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California man charged with murder in drowning deaths of his 2 autistic sons, prosecutors say

A California man has been charged with murder for allegedly driving his family, including his two autistic sons, off a Los Angeles pier after buying $6 million insurance policies in case of accidental deaths, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Ali Elmezayen, 44, of Hawthorne, faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, allegedly committed in the name of financial gain, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. Prosecutors said further investigation led to the new murder charges against the accused, who was already in federal custody for alleged insurance fraud.

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Elmezayen is accused of intentionally driving his two sons, ages 8 and 13, off the edge of a commercial fishing dock in San Pedro on April 9, 2015, While Elmezayen swam to safety, and his partner, who couldn’t swim, was rescued by a fisherman, his children, who couldn’t swim and were strapped into child seats, drowned.

Prosecutors said that two years and 12 days earlier, Elmezayen bought the last of his insurance policies, covering his family in the event any of them accidentally died.

Elmezayen, who is Egyptian, collected more than $260,000 in insurance payouts for the deaths and wired most of the money back to Egypt, according to prosecutors in the fraud case.

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In this April 9, 2015, photo, divers emerge from the water as debris believed to be from a car floats to the surface in Los Angeles’ San Pedro harbor district. Los Angeles prosecutors have charged an Egyptian father with murder after he allegedly drove his family off a pier, killing his two autistic sons. (Steve McCrank/The Orange County Register via AP, File) (Steve McCrank/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

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He was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identify theft in November. Initially, the district attorney declined to file charges in relation to the deaths of Elmezayen’s sons because of insufficient evidence.

A police mechanic said a brake pedal didn’t work properly but could not determine if the problem existed before the watery plunge or developed as a consequence of saltwater corrosion.

An attorney representing Elmezayen could not be found, according to The Associated Press.

The murder case will proceed once Elmezayen’s insurance fraud trial is finished.

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If convicted in the murder case, he faces life in prison without parole, or the death penalty. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether they will pursue the latter option.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Jersey officer arrested in death of 3-month-old daughter

A New Jersey police officer was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of his 3-month-old daughter last year.

Daniel Bannister, 31, an officer with the Ewing Township Police Department, faces a murder charge in what prosecutors called an “ongoing pattern of abuse” and the December 2018 death of Hailey Bannister.

The girl’s mother, Catherine Bannister, 29, was also arrested Wednesday and is charged with second-degree endangerment of a child’s welfare.

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Ewing Township Officer Daniel Bannister is accused of killing his 3-month-old daughter last year.  (Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office )

An autopsy performed after Hailey’s death showed she died from blunt-impact trauma, including skull fractures and a subdural hemorrhage.

“The nature of Hailey’s injuries indicated an ongoing pattern of abuse,” Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said in a statement, according to NJ.com.

Paramedics were dispatched to the Bannister home on Dec. 5 over a report of an unresponsive child. The girl was found in cardiac arrest and was not breathing.

She died in a hospital on Dec. 11.

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Bannister, a Ewing police officer since 2017, has been suspended with pay since his daughter’s death.

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Tennessee detective, boyfriend arrested after violent incident, allegedly involving a hammer

A Tennessee detective has been decommissioned after investigators said she and her boyfriend were arrested. This, on the heels of an alleged clash between the two that reportedly involved a hammer.

Deputies with the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department arrested Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Det.  Megan Hoffman and her boyfriend, Jonathan Mahoney, both 34, on Tuesday after an alleged domestic assault.

Deputies said they were called to the couple’s home in Ashland City, a half-hour from Nashville, about 2:30 a.m.

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Hoffman is accused of punching her boyfriend in the face during an argument. A responding deputy saw bruising on the right side of Mahoney’s face, according to an incident report obtained by Fox News.

Mahoney told deputies Hoffman “destroyed the house” during the fight, according to court documents. He also told deputies that video cameras are set up at the home.

According to court documents, deputies found debris all over a hallway leading to a bedroom. Once in the room, deputies said, they found a computer monitor that was “busted and inoperable.”

Deputies said wires had been ripped out of the DVR linked to the camera system and the DVR was broken, adding that “the bedroom was in complete disarray.”

“There was also a large hole in the bedroom door,” the incident report said.

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Mahoney told deputies Hoffman caused all the damage “during her rage,” according to the report.

When deputies asked Mahoney to go into further detail about the fight, he reportedly declined to offer more information without a lawyer present.

Deputies said when they questioned Hoffman, she alleged that Mahoney had struck her with a hammer. She told deputies she wanted to go to the emergency room for treatment.

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Deputies said Metro Nashville Police Det. Megan Hoffman had a “busted lower lip” as well as “red marks to the right side of her face.” after an alleged domestic violence incident.  (Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department)

Deputies said Hoffman had a “busted lower lip” as well as “red marks to the right side of her face.”

Investigators said they were unable to determine which party was the main aggressor, adding that Mahoney told deputies he and his girlfriend were going through a breakup and had been drinking.

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Hoffman and her boyfriend, Jonathan Mahoney, were arrested and charged with domestic assault on Monday. (Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department)

Hoffman and Mahoney have been charged with domestic assault.

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Metro Nashville police confirmed that Hoffman has been decommissioned, which keeps her from department service. She has been with the department since 2011, a Metro Nashville police spokeswoman told Fox News.

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Chicago mayor: Police ‘are losing the streets’ to major eruptions of violence

Chicago’s new mayor is taking issue with the city’s police department as the city continues to see far more homicides than New York and Los Angeles, as well as major eruptions of other violence.

“One weekend does not make a trend,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday, according to Fox 32. “But we’ve now had a couple weekends where it feels like we are losing the streets.”

The mayor made the comments while in New York to attend the opening of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, which is funded by billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg “to equip [mayors] with the tools and expertise to effectively lead complex cities.”

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. (Getty)

Lightfoot’s comments also came off the back of one of the city’s bloodiest weekends so far this year, in which more than 40 people shot, nine of them fatally.

Right before Independence Day, 50 people were shot. And despite the deployment of an extra 1,200 officers in the city, at least 43 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, seven of them fatally.

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More than 1,500 extra Chicago Police officers hit the streets, parks and lakefront for the July 4 holiday, typically one of the most violent weekends of the year.

Police also executed three separate operations in June that resulted in a total of 170 arrests on gun and narcotics charges, the seizure of 38 guns and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of illegal drugs. The most recent effort, called “Operation Independence,” ended right before the holiday with the arrests of 77 people — 34 of whom are convicted felons.

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Lightfoot said she is not ready to change police leadership but wants to focus on reducing the bloodshed, saying: “It’s no secret that I’m pushing [Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson] and his leadership team to do better.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ draws life sentence in US prison

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While expressing no remorse, Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison.

A defiant Guzman took a parting shot at a judge in federal court in Brooklyn, accusing him of making a mockery of the U.S. justice system in refusing to order a new trial based on allegations of juror misconduct.

“My case was stained and you denied me a fair trial when the whole world was watching,” Guzman said through an interpreter.

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The 62-year-old defendant — he was sport his trademark mustache after being clean-shaven during his trial — also used what could be his last chance to speak in public by complaining about being kept in solitary confinement since he was brought to the U.S. to stand trial. That move was made after he’d twice broken out of Mexican prisons.

“Since the government will send me to a jail where my name will not ever be heard again, I take this opportunity to say there was no justice here,” he said.

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s supermax [super-maximum security] prison in Florence, Colo., where inmates are held alone for 23 hours a day.

Before handing down the sentence in connection with a massive drug conspiracy that had resulted in more than two decades of murder and mayhem, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said Guzman’s complaints were minor given the “mountain range of evidence” against him.

The term — life plus 30 years — was largely a foregone conclusion. The guilty verdict on drug-trafficking charges in February triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole. Cogan also ordered Guzman to repay $12.6 billion, money his drug-trafficking organization made distributing cocaine and other drugs throughout the U.S.

The evidence at an 11-week trial showed that Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said in recent court papers. They said his “army of sicarios” was under orders to kidnap, torture and murder anyone who got in the way.

The defense argued that Guzman had been framed by other traffickers who’d become government witnesses so they could get breaks in their own cases. They also insisted his trial had been tainted by jurors improperly viewing media coverage of the case.

As he stood to be led out of the courtroom, Guzman put his hand on his heart and waved to family members.

Outside court, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue told reporters, “Never again will Guzman pour poison over our borders.”

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The sentencing was headline news in Mexico, but it was seen as unlikely to make a ripple in terms of the country’s politics, security or the unabated drug trade.

Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope said Guzman’s fate will have “no impact” on trafficking. In the wake of Guzman’s arrest and extradition, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada is believed to have long-ago consolidated control of the Sinaloa cartel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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West Palm Beach uses ‘Baby Shark’ to keep homeless away from banquet hall

Officials in West Palm Beach, Fla., are playing continuous loops of children’s songs to keep the homeless from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned banquet facility.

Baby Shark” and “Raining Tacos” are only temporary fixes for the problem of homelessness at the glass-walled Waterfront Lake Pavilion, West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Director Leah Rockwell told The Palm Beach Post.

The facility hosted 164 events from June 1, 2018, to June 30 of this year, almost half of which were weddings. The hall brings the city about $240,000 in revenues annually.

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West Palm Beach has begun playing loops of children’s songs to deter homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned banquet facility.  (City of West Palm Beach)

“People are paying a lot of money to use the facility,” Rockwell said. “Thousands of dollars. We want to make sure people paying this money had a facility that was clean and open and continue to use it in the future.”

She said more homeless people have been seen bedding down on the Pavilion’s elevated patio, prompting the city to act.

Rockwell did not immediately respond to Fox News request for comment Wednesday.

Will the strategy work?

Illaya Champion, a homeless man, told the paper the music won’t bother him.

“I still lay down in there,” he said. “But it’s on and on, the same songs.”

But the tactic has paid off so far, Rockwell said.

“It has been effective and is a temporary measure to make the area accessible for those who have rented the facility and for future events,” she said. “We are not forcing individuals to stay on the patio of the pavilion to listen to the music. The music is heard only if you are on the patio, a very small area relative to the rest of the waterfront.”

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The city has tried weaponizing music before. To get rid of drug dealers, the police played classical music through rooftop speakers in protective casings. The electrical cabinet that powered the speakers was eventually smashed.

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Former neighbors describe young Epstein as ‘nerdy,’ quiet with no signs of predatory behavior

The formative years of disgraced multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein apparently were vastly different from his time as a jet-setting financial titan accused of sexually abusing scores of underage women.

Epstein, who currently faces multiple charges of sex trafficking, was born and raised in Brooklyn and lived what seemed to be a normal, middle-class life – a far cry from his years of opulence and excess during adulthood.

Epstein was born on January 20, 1953 in Brooklyn and was the first child of Seymour G. Epstein, a groundskeeper for the New York City Department of Parks, and his wife Pauline, a school aide. He was the older of two siblings.

Epstein and his brother, Mark, were raised in the gated community of Sea Gate, a private enclave located on the western end of Coney Island.

Like many others in the neighborhood, Epstein’s upbringing was that of a solid, middle-class family. The family lived in a modest apartment in a three-family home located on Maple Avenue. Neighbors described the Epstein family as modest folk.

“They were so gentle, the most gentle people,” a former neighbor told The Daily Beast. “Simple. The most simple people in the world.”

The neighbor also described how they were amazed by young Jeffrey’s exceptional abilities in mathematics.

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Jeffrey Epstein grew up in Sea Gate, a private, gated community in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. (Google Street View)

“From simple to genius,” they told the website, adding that he was a quiet child.

“He was a little nerdy boy.”

Others described young Epstein as a typical, happy-go-lucky kid who started showing exceptional talent at an early age.

“Jeffrey’s a brilliant and good person,” childhood friend Gary Grossberg said in an interview for the biography “Filthy Rich,” written by novelist James Patterson. “He was a diamond in the rough, you see. People recognized Jeffrey’s brilliance early on.”

Others recalled how “advanced” he was.

“He tutored my girlfriend and me in the summer. He taught me geometry in just two months,” Beverly Donatelli said in her interview for the book. She was in school with Epstein at Lafayette High School in nearby Gravesend. She is two years older but was in the same class as Epstein because he had skipped two grades.

Donatelli said in her interview that she remembered Epstein as “a kindhearted boy” and something of a prodigy who was a gifted piano player and math whiz.

“I was talking to my girlfriends the other day,” she said. “There is nothing but nice we can say about him.”

“He is actually the reason I went to college.”

Donatelli also recalled how she believed the young Epstein had a crush on her.

“That last year in school, I think he kind of loved me,” she said during her interview. “One night on the beach he kissed me. In fact, our history teacher made up a mock wedding invitation for Jeffrey and myself to show the class.”

“That seems pretty inappropriate now. But back then, we all thought it was funny.”

James Rosen, a retired postal worker who also went to school with Epstein at Lafayette, said in his interview with Patterson that there were a lot of racial tensions at the time, but Epstein got through them unscathed.

“There was a lot of volatility at Lafayette,” Rosen said. “It was a blue-collar area that was, at one time, 90 percent Italian. Then a small amount of Jews moved in, and there was anti-Semitism. The Italians didn’t want the Jews there.”

“There were fights in the schools. They thought we were going to take over.”

Epstein seemed to have made friends easily. He was nicknamed “Eppy” among his pals and spent most of his time playing the piano and working on his prized stamp collection.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s picture in the Florida sex offender database.

Epstein graduated from Lafayette in 1969 at the age of 16 and started taking advanced math classes at Cooper Union in the East Village of Manhattan. Aside from his academic talents, he was not a standout on campus. He was just another kid from Brooklyn, according to a passage in “Filthy Rich.” He started earning money by tutoring classmates.

In 1971, he transferred to New York University where he enrolled in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences to study mathematical physiology but never graduated.

Two years later, Epstein started teaching at the prestigious Dalton School on the Upper East Side  He got his first taste of the good life at the tony institution, where he was teaching the children of New York’s elite. It also may have been where he first showed signs of predatory behavior.

Epstein often showed up for work pushing the limits on what was deemed appropriate within Dalton’s strict dress code, wearing a fur coat, gold chains and an open shirt that exposed his chest, according to The New York Times.

A former student told the newspaper that Epstein conducted himself in a strange manner with female students, giving them persistent attention and even showed up at a student party where teens were drinking.

“I can remember thinking at the time, ‘This is wrong,’” former student Scott Spizer told the newspaper.

Epstein was known for being charismatic and acting more like a friend to his students than their teacher.

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In this courtroom artist’s sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, center, sits with attorneys Martin Weinberg, left, and Marc Fernich during his arraignment in New York federal court, Monday, July 8, 2019. Epstein pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges. The 66-year-old is accused of creating and maintaining a network that allowed him to sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls from 2002 to 2005. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

“He was goofy and like a kid himself,” Leslie Kitziger, who graduated in 1978, told the Times, adding that she remembered him as caring and attentive.

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Other former students who spoke with the newspaper remembered Epstein in a different light, citing how they would often see him flirting with female students.

“There was a real clarity of the inappropriateness of the behavior — that this isn’t how adult male teachers conduct themselves,” said Millicent Young, a former student during his tenure at Dalton.

Epstein was eventually asked to leave by school officials but the reasons were not clear.

“Epstein was a young teacher who didn’t come up to snuff,” Peter Branch, interim headmaster for Dalton at the time, told The Times.

“So, ultimately, he was asked to leave.”

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Meltdown on House floor before resolution condemning Trump comments passes; AOC has new 2020 challenger

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Dem-led House formally condemns Trump’s ‘racist’ remarks after floor battle involving Pelosi erupts
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday evening condemning President Trump’s “racist” remarks against the “squad” of progressive freshman Democratic lawmakers this past weekend. However, the formal condemnation of Trump was arguably overshadowed by a floor fight earlier in the day that ended with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ruled out of order for a breach of decorum for calling tube president a racist on the House floor. The unexpected mayhem in Congress, which briefly resulted in the revocation of Pelosi’s speaking privileges on the House floor, left commentators and lawmakers stunned. (Click on the video below to watch the dramatic floor fight involving Pelosi.)

The final resolution passed by a vote of 240-187. All Democrats voted yea, with a handful of Republicans joining them: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Will Hurd, Fred Upton and Susan Brooks. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who recently left the Republican Party after calling for Trump’s impeachment, also voted yes. The rest of the Republicans voted no. Trump’s remarks initially appeared to have united the Democratic Party when it was struggling with a public feud between Pelosi and the “squad” – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. But a CBS News interview with the four congresswomen suggested that hard feelings still remain.

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Republican Scherie Murray is launching a campaign Wednesday for the New York congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. ((Courtesy of Murray campaign))

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Scherie Murray, a New York businesswoman who immigrated from Jamaica as a child and is active in state Republican politics, is launching a campaign Wednesday for the congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Fox News has learned. In a phone interview, Murray, 38, confirmed her intention to run for the New York congressional seat as a Republican. “There is a crisis in Queens, and it’s called AOC,” Murray told Fox News. “And instead of focusing on us, she’s focusing on being famous. Mainly rolling back progress and authoring the job-killing Green New Deal and killing the Amazon New York deal.” Murray takes jabs at AOC in an introductory video that launches her campaign.

Remembering Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens – A ‘judge’s judge’
“Independent-minded” may best describe the life and judicial career of Justice John Paul Stevens, nominated by a Republican President to sit on the Supreme Court, but who in his three-plus decades on the bench staked out generally liberal views on the law and Constitution. Stevens died Tuesday in Florida after a brief illness. He was 99, and earlier this year released a memoir of his years on the bench. The oldest member of the Court before he retired in 2010, Stevens had been a difficult justice to peg, almost from the day he was first nominated 35 years earlier. On the bench, Stevens is remembered for taking out of a case only what was presented to him, refusing to issue sweeping pronouncements on judicial philosophy. This minimalist approach earned him both praise and criticism, but colleagues say he never swayed.

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President of Planned Parenthood ousted
The president of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the U.S., was removed from her position Tuesday after just eight months. Dr. Leana Wen tweeted that Planned Parenthood’s board had “ended my employment at a secret meeting. We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.” She later posted a copy of a letter to Planned Parenthood officials in which she said that she was “leaving the organization sooner than I’d hoped …”

‘El Chapo’ faces sentencing 
 Will “El Chapo,” Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, go quietly when he gets the last word in a New York courtroom? That’s one of the biggest questions when Joaquin Guzman is sentenced in New York City on Wednesday. The highly-anticipated hearing could be his last chance to speak publicly before spending the rest of his life behind bars at a maximum security U.S. prison. Guzman, 62, was convicted in February on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case. The guilty verdict at an 11-week trial triggered what the government says is a well-justified mandatory sentence of life without parole.

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Amazon defends business practices toward third-party sellers at antitrust hearing.
IKEA closing its only US factory, will move operations to Europe: report.
Why homeownership rates among Hispanics, African Americans differ substantially.

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Sean Hannity wants to take up former Vice President Joe Biden on his pushup to President Trump, saying the president is “too busy cleaning up the mess you left” in the eight years of the Obama presidency. He also blasts Biden for “sucking up” to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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This Day in History: July 17

On this day, July 17 …

1996: TWA Flight 800, a Europe-bound Boeing 747, explodes and crashes off Long Island, N.Y., shortly after departing John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 230 people on board.

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1945: Following Nazi Germany’s surrender, President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill begin meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II.

1954: The two-day inaugural Newport Jazz Festival, billed as “The First American Jazz Festival,” opens in Rhode Island.

1955: Disneyland had its opening day in Anaheim, Calif.

1975: An Apollo spaceship docks with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower link-up of its kind.

1997: Woolworth Corp. announces it is closing its 400 remaining five-and-dime stores across the country, ending 117 years in business.

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2009: Former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite dies in New York at 92.

2014: All 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are killed when the Boeing 777 is shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

2014: Eric Garner, an unarmed black man accused of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, dies shortly after being wrestled to the ground by New York City police officers: a video of the takedown shows Garner repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.” (Garner’s family would receive $5.9 million from the city in 2015 to settle a wrongful death claim.)

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Utah boy selling ‘ice cold beer’ appears to be a savvy marketer

A young roadside entrepreneur caught the attention of Utah police Tuesday with a sign that read “Ice cold beer.”

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“Yep, he’s selling beer … ROOT BEER, that is,” the Brigham City Police Department wrote on Facebook.

Upon further inspection, the sign has “root” written in smaller letters above the word ‘BEER.”

“His marketing strategy has resulted in several calls to the BCPD, but apparently its paid off as business has been good,” police wrote.

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Tuesday’s high in Brigham City was in the 90s.

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