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Jeffrey Epstein found dead in Manhattan jail cell; multiple reports claim death by suicide

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Disgraced multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, was found dead early Saturday morning inside his Manhattan jail cell.

The 66-year-old Epstein died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City weeks after he was arrested of multiple child sex-trafficking charges, sources confirmed to Fox News.

An FDNY source told Fox News that he was transported out of the prison around 6:30 a.m. New York Downtown and was dead on arrival.

The initial call to the jail was cardiac arrest. There was no immediate confirmation on how he died, but multiple reports said Epstein died by suicide.

Epstein’s attorney Martin Weinberg told Fox News on Saturday that he could not “confirm the rumor” that his client had killed himself.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN PLEADS NOT GUILTY AFTER SEX TRAFFICKING ARREST

The death comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck.

Epstein’s death also comes a day after thousands of documents were unsealed Friday in connection with a defamation cause against his alleged recruiter that revealed dozens of high-profile names including former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

Epstein was busted July 6 over the alleged sexual abuse of dozens of young girls in his Upper East Side townhouse and his waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida between 2002 and 2005

Epstein allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other underage girls. Prosecutors said that victims would be escorted to a room with a massage table where they would perform massages on Epstein.

At the time of Epstein’s arrest, prosecutors said they found a trove of pictures of nude and seminude young women and girls at his $77 million Manhattan mansion. They also say additional victims have come forward since the arrest.

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He has pleaded not guilty and faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, Robert Gearty, Brooke Singman, Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates

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Equinox protest in West Hollywood over Miami Dolphins owner’s fundraiser for Trump

A Trump fundraiser in New York’s summer playground for the rich prompted a protest across the country at a West Hollywood Equinox.

The protest Friday evening came after Equinox owner Stephen Ross — also the owner of the Miami Dolphins — hosted a fundraiser for the president at his Hamptons estate.

Dozens of people gathered outside the gym Friday evening to urge a boycott of the gym and Ross’ other fitness brand, SoulCycle, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported Saturday.

“I was a member of this gym, I’m tired of them taking my money and turning around and supporting a candidate who doesn’t [support] me and my community,” a protester said, according to the station.

MIAMI DOLPHINS OWNER FIRES BACK AFTER ANTI-TRUMP ACTIVISTS PLAN EQUINOX, SOULCYCLE BOYCOTTS

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FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross watches his team before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Miami Gardens, Fla. Ross is defending his support of longtime friend Donald Trump after being criticized about it by one of his players. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

There were protests at other Equinox gyms across the country Friday, the station reported.

The West Hollywood protest included John Wooden who told The Los Angeles Times that he canceled his membership, saying, “This is not Republican or Democrat. Trump is a problem for the country, for the world, for humanity, for children.”

At the fundraiser Trump said he joked with Ross about the controversy, pointing out how divided the nation is, the New York Post reported.

MIAMI DOLPHINS’ KENNY STILLS JABS TEAM’S OWNER OVER TRUMP FUNDRAISER

“Steve Ross got into a little bit of trouble this week, I said, ‘Steve welcome to the world of politics!’” the paper quoted Trump as saying.

Ross regularly donates to Republicans — as well as a few Democrats — though he does not appear to have given to Trump in the past, according to FEC records.

In a statement released Wednesday Ross defended his decision to hold the fundraiser, noting that he has known Trump for 40 years.

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“I always have been an active participant in the democratic process,” Ross said. “While some prefer to sit outside of the process and criticize, I prefer to engage directly and support the things I deeply care about.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Missing California mother’s car found not far from where she was last seen

Investigators in California found a car Friday that they say belongs to a mother of three who has been missing for nearly a month, according to a report.

Heather Gumina Waters, 33, a resident of Pleasant Valley, east of Sacramento, was last seen July 16 driving her car in town.

Authorities said her black 2005 Infinity G35 was found in El Dorado County, which includes Pleasant Valley, but they wouldn’t specify where.

MOM OF CALIFORNIA WOMAN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS SAYS SHE’S ‘DYING INSIDE’

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Heather Gumina, also knowns as Heather Waters, has been missing in Northern California since last week. (El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)

The car is being processed for evidence, the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office said, according to Redding’s KRCR-TV.

Waters had broken her collarbone a day before she went missing and had complained about being released from the hospital so soon, according to her mother.

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“It is very unlike her to not contact anyone, that’s why there’s a concern for her safety right now and a concern that she had a broken collarbone,” her mother told Sacramento’s FOX 40 after the daughter went missing.

“Her children miss her terribly and it’s been a very, very painful thing for my family every day,” she added.

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Missing California mother’s car found not far from where she was last seen

Investigators in California found a car Friday that they say belongs to a mother of three who has been missing for nearly a month, according to a report.

Heather Gumina Waters, 33, a resident of Pleasant Valley, east of Sacramento, was last seen July 16 driving her car in town.

Authorities said her black 2005 Infinity G35 was found in El Dorado County, which includes Pleasant Valley, but they wouldn’t specify where.

MOM OF CALIFORNIA WOMAN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS SAYS SHE’S ‘DYING INSIDE’

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Heather Gumina, also knowns as Heather Waters, has been missing in Northern California since last week. (El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)

The car is being processed for evidence, the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office said, according to Redding’s KRCR-TV.

Waters had broken her collarbone a day before she went missing and had complained about being released from the hospital so soon, according to her mother.

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“It is very unlike her to not contact anyone, that’s why there’s a concern for her safety right now and a concern that she had a broken collarbone,” her mother told Sacramento’s FOX 40 after the daughter went missing.

“Her children miss her terribly and it’s been a very, very painful thing for my family every day,” she added.

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Virginia judge rules in favor of ex-student in transgender bathroom case

A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday in favor of a transgender former student, concluding that a school board’s transgender bathroom ban was discriminatory.

“There is no question that the board’s policy discriminates against transgender students on the basis of their gender nonconformity,” U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk wrote in her decision, putting an end to a four-year lawsuit brought against Gloucester High School by former student Gavin Grimm.

CIVIL RIGHTS PROBE OPENED INTO TRANSGENDER ATHLETE POLICY

“Under the policy, all students except for transgender students may use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity,” she continued. “Transgender students are singled out, subjected to discriminatory treatment and excluded from spaces where similarly situated students are permitted to go.”

Grimm, a transgender male, was forced to use the girl’s bathroom or a private bathroom and was prohibited from using the men’s room as a result of the school’s policy, despite the fact that he underwent chest reconstruction surgery and hormone therapy as part of his transition.

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In this July photo, Gavin Grimm, who has become a national face for transgender students, speaks during a news conference held by the ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia at Slover Library in Norfolk, Va.  (Kristen Zeis/The Daily Press via AP, File) (AP)

Gender is not a “societal construct,” David Corrigan, the attorney for the Gloucester County School Board, argued unsuccessfully in court.

Allen ruled that Grimm’s rights were violated under the Constitution’s equal protection clause as well as under Title IX, the federal policy that protects against gender-based discrimination and requires the school board to update Grimm’s gender on his high school transcripts. (He graduated in 2017.)

Judge Allen acknowledged that the school board had the “unenviable responsibility” of creating fair and inclusive rules for students on an issue that didn’t exist until recently.

“There can be no doubt that all involved in this case have the best interests of the students at heart,” Allen said.

Grimm tweeted after the ruling, “It is such a relief to achieve this closure and vindication from the court after four years of fighting not just for myself, but for trans youth across America.”

Grimm’s lawsuit was backed by President Barack Obama’s administration and was scheduled to go before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017, but the hearing was canceled after President Trump rescinded an Obama-era directive that students can choose the bathroom they deem fit according to their gender identity.

Grimm, now 20 and living in California, told The Associated Press the court’s decision was “beautiful.”

“My case has given me something of a platform that I intend to use, as long as I have it available to me, for trans education and advocacy,” he added.

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Grimm’s lawsuit has been used as a federal test about discriminatory policies against transgender students and may set a precedent for similar cases in the future.

The American Civil Liberties Union celebrated Grimm’s victory, saying: “A federal court just agreed with us that Gloucester High School was wrong to deny Gavin Grimm access to the boys’ restrooms and an accurate transcript identifying him as a boy. Trans people belong in schools. Trans people belong EVERYWHERE.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Suspect in disturbance at Missouri Walmart says he was testing 2nd Amendment rights: prosecutors

A 20-year-old man who sent shoppers fleeing after he entered a Walmart store in Missouri while wearing body armor and carrying a rifle and handgun on Thursday, said he wanted to see whether the store would respect his Second Amendment rights, according to a probable cause statement released Friday.

Dmitriy Andreychenko is facing a terrorist threat charge for the incident, which comes five days after a gunman walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and opened fire, killing 22 people. The next day, another shooter killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, in an unrelated episode that has heightened discussions about gun control legislation and firearms safety.

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This undated booking shows 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko, who police say entered a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri while carrying a rifle and wearing body armor. (Greene County Sheriff via AP)

In the Missouri incident, Andreychenko started recording himself with his cellphone while still in the parking lot of the Springfield Walmart on Thursday afternoon. He got the body armor from the trunk of his car before grabbing a shopping cart and walked into the store, the probable cause statement said.

A store manager activated a fire alarm, prompting shoppers to flee, police said. An off-duty firefighter apprehended Andreychenko and he was arrested. No shots were fired during the dramatic episode.

The probable cause document quoted Andreychenko as saying he “wanted to know if Walmart honored the Second Amendment.” He said he had bought the rifle and body armor because of three recent shootings and a stabbing, and wanted to protect himself.

“Missouri protects the right of people to open-carry a firearm, but that does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner endangering other citizens,” Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said in a statement announcing charges. Patterson compared the actions of the accused to “falsely shouting fire in a theater, causing a panic.”

Andreychenko faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted of the felony charge of making a terrorist threat in the second degree, according to the prosecutor’s office.

MISSOURI WALMART THREAT SUSPECT ID’D BY POLICE, MUG SHOT RELEASED

Walmart issued a statement Friday that praised authorities for stopping the incident from escalating. It said Andreychenko is no longer welcome in its stores.

“This was a reckless act designed to scare people, disrupt our business and it put our associates and customers at risk,” said spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins. “We applaud the quick actions of our associates to evacuate customers from our store, and we’re thankful no one was injured.”

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Since January 2017, Missouri has not required a permit to openly or conceal carry a firearm for those 19 years or older. Roughly 30 states allow the open carrying of handguns and rifles and shotguns in public without a permit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Armed man who walked into Missouri Walmart armed and armored says he was testing 2nd Amendment rights, prosecutors say

A 20-year-old man who sent shoppers fleeing after he entered a Walmart store in Missouri while wearing body armor and carrying a rifle and handgun on Thursday, said he wanted to see whether the store would respect his Second Amendment rights, according to a probable cause statement released Friday.

Dmitriy Andreychenko is facing a terrorist threat charge for the incident, which comes five days after a gunman walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and opened fire, killing 22 people. The next day, another shooter killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, in an unrelated episode that has heightened discussions about gun control legislation and firearms safety.

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This undated booking shows 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko, who police say entered a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri while carrying a rifle and wearing body armor. (Greene County Sheriff via AP)

In the Missouri incident, Andreychenko started recording himself with his cellphone while still in the parking lot of the Springfield Walmart on Thursday afternoon. He got the body armor from the trunk of his car before grabbing a shopping cart and walked into the store, the probable cause statement said.

A store manager activated a fire alarm, prompting shoppers to flee, police said. An off-duty firefighter apprehended Andreychenko and he was arrested. No shots were fired during the dramatic episode.

The probable cause document quoted Andreychenko as saying he “wanted to know if Walmart honored the Second Amendment.” He said he had bought the rifle and body armor because of three recent shootings and a stabbing, and wanted to protect himself.

“Missouri protects the right of people to open-carry a firearm, but that does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner endangering other citizens,” Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said in a statement announcing charges. Patterson compared the actions of the accused to “falsely shouting fire in a theater, causing a panic.”

Andreychenko faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted of the felony charge of making a terrorist threat in the second degree, according to the prosecutor’s office.

MISSOURI WALMART THREAT SUSPECT ID’D BY POLICE, MUG SHOT RELEASED

Walmart issued a statement Friday that praised authorities for stopping the incident from escalating. It said Andreychenko is no longer welcome in its stores.

“This was a reckless act designed to scare people, disrupt our business and it put our associates and customers at risk,” said spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins. “We applaud the quick actions of our associates to evacuate customers from our store, and we’re thankful no one was injured.”

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Since January 2017, Missouri has not required a permit to openly or conceal carry a firearm for those 19 years or older. Roughly 30 states allow the open carrying of handguns and rifles and shotguns in public without a permit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New York Sports Club offers no-fee gyms to customers abandoning Equinox, SoulCycle

The New York Sports Club appears to be making the most of a recent controversy involving rival fitness companies like Equinox and SoulCycle by offering no-fee gym memberships to new customers who are leaving the competitors’ facilities.

Some members of Equinox and SoulCycle have chosen to boycott the two elite gyms after billionaire owner Stephen Ross scheduled a fundraiser to benefit the reelection campaign of President Trump. The event fundraiser was set for Friday in the Hamptons.

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In this Feb. 4 photo, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross speaks in Davie, Fla. Ross, a billionaire New York investor, is hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for President Trump. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) (AP)

EQUINOX, SOULCYCLE BOYCOTT: STEVE FORBES MAY BECOME A NEW GYM MEMBER

NYSC said on Twitter — the same day as the political event — “We strive to maintain and foster all-embracing spaces of inclusion and acceptance. We want everyone to have a sense of comfortability and acceptance the second they walk through our doors.”

The gym vowed to offer free admittance all weekend, and promised to waive initiation fees to offset cancellation fees for dropping out of those competitors’ chains.

The popular gym also said it would make a minimum donation of $10,000 to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention for young members of the LBTQ community.

Following backlash against SoulCycle, the popular stationary bike workout brand released a statement to the “soul family” distancing itself from the owner’s political event.

“We believe in diversity, inclusion, and equality,” the company’s CEO Melanie Whelan said in a statement Wednesday. “SoulCycle in no way endorses the political fundraising event being held later this week.”

The company said it has “nothing to do with the event and does not support it,” and assured riders that “no company profits are used to fund politicians.”

SoulCycle also called Ross a “passive investor” who “is not involved in the management of SoulCycle.”

Equinox reiterated that message in an effort to hold onto members and defuse a boycott.

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Chicken plants raided by ICE ‘willfully and unlawfully’ hired unauthorized workers: court documents

Almost all of the Mississippi chicken plants raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Wednesday were “willfully and unlawfully” employing people without proper work documentation authorizing them to hold jobs in the U.S., according to unsealed court documents.

Federal investigators who executed the raid on seven plants in all arrested 680 people, drawing in part on informant information — in what’s been described as the largest immigration raid in a decade. (Roughly 30 of those arrested were released on humanitarian grounds, while another 270 were released after being processed by ICE, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi said Thursday.)

ICE RAIDS ON MISSISSIPPI FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS RESULT IN 680 ARRESTS

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Handcuffed workers await transportation to a processing center following a raid by U.S. immigration officials at Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (AP)

An informant posing as a worker at the latter of two chicken processing plants, PH Food Inc. in Morton and A&B Inc. in Pelahatchie, told Homeland Security investigators that both are owned by a Chinese man from California, Huo You Liang, more commonly referred to as Victor by his employees in Mississippi. The informant contended that Victor, as well as managers at other plants, did not follow state regulations which require employers to utilize E-Verify, a federal electronic verification system, to validate the authenticity of work documents including identification, Social Security numbers and tax information.

“The payroll companies as well as PH Food Inc. and A&B Inc. do not verify the authenticity of their documents,” the informant told investigators, according to court documents, allowing employees to use their real names supported by fake documents to get hired.

Another informant at PH Food said that the majority of the 240 employees at PH’s plant as well as 80 employees at A&B’s plant employed many Guatemalan immigrants lacking in proper work authorizations and documentation.

NEARLY HALF OF ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS NABBED IN MISSISSIPPI ICE RAID RELEASED ON ‘HUMANITARIAN GROUNDS’

In addition, investigators gathered evidence from electronic monitoring bracelets from migrants who had previously been arrested for immigration violations — thus barring them from employment in the U.S. — and noted that all seven raided plants employed these immigrants illegally.

Three members of the House Oversight Committee Friday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan asking that, among other things, documents and information be turned over showing whether the companies involved in the Mississippi raids would be facing criminal charges or other fines and penalties for hiring illegal immigrants.

The letter, signed by panel chairs Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., requested documents on “whether any owners, employers or individuals otherwise responsible for hiring at targeted worksites were charged and the nature of those charges.”

“It appears that these DOJ and ICE enforcement actions are targeting only immigrant workers and not their employers,” the letter said.

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Bringing criminal charges against companies that illegally hire workers is difficult because prosecutors must prove that the employer did so knowingly, a claim easily rebutted via claims of being duped by fraudulent documentation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former Dem congressional candidate pleads guilty in death of husband: reports

A former Georgia Democratic congressional pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter in the 2018 death of her husband, according to reports.

Kellie Lynn Collins, 31, was facing charges in the shooting death of her 41-year-old husband, Curt Cain, whose body was found in his home in Aiken, S.C., last August. Investigators determined he’d been shot in the back and died from loss of blood.

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<strong>Kellie Collins, who was a Democratic congressional candidate in Georgia, pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter. </strong> (McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office)

Collins and Cain had only been married for one week before his death. The Augusta Chronicle reported that Collins had been made the beneficiary of Cain’s insurance less than a month before he was killed.

The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia arrested Collins on Aug. 8, 2018, and extradited her to Aiken five days later, The Aiken Standard reported.

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Collins had run as a Democrat to represent Georgia’s 10th Congressional District but dropped out before the 2018 election. Cain was serving as the treasurer of her campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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Collins initially rejected the plea deal but accepted after speaking with her lawyers, The Chronicle reported. A charge of grand larceny was dropped as part of the deal, the report said.

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