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Turkey-Syria cease-fire in question after reported shelling; Mulvaney backtracks Ukraine quid pro quo comments

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Turkey-Syria cease-fire in question after reported fighting, shelling
Just hours after President Trump announced a cease-fire between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces in Syria, journalists have reported continued fighting in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday morning, while other areas have reported relative calm since the agreement.

Journalists from the Associated Press reported witnessing shelling and said they could see smoke billowing around the town, which sits along the border with Turkey. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, reported intermittent clashes in Ras al-Ayn, but calm elsewhere. Reuters also reported machine-gun fire and shelling that could be heard from a border town in Turkey near Ra al-Ayn.

On Thursday Trump declared it “a great day for civilization” after Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, announced terms of a cease-fire agreement that intended to end the violence between Turkey and the Kurds. At a Dallas campaign rally, he likened the Turkish offensive against the Syrian Kurds to a schoolyard fight and credited his “unconventional” approach for enabling the truce.

The deal was for a 120-hour cease-fire, during which time the Kurdish-led forces could pull back from the roughly 20-mile-wide safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. All Turkish military operations under the recent offensive known as Operation Peace Spring are to pause during that time, with the operation coming to an end upon completion of the Kurdish withdrawal, under terms of the deal.

Some U.S. military sources told Fox News they were skeptical of the cease-fire deal. Click here to read more on our top story.

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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump labels Pelosi ‘crazy,’ O’Rourke ‘dumb,’ as he slams Dems at Dallas rally
President Trump slammed Democrats as unpatriotic and referred to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “Crazy Nancy” while giving an extended critique of his potential 2020 opponents before a large and friendly rally crowd in Dallas Thursday night. The “Keep America Great” event came just hours after Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would soon step aside amid scrutiny from House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry — and a week after chaos and violence broke out at a Trump event in Democratic-leaning Minnesota.

Outside the rally, some 30,000 Trump supporters watched the speech on a large screen, as the president blasted 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. He derided former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas as “very dumb” for pushing to confiscate guns and tax religious institutions, and said Joe Biden’s family overtly profited from the former vice president’s political career. He also denounced Pelosi a day after she and other top Democrats walked out of a White House meeting, telling the crowd, “She’s nuts.” Click more on this story.

Mulvaney comments seized on by critics saying it’s proof of Ukraine quid pro quo
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says his comments about the Trump administration’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine have been misinterpreted after he initially seemed to contradict President Trump’s claim that there was no “quid pro quo” during his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

At a briefing at the White House on Thursday, Mulvaney told reporters that the release of $400 million in military aid to Ukraine was tied to the administration’s demands that Kiev investigate purported corruption by the Democrats during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Trump also mentioned to him that the corruption was related to the DNC server and “that’s why we held up the money,” Mulvaney said.

In a statement later Thursday, Mulvaney declared there was “absolutely no quid pro quo” between aid and any investigations. “There was never any condition on the flow of aid related to the matter of the DNC server,” he said.

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A worker carrying boxes of goods walks by women selecting handbags at a commercial building in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China’s economic growth sinks to a 26-year low
China’s economy took another hit last quarter as the tariff war with the United States continued to take its toll. Its economic growth decelerated to a 26-year low in the latest quarter, adding to a deepening slump that is weighing on global growth. The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6 percent in the three months ending in September, down from the previous quarter’s 6.2 percent, data showed Friday. The slump increases pressure on Chinese leaders to avert politically dangerous job losses as they fight a tariff war with President Trump over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology ambitions.

TUNE IN TODAY: In Fox News exclusive, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg rejects calls for shutdown of Trump’s social media
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says President Trump’s activities on Twitter and other social media platforms should not be curtailed in any way. “My belief is that in a democracy, I don’t think that we want private companies censoring politicians in the news,” Zuckerberg told Dana Perino in an exclusive interview airing Friday on “The Daily Briefing.”

Perino asked Zuckerberg about Sen. Kamala Harris’ demand that Twitter shut down Trump’s account, which the president uses regularly to share his views on a multitude of issues. Zuckerberg said Silicon Valley shouldn’t be taking such actions. He also responded to 2020 frontrunner Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s criticism of Facebook. Click here for more on this story.

Tune in to “The Daily Briefing” at 2 p.m. ET for Dana Perino’s full interview with Mark Zuckerberg.
 
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Mark Levin, host of “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Fox News, blasted the media’s attacks on acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, saying, “Every day, it’s something else to prove there was a quid pro quo. It’s so absurd.”

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Gun retailer broke law selling rifle to Sutherland Springs church killer, feds allege

A Texas sporting goods store broke the law when it sold an AR-15-style rifle and large-capacity magazine to a man who later committed a mass murder at a San Antonio-area church, federal prosecutors argued in a court filing.

Devin Patrick Kelley, who fatally shot himself as authorities chased him following the bloody massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in 2017, was ineligible to make the purchase because he used a Colorado driver’s license as identification, prosecutor Paul David Stern wrote.

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“Sale of that rifle would have been illegal in Colorado,” Stern wrote, referring to a Model 8500 Ruger AR-556 that authorities say Kelley bought from Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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Devin Patrick Kelley, who authorities say killed himself following a church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017, is seen in an undated photo. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)​​​

In 2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state had denied Kelley a gun permit and he should not have been legally allowed to own a firearm, the BBC reported.

Kelley fired at least 450 rounds inside the church, killing more than two dozen people and wounding 20 more, authorities have said. A nearby resident shot and wounded Kelley before the killer drove away and ultimately ended his own life, according to authorities.

Now federal authorities are looking to add the Texas retailer as a possible third party in a lawsuit that relatives of those killed or wounded in the massacre have filed against the federal government. The plaintiffs argue that the U.S. Air Force neglected to add Kelley’s criminal data to a national database that might have blocked his weapons purchase, despite six opportunities to add the information.

Kelley, a former airman, had a background that included beating his wife and stepson, mistreating animals, escaping a mental health clinic and being court-martialed, the BBC reported.

The Justice Department argued that federal employees should be shielded from the legal action, but in May U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez in San Antonio ruled that the government itself should not be shielded.

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Academy Sports + Outdoors operates more than 250 stores in 16 states and posted $4.9 billion in sales for the fiscal year that ended in February, a company spokeswoman told the Associated Press. She would not comment on the federal court filing, the AP added.

Jamal Alsaffar, an attorney representing the victims’ families, said the plaintiffs expect federal authorities to examine Academy’s history of gun sales for examples of firearms sales that should have been prohibited.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Mother of mass shooting victim says home owners association wants flag honoring son to come down

A North Carolina woman who flies a flag in honor of her son who was killed in a mass shooting said she was notified by her homeowner’s association last month that it must be removed, according to reports.

“I feel like they are trying to take my son from me one more time,” Leslie Kendra, who has been flying an “Illinois Strong” flag and an American flag on a flagpole in her front yard in Wake Forest, N.C., told the Chicago Tribune.

Her son, Clayton Parks, 32, was killed by a disgruntled former coworker at a business in Aurora, Ill. On Feb. 15. The shooter killed four others before he was killed by police.

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Kendra flies the “Aurora Stong” flag and the American flag on her property. (Leslie Kendra/HANDOUT)

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The issue, according to the homeowner’s association, isn’t the flags but rather the flagpole.

Kendra and her husband installed the 20-foot flagpole in May, and she said she received a letter from the homeowner’s association last month that said the flagpole was in violation of “community rules” and she could be fined up to $100 per day, the Tribune reported.

Kendra said the homeowner’s association has dropped the fees after the dispute made the local news, but she said the association stipulated the flagpole must be relocated and shortened to 15 feet and the “Aurora Strong” flag can only be flown on Feb. 15 each year.

The homeowner’s association, in a letter to the Beacon-News, said it extends its sincerest condolences to the family and “look forward to resolving this manner in an amicable and professional manner,” according to the Tribune.

Kendra has also reached out to the state’s attorney’s office for help and said without a resolution she’ll remove the flagpole by the end of the month.

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“People have sports teams things on their mailbox,” Kendra told the Tribune. “I just don’t understand why anyone would have a problem with this.”

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New York City lawmakers approve plan to close Rikers jail complex by 2026

New York lawmakers voted on Thursday to shutter the city’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect. The plan calls for moving inmates to smaller jails throughout the city.

The City Council voted 36-13 to replace the complex of 10 jails on an island in the East River, with four smaller more modern facilities, which would be closer to main courthouses in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other Democrats support the plan to shut down Rikers, which mainly houses inmates awaiting trial, and replace it with the smaller jails by 2026. That would end Rikers’ decades-long run as one of the world’s largest jails.

On Thursday, de Blasio tweeted, “Our city is a big step closer to closing Rikers Island — and ending the era of mass incarceration.”

“This action today means that New York City is set on a new path,” de Blasio told reporters.

WHAT IS RIKERS ISLAND?

“This is a plan that is about fairness and compassion. It’s about safety. It’s about valuing every human life.”

The plan has a price tag of more than $8 billion. The operating theory behind the plan: that in an age of falling crime rates, huge jails contribute more to public safety problems than they do to solutions.

“Rikers Island is a symbol of brutality and inhumanity and it is time for us to once and for all close Rikers Island,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, a Democrat who shepherded the plan through the governing body. “As a city we must do everything we can to move away from the failed policies of mass incarceration.”

Some critics say they don’t want new jails, though. Said one councilman who voted no, Carlos Menchaca, who voted no, “There is nothing in the plan that guarantees closing Rikers.”

He added, “I do not trust this mayor. Do you?”

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The vote was disrupted by anti-jail activists who threw flyers from the balcony and chanted, “If you build it they will fill it.”

City officials said a significant drop in the jail population has made it possible to close the existing complex.

Supporters of the jail overhaul have said they anticipate New York City’s jail population will keep dropping because of criminal justice reforms and several district attorneys in the city saying they are no longer prosecuting small-time marijuana possession cases.

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The Rikers Island jail complex, set against the backdrop of the New York City skyline. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Also, police officers have been encouraged to write tickets for minor offenses instead of bringing people to jail.

On the other hand, critics of the plan have said fewer cells may lead to more violent criminals on city streets.

The plan has also received some resistance from residents of neighborhoods surrounding the four new jail sites.

City Council leaders announced Tuesday that they would decrease the heights of the planned jails to win support. A prison skyscraper planned for Lower Manhattan was cut from 45 to 29 stories and City Council member Margaret Chin, a Democrat who represents the area, said the shorter jail tower “will no longer be out of scale with the neighborhood.”

Also, a proposed Brooklyn jail went from 39 to 29 stories.

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Rikers Island has housed jail inmates since the 1930s. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Rikers saw hundreds of stabbings each year and in a 2014 Associated Press investigation dozens of inmate deaths were detailed, including that of a homeless Marine vet who died in a hot cell.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas sex trafficking victim, 15, takes her own life; family demands justice

A family in Texas is seeking justice after a 15-year-old girl rescued from sex traffickers committed suicide over the weekend.

Letty Serrano, who was abducted in 2017, locked herself in a bathroom at the family’s Houston home and killed herself Saturday, FOX26 Houston reported. Her father, Mariano Serrano, told the station how he had desperately tried to reach her before it was too late.

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“She died in my arms,” Serrano said.

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Letty Serrano was abducted from her school in 2017 when she was 13 years old, her family said. (Cynthia Rivera / Facebook)

Letty’s family described her as a good girl before her abduction near Marshall Middle School, in North Houston, at age 13.

“She was a good student, good grades, quiet, kind of a loner, and her brother had just passed. She was a perfect target for them,” Cynthia Rivera, Letty’s godmother, told FOX26.

Following her rescue, Letty appeared “broken and addicted,” Rivera wrote on Facebook, calling the road to recovery “one of the hardest things” for the child to overcome.

PARENTS TURN TRAGEDY OF SON’S SUICIDE INTO A MISSION TO HELP AT-RISK KIDS

Letty’s father told the station he believed his daughter couldn’t get over being away from the man who took her. She ran away from home twice to be with the man, who had been arrested and then released days later, the family said.

“It’s a very familiar story, unfortunately,” Micah Gamboa, executive director of Elijah Rising, a nonprofit organization in Houston dedicated to ending sex trafficking through prayer, awareness and intervention, told KTRK-TV.

Gamboa claimed there are thousands of trafficking victims in Houston alone, with over 300,000 in Texas.

Rivera has urged the community to come together and ask the city council to tear down abandoned “drug houses” where she said Letty was found.

Houston Police Department Vice Division Commander Jim Dale has called for Letty’s case to be reopened.

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“She was a victim and somehow her cries fell through the cracks and I think that’s why it’s so imperative that we get the schools involved,” Dale told FOX26.

A cause of death has not been released.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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32 illegal immigrants discovered inside refrigerated semitruck in Arizona, officials say

Two men are facing federal human smuggling charges after dozens of illegal immigrants were discovered locked in refrigerated semitrailer Monday night at an immigration checkpoint in southern Arizona, according to officials.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that agents inspected the trailer after a trained dog alerted them. When agents opened up the trailer, they discovered 32 Mexican and Ecuadorian nationals, all in the country illegally, hidden in the produce cargo.

“People aren’t cargo, they’re not meant to be in the back of tractor-trailers and they’re not meant to be transported in this fashion,” Border Patrol agent Joe Curran told FOX10.

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The immigrants discovered in the truck ranged in age from 16 to 53, and most were clad in long pants and short-sleeved T-shirts.

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Officials discovered 32 illegal immigrants locked in a refrigerated semitrailer at a southern Arizona immigration checkpoint on Monday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The trailer’s interior was 47 degrees, “potentially endangering the illegal immigrants locked inside,” according to CBP.

Curran told FOX10 the truck traveled up Interstate 19 until it reached the checkpoint where K-9’s detected suspicious activity.

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The trailer was 47 degrees at the time, and most were clad in long pants and short-sleeved t-shirts inside. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

“We refer vehicles to secondary where we get a better look and understanding of what is going on where we utilize this X-ray technology, which is a huge benefit,” Curran said.

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The 31-year-old driver and 30-year-old passenger, who are U.S. citizens but were not named, were arrested and charged with felony human smuggling violations.

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The group was discovered inside the trailer by using X-Rays, which showed dozens locked inside. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The 32 people discovered in the trailer were being processed at the Nogales port of entry for immigration violations, according to CBP.

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Homeland Security officials said they’ve intercepted several human smuggling attempts involving semitrucks in the Tucson Sector so far this year. The White House commented on the incident Tuesday, saying on Twitter “Smuggling humans in commercial vehicles is not only unlawful: It places the passengers in extreme danger.”

Curran echoed the same concerns to FOX10.

“If there is an accident, these people are going to be violently thrown in the back of this trailer because there are no restraints or consideration for the people being smuggled,” he said.

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‘Bomb Cyclone’ slams Northeast with heavy rain, winds as hundreds of thousands without power

A rapidly intensifying coastal storm known as a “bomb cyclone” has brought torrential rain and gusty winds to the Northeast, causing numerous trees to be downed and leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power.

The National Weather Services’ Weather Prediction Center said the storm will continue to bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and the threat of coastal flooding to parts of New England through Thursday before heading into Canada by Friday. Several inches of rain fell from Washington D.C. through Boston, which has now shifted up from upstate New York through Maine.

“The story that’s going to continue if you live in this region, we are under wind watches, warnings, advisories, from the Mid-Atlantic running all the way up the coast,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said on “Fox & Friends.”

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The “bomb cyclone” can be seen off the coast of the Northeast on Thursday. (NOAA/GOES East)

“It is breezy out here,” Klotz added.

WHAT IS A ‘BOMB CYCLONE’?

The storm has brought powerful winds along the coast, with a wind gust of up to 90 mph in Provincetown, Mass. reported overnight, according to the NWS.

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Wind advisories and warnings stretch from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. (Fox News)

“This wind, unfortunately, is going to stick with us the rest of the day,” Klotz said.

Those winds have caused numerous trees to fall throughout the region, closing roads and bringing down power lines. Around 400,000 customers are without power across the Northeast, with the highest number of outages in Maine and Massachusetts, according to PowerOutage.us.

The Duxbury Fire Department in Massachusetts reported that many roads are “completely impassible” due to downed wires and trees.

“Use extreme caution,” officials said.

Numerous schools were closed throughout the Boston area and the MBTA warned that commuter rail riders should expect “severe delays” due to so many downed wires and trees, Boston 25 reported.

The winds were so powerful in the town of Duxbury, Mass. that several dinghies were blown out of the water onto the shoreline.

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The storm has also impacted MLB postseason baseball.

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Rain from the “bomb cyclone” has shifted north away from the big cities of the Northeast. (Fox News)

Game 4 of the AL Championship Series scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed a day because of poor weather, with Game 5 pushed to Friday night at Yankee Stadium and Games 6 and 7 in Houston on Saturday and Sunday, if necessary. The Houston Astros beat New York Yankees 4-1 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 series lead.

The winner will face Washington and its well-rested, talented rotation starting in the AL city on Tuesday night.

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The coastal storm impacting the Northeast met the criteria to be known as “bomb cyclone,” which means it rapidly intensified, dropping 24 millibars (or atmospheric pressure) over a 24-hour span, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A typical range in millibars is around 10 to 15.

Forecasters said once the storm moves out, that temperatures should be “rather cool” for October, with daytime highs as much as 10 to 20 degrees below normal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California to legalize eating roadkill

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill last weekend, making it legal to cook and eat roadkill, according to several reports.

The “roadkill bill,” (Senate Bill 395) which goes into effect in 2022, will allow people to salvage and eat animals they unintentionally hit or find on the road in the state, KCAL-TV reported.

Those wanting to eat the roadkill would need to obtain a salvage permit in exchange for information about the animal, where and how it was killed in an effort to eliminate waste of carcasses and to better understand how to make roads safer for drivers and animals.

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“When you look at the statistics, the number of injuries and accidents and fatalities, it’s about time,” State Sen. Bob Archuleta, D-Pico Rivera, said, according to KCAL. “If we can save one life, save one animal, I think we’ve done the right thing here.”

University of California, Davis estimates 20,000 deer are killed on California roadways each year, but no department officially tracks the numbers, The Mercury News reported.

“We desperately need systematic data reporting on vehicle collisions with wildlife in California, and CalTrans isn’t going to do it unless directed to by statute,” Brian Nowicki with the Center for Biological Diversity, said, according to The Mercury News.

Under the law, if the animal is still alive the Department of Fish and Wildlife will decide whether or not to put it down.

Opponents of the bill say that it could lead to some drivers purposefully striking animals in the road.

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Eating roadkill is currently illegal under state law and “unlawful possession of wildlife” could carry a $6,000 fine and six months in jail, although it is rarely cited, KQED reported.

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Another Iwo Jima flag-raiser was mis-ID’d, Marine Corps confirms: report

It’s one of the most iconic images from World War II: a group of U.S. Marines raising the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

And now the U.S. Marine Corps admits it has long misidentified one of the service members who took part in the flag-raising – three years after admitting a similar error.

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According to NBC News, a team of historians recently determined that one of the Marines in the photo was Cpl. Harold “Pie” Keller, not Pfc. Rene Gagnon, as had long been believed.

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U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. (Joe Rosenthal/Associated Press)

The correction comes three years after a previous inquiry found that another of the flag-raisers was Pfc. Harold Schultz, not Navy hospital corpsman John Bradley, NBC reported.

The image of the Marines raising the flag was captured in 1945 by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the shot. It was later the inspiration for the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial statue in Arlington County, Va., which was dedicated in 1954.

According to NBC, the latest correction to the list of flag-raising Marines resulted from a review by historians Stephen Foley, Dustin Spence and Brent Westmeyer, whose work was validated by investigators from the Marine Corps and the FBI.

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“Without the initiative and contributions of both private historians devoted to preservation of our history and the FBI’s Digital Evidence Laboratory, the Marine Corps would not have this opportunity to expand on the historical record of the second flag raising on Mount Suribachi,” the Marine Corps said in a statement, according to NBC.

With the recent correction, the list of six Marines in the iconic photo now includes Ira Hayes, Harold Schultz, Michael Strank, Harold “Pie” Keller and Harlen Block, according to NBC.

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But the Marine Corps added that, in a sense, it doesn’t matter which Marines were in the photo, because the image represents the hard work, determination and sacrifice of all who served.

“Regardless of who was in the photograph, each and every Marine who set foot on Iwo Jima, or supported the effort from the sea and air around the island is, and always will be, a part of our Corps’ cherished history,” the Marines’ statement read. “In the words of General David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, ‘they are all heroes.’”

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Missouri sanitation worker caught on camera helping 88-year-old woman with dementia

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A sanitation worker in Missouri was caught on camera going out of his way to help an 88-year-old woman with dementia on Tuesday.

Colette Kingston of Kansas City told Fox News on Wednesday that she had a Ring security camera installed on her mother’s home in nearby Independence, Mo., so she could check on her mother, Opal Zucca, who has dementia.

“I get a notification on my phone when there is movement in her driveway,” Kingston said.

When she got an alert Tuesday afternoon, Kingston looked at the video and saw a sanitation worker holding her mother’s hand, walking with her up the driveway.

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“He was bringing up her trash can and just helping her walk up the driveway,” Kingston said. “It made me teary-eyed to see that someone would be so compassionate and caring.”

The sanitation worker, identified as Billy Shelby with Waste Management, was heard laughing with Zucca in the video.

“It’s good to see you,” Shelby told Zucca.

“It’s good seeing you too,” she responded. “God bless you as always, darling.”

He added, “Looking good. I like that hair. I got to work on mine.”

The gesture was “sweet and emotional,” Kingston said, and she appreciated it — especially because her mother tripped and hit her head while trying to retrieve the trash can in January.

Kingston said she had seen Shelby before on the camera helping her mother with the garbage.

“I’ve noticed him a few times on the camera returning the trash can, but not to this personal extent,” she said. “It’s like his own grandmother that he’s helping, like one of his family members.”

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Kingston said her mother looked forward to seeing Shelby every week and even would say a prayer for him when he came by.

“Just thanking God that he’s there doing his part to help her,” Kingston said.

She was able to identify the kind sanitation worker through the help of Facebook, Kingston pointed out.

“My niece posted it in several groups saying, ‘Does anybody know who this is?’ And then, one of her friends who works for Waste Management said she would help us, and then one of his close friends actually reached out to me,” Kingston explained.

Shelby came to Zucca’s house on Wednesday night, and Kingston got the opportunity to thank him in person.

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Kingston said Shelby and her family will attend a Kansas City Chiefs football game together next month. She’s coordinating with the team, which donated the tickets, to ensure he has a memorable experience.

“Knowing that somebody else would care for a stranger like they would their own family member, it reminds me that there are lots of good people still around,” Kingston said, adding that she thought Shelby and her mother will have a lasting friendship.

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