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French police launch investigation after Macron hears officer refusing to help domestic abuse victim: report

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Officials in France have opened an investigation after President Emmanuel Macron listened in on a domestic violence hotline call in which a police officer was heard refusing to help a domestic abuse victim, reports say.

Macron listened in on the call during a visit Tuesday to the national hotline center that was meant to showcase the government’s crackdown on domestic violence.

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The alleged victim, a 57-year-old woman, called to report that her husband had threatened to kill her after years of abuse and that she was afraid to go back to the home to gather her things without police protection — and yet the police officer she was dealing with at a local station was refusing to accompany her, The Guardian reported.

According to the report, the French president was visibly upset by what he was hearing and passed a note to the operator after the officer got on the phone and stated that he was unable to go with her without a judicial order, a claim Macron pointed out in his note as wrong.

The officer, unaware that the president was listening in, continued to refuse to intervene.

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After the phone call, Macron asked the veteran dispatcher if this was a common occurrence to which they replied: “Yes, more and more frequently.”

The French gendarmerie launched an investigation into the incident the following day.

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Ex-Obama official Joel Rubin on Tlaib, Omar: ‘No, the Squad is not anti-Semitic’

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Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin said “there’s a difference between being critical of Israeli government policy and being anti-Semitic” as he defended Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar in the wake of Israel blocking them from entering the country.

In an interview with Fox News, the former Obama administration official argued that while Omar and Tlaib are both vocal opponents of the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians and supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (B.D.S.) movement, their opinions do not make them anti-Semitic.

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“No, the Squad is not anti-Semitic,” Rubin said. “Omar has said things about Israel supporters that she has apologized for, but that does not mean that she hates Jews. She hasn’t gone on a tirade attacking Jews, like real anti-Semites do. There’s a difference between being critical of Israeli government policy and being anti-Semitic.”

Republicans, particularly President Trump, have repeatedly accused Tlaib and Omar – who are both Muslim — of making anti-Semitic comments. Omar, for instance, has been called out for tweeting “Israel has hypnotized the world.” (The congresswoman did acknowledge and apologize for it later on Twitter.) Tlaib defended BDS and told an interviewer it is “criticizing the racist policies of Israel.”

Last month, as he ripped Tlaib and Omar, Trump went as far as to say that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are “disloyal.”

But Rubin argued that when critics call out Tlaib, who is from Michigan, and Omar, who is from Minnesota, and the Democratic Party as a whole, they miss the point when it comes to anti-Semitism in the United States.

“The American Jewish community here at home is on the receiving end of many direct anti-Semitic attacks, verbal and physical, and that has nothing to do with Israel policy,” Rubin said.

Rubin said anti-Semitism had previously been primarily tied to anti-Israel rhetoric regarding the BDS movement. In the past couple of years, however, Rubin noted that there’s been a rise in domestic terrorism against Jewish institutions in the U.S., the second category of anti-Semitism.

“My hometown synagogue, Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, was the scene of the worst anti-Semitic incident in the history of the United States,” Rubin said. “So these two competing anti-Semitism arguments are what’s playing out, and politically the pro-Israel community has really committed itself to fighting BDS and has not totally committed itself to fighting anti-Semitism here at home.”

Rubin also said he does not see the congresswomen’s views as detrimental to U.S. foreign policy, arguing they could strengthen both the United States’ and Israel’s long-term goals.

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“American relations with Israel haven’t been damaged at all. American legislators have a duty to ask tough questions in support of American interests, and having that discussion ultimately strengthens our country’s foreign policy,” Rubin said.

He added: “While it’s true that these lawmakers are asking harder, more aggressive questions than is traditionally seen from Congress, the bilateral relationship still stands strong and American support for Israel is firm, and hopefully their views will foster a more comprehensive policy on the Middle East that leads to peace between Israel and the Palestinians – something that is firmly in the interest of the United States.”

Listen to the full interview above to hear more from former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin.

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Amazon tests Whole Foods payment system that uses hands as ID

Forget the titanium Apple Card — Amazon’s latest payment method uses flesh and blood.

The e-tailing giant’s engineers are quietly testing scanners that can identify an individual human hand as a way to ring up a store purchase, with the goal of rolling them out at its Whole Foods supermarket chain in the coming months, The Post has learned.

Employees at Amazon’s New York offices are serving as guinea pigs for the biometric technology, using it at a handful of vending machines to buy such items as sodas, chips, granola bars and phone chargers, according to sources briefed on the plans.

The high-tech sensors are different from fingerprint scanners found on devices like the iPhone and don’t require users to physically touch their hands to the scanning surface.

Instead, they use computer vision and depth geometry to process and identify the shape and size of each hand they scan before charging a credit card on file.

The system, code-named “Orville,” will allow customers with Amazon Prime accounts to scan their hands at the store and link them to their credit or debit card.

It’s accurate to within one ten-thousandth of 1%, but Amazon engineers are scrambling to improve it to a millionth of 1% ahead of its launch, the source said.

Amazon hopes to introduce the tech to a handful of its Whole Foods stores by the beginning of next year and to eventually expand the super-fast checkout tech to all US locations. The pace of the rollout will depend on how quickly Whole Foods is able to install it and train employees on how to use it, sources said.

“We don’t comment on rumors or speculation,” an Amazon spokesperson said.

While a regular card transaction typically takes between three and four seconds, Amazon’s new technology can process the charge in less than 300 milliseconds, a person familiar with the project said.

“Retailers have always been interested in faster checkout,” Majd Maksad, founder and CEO of Status Money, a personal finance site, told The Post. “You only have to walk into Whole Foods to see the massive lines of people waiting to check out. It’s a massive friction point.”

If successful, the technology also could help encourage consumers to spend more when they visit Whole Foods, he said.

“People tend to spend more when they don’t have the experience of touching something tangible like money,” Maksad said. “The utility of money becomes more ephemeral.”

At Amazon’s budding chain of “Go” convenience stores that launched last year, customers use a phone app to check in at a turnstile. They can then fill their bags and carry them out without ever passing a register thanks to computer vision and an array of sensors all over the store.

With the new, hand-based tech, shoppers won’t even have to bring their phones. Nevertheless, experts say it’s unclear whether customers will be enthusiastic about scanning their hands at Whole Foods.

Stephanie Hare, an independent researcher who specializes in technology ethics, noted that countries with robust surveillance programs like China already use biometric checkouts in some stores and noted that Amazon appears to have made a decision to not use facial recognition.

“I think they probably made a judgment call that Americans are probably not going to want to pay with their face, but they’ll be fine to pay with their fingerprint or their hand,” she said. “That feels less like a mug shot.”

Consumers should avoid giving up their biometric data, Hare says, pointing out that, if a company gets hacked, it can take six or more years for consumers to unwind the data theft.

“Why would you give them that data? People don’t understand the risk, and they’re oversold the benefits,” she said. “We have a couple of nation states that are really good at stealing data right now.”

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

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Vaping-linked death probed in Oregon, symptoms similar to more than 200 cases

Oregon health officials are investigating the death of a resident who suffered “severe respiratory illness” after they used an e-cigarette device.

The person, who was not identified, passed away in July, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). He or she used a vape that contained marijuana prior to falling ill, according to reports received OHA Public Health Division. The vaping device was purchased at a dispensary, officials said in a news release.

“The individual’s symptoms were consistent with those of more than 200 similar cases in a national cluster of respiratory illness, mostly affecting teenagers and young adults, in at least 25 states,” the OHA said.

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Both the CDC and the FDA are investigating what may be behind the illnesses, though a specific product has not yet been identified. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Symptoms in nearly all the cases have included shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, and weight loss.

“We don’t yet know the exact cause of these illnesses — whether they’re caused by contaminants, ingredients in the liquid or something else, such as the device itself,” Ann Thomas, a public health physician at OHA’s Public Health Division, said in a statement.

The news comes after a patient who developed serious lung disease after vaping died in Illinois last month, marking what officials said at the time was the first vaping-related death in the U.S.

‘ At this time, the specific substances within the e-cigarette products that cause illness are not known’

— The Center for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday there were 215 potential cases of respiratory illnesses linked to vaping across 25 states. Teens primarily have been affected.

Both the CDC and the FDA are investigating what may be behind the illnesses, though a specific product has not yet been identified. An unnamed source reportedly told The Washington Post last week both state and federal health officials are looking at “contaminants or counterfeit substances,” specifically in THC-containing vaping products, as a possible source.

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The news comes after a patient who developed serious lung disease after vaping died in Illinois, marking what officials said at the time was the first vaping-related death in the U.S.  (iStock)

“More information is needed to better understand whether there’s a relationship between any specific products or substances and the reported illnesses,” the CDC told Fox News in a statement. “At this time, there does not appear to be one product involved in all of the cases, although THC and cannabinoids use has been reported in many cases. At this time, the specific substances within the e-cigarette products that cause illness are not known and could involve a variety of substances.”

“We continue to gather information about the names of the products used, where they were purchased, and how the products were used. That information is critical to help determine whether patterns emerge on which we can take additional action.”

Separately, Michigan on Wednesday became the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to deter young people, specifically, from using the devices.

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2 Oklahoma firefighters struck by hydroplaning U-Haul trailer at scene of crash, video shows

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Drivers in Oklahoma are being asked to slow down on wet roadways after officials released dramatic dashcam video of an SUV losing control and slamming its U-Haul trailer into two firefighters responding at the scene of a crash.

The two men with the Stringtown Fire Department were standing on the side of the road when the oncoming vehicle appeared to hydroplane, shows video posted by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The spinning SUV struck the side of a parked first responder vehicle on the shoulder, causing the trailer to whip around and smash into the two men.

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The firefighter facing the out-of-control vehicle appeared to raise his arms in an attempt to push the other man out of the way before the trailer sent them flying several feet away.

The firefighters “miraculously” suffered no broken bones and walked away with only bruises, authorities wrote on Facebook.

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“This is a graphic reminder to slow down, especially when roads are slick and you see flashing lights,” the police said.

Oklahoma’s “Move Over” law requires drivers approaching emergency and law enforcement vehicles to move over to another lane or slow down to “a safe speed,” dependent on existing road condition.

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Artifacts believed to be from final battle of English Civil War discovered

Archaeologists have unearthed artifacts believed to be from the final battle of the English Civil War, including musket balls, horse harness fittings and sword hilts.

The objects were uncovered in Powick, Worcestershire, which was the setting for the bloody Battle of Worcester. Historians had known that Powick was the setting of the battle, but until now, no objects had been recovered.

“Finding these fascinating artifacts allows us to connect with a significant moment in Worcestershire’s history,” Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said in a statement. “I am also delighted to see the great team work and co-operation between the construction teams and the archaeologists, who have seamlessly incorporated the dig into this large scheme of construction work. Preserving our history is vitally important to our county and this latest dig is a shining example of how archaeology can bring our past to life.”

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(Credit: Worcestershire County Council)

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The archaeologists explored an area of land near Powick Church, part of a “huge infrastructure project being delivered by Worcestershire County Council.” The church has shot damage on it, making archaeologists hopeful that artifacts might be discovered.

In total, 98 objects were found at the bottom of the river valley, including a powder container cap and a lead shot. The artifacts will be further analyzed, researchers said.

The discoveries have provided proof that the site of the battle was further south than experts had previously thought.

“It is fantastic to be able to finally locate and map physical remains of the battle and to relate this to the historical record,” said Richard Bradley, the on-site lead archaeologist. “We are just outside the registered battlefield area but this is still a nationally significant site.”

The BBC reports that coins from the 16th and 17 centuries were also recovered at the site, but none from the 1642-1651 time period.

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“How exciting that 368 years after the Battle of Worcester these artifacts should be discovered,” Richard Shaw, Chairman of the Battle of Worcester Society, added in the statement.

“We are sure that there was fighting at this location on 3rd September 1651. Parliamentary forces had crossed the river at Upton-upon-Severn and were driving the Royalists back towards Worcester,” Shaw continued. “The discoveries really bring the events of that day to life.”

Nearly 4,000 soldiers were killed during the fight, which took place on September 3, 1651, as the Parliamentarian New Model Army defeated King Charles II’s Royalists.

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US citizen, an alleged ISIS sniper, indicted for aiding terror group, officials say

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A 43-year-old man from Brooklyn, N.Y., who allegedly became an ISIS sniper and then a high-ranking emir in the terror organization has been indicted for aiding the group in Syria, Department of Justice officials announced Wednesday.

Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kazakhstan, was charged with conspiracy to provide and providing material support to ISIS, including weapons training for recruits and advising the militant group, the statement said. He was also charged with obstruction of justice.

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Asainov allegedly traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in late 2013 and crossed the border into Syria, where he joined the terrorist organization. He rose through the ranks and became an “emir,” overseeing the training of other ISIS recruits in the use of weapons, according to prosecutors.

He is also accused of attempting to entice an informant working with the NYPD’s intelligence division to join ISIS in Syria. Asainov told the informant he’d help get him a job, housing, food and $50 a month, according to a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court in July.

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In March 2015 he requested $2,800 from an informant to purchase a rifle scope, sending photographs, boasting about the group’s barbarity and declaring his wish to die on the battlefield. Instead, he was later detained by the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

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Asainov, also known as “Suleiman Al-Amriki” and “Suleiman Al-Kazakhi,” was transferred into FBI custody in July.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. His will be arraigned at a later date.

Fox News’ Hollie McKay and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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New York City’s largest measles outbreak in nearly 30 years has ended, officials say

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New York City officials on Tuesday declared an end to the largest measles outbreak the city has seen in nearly 30 years.

Officials said New York City spent more than $6 million to combat the outbreak, which primarily affected Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. More than 500 staff were involved in response efforts, which included disseminating pro-vaccination booklets, distributing educational materials in multiple languages, and attending community events, among other efforts.

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In certain parts of Brooklyn, namely Williamsburg and Borough Park, officials administered more than 15,000 doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine since declaring an emergency order that required people living or working in affected areas to be vaccinated against the illness.

The end of the outbreak, which was declared a public health emergency in April, is announced when two incubation periods of measles — about 42 days — have passed since the last day a person with measles is considered infectious in an affected area, officials explained.

No new cases have been reported since mid-July, though the New York City Health Department  “will continue monitoring and may add cases retrospectively as they are identified.”

“Ending the measles outbreak required extensive collaboration with community organizations and Jewish leaders. They helped encourage vaccinations and achieve record immunization levels in parts of Brooklyn,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “As we head back to school this week, we just remain vigilant. To keep our children and communities safe, I urge all New Yorkers to get vaccinated. It’s the best defense we have.”

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes. Others can contract measles when they breathe the contaminated air or touch a contaminated surface, and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.

“Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

The MMR vaccine can protect both individuals and other people from contracting the virus.

Young children are typically most at risk of contracting measles. The CDC recommends children get two doses of the MMR vaccination, but the first dose is typically given to children when they are between 12 and 15 months old, with the second occurring between ages 4 and 6.

In New York City, most measles cases — 80 percent — were diagnosed in people under the age of 18, officials said. Overall, 654 people were diagnosed with the virus since the outbreak began in October of last year.

The news comes after federal health officials last week announced the U.S. is experiencing the highest number of measles cases since the early 1990s. The CDC in its weekly measles cases and outbreaks report said there are 1,215 confirmed measles cases in the U.S., representing an increase of 12 cases from the week before.

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Separately, a recent study by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health determined measles outbreaks in Texas, specifically, could be more commonplace as an increasing number of children in the state show up to school unvaccinated.

Texas, according to researchers, is the “largest state by population” that allows parents to not vaccinate their children for personal or religious reasons. And the number of exemptions has increased in recent years, growing from 2,300 in 2013 to 64,000 in 2016. The researchers found just a 5 percent decrease in the vaccination rate could increase the size of a potential measles outbreak by 4,000 percent in some communities in Texas.

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Jessi Combs’ fatal land speed record attempt caught on camera

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Video of Jessi Combs’ fatal land speed record attempt has surfaced.

The footage, obtained by TMZ, shows Combs’ jet-powered car streaming across Oregon’s Alvord Desert followed by a long white contrail.

Combs set the record for the fastest woman on four wheels in 2013 with a 398 mph run and has driven as fast as 483 mph. The racer and TV host was attempting to break the overall mark for women, which currently stands at 512 mph, and was reportedly aiming to hit 619 mph.

The clip ends before a yet to be determined problem led to the crash, which completely destroyed the vehicle. Investigators said that fire was involved. Combs was declared dead at the scene.

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In a statement on her death, the 39-year-old’s family said her “most notable dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth, a dream she had been chasing since 2012.”

“Combs was one of the rare dreamers with the bravery to turn those possibilities into reality, and she left this earth driving faster than any other woman in history.”

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Jessi Combs’ fatal land speed record attempt caught on camera

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6078670867001_6078660026001-vs Jessi Combs' fatal land speed record attempt caught on camera Gary Gastelu fox-news/auto/attributes/safety fox-news/auto/attributes/racing fox news fnc/auto fnc article 1258d78d-4be7-554f-aaa0-78b6dfb96b99

Video of Jessi Combs’ fatal land speed record attempt has surfaced.

The footage, obtained by TMZ, shows Combs’ jet-powered car streaming across Oregon’s Alvord Desert followed by a long white contrail.

Combs set the record for the fastest woman on four wheels in 2013 with a 398 mph run and has driven as fast as 483 mph. The racer and TV host was attempting to break the overall mark for women, which currently stands at 512 mph, and was reportedly aiming to hit 619 mph.

The clip ends before a yet to be determined problem led to the crash, which completely destroyed the vehicle. Investigators said that fire was involved. Combs was declared dead at the scene.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

In a statement on her death, the 39-year-old’s family said her “most notable dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth, a dream she had been chasing since 2012.”

“Combs was one of the rare dreamers with the bravery to turn those possibilities into reality, and she left this earth driving faster than any other woman in history.”

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