Day: April 7, 2017

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Kimmel breaks down on TV


Jimmy Kimmel honored the late Don Rickles with a teary-eyed tribute on his late night show Thursday.

The comedy legend died of kidney failure Thursday morning in his L.A. home. He was 90.

Kimmel remembered his good friend in his opening monologue.

“This is not going to be our usual show tonight,” Kimmel said. “We lost someone that we and I love very much today, and I’m sorry if you’re hearing this right now for the first time, but Don Rickles passed away this morning. He was 90 years old. I know it sounds crazy to say he was too young, but he was, because he was youthful and funny and sharp and generous.”

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Massachusetts investigators looking to identify young woman's remains


A set of human remains were found in a wooded area in Dedham, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. 

“We are trying to establish the identity of a young woman who was found in Dedham earlier this week,” Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said at a news conference Friday afternoon. 

The remains were found earlier this week in a wooded area off High Street.

“We’re not here to say this is a homicide,” Morrissey noted. “But it is an area that is isolated and out of the way…we are concerned.”

Investigators say the woman is in her late teens or early 20s. She is black and roughly 5-feet, 6-inches tall, according to the anthropologist working with Dedham police.

Police say she was wearing a Marist College sweatshirt similar to one shown by police at the press conference.

The jewelry found was a bracelet that says ‘peace’ and a ring. There was also a pair of nondescript sweat pants.

“We do not know the cause or manner of her death at this time, we are merely asking the public’s help in identifying the woman,” police said.

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4 inmates found dead at a South Carolina prison


Four inmates were found dead Friday morning in a dorm at one of South Carolina’s maximum-security men’s prisons, authorities said.

The inmates were found at Kirkland Correctional Institution in the capital city of Columbia, Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling told The Associated Press.

Stirling did not say how they died or release any further information.

Stirling said he asked the State Law Enforcement Division to assist Corrections police with their investigation. Coroner Gary Watts confirmed he was investigating four deaths at the facility, but wouldn’t give any details about how the inmates died.

Kirkland operates a specialized housing unit for the state’s most dangerous inmates, an assessment and evaluation center for new inmates sentenced to more than three months, and a 24-bed infirmary, according to the Corrections website.

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The prison has been the scene of previous violence. In 2015, two inmates held two nurses hostage with homemade knives for seven hours after forcing their way into a nursing station where prescription drugs were kept. One nurse’s throat was cut, but she survived.

Last year, three corrections officers at Kirkland were fired after officials said they tried to kill an inmate in their care. Authorities said the officers, who were charged with attempted murder and misconduct in office, stabbed an inmate while he was handcuffed.

Their cases are still pending.



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Man charged in deaths of 9 dogs, starving 13 others…


STRATFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The owner of nearly two dozen dogs that were found starving or dead on a property in upstate New York has been arrested, State police said.

Bentley Valdez, 55, is charged with 22 counts of failure to provide sustenance to his dogs, according to police.

The 22 French mastiffs were discovered on a rural property in Stratford as officers were investigating a report of animal abandonment, police said.

Nine of the dogs were dead and the 13 others “were in various states of emaciation,” police said. There was no food or water and police said it’s unknown when they dogs were last fed.

Some of the animals were confined inside the residence while others were in makeshift kennels and cages outside. The surviving dogs were taken to the Brennan Humane Society in nearby Mayfield

Valdez was arraigned and remanded to the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $3,500 bond.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the State police at 518-853-3720.



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Ancient Viking town discovered


Archaeologists in Norway are using laser scanning technology to help reveal the ancient Viking settlement hidden beneath a saint-king’s church.

Last year researchers in Trondheim, Norway unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as a saint. Experts uncovered the stone foundations of a wooden stave church where Haraldsson was likely enshrined after he was declared a saint in the 11th century.

Olaf Haraldsson, or Olaf II of Norway, is the country’s patron saint and the discovery was heralded as a significant find.

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The church, St. Clement’s, dates from around 1015, but it was demolished in the 13th century. Its location remained a mystery until Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) archaeologists unearthed the site, which was dated to the time of Olaf’s rule.

The second phase of the excavation began in February and experts are now surveying a larger area. Below the ruins of the church lie more archaeological remains, according to NIKU, which include an even older church, as well as an ancient settlement.

“We have identified rich remains of an Iron Age settlement on the site, most likely belonging to a Viking Age ‘kaupang,’ sealed under thick deposits of natural sand that have been formed by a flooding of the river Nidelva,” NIKU’s excavation leader Anna Petersén explained in a statement emailed to Fox News. A kaupang was a Viking trade center.

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Before accessing the kaupang site, however, experts have a lot of work to do.

“The oldest of the two churches is constructed with heavy posts dug down from the upper horizon of the sand,” Petersén added. Archaeologists plan to dismantle the stone ruins of St. Clement’s to gain access to the layers below. In order for the stones to be removed, the ruin is being laser and photo scanned with the data used to create an exact model of the ruin. Archaeologists also plan to use 3-D models of the site in a future visitor center.

“We will soon begin to remove the remains of the upper church and are eager to find more posts and postholes relating to the previous building in the sand,” Petersén explained. “And as the last of many highlights from this spectacular site we will explore the Viking Age settlement.”

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Excavation work at the site is expected to finish by the summer.

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SYRIA MISSILE ATTACK Satellite images show major damage to airfields


Satellite images released Friday of the Syrian air base that was pounded with 59 U.S. Tomahawk missiles show large-scale destruction to airfields, planes and fueling facilities allegedly used by the Assad regime to mount chemical weapons attacks.

However, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Syrian warplanes were able to take off from the base and carry out airstrikes in the countryside near Homs. 

Shayrat air base was “almost completely destroyed” by the barrage of 1,000-pound warheads launched from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea early Friday, according to a human rights group in the country.

U.S. intelligence sources told Fox News they believe with “high confidence” that a deadly gas attack on Syrian civilians was carried out by government aircraft at Shayrat air base, southeast of Homs.

“Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield.”

– Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missile attack damaged over a dozen hangars, a fuel depot and an air defense base.

At least seven Syrian soldiers were killed and nine wounded in the airstrike, the country’s military said.

The governor of Homs province said he did not believe the strikes caused a large number of “human casualties.” A Syrian official the attack caused deaths and a fire, but did not elaborate.

Two senior defense officials with knowledge of the strike also told Fox News that about 20 Syrian jets were destroyed.

None of the jets managed to take off and escape before U.S. missiles hit the target, the officials said, adding that all of the destroyed aircraft were jets — not helicopters. No Russian aircraft were at the Sharyat airfield.

U.S. officials told Fox News there were between 12 and 100 Russian military personnel present at the base when the missiles hit and said the U.S. “took pains” to avoid hitting their barracks.

The U.S. missiles hit at 3:45 a.m. local time in Syria. Syrian state TV called the attack an “aggression” that lead to “losses.”

“Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield, reducing the Syrian government’s ability to deliver chemical weapons,” Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said, according to Reuters.

Davis said the U.S. was still assessing the result of the 59 Tomahawks it fired, expressing hope that Assad’s government learned a lesson. He said it was ultimately “the regime’s choice” if more U.S. military action would be needed.

Fox News is told the missiles were the Tomahawk “E” or Echo version. It is the latest model and has two-way satellite communication allowing the missile to be reprogrammed in flight if needed. The missiles can carry 1,000-pound warheads.

Syria’s state TV showed footage of a fast sequence of orange flashes that lit the dark sky in the distance before the crack of dawn. The shaky footage was apparently filmed with a mobile phone camera and aired Friday.

In a different sequence after day break, the Syrian TV station al-Ikhbariyah showed another short clip of smoke billowing in the distance, hovering over a raging fire, the tip of which emerges and a forest of trees is in the foreground.

The U.S. launched the nearly five dozen cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of that country’s bloody civil war in 2011.

U.S. officials called the airstrike a “one-off” and said there are no plans for escalation.

Russia, meanwhile, condemended the attack, calling it an “aggression against a sovereign state” and a violation of international law.

Shortly before the strikes, the head of information policy commission in the upper house of Russian parliament, Alexei Pushkov, said on Twitter said that if President Trump launches a military action in Syria it would put him in “the same league with Bush and Obama.”

Trump on Thursday called for all “civilized nations” to join the U.S. “in seeking to end this slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.”

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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TERRORIST MANHUNT Stockholm police seek man after truck attack


A manhunt is underway for the driver of a hijacked beer truck that plowed into a department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least three and injuring many.

Police released two photos from CCTV surveillance footage of a man wearing a grey and greenish hood at the top of an escalator believed to be somehow “connected to the event.”

Two men have been taken into questioning in relation to the attack, according to Sky News.

Police spokesman Lars Bystrom said: “I can confirm that we have taken in two people for questioning, but that does not necessary mean that they are suspects.”

Stockholm police denied previous reports that a man had been arrested at the scene, saying that the driver had not been found.

“We have no contact with the person or persons who drove the truck,” Sweden’s top police chief, Dan Eliasson, told a news conference.

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Police would not confirm how many people many people had been killed or injured. Local media reports varied from two people up to five.

Sky News reported that police believed the man had run away towards the subway station. All subway traffic has been halted.

“Sweden has been attacked. Everything points to the fact that this is a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told reporters during a visit in western Sweden.

In a statement Friday, they said that they cannot exclude this is an act of terror based on other events in Europe.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s attack, but vehicles have been common weapons in recent extremist attacks.

SWEDEN TRUCK ATTACK FOLLOWS STRING OF SIMILAR VEHICLE ASSAULTS

Police said a truck ran over a crowd at Ahlens department store around 9 a.m. EST, injuring a large number of people.

People in the downtown area fled in panic, and Stockholm’s Central Station for trains and the subway, which is a few hundred yards from the scene, was evacuated.

Spokeswoman Towe Hagg would not confirm reports of shots fired in other parts of the city.

A government source told Reuters all Swedish government offices had been closed. All ministers were safe, the source said.

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf said in a brief statement that the Swedish royal family had noted the attack “with dismay” and sent condolences to the families of the victims and injured.

“We follow developments but as of now our thoughts go to the victims and their families,” he said.

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Homeland security officials say they are monitoring the situation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said the German government’s “thoughts are with the people in Stockholm, the injured, the relatives, first responders and police.”

Steffen Seibert said Friday on Twitter following the apparent attack in Sweden: “We stand together against terror.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram of condolence to Sweden’s monarch saying “Russians mourn together with the people of Sweden.”

Photos from the scene showed a beer truck sticking out of the department store, and Aftonbladet daily reported that Swedish beer maker Spendrups said one of its trucks had been carjacked earlier Friday.

“It’s one of our distribution vehicles which runs deliveries. During a delivery to the restaurant Caliente someone jumped into the driver’s cabin and drove off with the car, while the driver unloads,” communication director Mårten Lyth told TT news agency.

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Live television footage showed smoke coming out of the upscale Ahlens department store on Drottninggatan Street, which the truck smashed into. The department store is part of Sweden-wide chain.

“We stood inside a shoe store and heard something … and then people started to scream,” witness Jan Granroth told the Aftonbladet daily. “I looked out of the store and saw a big truck.”

A witness said the truck came out of nowhere, Sky News reported.

“I went to the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere. I could not see if anyone was driving it but it got out of control,” the person said. “I saw at least two being run over. I ran as fast as I could from there”.

Europe has reeled from a string of terror attacks involving drivers ramming trucks into populated areas. In July 2016, a truck plowed into a crowd at a waterfront promenade in the French tourist hotspot of Nice, killing 86 people. Police killed the driver, Mohamed Lahouiaej Bouhlel. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility.

Just over two weeks ago in London, a driver linked to radical Islam crashed his rented SUV into a crowd on Westminster Bridge before attacking an officer on the grounds of Parliament. A fifth victim of his rampage died Friday: a Romanian woman who fell into the river below. Dozens of other people were wounded. The killer, Khalid Masood, was shot dead at Parliament.

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At about this time last year, the Iraqi government warned Sweden that ISIS may have been plotting to attack civilian targets in Stockholm, NBC News reported.

Sweden has produced more ISIS fighters per capita than almost any other European nation, the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence reported last year.

Friday’s crash is near the site of a December 2010 attack in which Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Britain, detonated a suicide bomb, killing himself and injuring two others.

Abdulwahab rigged a car with explosives in the hope that the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan — the street hit Friday — where he would set off devices strapped to his chest and back. The car bomb never went off, and Abdulwahab died when one of his devices exploded among panicked Christmas shoppers.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and the Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Hillary Clinton blames Comey, WikiLeaks and 'misogyny' for 2016 loss


Hillary Clinton on Thursday narrowed down the “determinative” reasons for her 2016 presidential loss to two factors: FBI Director James Comey and WikiLeaks.

During an appearance at the eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City, Clinton said her team and supporters have been spending time “trying to piece it all together” — referring to why she lost to President Trump.

She noted that there were “lots of contributing factors” and said her campaign and she herself “certainly could have done better.”

“Certainly misogyny played a role,” Clinton noted. “That just has to be admitted.”

But, she narrowed it down to two incidents, which notably were outside of her control, that struck the killing blow to her campaign. 

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DOJ expresses 'grave concerns' over Baltimore police deal with Obama administration


The Trump Justice Department expressed “grave concerns” about an agreement the Obama administration reached with the city of Baltimore to overhaul its police department in the wake of the racially explosive Freddie Gray case.

A government attorney weighed in on the proposed consent decree at a public hearing Thursday as about 50 Baltimore residents lined up to endorse the reforms and complain of deep-seated racism, abuse and deadly force at the hands of the police.

“The consent decree needs to be passed for us to feel we can call on the Baltimore Police Department without them making us into the criminals when we are the victims,” black high school student Shane-jah McCaffity said.

But Justice Department lawyer John Gore said Attorney General Jeff Sessions is worried about whether the agreement “will achieve the goals of public safety and law enforcement while at the same time protecting civil rights.”

Gore said there has been a spike in crime in Baltimore and the administration wants to make sure the agreement “will help rather than hinder public safety.”

The stand represents the start of what appears to be a retreat by President Donald Trump’s administration from the federal consent decrees that have been put in place in several U.S. cities in recent years to root out racism, excessive force and other abuses against minorities.

In April 2015, Baltimore erupted in the worst rioting in decades over the death of Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken during what prosecutors said was a jolting ride in a police van while handcuffed and shackled.

The Justice Department launched an investigation and issued a scathing report outlining widespread mistreatment of black people, including excessive force and unlawful stops. The proposed agreement to remedy the abuses was negotiated during the final days of President Barack Obama’s administration.

Baltimore Solicitor David Ralph said Thursday that the plan was designed to help police fight crime while also protecting residents’ rights and repairing trust between the community and the department.

The plan discourages officers from writing up minor offenses such as loitering and bars them from arresting people simply because they are in high-crime areas. It also calls for more training for officers on handling mentally ill people, and the continuation of a program that is issuing body cameras to all officers.

The agreement is subject to approval by U.S. District Judge James Bredar. It would then be up to him to make sure the parties abide by it.

The Justice Department initially wanted the judge to postpone the hearing. He refused, and now the department wants him to delay signing the agreement for at least 30 days. Bredar did not indicate when he would decide on the plan.

The Obama Justice Department opened roughly two dozen investigations of police departments, and 14 of them ended in consent decrees, in such cities as Ferguson, Missouri; Miami; Cleveland; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Newark, New Jersey.

In a memo made public this week, however, Sessions ordered a review of all such consent decrees, saying the federal government should not be managing local law enforcement agencies. He also said heavy scrutiny of the police is making them less aggressive and leading to a rise in crime in some cities.

Nearly all residents who testified Thursday voiced strong support for the consent decree and urged the judge to sign it swiftly.

“Non-white residents feel distrustful, attacked, bullied, defensive, scared, scarred and singled out,” said Shantay Guy, a community mediator. “Officers generally feel misunderstood, ill-equipped, labeled, targeted, mischaracterized, stereotyped, demoralized, criticized and limited.”

She added: “Both groups indicate that change is important to them — change in their interactions with each other that give them the safety and respect they’re looking for.”

The judge also heard from mothers whose sons were killed by police.

“I don’t know if the officer was anxious, but he shouldn’t have been the judge, jury and executioner,” said Darlene Cain, who said she lost her 29-year-old son.

“It’s very important for all of our children to realize their lives matter. And I want the police department to know: It is crucial that we stop burying our children every single day. It is crucial that our children stop getting killed by the Baltimore city police.”

Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis have vowed to press on with police reform regardless of what happens with the consent decree. But they stressed they would prefer to see a court-enforceable agreement.

Gene Ryan, president of Baltimore’s police union, has complained that the union wasn’t involved enough in the negotiations, and he supported the Justice Department’s request to delay the proceedings.

After the hearing, the judge praised those who testified.

“Let this be a model of how we continue to relate to each other in confronting some very challenging circumstances,” he said.



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Dog rescued three days after boating crash in Calif.


A dog that was assumed drowned during a fatal boating accident on April 3rd was found by two California firefighters on a rocky beach Thursday. 

Brian Phidat Ho, a 47-year-old San Jose resident, died when his 13-foot Boston whaler capsized in rough surf at the mouth of Tomales Bay in northern Marin County.

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Two dogs and another man also were in the boat when it was capsized by waves; the second man and one of the dogs were recovered shortly after the incident by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office personnel.

At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Marin County Fire Battalion Chiefs Chris Martinelli and Graham Groneman were riding on rescue watercraft just offshore, scouting locations during a water rescue orientation for firefighters.

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They were about a quarter mile north of Dillon Beach when they spotted a pale yellow object on the beach.

“They were hugging the coastline when they saw the dog hunkered down under a rocky outcropping,” said Battalion Chief Bret McTigue. “They went on shore and put a lifejacket on him. He was wet and shivering after a few days out in the elements.”

The dog, a young yellow Labrador retriever named Yoda, matched the description of the missing dog from Monday’s capsizing.

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