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Photo tweeted by Trump of Iranian launch failure was from intel briefing: report

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A photograph tweeted by President Trump of a failed rocket launch in Tehran was reportedly from an intelligence briefing and not meant for public view – even as Trump said he had the right to put out the photograph.

Trump appeared to taunt the Iranian regime Friday when he sent Iran his “best wishes and good luck” in figuring out what went wrong with an explosion this week at a space center.

IRAN STILL VIOLATING 2015 NUCLEAR DEAL, UN WATCHDOG FINDS

“The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran. I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One.”

The U.S. claims such launches violate a U.N. Security Council resolution barring Iran from engaging in activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear weapon. Iran has denied the claims.

Trump also included a photograph showing a black plume of smoke and the charred remains of a rocket. The photo appeared to be a once-classified image from intelligence agencies. Analysts told The Associated Press that the black rectangle in the upper-left-hand of the photo covered up the classification.

Analysts suggested the photo may have been taken by an American spy satellite passing over the area. A U.S. defense official told CNBC that the image was included in a Friday intelligence briefing, and experts told the outlet it was never meant for public view.

Late Friday, however, Trump told reporters that he had every right to share the photo with the public.

“We had a photo and I released it, which I have the absolute right to do,” Trump said.

The tweeted photo appeared to get under the skin of the Iranians.

Iran’s Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Jawvad Azari Jahromi quickly responded with a tweet showing himself next to the satellite — Nahid-1 — that was supposed to be launched at the space center.

“Me & Nahid I right now, Good Morning Donald Trump!” he wrote in English.

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Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal last year, while a report from the U.N. atomic watchdog published this week found that Iran continues to stockpile low-enriched uranium beyond the limits outlined in the 2015 deal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Video shows St. Louis bar patron calmly lighting cigarette during armed stick-up

A man armed with what police said was a heavily modified pistol showed up at a St. Louis bar early Wednesday and ordered patrons to the ground—but Tony Tovar didn’t budge from his seat.

“I said not another punk trying to pull a punk move,” Tovar told KSDK-TV Friday of the incident in Behrmann’s Tavern.

“I’m so tired of people in south city trying to muscle their way in with firearms or bad attitude or some kind of aggression,” he said. “I wasn’t gonna comply.”

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Tony Tovar said to himself “not another punk trying to pull a punk move” when he encountered a stickup man at a St. Louis bar Wednesday. (Facebook)

Footage of the attempted stick-up shows the hold-up man grabbing Tovar’s cellphone and Tovar grabbing it back. It then shows Tovar calmly take a cigarette, light it and take a puff as the robber points his weapon at him from the other side of the bar.

MISSOURI’S GUN LAW SHOULD ALLOW CITIES TO REQUIRE PERMITS, ST. LOUIS MAYOR SAYS

The robber made off with $300 in cash from the register, according to reports. No one was hurt.

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Tony Tovar lit a cigarette as Behrmann’s Tavern was robbed Wednesday by a man with a weapon. (Facebook)

“I wasn’t really concerned,” Tovar told the station. “I just had a really good feeling he wasn’t out to harm anybody he just wanted drug money.”

Kevin Moore was charged in connection with the heist, the station reported Friday evening. Police said Moore has a rap sheet with convictions for assault, robbery and weapon possession.

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Kevin Moore was charged Friday in connection with the robbery at Behrmann’s Tavern. (Facebook)

Tovar wasn’t recommending that anyone in his shoes do what he did.

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“It’s probably not in your best interest if they have a loaded firearm, I wouldn’t suggest that to just anybody,” he said.

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Police video from Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion appears to show pictures, some topless, of Ghislaine Maxwell

Video from a 2005 police raid at convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion shows several photos — at least one of them explicit — and a sketch that appears to depict the financier’s girlfriend at the time, Ghislaine Maxwell.

One photograph seen in Epstein’s Palm Beach home appears to show his girlfriend and alleged madam topless on a beach. The video also showed his house was partially decorated with explicit photos and imagery of young women, Fox News reported Thursday.

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Video from a 2005 police raid of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion shows several photographs, including at least one explicit photo, and a sketch, appearing to depict his then-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell. (Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office)

VIDEO FROM RAID ON JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S PALM BEACH MANSION SHOWED NUDE IMAGES OF YOUNG WOMEN

Maxwell, 57, allegedly recruited girls to sate Epstein’s sexual appetites, according to lawsuits filed by accusers of the financier, who last month killed himself while in jail awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Court documents allege Maxwell, who is the daughter of the late, disgraced publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, also participated in threesomes with Epstein and young girls.

She reportedly also acted as the alleged sex trafficker’s social planner and household organizer in New York and Florida at times.

Juan Alessi, who managed Epstein’s home in Palm Beach for years, said in a deposition that Maxwell “would tell me, I am going to take care of the house,” adding later that he drove Maxwell to spas around South Florida to look for young women who could do “massages” for Epstein — their code for sexual acts.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN FLORIDA MANSION POLICE VIDEO SHOWS MASSAGE TABLES ALLEGEDLY USED FOR SEX ACTS WITH MINORS

About two weeks ago, one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Jennifer Araoz, sued Maxwell and three other unidentified female staff members for allegedly conspiring to allow her to be raped, according to the lawsuit obtained by Fox News.

Araoz alleged in an op-ed for The New York Times that Maxwell and the other defendants helped Epstein lure her to his mansion when she was a 15-year-old high school freshman under the guise that he would help her career and family. Epstein allegedly raped her when she refused to have sex with him.

Araoz was first to file a lawsuit after New York’s Child Victims Act went into effect earlier this month. The new law removed a statute of limitations and permits victims to sue alleged perpetrators of childhood sex assaults through age 55.

Another accuser, Virginia Giuffre, said in a lawsuit that when she was 15 she was working at the Mar-a-Lago club, now owned by President Trump, when she was approached by Maxwell about a way to earn money: Learn massage therapy and get to know Epstein as a man who could give her a bright future.

ACTRESS ANOUSKA DE GEORGIOU SAYS JEFFREY EPSTEIN SEXUALLY ABUSED HER AS A TEEN

In a sworn affidavit, Giuffre said she was flown on Epstein’s private planes to his properties in New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Paris and New York. Guiffre also said Maxwell arranged meetings for sex in London and elsewhere with Britain’s Prince Andrew.

Andrew has said the charges are false and Buckingham Palace has denied any wrongdoing by the prince. There is a photo in court records showing Prince Andrew with his arm around Giuffre’s waist with Maxwell smiling in the background.

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Jeffrey Epstein in New York with Ghislaine Maxwell on March 15, 2005.  (Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

“Ghislaine Maxwell was heavily involved in the illegal sex. I understood her to be a very powerful person,” Guiffre said in the affidavit. “She used Epstein’s money and he used her name and connections to gain power and prestige.”

Maxwell has vehemently denied Guiffre’s claims and the others in court documents, saying in a 2011 press release, “The allegations made against me are abhorrent and entirely untrue and I ask that they stop.”

Maxwell has said nothing publicly since Epstein’s death, and could not be reached for comment, according to The Associated Press.

The elusive former associate of Epstein has not been charged with any crime. However, federal prosecutors confirmed this week that inquiries into Epstein’s co-conspirators were ongoing and would continue despite the fact that the criminal case against Epstein has been dismissed now that he’s dead.

Epstein was accused of molesting dozens of underage girls at the Palm Beach mansion and by 2006, investigators had interviewed more than 30 young women – some of whom were minors at the time of the alleged molestations.

In the end, prosecutors and Epstein’s lawyers negotiated a then-secret plea deal which led Epstein to serve just 13 months in jail under work-release privileges, allowing him to work in his office six days a week.

He pleaded guilty to a child prostitution charge and registered as a sex offender.

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As for Maxwell, the socialite’s whereabouts are a subject of some conjecture, with news reports saying she had lived in Britain and Paris. Earlier this month Maxwell was photographed in a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles, the New York Post reported, adding that she had not been photographed in public since 2016.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace, Bryan Llenas, Nicole Darrah, Robert Gearty, Tamara Gitt and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Uncaring’ 911 dispatcher lectures drowning woman moments before she died

Police released disturbing audio of an Arkansas woman who called for help in the final moments of her life, drowning in her car, only to be met with mockery and disdain by the dispatcher.

Debbie Stevens, 47, was on her regular paper route in Fort Smith Saturday, Aug. 24 when a flash flood swept up her car. Panicking, she dialed 911.

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“Please help me, I don’t want to die!”, Stevens begs on the call that lasted 22 minutes. “I can’t swim! I’m scared! I’m going to drown!”

The dispatcher, Donna Reneau, who was working her final shift after giving her notice two weeks earlier according to the Fort Smith Police Department, replied flippantly telling her authorities will get there when they get there and that she’s not going to die, at one point telling her to “shut up.”

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In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, photo, acting Fort Smith, Ark., Police Chief Danny Baker answers questions during a news conference at the police department in Fort Smith.  (Jamie Mitchell/The Southwest Times Record via AP)

As the water slowly filled Stevens’ SUV, she responded: “I’m scared. I’ve never had anything happen to me like this before.”

TEXAS COUPLE, 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER DEAD IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE MURDER-SUICIDE: POLICE

Stevens pleaded for help and prayer but received a lecture: “Well this will teach you, next time don’t drive in the water,” Reneau responds. “I don’t see how you didn’t see it, you had to go right over it, so.”

WARNING: DISTURBING AUDIO OF 911 CALL WITH DROWNING WOMAN

Authorities responded to the scene 12 minutes after she dialed 911, but because of the floodwaters, it took more than an hour to reach Stevens’ vehicle — and by the time police and firefighters were able to secure the car, Stevens had drowned.

Fort Smith Interim Police Chief Danny Baker described Reneau’s response as “calloused and uncaring at times” in a statement, but he added to KHBS that she did nothing “criminally wrong” nor “violated policy.”

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“I completely understand the disgust and the concern that we all have,” Baker said. “We all hope that we would get a little better response.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hong Kong protesters defy ban to clash with police, hit with tear gas, water cannon

A large fire blazed across a main street in Hong Kong on Saturday night, as protesters made a wall out of barricades and set it afire. Hundreds of protesters gathered behind the fire, many pointing laser beams that streaked the night sky above them.

Earlier, the protesters threw objects and gasoline bombs over barriers set up at government headquarters. Police on the other side responded with tear gas and blue-colored water fired from a water cannon.

The protesters retreated when police arrived on the street to clear them from the area, but reassembled and built the wall and set the fire on Hennessey Road in the city’s Wan Chai district. Police had yet to confront them while the fire blazed.

A march to mark the fifth anniversary of China’s decision against fully democratic elections in Hong Kong was not permitted by police, but protesters took to the streets anyway in the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations.

HONG KONG POLICE ARREST AT LEAST 3 PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS

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Protestors run for cover from tear gas shells in Hong Kong, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Many of the protesters outside Hong Kong government headquarters have retreated as large contingents of police arrive on the streets in what looks like preparation for a clearing operation. Police were using tear gas Saturday to drive back remaining protesters.  (AP)

The mostly young, black-shirted protesters took over roads and major intersections in shopping districts as they rallied and marched. Police erected additional barriers and brought out two water cannon trucks near the Chinese government office and deployed at various locations in riot gear.

While others marched back and forth elsewhere in the city, a large crowd wearing helmets and gas masks gathered outside the city government building. Some approached barriers that had been set up to keep protesters away and appeared to throw objects at the police on the other side. Others shone laser lights at the officers.

Police fired tear gas from the other side of the barriers, then brought out a water cannon truck that fired regular water and then colored water at the protesters, staining them and nearby journalists and leaving blue puddles in the street.

HONG KONG PROTEST ESCALATION: TEAR GAS, WATER CANNONS AND A POLICE OFFICER FIRING A WARNING SHOT

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Protestors carry an injured to safety in Hong Kong, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Many of the protesters outside Hong Kong government headquarters have retreated as large contingents of police arrive on the streets in what looks like preparation for a clearing operation. Police were using tear gas Saturday to drive back remaining protesters. (AP)

The standoff continued for some time, but protesters started moving back as word spread that police were headed in their direction. A few front-line protesters hurled gasoline bombs at the officers in formation, but there were no major clashes as police cleared the area.

Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting said Hong Kong citizens would keep fighting for their rights and freedoms despite the arrests of several prominent activists and lawmakers in the past two days, including activist Joshua Wong.

The protests were sparked by a now-shelved extradition bill. Protesters are demanding its full withdrawal, democratic elections and an investigation into alleged police brutality in what have been pitched battles with hard-line demonstrators.

“I do believe the government deliberately arrested several leaders of the democratic camp to try to threaten Hong Kong people not to come out to fight against the evil law,” Lam said at what was advertised as a Christian march earlier in the day.

About 1,000 people marched to a Methodist church and police headquarters. They alternated between singing hymns and chanting the slogans of the pro-democracy movement. An online flyer for the demonstration called it a “prayer for sinners” and featured images of a Christian cross and embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who had proposed the extradition bill.

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Protestors travel in a train en route to Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. (AP)

Authorities rejected an application from the Civil Human Rights Front, the organizer of pro-democracy marches that have drawn upward of a million people this summer, for a march to the Chinese government office. Police said that while previous marches have started peacefully, they have increasingly degenerated into violence in the end.

The standing committee of China’s legislature ruled on Aug. 31, 2014, that Hong Kong residents could elect their leader directly, but that the candidates would have to be approved by a nominating committee.

The decision failed to satisfy democracy advocates in the city and led to the 79-day long Occupy Central protests that fall, in which demonstrators camped out on major streets in the financial district and other parts of Hong Kong.

The participants in the religious march Saturday were peaceful and mostly older than the younger protesters who have led this summer’s movement and, in some cases, blocked streets and battled police with bricks, sticks and gasoline bombs

Religious meetings do not require police approval, though authorities said late Friday that organizers of a procession with more than 30 people must notify police.

The government shut down streets and subway service near the Chinese government’s office, about 3 miles west of the religious march.

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“A public event is expected on Hong Kong Island this afternoon which may cause severe disruptions,” police said. “Text messages have been sent to alert members of the public to mind their personal safety.”

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North Korea berates ‘thoughtless’ Mike Pompeo, warns hopes for talks fading

A senior North Korean diplomat on Saturday berated U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his comments describing North Korean behavior as “rogue” and warned that Pyongyang’s hopes for talks with Washington are fading.

In a statement carried by state media, North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Pompeo’s “thoughtless” comments increased North Korean people’s animosity toward Americans and made it harder for working-level nuclear dialogue between the countries to resume.

North Korea is extremely sensitive to outside criticism about its authoritarian leadership. It has also repeatedly expressed displeasure about a months-long stalemate in negotiations and ramped up testing of short-range ballistic missiles and rocket artillery in recent weeks in an apparent effort to build bargaining leverage.

NORTH KOREA BUILDING WARHEADS TO PENETRATE JAPAN DEFENSES, TOKYO CLAIMS

“Our expectations of dialogue with the U.S. are gradually disappearing and we are being pushed to re-examine all the measures we have taken so far,” Choe said in the statement, carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA.

“We are very curious about the background of the American top diplomat’s thoughtless remarks and we will watch what calculations he has,” she said. “The U.S. had better not put any longer our patience to the test with such remarks irritating us if it doesn’t want to have bitter regrets afterward.”

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In this June 11, 2018, file photo, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, center, arrives for a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel in Singapore ahead of the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  (AP)

In a speech to U.S. veterans in Indiana on Tuesday, Pompeo said the Trump administration recognized that “North Korea’s rogue behavior could not be ignored” while touting its approach in foreign policy.

“Americanism – it means telling the truth about the challenges we face,” he said. “Look, this administration didn’t pretend that the Islamic Republic of Iran was a responsible actor in the Middle East. We called out China’s bad behavior on trade and on national security. We recognized – we recognized that North Korea’s rogue behavior could not be ignored.”

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Nuclear negotiations have been at a standstill since a February summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam collapsed after the U.S. side rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

Since the breakdown in Hanoi, North Korea has repeatedly demanded that Washington remove Pompeo from the nuclear negotiations, accusing him of maintaining a hard-line stance on sanctions and distorting Pyongyang’s statements, while avoiding direct criticism of Trump.

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Since the breakdown in Hanoi, North Korea has repeatedly demanded that Washington remove Pompeo from the nuclear negotiations, accusing him of maintaining a hard-line stance on sanctions and distorting Pyongyang’s statements, while avoiding direct criticism of Trump. (AP)

Trump and Kim met again at the inter-Korean border in June and agreed to resume working-level talks, but there has been no known meeting between the countries since then.

Last week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho called Pompeo a “die-hard toxin of U.S. diplomacy” after he said Washington would maintain strong sanctions on North Korea until the country is denuclearized.

KCNA also on Saturday said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit North Korea soon at the invitation of Ri, but did not specify what would be discussed.

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Since initiating diplomacy with Seoul and Washington last year, Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping five times before and after his summits with Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, cementing longtime ally Beijing as a major player in the process to resolve the nuclear standoff.

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Blaine Adamson: I am at the center of a lawsuit that is about everyone’s freedom of speech

Before their message hit my inbox on a Saturday morning, I’d never met Diane and Kathy, a same-sex couple who own a New Jersey promotional print shop specializing in LGBT-themed apparel. But their message couldn’t have come at a better time.

Diane and Kathy wanted me to know that I wasn’t alone. No doubt, that was something I needed to hear right then. During the weeks leading up to that day, I’d been sued because I had declined on behalf of my print shop, Hands On Originals, to print shirts with messages that violate my faith.

Along with the lawsuit itself, there was plenty of negative publicity directed my way. Even my city’s mayor had voiced his opposition to me, and my relationship with some of my regular customers was suddenly strained. It was a difficult season. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, and Diane and Kathy wanted me to know they wouldn’t either.

KELLY SHACKELFORD: SUPREME COURT PEACE CROSS DECISION IS A MAJOR VICTORY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

But there was another reason Diane and Kathy reached out to me, and why they’ve publicly advocated for me since. They understood that, even though we may not see eye to eye on any number of issues, our freedoms travel together. After all, if I can be forced to violate my conscience at my print shop, who’s to say that they won’t be next?

Like Diane and Kathy’s business, Hands On Originals is a promotional printing company. We’ll work with anyone, regardless of who they are or what belief system they have. But we don’t print all messages.

In fact, from 2010 to 2012, we declined over a dozen orders because of the messages we were asked to print, including a couple from area churches — one of which depicted Jesus sitting in a bucket of chicken. I know it was a lighthearted message, but at the end of the day, I felt that it was disrespectful to my Savior.

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In early March 2012 — a few weeks before Diane and Kathy contacted me — I spoke with a customer who wanted shirts promoting a local gay pride festival that summer. As the customer told me the design and wording he had in mind, it became clear to me that we weren’t going to be able to print those shirts. But as I told him at the time, I wanted to make sure he was taken care of, so I offered to send his order to a company I knew would print the shirts for the same price I would have charged.

Hands On Originals is a promotional printing company. We’ll work with anyone, regardless of who they are or what belief system they have. But we don’t print all messages.

Instead of accepting my offer, the group organizing the Pride festival filed a complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. The complaint from the group — which ended up getting its shirts printed by another print shop free of charge — accused me of refusing to work with LGBT customers.

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Nothing could be further from the truth. Again, I work with all people, no matter who they are. I both serve and employ gay people. In fact, we’ve printed materials for a lesbian musician who played at that very same Pride festival.

But none of this has stopped the government from pursuing its case against me. I and my Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have spent the past seven-plus years in and out of court as I defend myself against a government that is bent on forcing me to print messages that violate my faith.

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My latest stop was the Kentucky Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in my case on Aug. 23. If the government has its way, I will be required to print messages that violate my faith.

While it’s hard for me to even imagine it, that could force me to have to choose between following my faith and continuing the promotional work that I love — a career that for decades has provided not only for my family but also for the families of the more than 30 people we employ from diverse backgrounds.

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People don’t surrender their freedom of speech when they choose to make a living by printing messages. That’s clear to me. It’s clear to Diane and Kathy, who have supported me because they understand that it’s not just my freedom at stake, but theirs too. And it should have been clear to the government as well.

The Kentucky Supreme Court now has the chance to make that clear to everyone. If it does, it can ensure that business owners who serve everyone, like I do, are not forced to print messages that violate their beliefs. That’s a message Diane, Kathy, and I — and countless others who make speech for a living — would sure like to hear.

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Utah man, 29, ran 50-state opioid ring out of basement; now faces life in prison, authorities say

A man in Utah was convicted Friday of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring out if his basement that pumped more than a half-million counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl across the country into all 50 states, according to a report.

A federal jury found Aaron Michael Shamo, 29, of Cottonwood Heights, guilty of 12 federal charges as the ringleader of a group of friends who made and sold illegal drugs on the dark web, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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He was found guilty of running a “continuing criminal enterprise,” which carries a mandatory life sentence, according to the newspaper. The jury was hung on one charge related to the overdose death of a man in California.

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Aaron Michael Shamo, 29, was convicted of running a multi-million dollar opioid ring on the dark web. (Weber County Sheriff’s Office)

“Shamo’s conviction today is a significant victory in the ongoing war on illegal opioids in our state and nation,“ Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a statement. “Utahns owe a debt of gratitude to all involved in taking down this predator.”

Prosecutors argued Shamo was a ruthless drug dealer who gambled heavily, partied on boats and paid for table service at concerts all while knowing that his customers were becoming sick from the knock-off prescription pills he sold them.

In order to evade a possible life sentence, defense said Shamo was not smart enough to be the leader of the operation, noting he purchased a pill press machine, packaging items and other supplies in his own name without trying to cover it up. They also noted that several other members of the group accepted plea deals and will not serve time behind bars.

“He’s going to die in prison,” Shamo’s defense attorney, Greg Skordas, told the newspaper. “That was the government’s goal. And they reached it.”

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“He’s just a kid,” Skordas continued, “and to think that he will never have another meal with his family, never go on a date, never watch his child be born. Ever. He’s 29 years old. And his life is over.”

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Tomi Lahren: It’s time for personal responsibility, accountability, and justice to mean something again

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A new proposal banning expulsions for school disobedience is a step closer to becoming law in California.

Why is it those who make it harder for others to live, learn and succeed are constantly rewarded or given a pass in this state?

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Students from 4th through 8th grade who “disrupt school activities or otherwise willfully defy the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, or school officials,” will likely be shielded from expulsion thanks to SB 419, which passed the state assembly in August.

If it becomes law, it will also apply to charter schools.

Democratic (of course) State Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley sponsored the bill, saying, “The elimination of suspension for disruption/defiance will result in an overall reduction in suspensions and an increase in positive outcomes for students and the communities in which they live.”

Assembly analysis of the bill also referenced a 2018 Government Accountability Office study, which said, “black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined in K-12 schools. They found this was the case regardless of the type of disciplinary action, poverty at the school level, or type of public school the students attended.”

Listen, I don’t think expulsion is necessarily the best way to punish students who act out, misbehave or otherwise cause a problem in the classroom. Simply casting them out doesn’t solve the problems that likely stem from the student’s household, upbringing or other factors.

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My issue is that this state is going out of its way, on every level, to coddle those who make it harder for others to live, work, and learn. There is no discipline, anymore, anywhere.

This isn’t just a school issue either, but it may start there. If we don’t punish young people for misbehaving, breaking the rules, or even breaking the law, all we are doing is enabling and encouraging the behavior. No consequence, no lesson, no changed behavior.

Who does that benefit? Not the kids, not the teachers, and certainly not the other students just trying to do their best and learn in what should be a safe and structured learning environment.

I don’t think expulsion is necessarily the best way to punish students who act out, misbehave or otherwise cause a problem in the classroom. Simply casting them out doesn’t solve the problems that likely stem from the student’s household, upbringing or other factors.

Where is the sympathy for those kids? Those families? They are the ones who suffer and have their educational environment compromised.

Start showing kids their poor choices and bad actions don’t come with serious consequences and they will continue to act out. What starts as misbehaving or disobeying in the classroom can become breaking the law and endangering the community later in life.

Then what? Well, then California’s felon-friendly laws — including AB 109, SB 180 and Props 47 and 57 — kick in, and we have what we see on the streets today: addicts, felons, thieves, drug dealers and even sex offenders. Our state’s leaders are more concerned with touting the lowered prison population and handing out second, third, and 15th chances than they are about protecting and serving law-abiding residents who are just trying to work hard and make a living.

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Then our Democratic-voting residents wonder why we have all these problems. Hello! You can’t decriminalize, rename and deflect the mess away. It’s still here and it’s getting worse.

It’s time for personal responsibility, accountability, and justice to mean something again. Giving passes doesn’t benefit anyone, especially the young people you are enabling. Tough love wins in the end.

Those are my First Thoughts. From Los Angeles, God bless and take care.

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Mumps outbreaks affected migrants at detention centers in 19 states: CDC

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About 900 migrants held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody have been exposed to mumps since last September, according to the first U.S. government report on outbreaks in the nation’s overloaded immigration system.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Thursday a total of 898 confirmed and probable mumps cases in adult migrants in 57 facilities housing ICE detainees across 19 states since September 2018. The virus also sickened 38 staffers in that time span.

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More than 80 percent of the patients who fell ill with the mumps at the detention centers were first exposed to the virus while in the custody of ICE or another U.S. agency, according to the CDC report.

ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told The Associated Press medical professionals at detention facilities screen all new detainees within 24 hours of their arrival to ensure that highly contagious diseases are not spread. Cox said some detainees come from countries where communicable diseases are less controlled than in the U.S. and carry with them the risk of spreading infection.

Mumps is a contagious virus that causes swollen glands, puffy cheeks, fever, headaches and, in severe cases, hearing loss and meningitis. Critics claim U.S. immigrations officials are not doing enough to quarantine migrants and prevent the spread of infectious disease in overcrowded detention centers.

“This has all the makings of a public health crisis,” Nashville immigration attorney R. Andrew Free, who has been tracking facilities with mumps outbreaks from reports of advocates and lawyers representing detainees, told The Associated Press. “ICE has demonstrated itself incapable of ensuring the health and safety of people inside these facilities.”

A large portion of the cases recorded by the CDC were reported at detention facilities in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services raised the alarm in December, followed by six other state health departments in early January, prompting what the CDC report calls “a coordinated national outbreak response.” ICE has given more than 25,000 doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine in the affected facilities, according to The Associated Press.

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In the U.S., vaccines have drastically reduced the number of mumps cases. Only a few hundred cases are reported most years, with periodic outbreaks involving colleges or other places where people are in close contact.

The CDC report dealt only with mumps, not other health problems in detention facilities. At least two migrant children have died of complications of the flu after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol. The agency recommended detention facilities follow guidance from state and local health departments when responding to mumps.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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