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FBI investigates possible $300G heist at New York City’s JFK airport

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Authorities in New York on Wednesday investigated the possible heist of $300,000 that was supposed to be shipped on a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Florida, according to a report.

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Two law enforcement officials told WNBC that the missing $300,000 was supposed to arrive at the airport as part of a larger delivery from an armored car company. Officials said it is too early to determine if $300,000 in cash was removed from the shipment before it arrived at the airport or if that amount was taken out at the airport after the delivery was made.   

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department and the FBI are investigating the possible heist, a police spokeswoman told the station.

In 1978, masked men infamously raided a Lufthansa Airlines cargo building at JFK and made out with $5 million in cash and almost $1 million worth of jewelry in one of the greatest heists in American history, according to History.com.

The crime was later linked to the Lucchese crime family, who had help from someone on the inside—a cargo worker familiar with large cash shipments coming into the airport on domestic and international flights left vulnerable to robbery while they sat waiting to be delivered to banks. Police often help monitor and escort large cash shipments coming in and out of JFK, according to the station.

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In 2003, masked gunman hijacked an armored vehicle at the airport with more than $2 million inside, WNBC reported.

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Texas investigator says Dallas off-duty officer didn’t commit crime in shooting that killed neighbor; jury not present

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The judge in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor in his apartment blocked the lead investigator from telling jurors Wednesday that he didn’t think the shooting was a crime.

David Armstrong of the Texas Department of Public Safety testified for a second day in Amber Guyger’s murder trial, but jurors weren’t present when he shared his opinion that her actions were reasonable. Guyger has said she mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for her own.

“I believe that she did perceive him as a deadly threat,” Armstrong said while being questioned by the defense on the trial’s third day.

District Judge Tammy Kemp ruled that the jury couldn’t hear the Texas Ranger’s opinion of the reasonableness of Guyger’s actions. Last September, Armstrong signed an affidavit supporting Guyger’s arrest for manslaughter.

Guyger, 31, was off duty but in uniform when she shot Jean, 26, a native of the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia who worked as an accountant in Dallas. A grand jury later charged her with murder.

Prosecutors have said Guyger should have noticed she was on the wrong floor while Guyger’s attorneys have argued that she fired in self-defense based on the mistaken belief that Jean was a burglar.

She has said she parked on the fourth floor of the complex’s garage rather than the third floor, where she lived. She then went to Jean’s apartment — located directly above hers.

JURY HEARS FRANTIC 911 CALL: ‘OH MY GOD, I THOUGHT IT WAS MY APARTMENT’

His door wasn’t locked, defense attorneys say. Prosecutors say that when Guyger entered the apartment, the unarmed Jean was in his living room eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

In a frantic 911 call played in court Tuesday, Guyger, who was later fired from the force, says “I thought it was my apartment” nearly 20 times.

In the jury’s presence, Armstrong testified Wednesday that going to the wrong apartment was common at the complex, especially on Guyger’s and Jean’s floors. Armstrong, who also testified Tuesday, says that even he had trouble determining which floor he was on while investigating the shooting.

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“There were no clear obvious signs showing what level you were on,” he testified.

Testimony was initially delayed Wednesday after Kemp told attorneys a female juror had a “professional relationship” with Armstrong. The juror was questioned in private about the matter, and testimony soon continued.

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Minnesota couple charged in death of 21-month-old son who drowned in tub while they went shopping

A Minnesota couple have been charged with second-degree manslaughter for neglect of a child after their 21-month-old son drowned in a bathtub while they were out shopping for two hours, authorities said Tuesday.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said in a statement that surveillance footage captured Sabina Pierre Louis, 25, and Eddy Pierre Louis, 54, at a Bloomington grocery store and a Walmart, leaving their three kids home alone.

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Sabina Pierre Louis, left, and Eddy Pierre Louis. (Hennepin County Jail)

Prosecutors said the parents told police that the children were asleep when they left for the stores. The couple assumed the children would remain asleep until they returned.

When the parents did return home, they found their 9-year-old daughter was still asleep, but their 4-year-old was in the bathroom. The victim, 21-month-old Asher Pierre Louis, was found floating in the tub; Eddy Pierre Louis told police water came out of the child’s mouth when he attempted CPR.

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Asher Pierre Louis was pronounced dead at Fairview Southdale Hospital.

The parents were expected in court Wednesday.

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Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Cleaver-wielding woman subdued inside California police station

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A woman wielding a cleaver took another woman hostage inside a California police department Wednesday before officers and employees subdued the suspect, police said.

The Salinas Police Department wrote on Facebook a hostage situation had unfolded in the lobby of the police department involving the woman wielding the cleaver.

Police said their civilian employees and police officers acted quickly to subdue the suspect and free the alleged victim.

CALIFORNIA STUDENT, 13, DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED DURING MIDDLE SCHOOL FIGHT, AUTHORITIES SAY

Police did not provide details as to how the employees and officers were able to subdue the suspect, who was identified as 22-year-old Mariel Capulong.

The other woman was not injured.

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Capulong suffered minor injuries; police arrested her.

She faced several charges including kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon.

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Cleaver-wielding woman subdued inside California police station

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A woman wielding a cleaver took another woman hostage inside a California police department Wednesday before officers and employees subdued the suspect, police said.

The Salinas Police Department wrote on Facebook a hostage situation had unfolded in the lobby of the police department involving the woman wielding the cleaver.

Police said their civilian employees and police officers acted quickly to subdue the suspect and free the alleged victim.

CALIFORNIA STUDENT, 13, DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED DURING MIDDLE SCHOOL FIGHT, AUTHORITIES SAY

Police did not provide details as to how the employees and officers were able to subdue the suspect, who was identified as 22-year-old Mariel Capulong.

The other woman was not injured.

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Capulong suffered minor injuries; police arrested her.

She faced several charges including kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon.

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California student, 13, dies from injuries sustained during middle school fight, authorities say

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A California middle school student has been declared brain dead from injuries sustained during a fight at school last week, authorities said.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday 13-year-old Diego, whose last name has not been released, was pronounced clinically dead despite “rigorous medical intervention and treatment efforts.”

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“Preparations by Diego’s family are underway for organ donation to transform this tragedy into the gift of life for other children,” the sheriff’s department said.

The fight took place Sept. 16 at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley, about 65 miles east of  Los Angeles, and was captured on video, Fox 11 reported.

FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER, ‘COMPLETELY BRAIN DEAD’ AFTER COLLAPSING DURING GAME, IS TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT: REPORTS

The video, which was shared on social media, reportedly showed two teenagers punch Diego. As he fell to the ground, his head hit a concrete pillar. Fox 11 reported that that the first teen who hit Diego punched him again before fleeing the scene.

The two students involved in the attack, who have not been publicly identified because they are minors, were arrested on the day of the fight and remained in custody at a juvenile facility, according to the sheriff’s department.

Additional counselors will be at Landmark Middle School to help students and staff “cope with the grief that will spread throughout the community,” the station reported, citing a spokeswoman with The Moreno Valley Unified School District.

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“As we mourn together, we also want to come together to find solutions and to take the necessary steps so that tragic incidents like this do not happen again,” the spokeswoman added.

The school district will hold a “remembrance ceremony” for Diego at the middle school on Thursday evening.

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Kansas dog that lived at shelter for more than 400 days finally gets adopted after human moves in

A Kansas dog who has lived in an animal shelter for more than a year was finally adopted on Tuesday, a week after a man moved into the shelter to try and help find the dog a home.

Scott Poore, whose organization “Mission Driven” creates and promotes fundraisers to aid animal shelters, said he moved into the Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Merriam last week when he heard a 3-year-old terrier mix named Queen was having trouble getting adopted and seemed depressed.

KANSAS MAN MOVES INTO ANIMAL SHELTER TO HELP GET DOG ADOPTED

Poore described Queen as “the most affectionate lovable dog I probably have ever worked with.”

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Scott Poore and Queen. Poore decorated the dog’s room and moved in with her with the goal of attracting the attention of a potential adopter. (Mission Driven)

Mission Driven posted a video of Queen jumping into a black SUV with her new owners on Tuesday afternoon.

Poore told Fox News Wednesday that he spent seven days and seven nights living with Queen, saying he was determined to help her get adopted.

“I honestly did not know if I was going to be there 24 hours or a month but I was prepared to do either,” Poore told Fox News, adding that he was grateful he only had to stay for a week.

“Seven nights in an animal shelter is quite a long time I have to admit,” Poore said.

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Poore in Queen’s room at the SCPA shelter. (Scott Poore)

Poore said he did not get much sleep over the past week “between all the animals barking and Queen every hour on the hour waking me up with her rope toy wanting to play,” but added that it was well worth it now that she had been adopted.

“I was incredibly happy for her, I was happy for her adopter and I was happy that I was able to go home and sleep in my own bed,” he said.

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Queen leaves the shelter on adoption day. (Mission Driven)

Poore said Queen’s adopters are a father and son from the Kansas City area. He added the two lost their dog three weeks ago and when someone shared Queen’s story with them, they decided to adopt her.

“I just want to thank them for opening up their home and their hearts for such an incredible dog who deserves a long life in a loving home,” Poore said. “I had the pleasure of meeting the father and the son and it’s going to be a perfect home for them and for Queen. It’s a win-win for both sides.”

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Poore told Fox News that he could not adopt Queen himself, as much as he wanted to: “I can’t adopt every animal that I help because then I will have 1000 animals in my house.”

Poore said he is already thinking about the next long-term shelter dog he is hoping to help get adopted: “What helps me get through the emotional side of my work is I move very quickly to the next animal that needs my help.”

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Iraqi linguist, now US soldier, recalls 7,474-mile journey of American flag buried in Iraq for 11 years

It became a simple yet nearly unthinkable mission: Recover a precious American flag buried in the dirt somewhere in Iraq.

For Staff Sgt. Ahmed, that flag is so much more than mere stars and stripes.

Ahmed, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, served as an Iraqi translator during the early years of the Iraq War. After becoming one of the 1st Battalion “Bandits,” 37 Armored Brigade, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team’s most-trusted and valuable linguists, the soldiers decided they wanted to give him Ahmed an American flag in 2004.

“I was so excited and happy,” Ahmed recently told Fox News. “It was the first American flag I had ever touched. It was one of those happy moments.”

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An encased flag is displayed during a ceremony at the 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division motor pool. (U.S. Army photo by: Sgt. Michael West/2nd ABCT, 1st AD Public Affairs)

Ahmed began translating for the Americans in April 2003 in Baghdad. He worked for the 1-37’s command team during local meetings and on missions.

He says earned his team’s trust one night on a mission beyond the fence when he rounded a corner and walked into the muzzle of an AK-47. He immediately put up his hand to push the muzzle away, and the Iraqi squeezed off a shot before running into the bushes, Ahmed recalled.

The American soldiers saw him differently after that night and realized how valuable he was to them, Ahmed said. “I became the guy who was about to be killed and would have died.”

After that, he started to accompany the team everywhere.

One day in 2004, the team went on its last mission before being sent to a different location outside Baghdad. A soldier with whom Ahmed had become best friends, Sgt. Scott Larson, was killed.

“I was really devastated,” Ahmed said. “He was a good friend of mine.”

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It had been Larson’s idea to give Ahmed an American flag, the soldier recalled. The team signed the flag for Ahmed and left, and the Iraqi continued to translate for the U.S. into 2005.

Ahmed kept his flag in heavy-duty plastic bags, still carefully folded exactly as the Americans had given it to him, tucked into a Nike gym bag.

“I put it in those bags to protect it from the dirt and keep it white,” he explained.

When he switched bases, he was supposed to leave behind all associations with Americans or sources.

He kept the flag.

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Ahmed took it with him when he left the base for the last time. He was dressed in a disguise so that he wouldn’t be recognized. The minivan taking Ahmed south to Baghdad approached an armed checkpoint.  Guards would likely grill him about his associations with the Americans — especially if they saw the flag.

“My brain was fight-or-flight, thinking I’m about to get killed because I have an American flag in my hand,” he said.

Ahmed told the driver he wanted to get out near a residential area instead. Ahmed crossed the busy freeway and looked around. The guards were busy interrogating the van he had just exited and hadn’t seen him.

At that moment, he decided to bury the flag.

He looked for a landmark that wouldn’t move over time and saw a telephone pole. Then he picked a distinctive house, which he assumed was home to a local leader or dignitary.

“This guy isn’t going to move, I thought. He had a very big house,” Ahmed explained.

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He picked a spot in the ground a few feet from the telephone pole, found a rusty flattened can and started digging.

He tightened the straps on the gym bag “and buried everything. I was worried I would get caught,” he said.

“If they had come over, they would have seen me. I was worried other people in the neighborhood would see me,” Ahmed said. “At that time, if you’re digging a hole, you don’t look good. You were either planting something bad or you were trying to attack someone.”

With that, he left the flag that had meant so much to him, got into another van and “continued with my life,” as Ahmed tells it.

He came to the United States in 2008, where he took the oath of enlistment to support and defend the Constitution and became an American soldier.

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Ahmed, now 37, lives with his wife and child in California and serves in the Active Guard Reserve.

“Now is the time for me to say all of this because I have only two years in the Army left,” Ahmed told Fox News. “I want every soldier to take pride in what they have, every person in the U.S., I want them to take pride in how they honor those who served before them, those who serve right now and those who lost their lives, regardless of their personal views of the war.”

In 2016, his parents wanted to visit the U.S. and witness the birth of his child.

“My dad asked me, ‘What do you want?’ I really wanted only one thing,” Ahmed said — for his father to retrieve the American flag, 11 years after he’d tucked it away underground.

He gave his father specific instructions on where to find something buried — not mentioning it was an American flag until his father found the bag and was safely home.

It took several trips to the residential neighborhood in the early-morning hours to locate the pole, find the house, then pinpoint the spot where the flag had been hidden.

On one fateful trip, his father was on the phone with Ahmed when he found something.

“I told him to hang up, get [the bag out of the ground] and get out. He opened it and said it was an American flag,” Ahmed recalled.

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This skyline of downtown Baghdad with rooftops and terraces is a very typical urban view seen all over the Middle East.

“My dad made fun of me in the beginning,” he said. “They thought I buried a gold brick.”

“They were proud of me, and I was proud of him to do such a courageous thing,” the soldier said.

More than 11 years and 7,474 miles later, Ahmed was able to hold his prized banner again. It was unstained — still “white as new.”

“I wanted the whole world to see how the creases are still there,” he said with pride. “When I unfolded it, only once, the creases you see are still there from the day the Americans handed it to me in 2004.”

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That was 15 years ago. He still recalls details from his time with the Americans during the early years of the war: All those times in the field, all those times we went on missions, I felt my role as a linguist was to bring those cultures closer to each other.”

The flag represents that, and much more.

“Every signature on that flag — it means something to me,” Ahmed said.

Holding the flag again was an accomplishment, he added.

“All of my accomplishment is in that flag. The relationship, the camaraderie, the hard work we put in together.”

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On Sept. 11, Ahmed visited the 1-37 Bandits at Fort Bliss in Texas, his framed flag in tow, and he spoke to soldiers.

“The flag finally made it home,” Ahmed told the Defense Department after the trip. “I think of these soldiers every day when I put on my Army uniform and display the flag on my shoulder. Today, I did not see faces and ranks, but as I looked around, I saw the Old Ironsides patch and friendships that will last a lifetime.

“Larson did not live to see his flag again, but these soldiers did.”

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Creator of France’s #MeToo fined for defamation

Sandra Muller, the central figure behind France’s version of the #MeToo movement, was ordered by a Paris court on Wednesday to pay the equivalent of $22,000 for defaming a man she had accused of sexual misconduct.

Muller, a journalist, launched #balancetonporc (denounce your pig) at the height of the global movement against sexual misconduct in October 2017 when she tweeted that former TV channel executive Eric Brion made sexually explicit comments to her.

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French journalist Sandra Muller gives a press conference, in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.  (AP)

Muller was featured in TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” 2017 edition alongside other #MeToo “silence breakers.”

Brion took Muller to court over the tweets, arguing that they harmed him and that his remarks were not harassment. The court ruled in his favor, ordering Muller to delete her tweets and to pay Brion $16,400 in damages and $5,400 in legal fees.

Muller said she worried the ruling will silence women who have experienced harassment.

“It’s a proceeding that’s intended to silence the victims,” she said at a news conference. “The message is clear: ‘Be quiet.'”

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Muller’s lawyer, Francis Szpiner, suggested the ruling could have implications for what, exactly, is considered sexual harassment in France.

The decision gives men license to say or do offensive things, he told reporters, and “if they only do it one time, it will be excused by the court.”

Brion, meanwhile, hailed the ruling on Twitter as a “victory of true justice” after “two years of rare violence.”

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Muller said she plans to appeal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Washington hiker stranded for 2 days with broken leg before discovered by runner on trail

A woman in Washington state spent two days stranded on a trail with a broken leg, wondering if she was going to make it out alive, before a trail runner heard the barks of her dog, found her, and then got help.

Barbara Dadswell was out hiking with her dog on the Ashland Lake trail in Snohomish County on Sept. 14, about 60 miles north of Seattle, when she slipped on a log, broke her leg, and fell into a ravine.

“Slipped. And it snapped. And I don’t know how it happened. It just happened so fast,” Dadswell told KOMO News. “I knew the second it happened. I screamed so loud I thought the bears would go for help. But they’re no help.”

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Dadswell, who only had 4 bottles of water and some Slim Jims when she fell, then spent the next day and a half using her dog’s backpack, shoestrings and sticks to create a splint for her leg while attempting to once again reach the trailhead.

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Matthew Medina helped get rescuers to Barbara Dadswell after she slipped, broke her leg, and fell down a ravine. Medina heard her dog barking while out running, and discovered her. (KOMO News via NNS)

On the second day of attempting to crawl up to the trailhead, a runner heard the cries of her dog and came across the injured hiker.

“I feel like it was a big coincidence or it was just a lot of luck. I had a friend that suggested the trail. And I had some time that evening to go for a trail run. Yeah, she was very lucky that day,” the runner, Matthew Medina, told KOMO News.

After discovering Dadswell, Medina then ran two miles down to her car to get her food and other supplies. He then went back to the car and drove to a Ranger Station to call 911.

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About 20 people from the Snohomish County Volunteer Search & Rescue responded to the scene and spent several hours rescuing Dadswell from the remote and rugged trail.

“It’s very satisfying,” volunteer rescuer Mike Loney told the television station. “It makes you proud to be out there with the team doing what you do. It certainly feels good to make a difference sometimes.”

Dadswell, who underwent surgery last week on her knee, has since been moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility.

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Medina told KOMO News he’s just grateful he went for a run after finishing work for the day.

“The fact that she’s able to walk away from this now is really good,” he said Tuesday. “Definitely got my workout for the day. It was a long day, but it was worth it.”

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