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Uruguay, Venezuela warn citizens about traveling to US in wake of El Paso, Dayton mass shootings

Uruguay and Venezuela are now warning their citizens to take precautions when traveling to the U.S. and to avoid cities like Detroit and Baltimore – which they deem some of the “most dangerous in the world” – following the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this past weekend.

The South American countries, in a pair of travel warnings issued Monday, both argue that the recent attacks combined with other factors like the amount of U.S. gun owners make America a risky place to visit.

“The Foreign Ministry warns compatriots traveling to the United States to take precautions against growing indiscriminate violence, mostly for hate crimes, including racism and discrimination, which cost the lives of more than 250 people in the first seven months of this year,” Uruguay said in its warning.

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Authorities retrieve evidence markers at the scene of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. (AP)

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“Given the impossibility of the authorities to prevent these situations, due among other factors, to the indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population, it is especially advisable to avoid places where large concentrations of people occur,” it added.

Venezuela, in their statement, warned its citizens with plans to travel to the U.S. to postpone their trips or take precautions “given the proliferation of acts of violence and crimes of indiscriminate hatred, expressed last weekend in the towns of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.”

“These growing acts of violence have found echo and sustenance in the speeches and actions impregnated with racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations, pronounced and executed from the supremacist elite who hold political power in Washington,” Venezuela added in a swipe at the U.S. government.

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Law enforcement officers make their way along a walkway to the scene of a mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas. (AP)

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Both statements, citing surveys from CEOWORLD Magazine and Forbes, also urged citizens to stay away from American cities “which are among the most 20 dangerous in the world,” naming ones like Baltimore and Detroit in particular.

The U.S. State Department on Friday advised Americans to “exercise increased caution” when traveling to Uruguay because of crime. For months, it has been telling U.S. citizens to avoid going to Venezuela completely because of the country’s tumultuous political situation, poor health infrastructure and civil unrest.

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White House slams Dems for making shootings about Trump, fundraising off tragedy

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The White House hit back Tuesday at Democratic presidential candidates who have faulted President Trump’s rhetoric and even branded him a racist in the wake of the weekend’s back-to-back mass shootings, accusing them of grandstanding while doing little to solve the problem.

Counselor Kellyanne Conway, in an interview on “Fox & Friends,” said Trump is “trying to bring the country together and heal a nation.” And she slammed Democrats for fundraising off the shootings that left 31 people dead.

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“There is a huge difference … between running your mouth and running for president, and being the president and trying to bring together a nation,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends.” “The president did not respond in kind. They politicized this over the weekend. They all blamed him and I want to name and shame them now. … They want to be president? He is the president. And he is trying to bring the country together and have bipartisan, bicameral steps.”

The comments amount to the toughest response yet from a White House that has been bludgeoned by Democratic candidates and lawmakers after the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Some urged the president not to visit El Paso (which he plans to do), while others ripped his Monday statement on the tragedy as weak and even helped pressure The New York Times to revise a front-page headline that did not sufficiently challenge Trump’s call for unity.

Beto O’Rourke was among the presidential candidates who unleashed on the president Monday, in part faulting his rhetoric.

“Jesus Christ, of course he’s racist,” O’Rourke told MSNBC.

On Tuesday, Conway reserved choice words in response to O’Rourke.

“Beto O’Rourke—from the Vanity Fair magazine cover to the vanity project candidacy—out there screaming and cursing about President Trump. That doesn’t heal a single soul. That doesn’t help to prevent another mass shooting,” she said.

Conway also noted that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was “raising money” for Senate Democratic candidates “in an email appeal talking about mass shootings.”

“This is a disgrace and if no one else is going to talk about it, I’m going to talk about it,” Conway said.

Warren, this week, sent an email to supporters requesting they contribute money to Sens. Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., for their Senate campaigns, among other candidates. The Democratic National Committee also sent an email to supporters, signed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, encouraging donors to “split” a donation between the DNC and Giffords’ PAC, which was launched after she survived an assassination attempt in 2011.

Conway alleged a double standard as she sought to draw a comparison between Republicans’ handling of gun violence versus Democrats’. Conway specifically referenced the 2017 congressional baseball practice shooting, which left then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., in critical condition. That shooting was carried out by someone who identified and supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during the 2016 election.

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“When Bernie Sanders’ supporter … shot up Steve Scalise who was within inches of his life, and others on that baseball field two years ago, we didn’t run out and say that he was hunting down Republicans and that he was a Bernie Sanders supporter,” Conway said. “We were worried about Steve Scalise’s life being saved. That was absolutely the darkest day in this White House in its first year in my opinion.”

Conway added a more recent example, when “some evil, twisted, depraved lunatic was trying to shoot up” an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Washington state last month. Conway said the shooter was “quoting the exact language” that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had been using.

“We didn’t blame her,” Conway said.

Referring to former President Barack Obama’s comments on the weekend shootings, Conway also said: “No one blamed him for Newtown, Conn., and he had his opportunity to go heal the nation.”

Democratic critics, though, have focused their criticism on two main areas: Trump’s rhetoric and the lack of sweeping action on gun control.

They were particularly critical of Trump for mostly avoiding the topic of guns during his remarks Monday. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., blasted him for saying mental illness and hate, not the gun, “pulls the trigger.”

On Twitter, she said the line was Trump’s “dodge to avoid truth: there’s mental illness&hate throughout world, but U.S. stands alone w/high rate of gun violence.”

But Conway touted the president’s record on gun measures, noting that last year, he ordered a ban on bump stocks and “all devices” that otherwise turn legal weapons into “illegal machine guns,” and signed a law in 2018 that strengthened the federal background check system and increased federal agency sharing into the system.

Among his list of proposals, Trump called for changes to mental health laws “to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence,” adding that we must “make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary, involuntary confinement.”

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He also called for so-called “red flag” laws to take guns from those deemed a public risk. And he unequivocally denounced white supremacy, responding to reports that the shooter in El Paso wrote a racist manifesto.

“He’s denouncing white supremacy, and they’re out there denouncing him,” Conway said Tuesday. “America, take a look, and don’t forget it.”

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Cathay Pacific Airways confirms in-flight cameras are monitoring passengers

Smile — you might be on camera.

Cathay Pacific Airways recently revealed that in-flight CCTV cameras located onboard their aircraft and around their airport lounges are monitoring passengers for “security purposes.”

Though reps for the carrier have claimed that there are no cameras located in restrooms or in-flight entertainment systems, the airline’s vague intentions for the personal data collection may be enough to spark shivers.

In late July, Hong Kong’s flag-carrying airline updated its privacy policy, detailing that CCTV cameras “in our airport lounges and aircraft” were indeed monitoring customers, CNBC reports, in addition to tracking passenger’s use of the plane’s “inflight entertainment system and inflight connectivity.”

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An interior shot of a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300, premium economy class cabin. (iSTtock)

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“We will collect and process some or all of the following Personal Data about you,” the updated policy states. “Information such as…. your use of our inflight entertainment system and inflight connectivity, your images captured via CCTV in our airport lounges and aircraft,” it reads.

“We will retain your Personal Data for as long as is necessary for the processing purpose(s)… our retention periods are based on business needs and your information that is no longer needed is either irreversibly anonymized or securely destroyed,” it continues.

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Cathay Pacific Airways has recently revealed that in-flight CCTV cameras located onboard their aircraft and around their airport lounges are monitoring passengers for “security purposes.” (iStock)

According to The Independent, there are no CCTV cameras located in any aircraft restrooms.

A Cathay Pacific spokesperson also told Fox News that there are no “cameras, microphones or sensors” to monitor passengers via the in-flight entertainment systems, clarifying that there is only one CCTV camera located on each plane “near the cockpit door.”

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“In line with standard practice and to protect our customers and frontline staff, there are CCTV cameras installed in our airport lounges and onboard aircraft for security purposes — specifically, onboard aircraft, there is only one camera, positioned near the cockpit door,” a rep told Fox News on August 6. “All images are handled sensitively with strict access controls.”

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An interior shot of a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300, business class cabin.

“Our inflight entertainment systems do not have any cameras, microphones or sensors to monitor passengers, nor have they in the past,” the rep continued.

Earlier this year, United Airlines, American Airlines and Singapore Airlines all made headlines when reports surfaced that there were cameras built into the respective carrier’s in-flight entertainment systems, CNBC reports. All three airlines have since denied that they ever have – or ever would – activate activated their cameras to monitor customers.

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Cathay Pacific’s updated privacy policy comes on the heels of an enormous data hack of customers’ personal information in October 2018, with up to 9.4 million people possibly affected by the breach, as per the Independent.

Reps for the carrier were quick to announce at the time that there was “no evidence that any personal information has been misused”.

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Miami Marlins’ Isan Diaz hits first career home run while father is interviewed on TV

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Every Major League Baseball player’s first home run is something they will never forget and having your parents in the stands to watch takes everything to a different level.

Miami Marlins rookie Isan Diaz hit the first home run of his career off of New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom in the sixth inning Monday afternoon and did it while his father was being interviewed on live television.

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Diaz’s father was pumped up through his son’s entire home-run trot while his mother said they were very proud of him.

“We just want to say we’re very thankful and blessed,” Diaz’s father said. “I just want to say thank you for all the friends and family back home watching on TV. We love you. …We are here to say Isan Diaz is the real deal.”

The Marlins acquired Diaz as part of a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018 that saw Christian Yelich head to the National League Central team.

He was promoted to the major league team hours before hitting the home run off of deGrom.

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The Mets, still, won the game 6-2.

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Trump freezes Venezuelan government assets amid tensions

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The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolas Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran that have been targeted by such aggressive U.S. actions.

The ban, blocking American companies and individuals from doing business with Maduro’s government and its top supporters, took effect immediately Monday and is the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere in more than three decades, following an asset freeze against Gen. Manuel Noriega’s government in Panama and a trade embargo on the Sandinista leadership in Nicaragua in the 1980s.

While the order falls short of an outright trade embargo — notably, it spares Venezuela’s still sizable private sector — it represents the most sweeping U.S. action to remove Maduro since the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader in January. Critically, it also exposes foreign entities doing business with the Maduro government to U.S. retaliation.

“The apparent goal is to give the U.S. the ability to apply the law beyond its borders to allies of Maduro like China, Russia, Cuba, Iran and Turkey,” said Russ Dallen, the Miami-based head of Caracas Capital Markets brokerage. “Should those foreign entities continue doing business with Maduro they can have their U.S. assets seized.”

The executive order signed by President Donald Trump justified the move by citing Maduro’s “continued usurpation of power” and human rights abuses by security forces loyal to him.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton hinted earlier Monday that far-reaching U.S. action was close at hand. Speaking to reporters on the eve of an international conference in Peru to show support for Guaido, he said that the U.S. was readying measures “that will show the determination that the United States has to get a peaceful transfer of power.”

Russia, which has staunchly backed Maduro, denounced the U.S. action. Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Russian upper house’s international affairs committee, said Tuesday the move amounts to “international banditry.” He added in remarks carried by the state RIA Novosti news agency that it represents an “open meddling into Venezuela’s internal affairs.”

The measures are likely to exacerbate suffering in an already moribund economy marked by six-digit hyperinflation and a deep, multi-year contraction that surpasses that of the Great Depression in the U.S.

Previous sanctions targeting the South American nation’s oil industry, the source of almost all of its export earnings, have already accelerated a crash in oil production that started with Maduro’s election in 2013 following the death of his mentor Hugo Chavez.

More than 100 officials and government insiders also have had their U.S. assets frozen and blocked from doing business with Americans. As part of the executive order, Americans or U.S. companies that do business with such individuals face penalties. The same Maduro supporters will also be banned from entering the U.S.

Exceptions will be allowed for the delivery of food, medicine and clothing. Transactions with Venezuela’s still sizable private sector do not appear to be affected either. It’s unclear how the actions will affect American oil giant Chevron, which last month received a three-month exemption from the U.S. Treasury to allow it to continue drilling for oil with state-run oil monopoly PDVSA.

The Maduro government has yet to respond. But Guaido celebrated the U.S. action, saying it would protect Houston-based oil company CITGO, Venezuela’s most valuable overseas asset, from attempts by Maduro to mortgage its assets.

“Any individual, company, institution or nation that tries to do business with the regime will be seen by the international justice system as collaborating with and sustaining a dictatorship,” Guaido said in a series of late-night Tweets. “They will be subject to sanctions and considered an accomplice to crimes.”

Geoff Ramsey, a researcher at the Washington Office on Latin America, said that the measures will aggravate a humanitarian crisis even with the exceptions in place to protect the most vulnerable as Western banks avoid processing even legitimate transactions.

“The truth is that no financial institution wants to run afoul of the Treasury Department,” he said.

Instead of doubling down on the same embargo strategy that has failed for decades to produce regime change in communist Cuba, he thinks the U.S. should do more to support ongoing negotiations being sponsored by Norway between Maduro and Guaido representatives.

Bolton and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are representing the United States at what host Peru has dubbed the International Conference for Democracy in Venezuela, a gathering of 59 nations that with few exceptions back Guaido and consider Maduro’s reelection last year to be fraudulent.

Moments after the executive order was announced, Bolton tweeted that he was looking ahead to what he hopes will be a “productive” day in Lima, Peru.

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West Nile virus confirmed in Los Angeles county for first time in 2019, health officials say

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Two residents in Los Angeles County have been infected with the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, marking the county’s first confirmed cases of the 2019 season, local health officials said Monday.

The residents — who were not identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health — are from the San Fernando Valley region and the southeastern region of Los Angeles County, respectively, per officials. They were both infected in late July and are still recovering.

“We are glad to hear that these two people are recovering from their West Nile Fever infections and wish them well. Every year in Los Angeles County, we see cases of West Nile virus infection, which can be serious, even deadly, especially for people over 50 and those who have existing health problems,” Muntu Davis, a Los Angeles County health officer, said in a statement.

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“Mosquito bites aren’t just annoying, they may make you sick. So, everyone should take protective action by using mosquito repellent when outdoors and getting rid of items in their homes or yards that collect standing water where mosquitoes can breed,” Davis added.

First reported in the U.S. in 1999, West Nile is a virus that’s typically spread by infected mosquitoes. Though the side effects of the virus can be severe, most people who are infected experience little to no symptoms and fully recover.

That said, a small percentage of people — roughly 1 in 5 — develop a fever and may additionally experience headaches, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash, among other signs of the virus, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Even rarer, about 1 in 150 people who are infected with West Nile virus can develop a serious illness  — such as inflammation of the spinal cord or brain — the CDC added.

There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment to treat or prevent the virus.

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In Los Angeles County, specifically, an estimated 10,000 people are infected with West Nile virus — though not all cases are “reported or recognized as West Nile virus” as not everyone infected show signs of illness, the county health department said.

Last year, 11 people in California died of the virus, per the Los Angeles Times. 

West Nile virus can be avoided by emptying birdbaths and wading pools, as standing water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Using certain mosquitoes repellents, as well as wearing long-sleeved pants and shirts while outside, are also ways to prevent mosquito bites. On its website, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health provides further guidelines for those seeking information on preventative measures.

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Apple Card starts rolling out for some users

Apple began to roll out its entry into the credit card business, Apple Card, on Tuesday, following comments from CEO Tim Cook last month.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple has sent a limited number of sign-up invitations for the credit card, a card that the tech giant is trying to differentiate from others on the market. The card, which works with both iPhones and iPads, is being positioned differently from other credit cards on the market, including giving consumers cash back for their purchases, as opposed to rewards points.

On the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call last month, Cook said that “thousands of Apple employees are using Apple Card every day in our beta test,” adding that a rollout would come shortly.

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News that the invitations were going out was first reported by TechCrunch.

Initially unveiled in March, Apple Card was created by the tech giant and built on ideals the company values, such as privacy, simplicity and transparency, Cook said at the time of the announcement.

At the March event, Jennifer Bailey, VP of Apple Pay, said the titanium card would be available immediately in the Wallet app upon release and would offer 2 percent cash back for purchases made through the Wallet app, a feature that would be credited every day. That amount would increase to 3 percent if a person bought something from Apple, but would drop to 1 percent if a user used the physical card.

Bailey added the goal is to make it easier to pay down the balance, adding that it will have lower interest rates and no penalty interest rates. Apple has partnered with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard for its global payment network.

Reiterating the privacy theme, Bailey said Apple does not know what you bought and Goldman Sachs would never share or sell your data for third-party advertising.

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What sets Apple Card apart from other cards is its reliance on the iPhone. Though customers can request a physical card for free, an iPhone is required to apply, check statements and pay balances.

The app will offer tools to manage spending and suggest payment amounts based on past payments and spending. And cash back rewards return to customers through an Apple Cash account, which can be used for other purchases, credit card payments and transfers to traditional bank accounts.

Unlike most credit cards, there are no annual, late, international, or over-the-limit fees associated with Apple Card, which aims to have among the lowest rates in the industry. As of March, Apple said the variable annual percentage rate could be anywhere from 13.24 percent to 24.24 percent, depending on credit history.

As Apple looks to offset a decline in the iPhone portion of its business, some analysts expect the card to give its services business a boost. “We also see accelerating growth within Services, aided by the upcoming launch of the Apple Card in August as well as Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ this fall,” CFRA analyst Angelo Zino said in a research note to investors after Apple’s quarterly results.

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Judge Napolitano on ‘Fox & Friends’: Would proposed ‘red flag’ gun laws be constitutional?

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Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in Tuesday on “Fox & Friends” on the constitutionality of proposed “red flag” laws in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

The debate centered around the 24-year-old Dayton shooter, who reportedly was suspended during high school for compiling a “hit list” of those he wanted to kill, and a “rape list” of girls he wanted to sexually assault.

Host Ainsley Earhardt asked whether preventing him from purchasing a firearm would have been “common sense,” arguing that there were true “red flags” in this case.

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Napolitano said the behavior was “reprehensible,” but any legislative change must adhere to the Constitution. He said since the shooter was not charged with a crime, the incidents did not show up on gun databases when he purchased weapons.

“Honest, decent, law-abiding people should not lose their rights because some judge thinks they might do something in the future. That’s the Soviet Union model, not the American,” he responded.

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal announced Monday a bipartisan bill that would create a federal grant program to assist states in adopting “red flag” laws, in response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend.

Graham, R-S.C., who also serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced the plan for bipartisan legislation. The bill will “assist and encourage” states to adopt Red Flag Protection Order laws to “timely intervene in situations where there is an imminent threat of violence.”

Graham said that he spoke with President Trump about the legislation on Monday morning and said “he seems very supportive.”

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“Many of these shootings involved individuals who showed signs of violent behavior that are either ignored or not followed up. State Red Flag laws will provide the tools for law enforcement to do something about many of these situations before it’s too late,” Graham said, adding that he hopes that “Republican and Democratic colleagues will join us to finally move forward in the effort to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”

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Napolitano said any law that deters future crimes is a positive step, but the Constitution must be protected. He said the federal government cannot order the states to enact such laws but can encourage the laws and “pay the states to do it.”

“The theory of the Constitution is we don’t punish people or take their rights away from them because of what they might do, what they could do, because of what we fear they’ll do, but only because of what they have done,” he said, arguing Trump is in a “real bind” on how to curb gun violence without infringing on the Second Amendment.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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South Australia police manager offers gift card to officer who issues most tickets; officials retract offer

South Australia Police have backtracked on an email a manager sent out offering a gift card to the officer who issued the most traffic tickets.

The manager used his own money to buy the incentive and offered it to the officer “who made the greatest contribution” during “Operation Fatal Distraction” — a road safety enforcement campaign that focuses on phone use among drivers that is running from Monday until Friday.

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The manager used his own money to buy the incentive and offered it to the officer “who made the greatest contribution” during a road safety campaign.

Offering incentives “is not supported or condoned” by the department, according to a news release published Monday.

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“Police officers dealing with breaches of the road rules have the discretion to determine the most appropriate action under the circumstances,” officials said. “This may include the issue of an expiation notice or a formal caution (warning).”

The email was retracted by the police department and employees “have been advised that the advice is not to be actioned,” authorities said.

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Mel B. says she almost ‘lost her life’ during marriage to ex-husband Stephen Belafonte

Mel B. has admitted she almost lost her life during her marriage to allegedly abusive ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.

The Spice Girl — who recently completed the U.K. revival tour of the chart-topping girl band — divorced her ex in 2017 amid a high profile battle and has been rebuilding her life ever since.

She told Event magazine: “In the process of my marriage I lost my family, my friends, my self-respect and I almost lost my life and for so long I felt ashamed.”

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Mel wrote about the disastrous marriage in her book “Brutally Honest,” which she is now touring the U.K. with to talk about her experiences.

She alleged Belafonte forced her into secretly-filmed threesomes, exercised coercive control over and left her afraid for her life during their decade long relationship.

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In 2014 she tried to take her own life at a particularly low point and shocked fans when she appeared on the “X Factor” bruised and unwell just days later, an appearance she said in her book was the beginning of her fight back against him.

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Stephen Belafonte and Mel B in 2016 (AP)

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The pop star found the strength to end her marriage after the death of her father, and reunited with her long-estranged family in the U.K.

And Mel has recently moved back to the north of England after 15 years in Los Angeles and says she has never felt more at home.

She said: “To be honest, for a long time I didn’t know who I really was. I’ve always been known as loud, wild, big-mouth Scary Spice and that is part of me, but it’s not all of me.

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“All I know is I’ve never felt more relaxed, more myself and happier since I’ve been here. I feel entirely comfortable in my own skin.”

She now has her family within ten minutes of her new house and is surrounded by her family and her animals including four beehives and her own hens.

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Mel added: “It’s life as it should be. I like the peace, I like the animals, I spend hours just watching the bees going in and out of the hives.

“I spent ten years of my life avoiding home, not speaking to my family, not seeing my friends and now I’m back just a few miles from where I grew up.

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“I always felt I needed to break away and prove myself to the whole world, but now I realize the most important thing to me is to come home, mend bridges, be a mother, a daughter, an aunt and a sister.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

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