Day: May 8, 2017

Iran test fires torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran test-fired a high-speed torpedo on Sunday, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News, marking the latest provocative action from the Islamic Republic.

The Hoot torpedo, which has a range of six miles, was fired in the Strait of Hormuz, where much of the world’s oil passes each day.

It’s unclear if the torpedo test was successful.

The test was carried out in Iranian territorial waters and did not break any international protocols, but the advances Iran is making with this powerful torpedo — which could travel at 250 miles per hour — has Pentagon officials worried.

It is not the first time Iran has tried to test this torpedo. The last time it did so was in February 2015.


This incident came on the heels of other recent provocations from Iran.

On May 3, Iran participated in a failed cruise missile test from a submarine and in April a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare after an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel approached within 1,000 meters of the USS Mahan.


Iranian officials announced in April that the Islamic Republic’s defense budget increased 145 percent under President Hassan Rouhani.

Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel . She joined FNC in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at @JenGriffinFNC.

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TODD STARNES: Catholic school in New York banishes Chick-fil-A

I was about to dip a nugget in some Chick-fil-A Sauce the other day when I received an urgent message on my phone. 

“Student Groups Shut Down Chick-fil-A Proposal,” one headline blared. “Catholic University Caves to LGBT Pressure, Rejects Chick-fil-A,” screamed another.

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A cavalcade of anti-chicken headlines blurted from my phone – but the most succinct came from Food and Wine magazine:  “Fordham University Rejects Chick-fil-A after LGBT Student Concerns.”

However incredulous it may have been, the Jesuits had indeed banished the Chick-fil-A cows. 

As I pondered that reality, I nearly choked on a delicious, hand-spun Chick-fil-A Icedream milkshake topped off with whipped cream and one crucial cherry.

Fordham’s Rainbow Alliance took great offense over plans to install a Chick-fil-A in the campus dining hall. The LGBT group had a laundry list of complaints, but they still have their feathers ruffled over an incident that occurred back in 2012.

That was the year Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told a Baptist newspaper that he believed in the biblical definition of marriage.

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Mr. Cathy’s comments sparked “The Great Poultry War of 2012.”

Fierce critics accused the family-owned restaurant chain of all sorts of heinous behavior. One elected lawmaker accused the Cathy family of peddling “hate chicken.”

In spite of the vicious attacks by the mainstream media and the militant LGBT chicken-haters, the restaurant chain continued to provide delicious food served with cheerful attitudes.

As a matter of fact, Chick-fil-A graciously offered to collaborate with Fordham’s Rainbow Alliance – an invitation that was rejected.

“We’re not going to partner with an institution, a corporation that has so strongly supported other institutions that work to destabilize and demolish movements for queer equity,” Rainbow Alliance co-president Renata Francesco told the Fordham Observer.

Such childish insolence has become the norm on university campuses these days.

The Fordham Observer reports that other student groups, including the United Student Government and the Residence Hall Association, also objected to the campus Chick-fil-A.

The Rainbow Alliance said they were “very happy with the decision.”

“Part of me is hopeful that they’ll start taking this attitude of listening to queer student and queer voices, because there are so many on this campus and just in life,” Francesco told the newspaper.

It seems LGBT students are still perturbed because the Catholic school is not kowtowing to “queer issues” – most notably “the hesitation and denial to create trans-inclusive spaces.”

I’m not exactly sure what a trans-inclusive space means – but whatever.

So, there you have it, folks. Chick-fil-A has been banished from campus, the LGBT students won the day, and the anti-poultry bigots at Fordham University have been spared the indignity of suffering through the throes of a raging microaggression at the mere presence of a waffle fry.

The Jesuits should’ve told them to flock off. 

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary. His latest book is “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Follow him on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

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Democrat assails removal of Israel from Trump travel video

A senior House Democrat on Monday assailed the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia for posting online an “incomplete and misleading video” that edited out mention of President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Israel.

In a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, New York Rep. Eliot Engel said the embassy’s editing implied that the United States accepted Saudi Arabia’s refusal to recognize Israel as a state. Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have formal diplomatic relations.

“At a time when the United States should be encouraging the governments of the region — and their people — to promote tolerance, respect and mutual recognition this video implies that the US accepts Saudi Arabia’s public rejectionist position toward Israel,” Engel wrote.

The edited video, which had been posted on the embassy’s web page and its Arabic-language Twitter account, appeared to have been removed after the congressman complained. The original version, which includes a reference to Israel, is now on the embassy’s web site. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump announced last week during remarks in the Rose Garden that his first foreign trip as president will feature stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican.

Trump chose Saudi Arabia as his first stop to show his commitment to improving U.S. relations with the Muslim world, according to senior administration officials. Trump will meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and other leaders to discuss efforts to defeat terrorism.

In Israel, Trump will seek to reinforce the U.S. alliance with Israel. He met with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Washington at the start of his presidency.

Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said the United States has long fought efforts by other Middle East nations to “delegitimize” the Jewish state.

“This video plays into a rejectionist narrative and thus has no place in any social media — or any other form of communication — associated with the United States government,” Engel wrote Tillerson.

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INSPIRED BY TEXAS? Sanctuary city bans could spread to other states after new law signed

A new Texas law cracking down on ‘sanctuary cities’ could inspire other states to take a similar approach, even as the changes spur strong opposition from local Texas officials. 

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB-4 into law in a Facebook Live event Sunday evening, effectively banning sanctuary city policies in Texas and giving law enforcement officers the right to ask the immigration status of anyone they stop. Under the law, officers who fail to comply, or cooperate, with federal immigration agents could face jail time and fines reaching $25,000 per day.

“I was proud last night to sign this law … What it means is that no county, no city, no governmental body in the state of Texas can adopt any policy that provides sanctuary, and second, what it means, is that law enforcement officials, such as sheriffs, are going to be required to comply with ICE detainer requests,” Abbott said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.

He added, “Isn’t this quasi-insane that we have to pass a law to force law enforcement officers to comply with the law?”

Texas is the first state to officially ban sanctuary cities under President Trump. Colorado passed a law in 2006 outlawing sanctuary cities, but the measure was repealed in 2013. So far, only Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee have officially passed bills into law banning ‘sanctuary policies.’ Virginia attempted two measures in the Republican-led legislature, but both were suspended after Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe threatened to veto.  

But Florida and Louisiana seem to be next in line to consider official policies.

In Florida, HB 697, which would require county and local law enforcement agencies to comply with and support enforcement of federal immigration law, has passed two committees and is awaiting a full vote in the House. Louisiana’s measure, which passed out of a House committee last month, would prohibit sanctuary policies and require law enforcement to contact ICE agents if a person is detained for any reason and unable to provide proof of citizenship or immigration status within 48 hours.

The Texas law is set to take effect on Sept. 1, and opponents have vowed to challenge it in court, after slamming it as the nation’s toughest on immigrants since Arizona’s crackdown in 2010. But Abbott said key provisions of Texas’ law had been tested at the U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down several components of Arizona’s law.

The laws are not identical: Arizona’s law requires police to determine immigration status of people during routine stops, while the Texas bill does not require, but simply allows, police to ask whether a person is in the country legally, even if they are not under arrest.

Nevada is also considering a sanctuary city ‘ban,’ after Republican Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson announced he would lead the effort by pursuing a 2018 ballot question that would prevent Nevada from allowing sanctuary cities.

Nevada doesn’t have any cities that declare themselves as “sanctuaries” and neither does Texas. But mayors throughout the Lone Star State were in opposition to the bill’s passage, claiming it would weaken the relationship between law enforcement officials and the public.

“Our law enforcement community could not have been clearer with the legislature: by driving people into hiding, this bill will make it harder to catch criminals,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. “But this bill has never really been about keeping our cities safe.”

San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor also opposed the measure.

“San Antonio is not a Sanctuary City—our officers work hard to perform a very difficult job, and SB4 makes that job even more difficult by requiring our local police officers to act as federal immigration authorities,” Taylor told Fox News.

Last month, police chiefs throughout Texas signed a letter opposing the bill and urged the legislature to withdraw the bill. 

“This legislation is bad for Texas and will make our communities more dangerous for all,” the letter read.

But despite their opposition, local officials aren’t planning to defy the law.

On Monday, San Antonio’s Police Chief William McManus blasted Republican lawmakers for signing the new law, but said the department would abandon a policy that prohibited officers from asking about a person’s immigration status, in order to comply with the ban. 

Sheriff Sally Hernandez of Travis County, which includes Austin, initially refused to honor federal detainer requests if suspects weren’t arrested for immigration offenses or serious crimes such as murder. But before Abbott signed the bill, Hernandez vowed to conform to the ban if it became law.

In El Paso County, meanwhile, officials could be in a tough spot. While the new law presses for cooperation with federal immigration officials, a settlement the county struck over a decade ago led to a policy barring deputies from enforcing federal immigration law. Still, the county sheriff’s office does not plan to stand in the way of federal detainers. 

Abbott said it is simple: “What this law is going to do is engender greater cooperation between local law enforcement and federal officials so that we ensure everybody is going to be, simply, following the law.” 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Arizona girl found in storage box: Cousin stands trial on murder, abuse charges

A trial is set to begin Monday for a woman in Arizona accused in the death of a 10-year-old girl found in a padlocked storage box.

Jury selection will begin in the case against Sammantha Lucille Rebecca Allen, 28, for the 2011 death of Ame Deal. Authorities say Allen and her husband, John Michael, forced Deal to get into the plastic box as punishment for having stolen a popsicle. The couple allegedly fell asleep before letting the girl out of the box and she subsequently died overnight.

Relatives at the house first claimed that she had hid during a game of hide and seek and wasn’t discovered for six or seven hours.

Allen and Deal were cousins. The girl’s mother had left the family after being abused and had moved to Kansas without her daughter.


Deal’s death followed a series of abusive incidents, investigators have claimed. The girl allegedly was forced to eat dog feces and hot sauce and was forced into the storage box for separate incidents. She also was kicked in the face and beaten with a wooden paddle, the investigators said.

At the time of her death she was around 4 feet tall and weighed approximately 60 pounds, KPNX reported.


The aunt who served as the girl’s legal guardian and two other relatives are already in prison serving sentences for abusing Deal. Now prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Allen and her husband.

The husband will be tried on child abuse and murder charges in a separate trial on August 7.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty.

John Curry, one of Sammantha Allen’s attorneys, and lawyer Gary Beren, who represents John Allen, didn’t return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. Prosecutors with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office declined comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tiffany Trump to attend Georgetown University in the fall

Tiffany Trump is headed to Georgetown Law School in the fall, a university spokesperson has confirmed to Fox News.

The 23-year-old daughter of President Donald Trump and ex-wife Marla Maples graduated in 2016 from the University of Pennsylvania after majoring in sociology and urban studies. She had toured Harvard Law School last year prior to being admitted to Georgetown Law.

Tiffany won’t be the first Trump to attend Georgetown, which is less than 2 miles from the White House. Her brother Eric graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and management in 2006, and her sister Ivanka spent two years at the school before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania.


A Trump family spokesperson declined further comment.

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Bouncy castle explodes in Spain, killing girl, 6, and injuring six other children

A six-year-old girl has died after being thrown 45 feet into the air when a bouncy castle exploded at a restaurant in northeast Spain.

The girl was playing on the inflatable with six other children behind the Mas Oller restaurant outside the city of Girona on Sunday afternoon.

She suffered serious injuries and died a few hours later in the intensive care unit of a nearby hospital.

The six other boys and girls, aged between three and 11, were also injured.

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A nine-year-old boy was one of three taken to hospital by helicopter, while a seven-year-old girl is reported to be in a stable condition after undergoing surgery. Both are said to have suffered multiple injuries.

Four other children, including a seven-year-old, suffered minor injuries such as cuts and bruises.

It is understood a valve failed on the inflatable and pressure built up, causing the explosion. The children were sent high into the air before crashing down onto tarmac or grass.

Parts of the bouncy castle reached the roof of the restaurant and some debris was found more than 120 feet (37m) away.

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20 things tech took from us

See if these sound familiar: You’re not sure where your U.S. road atlas is, or if you even own one. It’s been so long since you licked a stamp, you’ve forgotten what it tastes like. You’ve seen more scrumptious two-minute videos in the past week than you’ve consulted a cookbook in the past year.

We all know technology is making things easier and less time-consuming, but it’s hard to believe how much our devices have transformed the way we live. Tasks and tools that once were routine now seem hopelessly out of date, after only a few years. Example: Who would post an ad on the personals page of a local newspaper? It sounds so Victorian!

Here are some rituals that are no longer necessary in high-tech households. Teenagers may shrug, but if you’re 20 or older, you’ll probably smile with nostalgia.

1. Memorize a phone number

Pop quiz: How many phone numbers do you know by heart? Some people don’t even know their spouse’s number. Before our smartphones stored our friends’ contact information, we resorted to

scrawling numbers on cocktail napkins, fearing we wouldn’t them in the phone book. How times have changed.

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2. Use a phone book to find a company to do work around your house

Once upon a time, we felt perfectly comfortable flipping through the Yellow Pages and randomly calling a plumbing company to fix our pipes. Maybe we’d consult friends for a recommendation, but we often relied on trial-and-error. Consumer services like Angie’s List and Yelp have changed this game entirely. You can quickly read reviews of a local business, and if you like what you read, you can tap the phone number to “dial.”

3. Park your used car on the street with a sign that says it’s for sale

Selling a car on your own is a pretty risky business. True, you stand to profit more, because you’ll avoid dealer fees. But unless you’re selling your vehicle to someone you know and trust, these transactions can get sticky and dangerous without someone to oversee them. Craigslist started up more than 20 years ago, and it’s still going strong. But if you want to sell your car, here are three sites that are better than Craigslist.

4. Do math in your head

Calculators have been around for a long time, but few of us ever carried one to the grocery store. But now pretty much everyone with a smartphone has one available to do double-digit

multiplication, no matter where or when we need it. There’s even an app called Photomath that can solve any equation just by taking a picture with your smartphone’s camera.

5. Call a family member to ask where they are

Find My Friends is a radical app that helps family members and close friends pinpoint each other’s precise location. Note that these people have to sign up for the service, but customers can decide who can know where they are located. Click here for ways to really take advantage of your smartphone’s GPS capabilities.

6. Tell time by the hands on a clock

Like cursive writing, analog clocks are teetering on extinction. Few people with smartphones bother with watches anymore, unless they’re fashion statements or fitness trackers. With digital clocks dominating our computers and hardware, those 12-numeral timepieces may become pure novelties. Even your trusted alarm clock has gotten a tech makeover. Click here for three apps that monitor your sleep cycle and wake you when you feel most rested.

7. Make photo albums

Purists still love their dark rooms, because chemicals and photo paper can be so rewarding for patient photographers, but few people pine for the days when they dropped off rolls of film at a one-hour photo shop. Instead of pasting 5×7 snapshots into your faux-leather album, most people prefer the ease of photo-sharing services like Flickr and Amazon Cloud.

8. Own a CD or record collection

Wasn’t it cool, back in the day, to walk into a shabby apartment and see those shelves of CDs? Wasn’t it a joy to flip through boxes of vinyl records? Well, the mp3 generation has transferred all those songs to a digital index. Vinyl records and turntables have seen a resurgence in popularity, but it’s hard to imagine CDs making a comeback.

9. Make mix tapes

There was something so personal about a mix tape. We spent hours finding the right song, then lining up two cassettes to copy a song. So many lovers cemented their relationships using a blank tape and a few dozen favorite albums. Now you can throw together a digital playlist in seconds.

10. Call a theater to get movie times

Millions of people would rather watch a hit new movie on iTunes before it’s even finished in theaters, but when we do decide to drive to the theater and fork over $40 for two tickets and popcorn, there’s no need to call to find out when the movie starts. The Internet has everything we need. In Google, you can often just type “movie times” and the search engine will list films based on your location.

11. Record your favorite programs on tape

All year, we’d wait for “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Wizard of Oz” to pop up on TV, and when it did, we’d push a VHS tape into the machine and wait until the proper moment to press “record.” When TiVo emerged, it streamlined this process by making scheduled recordings even simpler. Now, with streaming services, web archives and easy-to-purchase downloads, the timing of a broadcast hardly matters anymore.

12. Watch shows when they are broadcast

In the same vein, we rarely have to sit in front of the TV waiting for a “major network event.” Services like Hulu and YouTube convert a huge amount of national television into a digital format, and local news stations log most of their important segments onto their websites.

13. Run to the store for a last-minute gift

Curses! You forgot a Mother’s Day gift! Should you change your whole schedule so you can rush to the store and hurriedly pick something out? If you have Amazon Prime and live in an Amazon hub, there’s no need. You can order same-day delivery and have that gift brought to your front door. It’s just one of the many benefits you probably didn’t know Amazon offers. Click here for more than 20 lesser-known perks that come with your Amazon Prime membership.

14. Cut things out of the newspaper

Many grandparents still love to buy newspapers, and when they find an article they like, they snip it out, put it in an envelope with a “Thought you might find this interesting!” note and send it to a relative. But most of us don’t waste our time. Nearly every article in every major newspaper is archived online and can be instantly shared by email, social media or text message.

15. Send a handwritten letter

Don’t get me wrong: It’s still wonderful to receive a postcard from faraway places. You might say that email, texting and Skype conversations have made handwritten letters even more special. But no one is forced to handwrite his thoughts and drop a letter in a mailbox anymore.

16. Look up how to spell a word

Spellcheck is nearly as old as word processors, and many of us have grown up expecting Microsoft Word to underline our mistakes in red squiggles. But autocorrect takes this concept a step further, guessing what we intended to write and correcting our mistakes. This can be handy for clumsy thumbs, but it can be embarrassing when autocorrect guesses wrong. Click here for five ways to take control of autocorrect.

17. Use a phone booth

Phone booths are so rare nowadays that you’d probably have an easier time just buying and activating a cheap cellphone. The last holdout may be your local airport, but even international travelers can usually nab a SIM card the moment they step off the plane.

18. Carry enough change to make a phone call

I remember my dad telling me, “Always carry a quarter, because you never know when you’ll need it.” In a world of debit cards and Apple Pay, shoppers rarely need to carry cash anymore. So what happens when your phone is dead, there’s no one around and all you have is a phone booth? Luckily, most public phones in the U.S. are outfitted with credit card strips.

19. Use a travel agent

Travel agents can be essential for elaborate vacations, but for generic flights, services like Kayak and CheapFlights have transformed how we book our passage. You can compare hundreds of airlines and agencies in seconds to find the best deal. If you’d like to save even more, use Google Flights to find the cheapest airfare. Here are five ways Google Flights can really help you save as long as you’re flexible with your travel schedule.

20. Get your old checks back from the bank every month

Oh, people still write checks, and physical paychecks are still routine methods of payment, but I doubt this practice will last much longer. Even depositing checks has become digitized, thanks to ATMs that scan them and print a facsimile on your receipt. Gone are the days of banks sending you old checks to jam into a filing cabinet. Thank goodness for that!

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Bill Clinton writing thriller with James Patterson

Bill Clinton is expanding his resume to include fiction writer.

The former president is teaming up with best-selling novelist James Patterson to co-write a thriller, “The President is Missing.”

The book will be released in June 2018, the Associated Press reported.

Publishers Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. said the book is “a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power. It will be informed by details that only a president can know.”

“Working on a book about a sitting president — drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House and the way Washington works — has been a lot of fun,” Clinton said, adding that he’s been a fan of Patterson’s “for a very long time.”

Patterson called working with Clinton “the highlight” of his career.

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