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Arnon Mishkin: Last Democratic debate before Iowa – Here’s the secret calculus candidates are making

Westlake Legal Group sanders-bidenwarren-AP Arnon Mishkin: Last Democratic debate before Iowa – Here's the secret calculus candidates are making fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/iowa fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/person/joe-biden fox-news/person/elizabeth-warren fox-news/person/bernie-sanders fox-news/opinion fox news fnc/opinion fnc da476ac9-5b41-5806-bd19-6b4eb56cb6a9 article Arnon Mishkin

Tuesday night, the Democrats offer their last debate before the first contest of the campaign, the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

The rules set by the party have winnowed the stage down to just six contenders. They include the top four who appear best positioned to win Iowa: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., – as well as two remaining wildcards, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who has been the little engine who won’t give up, and businessman Tom Steyer, who has spent over $100 million on advertising, and whose surprising showing in several state polls led to his inclusion in the debate.

While most watching the debate will try to determine “who’s first,” I want to know “what’s on second?”

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That’s because of the peculiar rules of the caucus system – combined with the sheer number of candidates – not just on the debate stage but especially those excluded from the debate, who are still campaigning in Iowa.

Under the rules, in any precinct, if candidates do not have enough support to elect a delegate (typically 15 percent of the caucus), then their supporters move to one of the leading candidates – and help them win delegates.

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With so many candidates still running, plenty of supporters will walk into those caucuses in support of one and walk out having supported their second, or even third, choice.

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Indeed, in recent polls, over 30 percent of Iowa Democratic caucus-goers appear to support a candidate who is unlikely to be above the threshold for winning delegates. In other words, during the course of the evening, 30 percent of people – more than support any of the top four candidates – will wind up caucusing for their “second choice.”

And so for the leading candidates – the ones on the debate stage on Tuesday – the goal is not just to win the audience over, but to make sure voters find them an acceptable “second choice.”

On one level, that’s been Biden’s strategy from the beginning. Over 75, and having been a serious contender for the presidency for as long as Buttigieg has been alive (indeed, from the time he was Mayor Pete’s age), he knows people aren’t going to fall in love with him. But as long as he maintains viability, he knows that folks may eventually turn around and think, “OK, it’s Joe.” While he’s had more than his usual string of gaffes, he’s never really stumbled, yet.

Focusing on second has to be the strategy for the moderates on stage, including Buttigieg and Klobuchar, as well as the liberal stars, such as Sanders and Warren.

Of those, the one with the most to gain from the debate is certainly Amy Klobuchar. She knows her campaign rests entirely on the results of Iowa. While she has had some good moments in the campaign so far, she has never been able to connect and put herself in the top tier in either national or statewide polling.

In this debate, she represents the most experienced (two terms in the Senate) moderate alternative to Biden. But in the two most recent Iowa surveys, she polled at around 6 to 8 percent, suggesting some recent growth in her support. Moreover, support in the early contests can easily shift during the last days leading up to the actual event, and a strong showing in the debate – a momentary challenge against Biden, or against the more liberal candidates, Sanders and Warren – could give her that boost. But if she doesn’t do well Tuesday, and fails to have a strong showing in Iowa, it’s not clear how much further she will be able to sustain her campaign.

Buttigieg will likely try something similar. Both CNN and Monmouth polls suggest he’s fallen from the heights of Iowa’s “Pete boom” of a few weeks ago. But his youth and thin experience made that inevitable as voters contemplated a “President Pete.” A focus on being an acceptable second choice enables him to focus attention on his articulate intellect and away from his small city stature.

The two progressive candidates, Warren and Sanders, also need to focus on trying to be people’s second choice, but it’s a lot harder for them. While recent polls suggest Warren is many voters’ second choice, that’s mainly folks for whom Sanders is the number one choice. And in the Iowa caucuses, it means they’ll likely stick with Sanders.

The question for either is whether they can expand beyond that roughly 40 percent of the Democratic electorate that wants to nominate someone seeking to fundamentally change the system. They should seek to use the debate to appear more acceptable to the other 60 percent — the ones who are solely focused on ensuring that Trump moves out of the White House.

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I suspect they won’t. Instead, they’ll likely intensify their rivalry in a way that makes Biden, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar think, “when my opponents are fighting each other, I should get out of the way and cheer them on.”

The one with the most to lose Tuesday is likely Biden. But that’s been the reality of every debate to date. And if things continue that way, it won’t be surprising to find Iowa say, “OK, it’s Joe.”

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MS-13 gang member will serve 50 years for murder of 14-year-old

A 17-year-old MS-13 gang member will serve 50 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of a 14-year-old girl in Maryland last April.

Josue Fuentes-Ponce pleaded guilty on Oct. 30 to charges of first-degree murder, participating in the crime as part of a criminal gang, and conspiracy to commit murder, according to NBC Washington.

Prosecutors said gang members lured Ariana Funes-Diaz into a tunnel in Riverdale, Md., where they beat her to death with a machete and baseball bat on April 18, the outlet reported.

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Josue Fuentes-Ponce, 17, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday with all but 50 years suspended for his involvement in the murder of a 14-year-old girl in Maryland last April. (Prince George’s County Police Department)

“These individuals had demonstrated violent criminal behavior before, and because they were released in spite of the lawful detainer, they were afforded an opportunity to take a life.” ICE Baltimore Field Office Director Diane Witte previously said in the statement, according to Fox News.

Investigators say Fuentes-Ponce and three other gang members attack the victim to prevent her from informing police about a robbery they had taken part in a day prior.

Fuentes-Ponce reportedly used a machete during the attack that was so violent, police needed to use a tattoo on her right hand to identify her body, according to NBC Washington.

Her family reported her missing before she was found floating in a creek last May — nearly a month after she was killed — the outlet said.

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Co-defendant Joel Escobar pleaded guilty in November and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 26. A separate trial is scheduled for co-defendant Edwin Rios, 19 in April. The attorney for Feuntes-Ponce asked for leniency, according to the Washington Post, and said at the time of the incident, he had a cognitive level of a 9-year-old.

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The charges against the final member, a 14-year-old girl, were handled in juvenile court, the outlet said.

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to the report

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UK’s Boris Johnson welcomes replacing Obama-era Iran nuclear agreement with ‘Trump deal’

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview Tuesday that he welcomed replacing the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal with a new agreement negotiated by President Trump.

“If we’re going to get rid of it, let’s replace it and let’s replace it with the Trump deal,” Johnson told BBC, referencing the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

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“President Trump is a great deal maker, by his own account and others,” he continued in an interview with BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker. “Let’s work together to replace the JCPOA and get the Trump deal instead.”

“We’ve got to stop the Iranians acquiring a nuclear weapon… That’s what the Joint Comprehensive agreement does,” he added.

In May 2018, Trump withdrew U.S. support from the Iranian nuclear deal signed by his predecessor President Obama in 2015. His administration reimposed waves of sanctions on Tehran, while the Iranian regime violated the agreement’s restrictions on stockpiled uranium.

Johnson’s remarks came amid mounting pressure from Parliament to side with Trump and abandon the nuclear deal after Iran allegedly violated international law by detaining the British ambassador in Tehran for several hours over the weekend. Iran accused British ambassador Rob McGuire of participating in anti-government demonstrations that broke out across the city after Tehran admitted “in error” it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner last week, killing all 176 passengers and crew aboard. Of the dead, three Britons perished.

McGuire later tweeted that he had not participated in protests and had attended an event advertised as a vigil for plane crash victims for a few minutes before leaving. Trump meanwhile tweeted a message, translated to Farsi, pledging his support to protesters in the Iranian capital.

“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my presidency, and my administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage,” Trump wrote.

In the 30-minute interview Tuesday, Johnson reiterated that his main priority was to avoid entering a military conflict in the Middle East.

“Clearly, Iran, as President Rouhani has said, made a terrible mistake. It’s good that they’ve apologized,” Johnson said of the Ukrainian jetliner crash.  “The most important thing now is that tensions in the region calm down.”

“I was actually in Oman just over the weekend talking to the people in the region, and they don’t want a military conflict between the West and Iran,” Johnson continued. “Let me be very clear—I don’t want a military conflict between us and between the United States and Iran. Let’s dial this thing down.”

Trump has slammed the nuclear deal for making hundreds of billions of dollars — that was either unfrozen or sent to Iran directly in cash – available to Tehran’s rogue regime, which then in turn funded its state-run “terrorist spree” that created “hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq.”

China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom were also a part of the agreement.

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Johnson’s interview seemed to conflict with an earlier statement he made jointly with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s President Emmanuel Macron over the weekend, pledging allegiance to the JCPOA.

“Today, our message is clear: We remain committed to the JCPOA and to preserving it; we urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the agreement and return to full compliance; we call on Iran to refrain from further violent action or proliferation; and we remain ready to engage with Iran on this agenda in order to preserve the stability of the region,” the three had said, according to the Washington Examiner.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Ronn Blitzer and Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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Today on Fox News: Jan. 14, 2020

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Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: An exclusive interview with JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: “Democrats Set to Debate as Race Gets More Intense” – Six candidates will be on Tuesday night’s debate stage. With the Iowa Caucuses less than three weeks away, the race between the Democrats is getting more tense. Fox News political analyst Juan Williams previews what we might see.

Also on the Rundown: New York is the latest state to stop using cash bail to get people to return to court. Supporters of the law say it makes it fair for poor people who cannot afford to pay their bail and are stuck in jail until the court date. Critics including law enforcement are voicing concerns that we are letting criminals with records back onto the streets with no consequences. Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerick and Fox News contributor Richard Fowler weigh in on the controversial New York State law.

Plus, commentary by Fox News contributor and Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Deroy Murdock, contributing editor to National Review Online and Fox News contributor; Allen West, former Florida congressman; Chris Stirewalt, Fox News politics editor and more

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‘Jeopardy!’ contestant Ken Jennings on Alex Trebek, joining ‘Greatest of All Time’

Despite holding the record for most consecutive wins on “Jeopardy!” and being the second-highest-earning champion, it wasn’t easy for Ken Jennings to return to the game show for its “Greatest of All Time” tournament.

When Fox News asked how he felt receiving the invitation to return, Jennings, 45, revealed that he didn’t jump on the opportunity.

“I said ‘no,’ honestly. I said, ‘I don’t know if I want to,'” Jennings said at the ABC portion of the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

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Jennings said he wasn’t keen on recording the show around Christmas.

“So, what? I’ve got to spend the whole holiday worrying about ‘Jeopardy? I think I’m too old,” he remembered thinking. “The more I thought about it, honestly, it was Alex [Trebek] that changed my mind.”

Trebek, who has hosted “Jeopardy!” for decades, also has been fighting Stage Four pancreatic cancer and was open about someday ending his hosting gig.

“Just the idea that you’ve got a chance to be associated with your favorite show one more time, kind of a capstone of Alex’s career, you don’t want to screw with that,” Jennings said.

“Being associated with my favorite show and my favorite host in some small way has just been the greatest honor of my whole life.”

— Ken Jennings

Greatest of All Time” brings Jennings together with Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer, other record-breaking contestants, to compete for a $1 million payday.

“I’ve been listening to him my whole life,” Jennings said of Trebek. “Even now, just hearing that voice, it reminds me of being a kid and running home to watch ‘Jeopardy!’ when I was 10 years old. It reminds me of standing behind that podium and scrambling to come up with an answer. It’s a lot of the cadence of my life, that voice.”

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He added: “Being associated with my favorite show and my favorite host in some small way has just been the greatest honor of my whole life.”

Aside from being an emotional pillar for Jennings, he said Trebek, 79, had a deeper understanding of the game than most people realized.

“He’s both referee and play-by-play guy. He’s running the whole show,” Jennings said. “He’s just doing it all old-school off the top of his head and he’s been doing it for 30, 40 years and nobody understands the game better than him.”

Additionally, Jennings said the iconic host occasionally will offer feedback on the contestants’ choices.

“He’ll tell you, he’ll be like, ‘Oh that small wager might come back to haunt you, kid,'” Jennings recalled. “[He’s] rarely wrong.”

Of course, there was another reason that drew Jennings to return to the game show.

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Jennings, left, said Trebek had a deeper understanding of the game than most people realized. (Getty, File)

“I guess the reason I come back is because I keep losing to Brad Rutter,” Jennings joked. “Every time they invite me for a tournament, I’m excited and I make the finals, and I make second. I’m always just chancing that ring. Maybe one of these times my number will come up.”

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“But, it’s also just so much fun,” he added. “Once you’ve got that adrenaline rush to play ‘Jeopardy!’ against the smartest people, you don’t want to turn that down.”

“Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” airs its next episode Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Will Meghan Markle, Prince Harry keep their royal titles as Duke, Duchess of Sussex?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s announcement that they “intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family” has left the world with many lingering questions — a notable one being whether they will renounce their royal titles.

At this point, there is no definitive answer as to whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, will continue to be known as the duke and duchess of Sussex, but a look back at past events might offer a hint at the answer.

First, it should be noted that Harry and Meghan signed their announcement as “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” inplying their continued attachment to the titles.

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In a similar manner, the message referred to Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, by their official titles — Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, respectively — drawing parallels between themselves and their family members.

The two have used “SussexRoyal” as their official Instagram handle and website, and according to The Guardian’s reporting, they’ve been seeking to register the Sussex Royal brand as a global trademark.

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Meghan and Harry’s website also noted they would not be the only members of the royal family to engage in full-time jobs: “There is precedent for this structure and it applies to other current members of the Royal Family who support the monarch and also have full-time jobs external to their commitment to the monarchy.”

This may be in reference to Prince Andrew‘s daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, who have held full-time jobs but retained the title of “Her Royal Highness, Princess of York.”

Also of note, Buckingham Palace and its official press materials nearly always referred to members of the royal family by their official titles, including Harry and Meghan. Even the Queen’s husband is known specifically as “Prince Philip” and Anne, the daughter of the 93-year-old Queen, is called “The Princess Royal.”

However, after a face-to-face meeting between the Queen, Harry and other members of the royal family, the Queen released a statement calling Harry and Meghan by their given names rather than their royal titles.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” the statement read.

While this language differed from past protocol, Her Majesty did refer to the royal couple as “the Sussexes” once in the statement.

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“It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK,” she wrote.

The Daily Mail also reported that the Queen’s statement “could be an indicator the couple are poised to be stripped of their HRH titles.”

It’s not unheard of to keep royal titles after renouncing royal duties, however.

While Edward VIII, Elizabeth’s uncle, had to give up the title of King after his 1936 abdication, he and his wife, Wallis Simpson, kept the titles Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The two have since died.

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A source told People Magazine, however, that this new case was “vastly different” from Edward’s abdication.

Charles’ ex-wife Diana also maintained the title of Princess of Wales after she and Charles divorced, but she would no longer be called “Her Royal Highness,” as Charles still is. His current wife, Camilla, is known as “Her Royal Highness, Duchess of Cornwall” rather than taking on Diana’s former title.

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Amid all the speculation, a source told Vanity Fair that Meghan and Harry “are not understood to want to relinquish their royal titles and will continue to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” but that “nothing has been ruled in or out.”

The source also claimed that tension has been running high between Harry and his grandmother since his wedding and that the Queen “feels she has done everything to smooth the path for them but this could well be the last straw.”

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This Day in History: Jan. 14

On this day, Jan. 14 …

1970: Diana Ross and the Supremes perform their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.

Also on this day:

  • 1784: The United States ratifies the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War; Britain would follow suit in April.
  • 1898: Author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson — better known as “Alice in Wonderland” creator Lewis Carroll — dies in Guildford, Surrey, England.
  • 1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle open a wartime conference in Casablanca.
  • 1963: George C. Wallace is sworn in as governor of Alabama with the pledge, “Segregation forever!” — a view Wallace later would repudiate.
  • 1967: The Sixties’ “Summer of Love” unofficially begins with a “Human Be-In” involving tens of thousands of young people at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
  • 1968: The Green Bay Packers of the NFL defeat the AFL’s Oakland Raiders, 33-14, in the second AFL-NFL World Championship game (now referred to as Super Bowl II).
  • 1975: The House Internal Security Committee (formerly the House Un-American Activities Committee) is disbanded.
  • 1989: President Ronald Reagan delivers his 331st and final weekly White House radio address, telling listeners, “Believe me, Saturdays will never seem the same. I’ll miss you.”
  • 1994: President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign an accord to stop aiming missiles at any nation; the leaders join Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk in signing an accord to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.
  • 2004: Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleads guilty to conspiracy as he accepts a 10-year prison sentence. (He would actually be sentenced to six years and be released in Dec. 2011.)
  • 2009: A French court acquits six doctors and pharmacists in the deaths of at least 114 people who’d contracted brain-destroying Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease after being treated with tainted human growth hormones.
  • 2018: Chelsea Manning confirms that she is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Maryland; the former Army intelligence analyst was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest that led to a conviction for leaking classified documents. (Manning would lose in a Democratic primary won by incumbent Ben Cardin.)  
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Iran announces arrests in shootdown of Ukrainian plane that sparked protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s judiciary said Tuesday arrests have been made over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board just after takeoff from Tehran.

The announcement came shortly after Iran’s president called for a special court to be set up to probe the downing last week of the plane by Iranian forces.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili was quoted by Iranian state media saying that “extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested.” He did not say how many individuals have been detained or name them.

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Iran, which initially dismissed allegations that a missile had brought down the jetliner, acknowledged — three days after Wednesday’s downing and in the face of mounting evidence — that its Revolutionary Guard had shot down the Ukrainian plane by mistake.

“The judiciary should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech televised in Iran on Tuesday. “This is not an ordinary case. The entire the world will be watching this court.”

Rouhani called the incident “a painful and unforgivable” mistake and promised that his administration would pursue the case “by all means.”

“The responsibility falls on more than just one person,” he said, adding that those found culpable “should be punished.”

“There are others, too, and I want that this issue is expressed honestly,” he said, without elaborating.

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Rouhani called the government’s admission that Iranian forces shot down the plane the “first good step”.

The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians — including many Iranians with dual citizenship — and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. There were several children among the passengers, including an infant.

Iran shot down the plane when it was bracing for possible U.S. retaliation for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. No one was hurt in that attack, which was carried out to avenge the stunning killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad.

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The shootdown and the lack of transparency around it has reignited anger in Iran at the country’s leadership, with protesters taking to the streets in past days. Online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the streets.

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Iran announces arrests in shootdown of Ukrainian plane that sparked protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s judiciary said Tuesday arrests have been made over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board just after takeoff from Tehran.

The announcement came shortly after Iran’s president called for a special court to be set up to probe the downing last week of the plane by Iranian forces.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili was quoted by Iranian state media saying that “extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested.” He did not say how many individuals have been detained or name them.

IRAN ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS ERUPT OVER SHOOTING DOWN OF UKRANIAN PASSENGER PLANE: ‘DEATH TO THE DICTATOR’

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, debris at the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran.  (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran, which initially dismissed allegations that a missile had brought down the jetliner, acknowledged — three days after Wednesday’s downing and in the face of mounting evidence — that its Revolutionary Guard had shot down the Ukrainian plane by mistake.

“The judiciary should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech televised in Iran on Tuesday. “This is not an ordinary case. The entire the world will be watching this court.”

Rouhani called the incident “a painful and unforgivable” mistake and promised that his administration would pursue the case “by all means.”

“The responsibility falls on more than just one person,” he said, adding that those found culpable “should be punished.”

“There are others, too, and I want that this issue is expressed honestly,” he said, without elaborating.

IRAN ADMITS TO ‘UNINTENTIONALLY’ SHOOTING DOWN UKRANIAN PLANE, SAYS IT MISTOOK AIRCRAFT FOR HOSTILE TARGET

Rouhani called the government’s admission that Iranian forces shot down the plane the “first good step”.

The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians — including many Iranians with dual citizenship — and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. There were several children among the passengers, including an infant.

Iran shot down the plane when it was bracing for possible U.S. retaliation for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. No one was hurt in that attack, which was carried out to avenge the stunning killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad.

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The shootdown and the lack of transparency around it has reignited anger in Iran at the country’s leadership, with protesters taking to the streets in past days. Online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the streets.

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Kentucky coal miners block train carrying coal shipment, claim they’re owed pay

Westlake Legal Group coals Kentucky coal miners block train carrying coal shipment, claim they're owed pay

A group of Kentucky coal miners and their families stood on top of railroad tracks Monday and blocked a train hauling a large shipment of coal after they claimed that they were never paid for nearly a month’s worth of work, according to reports.

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The miners, who work for Quest Energy in Pike County, claim they had worked since Dec. 16 without being paid. About 50 miners employed at the mine are owed for three weeks of work, the group at the track in Kimper told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“They won’t get their coal until we’re paid,” Kenny Collins, who operates a shuttle car at the underground mine, said. He said his power was cut off Monday, and he is owed more than $3,000.

Some claimed that they worked a 17-hour shift Thursday, expecting to receive a paycheck Friday, but the check never came, WYMT-TV reported. They said the mine then told them they would be paid Monday but the date was pushed back again.

The American Resource Corporation, which owns Quest Energy, issued a statement about the delay in workers’ pay but also refuted some of the protesters’ claims.

“Some of the employees are behind 8 days and some 1 day on their payday. They will all be paid as we don’t take this lightly. They have been paid since the 16th, so we are not sure where that number is coming from,” the statement said.

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“We do not work men 17 hours as stated. We work a very normal mining schedule. We value the employees greatly for their work and their future work. Given challenging markets we are focused on ensuring the longevity of the employment for all the men and women of our organization.”

The company did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

Miners last summer in Harlan County held a similar protest when Blackjewel filed bankruptcy. The miners eventually were given a deal to be paid and let the train pass

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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