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Ohio beats Nevada 30-21 in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

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Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke is projected to be the top quarterback taken in the Canadian Football League draft this spring. He’s pretty good at the American collegiate version, too.

Rourke, from Oakville, Ontario, accounted for 231 yards of offense and ran for a touchdown to help Ohio beat Nevada 30-21 on Friday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Ohio (7-6) rebounded from a 1-3 start for its fifth straight winning season under coach Frank Solich. The 75-year-old former Nebraska coach received a two-year contract extension this week.

Nevada (7-6), which dismissed defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and two other defensive position coaches at the end of the regular season, didn’t find much of an answer for Ohio’s high-powered offense until the fourth quarter.

The Wolfpack also were missing three key defensive starters, suspended for their participation in a fight in a loss to rival UNLV in the regular-season finale.

Rourke, who finished with 144 yards passing and 87 yards rushing along with one touchdown, garnered MVP honors, but was uninterested in talking about it. When asked about his award, he quickly pivoted to talk about the defense and their stand at the end of the game. Later, Rourke apologized for never winning a MAC championship during his three years at the school.

“I love coaching him,” Solich said. “We’ve been blessed to have him and I appreciate everything he’s done for this program. He really thinks beyond himself.”

Rourke is also thinking beyond the CFL, hoping to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL, even if it’s not a traditional route.

“I’m used to being overlooked,” said Rourke, tied Kareem Wilson’s school career record of 49 rushing touchdowns. “I took a different path to get here, and I’m not afraid of taking a different path to reaching the NFL.”

Rourke might be overlooked in the NFL draft, but he finished just one touchdown shy of joining an elite trio of college quarterbacks who threw for 50 or more touchdowns and rushed for 50 or more in their career—Lamar Jackson, Tim Tebow, and Colin Kaepernick, all of whom made it to the NFL. And Rourke, unlike Tebow and Kapernick, achieved his stats in only three seasons.

Ohio raced to a 20-9 lead and scored the first 10 points of the third quarter before holding off Nevada’s late rally.

The Bobcats lost leading rusher O’Shaan Allison late in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury. De’Montre Tuggle took over, rushing for 97 yards and a touchdown to spark a ground attack that finished with 285 yards on 50 carries spread among five players.

Rourke tied Kareem Wilson’s school record for career rushing touchdowns of 49. Wilson played from 1995-98.

BROKEN FINGER, NO PROBLEM

After the game, Solich revealed that Tuggle, who finished as the Bobcats’ leading rusher, broke his pinky finger in warmups and wasn’t sure if he was going to play. But when Allison went out with an injury, Tuggle didn’t hesitate to go.

“I was wondering whether or not he needed to carry the ball in the opposite hand all the time,” Solich said. “He said no, he’d be able to handle it. Starting out we weren’t real sure how he was going to be able to function. Then when he had to get in and start playing, it was obvious he was going to be able to play with it.”

TATERS OVER WATER

After the victory, Solich got a traditional victory bath. But this time he was doused in french fries instead of water.

“That’s a lot better than water on you,” Solich said. “Over the course of the years, I’ve had some water on me. I will take those potatoes any time.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio: The Bobcats will have a big question next season at quarterback with Rourke graduating, but there are plenty of reasons to think Ohio will be a serious contender for the MAC title. Losing just two starters on offense and three on defense, it will be one of the most experienced returning teams in the conference.

Nevada: The Wolfpack will also enter next season with high hopes with Norvell entering his fourth season with a bevy of returnees, including quarterback Carson Strong, who finished with over 2,000 yards passing, and leading wide receiver Elijah Cooks.

UP NEXT

Ohio: Will open next season Sept. 5 by hosting N.C. Central.

Nevada: Will host UC Davis on Aug. 29 in its opener.

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New York Yankees make sweeping changes to medical staff

In the wake of the great Bronx injury epidemic of 2019, the Yankees continue to overhaul their people and processes for their training and conditioning.

An industry source confirmed a report by The Athletic that the Yankees will hire Eric Cressey, a celebrity in the performance world, to oversee their training and conditioning.

Previous director of strength and conditioning Matt Krause was dismissed, as The Post first reported on Dec. 20, and longtime head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, who began working for the Yankees organization in 1979 and joined the big league club in 1986 under legendary trainer Gene Monahan, will assume an emeritus role. The Yankees plan to announce their reorganization, with precise titles, shortly.

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Last season, even as the Yankees won 103 regular-season games and another five in October, they endured massive injury damages.

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts as he examined by trainer Steve Donohue after suffering an apparent injury against the Houston Astros as third baseman Gio Urshela (29) looks on during the eighth inning of game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. (USA Today Sports)

A total of 30 players logged 39 stays on the injured list, and their total of 2,433 days lost to the IL set a known record for the sport, according to Major League Baseball.

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General manager Brian Cashman made his displeasure public on June 30, during the team’s visit to London, when he said, “I’ve gone through the process and I’ll leave it at that. We always evaluate our processes. If there [are] gaps or problems or mistakes made by us, then they are dealt with.”

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They have been dealt with. Cressey co-founded Cressey Sports Performance, which has facilities in Massachusetts and Florida, and he has worked with star pitchers such as Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber and the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard. He hosts a podcast and writes a blog, and such is his stature that, as The Athletic reported, the Yankees will allow him to keep working with other teams’ players.

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Trainer Michael Schuk, who spent the six prior seasons as Donohue’s deputy, will take on the head role.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. For more from the Post, click here.

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Anna Kooiman on deadly Australia wildfires: ‘We’ve got a big problem on our hands’

Australia has a “big problem on [its] hands” with the approximately 200 wildfires still raging in territories across the country, former “Fox & Friends: Weekend” co-host Anna Kooiman said Saturday

“23 people are dead, dozens more are missing, and half a billion — billion with a ‘B’ — animals have perished,” Kooiman told current “Fox & Friends: Weekend” co-hosts Pete Hegseth, Ed Henry, and Emily Compagno. “Also, more than a thousand homes have been completely destroyed — burned to the ground Not to mention how many property owners have had their properties burned [down].”

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“And, this is all going on as multiple infernos across multiple states are coming together, merging, and forming even larger fires. This is — I just can’t even explain how massive this is,” she said.

“Bush fires, as they’re called here in Australia, have burned more than 10 million acres. That’s an area twice the size of Massachusetts,” she said.

Officials are calling this the largest peacetime evacuation in Australia’s history, Sky News reported.

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In this photo released and taken Jan. 2, 2020, by the Australian Department of Defense, evacuees are transported in a lighter, amphibious, resupply, cargo (LARC) transport amphibious vehicle, from Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia. Navy ships plucked hundreds of people from beaches and tens of thousands were urged to flee before hot weather and strong winds in the forecast worsen Australia’s already-devastating wildfires. (Australia Department of Defense via AP)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has now called for 3,000 reservists to be deployed in what Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said was the “first time in our nation’s history.”

“In recent times, particularly over the course of the balance of this week, we have seen this disaster escalate to an entirely new level. The length of [the] season is of course, in many senses, unprecedented. But, the ferocity and the…dousing rains that would normally bring a season like this under greater control [are] nowhere in sight,” Morrison told reporters in the capital city of Canberra Saturday.

He also confirmed that his scheduled visits to India and Japan later this month have been postponed. All of this comes as Morrison is under fire himself from residents and firefighters.

Fire danger increased as temperatures rose to record levels across Australia on Saturday, surpassing 43 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit) in Canberra and a record-high 48.9 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit) in Sydney’s western suburbs.

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A Forest Corporation worker manages a fire hose as he battles a fire near Moruya, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison called up about 3,000 reservists as the threat of wildfires escalated Saturday in at least three states with two more deaths, and strong winds and high temperatures were forecast to bring flames to populated areas including the suburbs of Sydney.  (AP)

The United States is sending dozens of wildfire personnel to help.

According to Kooiman, 70 fires are still “burning out-of-control” right now and a southerly wind threatens new danger.

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“The weather pattern, once it moves through in the next couple of days, there is supposed to be a bit of relief,” she explained. “But, fire crews are saying…you need to remain vigilant because on the other side it’s about to get windy again and there’s no substantial rainfall forecasted in the near future.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Soleimani slaying: U.S. seizes opportune moment, but ramifications may be costly

For years, Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was viewed as military royalty among his tens of thousands of followers in the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq.

His picture adorned billboards of cities liberated from ISIS, and militia commanders boasted about their battlefield selfies with him and trips into Iran and Syria aboard his private aircraft. He was combat-hardened and untouchable – or so he may have thought.

Before dawn Friday, a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone fired missiles into a convoy carrying Soleimani, soon after his arrival at the Baghdad international airport. Photographs of his charred skeleton quickly surfaced, along with a flurry of questions in America and around the world.

Top U.S. officials on both sides of the aisle say they were blindsided by the move. They are demanding answers about the extreme secrecy shrouding the planning of the attack and its potential consequences.

“We had no awareness, no indication; we were not informed and knew nothing until after it happened,” one high-ranking Baghdad official told Fox News.

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Soleimani had long been deemed an enemy of the United States with American blood on his hands, and no U.S.officials or political leaders mourned his demise.

But the drone strike, signed off on by President Donald Trump, immediately sparked threats of severe reprisals by Iran, pushing the U.S. to the brink of war.

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In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force, attends an annual rally commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, in Tehran, Iran. Iraqi TV and three Iraqi officials said Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, that Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, has been killed in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport. (AP)

Knowing at least some of the likely fallout, why target Soleimani now?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the strike sought to curb an “imminent attack” that threatened Americans in the region, including diplomats and troops. He told Fox News on Friday that it was an “intelligence-based assessment.”

A source who worked closely with officials in shaping U.S Syria policy said there were indications that a Soleimani-designed attack was looming.

“He was working to destroy U.S. interests in many countries, pushing for a new government in Iraq more friendly to Iran and destroy the reputation of Trump,” the source said.

Yet many Washington insiders and defense experts remain skeptical about whether those attacks were truly imminent.

“I believe we have had plans [to eliminate Soleimani] all along. The attack on the U.S. embassy was the trigger to get that ball rolling,” said a former Pentagon official and Middle East expert, who spoke on background.

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The drone attack also killed Soleimani adviser Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, whose militia has been linked to the attacks less than a week ago that killed an American contractor in Kirkuk.

According to Jenna Ben-Yehuda, president of the Truman National Security Project and a former State Department official who worked with the Defense Department, the lead-up to Soleimani’s slaying under the Trump banner has been building for some time – starting with Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018.

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In this image made from a video, mourners gather for a funeral procession for Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. The head of Iran’s elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike early Friday near the Iraqi capital’s international airport that has caused regional tensions to soar. (PMF Media Office via AP)

“Then his move to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization in April 2019, the first time the U.S. has ever given that designation to an element of a foreign government, makes Thursday’s attack part of a destabilizing chain of events,” she said.

“While Secretary of State Pompeo has asserted that the U.S. made the decision to strike on Thursday in response to ‘imminent threats’ against U.S. personnel and assets, the fact that he appears not to have provided the public, Congress, or allies with additional information about those threats casts doubts on the veracity of his claim,” Ben-Yehuda added.

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Kenneth Pollack, a Middle East expert at the American Enterprise Institute, believes the decision to go ahead with the strike came down to having reliable intelligence – where the target would be and when – and little risk to civilian lives.

“We know Qassem may have been planning an attack in general terms, but we don’t know about when and how. I would say we got an intel hit. He was going to be at the airport, on a VIP access road, late at night when civilians were not around and an easy target,” Pollack said. “The opportunity was too good to pass up.”

On Friday, former National Security Advisor John Bolton suggested that the operation was not a last-minute decision.

“Long in the making, this was a decisive blow against Iran’s malign Quds Force activities worldwide,” he tweeted. “Hope this is the first step to regime change in Tehran.”

Luke Coffey, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation, said it is likely that the U.S. was just waiting for the right opportunity to strike.

“For years, Soleimani has been wreaking havoc across the Middle East. He has American blood dripping from his hands. It was inevitable that he would meet his fate in this manner someday,” he said.

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A poster of Qassem Soleimani adorns the entrance of the Iraqi city of Tel Afar in the months after it was liberated from ISIS. (Fox News/Hollie McKay)

While the Pentagon has remained mum on details of the strike, Iranian media reported that Soleimani had just touched down after a flight from Lebanon. Soleimani was certainly no stranger to Iraq, which borders Iran. He was routinely spotted with officials in Baghdad, and periodically visited the northern Kurdish region to discuss border security and military issues.

Soleimani is believed to have evaded several assassination attempts at the hands of Western, Israeli, and Saudi-connected operatives in recent decades. Both the Bush and Obama administrations passed up other opportunities to kill him, out of concern for retaliation and an escalation of Middle East tensions.

Multiple sources in Iraq indicated that Soleimani was well aware that the U.S. had passed on previous chances to kill him, perhaps fueling his feelings of invincibility.

Unlike other wanted men and terrorist leaders who spent their final years in hiding, Soleimani’s actions seemed brazen – even personally joining battles to liberate Christian areas from ISIS in Syria – a move calculated to build popular support. The fact that Soleimani and al-Muhandis – two major figureheads – were traveling together shows their level of comfort in Iraq.

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While the calculus from the White House is that the killing of the ruthless commander will scare Tehran into toeing the line, there is no way to predict the ramifications across Iraq and beyond.

Last year, the Trump administration officially designated Iran’s military, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as a terrorist organization. Iran responded by branding all American troops terrorists. The State Department-issued label also came with expanded authorities to hone in on Iranian assets on Iraqi soil, but the elite Quds Force unit – Iran’s global intelligence wing and run by Soleimani – first received the terror tag in 2007.

While the 62-year-old Soleimani had been a favorite child of the clerical regime since the bitter Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s and climbed into the top commander position in 1998, his face was not known publically until around 2013 when Iran took on a prominent role fighting on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad next door in Syria.

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Protesters burn a U.S. flag during a demonstration over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020.  (AP)

One high-ranking defense official, who works closely with the U.S. military, said the assassination came as a shock, and even after the news broke, efforts to acquire further information about the strike were met with radio silence.

“Trump made the decision in secrecy, and we condemn it,” the official lamented.

But others said action to neutralize Soleimani had to be taken quickly because Iran’s dominance in Iraq was reaching a critical danger point.

“The recent protests and even attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, controlled and coordinated by Iran and having under its command Kata’ib Hezbollah, was a clear show of the starting of a wave of direct attacks against U.S. and allied strategic interests, which began with the Iranian-sponsored attack on an Iraqi base that killed an American contractor and wounded American troops,” said Johan Obdola, president of the Canada-based Global Organization for Intelligence. “It is obvious Iran is planning other major attacks against the U.S.”

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“The tensions between Washington and Tehran have been rising for months, but the recent incidences in Iraq – the death of a U.S. contractor in Kirkuk and the attack against the U.S. embassy in particular probably contributed significantly to the U.S. decision to go after Soleimani directly,” said Naysan Rafati, an Iran analyst for the International Crisis Group.

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Iranian dissidents hail Soleimani’s death as ‘major, major blow’ for regime in Tehran

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As the world reacted Friday to the U.S. killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Iranian resistance groups hailed the move as a “major blow” for the repressive regime in Tehran — predicting that it will boost the morale of dissidents and bring what they see as the likely downfall of the regime’s one step closer.

“It is so significant because it has delivered a major, major blow to the Iranian regime, not just to their terror operations in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the rest of the region, but in terms of their own operations inside Iran,” National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Deputy Director Alireza Jafarzadeh told Fox News in an interview Friday.

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Soleimani, the head of the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds force, was taken early Friday local time in a U.S. strike in Iraq directed by President Trump. Trump hailed the strike as a win not only for the U.S., but also for the people of Iran — alleging he was responsible for the killings of thousands of protestors in Tehran.

“While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country,” he said. “They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”

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It was an assessment that those in the NCRI — an umbrella group for Iranian resistance groups — agreed with the assessment. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, said in a statement that Soleimani was “one of the most vicious criminals of Iran’s history.” She went on to predict that “the process of overthrowing the mullahs will be greatly expedited”

“While the prospects for the ruling theocracy’s overthrow is within reach, it is time for the regime’s armed forces to refrain from firing on the Iranian people, lay down their weapons and surrender. The armed forces’ patriotic personnel must join the people of Iran,” she said.

Iran’s regime has been struggling to deal with an uprising in the country, fueled by a weakened economy that has been put under significant pressure by the U.S. since it conducted its “maximum pressure” campaign under President Trump. The administration has ratcheted up sanctions on Tehran since it left the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, which has seen rising gas prices and the collapse of the rial in the last year.

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Tensions at home exploded again in November when thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest against the regime, leading to a brutal crackdown that saw at least 1,000 killed and thousands more imprisoned.

That has coincided with increased aggression by Iran abroad. The U.S. has alleged Iran was behind a wave of attacks on Saudi oil fields in September, and this week pro-Iran militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. It was that attack, as well as the prospect of what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described as an “imminent” threat on U.S. interests, that triggered the strike that obliterated Soleimani.

Dissidents say while the immediate effect is to curb Iran’s aggression abroad, it will also give impetus to those at home who are seeking democratic change — connecting the regime’s expression of strength abroad to stability at home. Those seeking that change say that it is hard to underestimate the type of blow it deals to the regime.

“One of the strategic pillars of the regime has been for the past 40 years has been export of terrorism and domination of the Middle East….to project power within Iran,” Ali Safavi, a member of Iran’s Parliament in Exile and member of the NCRI told Fox News Friday. “And with what happened last night, that equation has been upset and it has delivered a very significant blow to the aura of invincibility of Soleimani and in fact that image of that regime has been shattered,”

“It tilts the balance against the regime in favor of the people in Iran, it boosts the morale of protesters who have been in streets since November in 190 cities…and it has a very damaging impact on the regimes own forces, in their morale, lose their momentum they were trying to build,” Jafarzadeh said.

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As the world watches for what Iran will do next, with international leaders and Democrats in Washington fearing a possible escalation by the regime, Iranian leaders are hoping that those at home will be motivated by the strike — but that it will also encourage others in the international community to join the U.S. approach.

“Whenever there is decisive action taken against the regime it sends an important signal to the people of Iran that the Iranian regime cannot carry out its atrocities within Iran or outside with impunity,” Safavi said. “And I think now it is time for the international community, especially the European Union, to end their policy of appeasement and recognize the right of Iranian people to resist and rise for freedom.”

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United Methodist Church announces proposal to split over LGBTQ rights

Leaders from the United Methodist Church reportedly announced a tentative plan Friday to split the church over differences on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.

The new conservative “Traditionalist Methodist” denomination wouldn’t allow gay marriage or gay clergy members, The New York Times reported.

The proposal was first signed in December after the “fundamental differences” within the church became irreconcilable.

“I’m actually really sad that we couldn’t build a bridge that could have provided a witness to the world of what unity amid diversity and disagreement could look like,” Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto, the denomination’s first openly gay bishop, said.

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In 2017, the Judicial Council, the church’s highest court, declared Oliveto’s consecration “was incompatible with church law.” She was, however, allowed to remain as the resident bishop of the Mountain Sky Conference, which covers churches in Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and part of Idaho.

There are roughly 13 million church members around the world and about half of them are in the United States, according to The Times.

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In this April 19, 2019 file photo, a gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan. A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to Americans’ opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion  (AP)

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The division, which has been brewing for years, came to an impasse last May when delegates in St. Louis voted 438-384 to ban gay marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.

A majority of U.S.-based churches opposed the “Traditional Plan” but were outvoted by conservatives in the U.S., Africa and the Philippines.

Soon after, 16 church representatives determined breaking up the church was “the best means to resolve our differences, allowing each part of the church to remain true to its theological understanding,” Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of Louisiana said, according to the Times.

“There is a degree of heartbreak within me because I never thought we would reach this point,” New York Bishop Thomas Bickerton said. “However, we are at this point. The differences are irreconcilable. This is inevitable.”

Texas Bishop Scott J. Jones said the proposal has not yet been adopted.

“The Protocol itself says it was developed in service to the General Conference delegates who will decide on its adoption or amendment,” he said. “Other plans may well be considered as alternatives. Significant questions remain to be answered about the Protocol’s implementation. The Judicial Council will need to rule on its constitutionality.”

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He added that financial feasibility will also need to be considered before any split.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Former Bengahzi team member: Susan Rice comments on Soleimani ‘typical tactics’ from Dems

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Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s comments accusing the Trump administration of “misrepresenting the facts” about the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani are “typical tactics” from Democrats, former U.S. Marine and Benghazi Annex Security team member Mark Geist said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Pete Hegseth, Geist said that Rice “pretty much has zero integrity in my book.”

Rice told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Friday that she couldn’t trust the Trump administration to tell the truth.

“This administration sadly, tragically, has a record of almost-daily misrepresenting the facts — telling falsehoods about issues big and very small. So, it’s hard to have confidence on the face at their representation,” she said.

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Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed by a targeted drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in an operation ordered by President Trump. The strike came slightly more than two months after another U.S.-led strike resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“It’s typical tactics from the Democrats,” Geist said. “They’re going to bring out their standard bearer, just like they did in Benghazi.”

Geist said that Blitzer was “letting her skate” one more time talking about “integrity.”

In a separate interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Rice said that had the Obama administration “been presented such an opportunity, what we would have done is weigh very carefully and very deliberately the risks versus the potential rewards.”

“So, if in fact the administration can be believed that there was indeed strong intelligence of an imminent threat against the United States that’s being carried out by Soleimani and related militia then the question becomes [was] there more than one way to address that threat?” she asked Maddow. “Was the only way to deal with it to kill Soleimani? Certainly, given his history and track record, he deserves his just rewards but the question is does that serve our interests? Does that make us more secure?”

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“First off, I mean, when has a protest ever occurred at night and, I mean, most protests they don’t typically bring AK-47s, bell-fed machine guns, and RPGs. That’s somebody planning an attack and they knew it,” Geist told Hegseth.

“They knew it when she went out on the speaking circuit on Sunday,” he continued. “But, instead of telling the truth she wanted to tell lies because she had to say what the administration — at the time — wanted.”

“If President Trump had been in office during Benghazi, we wouldn’t have lost four Americans,” he concluded.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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9 Apple AirPods tricks you’ll wish you knew before now

AirPods were a holiday season top seller, and if you haven’t already cut the cord on your earbuds, you can expect to do so soon. Small, sleek, and Bluetooth-enabled, AirPods have turned regular old earphones into dynamic devices in their own right, and they have only improved with each generation.

Yet, many people are concerned that AirPods may cause cancer since they are embedded within one’s ear canal, directly exposing the inner ear to EMF radiation. The proximity to the brain is also alarming to many scientists. Tap or click here to read the research 250 scientists presented to the United Nations and World Health Organization.

The earbuds are pricey, retailing from $159 to $259 on Apple’s site. But one clever Redditor built his own Airpods using parts purchased on eBay. Tap or click here to learn how he made AirPods for $4.

If you’re new to AirPods, here are 9 helpful tips that will enhance your auditory experience. I bet you’ll find more than one on this list you’ll use time and time again.

1. Use only one pod when in a pinch

Although you can expect your AirPods to last several hours on a single charge, here’s a clever, quick fix for when you’re in a battery pinch. Leave one AirPod in the charging case while you use the other. Swap them when necessary.

2. Put Siri to work for you

If you installed the latest operating system, Siri can read your incoming messages via your AirPods, using nothing but your voice. After listening to your messages, you also have the option to reply to texts with a voice command.

The latest models of AirPods let you summon Siri with the simple “Hey Siri” command. You can request Siri to help with any number of additional tasks, such as change songs, turn up the volume or get the weather forecast.

Do proceed with caution, though. Apple gives you the option to disable Siri’s audio collection. Tap or click here to learn which privacy setting you must change to keep Siri from spying on you.

3. Easily connect your AirPods to your various devices

Users routinely connect their AirPods to their iPhone, Macbook, iPad, and Apple Watch simultaneously. AirPods automatically switch audio between the two devices. But there may be occasions you want to put down your iPhone and use your AirPods to listen to the audio from your Mac or iPad.

The transition requires little effort if you pair your AirPods with your iPhone first. That’s the trick. This process connects the headset to your Apple account, which will allow the buds to work across all of your Apple devices.

To switch up devices open Control Center (swipe down the home screen on iPhone X or newer and swipe up on an iPhone 8 or older). Press down on the audio card in the upper right corner of Music and tap on the device you want to use.

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4. Share the AirPod love

Because AirPods are wireless, you can opt to share the earbuds with someone else when listening to music or watching a movie. Even if you receive a phone call while sharing your earbuds, you both can hear the phone conversation. Do keep in mind because only one mic is active at a time; only one person can speak to the caller.

5. Find your lost AirPod

AirPods are super easy to lose. If you need to replace one AirPod, a 2nd gen is $69 each, and an individual AirPod Pro is $89. Make it routine that when you are done using your AirPods, you drop them directly back into its charging case. Knowing that might not always happen, it’s essential to take precautionary steps now.

If you have the “Find my iPhone” feature activated on your portable device and have paired it with your AirPods, you can also use this feature to locate your lost earbuds. When you need to find missing AirPods, go into your iPhone Settings, and tap your name. Click Find My and enable Find My iPhone and Send Last Location.

6. Know who’s calling without looking

Thanks to your AirPods and Siri, you can hear who is calling without needing to check your iPhone. To enable this feature, go into your iPhone Settings and tap on Phone, then tap Announce Calls and select Always. Nice.

7. Use your AirPods with non-Apple products

Despite what you may think, AirPods are not exclusive to Apple products. You can use your earbuds with other iOS gear not logged into an iCloud account or with Android devices.

With your AirPods in the closed case, open the lid, press and hold down the pairing button on the back of the case. Launch the Bluetooth settings on your device, the select AirPods to confirm pairing. To re-pair with your iPhone when done, reselect AirPods within your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings.

If you’re wondering how AirPods compare to Bose, Beats, Echo and Sony’s similar products, tap or click here for my complete buying guide.

8. Turn your AirPods into a makeshift hearing aid

If you have ever had difficulty hearing someone during a conversation, AirPods can be your on-demand hearing aid. Apple introduced a feature, starting with iOS 12, called Live Listen. Once set up, you can place your iPhone closer to the person you want to hear, and the AirPods will produce clearer audio for you.

To set up this feature, go into your iPhone Settings and click Control Center. Select Customize Controls and tap the plus sign next to Hearing. When ready, place the AirPods in your ears, and either swipe down your iPhone X (or newer) home screen or up on an iPhone 8 or older and click the ear icon. Tap Live Listen.

9. Customize how you use your AirPods

Although the default double-tap settings on your AirPods are functional as is, you may wish to change them. It’s easy to customize both the double-tap or press-and-hold settings for either earbud.

With your AirPods connected to your iPhone or iPad, go into Settings and select Bluetooth. Click on the “i” icon next to your AirPods and choose the left or right to make changes. Options include play, pause, play genre and skip to next track.

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Obama spotted paddleboarding shirtless during Hawaii vacation

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Former President Obama, who has spent the Christmas holiday with his family in his native Hawaii, was spotted paddleboarding in the Pacific this week.

The 44th president fell off the board a few times, but continued to paddle on, TMZ reported.

The Obamas have been staying in Oahu since Dec. 16. Their daughters Sasha and Malia visited for Christmas, but have since returned to the U.S. mainland, Hawaii News Now reported.

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Obama has also been spotted golfing on the island.

The former president posted Christmas and New Year’s messages on Twitter but has not forayed into politics recently.

Notably, he has not commented on the U.S. airstrike early Friday morning that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which some Democrats have called a “declaration of war.”

At a private event in Singapore last month, however, Obama said, “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on Earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes,” BBC News reported.

Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961 and also spent some of his childhood in Indonesia.

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The Obamas currently live in Washington, D.C., and reportedly purchased a home recently on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts for $11.75 million.

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Ron Howard’s anti-Trump tweet draws response from Parkland dad Andrew Pollack

What is Hollywood filmmaker Ron Howard — who recently criticized President Trump in a Twitter message — going to do when the president inevitably wins reelection later this year? That’s what Andrew Pollack, father of one of the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school massacre, wants to know.

In a New Year’s Day tweet, Howard — the 65-year-old former child star who went on to direct “Splash,” “Apollo 13,” and a long list of other films — lamented that President Trump was a “morally bankrupt ego maniac.”

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Pollack, whose daughter Meadow Pollack was killed in the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School, responded Friday.

“Let’s see here Ron…,” Pollack wrote, “President Trump gave up his billion dollar lifestyle to save this country.

“President Trump donates his ENTIRE salary. President Trump was loved by Hollywood before he became a Republican. What are you going to do when he wins again in 2020?” 

Howard, whose career began as Opie Taylor on the classic television sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show,” and later performed in the 1973 film “American Graffiti and in the 1970s comedy series “Happy Days,” was responding to a critic who said it’s “only negativity from Hollywood & Democrats” when it comes to Trump. The critic claimed the Oscar winner had downplayed the successes of the president’s economy.

“In the entertainment industry many who have known/worked w/ Trump think that while his reality show was fun and ran a long time, he’s a self-serving, dishonest, morally bankrupt ego maniac who doesn’t care about anything or anyone but his Fame & bank account & is hustling the US,” Howard wrote.

Howard later went on to defend the entertainment industry after another Twitter user accused Hollywood of being “amoral elitists who hate average Americans.”

“Honestly not what I’ve seen or felt throughout my lifetime from the vast majority of people in the entertainment business,” Howard responded. “In fact, I gotta say it’s the opposite. Most are not from LA or NY to begin with. Now Trump is both an elite and a reality show star.”

Pollack became an outspoken advocate for school safety since the Parkland shooting, and has written a book detailing his own investigation into the events that led to the massacre.

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In “Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students,” Pollack discusses his views on gun control, why he blames Democratic policies for his daughter’s murder, and precautions that parents can take to ensure the safety of their children.

During an interview on “Fox & Friends” in September, he said he had met with Trump five times since the shooting and applauded the president’s initiation of a federal school safety commission to investigate what steps need to be taken to ensure safety in schools across the country.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn and Yael Halon contributed to this report.

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