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SC man goes on Christmas decoration burning spree…

A Summerville man is charged with arson after police said he burned down the Christmas decorations suburban Charleston neighborhood, according to a report by WCSC.

Authorities arrested Cameron Lewis Baun, 29, after receiving a call Friday afternoon about a person setting fire to the property of multiple neighbors in the Arbor Walk community in Summerville.

Police said Baun lit up a snowman decoration that was in the front yard of a home, WCSC reported. Baun was detained for burning Christmas decor at another home when officers arrived, police said.

Summerville Fire Rescue was also attempting to put out a house fire that Baun allegedly set, according Summerville police.

Baun is said to have busted a garage window trying to light fire to the inside of another structure, an official report stated.

Baun was not charged with Grinchery.

Journalist: 'Women-only' section to combat midair assault…

One female journalist has declared that “women-only seating sections on planes” is the way to a safer future in the high skies, avowing that the armrest in commercial passenger seating is a “gender political issue” in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Last month, columnist Kate Whitehead penned a piece for the South China Morning Post titled “Manspreading on a plane: In the age of #MeToo, even the armrest is a gender politics issue.” Although the story has since been criticized by commenters, she is factually correct in her assertion that sexual assault is indeed on the rise in the high skies.

“I dream of a future in which there are women-only seating sections on planes. Most women intuitively understand that the armrest is “neutral territory” and leave it as a slim buffer between them and their neighbor,” Whitehead writes. “I’d be prepared to campaign vocally for “pink rows”, but I suspect airlines wouldn’t be in favor because that would mean other rows full only of men – and that wouldn’t work.”

“I dream of a future in which there are women-only seating sections on planes. Most women intuitively understand that the armrest is “neutral territory” and leave it as a slim buffer between them and their neighbor."

“I dream of a future in which there are women-only seating sections on planes. Most women intuitively understand that the armrest is “neutral territory” and leave it as a slim buffer between them and their neighbor.” (iStock)

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“Men – and airlines – depend on encroachment onto women’s seats for comfortable travel,” she continues. “I hope that in the wake of the #MeToo movement, people will come to realise that the airline armrest is a gender political issue. The first airline to establish “pink rows” will have my [business.]”

“Nine times out of 10 – based on my extensive experience flying “cattle class” – if a man is seated beside a woman he will claim the armrest,” Whitehead claims. “With the average seat width being 17.2 inches, this means you have effectively lost about 12 per cent. If you are unfortunate enough to be in the middle of a row and have a man on either side, you have lost nearly a quarter of your seat. And yet you are paying the same price as those space-invading men.”

For context, Whitehead’s call for gender-specified seating on airplanes is not entirely original. Air India, India’s national carrier, debuted women-only rows on planes in 2017, following two reported incidents of assault, according to the New Zealand Herald. Likewise, Vistara, another Indian carrier, rolled out a “Woman Flyer” service, which gave preferred seating to women traveling alone.

Commenters on Whitehead’s story, meanwhile, were less than supportive of her pitch.

“Grow up ladies, the world don’t revolve around you,” one critic clapped.

“How ridiculous is this! Next it’s women only planes, then pilots and cabin crew,” another agreed.

“Is this supposed to be Satire?” another chimed in.

Air India, India’s national carrier, debuted women-only rows on planes in 2017, following two reported incidents of assault, according to the New Zealand Herald. Likewise, Vistara, another Indian carrier, rolled out a "Woman Flyer" service, which gave preferred seating to women traveling alone.

Air India, India’s national carrier, debuted women-only rows on planes in 2017, following two reported incidents of assault, according to the New Zealand Herald. Likewise, Vistara, another Indian carrier, rolled out a “Woman Flyer” service, which gave preferred seating to women traveling alone. (iStock)

In a larger sense, however, multiple cases of midflight sexual harassment and assault in the U.S. have made national headlines through the last year. Over the summer, the FBI issued a statement on the increasing threat of sexual assault on commercial flights. According to the bureau’s findings, for example, 2017 saw 63 reported cases of in-flight sexual assault, while 2014 had seen 38.

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And 2018 also had its share of sexual abuse claims too. In August, a Detroit-area man was convicted after a five-day trial by a federal jury for sexually assaulting a sleeping passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight.

A month later, a Delta passenger sued the airline claiming that crew members failed to detain a passenger who sexually assaulted her during a flight. Also in September, a Texas man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a fellow passenger on a Southwest flight.

In early November, a former senior Alaska Airlines pilot was fired after a female co-pilot sued the airline, alleging that the captain drugged and raped her during a June 2017 work trip. The aviator, who flew for Alaska Airlines for 22 years, claims he was wrongly terminated amid “false #MeToo claims” in a “negligent, flawed investigation.”

In response, in mid-November, the Trump administration announced the creation of a new task force dedicated to investigating sexual misconduct and assault crimes in the high skies, an issue that the FBI has described as increasing “at an alarming rate” in recent years.

The National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force will be a subcommittee of the Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee; the group is slated to have their inaugural meeting on Jan. 16, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo and Alexandra Deabler contributed to this report.

Dramatic abort derails Delta 4 spy satellite launch…

Flares burn away excess hydrogen moments after launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket was aborted at the T-minus seven-second mark, triggering a scrub. It’s not known what triggered the abort or when ULA might make another attempt to launch a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite.

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An attempt to launch a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite atop a heavy-lift Delta 4 rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles was aborted at the T-minus 7.5-second mark Saturday evening when a problem was detected by computers orchestrating the terminal countdown

Flares had already ignited at the base of the 23-story-tall rocket to burn away excess hydrogen gas, a routine safety precaution, when the abort was ordered. It came a half second before the first of the Delta 4 Heavy’s three side-by-side Common Booster Core engines was scheduled to ignite and throttle up to full thrust, followed two seconds later by the center and left-side CBCs.

Instead, a flight controller called out “hold, hold, hold” as the countdown came to a halt. Flames from the hydrogen igniters rose from the base of the rocket as they continued to burn for a few moments, a somewhat scary sight given the 1.6-million-pound rocket was loaded with 465,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen propellants.

But United Launch Alliance engineers quickly “safed” the vehicle and re-cycled the countdown to the T-minus 4-minute mark while they reviewed telemetry. A few minutes later, the flight was scrubbed for the day, and engineers begin off-loading the Delta’s load of fuel.

ULA did not set a new launch date or provide any immediate details about what triggered the abort. As a result, it was not immediately known what sort of inspections or repairs might be needed before a second launch can be attempted.

This was set to be ULA’s ninth launch of 2018 and the second in a row of the huge Delta 4 Heavy. The identity of the satellite payload, known as NROL-71, is classified, but independent analysts speculate it may be an advanced imaging reconnaissance spacecraft bound for an unusual near-polar orbit.

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'AQUAMAN' Swims to Record $94M Opening — in China…

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The superhero pic dives into North American theaters on Dec. 21.

James Wan’s Aquaman made a giant splash in its China debut, grossing $93.6 million to land the top showing ever for a DC comic book adaptation two weeks ahead of its U.S. debut.

Aquaman — starring Jason Momoa in the titular role — also marks the biggest opening ever in China for any Warner Bros. title, besting Ready Player One by 66 percent.

Among Warner Bros./DC movies, it launched 92 percent ahead of Justice League and 78 percent ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Plus, it has already exceeded the entire lifetime gross of Wonder Woman.

Aquaman also delivered the biggest industry opening in China for the month of December, commanding 85 percent of market share. Imax sites in the Middle Kingdom turned in a mighty $9.7 million.

Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson and Dolph Lundgren co-star in the tentpole.

Warner Bros. decided to unfurl Aquaman first in China, followed by additional foreign markets next week, in order to get a jump on a crowded pack of year-end holiday films, including Mary Poppins Returns and the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.

Aquaman opens in North America on Dec. 21, the beginning of the lucrative year-end holiday corridor.

NOT AGAIN: Old 'offensive' tweets surface after Heisman Trophy winner named…

Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, making him the second straight quarterback from Oklahoma to win college football’s most prestigious award.

Just hours after winning the award, though, several of his old homophobic tweets surfaced on Twitter.

Update: He apologized in the early hours of Sunday morning via Twitter:

Murray used an anti-gay slur both on its own and when tweeting at his friends in 2011 and 2012 — when he was 14 and 15 years old. The tweets in question were deleted from Murray’s account late Saturday night.

Warning: The following tweets contain language that may be found offensive.

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Oklahoma did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA Today on Saturday night.

Murray is now the latest athlete to have old racist, homophobic or offensive tweets resurface. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader had racist and homophobic tweets surface during the MLB All-Star game this summer, and Bills quarterback Josh Allen had racist tweets surface just before he was selected in the NFL draft.

Murray, who was drafted by the Oakland A’s with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft, led the Sooners to a Big 12 championship this season and a spot in the College Football Playoff. The junior threw for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns this year.

No. 4 Oklahoma will take on No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff on Dec. 29.

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Multiple old homophobic tweets from Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray surfaced on Twitter just hours after he won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

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