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Brawl involving dozens at water park was over a towel: report

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An alcohol-ridden brawl involving dozens at a California water park Sunday was sparked after two families got into a confrontation over a beach towel, police said.

The brawl left one man in critical condition and closed business operations for the rest of the day, police said.

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Police responded to Raging Waters, a water park located in Sacramento, Calif., around 3:28 p.m. Sunday. Christopher Neves, 35, of Modesto, was found unconscious and without a heartbeat, officials said.

Paramedics performed CPR on Neves and regained his heartbeat. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was listed in a coma, according to Fox8.

Everest Robillard, chief of the Cal Expo Police Department, said officers broke up a fight between about 40 people. Two families, each with about 15 to 20 people, began arguing when an individual from one family allegedly took a beach towel belonging to a member of the other family.

“It started over a beach towel and then escalated into verbal insults and profanity — one family getting angry because of profanities being said in front of children,” Robillard told the newspaper. “The next thing we know of, it became physical.”

Robillard said alcohol was involved. One witness described how someone cracked a chair over the head of another person during the fight, the Sacramento Bee reported. It was unclear how Neves was injured and if anyone was charged in the incident.

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The water park was closed down for the rest of the day and guests were escorted off the premises. The investigation is ongoing.

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Texas men arrested after allegedly damaging headstones at historic cemetery, causing $120G in damage

Two men have been charged with vandalizing a historic cemetery in Texas earlier this month, allegedly causing an estimated $120,000 worth of damage after breaking or knocking over several grave markers.

Chandler McKinney, 22, of Eustace, who’s the son of the Henderson County judge, as Fox 7 Austin reported, was charged with felony criminal mischief between $30,000 and $150,000. McKinney was released Friday after he posted bail on a $50,000 bond amount.

Tristian Mikel Castillo, 19, of Eustace, was charged with felony criminal mischief between $30,000 and $150,000, KLTV reported. His bond amount was set at $50,000.

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The suspects damaged about 35 of the historic gravesites at the Goshen Cemetery.

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Chandler McKinney, 22, left, and Tristian Mikel Castillo, 19, were charged with vandalizing a historic cemetery in Texas earlier this month. (Henderson County Sheriff’s Office)

“The board members gave us an estimate of probably $3,500 per site,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse told KLTV. “So, we’re looking at over $120,000 worth of damage.”

The cemetery is a historical site that is the last physical evidence of the historic town of Goshen, established after the Civil War.

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The first documented burial was in 1869.

Many of the roughly 450 graves at the cemetery have been unmarked. Settlers and veterans of various American wars were among the dead buried in marked graves.

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Nashville man tackles stranger who tried grabbing teen daughter, police say

A Tennessee man accused of grabbing a 14-year-old girl on a street in a popular tourist destination Sunday was tackled by the girl’s father and some bystanders, police said.

Eric Craig, 38, was held down until officers arrived. Police say he he grabbed the teen on Broadway near many of the honky-tonk bars in Nashville.

Craig has been charged with assault, according to an arrest affidavit. It said he grabbed the teen by the shoulder and spun her around to face him.

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Eric Craig, 38, allegedly grabbed a 14-year-old girl on a Nashville street before the girl’s father and some bystanders tackled him, police said. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

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Craig then told the girl she “had a nice…” but “did not finish his statement because he (was) grabbed by the victim’s father,” according to court documents.

When officers arrived, they said the girl’s father had Craig on the ground.

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Craig told police he “just wanted to tell her she looked nice,” when the teen’s father and some bystanders grabbed him, the affidavit said.

A spokeswoman with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department told Fox News that Craig is homeless.

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Alleged Pittsburgh synagogue gunman to face death penalty

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Federal prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year, according to a Monday court filing.

The Justice Department cited the planning, killing of vulnerable victims, hostility toward the Jewish faith and premeditation in its intent to seek the death penalty against suspect Robert Bowers.

Scott W. Brady, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, had been expected to seek the death penalty. A Justice Department spokesman said last year that Brady had “initiated the approval process” for the punishment.

Bowers, 46, was accused of using an AR-15 rifle and several handguns to kill worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue during an Oct. 27, 2018, Shabbat service while shouting anti-Semitic slurs.

Seven people, including five police officers, were wounded. A tactical police team shot Bowers during the deadly assault.

He has pleaded not guilty to more than 50 charges.

Investigators said Bowers expressed hatred toward Jewish people after police arrested him.

The filing in the U.S. District Court of Western Pennsylvania said Bowers targeted the worshippers “in order to maximize the devastation, amplify the harm of his crimes and instill fear within the local, national and international Jewish communities.”

Prosecutors wrote that the death penalty will be justified if Bowers is convicted of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, or of using a gun to commit a crime of violence.

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Following the massacre, President Trump said the perpetrator should “suffer the ultimate price.”

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to a 120-day extension in the case.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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New Mexico police find dead newborn in trash bag, may have been injected with heroin, police say

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New Mexico police found a dead newborn in a trash bag last Friday and said the baby may have been injected with heroin by its mother, according to a report.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the camper trailer where the mom lives in Alcalde, N.M. The father said he returned from a trip and his girlfriend no longer looked pregnant and he said he was concerned about his unborn baby’s safety, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

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The father also told police his girlfriend had used heroin while pregnant.

When police arrived at the mother’s trailer they “smelled the smell of death” and started to look for the baby, according to the Journal. They found the baby dead inside a tote bag that was in a trash bag near the toilet.

The mother allegedly said she passed out while in labor and when she woke up the baby was unresponsive.

The father later told police that he was told the mother had injected the baby with heroin after giving birth to prevent withdrawal symptoms, the report said.

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No charges have been filed yet, the Journal reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Overstock CEO resigns amid ties to Russia probe, says he received ‘fishy orders’ from ex-FBI official Strzok

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Overstock CEO resigns amid ties to Russia investigation, says he received ‘fishy orders’ from ex-FBI official Strzok
Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne resigned Thursday after 20 years at the company amid his ties to a government investigation related to the 2016 election, and he made a series of controversial allegations in interviews with Fox Business and Fox News. In an interview with Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.,” Byrne said the investigation is “all about political espionage” and that he thinks “we are about to see the biggest scandal in American history.”

Then, in an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on “The Story,” he said he had helped the federal government with investigations twice in the past, including to “help them take down people on Wall Street.” However, several years after his last contact with the government, Byrne said FBI officials – whom he characterized as “the Men in Black” — reached out to him in 2016 and asked him for a “third favor.” “I was given some fishy orders and I carried them out in 2015-2016, thinking I was conducting law enforcement,” he said.

“I didn’t know who sent the orders, but I did them. Last summer, watching television and some congressional hearings, I figured out where these orders came from. They came from a guy named Peter Strzok.” Byrne also named other individuals, with MacCallum reminding him those officials or former officials worked at the FBI. Byrne did not describe specific actions he was allegedly told to take, but characterized them as “political espionage.” Click on the videos above to watch the interviews. 

Federal court ruling undercuts progressive efforts to nullify Electoral College
In a major blow to state-by-state progressive efforts to effectively replace the Electoral College with a nationwide popular vote, a federal appeals court has ruled that presidential electors in the Electoral College have the absolute right to vote for presidential candidates of their choice. Prominent Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, have slammed the Electoral College in recent weeks, calling it a racist “scam.” Democrats have increasingly sought to erase the Electoral College’s influence by promoting state laws that would force electors to back the winner of the national popular vote. Those laws were now in jeopardy as a result of the court’s ruling, legal experts said. The decision on Tuesday, however, also raised the prospect that electors could legally defect at the last minute, and decide the occupant of the White House on their own in dramatic fashion, weeks after Election Day.

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Leading House Dem slams ‘Squad’ members and Trump for allegedly spreading anti-Semitism
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., called out both his fellow Democrats, Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, and President Trump on Thursday, claiming they helped further anti-Semitism in the nation’s “political dialogue.” “The growing anti-Semitism in our political dialogue is repugnant,” Nadler said. He pointed to Trump’s comments about “disloyalty” in Jews who voted for Democrats, as well as a cartoon forwarded by the two progressive congresswomen already in the news for a failed attempt to enter Israel. Last weekend, Tlaib and Omar both shared a cartoon from an artist who came in second in Iran’s International Holocaust Cartoon contest. The cartoon displayed a Star of David in the center and appeared to show Trump trying to silence Omar. It also showed Tlaib with what appeared to be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hand over her mouth.

Fox News Exclusive: Contractor shares pic of another disturbing Epstein painting
Odd and often creepy details continue to surface in the aftermath of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, giving a glimpse of the twisted extravagance that was a staple of his life — right down to the art he chose to display on his walls. The latest revelation involves a massive painting showing a young woman of indeterminate age wearing a wedding ring and cuddled up beside a roaring big cat. A photo of the artwork was taken by a contractor who worked at Epstein’s sprawling New Mexico home in 2013 and provided exclusively to Fox News. The contractor requested anonymity in order to speak freely. Click here to read the rest of the exclusive Fox News Digital feature.

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‘Star Wars’ could break the Internet on Friday
The Internet may break on Friday. Why? The first ‘trailer for the first live-action “Star Wars” TV series is expected to drop – and there will be a force with it. “Star Wars: The Mandalorian,” Disney’s newest entry into the iconic sci-fi property based on past experiences just might set a new YouTube record for views. Three of the “Star Wars” movies rank in the top 20 most-watched “previews”  in 24 hours, reaching more than 330 million viewers. Also, “The Mandalorian” is the flagship franchise for its new streaming service Disney+.

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Iowa prof says ‘I am Antifa’; once posted desire to bash Trump with baseball bat

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A college professor in Iowa openly declared his support for the violent far-left Antifa movement after coming under fire for inflammatory social media posts that included the desire to bash President Trump with a baseball bat.

Jeff Klinzman, an adjunct English professor of nearly 10 years at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, made the remark after a local TV station questioned him over his social media activity.

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“I affirm that I am Antifa,” Klinzman told local ABC affiliate KCRG-TV, which found the professor’s numerous posts both on his personal page and on an “Iowa Antifa” page. He stood behind his comments — though added he’s willing to apologize to any Christians offended by them.

“I affirm that I am Antifa.”

— Jeff Klinzman, Kirkwood Community College professor

The outlet reported that in one post, Klinzman shared a poem containing the words, “Kill them all and bury them deep in the ground,” to which he added the comment, “It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.”

“Seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.”

— Jeff Klinzman, Kirkwood Community College professor

The professor was also an active participant in a local Antifa group on Facebook, according to KCRG, where he made the apparent comment about attacking Trump.

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“Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat…” he said in response to a tweet by Trump where the president slammed Antifa, tweeting “Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting… people over the heads with baseball bats,” with Klinzman saying “Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat…”

The Secret Service didn’t confirm to the outlet whether an investigation has been opened, but said the agency is aware of the professor’s comments.

Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist, has been facing scrutiny and calls to be labeled as a domestic terrorist organization, particularly after a series of violent incidents in Portland, Ore.

Trump appeared to be open to such consideration, tweeting last week that “major consideration” is being given by his administration to designating the group as a terrorist organization.

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“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” the president tweeted just before Antifa protests in the city. “Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”

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Coast Guard suspends search for firefighters lost at sea after Florida fishing trip

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday suspended its search for two firefighters who vanished after embarking on a fishing trip off the coast of Florida almost a week ago.

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Hundreds of local, state and federal agencies– as well as civilian volunteers– have scoured tens of thousands of miles along the East Coast in a six-day long search for two off-duty firefighters, Justin Walker and Brian McCluney. The two failed to return from a trip on a 24-foot fishing vessel off the coast of Cape Canaveral on Friday.

“We have reached a point where our computer modeling and our ability to search a given location are no longer allowing us to search with any reasonable degree of probability of success,” Capt. Mark Vaun, commander of the Coast Guard Sector in Jacksonville, told news outlets.

Officials called on civilian boater volunteers at ports in Savannah, Ga., South Carolina and even as far north as New England to help with search efforts, as the Gulf Stream current may have pulled the vessel northward along the East Coast, Orlando’s WESH reported

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McCluney works for the Jacksonville department while Walker is a master technician with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia, just outside the nation’s capital. The vessel they were aboard belonged to McCluney’s late father and has experienced mechanical problems in the past, McCluney’s wife told WKMG-TV.

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Recent NBC intern Erin Edwards killed by mom in murder-suicide

A Boston University student and former intern at NBC 4 New York was shot to death by her mother on Wednesday, the news station reported.

Erin Edwards, 20, and her 24-year-old brother were both killed by their mother inside their home near Atlanta, authorities said. The mother, Marsha Edwards, then fatally shot herself, police said.

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Erin interned for NBC New York’s digital team this summer while on a break from Boston University, the station reported Thursday.

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Erin Edwards, who interned at NBC New York, was shot by her mother in Atlanta in an apparent murder-suicide. (New York Post/Facebook)

“All of us in the newsroom just shocked to hear this news,” evening anchor Stefan Holt said in a newscast Thursday.

“Erin was a special person — exuberant, cheerful, a gifted story teller who just had a passion for journalism and it showed,” he added.

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It was not clear whether there was a motive for the killings.

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Serial killer who targeted gay men executed in Florida after eating hearty last meal

A mass murderer known as the “I-95 killer,” who spent the majority of 1994 targeting gay men — including a Navy World War II veteran — ate three burgers, fries and bacon before he was executed late Thursday in Florida.

Gary Ray Bowles, 57, was pronounced dead at 10:58 p.m. Thursday evening after receiving a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke, the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said. Bowles had already eaten his last meal by 3 p.m. that afternoon, prison officials told WJXT.

EXECUTION OF ‘I-95 KILLER,’ WHO TARGETED GAY MEN ALONG BUSY CORRIDOR, DELAYED AS LAWYERS APPEAL

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal filed by Bowles’ attorneys earlier Thursday that argued their client was not mentally fit to receive the death penalty, clearing the way for his execution to proceed as planned.

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In this undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections, Gary Ray Bowles is shown. Bowles, a serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree in 1994 that left six dead, was executed by lethal injection Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Florida State prison. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)

Bowles was condemned to die for his murder conviction in the 1994 slaying of Walter Hinton, a 42-year-old who was strangled and had his head smashed with a concrete block, in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. That was one of the six known killings that terrorized the Interstate 95 corridor that year and earned him the nickname of the “I-95 killer.” In each case, Bowles had a signature: He stuffed the victims’ throats with objects, including rags, toilet paper, dirt, leaves — even a sex toy.

Police were on Bowles’ trail after his first killing in 1994 in Daytona Beach. Bowles left investigators a slew of evidence, including a probation document left at the scene and ATM footage showing him trying to withdraw money from the victim, John Hardy Roberts,’ bank account.

Milton Bradley, a Navy World War II veteran, was living in Savannah when he met the serial killer in May 1994 at a now-closed gay bar in the Georgia city’s historic district, a former police detective told the Associated Press. His body was found bludgeoned at a golf course with leaves and dirt stuffed down his throat.

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Bowles maintained he was heterosexual but has acknowledged letting gay men perform sex acts on him for money. Prosecutors said it was how the self-described hustler survived: often using his targets for money or a place to stay, but eventually snapping and killing them.

The mass murderer was raised in West Virginia, where he experienced drugs and violence at a young age. His father was a coal miner who died of black lung disease before he was born. His mother remarried multiple times, and his first two stepfathers were abusive, according to court records.

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His mother and brother have testified that Bowles began drinking, smoking marijuana and huffing glue when he was 11. When he was 13, he fought back against his second stepfather, smashing a rock into his head and nearly killing him, The Associated Press reported, citing court records.

He also had a history of violence against women. Bowles was convicted of beating and raping his girlfriend while living in Tampa in 1982 and sentenced to eight years in prison. The victim reportedly sustained severe injuries.

Fox News’ Greg Norman, Vandana Rambaran and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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