Day: March 23, 2017

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'Stranger Things' romance?


“Stranger Things” co-stars Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton have long been dodging rumors that they are dating.

And when TMZ caught up with the stars, their lips remained sealed.

Dyer gave a somewhat incoherant answer after she was asked what it’s like when co-stars date.

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“Whether people are dating or hanging out, I think that our cast just is cool with each other. I mean, I won’t speak for anybody else but it’s been you know. We’re all one big family,” she told TMZ.

As for Heaton, he said, “Some people like to read into certain things.”

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Naked man arrested in minivan rap battle killings


Authorities say a Kansas City man who was naked when he was arrested has been charged with fatally shooting two people and wounding a third after a rap battle erupted inside a minivan.

Thirty-year-old Robert Townsend is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 33-year-old Marquis Clark and 37-year-old Shakeisha Urassa.

He also is charged with first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

After Monday’s shooting, the surviving gunshot victim walked into a hotel and collapsed. Court records say he told police that Townsend started shooting after an argument about rap and that “everyone was dead.” Townsend told investigators he heard shots before opening fire, but investigators found no evidence to support his claim.

 



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First sex reassignment inmate calls women's prison 'torture'


The first U.S. inmate to have taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery says she’s been mistreated since being transferred to a California women’s prison, where she now has a beard and mustache because officials have denied her a razor.

In a hand-written federal court filing, convicted killer Shiloh Heavenly Quine called her new housing at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla a “torture unit.”  She said she’s unnecessarily isolated from other inmates and denied basic items.

State officials say she’s being treated like other female inmates. All initially are denied privileges like razors and TVs as they are evaluated.

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Quine, 57, had the surgery she had long sought in January and was moved from a men’s prison last month. She said she is being treated as if she’s a newly arrived inmate and denied rehabilitation programs and privileges even though she’s been serving a life sentence since 1981.

Quine is housed alone in a cell but said she still has no privacy to perform required intimate post-operative procedures and is enduring “a restrictive isolation” that is pushing her toward anxiety, depression and sadness.

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Her beard and mustache are having a “huge impact on day to day life” and are making the transition to life as a woman more difficult, she wrote in a filing received Friday at the court.

The department has “no legitimate penological objective but harassment” in denying shaving access, she wrote. Quine asked the federal judge overseeing her lawsuit to order prison officials to provide electrolysis to remove her facial hair, or at least a razor.

Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said all female reception center inmates are routinely denied razors and televisions along with other privileges while they are evaluated. Inmates can’t have razors until officials are confident they won’t harm themselves or others.

Quine said the restrictions could last a year, but Thornton said 45 days is typical and Quine is nearly finished with the process that will determine where she is permanently housed, the programs she is assigned, and whether she needs mental health or substance abuse treatment, for instance.

“It’s a very thorough process, which is why it can take a while. But it’s a process every inmate goes through,” Thornton said. “There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to male and female inmates.”

Quine’s attorneys at the nonprofit Transgender Law Center did not respond to repeated calls and emails over two days.

Quine was known as Rodney James Quine when she and an accomplice kidnapped and fatally shot 33-year-old Shahid Ali Baig, a father of three, in downtown Los Angeles in 1980, stealing $80 and his car during a drug- and alcohol-fueled rampage.

Baig’s daughter, Farida, tried unsuccessfully in court to block Quine’s surgery. She objected to inmates getting taxpayer-funded surgery that is not readily available to non-criminals.

“My dad begged for his life,” she said in January. “It just made me dizzy and sick. I’m helping pay for his surgery; I live in California. It’s kind of like a slap in the face.”

Quine had been housed in men’s prisons for 36 years despite living as a woman since 2009.

California settled her lawsuit in 2015 by agreeing to provide the surgery. The state then became the first to set standards for other transgender inmates to undergo the operation.

Her lawsuit also led a federal magistrate to provide transgender female inmates housed in men’s facilities with items such as nightgowns, scarves and necklaces, though Quine’s attorneys are still sparring with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation over the details.



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Chicago cop faces new charges in shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald


A grand jury added 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm to the first-degree murder charges against a white Chicago police officer accused in the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old.

A special prosecutor and attorneys for former Officer Jason Van Dyke didn’t discuss the new indictment announced during at a Thursday hearing.

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Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014.

The new indictment brings to 23 the number of felony counts against Van Dyke. He faces six counts of first-degree murder, one count of official misconduct and now 16 aggravated battery counts.

Van Dyke was charged in 2015 at the same time the city — on a judge’s orders — released video of the shooting.



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Six teen girls to be charged after fight ended with victim's hair on fire


A fight between two groups of teenage girls led to a 16-year-old being sent to the hospital with her hair set on fire — and now six other girls are going to be charged.

Police in West Philadelphia say they broke up the fight between rival cliques at about 6:45pm Wednesday. SKYFOX was over the scene at 47th and Chestnut streets.

They say the victim told them a group of girls assaulted her and tried to set her hair on fire. She was pushed to the ground and punched by several attackers.

One, wearing a gray sweatshirt, was seen “using what appeared to be a torch attempting to light the victim’s hair on fire.”

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The victim was treated for burns on the back of her neck and released from the hospital.

Police say a second victim, just 13, “was pushed and poked from behind with a knife, causing tearing to her jacket; however, the victim did not sustain any injuries.”

Then, investigators said a second brawl broke out a short time later near a SEPTA station.

Police said both groups of girls go to a transitional school called Camelot Academy in Philadelphia. They are all between 13 and 16 years old.

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Chiropractor conned Medicare, private insurers in $10 million scheme, feds say


A Chicago chiropractor has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly submitting at least $10 million in non-existent treatments and claims to Medicare and private insurers.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said in a news release that Henry Posada, 54, submitted the claims for physical therapy and chiropractic services that never happened. From 2008 to 2016, Posada submitted at least $10 million in fraudulent claims. About $5.1 million was paid to his clinic, Spine Clinics of America S.C., which focuses on chiropractic care and rehabilitation.

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According to the indictment, during the dates he claimed to have provided the chiropractic services, Posada was out of the state. In other instances, he used his patients’ names without their knowledge or permission to create fictitious claim forms.

Posada was charged with 18 counts of health care fraud. His indictment seeks forfeiture of the $5.1 million, $850,000 in cashier checks, a car and a property owned by Posada. Health care fraud is punishable by up to ten years in prison. 

Posada could not be reached for comment.

Posada pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. A status hearing is scheduled for May 30, 2017. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.



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FOX NEWS INSIDER: Companies are bidding for contracts to build Trump's border wall


Companies are now submitting proposals to construct President Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border. 

About 500 companies signed up to bid and designs are due to the Department of Homeland Security by next week, William La Jeunesse reported. 

The White House has released preliminary guidelines for the wall, which must be 30 feet high while looking imposing from the Mexican side and aesthetically pleasing from the U.S. 

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There’s already a backlash from California, with a San Francisco lawmaker proposing a bill that would prohibit the city from doing business with companies working on the wall. 

La Jeunesse said the president is asking for $3 billion to start the project, with estimates for the project at around $10 billion.

The schedule laid out by the administration calls for contracts to be awarded at the end of May, with construction beginning in San Diego the following month. 

Watch the report from “America’s Newsroom” above.


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Get set for 'invisible armor'


Ever wonder if there was such a thing as transparent armor? It sounds like something straight out of a comic book, but it’s something the Navy has actually created.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists have created a remarkable transparent armor that is lightweight and still provides excellent protection.

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Nearly as transparent as glass, the armor is essentially invisible protection from bullets. And if the armor surface is damaged, warfighters could fix it on the fly with something as simple as a hot plate and the armor will meld itself back together.

 

Think about how “bulletproof glass” (a misnomer since it is often only bullet resistant) works – you can see through it and it stops bullets.

Now what if you could do that for body armor and helmets? That’s the idea here.

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This next-generation armor advance could also amp up transparent bulletproof walls to protect tourist attractions from the attacks we’ve seen in Paris and most recently, in London.

What’s the armor made of?

The transparent polymer armor gets its transparency from something known as tiny crystalline domains. The armor itself is made up of alternating layers of elastomeric polymer combined with a harder material substrate.

NRL scientists conducted tests using polymeric materials as a coating to try to enhance impact resistance.

By applying layers of the special materials to body armor and helmets, the result was better protection for warriors against bullets.

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The armor also helped reduce the impact of blast waves caused by something like an IED explosion, which could potentially help prevent brain trauma.

When a bullet hits the armor

If you picture a windshield that has been struck by a rock kicked up while driving, the rock’s impact may cause damage that makes it difficult to see through the windshield.

One of the amazing things about this see-through armor is that when it’s struck by a projectile, such as a bullet, it still retains its lucid nature. There’s virtually no impact on visibility and the damage is limited only to the spot where the bullet connected with the armor.

Repair vs. replace 

The possibility exists that this futuristic body armor could be ironed back into shape after it sustained some hits, because of the material used to create it.

The material needs to be heated to around 100 degrees Celsius, which then causes it to become hot enough to melt the tiny crystallites. By heating the material, any impact from the bullet can be melded back together and returned to its normal state. Scientists believe that this sort of repair will not impact how the armor performs. 

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Easy, fast repairs can be a great advantage for warfighters operating in remote locations and it can save money by repairing rather than replacing.

Implications for protecting against global terror attacks

In a scenario like the recent London attack, lightweight body armor approaches like the aforementioned can be very useful to protect armed officers from bladed weapons, bullets and other threats while the reduced weight can improve their speed, agility and flexibility of response.

Like the Capitol building in the US, armed officers protect the building and those working in and visiting the building. Based on the information provided publicly thus far, the terrorist wielded a bladed weapon and attacked British officers. One officer was tragically killed.

Guns and explosive devices are not the only methods of attack used by Islamic extremist terrorists. In Europe, terrorist plots and attacks have increasingly involved bladed weapons on foot as well the weaponization of vehicles.

Islamic extremist groups such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State group have been actively promoting these sorts of attack methods.

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Just last month in Paris, a terrorist tried to launch an attack with machetes at the popular tourist site of the Louvre museum. A French soldier stopped him before there were any casualties.

In 2013, two terrorists drove at British Army soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was walking a street in England. The terrorists then exited the vehicle, attacked him with blades and murdered him by hacking him to death.

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Ultimately, advances like NRLs in transparent armor could play a vital role in amping up “invisible” walls could be used to stop both people and vehicles from storming sites and areas. By enhancing protection, it could help prevent attacks and casualties.

Paris recently announced they are building an eight-foot bulletproof glass wall around the Eiffel Tower. Why? Tourist sites are attractive targets for terrorists. The goal is to stop not just bullets but prevent vehicles loaded with bombs from gaining access.

Transparent armor-ed up walls mean tourists can still enjoy an uninterrupted view while benefiting from enhanced protection.

Advanced armor like this can also become a deterrent to future attacks.

 

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Allison Barrie consults at the highest levels of defense, has travelled to more than 70 countries, is a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees and now the author of the new book “Future Weapons: Access Granted”  covering invisible tanks through to thought-controlled fighter jets. You can click here for more information on FOX Firepower columnist and host Allison Barrie and you can follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie.



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'MEANS I'M RIGHT' Trump claims vindication on spying charges


The announcement by a top lawmaker Wednesday that intelligence agencies disseminated surveillance on the Trump transition team is fueling President Trump’s push to root out those who allegedly spread the classified information throughout government and to news organizations.

House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Wednesday a source within the intelligence community had shown him “dozens” of reports that were produced from “incidentally collected” communications between members of the Trump transition team and foreign targets.

Several individuals on the Trump team were eventually “unmasked” and had their identities “widely disseminated,” despite the information being of limited intelligence value, Nunes said. The bombshell news conference appeared to partially back up Trump’s assertion earlier this month that former President Barack Obama had “wiretapped” him.

“Wow … so that means I’m right,” Trump told Time magazine while reading another outlet’s article about the Nunes news conference.

While the intelligence appeared to have been legally collected and, Nunes said, based on a FISA warrant, Trump appeared particularly upset that members of his team had been identified in the intelligence reports — something which is rarely supposed to happen.

At least one of those individuals, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, had information about his phone calls leaked to the press, leading to a scandal that ultimately resulted in his termination. The Flynn episode was just one in a series of politically damaging leaks that have hurt the nascent Trump White House.

“The real story here is, who released General Flynn’s name? Who released, who released my conversations with Australia, and who released my conversation with Mexico?” Trump told Time during an interview that occurred Wednesday. “…That’s the story. These leakers, they are disgusting. These are horrible people.”

He added: “And these people were here in the Obama years, because he had plenty of leakers, also.”

Trump appeared content that his claims had been supported by Nunes’ news conference, and he suggested additional information could emerge.

“And a lot of information has just been learned, and a lot of information may be learned over the next coming period of time. We will see what happens,” Trump said. “Look, I predicted a lot of things that took a little bit of time.”

Trump cited his “instinct” for a string of self-proclaimed successes — of which he said the surveillance claim was the latest.

“I’m a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right,” Trump said. “When everyone said I wasn’t going to win the election, I said, ‘Well, I think I would.’…I said, ‘No, Brexit is going to happen,’ and everybody laughed. And Brexit happened. Many, many things. They turn out to be right. And now, today, Devin Nunes just had a news conference.”



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MANIAC UNMASKED: London police identify UK Parliament attacker


The man behind the deadly rampage that left at least 3 people dead, including a police officer, outside of London’s Parliament building was identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.

London police said Masood was born in Kent, England and they believe he was most recently living in the West Midlands, which includes the central city of Birmingham.

Masood, who died Wednesday after police shot him on Parliament grounds, was known to authorities and had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses.

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Police said there was no prior knowledge about his intention to mount a terrorist attack. He had not been convicted for any terrorism offenses.

Masood was identified 24 hours after he drove an SUV, plowing it into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near the Parliament building. Police said two people were killed and more than 30 were injured.

Masood continued his attack, fatally stabbing veteran police officer Keith Palmer on the Parliament’s grounds before police shot him. He was later pronounced dead.

The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly rampage, saying Masood was “an Islamic State soldier” who “carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition.”

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According to a woman claiming to be the suspect’s former neighbor, Masood was a father and gardener who had a wife and a young child.

The woman, who spoke to The Guardian, says she didn’t know the man’s name, but recognized the suspect as her neighbor after being shown a photograph of him on a stretcher.

Iwona Romek told The Guardian “they were a nice family, very reserved.” She added that Masood was “very calm…a nice guy.”  Romek said Masood and his family moved out suddenly around Christmas and did not say goodbye.

Romek took one look at a photo of the attacker on a stretcher and said “That is 100 percent him.”

She said Masood would walk the child, around 6 years old, to school in the morning, and that he rarely left in the evening. But one day she saw him packing their belongings in the black van he bought to replace a red Fiat, and then they were gone, months after moving in.

Muhammad Afzal, chairman of the Birmingham Central Mosque, told Fox News on the phone that Masood did not worship at the mosque.

He added that from his understanding, Massood “lived most of his life in Kent and was a convert of Islam.”

Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack “sick and depraved” in a defiant address to Parliament early Thursday.

“An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy, but today we meet as normal … we are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism,” she said. “Democracy and the values it entails will always prevail.”

While she honored the police, May also saluted the everyday actions of millions who went about their lives in London as normal and describing it as proof that the attack failed to break the determination of Londoners and Britons.

“As I speak, millions will be boarding trains and airplanes to travel to London, and to see for themselves the greatest city on Earth,” she told the House. “It is in these actions — millions of acts of normality — that we find the best response to terrorism — a response that denies our enemies their victory, that refuses to let them win, that shows we will never give in.”

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May revealed people from 11 countries were among the wounded victims, including one American, who was identified as Kurt Cochran. Family revealed Thursday that the 54-year-old Utah man had died of his injuries.

Others included: 12 Britons, 3 French, 2 Romanians, 4 South Koreans, 1 German, 1 Pole, 1 Irish, 1 Chinese, 1 Italian, and two Greeks required hospital treatment.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says the fact that victims from the London attack came from 11 countries shows that “an attack on London is an attack on the world.”

Johnson, who is in New York to preside over the U.N. Security Council, told reporters Thursday he is confident the extremists will be defeated “because our values are superior … freedom, democracy, the equality of human beings under the law.”

On Thursday, British police announced that six homes were raided and eight arrests were made in connection to the Wednesday terror attack that left four dead, including the assailant.

Armed police carried out the raid in the central city of Birmingham, about 130 miles north of London; however, police said they believed the terror attacker acted alone during his assault on the Westminster Bridge near Parliament.

London has been a target for terrorism many times over past decades. Just this weekend, hundreds of armed police took part in an exercise simulating a “marauding” terrorist attack on the River Thames.

May underscored that the attack targeted “free people everywhere,” and she said she had a response: “You will not defeat us.”

“Let this be the message from this House and this nation today: our values will prevail,” she said.

Fox News’ Pamela Browne and the Associated Press contributed to this report.



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