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US intel agencies encourage universities to monitor Chinese students

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U.S. intelligence agencies have advised American universities to monitor certain Chinese students and visiting scholars amid concerns of China’s threat to the U.S.

FBI officials reportedly visited at least 10 Americans universities since 2018 and encouraged them to take extra precaution when it comes to Chinese students or scholars affiliated with Chinese state-affiliated research institutions.

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According to NPR, the officials said the universities should actively monitor the Chinese nationals and review ongoing research that involves Chinese individuals and could have defense applications.

“We are being asked what processes are in place to know what labs they are working at or what information they are being exposed to,” Fred Cate, vice president of research at Indiana University, told the outlet.

“We are being asked what processes are in place to know what labs they are working at or what information they are being exposed to. It’s not a question of just looking for suspicious behavior — it’s actually really targeting specific countries and the people from those countries.”

— Fred Cate

“It’s not a question of just looking for suspicious behavior — it’s actually really targeting specific countries and the people from those countries.”

The FBI requests aren’t mandatory and universities will face no penalties for refusing to follow the advice of the bureau.

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Universities that were advised didn’t reportedly implement measures to monitor the Chinese individuals and have pushed back against it as the FBI wasn’t specific how such monitoring would work, NPR reported.

But the FBI visits have apparently created second thoughts among U.S. academics who are now wary of accepting federal grants that could involve Chinese scholars.

“We don’t say you can’t, because we don’t have any legal authority to say they can’t,” Cate told the outlet. “But we say you should be aware there may be some sensitivity about this.”

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The FBI first raised concerns about the presence of Chinese scholars on U.S. campuses since at least 2018.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said during a Congressional hearing last year that China is “exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have, which we all revere, but they’re taking advantage of it.”

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Jurors in father killer trial over cut off allowance say a can of coke was ‘aha moment’ that helped to find him guilty

Jurors in the Princeton University graduate trial say a can of coke was the “aha moment” that helped to find the man guilty.

Thomas Gilbert Jr., now 34, is facing a possible life sentence after the jury convicted him on Friday of killing his father after he cut his son’s weekly allowance of $1,000.

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Jurors in the Princeton University graduate trial, who fatally shot his 70-year-old father over cut off allowance, say a can of coke was the “aha moment” that helped to find the man guilty. (AP)

The jurors were split whether Gilbert could be found guilty, with one side suggesting he should be found not guilty by reason of mental defect, the New York Post reported.

“There was a lot of emotion, one side just yelling, ‘He’s guilty! He’s guilty!’ and the other side was like, ’He’s not, he’s sick,’” juror no. 11, Steven David Torres, told the paper.

But Gilbert’s request for his mother to go out and get him a can of coke on the night of the murder in 2015 broke the impasse among the jurors.

“The can of coke: it was really our ‘aha’ moment.”

— juror no. 11, Steven David Torres

“The can of coke: it was really our ‘aha’ moment,” Torres said.

Shelley Gilbert, the mother, testified in court that the son knew that she never kept the drink in the house.

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Another juror pointed out to others that Gilbert purposely asked for the beverage so that his mother would leave the house and he could shoot his hedge fund millionaire father.

“It was a lightbulb moment for me,” juror no. 8, Julie Thiry-Couvillion, told the Post.

“It was a lightbulb moment for me.”

— juror no. 8, Julie Thiry-Couvillion

Prosecutors argued that Gilbert had been living a lavish lifestyle of golf, surfing and travel – all paid for by his parents.

“The defendant rejected hard work, instead, preferring an easy life handed to him on a silver platter,” Assistant District Attorney Craig Ortner said in his closing argument earlier this week, according to the newspaper.

Beginning in 2014, the father began reducing the weekly payments by hundreds of dollars at a time – in hopes of inspiring the son to become more self-reliant. After making another reduction Jan. 4, 2015, the son shot his father in the head in the father’s New York City apartment, prosecutors said.

After the killing, the son placed the gun in his dead father’s hand to make it seem like a suicide, prosecutors said.

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The son fled the apartment, but his mother was home and called police just minutes after the shooting. The son was arrested later that same night, prosecutors said.

A jury convicted Gilbert Jr. on second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 9, authorities said.

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

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Alaska to receive $10M from Justice Department to combat violent crime, AG Barr says

Life in “The Last Frontier” may be harsher than a lot of Americans realize.

Attorney General William Barr on Friday declared a public-safety emergency in Alaska so the Justice Department could allocate more than $10 million toward fighting violent crime in some of the state’s rural communities.

In many areas, getting timely law enforcement responses to sexual assaults, child abuse and other violent crimes can be difficult.

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A 2013 federal report said that at least 75 Alaska Native communities had no law enforcement officers. Tribes have lacked authority to establish police forces since the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act took effect, Reuters reported.

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Because of Alaska’s immense size (663,268 square miles) it can sometimes take hours for state troopers to reach a village from which a crime is reported.

Tribal leaders have told authorities that victims of sexual assault sometimes need to take boats or planes to reach medical facilities in more populated areas, the Associated Press reported.

Barr visited Alaska in late May to get a sense of the problems Alaskans have been dealing with.

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“In May, when I visited Alaska, I witnessed firsthand the complex, unique, and dire law enforcement challenges the state of Alaska and its remote Alaska Native communities are facing,” Barr said in a Justice Department statement. “With this emergency declaration, I am directing resources where they are needed most and needed immediately, to support the local law enforcement response in Alaska Native communities, whose people are dealing with extremely high rates of violence.”

Barr and other officials visited the communities of Galena, Bethel and Napaskiak on May 31, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Alaskan members of Congress said they were pleased by the attention Barr was directing toward their state.

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U.S. Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican who lives in Fort Yukon, a small community above the Arctic Circle, said he was glad Barr released the money.

“I’m cautioning people, though, because money just doesn’t solve the problem,” the 86-year-old Young said Friday. “There should be recognition that this problem can only be solved by support by the communities themselves.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Remains found in suitcase in 2016 finally ID’d using new technology, police say

Skeletal remains found stuffed inside a suitcase along a Georgia highway in 2016 were recently identified as those of a Pennsylvania woman who had been reported missing in 2014, authorities said Friday.

Police identified the woman as Jessica Ashley Manchini, who was believed to be 29 when she died, Gwinnett County, Ga., authorities said in a statement.

Detectives were able to identify the woman by using a new type of technology that allowed them to read faded ink on a tag attached to the suitcase, authorities said.

Manchini was originally from Pennsylvania but resided in Georgia during the final few years of her life, according to police. Her mother, who still lives in Pennsylvania, had reported Manchini missing in December 2014, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The remains were found in a suitcase discarded in a wooded area along Interstate 985 on July 29, 2016, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported. Authorities previously said they believed the woman died in early 2016 based on the decomposition of her body.

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From the left: A released photo of Jessica Ashley Manchini, who police identified as the woman whose remains were found stuffed in a suitcase along a Georgia highway three years ago. Police released a forensic illustration in 2016 of what the woman might have looked like based on the remains. 

According to authorities, the new technology revealed a partial name and a Pennsylvania address on the suitcase. Manchini’s identity was then confirmed using dental and medical records.

Detectives initially used a lighting test to try to lift writing from the faded blue ink on the tag in 2016 but were unsuccessful. Police released a forensic sketch of what the woman was believed to look like as well as an image of the type of clothing found with the remains.

An initial examination of the skeleton showed that the woman had a fusion in her spine and suffered from scoliosis, Gwinnett County Medical Examiner Dr. Carol Terry told the Gwinnett Daily Post. Manchini’s mother confirmed to detectives that her daughter had undergone back surgery for her spinal condition.

The cause of death is still under investigation. Because the woman’s body was already mostly bone when it was found, there was no way to see signs of possible trauma on her flesh, the medical examiner said. The remains did not show signs of recent fractures or broken bones.

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Anyone with information about what happened to Manchini is asked to call detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. They can also visit www.stopcrimeATL.com, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Police are looking for details about who knew Manchini and what was going on in her life before she died. Tips can anonymous, and information that leads to an arrest and indictment can earn tipsters up to $2,000.

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Princeton grad, 34, faces life behind bars, convicted of killing dad who cut off his allowance

A Princeton University graduate faces a possible life sentence after being convicted Friday in the fatal shooting of his 70-year-old father.

Thomas Gilbert Jr., now 34, was 30 years old when he became angry with his father, whom New York authorities said had made cuts to the son’s weekly allowance of as much as $1,000.

The son had been living a lavish lifestyle of golf, surfing and travel – all paid for by his parents, prosecutors said.

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“The defendant rejected hard work, instead, preferring an easy life handed to him on a silver platter,” Assistant District Attorney Craig Ortner said in his closing argument earlier this week, according to the New York Post.

“The defendant rejected hard work, instead, preferring an easy life handed to him on a silver platter.”

— Craig Ortner, assistant district attorney

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Thomas Gilbert Jr., right, appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Getty Images)

Beginning in 2014, the father began reducing the weekly payments by hundreds of dollars at a time – in hopes of inspiring the son to become more self-reliant. After making another reduction Jan. 4, 2015, the son shot his father in the head in the father’s New York City apartment, prosecutors said.

“A brilliant businessman, passionate tennis player, and beloved family man, Thomas Gilbert Sr. meant a great deal to all who knew him,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R, Vance said in a statement. “But in spite of all his love and generosity, this defendant shot his father at close range in his own apartment in an unconscionable and brutal crime.”

Prior to the killing, the son purchased a Glock handgun and visited websites including Hire-a-Killer.com and Find-a-Hitman.com, CNN reported.

After the killing, the son placed the gun in his dead father’s hand to make it seem like a suicide, prosecutors said.

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The son fled the apartment, but his mother was home and called police just minutes after the shooting. The son was arrested later that same night, prosecutors said.

A jury convicted Gilbert Jr. on second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 9, authorities said.

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US judge blocks Indiana 2nd-trimester abortion procedure ban

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A federal judge blocked an Indiana law that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure on Friday, just days before the law was set to come into force.

The order putting the Indiana law on hold was released hours after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to revive a similar law in Alabama that sought to ban dilation and evacuation abortions.

The law passed by Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature this spring calls the procedure “dismemberment abortion.” It was set to become effective on July 1.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued on behalf of two doctors who perform dilation and evacuation abortions. Under the law, a doctor who performs the procedure could face a felony charge, punishable by up to six years in prison.

Indiana’s attorneys maintained the state had a valid role in limiting types of abortion procedures, citing a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a federal law banning the method.

ACLU attorneys argued that the ban would put a “substantial and unwarranted burden on women’s ability to obtain second-trimester, pre-viability abortions.”

In granting the preliminary injunction that blocked the law, U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker wrote that it “prohibits physicians from utilizing the most common, safest, often most cost effective, and best understood method of second trimester abortion, requiring them instead to resort to alternatives that are medically riskier, more costly, less reliable, and in some instances simply unavailable, while accomplishing little more than expressing hostility towards the constitutionally fundamental right of women to control their own reproductive lives.”

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said in a statement he expected to appeal the ruling.

“I continue to believe that Indiana has a compelling interest in protecting the value and dignity of fetal life by banning a particularly brutal and inhumane procedure,” Hill said.

The U.S. Supreme Court in May rejected Indiana’s appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked the state’s ban on abortion based on gender, race or disability. The court, however, upheld a portion of the 2016 law signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains after an abortion.

Four other anti-abortion laws adopted in Indiana since 2013 have been blocked by federal courts, according to the ACLU.

Chris Charbonneau, the CEO at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said the latest Indiana law wrongly waded into the details of medical decisions that should be left to doctors.

“I think the Legislature has not, until recently, been serious about passing something that will be upheld,” Charbonneau said. “I think they’re passing these things as red meat to the right-wing base to make it look like they are actually doing something.”

The decision from Barker, who was nominated as a judge by President Ronald Reagan, comes just weeks after she allowed an abortion clinic to open in South Bend. The Indiana State Department of Health had denied the operator a clinic license, saying it had not provided requested safety documentation.

During a hearing this month, Barker questioned why the state would force women seeking a second-trimester abortion to undergo “highly risky” alternative procedures, such as prematurely inducing labor or injecting fatal drugs into the fetus.

Federal courts have blocked similar laws in several states, including Kentuckyand Ohio this spring, but Indiana abortion opponents were hopeful an increasingly conservative U.S. Supreme Court could eventually uphold such bans.

The Indiana measure signed by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb would make it illegal for doctors to use medical instruments such as clamps, forceps and scissors to remove a fetus from the womb except to save the pregnant woman’s life or prevent serious health risk.

Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher said legislators wanted the ban “because they think the procedure is unethical.”

The anti-abortion group Indiana Right to Life urged an appeal of Barker’s ruling.

“It’s disgusting that the abortion industry can simply overturn a law they dislike by filing a lawsuit,” said Mike Fichter, the group’s president and CEO. “Dismemberment abortions are painful and barbaric. No baby deserves this horrific death sentence.”

Indiana lawmakers didn’t go as far as those in Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, where bills were enacted barring abortion once there’s a detectable fetal heartbeat, as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. Missouri’s governor signed a bill approving an eight-week ban on abortion, with exceptions only for medical emergencies. Alabama outlawed virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. Those bans haven’t taken effect, and all are expected to face legal challenges.

The dilation and evacuation procedure accounted for 27, or 0.35 percent, of the 7,778 abortions performed in Indiana during 2017, according to an Indiana State Department of Health report.

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Man who stole Jayme Closs’ clothing after she went missing is sentenced to probation

A man who broke into the Wisconsin home of Jayme Closs weeks after her parents were gunned down and she disappeared was sentenced Wednesday to two years’ probation.

Kyle Jaenke-Annis, 33, was initially charged with felony burglary but pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft for stealing some of the 13-year-old’s clothes. He was found with two girl’s tank tops, underwear and a dress.

He told authorities that he was curious about Closs’ size and that the clothes wouldn’t be missed.

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Kyle Jaenke-Annis, 33, was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for allegedly burglarizing Jayme Closs’ home in Barron County, Wisc. (Barron County Sheriff’s Department)

He was sentenced in Barron County Circuit Court.

The theft was unrelated to Closs’ disappearance, investigators said. Jake Patterson, 21, was sentenced in May to life in prison for fatally shooting Closs’ parents in their home back in October and kidnapping the teen.

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He held her captive for 88 days in a remote cabin 60 miles from her hometown of Barron before she escaped.

Fox News reporter and trending news producer Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Florida library’s LGBTQ prom canceled over safety concerns

A Florida library canceled an LGBTQ-inclusive prom after receiving threats, fearing objections to the event would jeopardize the safety of those attending.

The Jacksonville Public Library organized a “Storybook Pride Prom,” inviting teenagers to “come dressed inspired by your favorite book character – casual, formal, or in drag – whatever makes you feel great.”

However, the event met opposition when conservative activist Elizabeth Johnston campaigned against the affair, urging her supporters to follow her lead. That was when the library decided to cancel the prom.

“Express your disgust that this pervasion is taking place in a taxpayer funded library,” Johnston told her 636,000 Facebook followers. She is known as “The Activist Mommy” on social media.

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Chris Boivin, Jacksonville Public Library Assistant Director of Community Relations and Marketing, said the event was intended to be “a fun night for teens who may not feel comfortable in other situations or other places… We thought we would give them a nice little prom, where they could have a good time.”

Boivin added the library heard rumors of protests against the gathering and “it really started to shape up as something where the entire environment around the library would be something that we thought we just weren’t gonna be able to control the risk.”

JPL subsequently released a message on its Facebook page reading:

According to The Florida Times-Union, over 100 teenagers registered to attend the event.

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Local drag performer Beatrice Palmer, also known as “BeBe Deluxe,” was disappointed that the library “caved under pressure… from a religious hate group.” Palmer was set to perform at the event.

“Safe, age-appropriate spaces are essential for all young people,” Palmer said. “Unfortunately, many LGBTQ+ kids aren’t given that opportunity.”

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Authorities seize thousands of weapons and explosives in international weapons trafficking bust

Authorities in Florida and Argentina arrested more than two dozen suspects and seized 5,300 firearms and explosives in a crackdown on an elaborate global weapons trafficking ring, officials said Friday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated “Operation Patagonia Express” after investigators discovered the shipping of weapons and weapon parts from South Florida to Brazil and Argentina. Once in South America, the components were assembled and sold to criminal groups, authorities said.

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Anthony Salisbury, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami, announces the results of an international weapons trafficking operation with U.S. law enforcement partners in Argentina and Brazil. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP)

In total, authorities seized the equivalent of 52 AR-15 assault rifles, 30,000 rounds of caliber ammunition for various weapons, 189 long arms, 156 handguns, five vehicles, a hand grenade, a motor round and $110,000 in cash. Twenty-five people were arrested.

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“South Florida does seem to be a hub and now we have the largest Argentine firearms seizure in their history so South Florida does seem to be a hub for weapons trafficking into South America,” Anthony Salisbury, special agent in charge of ICE’S Homeland Security Investigation in Miami, said in a news conference.

Authorities in Argentina said the weapons seizure is the largest in the country’s history.

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Authorities seized thousands of weapons during an investigation into an alleged weapons trafficking ring with roots in Florida.  (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement )

Among those taken into custody were former Broward County residents John James Peterson, 60, and Brunella Zuppone, 67, for allegedly exporting AR-15 components without a required license from the State Department, officials said in a news release.

Both are charged with conspiracy to violate and attempted violations of the Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

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It was not clear how long the alleged trafficking ring had been operational.

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Arizona sleuth says FBI misidentified jump zone of DB Cooper: report

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An Arizona entrepreneur says he is “98 percent” convinced that the FBI has interviewed the real D.B. Cooper – the man behind the unsolved 1971 skyjacking – and misidentified the jump zone where he may have landed after parachuting from the plane.

D.B. Cooper was the name given to an unidentified man who hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines flight out of Portland in 1971. The man parachuted from the plane somewhere between Portland and Seattle with $200,000 in ransom and was never heard from again.

The mystery spawned countless media reports, conspiracy theories, and an FBI search that spanned over four decades. Amid numerous suspects, the agency zeroed in on one in particular: Sheridan Peterson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who assisted refugees in Vietnam.

The FBI visited Peterson’s home in 2004, The Oregonian reported. He was reportedly knowledgeable about the D.B. Cooper case, but told agents he was living in Nepal in a mud hut at the time of the hijacking.

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Eric Ulis, a Phoenix-based entrepreneur who has been researching the case for years, is convinced the FBI had the right guy. Ulis and Peterson reportedly exchanged emails a few years ago, but Peterson never confessed to being D.B. Cooper.

Ulis is also convinced that the FBI misidentified D.B. Cooper’s jump zone. After studying wind speeds, free fall data, and other information, Ulis said it’s likely the skyjacker came down to a small isle along the Columbia River.

Over the weekend, Ulis took a boat to Bachelor Island’s gritty beach to establish “how best to conduct the search.” He told The Oregonian he will come back with a team of searchers to locate the skyjacker’s parachute.

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“The parachute is here,” he said. “He wouldn’t have taken it with him. It’s here. I feel strongly something is here. We just have to find it.”

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