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Minneapolis police bar off-duty cops from wearing uniforms at political events ahead of Trump rally

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The Minneapolis police force is barring off-duty officers from appearing in uniform at political rallies or events, a rule enacted just a week before President Trump is to hold a reelection campaign rally in the historically blue state.

The new rule quickly drew the ire of members of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, which sees the timing of the new policy’s implementation as a direct jab at Trump, who is determined to flip the state’s 10 electoral votes to the GOP — no Republican has won the state since President Richard Nixon in 1972.

“For decades, the police federation has been allowed to appear in political ads [and] align themselves with political parties for our endorsement,” Minneapolis Police Department Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the police union, said on “Fox & Friends” on Sunday.

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“For many decades when you look back, because of the labor presence, unions have supported the DFL [Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party] and in the past it’s never been a problem.

“Minneapolis has been a Democrat city for decades. It’s never been a problem but because they’ve kind of turned their backs on the police and many other working people, we’ve shifted gears and we’ve been endorsing Republicans for the last several years, so now they’ve said no longer can you wear your uniform to support your political candidates.”

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo pushed back at the notion that the move was political in nature, saying at a news conference Tuesday that the police department is not “showing favor or bias toward a particular political party or a candidate,” and that the step has been under consideration for a year after local constituents protested officers in uniform endorsing local and state politicians.

“I don’t want the Minneapolis Police Department to be politicized, at all,” Arradondo said.

Trump is scheduled to hold a rally on Oct. 10 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey immediately condemned the president’s visit in a statement posted to Twitter last week.

“On Oct. 10, our entire city will not stand behind the president, but behind the communities and people who continue to make our city — and this country — great,” said Frey, a Democrat. “While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis.”

Frey defended the department’s decision, saying: “The Minneapolis Police Department is neither an ideological or political entity. It’s not Democrat. It’s not Republican. And we want people to understand that this is a neutral department.”

The rule will also prohibit uniformed officers from appearing on stage or within the backdrop of the president — or any political figures — although officers will still be assigned as security.

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“If you look back in the past, when Bill Clinton appeared here, he was lined with blue because they directed our officers, against their will to be behind him in the backdrop,” Kroll said. “They made sure they had a diverse looking crew of uniformed officers behind Bill Clinton when he was here and this one, it’s exactly the opposite with President Trump coming.”

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Trump administration to broaden migrant DNA collection at border

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The Trump administration plans to issue a new regulation that ramps up DNA collection from migrants who cross the U.S. border, compiling the genetic information in an FBI database, a senior Homeland Security (DHS) official said Wednesday.

The new DNA tests will enhance agencies’ ability to identify a migrant who has entered the country illegally, as well as assist other agencies, the official said while speaking to reporters on a call under the condition of anonymity.

There is no timeline for when the new testing will be rolled out. The regulation that calls for DNA collection will be issued by the Justice Department, said the official, who noted that the DOJ rule will provide the framework and that DHS will phase in implementation.

The new program differs from the current DNA pilot testing that establishes maternal or paternal connection to determine if a detainee is related to the person bringing thim or her into the country, the DHS official said. The new testing will apply to a broader population of migrants.

DHS has established working groups that are addressing privacy concerns, costs, operational impact, timeliness of implementation and exactly how the testing will be done, the official explained. The effort is a collaboration by DHS, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In July, a top government watchdog rebuked CBP for reportedly failing to collect DNA from detained migrants so their samples could be checked against the FBI’s database for violent crimes.

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Whistleblowers filed a complaint in May 2018 alleging that the DNA pilot program was put on hold during the Obama administration but was being sidelined under the Trump administration.

“U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and illegal aliens in this country are and have been harmed due to our agency not collecting DNA,” Mike Taylor, one of the government whistleblowers, told Fox News at the time.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) issued a rare statement following the whistleblowers’ complaint and acknowledged “there was a substantial likelihood of wrongdoing by CBP for its failure to collect DNA from undocumented detainees and arrestees.”

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A top Border Patrol official has said DNA collection will hamper the processing of illegal migrants at the border.

“Even once such policies and procedures were put in place, Border Patrol Agents are not currently trained on DNA collection measures, health and safety precautions, or the appropriate handling of DNA samples for processing,” CBP Chief Brian Hastings said when asked by a judge during a deposition if DNA collection is a good way to identify families who arrive at the border.

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DNA testing also raised privacy concerns.

“It’s not surprising, given this administration’s fixation on villainizing folks at the border, but it reaches beyond them,” American Civil Liberties Union attorney Vera Eidelman told The Associated Press.

DHS is examining the legal and privacy components of the regulation, such as whether force can be applied if someone refuses to take a DNA test, the official said.

Currently, a migrant who illegally crosses the border is fingerprinted. The prints are sent to federal databases; local and state law enforcement agencies can gain access to the databases.

As of August, the FBI’s national DNA index contained more than 17 million profiles of offenders and arrestees. Law enforcement agencies can submit samples from non-citizens who are detained, as well as suspects arrested or convicted of crimes.

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Authorities generally require a conviction or an arrest before a DNA sample can be taken, although some departments collect samples without a warrant from people who have not been arrested or convicted.

DNA samples can be collected from individuals in custody, including non-Americans, per the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005. However, it’s not mandatory to collect someone’s DNA.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and Cyd Upson contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.

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Dem megadonor Ed Buck hit with additional federal drug charges in two overdose deaths

A federal grand jury in California has indicted wealthy Democratic megadonor Ed Buck on drug charges in connection with two overdose deaths at his West Hollywood apartment.

The indictment returned Wednesday charges Buck with distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean in January and Gemmel Moore in 2017. Buck had previously been charged in Moore’s death after his arrest last month.

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Federal prosecutors said Buck, 65, preyed on vulnerable gay black men and pressured them to let him inject them with drugs as part of a sexual ritual.

Buck also is charged with providing meth to three more men, including one who overdosed twice in a week last month before escaping Buck’s home to get help and another man who said Buck threatened him with a power saw in December if he didn’t leave his apartment

Family members of the victims had criticized local prosecutors for not charging Buck in the deaths. Moore’s mother and her supporters have said Buck got favorable treatment because of his status and reputation and that the victims were ignored because they were gay black men, drug users and often sex workers.

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The indictment returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges wealthy Democratic megadonor Ed Buck, center, with distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean, right, in January and Gemmel Moore, left, in 2017. (AP-AP-FB)

“If white gay men had been dying in a black man’s house or anybody’s house, rather, this case would have been taken a lot more seriously,” said Jasmyne Cannick, a communications strategist who spearheaded the effort to get justice for Moore. “Ed Buck knew who he was preying on, and he knew that people would not care. Or he thought that people would not care.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened the case after Dean’s death Jan. 7. In July, the U.S. attorney’s office took the case after sheriff’s detectives approached a federal task force investigating opioid overdoses.

Buck was arrested Sept. 17  and hit with state charges of operating a drug house. Two days later, federal prosecutors charged him with distributing methamphetamine resulting in Moore’s death.

The federal charges bring a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years if Buck is convicted. A defense lawyer has previously said Buck, 65, denies a role in both deaths.

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Buck has donated tens of thousands of dollars to California candidates, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is well known in LGBTQ political circles.  According to federal records, Buck contributed more than $500,000 to Democratic groups, including $1,500 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and $2,950 to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Buck gained fame by leading a 1987 campaign to recall Republican Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, who was ultimately convicted in an impeachment trial and kicked out of office.

Buck had been a Republican but said he switched party affiliation to Democrat because he felt the GOP was intolerant toward the gay community.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Air Force test-launches intercontinental ballistic missile in California

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday it had launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The missile lifted off at 1:13 a.m. from the base northwest of Los Angeles and sent a test reentry vehicle on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific Ocean to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

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An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch early Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Michael Peterson/U.S. Air Force via AP)

The launch was conducted by a team of airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

“The flight test program demonstrates one part of the operational capability of the ICBM weapon system,” Col. Omar Colbert, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, said in a statement. “The Minuteman III is nearly 50 years old, and continued test launches are essential in ensuring its reliability until the mid-2030s when the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent is fully in place. Most importantly, this visible message of national security serves to assure our partners and dissuade potential aggressors.”

The Air Force said its missile launch was planned six months to a year in advance, calling the timing with North Korea’s launch a coincidence. The launches were about 12 hours apart.

The Air Force also keeps 400 nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles on alert at bases in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Dozens of Air Force B-2 and B-52 bombers are also capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

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This image shows an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch early Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Michael Peterson/U.S. Air Force via AP)

South Korea’s military said that North Korea fired a ballistic missile from the sea on Wednesday, suggesting that Pyongyang may have tested an underwater-launched missile for the first time in three years ahead of a planned resumption of nuclear talks with the United States this weekend.

South Korean military radars detected the North Korean missile flying about 280 miles at a maximum altitude of 565 miles after liftoff from a site about 10.5 miles off the North’s eastern coastal town of Wonsan, Defense Minister Jeong kyeong-doo told lawmakers.

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Universal Orlando actor fired for making symbol associated with white supremacy

A Universal Orlando actor who dressed as “Gru” from the “Despicable Me” animated movie franchise has been fired after allegedly making a hand gesture associated with white supremacists in a photo with a biracial girl.

The photo with the girl, now 7, who is autistic, shows her posing with the actor during a character breakfast at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, a Universal hotel, in March.

The photo shows the actor making an upside-down “OK” symbol with his hand on the girl’s shoulder. The gesture is widely associated with white supremacy and far-right groups.

Universal spokesman Tom Schroder told USA Today the actor, who has not been publicly identified, no longer works for the company.

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Gru and his Minions in 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, Calif. A Universal Orlando actor who played the animated villain has just been fired for allegedly making a racist hand gesture while taking a photo with a young biracial girl earlier this year. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

“We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable and we are sorry – and we are taking steps to make sure nothing like this happens again,” he said in a statement. “We can’t discuss specifics about this incident, but we can confirm that the actor no longer works here. We remain in contact with the family and will work with them privately to make this right.”

Calls and messages from Fox News to Universal Orlando were not immediately returned.

The girl’s parents — Tiffiney Zinger, who is black, and her husband, Richard, who is white — noticed the symbol while scrolling through vacation photos in August. The family traveled from Colorado to Orlando for the breakfast.

“We just wanted to take them to see the Minions,” Tiffiney Zinger told the newspaper, referring to the popular, pill-shaped henchmen in the “Despicable Me” films. “Do something special for our family. And this person ruined that special warm feeling.”

The couple dug deeper and found a video taken of the moment the photo was taken. The 29-second clip shows the actor placing his hand behind the girl’s shoulder and curling his right thumb and index finger to make the “OK” symbol.

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Brenton Tarrant, the Australian man charged with killing 51 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, flashed the “OK” symbol during a courtroom appearance after his arrest.

“It’s more than the “OK” sign,” Richard Zinger said. “A lot of people don’t understand what that sign means.”

The Anti-Defamation League has added the gesture to its online database of hate symbols.

Fox News reporter Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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World War II-era aircraft crashes at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, injuries reported

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Multiple injuries were reported after a World War II-era aircraft crashed Wednesday at Connecticut’s largest airport, officials said.

Bradley International Airport said in a statement on Twitter an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft took place.

“We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed,” officials said. “We will issue further updates as information becomes available.”

Multiple injuries were reported, according to the Hartford Courant.

Smoke and flames were visible from the ground, according to FOX61.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Suspected bank robber found dead inside Southern California bank after firing at officers

A suspected bank robber was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a Chase Bank in Colton, Calif., east of Los Angeles after a SWAT team entered Tuesday evening.

Officers responded to a silent alarm at the bank and were fired on by the suspect.

One officer suffered a minor wound, possibly by shattered glass.

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Police surrounded the bank and put the surrounding shopping area on lockdown while the suspect was firing.

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Everyone inside the bank was able to safely evacuate.

The bank was closed at the time of the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Suspect held in sucker-punch attack that left 71-year-old woman with broken jaw

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New York City police Tuesday arrested a suspect who allegedly sucker-punched a 71-year-old grandmother, breaking her jaw nearly two weeks ago, the NYPD reported on Twitter.

Joan Baptiste was walking to her Brooklyn home from her daycare job Sept. 19 when Jaquan Whittle, 27, allegedly knocked her to the ground, New York’s WPIX-TV reported.

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Whittle was charged with assault.

Baptiste said she doesn’t remember anything and originally thought she had simply fallen. A nearby deli worker came out to help her.

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Baptiste said she had surgery last Friday and can’t eat solid food for two weeks, WPIX reported.

She also doesn’t know when she’ll be able to go back to work.

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Missouri executes killer despite concerns his rare medical condition could cause gruesome death

A Missouri man was executed Tuesday despite concerns that his rare medical condition might result in a gruesome lethal injection.

Russell Bucklew was executed for killing a man during a 1996 crime spree at the state prison in Bonne Terre. It was Missouri’s first execution since January 2017.

Bucklew had twice been within hours of execution, only to have the U.S. Supreme Court grant last-minute reprieves over concerns that he might suffer during the execution process. He had a condition called cavernous hemangioma and had blood-filled tumors in his head, neck and throat. He breathed with help from a tracheostomy tube.

Bucklew’s attorneys said in a clemency request to Gov. Mike Parson that a throat tumor could burst, causing Bucklew to choke and die painfully and in violation of the constitutional guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment.

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 Russell Bucklew was executed Tuesday for killing a man during a violent 1996 crime spree, despite concerns that the inmate’s rare medical condition would cause a gruesome lethal injection. (ACLU)

Adding to the concern was Missouri’s execution drug. The state uses a single dose of pentobarbital but refuses to say where it gets it. The source is believed to be a compound pharmacy since large pharmaceutical companies prohibit the use of their drugs in executions.

The Supreme Court stepped in to halt Bucklew’s execution in 2014 and again in 2018. But in April, the high court gave the go-ahead for Bucklew to be executed.

Human rights groups and death penalty opponents, including all four Roman Catholic bishops in Missouri and the American Civil Liberties Union, urged Parson to grant clemency and remand Bucklew to life in prison without parole. The ACLU and Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty presented the governor’s office on Thursday with petitions that they said included more than 57,000 signatures.

Parson, a Republican who worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years and a staunch death penalty supporter, decided early Tuesday that the execution could proceed.

Bucklew’s girlfriend, Stephanie Ray, left him on Valentine’s Day 1996. Over the next few weeks, according to court records, he harassed her, cut her with a knife and punched her in the face.

Ray feared for her life and the lives of her children, so she moved into the Cape Girardeau County mobile home that her new boyfriend, Michael Sanders, shared with his children.

On March 21, after stealing his nephew’s car and taking two pistols, handcuffs and duct tape from his brother, Bucklew followed Ray to Sanders’ home. Sanders confronted Bucklew with a shotgun inside the home. Bucklew fired two shots, one piercing Sanders’ lung. He bled to death.

Bucklew then shot at Sanders’ 6-year-old son and missed. Court records say he struck Ray in the face with the pistol, handcuffed her and dragged her to his car. He later raped Ray before heading north on Interstate 55.

A trooper spotted Bucklew’s car and eventually became engaged in a gunfight near St. Louis. Both men were wounded. Bucklew later escaped from the Cape Girardeau County Jail. He attacked Ray’s mother and her boyfriend with a hammer before being recaptured.

Bucklew’s attorneys, Cheryl Pilate and Jeremy Weis, said in a statement that Bucklew was remorseful for his crimes.

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Russell Bucklew was executed at the state prison in Bonne Terre. It was Missouri’s first execution since January 2017. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP File)

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Bucklew looked around and twitched his feet beneath the sheet as he lay on the gurney just before the lethal injection. He suddenly took a deep breath and all movement stopped.

There were no outward signs of distress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Some Florida teachers can now carry firearms on school, campuses

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Teachers in certain Florida school districts are now allowed to carry firearms on school grounds due to a controversial state law that came on the heels of a school massacre.

The measure stems from a hotly debated new law signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in May giving districts the option to arm teachers and security guards. The law was passed in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018; 17 people were killed in the shooting spree.

The law gives districts the right to opt into the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program. Feis was a  Stoneman Douglas staff member who shielded students from a barrage of bullets and was himself fatally shot.

The program designates teachers and security guards as “guardians” who respond to armed attacks on school campuses. Guardians are strictly volunteers, who will receive a $500 stipend for their participation in the program.

According to the Florida Department of Education, guardians must pass psychological and drug screenings, and successfully complete a minimum of 144 hours of training.

Currently, 39 out of Florida’s 67 counties have opted to participate in the program, including Broward County, where the Parkland episode occurred. Miami-Dade and Orlando have chosen not to take part.

The Miami Herald reported nearly 1,100 school employees have elected to be armed statewide. The state doesn’t track how many are teachers.

Most Florida Democratic lawmakers opposed the bill, arguing it would allow more weapons in schools and put children at risk. Some family members of Parkland victims also opposed the legislation.

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“Teachers should not be burdened whether they think they want to or not with the responsibility of worrying about carrying a firearm,” Debbi Hixon, who lost her husband, Chris, the school athletic director, told WFOR-TV.

Others said the bill would allow good guys to stop the bad guys.

“The bad guys will never know when the good guys are there to shoot back,” Republican state Rep. Chuck Brannan said after the bill’s passing in May. “The guardian is the last line of defense. He or she will be there when a police officer is not.”

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