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2nd California child molester dies after inmate’s cane attack, authorities say

A second convicted child molester has died following a fellow inmate’s attack with a walking cane at a central California prison, authorities said Wednesday.

The second victim was identified as Graham De Luis-Conti, 62. Authorities said he died in a hospital Sunday, three days after being struck in the head at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, about 50 miles south of Fresno.

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Authorities initially said the second victim remained in critical condition Monday but the information was revised Wednesday.

The suspect in the Jan. 16 beatings, inmate Jonathan Watson, 41, is also accused of killing David Bobb, 48, who died on the way to the hospital, authorities said.

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Jonathan Watson, 41, used a walking cane to cause multiple head wounds to two fellow inmates at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, officials said. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Bobb was also struck in the head multiple times.

Watson has served 10 years of a life sentence for first-degree murder and discharging firearm causing great bodily injury or death.

The motive of the cane attack remained under investigation, said spokeswoman Terri Hardy of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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De Luis-Conti had been imprisoned since June 2001 after receiving a life sentence for aggravated assault against a child under 14, FOX 26 of Fresno reported.

Bobb had been serving a life sentence since October 2005 after receiving a life sentence for aggravated assault against a child under 14, the station reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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California ex-pat’s Facebook page for those eyeing Texas move nears 16,000 followers

Marie Bailey and her husband used to live in Seal Beach, Calif., about 28 miles south of Los Angeles. But several years back, after years of talking about it, the couple left California and moved to Texas.

Now they live in a bigger house in the Dallas area, pay less money in taxes – and love their life in the Lone Star State.

“Everyone in California is nervous about taxes and prices,” Bailey told the Dallas Morning News last year. “We became much more calm when we came here. You are in a constant rat race in California to afford it.”

“Everyone in California is nervous about taxes and prices. … You are in a constant rat race in California to afford it.”

— Marie Bailey, creator of California-to-Texas Facebook page

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She added that politics was a factor for them as well.

“The standard in California, especially in Los Angeles, is very liberal,” she told the paper, “and we didn’t feel comfortable even sharing that we were libertarian.”

But those who joined Bailey recently on one of the Dallas-area bus tours she organizes seemed to put politics aside in favor of more bottom-line concerns.

“Politics isn’t that big a deal to me,” Tim Paone, 31, a software developer, told the Los Angeles Times. “The bigger thing [in California] is cost of living, how cramped it’s getting. We have a lot of friends who are considering moving out of L.A.”

“Politics isn’t that big a deal to me. The bigger thing [in California] is cost of living, how cramped it’s getting. We have a lot of friends who are considering moving out of L.A.”

— Tim Paone, 31, software developer mulling a Texas move

“It’s a lot easier to get a house here,” Valentina Caceres, 28, a Navy veteran taking the tour with her husband, told the newspaper, “and you get a lot more.”

Bailey also launched a Facebook page where she tries to help other Californians looking to relocate to Texas. Her “Move to Texas From California!” page now has nearly 16,000 followers.

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Between 2007 and 2016, California lost 1 million residents to other states, with Texas being the No. 1 destination, according to the L.A. Times. In addition, more than half of California’s registered voters say they have considered leaving the state, according to a 2019 University of California Berkeley poll conducted for the Times.

The top reasons people have cited for leaving California are the cost of housing (71 percent of respondents); high taxes (58 percent); and California’s politics (46 percent), the Times reported, citing 2018 figures from the state Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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Bailey told the Morning News last year that traffic gridlock, California’s homeless crisis and illegal immigration were other reasons why people leave the Golden State.

She added that most of the Californians she connects with don’t need convincing to come to Texas.

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A sign welcoming people to Texas is seen in El Paso, April 15, 2006. The state is the No. 1 destination for California residents fleeing the Golden State. (Getty Images)​​​​

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Bailey has received some backlash from some native Texans who fear that an influx of Californians will mean more liberals in their communities. But the Morning News noted that most of Bailey’s Facebook followers lean conservative.

“These people are going to move here either way,” Bailey told the Dallas newspaper. “I’m not convincing them to come here. I’m just helping them be smart about it.”

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Gabbard, Yang, other Democrats slam Clinton remarks on Sanders as petulant, divisive

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Democrats including 2020 presidential hopefuls Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang were firing back at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night, hours after her remarks about Bernie Sanders in an upcoming documentary were published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Although Clinton appeared to walk back the remarks Tuesday night, her claims about Sanders – a leading contender for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination who battled Clinton for the 2016 nod – that “nobody likes him” and that “nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done,” were characterized by critics as petulant and potentally divisive for her party.

For his part, Sanders brushed off the remarks.

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“On a good day, my wife likes me,” he joked.

Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, also dismissed Clinton’s comments while campaigning in New Hampshire.

“It’s time to grow up, you know? This isn’t high school,” she told WMUR-TV in Manchester.

“We’re talking about real challenges that our country needs to address and the need for real leadership to focus on them — not on what’s going on in Washington and the schoolyard cliques or whatever else it may be.

“There are real issues that people are struggling with and they’re wondering, ‘Why are our leaders not working for us?’ This is why I’m running for president, to change that. Because Washington is so disconnected from the reality of what people are dealing with every day. There are people dying because of this opioid epidemic every day. This is what our leaders should be focusing on and many other issues.”

Businessman Yang, another presidential contender, viewed Clinton’s comments as counterproductive for a party hoping to oust President Trump in November.

“For her to come back and, you know, say that nobody likes Bernie does not seem like a very helpful message,” Yang told CBS News.

Peter Daou, a past adviser to Democrats such as Clinton and John Kerry, tweeted that the former first lady’s comments were “profoundly wrong.”

In an essay for The Guardian, Daou and wife Leela Daou write that “Hillary Clinton perpetuates the false narrative that Bernie Sanders supporters are largely a gang of raging ‘bros’ who spend all day trolling his opponents online.”

“For Clinton to come out rhetorical guns blazing against Sanders weeks before primary voting begins reflects misplaced priorities on the part of the Clinton camp and an unfortunate willingness to amplify destructive myths about Sanders and his supporters,” the Daous add.

Also circulating on social media was a video of Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary during President Bill Clinton’s administration, that contradicts Clinton’s claim that Sanders has been ineffective on Capitol Hill.

“He was an effective legislator, in fact one of the most effective legislators,” Reich says, “because the more you work behind the scenes and don’t try to push yourself out there and don’t try to get the limelight, the more effective you can be — which ironically invites the complaint from some people that he was ineffective because he was not in the limelight. He was, behind the scenes, enormously effective.”

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By Tuesday evening it appeared Clinton got the message that her comments had struck a nerve with many in her own party – though she tried to downplay the negative reaction with a joke.

“I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!,” Clinton wrote.

“But to be serious, the number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump, and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee.”

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California woman found dead from ‘significant trauma’ 4 days after boyfriend found hanging in tree: authorities

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The body of a Northern California woman who had been dead “for some time” was discovered inside her home Wednesday, after authorities were asked to conduct a welfare check, according to a report.

An investigation later revealed that the woman had been dating a 59-year-old man whose body was found hanging from a tree along Interstate 80 four days earlier in an apparent suicide, FOX 40 of Sacramento reported.

The hanging site was less than a mile from the woman’s home, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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Investigators believe the woman was murdered because her body showed signs of “significant trauma.”

“During the course of our investigation several factors led us to believe that this was, in fact, a homicide,” Lt. Wesley Herman of the Citrus Heights police told the station.

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Citrus Heights is the Sacramento suburb where the woman lived. She was last seen alive around Jan. 8, about a week before she was found dead, the FOX 40 report said.

The couple was believed to have an “off and on” relationship and shared the Citrus Heights apartment at least some of that time, authorities said.

But so far little is known about the circumstances that led to the deaths, investigators told FOX 40.

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The man was identified as Robert Rankin but the woman’s identity was not disclosed. Rankin was involved in felony cases in Sacramento County between 2002 and 2004, including facing two counts of making criminal threats to cause death or great bodily harm, but the charges were later downgraded to misdemeanors, the Bee reported.

Authorities say they have been conducting interviews with family members, neighbors and other people who knew the couple in hopes of learning more about what happened.

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Facebook apologizes to China’s Xi Jinping for vulgar mistranslation of his name

Facebook blamed a technical glitch Saturday after the site mistranslated Burmese-to-English posts about Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Myanmar.

Xi’s name appeared in the English translation as “Mr. S—hole,” according to Agence France-Presse.

“We fixed the technical issue that caused incorrect translations from Burmese to English on Facebook,” a spokesman for the social networking giant said, according to AFP. “This should not have happened and we are taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We sincerely apologize for the offense it has caused.”

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Facebook said its translation system did not include an entry for “Xi Jinping,” so by default the system looked for words containing similar syllables. The errant translation came about because the system searched through terms beginning with “xi” and “shi,” AFP reported.

One headline resulting from the glitch read, “Dinner honors President S—hole,” according to reports.

One of the pages where the incorrect translation appeared was on the Facebook page of Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, right, greets Chinese President Xi Jinping at president house in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Associated Press)

The error was spotted during the second day of Xi’s visit to Myanmar, in which he and Suu Kyi signed a series of deals through which China has agreed to aid Myanmar on infrastructure projects, The Guardian reported.

The same error did not appear in Google’s translation of Suu Kyi’s page, according to the outlet.

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China is the No. 2 market, after the United States, from which Facebook draws revenue. The company has begun setting up a new engineering team in Singapore tasked with helping Chinese customers work around the government’s internet restrictions, known as the “great firewall,” Reuters reported.

Reactions from Xi or the Chinese government to the Facebook error were not immediately known.

Xi’s visit was also intended to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Myanmar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Baltimore state’s attorney blasts police union’s ‘political rhetoric’ after video shows mob attacking officer

Baltimore’s state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, took aim at the city’s police union Saturday after union officials condemned a violent attack Friday night against a city police officer.

Mosby accused the police union of “fanning the very flames they then call on me to put out,” saying union officials responded to the violent attack with “inappropriate political rhetoric.”

A video posted on social media shows a Baltimore police sergeant wrestling on the ground late Friday with a suspect who allegedly spat in the sergeant’s face. The police officer is then repeatedly kicked by bystanders while trying to make the arrest.

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The officer was not seriously injured but Maryland’s governor and the city’s mayor and police commissioner all condemned the crowd’s behavior – while also praising the work of the police officer.

But Sgt. Mike Mancuso, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, said city officials shared in the blame for the attack, claiming it was “indicative of a broken city that is being led by people who have absolutely no real time crime plan or, it seems, even know how to formulate one.”

Baltimore enters 2020 after a year that saw the city set a per-capita record for homicides – and that saw City Hall disrupted by ex-mayor Catherine Pugh’s May resignation and her subsequent guilty plea on conspiracy and tax evasion charges in connection with a scam involving sales of her self-published children’s book.

“Crime in Baltimore is out of control,” Mancuso observed, “and until new leadership is elected and appointed, this lack of respect for the law and those who enforce it will continue and deepen.”

“Crime in Baltimore is out of control, and until new leadership is elected and appointed, this lack of respect for the law and those who enforce it will continue and deepen.”

— Baltimore police Sgt. Mike Mancuso, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3

Just days earlier, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, expressed sentiments similar to Mancuso’s – that Baltimore’s Democrat city leaders lacked an adequate plan for addressing crime.

“It really takes some leadership in the city to star getting tough,” Hogan said Wednesday at a Maryland National Guard event, Baltimore’s WBAL-TV reported. “There’s no crime plan, there’s no continuity and it’s just simply unacceptable that people are being shot and killed in the streets every single day, and people are fed up with it.”

“There’s no crime plan, there’s no continuity and it’s just simply unacceptable that people are being shot and killed in the streets every single day, and people are fed up with it.”

— Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks in Annapolis, Md., Jan. 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

Later Saturday, Mancuso doubled down after Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison addressed reporters at a Saturday news conference about the attack on the police sergeant.

“Clearly, the Commissioner did not fully appreciate the severity of the situation in which our brave Brother found himself, despite its blatancy,” Mancuso wrote in a statement. “He cannot treat our membership with disdain on a daily basis, then run to defend them when it suits his political agenda.”

To the mayor, Mancuso wrote: “Go have your walk on Pennsylvania Ave., spew your rhetoric about the failed crime plan, and tell everyone how tough you are on criminals. We all know the truth is that you are way in over your head! Attacking me is just another attempt to take the heat off your failed leadership.”

Earlier, Harrison had issued a statement saying he was “outraged” by the attack against the police sergeant and pledged that “Those involved will be identified and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Young wrote that the attack was “a reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers face on the job.”

“While we’re all thankful that the sergeant was not seriously injured, the situation could have easily turned more dangerous,” the mayor added in a separate message. He added that one arrest had been made and police were “actively searching for others.”

Mosby, 39, who became the state’s attorney for Baltimore in 2015, wrote that she too was “disgusted by the blatant assault against the police officer,” but she criticized the police union for being “relentlessly divisive” and accused it of “hypocritical finger-pointing.”

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Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks during a news conference Dec. 3, 2019, in Baltimore. (Associated Press)

“The same sense of outrage in this case should be expressed by the leaders of the police union when their officers are convicted of attempted murder, assault, and unlawful arrest against citizens,” Mosby wrote.

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In December, Mosby compiled a list of 305 city police officers, saying their credibility was in question, preventing them from being called as witnesses in criminal cases.

In 2016, Mosby drew sharp criticism for her work on the Freddie Gray case, in which six police officers were charged in connection with the death of Gray, a black detainee who died in the back of a police van in 2015.

Critics accused Mosby of rushing to announce charges against the officers, who were all ultimately cleared of wrongdoing.

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Virginia city official brings AR-15-style rifle to council meeting – triggering some colleagues

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A city official in Virginia showed support for the Second Amendment earlier this week by bringing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle to a city council meeting.

The move by Portsmouth Councilman Nathan Clark came as the council was to consider making the city a “Second Amendment Constitutional City” – placing it in symbolic opposition to gun-control efforts underway in the newly Democrat-controlled state Assembly.

The proposal, debated before a capacity audience in the council chambers, passed 4-3, according to the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

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Clark’s gesture also came as the state prepares for a controversial gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday in Richmond, the state capital.

But he apparently angered at least two members of the council in Portsmouth, an Atlantic coast city about 97 miles from Richmond.

The council critics said Clark should have told them in advance that he planned to bring the weapon – and one of them asked Clark to apologize for not doing so.

“It was a disgrace, disheartening and an embarrassment,” Vice Mayor Lisa Lucas-Burke wrote to the council Thursday, according to the newspaper. “Most of us were blindsided by the display.” Lucas-Burke was among three council members who voted against the “Constitutional City” designation. The others were Councilman Shannon Glover and Mayor John Rowe. Glover had complained of being blindsided by Clark’s gesture, the report said.

Another critic was Fred Guttenberg, father of one of the victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting in February 2018, who accused Clark of “open intimidation” and called on him to resign.

Clark told Norfolk’s WTKR-TV that he was looking to make a point about gun rights.

“I had a lot of people come and talk to me after it,” Clark told the station. “No one appeared intimidated. There [were] police officers that were there. They were aware that I had it.”

Others on the council were supportive of Clark’s stand.

“I do not believe that Council(man) Clark needs to apologize for exercising his right as a law enforcement officer to carry his weapon to a public meeting,” Councilman Bill Moody wrote, according to the Virginian-Pilot. “I can appreciate liberals’ knee jerk reactions but if they have a problem with the law they should use the system they now control to change it.”

Clark himself did not respond to the newspaper’s request for a comment. But the paper reported that Clark had issued a press release announcing his plan to bring the weapon to the meeting.

Meanwhile, Virginia’s gun owners received some support from President Trump on Friday. The president claimed in a Twitter message that the Second Amendment was “under very serious attack” in the commonwealth.

“That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats,” Trump wrote, “they will take your guns away.”

Earlier this week, Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, declared a state of emergency and said he was temporarily banning individuals from carrying firearms and other weapons on Capitol grounds ahead of the rally for fear of a repeat of the violence law enforcement was ill-prepared to deal with at another rally in Charlottesville more than two years ago.

Pro-gun activists have challenged that order.

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“The only anti-gun ppl you’ll see in Virginia on the 20th will be the government and they’ll have guns,” one Twitter user observed. “Think about that for a second.”

But a Richmond Circuit Court judge upheld Northam’s order, denying a lawsuit brought forth by the Virginia Citizens Defense League as well as Gunowners of America seeking an injunction against the Democratic governor’s ban.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this story.

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Soldier killed in Arizona ‘free fall’ exercise is 3rd military fatality from Chicago area in less than 2 weeks

U.S. Army officials have identified the soldier who was killed in Arizona on Tuesday during a “free fall” parachute training exercise.

Fort Bragg Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman, 36, from the Chicago suburb of Lansing, Ill., died near Eloy, Ariz., officials said.

Goodman had enlisted in the Army in 2002. His service included four deployments to Afghanistan, one to Iraq, two to Africa and one to Kyrgyzstan, Chicago’s WLS-TV reported.

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“Nathan was a beloved member of 3rd Special Forces Group and an exceptional leader in the Special Operations community,” Col. Nathan Prussian, commander of the 3rd Special Forces Group’s 2nd Battalion, said in a statement.

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Fort Bragg Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman, 36, from the Chicago suburb of Lansing, Ill., died Tuesday near Eloy, Ariz., officials said.

He became the third U.S. military fatality from the Chicago area in less than two weeks.

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Previously, Private First Class Miguel Villalon, 21, of Aurora, Ill., was one of two soldiers killed Saturday in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.

Earlier in January, Army Specialist Henry Mayfield Jr. of Hazel Crest, Ill., was among three Americans killed when Al-Shabab extremists attacked a base in Kenya where U.S. and Kenyan troops were stationed.

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LA City Council may ask MLB to declare Dodgers 2017, 2018 champs following Astros, Red Sox cheating probes

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost consecutive World Series titles to teams now linked to cheating scandals – so L.A. city officials may be going to bat for the hometown team.

City council members are reportedly drafting a resolution asking Major League Baseball to declare the Dodgers baseball’s top team of 2017 and 2018, and revoke the titles from the two teams that defeated the Dodgers – the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018.

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“This is an equity and justice thing,” L.A. Councilman Gil Cedillo told the Los Angeles Times. “Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating.”

“This is an equity and justice thing. Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating.”

— L.A. Councilman Gil Cedillo

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This week the Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, after MLB officials linked both men to a sign stealing operation.

“Neither one of them started this but neither one of them did anything about it,” Astros owner Jim Crane said Monday as he confirmed the terminations.

On Tuesday the Red Sox parted ways with Alex Cora, who was a bench coach for Houston during the 2017 World Series and then led Boston to the title in 2018.

MLB continues to investigate whether the Red Sox stole signs on their way to their championship.

Baseball executives have so far opted not to rescind the Houston and Boston championships or grant the titles to Los Angeles. But Cedillo said he believes a majority of the city’s council members will support the resolution that may be voted on as early as next week.

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager rounds the bases on his three-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Baltimore. (Associated Press)

“There has to be an acknowledgement the best team in baseball those two years was the Dodgers,” he said.

In 2017, Houston defeated the Dodgers, four games to three. The following year Boston defeated Los Angeles, four games to one.

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On Tuesday the Dodgers posted on Twitter that they would have no comment regarding the Astros situation.

“All clubs have been asked by Major League Baseball not to comment on today’s punishment of the Houston Astros as it’s inappropriate to comment on discipline imposed on another club,” the Dodgers wrote in a statement. “The Dodgers have also been asked not to comment on any wrongdoing during the 2017 World Series and will have no further comment at this time.”

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US mulls sending more missile-defense systems to Middle East: report

Just over a week after Iran fired 16 ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where U.S. troops were stationed, the Pentagon is considering sending more missile-defense systems and other capabilities to the Middle East, according to a report.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy discussed the proposals with reporters Wednesday at a meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Military.com reported.

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“They are a very capable enemy,” McCarthy said of Iran. “They have capabilities that can strike and hit Americans, so we are looking at additional capabilities that we could send to the region.”

“They are a very capable enemy. They have capabilities that can strike and hit Americans, so we are looking at additional capabilities that we could send to the region.”

— U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy

But McCarthy declined to be specific about exactly which technologies were under consideration.

“It could be a variety of enablers like missile defense, so we are looking at that,” he told the news outlet.

The attacks launched by Iran targeted the Al-Assad Air Base in Iraq as well as a separate base at Erbil. U.S. officials said 11 missiles struck Al-Assad, one struck Erbil and four missiles malfunctioned.

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No U.S. casualties were reported.

The missile strikes Jan. 7 were viewed as Iran’s response to a U.S. drone strike four days earlier in Baghdad that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has continued using strong rhetoric against the West in the aftermath of last week’s attacks.

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On Wednesday, Rouhani warned in a televised speech that European forces, in addition to U.S. troops, “could be in danger” after leaders of Britain, France and Germany initiated a so-called “dispute process” as spelled out in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal negotiated with the West during the Obama administration.

The European leaders have argued that Iran has been violating terms of the pact, which could lead to the restoration of U.N. sanctions against the country.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this story.

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