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Crowd sent running after false report of active shooter at D.C. pride event

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A false report of an active shooter at an LGBTQ pride event in Washington D.C. sparked panic and sent people running through the streets Saturday.

The incident occurred near Dupont Circle, where hundreds were gathered for the Capital Pride Parade. No shots were fired but several people were injured while running away from they feared were gunshots, tweeted Kevin Donahue, D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.

The Washington Post reported a law enforcement source said a fight broke out in the circle and a gun was possibly brandished. Police found a gun inside a backpack, but no description of the weapon was given. Authorities told WRC-TV that one person was being questioned.

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One witness told the Post that “everyone started running behind us, running and screaming.” One city official told the paper that five people suffered injuries consistent with fleeing from a scene.

Medical personnel treated some of those injured. The parade ended early after the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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California utility proactively cuts power because of weather

Pacific Gas & Electric cut power Saturday to about 1,600 customers in Northern California to reduce risk of wildfires amid windy, dry and warming weather conditions that raised the year’s first red flag warnings.

The utility said it began cutting power at 6 a.m. to portions of Napa, Solano and Yolo counties, an area northeast of the San Francisco Bay region. The company also announced in advance that it may have to cut power to 30,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties.

Conditions ripe for fire — winds, low humidity, dry vegetation and heat — were expected to last into Sunday. The National Weather Service said a station north of Sonoma reported gusts to 50 mph (80 kph) Saturday.

PG&E is under pressure to prevent fire starts after downed power lines and other equipment have been blamed for conflagrations that began during so-called fire weather.

But there has been opposition from customers who rely on electrically powered life-support equipment as well as businesses that have had to shut down for lack of power.

“We know how much our customers rely on electric service, and our decision tonight to turn off power is to protect our communities experiencing extreme fire danger,” Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of electric operations, said in a statement Friday.

California experienced a very wet winter and spring, and even vast areas that were scorched earth after last year’s wildfires now have new head-high brush that is rapidly browning as summer approaches.

Two fires broke out heading into the weekend.

A Friday afternoon grass fire near the Solano County community of Fairfield forced people out of about 50 homes, but firefighters held it to 24 acres (10 hectares) without any structures lost and evacuations were lifted.

A wildfire near Interstate 5 in Stanislaus County grew to nearly 1 square mile (2.59 sq. kilometer) but it was 75 percent contained Saturday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The state’s electricity providers have been given authority to shut off power when fire risk is extremely high, but the California Public Utilities Commission has said they must do a better job of educating and notifying the public, and increase fire prevention efforts such as clearing brush and installing fire-resistant poles.

The National Weather Service’s red flag warning was issued for portions of the Central Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for Saturday through Sunday at elevations below 1,000 feet (305 meters), where there has been less rain recently and the vegetation is driest.

A heat advisory issued for the region around San Francisco Bay warned of record or near-record heat on Sunday, with widespread highs from 95 to 105 degrees (35-40.5 Celsius).

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Trafficking’s invisible victims: Boys trapped in the sex trade

If there’s a public face to human trafficking it’s usually that of a young teenage girl, but across the country a new type of victim is increasingly coming to the fore.

More and more, young boys are being preyed upon and exploited in the sex trade, and advocates are beginning to take notice.

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Geoff Rogers and Kevin Malone at their Florida-based home for boys who have been sex trafficked. (Fox News)

“When you think about the magnitude of the problem, the number of kids being sold for sex here in America, most people think of girls,” Geoff Rogers, co-founder of the United State Institute against Human Trafficking (USIAHT), said in an interview with Fox News, “and certainly there’s a tremendous number of girls being sold. But if we look at one particular study funded by the Department of Justice … that study identified an estimated 36 percent of kids that are trafficked are boys.”

While attention is focused on female victims and survivors, most of the public is unaware that boys, some as young as 10, are forced into the dark world of trafficking. Making matter worse, services to help these young men escape a life of trafficking are virtually nonexistent.

“As we traveled the country, we couldn’t find really any services for boys,” Rogers says.

“I realized at the Super Bowl that these traffickers were selling boys, and sometimes dressing them up as little girls, that it kind of opened my eyes to the problem.”

— Kevin Malone

Along with USIAHT co-founder Kevin Malone, Rogers set out to help the young male survivors of trafficking.

“I noticed when I went to the Super Bowl in Phoenix a few years ago, that there were … boys being trafficked there,” Malone, who is also a former general manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers, tells Fox News. “What we found, even there, were little boys dressed up as girls and being sold.”

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Kevin Malone and Geoff Rogers.

“So I think that was the first time I realized, apart from when I was in Thailand and met a 5-year-old boy that had been trafficked, but in America when I realized at the Super Bowl that these traffickers were selling boys, and sometimes dressing them up as little girls, it kind of opened my eyes to the problem,” Malone said.

Exact numbers and the full scope of male victimization are not known. But according to a 2016 study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, up to 36 percent of children forced into the U.S. sex industry were male. A 2008 study by John Jay College of Criminal Justice suggests that boys made up nearly half of children who were sexually exploited in New York City.

“Every child and the experiences that they’ve had is very, very different, especially when it comes to the boys.”

— Geoff Rogers

Both Malone and Rogers, through their organization, set out to help these faceless kids, and in 2017 they opened the first safe home for young male trafficking victims.

“This safe home is for young boys that have been sex trafficked. They’re from the ages of 10 to 17. And it’s been an incredible process to work with these young kids, to really learn first-hand the differences between how boys are trafficked compared to girls,” Rogers said. “Because they’ve really — they’ve never seen a program like this before. Every child and the experiences that they’ve had is very, very different, especially when it comes to the boys.”

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Kevin Malone at his Florida-based home for boys who have been sex trafficked.

Fox News was given unprecedented access to the boys’ home. Opened in 2017 by USIAHT in a remote location of Florida, it’s thought to be the first of its kind in the nation.

The facility can house up to six young male survivors at any given time.

“Over the last two years, we’ve worked with boys 15, 16, 17 years old. That’s been predominantly who we worked with, up until several weeks ago, when we got the first phone call about a 10-year-old boy,” Rogers said. “And so I’ll tell you, from our staff standpoint, I mean, we’ve been working’ with these boys now for two years, but when we got the phone call with the 10-year-old, it was almost like a collective ‘hold your breath.’”

Rogers said each boy’s story puts a spotlight on what is needed to combat this growing situation.

“What we recognize is that’s really on what we’d call the back end of the problem. And so it’s the rescue, the rehabilitation of these victims,” he said.

“So I believe the biggest problem we have is the lack of empathy, and a lack of compassion, and a lack of concern by Americans who really are generally the most loving, and concerning, and giving, and helpful people in the world.”

— Kevin Malone

Many of the residents of the USIAHT’s safe home were coerced into a life of sexual slavery before they were able to leave that existence behind.

Some examples:

•    “Alex” was 13 when he ran away from foster care.  At a bus station, he met a man who offered to let Alex live with him in exchange for sex.  Eventually, the man forced Alex to begin having sex with other men to keep his room in the home.  Alex believed that he had no choice and did not want to go back to foster care, so he complied, fearing that he would have no place live or have meals to eat if he said no.

Alex was discovered and rescued by an undercover police officer after Alex’s picture went up on an escort site.

•    “Ryan” was a teenager when his mom first sold him for sex with an older man.  Eventually, his mom convinced several of Ryan’s friends to sell themselves as well.  Although she paid them a small amount, she kept most of the profits for herself.  Eventually, the sex trafficking ring was discovered by the authorities and Ryan was placed in foster care.

•    “Jonah” was kicked out of his home when he told his parents he was gay.  He was living on the street when two men offered him a room in their house.  It wasn’t long before he learned that this generosity was a ploy.  He was only allowed to stay if he had sex with them and their friends.

“There are no throwaway kids,” Malone said. “Even though 50 to 60 percent are coming out of foster care, those are our kids. We’re a community. We’re a nation. We need to protect our kids.”

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Shoes of the boys who are staying at the Florida-based home.

“So I believe the biggest problem we have is the lack of empathy, and a lack of compassion, and a lack of concern by Americans who really are generally the most loving, and concerning, and giving, and helpful people in the world,” Malone said.

The USIAHT’s safe home is staffed with care workers around the clock to provide service to up to six residents at any given time. They assist with counseling and helping these young men adjust to a normal life.

“And so with these boys, most of them, really all of them now, are going to public school. Some of them now have cellphones that they can check in and check out,” Rogers said. “Some of ’em have some social media access. They’re on Xbox. They’re on the Internet. It’s all monitored, of course.

“But what we’re really doing is trying to give them the most normal environment possible,” Rogers continued. “Because really it’s a recognition that these are just kids. They’re just teenagers.”

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Nine hospitalized in Boston subway derailment 

Nine people were hospitalized Saturday after a subway car derailed near Fenway Park in Boston.

Officials with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said the accident happened about 11 a.m. when a subway car derailed inside a tunnel.

Local emergency officials said that none of the injuries were life-threatening, but that the incident caused major delays on the public transit system.There were about 150 people on the train when it derailed, with another 500 riders on the train behind it.

Following the incident, passengers were evacuated and walked through the tunnel.

Among those injured were the train’s operator. A 10th individual was reported injured but declined treatment, according to local reports.

“We are going to conduct a full investigation into this derailment,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a statement.

The accident came as Boston was gearing up for its annual Pride Parade and a Red Sox game at Fenway Park against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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US carrier in Persian Gulf region sends clear signal to Iran

Under a starry sky, U.S. Navy fighter jets catapulted off the aircraft carrier’s deck and flew north over the darkened waters of the northern Arabian Sea, a unmistaken signal to Iran that the foremost symbol of the American military’s global reach is back in its neighborhood, perhaps to stay.

The USS Abraham Lincoln , with its contingent of Navy destroyers and cruisers and a fighting force of about 70 aircraft, is the centerpiece of the Pentagon’s response to what it calls Iranian threats to attack U.S. forces or commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf region. In recent years, there has been no regular U.S. aircraft carrier presence in the Middle East.

U.S. officials have said that signs of heightened Iranian preparations to strike U.S. and other targets in the waters off Iran as well as in Iraq and Yemen in late April emerged shortly after the Trump administration announced it was clamping down further on Iran’s economy by ending waivers to sanctions on buyers of Iranian crude oil.

The administration went a step beyond that on Friday, announcing penalties that target Iran’s largest petrochemical company.

On Saturday the Lincoln was steaming in international waters east of Oman and about 200 miles from Iran’s southern coastline. One month after its arrival in the region, the Lincoln has not entered the Persian Gulf, and it’s not apparent that it will. The USS Gonzalez, a destroyer that is part of the Lincoln strike group, is operating in the Gulf.

Rear Adm. John F. G. Wade, commander of the Lincoln strike group, said Iran’s naval forces have adhered to international standards of interaction with ships in his group.

“Since we’ve been operating in the region, we’ve had several interactions with Iranians,” he said. “To this point all have been safe and professional — meaning, the Iranians have done nothing to impede our maneuverability or acted in a way which required us to take defensive measures.”

The Lincoln’s contingent of 44 Navy F-18 Super Hornets are flying a carefully calibrated set of missions off the carrier night and day, mainly to establish a visible U.S. “presence” that Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of Central Command, said Saturday seems to have caused Iran to “tinker with” its preparation for potential attacks.

He said on Friday that he thinks Iran had been planning some sort of attack on shipping or U.S. forces in Iraq. Two other officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive details, said Iran was at a high state of readiness in early May with its ships, submarines, surface-to-air missiles and drone aircraft.

“It is my assessment that if we had not reinforced, it is entirely likely that an attack would have taken place by now,” McKenzie said.

In an interview on the bridge, or command station, of the Lincoln with reporters who are traveling with him throughout the Gulf region, McKenzie said the carrier has made an important difference.

“We believe they are recalculating. They have to take this into account as they think about various actions that they might take. So we think this is having a very god stabilizing effect,” he said.

“They are looking hard at the carrier because they know we are looking hard at them,” McKenzie said.

He said earlier in the week that he had not ruled out requesting additional defensive forces to bolster the deterrence of Iran, whose economy is being squeezed hard by U.S. sanctions after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. last year from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. The U.S. already has announced plans to send 900 additional troops to the Mideast and extend the stay of 600 more as tens of thousands of others also are on the ground across the region.

Iran’s influential Revolutionary Guard has said it doesn’t fear a possible war with the U.S. and asserted that America’s military might has not grown in power in recent years. “The enemy is not more powerful than before,” the Guard spokesman, Gen. Ramazan Sharif, said in late May.

The U.S. has accused Iran of being behind a string of recent incidents, including what officials allege was sabotage of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

McKenzie spent two days aboard the Lincoln to confer with naval commanders, observe both daytime and nighttime flight operations, and to thank crew members. Their deployment plans were disrupted when the White House approved McKenzie’s request in early May that the Lincoln cut short its time in the Mediterranean Sea and sail swiftly to the Arabian Sea.

“I am the reason you are here,” the general said in an all-hands announcement to the nearly 6,000 personnel on the Lincoln Friday night shortly after he flew aboard by Navy helicopter from Oman.

“I requested this ship because of ongoing tensions with Iran,” he said. “And nothing says you’re interested in somebody like 90,000 tons of aircraft carrier and everything that comes with it. Our intent by bringing you here was to stabilize the situation and let Iran know that now is not the time to do something goofy.”

McKenzie also requested, and received, four Air Force long-range B-52 bombers. They were in the region 51 hours after being summoned and were flying missions three days later. They are now operating from al-Udeid air base in Qatar. There had been no U.S. bomber presence in the Gulf region since late February.

In an interview Friday after speaking with B-52 pilots at al-Udeid, McKenzie said it’s hard to know whether that gap in a bomber presence had emboldened the Iranians.

“Cumulatively, the fact that we had drawn down in (the Mideast) may have had an effect on Iranian behavior,” he said. “We do know that bringing stuff back in seems to have had an effect on their behavior,” noting that there have been no Iranian attacks on U.S. forces.

On Saturday aboard the Lincoln, McKenzie was asked whether there have been any incidents between Iranian and American naval force in recent weeks.

“No, actually I think things are pretty quiet right now,” he said.

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Commerce Department official killed in apparent murder-suicide: DC police

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An official for the U.S. Commerce Department died on Friday in what a preliminary investigation said was a murder-suicide involving her husband, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department reported on Friday.

According to police, officers conducted a welfare check at the couple’s home in Northwest D.C. on Friday. When they arrived they found a man, identified as 51-year-old Jason Rieff, with a handgun who appeared to fire a self-inflicted shot while they were on the scene. Authorities said they also found an unresponsive adult female identified as 45-year-old Lola Gulomova.

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In their preliminary investigation, detectives from the Homicide Branch said the incident was “domestic in nature.” The couple had two children who weren’t present during the shooting, BNO News reported.

Rieff was pronounced dead after he was rushed to an area hospital. Gulomova has worked in a variety of public servant positions for the U.S. government. Originally from Tajikistan, she came to the United States where she eventually worked as NASA Deputy Russia Representative at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

While working at the Commerce Department, she took diplomatic posts in India, China, and Taiwan.

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“We lost a true friend of Uzbekistan. My deepest sympathies to her close ones,” Javlon Vakhabov, the Uzbek Ambassador to the United States, reportedly said.

“Have met her last week at the [embassy]. She was supposed to leave for Tashkent [on Saturday] to lead [the] first ever trade mission to Uzbekistan.”

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Police: Deputy filmed sex act involving mother, baby

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Authorities say a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy filmed a mother performing a sex act on her 1-year-old boy.

News outlets report St. Gabriel Police arrested Shaderick Jones on Friday on multiple charges including principal to first-degree rape.

The boy’s mother was arrested Saturday on a charge of first-degree rape and incest. According to WAFB-TV, she told investigators she was coerced into performing the sex act because Jones had a traffic arrest warrant against her.

Jones had worked for the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2015. He was fired after his arrest.

It’s unknown if Jones has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Sheriff Brett Stassi says someone showed police footage of the incident, which is believed to have occurred early Thursday. He described what he’d seen as “sick.”

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‘Person of interest’ in Detroit deaths remains in custody

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A man who Detroit police call a “person of interest” in the deaths of three women remains in custody.

A spokeswoman for the Wayne County prosecutor said Saturday that the case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Police say the homeless man was taken into custody Friday night, two days after the body of a woman was found in a vacant house on Detroit’s east side. The bodies of the other two women were discovered in separate empty dwellings earlier this year. Investigators believe the deaths are related.

Police have not described the man as a suspect. The Detroit Detention Center confirmed Saturday that he was still in custody, but declined further comment.

A message seeking comment was left with a police department spokesman.

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Chicago woman mysteriously dies after flight to Dubai

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A Chicago woman whose family says was extremely healthy has died mysteriously after her Emirates flight from New York landed in Dubai.

Brandi Hodges, 40, was traveling with her sister, and was described to be in good health by her cousin, when tragedy struck on Friday morning.

“My sister called me at approximately 1:30 this morning,” said Gloria Ray-Banks, who was expecting news of her cousin’s safe arrival in Dubai, according to ABC 13.

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Hodges began complaining that she didn’t feel well, as she and her sister walked off the aircraft.

“So they sat down, and Brandi fainted,” said Banks. “So then, my sister went and got one of the flight attendants.”

When Brandi woke, she was given oxygen and ice, but fainted again shortly after. Paramedics then took Hodges into an ambulance, which her sister says never actually left the airport.

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“After so many minutes and they didn’t pull off, my sister looked back to see why they had not left. Brandi wasn’t back there,” said Banks.

Paramedics had taken Brandi to a medical room within the airport, where they tried to revive her with a defibrillator, but were unsuccessful.

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Banks says it will cost $6,000 to get her body back to the United States. However she can’t until Sunday because of the holiday Eid al-Fitr, which has closed many businesses in Dubai.

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Boys are invisible victims in sex trafficking

If there’s a public face of the victims of human trafficking it’s usually that of a young teenage girl, but across the country, a new type of victim is increasingly coming to the forefront.

Young boys are increasingly preyed upon and exploited in the sex trade, and advocates are beginning to take notice.

“If we look at one particular study funded by the Department of Justice…that study identified an estimated 36% of kids that are trafficked are boys.”

— Geoff Rogers

“[W]hen you think about the magnitude of the problem, the number of kids being sold for sex here in America, most people think of girls,” Geoff Rogers, Co-Founder of the United State Institute against Human Trafficking (USIAHT) said in an interview with Fox News, “and certainly there’s a tremendous number of girls being sold. But if we look at one particular study funded by the Department of Justice…that study identified an estimated 36% of kids that are trafficked are boys.”

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Geoff Rogers and Kevin Malone at their Florida-based home for boys who have been sex trafficked. (Fox News)

Fox News was given unprecedented access to a safe home for boys that was started by the USIAHT Opened in 2017 by the institute in an undisclosed and remote location in Florida, the home is the first in the US that helps young men escape the clutches of human trafficking and start over with the chance at a normal life.

On Tonight’s Fox Report with Jon Scott, you’ll get a first look at the facility, which is currently the only one of its kind in operation.

INSIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT’S EFFORTS TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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Kevin Malone at his Florida-based home for boys who have been sex trafficked. (Fox News)

“This safe home is for young boys that have been sex trafficked. They’re from the ages of 10 to 17. And it’s been an incredible process to work with these young kids, to really learn firsthand the differences between how boys are trafficked compared to girls,” Rogers said. “Because they’ve really– they’ve never seen a program like this before. Every child and the experiences that they’ve had is very, very different, especially when it comes to the boys.”

Exact numbers and scope of male victims are not known but according to a 2016 study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, up to 36% of children forced into the U.S. Sex industry were male. A 2008 study by John Jay College of Criminal Justice suggests that boys made up nearly 50 percent of children who were sexually exploited in the City of New York.

The USIAHT’s safe home is staffed with care workers around the clock to provide service to up to six residents at any given time. They assist with counseling and helping these young men adjust to a normal life.

“And so with these boys, most of them, really all of them now, are going to public school. Some of them now have cellphones that they can check in and check out,” Rogers said. “Some of ’em have some social media access. They’re on Xbox. They’re on the internet. It’s all monitored, of course.

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“But what we’re really doing is trying to give them the most normal environment possible. Because really it’s a recognition that these are just kids. They’re just teenagers.”

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