6 Saudis Detained After Pensacola Shooting, 3 Filmed Attack



Six Saudi nationals, including three who allegedly filmed Friday’s attack on Naval Air Station Pensacola, were reportedly detained after the shooting.

Breitbart News reported that a gunman opened fire at the air station Friday morning, killing three and wounding numerous others.

The Associated Press reports that the Pensacola gunman was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia, and NBC News reports that the gunman’s name was Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.

Now the New York Times reports that six other Saudis were detained after the shooting and three of those six allegedly filmed the shooting as it unfolded in Pensacola.

The shooter was reportedly at the Pensacola to train. Former Gov. Rick Scott, currently Sen. Scott (R-FL), expressed concern that the Saudi attacker was in Pensacola training on a U.S. base:

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, identified the gunman as Mohammed al-Shamrani, saying he had posted a short manifesto on Twitter that read: “I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.”

“I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity,” he wrote.

The AFP contributed to this report. 

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at [email protected] Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.





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Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: Kamala Harris drops out



Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Here’s a look at the top stories of the last week:

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Kamala Harris drops out. The sudden departure of California’s junior senator from the 2020 presidential race Tuesday led to a scramble as other Democratic candidates immediately moved to bolster support for their own campaigns in the state.

PG&E’s wildfires settlement. The utility, facing an uncertain future, announced a $13.5-billion settlement Friday covering some of the state’s worst fires, including the 2017 wine country blazes and the fire that nearly destroyed the town of Paradise last year.

UC medical professors’ income. A ProPublica review of almost 90 UC system health faculty members who had among the highest outside incomes at four medical schools found that about two-thirds did not report all of the money, as required.

California’s growing economy. California’s economic growth will slow next year, but even with fears of a recession, it is likely to outshine that of the nation overall, according to a new UCLA Anderson School forecast.

Toothbrushes, medicine and love letters. Items seized from migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border were saved and photographed by a janitor at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Arizona. Tom Kiefer’s photos are now on display as part of an exhibition, “El Sueño Americano / The American Dream,” at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Pistachio giant vs. Fresno County. A feud between two major players in California’s $2.6-billion pistachio business is embroiling the county of Fresno, which is now the target of a lawsuit brought by one of the firms, Wonderful Co.

Clay Helton stays. After months of rampant speculation on the future of USC’s football program, university leaders announced Clay Helton — whose uneven tenure as head coach saw the Trojans reach the Rose Bowl in 2016 and win the Pac-12 Conference title in 2017 before stumbling the last two seasons — will remain their coach for the foreseeable future.

A school shooting’s aftermath. Shortened classes. Beefed-up law enforcement. Mental health counselors and therapy dogs. For Saugus High School students returning to the Santa Clarita campus this Monday after the Nov. 14 school shooting that left three dead and three wounded, normal may be on the way, but not anytime soon.

Storms bring record wave. The Thanksgiving week “bomb cyclone” storm that drenched California not only set a record for the lowest pressure recorded in the state but also generated a 75-foot wave off Cape Mendocino. Here’s an explainer.

SoCal’s first luxury LGBTQ retirement community. Long a popular retirement haven for gay men, Palm Springs will soon welcome what’s perhaps the ultimate golden-age ticket: a luxury condominium community designed for active LGBTQ seniors.

The 50 best songs about L.A. How does the world hear contemporary Los Angeles? From Ice Cube to Lana Del Rey, from Slauson to Silver Lake, here’s a panoramic playlist for our city.

This week’s most popular stories in Essential California

1. These L.A. homes come with a $1-million property tax bill. Los Angeles Times

2. Explore the garage doors of San Francisco. SF Gate

3. The best hidden gem restaurant in every Bay Area city. SF Gate

4. Indicted USC administrator’s side business spotlights the university’s oversight. USC Annenberg Media

5. A troubled ex-USC football star died at 31. His family hoped that studying his brain for CTE would help others. Los Angeles Times

ICYMI, here are this week’s great reads

She was hanged in California 168 years ago — for murder or for being Mexican? Los Angeles Times

“Chaos at the top of the world.” It was one of the most arresting viral photos of the year: a horde of climbers clogged atop Mt. Everest. But it only begins to capture the deadly realities of what transpired that day at 29,000 feet. GQ

A con man’s wild testimony sent dozens to jail, and four to death row. Why did prosecutors rely on him as an informant? New York Times / ProPublica

Please let us know what we can do to make this newsletter more useful to you. Send comments, complaints, ideas and unrelated book recommendations to Julia Wick. Follow her on Twitter @Sherlyholmes. (And a giant thanks to the legendary Diya Chacko for all her help on the Saturday edition.)





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PG&E Announces $13.5 Billion Settlement Of Claims Linked To California Wildfires : NPR


Seen in August 2019, the remains of a home destroyed in Northern California’s 2018 Camp Fire.

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Seen in August 2019, the remains of a home destroyed in Northern California’s 2018 Camp Fire.

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Utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric announced a $13.5 billion settlement agreement to resolve all claims associated with several Northern California wildfires that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of businesses and homes. The wildfires have been tied to the company’s equipment.

“We want to help our customers, our neighbors and our friends in those impacted areas recover and rebuild after these tragic wildfires,” said PG&E Corp. CEO and President Bill Johnson in a statement released late Friday.

The settlement fund, if accepted by a bankruptcy judge, will go to victims who lost loved ones and/or property, as well as government agencies and attorneys who have pressed the claims.

PG&E declared bankruptcy in January, saying it faced potential liabilities of $30 billion. The company hopes that the settlement will improve its prospects for emerging from bankruptcy before a court-imposed deadline in June.

The settlement covers the Camp Fire in 2018; the Tubbs Fire in 2017; the Butte Fire in 2015; and the Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland in 2016.

Victims seeking compensation will have to file claims by the end of the year. The deadline had been extended because tens of thousands of eligible victims had failed to file amid reports that many were still unaware that they could seek payments.



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Official documents shed light on Tokyo’s role in ‘comfort women’: Kyodo


TOKYO (Reuters) – The Imperial Japanese Army asked the government to provide one “comfort woman” for every 70 soldiers, Japan’s Kyodo news agency said, citing wartime government documents it had reviewed, shedding a fresh light on Tokyo’s involvement in the practice.

“Comfort women” is a euphemism for the girls and women – many of them Korean – forced into prostitution at Japanese military brothels. The issue has plagued Japan’s ties with South Korea for decades.

One dispatch from the consul general of Qingdao in China’s Shandong province to the foreign ministry in Tokyo, says that the Imperial Army asked for one woman to accommodate every 70 soldiers, Kyodo reported late on Friday.

Another dispatch, from the consul general of Jinan, also in Shandong province, notes “at least 500 comfort women must be concentrated here” as the Japanese forces made further advances, Kyodo said.

The 1993 “Kono Statement”, named after then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono in whose name it was issued, acknowledged Japanese authorities’ involvement in coercing the women to work in the brothels.

But that did not stop disputes over the issue, such as the degree of involvement of the Japanese government.

“From the latest document … we got detailed information on the operation of the brothels — how many soldiers were so-called assigned to a comfort woman,” said Yoon Mi-hyang, head of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan.

“This is a clear sign that the Japanese government is accountable for forcefully recruiting Korean women for sexual enslavement.”

No officials were immediately available for comment at Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat, which Kyodo said collects official documents concerning comfort women.

South Korea reached a settlement with Japan to resolve the comfort women dispute in 2015, in which Japan apologized to victims and provided 1 billion yen ($9 million) to a fund to help them.

Relations between the two East Asia neighbors have deteriorated since South Korea’s top court ruled in favor of South Koreans seeking compensation from Japanese firms for wartime forced labor.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo, Sangmi Cha in Seoul; Editing by Michael Perry)



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Buttigieg releases timeline of McKinsey work


He said most of his work consisted of “mathematical analysis, conducting research, and preparing presentations.”

The release of new details comes amid criticism from Sen. Elizabeth Warren that the South Bend mayor who has surged in recent primary polling was not releasing more details about his time at McKinsey.

According to the timeline, in 2007 Buttigieg worked for a nonprofit health insurance provider for about three months “undertaking on-the-job training and performing analytical work as part of a team identifying saving in administration and overhead costs.”

In 2008 he worked in the Toronto area on a grocery and retail chain project for roughly six months. He said he analyzed “the effects of price cuts on various combinations of items across the hundreds of stores.” That year he also worked in Chicago briefly on a project on a division of “a consumer goods retail chain on a project to investigate opportunities for selling more energy-efficient home products in their stores.”

That year he also took a leave from the firm to work on Democrat Jill Long Thompson’s unsuccessful campaign for Indiana governor.

From 2008 to 2009 Buttigieg worked primarily in Connecticut on a project with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the Natural Resources Defense Council as well as other nonprofit environmental groups and multiple utility companies. The focus of that was researching ways to fight climate change by using energy efficiency. The work from that project, the campaign said, was published in a report called “Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy.”

In 2009 he worked primarily in California for an environmental nonprofit studying ways to improve energy efficiency and use renewable energy. That year he also worked in Washington with “visits to Iraq and Afghanistan,” where he worked for “a U.S. Government department in a project focused on increasing employment and entrepreneurship in those countries’ economies.”

In his final project at McKinsey, from 2009 to 2010 Buttigieg worked in Washington on logistics for a “shipping provider working to identify and analyze potential new sources of revenue.”

Buttigieg said the timeline was “to the best of my recollection” complete. He reiterated his call for McKinsey to release a full list of his work.



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Bankrupt PG&E reaches $13.5 billion settlement with California wildfire victims


(Reuters) – California’s bankrupt power producer PG&E Corp (PCG.N) said on Friday it had reached a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of some of most devastating wildfires in the state’s modern history.

FILE PHOTO: Employees of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) work in the aftermath of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester/File Photo

The agreement helps smooth the way for the beleaguered company to emerge from bankruptcy. It filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, citing potential liabilities in excess of $30 billion from wildfires in 2017 and 2018 linked to its equipment.

“With this important milestone now accomplished, we are focused on emerging from Chapter 11 as the utility of the future that our customers and communities expect and deserve,” Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson said in a statement.

State fire investigators in May determined that PG&E transmission lines caused the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California, the wind-driven Camp Fire that killed 85 people in and around the town of Paradise last year.

They likewise concluded that PG&E power lines had sparked a separate flurry of wildfires that swept California’s wine country north of San Francisco Bay in 2017.

The agreed settlement is subject to a number of conditions and requires confirmation by the United States Bankruptcy Court, the company said.

It faces a tight deadline as it needs to exit bankruptcy by June 30, 2020 to participate in a state-backed wildfire fund that would help reduce the threat to utilities from wildfires.

“We share the state’s focus on helping mitigate the risk of future wildfires and we will continue to do everything we can to help reduce those risks across our system,” Johnson said in the statement.

PG&E had previously reached a $1 billion settlement with cities, counties and other public entities and an $11 billion agreement with insurance carriers related to the wildfires.

It has come under renewed criticism this year for precautionary power outages to guard against the risk of wildfires posed by extremely dry and windy weather.

Governor Gavin Newsom, state regulators and consumer activists have lambasted the actions as being too broad, with Newsom blaming PG&E for doing too little to properly maintain and secure its power lines against wind damage.

Utility executives have acknowledged room for improvement while defending the sprawling cutoffs as a matter of public safety.

Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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Air station suspect, victims what to know


The gunman in a shooting that killed four people and injured several others at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning was a Saudi national, according to Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The FBI has taken the lead in the continuing investigation, though there has been no immediate determination on whether the shooting was terror-related, two sources told USA TODAY.

Authorities said the suspect was among the four people killed. Eight others, including two deputies, were injured and taken to the hospital. 

The shooting happened just two days after a U.S. Navy sailor shot three people and killed himself at Pearl Harbor.

Here’s what we know:

How many people were injured at NAS Pensacola? 

Four people, including the shooter, were confirmed dead, authorities said in a press conference Friday morning. Eight were injured.

Eight patients were accepted to nearby Baptist Hospital. One died there. Three people died on the base. Authorities later announced that another person had also been injured.

The names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin have been notified, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. 

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When did the shooting happen?

The shooting began around 6:30 a.m. central time Friday and was reported around 7 a.m., authorities said. Authorities responded within “three to five minutes,” they said.

Who is the shooting suspect?

The gunman was a Saudi national training in aviation at the base, DeSantis said in a press conference.

He was one of “a couple hundred” international students training at the base, authorities said.

The gunman died just before 8 a.m. central time, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amber Southard said.

What weapon did the gunman use?

The shooter used a handgun, authorities said.

Weapons are not allowed on the base, except for security personnel, authorities said.

What is NAS Pensacola?

This US Navy file handout photo shows the USS John F. Kennedy arriving at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, on March 18, 2004.

The air station is the primary training base for all U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers pursuing designation as Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers.

NAS Pensacola is located in Escambia County in Florida’s western Panhandle and employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel.

It’s also the home of the Blue Angels and the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Why was a Saudi national at NAS Pensacola?

Training international students at NAS Pensacola is a core part of the base’s mission. 

International students can complete all or part of the typical 18-month syllabus on base and must go through several federal vetting processes before training at NAS Pensacola.   

“The way that program works is that the foreign government has to certify that these are the best of their best, that these are their future generals and admirals and senior military officials for their countries,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz. “The U.S. State Department does a scrub on those prospective trainees, and after that they matriculate into the program.

“That’s a really important part of what our military does, because it has people use our systems and train alongside our military members,” he added. “They are more receptive and more capable and more willing to work with us when the time arises, should U.S. interests be impacted.”

Commanding Officer Capt. Tim Kinsella said Friday that “a couple hundred” international students are training at the base.

Where on the base was the shooting?

The shooting happened on two floors of a classroom building near Radford Road on base. Both gates were closed and the base was locked down.

The Navy base will be closed all day Friday.

How are lawmakers, officials reacting?

“This is a tragic day for the city of Pensacola,” said city Mayor Grover Robinson.  “We’re a military town. Our hearts and prayers are connected to those that serve us every day. And certainly the expectation that this would happen to us here, at home, was unexpected.”

Responding to three recent tragedies on a U.S. base, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly called for cooperation to prevent future incidents.

“Our entire Navy and Marine Corps team is struck and deeply saddened by the attacks within our own naval family over the past several days, at Little Creek, Virginia, last week, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Wednesday, and today in Pensacola, Florida. These acts are crimes against all of us,” Modly said.

President Donald Trump told lawmakers that King Salman of Saudi Arabia called to express his condolences.

“It’s a horrible thing that took place and we’re getting to the bottom of it,” Trump told reporters.

Various lawmakers reacted to the shooting on Twitter.

Vice President Mike Pence wrotethat they were praying for the victims and their families.





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Laura Ingraham: Trump ‘gets it’ on the US economy — and American workers should be thankful


Laura Ingraham highlighted President Trump’s economic numbers Friday, saying Americans should be thankful for their president.

“Every day American workers should think, ‘Thank the Good Lord that we have a president who actually gets it,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“We have a tight labor market. That means wages are going up. We have more deregulation. That frees up businesses to grow and hire, gives them a lot of incentives. We have lower taxes. That means you keep more of your own money to spend it as you see fit.”

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Ingraham argued that Democrats don’t trust Americans and want more control over them and are more concerned with impeachment.

“The Democrats just don’t trust your judgment. They want more control over almost every major decision you make,” Ingraham said. “They’re also, of course, trying to impeach a president on … a nothing phone call, hearsay, conjecture. During one of our greatest economies in the past half-century.”

“The Democrats just don’t trust your judgment. They want more control over almost every major decision you make.”

— Laura Ingraham

Ingraham blasted Democrats for rooting against the president, saying Americans would stay focused on what reallly matters.

“The Democrats aren’t mad because President Trump’s policies aren’t working, they’re seething because they are,” Ingraham said. “How sad for them and their carnival act of a party.”

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“But for the rest of us, we’re gonna keep working hard and playing hard,” Ingraham added. “We’re gonna be counting our blessings and staying focused on what really matters, especially this time of year. Faith, family and our country.”



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Trump Wants The EPA To Focus On Toilet Flushing



WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he has directed his environmental regulators to find answers to what he said is a big problem – water-conserving showers, faucets and toilets.

“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms,” Trump told a meeting of small business leaders at the White House. “You turn the faucet on in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water… and you don’t get any water,” he added.

He said the Environmental Protection Agency was looking “very strongly at my suggestion.”

The fixtures “end up using more water,” Trump told the roundtable where U.S. officials also reviewed his agenda of slashing regulations such as those on efficient light bulbs.“People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once,” he said.

EPA spokesman Michael Abboud said his agency is working with other departments so consumers have more choices in water products.

Due to concerns about shrinking U.S. water supplies, the federal government has regulated faucet and shower head water flow since at least 1994, when Democrat Bill Clinton was president.

The EPA has long helped consumers go beyond federal water conservation standards. It sponsors WaterSense, a voluntary program on water-efficient showerheads and other products.

The EPA’s website says that saving every drop counts because “water managers in at least 40 states expect local, statewide, or regional water shortages to occur over the next several years.”

It was not the first time that Trump has emphasized water issues. In September, his EPA accused California’s cities of violating clean water laws by allowing human waste from homeless residents to enter waterways.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed accused Trump of “taking swipes” at her city for “no reason other than politics.” It was the latest clash between the Republican president and Democratic officials in the state.

Also in September, Trump’s EPA repealed the 2015 Waters of the United States rule that had expanded protections for wetlands and shallow streams, but which farmers, miners and manufacturers decried as overreach.

Water-conserving fixtures may be a good idea in desert regions, Trump told the business leaders. “But for the most part, you have many states where they have so much water that it comes down. It’s called rain. They don’t know what to do with it,” Trump said.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner, Makini Brice and Jeff Mason;Editing by Cynthia Osterman)





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