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Canadian man sentenced to life in Flint airport attack, says he ‘regrets’ not killing cop

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A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan police officer while yelling “God is great” in Arabic was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, after boldly declaring that he only regretted not having a machine gun during the knife attack.

Amor Ftouhi’s statements stunned U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman, who said he’d been “wrestling very hard” with a decision about whether to allow the Tunisia native a chance to someday be released from prison.

Leitman said the remarks “persuaded me beyond any shadow of a doubt” that a life term was appropriate for the 51-year-old Ftouhi, who moved to Montreal in 2007.

“He was crystal clear today: If he had the opportunity to kill more people, he would,” the judge said.

Ftouhi drove 1,000 miles from Montreal to the airport in Flint, Michigan, where he repeatedly stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck in June 2017.

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Amor Ftouhi. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Investigators said Ftouhi wanted to take Neville’s gun and start shooting people at Bishop Airport. Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, N.Y., and arrived in Flint five days later. He tried but failed to buy a gun at a gun show and instead bought a large knife.

“Do I regret what I did? Never,” Ftouhi told the judge inside a federal courtroom in Flint. “I regret I didn’t get that machine gun. I regret I didn’t kill that cop.”

Ftouhi said he had a good education and many skills but felt discrimination in Canada because he wasn’t a white Christian. He pledged allegiance to his Muslim faith and said western countries and Arabic countries should be cursed if they “don’t rule according to Allah.”

He was convicted in November of terrorism and two other crimes.

Neville survived the attack but has lost feeling on the right side of his face. He retired from the airport police department because of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Police officers gather at Bishop International Airport following the June 21, 2017 attack. (Dominic Adams/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

“He picked the wrong Americans to attack that day,” Neville told Leitman, referring to fellow officers and witnesses who saved him and pounced on Ftouhi. “He should never walk the streets as a free man again.”

Ftouhi’s attorney, Joan Morgan, argued for a 25-year prison sentence in solitary confinement, saying it would effectively be a life term because of Ftouhi’s age. The judge praised Morgan’s work but repeatedly challenged her over the recommendation, especially after Ftouhi’s courtroom remarks.

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Morgan said Ftouhi’s mental health had deteriorated at the time of the attack and has slipped even further during 22 months in custody awaiting trial and sentencing.

“People change. … He is more than what his actions were,” Morgan said.

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The Latest: Officer’s partner explains why he didn’t shoot

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The Latest on the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911 (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

The partner of a former Minneapolis cop charged in the shooting death of an unarmed woman is explaining why he didn’t shoot when the woman approached the officers’ squad car.

Matthew Harrity testified Thursday at the trial of Mohamed Noor, who faces murder and manslaughter charges in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor shot the dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia minutes after she summoned officers with a 911 call about a possible sexual assault behind her home.

Harrity was driving their squad car. He described hearing a thump on the vehicle that startled him and being aware of a presence on his left. He testified he was still trying to make sense of the situation when Noor shot Damond.

Pressed by prosecutor Amy Sweasy, Harrity said his training was not to shoot without knowing what a target was and analyzing the threat. He said he had not yet made that analysis.

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4:55 p.m.

The partner of a Minneapolis police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed woman says he “loved” working with the accused former officer and felt he always had his back.

Matthew Harrity is a key witness in Mohamed Noor’s trial in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor shot and killed the dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia when she approached the officers’ car just minutes after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Harrity said he feared for his life after hearing a thump on the officers’ car that made him think of an ambush. Both officers pulled their guns but only Noor fired.

Harrity cried at points during his testimony and said that he and Noor had worked well together. He said, “I loved working with Officer Noor.”

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4:40 p.m.

The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman is explaining why he didn’t tell other officers at the scene about a thump on the officers’ squad car he says he heard right before the shooting.

Officer Matthew Harrity is a key witness at the murder and manslaughter trial of Mohamed Noor. Noor fired a single shot in July 2017 that killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond, when she approached the officers’ squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape behind her home.

Harrity testified Thursday that he feared an ambush after hearing the thump. In explaining why he didn’t mention the thump in the aftermath of the shooting, Harrity said he was required to give only a brief public safety statement at the scene.

Harrity says he knew from training that he would be giving a full statement in days to come.

Ruszczyk Damond was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia and her death sparked anger in both countries. Noor was fired from the Minneapolis police force after being charged in her death.

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12:50 p.m.

The partner of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman says he was startled by a thump on the officers’ squad car and feared a possible ambush.

Officer Matthew Harrity is a key witness at the trial of Mohamed Noor. Noor killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond with a single shot as she approached the officers’ squad car in July 2017. Damond was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Defense attorneys have said Noor was reacting to a noise and feared an ambush when he fired his weapon.

Harrity was driving the police SUV. In his testimony Thursday, he described a glimpse of something to his left, then hearing something hitting the car and “some sort of murmur.”

He said he immediately drew his gun. Harrity said that’s when Noor fired.

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11:27 a.m.

The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape near her home is describing the moments before the shooting.

Officer Matthew Harrity is a critical witness in the trial of Mohamed Noor. Noor killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond with a single shot as she approached the officers’ squad car in July 2017.

Harrity testified Thursday that he and Noor were rolling down the alley behind Damond’s house searching for anything related to the 911 call of a woman in trouble. Harrity testified he had pulled the hood off his gun’s holster in case he needed to draw it.

Asked why, Harrity said he considers every call a threat until it’s not.

His testimony is continuing.

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IPO mania: Zoom zooms, Pinterest pins down Wall Street

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There’s some tech jubilance in the air on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley as a pair of newly public companies — Zoom and Pinterest — are seeing their stocks soar in their market debuts. Zoom Video Communications soared 72% while Pinterest jumped 28% when they started trading. The strong initial performances might reassure investors with jittery nerves following Lyft’s disappointing start less than a month ago.

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National Enquirer being sold to former newsstand mogul

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News. Tabloid owner American Media say it is selling the supermarket weekly to James Cohen, the former head of newsstand retailer Hudson News. The deal comes after a rocky year for the tabloid in which it was caught up in a federal probe of illegal campaign contributions to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

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Commission: New NAFTA would deliver modest economic gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new North America trade agreement would give the U.S. economy only a modest boost, an independent federal agency reports. The International Trade Commission says that Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement would lift the U.S. economy by 0.35%, or $68.2 billion, and add 176,000 jobs six years after it takes effect.

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Musk, SEC get another week to reach deal in contempt case

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators are getting another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. Both sides say in a letter filed Thursday with a federal court in New York that they talked for over an hour this week and are continuing to discuss an agreement. District Judge Alison Nathan granted the request to talk until April 25.

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US retail sales soared 1.6% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped. The Commerce Department says that sales increased a seasonally adjusted 1.6% from February, the strongest increase since September 2017. The gains mark a sharp rebound from a lackluster period of sales dating back to December. It’s a sign that the healthy job market has likely made consumers more eager to spend in ways that boost overall economic growth.

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Americans’ energy use surges despite climate change concern

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are burning a record amount of energy, led by a boom in natural gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says U.S. use of fuels jumped last year by the biggest amount in eight years. That’s despite increasingly urgent warnings from scientists on fossil fuel emissions and climate change.

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New Mexico panel surprises Facebook with $39M utility bill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful regulatory authority in New Mexico is requiring the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction. The Albuquerque Journal reports the Public Regulation Commission’s Tuesday orders Public Service Company of New Mexico to charge Facebook for nearly half the cost of the $85 million transmission project for its New Mexico data center that opened this year. Facebook says the ruling could affect its long-term operations in the state.

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Dubai arena is latest project unveiled despite weaker growth

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai gave an early look this week into its latest megaproject, an arena in the heart of a super luxe shopping and dining destination. Projects like it represent Dubai’s ambitions for the future, but the sheer scale of the developments are fueling concerns of an oversupply in the market amid an economic slowdown.

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Rabbis: ‘Not kosher’ to buy at grocery store during strike

BOSTON (AP) — New England rabbis are advising their congregations not to cross picket lines to get their Passover food at Stop & Shop supermarkets, which have deep roots in the local Jewish community. One Boston rabbi said it’s “not kosher” to purchase “products of oppressed labor.” More than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers walked off the job over what they say is an unfair contract offer, a claim the company disputes. A grocery analyst said the chain has the highest sales of kosher products among local stores.

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US stocks cap holiday shortened week with modest gains

NEW YORK (AP) — The major U.S. stock indexes capped a holiday shortened week with slight gains Thursday, reversing some of the modest losses from a day earlier. The marginal upward move was not enough to keep the benchmark S&P 500 index from snapping a string of three straight weekly gains. Industrial stocks paved the way higher as traders welcomed solid earnings, offsetting losses by financial and energy stocks. Pinterest and Zoom Video Communications soared on their first day of trading.

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The S&P 500 gained 4.58 points, or 0.2%, to 2,905.03. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 110 points, or 0.4%, to 26,559.54. The Nasdaq composite inched 1.98 points higher, or less than 0.1%, to 7,998.06. The Russell 2000 index of small-cap dropped 1.85 points, or 0.1%, to 1,565.75.

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Doctor: Tennessee church shooting suspect has mental illness

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A psychiatrist has identified mental illnesses in the man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Tennessee church in 2017.

According to The Tennessean , a defense attorney read report excerpts about 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson in a Nashville court Wednesday.

The psychiatrist diagnosed Samson with “schizoaffective disorder bipolar type” and post-traumatic stress disorder after an abusive, violent upbringing.

He found Samson heard voices, hallucinated and had intense mood swings, with “delusional beliefs” about predicting the future and controlling people with his mind.

He determined Samson’s mental disease drove his actions in the Nashville shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. He couldn’t say if the insanity defense legal standard was met.

Prosecutors have said they’re seeking life without parole for Samson, who faces first-degree murder and other charges.

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Golfer attacked by bobcat in Connecticut: authorities

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A golfer in Connecticut was taken to the hospital on Thursday after enduring a bobcat attack on the course, officials said.

The episode happened around 8:30 a.m. at the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Baltic, Conn., the state’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) said in a news release.

“Another member of the golfer’s team was able to drive the bobcat off,” officials said.

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The injured individual, whose “condition is unknown,” was taken for medical treatment after sustaining lacerations, DEEP said.

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A golfer in Connecticut was taken to the hospital on Thursday after enduring a bobcat attack at the course, officials said. (iStock)

Following the incident, DEEP Environmental Conservation Police managed to locate the bobcat and humanely euthanized it, according to officials. The animal was taken to UConn Medical Lab for testing, they added.

The animal is also being eyed in an attack on a horse earlier in the morning, officials said. The horse is under the care of a veterinarian after it was cut on its neck and eye.

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“DEEP believes this bobcat is the one involved in both attacks this morning,” the news release said.

The department went on to describe the “shy secretive” nature of bobcats, adding that “attacks on humans are extremely rare.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man accused of bringing gas cans to St. Patrick’s Cathedral is college professor, was previously arrested at another cathedral

The man who allegedly brought gas cans and lighter fluid into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City has taught philosophy at different colleges in New York and New Jersey, school officials said.

Marc Lamparello, 37, was arrested on Wednesday night and was charged with attempted arson and reckless endangerment. He was taken into custody after a security guard at the cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan spotted him.

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He was cooperative but acted evasively, the New York Police Department said. Lamparello allegedly told officers that he was “cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue” and that “his car ran out of gas,” police said. But when police reportedly checked the man’s minivan, it’s gas tank wasn’t empty.

John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said surveillance camera footage showed Lamparello circling St. Patrick’s several times in a minivan well over an hour before he parked outside the cathedral on Fifth Avenue, walked around the area, returned to his vehicle, and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid.

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Marc Lamparello, 37, was arrested on Wednesday after he was caught was gasoline and lighter fluid at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The incident at the cathedral came two days after Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was ravaged by a fire that investigators said Thursday was most likely electrical. After Lamparello’s arrest, police said there “doesn’t appear to be any connection to any terrorist group or any terrorist-related intent here.”

Lamparello was also arrested on Monday in Newark, New Jersey after he allegedly wouldn’t leave the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart at closing time after a late Mass.

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The man was calm and respectful to officers but was adamant about not leaving the cathedral, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.

“He said, ‘This is a house of God, it should be open, I’m not leaving. You’ll have to lock me up,'” Sheriff Armando Fontoura said.

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Lamparello has worked as a part-time online instructor at Lehman College in New York, and taught philosophy as a part-time adjunct instructor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, both schools confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.

Brooklyn College said in a statement that because Lamparello is a PhD student at the College of New York’s Graduate Center, he is required to teach a course on campus, and was assigned to the school.

Sarah Ramsey, a spokesperson for Lehman, said the school is aware of what happened at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and is “taking appropriate steps to terminate the individual’s employment with the college,” while Seton Hall said Lamparella is no longer working with the university, as their “top priority is the education and welfare of our students and the entire campus community.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man charged with killing wife last seen 4 decades ago

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A man was charged Thursday with killing his wife nearly 40 years ago and plotting to murder a suburban Philadelphia police sergeant who investigated the case in the 1980s.

William W. Korzon, of East Prospect, Pennsylvania, was charged with criminal homicide in the death of Gloria Korzon, who has not been seen or heard from since 1981.

William Korzon, 76, who is known as Bill, was jailed after being arraigned at district court in Jamison, and court workers said no attorney appeared for him at the hearing. He was also charged with solicitation to commit criminal homicide, forgery and perjury.

He denied killing Gloria Korzon after the arraignment.

As he was led from the courthouse Thursday, he told reporters “she went to Florida” and that he has no idea where her body is.

Gloria Korzon, who would be 75 years old, was declared dead in 1997.

Gloria Korzon’s brother, Ralph Kidder, of Springfield, Massachusetts, said the arrest gave him hope.

“It’s been a long time waiting to have justice,” Kidder said Thursday. “Until we find out what happened and where she is, it’s still not going to be put to rest. This is a step in the right direction, but until we absolutely know, it’s still not over.”

A police affidavit said Korzon repeatedly abused his wife over many years. Kidder said the couple met while working at an electronics plant in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

About a year after their 1967 marriage in Massachusetts, he was committed to a psychiatric facility following an arrest on charges he threatened to kill her.

The abuse continued after the couple moved to Pennsylvania in 1968, police said in the affidavit. The couple had no children.

“During these incidents of domestic violence, Gloria suffered multiple injuries, including a broken arm, a broken collarbone, damage to her nasal bone and a black eye. Many of these injuries required hospitalizations,” police said. Gloria Korzon documented the abuse in letters to her attorney.

Gloria Korzon was last seen working at an electronics plant in the Philadelphia suburb of Horsham on March 6, 1981. A few days later, police said, Bill Korzon told her employer to terminate her because of mental and physical health problems, retrieved her belongings and directed that her last paycheck be mailed to their home.

“In the months and years following Gloria’s disappearance, Bill Korzon engaged in a series of actions to lie, conceal and profit from it,” police said.

He allegedly forged her signatures on two checks in 1981 and filed a joint tax return months after she disappeared, police said.

A tenant who lived in the Korzon home in 1981 told police five years later that Korzon had asked him to help ambush and kill a Warrington Township Police sergeant who was investigating Gloria Korzon’s disappearance, the charging documents allege.

The Bucks County Courier Times said police dug up the Korzon home’s yard in 1986, but found only the remains of a dog.

Police said that Korzon told them earlier this year he had battered his wife for years, including breaking her collar bone.

“Korzon further admitted that following the date that Gloria was last seen alive, he forged Gloria’s final paycheck, credit union check and tax return so that he could illegally access Gloria’s money,” the affidavit said. “He further admitted to having perjured himself during a 1988 Orphan’s Court hearing that he initiated, in order to determine what percentage of property he was entitled to from Gloria’s estate.”

During the police interview this year, investigators say, Korzon admitting signing a 1981 Mother’s Day card in Gloria Korzon’s name and sending it to her mother to make her think her daughter was still alive.

He’s also alleged to have asked investigators this year: “Did you find the body?”

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Veterans to return to Normandy for first time for 75th anniversary of D-Day

With each passing day, hundreds of World War II veterans are laid to rest – but, their stories of sacrifice, resilience and victory are forever etched in American history.

As the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches, organizations like Forever Young, help ensure that the Greatest Generation is never forgotten. The group is sending more than a dozen veterans to France to revisit the place where they gave up so much.

“Their stories of sacrifice are so important. If they’re not told then they’re gone forever,” Forever Young founder Diane Hight said. “We just care about these men and women and we want to give back to them. We want to honor them.”

Onofrio “No-No” Zicari, from Geneva, New York was just 21 when he waded through the water onto Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 before getting pinned down by gunfire.

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“We had the beach secured,” No-No recalled. “We had to go down and clean up the bodies on the beaches because we had new troops coming in. I told them I’m not going to touch anybody, I’ll pick up the equipment but I’m not touching no soldiers … but they were picking up the bodies and throwing them on this pick-up truck and they were bringing them up to wherever they were going to be buried.”

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Onofrio “No-No” Zicari, 96, stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day during World War II. (Ben Brown/Fox News)

“Father Flannagan was there giving the last rites to the boys and he was crying, tears coming down and he was mad, real mad. He says, ‘You take my boys and you lay them down. You don’t pile them on top of one another. You lay them down, they’re my boys,’” he added. “’To this day, I get emotionally upset every time I think about that.”

Now at 96, for the first time since the war, No-No will travel back to France where he will get the chance to visit the gravesites of some of his fallen comrades and the hopes of finding closure.

“I wanted to go back almost every year. I wanted to go back then I changed my mind,” No-No told Fox News. “What do I want to go back for? And then my lady friend Diane, she says you should go back.”

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No-No said it was during a cruise with Diane, who also acts as his caretaker, that he experienced a moment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“We were on this little craft, and more or less just circling around and I smelled that diesel oil and I flinch and she says, ‘What’s the matter?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know. I’m having a flashback.’ I broke out in a cold sweat. I smelled that diesel oil and I was back in Normandy,” Zicari said.

The 96-year-old never had the funds to return to where he had fought at such a young age and needed his caretaker to accompany him if he were to ever make the more than 12-hour flight.

“We don’t usually raise money for caregivers or family members because it’s hard enough raising money for the veterans and the medical team … But I just had to do this. It is important to me for him to go,” Hight said.

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Forever Young raised about $12,000 to send Zicari and his caretaker back to Europe for the anniversary in June, along with the funds to help send roughly 15 other veterans including 102-year-old Major Wooten, who served as a private during WWII.

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Major Wooten, 102, served as a private in World War II repairing railroad and hospital cars to help support the front lines. (Hannah Pruett/Euphoria Photography)

“It’s going to bring back memories. Of course, I know things won’t look the same, but it’s going to be the same for me,” Wooten told Fox News.

Wooten is one of 12 children and served in the war along with three of his brothers – one of whom was killed in battle. He worked on repairing the railroad and hospital cars that had been bombed so they could help get supplies to the front lines.

The war hero hopes to reunite with a little girl named Rosemary, who he met during his time overseas.

“She was everybody’s sweetheart. I just wonder if she’s still living now,” Wooten said. “I would like to see her when we go back over there. All we had to give her was candy, I’ll never forget that girl.”

Frank Blazich, lead curator of military history at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History underscored the importance of remembering those who served as “approximately 250 veterans are passing away each day.”

“The last figure I saw was that there were 496,000 I believe alive in 2018. So, it is highly likely at this point we have at we’re around 400,000 or less World War II veterans. I think by say 2030 or 2036 we’ll be fortunate if we even have a thousand left alive,” Blazich said. “It’s imperative we try and save their oral histories and save the context of what they experienced and the changes that they experienced to better comprehend the present and hopefully shape our future.”

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There are very few moments in American history where a single day transformed the nation, but June 6, 1944 “is one of those moments,” Blazich told Fox News.

“The way to think about it is kind of a counterfactual. If the landing had not succeeded, what wouldn’t have happened in American history? And that gives hopefully pause to say, ‘well would Eisenhower have become president? Would the United States have become the leader of the democratic world and really the leader of the world the free world if you will?’”

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Partner of accused ex-cop: Feared ambush before woman shot

The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime testified Thursday that he heard a thump on the officers’ squad car right before the shooting and feared a possible ambush.

Officer Matthew Harrity’s testimony echoed a key claim by attorneys for Mohamed Noor, who fired a single shot at Justine Ruszczyk Damond as she approached the officers’ squad car on July 15, 2017. Damond had placed two 911 calls that night to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Struck in the abdomen, the 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia quickly bled to death in an incident that sparked anger and disbelief in both countries.

Prosecutors have questioned the defense narrative of a thump on the squad car, saying investigators found no forensic evidence that Damond touched it. They’ve also questioned the timing of the claim, saying Harrity first mentioned it days after the shooting and after investigators raised the possibility.

Noor never talked to investigators and it isn’t clear whether he will testify.

On Thursday, Harrity described a tense scene, with he and Noor rolling down the dark alley with headlights off, using a spotlight to search for any evidence of a woman in trouble. Harrity, who was driving, said that at one point he took a safety off his holster, but that when they neared the end of the alley without finding anything, he thought he had replaced it.

Harrity — wearing his uniform and appearing composed on the stand — testified that he then had a “weird feeling” to his left but couldn’t make out what it was.

“At this time, I hear something hit the car and I also hear some sort of murmur,” he said. He immediately drew his gun and held it to his ribs pointing downward, he said.

Prosecutor Amy Sweazy asked Harrity whether he always pulled his gun when startled. He said it depends.

“In this situation, with the thump and being startled, I went straight to, ‘This could be an ambush,'” Harrity answered. He added: “My first thought is, I’m going to make sure whatever it was is not a threat to me.”

Harrity said that as he tried to make sense of what was happening, he heard a pop and looked over to see that Noor had fired across him and through the driver’s side window.

Neither officer had their body cameras running at that point, something Harrity blamed on what he called a vague policy that didn’t require it. Both men switched them on afterward, and a portion of Harrity’s was played Thursday.

It shows efforts by the two men to save Damond with CPR. Damond’s labored breathing is heard, with Harrity saying, “Stay with me, stay with me, stay breathing.” He also is heard addressing his partner: “Noor, breathe, just breathe.”

At one point, as Harrity steps away to get medical supplies, he cautions Noor to slow down the CPR, and reassures Noor that an ambulance is coming.

A medical examiner testified earlier that Damond was hit in a key artery and lost so much blood so quickly that even faster medical care might not have saved her.

Damond was white. Noor , 33, is a Somali American whose hire two years before the shooting was celebrated by Minneapolis leaders as a sign of a diversifying police force in a city with a large population of Somali immigrants.

Much of the prosecution’s early case focused on the handling of the crime scene by police and state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents, including possible missteps. They also highlighted officers turning their body cameras on and off repeatedly after the shooting.

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Citing safety, college cancels Polish conservative’s speech

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Middlebury College has canceled a lecture by a conservative Polish speaker out of safety concerns two years after the school was the site of a rowdy protest.

Middlebury made the announcement Wednesday, hours before member of the European Parliament and philosopher Ryszard Legutko was to appear. The Vermont college cited an assessment of the school’s ability to respond to potential security and safety risks around both the lecture and the protest students had planned in response.

The student-run newspaper had described Legutko as a critic of LGBTQ activists, multiculturalism and liberal democracy.

A 2017 speech by conservative author Charles Murray was disrupted by demonstrations and a subsequent confrontation in which a Middlebury professor was injured. Murray is a social scientist who critics say uses pseudoscience to link intelligence and race.

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