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Push for ‘red flag’ laws, background checks gains steam in wake of mass shootings

The push for so-called “red flag” laws and stronger background checks is gaining steam amid apparent support from President Trump and Democrats in Congress in the wake of the two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, though it presents a delicate challenge for the president as he works to assure his supporters that he will “always uphold the Second Amendment.”

2020 DEMS EMBRACE FEDERAL GUN BUYBACK PROGRAM IN WAKE OF MASS SHOOTINGS

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Friday announced the committee is returning early from recess, on Sept. 4, to consider several gun control bills, including the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., also scheduled a Sept. 25 hearing on “military-style assault weapons.”

Trump has signaled his support for extreme risk laws, also known as Red Flag laws, as well as strengthening universal background checks.

“I support strong, meaningful background checks where people who are insane, mentally ill — where people like that should not have guns,” Trump said Thursday before a rally in New Hampshire. During the rally, Trump assured the crowd of supporters that he will protect their right to own a gun, saying, “It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger. It’s the person that pulls the trigger.”

Red flag laws allow family members and law enforcement to intervene when they notice warning signs of an individual — they can petition a court order that would temporarily remove guns from dangerous situations. But opponents argue implementing red flag laws could lead to a slippery slope and infringe on Second Amendment rights.

“With red flag laws, that’s a gray area because I believe it could potentially be a very big misuse of power,” Stephen Powell, administrator and training director of C2 Tactical, told Fox News. “The problem is the people who are wishing to do evil on our citizens they will always find a way to commit that evil.”

Many Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail have called for going much farther than Trump, including proposing a federal gun buyback program to help reduce the estimated 400 million guns owned by civilians in America.

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Handguns for sale in a display case at a licensed dealer in Arizona. (Ben Brown/Fox News)

According to the latest Fox News Poll, an overwhelming and bipartisan majority of voters favor background checks on gun buyers and taking guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others, with two-thirds also supporting a ban on “assault weapons” — although that majority is largely driven by Democrats.

FOX NEWS POLL: MOST BACK GUN RESTRICTIONS AFTER SHOOTINGS, TRUMP RATINGS DOWN

The National Rifle Association has expressed concerns about red flag laws. Catherine Mortensen, an NRA spokeswoman, told Fox News in a statement that “to safeguard the rights of law-abiding gun owners, Extreme Risk Protection Orders at a minimum must include strong due process protections, require treatment, and include penalties against those who make frivolous claims.”

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Members of the Well Armed Woman practice shooting at C2 Tactical, in Scottsdale Arizona.

One proponent, Meagan Cahill, a senior policy researcher at RAND Corp., says while “universal background checks and red flags definitely have the potential to help curb gun violence and even to reduce mass shootings,” there is a lack of data to show how effective these policies actually are.

“The problem of course is we don’t have a lot of evidence on exactly what the effects of many gun control policies that have been proposed are,” Cahill said, adding, however, that red flag laws and universal background checks are a good place to start.

While background checks have proven to be effective according to Cahill, “they are used in a limited fashion.” For example, they are not required for private person-to-person gun sales, which could be seen as a potential loophole to avoid the screening process.

A licensed gun dealer in Arizona told Fox News of several instances in which, after denying someone for a gun purchase, they would say they’re going to go to a gun show instead.

“We said, ‘Hey man, let’s just wait an extra five days just to see if we get a response.’ And, the gentleman was like, ‘you know what, F–k you guys, I’m not waiting I’m just going to buy one at the gun show,'” said the gun dealer, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of potential backlash to his business.

The gun dealer recalled another situation in which after, denying a person who had a medical marijuana card – because it is still considered illegal at the federal level – he was told, “You know what, there’s a gun show Saturday I’m just going to go buy one at the gun show.” He told Fox News “that’s happened several times.”

GUN CONTROL TAKES CENTER STAGE IN WAKE OF MASS SHOOTINGS

Alan Korwin, an expert on gun law and who has written 10 books on the subject, argues more legislation is not the answer.

“The presence of guns isn’t why we’re having murders,” he said. “The fabric of society is unraveling all over the place. And the idea that you can fix that with a statute is crazy.”

Korwin added, “We’ve always had lots of guns you used to buy guns mail order with no paperwork whatsoever. Why are people committing mass murder now? Nobody’s asking that question … the answer is not paperwork. The answer is dealing with the psychosis in society that makes people want to go out and frenzied kill people they don’t know.”

As the push for stricter gun control laws ramps up, the conversation also tends to argue the case from a mental health perspective– with the claim, these mass shooters often suffer from some type of mental illness, a notion Dr. Arthur Evans from the American Psychological Association says is inaccurate.

“Using a blanket statement like people have mental illness — we know from the research, the FBI has shown, that’s not the case. A study we’ve done at the APA … what we found is that there is no singular profile of a person who commits a mass shooting,” Evans said.

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Stephen Powell, administrator and training director of C2 Tactical, working with members from the Well Armed Woman.

While Evans argues against canvassing all people who commit mass shootings as mentally ill, he advocated for a change in how the country approaches mental health policy that targets “people who are not quite at that point of being in crisis but clearly need some kind of intervention.”

“If you listen to the typical interview after one of these kinds of shootings, you often hear people say, ‘Well I knew the person had some problems, things seemed to be off with this person, but I wasn’t quite sure what was going on …,’” he said. “Those people don’t meet the criteria for mental health diagnosis, but they clearly need some type of intervention and most mental health systems aren’t set up to handle those type of individuals.”

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The Dickey Amendment, which according to the National Institutes of Health passed in the mid-90s in response to gun violence being treated as a public health issue, has hindered Congress from using federal funds for gun violence research.

“It will be really helpful if the federal government can infuse more money into this area and really help fund research because it will help us better understand the policies that we have — both in terms of what are the effects on gun owners and what are the effects on violence, homicides, and suicides,” Cahill said.

That could be changing as an omnibus spending bill in 2018 clarified that the amendment doesn’t ban federally funded research on gun violence.

From a gun owner perspective, Powell acknowledges it’s a “tricky situation.”

“People that own firearms people who are in the firearm industry are all for the rule of law … but we also want to make sure we don’t have our rights infringed as well, so there is a balance of power there and it’s a tricky situation,” he said.

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Captain of Iranian supertanker that’s trying to leave Gibraltar ‘doesn’t want to stay in command,’ lawyer says

The captain of an Iranian supertanker at the center of a diplomatic standoff no longer wants to keep command of the ship, which is in need of repairs that could impede its immediate departure from Gibraltar, the sailor’s lawyer said Friday.

The tanker — and its 2.1 million tons of Iranian light crude oil — seemed to perform mild maneuvers on Friday but largely remained still, shrouded in heavy fog in waters off the British overseas territory a day after authorities ended its detention for allegedly breaching European Union sanctions on Syria.

The release Thursday, as the United States reportedly maneuvered to re-seize the tanker, came as the head of the Gibraltar government said that Iran had promised him not to deliver the fuel to a sanctioned refinery in Syrian territory, although an Iranian official later disputed that those assurances had been delivered.

Any delay of the vessel’s departure could provide a window of opportunity for the U.S. to mount further legal action and try to again stop the tanker amid growing confrontation with Tehran.

IRANIAN SUPERTANKER RELEASED BY GIBRALTAR, DESPITE LAST-MINUTE US ATTEMPT TO SEIZE IT

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A view of the Grace 1 supertanker is seen backdropped by Gibraltar’s Rock, as it stands at anchor in the British territory of Gibraltar, on Thursday.

Tensions have escalated since President Donald Trump last year unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal signed by Iran and other world powers.

The decision re-imposed sanctions on Iran, stopping billions of dollars in business deals, largely halting the sale of Iran’s crude oil internationally and sharply depreciating Iran’s currency, the rial. More recently, the Persian Gulf has seen attacks on oil tankers and other high-stakes confrontations.

In early July, Tehran seized the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in apparent retaliation for the detention of the Grace 1. Analysts had said the release of the Grace 1 by Gibraltar could see the Stena Impero go free.

But that prospect remained up in the air on Friday with a lawyer representing three Grace 1 crew members who were released from detention on Thursday casting doubts on the vessel’s immediate departure.

Richard Wilkinson told The Associated Press that the Indian national who commanded the oil tanker until it was detained in early July had asked his Iranian employers to replace him.

“He doesn’t want to stay in command of the ship, he wants to go home, because he wasn’t happy to go back and pick up the broken pieces,” said Wilkinson. “But he’s a professional skipper and needs to wait for a new crew to do a proper handover.”

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A stern view of the Grace 1 super tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar on Thursday.

The lawyer said the tanker had been due for repairs in Gibraltar even before it was seized, which impeded the replacement of certain parts, making the tanker unfit for an immediate long voyage.

Adding to the uncertainty, the next possible destination of the cargo became a point of contention as Iranian and Gibraltar authorities showed disagreement over the terms that led to the ship’s release.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Friday said the country had made no commitments to gain the release of its tanker, while the chief minister of Gibraltar insisted on the written assurances it had received.

The captors of the vessel “raised the issue of commitment in a bid to make up for their humiliation caused by this illegal act and piracy,” Abbas Mousavi said, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

“We announced that Syria was not its destination and we have upheld the same … and reiterated that it was nobody’s business even if it was Syria,” he added.

In response, the Gibraltar government issued a statement saying that “the evidence is clear and the facts speak louder than the self-serving political statements we are hearing today.”

Authorities in the territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea didn’t reveal if the vessel was expected to leave any time soon. Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said it was now strictly a matter of the ship’s agents and owners.

“She is able to leave as soon as she organizes the logistics necessary in order to sail a ship of that size wherever it is going next,” Fabian Picardo told the BBC. “It could be today. It could be tomorrow. This is a matter now exclusively for the ship agents and ship owners.”

Authorities in Gibraltar had said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice had requested to seize the ship and its cargo, but Picardo said that such a request should be made directly to the territory’s judiciary and not the government.

No U.S. claim had been lodged by the end of business day on Friday, a spokesman from the Gibraltar Supreme Court told The Associated Press. The official was not authorized to be identified by name in media reports.

Wilkinson, the Grace 1 captain’s lawyer, said it would be challenging for the U.S. to secure the detention under the argument of applying U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

“They seem to want to enforce American sanctions in British territorial waters. Good luck with that,” Wilkinson said, adding that “the U.S. is pretty late in the day.”

“You need to get a formal application to the court, just writing a letter to the government is not enough,” he said.

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Earlier, authorities in the U.S. had announced plans to revoke visas for the country of any crew member on the Iranian oil tanker. Wilkinson said that the measure wouldn’t be problematic for most of the crew, who come from Southeast Asian countries, including India.

In a statement, the State Department accused the Grace 1 of assisting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps in evading U.S. sanctions on oil exports from the country. The Corps is designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. and subject to separate penalties.

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Extremely rare 1894 dime once owned by Jerry Buss sells for $1.3M

An extremely rare 1894 dime, one of only 24 minted and once owned by former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, has sold at auction for $1.32 million, including the buyer’s commission.

Only nine of the rare 1894-S dimes are known to exist, according to the auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries. The dime was auctioned Thursday at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago.

EXTREMELY RARE 1894 DIME EXPECTED TO SELL FOR OVER $1M

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The 1894-S dime is one of only 24 that were minted. (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

The coin was once owned by the late Buss, who in addition to being the former owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, was also an avid collector of rare coins.

In 2016, an 1894-S dime sold for $2 million at a Florida auction.

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Front of the 1894-S dime. (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

A rare 1876 20-cent piece was also auctioned at the Chicago event, selling for $456,000. First issued in 1875, 20-cent coins are described by Stack’s Bowers Galleries as “a one-year wonder.”

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Front of the 1894-S dime, (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

Some 10,000 20-cent pieces were minted by the Carson City Mint in 1876 but were ordered destroyed by the government. The coin auctioned in Chicago is one of only 20 from the 10,000 minted at Carson City that escaped the melting pot.

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Hollywood sex scenes are changing in the #MeToo era thanks to intimacy coordinators

Two years ago, intimacy coordinators on a film or TV set wouldn’t have been taken seriously. But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, they are very much needed to make all participants feel safe and represented.

HBO led the pack when the network hired Alicia Rodis to be on set for the new season of “The Deuce,” a show about the sex industry set in the 1970s, after the show’s star, James Franco, was accused of pressuring young actors in his acting class to perform nude or semi-nude scenes that made them feel uncomfortable.

Franco said the claims are “not accurate” and his job on the drama series was up in the air for a period of time.

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL SAYS SHE TOOK JAMES FRANCO’S SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS SERIOUSLY WHILE FILMING ‘THE DEUCE’

HBO and the show’s producers ultimately moved forward with Franco still attached to filming the show because they “felt comfortable” after investigating the claims.

The show’s other star, Emily Meade, wasn’t sure how she felt about the scenario because allowing an actor or crew member back on set essentially “means that you’re technically supporting someone,” she told Vanity Fair.

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Emily Meade (L) and Ryan Farrell in “The Deuce” (Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

So, that’s when she pitched the idea of an intimacy coordinator to HBO. And her advocacy had a profound effect on the industry.

“HBO implemented a policy that would require an intimacy coordinator on all programming that features adult content,” according to the magazine. And streaming service, Netflix, was soon to follow suit.

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris told the magazine the organization is currently working on standardizing guidelines for intimacy coordinators and having them accepted into the guild, similar to a stunt coordinator.

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“Look at television now, versus 20 years ago,” Carteris said. “I mean, it’s so sexually explicit now…. Think about before I began [acting]; we had to sleep in separate beds, and you couldn’t show a woman being pregnant. Now it’s everything.”

“Even a kiss is different [now],” she added. “When I first began in the business, I remember being told, You can’t touch that person here when you are kissing. Now, it’s like: How hot can you make it? How sexy can it be?”

Ita O’Brien, who was an intimacy coordinator for Netflix’s “Sex Education,” said, “It’s so amazing to see how quickly the industry has shifted and changed” and hopes there’s someone helping with sexually explicit content on every single set in the near future.

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She described a recent event on a set.

“I had a situation the other day when we were checking out a kiss. And so the actor’s going, Oh, can I put my hand on your cheek? And then he says, ‘Can I put my hands on your ears?’ And she didn’t even know that it was a ‘no’ for her.”

She watched as the woman tensed up when the actor touched her ear and stepped in to say that was off-limits in the future.

“The main thing,” O’Brien said, “is open communication and transparency with this work.”

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Trump set to meet with officials on Afghanistan, amid concerns over withdrawal plans

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President Trump is set to meet Friday with top security officials on the way forward on Afghanistan, possibly moving toward a phased withdrawal – something critics warn could lead to the Taliban taking hold of the country once again.

Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is back in the U.S. from his negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar, talks he has described as “productive.” The two sides have been discussing an agreement in which the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, in return for the Taliban promising to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists and Al Qaeda.

US PREPARING TO WITHDRAW THOUSANDS OF TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF PROPOSED TALIBAN DEAL

The meeting, to be held in Bedminster, New Jersey, is scheduled for the afternoon and is expected to be attended by a number of Cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sources told Fox News.

The Washington Post reports that the proposed plan could cut the number of troops in the country from approximately 14,000 to 8-9,000 – which would be nearly the same as when Trump entered office in 2017.

However, a senior administration official told reporters that the meeting was “routine.”

Trump announced a 4,000-troop increase in August 2017, as part of an effort to break the stalemate in the country. Trump ran his 2016 campaign partly on a platform of bringing troops home from foreign conflicts.

“Well, I don’t want to say if they can be trusted or not,” Trump said earlier this month when asked if the Taliban can be trusted. “Look, history, I would say, is not so good, but they don’t like us much either.  But we’ve brought them down; we’ve brought the number of soldiers down very substantially. They’re coming down. We are talking to them.  We have a lot of advantages making a deal with us. “

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The U.S. has pressed for a cease-fire and a framework for inter-Afghan talks, but so far the insurgents have refused to recognize the Afghan government, dismissing it as a U.S. puppet.

But there are fears that such a deal would hand the country over to the Taliban. The group has staged attacks on a near-daily basis since the negotiations began, targeting mainly troops and government officials, but which have also killed civilians.

“To trust the Taliban to control Al Qaeda, ISIS-K, and other radical Islamist groups present in Afghanistan – as a replacement for a US counter-terrorism force – would be a bigger mistake than Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement.

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The U.S. invaded the country in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and plunged the country into an 18-year involvement – the longest in U.S. history. It has killed more than 2,000 American troops, injured more than 20,000 and cost nearly a trillion dollars since 2001.

The Taliban are at their strongest since the U.S.-led invasion toppled their five-year government in 2001 after the group had harbored Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.

Fox News’ John Roberts, Rich Edson, Jon Decker, Matt Leach and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Creepy ‘zombie snail’ flashes green and orange, freaks out hiker

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Do not attempt to adjust the picture. What you are seeing is real.

A hiker going up the hills in Taiwan’s Changhua County earlier this month spotted a bizarre-looking snail that was flashing orange and green after its body was hijacked by a parasite.

“The snail looked like it had multicolored neon lights inside,” hiker Lin Ruian told Viral Press. “I don’t know what was causing it but it was very strange. I poked it with a stick and it rolled over.”

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Succinea (amber snails) often become hosts to the parasitic flatworm, known as leucochloridium paradoxum, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Zoology.

The study notes the “[t]he infected snails with pulsating broodsacs behaved differently from their apparently non‐infected counterparts,” adding that they “moved farther, positioned themselves in more exposed and better illuminated places, situated higher in the vegetation.”

Biologist Tomasz Wesołowski, who described leucochloridium paradoxum in the 2013 study, also noted that the infected snails were able to move three times as fast as normal.

The snails flash different colors to imitate caterpillars to hungry birds, who then eat the snail. The process starts all over again, as the birds’ intestinal tract provides a space for the flatworm to reproduce and enter another unsuspecting host.

Remarkably, the snails can survive the event, due to their regenerating capabilities. L. paradoxum exists largely in the eyestalk of the snail, the part the birds go for, as it most resembles a caterpillar, according to the New York Post.

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Rumer Willis reveals she’s been sick for weeks, felt ‘exhausted, overwhelmed and broken down’

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Rumer Willis revealed on social media that she’s been sick for all of August thus far, with a series of different illnesses that left her “exhausted, overwhelmed and broken down.”

The “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” actress took to Instagram to share an emotional, make-up-free selfie along with a lengthy caption explaining that she’s been sick and had just finished sobbing to her sister on the phone about it.

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“How do we Let Go?” the star began her caption. “This was me yesterday. Exhausted, Overwhelmed and Broken Down. I had just gotten off the phone with my sister after having a full little kid meltdown. Sobbing about how I was so tired and feeling helpless.”

She went on to reveal that so far, the month has seen her laid up and feeling trapped in her own body.

“I have been sick almost the entire month of August that started with food poisoning to then an unknown stomach problem where I haven’t been able to eat because when I do it feels like my stomach is on fire to the flu that turned into a sinus infection,” she explained. “I felt helpless and scared and so utterly overwhelmed. I felt like time was just drifting by and I was trapped in a body that didn’t want to work with me.”

The star explained that she spent most of the last weeks trying to control her body and fight her illness in an effort to combat the pain. However, she realized Thursday, one day ahead of her birthday, that trying to control her body meant she wasn’t paying attention to what she needed.

“I did some compassionate self forgiveness for any judgements I was holding against myself or my body for not behaving the was [sic] wanted it to and really just allowed myself to be exactly where I was at and let go,” she wrote.

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Willis said that she woke up on her birthday and felt a lot better because of the self reflection.

“And I woke up this morning feeling a little better and feeling much more integrated in myself because I was no longer at war within. I am by no means 100% yet but getting there.”

Willis revealed she wanted to share the low point in her year with her followers in an effort to give a more complete picture of what her life looks like.

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“It’s my birthday tomorrow and i wanted to start my new year letting go of mindsets, beliefs and old stories that no longer serve me,” she concluded. “So I encourage you as you move forward with you day, week or even month allow yourself to let go of the control of the outcome, control of the expectations of how it should go or look, and let go of whatever story you are making up about yourself if it doesn’t turn out the way you planned. It’s all happening for you not to you….”

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Pennsylvania couple accused of faking baby’s birth, death to collect cash and gifts

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A Pennsylvania couple who reportedly set up a GoFundMe page asking for donations in the wake of their newborn son’s death are now being accused by police of faking the child’s entire existence as part of a ruse to collect cash and gifts from their friends, family and community.

Geoffrey and Kaycee Lang, of Friedens, were hit with misdemeanor theft charges in Westmoreland and Somerset counties this week after police searched their home and found a doll that resembled the infant seen in photos the couple says was of their son, Easton, WTAE reported, citing court documents.

“I don’t know what their motive was – to hurt your family and everybody? It’s just sick,” Cynthia Dilascio, a friend who organized a baby shower for the couple in May and later reported them to police, told the station.

Photographs of the couple showed them opening gifts at the shower, but Dilascio says Kaycee, 23, vanished around seven months into her pregnancy, claiming she was on bed rest.

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Court documents viewed by WTAE say the couple then claimed Easton died on July 3 from respiratory distress syndrome shortly after being born at Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown, yet police couldn’t find any records of the mother or child at that facility or coroner’s office.

Dilascio also said she called the funeral home where the couple claimed the child was cremated – only to be told there was no account in the family’s name.

“I couldn’t go. I knew that this was fake,” she told WTAE when asked about the memorial service that apparently was held for Easton. “I couldn’t go and sit and watch this go on, and know the truth.”

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A Facebook profile purportedly belonging to Geoffrey Lang then posted a link on July 7 to a GoFundMe page set up for Easton.

“Please keep my wife and I in your thoughts and prayer. Our son Easton was born with fluid in his lungs and passed away a few hours after he was born,” the post read. “We would greatly appreciate if as many of you guys could share this and if u are stable enough to do so is donate also to help pay for the funeral expenses and medical bills.”

An obituary also was published in Easton’s name, claiming the child “weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz, and was 17 inches long.

“Easton’s parents were blessed with just a little over 5 hours before he went to his heavenly home at 8:20 am,” it read. “Easton experienced holding hands and hugs and kisses with his mommy and daddy and being told uncountable number of ‘I love yous.’”

GoFundMe said the page raised 15 donations totaling $550 – but the site says those donations will now be returned.

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“This type of behavior is not tolerated on GoFundMe,” the website said in a statement to WTAE. “We will fully cooperate with law enforcement officials during their investigation and we will issue full refunds to all donors.”

The couple is set to appear in court in October.

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Liverpool goalie Adrian may miss next English Premier League match after pitch-invader incident

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian, fresh off a European Super Cup victory over Chelsea, may miss the club’s second English Premier League match of the season because of a bizarre injury suffered following his penalty shootout heroics.

Adrian was among the players celebrating Wednesday after he made the key save in the shootout against Chelsea to clinch the trophy when a pitch invader attempted to join in the fun.

The fan slipped as he was grabbed by a security guard and collided with several Liverpool players. Adrian injured his ankle in the process.

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Liverpool’s goalkeeper Adrian lifts up the trophy as he celebrates with players after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea, in Besiktas Park. (AP)

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“It was a strange, weird situation because we were celebrating between us and one guy jumped from the crowd and started running,” Adrian told the club’s website Friday. “I think he slipped in front of us and also the security with him and made me a tackle from the side. It was a bit of a strange situation but I feel much better today and I hope [I’m] ready for tomorrow.”

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Adrian was optimistic about his chances of starting against Southampton.

“I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it’s going to be much better,” he said. “But I’m very optimistic to start playing tomorrow again.”

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The Spanish keeper joined Liverpool from West Ham United on a free transfer days before the start of the season as backup to first-choice goalie Alisson. But he was unexpectedly thrust into action during Liverpool’s opening day victory over Norwich City in the English Premier League when the Brazilian injured his calf.

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Why do parents forget their children in parked, hot cars?

A 2-year-old child was found dead inside a parked car in Kansas on Sunday — marking the ninth such death in the country in the three-week span since a New York dad made national headlines for accidentally leaving his twins in a hot car for hours.

The toddler who died Sunday was discovered just before 6 p.m. in Lawrence, a city roughly 40 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo. Investigators said they received a call about someone who’d been “left unattended,” and medical responders determined the child was dead at the scene.

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At least 32 children have died so far this year from heatstroke while in parked cars, according to Kids and Cars, a nonprofit organization that tracks such deaths.

The deaths of Luna and Phoenix Rodriguez on July 26 are among the most high-profile of those cases and helped merge discussions about the annual epidemic from separate, localized tragedies into a connected, national issue. Juan Rodriguez, 39, said he “blanked out” when he left Luna and Phoenix in his car as he worked an eight-hour shift.

“My babies are dead! I killed my babies!” he reportedly said after realizing he left his twins in the car, where officials said their internal body temperatures registered 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Described as an “amazing” father of five, Rodriguez told police he thought he dropped off the children at daycare before he went to work.

Already this year, nearly three dozen juveniles — children as young as 4 months and as old as 13 years, living in states from California to New York — have died, often due to parents who say they simply forgot their child was in the vehicle.

How can this happen?

Such deaths are incomprehensible to many who read about them and are particularly puzzling to most parents, who can’t begin to fathom how anyone can forget where their kid is — nevermind when that kid is just inches away in the backseat of a vehicle.

Dr. Rosina McAlpine, a parenting expert and CEO of Win Win Parenting, told Fox News that parents or caregivers are often in such a rush to get to work, or an appointment, or any one of countless other obligations, they “forget they haven’t dropped the child off at daycare or school and rush off to the meeting or work distracted, leaving their child behind.”

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“Later they remember in shock but often it is too late,” she said, noting some parents alternate dropping their child off at daycare, and might “forget it was their turn.” Similarly, McAlpine notes that people other than a parent, like a caregiver, a teacher, a grandparent or other relative, “may not be used to having a child in the car on a regular basis.”

As noted by the parenting expert, 429 children who died from heatstroke in cars from 1998 to 2018, or 53.8 percent, were forgotten by their caregivers, according to an analysis from NoHeatStroke.org. Another 209 children gained access to the car on their own.

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Children are sometimes left in hot cars while parents or caregivers, who are often in a hurry to get to work or another obligation, forget they’re still in the car. (iStock)

Of the children who died during that period, caregivers “knowingly” left 151 children in hot cars for reasons such as seeing “they are sleeping and don’t want to disturb them in the hope they’ll get back before they awake,” according to McAlpine.

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Those who leave their children in the car also may not understand the danger they’re in, or consider how fast cars can heat up. The interior temperature of a car can quickly skyrocket, with 80 percent of the total temperature rise happening in the first 30 minutes a child is inside a car — where the temperature inside can exceed those outside by up to 50 degrees.

The obvious solution in these particular cases, McAlpine says, “is to never leave a sleeping child unattended in a car” — regardless of intentions.

What can be done about it?

Some technologies are able to assist caregivers so they don’t forget their children. For example, some GM vehicles include a rear-seat reminder that alerts a driver with audible chimes and a message on their screen to check the rear seat of the vehicle. It doesn’t actually detect objects in the back seat, but “works by monitoring the vehicle’s rear doors.”

Parents or caregivers can also be alerted on their cell phones, via apps such as GPS navigation system Waze, which reminds the driver of a presence in the backseat of the car. There are also physical car seat alarms, like an eClip Baby Reminder sold by elepho, that “continually reminds you that your baby or young child is in the car and will sound an alarm if you leave your baby in the car.”

What are other ways I can protect my child?

Experts often suggest placing items — especially ones people know they won’t forget — like a cell phone, or a purse or wallet, in the back seat of a vehicle to remind you of a child’s presence, or even putting one of the child’s toys on the front seat to remind the driver of who’s in the back.

It’s also recommended that parents place their children in the middle of the back seat, rather than near the doors. Since drivers are constantly looking at their rearview mirror while they drive, if they can see the child in that line of sight, there’s less of a chance caregivers will forget them.

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McAlpine also noted the presence of public awareness campaigns — like one launched last year by Kars4Kids, called “It Can Happen” — to “inform caregivers of the risks and to alerts ‘passersby’ if they see children in cars to get help immediately, and not ignore it.”

Passersby who do see children left alone in cars are encouraged to call 911.

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