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Family of 5 celebrating birthday among 34 feared dead in Southern California boat fire

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A family of five celebrating their father’s birthday with a weekend diving excursion are believed to be among the 34 presumed dead in a boat fire off the coast of Southern California Monday, according to a report Tuesday.

Angela, Nicole and Evan Quitasol, their father Michael Quitasol and stepmother Fernisa Sison were among the 33 passengers and six crew members on the dive boat Conception when it caught fire early Monday morning near Santa Cruz Island while passengers were still asleep.

25 BODIES FOUND AFTER CALIFORNIA SCUBA DIVING BOAT FIRE, COAST GUARD SAYS

“They’re the most kind, most loving people I’ve ever met — and I’m not just saying that because they’re family,” stepfather Chris Rosas said. “The way they interacted with anyone they came across, they were wonderful. They were outstanding girls. That’s about all I can tell you right now.” The girls’ mother, Susana Rosas, posted the news on Facebook Monday and thanked the community for its support.

All three girls had been bridesmaids at their sister Evita’s wedding two weeks ago.

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“She loved the outdoors, loved animals, loved and lived by the sea,” Rosas said of Nicole, who lived in the beach resort town Coronado. Rosas and his wife left their home in Stockton for Santa Barbara Monday when they heard the news.

As of Tuesday, 25 bodies have been recovered and 9 are still missing. Five crew members on the deck at the time were able to jump off the boat. All 33 passengers are presumed dead.

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The rescue operation was suspended Tuesday after rescuers said there were no signs of additional survivors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Appeals judge upholds conviction against Uber driver over violent Facebook threats against Rahm Emanuel, others

An appellate judge upheld the 41-month prison sentence for a Chicago Uber driver who posted violent threats on Facebook detailing mass shootings he planned to carry out including one against the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel.

Defense attorneys for Mohammad Waqas Khan, who was arrested in May 2015, appealed a court’s conviction against the 29-year-old, arguing that Khan never intended to commit the killings that he wrote about on social media.

Khan’s attorney, Ellen Domph, said his speech was a form of artistic expression similar to rap lyrics and was protected by the First Amendment.

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Mohammad Waqas Khan, a former Uber driver, was convicted of making interstate threats to injure others.  (DuPage County Sheriff’s Department)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found Tuesday that “Khan’s posts were so violent, explicit, and resolute that they constituted threats,” and upheld the jury’s decision finding him guilty of making interstate threats to injure others.

CHICAGO WEEKEND SHOOTINGS LEAVE 8 DEAD, 40 WOUNDED

Khan also posted photos of himself wearing a black mask and holding a shotgun while complaining about excessive noise in his neighborhood and promising to retaliate.

The appeals court concluded that Khan “connected the date of any attempted murder to his flight out of the country, and bragged about his ‘mental fortitude to pull it off.'”

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“These personal referents undercut Khan’s defense that his words were artistic expressions,” the court’s 22-page opinion said.

“This is enough to reasonably infer Khan’s intent to commit an act of unlawful violence towards a particular group of individuals.”

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Wisconsin mother shot, killed in front of her son as she taught him to drive, reports say

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A Wisconsin mother, was fatally shot in a road-rage incident on Friday while she was teaching her teenage son how to drive, reports said.

Tracey Smith, a Wisconsin Department of Corrections sergeant, was teaching her 17-year-old son how to drive in Milwaukee around 5:15 p.m. Friday when they got into a minor crash, Fox 6 reported.

Milwaukee Police wrote in a tweet, “The passenger of the vehicle that was hit got out and confronted the driver of the striking vehicle.”

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Police said the man, who has not yet been named, then opened fire, killing Smith in front of her son.

“The guy zig-zagged in the street, and he also hit her,” JoAnne Luckett, Smith’s mother, told Fox 6. “She went out to look to see what was going on.”

The suspect fled from the scene but police arrested him Monday,  WTMJ reported. Her 17-year-old son drove her to the hospital where she later died.

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“She went to work every day,” Luckett said. “She made a life for her and her sons. I wake up every morning and it’s like, ‘Wow. Tracey is not here.’ I hate it.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.

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Tennessee ex-college student pleads guilty to putting toilet water in roommate’s drinks, report says

A former Tennessee State University student reportedly pleaded guilty on Tuesday on a charge related to contaminating her roommate’s drink with toilet water.

Tierni Williams, 21, who was reportedly captured on video pouring water from the toilet into her roommate’s water bottles using a Styrofoam cup, was arrested and charged two years ago after her roommate became sick.

The victim reportedly began experiencing weight loss and stomach issues after Williams had tampered with her water.

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Tierni Williams, a former Tennessee State University student, reportedly pleaded guilty on Tuesday for a charge related to contaminating her roommate’s drink with toilet water. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

COLLEGE STUDENT CHARGED WITH ‘CAUSING BODILY HARM’ AFTER GIVING TOILET WATER TO ROOMMATE

The victim learned through Snapchat that her drinking water had been compromised, WKRN-TV reported.

The district attorney’s office handed down an indictment after presenting the case to a grand jury, the station reported.

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On Tuesday, Williams pleaded guilty to adulteration of food, a Class-C felony, the station reported.

She could face three to six years behind bars, according to the news outlet, which added that a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for next month.

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First female US Airman earns Ranger tab

An Air Force officer on Friday became the first woman of her branch to earn a Ranger tab, joining nearly 300 other Ranger-qualified Airmen.

First Lt. Chelsey Hibsch graduated from the Army Ranger Course at Fort Benning, Ga. Graduates’ families and friends were there to watch the ceremony.

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Maneuver Center of Excellence leaders, family and friends of Ranger Class 18-19 graduates watched them get pinned on Aug. 30. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

Ranger School is one of the Army’s most difficult leadership courses – only about half the candidates end up graduating the grueling 61-day course.

“Ranger School is truly not for the weak or faint of heart,” Air Force Security Forces Center Chief of Training Lt. Col. Walter Sorensen said in an Air Force news release.

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Maneuver Center of Excellence leaders, family and friends of Ranger Class 18-19 attended graduation on Aug. 30. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

“It speaks well of all those who persevere to find that inner grit and motivation to push through all that Ranger School throws at them. The perspective tabbed Airmen earn serves them well when the mission gets challenging and others look to them to find a way,” said Sorensen, who is also Ranger-qualified.

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The Army began accepting Airmen at Ranger School in 1955. Sixty years later, in 2015, the military said women could attend Ranger School.

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The Ranger Class of 2018-19 graduated on Aug. 30. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

Hibsch is now expected to serve as a flight commander in the 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. She previously was assigned to the 374th Security Forces Squadron at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

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She attended the Air Force’s Ranger Assessment Course (RAC) and the Tropic Lightning Academy in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in order to qualify for a spot at Ranger School.

Hibsch said RAC was “an unmatched learning experience on leadership and followership.”

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Airmen from different career fields challenging themselves in the Ranger Assessment course, a combat leadership course that could lead to attending Army Ranger School. (U.S. Air Force)

RAC is intended to be stressful so Airmen will learn how to lead under pressure and in various circumstances.

Hibsch said lessons from RAC could be applied to Ranger School; she had gained an “understanding of how you function when you’re hungry, tired, wet, cold and worse, then you have to lead a team of individuals feeling the exact same way.”

She added, “You really find out a lot about your teammates and yourself in these stressful situations.”

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Then-2nd Lt. Chelsey Hibsch speaks during a Women’s History Month luncheon at Yokota Air Base in March 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

The Airborne Ranger and Training Brigade public affairs officer, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Billings, explained the three phases of Ranger School.

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“In the Ft. Benning phase, the students become trained on squad operations and focus on ambush and recon missions, patrol base operations, and planning before moving on to platoon operations. In the Mountain phase, students develop their skills at the platoon level in order to refine and complete their training in Swamp phase. After these three phases, Ranger Students are proficient in leading squad and platoon dismounted operations around the clock in all climates and terrain.”

Air Force Materiel Command said Hibsch was the first female Airman to earn a Ranger tab, “but she won’t be the last!”

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Fire blocked escape for 34 on boat off Southern California coast, investigators say

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The early-morning fire aboard the Conception, which carried scuba diving enthusiasts on a three-day excursion off California, blocked any escape, investigators said.

It spread rapidly and flames blocked both exits out of the lower deck, where passengers and one crew member were sleeping in tight quarters, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

Flames roared through the boat of sleeping scuba divers so quickly that it appears none of the 34 people below deck could escape, authorities said Tuesday. This, as they ended their search without finding anyone who was missing still alive from the Labor Day tragedy off the Southern California coast.

It’s not known what started the fire.

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National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy said Tuesday that she was “100 percent confident” investigators would find the cause of the fire aboard the Conception, which caught fire before dawn Monday and sank near Santa Cruz Island.

She also said the NTSB planned to stay at the scene for up to 10 days and would look into safety measures aboard the boat, such as whether it had fire extinguishers, and will interview survivors, first responders, divers and others.

The captain and four crew members awake on the upper decks jumped off the front of the vessel, swam to an inflatable boat at the back and steered it to a ship anchored nearby.

Among those believed to be dead are five members of one family and the marine biologist leading the diving tour.

DNA will be needed to identify all the victims, and authorities will be using the same rapid analysis tool that identified victims of the deadly wildfire that devastated the Northern California town of Paradise last year, the sheriff said.

Officials have not released any victims’ names, but Brown said he had heard anecdotally that they ranged from teenagers to people in their 60s. He said most appear to have been from Northern California, including Santa Cruz, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The 75-foot Conception was on the last day of a three-day excursion to the chain of rugged, windswept isles that form Channel Islands National Park in the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles. The fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m. Monday as the boat sat anchored in Platt’s Harbor off Santa Cruz Island.

The sheriff said all 34 victims were trapped on the boat’s lower deck when flames quickly blocked both a narrow stairway and an escape hatch leading to the upper decks.

“The one crew member who was not rescued appears to have been asleep in the sleeping area down below with the passengers,” Brown said.

It appears the crew sent multiple mayday calls, including one from the Conception in which a crew member could be heard saying he couldn’t breathe.

A later one came from the fishing vessel the Grape Escape after the crew reached it in their small boat. One of the vessel’s owners said he heard explosions as he watched the Conception go up in flames from about 100 yards away. Brown said the blasts could have been exploding scuba tanks or propane tanks.

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The Conception, based in Santa Barbara Harbor, was owned by Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics, founded in 1974. A memorial at the harbor has quickly grown as mourners come to pay their respects.

Coast Guard records show the boat’s owners quickly addressed all safety violations from the last five years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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West Point cadet candidate, 20, dies after falling from rock ledge

A 20-year-old West Point cadet candidate died after falling from a rock ledge in upstate New York over the weekend, officials said.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point said Benjamin Bochtler died Sunday after injuries sustained from a fall on Saturday.

New York State Police responded to a 911 call around 11 a.m. and found the unresponsive man at a cliff-diving spot known as Fawn’s Leap in Hunter, N.Y., Police Capt. Michael Drake said.

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West Point cadet candidate Benjamin Bochtler. (Courtesy of Christopher Bochtler)

“Investigation revealed the victim was hanging onto a rock ledge when a portion of the rock broke from the ledge, causing the victim to fall,” Drake said. “Life-saving measures at the scene were unsuccessful.”

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West Point Commandant Col. Joshua Higgins said Bochtler “had an incredible smile and infectious positive attitude. He was everyone’s friend.

He said Bochtler “was a prior-enlisted combat veteran who set a tremendous example and used his experience in the Army to help his fellow cadet candidates. His warm personality and that big smile made a lasting impact on everyone at USMAPS [U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School].

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and friends.”

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USMAPS prepares candidates to qualify for, and later graduate from, West Point.

Bochtler served in the Army for three years before coming to USMAPS and deployed to Afghanistan from April 2018 until January 2019, the military academy said.

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He was from Nebraska and played lacrosse at USMAPS.

The town of Hunter is about 75 miles north of the military academy.

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Illegal immigrant linked to Kate Steinle killing still faces federal gun charges, US attorney says

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A California appeals court ruling overturning the illegal-gun-possession conviction of an illegal immigrant who allegedly killed a woman on a San Francisco pier in 2015 has no effect on federal prosecution against him, officials said Tuesday.

Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, a Mexican citizen who had been deported five times, was acquitted in November 2017 of first- and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a semi-automatic weapon in the death of Kate Steinle. He was convicted of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The case drew national attention because of Garcia-Zarate’s immigration status; it became a rallying cry for supporters of tougher immigration policies.

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Last Friday, the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturned the gun-possession conviction on grounds that the judge failed to instruct the jury that it could acquit Garcia-Zarate on the theory that he briefly possessed the weapon.

“The state court ruling has no legal effect on the federal prosecution, which will continue,” said David Anderson, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.  “A repeatedly deported, previously convicted felon has no right to possess a firearm under federal law, even if California extends him sanctuary.”

Prosecutors argued the failure to give the jury instructions was moot since Garcia-Zarate admitted he fired the weapon. The three-judge panel disagreed and overturned the conviction.

Garcia-Zarate, 48, remained in federal custody awaiting trial on the gun possession charge, the Justice Department said.

Steinle, 32, died on July 1, 2015, after she was struck by a bullet while walking with her father and a family friend on Pier 14 off the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

The gun had been stolen from a car belonging to a federal Bureau of Land Management agent. Garcia-Zarate claimed he found the gun and accidentally fired it.

Many activists tied Steinle’s death to San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policies, and the case became a regular talking point during then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.

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Garcia-Zarate was released from police custody three months before the shooting after a drug case against him was dropped.

He faces up to 10 years in prison. His attorney told The Associated Press his trial is expected to begin Jan. 13. The San Francisco district attorney office also has been weighing its options, spokesman Alex Bastian previously told Fox News.

Fox News’ Judson Berger and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report. 

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West Point cadet candidate, 20, dies after falling from rock ledge

A 20-year-old West Point cadet candidate died after falling from a rock ledge in upstate New York over the weekend, officials said.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point said Benjamin Bochtler died Sunday after injuries sustained from a fall on Saturday.

New York State Police responded to a 911 call around 11 a.m. and found the unresponsive man at a cliff-diving spot known as Fawn’s Leap in Hunter, N.Y., Police Capt. Michael Drake said.

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West Point cadet candidate Benjamin Bochtler. (Courtesy of Christopher Bochtler)

“Investigation revealed the victim was hanging onto a rock ledge when a portion of the rock broke from the ledge, causing the victim to fall,” Drake said. “Life-saving measures at the scene were unsuccessful.”

25 BODIES FOUND AFTER CALIFORNIA SCUBA DIVING BOAT FIRE, COAST GUARD SAYS

West Point Commandant Col. Joshua Higgins said Bochtler “had an incredible smile and infectious positive attitude. He was everyone’s friend.

He said Bochtler “was a prior-enlisted combat veteran who set a tremendous example and used his experience in the Army to help his fellow cadet candidates. His warm personality and that big smile made a lasting impact on everyone at USMAPS [U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School].

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and friends.”

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USMAPS prepares candidates to qualify for, and later graduate from, West Point.

Bochtler served in the Army for three years before coming to USMAPS and deployed to Afghanistan from April 2018 until January 2019, the military academy said.

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He was from Nebraska and played lacrosse at USMAPS.

The town of Hunter is about 75 miles north of the military academy.

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Gun pulled at Houston Popeyes after angry group told chicken sandwich sold out

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A group of angry customers pulled a gun on the manager of a Popeyes restaurant in Houston when told they were out of chicken sandwiches, investigators said Monday. It was the latest incident stemming from the wildly popular item that has rocked the fast food industry.

Police were called to the restaurant chain around 9 p.m. after reports of a disturbance with a weapon, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The group of males and females had tried ordering the popular chicken sandwich in the drive-thru when they were told it was unavailable, said Houston Police Lt. Larry Crowson.

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They then tried getting inside the restaurant, but a worker was able to lock them out, police said.

“When the manager told them they were out, one of the males became upset and pulled a pistol and demanded a chicken sandwich,” Crowson said. “The manager again informed them they were out of sandwiches.”

The group eventually drove off in an SUV. No one was harmed. Investigators were reviewing surveillance footage to identify the suspects.

“It was more of an aggravated assault because he was displaying a weapon and threatened employees,” Crowson said of the potential charges the suspect could face.

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The incident was the latest in a series of episodes surrounding the Popeyes chicken sandwich. A Tennessee man was suing the chain for $5,000 after he damaged his car driving to multiple locations looking for the item. Workers turned him away each time.

The chain launched the sandwich nationwide on Aug. 12 and exceeded expectations when it sold out its inventory that had been slated to last through September.

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