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UFO sightings up 283% in NYC from 2018



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2020 has already been quite an alien year. The number of UFO sightings this year, however, make it otherworldly!

UFO sightings across New York City rose by 31% from last year and an eye-popping 283% from 2018, according to the National UFO Reporting Center, The New York Post reported Saturday.

This year, there were 46 close encounters compared to 2019’s 35, miles ahead of the few dozen reported in 2018.

With 12 sightings, Brooklynites witnessed the most flying objects in 2020. Manhattan and Queens are on its tail with 11 and 10 sightings respectively. Staten Island, however, only reported eight. The Bronx disappointed, too, with only five reported from the borough.

It was during the summer when two of the more unforgettable encounters in the Big Apple occurred, The Post reports.

A Staten Islander spotted and stared at an “oval” aircraft that “looked and sounded like a helicopter in the early hours of July 21,” The Post writes. After which, the mysterious flying object “sent a surge of heat/radiation through my body!”

The Staten Islander “honestly thought it was the government putting something into the air with everything going on during these times and I thought I would wake up and find it all over the news or on Instagram,” according to The Post.

Extraordinarily, one Bronxite witnessed 30 objects “flying in a perfect line, in perfect synchronicity” that “looked like a bunch of moving stars” late on June 8, per The Post.

“I don’t drink, or take any drugs whatsoever,” the eyewitness emphasized. “I’m not a UFO conspiracy theorist.”

The fact that the Pentagon confirming the existence of UFOs is not one of the most memorable news stories from this year goes to show how wild 2020’s news stories have been. On top of that, President Donald Trump in October said himself that he would check on reports of UFOs.

RELATED: Trump says he will check on reports of UFOs, ‘I’ve heard that…so I’ll check on that.’

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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation



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In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.

The charges against Hunter Biden include:

• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm

• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer

•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance

According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.

Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.

The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.

Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.

Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.

Follow Alexander Carter on Twitter @AlexCarterDC for more!

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