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Texas woman seen breaking into Botox clinic with saw, police say

Police in a Houston suburb are looking for a woman who they say used a saw to break into a Botox clinic last week so she could pilfer anti-aging products.

Surveillance cameras captured the Aug. 23 episode at Botox RN MD Spa in Sugar Land, police said in a news release.

The woman was seen approaching a locked door and trying to pry it open.

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A security camera captures what police are calling a break-in at a Botox-clinic in a Houston suburb. (Sugar Land Police Department )

When that failed, she left and came back in a light-colored Mercedes-Benz and a battery-powered grinding saw, police said.

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She used the tool to open the front door, police said. She then left with an undisclosed amount of products.

The woman is said to be 35 to 45 years old; her vehicle did not have a front license plate.

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Las Vegas man, 18, drops 113 pounds so he can enlist in Army

A young man in Las Vegas has lost more than 100 pounds since the beginning of the year, intent on gaining entry into the Army.

Luis Enrique Pinto Jr., 18, lost 113 pounds over a seven-month period in order to meet the branch’s weight requirement, dropping from 317 pounds to 204.

“That’s a human — he lost the equivalent of a human in seven months,” said his recruiter, Staff Sgt. Philip Long.

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Luis Enrique Pinto Jr., 18, lost 113 pounds over a seven-month period so he could enlist in the Army. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)

Pinto, who was born in Oakland, Calif., and was raised in Peru and later Las Vegas, decided to join the military after high school because he wanted to become the first member of his family to serve, he recently told the Army.

“You’ve got one life. I don’t want to wake up and do the same thing every single day. There’s a whole world out there,” he said.

So Pinto, who has worked as an electrician at construction sites, committed to cleaning up his diet and started hitting the gym.

Pinto is 6-foot-1. For someone his age and height looking to enlist, the Army has set a maximum weight of 205 pounds.

While his recruiter was skeptical of Pinto’s goal at first, he supported him.

“They never put the effort into it,” Long said of potential recruits. “They never actually care enough and they don’t go anywhere. And then you turn around and you got someone like Luis.”

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Luis Enrique Pinto Jr., 18, who lost 113 pounds over a seven-month period, and his recruiter, Staff Sgt. Philip Long. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)

The former high school football offensive lineman was eager to be part of a new team and bring that disciplined gridiron mentality to the military.

“I transferred that same mentality over to life after high school,” he said.

In order to sign enlistment papers, a candidate must be in good health. When requirements are met, a recruiter can move forward with the process. Once enlisted, recruits spend their first 10 weeks in Basic Combat Training, or “boot camp,” where their physical limits will be tested.

Pinto said he started doing cardio and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

“Running wasn’t my strong suit,” he said. “Carrying all that extra weight and trying to run definitely increased my time.”

Now Pinto can run a mile in six and a half minutes, which he says is about half what his time was earlier this year.

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When the training got tough and it was hard to find inspiration, Pinto’s mom was there with words of encouragement, he said.

“One thing she told me is to just show up. Just show up and don’t worry about the workout that’s to come. You show up at the gym and once you’re there, you’re already there, so might as well just get it over with,” he said.

His efforts paid off, and Pinto enlisted at the rank of 14E, a Patriot Fire Control enhanced operator/maintainer. The Patriot weapons system is one of the most advanced missile systems in the world, the Army said.

As for the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT), administered to new recruits, Long said Pinto passed with flying colors. The OPAT measures muscular strength and endurance, cardio, explosive power and speed. There are four components: the standing long jump, the seated power throw, the deadlift and an interval aerobic run.

“Every event was like it was made for him; it was easy,” Long said.

Pinto is expected to report to basic training in September.

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His next goal is to hit 190 pounds, he said.

“Hitting my goal weight definitely isn’t my end goal. There’s still way more to come. I still want to get better,” he pointed out.

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But there has been room to reflect on his incredible progress.

“I pretty much use my old shirts for blankets at this point,” Pinto said.

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Killings of wild burros in California’s Mojave Desert prompt $50G reward for information

More than $50,000 in reward money is being offered for information leading to the person believed to have killed dozens of protected wild burros in California’s Mojave Desert.

The reward rose to that amount Monday after an anonymous $32,000 donation to the Humane Society’s burro protection initiative.

Some 42 burros with gunshot wounds have been found along a 60-mile stretch of I-15 in the Mojave Desert since May. I-15 connects Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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More than 40 protected wild burros have been killed in the Southern California desert in recent months. (U.S. Bureau of Land Management via AP, File)

“Wild horses and burros are an iconic part of the American West, and part of our national heritage,” said William Perry Pendley, the deputy director of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), last week. “We will pursue every lead until we’ve arrested and prosecuted those responsible for these cruel, savage deaths, and we welcome the public’s help to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice.”

Wild burros have been protected under a 1971 federal law. Violators would face a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

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BLM law enforcement was leading the investigation into the illegal killings, in coordination with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“The persons who shot these innocent and beloved burros deserve to be brought to justice,” said Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of the American Wild Horse Campaign.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson verdict figures to impact other opioid lawsuits

The ruling Monday ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to clean up Oklahoma’s opioid crisis could impact similar lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for overdose deaths across the country.

And the impact could be felt rather quickly.

A federal judge in Ohio is presiding over 1,500 opioid lawsuits brought by state, local and tribal governments, with the first two set for trial in October. The plaintiffs in those two cases are Ohio counties.

The Oklahoma verdict could put more pressure on Johnson & Johnson and the other drug industry defendants in those cases to settle while bolstering the claims of plaintiffs.

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“Today’s ruling holding Johnson & Johnson liable for Oklahoma’s opioid epidemic serves as another milestone amid the mounting evidence against the opioid pharmaceutical industry who we allege started, fueled and conspired to create the largest public health crisis of our time,” said lead plaintiffs’ attorney Paul Farrell.

Oklahoma convinced the judge that Johnson & Johnson misled consumers about the risks of opioids creating a public nuisance — one of the claims being advanced in the Ohio litigation.

But Jennifer Braceras, director of the Independent Women’s Forum Center for Law & Liberty, said the Oklahoma verdict distorts public nuisance law beyond recognition.

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Judge Thad Balkman arrives to give his decision in the Opioid Lawsuit in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Balkman found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help abate the problem in the coming years. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)

Judge Thad Balkman’s decision “puts manufacturers of all lawful, but politically unpopular, products at risk,” she said.

Echoing her view was Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, who said if the decision wasn’t reversed “almost any industry could be the target of large-scale litigation.”

The deluge of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, marketers and distributors has been fueled by an epidemic that has killed more than 400,000 people across the U.S. since 2000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control(CDC).

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Last year more than 67,000 drug overdose deaths were reported. In 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths was more than 70,000.

More than 6,000 Oklahomans died from opioid abuse in the past two decades, according to reports.

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This June 17, 2019, file photo shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. The first judgment is expected Monday, Aug. 26, in a lawsuit from a state government seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has ripped apart lives and communities. More trials and legal settlements are likely to follow the ruling in Oklahoma as the nation looks for answers and solutions to a massive societal and legal problem. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

“Johnson & Johnson was the kingpin behind the nation’s opioid crisis,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said after the verdict.

He said the judge’s ruling was still a victory, even though the judgment amount was much less than the $17 billion the state wanted.

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Johnson & Johson “did not cause the opioid crisis in Oklahoma, and neither the facts nor the law support this outcome,” company lawyer Michael Ullman said. He vowed an appeal.

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Oklahoma reached a $270 million deal with Perdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and an $85 million settlement with Teva, both of which faced criticism from state lawmakers, who argued the companies have control over dispersing funds. The Purdue settlement calls for about $200 million to go into a trust to fund an addiction studies center at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida school resource officer fired after taking sexually explicit video, photos while on duty

A Florida school resource officer was fired after investigators found a sexually explicit video of her, naked, on a cell phone — that was taken in the school’s bathroom during her workday.

The unidentified female officer with the Kissimmee Police Department took the video in December while she was on duty at Imagine Kissimmee Charter Academy and sent it to her husband, according to case documents obtained by Fox News.

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In the video, the resource officer appears naked in the staff bathroom, touching herself inappropriately, urinating and speaking to the intended recipient, who she said was her husband. The video, along with several explicit photos, was discovered by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year while a detective investigated a domestic issue between the woman and her husband.

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A school resource officer at Imagine Kissimmee Charter Academy in Florida was fired after taking sexually explicit photos and a video of herself inside a school bathroom while on duty. (Kissimmee Police Department)

The officer said she was on her lunch break during the video, “in a locked restroom” where “no one could have walked in on her.” Investigators said regardless of whether she was on a break, her nude state “would delay any immediate response” if she were called to action.

More than 770 students from kindergarten through eighth grade attend the school, and the resource officer acknowledged her job became available “due to (the) recent school shooting in Florida.”

The woman told investigators she didn’t realize she was violating any policies and “was more concerned about what she was going home to” — claiming she was “coerced” by her husband, who had allegedly requested the video and pictures from her, and that she was a victim of domestic abuse.

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In the video, the officer appears naked in the staff bathroom, touching herself inappropriately, urinating and speaking to the intended recipient, who she said was her husband. (Kissimmee Police Department)

She “expressed regret for her actions,” according to the police report, and “now knows it was wrong,” but didn’t think she should be fired.

“Sending the material did not affect the ability to perform my job; and it is imperative to note that no one was hurt because of my actions,” she wrote in a memorandum to the department’s deputy chief.

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Police Chief Jeffrey O’Dell said in a statement that as soon as the department became aware of the video, “we immediately launched an investigation and removed the officer form (sic) the schools (sic) campus.”

“The safety and security of our community, especially when it comes to our children, is our top priority at the Kissimmee Police Department,” he said, according to WKMG-TV. “The actions taken by this School Resource Officer on duty, while working at a school, were not a reflection of the Department’s top-most priority and as a result that person was terminated.”

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NASA astronaut spouse’s family claims they were ‘frightened’ by demands during bitter custody battle

The estranged wife of Anne McClain said she went public with the NASA astronaut’s alleged financial and identity theft crimes — which may be the first criminal offenses to occur in space — after her family became “frightened” by McClain’s demands during a bitter custody battle.

Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer from Kansas, claims McClain stole her identity and accessed her bank account without permission — while she was orbiting the Earth during a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station — as part of her attempt to gain custody over Worden’s 6-year-old son, Briggs, who Worden gave birth to about a year before meeting McClain.

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Worden told KTRK in an interview released Monday she wanted to keep quiet about the divorce and custody situation, following the advice of her attorney.

“We really didn’t want it to come back in my face and make it look like I was trying to retaliate against Anne or to ruin her career, which is obviously what she is stating now, that I’m trying to ruin her career,” Worden explained.

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Summer Worden, left, claims her estranged wife, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, stole her identity while aboard the International Space Station. (LinkedIn/NASA)

But two weeks ago, when a judge granted McClain a visitation schedule, Worden said she felt she “had to come forward and tell my story because the momentum of the case was not going in the direction we were hoping it to go in accordance with the law and preserving my rights as a parent.”

Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, and her parents filed a complaint with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, accusing McClain of assuming her identity and gaining improper access to her private financial records while orbiting Earth. She previously told The New York Times she was tipped off when McClain somehow had knowledge about her private spending while on a mission with no way to know otherwise.

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She said she contacted her bank and was informed that her sign-in credentials had been used on a computer registered to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“I was pretty appalled that she would go that far,” Worden said. “I knew it was not O.K.”

Worden’s mother, Beth Worden, said that before McClain was set to come home from space, Worden “was becoming more and more frightened and let us know about that…We were thinking, ‘What on Earth is going to happen?’ Surely there’s no way a third party can take our grandson. He’s our firstborn grandson.”

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Anne McClain, pictured here, denied the allegations against her and described the situation as “painful, personal separation.” (NASA)

When Worden and McClain wed in 2014, Worden refused McClain’s request to adopt the child. The Worden family told KTRK that McClain demanded she be allowed to legally adopt the 6-year-old child — despite Worden telling her no.

She took Worden to court in 2018 to get shared parenting rights after accusing Worden of having a temper and making poor financial decisions — but Worden filed for divorce after now-deleted pictures of her son and McClain were posted to her Twitter.

Not long after, McClain left for space.

“I just felt that she was almost held hostage,” Beth Worden said. “She was demanding that she had Briggs, this time, that time, and I could see how it was affecting Briggs.”

She added: “It seems like right now Anne controls our life. We have to be home at 7 o’clock, three nights a week, so she can FaceTime with him. Well, that’s the time that we’re eating dinner, just getting home from soccer practice, and then every other Saturday she gets to see him so that takes him away from us.”

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McClain tweeted Saturday there’s “unequivocally no truth to these claims.”

“We’ve been going through a painful, personal separation that’s now unfortunately in the media. I appreciate the outpouring of support and will reserve comment until after the investigation,” the astronaut wrote. “I have total confidence in the IG process.”

Worden wants McClain to “take the pressure off and drop the case and be a nice person,” and said the right thing to do, in order for her to have any type of relationship with Briggs, “is to stop trying to force and take through the court system.”

While on the ISS, McClain reportedly tried to secure a gag order to seal the court battle, but was denied. Their divorce trial is scheduled to begin in Houston, Texas, in September.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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Winter to feature ‘Polar Coaster’ mix of frigid temperatures, snow: Farmers’ Almanac

Enjoy the last days of summer, because a wild ride apparently is in store this winter.

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting that “bitterly cold winter conditions” will be in place from areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians, with the coldest outbreak of the season arriving during the final week of January and lasting through the beginning of February.

“Our extended forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country,” editor Peter Geiger said in a statement on the company’s website.

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The Farmer’s Almanac said that this upcoming winter will be “filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a ‘Polar Coaster.'”

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The winter forecast from The Farmers’ Almanac. (The Farmers’ Almanac)

Included in this year’s outlook is the prediction of free-falling, frigid temperatures from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes. The big cities in the Northeast are may also experience colder-than-normal temperatures for much of the upcoming winter.

“Only the western third of the country will see near-normal winter temperatures, which means fewer shivers for them,” the publication notes.

Besides the chilly temperatures, the eastern third of the country is expected to see above-normal winter precipitation.

“With colder-than-normal temperatures in the Northeast and above-normal precipitation expected, our outlook forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain, sleet — especially along the coast,” according to the Farmers Almanac.

The publication claims that 2020 will get off to a busy start in the eastern half of the country as “copious amounts” of snow, rain, sleet and ice may fall in the time frame between Jan. 4 – Jan. 7 and Jan. 12- Jan. 15, along with “strong and gusty winds.”

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“And for those who live northeast of the Texas Panhandle to the western Great Lakes, watch out for what could prove to be a memorable storm producing hefty snows for the Great Plains during the third week of January,” the publication notes.

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The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting that “bitterly cold winter conditions” will be in place from areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians, with the coldest outbreak of the season arriving during the final week of January and lasting through the beginning of February. (iStock)

In other parts of the country, the winter may not be as wild.

The Pacific Northwest and Southwest are expected to be chilly but see near-normal precipitation.

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That active winter will, according to the publication, cause a slow start to spring as winter lingers across the Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast, and New England.

The Farmers’ Almanac says it bases its long-range forecast “on a mathematical and astronomical formula developed in 1818.”

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Cautious optimism in US-China trade war; 2020 Dems endure ‘Hunger Games’; Epstein accusers to speak out

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New optimism in US-China trade war felt on Wall Street, Asian markets
Asian shares traded mostly higher on Tuesday, following a rally on Wall Street. Traders are cautiously optimistic again about the potential for progress in the costly trade war between the U.S. and China. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei rose 1.2 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose at first but reversed course and was down nearly 0.2 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite was up 1.1 percent. U.S. equity futures were searching for direction Tuesday morning.

Monday’s rally on Wall Street got its start early after President Trump said his negotiators had received encouraging calls from China on Sunday, though China’s foreign ministry denied knowledge of any such calls. At the end of the G-7 summit, the president stood firm and defended his handling of the trade war with China and said his approach was seeing results.

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Struggling 2020 Democrats fume at DNC over debate criteria crackdown
With the deadline to qualify for next month’s third round of Democratic presidential debates closing in, the Democratic National Committee is facing an angry chorus of criticism from the candidates not likely to make the cut. At issue is the DNC’s criteria for the contenders to take part in the prime-time showdown, including contributions from 130,000 individual donors and reaching at least 2 percent in four qualifying polls. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado were among the candidates complaining about the DNC’s process.

While the criticism is not new, this time around the national party committee is specifically being attacked over the dearth of qualifying polls. Critics say this is unfairly preventing candidates close to qualifying from actually making the stage. Bullock, who also needs a miracle to qualify by the end-of-Wednesday deadline, argued that “these DNC debate rules have turned this primary into the ‘The Hunger Games’ — each step of this seems to be all about getting donors.”

Epstein accusers expected to speak at hearing
Up to 30 of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims could take a judge up on his invitation to speak at a hearing Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who presided over the sex trafficking case prosecutors brought against Epstein, scheduled the hearing after prosecutors asked that he toss charges against Epstein because of his death. Epstein, a previously convicted sex offender, died Aug. 10, his death ruled a suicide as he apparently killed himself rather than face sex trafficking charges. Berman said he would give prosecutors, Epstein’s lawyers and any alleged victims a chance to speak.

Since the hearing was scheduled, it was revealed that Epstein signed a will just two days before his suicide putting over $577 million in assets into a trust fund. The will, filed in the Virgin Islands where Epstein maintained a residence, was expected to make it more difficult for dozens of accusers to collect damages. Tuesday’s hearing comes amid a report that video footage from at least one camera in the hallway outside Epstein’s jail cell is too flawed to be of any value for investigators.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572M in opioid case, setting up more trials and possible legal settlements
An Oklahoma judge found Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies liable for stoking the opioid crisis in the state and said the company must pay $572 million, far less the $17 billion that the state was seeking. Judge Thad Balkman, of Cleveland County District Court in Norman, Oklahoma, is the first judge to rule in the opioid cases brought to trial by thousands of state and local governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors. His precedent-setting ruling was being closely watched as 2,000 other pending suits await to be heard before a federal judge in Ohio in October. J&J said it plans to appeal Balkman’s ruling and that the decision was “flawed.”

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 26: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

Miley Cyrus stuns at MTV VMAs with emotional first performance since Hemsworth split
Miley Cyrus made a huge statement during an emotional performance at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star took the stage Monday evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. to perform her latest single “Slide Away,” which many believe to be about her 10-year relationship with estranged husband, actor Liam Hemsworth.

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Taylor Swift accepts the video of the year award for “You Need to Calm Down” at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Cyrus wasn’t the only star making a statement at the VMAs. Taylor Swift called out the White House after she won the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards’ top prize — video of the year — for her LGBTQ pride anthem, “You Need To Calm Down.” Click here for the list of winners at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Mark Levin blasts CNN’s Brian Stelter for allowing guests to speculate Trump’s mental health.
Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig to testify in his own defense as trial winds down.
Tropical Storm Dorian’s path: What you need to know.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
France, US reach digital tax compromise.
Boeing customer files lawsuit to cancel Max jet order.
Email from the IRS? Watch out for this new scam.

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SOME PARTING WORDS

Sean Hannity sounded off on a new survey that claims millennials don’t value patriotism as much as previous generations. “Younger Americans feel less and less patriotic, and they’re also turning towards socialism,” he said.

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2 dead, 10 injured, after stolen police car slams into parked cars outside library: cops

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Two children were killed and about 10 people injured after a stabbing suspect driving a stolen police cruiser crashed into parked cars outside an Ohio public library Monday evening, officials said.

SHOOTING NEAR OHIO STATE LEAVES 1 PERSON INJURED IN ‘TARGETED’ ATTACK, SCHOOL SAYS

Police said officers responded to a call about a stabbing at a home in Riverside, Ohio, Monday evening. The suspect fled the scene and crashed into a tree miles down the road, police said. At some point, the suspect allegedly jumped behind the wheel of a responding officer’s empty police cruiser and took off. He crashed into another police cruiser before slamming into two occupied cars outside the Dayton Metro Library, officials told Cleveland’s Fox 8 reported.

Twelve people, including the suspect, were rushed to the hospital. Several sustained life-threatening injuries. It was unclear how many children were involved and their ages.

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Two children later died from injuries sustained in the crash, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office told WHIO-TV. Two officers were also injured in the incident and were treated for minor injuries.

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This Day in History: Aug. 27

On this day, Aug. 27 …

2007: NFL star Michael Vick pleads guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge.

Also on this day:

  • 1859: Edwin Drake drills the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa. 
  • 1945: U.S. troops begin landing in Japan after Japan’s surrender in World War II.
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Mars as seen from orbit in the 1970s by NASA’s Viking mission.

  • 2003: Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years.
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