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Beckham ‘ready to go’ for Browns’ opener against Titans

Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t play in the preseason as the Browns were extra careful with their prized new superstar.

But the three-time Pro Bowler, famous for one-handed catches, fashion risks and theatrics, practiced and showed his teammates why he’s one of the NFL’s highest-paid wide receivers.

“Worth every penny,” safety Damarious Randall said Wednesday.

Beckham was deemed “ready to go” for Cleveland’s home opener against Tennessee on Sunday by coach Freddie Kitchens, who is anxious to see an offense featuring the high-profile receiver, quarterback Baker Mayfield, receiver Jarvis Landry and running back Nick Chubb — a group that looks potent on paper and in practice live up to expectations and enormous hype.

“Very eager,” said Kitchens, who will make his regular-season coaching debut. “It is nice Monday that we had everybody at practice. In a lot of ways, it looked like a totally different team. We still have to take it to the game on Sunday.”

The 26-year-old Beckham was sidelined during the exhibition season by what the team said is a “minor” hip injury. Beckham insisted he would have played with the injury during the regular season, but the Browns, who acquired him from the New York Giants in a March trade that could alter the AFC North and NFC East, didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks.

Mayfield didn’t get to throw a pass to Beckham during the exhibition season. However, the pair did work out together in California before training camp and on the side during practice to create chemistry.

The second-year QB disputes the notion that their lack of playing time together is detrimental.

“I didn’t take a snap with Jarvis all last year during the preseason, so yeah, it’s probably pretty overblown,” Mayfield said.

Beckham’s speed, catching radius, route-running and aura are noticeable to anyone who has watched No. 13 in person. The talent is irrefutable.

Randall agreed that Beckham is elite, and said he does things on the field that may go unnoticed by the untrained eye.

“His run after catch is like really the most impressive stuff I’ve seen about him,” Randall said. “How quick he is, how elusive he is. I think he’s faster than what a lot of people give him credit for.”

The Browns are expecting big things from Beckham, who will likely speak to the media Thursday.

His hasty exit in New York was followed by some back-and-forth banter in the media with New York’s front office and some former teammates, drama the Browns hope he’s left behind.

Mayfield doesn’t sense that Beckham, who signed a five-year, $95 contract extension before last season, feels he has anything to prove or needs to quiet his detractors.

“He’s excited to get back to football. He’s feeling healthy, he’s ready to go,” said Mayfield, who broke the NFL’s rookie record for TD passes last season. “I’d say just talking to him, and knowing who he is, he’s very excited to get back on the field with a fresh start. I wouldn’t say that it has anything to do with the outside. He’s ready to do it for himself.”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel is very familiar with Beckham’s talent, and what his addition means to the Browns.

“He has really good instincts, really good spatial awareness. Great body control, great hands, good after the catch and has speed,” Vrabel said. “Every week in this league is a difficult challenge, and this will be another one for us to be able to cover their skill players — Landry, (TE David) Njoku; Chubb is a very good runner; (WR Rashard) Higgins has had success, has caught balls and is somebody that Baker is comfortable with.

“It is always something and this week we are zeroing in on those guys.”

NOTES: The Browns will be browner than ever. The NFL approved the team’s request to make their “color rush” uniforms their primary look this season. Cleveland will wear the brown jerseys with brown pants in six games, starting with Sunday’s opener. Cleveland went 3-0 in the unis last season. … Cleveland’s injury report was sparse with DL Devaroe Lawrence (shoulder) and rookie LB Sione Takitaki the only players listed.

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ACC experiencing highs, lows of high-profile transfers

The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division could serve as a case study for the extremes of college football’s transfer spectrum.

At one end is Miami, where the NCAA allowed quarterback Tate Martell to play immediately after coming in from Ohio State. At the other is Virginia Tech, where an outpouring of outrage came after Coastal Carolina transfer Brock Hoffman was denied in his request to play this year.

“In my estimation, he went about this thing the right way,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said, “and was punished because of it.”

Transfers — whether they actually play this year or not — have emerged as a dominant off-field storyline around the ACC and beyond.

The opening-week depth charts for the ACC’s 14 schools listed 21 players who came from other Division I programs. And according to the transfer tracker at 247sports.com, league schools had a combined 108 players transfer out before this season while 51 came in.

The vast majority of those on the two-deeps were graduate transfers who came through the NCAA’s transfer portal without much issue. A few underclassmen received waivers from the NCAA to play right away. Others must spend a season on the sideline after the governing body denied their requests.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio says the number of transfers wanting to play immediately has “gotten out of whack” and says he supports the American Football Coaches Association’s proposal for undergraduate transfers to sit out a year, then regain that year of eligibility if they graduate from their new school.

“You can’t have free agency in college football,” Addazio said. “You have an elite player and one of these schools comes in and poaches them,” he added. “You can’t do that. That’s just ridiculous.”

It’s become common practice in recent years for schools to mine the pool of graduate transfers to plug specific holes on their rosters. First-year Louisville coach Scott Satterfield added six of them to help with the massive attrition during the coaching change.

“We’re looking for the best players that fit what we need,” Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi said.

The hotter topic has been undergraduates seeking waivers to play right away for their new schools.

The governing body issued a directive last year that helped clear the way for immediate eligibility for all approved requests. In June, it approved a series of adjustments to the guidelines used to determine when those waivers can be granted, requiring schools requesting a waiver to provide more documentation to support their argument and more detailed verification of athletes’ claims about why they are leaving.

Brandy Hataway, NCAA director of academic and membership affairs, said the changes weren’t designed to make it easier or harder to obtain a waiver, but to “streamline the process a little bit better” and better educate and inform schools, players and parents.

“The changes weren’t really as dramatic as I think folks may have thought they were, or some people alluded to in some of their reporting,” Hataway said. “It was really a part of the normal process of reviewing them.”

Among the highest-profile of this year’s instant transfers was Martell, who left Ohio State after the Buckeyes picked up Georgia transfer Justin Fields. He received his waiver to play right away in March.

A flurry of other decisions from the NCAA came on a single day last week. North Carolina defensive back Cam’Ron Kelly, who enrolled at Auburn in January only to transfer out two months later, was cleared.

“It was hard last week, because if you give him a bunch of reps and then he’s not able to go, you feel like you kind of cheated your defense a little bit,” defensive coordinator Jay Bateman said. “I think now he’ll be ready to go.”

Georgia Tech received the OK for Michigan transfer Myles Sims to play this season, but the request for Florida transfer Antonneous Clayton was rejected. New coach Geoff Collins simultaneously praised the decision on Sims but “vehemently” disagrees with the ruling on Clayton, adding that it “does not have the best interests of the student-athlete in mind.”

And then there was the final rejection for Hoffman.

He transferred to Virginia Tech in the offseason, saying the move was made to be closer to his mother, who two years ago had surgery to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor. His hometown of Statesville, North Carolina, is roughly a 2-hour drive from Blacksburg — about 1½ hours by car closer than Coastal Carolina’s campus in Conway, South Carolina.

That decision sparked widespread outcry, with Hoffman’s father posting a letter to the NCAA’s waiver committee and President Mark Emmert blasting the decision. He called it “truly a hardship and a disservice to the athletes and institutions you claim to support” and threatened to seek legal counsel.

“When you look at the decision that’s one thing, and when you look at the process of the decision, that is another thing,” Fuente said. “The process, to say it is disappointing, is an understatement.”

The NCAA does not comment on individual cases, Hataway said.

“I think this kind of falls into maybe a misperception that we get frequently that there’s inconsistency in cases,” Hataway said, speaking in general terms. “Some cases are being approved, some cases are being denied. . A lot of the cases that are getting a lot of attention publicly and maybe in the media fall into different (classifications).”

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Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to ‘open the gates,’ allow Syrian refugees to leave for Western countries

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The president of Turkey said Thursday he would be forced to “open the gates” and allow a route for Syrian refugees to travel into WesternEurope unless a deal is reached with the U.S. by the end of the month to help resettle migrants in a so-called “safe zone” within its borders, according to reports.

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR HAS DAMAGED MORE THAN 120 CHURCHES, REPORT FINDS

President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party officials in the country’s capital city of Ankara that he was determined to create a “safe zone” in northeast Syria in partnership with the United States by the end of September, but was prepared to act alone if necessary.

“We will be forced to open the gates,” Erdogan said. “We cannot be forced to handle the burden alone.”

Erdogan said Turkey aims to resettle about 1 million out of the 3.65 million Syrian refugees in the safe zone. He added that his nation “did not receive the support needed from the world” to help it cope with Syrian refugees.

The Syria War is an ongoing armed conflict between the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad and multiple opposing factions, including the Islamic State, according to Statista, a German online portal for statistics

More than half of the Syrian population fled the country as a result of the conflict, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported. About 6.6 million refugees left Syria since 2011—about half of which settled in Turkey which borders Syria from the north.

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About 207,000 civilians have died in the conflict since it first began about eight years ago, Statista reported. European nations and the United States have largely remained separated from the conflict until the U.S. and Allied forces conducted airstirkes in 2014 against Islamic extremists. Russia began to back the Syrian government in 2015, according to the site.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cincinnati Bengals 2019 NFL outlook: Schedule, players to watch & more

The Cincinnati Bengals finished last in the AFC North in 2018 for the first time since 2010 and that was enough for the team to dump Marvin Lewis in favor of new head coach Zac Taylor.

While there’s a new face calling plays, some of the same storylines remain.

A.J. Green is not expected to be ready for Week 1, leaving undrafted rookie Damion Willis to step into his place. Andy Dalton is also coming back after a season-ending injury in 2018. The expectations for him will be very high in a pivotal season for him career-wise.

The Bengals also have to hope that John Ross and T.J. Boyd stay healthy long enough for Green to get back to full health.

Cincinnati has a ton of returnees on the defensive side, but the team allowed most yards per game and third-most points per game last season. They will have to be far better defensively to have a chance at a decent season.

Read below for more about the Bengals heading into the 2019 season.

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2019 SCHEDULE

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Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor, left, meets with quarterback Jake Dolegala (7) during the second half of the team’s NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Week

Date

Time (ET)

Channel

Opponent

1

Sept. 8

4:05 pm

CBS

@ Seattle Seahawks

2

Sept. 15

1:00 pm

FOX

San Francisco 49ers

3

Sept. 22

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Buffalo Bills

4

Sept. 30

8:15 pm

ESPN

@ Pittsburgh Steelers

5

Oct. 6

1:00 pm

FOX

Arizona Cardinals

6

Oct. 13

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Baltimore Ravens

7

Oct. 20

1:00 pm

CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars

8

Oct. 27

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Los Angeles Rams

9

Bye

10

Nov. 10

1:00 pm

CBS

Baltimore Ravens

11

Nov. 17

4:25 pm

CBS

@ Oakland Raiders

12

Nov. 24

1:00 pm

CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers

13

Dec. 1

1:00 pm

CBS

New York Jets

14

Dec. 8

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Cleveland Browns

15

Dec. 15

1:00 pm

CBS

New England Patriots

16

Dec. 22

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Miami Dolphins

17

Dec. 29

1:00 pm

CBS

Cleveland Browns

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws a pass during the first half of the team’s NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

  • QB: Andy Dalton
  • RB: Joe Mixon
  • WR: A.J. Green
  • DE: Carlos Dunlap
  • DT: Geno Atkins

BENGALS DRAFT PICKS

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley (5) runs with the ball during the first half of the team’s NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

  • Round 1, Pick 11: Jonah Williams, OT
  • Round 2, Pick 20: Drew Sample, TE
  • Round 3, Pick 72: Germaine Pratt, LB
  • Round 4, Pick 104: Ryan Finley, QB
  • Round 4, Pick 125: Renell Wren, DT
  • Round 4, Pick 136, Michael Jordan, OL
  • Round 6, Pick 182: Trayveon Williams, RB
  • Round 6, Pick 210: Deshaun Davis, LB
  • Round 6, Pick 211: Rodney Anderson, RB
  • Round 7, Pick 223: Jordan Brown, CB

RECENT STORIES

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Meet the ‘giant elephant trunks,’ mysterious cosmic structures 10 times bigger than the ‘pillars of creation’

Ursa Major, the Tadpole Galaxy, the Crab Nebula — when it comes to naming objects in space, it sometimes seems like astronomers wish they’d gone into zoology. Continuing in this long tradition, a researcher has recently identified mammoth column-shaped structures carved from gas and dust that he has called Giant Elephant’s Trunks.

Regular-size astronomical Elephant’s Trunks are well-studied entities. When newborn stars are young, they emit colossal amounts of radiation, which can erode nearby interstellar gas and dust. Dense pockets of material are more resistant to this erosion, protecting downstream gas and dust from the radiation pressure and creating long filaments that resemble pachyderm proboscises, according to NASA.

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Famous examples of such structures include the Horsehead Nebula and the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula, as well as the highly photogenic Pillars of Creation found in the Eagle Nebula. Researchers often investigate Elephant’s Trunks because they are the sites of star birth and early evolution.

Using the Nobeyama 45-meter Radio Telescope in Japan, astronomer Yoshiaki Sofue of the University of Tokyo recently conducted a survey of the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. In two minor spiral arms 15,000 to 22,000 light-years away, known as the Scutum and Norma arms, he spotted three Elephant’s Trunks, except that they were at least an order of magnitude greater in size and mass than previously seen entities.

Ordinary Elephant’s Trunks are generally a few light-years across and perhaps 10 times the mass of our sun. Sofue observed three objects between 65 and 160 light-years long, each weighing around 1,000 to 10,000 times the mass of the sun. A paper describing the discoveries is set to appear in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan.

Because the smaller column-shaped structures are cradles for newborn stars, Sofue told Live Science that the Giant Elephant’s Trunks could be created by large-scale star formation activity in the galaxy. Perhaps they are regions from which low-mass globular clusters — spherical collections of small stars — arise, he suggested.

Now that he has trumpeted these findings, Sofue said he would like to conduct a systematic inspection of his data in the hopes of uncovering more Giant Elephant’s Trunks and listing them in an astronomical atlas for other researchers to study.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Hurricane Dorian regains strength as Category 3 storm as Carolinas brace for impact

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A worker affixes corrugated metal to the front of a business along the main drag in Folly Beach, S.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Businesses and residents throughout the Charleston area continued to prepare structures for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian as the storm battered the Bahamas with life-threatening storm surge. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Hurricane Dorian gets dangerous second wind as it takes aim at the Carolinas
Hurricane Dorian regained strength as a Category 3 storm as it lurched toward the Carolinas late Wednesday night, threatening large-scale flooding and powerful winds after devastating the Bahamas and mostly sparing Florida. The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning Wednesday for the Atlantic coast from northern Georgia to southern Virginia, predicting a “potentially life-threatening storm surge” up to 8 feet around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 3 a.m. ET Thursday that Dorian’s maximum sustained winds were at 115 mph.

Dorian was located about 105 miles south of Charleston, S.C., moving north at 7 mph. The hurricane is expected to hit Charleston by midday Thursday. The storm’s arrival, coupled with high tide, is expected to push water up the mouths of coastal rivers, causing low-lying areas to flood. There could also be up to a foot of rainfall across much of Eastern North Carolina, raising concerns of flash flooding inland. Some areas in the region expected to be impacted by Dorian are still recovering from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Florence last year. Click here for more on Hurricane Dorian’s path.

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US, China agree to new trade talks in October
As the trade war between the U.S. and China continues, delegations from both countries have agreed to meet for new negotiations next month, according to a statement from China’s Ministry of Commerce. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is said to have held a phone call with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, where both parties agreed to hold what will be the 13th round of high-level economic talks in Washington in early October. The two sides will hold consultations in mid-September to prepare.

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Kavanaugh accuser’s motivation revealed?
The attorney who represented Christine Blasey Ford during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court contentious confirmation hearings said in a speech earlier this year that Ford was motivated to come forward in part by a desire to tag Kavanaugh’s reputation with an “asterisk” before he could start ruling on abortion-related cases. Debra Katz, a high-powered progressive lawyer, made the remarks at the University of Baltimore’s 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference, titled “Applied Feminism and #MeToo.” Her comments were first quoted in the book, “Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh,” by Ryan Lovelace, which Fox News has obtained. The Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday posted a video of Katz’s comments.

Rep. Nunes files $9.9M suit against firm behind Steele dossier, alleges attempted obstruction in Russia investigation
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, filed a $9.9 million federal conspiracy lawsuit Wednesday, alleging that the opposition research firm behind the anti-Trump Steele dossier worked together with another group in an attempt derail his investigation. Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and the nonprofit Campaign for Accountability (CfA) are named in the lawsuit, which alleges that the two groups coordinated to file several fraudulent and harassing ethics complaints to thwart Nunes’ probe. The complaint, filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, said “smear” tactics kicked into action shortly after Simpson “lied” before the Senate Judiciary Committee in August 2017 and in his closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017.

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ICYMI: Obamas accused of ‘deplorable behavior’ amid trademark dispute
Former President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama have been accused of “deplorable behavior” by a Los Angeles entertainment attorney for filing a “meritless petition” amid a trademark dispute over the name of their company, Higher Ground Productions. The legal team representing the Obamas filed a petition to cancel the trademark of an e-book publishing company called Higher Ground Enterprises, much to the chagrin of the publishing company. Click here to read more.

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Thief breaks into Subway sandwich shop, fixes himself chicken hero

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A hungry crook broke into a Subway sandwich shop in Washington DC and fixed himself a midnight snack, police said.

The suspect, wearing a collard shirt and khaki shorts, broke into the store in the Northwest section of the city at about 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 2, DC police said.

TENNESSEE MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY RIDING HORSE DRUNK, REPORT SAYS

He grabbed a bag of chips before launching himself over the sandwich counter and falling to the floor, video of the break in shows.

He then scans the sandwich-making area of the fast-food shop before settling on a loaf of bread and assembling a foot-long sandwich, the video shows.

Police told NBC 4 Washington that the chicken sandwich was worth about $8.

The suspect stumbled out of the sandwich shop and has not been caught, authorities said.

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He’s wanted for burglary, according to cops.

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Taliban car bombing rocks Afghan capital near US Embassy; at least 3 dead, 30 wounded

A car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a Kabul neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy, the NATO Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions. At least three people were killed and another 30 wounded, a hospital director said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted three vehicles of “foreigners” as they tried to enter the heavily guarded Shashdarak area where the Afghan national security authorities have offices.

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It was the second major blast by the militant group in Kabul this week while a U.S. envoy has been in town briefing officials on a U.S.-Taliban deal “in principle” to end America’s longest war.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the car bomb exploded on a main road, destroying at least 12 vehicles, and police quickly sealed off the area. The blast appeared to target a checkpoint in Shashdarak.

Three bodies and 30 wounded people were brought to nearby Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan hospital, said its director, Gul Ahmad Ayubi.

An Associated Press reporter on the phone with the U.S. Embassy when the blast occurred heard sirens begin blaring there.

Taliban suicide bombing in eastern Kabul on Monday night — which the insurgents said targeted a foreign compound — killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 100, almost all of them local civilians.

The attacks are again raising questions in Kabul and in Washington about the dangers of trusting the Taliban to make peace after nearly 18 years of fighting.

The Afghan government has expressed serious concerns about the U.S.-Taliban deal, which U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has said only needs the approval of President Donald Trump to become final.

Khalilzad says 5,000 U.S. troops would withdraw from five bases in Afghanistan within 135 days of a final deal. Between 14,000 and 13,000 troops are currently in the country.

Thursday’s blast occurred as Afghan presidential adviser Waheed Omer was speaking to reporters, warning that difficult days were ahead and describing the U.S.-Taliban deal as moving with “excessive speed.”

The Afghan government on Wednesday said it shares the concerns raised by several former U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan. Their joint statement warned that a full U.S. troop withdrawal that moves too quickly and without requiring the Taliban to meet certain conditions, such as reducing violence, could lead to “total civil war.”

The Taliban, at their strongest since their 2001 defeat by a U.S.-led invasion, want all of the approximately 20,000 U.S. and NATO troops out of Afghanistan immediately, while the U.S. seeks a withdrawal in phases that would depend on the Taliban meeting certain conditions such as a reduction in violence.

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The U.S. also seeks Taliban guarantees that they will not allow Afghanistan to become a haven from which extremist groups such as al-Qaida and the local affiliate of the Islamic State group can launch global attacks.

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Victor Davis Hanson: World War II rages on in minds of world leaders – It profoundly influences them today

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World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United States locked in a Cold War of nuclear superpowers.

Japan and South Korea should logically remain natural allies. Both are booming capitalist constitutional states. Decades ago both nations emerged from devastating wars. And in pacifist fashion they vowed never to suffer such mass carnage again.

Both nations are staunch allies of the United States. They are likewise similarly suspicious of their neighbor, aggressive communist China, which threatens their economies and security. Yet Tokyo and Seoul are now more adversaries than democratic allies, and they are locked in a bitter fight. In their acrimony over trade and past war reparations, neither can forget World War II.

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South Koreans continue to press for more reparations to atone for the horrific treatment of the Korean Peninsula by Japanese occupiers and imperialists. Imperial Japan stripped Korea’s natural resources and exported thousands of Korean women to war zones to be raped by Japanese troops.

The wealthier that South Korea becomes, the more an ascendant Seoul begins to rival — and worry — Tokyo. And the more distant World War II becomes, the more Japan and South Korea relive their bitter shared wartime past.

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The United States has had difficulty forming a Pacific alliance of containment against a bellicose China. Australia, the Philippines and Southeast Asian nations fear Chinese aggression. But they also share bitter memories of merciless Japanese imperialism that killed as many as 15 million Chinese — the vast majority of them civilians.

In their minds, our allies know China is the chief threat. But in their hearts, even now they can’t quite forget how their ally Japan once committed genocide throughout the region.

NATO was designed to avoid another European war and the constant threat of bullying from Germany and Russia. NATO’s creed, first, was that the United States should stay engaged in Europe and never again allow it to commit collective suicide.

Second, America was to keep Russia out of Western Europe, as it did in at the end of World War II.

Third, the alliance must keep Germany “down” so it would never start another European war. That third element of the original NATO mission is often laughed at as entirely irrelevant today.

But is it?

Germany now dominates the European Union. Its banks squeeze Southern European countries for overdue loan payments. Berlin pressures Eastern Europe — whose leaders grew up with lectures about the nightmares of Nazi Germany — to follow Berlin’s disastrous open borders plan. That laxity has resulted in more than a million migrants entering the European Union from the Middle East and North Africa.

Berlin also tried to hold the United Kingdom hostage to prevent Brexit — the verdict of the British people, a majority of whom voted to leave the EU. Less than half of today’s German population has a favorable view of America, the country whose troops and nuclear umbrella still keep a virtually unarmed Germany secure.

A clairvoyant in 1945 might have warned both Europe and the United States that a “Fourth Reich” financial powerhouse would someday dominate Europe.

In addition, Germany still has an existential fear of Russia. After all, more than 3 million German soldiers perished on the Eastern Front in World War II. Millions of German speakers were ethnically cleansed from postwar Russia and Eastern Europe by the Russian Army.

No wonder that German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks close ties with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s autocratic Russia. As was true during the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, Germany once again has little if any ability to ward off Russian aggression, whether conventional or nuclear, and knows it.

Finally, a recent poll of Americans reveals a veritable abyss between younger and older Americans. Today’s millennials, children of the postwar baby boomers, grew up in the affluence of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. They claim that they will be far less likely to marry, to value religion or to feel patriotic.

In contrast, those who were once children during World War II, or who had parents and grandparents who fought in the war, have a far more realistic appraisal of human nature and the need to find security, stability and transcendence in a dangerous world.

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One way of keeping sane and safe during and after such a global catastrophe was to marry and raise a family, to believe in God, and to appreciate the unique morality and strength of a victorious United States.

World War II ended in 1945. And then again, it really did not.

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Off-duty Arizona police officer dies piloting small plane

An off-duty Arizona police sergeant died when a small plane he was flying crashed Wednesday morning, according to reports.

Tucson Police Department Sgt. Timothy Froebe’s ultralight aircraft crashed in Benson, Ariz., about 50 miles southeast of Tucson just before 8 a.m., KOLD News 13 reported.

Witnesses from the ground said he was struggling with the throttle just before the crash.

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Froebe took off from the Benson Airport where he had a hanger, investigators told KOLD.

Froebe joined the Tucson Police Department in 1995 and was promoted to sergeant in 2007. He also served as a Marine from 1978 until 2012.

“Sergeant Froebe served his country for 34 years, and locally served his community for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, many more family members, friends, and colleagues,” the department said in a statement.

They said they extend their “deepest condolences to Sergeant Froebe’s family and friends. He was loved and respected by so many at TPD and he will be deeply missed.”

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The Benson Police Department is investigating the crash.

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