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South Carolina man, 37, gets life sentence for impregnating 10-year-old girl, officials say

A 37-year-old South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl who was watching cartoons when the assault occurred, officials said.

Tony Orlanda Singleton was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual assault after a two-day trial at the Hampton County Courthouse, the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said in a news release.

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“This girl should be getting ready to go back to school, making friends, braiding her hair – things other girls her age typically are engaged in,” said prosecutor Hunter Swanson of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. “Instead, she’s in a courtroom, reliving a horrific ordeal.”

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Singleton has previous convictions for traffic and drug offenses, the solicitor’s office said. (14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office via AP)

Singleton, who knew the girl’s mother, entered a room where the 10-year-old was watching “SpongeBob SquarePants” in April 2016, turned off the lights and raped her, the solicitor’s office said.

A few months later, the girl’s mother took her to get an abortion, officials said. The child then told a forensic interviewer how she’d been forced into intercourse.

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A DNA sample from the fetus proved Singleton was the father, according to the news release.

A jury handed down its verdict after deliberating for less than an hour. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen then delivered a life sentence without parole.

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19 bodies found hung, butchered in suspected Mexico gang turf war

Mexican police have found 19 dead bodies, some hung from an overpass and others butchered and dumped on the street, in what authorities suspect is a gang turf war, according to a report.

In the state of Michoacán, nine bodies were found in the city of Uruapán hanging from an overpass. Seven other bodies were chopped up and dumped on the road, with three additional bodies hacked up and left further down the road.

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In the state of Michoacán, nine bodies were found in the city of Uruapán hanging from an overpass. Seven other bodies were chopped up and dumped on the road, with three additional bodies hacked up and left further down the road.  (file picture) (AFP/Getty)

There was also a drug cartel banner hanging on the overpass that was not entirely legible. It read in part, “Be a patriot, kill a Viagra,” according to the AP. Authorities suspect the banner is from the bloodthirsty Jalisco drug cartel, whose rival is the Viagras gang.

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“Certain criminal gangs are fighting over territory, to control activities related to drug production distribution and consumption. Unfortunately, this conflict results in these kinds of acts that justifiably alarm the public,” said Michoacán Attorney General Adrián López Solís.

Some of the bodies were hung with their hands bound and others with their pants down. Two of the bodies hanging on the overpass were women and were half-naked; one dismembered body was also a female. All the victims had been shot to death.

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The act is a sobering reminder of the height of Mexico’s drug war, in 2011 and 2012, when dozens of bodies would be dumped in piles along highways, including many decapitated bodies.

“This kind of public, theatrical violence, where you don’t just kill, but you brag about killing, is meant to intimidate rivals and send a message to the authorities. This kind of cynical impunity has been increasing in Michoacán,” according to Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst.

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This year, Mexico has surpassed its own homicide record, which is up 5.3 percent – with 17,608 homicides – when compared to the first part of 2018.

Mexico boasts a population of more than 129 million people. Uruapán, located approximately 250 miles west of the country’s capital, Mexico City, had a population of approximately 315,000 as of 2010.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Venice to reroute cruise ships away from city center, following MSC Opera crash

Lawmakers in Venice, Italy, have moved to begin rerouting large cruise ships from docking in the historic city’s center, following the dramatic crash of the MSC Opera liner in June.

Officials announced the news on Thursday, TravelPulse reports, with the change slated to take effect in September.

According to the outlet, passengers on cruise ships to the ever-popular destination can expect to “call at ports closer to the Italian mainland but still inside the lagoon, including the Fusina and Lombardia terminals,” with big plans for next year.

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The MSC Opera cruise liner stands by a tourist boat following a collision in Venice, Italy, June 2, 2019. (Vigili del Fuoco via AP)

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“The aim is to reroute about one-third of the cruise ships already booked on Venice towards new berths by 2020,” Italian minister of transport Danilo Toninelli said of the update. “We’ve been talking about big ships for 15 years and nothing has been done. These floating palaces will start to go elsewhere.”

Pino Musolino, the chairman of the northern Adriatic Sea port authority, echoed similar sentiments, as per the Daily Express.

“The growing size of vessels, their environmental impacts on the areas surrounding the ports and the ‘burden’ that the increasing number of tourists… are creating a situation of conflict,” Mussolino detailed in a letter to neighboring port authorities.

On June 2, multiple people were injured in Venice after a towering, out-of -control MSC Cruises ship crashed into a tourist river boat and dock tourists ran in panic as a ship’s horn blared.

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Tourists walk near Saint Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, in this August 2017 file photo. (Reuters)

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The collision happened around 8:30 a.m. on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to the city’s famous Saint Mark’s Square.

The northeastern Italian city is a tremendously popular site for both tourists and cruise ships, especially during the summer tourist season.

Overtourism is an increasing concern for Venetian lawmakers, with roughly 30 million visitors flocking to the city annually, Newsweek reports. Venice has a population of about 55,000.

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In recent months, Venetian officials started charging admission fees for day-tripping tourists, a first for Italy.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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‘The Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown shades Tyler Cameron for dating Gigi Hadid

The BacheloretteHannah Brown is bummed that her castoff Tyler Cameron is dating Gigi Hadid so publicly, but she recognizes that she can’t do anything about it.

“He has every right to do whatever he wants because we were just, you know, hanging out, seeing where it goes. And I am completely fine with that,” Brown, 24, admitted on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast on Wednesday. ”It was a little confusing but, um, he can do whatever he wants to and I know that I can too. And I am going to continue going onward and upward and I just think that I’ve made it very clear.”

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When co-host and fellow former “Bachelorette” pointed out that she had a “beef” with Cameron, 26, dating the supermodel so flagrantly, Brown concurred that it hurt.

“I think that’s my beef with it too. And the thing is … We are not dating-dating, at all, we hung out, but we also had conversations of both like knowing that there’s still something there,” Brown lamented. “And when you are in the public eye, you do just have to be respectful of each other. Yeah, I wish I would’ve got a little bit more than two days. But, you know, it is OK.”

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Tyler Cameron and Hannah Brown recently spent the night together after she turned him down on “The Bachelorette.” Days later, he was spotted on a date with supermodel Gigi Hadid at Soho House in New York City. (Getty)

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As previously reported, Cameron stepped out with Hadid, 24, in New York City just days after spending the night with Brown in Los Angeles.

This all came after, of course, Brown ditched Cameron for Jed Wyatt, who she dumped over the phone upon learning he’d had a girlfriend when he began filming the show.

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Still, Brown says everything is for the best.

“I love the woman that I’ve become. If I would have changed anything, I might not be who I am today,” the former pageant queen told Us Weekly.

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“Anytime you can succeed in it, there’s some adversity. It just makes you the best version of yourself,” she said. “I think through weakness you become stronger … and I definitely think that I’ve done that, and I really like that girl that I’ve become.”

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7 years on Mars, NASA Curiosity rover celebrates anniversary with new finds

NASA’s eventual goal is to put astronauts on Mars, but the space agency’s Curiosity rover is keeping it busy in the meantime.

The Curiosity rover, which celebrated its seventh anniversary on the Red Planet earlier this week, has made several remarkable discoveries, including finding “unusually high” levels of methane and a “shiny” object believed to be a meteorite. In a new blog post, NASA said that Curiosity is still exploring the Gale Crater and uncovering the mysteries of the “clay-bearing unit,” where it’s using its tools to drill into the Martian soil.

“This area is one of the reasons we came to Gale Crater,” said Kristen Bennett of the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the co-leads for Curiosity’s clay-unit campaign, in the post. “We’ve been studying orbiter images of this area for 10 years, and we’re finally able to take a look up close.”

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This panorama of a location called “Teal Ridge” was captured on Mars by the Mast Camera, or Mastcam, on NASA’s Curiosity rover on June 18, 2019, the 2,440th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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The clay was first spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), prior to the launch of Curiosity. Clay is partially made with water, which is the basis for supporting life as know it.

Curiosity has found “the highest amounts of clay minerals” in some recent rock samples it’s looked at. The rover also found high amounts of clay on other parts of Mount Sharp, a mountain on Mars, which the MRO did not detect.

NASA added that scientists are wondering what caused the discrepancy between the MRO and Curiosity’s findings. One possible reason is that pebbles and gravels that were encountered by Curiosity were too small for the MRO to see, according to the campaign’s co-lead, Valerie Fox of Caltech.

The space agency has also posted a video to YouTube detailing Curiosity’s achievements.

The Red Planet once had a very wet surface, covered in wide, ranging rivers. Water may be the lifeblood of our planet, but it’s unclear whether Mars ever supported (or still supports) life.

NASA hopes the Curiosity rover, which “has a few more years before its nuclear power system degrades enough to significantly limit operations,” can provide additional clues about the planet prior to the launch of the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Mars looms ever larger in America’s space future.

In November, NASA announced that it has selected the location where its Mars 2020 rover will land on the Red Planet. The rover is expected to reach the Martian surface on Feb. 18, 2021. NASA’s long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.

However, former astronauts, including Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, think we should skip a return mission to the Moon, slated for 2024, and “shoot directly for Mars.”

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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this story.

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How US sub-hunting planes track Chinese submarines

The increasingly global reach of Chinese nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, armed with JL-2 weapons reportedly able to hit parts of the U.S., continues to inspire an ongoing Navy effort to accelerate production of attack submarines, prepare long-dwell drones for deployment to the Pacific and continue acquisition of torpedo-armed sub-hunting planes such as the P-8/A Poseidon.

Seeking to overcome the Pacific’s “tyranny of distance” dispersed geography, and track China’s expanding fleet of submarines, the Navy is working with Congress to produce as many as three Virginia-class submarines per year, moving beyond the current plan to build two. In the air, the Navy has been moving to place its new Triton sea drones in Guam and, earlier this year, awarded Boeing a $2.4 billion deal to produce 19 more P-8A Poseidon surveillance and attack planes.

Given the Poseidon’s role as a high-tech surveillance aircraft, known for capturing video of Chinese phony island-building in the South China Sea (land reclamation) several years ago, it takes little imagination to envision ways its advanced sensors, sonobuoys and weapons could function as part of a containment strategy against Chinese expansion – – and even operate as a deterrent against China’s growing fleet of nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines (SSBN).

The PLA Navy has, in recent years, been expanding its reach beyond the Pacific as part of a visible effort to become a major-power international force. Chinese SSBNs have been sighted at great distances from Western Pacific shores, according to numerous news reports – – and the existence of both JL-2s and emerging JL-3s have increased pressure on the US. According to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, the Chinese had deployed up to 48 JL-2 launchers on submarines as of 2017. With ranges greater than 4,500 miles, JL-2s traveling well beyond China’s immediate vicinity can hold US areas at risk.

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Just last year, Captain James Fanell, a former director of intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, warned Congress about the need to track and deter Chinese nuclear-armed submarines.

“Every time a [PLA Navy] SSBN departs on a strategic nuclear patrol, the [U.S. Navy] must follow closely enough to be ready to sink them if they ever attempt to launch a nuclear-tipped ICBM towards our shores,” he told Congress, according to an essay called “China’s new undersea nuclear deterrent strategy doctrine and capabilities” from the National Defense University. (Dr. Toshi Yoshirara & Dr. James Holmes)

The essay goes on to make the case that, given the difficulties associated with intercepting possible Chinese SLBMs (submarine-launched ballistic missiles), an intelligent way to address the threat might be to “hold Chinese SSBNs at risk so they can be destroyed preemptively before their SLBMs can be launched.”

The Poseidon, alongside ISR-enabled SSN attack submarines, seems well-positioned to help perform this SSBN sub-hunting mission for a number of reasons. Not only is the P-8’s 564 mph speed considerably faster than the P-3 Orion it is replacing, but its six additional fuel tanks enable it to search wider swaths of ocean and spend more dwell-time patrolling high-threat areas. Navy developers explain the Poseidon can operate on 10-hour missions at ranges out to 1,200 nautical miles. More dwell time capacity, fortified by high-speeds, seems to position the Poseidon well for covering wide areas in search of “hidden” Chinese SSBNs.

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​The P-8A, a militarized variant of Boeing’s 737-800, includes torpedo and Harpoon weapons stations, 129 sonobuoys and an in-flight refueling station, providing longer ranges, sub-hunting depth penetration and various attack options. Given that a P-8 can conduct sonobuoy sub-hunting missions from higher altitudes than surface ships, helicopters or other lower-flying aircraft, it can operate with decreased risk from enemy surface fire and swarming small boat attacks. Unlike many drones and other ISR assets, a Poseidon can not only find and track enemy submarines but attack and destroy them as well.

Alongside its AN/APY-10 surveillance radar and MX-series electro-optical/infrared cameras optimized to scan the ocean surface, the Poseidon’s air-parachuted sonobuoys can find submarines at various depths beneath the surface. The surveillance aircraft can operate as a “node” within a broader sub-hunting network consisting of surface ships, unmanned surface vessels, aerial drone-mounted maritime sensors and submarines. As part of its contribution to interconnected sub-hunting missions, the Poseidon can draw upon an Active Electronically Scanned Array, Synthetic Aperture Radar and Ground Moving Target Indicator.

By lowering hydrophones and a magnetic compass to a pre-determined depth, connected by cable to a floating surface radio transmitter, Poseidon sonobuoys can convert acoustic energy from the water into a radio signal sent to aircraft computer processors, according to a June 2018 issue of “Physics World.”

Also, Poseidon-dispatched sonobuoys can contribute to the often discussed “US Navy Fish Hook Undersea Defense Line,” a seamless network of hydrophones, sensors and strategically positioned assets stretching from coastal areas off of Northern China down near the Philippines all the way to Indonesia, according to an essay from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, called “China’s Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarines and Strategic Stability.”

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An improved aerial sub-hunting presence offered by the Poseidon, it seems, could help reinforce this “Undersea Defense Line” effort to prevent Chinese SSBNs from leaving the region undetected.

Interestingly, Poseidons might offer a significant nuance to the Pentagon’s well-cultivated nuclear deterrence posture, by introducing a technically advanced method of finding and destroying enemy SSBNs from the air. It aligns with the current “offensive power can be the best defense” approach central to the Pentagon’s nuclear-triad strategic deterrence strategy. Holding Chinese SSBNs at risk, could at very least help further deter China from contemplating some kind of sub-launched nuclear strike. The Poseidon could almost function as a kind of connective tissue between the undersea and air portions of the nuclear triad. The current air leg of the triad, consisting of platforms such as the B-2 and B-52 bombers, is not able to track or destroy submarines. A Poseidon could further fortify the air leg of the triad while also providing crucial intelligence to surface ships and U.S. undersea assets seeking to track Chinese SSBNs.

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Currently in service with U.K., Norwegian, Indian and Australian militaries, among others, the Poseidon is increasingly in demand in the international market.

–This Story First Appeared Earlier this Year –

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Manhunt for Tennessee inmate wanted in correctional officer murder, cops warn he’s ‘extremely dangerous’

A manhunt for an “extremely dangerous” escaped Tennessee inmate wanted as a person of interest in the death of a corrections employee continued Thursday as officials warned the public to stay vigilant in light of the possibility Curtis Ray Watson altered his appearance.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released several images of Watson, 44, Thursday, fearing he may have altered his image since breaking out from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday.

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“If you spot Curtis Watson do not approach him. Call 911. He is considered to be dangerous,” TBI Director David Rausch told reporters at a press conference Wednesday night.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released several images of Curtis Ray Watson, 44, Thursday, fearing that the escaped inmate may have altered his image since breaking out from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary the previous day. He is picture from left to right in mugshots dating from 2011 to his present incarceration.  (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

According to TBI Commissioner Tony Parker, officials first learned of Watson’s disappearance Wednesday morning after discovering the body of correctional administrator Debra Johnson.

Johnson, 64, was found dead in her home at around 11:30 a.m. Parker said the home was one of several residences on the prison’s property where staff members live.

The prison was placed on lockdown and an official count was conducted. It was at this point that Watson, who was described as a minimum custody inmate that worked as a farm laborer, was unaccounted for.

Officials contacted the TBI and local authorities and a manhunt was initiated.

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“She led a distinguished career over 38 years of service to the people of this great state,” Parker said of Johnson. “I want to extend my condolences to the family of Ms. johnson who was the victim of this homicide.”

Authorities have since named Watson a “person of interest” in Wednesday’s homicide.

Rausch urged residents in the area to remain “vigilant” and contact authorities if they notice anything suspicious.

“If you spot Curtis Watson do not approach him. Call 911. He is considered to be dangerous.”

Police shared several images of Watson over the years, fearing he may have altered his appearance. They also posted several pictures of tattoos that Watson has which would be more identifiable.

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Rausch said Watson was added to the TBI’s Most Wanted list but would not say if the suspect was armed, adding that Watson fled the area in a tractor that was found just over a mile from the crime scene.

Authorities could not say if the victim had any contact with Watson prior to her death.

Watson was serving a 15-year sentence for an aggravated kidnapping conviction in 2013. He was set to be released in 2025. He had previously been jailed for a child abuse conviction and was released in  2011.

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Taylor Swift likens herself to Hillary Clinton as she explains why she was silent on politics

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Taylor Swift is coming clean on why she was silent about politics during the 2016 election: She thought she’d actually harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement,” Swift, 29, told Vogue’s all-important September issue, noticeably omitting President Trump’s name. “He was going around saying, I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you.’ I just knew I wasn’t going to help.”

Other stars, including Swift’s nemesis-turned-pal Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and more endorsed the Democratic candidate. However, the countrypop singer says it wasn’t just her celebrity that kept her mum — it was her specific reputation.

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“Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was, ‘She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar,'” Swift recalled of her own reputation in the latter half of 2016. “These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? ‘Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women.’ Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.”

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Swift did, indeed, go underground for a significant period of time following the summer of 2016, when her then-seven-year (coming up on decade-long) feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian came to a head when Kardashian released video of Swift on the phone with West discussing his song, “Famous,” in which he mentions her name. Swift appeared to give her blessing to the track in the clips Kardashian released, but has steadfastly and vehemently denied approving the specific lyric “that b—h.”

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Swift didn’t share much else about her beef with the couple, save to say how it affected her own life.

She doesn’t appear to assume any responsibility for potentially perpetuating the pettiness for years through her own music and actions, but did confess to learning from the ordeal.

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“A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience,” the “Archer” singer said. “I don’t think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly. When you say someone is ‘canceled,’ it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being. You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, ‘Kill yourself.’”

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“I realized I needed to restructure my life because it felt completely out of control,” she admitted. “I knew immediately I needed to make music about it because I knew it was the only way I could survive it. It was the only way I could preserve my mental health and also tell the story of what it’s like to go through something so humiliating.”

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Swift turned to songwriting as a means of activism as well. Recounting a time close friend Todrick Hall asked her what she’d do if she had a gay son, Swift explained that she felt like she wasn’t being clear enough on her stances for LGBTQ rights.

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“Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male. I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of,” she said. “It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud.”

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She added, “When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s clickbait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my career arc.”

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3 Congolese medics arrested in killing of WHO doctor treating Ebola patients

Three Congolese medics were arrested Wednesday in the murder of a Cameroonian doctor who was treating Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prosecutors revealed.

World Health Organization (WHO) doctor Richard Mouzoko was fatally shot in April by militiamen while treating patients in a hospital in the city of Butembo, one of the epicenters of the Ebola outbreak. The medics arrested have not been publically identified and the motive for his killing is unknown, the BBC reported.

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WHO doctor Richard Mouzoko from Cameroon was killed in April when he was fatally shot in a hospital in the city of Butembo, treating patients at one of the epicenters of the year-long Ebola outbreak. He was one of few medics deployed to the Congo to help victims against the spread of the virus. (World Health Organization via Twitter)

Senior military prosecutor Lt. Col. Jean-Baptiste Kumbu told local media that fighters who attacked treatment centers disclosed four medics who were involved in planning the attack. The three Congolese medics arrested will be prosecuted for “terrorism” and “criminal conspiracy,” he said, while the fourth doctor is still loose, the BBC reported.

The WHO described Mouzoko as “passionate” and “always ready to go where people would need his help most,” and said he was a committed professional who helped train hundreds in the medical field. He was also one of few medics deployed to the Congo to help victims against the spread of the virus.

“He would regularly spend 15 to 20 days a month working among isolated communities in his home country, Cameroon, far from his wife and 4 children,” the WHO added.

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This Tuesday, April, 16, 2019 photo taken in Congo shows an Ebola health worker at a treatment center in Beni, Eastern Congo. Uganda’s health ministry said late Tuesday, June 11, 2019 that a 5-year-old Congolese boy who crossed into Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in what is the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighboring Congo last year. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, File)

Medical officials in the region have faced violence from militiamen and enraged locals because of disinformation that about the Ebola crisis, with some claiming it is a conspiracy fabricated by domestic and foreign governments to attain financial profits and destabilize the region, the BBC reported.

Roughly 200 health facilities have since been attacked in the Congo this year, and 54 people remain detained in connection to such attacks on medical centers.

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The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo began last year and spread to the region’s largest city of Goma last month, killing 1,800 according to health authorities. It remains the second deadliest epidemic, topped by the crisis in 2014-16 when that outbreak killed 11,310 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung contributed to this report.

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Could Monica Lewinsky’s ‘American Crime Story’ about Clinton sex scandal really help Trump in 2020?

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The Monica Lewinksy-produced third season of “American Crime Story” centered on the scandals leading up to former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings in the 90s is set to air in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign and some experts think it could help President Trump’s reelection bid.

“As usual, the truth is always the enemy of the Democrats electoral strategy,” Republican strategist Chris Barron told Fox News.

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Lewinsky infamously had an affair with Clinton while she was a White House intern and the made-for-TV story is set to debut on Sept. 27, 2020 on FX.

“Clearly, reminding people of how morally bankrupt the Clintons and the modern Democratic Party was and is won’t make many of them happy,” Barron said. “I am sure Democrats will be angry, as we saw with ‘Roseanne,’ the left will go after any show or movie that doesn’t fit their world view.”

Author Mark Harris has already expressed concern, calling the timing an “abysmal idea” and urging FX to reconsider in a series of tweets.

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“There is nothing that Trump would like more than to turn the homestretch of 2020 into a revisitation of the Clintons. Don’t do this, @FXNetworks. It’s a disservice to our fragile political system and to the talented people involved in this show,” Harris wrote.

Harris also predicted that the Democratic nominee will be asked if they disavow the Clintons at every campaign stop as a result of the show.

“FX can’t pretend the art will speak for itself when it’s deliberately timed to speak to something else,” Harris wrote.

FX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The New York Post’ Tamar Lapin wrote that the show “couldn’t debut at a worse possible time for Democrats” and quoted a veteran political consultant who said, “It’ll be a great day for Donald Trump.”

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The first season covered the Los Angeles trial of former NFL player O.J. Simpson after the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

Sarah Paulson, who played prosecutor Marcia Clark in the Simpson season of American Crime Story, will return in the third season tentatively titled “Impeachment: American Crime Story” as Linda Tripp, the former Pentagon employee who secretly recorded Lewinsky speaking about her sexual relationship with Clinton.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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