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Thai serial killer, dubbed ‘Jack the Ripper of Thailand,’ arrested for new killing after early prison release

A convicted serial killer known as “Jack the Ripper of Thailand” was arrested Wednesday after a fresh killing launched a nationwide manhunt for the “dangerous” murderer just months after his early release for good behavior, Thai investigators said.

Somkid Poompuang, 55, was arrested aboard a train after being identified as a suspect in the murder of 51-year-old Rasamee Mulichand at her home on Sunday, the Royal Thai Police said.

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Mulichand was found dead with clear tape wrapped around her neck and a cell phone charging cable tied around her ankles, the Bangkok Post reported. She had died of suffocation, police said.

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Thai police officers arrested Somkid at the Pak Chong train station in Nakhon Ratchasima province after launching a nationwide manhunt. (Royal Thai Police via AP)

The murder of Mulichand comes just seven months after Somkid was released for “good behavior” from the prison where he was serving a life sentence. He was convicted in 2005 in the killings of five women who worked as nightclub entertainers and masseuses by strangling or drowning them. He served 14 years before his early release in May.

Police Col. Khajornrit Wongrat, who is overseeing the new murder investigation, said Mulichand had met a man on Facebook and he had moved in to live with her earlier this month.

“She told her daughter and neighbors that she was going to marry the man on Dec. 15, which was the day she died,” Khajornrit said. “The boyfriend went missing on the day, too.”

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Thai police officers escorted Somkid, second from right, after he was arrested at the Pak Chong train station in Nakhon Ratchasima province. (Royal Thai Police via AP)

Mulichand’s 25-year-old son told the paper that his mother had earlier said the man was a prominent lawyer in Thailand and had promised to buy her a car.

Photos that Mulichand posted on her Facebook page of her and her boyfriend led police to conclude the man actually might be Somkid. Police launched a manhunt and released his photos and details to the public, offering a reward of 50,000 baht ($1,655) for information leading to his arrest, along with a warning that he is very dangerous.

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A student couple on a train going from the northeast to Bangkok called the police to tell them Somkid was sitting near them, and he was arrested when the train made a scheduled stop.

Corrections Department Director-General Narat Sawettanan said at a news conference that releasing Somkid was a mistake and he appointed a committee to consider a new policy for reducing the sentences of well-behaved inmates.

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Police have yet to release any new charges filed against Somkid.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dinosaurs may have been poisoned before they became extinct, study reveals

Prior to their asteroid-linked extinction, dinosaurs were already struggling to survive due to a sharp increase in mercury levels caused by a massive volcano eruption, according to a new study.

The researchers looked at fossilized marine mollusk shells from across the globe. The researchers discovered “what appears to be a global signal of both abrupt ocean warming and distinctly elevated mercury concentrations” caused by the mass eruption of the Deccan Traps in India, according to a statement accompanying the study.

“For the first time, we can provide insights into the distinct climatic and environmental impacts of Deccan Traps volcanism by analyzing a single material,” said Kyle Meyer, lead author of the new study, in a statement. “It was incredibly surprising to see that the exact same samples where marine temperatures showed an abrupt warming signal also exhibited the highest mercury concentrations, and that these concentrations were of similar magnitude to a site of significant modern industrial mercury contamination.”

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Prior to their asteroid-linked extinction, dinosaurs were already struggling to survive due to a sharp increase in mercury levels caused by a massive volcano eruption, according to a new study. (Esteban De Armas/Shutterstock)

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The study has been published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

The level of mercury in the ancient shells was comparable to the freshwater clamshells that the researchers collected from Virginia’s South River contaminated site. The study’s co-author, Sierra Petersen, said the area has a fishing ban because of the high levels of mercury.

“Mercury anomalies had been documented in sediments but never before in shells,” Petersen added. “Having the ability to reconstruct both climate and a volcanism indicator in the exact same materials helps us circumvent lots of problems related to relative dating. So, one of the big firsts in this study is the technical proof of concept.”

Mercury is a highly toxic metal that not only results in significant health issues in humans, but fish and wildlife as well. Volcanic eruptions are the largest producer of naturally occurring mercury. The fossilized shells, which contain mercury, give new credence to the idea that mercury poisoning may have negatively impacted the dinosaurs.

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The new study sheds light on both the timing and scale of the Deccan Traps explosion, as well as a direct linkage to how the climate responded–“an important first,” according to the authors.

The mass eruption of the Deccan Traps likely happened several thousand years prior to the asteroid that left the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and “lasted, on and off, for nearly a million years.” These eruptions, which occurred 66 million years ago, are believed to have formed much of western India.

Researchers continue to learn more about the time period surrounding the dinosaur extinction, including about the asteroid itself. According to a study published in October, the asteroid, which hit Earth and wiped out nearly 75 percent of all species on the planet, may have acidified Earth’s oceans.

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An analysis of microscopic carbon-absorbing plankton called foraminifera found evidence of instant acidification of the oceans. (Credit: SWNS)

A separate study, published in January, put forth a theory that the impact from the space rock also caused a worldwide tsunami that reached more than 5,000 feet in the air.

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CBS and ‘Survivor’ admit they could have handled Dan Spilo incident ‘differently,’ sets new procedures for show

CBS and “Survivor” have issued a statement in regards to the recent Dan Spilo controversy.

The statement comes in the wake of Dan Spilo’s ousting from the show following several alleged misconduct incidents in which Spilo was accused of touching contestant Kellee Kim and a female production member in an inappropriate manner.

The abrupt exit of Spilo, for what CBS said was an off-camera incident, didn’t end questions about whether the network fumbled a #MeToo-era issue that it knew about months ago.

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Dan Spilo was removed from “Survivor: Island of the Idols” last week. After the show, a message appeared on the screen for viewers, reading: “Dan was removed from the game after a report of another incident, which happened off-camera and did not involve a player.” (Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment)

“Season 39 of ‘Survivor’ has been unprecedented for all of us, with important social issues and inappropriate individual behavior intersecting with game play in complex ways that we’ve never seen before,” the statement to Fox News began. “During the course of the production, we listened to the players intently, investigated responsibly and responded accordingly, including taking the unprecedented step of removing a player from the game.”

“At the same time, we are responsible for the final outcome of this season. We recognize there are things we could have done differently, and we are determined to do better going forward,” the statement continued.

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The statement then addressed what steps the network and the “Survivor” production teams will take to ensure a smooth operation following the latest season’s controversy.

“For Season 40, which has already filmed, the show added to its pre-production cast orientation specific guidelines regarding personal space, inappropriate behavior, and how to report these issues. For Seasons 41 and beyond, the producers are reviewing all elements of the show to further support appropriate interaction, including how the players live during, as well as after they are eliminated from, the competition,” the statement noted.

‘SURVIVOR’ SPARKS OUTRAGE AFTER CONTESTANT OUTED AS TRANSGENDER ON SHOW

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Dan Spilo’s departure was the first time in “Survivor” history that a cast member had been removed from the CBS show. (Screen Grab/CBS Entertainment)

CBS’ statement then discussed the additional measures that will be implemented for “training, reporting of issues and prohibited forms of game play.”

“The production will add another on-site professional to provide a confidential means of reporting any concerns, so that the production can address them promptly apart from the game. The full range of reporting processes will be communicated clearly to the players during pre-production orientation.  The new executive will add to a support system that already makes mental health providers available to players on location and after they leave the island.”

More new rules include, “[Enhanced] pre-production orientation with new anti-harassment, unconscious bias and sensitivity training for cast, producers and production crew on location,” in addition to the introduction of “a third-party expert in the field to review, evolve or add to these new policies and procedures going forward.”

Furthermore, “A new rule will be implemented stating unwelcome physical contact, sexual harassment and impermissible biases cannot be brought into the competition and will not be permitted as part of gameplay. This will be covered in the cast orientation for each season, along with clear instructions on how to report violations.”

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The statement concludes: “CBS Entertainment will develop appropriate enhanced policies and procedures equivalent to the new “Survivor” measures and adapt them for the network’s other reality programming going forward.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tomi Lahren: Impeachment is only hope for Dems, they ‘don’t have a future to run on’

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Democratic presidential hopefuls never had a shot at winning the election and the impeachment push against President Trump is the last hope the liberal party has to try to seize control again in 2020, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren said Wednesday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Ainsley Earhardt, Lahren said that the seven candidates preparing to take the debate stage Thursday night never had a chance.

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A new head-to-head USA Today and Suffolk University poll shows the president beating five Democratic standouts, including former vice president Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

Additionally, if the Democratic-led House of Representatives votes to impeach on Wednesday afternoon, then come January 5th, the five senators running for president will likely be in D.C. serving on the jury in the president’s impeachment trial.

“Well, they absolutely did this to themselves,” said Lahren.

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She cautioned viewers to “keep in mind” that the Democratic Party and Democratic National Committee have really tried to [push] their candidates…off to the side. That’s why we have had this whole impeachment witch hunt. They don’t want to talk about their socialist candidates. They don’t want to talk about Joe Biden.”

Biden has dropped in the polls after several major on-stage gaffes and hits from others on his and his son’s past dealings in Ukraine.

Hunter Biden reportedly held a seven-figure job with Ukraine’s largest natural gas company, Burisma Holdings. At the same time, the elder Biden — as vice president under Barack Obama — was leading an effort to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating the company, raising concerns about a possible conflict of interest.

“Well now, they are going to be front-and-center even in their impeachment witch hunt. So, this really came back to bite them in the butt and it’s going to backfire horribly on the Democrats,” she stated.

“Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again, Say a PRAYER!” the president tweeted Wednesday morning.

“Well, the Democrats know this is all they have,” she continued further. “I mean, we ask ourselves often: why would they do this knowing it’s going to backfire? Why would they do this knowing that their poll numbers are slipping for impeachment? Why would they do this [knowing] that poll numbers and showing Donald Trump beating all of their candidates by several points? Why would they continue to do this?

“Well, it’s really simple,” Lahren explained. “This is the best thing they have. They don’t have policy to run on. They don’t have records to run on. They don’t have a future to run on and they have already kind of accepted that their candidates are going to lose.”

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“So now, they are just going all-in on impeachment, hoping something happens — as we know from the last three-and-a-half years,” she said.

As we know, nothing is going to happen. But they are just, you know, going to have to cut their losses and get ready for Donald Trump’s re-election,” Lahren concluded.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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Tom Del Beccaro: Trump impeachment a symptom of decades of deepening divisions

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America is a deeply divided nation. Division has been on the rise for nearly three decades and it first burst into flames with the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Today that rising division – not the truth – lies at the heart of the impeachment of President Trump.

There was a time, not that very long ago, when America was less divided.

In 1984, Republican President Ronald Reagan won the last true landslide in American presidential elections. A rising economy and soaring national spirits carried him to win 49 states to 1 over former Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale and there was talk of a lasting political realignment.

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With the signing of a tax increase bill, however, Reagan’s successor, President George H.W. Bush, broke a promise and lit a slow fuse to what I call The Divided Era.

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Bush’s tax increase cost him his reelection and helped draw the battle lines for what became a purely partisan tax increase by the Democrats under President Bill Clinton. In turn, that tax fight played a key role in the election the first Republican Congress in four decades and set the table for the impeachment of Clinton – an impeachment that would not have occurred but for that Republican takeover of Congress.

With that, America has never been the same.

It is worth remembering that President Clinton’s Gallup poll approval rating rose 10 points after his impeachment began – despite clear findings of wrongdoing that led to his disbarment as an attorney.

Clinton’s rising poll numbers were in part a reflection of a dislike of political fighting at a time that 71 percent of Americans said, in a January 1999 poll, that this was “the best economy of their lifetime.”

As a byproduct of that impeachment, Democratic anger toward the Republican Party rose. The flames of that ire were fanned by an increasingly partisan media that relentlessly prosecuted Republicans for their prosecution of Bill Clinton.

In the years that followed, George W. Bush became the first president in over 100 years to be elected despite losing the popular vote. Bush tried to rise above division by championing a bipartisan education bill. In return, he was greeted by an impeachment-angered Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who responded to Bush’s election by refusing to grant hearings to dozens of Bush judicial nominees.

While the 9/11 terrorist attacks later saw Bush’s approval rating soar above 90 percent, the growing division fostered by the second Iraq War, its accompanying claims of false pretexts for the conflict, and the Great Recession, left Bush severely wounded. His Gallup poll approval rating would eventually plummet below 40 percent with the help of the increasingly partisan media.

President Barack Obama began his presidency amid international fanfare but he never achieved bipartisan success. Appealing only to Democrats with a purely partisan spending bill along with a similar ObamaCare bill in his first two years, Obama’s Democrats lost a historic high of 63 House seats in his first midterm election.

After winning reelection with one of the smallest margins on record, Obama spent much of the last years of his presidency with an upside-down approval rating that ran along strictly partisan lines.

After a bitter 2016 campaign, President Trump became the second president in the last 100 years to win the presidency despite losing the popular vote. In the 36 years between Reagan’s famous warning that “government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem,” and Trump’s election, federal government spending tripled.

With every additional dollar spent, our political stakes rose. The Democratic Party moved steadily left to the point that an avowed socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, came close to winning the party’s presidential nomination in 2016. Today the Democratic Party has become the party of government.

It is a party that fights for its version of social justice in the courts. Consequently, it mightily fears every Trump judicial appointment with good reason. Meanwhile, many Democratic leaders seek government assurances of employment and the government takeover of health care.

With every such decision, government picks a winner and a loser and someone to pay for it – fostering, or rather igniting, partisan fights with each dollar spent. With total government spending at 37 percent of the economy and totaling nearly $8 trillion, the fight for control of our state, local and federal governments has reached a fevered and divisive pitch.

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Amidst all of it, it is more than telling that despite a historically strong economy, in an early December Quinnipiac poll 79 percent of Democrats disapproved of President Trump’s handling of the economy. Obviously, that is driven more by partisanship than reality and lays bare the depth of The Divided Era. It is “us versus them,” no matter the state of the economy.

That 79 percent figure also represents the clear difference between the Clinton impeachment and the Trump impeachment. Recall that 71 percent of Americans were more than bullish about the economy during the Clinton impeachment – a sentiment that helped Clinton not only survive, but thrive. Today Trump receives no such credit and never will from most Democrats.

To the contrary, partisanship is the core reason for Trump’s impeachment. Unlike Clinton, there has been no clear finding of wrongdoing against Trump. Instead, we find intense partisan rancor championed by Democratic allies in the media.

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On a larger scale, Trump’s presidency has received the most resistance of any presidency since the South seceded in response to President Abraham Lincoln’s election. The 2016 resistance to a Republican president fueled the Democratic takeover of the House in 2018 and fuels Trump’s impeachment – and, keep in mind, that it is an impeachment made possible only because of the Democrats’ 2018 takeover of the House.

It is also an impeachment that will gravely increase divisions in America and with each such passing day national unity eludes us. It will not end with impeachment nor with the 2020 election. It will only begin to ebb when we realize that the more government decides, the more it divides.

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Doug Collins: Democrats’ rush to impeach Trump like ‘last-minute Christmas shopping’

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House Democrats’ rush to an impeachment vote against President Trump before the end of the week is like impulsive “last-minute Christmas shopping,” the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday during a marathon day of contentious hearings on Capitol Hill.

“When you’re [under] the tyranny of a clock and that calendar, nothing else matters,” Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., told the House Rules Committee. “It’s like what’s gonna happen here in the holidays is, you’re getting close to that day and you’re supposed to get that gift and nothing else matters, you just gotta go get it.

“At the last minute if you don’t have anything,” Collins continued, “you just go out and you buy the first thing you get.”

“At the last minute, if you don’t have anything, you just go out and you buy the first thing you get.”

— Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga.

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Collins made the remarks before the rules panel ultimately approved procedures for Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings in a 9-4 party-line vote. The House Judiciary Committee last week voted to send two articles of impeachment to the House floor, alleging Trump obstructed Congress and abused the powers of his office. Articles related to other Democratic allegations, such as bribery, were notably absent.

“The clock was running out and they found a phone call they didn’t like, they didn’t like this administration, they didn’t like what the president did,” Collins continued during his testimony. “They tried to make up claims that there was pressure in all these other things outlined in the report, but at the end of the day it’s simply last-minute Christmas shopping.

“They ran and found something and said ‘We can do it!’” he concluded.

The panel’s meeting Tuesday laid the procedural groundwork for the House debate on Wednesday, outlining the timetable and other factors for the historic and divisive moment in Washington. At the core of the inquiry is Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats allege that Trump’s push for investigations into the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden’s conduct in the country was part of an attempted quid pro quo in exchange for a White House meeting and the unlocking of military aid. Trump denies this.

Speaking after Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., introduced the Democrats’ case Tuesday, Collins also compared what’s happening in the Democrat-led House to the 1865 chidlren’s novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

“What’s up is down and what’s down is up,” Collins said. “We’re more ‘Alice in Wonderland’ than we are House of Representatives.”

“What’s up is down and what’s down is up. We’re more ‘Alice in Wonderland’ than we are House of Representatives.”

— Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga.

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On Wednesday, House Democrats will convene to adopt the rules for the impeachment debate shortly after 9 a.m. ET, followed by six hours of debate evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Some members will be afforded only one minute to speak, and no amendments to the impeachment resolutions will be permitted.

The final vote sequence will likely begin well into the evening hours, with one vote held on each article of impeachment, Fox News was told. It will likely end with Trump becoming just the third U.S. president ever to be impeached — a history-making development that Trump has said reflects far worse on congressional Democrats than it does on him.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Seattle-area suspected DUI crash into clothing store left toddler critically injured, 10 others hurt, authorities say

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A 2-year-old boy was the most gravely injured victim Monday when a van driven by an allegedly impaired driver plowed into a crowded clothing store near Seattle, injuring 11 people, a King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman revealed one day after the crash.

The young child didn’t have a pulse when police arrived, according to a report. The boy remained in the intensive-care unit at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in critical condition but was expected to survive. Police and medics performed CPR and were able to revive him, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbot told The Seattle Times.

The 2-year-old, who was in a stroller, became pinned by the van and had to be extricated by officers and medics, Abbott said.

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Meanwhile, the unidentified boy’s grandfather was reported in serious condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit, a hospital spokesman said.

In addition, a 21-year-old man — a employee of the Burien, Wash., store who was working at the jewelry counter — suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery early Tuesday but was expected to be discharged later in the day, his mother said.

Seven others – including an infant who suffered bumps and bruises – were taken to Highline Medical Center and one person was taken to Valley Medical Center to be treated, according to Abbott.

The 51-year-old driver — who suffered minor injuries in the crash — was treated at a hospital for an undisclosed medical issue before he was briefly booked at the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Regional Jail in Des Moines at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Abbott said.

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Jail records show the unidentified driver was later transferred to the Maleng Regional Justice Center (RJC) in Kent about five hours later, where he was being held on investigation of vehicular assault.

Police suspect the driver was impaired by drugs and obtained a search warrant to draw his blood, with toxicology results pending, Abbott said. The man was expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

The man’s 49-year-old passenger had allegedly shoplifted items described as “knick-knacks” from the store at about 9:15 p.m. Monday. She then got into the front passenger seat of a white 1998 Dodge van, according to Abbott.

As the driver attempted to leave the parking lot, he struck a car before careening through the store’s front windows, striking several people as the van plowed 40 feet into the store, the newspaper reported.

The passenger was also booked into the SCORE Jail before she, too, was transported to the RJC, jail records show. She was arrested on a bench warrant issued by  Seattle Municipal Court for failing to appear on a theft charge filed in March and is being held in lieu of $2,000 bail, according to jail and court records.

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Initial reports said no store employees were injured from the incident, but that has changed, the Times reported.

Danielle O’Donnell of Des Moines said her son, 21-year-old Harley Hatch, was working near the front of the store on Monday night when the van crashed through the glass doors and hit him.

“He was working at the jewelry counter when he heard a crash and [the van] just drug him back through the store,” O’Donnell said by phone Tuesday.

O’Donnell said her son’s fiancée was not hurt. Her son thought two of their co-workers may have been injured, said O’Donnell.

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North Carolina boy’s kin ‘not happy’ fired deputy faces only misdemeanor charges in bodyslam case

A former North Carolina sheriff’s deputy— who was fired from the department after surveillance video allegedly showed him violently slamming an 11-year-old middle school student to the floor twice and then dragging the boy down the hall – was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges, officials said.

Warren Durham, who was a resource officer at Vance County Middle School, located about 45 miles north of downtown Raleigh, was charged with assault on a child under 12, misdemeanor child abuse and failure to discharge duties, the county’s prosecutor’s office said. He had been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into the incident reported Thursday. By Monday, Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame said – without releasing the resource officer’s name – that he was no longer employed by the sheriff’s office. Durham was being held on a $10,000 bond.

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John Miles, the child’s grandfather and a pastor, said he was “totally disappointed in the law itself” over misdemeanor charges and claimed that his grandson still had sling on his arm after the incident.

“I still stand today and forgive this man for hurting my grandson. I am not happy with the misdemeanor charges,” Mile told the Raleigh News & Observer. “One bad apple does not spoil the whole sheriff’s department. Sheriff Brame did a great job on this.”

“My grandson said to me last night, ‘Granddaddy, what did I do to deserve this?’ I said to my grandson, ‘You haven’t done anything’,” he added in an interview with Raleigh’s WTVD-TV.

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This undated department photo shows former Vance County sheriff’s deputy Warren Durham. Durham faces three misdemeanor charges after allegedly slamming an 11-year-old student into the floor twice before dragging him down the hallway.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, District Attorney Mike Waters said “by the grace of God” the student – whose identity has not been released – did not suffer severe enough injuries for his office to pursue felony charges, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

“I don’t think there is any kind of training or anything like that, that would lead someone to act like that with an 11-year-old,” Waters said. “Had the child received more severe injuries we would be having a different discussion.”

The State Bureau of Investigation launched a probe Thursday after the Vance County school district filed a complaint “regarding the assault on an 11-year-old boy by a law enforcement officer,” the newspaper reported. A security camera at the school in Henderson, N.C., captured the alleged assault.

The video captured Thursday and released to local news outlets Friday appears to show an officer escorting a student wearing a red sweatshirt down a school hallway. It was unclear in the muted video what was said between the officer and student. The video shows the officer lift the student up and slam him head-down into the floor. He then picks up the child a second time and throws him to the ground before finally dragging the student by the shirt toward the camera before the clip ends.

Waters said the child suffered bruises but was not hospitalized. The student reportedly did not suffer from broken bones, broken teeth, fractures or a concussion. Under North Carolina state law, felony injuries are defined as those that “create a risk of death, disfigurement, coma or extreme pain.”

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Durham had worked for the department for two years and had no prior convictions or disciplinary concerns, Raleigh’s WRAL-TV reported. He could face up to 90 days in jail if convicted, Waters said.

The school district sent an emailed statement to the Observer that said:

“We are deeply concerned by the actions that took place. School and district officials are working closely and in full cooperation with the local authorities to address this matter consistent with school board policy and state laws. The safety of our students has been and continues to be of the utmost importance to our district.”

The district attorney’s office added that the office was investigating a second incident between Durham and another student at the school.

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Buttigieg donor list leaves off names of more than 20 contributors: report

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Pete Buttigieg left the names of some of his biggest donors, including former U.S. ambassadors and Obama donors as well as a Hollywood producer, off a newly released list of his campaign’s top financial supporters, according to a report.

The news comes after the South Bend, Ind., mayor aimed to quell criticism from top-tier Democratic rival Sen. Elizabeth Warrenwho took aim at him last week, accusing him of lacking transparency and mingling with the wealthy to fund his presidential run.

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On Friday, Buttigieg’s campaign published a list on its website of more than 100 people who have raised at least $25,000 for his bid for the White House. Politico reported Tuesday that the public list omitted more than 20 high-level fundraisers.

The names left off Friday’s list included those of Boston power broker Jack Connors Jr., who vouched he was “all in for Pete Buttigieg” in an invitation to a June fundraising event, and Hollywood producer Jordan Horowitz, who produced the critically acclaimed film “La La Land,” according to Politico.

Other names left off the list: John Petry, a hedge fund investor; William Rahm, senior managing director at the private equity firm Centerbridge Partners; Nicole Avant, a former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas; and John Phillips, a former U.S. ambassador to Italy. Both Avant and Phillips have supported Barack Obama.

Fox News has reached out to both Buttigieg and Warren’s campaigns for comment.

The 20 people and couples left off the new list were previously disclosed in an internal campaign fundraising report obtained by Politico. In a statement to the news outlet, Buttigieg’s campaign said some bundlers – the names of people in its “Investors Circle” sent out internally to donors over the summer — were “inadvertently” left off the new public disclosure list.

“In creating this updated list, we went through to recalculate totals from the earlier list to make sure we were being accurate,” Buttigieg campaign spokesman Chris Meagher said in a statement.

Amid tightening polls ahead of a New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucus early next year, Warren, D-Mass., has taken aim at Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden for accepting campaign donations from the wealthy and well-connected.

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Buttigieg has also faced criticism from the left for an alleged lack of transparency about his work for global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. He responded last week by releasing a summary of his work there and called on the company to release him from the nondisclosure agreement he had signed. It later did, and Buttigieg released a list of clients for whom he had worked.

His clients from 2007 to 2010 included Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield, Canadian grocery store and retail chain Loblaw’s, Best Buy; a combination of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, for an energy project; environmental nonprofit the Energy Foundation, the Department of Defense working on building the economies of Irag and Afghanistan, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Paul Steinhauser and Tara Prindiville contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: Dec. 18

On this day, Dec. 18…

1998: The House debates articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.

Also on this day:

  • 1865: The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, is declared in effect by Secretary of State William H. Seward. (Months earlier, he had survived an assassination attempt on the same night that President Abraham Lincoln was killed.)
  • 1892: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker” publicly premieres in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 1916: During World War I, the 10-month Battle of Verdun ends with French troops succeeding in repulsing a major German offensive.
  • 1917: Congress passes the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors” and sends it to the states for ratification.
  • 1940: Adolf Hitler signs a secret directive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. (“Operation Barbarossa” would launch in June 1941.)
  • 1944: The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the government’s wartime evacuation of people of Japanese descent from the West Coast while at the same time ruling that “concededly loyal” Americans of Japanese ancestry could not continue to be detained.
  • 1957: The Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, goes online. (It would be taken out of service in 1982.)
  • 1972: The United States begins heavy bombing of North Vietnamese targets during the Vietnam War. 
  • 1987: Ivan F. Boesky is sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a major Wall Street insider-trading scandal. (Boesky would serve about two years of his sentence).
  • 2000: The Electoral College casts its ballots, with President-elect George W. Bush receiving the expected 271; Al Gore, however, receives 266, one fewer than expected, because of a District of Columbia Democrat who leaves her ballot blank to protest the district’s lack of representation in Congress.
  • 2008: W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who’d revealed himself as “Deep Throat” three decades after the Watergate scandal, dies in Santa Rosa, Calif., at age 95. 
  • 2013: A presidential advisory panel releases a report recommending sweeping changes to government surveillance programs, including limiting the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by stripping the National Security Agency of its ability to store that data in its own facilities. 
  • 2017: An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster route hurtles off an overpass south of Seattle and spills some of its cars onto the highway below; three people are killed and dozens are hurt. (Investigators would find the train was traveling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.)
  • 2017: A fire and blackout at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, forces the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights just days before the start of the Christmas rush.  
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