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Kurds announce deal with Assad after US withdrawal; Trump taunts Hunter Biden

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Russia brokers deal between Kurds and Damascus to stem Turkish offensive: report; Trump seeing ‘consensus’ in new sanctions on Turkey
Nearly a week after the U.S. announced its decision to pull out troops from northern Syria to make way for a Turkish incursion, Kurdish forces in the country have reportedly agreed to a new deal with Damascus in a desperate bid to face off against Ankara’s offensive. The New York Times reported that the deal– which was announced Sunday evening– would enable President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to attempt to regain a foothold in the country’s northeast. The Washington Post reported that the deal was reached after three days of negotiations between the Kurdish forces, Russian envoys and Damascus. Click here for more on our top story.

The latest development comes as at least nine people, including five civilians, were killed Sunday in Turkish airstrikes on a convoy in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian Kurdish officials. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper defended Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces and said the U.S. is urging Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to cease the aggression.

Esper said that roughly 1,000 troops will be withdrawing from the north of the country. A U.S. official told Fox News that forces will not be leaving the country altogether, but will be moving southward. Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Trump himself denounced getting involved in “endless wars” and talked up wide support in Washington in imposing news sanctions against Turkey.

‘Where’s Hunter?’ Trump asks, as Biden’s son promises not to work with foreign companies if father wins presidency in 2020
President Trump targeted Hunter Biden Sunday morning, implying that the son of former Vice President Joe Biden has disappeared — hours after Hunter Biden’s attorney announced his client is stepping down from the board of a Chinese company and vowed that he will not work with foreign companies if his father becomes president. “Where’s Hunter? He has totally disappeared!” Trump tweeted. Trump and his own attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have accused Hunter Biden of improperly benefiting from business dealings in China and Ukraine while Joe Biden was vice president.

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Mexico halts caravan of 2,000 migrants bound for US
A caravan of roughly 2,000 migrants bound for the United States was halted by Mexican authorities over the weekend only a few hours into their journey, according to officials. The caravan, which consisted of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America, left before dawn Saturday from Tapachula, a town in southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border, Reuters reported. About 24 miles into their journey, federal police and national guardsmen blocked their path. The abrupt halt of the caravan stood in stark contrast to last year when waves of U.S.-bound caravans – including one of at least 7,000 people – drew widespread media coverage while immigration officials on both sides of the border struggled to stem the flow.

China’s trade with US shrinks again in September
The trade war between the U.S. and China continues to take a toll on the Chinese economy and threatens to tip the global economy into recession. China’s trade with the United States fell by double digits again in September. Exports to the United States, China’s biggest foreign market, fell 17.8 percent to $36.5 billion, a deterioration from August’s 16 percent decline, customs data showed Monday. Imports of American goods sank 20.6 percent from the year before to $10.6 billion, a slight improvement over August’s 22 percent decline.

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Master Sgt. Mark Allen dies 10 years after being shot while searching for Army deserter Bergdahl
Retired Army Master Sgt. Mark Allen died on Saturday, 10 years after he was shot while looking for a missing soldier Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan back in 2009. He was 46. Allen was unable to walk or speak since being shot in the head by a sniper in July 2009 during his attempted search for Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan and was imprisoned by the Taliban for five years.

Bergdahl later pleaded guilty to desertion, misbehavior and endangering the lives of fellow soldiers, including Allen and was reduced in rank from sergeant to private and fined $1,000 per month over a ten-month period.
 
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In a special “Swamp Watch” on “The Next Revolution,” Steve Hilton points out that Joe and Hunter Biden continue to dodge an investigation of the family business dealings in Ukraine while Trump faces a formal impeachment inquiry.
 
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Cracker Barrel-loving family celebrates son’s first birthday at restaurant chain

The beloved country store has a new fan – and he may be the youngest yet.

Little Michael Magnotta made his Cracker Barrel debut last month in New Jersey as an early celebration for his first birthday. The tot, who turned 1 on Oct. 3, ventured out to the popular chain on Sept. 29 with his family to mark the exciting occasion.

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Little Michael Magnotta made his Cracker Barrel debut last month in New Jersey as an early celebration for his first birthday (Michael Magnotta / Cracker Barrel)

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However, his appetite for the restaurant chain was inevitable.

Michael Magnotta, father of the newest country store lover, fell in love with Cracker Barrel in April 1998 when his grandparents took him for the first time to a location in Georgia.

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Cracker Barrel has been such a large part of Michael and Nicole Magnotta’s life that they wanted to introduce their son to it at a young age. They hope the family tradition will continue. (Michael Magnotta / Cracker Barrel)

Since then, for the past 20 years, Michael has been visiting Cracker Barrels across the country. When he married his wife, Nicole, the love for the chain continued – the pair incorporated the restaurant into their wedding day by having Cracker Barrel cornbread on each table, and having a peg game with pegs matching their wedding colors.

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Currently, his count is up to 100 – which he celebrated by driving from New Jersey with his wife to Lebanon, Tenn., home of the first Cracker Barrel.

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Little Michael seemed to enjoy the experience as he was photographed in the iconic rocking chairs. He even got his own special “Rising Star” apron to wear to mark the occasion. (Michael Magnotta / Cracker Barrel)

Once the pair hit the impressive 100-store mark, the Magnottas decided to postpone visiting any more new Cracker Barrels until their son was born to start the next batch of 100 visits off right and ensure their family tradition was being passed down from the beginning, a press release shared.

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Little Michael seemed to enjoy the experience as he was photographed in the iconic rocking chairs. He even got his own special “Rising Star” apron to wear to mark the occasion.

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Though this family is definitely dedicated to carrying on the Cracker Barrel tradition, they still have a long way to go before they can catch up to Ray and Wilma Yoder – the 80-year-old couple from Indiana who has visited all 645 Cracker Barrel locations in America.

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Billionaires could face up to 97.5 percent tax rates under Sanders’ plan: economists

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Two economists at the University of California, Berkeley claim that billionaires could face a 97.5 percent average effective tax rate under Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan, which would easily thump other Democrats running for president in 2020.

Emmanuel Saez, one of the professors, told Bloomberg that “with the wealth tax, you get directly at the stock instead of hitting the flow of income, making it a  much more powerful de-concentration tool than income taxes.” The report pointed out that Sanders has said that the number of billionaires in the U.S. would be cut in half within 15 years under the plan.

The plan unveiled by Sanders seeks a 1 percent levy on households worth more than $32 million and proposes tax rates that would increase for wealthier people, up to 8 percent for fortunes in excess of $10 billion.

Sanders vowed to go further than Sen. Elizabeth Warren and generate more than $4 trillion over the next decade, substantially reducing billionaires’ fortunes. Billionaires would face a 62 percent average effective tax rate under Warren.

Sanders’ plan goes further because it starts on fortunes worth less, kicking in at $32 million. Warren also proposes increasing the wealth tax up to 3 percent on any net worth of more than $1 billion, while Sanders’ tax rates don’t top out until 8 percent for the richest households.

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The Massachusetts senator has topped Sanders in recent polls of Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire that show her running about even with the longtime front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, in those states.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Paul Batura: Leftist bullies wrong about ‘prayer lockers’ in schools. Here’s why

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Imagine you’re a struggling high school student. Maybe your parents have recently divorced or a love interest has just broken your heart. Worse yet, someone you care about has been given a terminal diagnosis.

You’re flailing in the classroom, desperate to find your place on campus.

There are hundreds of kids around you, but somehow you feel all alone.

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It’s between classes and you’re walking past a row of metal lockers, each one just the same as the next. Your head is down and so are your spirits.

But then you suddenly see a sign – literally and figuratively – on one of the locker doors.

The white paper says “prayer locker” and invites you to anonymously and confidentially submit prayer requests on slips of paper. No questions will be asked and every petition is promised to be prayed for.

This exact scenario has been playing out in Pike County Schools in eastern Kentucky. Nobody seems to know how it began, though some suspect it was first organized by a teacher. What started in one school spread to others in the district.

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“It’s really helped a lot of people throughout the year get through stuff, get their thoughts out,” said East Ridge High School sophomore Joseph Slone. “A lot of people that I know, they have troubles. They have family troubles; struggles that they need to get through.”

Those troubles were being praying for until the Americans United for Separation of Church and State stepped in, claiming the “prayer locker” somehow violated the First Amendment.

In response, Pike County School Board Superintendent Reed Adkins stood down, ordering the prayer lockers removed.

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Radical groups including Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom from Religion Foundation have perfected the art of bullying by trading in specious arguments revolving around the legality of faith expression in public places like schools and other government institutions.

They use the threat of a lawsuit and court like a club. Rather than fight it, many groups buckle to the leftist bullies.

Lost in the debate is good old common sense, something that seems to be in increasingly short supply these days.

Suggesting that the procurement of an unused locker for the collection of prayer requests somehow constitutes the endorsement of a state-sponsored religion is absurdity to the extreme.

We’re not talking about mandatory, formal, school-led prayer over a loudspeaker. We’re talking about taking anonymous prayer requests on small slips of paper. Participate or not. It’s the student’s choice.

At a time when violence in schools is growing and children find themselves navigating a myriad of complex personal problems, prayer is a powerful mechanism that not only brings comfort and help to those who request it – prayer also profoundly changes those who pray.

“God shapes the world by prayer,” wrote the late Mother Teresa. “The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”

A friend of mine recently observed, “As the mother of a teen, I know that kids in school could use a prayer – or two.”

I’ve always been perplexed by the energy behind the agitators who want to curtail a person’s freedom of private religious expression, especially their right to pray silently. In many ways, I feel sorry for them because it’s obvious they’ve never been warmed or overwhelmed by the power of answered prayer.

In my own life, I have seen miracles follow prayer – some instantly. I’ve seen prayer radically change hearts, deliver people from addictions, heal hurts and illnesses – and help lifelong hopes and dreams come true.

Why would any reasonable person want to withhold that blessing from someone else, especially vulnerable young people?

If you’re struggling today, and you’re a person of faith, I would encourage you to bring your concerns directly to God. Don’t worry about your choice of words. Talk to Him like a child talks to a parent.

But petitionary prayer, which is at the center of the locker controversy, is a wonderful magnifier and a multiplier. So go ahead and don’t be shy about asking others to pray for you. Many would consider it a privilege, including me.

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Prayer gives perspective. Prayer provides hope. Prayer is the comforting balm that the burns of the world desperately need right now.

Pray to be blessed. Pray to be a blessing. If you ask me, that’s a winning combination.

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Changes to grueling Special Forces course draw scrutiny, there’s ‘balancing act’

CAMP MACKALL, N.C.–Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. It’s after midnight and a soldier is taking a risk by turning on his headlamp to find his way.

The overnight land navigation test is just one hurdle in the grueling, monthslong course to join the Army’s elite Special Forces, and using the light violates the rules. Just the night before, at least 20 commando hopefuls had either committed a disqualifying failure or given up in the drenching rain.

“We got a light!” barks an Army instructor from the front seat of his truck as he patrols the woods. Almost instantly the tiny white beacon goes out as the soldier spots the truck headlights and tries to escape detection.

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A soldier from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School plots his next movement while completing the Special Forces Assessment and Selection night land navigation course near Hoffman, N.C., on May 7, 2019. (Ken Kassens/U.S. Army via AP)

For the nearly 200 candidates scrambling through Hoffman Forest at Camp Mackall, the struggle to become a Green Beret is real. But Army commanders are making sweeping changes to shorten and revamp the course. The aim is to meet evolving national security threats and to shift from a culture that weeds out struggling soldiers at every point to one that trains them to do better.

The changes that are beginning now have led to resentment among some Special Forces that the brass wants to make it easier to pass the qualification course as a way to boost lagging recruiting numbers and ensure that women will eventually qualify. The fear, such critics say, is that Green Berets will become weaker and “dangerously less capable than ever before.”

Army leaders insist the changes reflect the military’s need to adapt to evolving security threats from Russia, China, Iran and others foes. They say the nearly two-year course had to be shortened, so some training will be done when soldiers get to their units, where it can be tailored to the specific needs of the region.

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“Today’s qualification course is for exactly the type of Green Beret we needed for 2008. It is not what we need for 2028,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, who until recently was commander of the Army Special Operations Center of Excellence, which includes all the Special Forces training. “We need to reestablish our forte, which is our ability to work with partner forces, developing their capabilities to provide an advantage for them and the United States against our adversaries — North Korea, Iran, and China and Russia.”

Sonntag and other commanders, current and former instructors and students at the Special Forces training base at Camp Mackall spoke with The Associated Press during a rare, two-day look at the course, including observation of the overnight land navigation test.

The more than 6,700 Army Green Berets are highly trained commandos who usually work in 12-person teams that are often used for specialized combat and counterterrorism operations and to train other nations’ forces in battle skills. About a dozen died in combat this year, mainly working with Afghan forces fighting the Taliban; others are training troops in up to 60 countries.

The changes were driven by discussions with senior leaders, including Maj. Gen. John Deedrick, commander of 1st Special Forces Command, who told Sonntag he wanted soldiers to come out of the course with solid basic skills that can be sharpened when they get to their units.

“If you try to make them an expert in everything, you’re gonna give me a Swiss Army knife that can do a little bit of everything but isn’t real good,” he said in an interview in his Fort Bragg office. “I’d prefer to have him very good at the basics and then let me tailor what he’s gonna do in the long run.”

The new course drops some training, shifts some around and eliminates gaps in the schedule. For example, language training will now come after soldiers graduate the course, becoming a skill to learn rather than one needed to pass to stay in the course.

Also, because the new Pentagon strategy is focused on threats from China and Russia rather than wars against insurgents, some counterterrorism skills will be tailored to specific regions and taught after soldiers are in their units.

Senior Army leaders endorse the changes.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Sonntag “really grinded through this to make adjustments to the course to make it more effective and streamline the amount of time they’re in the schoolhouse” so they get to their assigned units more quickly. The new training, he said, will be more relevant to current threats.

The changes, however, caused an uproar among some instructors in the Special Forces community.

In a lengthy and anonymous 2017 email, a Green Beret instructor argued that “career-focused leaders” have eroded standards in the qualification course in order to meet graduation quotas. The email charged that allowing women to compete for special operations jobs was also responsible because commanders want to “markedly lower the standards enough to ensure that any woman attempting this path will have absolutely no issue achieving it.”

It complained that soldiers who failed a skill or fitness test weren’t weeded out, but allowed to continue or given a second chance.

The path to becoming a Green Beret consists of several phases, beginning with a grueling assessment and selection phase where commanders believe they can identify soldiers who cannot make the grade or do not belong. The bulk of those who try out fail. Some who get injured or fail are allowed to return and try again.

In the 2019 budget year, more than 3,000 soldiers showed up for the assessment phase, with 936 passing and going on to the qualification course. Of those, about 70 percent graduated and donned the Green Beret.

Sonntag said unqualified troops should be dropped. But that once soldiers make it through the assessment phase, the focus should be on training them to meet the standards.

Former instructors told The Associated Press that the course has changed often over the decades. Chris Zets, a retired Green Beret who worked as a course instructor, said the attrition rate shot up in recent years as the training expanded and instructors added more intermittent fitness tests and requirements. Commanders, including Sonntag, were asked to figure out why.

“You can ratchet it up and up and up and up to the point where you don’t graduate anybody and nobody volunteers to come here,” said Zets, who went through the course in 1979. “So, yeah, we’ve increased the standards, but then you don’t have anybody going to the force. So there’s a balancing act.”

Under the new program, once soldiers pass the assessment phase, they move to small unit tactics and survival training, then four months of more specialized job instruction, and then six weeks of exercises and other training before graduation.

“I want somebody physically fit, culturally astute, morally straight, understands small unit tactics and how to apply that with a partner force. And someone who can problem solve. You give me that raw material coming out of the course and we’ll do just fine,” said Deedrick, the commander of 1st Special Forces Command.

Others, however, say the uproar over the changes was a troubling sign.

“The danger of one unqualified officer making it through to command a Special Forces team is a balance that requires difficult choices,” said retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, a former Special Forces commander. He said some instructors were concerned with exceptions being made for some soldiers in the course. “If they are concerned, I am concerned,” he said.

And, he said, the fact that they resorted to an anonymous email suggested they feared retribution or did not feel comfortable going to leadership.

In fact, several instructors associated with the email posting ended up facing discipline or getting forced out — triggering charges that Sonntag sought revenge for the criticism.

Senior Army officials said a board of inquiry into Sonntag’s actions cleared him of any wrongdoing. In all but one case, officials and internal documents say, the soldiers were disciplined for infractions unrelated to the email, ranging from assault and travel fraud to being absent without leave and using government computers to promote a personal online business.

One soldier was charged with writing the email, lying about it and using his job to promote a personal business, the internal document said.

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Officials, however, also acknowledge there were lingering concerns about Sonntag fostering a toxic command climate and failing to communicate well enough with the troops about the changes in the course. While he was cleared of wrongdoing, Sonntag was not promoted and instead has decided to retire, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel issues.

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‘Hamilton’ star announces death of 3-year-old daughter

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The wife of “Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes took to Twitter Sunday to announce the heartbreaking death of their 3-year-old daughter who suffered from a severe form of childhood epilepsy, according to reports.

“Adelaide left us early Saturday,” Kelly Cervantes wrote in a caption above a picture of an empty child’s bed with stuffed animals near the foot.  “She went peacefully in my arms, surrounded by love. Finally,  she is free from pain + seizures but leaves our hearts shattered.  We love you so much  Adelaideybug and forever after.”

People magazine reported that Adelaide had her first seizure at about 7 months old and was eventually diagnosed with Infantile Spasms.

Miguel told ABC 7 Chicago earlier this month that his family was working to bring awareness about epilepsy. Kelly posted about the family’s journey on her blog, Inchstones. They also worked to raise money for “My Shot at Epilepsy.”

“I’m never going to ask why these things happen and oh, I’d give away all that I have to have Adelaide here,” he told People.  “But without her condition, we would have never met the strong and amazing people we are surrounded by right now. We have been giving this platform to talk about Infantile Spasms and epilepsy. And we have been given this platform to tell people about Adelaide. And that’s exactly what we intend to do.”

ABC 7 reported that Miguel was “handpicked” by Lin Manuel Miranda to play the lead role of Alexander Hamilton.

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Correa blasts home run in 11th to defeat Yankees 3-2; ALCS tied at 1

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Carlos Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning and the Houston Astros won a battle of the bullpens, beating the New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday night to tie the AL Championship Series at one game apiece.

The slumping Correa, who earlier hit an RBI double and made a sensational play at shortstop, connected for an opposite-field shot to right off J.A. Happ.

Correa watched the ball sail, then held up one finger as he rounded the bases. As he approached home plate, he tossed his helmet as if shooting a basketball at the crowd of teammates waiting for him.

Game 3 is Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Gerrit Cole, who is 18-0 in his last 24 starts and led the majors in strikeouts, starts for the Astros against Luis Severino.

“The game of baseball, it’s a beautiful game,” Correa said.

The Yankees tied a League Championship Series record by using nine pitchers. The eight relievers had permitted only one run and two hits with 11 strikeouts before Correa homered, ending a game that took 4 hours, 49 minutes and ended just before midnight.

Houston’s five relievers combined for 4 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball after taking over for Justin Verlander. Going into this best-of-seven series, the Yankees were considered the better team in the bullpen — the Astros amply held their own in this one.

“Our bullpen was nasty, gave us a chance to win the game,” Correa said.

Gary Sanchez struck out looking to end the Yankees 11th with runners on first and second. The pitch appeared outside — it came right after he swung and missed with two strikes, but was ruled a foul ball.

New York lost for the first time this postseason after four wins.

“It was a struggle tonight,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “They’re tough to score runs off, especially on a night when Verlander is out there.”

Aaron Judge put the Yankees on top 2-1 with a two-run shot off Verlander in the fourth. It was his first homer this postseason and the eighth in his playoff career.

George Springer tied it in the fifth with his franchise-record 12th career postseason home run. The 2017 World Series MVP connected on the first pitch after reliever Adam Ottavino entered.

Correa was sidelined for a while late this year because of back trouble. The All-Star began the day in a 3-for-22 skid this postseason.

Along with his bat, he made the key play in the field to keep it tied at 2 in the sixth. With runners at first and second, and on the move on a full-count pitch with two outs, Brett Gardner hit a hard grounder that bounced off second baseman Jose Altuve for a single.

The ball bounded away and Correa quickly retrieved it and threw a strike to catcher Robinson Chirinos, who tagged out the sliding DJ LeMahieu.

Verlander pumped his fist and screamed “let’s go!” as he came off the field and Correa shook his finger with a look that said: “not on my watch.”

Cameras then panned to Verlander’s supermodel wife, Kate Upton, who jumped and cheered from a luxury suite.

“I just tried creeping over and as soon as the ball hit him, I scooped it and he sent him, so I had to gun him down,” Correa said.

Correa ended an 0-for-14 slump with an RBI double in the second off James Paxton, who lasted just 2 1/3 innings.

Hours later, Correa ended it with his drive off Happ.

“I’ve been successful before going the other way against him,” Correa said. “I was looking for something down the middle that I could drive the other way. He threw a perfect pitch to do it.”

In a game decided by bullpens, it was quite a relief for Correa.

“Not playing a couple of weeks before the playoffs and then not producing for or my team offensively, obviously it’s tough, getting hurt and everything,” he said. “But it’s all worth it for moments like this, moments like this where you give your team a chance to win every day, it’s worth it, man.”

“It’s been a tough road this year but I’m finally here and I was able to contribute tonight,” he said.

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Verlander entered the game 4-0 in six career postseason starts against the Yankees. He allowed five hits and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings to bounce back from a tough start in Game 4 of the ALDS where he took the loss while pitching on short rest.

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Tom Ford once slapped over a broken heel

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Tom Ford,  one of the world’s most recognizable fashion designers, said in an interview on Thursday that he was once slapped by a woman outside a posh Beverly Hills hotel over a broken heel.

“I had a woman slap me one time because her shoe heel broke,” he said. “She took it so personally. I was standing in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel waiting to get into a car, and a woman came up and slapped me and said, ‘I bought your shoes and wore them to an event, and the heel broke and I looked like a complete fool.’ She thought I had decided to personally ruin her night by making that heel break. It was scary.”

Ford was at the Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference and was interviewed by actress Julianne Moore. The designer last month held a runway show in New York where he introduced his spring 2020 collection.

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“This season for me is about simplicity,” Ford said. “Which is not to be confused with simple. I think that it is a time for ease, and in that way a return to the kind of luxurious sportswear that America has become known for all over the world.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Trump sees ‘consensus’ on imposing new sanctions on Turkey

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President Trump on Sunday said there is widespread support in Washington to impose new sanctions against Turkey over its swift incursion into northern Syria.

Specific details about the sanctions were unclear but Trump said on Twitter, “Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought. There is great consensus on this. Turkey has asked that it not be done. Stay tuned!”

Reuters, citing an unnamed U.S. official, reported that the measures were being “worked out at all levels of the government for rollout.”

Last week, Trump vowed to obliterate Ankara’s economy if Turkey did anything in Syria that he considered “off limits.” 

Over the past five days, Turkish troops and their allies have pushed their way into northern towns and villages, clashing with the Kurdish fighters over a stretch of 125 miles. The offensive has displaced at least 130,000 people.

On Sunday, at least nine people, including five civilians, were killed in Turkish airstrikes on a convoy in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian Kurdish officials.

The New York Times reported that the troop advancement was so fast, they seized a road that complicated the U.S. troop pullout.

Trump has faced criticism over his decision to give Turkey a green light for the offensive. Critics said the U.S. abandoned its Kurdish allies that were credited for their actions to defeat ISIS. Trump has insisted that he wants to pull U.S. troops  out of endless wars.

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Trump was criticized by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for his initial decision, but was praised Sunday night for working with Congress “to impose crippling sanctions against Turkeys (sic) outrageous aggression/war crimes in Syria.”

The  Associated Press contributed to this report

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Kurdish forces announce deal with Damascus after US pullout

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Nearly a week after the U.S. announced its decision to pull out troops from northern Syria to make way for a Turkish incursion, Kurdish forces in the country have reportedly agreed to a new deal with Damascus in a desperate bid to face off against Ankara’s offensive.

The New York Times reported that the deal– which was announced Sunday evening– would enable President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to attempt to regain a foothold in the country’s northeast. The Kurdish fighters had few options after the United States abandoned them, and it had been anticipated they would turn to Assad’s government for support.

“An agreement has been reached with the Syrian government — whose duty it is to protect the country’s borders and preserve Syrian sovereignty — for the Syrian Army to enter and deploy along the Syrian-Turkish border to help the SDF stop this aggression” by Turkey, the SDF said in a statement.

The Washington Post reported that the deal was reached after three days of negotiations between the Kurdish forces, Russian envoys and Damascus.

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Over the past five days, Turkish troops and their allies have pushed their way into northern towns and villages, clashing with the Kurdish fighters over a stretch of 125 miles. The offensive has displaced at least 130,000 people.

On Sunday, at least nine people, including five civilians, were killed in Turkish airstrikes on a convoy in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian Kurdish officials.

President Trump’s decision to essentially give Turkey a green light to advance on the country has been widely criticized as abandoning the Kurds, who were instrumental in the fight against ISIS in Syria. Trump insisted that his decision stems from making good on his promise to get the U.S. out of years-long wars.

“Very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish Border, for a change. Those that mistakenly got us into the Middle East Wars are still pushing to fight. They have no idea what a bad decision they have made,” Trump said in a tweet.

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Late Sunday, Syrian TV broadcast from the northern town of Hassakeh where residents took to the streets to celebrate the announcement of cooperation between the Syrian government and the Kurds, and many vowed to defeat the Turkish invasion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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