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Deputies: Tip led to Orlando chase and 260 pounds of marijuana

Deputies: Tip led to Orlando chase and 260 pounds of marijuana

Two people are facing drug trafficking charges after transporting some 260 pounds of marijuana into Orlando on a private jet. Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security say a confidential informant tipped them off that the plane was on its way to Orlando Executive airport and they were waiting when it landed about 1 a.m Monday. Agents observed two individuals take luggage of the jet from California and load it into an SUV.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Office chopper tracked the SUV along State Road 408. When deputies attempted to pull it over for speeding in a construction zone, the SUV sped up and exited the highway, before crashing.  Deputies at the crash scene, reported a strong odor of marijuana and found 260 pounds of marijuana packed in airtight plastic inside the wrecked vehicle.  Cesar Martins was ejected from the SUV and Chayla Archambault was trapped inside, but both were not seriously injured.  Archambault and Martins were arrested after being treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Rosenstein defends Mueller probe, as Republicans express outrage over FBI texts

Rosenstein defends Mueller probe, as Republicans express outrage over FBI texts

Under fire from Republicans, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, warding off repeated questions from GOP lawmakers who charge that Mueller has assembled a group of senior officials who were pro-Hillary Clinton and anti-Donald Trump. “This is unbelievable,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who chastised Rosenstein just like the Ohio Republican demanded more information last week from the FBI Director, taking aim at several top FBI officials, whose private texts showed them with little respect for President Trump. “How with a straight face that this group of Democrat partisans are unbiased, and will give President Trump a fair shake?” asked Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH). “I’m not aware of any impropriety,” Rosenstein said when asked about the Mueller probe, as he said he was confident that Mueller was not running a tainted investigation. But Republicans weren’t backing off. . @RepSteveChabot: 'Let me just review a few facts about the supposedly 'unbiased' group of people that Mr. Mueller pulled together…' pic.twitter.com/SldT1NwP8O — Fox News (@FoxNews) December 13, 2017 It was all part of the latest GOP push to undermine confidence in the the Special Counsel’s investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 elections, and any links to President Trump’s campaign, which saw new momentum with the release of text messages from 2016 between certain senior Justice Department officials. The texts detailed a series of verbal put downs of Mr. Trump during the campaign, using flowery language that some GOP lawmakers refused to read out loud at Wednesday’s hearing. Some of the G-rated texts referred to Mr. Trump as “awful,” an “idiot,” and a “loathesome human being.” Strzok/Page texts obtained by Fox's @JakeBGibson 'LP – I can not believe Donald Trump is likely to be an actual, serious candidate for president.' — Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) December 13, 2017 “We recognize that we have employees with political opinions,” Rosenstein said at one point. “And it’s our responsibility to make sure those opinions do not influence their actions. Democrats played damage control for the Mueller investigation by leading Rosenstein through some more friendly questions about the Russia probe. “Your testimony today is that you believe Bob Mueller is a person of high integrity?” asked Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). “Yes,” Rosenstein responded. “You believe that investigation is being conducted fairly,” Swalwell asked. “Yes,” said Rosenstein. But Democrats also came after Rosenstein at times, as the Deputy Attorney General was repeatedly pressed to tell whether he had been called on the telephone by the President, and told to investigate certain people or issues – Rosenstein repeatedly warded off those questions as well. “You’re being very artful in jumping around and evading,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) told Rosenstein at one point, prompting Rosenstein to disagree. “Are you afraid of President Trump firing you?” “No, I’m not,” Rosenstein said, flashing a big grin at the witness table.

Endangered cubs make debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Endangered cubs make debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Anala and Jeda, the first Sumatran tiger cubs born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, are being introduced to their new habitat and parkgoers sometimes can catch a glimpse of the four-month-olds. The endangered tigers, a sister and brother, will live at Maharajah Jungle Trek after they learn to swim and climb. “Disney participates in the Species Survival Plan, a breeding program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums which helps ensure a diverse, healthy population of threatened and endangered species for years to come,” according to a Disney World blog. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered in the world, with only about 500 living in the wild. They normally live in dense forests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and prey on deer, cattle and wild boar.

Rosenstein defends Mueller probe, as Republicans express outrage over FBI texts

Under fire from Republicans, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, warding off repeated questions from GOP lawmakers who charge that Mueller has assembled a group of senior officials who were pro-Hillary Clinton and anti-Donald Trump.

“Have you seen ‘good cause’ to fire Special Counsel Mueller?” Rosenstein was asked early in a lengthy hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

“No,” Rosenstein answered, as he stuck to that observation throughout the hearing, leaving GOP lawmakers aggravated.

“This is unbelievable,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who chastised Rosenstein just like the Ohio Republican demanded more information last week from [More]