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California wildfires rage on, killing 1 and sparking widespread evacuations of 100,000 residents

Two people have died in California as wildfires continue to rage out of control Friday in the greater Los Angeles area, forcing the mandatory evacuations of people in more than 20,000 homes.

Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said the fire along the northern edge of the city has grown to more than 7 square miles and has destroyed at least 25 homes. A middle-aged man who was near where the fire was burning went into cardiac arrest Thursday night and died, the chief added.

“It was a whole curtain of fire,” Edwin Bernard, a 73-year-old who had to evacuate his home in the neighborhood of Sylmar Thursday night, told the Associated Press. “There was fire on all sides. We had to leave.”

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A firefighter waits for water as the Saddleridge fire flares up near homes in Sylmar, Calif. (AP)

Police Chief Michel Moore said mandatory evacuations in the area have encompassed about 100,000 people in over 20,000 homes.

FAST-SPREADING WILDFIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The blaze erupted around 9 p.m. Thursday along the northern tier of the San Fernando Valley as powerful Santa Ana winds swept through Southern California.

Terrazas said there were sustained winds of 20-25 mph with gusts over 50 mph and relative humidity levels had fallen as low as 3 percent.

“As you can imagine the embers from the wind have been traveling a significant distance which causes another fire to start,” Terrazas said.

The fire started in Sylmar, the northernmost portion of the valley, and spread westward at a rate of 800 acres an hour into Porter Ranch, part of a so-called urban-wildland interface where subdivisions crowd against the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains. The cause wasn’t immediately known.

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A helicopter drops water while battling the Saddleridge fire in Porter Ranch, Calif., on Friday. (AP)

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In Northern California, the lights were back on Friday for more than half of the 2 million residents who lost electricity after the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. utility switched it off on Wednesday to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires during dry, windy weather.

PG&E restored the power after workers inspected power lines to make sure it was safe to do so. The winds had increased the possibility of transmission lines toppling to the ground and starting wildfires.

In Los Angeles on Friday, helicopters made repeated water drops as crews attacked flames in and around homes. Water- and retardant-dropping airplanes joined the battle after daybreak. About 1,000 firefighters were on the lines.

Evacuations are also still in effect in the inland region east of Los Angeles where a fire erupted Thursday and raged through a mobile home park in the Calimesa area of Riverside County.

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Los Angeles City firefighters battle the Saddleridge fire near homes in Sylmar, Calif., on Thursday. (AP)

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Seventy-four buildings were destroyed in that fire, others were damaged and Riverside County authorities were trying to determine if anyone was missing. One person was killed, according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Cathey Mattingly.

Fire danger is high throughout Southern California after the typically dry summer and early fall, and the notorious Santa Ana winds — linked to the spread of many wildfires — bring a dangerous mix of witheringly low humidity levels and powerful gusts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Two Ohio teens charged in death of woman struck by falling 74-pound log

Two 16-year-old boys were reportedly arrested Thursday on charges of reckless homicide in the death last month of a woman who was struck by a falling six-foot log at an Ohio state park.

It was initially believed Victoria Shafer’s death was an accident, but investigators soon determined the log that hit her had been pushed or thrown off a cliff at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan.

Shafer, a 44-year-old professional photographer from Chillicothe, Ohio, was taking photographs with five of her students when the log, weighing 74 pounds, fell more than 75 feet off the cliff and struck her as she was sitting on a staircase, Fickel said. She was killed instantly.

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Victoria Schafer was 44 when she was struck and killed by a falling log in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio  (Victoria Schafer Photography)

WISCONSIN MAN KILLED WHEN TREE BRANCH FALLS ON TENT DURING HUNTING TRIP

“Ohio Department of Natural Resources investigators determined early on that the six-foot log was pushed or thrown off the cliff,” he said.

Fickel said Tuesday a tipster called to report one of the juveniles in custody sent text messages to a classmate stating he had done something serious at the park with another juvenile.

Further investigation led to the arrests and admissions from the two boys that “they were involved in forcing the log over the cliff,” the prosecutor said. He said both boys were from Logan.

GIRL, 3, KILLED BY FALLING TREE BRANCH AT NEW JERSEY CAMPGROUND, STATE POLICE SAY

The Chillicothe Gazette reported Shafer, the mother of four children, owned a photography studio and was well known in the community for her contributions to various charitable causes.

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“My wife, Victoria, was suddenly and tragically killed on Labor Day, September 2, 2019, while exercising her passion for photography at Hocking Hills State Park,” her husband Fritz Shafer said on Facebook Sept 15. “An investigation is pending, and we are searching for answers.”

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Purdue honors Apollo 11 with Moon-themed helmets for homecoming game

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Purdue football players will wear a moonwalk-inspired helmet and commemorative astronaut-themed patch during Saturday’s homecoming game against Maryland.

Purdue is the alma mater of a host of astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Gus Grissom, who was the second American in space, and Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon. The West Lafayette, Ind. school, dubbed ‘the cradle of astronauts,’ counts 25 former and current astronauts among its alumni.

Designed to resemble an astronaut’s helmet, the Boilermakers will take the field on Saturday wearing white helmets with a chrome gold mask. A gray and white Moon pattern on the helmets honors Armstrong and Cernan, and a center stripe commemorates Armstrong’s famous first steps on the lunar surface.

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The helmet stripe also features the numbers 2, 25 and 64 — two Purdue alum walked on the Moon;  25 total Purdue astronauts; and 64 space missions completed by the school’s alums.

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Purdue players will wear the moon-inspired helmets for the homecoming game against Maryland. (Purdue University)

Additionally, a mission sticker with the Griffin from Purdue’s crest placing the school’s flag on the surface of the Moon will be featured on the back of the helmet. The school’s anniversary motto “150 years of giant leaps” is also incorporated into the sticker design.

A patch with the same design will also be on the players’ jerseys for the game against the Terrapins.

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In 2012, Purdue honored Neil Armstrong with a special helmet decal during a game at Notre Dame.

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The Boilermakers will take the field wearing white helmets with a chrome gold mask, which is designed to resemble an astronaut’s helmet. (Purdue University)

Some 13 Purdue astronaut alums will be attending Saturday’s homecoming game, including NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, who is a veteran of three spaceflights. Beth Moses, who became the first female commercial astronaut on Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane earlier this year, will also attend.

During a recent interview, Feustel told Fox News that America’s return to the Moon could unlock a vast trove of space resources.

NASA ASTRONAUT EYES MOON JACKPOT, RANGING FROM SPACE MINING TO POLAR ICE

NASA’s Artemis program aims to land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite.

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The helmet stripe celebrates Purdue alums’ contribution to space exploration. (Purdue University)

After Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, only 10 more men, all Americans, walked on the lunar surface.  Apollo 17 Mission Cmdr. Cernan became the last NASA astronaut to set foot on the Moon on Dec. 14, 1972.

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Purdue players will also wear a specially-designed commemorative patch for the homecoming game. (Purdue University)

Purdue’s game against Maryland kicks off at noon ET Saturday.

Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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Bullock, long-shot 2020 Dem, insists nomination ‘won’t be decided by the debates’

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Two long-shot candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination who failed to make next week’s debate stage are taking aim at the showdowns.

“This won’t be decided by the debates. What I hear from folks time and time again is nothing meaningful came out of these debates and they’re often disconnected from peoples’ lives,” Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday.

Bullock spoke with reporters from Fox News, NBC News, and NPR after headlining the “Politics and Eggs” speaking series, a must-stop for White House hopefuls in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire.

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Bullock, who launched his campaign in the late spring, qualified for the second round of debates but didn’t reach the Democratic National Committee’s polling and fundraising criteria to make the cut for last month’s showdown or Tuesday’s debate, which will be held in Ohio.

The DNC’s raising the thresholds again for candidates to make the stage for November’s fifth round showdown, which will be held in Atlanta.

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is in a similar situation. He jumped into the race relatively late and qualified for the first two rounds of debates, but didn’t make the stage last month and won’t be in the debate spotlight next week.

“I had to make a decision on the debate stage, whether I was going to keep laundering money through Facebook to try to stay on a debate stage that was pre-season football, that wasn’t going to make a difference in the standings, or whether I was going to talk to voters directly in Iowa and New Hampshire,” Bennet explained in an interview on Tuesday with Fox News and NHTalkRadio.com.

“I decided I was going to talk to voters directly in Iowa and New Hampshire at a time when they were going to start paying attention to this race,” he emphasized.

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Twelve candidates have qualified for Tuesday’s showdown. Bullock, Bennet, and four other contenders in the still extremely large but shrinking field of Democratic White House hopefuls failed to make the cut.

Most of the lower-tier candidates have fired away for months at the DNC for their debate criteria, arguing it’s unfair and winnows the field of candidates before voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina – the first four states in the primary and caucus presidential nominating calendar, get to cast their ballots.

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Democratic presidential candidate and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock mingles with the crowd after headlining the ‘Politics and Eggs’ speaking series, in Manchester, NH on Oct. 11, 2019

A slightly more diplomatic Bullock said on Thursday that “the DNC was well-intentioned but I don’t think the best example is for campaigns to be spending $50 or $60 to get each individual donor…. I don’t think that’s the best way to pick a candidate or nominee.”

Pushing back against the criticism, DNC Chair Tom Perez told Fox News last month that the process has been “eminently fair” and added “we’re going “to continue to be transparent.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard  – who failed to qualify for last month’s debate but made the stage for next week’s showdown – announced on Thursday that she may boycott next Tuesday’s debate.

GABBARD THREATENS TO BOYCOTT DEBATE TO PROTEST DNC

The congresswoman from Hawaii accused the DNC and its national media debate partners of “rigging” the primary battle against many of the lower-tier candidates and political outsiders running for the nomination.

“I am seriously considering boycotting October 15 debate to bring attention to DNC/corporate media’s effort to rig 2020 primary,” she tweeted.

Even though he’s not making the stage, Bullock says he’s marching on. He told Fox News he has enough campaign cash to survive until the first votes in the early voting states in February.

“We’re still 120 days out from any voter expressing preference. I still think there’s a lot of time for this,” he stressed.

And Bennet took aim at the top-tier contenders for the nomination, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“I think the support for the leaders in the race is very, very soft, maybe as soft as it’s ever been at this stage of the race,” he predicted.

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Brad Pitt afraid relationship with estranged son can’t be saved, considers it a ‘tremendous loss’: report

Brad Pitt isn’t sure his relationship with adopted son Maddox is salvageable after the 18-year-old has gone off to college in South Korea.

The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star is said to be incredibly sad at the idea his eldest child “hasn’t been receptive” to his mother Angelina Jolie’s efforts to mend their shattered relationship.

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“Maddox hasn’t been receptive,” a source told Us Weekly of Jolie’s attempts to reconcile her son with the “Ad Astra” star. “And for Brad, it’s a tremendous loss.”

Pitt, 55, and Maddox have maintained a schism in their bond since the two allegedly got into an altercation while the family was traveling on a private plate to Los Angeles in 2016. The “Ocean’s Eleven” star was investigated for child abuse in the incident but was cleared of any wrongdoing.

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Maddox Jolie-Pitt is seen at the entrance ceremony for Yonsei University on August 26, 2019 in Incheon, South Korea. Angelina Jolie dropped him off at school and he recently revealed he’s not sure if Brad Pitt will visit him there. (Getty)

The father-son duo continued to be estranged after Pitt and Jolie split in 2016. Still, Pitt hopes he can remedy his relationship with the former A-list couple’s other son, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 5.

“With Maddox overseas, Brad is also hopeful that Pax will also be interested in reconnecting without the influence of his older brother,” the insider added.

ANGELINA JOLIE’S SON MADDOX BREAKS SILENCE ON ALLEGED BRAD PITT ESTRANGEMENT

In a video obtained by In Touch Weekly, last month, Maddox was asked whether Pitt would visit him in college at Yonsei University in Incheon, South Korea, and Maddox was diplomatic, if vague.

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Angelina Jolie with children Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt attend “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” Special Screening at Crosby Street Hotel on Feb. 25, 2019 in New York City. (Getty)

“I don’t know about that [or] what’s happening,” he said.

When asked if his relationship with Pitt was “over,” he replied, “Well, whatever happens, happens.”

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Pitt and Jolie also share children Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, Vivienne, 11 and Knox, 11.

Zahara accompanied Maddox and Jolie last Thursday at the premiere of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” in Japan.

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(L-R) Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the Japan premiere of ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ at Roppongi Hills arena on October 3, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

Jolie raved about her son after sending him off to college, adding that she struggled to hold back tears as she was walking away from the freshman student.

“I’m so proud of him,” she gushed. “I’m so excited, I feel like my world expands as their world expands. I learn so much from them, and I love this stage.”

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“I also, just at some point, had the big [sun]glasses and the amount of times I turned and waved,” Jolie added. “I do know it was the one moment in my life I think I turned around six times before the airport just … and he sweetly stayed and kept waving, knowing that I was going to keep turning around. You could feel he knew he couldn’t leave.”

Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 2005.

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Liam Hemsworth moves on from Miley Cyrus with ‘Dynasty’ actress

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Liam Hemsworth is taking a piece of advice from ex Miley Cyrus when it comes to their very public breakup: the best way to get over it is to move on with someone new.

The Australian actor was spotted in New York City Thursday walking hand-in-hand with 22-year-old actress Maddison Brown, Page Six reported, citing TMZ pictures

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Hemsworth and Brown, also from Australia, enjoyed an intimate lunch and a walk through the West Village.

Hemsworth, 29, has remained relatively quiet after Miley Cyrus announced their divorce in August, after just seven months of marriage.

As the news of her divorce broke, Cyrus was spotted shortly after on an Italian vacation with reality TV star Kaitlynn Carter, who in turn had just split from her husband Brody Jenner. She and Carter shared a brief romance before Cyrus was recently seen kissing Australian singer Cody Simpson.

The pair hasn’t shied away from rumors of a budding relationship.

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Cyrus, who was hospitalized this week after suffering from tonsillitis, tweeted a picture of herself cuddling up next to the 22-year-old as he played the guitar.

Simpson and Cyrus were first linked in late 2014, but in 2015 Simpson told GQ Australia that they were “just mates.”

Fox News Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

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Illinois woman: Son, 9, made ‘terrible mistake’ intentionally setting home ablaze, killing 5 family members

A 9-year-old Illinois boy was charged with five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin, two half-siblings, great grandmother and mother’s fiance after authorities alleged he intentionally set the family’s mobile home alight.

But his grieving mom says it was all “a terrible mistake” and people should “pray” for — not condemn — the boy she says is mentally ill.

Katie Alwood’s son became a ward of the state after investigators concluded he intentionally set fire to his family’s home in Goodfield on April 6. The boy is not being identified because he is being tried as a juvenile; however, the other family members have been identified in multiple reports.

MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY OF 5 FOUND DEAD INSIDE THEIR HOME FROM APPARENT ‘GUNSHOT WOUNDS,’ OFFICIALS SAY 

The 9-year-old was charged this week with five counts of murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson in the fire, which resulted in the deaths of Kathryn Murray, 69; Jason Wall, 34; Rose Alwood, 2; Daemeon Wall, 2; and Ariel Wall, 1.

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This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows a fence and caution tape surrounding a trailer home that was destroyed by fire in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)

“He made a terrible mistake,” Alwood, 28, told the Chicago Tribune after Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger announced the charges against her son. “He’s a child.”

Alwood said she wished people would “pray that he gets the help he needs” and claimed he suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD.

“Even though he lit the fire, I know his intentions were not to kill anybody,” she continued. “I know that. He cries and cries and cries because he misses his family.”

Alwood said she believes her son has “a good heart” and helped in raising his two half-siblings, Daemeon and Ariel.

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“Yes, he should be punished, but he needs mental help, that’s what he needs.”

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This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows melted vinyl siding hanging off the side of a trailer home at 14 Cypress Court in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)

Investigators said the fire began around 11 p.m. Within minutes of firefighters responding to the scene, the home was engulfed in flames. Minger said he decided to charge the boy after reading through various authoritative reports about the fire numerous times. Officials have yet to release details about how the fire was started.

If convicted of murder, the child could be placed on probation for at least five years, but not beyond the age of 21. Minger said that therapy and counseling for the boy would be likely as well.

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Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services reportedly has had an extensive history with Alwood’s family. According to the Tribune, they made contact with the family 13 times prior to the fatal fire.

Since the fire, he has been placed in a foster home.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Illinois woman: Son, 9, made ‘terrible mistake’ intentionally setting home ablaze, killing 5 family members

A 9-year-old Illinois boy was charged with five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin, two half-siblings, great grandmother and mother’s fiance after authorities alleged he intentionally set the family’s mobile home alight.

But his grieving mom says it was all “a terrible mistake” and people should “pray” for — not condemn — the boy she says is mentally ill.

Katie Alwood’s son became a ward of the state after investigators concluded he intentionally set fire to his family’s home in Goodfield on April 6. The boy is not being identified because he is being tried as a juvenile; however, the other family members have been identified in multiple reports.

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The 9-year-old was charged this week with five counts of murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson in the fire, which resulted in the deaths of Kathryn Murray, 69; Jason Wall, 34; Rose Alwood, 2; Daemeon Wall, 2; and Ariel Wall, 1.

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This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows a fence and caution tape surrounding a trailer home that was destroyed by fire in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)

“He made a terrible mistake,” Alwood, 28, told the Chicago Tribune after Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger announced the charges against her son. “He’s a child.”

Alwood said she wished people would “pray that he gets the help he needs” and claimed he suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD.

“Even though he lit the fire, I know his intentions were not to kill anybody,” she continued. “I know that. He cries and cries and cries because he misses his family.”

Alwood said she believes her son has “a good heart” and helped in raising his two half-siblings, Daemeon and Ariel.

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“Yes, he should be punished, but he needs mental help, that’s what he needs.”

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This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows melted vinyl siding hanging off the side of a trailer home at 14 Cypress Court in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff/Journal Star via AP)

Investigators said the fire began around 11 p.m. Within minutes of firefighters responding to the scene, the home was engulfed in flames. Minger said he decided to charge the boy after reading through various authoritative reports about the fire numerous times. Officials have yet to release details about how the fire was started.

If convicted of murder, the child could be placed on probation for at least five years, but not beyond the age of 21. Minger said that therapy and counseling for the boy would be likely as well.

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Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services reportedly has had an extensive history with Alwood’s family. According to the Tribune, they made contact with the family 13 times prior to the fatal fire.

Since the fire, he has been placed in a foster home.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Top diplomats to testify before Congress despite opposition from State Dept., White House

Two diplomats at the center of the Ukraine controversy are now set to testify before House lawmakers as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, despite significant pushback from both the State Department and the White House.

Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. envoy to Kiev and someone President Trump has privately called “bad news,” is scheduled to sit for a potentially explosive transcribed interview with lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill on Friday — although it was not a certainty that she would appear.

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Trump and his allies have sought to paint Yovanovitch as a rogue employee with an anti-Trump bias. She was ousted in May amid alleged attempts by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to press Ukraine into investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.  Those efforts ultimately led to the impeachment inquiry after the revelation of a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — in which Trump asked the premier to “look into” the allegations about Biden’s conduct in the country.

While Yovanovitch, a long-time diplomat, has been praised by her colleagues as a “top-notch diplomat,” Trump depicted her in the call with Zelensky as “bad news” and someone who is “going to go through some things.” Giuliani and other critics have accused her of working to undermine Trump’s interests.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, center, is set to testify on Friday on Capitol Hill. (Mikhail Palinchak, Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP)

Also Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland announced that he will testify before Congress. The announcement comes a week after the State Department directed him not to appear before lawmakers at a scheduled deposition. The shift comes after House Democrats on Wednesday subpoenaed him to appear before the joint committees to testify. He said in a statement that he is scheduled to appear on Thursday.

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“Notwithstanding the State Department’s current direction to not testify, Ambassador Sondland will honor the Committees’ subpoena, and he looks forward to testifying on Thursday,” the statement said. “Ambassador Sondland has at all times acted with integrity and in the interests of the United States. He has no agenda apart from answering the Committees’ questions fully and truthfully.”

Trump had dismissed the deposition as a “kangaroo court,” while Democrats warned that a failure of Sondland and other witnesses to appear was evidence of obstruction of Congress.

“I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify,” Trump tweeted, “but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see.”

Democrats claim that Trump used $400 million in military aid as leverage in a quid pro quo for the Ukrainians to investigate a political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and opened an impeachment inquiry, firing off a raft of subpoenas within a few days to top administration and White House officials. While a call transcript shows the president urging a Biden-related investigation, Trump denies any ‘quid pro quo’ claims.

Sondland is a wealthy hotelier, philanthropist and contributor to political campaigns. He is a key figure as he had texted with Bill Taylor, a top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, arguing over allegations of a quid pro quo.

In early September, Taylor wrote: “Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?”

Days later, he followed up: “As I said over the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.”

Sondland responded, defending the president: “Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign.”

It is not clear how much of the change in Sondland’s position is his own, and how much the Trump administration has shifted on the question of whether he should appear. Axios reported Friday that Republicans close to Trump encouraged the president to let the ambassador come before the committees and that his allies believe Sondland’s testimony will be helpful to them.

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But the White House has been aggressive in its pushback against the impeachment inquiry, which it sees as illegitimate and politically motivated. On Wednesday the White House issued a defiant letter saying it would not cooperate with the inquiry.

“President Trump and his administration reject your baseless, unconstitutional efforts to overturn the democratic process,” the letter stated. “Your unprecedented actions have left the president with no choice. In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Lillian LeCroy, Nick Kalman, Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Booker quotes this Old Testament Bible verse to defend LGBTQ rights

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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, D-N.J., said he’s been dealing with the “juxtaposing issues of religious freedom and LGBTQ rights” all of his life as a Christian with people “using religion as a justification for discrimination.”

The New Jersey senator then used a Bible verse from the Old Testament to answer a question during CNN‘s LGBTQ town hall Thursday night.

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Citing Micah 6:8, Booker made his defense after a UCLA student, who attended an all-girls Catholic high school in N.J., said her school routinely rejected requests for an LGBTQ+ club.

“It said in Micah, ‘What do you want from your Lord, but what is it you want from your people?'” he said. “Which is to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly — walk humbly — and, so for me, I cannot allow, as a leader, that people are going to use religion as a justification for discrimination.”

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He added, “I can respect your religious views but also protect people from discrimination.”

Booker used the opportunity to push for the Equality Act as one of the laws “that do not allow people to discriminate…in our schools in education…healthcare….globally.”

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He concluded, “My faith, as well as my American values, will make me fight on every front to make sure that people are not discriminating against someone because of who they are.”

At another point in the night, Booker said he once held negative views about “two men kissing” and “hating gays,” but said his activism started as a teenager on a crisis hotline.

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