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North Carolina man arrested for allegedly possessing weapon of mass destruction

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A North Carolina man was arrested Thursday for allegedly possessing a weapon of mass destruction at his home, police said.

Owen Gregory Dean, 44, of Murphy, was taken into police custody after it was discovered that he had a blasting cap at his home, according to WLOS-TV.

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Owen Dean, 44, was arrested for allegedly possessing a weapon of mass destruction. (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office)

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina Department of Public Safety Adult Corrections and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms in searching the man’s home. The blasting cap was safely recovered by bomb technicians.

Blasting caps are a small explosive device that can cause an explosion if combined with a fuse, according to the New York Daily News.

“Again this had a huge potential for disaster. Explosives must always be properly handled and stored. We appreciate all the assistance of the SBI, ATF and DPS in helping us to bring this to a safe conclusion,” Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer said in a statement, according to WLOS-TV.

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Dean was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center. He was being held under $15,000 bond. He’s set to make a court appearance May 9.

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Pompeo meeting with Merkel cancelled over ‘pressing issues’

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The U.S. State Department says a planned meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been canceled.

Pompeo was due to meet Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin on Tuesday.

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The State Department said the meetings have had to be rescheduled due to “pressing issues” but offered no further comment on why.

Neither Merkel’s nor Mass’s office had any immediate comment.

Pompeo has been taking part in a meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland. It wasn’t immediately clear where he would be heading next.

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The State Department says Pompeo “looks forward to being in Berlin soon” to hold the “important set of meetings” that had been scheduled.

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Showdown over Barr contempt charges brewing; Court battle over Trump tax records developing

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Dems ready to hold Barr in contempt, Starr blasts leak of ‘whiny’ Mueller letter
As Democrats scheduled a vote this Wednesday on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, former independent counsel Ken Starr sharply criticized the leak of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s letter following Barr’s summary of the Russia report. Details of the March 24 letter went public shortly before Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Multiple news outlets reported that Mueller raised concerns about how Barr’s conclusions from the investigation were being portrayed. In an interview on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Monday, Starr called the release of the letter an “unforgivable sin” and said Mueller’s complaints were “whiny.” Wednesday’s scheduled contempt vote on Barr is based on the Justice Department’s failure to provide the full text of Mueller’s report by a Monday morning deadline.

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Court battle over Trump’s tax records developing
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has denied House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s request for President Trump’s tax returns, setting up a likely court battle. In a letter on Monday, Mnuchin said he’d relied on the advice of the Justice Department and concluded the request lacked a “legitimate legislative purpose.” Mnuchin’s decision is sure to set in motion a legal battle over Trump’s tax returns. The likely options available to Democrats would be to subpoena the Internal Revenue Service for the returns or to file a lawsuit.

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FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, file photo, 1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna, left, and his defense attorney Capt. Tom Clark, right, walk in Camp Speicher, a large U.S. base near Tikrit, north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera, File)

Trump pardons former Army lieutenant convicted of killing suspected al Qaeda terrorist
President Trump has pardoned a former Army lieutenant who was convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner suspected of being an Al Qaeda terrorist, the White House announced Monday evening. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited “broad support” for Michael Behenna, of Edmond, Okla., “from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public” — including 37 generals and admirals, along with a former Pentagon inspector general — as the reason for Trump’s clemency grant. Sanders also said Behenna had been a “model prisoner” while serving his sentence. A military court originally sentenced Behenna to 25 years for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. However, the Army’s highest appellate court noted concern about how the trial court had handled Behenna’s claim of self-defense, Sanders said. The Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced his sentence to 15 years and paroled him in 2014, as soon as he was eligible.

Ingraham gets an up-close look at the border crisis
On Monday’s edition of “The Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham joined the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to get an exclusive look at the border crossing in Del Rio, Texas. Watch the video above to find out what Ingraham and her team encountered and tune in to “The Ingraham Angle” tonight at 10 ET to watch more exclusive reports. Ingraham and Fox News’ Raymond Arroyo will host a special behind-the-scenes show from their border visit that drops on Fox Nation Tuesday.

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Awaiting the royal reveal
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed a bouncing baby boy early Monday morning, and now the world is waiting to find out the royal newborn’s name and what he looks like. On Monday, a jubilant Harry said he and Markle still hadn’t decided on his name. Images of the baby boy were not released. A few details were released in statement on Instagram. “We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.,” the couple announced. “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.”

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TODAY’S MUST-READS
HBO breaks silence on how that coffee cup ended up on the ‘Game of Thrones’ set.
Ilhan Omar’s tweet on Israel-Gaza violence sparks condemnation from Republicans.
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MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Trump’s tariffs: Where we are, where we might be going.
U.S. stocks rebound after huge early session plunge.
Most expensive U.S. infrastructure projects.

#TheFlashback
1984: A $180 million out-of-court settlement is announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who said they’d been injured by exposure to the defoliant.
1963: The United States launches the Telstar 2 communications satellite.
1789: America’s first inaugural ball is held in New York in honor of President George Washington, who had taken the oath of office a week earlier.

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Minnesota dad charged after allegedly leaving son, 4, inside car during work shift: report

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Authorities say a 4-year-old Minnesota boy died Saturday after his father left him in a hot SUV for hours while he worked.

The father, 26-year-old Kristopher Taylor of Apple Valley, is charged with second-degree manslaughter. He allegedly told police that he had no one to watch his son. According to the complaint, Taylor told police he left the window open a crack and gave the boy a hand-held video game.

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The boy died Saturday in St. Paul. Authorities say Taylor left the child in the vehicle for hours while he worked the Grillfest event at CHS Field. Taylor returned to the SUV at about 5:15 p.m. to find the boy was stiff and showing signs of decomposition.

KFGO reported that he first allegedly told police that he left the boy in the car for about 2 1/2 hours, but later reportedly admitted that he left the boy at 11:30 a.m. and returned at 5:15 p.m.

The temperature reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and the criminal complaint says the boy was in the sun. A meteorologist said even though it was in the 70s outside, the inside of a car could reach 130 degrees in direct sunlight.

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He reportedly rushed the boy to the hospital while holding his hand, frantically seeking medical help, KSTP reported. The boy was pronounced dead on arrival.

It isn’t clear whether Taylor has an attorney to comment on his behalf.

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Loophole could keep young terror suspects out of US court

The Justice Department’s ability to charge minors for supporting terrorist groups has been hampered by a 2018 Supreme Court decision, forcing prosecutors to hand off at least one such case to local authorities in a state without anti-terrorism laws.

The court’s decision in a case unrelated to terrorism opened a loophole that could allow young supporters of groups like the Islamic State to skate on charges from the federal government.

The legal gap was highlighted by the case of Matin Azizi-Yarand , who was sentenced in a Texas state court last month after plotting to shoot police officers and civilians at a suburban shopping mall in an Islamic State-inspired rampage planned to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

In most cases like this, federal prosecutors would have brought terrorism charges. But U.S. prosecutors in Texas didn’t charge Azizi-Yarand because he was 17 at the time and considered a minor under federal law.

Federal law allows prosecutors to charge anyone supporting or working with a State Department-designated terror group, even if the person was not in contact with the group. But to charge a juvenile with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, the attorney general would have to determine that the suspect committed what’s known as a “crime of violence” under federal law.

The Supreme Court struck down part of that law last year, finding it too vague to be enforced in the case of a Philippine man who was facing deportation over burglary convictions. Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court’s more liberal judges, finding that the law crossed constitutional boundaries and that the law was not specific enough because it failed to adequately define what would be a violent crime.

“Vague laws invite arbitrary power,” Gorsuch wrote.

Facing only state charges, Azizi-Yarand struck a plea deal and was sentenced to 20 years in prison with the possibility of parole after 10. Prosecutors presented the case as an example of local and federal collaboration, but also said that the criminal charge that would have best fit Azizi-Yarand’s acts is unavailable in state court.

A charge of supporting a terror group “would’ve fit this crime better than the laws that we used,” Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis said in April.

After the Supreme Court ruling, the Department of Homeland Security said the decision “significantly undermines” its ability to deport people convicted of “certain violent crimes,” but the implications for terror cases weren’t immediately apparent.

It isn’t clear how many cases the Justice Department has handed off or dropped because of the Supreme Court ruling. The agency did not comment in response to multiple inquiries from The Associated Press.

Trying terrorism cases in state court can be problematic. Many states, including Texas, have no criminal statute against aiding a foreign terror organization. And, where such laws do exist, bringing state charges can complicate federal investigations.

Handling a case connected to terrorism can be a challenge for state prosecutors unschooled in radical ideologies, according to Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. “For state prosecutors it’s a learning curve,” he said. “You have to understand the nuances of ISIS ideology.”

This leaves federal law enforcement “in this strange limbo where either they kick it to a state level case or they track that individual until they turn 18,” Hughes said.

Prosecuting juveniles for terrorism is rare and the Supreme Court decision may have little impact on overall terror prosecutions because the decision makes it difficult to bring “a very narrow band” of terror cases, said Nick Lewin, a defense attorney and former federal prosecutor.

Davilyn Walston, a spokeswoman U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, said depending on the facts of a case minors could be prosecuted as adults under other parts of federal law.

But “unless and until” Congress changes how “crime of violence” is defined in federal law the Supreme Court decision could continue to affect prosecutions, she said.

There’s no indication a change in legislation is imminent.

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Bleiberg reported from Dallas.

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Ocasio-Cortez posts about garbage disposal in posh new apartment

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New York Rep. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is learning a lot of new things in Washington — including about what a garbage disposal is.

The 29-year-old freshman congresswoman posted photos and videos on Instagram showing the apparently “terrifying” contraption at work in her swanky DC apartment and saying she’d never seen one before.

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“OK everyone I need your help because I just moved into this apartment a few months ago and I just flipped a switch and it made that noise and it scared the daylights out of me,” Ocasio-Cortez can be heard saying in footage.

“I am told this is a garbage disposal. I’ve never seen a garbage disposal. I never had one in any place I’ve ever lived,” she later said.

The “Green New Deal”-touting Bronx Democrat wondered whether the device was “environmentally sound.”

“This DC apartment is bougie and has things I’ve never seen before…” Ocasio-Cortez captioned the video, later noting: “Is this what social mobility is? Using kitchen appliances you never saw growing up?”

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The Bronx-born representative ended her Instagram story by quipping, “All you people telling me to reach in and grab whatever’s there are just Republicans trying to test my health insurance.”

“I’m onto you.”

This story was originally published by The New York Post.

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New Hampshire DUI suspect drove for 15 miles in the wrong direction on the highway: police

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A 24-year-old New Hampshire woman drove for 15 miles in the wrong direction on a highway outside Manchester Sunday, nearly striking several drivers before police managed to stop the vehicle, authorities said.

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Carly Tate drove northbound in the southbound lanes on Interstate 293, and then on Interstate 93 through the town of Hooksett, police said. State troopers eventually deployed spike strips to slow the vehicle down before arresting the suspect.

Officers responded to several calls around 2:50 a.m. from witnesses who claimed they were nearly hit by the vehicle, the press release stated.

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Tate is charged with DUI and reckless conduct. She was released on a personal recognizance bond, meaning she did not have to pay bail and agreed to return to court. Tate is scheduled to be arraigned in Merrimack County Superior Court on May 23 at 1 p.m.

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US-Iran tensions rise ahead of anniversary of deal pullout

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A sudden White House announcement that a U.S. aircraft carrier and a bomber wing would be deployed in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran comes just days ahead of the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw America from Tehran’s nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is said to be planning a speech Wednesday on the anniversary to discuss the next steps Tehran will take in confronting the U.S. Officials in the Islamic Republic previously warned that Iran might increase its uranium enrichment, potentially pulling away from a deal it has sought to salvage for months.

The military has almost always had an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf as part of its sprawling military presence in the strategic region, but had begun to scale back its presence as the air campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria wound down.

Sunday night’s statement from national security adviser John Bolton said the USS Abraham Lincoln, other ships in the carrier’s strike group and a bomber wing would deploy to the Mideast. Bolton blamed “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” without elaborating.

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” Bolton said.

In Iran, the semi-official ISNA news agency on Monday quoted an anonymous official as saying that Rouhani planned a broadcast address Wednesday and may discuss the “counteractions” Tehran will take over America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal. It said Iranian officials have informed their European counterparts — with whom Iran has been trying to salvage the agreement — of the planned speech.

“Partial and total reduction of some of Iran’s commitments and resumption of some nuclear activities which were ceased following (the deal) are the first step,” ISNA said. Iranian state television and the semi-official Fars news agency similarly suggested an Iranian response loomed.

A spokesman for Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Keivan Khosravi, also dismissed Bolton’s comments as “psychological warfare.”

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog says Iran has continued to comply with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which saw it limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. But American sanctions have wreaked havoc on Iran’s already-anemic economy, while promised help from European partners in the deal haven’t alleviated the pain.

The U.S. last week stopped issuing waivers for countries importing Iranian crude oil, a crucial source of cash for Iran’s government.

It’s unclear what specific threat American officials perceive coming from Iran. A U.S. official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said American troops at land and sea could be targeted.

The USS Abraham Lincoln had been in the Mediterranean Sea conducting operations alongside the USS John C. Stennis, another aircraft carrier that has twice been in the Persian Gulf in recent months.

However, American military officials have stopped the near-continuous presence of aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, a pattern set following the 1991 Gulf War. American air bases spanning the region can scramble fighter jets and drones, lessening the necessity of an aircraft carrier as U.S. officials also worry about China and Russia.

Already in the Persian Gulf is a group of U.S. Navy warships led by the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship carrying troops from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Kearsarge also carries AV-8B Harrier fighter jets, MH-60 helicopters and MV-22 Osprey airplanes.

Across the wider 5th Fleet, there were 17 warships deployed, according to the most-recent count by the U.S. Naval Institute, which tracks deployments around the world.

The Bahrain-based 5th Fleet declined to comment on the White House announcement when reached by the AP on Monday.

It also remains unclear what bomber wing would be deployed to the region. Typically, the al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, home to the forward headquarters of the U.S. military’s Central Command, hosts such bomber deployments.

In late March, the Air Force acknowledged a rare gap in bomber cover in the Mideast after a squadron of B-1 Lancers left al-Udeid to return to Texas. B-52 bombers also had been deployed to the area to keep up attacks on the Islamic State group, the first time the aging aircraft had deployed to the region in 25 years.

Officials at al-Udeid, which also hosts the F-35 fighter jet, declined to answer questions from the AP.

The Trump administration, which abruptly announced in December that it was pulling out of Syria, still maintains 2,000 U.S. troops in the northern part of the war-torn country. Officials suggest they serve as a check on Iranian ambitions and help ensure that Islamic State fighters do not regroup. No significant U.S. forces have so far withdrawn from Syria.

Trump has also said he has no plans to withdraw the 5,200 troops stationed in Iraq as part of a security agreement to advise, assist and support the country’s troops in the fight against IS. Earlier this year, Trump angered Iraqi politicians and Iranian-backed factions by saying troops should stay there to keep an eye on neighboring Iran.

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Associated Press writers Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed to this report.

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Texas boy, 12, allegedly fatally shot brother, 10, because he was mad: report

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The 12-year-old boy who was arrested in Texas on a murder charge Saturday after authorities said he fatally shot his 10-year-old brother will reportedly undergo a mental health evaluation, a report Monday said.

Marc Brumberger, the chief of the juvenile division at the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, told The Houston Chronicle that there are likely “developmental issues.” Brumberger said the shooting “seems intentional” because the unidentified boy pulled the trigger because he was mad.

SUSPECT NABBED IN BILOXI COP SHOOTING

The result was a nightmare. A single bullet struck his 10-year-old brother in the chest. Authorities rushed the boy to a nearby hospital where he died.

The sheriff’s office announced Sunday that the 12-year-old had been charged with murder seven hours after the shooting. The boy was being held at the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Facility. He will not be charged as an adult and will undergo a mental health evaluation, the report said.

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Authorities are continuing the investigation. The parents, who are “extremely distraught,” have not been charged, the Chronicle reported.

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NC woman allegedly trespasses at CIA, asks to speak to ‘Agent Penis’

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A North Carolina woman is in custody after allegedly trespassing at CIA headquarters outside of Washington, D.C. four times since April 22, including one alleged incident where she asked to speak with “Agent Penis,” reports said.

CODE PINK REFUSING TO LEAVE VENEZUELA’S DC EMBASSY AS STATE DEPT. SLAMS ‘TRESPASSERS’

Jennifer G. Hernandez, 58, of North Carolina, is charged with criminal trespassing in federal court after entering FBI headquarters in McLean, Va., a report said. She allegedly claimed that she applied for a job, the Washington Examiner reported. She is currently being held in Alexandria city jail.

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On May 3, Hernandez arrived at the agency’s headquarters and asked “to speak to Agent Penis,” the criminal complaint stated. Officers took her into custody for trespassing after she allegedly refused to board a bus to leave the property.

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