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Families confront cop killer sentenced to death for shooting 2: ‘I hope you burn in hell’

A California man was sentenced to death Friday for the “planned and calculated” killings of two Palm Springs police officers during a standoff in 2016, according to reports.

John Hernandez Felix fatally shot Officers Jose “Gil” Vega and Lesley Zerebny and injured several others with an AR-15 rifle when they responded to his home on a domestic violence call, authorities have said.

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John Hernandez Felix is seen in a booking photo from Oct. 9, 2016​​​​. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

“Mr. Felix, there’s not much I can say that hasn’t already been said,” the judge said as Felix sat in silence. “Your calloused actions ruined many lives. I hope that what little was done here today will bring some peace to these families,” the Desert Sun reported.

Last spring, a jury found Felix guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and the attempted murder of six other officers. They recommended the death penalty. He was additionally sentenced to 368 years to life for the murders.

“I hope he suffers,” Zerebny’s sister, Britta Kling, said in court while asking the judge to uphold the jury’s recommendation, the Desert Sun reported. “You can’t sufficiently sentence him for what he has done.”

“You’re gonna be sitting in that cage for a long time,” Zerebny’s father, David Kling, told the killer. “My only message to you is, ‘I hope you burn in hell, Felix.'”

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Vega was a 35-year veteran who planned to retire within a year and Zerebny was a new mother.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Green Beret from Idaho ID’d as 3rd US soldier killed in Afghanistan in under two weeks

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The identity of the third American soldier to die in Afghanistan in under two weeks was disclosed Friday — a day after President Trump confirmed a plan to withdraw at least some troops from the South-Central Asian nation once U.S. forces are assured the country will not become a haven for other terrorist groups.

Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Ard, a Green Beret from Idaho, died in Afghanistan’s Zabul Province on Thursday. He is survived by his wife, who is pregnant, as well as a young daughter. He would have turned 32 in October, the Washington Examiner reported. 

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Ard is the third U.S. service member to die in Afghanistan in less than two weeks. He died after disembarking a helicopter at the start of a joint mission between the U.S. Army Special Forces and Afghan commandos Thursday, the New York Times first reported. The U.S. State Department did not provide any further explanation of how the soldier was killed.

He was the 15th U.S. soldier to die in Afghanistan this year — making 2019 the deadliest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since 2014, when the combat mission Operation Enduring Freedom formally ended, according to the Washington Examiner.

Last week, Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, from Chicopee, Mass., and Master Sgt. Jose Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, Calif., both died from gunfire in Afghanistan’s Faryab province.

Idaho state Rep. Rod Furniss announced Ard’s death in a Facebook post Friday. The post included a photo of the late soldier in uniform, posing alongside family members, as well as a quote from his father, Bruce Ard. His father is also the former mayor of the town of Ammon, Idaho.

“We received news that we lost our son Dustin in Afghanistan. My heart has a hole so big I can hardly stand it. He was the finest young man I have ever known. Not because he was my son but because if the person he is,” Bruce Ard said in the Facebook post.

“A great son, brother, father and husband. He loved his country and was the kind of person we should all be. Son, I Love you and know we will see each other again. I will miss you every day I live without you. Love Dad,” the post said.

President Trump told Fox News Radio on Thursday that negotiators were working on a drawdown from 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan to about 8,600, but offered assurances that the U.S. would keep a “presence” in the country.

The U.S. and the Taliban are negotiating a deal in which U.S. forces would withdraw in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not become a haven for other terrorist groups.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001 under Operation Enduring Freedom, beginning an 18-year involvement – the longest in U.S. history. Operation Enduring Freedom ended in 2014, effectively removing most U.S. troops from the country.

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In 2017, Trump ordered 4,000 additional troops be sent to Afghanistan to help Afghan forces and conduct counterterrorism operations against the ISIS terror network’s Afghan affiliate and other extremist groups, including Al Qaeda. Some 14,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: Aug. 31

On this day, Aug. 31 …

1997: Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed are killed in a car accident in Paris.

Also on this day:

  • 1887: Mary Ann Nicholls, considered to be Jack the Ripper’s first victim, is found murdered in London.
  • 1994: Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltic states.
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This image released by Focus Features shows Fred Rogers on the set of his show “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” from the film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” The film was not nominated for an Oscar for best documentary. (Jim Judkis/Focus Features via AP)

  • 2001: The last original episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” airs; Fred Rogers hosted 895 episodes of the show over 31 years.  
  • 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City. 
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Gunfire at Alabama high school football game leaves at least 6 shot: reports

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At least six people were shot Friday night after a high school football game in Mobile, Ala., city police said, according to reports.

At least four other people suffered other injuries, including one resulting from a seizure, Mobile’s FOX 10 reported.

Two people were taken in for questioning, but it was unclear if either were suspects, AL.com reported.

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The victims are between 15 and 18 years old, Mobile police Chief Lawrence Battiste told FOX 10.

“It is sad that something like this happened at a high school football game, where our athletes were having a good game on the field,” Rena Philips, director of communication for the Mobile County Public School System, said in a statement. “We do not know all of the details as this is a Mobile Police investigation, so we will have to refer all further questions to the MPD.”

The game between Leflore High School and Williamson High School had just ended before the shots rang out, AL.com reported.

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There were no reports yet on victims’ medical conditions.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Multiple victims after gunfire at Alabama high school football game: reports

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Two suspects were in custody Friday night after multiple people were shot after a high school football game in Mobile, Ala, according to reports.

GIRL, 8, KILLED, OTHERS WOUNDED IN GUNFIRE NEAR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL JAMBOREE

Whether the suspects were directly linked to the shootings was immediately clear, Pensacola, Fla.’s WKRG-TV reported.

The game between Leflore High School and Williamson High School had just ended before the shots rang out, WKRG reported.

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There were no reports yet on how many people were shot or their medical conditions.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Sirhan Sirhan, RFK’s assassin, reportedly stabbed in California prison

Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, has been hospitalized after being stabbed in a San Diego prison Friday afternoon.

California corrections officials did not identify Sirhan, 75, as the victim, but a source confirmed to the Associated Press that it was the man serving a life sentence in connection with the death of Kennedy, a U.S. senator from New York who was slain at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the 1968 Democratic presidential primary in California.

Sirhan was said to be in stable condition after the attack. Circumstances that led to the stabbing were not immediately known.

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Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968. (Reuters)

“The suspect in the attack has been identified, and has placed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit, pending an investigation,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said, according to KABC-TV of Los Angeles.

He is being held at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New York man accused of plotting ISIS-inspired terror attack in Queens

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Queens man was arrested Thursday and accused of plotting a terrorist attack with a knife on behalf of the Islamic Statefederal prosecutors announced Friday.

Awais Chudhary, 19, was arraigned in Brooklyn federal court on one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ordered Chudhary held without bail.

Prosecutors say Chudhary communicated with undercover FBI agents in text messages, telling them he planned to carry out a stabbing or bombing to kill innocent people in the name of ISIS and wanted to record it to “inspire” others. Chudhary, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, allegedly identified two potential attack locations in Queens: the World’s Fair Marina and a pedestrian bridge over the Grand Central Parkway to the Flushing Bay Promenade

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Chudhary allegedly ordered a tactical knife, a mask, gloves and a cellphone chest-and-head strap so he could record the attack. He was arrested while trying to pick up those items from an online vendor’s retail location.

“Awais Chudhary had accepted the call from ISIS to kill fellow New Yorkers in the city he called home,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement. “He had carefully planned, conducted reconnaissance, picked a target, and was in the process of obtaining the weapon. All he has left to do was to strike.

“The FBI agents and NYPD detectives of the JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] should be commended for the disruption of this plot. Their work almost certainly saved lives.”

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Chudhary allegedly told one undercover agent he wanted to use a knife for the attack “because that’s what he knows,” but would be open to learning how to build a bomb if the undercover agent could teach him. That done, he would consider using a bomb at a “mini-bridge over a busy road with many cars,” according to the Justice Department.

Chudhary allegedly sent another undercover agent the screenshot of a document titled “Islamic State” that allegedly instructed users where to stab someone and what knives were “ideal.” The document included diagrams with directions on where to stab someone’s body, the DOJ said.

Chudhary also scoped out his locations, and FBI agents saw him take cellphone photos and videos at several locations.

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“There’s no doubt Chudhary allegedly wanted to make headlines by attacking innocent people going about their daily lives,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney. “Thanks to the diligent work of the agents, analysts and detectives on the FBI New York JTTF, the only thing to report today is his arrest, and the only photos Chudhary will be featured in are the ones taken in our prisoner processing room prior to his arrival in federal prison.”

If convicted, Chudhary faces up to 20 years in prison.

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California appeals court overturns sole conviction in Kate Steinle death

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A California state appeals court Friday overturned the lone conviction against an undocumented immigrant who shot and killed Kate Steinle on the San Francisco waterfront in 2015, a case which drew national attention and became a flashpoint in the debate over illegal immigration.

Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, who was in the U.S. illegally had been deported to his native Mexico five times, was acquitted in November 2017 of first and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a semi-automatic weapon. He was convicted of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Friday, the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturned that conviction because the judge failed to instruct the jury on one of Garcia-Zarate’s defenses. Garcia-Zarate remains in custody and is facing federal gun charges.

Steinle, 32, died on July 1, 2015, after she was struck by a bullet while walking with her father and a family friend. Garcia-Zarate claimed he unwittingly picked up the gun, which was wrapped in a T-shirt, and it fired accidentally.

The gun belonged to a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger and was stolen from his parked car a week earlier.

Earlier this year, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Steinle’s parents against San Francisco. The lawsuit maintained that the city’s so-called sanctuary policy and San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi bore responsibility for Steinle’s death.

Three months before the killing, Garcia-Zarate was released from custody after a drug case against him was dropped. The sheriff’s office, which had ended contact between jail employees and immigration officials, ignored a request by federal authorities to hold Garcia-Zarate until they could assume custody and did not inform them that he was being released.

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Trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind, four others set for early 2021

Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, will stand trial with four other men on war crimes charges at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba beginning in early 2021, a military judge said Friday.

Air Force Col. W. Shane Cohen set a start date of Jan. 11, 2021 in an order setting motion and evidentiary deadlines in a case that has been bogged down in pretrial litigation, noting that the trial “will face a host of administrative and logistics challenges.”

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This Saturday March 1, 2003 photo obtained by The Associated Press shows Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. (AP Photo) (AP)

Mohammad and his co-defendants are charged with crimes including terrorism, hijacking and 2,976 counts of murder for their alleged roles planning and providing logistical support to the Sept. 11 plot. They could get the death penalty if convicted at the military commission, which combines elements of civilian and military law.

The quintet have been held at Guantanamo Bay since September 2006 after several years in clandestine CIA detention facilities following their capture.

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This sketch from Jan. 21, 2009 reviewed by the U.S. military, shows, from top left, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad; Walid bin Attash; Ramzi bin al Shibh; Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, also known as Ammar al Baluchi, and Mustafa al Hawsawi attend a hearing at the U.S. Military Commissions court for war crimes at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.(AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool) (AP)

According to Cohen’s order, prosecutors must provide the defense team with a list of trial materials by Oct. 1. In the interim, the judge will hold a series of hearings with witnesses to determine whether or not confessions the defendants made to FBI agents in 2006 will be admissible in court. The defense team argues that after the men were captured in Pakistan in 2002 and 2003, they were tortured by the CIA, and thus the confessions should be thrown out.

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The criminal case alleges that Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, a senior Al Qaeda figure, was the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, in which 19 hijackers took over four commercial airliners, crashing two of them into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, one into the Pentagon and another into a field in Shanksville, Pa.

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This February 2017 photo provided by his lawyers shows Khalid Shaikh Mohammad in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. (Courtesy Derek Poteet via AP) (AP)

The other four defendants are Mohammad’s nephew, Ammar al-Baluchi, Walid bin Attash and Ramzi bin al-Shibh and Mustafa al Hawsawi, who allegedly helped to train the hijackers and facilitate the attacks by providing travel and finances to the assailants.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of accidental overdose: coroner

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died after accidentally overdosing on a mixture of the painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone as well as alcohol, according to an autopsy report released on Friday.

Skaggs, 27, was found dead in a Southlake, Texas hotel room on July 1, hours before the Angels were to play the Texas Rangers.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said Skaggs’ cause of death was due to “mixed ethanol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents,” meaning Skaggs was intoxicated and is thought to have choked on his own vomit. No trauma was suspected.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that can treat severe pain. Oxycodone is also used to treat pain and can be fatal when combined with other substances or taken in high doses.

In a statement released in response to the autopsy report, Skaggs’ family indicated an Angels employee might be involved in the circumstances surrounding his death, but did not elaborate further.

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“We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol. That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much,” the family said. “ … We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them. To that end, we have hired Texas attorney Rusty Hardin to assist us.”

Hardin, who has formerly represented baseball players Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens, told the Los Angeles Times that the family is devastated and wants to get to the bottom of what happened.

“I think the thing to keep in mind is they’re just still so devastated, both the wife and the family, about this young man’s death, and they just want to know what happened and how it happened,” Hardin said. “We’re going to want to know how it came about that those drugs were ingested and whether or not others are responsible for what happened.”

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Skaggs was found unresponsive by police at the Hilton Hotel in Southlake shortly after 2 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. He died two days after his last start with the Angels, one of 15 he made in 2019.

The Angels selected Skaggs as a first-round pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, right out of high school. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and made his MLB debut there, making 13 appearances over two seasons. He was reacquired by the Angels in December 2013 and had won 25 games over five seasons with the team. Skaggs had signed a $3.7 million contract with the Angels in 2019.

He was born in Woodland Hills, Calif., and had married his wife, Carli, at the end of the 2018 season. He lived in Santa Monica at the time of his death.

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