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Facebook, Twitter accuse China of disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters

Twitter and Facebook suspended almost 1,000 accounts that were tied to a Chinese disinformation campaign that targeted pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

On Monday, Twitter announced that it had suspended 936 accounts that were related to the disinformation efforts. In a blog post, the company said the “coordinated state-backed campaign” was intended to “sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground.”

The Jack Dorsey-led company said it had conducted “intensive investigations” into the suspicious accounts, which were taken down due to violations of Twitter’s policy against platform manipulation.

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An example of content in violation that was taken down, provided by Twitter.

Facebook conducted its own investigation, based on a tip from Twitter, and removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts involved in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that originated in China and also targeted Hong Kong.

“They frequently posted about local political news and issues including topics like the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found links to individuals associated with the Chinese government,” Facebook said in a blog post.

According to the social network, about 15,500 accounts followed one or more of the pages and about 2,200 accounts had joined at least one of the groups.

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This is a sample of the content posted by some of these pages, according to Facebook. Translation: Protesters. ISIS fighters. What’s the difference? (Facebook)

“We are making progress rooting out this abuse, but as we’ve said before, it’s an ongoing challenge. We’re committed to continually improving to stay ahead,” Facebook said. “That means building better technology, hiring more people and working more closely with law enforcement, security experts and other companies.”

Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets in Hong Kong to protest against police brutality and a now-suspended extradition bill. The demonstrators, who have been mostly peaceful, have also clashed with local police and brought Hong Kong’s main airport to a standstill recently.

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Protesters march while holding umbrellas during the demonstration. Over 1 million Hong Kongese protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong Island to protest against police brutality, the extradition bill, and other grievances despite a constant heavy downpour. (Getty Images)

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Both Twitter and Facebook have faced increasing scrutiny over their response to disinformation campaigns in the wake of Russia’s manipulation of social media during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

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Ted Cruz blasts New York Times: ‘Propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals’

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Sen. Ted Cruz blasted The New York Times in a series of tweets on Sunday and Monday, calling the paper “a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals.”

Slate recently published a transcript of a town hall meeting that New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet conducted last week. Before taking questions, Baquet reportedly said running the paper got trickier when news shifted from potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to a “more head-on story about the president’s character.”

Cruz has sent multiple tweets slamming the paper following the remarks.

“There was a time when journalists covered ‘news.’ The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their ‘town hall’ are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet,” Cruz wrote.

Cruz continued: “If you care about journalism, or the First Amendt, READ the transcript. The Editor says (in effect) ‘for 2 yrs, we covered ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ facts be damned; now we’ll scream ‘racism, racism, racism’ for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.’ That’s not journalism.”

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He also said the Times is “destroying itself” with Trump hatred and said “it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when ‘journalists’ openly revel in being partisan propagandists.”

Cruz then accused the Times of “stoking the fires of racial tension.”

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The New York Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Andy McCarthy: Tlaib, Omar Israel controversy was ‘political stunt from the beginning’

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Andy McCarthy said Monday that attempts made by Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to travel to Israel last week were nothing but a farce.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with anchors Sandra Smith and Jon Scott, McCarthy argued that Israel was well within its rights to block entry to the two Democratic congresswomen.

“Israel has a law on the books that makes promotion if you have an alien – that is, a non-Israeli – who is promoting this BDS movement, which is “is ‘Boycott, Divestiture, and Sanctions.’  They rightly consider that an attempt to dismantle and ultimately destroy the Jewish state,” McCarthy said.

“They have a law on the books that says that is a reason to exclude someone from coming into their country.”

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At the urging of President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited Omar and Tlaib’s anti-Israel statements in enforcing travel restrictions, saying the government would bar them from entering Israel.

Tlaib and Omar had planned to visit Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian group and support the Palestinian-led international movement boycotting Israel.

“You don’t have a right to go into another country. It’s a privilege to be allowed to come in,” McCarthy stated. “These were U.S. lawmakers who were non-Israelis who agitate against Israel and who said they weren’t even going to Israel!”

On Monday, a State Department spokesperson said: “Israel, like any country, is sovereign and has the right to pass its own domestic laws and make decisions about the entry of individuals into its country.”

WHITE HOUSE FIRES BACK AS HOUSE DEMS MULL RETALIATION OVER ISRAEL NIXING OMAR, TLAIB VISIT

After originally denying Tlaib, last week Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Tlaib had been granted permission to enter the West Bank to see her aging grandmother. In accordance, the Minister’s office released a letter that it said was from Tlaib, which promised to respect travel restrictions during her visit.

However, shortly following the announcement, the congresswoman tweeted she wouldn’t allow Israel to use her love for her grandmother to force her to “bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.”

Deri quickly retaliated, tweeting that Tlaib’s hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley continued the administration’s criticism of the two lawmakers on Monday, amid reports that Democrats may be planning reactive moves in Congress against two top American and Israeli diplomats in response to Israel’s decision: “Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have a well-documented history of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Semitic social media posts and anti-Semitic relationships. Israel, has the right to prevent people who want to destroy it from entering the country — and Democrats’ pointless Congressional inquiries here in America cannot change the laws Israel has passed to protect itself.”

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McCarthy added, “It was a political stunt from the beginning and I was glad to see that they called her on it because once she said, ‘Oh, never mind. I don’t want to come in the first place,’ I think it put the lie to the whole escapade.”

The two freshman House members said they would discuss “potential policy responses” to Israel’s decision during a news conference on Monday.

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“She’s allowed to say whatever she wants to say as long as she stays on the right side of incitement,” McCarthy told Smith and Scott. “But, that doesn’t mean that her statements don’t have consequences. And, while she can’t be prosecuted for them, people can take natural action in response to them.”

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Proud Boys members convicted in 2018 clash with Antifa demonstrators

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NEW YORK — Two members of the far-right Proud Boys have been found guilty of charges including attempted gang assault for their part in a melee that followed a speech at New York‘s Metropolitan Republican Club.

A jury convicted Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman on Monday in connection with the October 2018 brawl between members of the all-male Proud Boys and the loosely organized anti-fascist group known as Antifa.

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Lawyers for Hare and Kinsman said the men acted in self-defense, but prosecutors said they and other Proud Boys members started the physical fight.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the defendants beat four people “in a brutal act of political violence.”

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An attorney for Kinsman said he had no comment on the convictions. A message seeking comment was left with Hare’s attorney.

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Model Alicia Arden says she went to cops after Epstein groped her during what she thought was a VS interview

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In 1997, a woman reportedly went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex crime complaints against Jeffrey Epstein: that he groped her during what she thought was a modeling interview for the Victoria’s Secret catalog.

According to The Associated Press, Alicia Arden says she never heard back from investigators about her complaint and no charges ever came of it. And to this day she sees it as a glaring missed opportunity to bring the financier to justice long before he was accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls and women.

“If they would have taken me more seriously than they did, it could have helped all these girls,” the actress and model said. “It could have been stopped.”

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After Arden’s 1997 complaint to Santa Monica police first came to light several years ago, the department said little about it and Epstein’s lawyers said only that police discounted her allegations.

In response to AP’s inquiries and a public records request, Santa Monica police agreed last week to summarize parts of the detective’s notes to one of the news outlet’s reporters. The notes showed that Epstein was questioned soon after Arden’s complaint and gave a conflicting statement. Most notably, the detective wrote that Arden did not want to press charges against Epstein but wanted him warned about his behavior, an assertion that she strongly denies.

In a follow-up statement to The Associated Press, police spokeswoman Lt. Candice Cobarrubias declined to say anything more about how Epstein’s account differed from Arden’s and stressed that the case was closed because the victim was not “desirous of prosecution.”

“If the victim tells the detective they do not wish to prosecute, then the detective will close the case,” the statement said. “In this case, the victim advised the detective she did not wish to prosecute so there was no point in presenting it to the City Attorney for review.”

When asked by The Associated Press to provide documentary evidence of Arden’s stated wishes, Cobarrubias refused to provide any more details from the detective’s notes.

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Contacted this past week by the news outlet, Arden was adamant that she did not, in any way, communicate to the police that she did not want to press charges. She was outraged to hear that the police say otherwise.

“The fact that they didn’t do anything, and they discredited me, is just a stab to my heart,” Arden said.

At the time of Arden’s May 12, 1997, encounter with Epstein, she was 27 and had credits including TV’s “Baywatch” and “Red Shoe Diaries.” She claims she sent modeling portfolio shots to Epstein’s New York office after hearing from a mutual friend that he could help get her into the Victoria’s Secret catalog. He followed up by asking to meet her, and his secretary booked an appointment for the two at a beachfront hotel.

“I always was sending my resumes and pictures around to people who owned magazines,” Arden said. “I never thought that it would be bad to go and meet him.”

When she showed up, she says she found Epstein barefoot and clad in sweat pants and a T-shirt with USA on the front. He started criticizing her figure and asked her to come close to him so he could evaluate it, according to accounts Arden gave in interviews with the AP and in her police report.

Per the news outlet, Epstein then asked her to undress and assisted in pulling her top off and skirt up, saying, “Let me manhandle you for a second” as he began groping her buttocks.

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Arden said she pushed his hands away and left.

“He was bigger than me,” she said. “I felt like it could have been bad if I didn’t leave.”

One detail she told the AP that was not in her original complaint was what happened as she left the hotel room. She said Epstein spontaneously pulled out $100 and tried to give it to her, an offer she refused because she felt he was treating her like a prostitute. But after he followed her out to her car, she took it because she needed gas.

According to The Associated Press, Arden went to police the next day, and she says she got an off-putting reception. A male detective noted that she had willingly gone to Epstein’s room — though she emphasized the purpose was business, she said. She remembered the detective suggesting she think about whether she really wanted to file a report.

She left, crying on the phone to a friend that she wished she could talk to a female police officer.

“I felt like I was being blamed,” she said.

Nevertheless, she went back to police a week later and filed the report with the same detective.

“I wanted to be taken seriously,” she said.

The report recorded Arden’s account in two pages of detail and noted that she had been there a week earlier, but it did not address what the detective told her. Police spokeswoman Cobarrubias said there’s no record of it, according to The Associated Press.

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Epstein went on to be accused of operating a sex-trafficking scheme involving a network of recruiters and dozens of teenage girls, some as young as 13. He was arrested last month on federal charges involving allegations that he paid teenage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then sexually abused them.

At the time of his death on Aug. 10, he had pleaded not guilty and was preparing to make the argument that he could not be charged because of a 2008 deal he made to avoid federal prosecution on similar allegations.

On Friday, the medical examiner’s office ruled the 66-year-old’s death a suicide, confirming that he hanged himself in his cell.

The entire episode has left Arden appalled — by the jail’s questionable monitoring, the unanswered questions and the way police handled her own complaint.

“The whole situation is just awful,” she said. “And he doesn’t have to face us.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Recovered tackle box gives loved ones hope of finding missing firefighters

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The sister of one of two firefighters missing since leaving the Florida coast Friday to go fishing told Fox News on Monday she has hope they are still alive after crews pulled one of their tackle bags from the ocean.

“It means they’re out there and they’re alive and they’re trying to tell us ‘We’re here and to come get us,'” Jessica Bergstresser, sister of Justin Walker, said on “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Walker, a member of the Fairfax County, Va., Fire and Rescue, and Brian McCluney with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, disappeared after leaving Port Canaveral for the 8A Reef, an offshore fishing spot.

On Monday, McCluney’s wife, Stephanie Young McCluney, wrote on Facebook that she confirmed her husband’s tackle bag turned up 50 miles off the coast of St. Augustine.

“Right now we’re all just feeling that they’re still in their boat and their floating and obviously with the sign of the tackle box, they’re there and they’re putting out breadcrumbs for us,” an emotional Bergstresser told Fox News’ Shepard Smith. “That tackle bag… that really helped us.”

St. Augustine is about 125 miles north from where the pair went fishing. The Coast Guard has sent search teams to the area.

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Crews encompassing the Coast Guard, local agencies and private citizens have scoured nearly 24,000 miles on water and air trying to locate the firefighters from Post Canaveral all the way up to South Carolina.

The men’s boat belonged to McCluney’s late father and has experienced mechanical problems in the past, McCluney’s wife told WKMG-TV.

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Humans played major role in driving cave bear to extinction, study says

Humans played a much bigger role than previously thought in driving the cave bear to extinction, according to new evidence revealed last week.

The enormous bears, which typically lived in Asia and Europe, were driven from caves by human hunters thousands of years ago and put on the road to extinction, the researchers found.

“We see this dramatic drop in the population of the cave bear starting from 40,000 years ago, which coincides with the arrival of anatomically modern humans in Europe,” University of Zurich Professor Verena Schuenemann, who led the study, told BBC News.

In order to complete their work, the scientists analyzed mitochondrial DNA extracted from cave bear bones that were collected across several European countries.

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The cave bear also faced shrinking food resources and the start of the last Ice Age. (Getty Images)

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The bears, which completely died out about 24,000 years ago, also faced shrinking food resources and the start of the last Ice Age.

“It is the clearest evidence we have so far that humans might have played a big role in the extinction of the cave bear,” Schuenemann added.

Despite the findings, the debate over what exactly led to the cave bear’s extinction – human activity, the changing environment or some combination of both – will continue.

The study was published in Scientific Reports.

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Security guard for CNN’s April Ryan security guard reportedly facing charges over incident with reporter

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The security guard of CNN political analyst April Ryan will apparently face criminal charges after he was captured on video appearing to violently remove a local news editor from an event where the outspoken pundit was a keynote speaker.

The alleged victim, Charlie Kratovil, editor of New Brunswick Today, tweeted an image of himself holding up court documents on Monday, noting that Ryan’s security guard, Joel Morris, will be arraigned on Sept. 12 in Superior Court on charges of harassment, assault and theft by unlawful taking.

A reporter also tweeted the document, but New Brunswick Municipal Court did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for confirmation. The court’s online archive was not updated with Monday’s documents at the time of this report.

CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The alleged incident occurred on Aug. 3, when Kratovil said he was covering a speech given by Ryan at the 4th annual New Jersey Parent Summit, which focuses on “educating, empowering and preparing parents for our future leaders.”

In emails obtained by Fox News, Kratovil had RSVP’d to the event and received confirmation.

Kratovil said during the event he was approached by a man who started to ask him questions. He said that he found out later that he was Ryan’s security guard.

“During the intro, this man came up to me, mentioned my video camera & asked me ‘Who are you with?'” Kratovil wrote on Twitter. “I gave him my card & explained that I followed the proper channels to cover the event. I asked if he had a card & he responded by saying he was ‘with the speaker.'”

Kratovil alleged that Morris threatened to “take… down” the camera if he himself didn’t and the public relations team began “pressuring” Kratovil to stop recording all while, ironically, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. was praising the American Urban Radio Networks reporter for her “Freedom of the Press” award she received.

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Morris appears to approach Ryan as she was speaking at the podium and whispered something to her. She nods and then pauses for almost 30 seconds until Morris grabs Kratovil’s camera equipment and tripod and walks out of the ballroom.

“Don’t touch my camera, please. Put that down. Don’t you dare. Put that down, sir,” Kratovil told the bodyguard as he followed him out of the room.

As Kratovil and Morris begin causing a scene, Ryan explains to the crowd, “When I speak, I don’t have news covering my speech.” Kratovil said another journalist was recording her speech.

The two men then enter the lobby, where Kratovil is berated by Shennell McCloud, executive director of Project Ready, the group that hosted the event. McCloud accuses Kratovil of “interrupting” the event and demands his removal from the hotel.

Security camera footage from the hotel lobby appears to show Morris forcibly pushing Kratovil toward the exit.

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“Once I got the camera back, I was concerned for my physical safety and I asked for hotel security. I was hoping they would maintain order and maybe document the theft of my camera and any damage that may have occurred to it as a result,” Kratovil told Fox News. “I was thinking, ‘Wow, this guy is really crossing the line here.’ At the same time, I was trying not to fall down face first while also trying to protect the camera, and yelling for bystanders to call the police as this was happening.”

Kratovil expressed his solidarity with Ryan, an outspoken critic of President Trump and his treatment of the press, but told Fox News that “her reputation” now depends on addressing what had happened and is hoping for an apology.

“I think that the President deserves much criticism for his administration’s lack of transparency, his own irresponsible rhetoric towards the media, and his childish attacks on individual reporters like Ms. Ryan,” Kratovil said. “Her reputation now depends on finally addressing this situation head-on and proclaiming that what happened that night in New Brunswick cannot be tolerated.”

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Air Force base produces first certified 3D-printed aircraft parts

The 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis Air Force base in California is spearheading an innovative effort to produce 3D-printed aircraft parts.

The squadron is the first field unit in the Air Force to be certified with an industrial-sized 3D printer that is authorized for the production of nonstructural aircraft parts, according to a statement released Monday.

The Stratasys F900 3D printer produces parts up to 36-by-24-36 inches, the Air Force said. It harnesses a material called Ultem 9085 that is described as being stronger, denser and more flexible than traditional plastic.

The printer has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center.

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It took eight months to make the system fully operational.

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Latrine covers, the first aircraft parts authorized for use after being printed on the Stratasys F900 3D printer are on display Aug. 15, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

The first approved project was printed on the machine on Aug. 12 — replacement latrine covers for the C-5M Galaxy aircraft.

“The latrine covers we just printed usually take about a year from the time they’ve been ordered to the time they’ve been delivered,” said Master Sgt. John Higgs, 60th MXS aircraft metals technology section chief, in the statement. “We printed two of the covers in 73 hours.”

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The Air Force explained that the parts that don’t keep aircraft from performing their missions don’t have as high a priority for replacement.

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rogelio Lopez, 60th Maintenance Squadron assistant aircraft metals technology section chief, loads Ultem 9085 material into a canister for use in the Stratasys F900 three-dimensional printer Aug. 15, 2019, Travis Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

The team can download blueprints that have been approved by the University of Dayton Research Institute from an online database that is part of the Joint Engineering Data Management Information Control System (JEDMICS).

“It brings us a capability that we’ve never had before,” Higgs said. “There’s so many possibilities available to us right now. We’re just scratching the surface.”

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As the only Air Force field unit that is fully operational, the team at Travis is receiving requests from other parts of the service.

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An aircraft part prints on the Stratasys F900 three-dimensional printer Aug. 15, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

“We already have a list from the Air Force level to help them print and to backfill some supplies,” Higgs said, in the statement. “This will ensure other bases can replace items sooner than expected with our help.”

Last year Marines used a specialized 3D concrete printer to create a 500-square-foot barracks room in just 40 hours, according to the Marine Corps. Normally, it takes 10 Marines five days to construct a barracks hut out of wood.

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The barracks room was built in August 2018 at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Champaign, Ill.

Army and Navy Seabees were also involved in the construction effort.

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Also last year, Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif. successfully 3D-printed a reinforced concrete bridge. The feat, which took place in December, is the first time in the U.S. or the Western hemisphere that a bridge has been 3D-printed on site, as opposed to in a factory, according to the Marine Corps.

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Cal State Fullerton employee stabbed to death on campus during first day of classes

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Southern California university employee was stabbed to death Monday morning in what police believe was a targeted attack on the first day of the academic year, investigators said.

Fullerton police responded around 8:30 a.m. to a parking lot on the California State University, Fullerton campus to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon. A man in his 50s was found inside a car bleeding from his head with several stab wounds.

The unidentified man was a retired faculty member working in the international admissions department, police said. Investigators have not determined a motive for the killing, but they said they believed the victim was targeted.

“We don’t believe there is a random stabber on the loose at this particular time,” Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus told the Los Angeles Times.

Messages left to a police spokesperson from Fox News were not immediately returned.

The suspect was described as a man in his 20s with black hair. Investigators were using bloodhounds to try and locate him.

Extra police patrols were ordered for the campus, located 40 miles south of Los Angeles.

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Police said there was no active threat but told people to avoid the area where the stabbing unfolded. People with cars within the police investigation area will not be able to retrieve them, the school tweeted, “as this is an active investigation.”

A scheduled film shoot near the campus library was canceled, university police tweeted. The school is part of the 23-member California State University system and enrolled more than 39,000 students last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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