LBN – Special Report – Thursday

*ICE Releases 19,723 Criminal Illegals, 208 Convicted of Murder, 900 of Sex Crimes 

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in 2015 decided not to deport but release 19,723 criminal illegal immigrants, including 208 convicted of murder, over 900 convicted of sex crimes and 12,307 of drunk driving, according to new government numbers. Overall, those released into virtually every state and territory of America had a total of 64,197 convictions among them, for an average of 3.25 convictions each, according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. ICE also said that the group were convicted of 8,234 violent crimes.

*Trump Won Wealthy, Educated Voters

Exit polls following Donald Trump’s huge sweep of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island this week show that he was able to attract a large group of wealthy and well-educated voters. Though Trump had trouble attracting those demographics in previous polls, he won some of the wealthiest and best-educated areas in the country on Tuesday, including Newport County, Rhode Island and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The real estate-magnate secured the votes of more than half of Republican voters who earn more than $100,000 a year and about the same percentage of GOP voters with undergraduate degrees. “I think people may have gotten used to Trump, he’s not as outrageous as he used to be,” said Randall Miller, who studies American politics. Trump still doesn’t perform well in national polls with the same demographics, Reuters reports.

*U.S. Economy Grew 0.5% in First Quarter, Slowest Pace in 2 Years 

The American economy edged further into the slow lane last quarter, as consumers took their foot off the gas and businesses pulled back. The 0.5 percent growth rate in the first three months of 2016, which the Commerce Department reported on Thursday, underscores a downshift that began late last year.While consumers eased up slightly on spending, business investment fell sharply, stung by lower outlays on equipment and infrastructure like factories and drilling rigs.

*North Korea Fails Another Missile Test

North Korea reportedly fired a mid-range ballistic missile on Thursday but the test launch failed within seconds, South Korean officials said. The missile allegedly had a range of 1,800 miles. Yang Uk, a policy advisor to the South Korean navy, told Reuters that the northern country is “in a rush to show anything that is successful” because of the upcoming Workers’ Party congress. Instead of reconfiguring the malfunction following the last missile-launch failure, the country tried again too soon. He added, “They need to succeed but they keep failing.”

*WHO READS LBN? Legendary rock drummer Ginger Baker

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: Having lots of friends can be ‘better than morphine’, new research suggests. Scientists at Oxford University found people with large groups of friends have a higher tolerance for pain. Experts looked into endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers. The chemical is a ‘potent analgesic, indeed more so than the pain-relieving opiate drug morphine’, the authors write in the journal Scientific Reports.


*Manager: Chyna Died of Accidental Drug Overdose
The manager for former WWE star Chyna said he believes she died of an accidental overdose of Ambien and Valium. “She accidentally and unintentionally misused her legally prescribed medication over the course of 2-3 weeks. It’s an epidemic,” manager Anthony Anzaldo said in an email to Los Angeles Times. Chyna, whose real name is Joanie Laurer, died at the age of 46 at her Redondo Beach, Calif., home. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has not revealed a cause of death, and the Coroner’s office Assistant Chief Ed Winter said the test results have yet to be completed. “It’s premature to give a cause of death on a case that the final tests are not in yet,” Winter said.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Tax evasion has been noted as an important contributing cause to the fall of the Roman Empire.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***The chief executive of Volkswagen said on Thursday that he personally apologized to President Obama this week for cheating on vehicle emissions tests, while making what amounted to a plea for mercy as the German carmaker negotiates penalties with United States officials. Volkswagen is in talks with American authorities about the fines it must pay for programming engines to cheat on emissions tests. The company said on Thursday that it had set aside 7 billion euros, or $7.9 billion, for legal costs worldwide, indicating that it expected fines in the United States to be much lower than some analysts have estimated.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation in a $3.8 billion acquisition deal that will bolster an entertainment business that includes film, television and theme parks. The deal, announced Thursday morning, will pay DreamWorks Animation shareholders $41 a share in cash, more than 50 percent over its close. The boutique studio, run by Jeffrey Katzenberg, will become part of the filmed entertainment group of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Madonna at Shuko on East 12th Street in NYC, wearing a diamond “M” ring and “dishing the entire time about her custody battle with former husband Guy Ritchie”.   ***Julianne Moore picking up groceries at Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in the West Village in NYC.   ***Music attorney Allen Grubman hosting a “Monday night out” dinner at Antica Pesa in Brooklyn for pals including Bette Midler, Jon Bon Jovi, Meg Ryan, John McEnroe and Bill Bratton.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Michael Douglas will be amongMegyn Kelly‘s guests on a prime-time Fox TV special. Fox said Wednesday that interviews with the actor and former O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro will be part of “Megyn Kelly Presents.” The network previously announced that Kelly’s special will include Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***The publishers of an upcoming book on Scientology’s David Miscavige, by the church leader’s own dad, received a stern legal letter this week in an attempt to block it. But the UK publisher of “Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me” by Ron Miscavige, told us he has no plans to change a Tuesday release. He also doesn’t believe Scientology members have seen the tome.


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