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Chicago cops have ‘deep mistrust’ of state’s attorney’s office, police union says in letter

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Citing what it described as a “deep mistrust,” the union representing Chicago police officers called this week for a special prosecutor for any Cook County, Ill., case in which a police officer is a victim of a crime or has been charged with misconduct.

The request was made Monday, in a letter to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office has handled the alleged assault case involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

The letter, from Chicago Lodge No. 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police, accuses the prosecutor’s office of violating the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act in cases where the crime victims are police officers.

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It also refers to two instances in which special prosecutors have been appointed to replace Foxx: the Smollett case and the case against activist Jedidiah Brown, whom officers had accused of assault after a demonstration.

“A deep mistrust now exists between your office and ours. We no longer believe that your office will treat our members fairly either in the arrests they make or when they are victims of crimes,” reads the letter.

“A deep mistrust now exists between your office and ours. We no longer believe that your office will treat our members fairly either in the arrests they make or when they are victims of crimes.”

— Chicago police union, in June 1 letter to state’s attorney’s office

It also says there have been “several instances” in which alleged offenders have been “arbitrarily released” from prison because of allegations of police coercion.

It is signed by four FOP officials: President Kevin Graham, vice presidents Pat Murray and Martin Preib, and legal defense Co-Chairman Robert Bartlett.

Foxx’s office responded Tuesday, calling the FOP letter a “stunt,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported. It accused the police union of trying “to incite conflict and divide” the city.

Foxx, 47, a native of Chicago, has been Cook County state’s attorney since Dec. 1, 2016, after being elected to the office a month earlier.

She has come under scrutiny on national level this year because of the Smollett case, which began Jan. 29, when the actor told police he had been the victim of a racist attack.

About three weeks later, on Feb. 19, Foxx recused herself from the case, citing her “familiarity with potential witnesses,” but kept oversight of the case within her office.

Then on March 8, Smollett was indicted on charges that he had fabricated his story. But less than three weeks later, Foxx’s office dropped all charges against the actor – a move that outraged then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, and prompted the police union to call for an investigation into the reasoning behind Foxx’s decision.

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Foxx’s office sparked more furor days later, when it clarified March 28 that Foxx had never “formally” recused herself from the Smollett case, but had used the term in a “colloquial” sense rather than a legal sense.

In late June, a judge appointed a special prosecutor to review the Smollett case, suggesting that Foxx erred by appointing an aide to oversee the case after she recused herself.

The judge said Smollett could face new charges in connection with the case.

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: July 3

On this day, July 3 …

2003: The U.S. puts a $25 million bounty on Saddam Hussein, and $15 million apiece for his two sons, Odai and Qusai.

Also on this day:

1775: Gen. George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.

1863: The three-day Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ends in a major Civil War victory for the North as Confederate troops fail to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett’s Charge.

1884: Dow Jones & Co. publishes its first stock average.

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1971: Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors, dies in Paris at age 27.

1976: Israel launches its daring mission to rescue 106 passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers; the commandos succeed in rescuing all but four of the hostages.

1979: Dan White, convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, is sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison. (He would serve five years.)

1987: British millionaire Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand become the first hot-air balloon travelers to cross the Atlantic, parachuting into the sea as their craft goes down off the Scottish coast.

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2009: In a surprise announcement, Sarah Palin says she will resign as Alaska governor, effective July 26, 2009

2013: Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, is overthrown by the military after just one year by the same kind of Arab Spring uprising that had brought the Islamist leader to power.

2018: Seattle becomes the first major U.S. city to ban plastic straws and utensils

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Ocasio-Cortez accused of stunt with claims at the border; Acquitted Navy SEAL to speak to Fox News

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Ocasio-Cortez continues to compare border conditions to ‘concentration camps,’ critics accuse her of misinformation campaign
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has sparked controversy in recent weeks with arguably increasingly inflammatory rhetoric in her conversations about the conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border. Despite coming under fire last month for saying the U.S. government is “running concentration camps on our southern border,” Ocasio-Cortez once again made the same comparison on Twitter on Tuesday. On Monday, after traveling to a border detention center in El Paso, Texas, with almost a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, she blasted border officials as “violent” and “inhumane” while claiming agents forced detained migrant women and children to drink toilet water.

Current and former immigration officials rejected the congresswoman’s allegations and accused her of pulling a political stunt. Hispanic pastors who toured the same facility Ocasio-Cortez visited said the conditions at the detention center were “drastically different” than what she described. They said they were “shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”  The controversy over AOC’s latest comments come as a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration cannot categorically detain asylum seekers while they pursue their cases.

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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, left, and his wife, Andrea Gallagher smile after leaving a military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in San Diego. A military jury acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of premeditated murder Tuesday in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Navy SEAL rejoices in not guilty verdict
Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher said he feels thankful and vindicated after a jury on Tuesday found him not guilty on almost all charges he was facing, including murder and attempted murder, in the 2017 killing of a teenage ISIS war prisoner in Iraq. “I’m happy and I’m thankful,” Gallagher told reporters after the verdict, as he joked with his legal team that “it’s Independence Day,” his freedom coming days before the Fourth of July. Jurors did find him guilty of the seventh charge, posing for a photo with a corpse, considered the least egregious of the crimes, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four months. Having already served seven months in confinement ahead of the trial, Gallagher, a Bronze Star recipient, is expected to go home a free man after his sentencing, his defense lawyers said.

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One of two Bradley Fighting Vehicles is parked next to the Lincoln Memorial before President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America,” event honoring service branches on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Washington. Trump is promising military tanks along with “Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!” for the Fourth of July. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump detractors sound the alarm as military vehicles roll in for July 4 celebrations
Appearing on “Deadline: White House,” MSNBC’s Joy Reid insisted on Tuesday that President Trump is using the upcoming Fourth of July “Salute to America” celebration as a “threat” to Americans who oppose him. Trump has longed talked about showing off America’s military capabilities in celebration of Independence Day, and now his vision is coming to fruition as tanks arrive in Washington, D.C., ahead of Thursday’s festivities. Reid claimed that Trump aspires to be a “mini” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un or Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera, these kind of complaints are the ramblings of Trump haters.

Still, as preparations were underway Trump’s July 4 celebration, a few problems emerged along the way as military vehicles were hauled into the capital city. On Tuesday, a flatbed carrying the tanks was apparently unable to clear an underpass, according to photos tweeted by a Politico reporter. A crane was later employed to resolve the issue. Retired U.S. Army Gen. Thomas Spoehr, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense, told the Daily Reporter that some local roads are ill-equipped to handle the weight of the tanks.

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Missing Connecticut woman’s estranged husband maintains innocence
Fotis Dulos, a Connecticut real-estate developer charged in connection with the disappearance of his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos, maintained his innocence Tuesday during his first sit-down interview about the case, claiming he’s “worried” about his wife and never wished her “ill in any way.” “I know what I’ve done, I know what I haven’t done,” the 51-year-old Greek immigrant told New York City’s WNBC-TV. “I have to stand and fight and hope that the truth is going to come out.” Jennifer Dulos, 50, hasn’t been seen since dropping her children off at school in New Canaan, Conn., on May 24.

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FILE – In this Feb. 2, 1989, file photo, Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee Iacocca gestures while speaking about fourth quarter pre-tax earnings which are up 23.8 percent for the automaker at Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York. Former Chrysler CEO Iacocca, who became a folk hero for rescuing the company in the ’80s, has died, former colleagues said Tuesday, July 2, 2019. He was 94. (AP Photo/Mario Cabrera, File)

Remembering Lee Iacocca
Lee Iacocca, the father of the Ford Mustang and former chairman of Chrysler, has died of natural causes at his home in Bel Air, Calif., his family said Tuesday. He was 94. Iacocca, born in Allentown, Pa., on Oct. 15, 1924 as the child of Italian immigrants, started working at Ford Motor Co. in 1946 and is heralded as the leader of the team that created the first Mustang in 1964. He ascended to CEO of the company in 1970 but was fired by Henry Ford Jr. in 1978. He moved on to Chrysler Corp. in 1978 and became the CEO a year later, pulling the company out of bankruptcy after taking it over. Iacocca successfully persuaded the federal government to provide the company a $1.2 billion loan in 1979 and made major cuts to the workforce, slashing wages — including his own, which he shrunk to $1 a year — and closing plants. He also introduced fuel-efficient cars and the minivan. His efforts were successful and Chrysler made a comeback, profiting $20 million. The turnaround made Iacocca a media star. Later, he was a key figure in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and creation of the Ellis Island museum.

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Electrocuted squirrel finally removed from utility wires: ‘Rest in power,’ neighbors say

Talk about being left hanging.

Some residents in upstate New York say a utility company ignored them for two weeks after they reported seeing a dead squirrel dangling above them from utility wires.

The squirrel had apparently gotten electrocuted while nibbling on the wires, Syracuse.com reported.

Frustrated by unresponsiveness from the utility, National Grid, some of the residents of the Syracuse neighborhood began posting photos of the dead squirrel every day on social media.

Neighbor Chet Seidel posted photos on Twitter while Kathy Denman posted on Facebook.

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They even named the squirrel Freddie, after the 1972 Curtis Mayfield song, “Freddie’s Dead,” Syracuse.com reported.

National Grid eventually removed the squirrel Monday night after receiving an inquiry from Syracuse.com, the website reported.

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Neighbors in Syracuse, N.Y., are hoping for no more problems involving local wildlife.

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A spokeswoman for the utility said the company normally doesn’t remove items from the wires unless they pose a threat to electrical service. But in this case they were concerned that the neighbors might try to remove the squirrel themselves.

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NJ judge slammed for pointing out accused teen’s ‘good family’ in rape case: report

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A New Jersey family court judge was reprimanded by an appeals court panel last month for refusing to try a 16-year-old boy accused of raping an intoxicated girl and sharing video of the alleged assault with friends as an adult because he was “from a good family,” and Eagle scout and attended an “excellent school,” reports said.

The 16-year-old boy identified only as G.M.C. in court documents allegedly raped a “visibly intoxicated” 16-year-old girl identified by the pseudonym “Mary” while the two were drunk at a pajama party in New Jersey, prosecutors said. The boy is accused of filming himself and sending the video out to friends for months after the assault.

FLORIDA MAN, 18, ALLEGEDLY DRUGGED, SEXUALLY ASSAULTED GIRL, 15, POSTED NAKED VIDEO OF HER ONLINE: POLICE

“When your first time having sex is rape,” G.M.C. allegedly texted friends with the video days after the party. Several of the friends told investigators Mary’s body was drooping during the assault, at least one adding that her head was also banging against the wall, The Hill reported. It was not clear in court documents where in New Jersey the alleged assault took place.

The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office recommended in September 2017 that G.M.C. be tried as an adult, describing his actions as “both sophisticated and predatory.”  But Judge James Troiano of Superior Court reportedly denied the waiver and scolded prosecutors for not explaining to the girl and her mother “the devastating effect” pressing charges would have on “G.M.C.’s life.”

“He is clearly a candidate for not just college but probably for a good college,” Troiano of Superior Court wrote. He added that the “young man comes from a good family who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well.”

An appellate court reversed Troiano’s decision last month in a 14-page ruling only recently picked up by The New York Times and local affiliates. The panel sharply admonished the judge and warned against showing bias in sexual assault cases toward privileged teenagers, the Times reported.

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“That the juvenile came from a good family and had good test scores we assume would not condemn the juveniles who do not come from good families and do not have good test scores from withstanding waiver application,” the panel wrote, according to The Huffington Post.

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Nevada trooper pulls over hearse carrying corpse in carpool lane: police

A mortuary driver who was riding in a Las Vegas carpool lane Monday asked the Highway Patrol trooper who had pulled him over if the corpse he had in the back of his van counted as a passenger, police said.

The bizarre traffic stop happened after a Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper noticed the driver of a hearse on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas appeared to be riding alone.

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A State Trooper pulling over a hearse in the carpool lane on Monday.  (Nevada Highway Patrol)

The driver, whose identity was not released, asked the trooper whether the body he was carrying in the back qualified as a person.

“He doesn’t count?” the driver reportedly asked, referring to the corpse he was transporting.

“Yes, it’s a person, but they’re not in a seat and they’re not living and breathing,” the Trooper reportedly said. “This body was in the rear cargo and that doesn’t qualify as a seat.”

The trooper let the driver off with a warning and advised him to move out of the lane. The traffic stop came amid increased enforcement in carpool lane violations, Fox 5 reported.

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Nevada Highway Patrol later issued a warning that passengers must be living, breathing people in order to be counted as occupants in cars using the high occupancy vehicle lane.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pentagon calls missile test in South China Sea ‘disturbing,’ report says

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The Pentagon on Tuesday said China’s decision to test-fire missiles in the South China Sea was “disturbing” and a U.S. official told Reuters that multiple anti-ship ballistic missiles employed in the test.

The U.S. has in the past denounced Beijing on what it sees as an effort to militarize man-made outposts in the region.

“I’m not going to speak on behalf of all the sovereign nations in the region, but I’m sure they agree that the PRC’s behavior is contrary to its claim to want to bring peace to the region and obviously actions like this are coercive acts meant to intimidate other (South China Sea) claimants,” Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters.

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China considers control of the South China Sea as crucial to its foreign trade routes and aspirations to surpass the U.S. as the dominant military power in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Fotis Dulos maintains innocence in first sit-down interview since wife’s disappearance

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Fotis Dulos, a Connecticut real-estate developer charged in connection with the disappearance of his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos, maintained his innocence Tuesday during his first sit-down interview about the case, claiming he’s “worried” about his wife and never wished her “ill in any way.”

“I know what I’ve done, I know what I haven’t done,” the 51-year-old Greek immigrant told New York City’s WNBC-TV. “I have to stand and fight and hope that the truth is going to come out.”

“I know what I’ve done, I know what I haven’t done. I have to stand and fight and hope that the truth is going to come out.”

— Fotis Dulos, husband of missing Connecticut woman

Jennifer Dulos, 50, hasn’t been seen since dropping her children off at school in New Canaan, Conn., on May 24.

Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, are charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution and have been accused of disposing of items found in Hartford that contained Jennifer Dulos’ blood. The pair were released on $500,000 bond pending trial.

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“I had my differences with Jennifer like many people do when they go through a marriage. It didn’t work out for us, but that doesn’t mean that I wish her ill in any way,” Fotis Dulos said Tuesday. Jennifer Dulos filed for divorce two years ago, and the estranged couple had been involved in a contentious court battle up until her disappearance.

“I had my differences with Jennifer like many people do when they go through a marriage. It didn’t work out for us, but that doesn’t mean that I wish her ill in any way.”

— Fotis Dulos, husband of missing Connecticut woman

Despite the charges against him, Fotis Dulos said he has “faith in the system” but that he’s already been “convicted” in the minds of many.

“Statistically when this happens,” Dulos said, referring to a spouse going missing, “90 or 95 percent [of the time] it’s the spouse. ” Dulos claimed he belongs “in the 5 or 10 percent” of spouses who are innocent.

“[It’s] been a very tough time for the whole family. We’re all worried about Jennifer,” he said. “I’m worried very much about the kids and what they’re going through.”

The children, ages 8 to 13 and including two sets of twins, have been staying with Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, in New York City. Both Farber and Fotis Dulos are seeking custody.

Fotis Dulos’ sister, Rena Dulos, who lives in Greece, spoke out for the first time Monday, defending her brother and insisting he’s incapable of having any involvement in Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.

In a lengthy statement to Hartford’s FOX61, Rena Dulos said her brother desired to be a father and “sincerely craves to see his children and be an integral part of their upbringing.”

She also said her brother, who may have had “personal differences” with his estranged wife, “truly and sincerely holds her in his prayers” and wants “nothing more than to know that she is well and could ultimately return to their children.”

According to their arrest warrants, a couple whom police have identified as Fotis Dulos and Troconis were seen on video surveillance driving in Hartford around the time Jennifer Dulos was reported missing. The man was seen tossing garbage bags into more than 30 trash bins with items that were later determined to have Jennifer Dulos’ blood on them.

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Fotis Dulos’ DNA was found mixed with his wife’s blood on a kitchen faucet in the New Canaan home where she lived with her children after the couple split, according to State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo. Police said the house also had evidence of blood spatter and cleanup attempts, according to the arrest report.

Prosecutors consistently hinted more charges were likely, but have yet to file any other counts. He is scheduled to appear in court again Aug. 2.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun, Paulina Dedaj, Perry Chiaramonte and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Clemson student who died in fall ‘slipped,’ fell backwards off roof: report

The 20-year-old Clemson University student who died early Sunday after falling off a roof had been drinking and attempted to jump from a railing to a roof on a garage, a report said, citing campus police.

Thomas H. Few, a junior construction science and management major from Greenville, apparently slipped and fell backward off the roof onto a concrete walk, The Greenville News reported. He was bleeding out of the back of his head and ears and nose, according to local reports. He was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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A Clemson University student died early Sunday after falling off the roof of a home, according to officials. (FOX Carolina)

“Thomas was a valuable member of the Clemson Family, and we are deeply saddened by his passing,” Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students L. Christopher Miller said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

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The State reported that Few is the fourth student at the school to die in the past two months.

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Woman dead, man rescued from rubble after North Carolina house explosion, fire officials say

A woman has died and a man suffered life-threatening injuries following a house explosion in North Carolina on Tuesday, fire officials said.

Firefighters said it took about seven hours to find the woman and about two hours to free the man from a home leveled by a fire in the Charlotte neighborhood of Ballantyne. They said the man managed to call 911 and alert rescuers to his location.

The Charlotte Fire Department tweeted on Tuesday, “One patient has been freed conscious & alert; patient turned over to @MecklenburgEMS & taken by helicopter to area hospital.”

Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson said the man called emergency operators to tell them he was trapped inside the shattered home. He told operators where he was in the home but did not say what caused the explosion, which happened around 1:50 p.m.

Fire officials said the man indicated a woman was inside the home at the time of the explosion as well, so firefighters spent hours trying to find her.

Firefighters conducted the rescue operation until they found the woman around 9 p.m.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.  Fire officials also did not disclose the relationship between the two.

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More than 80 firefighters were searching through the rubble on James Jack Lane on Tuesday, Fox 46 reported.

Fire officials said seven firefighters were treated at the scene for dehydration after spending hours in 90-degree temperatures searching for the victims.

The seven firefighters who were treated on scene with IV’s returned to duty, another firefighter suffering from dehydration was transported to a local hospital for treatment, according to a tweet from the Charlotte Fire Department.

Reports indicated firefighters were in full gear when they arrived on scene but were down to their T-shirts as they sifted through the rubble in the scorching heat.

Neighbors reportedly felt the impact of the blast. A next-door neighbor’s windows were blown out, the drywall cracked, lights fell down and items were blasted off of their counters, according to Fox 46.

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Firefighters looking over the wreckage following the fire and explosion at the home in Charlotte on Tuesday.  (Charlotte Fire Department via AP)

An emergency medical services agency said two people living in surrounding homes were being evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Firefighters said the investigation into the blast was ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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