Day: July 18, 2017

Pot-smoking grandma steals benefits meant for motherless child…



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Napoleon Dynamite? Watters quizzes Jersey beachgoers on Bastille Day


College Students Back Bernie, But Do They Actually Know What Socialism Is?

Kaepernick-Defending Columnist Calls Nat’l Anthem a ‘Pompous Battle Number’


After President Trump’s trip to Paris to celebrate Bastille Day, Jesse Watters headed down the shore to see what beachgoers know about the French holiday.

Many board-walkers were a little unclear on the celebration…


Then, Jesse quizzed some of the Jersey Shore visitors on basic U.S.-France history.

Like which country fought against the United States in World War I… 

(Hint: it wasn’t France)

 

And what about the famous French revolutionary leader, Napoleon, er, Dynamite?

Watch the full segment above.


WATCH: College Students HATE Obama’s Policies When They’re Credited to Trump

College Students Sign Petition to Ban Christmas on Campus

Hillary Supporters Want to Repeal the 2nd Amendment


 



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R. Kelly's major controversies: From Aaliyah to alleged 'cult'


R. Kelly has been accused of holding women in a “cult,” according to a report published Monday by BuzzFeed.

The report follows a string of major headlines for the 50-year-old R&B star, who has been sued by multiple women and previously battled child pornography charges. Here are the controversies you should know about.

Marriage to Aaliyah, August 1994

Kelly was 27 years old when he married his manager’s niece, 15-year-old singer Aaliyah, who said she was 18 years old on the marriage certificate, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in December 2000.

Aaliyah’s family learned about the marriage and split the couple up, according to WBEZ. The marriage was annulled in October 1994.

In 1997, Aaliyah sought to have the marriage records expunged, the Sun-Times reported. She died in an August 2001 plane crash at age 21.

In a GQ interview published in 2016, the topic of the reported marriage came up. Kelly responded that “because of Aaliyah’s passing, as I’ve always said, out of respect for her mother who’s sick and her father who’s passed, I will never have that conversation with anyone.”  

Tiffany Hawkins sues R. Kelly for $10 million on Christmas Eve, December 1996

Hawkins alleged that she had a sexual relationship with Kelly which started when she was 15 years old in 1991 and stopped in 1994, according to the Sun-Times. Hawkins also claimed that Kelly “encouraged her to participate in group sex with him and other underage girls,” the report said.

Kelly reportedly settled with Hawkins for $250,000 in 1998. Kelly’s attorney Gerry Margolis told the Sun-Times that “the settlement is confidential, I have nothing else to say about that case now or ever.”

Tracy Sampson sues Kelly for $50,000, August 2001

Sampson alleged she and Kelly had a sexual relationship from 2000 to 2001 and that he knew she was 17, according to MTV. Kelly said that he didn’t have sex with Sampson, the Sun-Times reported, and he settled with her for an undisclosed amount in April 2002. 

Video is sent anonymously to the Sun-Times, February 2002

A video which purportedly depicted Kelly and an underage girl engaging in graphic sex acts was mailed to the Sun-Times, the newspaper said in a February 2002 article, which said that police were investigating.

“Any tape you have is a fake, and we find the timing of these events to be extremely suspicious,” Kelly’s attorney John M. Touhy told the Sun-Times. 

Patrice Jones files $50,000 lawsuit against Kelly, April 2002

Jones was 20 when she sued Kelly, alleging that she met him in 1998 when she was 16 and that they had a sexual relationship which lasted nine months, MTV reported. Jones also claimed that Kelly pressured to her to have an abortion when she was 17. 

Kelly’s attorney Gerry Margolis was quoted as saying at the time that the lawsuit “is a collection of half-truths, distortions and outright lies that we intend to fight and beat.” The singer settled with Jones for an undisclosed amount.

R. KELLY ACCUSED OF HOUSING A ‘CULT’ OF WOMEN IN SHOCKING REPORT

Montina Woods sues Kelly, May 2002

Woods was 33 when she sued Kelly for $50,000 and alleged that Kelly had secretly recorded Woods and Kelly having sex at a Chicago music studio. A rep for Kelly told MTV, “This one falls under the category of people just piling on.” Kelly settled with the dancer for an undisclosed amount.

Kelly is indicted for 21 counts of child pornography, June 2002

Kelly was indicted in Chicago and was arrested at his Florida home. “Even though I don’t believe any of these charges are warranted, I’m grateful that I will have a chance to establish the truth about me in a court of law,” Kelly said in a statement. He pleaded not guilty.

Seven charges were dropped due to a technicality in February 2004, MTV reported at the time.

Kelly is acquitted of all 14 child pornography charges, June 2008

Kelly was acquitted after less than a day of deliberations in his child pornography trial. The Grammy award-winning singer had faced 15 years in prison if convicted.

The month-long trial centered on whether Kelly was the man who appeared on a sexually graphic videotape at the heart of the case, and whether a female who also appeared on it was underage.

Kelly and the alleged victim each denied they were the ones on the tape, and neither of them testified. Some witnesses identified the alleged victim as the woman on the tape, while others did not. 

“Cult” accusations, 2017

Kelly was accused of holding multiple women of legal age in a “cult,” according to allegations detailed by BuzzFeed. 

BuzzFeed cited three women who it said were once in the singer’s “inner circle.” The women claimed that Kelly houses six women at his Chicago and Atlanta properties and “controls every aspect of their lives” like food, clothing, and sexual activity, according to the report.

“You have to ask for food,” Kelly’s former assistant Cheryl Mack told BuzzFeed. “You have to ask to go use the bathroom. … [Kelly] is a master at mind control. … He is a puppet master.”

“Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name,” his attorney Linda Mensch told Page Six.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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North Carolina murder suspect, 81, is 'danger' to public, prosecutors say


A North Carolina woman who is 81 and confined to a wheelchair would not seem to fit the profile of a dangerous criminal suspect but that is how prosecutors are describing her, according to a report Monday.

Margaret Kellis, of Aberdeen, is accused of killing her husband and has been locked up since her arrest, the Southern Pines Pilot reports.

Moore County prosecutors labeled Kellis dangerous at a bail hearing last week.

They said that in the lock-up she threatened to kill another detainee 45 years younger than her.

She’s also tried to “intimidate” witnesses in the murder case to change statements, prosecutor Peter Strickland said, according to the paper.

He told the judge Kellis was a “danger to herself and others” and that she posed a flight risk if released on bail, the paper reported.

“I have been told by family members that if she is released, we will never see her again,” Homicide Detective Sgt. Anthony Guerra told the judge during the hearing.

Court-appointed defense attorney Arthur Donadio urged the judge to lower the bail from $1 million to $100,000, the paper reported.

He said Kellis wanted to get out to see her son who is terminally ill.

At the end of the hearing, Judge James Webb denied the request.

Dallas Kellis, 76, was found dead of gunshot wounds to the abdomen and head in July 2016. She was arrested three months later, according to The Pilot.

The paper reported that a transcript of the 911 call shows Kellis took her time to inform the operator of the emergency.

“My nephew died down in Bladen County and we were going down there,” she said, according to the transcript. “My husband told me when I woke up this morning (to) run up to McDonald’s and get a ham sandwich and when you get back we’ll get dressed and go, that way we won’t have no mess to clean up.

“So I went up there and when I came back, I didn’t go in the room, I just went to the door and called him and said come on and eat your sandwich. He didn’t answer me, but that’s not unusual. He does that a lot. He’ll doze back off. So I went back in there and sat down and ate mine. He hadn’t come, so I went and called him. He didn’t answer me. I went on to the room and I seen him …”

The transcript shows the dispatcher interrupted saying, “O.K. ma’am, what’s going on?”

“I think he’s dead,” she said.



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MS-13 NY gang massacre: Indictment charges 3 men


Three members of the MS-13 street gang have been indicted in connection to the April murders of four men found hacked to death in a Long Island park, federal prosecutors announced on Monday.

Court records says the charges were unsealed on Thursday.

MS-13 GANG MEMBERS ON LONG ISLAND ARRESTED, POLICE SAY

The four victims, found brutally murdered near a soccer field in a park In Central Islip, were identified as a 16-year-old, a 20-year-old man and two 18-year-olds, including one visiting from Florida.

The indictment identified the defendants as Alexis Hernandez, Santis Leonel Ortiz-Flores and Omar Antonio Villata.

An attorney for Ortiz-Flores declined to comment. It was unclear whether the other men had attorneys.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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In tearful reunion, US soldiers welcome Afghanistan translator who saved their life


The soldiers who served with him in Afghanistan call him “Fred.”

Fraidoon Akhtari participated in more than 500 combat missions, translating for the U.S. military for the past 13 years.

On Sunday, after a harrowing wait of nearly five years, Fred and his wife and two children walked through the arrivals hall at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.

Sgt. Ryan Craig and 25 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 103rd Armor Regiment, and the veteran charity No One Left Behind greeted him at the airport, recalling how he saved all of their lives at a remote combat outpost.

“Completely cut off, no air support, limited artillery support, and throughout the entire battle Fred was redirecting us, ‘Hey, they’re going to come from the east side. They’re going to come from the west side, you guys need to shift fire this way,’” Craig, who recently separated from the Army, recalled. “And just giving us that valuable actionable intelligence that single-handedly kept all of us safe.”

It took years of pushing an entrenched U.S. government bureaucracy to get Fred and his family a Special Immigrant Visa to the U.S. and out of harm’s way.

Former FBI agent David Lemoine disobeyed his doctor who told him not to fly after open heart surgery a month ago. He arrived from Omaha, Nebraska, where Fred and his family will be resettled with the help of Lutheran Services. He explained what would have happened had Fred stayed in Afghanistan.

Fred had trouble getting a visa “because he assisted in the capture of a high-ranking Taliban member,” Lemoine said. “So a death threat was placed on his life and they put a note on his father’s door and they said, ‘We know where your son is going… he will be captured alive and he will die like no other.’”

After walking out of Customs and past a “Welcome to America” sign, Fred embraced each member of his old unit as they stood in honor formation. He explained what the Taliban would do to him if he had stayed in Afghanistan after having worked for the U.S. military. He would not allow us to photograph or name his wife and two young children.

“They shot my car two times with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade. They shot me many times, but couldn’t kill me. They sent a threat to my family a few times, but they couldn’t kill me because I had good friends with me here and in Afghanistan. They protect me and I am here today,” he said, standing inside the USO where veterans are welcomed each day.

He began tearing up when asked how he felt to be in America at long last. 

“My mom and dad back in the country, they are upset, but my wife and my kids are happy to be here,” he said. “My hope is my kids grow up like Americans… to study hard, and be human.”

He then turned to the soldiers from the Pennsylvania National Guard who had driven from across the country to greet him and had set up a GoFundMe page and raised money for his airline tickets — and had enough left over to buy him a used car.

If they had not, it would have taken another six months for the State Department to issue his ticket and he would have had to pay the government back. 

“For these guys, I do not know what to say, they are the greatest people,” he said. “They are members of my family.”

Originally a mistake on his employment record held up his visa. It took lawyer Sari Long, who was given Fred’s case by the International Refugee Assistance Project, three years of pressing the U.S. government and a military contract employer. Eventually, she wore him down. The soldiers from his unit call Long “a pitbull in a skirt.”

“He is the poster child for the special immigrant visa program. He put in 10 years of service, he was in over 100 firefights and incidents shoulder-to-shoulder with his U.S. soldiers he was working with,” Long explained as she teared up talking about her pro-bono client.

“They put their lives on the line for us and I believe we should just do everything we can to help them out,” said Sgt. David Shiner, who led the GoFundMe effort.

There are 14,000 Afghan translators who have served since 9/11 still waiting for Special Immigrant Visas, according to No One Left Behind. Escaping the Taliban, and making it to America, where the cost of living is high, is just the beginning of the struggle for many of them. 

“There are guys sleeping under bridges that should be in apartments, and we’re breaking our promise to these guys,” the retired FBI agent Lemoine explained, holding a folded American flag in his hands to give to Fred.

No One Left Behind is lobbying Congress to give “honorary” veteran status to these Afghan and Iraqi interpreters who risked their lives for the U.S. government. But many are proud and don’t want government handouts and don’t use some of the government services available to them. Food stamps, for instance. They prefer to work.

“No, we are not asking for Title 34 or (Veterans Affairs) benefits,” James Miervaldis, who volunteers with No One Left Behind, explains. “This is an honorary title that will allow 56,000 501(c)(3) non-profits to use their money for our new veterans.”

No One Left Behind wants Congress to increase the quota of Special Immigrant Visas in the Defense Authorization Act being debated this week on Capitol Hill. Right now, there are none in the bill that passed the House on Friday.

These soldiers, on the other hand, believe in the Soldier’s Creed; “Leave no one behind.”

I am an American Soldier.

I am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.

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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Tropical Storm Don forms in the Atlantic Ocean


The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Don has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Forecasters say the storm is about 485 miles east-southeast of Barbados and 595 miles east of Trinidad on Monday afternoon. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving west at 17 mph.

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A tropical storm warning is in effect for Grenada. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia.

An Air Force Reserve crew found the storm small and well-defined but not particularly well-organized. Don is expected to dissipate within 72 hours.



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