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Alabama Senate passes bill banning nearly all abortions

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Alabama’s state Senate passed a controversial bill on Tuesday that would outlaw nearly all abortions in the state and make performing one a felony unless the mother’s health is at risk.

The bill will make the punishment for performing abortions up to 99 years or life in prison, although the woman who received one will not be subject to a felony charge.

ALABAMA DEMS ATTACKS TRUMP JR. WITH SLUR AFTER ABORTION COMMENTS SPARK OUTCRY

The vote is expected to reignite a debate over Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision from 1973 that legalized abortion across the nation, and push Supreme Court justices to re-evaluate the laws.

“The heart of this bill is to confront a decision that was made by the courts in 1973 that said the baby in a womb is not a person,” Republican state Rep. Terri Collins said in April.

Although the Alabama State House voted to pass the bill last month, 74-3, Democratic lawmakers pressed Tuesday, unsuccessfully, for amendments that would create exceptions in instances of rape and incest.

“You don’t have to raise that child. You don’t have to carry that child. You don’t have to provide for that child. And yet you want to make that decision,” Democratic state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures said.

Figures also suggested amendments that would make it a felony for a man to have a vasectomy, and another to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act; both were struck down by lawmakers in a 21-11 vote.

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“The issue that that decision was made on … is that the baby in the womb is a person,” state Rep. Terri Collins, who sponsored the bill, said on Tuesday.

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has not confirmed whether she will sign the measure into law, but during the 2018 midterms, 59 percent of voters expressed their support for a bill banning abortions in the state.

Fox News’ Madeleine Rivera in Montgomery contributed to this report.

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Global worries flare over whether US sliding toward Iran war

International worries that the Trump administration is sliding toward war with Iran flared into the open Tuesday amid skepticism about its claims that the Islamic Republic poses a growing threat to the U.S. and its allies in the Persian Gulf and beyond .

The U.S. military rebutted doubts expressed by a British general about such a threat. President Donald Trump denied a report that the administration has updated plans to send more than 100,000 troops to counter Iran if necessary. But Trump then stirred the controversy further by saying: “Would I do that? Absolutely.”

The general’s remarks exposed international skepticism over the American military build-up in the Middle East, a legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq that was predicated on false intelligence. U.S. officials have not publicly provided any evidence to back up claims of an increased Iranian threat amid other signs of allied unease.

As tensions in the region started to surge, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said his nation was worried about the risk of accidental conflict “with an escalation that is unintended really on either side.” Then on Tuesday, Spain temporarily pulled one of its frigates from the U.S.-led combat fleet heading toward the Strait of Hormuz. That was followed by the unusual public challenge to the Trump administration by the general.

“No, there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” said Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a senior officer in the U.S.-backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group. Ghika, speaking in a video conference from coalition headquarters in Baghdad, told reporters at the Pentagon that the coalition monitors the presence of Iranian-backed forces “along with a whole range of others because that’s the environment we’re in.”

But he added, “There are a substantial number of militia groups in Iraq and Syria, and we don’t see any increased threat from any of them at this stage.”

Late in the day, in a rare public rebuttal of an allied military officer, U.S. Central Command said Ghika’s remarks “run counter to the identified credible threats” from Iranian-backed forces in the Mideast. In a written statement, Central Command said the coalition in Baghdad has increased the alert level for all service members in Iraq and Syria.

“As a result, (the coalition) is now at a high level of alert as we continue to closely monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq,” the statement said.

At the White House, Trump, who has repeatedly argued for avoiding long-term conflicts in the Mideast, discounted a New York Times report that the U.S. has updated plans that could send up to 120,000 troops to counter Iran if it attacked American forces.

“Would I do that? Absolutely,” he told reporters. “But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that. If we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”

Reinforcing Trump’s denial, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a joint news conference in Sochi with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “We fundamentally do not seek war with Iran.”

A Trump administration official said a recent small meeting of national security officials was not focused on a military response to Iran, but instead concentrated on a range of other policy options, including diplomacy and economic sanctions. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Lavrov said Pompeo told him that a potential deployment of 120,000 U.S. troops to the Mideast was only a “rumor.” Lavrov said the international community needs to focus on diplomacy with Iran, including on the potentially explosive issue of Iran’s nuclear program, which is constrained by a U.S.-brokered deal in 2015 that Trump has abandoned.

U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook told reporters traveling with Pompeo in Brussels that the secretary of state shared intelligence on Iran with allies since “Europe shares our concerns about stability in the Gulf and the Middle East.” What the Europeans do not share, however, is Washington’s more aggressive approach to Iran.

“We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that is unintended really on either side but ends with some kind of conflict,” British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told reporters in Brussels.

“What we need is a period of calm to make sure that everyone understands what the other side is thinking,” Hunt said.

Last week, U.S. officials said they had detected signs of Iranian preparations for potential attacks on U.S. forces and interests in the Mideast, but Washington has not spelled out that threat.

The U.S. has about 5,000 troops in Iraq and about 2,000 in Syria as part of the coalition campaign to defeat the Islamic State group there. It also has long had a variety of air and naval forces stationed in Bahrain, Qatar and elsewhere in the Gulf, partly to support military operations against IS and partly as a counter to Iranian influence.

Gen. Ghika’s comments came amid dramatically heightened tensions in the Middle East. The U.S. in recent days has ordered the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group to the Gulf region, plus four B-52 bombers. It also is moving a Patriot air-defense missile battery to an undisclosed country in the area. As of Tuesday, the Lincoln and its strike group had passed through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait in the Red Sea, but officials would not disclose their exact location.

Tensions rose another notch with reports Sunday that four commercial vessels anchored off the United Arab Emirates had been damaged by sabotage.

A U.S. military team was sent to the UAE to investigate, and one U.S. official said the initial assessment is that each ship has a 5- to 10-foot hole in it, near or just below the water line. The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the investigation, said the early interpretation is that the holes were caused by explosive charges.

The official on Tuesday acknowledged seeing some photographs of the damage to the ships, but those images have not been made public. The official also said that the team is continuing to conduct forensic testing on the ship damage and that U.S. leaders are still awaiting the final report. The team’s initial assessment is that the damage was done by Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies, but they are still going through the evidence and have not yet reached a final conclusion, the official said.

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AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee and AP writer Zeke Miller contributed to this report.

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Small plane makes emergency landing in Hudson River outside NYC; no injuries reported

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A small, single-engine seaplane made an emergency landing in the Hudson River north of New York City on Tuesday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard told Fox News.

There was one pilot aboard the plane, the Coast Guard said, adding that there were no injuries. The Westchester County Police Department is handling the investigation.

Photos from the scene showed emergency responders towing the plane from the river.

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Ten years ago, another plane, US Airways Flight 1549, made an emergency landing in the Hudson River after it struck a flock of geese after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport. The flight, carrying 155 passengers, lost all engine power, but pilots Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles were able to land the plane in the river, where passengers were rescued by boats and taken to safety.

The incident became known as the Miracle on the Hudson and the pilots and flight attendants were awarded the Master’s Medal of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators in recognition of their “heroic and unique aviation achievement.”

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Florida governor confirms 2 counties were hacked in 2016 election

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Two Florida counties were hacked by Russians during the 2016 elections, but the security breach was “nothing that affected the vote count,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I recently met with the FBI concerning the election issue mentioned in the Mueller report,” DeSantis said. “Two Florida counties experienced intrusion into the supervisor-of-election networks. There was no manipulation.”

DeSantis’ statements confirm findings detailed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. The report said “the FBI believes that this operation enabled [Russian military intelligence] to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government” during the 2016 election.

The governor was briefed by the FBI on Friday and told that, in fact, two counties were penetrated. He said he could not say which counties were affected because of a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI.

MARCO RUBIO SAYS HACKERS INFILTRATED FLORIDA COUNTY ELECTIONS SYSTEM, WERE ‘IN A POSITION’ TO ALTER VOTER ROLL DATA

In July 2018, Mueller’s office indicted at least 12 people believed to be working on behalf of the Russians, alleging that hackers used a fake email account that mimicked that of the Florida-based company VR Systems, which provides several Florida counties with voter registration systems, “to send over 100 spearphishing emails to organizations and personnel involved in administering elections in numerous Florida counties,” according to the indictment.

Hackers may have been able to gain access to voter information that is already a matter of public record, but the data breach did not affect the actual vote tallies, DeSantis said.

“The two counties at issue here, the FBI was working with them in 2016, to identify and to take whatever actions happened,” DeSantis said, indicating that the two counties knew about the security threat prior to the 2016 election.

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Ahead of the midterms in 2018, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who was up for re-election at the time, warned that Russians had “penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about,” he said to The Tampa Bay Times.

Nelson was defeated in the Senate race by Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., who denied knowing about any such security threat and said Nelson’s claims only stoked fears of Russian meddling.

The former governor, who held office at the time of the cybermeddling, will be briefed by the FBI on Wednesday.

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New trial sought for teen convicted in mother’s slaying

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Attorneys for a teenager convicted in the murder of her mother in eastern Pennsylvania are seeking a new trial, calling the outcome of her case “shocking.”

Now-18-year-old Jamie Silvonek was sentenced to 35 years to life after pleading guilty in the Lehigh County killing of 54-year-old Cheryl Silvonek in 2015, when the teen was 14.

Co-defendant Caleb Barnes of El Paso, Texas, a soldier at Fort Meade, Maryland, was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that Silvonek’s new attorneys argue that not enough evidence was presented about her background and mental health, leading to what they called “an inaccurate, myopic view of Jamie as lying, manipulative and savvy beyond her years.” Her previous attorney defended his representation, saying he “wouldn’t have done anything differently.”

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Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty to hate crimes

The man suspected of killing a woman in a shooting at a Southern California synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday.

John T. Earnest spoke twice during the brief hearing — to acknowledge his name and to say he agreed with his court-appointed attorney’s decision against seeking bail.

Earnest, 19, is charged with bursting into the Chabad of Poway synagogue on April 27 and opening fire with an assault rifle, killing one and injuring three.

Peter Ko, an assistant U.S. attorney, told the judge that the government had not decided whether to seek the death penalty. He reaffirmed plans to try Earnest separately and simultaneously with a state charge of murder that is classified as a hate crime, which also exposes Earnest to a potential death sentence.

Earnest had a buzz haircut and didn’t wear glasses, unlike his first appearance in state court two weeks ago, when he had a full head of hair. He looked blankly at Magistrate Judge Michael Berg as the judge explained the proceedings and followed along with his attorney, Kathryn Nester, as she flipped pages of the charging document that the judge read aloud. Earnest’s wrists and ankles were shackled.

A federal affidavit detailing the hate crime charges that was filed last week describes a deeply disturbed man filled with hatred toward Jews and Muslims, which are detailed in a manifesto he allegedly published online. Earnest claimed to be inspired by the attacks on the mosques in New Zealand and the shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue last fall, the affidavit said.

Court documents said Earnest dialed 911 after fleeing the synagogue in his car and said: “I just shot up a synagogue.” He went on to tell the dispatcher he did it “because Jewish people are destroying the white race,” according to the affidavit. He was quickly arrested without a struggle.

Earnest has pleaded not guilty to state murder charges in the death of 60-year-old Lori Kaye, who was hit twice as she prayed in the synagogue foyer. Wounded were Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was leading the service, an 8-year-old girl and her uncle.

He also pleaded not guilty to state and federal charges of trying to burn a mosque in the nearby city of Escondido.

Outside the mosque was the scrawled name of the man suspected of carrying out shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people.

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NRA Board membe calls on CEO LaPierre to resign amid spending allegations

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Former congressman and National Rifle Association board member retired Lt. Col. Allen West called on the gun rights group to replace longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre in a Tuesday blog post amid allegations of lavish spending and financial mismanagement.

West, who represented Florida in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013, wrote he was concerned over statements made by new NRA President Carolyn Meadows and others supporting LaPierre in a recent Wall Street Journal article about alleged financial impropriety.

“There is a cabal of cronyism operating within the NRA and that exists within the Board of Directors,” West wrote. “It must cease, and I do not care if I draw their angst. It sickens me to publicly make this statement, but I will not allow anyone to damage my honor, integrity, character, and reputation. Needless to say, there are those who have willingly done so to their own.”

NRA BESET BY INFIGHTING OVER WHETHER IT HAS STRAYED TOO FAR

The Journal article described a trove of leaked internal NRA documents posted anonymously online that detailed $542,000 that LaPierre allegedly billed to the group’s ad agency, Ackerman McQueen, for shopping in a Beverly Hills botique, travel, cars and other expenses. The travel allegedly included more than $200,000 in “Air Transportation” costs related to a two-week trip over Christmas to the Bahamas.

In his post, West said he was not “told, advised, informed or consulted” of the details mentioned in the story. Meadows said the board “is fully aware of these issues” and that “We have full confidence in Wayne LaPierre,” according to the Journal.

TRUMP SAYS NRA ‘UNDER SIEGE’ BY DEM OFFICIALS WHO WANT TO ‘DESTROY’ IT

In a statement to Fox News on Tuesday, the NRA said it “is unfortunate that certain board members have resorted to making false and misleading public statements about proceedings of the NRA board of directors.”

“It shocks the conscience to read that certain board members have apparently not kept themselves updated, informed and active on matters that are of interest to our 5 million members. They have an open invitation to get more actively involved – and to join the conversation in an appropriate way, as is provided for in our Bylaws,” the statement continued.

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West previously called for LaPierre to step down before the NRA’s annual convention in Indianapolis last month. The organization has been beset by infighting, which LaPierre acknowledged in a letter to the board to accuse then-NRA president Oliver North of trying to extort him into stepping down. North resigned days later.

He also called on the NRA to trim its 76-member board to 30 members or less who would be limited to four terms.

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Ex-Sen. Lugar hailed as peacemaker ahead of Indiana funeral

Longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was hailed for being a peacemaker as a two-day tribute began Tuesday with a military honor guard leading his flag-draped casket into the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda.

A couple hundred people gathered with Lugar’s wife, Charlene, and other family members for the Statehouse ceremony after which he was to lie in repose for 24 hours ahead of his funeral on Wednesday.

Lugar was a leading Republican voice on foreign policy matters during his 36 years in the U.S. Senate, with his leading achievement being his work helping spur the dismantling of thousands of former Soviet nuclear weapons after the Cold War ended. Lugar, who was Indianapolis mayor for eight years before his first Senate election win in 1976, died April 28 at age 87.

“In his love and through his courage, Richard Lugar helped bring more peace to an increasingly dangerous world,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said. “He did so in every nuclear, chemical and biological weapon disarmed.”

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Hogsett placed wreaths with sashes reading “Indiana” and “Indianapolis” next to Lugar’s casket as public viewing began in the Statehouse.

Vice President Mike Pence will be traveling to his home state for Wednesday’s funeral.

Pence said in a Twitter post that Lugar was “an American statesman whose contributions to our nation are countless.” The former Indiana governor said he would deliver a eulogy for a “great man who inspired so many in public service — including me.”

Hogsett, a Democrat, extoled Lugar for his willingness to work across the partisan divide and alluded to the senator’s cerebral and soft-spoken nature.

“He fought hatred, he did not court it,” Hogsett said. “He calmed fear, he did not attempt to use it. He extinguished violence, he did not countenance it.”

Lugar was a reliable conservative vote in the Senate, but he worked closely with Democratic Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn in the early 1990s to launch the program under which the U.S. paid to dismantle and secure weapons in the former Soviet states. The Nunn-Lugar program led to about 7,600 Soviet nuclear warheads being deactivated and the destruction of more than 900 intercontinental ballistic missiles by the time Lugar left office in 2013, according to U.S. military figures.

Lugar worked with Barack Obama after the future Democratic president entered the Senate in 2005, taking Obama with him to Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan to visit weapon dismantlement sites. Lugar’s cooperation with Obama, however, became a political handicap as his Senate career ended with a 2012 Republican primary loss to a tea party favorite.

Obama awarded Lugar the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, soon after he left the Senate in 2013. Obama praised Lugar after his death as exhibiting “the truth that common courtesy can speak across cultures.”

“In Dick, I saw someone who wasn’t a Republican or Democrat first, but a problem-solver — an example of the impact a public servant can make by eschewing partisan divisiveness to instead focus on common ground,” Obama said.

Indiana’s governor on Tuesday credited Lugar with a long life of service to his state and country.

“As we gather to say goodbye, it’s our job to carry that torch that this mighty man lived,” Holcomb said.

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Homeless encampments along California levees may be weakening them, officials warn

Thousands of residents in Northern California may be threatened by flooding in the future by levees weakened not by weather but people living on them.

Homeless encampments that have popped up along the sides of levees in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties are creating damage to the flood control structures, as some residents dig into the slope to create a flat surface to put their tents up.

But those cuts into the earthen levees may ultimately end up compromising the structural integrity of the mounds when floodwaters rise, according to Tim Kerr, the general manager for the American River Flood Control District.

“You can have wind and wave action battering into the cut and that could weaken the soil and cause chunks of the levee to slip away,” Kerr told FOX40.

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Kevin King, the general manager for Reclamation District 1000 which manages levees along the Sacramento River, told CBS13 that holes are often hard to spot because of all the trash and other debris associated with the encampments.

“There may be things going on underneath the tarps and tents that are covered up that we just can’t monitor,” King said.

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Officials are concerned that homeless encampments in Northern California are causing damage to levees. (FOX40)

Sacramento City Councilman Jeff Harris, whose district includes areas near the river, said the damage can be quite severe.

“In one spot a guy had actually cut into the levee enough like a cave,” Harris told FOX40. “That could cause a breach. There’s no doubt about it, this is dangerous.”

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Harris has since asked the American River Flood Control District and Reclamation District 1000 to provide a list of some of the largest and troublesome encampments to report to law enforcement.

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Sacramento City Councilman Jeff Harris told FOX40 that in once instance, a man dug into a levee “enough like a cave.” (FOX40)

The councilman told FOX40 he hopes that educating those living atop the levees of the problems they are potentially causing will motivate them to leave.

“When they realize that they’re being displaced because they’re causing harm to our levees the word will get out,” Harris said.

California still leads the nation in the number of estimated homeless individuals with an estimated total of over 109,000 in 2018, according to a Department of Housing and Urban Development report from December. Just over 68 percent of the homeless population in California is also categorized as unsheltered.

Homeless advocate Paula Lomazzi told KCRA-TV that people typically seek hidden spots near the river because they are less likely to be bothered or ultimately moved by authorities.

“I think a short-term solution is finding a place for them to stay,” Lomazzi said.

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The Reclamation District 1000 board voted Friday to send letters to several law enforcement agencies asking for their help solving the problem and the Sacramento City Council plans to have a hearing about the problem about the encampments in the levee districts.

But residents who live near the levees say they still are concerned over the damage.

“If the levees go, my house would probably be underwater,” Scott Garrison told CBS13.

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Man pleads guilty in mall attack against boy, faces 19 years

A man who reportedly told investigators that he went to the Mall of America “looking for someone to kill” pleaded guilty Tuesday to throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony and faces 19 years in prison.

Emmanuel Aranda, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 attack. The child suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones but survived.

Aranda, 24, will be sentenced June 3. His plea deal calls for prosecutors to drop an aggravated-circumstances component to the charge that could have meant an additional year in prison. Prosecutor Cheri Ann Townsend said the boy’s family supports the plea deal.

Police arrested Aranda moments after the attack as he waited to board a light-rail train at the mall, and said he had quickly admitted to the attack.

A criminal complaint filed soon after the attack said Aranda told police he was angry at being rejected by women at the mall and was “looking for someone to kill” when he went there.

He had two past convictions for assaults at the mall, both in 2015, and had been banned from the property at one point. Court records showed that Aranda had been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation or treatment after those assaults, and his attorney Paul Sellers said Aranda had been in mental health court.

Aranda, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, spoke quietly during Tuesday’s hearing while giving yes-or-no answers to questions aimed at making sure he understood what he was admitting.

The child plunged almost 40 feet and suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones. His family released a statement in late April saying he was alert and no longer in critical condition. On Monday, the family said he continues to heal.

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