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Firecracker ‘prank gone bad’ leaves 2 Detroit city employees who tried to use toilet injured

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Two city workers in Detroit, Mich., were reportedly injured on Wednesday after firecrackers exploded when they tried to use the toilet in a bizarre “prank gone bad.”

The employees, with the city’s General Services Department, were in the fire department’s storage area and truck repair shop when the incident occurred, according to the Detroit Metro Times.

One person was hospitalized with injuries to his leg and scrotum. The extent of the second person’s injuries was not immediately clear.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell described the situation to the Times as a “prank” that ended badly, while Mike Nevin, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association said, “This is an absolute embarrassment.”

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City officials on Wednesday didn’t know who placed the firecrackers underneath the toilets. Nevin cleared his association members of any wrongdoing.

The Detroit Police Department — which is said to be investigating — did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

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Boston EMT brutally stabbed by patient in ambulance: police

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A Boston first responder underwent emergency surgery Wednesday after being stabbed multiple times by a patient she was treating in the back of an ambulance while en route to the hospital, officials said.

A 31-year-old “emotionally disturbed” woman began stabbing the female EMT who was treating her in the back of an ambulance headed for Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston EMS Chief Jim Hooley told the Boston Herald. The male EMT driving pulled over to intervene. The patient attacked the second first responder with pepper spray, Hooley said.

SEATTLE STABBING SPREE BY REPORTEDLY NAKED MAN LEAVES SEVERAL INJURED

Fellow EMTs responded to a call about a medic in distress around 4 p.m. outside the courthouse. The EMT underwent emergency surgery, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said. She is expected to make a full recovery. She’s worked for the Emergency Services department for 11 years.

The patient turned alleged attacker– who police later identified as Julie Tejada— was subdued at the scene and taken into custody. Tejada is charged with assault with intent to murder and other charges.  She is expected to be arraigned Thursday. The male EMT was also treated at the hospital and released.

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Police are not releasing the names of the first responders injured at this time. Officials would not confirm what weapon was used to stab the EMT. A source told Boston’s Fox 25 that the psychiatric patient used a scissor in the attack. The Boston Herald also reported a scissor was found at the scene.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Labor secretary facing Capitol Hill hot seat over Epstein deal; Possible break in missing Kentucky mom case

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Labor secretary defends his handling of Epstein plea deal, invited to Capitol Hill hearing
Though he has the public support of President Trump, it remains to be seen whether Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s detailed defense of his handling of accused financier Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 sex trafficking case will be enough to ultimately save his job. On Wednesday, he pushed back against calls for him to step down over his past involvement in a plea deal for Epstein, saying his office fought for a tougher punishment after state prosecutors were ready to let him “walk free.” Acosta, who was U.S. attorney for Florida at the time, helped Epstein secure a plea deal that resulted in an 18-month sentence. (He served just 13 months.) The deal was criticized as lenient because Epstein could have faced a life sentence. Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s based on new evidence.

Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County, Fla., state attorney at the time, accused Acosta of revisionist history. The labor secretary will not escape further scrutiny. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have invited him to testify at a July 23 hearing that will examine his actions related to Epstein.

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Iranian gunboats target British tanker, senior US defense official says
Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News. The British warship was said to have been less than 5 miles behind the tanker but soon intercepted the Iranian boats and threatened to open fire. A manned U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was above as well, the official said, adding that Iranian forces left without opening fire.

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Tucker Carlson calls out Rep. Ihan Omar for trying to ‘silence’ his show
Tucker Carlson has a message for U.S. Rep. Ihan Omar, D-Minn.: “Tucker Carlson Tonight” will not be silenced for telling uncomfortable truths. The Fox News host devoted his opening segment of his show to Omar on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, Carlson pointed out that Omar, a Somali immigrant, accuses the United States of bigotry and racism in almost all of her public statements and that she does not seem grateful to the country that has welcomed her and given her so many opportunities. Among several points, Carlson said, “No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive.”

Omar responded by calling Carlson a “racist fool” and urging a boycott of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Carlson called the response from Omar and the left typical. “They hate it when you say true things,” he said during Wednesday’s monologue. “Ilhan Omar and her allies in Congress immediately demanded that this show be pulled off the air. They didn’t rebut what we said, any of our points, or even acknowledge them. They just try to silence us. That is how they operate.” Click on the video above for the entire monologue.

AOC-Pelosi feud gets personal
The public spat between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., got a lot nastier on Wednesday, with the freshman congresswoman suggesting that the speaker is “singling out” her and other progressives based on their race. “When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post. “But the persistent singling out … It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful. … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

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Possible break in missing Kentucky mother case
Law enforcement officials found human remains late Wednesday night during the search of a home believed to be the last known location of missing Kentucky mom Savannah Spurlock, who disappeared seven months ago after leaving a bar in January, officials said. The remains will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy and identification, State Police Trooper Robert Purdy said. He said he cannot confirm the body found is Spurlock at this time because the remains were heavily decomposed. A person is being questioned in connection with the case. Spurlock, a mom of four who had given birth to twins in December, was last seen on surveillance video Jan. 4 after leaving the Other Bar in Lexington with two men.

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TODAY’S MUST-READS
McConnell opponent now says she would’ve opposed Kavanaugh after left-wing backlash.
San Diego man thought to be DB Cooper dies: report.
Ex-Scientologist says John Travolta tried to resurrect son.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Employment among ‘prime age’ men declining, triggering ‘alarm.’
Trump administration investigates proposed French tax on US tech firms.
These are the best (and worst) states for retirement.

#TheFlashback: CLICK HERE to find out what happened on “This Day in History.

SOME PARTING WORDS

Greg Gutfeld slams Beto O’Rourke for claiming that America was founded on white supremacy, pointing out that as his presidential campaign withers, his efforts to sow division only expand.

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Labor secretary facing Capitol Hill hot seat over Epstein deal; Possible break in missing Kentucky mom case

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start your day …

Labor secretary defends his handling of Epstein plea deal, invited to Capitol Hill hearing
Though he has the public support of President Trump, it remains to be seen whether Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s detailed defense of his handling of accused financier Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 sex trafficking case will be enough to ultimately save his job. On Wednesday, he pushed back against calls for him to step down over his past involvement in a plea deal for Epstein, saying his office fought for a tougher punishment after state prosecutors were ready to let him “walk free.” Acosta, who was U.S. attorney for Florida at the time, helped Epstein secure a plea deal that resulted in an 18-month sentence. (He served just 13 months.) The deal was criticized as lenient because Epstein could have faced a life sentence. Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s based on new evidence.

Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County, Fla., state attorney at the time, accused Acosta of revisionist history. The labor secretary will not escape further scrutiny. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have invited him to testify at a July 23 hearing that will examine his actions related to Epstein.

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Iranian gunboats target British tanker, senior US defense official says
Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News. The British warship was said to have been less than 5 miles behind the tanker but soon intercepted the Iranian boats and threatened to open fire. A manned U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was above as well, the official said, adding that Iranian forces left without opening fire.

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Tucker Carlson calls out Rep. Ihan Omar for trying to ‘silence’ his show
Tucker Carlson has a message for U.S. Rep. Ihan Omar, D-Minn.: “Tucker Carlson Tonight” will not be silenced for telling uncomfortable truths. The Fox News host devoted his opening segment of his show to Omar on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, Carlson pointed out that Omar, a Somali immigrant, accuses the United States of bigotry and racism in almost all of her public statements and that she does not seem grateful to the country that has welcomed her and given her so many opportunities. Among several points, Carlson said, “No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive.”

Omar responded by calling Carlson a “racist fool” and urging a boycott of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Carlson called the response from Omar and the left typical. “They hate it when you say true things,” he said during Wednesday’s monologue. “Ilhan Omar and her allies in Congress immediately demanded that this show be pulled off the air. They didn’t rebut what we said, any of our points, or even acknowledge them. They just try to silence us. That is how they operate.” Click on the video above for the entire monologue.

AOC-Pelosi feud gets personal
The public spat between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., got a lot nastier on Wednesday, with the freshman congresswoman suggesting that the speaker is “singling out” her and other progressives based on their race. “When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post. “But the persistent singling out … It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful. … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

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Possible break in missing Kentucky mother case
Law enforcement officials found human remains late Wednesday night during the search of a home believed to be the last known location of missing Kentucky mom Savannah Spurlock, who disappeared seven months ago after leaving a bar in January, officials said. The remains will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy and identification, State Police Trooper Robert Purdy said. He said he cannot confirm the body found is Spurlock at this time because the remains were heavily decomposed. A person is being questioned in connection with the case. Spurlock, a mom of four who had given birth to twins in December, was last seen on surveillance video Jan. 4 after leaving the Other Bar in Lexington with two men.

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TODAY’S MUST-READS
McConnell opponent now says she would’ve opposed Kavanaugh after left-wing backlash.
San Diego man thought to be DB Cooper dies: report.
Ex-Scientologist says John Travolta tried to resurrect son.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Employment among ‘prime age’ men declining, triggering ‘alarm.’
Trump administration investigates proposed French tax on US tech firms.
These are the best (and worst) states for retirement.

#TheFlashback: CLICK HERE to find out what happened on “This Day in History.

SOME PARTING WORDS

Greg Gutfeld slams Beto O’Rourke for claiming that America was founded on white supremacy, pointing out that as his presidential campaign withers, his efforts to sow division only expand.

Not signed up yet for Fox News First? Click here to find out what you’re missing.

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This Day in History: July 11

On this day, July 11 …

1914: Babe Ruth makes his Major League Baseball debut, pitching the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Naps (now Indians).

Also on this day:

  • 1798: The U.S. Marine Corps is formally re-established by a congressional act that also creates the U.S. Marine Band.
  • 1804: Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J.
  • 1859: Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimes for the first time.
  • 1937: George Gershwin dies at a Los Angeles hospital of a brain tumor at age 38.
  • 1952: The Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominates Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president.
  • 1955: The U.S. Air Force Academy swears in its first class of cadets at its temporary quarters at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.
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  • 1960: The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is first published by J.B. Lippincott and Co.

2015: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, escapes from a maximum-security prison through an underground tunnel.

2018: John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s, resigns as chairman of the pizza chain, and apologizes for using a racial slur during a conference call in May.

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Dunkin’ manager created fake employee, collected extra paycheck, cops say

At some workplaces, some employees seem to do the work of two people.

But at a Dunkin’ doughnut shop in Florida, a manager was collecting the paychecks of two people – herself and a fake employee, authorities say.

The manager, identified as 29-year-old Markia Nelson, was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft after authorities alleged she had created the fake employee and deposited that fake employee’s real earnings into her own bank account.

FLORIDA COPS ARREST MAN WHO SAID HE STOLE POOL FLOATS TO USE FOR SEX

“The employee never actually showed up to do any work, and when they researched the employee’s clock-in and clock-out times they saw that it was her inputting it each time,” Pinellas Park police Sgt. Lonnie Lancto told FOX 13 of Tampa.

“The employee never actually showed up to do any work, and when they researched the employee’s clock-in and clock-out times they saw that it was her inputting it each time.”

— Pinellas Park police Sgt. Lonnie Lancto

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Markia Nelson, 29, was charged with grand theft, authorities say. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

The paperwork was done May 15 and Nelson started punching in and out at the Largo store as the fictitious new hire on May 16, logging a total of 235 hours until she was arrested, WFLA-TV of St. Petersburg reported.

The fake employee was paid $8.65 per hour for a total of more than $1,600, the report said.

The store’s owners caught on to the scheme and alerted police, according to FOX 13.

“They met the officer around the corner, showed him all the video that they had, paperwork that they had, timesheets and things like that, and basically presented their case to the officer first,” Lancto told the station.

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Nelson told police she used the extra cash for “life expenses,” according to WFLA.

Nelson was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and was later released, pending further legal action, according to the report.

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Murder suspect mistakenly released from jail arrested in Georgia: police

A suspected killer who was mistakenly released from a Florida county jail in May amid confusion over his charges was captured Wednesday evening in Georgia, authorities said.

Eric Vail, 28, was arrested in January in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Wadarius Harrius, who was found fatally shot in a pickup truck in Pembroke Park in October 2018.

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Eric Vail was released from jail earlier this year amid a mix-up over his charges.  (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

Vail was initially charged with second-degree murder. In May, that charge was dismissed and upgraded to first-degree murder. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said it was told the initial charge had been dismissed and didn’t know vail was being held for anything else.

“We did not have and have not yet located any documentation stating the subject was to be held on another charge,” spokesperson Keyla Concepcion told WSVN in a statement. “Our main priority at this time is to locate and apprehend this dangerous criminal.”

MACKENZIE LUECK MURDER SUSPECT PREVIOUSLY ACCUSED OF RAPE, BANNED FROM UTAH STATE CAMPUS

Vail was arrested Wednesday night at a mobile home Jesup, a small town in Georgia about 70 miles southwest of Savannah, WPLG reported.

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The sheriff’s office said multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in tracking down Vail’s whereabouts. Vail will be extradited to Broward County to face one count of first-degree murder.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Los Angeles business owners put up fences, thorny plants to deter homeless: report

Amid the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, home and business owners are reportedly planting cacti, thorny rosebushes and other deterrents to keep the homeless from sleeping in front of their property.

The homeless population rose from 16 percent from last year, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Many of the obstructions have been put up on public property without the city’s permission.

“In general, a lot of things people have [put] in the public right of way aren’t permitted,” Ted Allen, Los Angeles deputy city engineer told The LA Times.

HOMELESSNESS JUMPS 12 PERCENT ACROSS LOS ANGELES COUNTY DESPITE $619M IN SPENDING

The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion recently to investigate and remove illegal fencing that “restricts free passage in the public right-of-way and report to council on these efforts” but nothing has been done as of yet.

Chain-link fencing on sidewalks is illegal but rarely enforced, some business owners told The LA Times. They say the homeless deter customers and clients from their businesses, leave the streets filthy and can be dangerous to their property.

“When someone lights a fire, it burns on the sidewalk and doesn’t burn the building down,” a textile manufacturing plant owner near USC who put a chain-link fence in front of his business told The LA Times.

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The barriers are a temporary solution to the more complicated problem of stemming homelessness in the city. “You can’t address [homelessness] by pushing people around,” a resident who does homeless outreach told The Times. “These issues go unaddressed and allow property owners to do what they want to get people out of sight. That’s a problem.”

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Los Angeles business owners put up fences, thorny plants to deter homeless: report

Amid the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, home and business owners are reportedly planting cacti, thorny rosebushes and other deterrents to keep the homeless from sleeping in front of their property.

The homeless population rose from 16 percent from last year, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Many of the obstructions have been put up on public property without the city’s permission.

“In general, a lot of things people have [put] in the public right of way aren’t permitted,” Ted Allen, Los Angeles deputy city engineer told The LA Times.

HOMELESSNESS JUMPS 12 PERCENT ACROSS LOS ANGELES COUNTY DESPITE $619M IN SPENDING

The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion recently to investigate and remove illegal fencing that “restricts free passage in the public right-of-way and report to council on these efforts” but nothing has been done as of yet.

Chain-link fencing on sidewalks is illegal but rarely enforced, some business owners told The LA Times. They say the homeless deter customers and clients from their businesses, leave the streets filthy and can be dangerous to their property.

“When someone lights a fire, it burns on the sidewalk and doesn’t burn the building down,” a textile manufacturing plant owner near USC who put a chain-link fence in front of his business told The LA Times.

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The barriers are a temporary solution to the more complicated problem of stemming homelessness in the city. “You can’t address [homelessness] by pushing people around,” a resident who does homeless outreach told The Times. “These issues go unaddressed and allow property owners to do what they want to get people out of sight. That’s a problem.”

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New York City proposes building new jails with more ‘welcoming’ experience

The four jails that New York City wants to build to replace its Rikers Island facility will have cells with natural sunlight, space for programming and a children’s play area, officials said Wednesday.

During a public hearing on Wednesday, city officials presented design highlights of the four proposed jails to the City Planning Commission as a part of the next phase of the project’s approval process. The new jails, which would be built in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, are a part of a larger plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to close all of the jail facilities on Rikers Island by 2026. The city has allocated $8.7 billion for the project.

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New York City officials have proposed four new jails that will serve as an alternative to the jail facilities on Rikers Island.  (Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice)

The City Planning Commission will vote on the proposal later this summer. If approved, the proposal would head to the New York City Council for a vote.

Cynthia Brann, commissioner of the Department of Correction, displayed a rendering of the facilities that showed a large dayroom surrounded by jail cells, all bathed in sunlight. She said inmates would also have direct access to outdoor recreation spaces.

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“Our current facilities are designed for a different era of corrections,” Ms. Brann said. “Modern jails have all of these designs in them, and that is what we are going forward with.”

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The jails will provide visitors with a more “welcoming” experience, said Ms. Brann. The lobby would have information desks and kiosks, a place to pay bail and an area for children to play while waiting to visit inmates.

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