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Families confront cop killer sentenced to death for shooting 2: ‘I hope you burn in hell’

A California man was sentenced to death Friday for the “planned and calculated” killings of two Palm Springs police officers during a standoff in 2016, according to reports.

John Hernandez Felix fatally shot Officers Jose “Gil” Vega and Lesley Zerebny and injured several others with an AR-15 rifle when they responded to his home on a domestic violence call, authorities have said.

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John Hernandez Felix is seen in a booking photo from Oct. 9, 2016​​​​. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

“Mr. Felix, there’s not much I can say that hasn’t already been said,” the judge said as Felix sat in silence. “Your calloused actions ruined many lives. I hope that what little was done here today will bring some peace to these families,” the Desert Sun reported.

Last spring, a jury found Felix guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and the attempted murder of six other officers. They recommended the death penalty. He was additionally sentenced to 368 years to life for the murders.

“I hope he suffers,” Zerebny’s sister, Britta Kling, said in court while asking the judge to uphold the jury’s recommendation, the Desert Sun reported. “You can’t sufficiently sentence him for what he has done.”

“You’re gonna be sitting in that cage for a long time,” Zerebny’s father, David Kling, told the killer. “My only message to you is, ‘I hope you burn in hell, Felix.'”

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Vega was a 35-year veteran who planned to retire within a year and Zerebny was a new mother.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Green Beret from Idaho ID’d as 3rd US soldier killed in Afghanistan in under two weeks

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The identity of the third American soldier to die in Afghanistan in under two weeks was disclosed Friday — a day after President Trump confirmed a plan to withdraw at least some troops from the South-Central Asian nation once U.S. forces are assured the country will not become a haven for other terrorist groups.

Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Ard, a Green Beret from Idaho, died in Afghanistan’s Zabul Province on Thursday. He is survived by his wife, who is pregnant, as well as a young daughter. He would have turned 32 in October, the Washington Examiner reported. 

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Ard is the third U.S. service member to die in Afghanistan in less than two weeks. He died after disembarking a helicopter at the start of a joint mission between the U.S. Army Special Forces and Afghan commandos Thursday, the New York Times first reported. The U.S. State Department did not provide any further explanation of how the soldier was killed.

He was the 15th U.S. soldier to die in Afghanistan this year — making 2019 the deadliest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since 2014, when the combat mission Operation Enduring Freedom formally ended, according to the Washington Examiner.

Last week, Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, from Chicopee, Mass., and Master Sgt. Jose Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, Calif., both died from gunfire in Afghanistan’s Faryab province.

Idaho state Rep. Rod Furniss announced Ard’s death in a Facebook post Friday. The post included a photo of the late soldier in uniform, posing alongside family members, as well as a quote from his father, Bruce Ard. His father is also the former mayor of the town of Ammon, Idaho.

“We received news that we lost our son Dustin in Afghanistan. My heart has a hole so big I can hardly stand it. He was the finest young man I have ever known. Not because he was my son but because if the person he is,” Bruce Ard said in the Facebook post.

“A great son, brother, father and husband. He loved his country and was the kind of person we should all be. Son, I Love you and know we will see each other again. I will miss you every day I live without you. Love Dad,” the post said.

President Trump told Fox News Radio on Thursday that negotiators were working on a drawdown from 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan to about 8,600, but offered assurances that the U.S. would keep a “presence” in the country.

The U.S. and the Taliban are negotiating a deal in which U.S. forces would withdraw in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not become a haven for other terrorist groups.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001 under Operation Enduring Freedom, beginning an 18-year involvement – the longest in U.S. history. Operation Enduring Freedom ended in 2014, effectively removing most U.S. troops from the country.

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In 2017, Trump ordered 4,000 additional troops be sent to Afghanistan to help Afghan forces and conduct counterterrorism operations against the ISIS terror network’s Afghan affiliate and other extremist groups, including Al Qaeda. Some 14,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: Aug. 31

On this day, Aug. 31 …

1997: Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed are killed in a car accident in Paris.

Also on this day:

  • 1887: Mary Ann Nicholls, considered to be Jack the Ripper’s first victim, is found murdered in London.
  • 1994: Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltic states.
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This image released by Focus Features shows Fred Rogers on the set of his show “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” from the film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” The film was not nominated for an Oscar for best documentary. (Jim Judkis/Focus Features via AP)

  • 2001: The last original episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” airs; Fred Rogers hosted 895 episodes of the show over 31 years.  
  • 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City. 
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John Yoo: Comey IG report shows Trump didn’t obstruct justice, he ‘freed justice’

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The inspector general’s report on ex-FBI Director James Comey showed President Trump didn’t obstruct justice as some critics claim but instead “freed” it, according to former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo.

Yoo, who served in the George W. Bush administration, said Friday on “The Ingraham Angle” that by firing Comey, the president removed an individual from the FBI who had acted in his own interests.

“I’m sad to say after I read the IG report Trump didn’t obstruct justice, Trump freed justice,” he said.

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“Trump freed the Justice Department of a man — a self-righteous crusader — who rejected the results of our constitutional system and democracy that was, President Trump won the 2016 election.”

In addition, Yoo dismissed commentary from CNN legal analyst Elie Honig, who warned the IG report did not “vindicate” the president from any claims of obstruction of justice relating to the probe into ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Honig, a former director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, said nothing in the report was “any sort of vindication for Donald Trump.”

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“It doesn’t change anything about what Comey was writing about in those memos, which was Donald Trump demanding loyalty of him and Donald Trump trying to get him to shut down the Flynn investigation,” Honig said. “Those are still, I believe, obstructive acts.”

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On “The Ingraham Angle,” Yoo said Comey acted outside Justice Department and FBI regulations in regard to the memos, which catalogued some of his interactions with Trump.

“He decided the normal basic rules of the Department of Justice didn’t apply to him in his crusade to stop President Trump, and that basic rule is, ‘We don’t, as Justice Department prosecutors or FBI agents, willingly and freely share the results of confidential investigations with the New York Times or the press to attack people we don’t like,'” Yoo said.

“This is a guy who should never have been FBI director.”

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Gunfire at Alabama high school football game leaves at least 6 shot: reports

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At least six people were shot Friday night after a high school football game in Mobile, Ala., city police said, according to reports.

At least four other people suffered other injuries, including one resulting from a seizure, Mobile’s FOX 10 reported.

Two people were taken in for questioning, but it was unclear if either were suspects, AL.com reported.

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The victims are between 15 and 18 years old, Mobile police Chief Lawrence Battiste told FOX 10.

“It is sad that something like this happened at a high school football game, where our athletes were having a good game on the field,” Rena Philips, director of communication for the Mobile County Public School System, said in a statement. “We do not know all of the details as this is a Mobile Police investigation, so we will have to refer all further questions to the MPD.”

The game between Leflore High School and Williamson High School had just ended before the shots rang out, AL.com reported.

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There were no reports yet on victims’ medical conditions.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Multiple victims after gunfire at Alabama high school football game: reports

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Two suspects were in custody Friday night after multiple people were shot after a high school football game in Mobile, Ala, according to reports.

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Whether the suspects were directly linked to the shootings was immediately clear, Pensacola, Fla.’s WKRG-TV reported.

The game between Leflore High School and Williamson High School had just ended before the shots rang out, WKRG reported.

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There were no reports yet on how many people were shot or their medical conditions.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Biden, still leading, believes he can survive any new gaffes, Dem pollster says

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Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has made “gaffe after gaffe” so far in his 2020 White House run, but apparently isn’t overly concerned it will hurt him with voters, Democratic pollster Doug Schoen said Friday.

“I think he figures, and his campaign team, that rather than try to correct every factual inaccuracy, he can at least for now get through the next few weeks and hopefully for him the primaries … without being held accountable,” Schoen said on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

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In his latest slip-up, Biden responded Thursday to a Washington Post report claiming that a military story he’d shared on the campaign trail “never happened,” saying in a podcast interview: “I don’t know what the problem is.”

The anecdote in question came up earlier this month when Biden recounted a story he claimed to be “God’s truth” at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

But Schoen said he wasn’t sure that the Biden campaign’s strategy of “holding on” would work for the long term.

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“Whether that will continue is another problem in question,” Schoen said.

The pollster also noted that any continued Biden’s gaffes could start to boost the campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

“I think with these gaffes, too, as they hurt Biden’s fundraising, they hurt his crowds and they make this a much more difficult contest even though his numbers have stayed steady,” Schoen said.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Jim Langer, center for Miami Dolphins’ Super Bowl teams, dies at 71

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Jim Langer, the Pro Football Hall of Famer who anchored the offensive line for the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the NFL’s only undefeated Super Bowl championship team, has died at age 71.

Langer, a native of Minnesota, suffered a sudden heart-related problem and died Thursday at a hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn., his wife, Linda, said, according to the Associated Press.

“Jim was a true success story,” legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula said in a statement posted on the team’s website. “He joined us as a free agent in 1970 and ended up as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He was the steadying force in the middle of an offensive line which was key to our championship teams.

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“But Jim was more than a great football player,” Shula added. “He was one of the finest human beings that I have ever had the opportunity to know and also to coach. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. My thoughts are with his wife, Linda, and their children.”

“Jim was more than a great football player. … He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him.”

— Don Shula, former Dolphins coach

Langer’s death followed the passing of Dolphins teammates Nick Buoniconti last month at age 78 and Bob Kuechenberg in January at age 71.

Those names – as well as others, including those of quarterback Bob Griese, running backs Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris, and wide receiver Paul Warfield – became known to millions of fans in the 1970s as the Dolphins appeared in three straight Super Bowls.

The Miami club lost to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI, then won two consecutive titles, defeating the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII and the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl VIII.

The club that defeated Washington was the one that went 14-0 during the regular season, then 3-0 during the postseason to become the NFL’s first undefeated championship team – and Langer played every offensive down along the way.

He went on to appear in six consecutive Pro Bowls, a testament to his tenacity at one of the game’s toughest positions.

Langer was voted the Dolphins’ most valuable player in 1975, and played in the NFL until 1981, spending his final two seasons with the Vikings in his home state. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1987.

Aside from his achievements on the football field, Langer was also known for his outspokenness.

In August 2013, Langer was one of at least three members of the undefeated Dolphins squad who boycotted a White House event for the team hosted by former President Barack Obama.

Langer said he and teammates Manny Fernandez and Bob Kuechenberg skipped the event because they opposed Obama’s policies.

“We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington,” Langer said at the time. “I don’t want to be in a room with those people and pretend I’m having a good time. I can’t do that. If that [angers] people, so be it.”

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Langer is a member of the Dolphins’ Honor Roll and is included on the team’s Walk of Fame and list of the franchise’s 50 best players ever, according to the Herald.

He is survived by his wife Linda and four children. A specific cause of death was not released, the newspaper reported.

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Sirhan Sirhan, RFK’s assassin, reportedly stabbed in California prison

Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, has been hospitalized after being stabbed in a San Diego prison Friday afternoon.

California corrections officials did not identify Sirhan, 75, as the victim, but a source confirmed to the Associated Press that it was the man serving a life sentence in connection with the death of Kennedy, a U.S. senator from New York who was slain at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the 1968 Democratic presidential primary in California.

Sirhan was said to be in stable condition after the attack. Circumstances that led to the stabbing were not immediately known.

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Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968. (Reuters)

“The suspect in the attack has been identified, and has placed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit, pending an investigation,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said, according to KABC-TV of Los Angeles.

He is being held at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hans von Spakovsky: Crimes by illegal immigrants widespread across US – Sanctuaries shouldn’t shield them

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The decision by a California appeals court Friday overturning the conviction of an illegal immigrant who shot and killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015 once again put the national spotlight on the serious problem of crimes committed by people in the U.S. illegally.

The appeals court in San Francisco overturned the conviction of Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Garcia-Zarate was earlier found not guilty of first- and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a semi-automatic weapon. 

Garcia-Zarate said he unwittingly picked up a gun, which he said was wrapped in a T-shirt, and it fired accidentally. The appeals court overturned his conviction on the firearm possession charge because it said the judge at his trial failed to give the jury the option of finding him not guilty on the theory that he only possessed the gun for a moment.

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Opponents of federal efforts to enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress repeatedly claim that illegal immigrants are “less likely” to commit crimes than U.S. citizens – and thus represent no threat to public safety. But that’s not true when it comes to federal crimes.

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Non-citizens constitute only about 7 percent of the U.S. population. Yet the latest data from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals that non-citizens accounted for nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of all federal arrests in 2018. Just two decades earlier, only 37 percent of all federal arrests were non-citizens.

These arrests aren’t just for immigration crimes. Non-citizens accounted for 24 percent of all federal drug arrests, 25 percent of all federal property arrests, and 28 percent of all federal fraud arrests.

In 2018, a quarter of all federal drug arrests took place in the five judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border. This reflects the ongoing activities of Mexican drug cartels. Last year, Mexican citizens accounted for 40 percent of all federal arrests.

In fact, more Mexicans than U.S. citizens were arrested on charges of committing federal crimes in 2018.

Migrants from Central American countries are also accounting for a larger share of federal arrests, going from a negligible 1 percent of such arrests in 1998 to 20 percent today.

Critics will try to downplay the importance of the Justice Department’s report by pointing out that the majority of crimes in the United States are handled by prosecutors in state and local courts. But even there the data is shocking.

A recent report from the Texas Department of Public Safety revealed that 297,000 non-citizens had been “booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and July 31, 2019.” So these are non-citizens who allegedly committed local crimes, not immigration violations.

The report noted that a little more than two-thirds (202,000) of those booked in Texas jails were later confirmed as illegal immigrants by the federal government.

According to the Texas report, over the course of their criminal careers those illegal immigrants were charged with committing 494,000 criminal offenses.

In fact, more Mexicans than U.S. citizens were arrested on charges of committing federal crimes in 2018.

Some of these cases are still being prosecuted, but the report states that there have already been over 225,000 convictions. Those convictions represent: 500 homicides; 23,954 assaults; 8,070 burglaries; 297 kidnappings; 14,178 thefts; 2,026 robberies; 3,122 sexual assaults; 3,840 sexual offenses; 3,158 weapon charges and tens of thousands of drug and obstruction charges

These statistics reveal the very real danger created by sanctuary policies. In nine self-declared sanctuary states and numerous sanctuary cities and counties, officials refuse to hand over criminals who are known to be in this country illegally after they have served their state or local sentences.

This refusal to cooperate with federal immigration officials suggests that state and local officials supporting the sanctuary movement believe it’s better to let these criminals return to their communities rather than being removed from this country. Not all of their constituents would agree.

The Texas report is careful to note that it is not claiming “foreign nationals” commit “more crimes than other groups.” Whether that is true or not – and it is certainly true when it comes to federal crimes – is irrelevant.

What is highly relevant to the current debate about immigration policy is that the Texas report “identifies thousands of crimes that should not have occurred and thousands of victims that should not have been victimized because the perpetrators should not be here.”

We know that in Texas and around the country some individuals would be alive today – and their families would not be mourning their loss – if we had a secure border and an effective interior enforcement system.

Instead of trying to obstruct enforcement of our immigration laws, state and local officials should do everything they can to help the feds reduce the very real – and all too often fatal – dangers posed by criminal illegal immigrants.

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One of the worst recent examples of a state official who refuses to help federal immigration authorities carry out their duties is North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

The Democratic governor recently vetoed a bill that would require local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Cooper did so just days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents captured an illegal immigrant charged with first-degree rape and indecent liberties against a child.

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The man arrested in that crime was on the loose because he had been released from custody by county officials, despite the existence of a federal detainer warrant for him.

Politicians who declare their jurisdictions to be sanctuaries for illegal immigrants who commit crimes are needlessly endangering their law-abiding citizens. That is shameful.

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