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Federal lawsuit filed against Arizona anti-immigrant groups

Members of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups known to protest and harass Christian Arizona churches that aid immigrant families on behalf of the federal government were sued Tuesday by a national organization that monitors extremist and hate groups.

The lawsuit by the Southern Poverty Law Center against several members of Patriot Movement AZ and AZ Patriots seeks unspecified punitive damages and asks a federal judge to order them to stop their practices. The lawsuit says the groups conspired to violate the churches’ civil rights, defamed the pastors and trespassed on private property.

The SPLC and pastors from various Phoenix-area churches say members of the group accused church leaders of human and sex trafficking, trespassed on private property and refused to leave until police arrived. It also claims they secretly recorded immigrant children who were playing outside.

They contend the groups’ actions made it more difficult to recruit volunteers and led to some churches to cut back on helping.

Angel Campos, pastor at Iglesia Monte Vista in Phoenix, said he’s had to buy surveillance video equipment and walkie-talkies to keep himself and his volunteers safe. Campos said he is afraid and frustrated when the groups show up to his church to film government buses dropping off migrants. Some of them are visibly armed, he said.

“As a human being, it’s horrible to go to sleep and to keep one eye open because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Campos said.

Patriot Movement AZ told The Associated Press it has no comment “on frivolous lawsuits filed by illegitimate groups such as SPLC.”

AZ Patriots, an offshoot of the group that formed earlier this year, did not respond to messages sent via email and Facebook.

Most of the recent videos the groups posted on their public Facebook accounts show them at the border or in Mexico. The last video that was posted of them at a church appears to be in March.

In one video from January, Patriot Movement AZ members at first refused to leave church property as a bus dropped off migrant families. They then backed away but yelled at the church members, claiming they were breaking the law and should be ashamed of themselves.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked the churches to step in as its resources were strained because of a soaring number of largely Central American families arriving at the border. ICE drops the families off at various churches and nonprofit groups, which then provide temporary shelter, help with travel arrangements, food, diapers and clothing.

The families pass through Arizona but most have final destinations elsewhere.

The churches and volunteer groups have a capacity to shelter around 700 people a week in the Phoenix area. When the groups are at capacity, ICE drops migrant families off at the bus station, where they must fend for themselves.

The Border Patrol arrested over 248,000 families with children from October through April, the last available data. That’s a 400% increase over the same time last year.

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Remains found in Florida identified as missing New York women, police investigating possible homicide

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Human remains found in Florida last week were identified Sunday as belonging to native New Yorker Jenna Jacobsen — and police say they’re treating her mysterious death as a homicide.

Jacobsen, 20, was last seen April 25 in the Lake Worth Beach area after coming to Florida to undergo substance abuse treatment at a facility in Broward County, her father Chris Jacobsen told WPTV on Monday.

He said the facility she was in shut down and Jacobsen disappeared while being transported to a new center.

“They made it as far as Lake Worth, there was an altercation, and she disappeared,” he told the local station.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, an autopsy report identified human remains discovered on May 23 in Lantana as those of Jacobsen. It also revealed that she died of “undetermined means.”

On Sunday authorities said they were “investigating her death as a homicide.”

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Jacobsen, originally from Long Island, N.Y., was reported missing by police on May 21, several weeks after she was last seen.

Court documents obtained by WPBF, stated she was spotted April 25 by deputies and was with a 26-year-old man in an alleyway which is known to police as a popular spot for drug addicts. The man had a warrant for arrest in New York and was taken into custody by police.

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Supreme Leader: Iran will continue resisting US pressure

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that Iran will continue resisting U.S. economic and political pressure.

Khamenei addressed thousands of people on the 30th anniversary of the death of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, in Khomeini’s mausoleum in the capital Tehran.

Without referring to the U.S. by name, Khamenei said “standing and resisting the enemy’s excessive demands and bullying is the only way to stop him.”

Tensions between Washington and Tehran soared recently over America deployment of an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Tehran.

Last year, the U.S. withdrew from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and re-imposed sanctions on Iran targeting the country’s oil sector.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the U.S. is willing to talk with Iran “with no preconditions.” Iran says the U.S. must return to the deal first.

Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, said the U.S. is threating Iran with hostility because “they want us to be losers and put our hands up as a sign of surrender, and because we don’t do that, they threaten us.”

Khamenei added: “Resistance has a cost, but the cost of surrendering to the enemy is higher.”

The Ayatollah urged Iranian officials not to pay attention to offers for negotiations made by the U.S.

“Wherever Americans have set foot, a war broke out, a fratricide began, a sedition was instigated, or an exploitation or colonialism began there,” he said.

The Supreme Leader added that Iran is under pressure to negotiate over its missile program because it has been developed to the point where it is a deterrent.

In his speech, Khamenei also criticized Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia, for taking a stance against Iran in accordance with the U.S. position.

Saudi Arabia recently held a series of summits with Muslim countries and accused Iran’s behavior of threatening regional stability and security. Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf said Muslim nations must confront recent attacks blamed on Iran with “all means of force and firmness.”

Iran rejected the accusation.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are at odds over many regional issues, including the wars in Syria and Yemen, where they support opposite sides.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran after angry protesters in January 2016 attacked its embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad over the execution of top opposition cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

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Utah man gored, trampled in bison attack while out on trail run

A Utah man was seriously injured over the weekend after he was gored and trampled by a bison while the man was out on a trail run at a state park, according to officials and family members.

Kyler Bourgeous, 30, was running along the Frary Peak Trail at Antelope Island State Park when he crested a blind hill and found himself feet away from a pair of bison.

“He said, ‘I just turned and tried to run, and I could see I wasn’t going to make it,’” his mother Bonnie Bourgeous told FOX13.

BISON CHARGES RUNNER AT UTAH’S ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK, VIDEO SHOWS

In a 911 call released by the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, a person can be heard saying a runner  “came around a corner and startled some bison and he got trampled.”

On a GoFundMe page, the 30-year-old said he was gored in the hip and shoulder before being sent “flying into the air and down the hill.”

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A hiker was gored and trampled by a bison near Frary Peak on Antelope Island State Park in Utah on Saturday, officials said. (REUTERS/U.S. Forest Service)

“I was then kicked and trampled, cracking a rib and cutting my head in the process, before the bison moved away,” he wrote. “I yelled for some nearby hikers to call 911 as I lay in a ball hoping the bison wouldn’t attack again.”

His mother told FOX13 her son hikes in the area frequently and planned for the possibility of an attack. She said her son’s plan was to avoid a direct hit to the front or back and then curl into a ball to protect his vital organs.

“Boy, if those guys charge, you are pretty much defenseless,” Bourgeous told FOX13. “If he had not turned just one inch this way or that way, it would have gone through his heart and lungs and lower internal organs and there’s no way he would have survived.”

800-POUND BISON DOES ‘HAPPY DANCE’ TO CELEBRATE FIRST DAY OF SPRING, VIDEO SHOWS

Lt. Eric Stucki of Utah State Parks told FOX13 he was transported by medical helicopter directly to the University of Utah Hospital. Doctors told the 30-year-old he had injuries to his ribs and internal organs.

“After being x-rayed and cat scanned, I was stitched up and received a tube in my chest to keep my lung from collapsing,” he wrote on a GoFundMe page set up for his medical expenses. “I’m still hospitalized from my injuries where I’m doing my best to move, but remain mostly bedridden with drains coming out of my wounds”

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A similar incident happened in March, when a man on a 23-mile run encountered a bison that gave chase.

The Bison, a mammal that usually lives between 12 to 20 years, is a herbivore and “near threatened,” according to the World Wildlife Fund. The species, which survived the Ice Age, can run up to 40 miles per hour.

Antelope Island State Park warns online that bison “may be dangerous” and to avoid approaching them “for any reason.”

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Alligator becomes surprise guest at Florida couple’s picnic, ‘demolished’ food

This spread was just too good for humans to eat.

A Florida couple enjoying a romantic picnic by a lake on the University of Florida campus Monday got an unexpected guest when an alligator ambled over,

“Out of nowhere, a big gator started swimming toward us real fast and we’re like, ‘Eh, it probably won’t get out of the water. We’ll just chill, it’s fine,’ and then it ran up on the bank,” Taylor Forte told FOX35.

FLORIDA ALLIGATOR ATTACK LEAVES WOMAN WITH ‘SIGNIFICANT BITE INJURIES,’ OFFICIALS SAY

Forte, a student at UF, said the reptile went right for the picnic setup she laid out with her fiancé, Trevor, along Lake Alice.

“Demolished all our food, threw up the block of cheese into his mouth, caught it like a dog” she told FOX35.

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An alligator demolished a couple’s picnic at the University of Florida on Monday. (Courtesy Taylor Forte)

Forte said she was “well aware” there were gators out there and usually enjoyed watching them — but the couple certainly didn’t expect one to want to join the picnic. After eating the food and cracking a bowl full of guacamole, the reptile laid around until Forte’s fiance scared it away.

“He did do the bear scare,” she said. “He ran up and acted all big, and it hissed and got angry and then it left.”

8-FOOT ALLIGATOR VISITS FLORIDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JUST BEFORE SUMMER BREAK

No one was hurt during the incident and no major damage was reported except for the bowl the gator chomped on. Forte, however, said the incident was “definitely memorable.”

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According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionalligators begin courting in early April and mate in May or June. Aside from roaming farther from their lagoons, warmer temperatures also rev up alligators’ metabolism, making them more active and aggressive as they hunt for prey and also mate.

The FWC recommends not swimming at dusk or dawn — an alligator’s most active hours — keeping animals on a leash and away from water and keeping a safe distance if the large creature suddenly crosses your path — or picnic.

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House sends long-delayed $19.1B disaster aid bill to Trump

A long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill has sailed through the House and headed to President Donald Trump for his expected signature, overcoming months of infighting, misjudgment and a feud between Trump and congressional Democrats.

Lawmakers gave the measure final congressional approval on Monday by 354-58 in the House’s first significant action after returning from a 10-day recess. It was backed by all 222 voting Democrats and 132 Republicans, including the GOP’s top leaders and many of its legislators from areas hit by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires. Fifty-eight Republicans voted “no,” including many of the party’s most conservative members.

Trump hailed passage of the bill, tweeting, “Farmers, Puerto Rico and all will be very happy.” The Republican president also suggested, incorrectly, that the bill would now see action in the Senate. That chamber had already passed the bill by a sweeping 85-8 vote on its way out of Washington May 23, a margin that reflected a consensus that the bill is long overdue.

But conservative Republicans in the House held up the bill last week, objecting on three occasions to efforts by Democratic leaders to pass the bill by a voice vote requiring unanimity. They said the legislation — which reflects an increasingly permissive attitude in Washington on spending to address disasters that sooner or later hit every region of the country — shouldn’t be rushed through without a recorded vote.

Along the way, House and Senate old-timers seemed to outmaneuver the White House, though Trump personally prevailed upon Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., to drop a bid to free up billions of dollars for dredging and other harbor projects.

The measure was initially held up over a fight between Trump and Democrats over aid to Puerto Rico that seems long settled.

“Some in our government refused to assist our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico who are still recovering from a 2017 hurricane. I’m pleased we’ve moved past that,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. “Because when disaster strikes, we shouldn’t let a ZIP code dictate our response.”

The measure also faced delays amid failed talks on Trump’s $4 billion-plus request to care for thousands of mostly Central American migrants being held at the southern border. The sides narrowed their differences but couldn’t reach agreement in the rush to go on recess, but everyone agrees that another bill will be needed almost immediately to refill nearly empty agency accounts to care for migrants.

“We must work together quickly to pass a bill that addresses the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border and provides law enforcement agencies with the funding they need,” said top Appropriations Committee Republican Kay Granger of Texas. “The stakes are high. There are serious — life or death — repercussions if the Congress does not act.”

The measure is largely the same as a version that passed the House last month. Republicans opposed it for leaving out the border funding.

Among the reasons was a demand by House liberals to block the Homeland Security Department from getting information from federal social welfare authorities to help track immigrants residing in the U.S. illegally who take migrant refugee children into their homes.

As the measure languished, disasters kept coming — with failed levees in Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri and tornadoes across Ohio just the most recent examples. The measure is supported by the bipartisan party leadership in both House and Senate.

The legislation is also being driven by Florida and Georgia lawmakers steaming with frustration over delays in delivering help to farmers, towns and military bases slammed by hurricanes last fall. Flooding in Iowa and Nebraska this spring added to the coalition behind the measure, which delivers much of its help to regions where Trump supporters dominate.

The bill started out as a modest $7.8 billion measure passed in the last days of House GOP control. A $14 billion version advanced in the Democrat-led chamber in January and ballooned to $19.1 billion by the time it emerged from the floor last month, fed by new funding for community rehabilitation projects, Army Corps of Engineers water and flood protection projects, and rebuilding funds for several military bases, including Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Many Republicans opposed funding to mitigate future disasters as part of rebuilding projects when Superstorm Sandy funding passed in 2013, only to embrace it now that areas such as suburban Houston need it. Democrats, for their part, held firm for what ended up as roughly $1.4 billion for Puerto Rico, letting Trump feud with the U.S. territory’s Democratic officials for weeks and deflecting political blame for stalling the bill.

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This story has been corrected to show that more than 130 Republicans voted for bill, rather than “more than 50.”

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This Day in History: June 4

On this day, June 4 …
 
2003: Martha Stewart steps down as head of her media empire, hours after federal prosecutors in New York charge her with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, securities fraud and lying to investigators. (Stewart would be convicted of lying about why she’d sold her shares of ImClone Systems stock in 2001, just before the stock price plunged.

Also on this day:

  • 1919: Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing citizens the right to vote regardless of their gender, and sends it to the states for ratification.
  • 1942: the World War II Battle of Midway begins, resulting in a decisive American victory against Japan and marking the turning point of the war in the Pacific.
  • 1986: Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, pleads guilty in Washington to conspiring to deliver information related to the national defense to Israel. (Pollard would be sentenced to life in prison and released on parole on Nov. 20, 2015.)
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FILE – In a Nov. 29, 2007 file photo, Dr. Jack Kevorkian addresses an audience at Wayne State University in Detroit. (AP)

  • 1990: Dr. Jack Kevorkian carries out his first publicly assisted suicide, helping Janet Adkins, a 54-year-old Alzheimer’s patient from Portland, Ore., end her life in Oakland County, Mich.
  • 1998: A federal judge sentences Terry Nichols to life in prison for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
  • 2009: Speaking at Cairo University, President Barack Obama calls for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims” and says together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe. 
  • 2015: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) releases information about a Chinese state security breach of its computer system which compromised the data of 4 million Americans.
  • 2018: The Supreme Court rules in favor of a Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, but it is a limited decision that doesn’t address the larger issue of whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people.

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Celebrities took to Twitter to mock Howard Schultz over his presidential ambitions. (AP)

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US to launch new program to fight extremism in Philippines

U.S. and Philippine officials on Tuesday were discussing a new program to thwart efforts by Muslim extremists to recruit and mobilize followers in the country’s south after a bloody siege by jihadists aligned with the Islamic State group.

The three-year program involves helping local officials identify issues that foster extremism and find ways to address them, said U.S. Assistant Secretary Denise Natali of the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict & Stabilization Operations.

American and Australian surveillance aircraft helped Filipino troops quell the disastrous 2017 siege by hundreds of mostly local militants in southern Marawi city, where the commercial and residential center remains in ruins and off-limits to the public. Despite the militants’ defeat, Philippine officials say surviving militants have continued efforts to recruit new followers and plot new attacks.

More than 1,100 militants were killed and hundreds of thousands of residents were displaced in the five-month siege in the mosque-studded city, which renewed fears that the Islamic State group was stepping up collaboration with local jihadists to gain a foothold in the region.

“We are focusing on how to prevent further and future incidences of violent extremism and radicalization from occurring so that we don’t have another Marawi ever again,” Natali said at a news conference.

The State Department bureau and the Philippine government are finalizing details of the program to help provincial governments and nongovernment groups design and enforce effective projects to counter extremism, Natali said.

She said she was to meet President Rodrigo Duterte’s national security adviser and other officials in Manila on Tuesday.

Natali emphasized the importance of basing such projects on facts and evidence instead of assumptions, citing a five-month survey commissioned by the U.S. last year in four southern Muslim provinces that showed which issues were helping spark extremism and radicalization the most.

The survey showed that while some people may back local jihadists, there was significantly lower support for foreign militant groups such as the Islamic State group and the Al Qaida militant network. Religious intolerance, dire economic conditions and exposure to violence spark extremism more than religion, Natali cited the survey as showing.

“It’s not about religion; it is about living conditions. There is an economic component to this,” Natali told reporters.

The survey also showed that there was strong public support for the government’s effort to combat extremism, she said.

The Philippines has been one of Washington’s strongest Asian allies in the fight against terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.

Duterte, who has been a vocal critic of U.S. security policies, said after taking office in mid-2016 that he wanted U.S. counterterrorism forces out of the southern Philippines while he rebuilt frayed relations with China.

The Philippine military, however, has maintained robust relations with the U.S. More than 100 U.S. military counterterrorism advisers and personnel remain in southern Mindanao region to help Filipino forces battling extremists on a string of impoverished islands.

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Fighting Germans and Jim Crow: Role of black troops on D-Day

Portrayals of the massive D-Day assault on Normandy often depict an all-white host of invaders, but in fact it also included many African Americans.

Roughly 2,000 African American troops are believed to have hit the shores of Normandy in various capacities on June 6, 1944. Serving in a U.S. military still-segregated by race, they encountered discrimination both in the service and when they came home.

But on Normandy, they faced the same danger as everyone else.

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Petition calling for terminal to be named after Fort Hood’s ‘hug lady’ gains steam

More than 82,000 signatures have been collected by late Monday for a petition to rename the Fort Hood air terminal after the “hug lady,” whose embrace boosted the spirits of thousands of American soldiers over nearly a decade as they shipped out for Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Elizabeth Laird died on Christmas Eve 2015. She was known for attending almost every Fort Hood deployment from 2003 until her death; it’s estimated she hugged 500,000 soldiers, the Killeen Daily Herald reported.

Criss Dougherty, from Nolanville, signed the petition and left a heartwarming note: “I was so selfish as a young soldier… I was so selfish. I thought ‘why do I have to hug her.’ As I deployed more, she was so vital to my mental health. I signed this, and I have spoken to many who believe that (r)egardless of who the terminal is currently named after, it’s only fitting it be named after Mrs. Laird!”

Ivan Martinez added: “I was one of the thousands of soldiers hugged on their way to (an uncertain) fate. Her hug did more for me than you could imagine. On the way back her hug signifies an end to a long watch. She deserves it more than I could ever express.”

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The terminal currently is named after Army Sgt. George Larkin, one of the noncommissioned officers who flew in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo during World War II.

Larkin died in Burma after his B25 crashed during the raid.

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