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Two more rockets fired from Gaza into Israel hours after ‘cease-fire’ declaration

Rockets continue to be launched from Gaza into southern Israel, hours after a cease-fire was declared between Israel and Gaza’s militant Islamic Jihad group early Thursday, according to Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

IDF tweeted Thursday night: “2 rockets were just launched from Gaza at towns & cities in southern Israel. Thankfully, the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted both rockets.”

Thursday night’s rockets were seen as the fourth Palestinian violation of the cease-fire agreement announced earlier in the day, The Times of Israel reported.

There were no reports of injuries or damage caused by shrapnel from the intercepted rockets, according to the news outlet.

In separate tweets, the Israeli military said at least six more rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza despite the cease-fire, adding that sirens continue to sound in southern Israel.

CEASE-FIRE REACHED WITH ISRAEL TO END GAZA FIGHTING, ISLAMIC JIHAD SAYS

Two of the rockets fired earlier Thursday were also intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system.

An IDF spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, said the Iron Dome is a “unique Israeli system developed together with the American defense industry that has the capacity to intercept rockets in flight and to blow them up in the sky to make sure that Israeli civilians are safe.”

Following the latest attack, the southern city of Ashkelon reportedly announced it was canceling school for Friday, following the lead of the Israeli communities closest to the Gaza border that did the same earlier in the evening.

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: GAZA VIOLENCE SHOWS THAT HUMAN SUFFERING SPARES NO SIDES IN WAR

Despite the rocket attacks, a fragile truce appeared to hold, The Times of Israel reported, adding that Israel had refrained from striking Gaza despite growing public pressure to take action.

The Egypt-brokered cease-fire was meant to halt a 48-hour surge in cross-border fighting sparked by the assassination of top Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu al-Ata and his wife.

“Baha Abu Al Ata was the senior commander of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, responsible for most attacks emanating from Gaza over the last year,” IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi said Tuesday. “He was a ticking time-bomb. … There was a window of opportunity that we utilized precisely.”

The Islamic Jihad leader was also actively planning new attacks against Israel, an IDF spokesperson said.

“The IDF operated decisively and precisely against Islamic Jihad in Gaza until quiet returned to the skies above Israel,” The Israeli military tweeted shortly after the announcement of a cease-fire. “Quiet will be met with quiet. We will continue to protect the people of Israel and are prepared for any threat on all fronts.”

IDF provided an official operation recap for the 48 hours of violence on Thursday saying more than 450 rockets were fired by the Islamic Jihad, 90 percent intercepted by the Iron Dome, while some 25 Islamic Jihad “terrorists” have been “eliminated.”

Conricus said there were “no significant Israeli casualties,” in large part thanks to the Iron Dome.

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured an Iron Dome command center and tweeted a photo and caption: “On behalf of all Israeli citizens — many thanks to the warriors and the Iron Dome Battery fighters.”

While touring, Netanyahu reportedly said Israel had sent a deterrent message to “our enemies” before the cease-fire was reached.

Although no Israeli deaths were reported, a few homes suffered direct hits and there was a near-miss on a major highway, where a rocket crashed just after a vehicle passed. A handful of light to moderate injuries and significant property damage was reported in Israel. Dozens of people were hurt stumbling as they ran to bomb shelters.

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An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen in Gaza City early Thursday. Israeli aircraft struck Islamic Jihad targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Wednesday while the militant group rained scores of rockets into Israel for a second straight day as the heaviest round of fighting in months showed no signs of ending.  (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

At least 34 Palestinians, including three women and eight children, have been killed in the two-day barrage.

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Fox News’ Trey Yingst, Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Groom’s wedding-day speech to stepdaughter leaves everyone in tears

A groom brought an entire crowd to tears with his vows – though not the ones intended for his bride.

Jimmy Gisondi prepared his vows to read to his now-wife Kelsea at their Pennsylvania wedding on Nov. 2. However, once he was done, he read vows to his new stepdaughter, Olivia, leaving the 9-year-old – and the rest of the wedding attendees – in tears.

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Jimmy Gisondi prepared his vows to read to his now-wife Kelsea at their Pennsylvania wedding on Nov. 2. However, once he was done, he read vows to his new stepdaughter, Olivia. (Abigail Gingerale Photography)

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“Olivia, from this day forward, I promise to remind you every day how truly loved you are. I promise to teach, guide, respect you for the rest of our days. I promise to never treat anything less than my own child. I’m very happy to say that you’re my daughter. From this day forward, you will truly be my daughter and the other love of my life. I love you, Olivia,” Jimmy read.

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Andy Lydick from Abigail Gingerale Photography, who shot the wedding, described the “amazing moment” as “absolutely adorable.”

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Andy Lydick from Abigail Gingerale Photography who shot the wedding described the “amazing moment” as “absolutely adorable.” (Abigail Gingerale Photography)

In a video of the moment, Olivia can be seen crying as Kelsea, Jimmy and the girl all embrace in an emotional group hug.

The moment, which was shared on the photography Facebook page, drew nearly 2,000 reactions. Many said they’d gotten misty, too.

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“That’s so touching my heart. Love it!” one person wrote.

“These are beautiful! Brought tears to my eyes,” another commented.

“I cried just looking at the pictures,” part of another comment read.

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The moment, which was shared on the photography Facebook page, drew in nearly 2K reaction with many sharing comments that the sweet gesture left them in tears, as well. (Abigail Gingerale Photography)

Even the couple, who have known each other since preschool, but did not start dating until Christmas 2017, could not handle reliving the special moment without getting choked up.

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“Omg I’m crying all over again! I can’t handle it!!” Kelsea commented on the Facebook photos.

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Venezuela’s ex-spy chief disappears on eve of extradition to US

Venezuela’s former spy chief has disappeared in Spain after a high court agreed to extradite him to the United States where he faces federal drug-trafficking charges.

Hugo Carvajal, nicknamed “El Pollo,” or “The Chicken,” was the military-intelligence chief for Presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicholas Maduro, and some experts have said he could be a source of incriminating intelligence on Maduro and his regime.

Spain’s National Police told Fox News on Thursday they’re continuing to search for Carvajal but his whereabouts remained unknown. Police reportedly had gone to Carvajal’s home in Madrid to arrest him following the court’s decision clearing his way for extradition to the United States, but when police arrived – he was gone.

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Hugo Carvajal, seen this past September in Madrid, Spain, has vanished in that country, officials said. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, FILE)

“Carvajal’s disappearance is a big embarrassment for Spain’s government,” Special U.S. Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams told reporters at a public event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “Theoretically, he was under house arrest.”

Abrams added, “We hope that the Spanish police track him, arrest him and then extradite him to the United States.”

Federal prosecutors in New York and Miami said Carvajal participated in multi-ton cocaine shipments to the U.S.

According to the New York indictment, Carvajal has been a member of Venezuela’s drug trafficking organization known as The Cartel of the Suns, run by high-ranking Venezuelan government officials who, experts say, have turned Venezuela into a mafia state. Prosecutors said Carvajal coordinated cocaine trafficking between Venezuela and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia [FARC], a terrorist organization in Colombia.

“Carvajal has information about the Venezuelan government’s involvement in narcotics, money laundering, terrorism and links with foreign military presence in Venezuela,” former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Otto Reich told Fox News.

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Experts have estimated that high-ranking officials have stolen tens of billions of dollars from Venezuela’s government coffers throughout the last two decades.

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, right, embracing Hugo Carvajal at a Socialist party congress in Caracas, in July 2014. (REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout, File)

“He knows where Maduro stashes his money. He knows about Maduro’s dealings with Russia and China,” Reich added.

In written answers to questions by The Associated Press, Carvajal said he wanted to share secret information on state-backed drug trafficking and corruption.

“I’m not looking for any kind of amnesty from anybody, not from the U.S. nor from Venezuela,” Carvajal wrote to the AP. “I’m looking for justice.”

Carvajal left Venezuela for Spain this past March after he turned against Maduro and backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He was arrested in Spain in April at the request of U.S. officials and last Friday, Spain’s highest court overturned the lower court’s decision that initially blocked his extradition to the United States.

“I don’t trust the justice system of the United States,” Carvajal said in September. “I’m not going to have access to any kind of defense or to present evidence. So, everyone who could testify against me is either banned or has had their visa withdrawn in Venezuela.”

A May 2019 report by Insight Crime identified more than 120 high-level Venezuelan officials who have engaged in criminal activity, often drug trafficking, including former Vice President Tareck El Aissami and current Minister of the Interior, Justice and Peace Nestor Luis Reverol Torres.

In 2017, two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady, Cilia Flores, were arrested and sentenced to 18 years in a U.S. federal prison for trafficking cocaine.

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In other words, the Americans were not the only ones who wanted to know where Carvajal went.

“I would be very surprised if Carvajal is still in Spain,” Reich said. “He might be willing to make a deal with the United States because, if he goes back to Venezuela or if the Venezuelans capture him, his chances of staying alive are close to nil.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Iranian citizen who violated US sanctions by exporting carbon fiber gets prison time

An Iranian businessman charged with exporting tons of carbon fiber, a controlled substance with military and nuclear uses, from the U.S. to Iran was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Thursday, the Justice Department announced.

Behzad Pourghannad was extradited from Germany to face charges in July. He was charged with violating U.S. sanctions by circumventing export controls on carbon fiber, according to U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the Southern District of New York. Pourghannad pled guilty to the charges in August.

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Carbon fiber can be used to make nose cones for long-range missiles and can be used to manufacture rotors in the centrifuges that enrich uranium.

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BUSHEHR, IRAN – Nuclear power plant. (Photo by IIPA via Getty Images) (2010 IIPA)

Iran in recent months has made numerous announcements that it would be violating international agreement to use advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium and increase its nuclear stockpile.

IRAN ENRICHING URANIUM AT ‘NOT DECLARED’ SITE, UN NUCLEAR WATCHDOG SAYS 

A United Nations nuclear watchdog revealed Monday that Iran is making good on that promise. Uranium of a man-made origin was found at a site not declared to inspectors.

According to the announcement, Pourghannad and his co-conspirators, Ali Reza Shokri and Farzin Faridmanesh, lived and worked in Iran between 2008 and 2013. During that time they worked together to obtain the carbon fiber from the United States and secretly export it to Iran through third countries. Shokri procured the carbon fiber, Pourghannad served as the financial guarantor of the transactions and Faridmanesh served as the shipper. In the 2013 transaction alone, Pourghannad and Shokri negotiated for the purchase and shipment of more than five tons of carbon fiber to Iran by way of the nation of Georgia.

Faridmanesh labeled the carbon fiber “acrylic” to sneak by U.S. export controls.

The DOJ did not specify how much of the carbon fiber actually made it to Iran, or what would become of co-defendants Faridmanesh and Shokri.

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The case is being handled by the office’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, along with the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division.

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Hitler’s vegetable garden discovered at his secret headquarters

A garden that once provided Adolf Hitler with fresh vegetables has been discovered at his infamous Wolf’s Lair headquarters.

Hitler spent much of his time in the final years of the war at the Wolf’s Lair, which is located in what is now Poland. The top-secret, heavily guarded bunker complex was used by the Nazis until January 1945, when it was abandoned and partly destroyed ahead of advancing Soviet forces.

The garden was found on the grounds of Mazurolandia, a nearby theme park museum, and excavations took place during the summer.

“We discovered Hitler’s Garden in the 4th Zone of the Wolf’s Lair,” said Mazurolandia, in a translated statement, adding that experts from the Mazurian Military Museum were brought in to investigate the site.

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The First News reports that the garden was found 2,953 feet from Hitler’s bunker. An excavation uncovered the foundations of the gardener’s house, two greenhouses and an underground boiler room that provided water and warm air to grow fresh produce all year round. Wartime ceramics, porcelain and glassware were also found.

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Hitler’s vegetable garden also contains an underground boiler room used to produce water and warm air for fresh produce. (Mazurlandia)

A vegetarian, teetotaler and non-smoker, Hitler enjoyed plenty of green produce at the Wolf’s Lair. Paranoid about being poisoned, the Nazi leader also ensured that a number of food tasters worked at the Wolf’s Lair to sample his meals.

“The food was delicious, only the best vegetables, asparagus, bell peppers, everything you can imagine. And always with a side of rice or pasta,” Margot Woelk, one of the food tasters, told the Associated Press in 2013.

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Woelk, then in her mid-twenties, spent 2 1/2 years as one of 15 young women who sampled Hitler’s food at the Wolf’s Lair.

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The Wolf’s Lair ruins – file photo. (Photo by Michal Fludra/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Wolf’s Lair was also the scene of an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the evil German leader on July 20, 1944, when trusted colonel Claus von Stauffenberg detonated a bomb in a conference room at the headquarters. Hitler survived, but nearly 5,000 people were executed following the assassination attempt, including von Stauffenberg.

In 2017, a painted red telephone that belonged to Hitler and was used at the Wolf’s Lair — sold at an auction for $243,000.  The phone was described by Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Md. as “arguably the most destructive ‘weapon’ of all time.”

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The phone was “used in vehicles, trains, his field headquarters, at the Wolf’s Lair…and in the last desperate days deep beneath Berlin,” according to the auction house.

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People walking at the Wolf’s Lair remains are seen on 2 September 2017 in Gierloz , Poland – file photo. (Photo by Michal Fludra/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Experts are also looking to unlock the sinister secrets of hidden Nazi bases dotted across Europe. Other sites include the vast base of Dag Bromberg, which, like the Wolf’s Lair,  is hidden in a Polish forest, and the V-2 rocket base Kraftwerk Nord West in France.

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A number of Nazi sites from World War II have been unearthed in recent years. In 2016, scientists at the Russian Arctic National Park discovered the remains of a secret Nazi base on the remote island of Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Land archipelago.

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Earlier this year, local government officials announced the discovery of hundreds of chilling items at Nazi massacre sites in northwestern Germany.

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Carrie Underwood fans fuming after Garth Brooks wins CMA Entertainer of the Year: ‘Such a slap in the face’

Carrie Underwood fans were outraged on Wednesday night after the singer missed out on taking home the prestigious entertainer of the year at the Country Music Awards.

On a night where women were at the forefront of the celebration, from the hosting trio of Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Underwood herself to the program opening with a performance medley made up strictly of women in country music, Underwood was the only female nominee in the coveted category and lost out to the dynasty showman Garth Brooks – who picked up his seventh win and his third in just four years.

Fans immediately took to Twitter to share their frustration with the decision, considering Underwood had just wrapped up a successful tour thanks to her wildly successful album release.

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Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images,)

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“What does Carrie Underwood have to do to win entertainer of the year? Like I could write a 50 page paper on everything she did this year and maybe a page on what Garth did. Come on CMA. She hosts the show, y’all. Shake my head. Shake my head,” wrote one Twitter while another echoed the sentiment.

“The 2019 CMAs could have been so special. however, it will forever be remembered by Carrie Underwood losing to Garth Brooks for entertainer of the year. every headline about last night’s show has the same theme: anger & disappointment for Carrie…and rightfully so. such a shame,” said the user.

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Others took exception with the fact that the show seemed to champion women the entire night, but when it came to the most important accolade, the build-up to the finale was lackluster.

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Garth Brooks accepts an award onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images,)

“This is such a slap in the face. Not only to Carrie, but to the women of country music in general. So much for celebrating women tonight, but you’re going to continue giving these awards to mediocre men. @CountryMusic congrats on getting it wrong yet again,” vented one user as another rallied around the notion, adding, “@carrieunderwood got robbed of Entertainer of the Year. This award is beyond sexist for some insane reason. No reasonable person would believe she didn’t deserve it.”

Adding insult to injury for Underwood supporters, Brooks didn’t acknowledge his country music peer despite shouting out Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini and one of the evenings co-emcees, McEntire.

“Garth has such an opportunity to call more attention to the women in radio problem. He didn’t. And then he shouts out Reba and not his fellow nominee Carrie? And then she has to go out on stage, clearly disappointed in the status quo and end the night. Damn. #CMAawards,” said another user.

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Underwood hugged Brooks as she congratulated him and the evening’s winners.

“I have no words. Garth Brooks was the least deserving. And the fact he didn’t even acknowledge Carrie Underwood,” wrote one Twitter user. “This does NOT DEFINE your worth @carrieunderwood you are the ENTERTAINER OF THE DECADE. So proud of the Year you had.”

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Underwood’s nomination was the first time a woman had been up for the honor since 2016, when the “American Idol” alum was again the lone female in the category – again, losing out to Brooks.

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Meet San Francisco’s new lightning rod DA: Raised by Bill Ayers, worked for Hugo Chavez

Newly elected San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin grabbed headlines earlier this week after saying he would not prosecute “quality-of-life” crimes including public urination — but that’s only part of what’s on the agenda for the 39-year-old former public defender with a past that’s radical even by California standards.

Boudin was raised by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, notorious former leaders of the Weather Underground domestic terror group and formerly worked for the late socialist president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.

His campaign was fiercely opposed by the local police union, which reportedly spent more than $650,000 to counter his campaign. Law enforcement officials have warned about the message being sent by his platform as the new top prosecutor rails against the criminal justice system he’s been elected to lead.

“The criminal justice system isn’t just massive and brutal, it’s also racist,” Boudin says on his campaign website. “It’s a shocking set of statistics, building on centuries of systemic racism beginning with slavery and moving through Jim Crow, housing policy, and the Drug War.”

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Boudin won a close vote last week after days of counting, defeating interim DA Suzy Loftus in a campaign that was backed by high-profile progressives across the country. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Cook County, Ill., State’s Attorney Kim Foxx – who drew controversy for dropping charges of faking a hate crime against actor Jussie Smollett – Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner; and Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King are among his supporters.

Neither Boudin nor King’s Real Justice PAC, which endorsed Boudin, responded to requests for comment for this report.

“By fighting tirelessly for a more just criminal justice system, Chesa has earned the trust of his clients, his community, and his colleagues,” King says in a statement on the Real Justice PAC website. “Chesa is the right candidate at the right moment to transform the justice system in San Francisco, and make the city safer and more just for everyone who lives and works there.”

However, Boudin’s policies have concerned members of his community, which is facing a growing homelessness crisis. His platform includes allowing “immigration-safe” plea deals to prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants, requiring prosecutors to write a “racial impact statement” in each case they pursue and ending policies that increase the sentences for crimes committed by gang members.

“For him to just blanketly say he’s not going to hold people accountable for their actions, it goes against the basic tenet[s] of a strong society — and that’s be kind to each other and be accountable for your actions,” San Francisco Police Officer’s Association President Tony Montoya told Fox News.

“To just take on the approach that you’re not going to even acknowledge it, as if the problem doesn’t exist, is not a solution. It’s just further making the problem worse as people sit there and suffer on our streets, [and] the residents and visitors suffer too by having to live in these types of situations.”

“I took to signing my e-mails to friends and family ‘in the belly of the revolution.'”

— Chesa Boudin, “Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America”

But Boudin’s past has gotten as much attention as his present-day policies. His biological parents, David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, were also long-time Weather Underground members.

In 1981, when Boudin was 1, his parents were getaway drivers for a group of radical black nationalists as they robbed a Brinks truck of $1.6 million. Two police officers and one guard were killed when they tried to stop the getaway. Kathy Boudin pleaded guilty to one count of felony murder and robbery and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life. She was paroled in 2003. Gilbert was convicted of three counts of felony murder and one count of robbery and sentenced to 75 years to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2056.

Dohrn and Ayers, who were friends with Boudin’s parents, took young Chesa in and raised him – an upbringing Boudin credits with forming his worldview. Ayers, whose association with Barack Obama came under scrutiny during the 2008 presidential campaign, told Fox News in 2014 that the Weather Underground took credit for more than 20 bombings while they were active.

“My family taught me radical politics from the beginning, but I also learned to prove myself in elite institutions,” Boudin wrote in his 2009 book, “Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America.” “Brought up with the privileges and opportunities the United States offers some people, and a political line that condemned the very existence of an elite, I lived a contradiction.”

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Chesa Boudin pauses during his speech at an election night event last week. (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

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Boudin went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Yale and attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. But in 2004, he went to Venezuela where he found work as a translator working for a “radical theorist” and adviser to Chavez, Marta Harnecker.

Working in Miraflores, Venezuela’s presidential palace, Boudin “found inspiration in the commitment and the values of the people around me. And so I stayed,” he wrote in his book.

“From my computer in Marta’s office I took to signing my e-mails to friends and family ‘in the belly of the revolution.’”

Boudin worked for the Chavez government for nearly a year, moving to the office of Presidential International Relations and even translating for Dohrn and Ayers on a tour they took around Venezuela before returning back to England to continue his work at Oxford.

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“I had found one of the few places on the planet where having parents in prison in the United States for politically motivated crimes actually opened doors rather than closed them,” he wrote of his time in the socialist country.

He later used his political connections in the Venezuelan government to work as a fixer for a group of foreign journalists who covered the 2006 Venezuelan presidential election between Chavez and Manuel Rosales. After Chavez had secured a landslide victory, Boudin and two friends he was staying with joined revelers in front of Miraflores.

“Fighting off sleep, Pablo, Liza, and I donned our pro-Chavez red paraphernalia and raced out to join the inevitable celebrations … Twenty minutes later we joined the thousands who were charging up the hill toward the palace in the pouring rain,” he wrote.

“In Venezuela, voting and political engagement is not a chore, but a national fiesta.”

Boudin returned to Venezuela again in 2007, according to his book, as the nation was voting on a package of constitutional changes that would have concentrated power in Chavez’s hands and allowed him to remain president indefinitely. By this time, poverty under the country’s socialist government had led to shortages and Boudin wrote that he couldn’t find milk or sugar at the grocery store — an ominous preview of the chaos that has engulfed the country in recent years.

“I had found one of the few places on the planet where having parents in prison in the United States for politically motivated crimes actually opened doors rather than closed them.”

— Chesa Boudin, “Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America”

While he expressed some trepidation, Boudin was still largely supportive of Chavez.

“It was hard to overlook Chavez’s efforts to entrench his own hold on power.” he wrote. “I still believed Chavez’s primary motivation was a desire to help the poor majority with his own power simply because he was the only politician capable of leading the coalition government at the moment.”

He continued: “Despite a variety of contradictions and causes for concern, Venezuela’s political experiment is still a democratic and courageous effort to invent an alternative model, based on the insistence that another way, another world, is possible.”

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The constitutional reforms failed due to a low turnout among Chavistas, but a 2009 referendum eventually removed the country’s term limits and Chavez held on to power in Venezuela until his death in 2013.

By that time, Boudin was back in the U.S., clerking for U.S. Circuit Judge Mary Margaret McKeown on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But, he wrote, his time in Venezuela and around South America stuck with him.

“I was born into a North American family with anti-imperialist politics at the dinner table and in their blood,” Boudin says, “but many of my conscious formative personal experiences took place in Latin America.”

Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report. 

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McCarthy brands Schiff a liar, Pelosi accuses Trump of bribery as impeachment war heats up

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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as a serial liar on Thursday, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of bribery — as the political war on Capitol Hill escalated alongside the launch of impeachment hearings.

In back-to-back press conferences, Pelosi and McCarthy delivered starkly contrasting accounts of the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry, with both claiming their respective parties were fighting to protect the U.S. Constitution.

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“Democrats are showing great patriotism,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday, praising Schiff, D-Calif., for his “dignity and statesmanship.” “This isn’t about politics or anything political, it’s about patriotism, it’s about honoring our oath of office, and upholding the Constitution.”

She added: “This is something we do with a heavy heart. This is very prayerful, because impeachment is a divisive thing in our country.”

Pelosi went on to accuse the president of “bribery,” citing Wednesday’s public hearing featuring what she called “devastating” witness testimony from State Department official George Kent and U.S. top diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor.

“Bribery—and that is in the Constitution and attached to impeachment proceedings,” Pelosi said. “The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the election—that’s bribery.”

When asked whether bribery would be included as an article of impeachment, Pelosi replied: “We haven’t even made a decision to impeach. That’s what the inquiry is about.”

“I’m saying, that the president has admitted to as ‘perfect,’ is bribery,” Pelosi said.

Minutes later, McCarthy, R-Calif., took the podium on the other side of the House, claiming it’s Republicans who are “standing up to the Constitution.”

“Are they doing this for political purposes or are they standing for the Constitution?” McCarthy said. “They came to Congress to impeach the president.”

McCarthy went on to blast Schiff, claiming he “has continued to lie to the American public.”

McCarthy outlined several instances where he believed Schiff had lied—including during the congressional Russia probe and when he “on purpose” delivered a parody reading last month of the transcript of Trump’s now-infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

That phone call prompted a whistleblower complaint to the Intelligence Community inspector general, and in turn, the impeachment inquiry in the House.

On the call, Trump pressed Zelensky to open an investigation into Ukrainian election meddling in the 2016 presidential race and into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine.

The president’s request came after millions in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats and witnesses have cited as a quid pro quo arrangement.

Zelensky, though, has said he felt no pressure during the call. The White House has maintained no wrongdoing, and the president has repeatedly said the call was “perfect,” arguing that it contained “no quid pro quo.”

McCarthy also said that Schiff “lied again” when he claimed during the public hearing on Wednesday that he “didn’t know who the whistleblower was.”

“His staff met with the whistleblower, he can claim he did not. They met with the whistleblower before the whistleblower had an attorney and before the whistleblower went to the inspector general,” McCarthy explained. “When he went, you know that the whistleblower did not say that he met with Schiff’s staff.”

Fox News reported last month that the whistleblower did not disclose contact with Schiff’s staff to the intelligence committee inspector general (ICIG).

Schiff’s office acknowledged that the whistleblower had reached out to them before filing a complaint in mid-August, giving Democrats advance warning of the accusations that would lead them to launch an impeachment inquiry days later.

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During his attack of Schiff, McCarthy said he does “not think that Schiff is fit to be in the position to run the Intelligence Committee.”

“And yes, I do believe Schiff has spent his entire time in Congress, since the president has been in, trying to impeach him,” McCarthy said. “He’s already written the script and he’s trying to fill it in—he’s been auditioning witnesses in the basement.”

Meanwhile, up next on Friday in the public phase of the impeachment inquiry is former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich, with a number of other hearings with current and former top officials scheduled for next week.

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New law will fine parents in Germany for not vaccinating children for measles

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Parents in Germany could face thousands of dollars in fines if they fail to vaccinate their children for the measles under a law passed Thursday.

The law, which takes effect in March 2020, mandates that parents provide proof of immunizations for all children aged 6 and older, as well as children seeking to attend preschool. Parents could face up to $2,750 in fines if they don’t comply, The New York Times reported.

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The law comes as Germany has recorded more than 500 cases of measles this year, part of an upsurge of the disease that had once been largely eradicated in most developed parts of the world. An anti-vaccine moment has fueled various measle outbreaks, prompting some municipalities to take action.

In an address to parliament, Jens Spahn, Germany’s health minister, called measles an “unnecessary risk” while rejecting criticism from antivaccine advocates that requiring immunizations infringes on their individual rights.

“My understanding of freedom does not stop at my level as an individual,” Spahn said, according to Times. “It is also a question of whether I am unnecessarily putting others at risk.”

“Freedom also means that I will not be unnecessarily put at risk and that is precisely why, from the point of view of preserving freedom, this law is a good law, because it protects freedom and health,” he added.

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The law also requires immunizations for adults born after 1970 who work with children in daycare centers schools, hospitals or other public institutions. Exemptions will be allowed for medical reasons if approved by a doctor.

Older children in school must be vaccinated before July 31, 2021. Schools and other institutions will be required to report parents who fail to immunize their children to local health authorities.

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Is it a sore throat or strep? How to tell the difference

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Dear Dr. Manny,

My kids keep getting sore throats in the winter. I can’t help but wonder. How do I know whether they have strep throat? When do I need to get them tested? 

Thanks for your question.

Not all sore throats are the same. Some of them are related to allergies, some of them are from colds, and some of them are caused by the streptococcus bacteria.

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You can’t verify for sure whether you or your child has strep throat without going to a doctor.

A sore throat that stems from a cold usually comes with a slew of respiratory ailments. Runny noses, coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes are all signs of a cold, not strep throat.

Strep comes suddenly. Its symptoms include a sore throat, red tonsils, white spots on the tonsils, pain when swallowing, fever, swollen neck glands, loss of appetite, headaches, and abdominal pain.

If you have any of these symptoms, check with a doctor, who can do a simple swab to verify. It’s important that you treat strep with antibiotics.

Strep is common in all ages, but it happens more in children than adults. It can also be worse in children.

Some kids are more prone to get strep more than others because they have a genetic weakness to Strep A, the bacteria which causes the infection. Typically, those children also developed tonsillitis.

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Soothing a strep throat involves lots of rest and fluids. Gargling salt water will help bring the inflammation down somewhat. Eat soft, easy-to-swallow foods like mashed potatoes and applesauce. Use a humidifier.

Prevention of strep throat can be as easy as washing your hands before you eat. Another useful prevention method involves cleaning the house frequently, especially the bathroom

Do you have a health question for Dr. Manny? Email us at AskDrManny@FoxNews.com 

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