shook up the boxing world when he dropped Joshua four times en route to a convincing, dominant, seventh round victory at Madison Square… Read More

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