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Kurds announce deal with Assad after US withdrawal; Trump taunts Hunter Biden

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Russia brokers deal between Kurds and Damascus to stem Turkish offensive: report; Trump seeing ‘consensus’ in new sanctions on Turkey
Nearly a week after the U.S. announced its decision to pull out troops from northern Syria to make way for a Turkish incursion, Kurdish forces in the country have reportedly agreed to a new deal with Damascus in a desperate bid to face off against Ankara’s offensive. The New York Times reported that the deal– which was announced Sunday evening– would enable President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to attempt to regain a foothold in the country’s northeast. The Washington Post reported that the deal was reached after three days of negotiations between the Kurdish forces, Russian envoys and Damascus. Click here for more on our top story.

The latest development comes as at least nine people, including five civilians, were killed Sunday in Turkish airstrikes on a convoy in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian Kurdish officials. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper defended Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces and said the U.S. is urging Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to cease the aggression.

Esper said that roughly 1,000 troops will be withdrawing from the north of the country. A U.S. official told Fox News that forces will not be leaving the country altogether, but will be moving southward. Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Trump himself denounced getting involved in “endless wars” and talked up wide support in Washington in imposing news sanctions against Turkey.

‘Where’s Hunter?’ Trump asks, as Biden’s son promises not to work with foreign companies if father wins presidency in 2020
President Trump targeted Hunter Biden Sunday morning, implying that the son of former Vice President Joe Biden has disappeared — hours after Hunter Biden’s attorney announced his client is stepping down from the board of a Chinese company and vowed that he will not work with foreign companies if his father becomes president. “Where’s Hunter? He has totally disappeared!” Trump tweeted. Trump and his own attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have accused Hunter Biden of improperly benefiting from business dealings in China and Ukraine while Joe Biden was vice president.

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Mexico halts caravan of 2,000 migrants bound for US
A caravan of roughly 2,000 migrants bound for the United States was halted by Mexican authorities over the weekend only a few hours into their journey, according to officials. The caravan, which consisted of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America, left before dawn Saturday from Tapachula, a town in southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border, Reuters reported. About 24 miles into their journey, federal police and national guardsmen blocked their path. The abrupt halt of the caravan stood in stark contrast to last year when waves of U.S.-bound caravans – including one of at least 7,000 people – drew widespread media coverage while immigration officials on both sides of the border struggled to stem the flow.

China’s trade with US shrinks again in September
The trade war between the U.S. and China continues to take a toll on the Chinese economy and threatens to tip the global economy into recession. China’s trade with the United States fell by double digits again in September. Exports to the United States, China’s biggest foreign market, fell 17.8 percent to $36.5 billion, a deterioration from August’s 16 percent decline, customs data showed Monday. Imports of American goods sank 20.6 percent from the year before to $10.6 billion, a slight improvement over August’s 22 percent decline.

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Master Sgt. Mark Allen dies 10 years after being shot while searching for Army deserter Bergdahl
Retired Army Master Sgt. Mark Allen died on Saturday, 10 years after he was shot while looking for a missing soldier Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan back in 2009. He was 46. Allen was unable to walk or speak since being shot in the head by a sniper in July 2009 during his attempted search for Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan and was imprisoned by the Taliban for five years.

Bergdahl later pleaded guilty to desertion, misbehavior and endangering the lives of fellow soldiers, including Allen and was reduced in rank from sergeant to private and fined $1,000 per month over a ten-month period.
 
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In a special “Swamp Watch” on “The Next Revolution,” Steve Hilton points out that Joe and Hunter Biden continue to dodge an investigation of the family business dealings in Ukraine while Trump faces a formal impeachment inquiry.
 
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Changes to grueling Special Forces course draw scrutiny, there’s ‘balancing act’

CAMP MACKALL, N.C.–Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. It’s after midnight and a soldier is taking a risk by turning on his headlamp to find his way.

The overnight land navigation test is just one hurdle in the grueling, monthslong course to join the Army’s elite Special Forces, and using the light violates the rules. Just the night before, at least 20 commando hopefuls had either committed a disqualifying failure or given up in the drenching rain.

“We got a light!” barks an Army instructor from the front seat of his truck as he patrols the woods. Almost instantly the tiny white beacon goes out as the soldier spots the truck headlights and tries to escape detection.

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A soldier from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School plots his next movement while completing the Special Forces Assessment and Selection night land navigation course near Hoffman, N.C., on May 7, 2019. (Ken Kassens/U.S. Army via AP)

For the nearly 200 candidates scrambling through Hoffman Forest at Camp Mackall, the struggle to become a Green Beret is real. But Army commanders are making sweeping changes to shorten and revamp the course. The aim is to meet evolving national security threats and to shift from a culture that weeds out struggling soldiers at every point to one that trains them to do better.

The changes that are beginning now have led to resentment among some Special Forces that the brass wants to make it easier to pass the qualification course as a way to boost lagging recruiting numbers and ensure that women will eventually qualify. The fear, such critics say, is that Green Berets will become weaker and “dangerously less capable than ever before.”

Army leaders insist the changes reflect the military’s need to adapt to evolving security threats from Russia, China, Iran and others foes. They say the nearly two-year course had to be shortened, so some training will be done when soldiers get to their units, where it can be tailored to the specific needs of the region.

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A soldier from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School checks a compass while completing a land navigation course during Special Forces Assessment and Selection near Hoffman, N.C., May 7, 2019. (Ken Kassens/U.S. Army via AP)

“Today’s qualification course is for exactly the type of Green Beret we needed for 2008. It is not what we need for 2028,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, who until recently was commander of the Army Special Operations Center of Excellence, which includes all the Special Forces training. “We need to reestablish our forte, which is our ability to work with partner forces, developing their capabilities to provide an advantage for them and the United States against our adversaries — North Korea, Iran, and China and Russia.”

Sonntag and other commanders, current and former instructors and students at the Special Forces training base at Camp Mackall spoke with The Associated Press during a rare, two-day look at the course, including observation of the overnight land navigation test.

The more than 6,700 Army Green Berets are highly trained commandos who usually work in 12-person teams that are often used for specialized combat and counterterrorism operations and to train other nations’ forces in battle skills. About a dozen died in combat this year, mainly working with Afghan forces fighting the Taliban; others are training troops in up to 60 countries.

The changes were driven by discussions with senior leaders, including Maj. Gen. John Deedrick, commander of 1st Special Forces Command, who told Sonntag he wanted soldiers to come out of the course with solid basic skills that can be sharpened when they get to their units.

“If you try to make them an expert in everything, you’re gonna give me a Swiss Army knife that can do a little bit of everything but isn’t real good,” he said in an interview in his Fort Bragg office. “I’d prefer to have him very good at the basics and then let me tailor what he’s gonna do in the long run.”

The new course drops some training, shifts some around and eliminates gaps in the schedule. For example, language training will now come after soldiers graduate the course, becoming a skill to learn rather than one needed to pass to stay in the course.

Also, because the new Pentagon strategy is focused on threats from China and Russia rather than wars against insurgents, some counterterrorism skills will be tailored to specific regions and taught after soldiers are in their units.

Senior Army leaders endorse the changes.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Sonntag “really grinded through this to make adjustments to the course to make it more effective and streamline the amount of time they’re in the schoolhouse” so they get to their assigned units more quickly. The new training, he said, will be more relevant to current threats.

The changes, however, caused an uproar among some instructors in the Special Forces community.

In a lengthy and anonymous 2017 email, a Green Beret instructor argued that “career-focused leaders” have eroded standards in the qualification course in order to meet graduation quotas. The email charged that allowing women to compete for special operations jobs was also responsible because commanders want to “markedly lower the standards enough to ensure that any woman attempting this path will have absolutely no issue achieving it.”

It complained that soldiers who failed a skill or fitness test weren’t weeded out, but allowed to continue or given a second chance.

The path to becoming a Green Beret consists of several phases, beginning with a grueling assessment and selection phase where commanders believe they can identify soldiers who cannot make the grade or do not belong. The bulk of those who try out fail. Some who get injured or fail are allowed to return and try again.

In the 2019 budget year, more than 3,000 soldiers showed up for the assessment phase, with 936 passing and going on to the qualification course. Of those, about 70 percent graduated and donned the Green Beret.

Sonntag said unqualified troops should be dropped. But that once soldiers make it through the assessment phase, the focus should be on training them to meet the standards.

Former instructors told The Associated Press that the course has changed often over the decades. Chris Zets, a retired Green Beret who worked as a course instructor, said the attrition rate shot up in recent years as the training expanded and instructors added more intermittent fitness tests and requirements. Commanders, including Sonntag, were asked to figure out why.

“You can ratchet it up and up and up and up to the point where you don’t graduate anybody and nobody volunteers to come here,” said Zets, who went through the course in 1979. “So, yeah, we’ve increased the standards, but then you don’t have anybody going to the force. So there’s a balancing act.”

Under the new program, once soldiers pass the assessment phase, they move to small unit tactics and survival training, then four months of more specialized job instruction, and then six weeks of exercises and other training before graduation.

“I want somebody physically fit, culturally astute, morally straight, understands small unit tactics and how to apply that with a partner force. And someone who can problem solve. You give me that raw material coming out of the course and we’ll do just fine,” said Deedrick, the commander of 1st Special Forces Command.

Others, however, say the uproar over the changes was a troubling sign.

“The danger of one unqualified officer making it through to command a Special Forces team is a balance that requires difficult choices,” said retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, a former Special Forces commander. He said some instructors were concerned with exceptions being made for some soldiers in the course. “If they are concerned, I am concerned,” he said.

And, he said, the fact that they resorted to an anonymous email suggested they feared retribution or did not feel comfortable going to leadership.

In fact, several instructors associated with the email posting ended up facing discipline or getting forced out — triggering charges that Sonntag sought revenge for the criticism.

Senior Army officials said a board of inquiry into Sonntag’s actions cleared him of any wrongdoing. In all but one case, officials and internal documents say, the soldiers were disciplined for infractions unrelated to the email, ranging from assault and travel fraud to being absent without leave and using government computers to promote a personal online business.

One soldier was charged with writing the email, lying about it and using his job to promote a personal business, the internal document said.

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Officials, however, also acknowledge there were lingering concerns about Sonntag fostering a toxic command climate and failing to communicate well enough with the troops about the changes in the course. While he was cleared of wrongdoing, Sonntag was not promoted and instead has decided to retire, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel issues.

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Master Sgt. Mark Allen dies 10 years after being shot while searching for Army deserter

Retired Army Master Sgt. Mark Allen died on Saturday, 10 years after he was shot while looking for a missing soldier in Afghanistan back in 2009. He was 46.

Allen was unable to walk or speak since being shot in the head by a sniper in July 2009 during his attempted search for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan and was imprisoned by the Taliban for five years.

BERGDAHL DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED, NO JAIL TIME AFTER EMOTIONAL TRIAL

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Sgt. Mark Allen has died 10 years after he was shot while looking for then Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who went missing in Afghanistan back in 2009. (U.S. Army)

Bergdahl later pled guilty and was dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank from sergeant to private and fined $1,000 per month over a ten-month period for deserting his post and endangering the lives of fellow soldiers, including Allen.

When Bergdahl was traded for five Taliban prisoners and brought home, Shannon Allen, Mark’s wife didn’t hold back her feelings for how he changed their family forever.

“Meet my husband,” she wrote on Facebook, “injuries directly brought to you by the actions of this traitor.”

Donald Trump also expressed his disdain towards the prisoner transfer of Bergdahl, calling the decision “a complete” and “total disgrace to our country and our Military.”

During the trial of Bergdahl, Shannon testified that it took 90 minutes to get her husband out of bed, showered and dressed each morning. She had to use a pulley system, which was attached to the ceiling to move him, according to Task & Purpose.

Mark’s young daughter also enjoyed climbing into his wheelchair and sitting on his lap, Shannon told the outlet.

DAUGHTER OF VET WHO DIED IN VA HOSPITAL UNDER SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES SPEAKS OUT, ‘STILL WAITING’ FOR ANSWERS

U.S. Veterans’ Network posted a tribute, calling Allen “a true American hero.”

“MSG Mark Allen, a true American hero. Thank you for your service brother. We’ll take it from here,” the network posted on Facebook.

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His service will be held in Loganville, Georgia on Oct. 17 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Marine walks more than 800 miles around Lake Michigan in 42 days to raise awareness for veteran suicide

In the last month, a Michigan Marine veteran has been raising awareness for veteran suicide after the loss of one of his brothers.

Travis Snyder completed walking more than 800 miles in 42 days around Lake Michigan – walking close to 25 miles a day.

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As the issue to help veterans returning from combat and keep them from committing suicide is growing nationwide, Snyder said his mission is to be a healer and do his part for the greater good.

“It’s never wrong to run on faith and take a chance on something, especially if you believe in that,” Snyder told FOX 17 at the start of the mission. “For those that are following and have been a part of this journey with me, if you are hurting, I want them to know that they have a purpose. They have a reason to stay. They are needed. They’re wanted and they’re loved.”

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Snyder, who served in Afghanistan as a corporal from October 2017 to April 2018, chronicled his journey on his Facebook page.

“I’m still getting messages and phone calls from people who just want to talk and share their story,” Snyder told ABC News. “Just when I think I understand the magnitude, I learn more.”

On Monday, he arrived in Manistee accompanied by three fellow Marines and a small crowd of supporters who walked the last few miles with him.

In his final post, he wrote: “This is our main objective; to bring a light to a situation that needs answers, and needs attention. You and I are to be that light, and to help those that are combating those challenges everyday. Together, we will make a tremendous difference.”

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Marine walks more than 800 miles around Lake Michigan in 42 days to raise awareness for veteran suicide

In the last month, a Michigan Marine veteran has been raising awareness for veteran suicide after the loss of one of his brothers.

Travis Snyder completed walking more than 800 miles in 42 days around Lake Michigan – walking close to 25 miles a day.

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As the issue to help veterans returning from combat and keep them from committing suicide is growing nationwide, Snyder said his mission is to be a healer and do his part for the greater good.

“It’s never wrong to run on faith and take a chance on something, especially if you believe in that,” Snyder told FOX 17 at the start of the mission. “For those that are following and have been a part of this journey with me, if you are hurting, I want them to know that they have a purpose. They have a reason to stay. They are needed. They’re wanted and they’re loved.”

AIRMAN SETS WORLD RECORD WITH 551-POUND BENCH PRESS: ‘HUMBLE AND GRATEFUL’

Snyder, who served in Afghanistan as a corporal from October 2017 to April 2018, chronicled his journey on his Facebook page.

“I’m still getting messages and phone calls from people who just want to talk and share their story,” Snyder told ABC News. “Just when I think I understand the magnitude, I learn more.”

On Monday, he arrived in Manistee accompanied by three fellow Marines and a small crowd of supporters who walked the last few miles with him.

In his final post, he wrote: “This is our main objective; to bring a light to a situation that needs answers, and needs attention. You and I are to be that light, and to help those that are combating those challenges everyday. Together, we will make a tremendous difference.”

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Alabama girl, 3, vanishes at birthday party, Amber Alert sent as police identify possible kidnapping suspect

A 3-year-old girl in Alabama mysteriously vanished while attending a birthday party over the weekend and police have identified a possible suspect in the child’s kidnapping.

Birmingham police issued an Amber Alert for Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who was last seen playing with other children during an outdoor birthday party at Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night,

She is considered to be in “extreme danger.”

ALABAMA SHERIFF SAYS ‘EVIL’ INVOLVED AFTER ARRESTING MOM IN MURDER OF 2 BOYS

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(Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, 3, was last seen playing with other children during an outdoor birthday party at Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night when she suddenly vanished, Birmingham police said.)

According to police, Kamille may have been taken by a black male and white female driving a dark-colored SUV. The suspects are said to be driving a blue 2001-2006 Toyota Sequoia with beige trim. They were originally believed to be driving a Toyota 4-Runner.

Police released new photos on Sunday night of a possible suspect. They believe the kidnapping isn’t related to a custodial issue.

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The suspect wanted in the kidnapping of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney (Birmingham Police Department)

“We still have hot leads right now and we’re following up on those as we speak,” Birmingham police department deputy chief Scott Praytor told ABC News on Sunday. “We want to find Kamille as quick as possible and we want to get her back to her family and that’s our priority.”

The father of Kamille, 27-year-old Dominic McKinney told AL.com that he just wants his “Cupcake” back.

AMBER ALERT IN ALABAMA FOR GIRL, 3, ABDUCTED AT BIRTHDAY PARTY

“I just want my daughter back. I’ll pay anything, I’ll put up anything,’’ he said. “Everybody knows Cupcake and I’ll do anything to bring that baby back home.”

Dominic added that he named his daughter Cupcake because “when she came out, she was all cute and red with little brown eyes and I said, ‘That’s my cupcake.’”

Witnesses at the party last saw the child wearing a pink T-shirt with a Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shoes and she had yellow, white and blue bows in her hair. Police say she has brown eyes, black hair, is about 3 feet tall and weighs approximately 60 pounds.

Birmingham Deputy Chief Scott Praytor told Al.com that investigators are asking any homes or businesses in the Avondale area near the Tom Brown Village public housing complex to share surveillance camera footage with authorities.

“Of all the resources that we have at our disposal, there’s nothing more important than the community,” he told ABC News. “We’ve had cases that have been broken by people that didn’t think they saw anything until they came forward and told us what they knew.”

MISSING UTAH WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN CAR, FAMILY SAYS

“They didn’t know it was a valuable piece of the puzzle. So you may think you don’t know anything about it, but you may have the piece that we’re looking for. We want all the information.”

The Housing Authority where the child was last seen also released a statement regarding the ongoing search for her.

“We can’t imagine what little Kamille’s family is going through at this moment. We’d like her family to know that they are in our thoughts and we pray this unimaginable situation will end very soon with the safe return of their little girl. HABD expresses gratitude to the public and media for sharing this story to help spread the word about the child’s abduction,” the statement said. “Staff have been working on site at Tom Brown Village to locate the child and HABD will continue to do anything we can to assist [the] police.”

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Investigators say anyone with information regarding this missing child should contact the Birmingham Police Department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Florida woman’s arm, foot severed by plane propeller: police  

A Florida woman lost her arm and foot after getting off a private plane at Key West International Airport on Saturday, police said.

The woman, whose identity was not released, was hit by the plane’s propeller at the Key West International Airport around 8:45 p.m., the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

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Police say the propeller of a plane at Key West International Airport took off a woman’s arm and foot on Saturday.  (Facebook)

Authorities said the woman and pilot were preparing to taxi in the private plane and it “would not move or was having some other unknown mechanical issue.”

The pilot got out to see if the blocks beneath the airplane tires were still in place. The female passenger then exited and was hit by the propeller while walking in front of the plane, police said.

MAN’S FOOT SEVERED IN HORRIFIC MOTORCYCLE CRASH REATTACHED DURING 7-HOUR SURGERY

Florida Highway Patrol said the passenger was taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island before being flown in stable condition to the Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. Her condition was unknown on Sunday.

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The exact reasons why the plane would not take off were unclear. Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pennsylvania home had 85 cats living in ‘deplorable conditions,’ most with untreated wounds and fleas: reports

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An animal shelter pulled 87 pets from a Pennsylvania home earlier this month after authorities deemed the house unfit for human occupancy, according to reports.

Brandywine Valley SPCA, a no-kill admission shelter, said animal protective services officers removed the pets from the Phoenixville home over two days. Phoenixville is about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Officials cited by Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV said the floor of the home was covered in feces, while most of the cats had fleas and ear mites. Others reportedly had untreated wounds.

An underweight dog, meanwhile, was found with a skin disease that left half of her hairless, officials said. The dog was also blind and suffering from a dental disease that will require a full teeth extraction, the Ashbury Park Press reported.

SPCA said the cats were found to have been socialized. The healthiest found among them would be ready for adoption as early as Thursday, they said.

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“This is a very unfortunate situation of a well-meaning cat lover getting in over her head and not reaching out for help,” said Adam Lamb, SPCA’s CEO. “There’s no excuse for animals to suffer in conditions like this. We need the community to know we’re here to help, and we depend on neighbors, relatives, and friends to report circumstances of concern before conditions get this bad.”

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Animal protective services said they will file charges against the three people living at the Phoenixville home.

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Texas man arrested for threatening San Antonio mayor 14 times in 2 days on Facebook

A Texas man was arrested Friday on charges that he sent more than a dozen threatening messages to San Antonio’s mayor over two days, leading the mayor’s staff to believe the man could be “the next mass shooter,” according to a warrant affidavit.

Adam Thomas Converse, 25, is facing charges of making a terroristic threat to a public servant and resisting arrest, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

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Police say Adam Thomas Converse resisted arrest when officers tried to detain him earlier this month. (Bexar County Central Records)

According to a warrant affidavit cited by the paper, Converse sent at least 14 threatening messages to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg through Facebook Messenger on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5.

“It would be nicer to leave you all dead with no hope of life after death … I want to see people dead,” one of the messages reportedly said.

“People will lose hands, arms, feet, and heads. Don’t even try me,” read another, according to the affidavit.

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Nirenberg’s communications director reported the messages to police, saying that “his office feared (Converse) could be the next mass shooter based on his comments.”

Officers from San Antonio’s Mental Health Unit went to Converse’s residence on Oct. 5 and saw him walk out with a machete on his belt loop, the Express-News reported.

The affidavit said Converse told officers “he was a contract assassin with the government and if he had a license to kill, he would kill people.”

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Police said Converse resisted arrest when officers tried to detain him. He was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation and later arrested.

Nirenberg’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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South Carolina police officer saves choking 4-month-old baby, dramatic bodycam video shows

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A South Carolina police officer is being hailed as a hero after a dramatic body camera video showed how his actions helped save a choking 4-month-old infant.

Cpl. Derrall Foster of the Belton Police Department said he arrived at the scene on Oct. 4 to find neighbors waving him down in a panic, Fox Carolina reported.

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A baby named Maryelle had stopped breathing after choking on a Tylenol her mother, Kiersten Nivens, administered to help the infant’s teething. The desperate mother had run outside for help after her phone battery died.

“She was not blue yet, but she was not breathing,” Foster told the station. “She was very limp. I saw my 2-year-old as if it were her, and I knew we had to take care of the situation.”

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Video shows Foster performing a modified version of chest compressions for infants, tapping her back to dislodge the medicine from her throat. But the child wasn’t responding and appeared lethargic, he told the station.

Foster didn’t give up and continued to pat her back multiple times until he heard the perfect sound: Maryelle’s cry.

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“Oh God it was very relieving,” Foster said. “I’m just doing my job. That’s all I was doing.”

After the scare, Nivens told the station she was thankful for Foster and all the first responders who helped her child.

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