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Arizona man fatally stabbed teen listening to rap because he felt ‘unsafe,’ police say

Authorities on Tuesday said an Arizona man fatally stabbed a teen last week because he felt threatened by the teen’s choice of music: rap.

The encounter happened Thursday at a Circle K in Peoria, about a 25-minute drive northwest of Phoenix, according to reports.

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Michael Adams faces a charge of first-degree premeditated murder for the alleged stabbing of a teen last week. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

Witnesses told police that Michael Adams, 27, walked up to a 17-year-old who was listening to rap music and stabbed him the throat, Phoenix’s Fox 10 reported. The teen – identified as Elijah Al-Amin –reportedly stumbled outside the Circle K and died.

Adams allegedly told officers he felt “unsafe” by the teen’s choice of music. He allegedly said he had been attacked before by people listening to rap, the station reported.

He allegedly said he wanted to prevent an attack, but admitted the victim did nothing to provoke him.

The Arizona Department of Corrections said Adams had been released from jail two days before the alleged stabbing. Adam’s lawyer told Fox 10 that his client has a history of mental illness and was released from jail without medication.

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“They released him to the streets with no medication, no meds, with no way to care for himself,” Adam’s lawyer said during a court appearance this week. “This is a failing of the Department of Corrections. This is easily foreseeable and that is an issue.”

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Adams was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder, the Arizona Republic reported. He is being held a $1 million cash bond and will appear in court next on July 15, the report said.

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Extradition bill that prompted mass protests in Hong Kong is dead, Lam says

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The extradition bill that sparked Hong Kong’s largest protests in more than a decade was declared dead on Tuesday by the former British colony’s embattled leader who called the process a “total failure.”

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, told reporters that the plan is dead, Reuters reported. There have been widespread calls for Lam to step down and her political fate is far from certain.

She faced tough criticism after insisting that the measure—which called for criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China—would help protect human rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Critics could not have been more opposed to the measure and Lam’s theory. They said Beijing enforces arbitrary detentions and torture, a claim China denied.

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Hong Kong was guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years under an agreement reached before its 1997 return to China from British rule. But China’s ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by pushing through unpopular legal changes.

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“It’s the culmination of about six weeks of mounting concern,” Hong Kong Bar Association Chair Philip Dykes said in an interview. “There is a dissatisfaction with it all.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Washington man severely burned after saving 8-year-old niece from fire says ‘I’d run back in there and do it again’

A Washington man, who has been hospitalized with serious burns all over his body after he rushed into a burning home to save his 8-year-old niece, told reporters from his hospital bed that he would do it again.

Derrick Byrd, 20, of Aberdeen, which is about a two-hour drive from Seattle, told KOMO News, “I’d do it again, I really would.”

He added, “I’d run back in there and do it again even if I got burned worse or died.”

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Byrd was airlifted to a nearby hospital with second and third-degree burns on his face, back and arms after the Thursday morning fire in his home, the station reported.

Byrd said when the fire broke out he immediately tried to help his sister get her three young children out of the home through the second-floor window.

“I ran downstairs even though I got burned, started catching the kids,” he said.

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Derrick Byrd spoke out from his hospital bed. (KOMO)

Byrd told the station he caught his 6-year-old nephew and his sister’s baby but her 8-year-old daughter, Mercedes, was too afraid to jump.

He said when his sister fell off the roof, Mercedes fell back into the burning room.

“She was screaming my name,” Byrd told the station. “So, I wasn’t just going to let her sit there. I wasn’t going to let my niece die.”

He said he ran upstairs, “pushed right through the fire” all while he could feel it burning him.

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“Then, I got her, I took my shirt off and put it around her face so she wasn’t breathing any smoke and then I just carried her out, as fast as I could,” Byrd told the television station.

He added, “Even though I got burned, I really didn’t care though. I’d rather me get burned than her. She’s young, you know. She’s still got a lot of stuff going for her. She’s a good kid.”

Crews also airlifted Byrd’s niece and 6-year-old nephew to a local hospital.

When asked what his reaction was to people calling him a “hero” Byrd told the station, “I can’t say a hero. I just say I care for my niece and nephew. I wasn’t going to let them die.”

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The house appeared to be a total loss and firefighters reportedly were just thankful nobody died.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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Judge won’t toss Rep. Duncan Hunter’s corruption case

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A judge Monday refused to dismiss federal corruption charges against U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter or move the trial out of San Diego, saying he found no evidence so far that the California Republican lawmaker cannot get a fair trial here.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan in ruling from the bench said Hunter — a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump — easily won re-election to a sixth term in 2018 after being indicted and therefore he should be able to be tried fairly in San Diego County.

Defense lawyers argued prosecutors were politically motivated when they indicted the 42-year-old congressman only months before the 2018 election and the case should be dismissed. Whelan said he found no evidence of that.

Hunter and his wife were indicted in August on charges they used more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses ranging from groceries to golf trips and family vacations, and then lied about it in federal filings. Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty last month to one corruption count and agreed to cooperate with investigators and could end up testifying against her husband.

Prosecutors have also revealed salacious details about the congressman’s lifestyle, saying he spent campaign money on a string of extramarital affairs with lobbyists and congressional aides.

Hunter’s lawyers argued that the presence of prosecutors tied to the case at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in August 2015 compromised their impartiality and that they should be removed from the case. The government says the prosecutors attended in an official capacity to assist law enforcement. Whelan agreed with the government.

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Hunter’s attorneys also had asked for the trial to be moved to the Eastern District of California, the location where Trump in the 2016 presidential elections won counties in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Clinton.

They said the extensive press coverage — and most of it negative — will make it near-impossible to find impartial jurors in San Diego. Attorneys told the judge one only needs to look outside the courthouse Monday where a dozen or so protesters were carrying signs that read “Lock him up!” among other things. A smaller group held signs in support of Hunter.

Whelan pointed out the media coverage and editorials by The San Diego Union-Tribune did not stop him from winning re-election. But Whelan added that during jury selection, if the pool appears stacked against Hunter, the judge could consider again whether to move the trial.

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The trial begins in September.

In an interview with Fox News last year, Hunter said his campaign made mistakes, that he gave his wife power of attorney when he deployed as a Marine to Iraq in 2003, and that she handled his finances during his last five terms in office.

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Rapinoe says US women’s soccer team would be ‘very happy to accept’ Schumer’s invite to Senate

The U.S. women’s soccer team’s star forward Megan Rapinoe told reporters Monday that the team would be “very happy to accept” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s invitation to come to Capitol Hill to celebrate their victory and discuss equal pay legislation.

“What the #USWNT did was extraordinary, and they deserve to be compensated fairly,” Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted on Monday. “All women need to be compensated fairly. Period. And we ought to pay attention to this not just once every four years during the World Cup, but year-in and year-out.”

Earlier, Monday, during remarks on the Senate floor, Schumer invited the team to the Senate to celebrate the historic victory in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. He also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring legislation up for a vote that would ensure all women earn equal pay.

“And, while today we celebrate their victory, we also recognize that these women, these athletes, have challenges and they make us really think about the future of women’s sports,” Schumer said on Monday. “They make us grapple with the deep unfairness in how female athletes are treated, and paid, compared to their male counterparts.”

TRUMP, PUTTING ASIDE RAPINOE’S ATTACK, CONGRATULATES WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM ON WORLD CUP WIN

Reacting to Schumer’s call for equal pay, Rapinoe said, “That’s great. I love that. Interested to see what McConnell does. Thank you, Chuck Schumer, for inviting us out. We are very happy to accept your invitation to come.”

McConnell did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

On Sunday, President Trump unequivocally congratulated the United States women’s soccer team after its repeat World Cup win — putting aside, at least for the moment, the firestorm surrounding Rapinoe’s vow never to visit the White House.

Asked by reporters later in the day whether men and women World Cup soccer teams should make the same money — which Rapinoe has demanded — Trump responded, “I would like to see that, but you’ve also got to look at numbers… you have to look at who’s taking in what” and “see how they’re performing.”

“I don’t know what those numbers are,” Trump added. “And, you have to see year-round how are they all drawing — what is the attendance for women’s soccer outside of World Cup, but I would like to see it.”

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The U.S. women’s soccer team posing with the World Cup trophy after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rapinoe, the pink-haired team captain who emerged with the Golden Ball as top player and the Golden Boot as top scorer, has been an outspoken opponent of what she’s described as systemic gender inequality in the United States. Rapinoe previously knelt during the national anthem prior to rules changes that barred the practice.

“I’m not going to the f—— White House,” Rapinoe said in a widely publicized magazine interview in June. “No f—— way will we be invited to the White House. [Trump] tries to avoid inviting a team that might decline. Or, like he did when the [Golden State] Warriors turned him down, he’ll claim they hadn’t been invited in the first place.”

Rapinoe has largely stood by her comments in recent weeks, except for the explicit language she used. On Saturday, Rapinoe said that she believed that “not many, if any” of her teammates would visit the White House if they won the final against the Netherlands.

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Rapinoe told reporters on Monday, “We’ve said publicly, I’ve said that I think most the team, if not everybody, I think everybody is with me. We don’t want to go to the White House, so I figure that’s why the invitation hasn’t come.”

Rapinoe’s teammate Alex Morgan weighed in on the invitation, telling reporters on Monday, “We have a lot to talk about within the team.”

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She added that “she is sure that anything” that the team could do to “raise our voice and use their platform for, we will do so.”

Fox News’ Courtney Crawford, Gregg Re, Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mark Meadows: Comey basically ‘went through red stoplights’ trying to ‘get’ Trump

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Former FBI Director James Comey tried very hard to get President Trump indicted in relation to the Russia investigation, according to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Comey should have known information contained within British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s Trump dossier was unverified, Meadows claimed Monday on “Hannity.”

“What we see is, James Comey went through not only yellow flashing lights, but he went through red stoplights to try to get this president and indict this president,” Meadows said.

“We know that Christopher Steele not only was talking to the DOJ, was talking to the FBI, was talking to the media — he was talking to anybody who would listen.

“He was sending smoke signals everywhere trying to get somebody to take this particular story that was false. The FBI knew it was false. They knew they had credibility problems, and yet, they continued to spy on American citizens.”

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Meadows also referenced documents unveiled earlier this year showing that shortly after the 2016 presidential election, then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec and Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr discussed new allegations sourced to Steele concerning the Trump campaign’s Russia connections.

The previous month, in October 2016, Kavalec had met with Steele and documented his political motivations in writing — particularly that Steele’s client was “keen” to see his anti-Trump materials “come to light” prior to the election. Kavelec forwarded her written notes, in which she also pointed out that some of Steele’s claims were apparently false, to a senior FBI executive.

Despite Kavalec’s concerns, the FBI used Steele’s information to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant targeting former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page just weeks later. The warrant application did not clearly state that the dossier’s creation was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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Furthermore, Meadows and Sean Hannity noted key witnesses sought for questioning in the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into alleged government surveillance abuse recently came forward “at the 11th hour.”

Sources familiar with the matter said at least one witness outside the Justice Department and FBI started cooperating — a breakthrough that came after Attorney General William Barr ordered U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead a separate investigation into the origins of the bureau’s 2016 Russia case that laid the foundation for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Catherine Herridge and Cyd Upson contributed to this report.

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Khloe Kardashian responds to criticism over daughter True’s toy Bentley

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To her fans, it looks like Khloé Kardashian and True Thompson are living in a material world.

On Sunday, Kardashian, 35, posted a video to Instagram of her 1-year-old daughter playing in a glittering pink Bentley children’s car.

“Great, another Kardashian in a Bentley. You guys are so oblivious to how your excessive spending looks to the outside world,” one critic commented. “I really loved your family’s story and now just can’t bare (sic) to watch as you spend all this money on worthless materialism. It’s so sad.”

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“Ummm you know this is not a real Bentley?” Khloé wrote back. “It’s a toy, no reason to get sad over a baby in a toy car. Either way I’m sorry you feel that way but I hope you have a great weekend! Focus on things that make you happy! Smile.”

The commenter returned to write, “we can improve as people, though – myself 100% included,” prompting Khloé to respond, “I personally don’t believe that all we ‘do is spend money on worthless materialism.’ I’m not here to prove what I do or don’t do. But what I can say is that I’m able to look myself in the mirror and sleep well at night.”

“Yes, I do choose to spoil my daughter. I want to spoil her with love and as well with material items,” she admitted. “She will also be raised with values, responsibilities, chores, respect, self love … We all work hard and we are able to spend our money in the way that we chose.”

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However, after another user claimed that she “should donate some of those cars to women who would love to have as much fun” as she does with True, Khloé responded, “But babe you have no idea what I donate and who I don’t need to.”

“Charity is not something to be boastful about. Unless you are bringing awareness to a certain organization there is no reason to big yourself up off someone’s struggles,” she said. “Focus on you and let God handle the rest. If folks are being charitable then God will have their back. If folks are not being charitable then God will handle that.”

“Let’s all worry about strangers less and ourselves more!” Khloé concluded.

This article originally appeared in Page Six

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House panel releases written answers from ex-Trump official in Russia investigation

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The House Judiciary Committee says a former Trump administration official who was a vital witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was blocked by the White House from answering more than 200 of its questions.

The Democratic-led panel on Monday released written responses provided by Annie Donaldson, who served as chief of staff to former White House counsel Don McGahn.

Both cooperated with Mueller, providing vivid accounts about episodes at the heart of the special counsel’s probe into whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct justice. Mueller’s report repeatedly references handwritten notes that Donaldson took about Trump’s angry reactions to the unfolding Russia probe.

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Though the White House made staff available for questioning by Mueller’s team, the administration has taken a more adversarial approach to demands from Congress and moved to block testimony from multiple ex-officials, including McGahn. The Judiciary Committee is investigating whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice during the probe after Mueller said he could not exonerate the president on that point.

Donaldson agreed to answer written questions from the committee but did not appear for a scheduled deposition last month because she was in her third trimester of pregnancy. The panel previously said Donaldson would appear in person after Nov. 1.

The transcript sheds little new light on her time at the White House. In response to dozens of questions, Donaldson replied that the White House had instructed her not to answer because of “constitutionally-based executive branch confidentiality interests that are implicated.” That is new wording for White House lawyers, who cited what they called “absolute immunity” when instructing former Trump aide Hope Hicks not to answer questions last month. The Judiciary Committee plans to challenge that concept in court.

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The questions included what actions the president took that led officials to become concerned that he would fire then-FBI Director James Comey; efforts by Trump to prevent the recusal from the Russia probe of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions; and calls from the president to McGahn seeking the removal of Mueller because of perceived conflicts of interest.

In several cases Donaldson affirmed Mueller’s references to her notes or her interview with his office, with the following caveat: “I have no reason to question the accuracy of the special counsel’s office’s description of my handwritten notes or my voluntary statements to it, although I do not have access to its records of my statements.”

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Mueller is scheduled to testify publicly next week before the House’s judiciary and intelligence committees. While the judiciary panel is investigating obstruction of justice, the intelligence panel is looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller wrote that there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign, but detailed extensive contacts between the two.

As part of the intelligence committee’s probe, its staff will interview Felix Sater behind closed doors on Tuesday, Sater said Monday. The Russia-born business executive worked with Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow before the 2016 election. The project was later abandoned, and Cohen is now in prison, partly on charges that he lied to Congress about the duration of the project.

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‘Underground terror tunnel dug from Gaza into Israel’ discovered, military says

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An “underground terror tunnel dug from Gaza into Israel” was discovered in the southern part of the Gaza strip, Israel Defense Forces announced on Monday.

“IDF troops just revealed an underground terror tunnel dug from Gaza into Israel,” The Israel Defense Forces tweeted on Monday. “How’d we find it? While building an underground security barrier. Why are we building an underground barrier? To stop Gaza terrorists from digging tunnels into Israel. Guess it’s working.”

They made the discovery during construction of an underground barrier around the coastal enclave five years after the start of an operation geared toward finding and destroying such tunnels, The Times of Israel reported, citing the IDF.

It was not clear how long ago the tunnel had been built.

“At this time, IDF soldiers are conducting an investigation of the passage. More information will be provided shortly,” the army said Monday.

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The tunnel did not represent a threat and was “being taken care of by the IDF,” The Times of Israel reported, citing the Eshkol Regional Council, covering the area where the tunnel was found.

The council added that the tunnel was detected because of “groundbreaking technological defenses that are used along the Gaza border to protect our communities.”

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This cross-border tunnel reportedly was the 18th discovered since the end of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge.

Israel’s military has been investing extensive resources to find these tunnels and have destroyed 16, including one that stretched into both Israel and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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Sofia Vergara, 46, proudly flaunts her bikini body on Italy vacation with husband Joe Manganiello

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Sofia Vergara is celebrating her anniversary in style.

The “Modern Family” star and her husband Joe Manganiello are honoring their five-year dating anniversary with a European vacation, and Vergara has been marking the occasion with several stunning Instagram photos.

The latest image was posted earlier on Monday, depicting the 46-year-old actress — in a white textured crop top and color-coordinating bikini bottoms — with her arms stretched outward while aboard a boat.

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“To our next stop!!!” she excitedly wrote in the caption.

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The power couple has been documenting their celebratory Italian vacation throughout the week.

Another Instagram post shared by Vergara on Monday showed Manganiello — in a fedora hat and white t-shirt — sitting at an outdoor dining table as he looked away from the camera.

She simply captioned the snap with a handful of heart-eyed and coffee emojis.

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In another recent post, Vergara shared a picture of herself sitting next to a bed of colorful red flowers with the Italian countryside visible in the background.

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On Sunday, Vergara shared a romantic photo of her and Manganiello with the countryside behind them.

She captioned the snap: “Another amazing view.”

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With the constant stream of photos Vergara has been sharing in recent days, it’s clear the two are not shy about flaunting their fun time abroad.

The pair is scheduled to appear in the upcoming film “Bottom of the 9th,” which is scheduled for release on July 19.

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