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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Iranian ships tried to block British oil tanker in Persian Gulf

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The U.S. will not waver from its course of maximum pressure against Iran, White House national security adviser John Bolton said Monday, as the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers appears unraveling with the Trump administration’s pullout. (July 8) AP, AP

LONDON – Iranian ships attempted to obstruct a British-flagged commercial oil tanker as it sailed in the Persian Gulf, Britain’s Defense Ministry said, a move that comes amid heightened tensions over a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The Iranian vessels are suspected of belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. They were forced away from the oil tanker “British Heritage” after receiving verbal warnings from a British navy vessel accompanying the commercial vessel through the Strait of Hormuz – a strategically important choke point for oil delivery. 

“We are concerned by this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region,” the British government said in a statement.

No shots were fired and the Iranian vessels heeded the “HMS Montrose”‘s warnings.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. denied the allegations. 

The semi-official Fars news agency carried a statement from the Guard’s navy early Thursday saying “there were no clashes with alien boats, especially English boats.”

“HMS Montrose” has since left the Persian Gulf, according to the ministry. 

There was no immediate reaction from the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain. 

The incident follows a warning from Iran that it would retaliate against British interests after Royal Navy marines helped seize an Iranian oil tanker in the Mediterranean Sea last week allegedly on its way to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions. Iran said the seizure was illegal and that the supertanker was not headed to Syria.

Britain has sided with the United States in accusing Iran of attacking oil tankers in the Persian Gulf in June, a claim that Iran also denies. The attacks, along with Iran’s shooting down of a U.S. drone, have roiled oil markets. About a quarter of the world’s seaborne crude oil is transported through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passageway between Oman and Iran that connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration

The United Nations’ atomic watchdog confirmed Monday that Iran has started enriching uranium at levels that breach the nuclear agreement with world powers. It could spark new U.S. reaction over the deal the Trump administration abandoned a year ago and adds fresh pressure on France, Britain and Germany to salvage the accord.  

The U.S. has been steadily reimposing sanctions that have damaged Iran’s economy. 

“Iran has long been secretly ‘enriching,’ in total violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration. Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!,” Trump tweeted Wednesday, making inaccurate claims about the accord.

Iran has been permitted to enrich uranium at lower levels as part of the agreement, and is still doing so even with its recent jump to 4.5% enrichment, breaking the limit of 3.67%, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. And there was no $150 billion deal with Iran, nor was it U.S. money. It was Iran’s money, about $55 billion – for years frozen in international financial institutions – that was unlocked. 

Dryad Global, a maritime security risk firm, said on Twitter that “British Heritage” was an oil tanker operated by British oil and gas multinational BP and registered in the Isle of Man. Lloyd’s List, a publication specializing in maritime affairs, said British-Dutch oil giant Shell had chartered the ship from BP. Lloyd’s List, said 20 British-flagged vessels have sailed through the Strait of Hormuz into Persian Gulf waters since July 2. 

China and Russia, signatories to the nuclear deal alongside European nations, have called for U.S. and British restraint in the Persian Gulf amid elevated tensions with Iran.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Fortune May Be More Illusion Than Fact

When federal prosecutors announced sex-trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein this week, they described him as “a man of nearly infinite means.” They argued that his vast wealth — and his two private jets — made him a flight risk.

Mr. Epstein is routinely described as a billionaire and brilliant financier, and he rubbed elbows with the powerful, including former and future presidents. Even after his 2008 guilty plea in a prostitution case in Florida, he promoted himself as a financial wizard who used arcane mathematical models, and he often dropped the names of Nobel Prize-winning friends. He told potential clients that they had to invest a minimum of $1 billion. At his peak in the early 2000s, a magazine profile said he employed 150 people, some working out of the historic Villard Houses on Madison Avenue.

Much of that appears to be an illusion, and there is little evidence that Mr. Epstein is a billionaire.

Mr. Epstein’s wealth may have depended less on his math acumen than his connections to two men — Steven J. Hoffenberg, a onetime owner of The New York Post and a notorious fraudster later convicted of running a $460 million Ponzi scheme, and Leslie H. Wexner, the billionaire founder of retail chains including The Limited and the chief executive of the company that owns Victoria’s Secret.

Mr. Hoffenberg was Mr. Epstein’s partner in two ill-fated takeover bids in the 1980s, including one of Pan American World Airways, and would later claim that Mr. Epstein had been part of the scheme that landed him in jail — although Mr. Epstein was never charged. With Mr. Wexner, Mr. Epstein formed a financial and personal bond that baffled longtime associates of the wealthy retail magnate, who was his only publicly disclosed investor.

[President Trump was once a friend of Jeffrey Epstein. Now he’s “not a fan.”]

Mr. Epstein’s firm, Financial Trust Company, has released no audited financial statements or performance reports to back up his claims of investment prowess. In a 2002 court filing, Mr. Epstein said he had 20 employees, far fewer than reported figures around that time. Six years later, he lost large sums of money in the financial crisis. And friends and patrons — including Mr. Wexner — deserted him after he pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in 2008.

Mr. Epstein, 66, is doubtless very rich: His real estate alone — one of Manhattan’s largest private mansions, a Palm Beach estate, a Paris apartment, his own Caribbean island and a huge New Mexico ranch — is worth more than $200 million. His investment firm reported having $88 million in capital from its shareholders in 2002.

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A registered sex offender known for his lavish lifestyle and high-profile connections to the rich and powerful, the financier Jeffrey Epstein is facing new charges that he exploited dozens of young girls for sex acts.CreditCreditRick Friedman/Corbis, via Getty Images

He appears to have been doing business and trading currencies through Deutsche Bank until just a few months ago, according to two people familiar with his business activities. But as the possibility of federal charges loomed, the bank ended its client relationship with Mr. Epstein. It is not clear what the value of those accounts was at the time they were closed.

A lawyer for Mr. Epstein, Reid Weingarten, did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Mr. Epstein’s big break came when he was teaching math at the Dalton School, a prestigious Manhattan private school, in the mid-1970s. He had tutored the son of Alan Greenberg, the chairman of the mighty investment bank Bear Stearns, and ended up joining the firm.

He left after a few years. Mr. Epstein told Securities and Exchange Commission lawyers in an insider-trading investigation that there were three reasons, according to a 2003 Vanity Fair article. He had been disciplined over lending money to a friend to buy stock, and there were irregularities with his expense account and rumors he was having an affair with a secretary. (Mr. Epstein testified that he had known nothing about any insider trading, and neither he nor anyone else at the firm was charged.)

In 1981, he struck out on his own. He founded his own advisory firm, Intercontinental Assets Group, which he ran out of his apartment on East 66th Street. In 1987, he met Mr. Hoffenberg, then the chief executive of Towers Financial Corporation.

Mr. Hoffenberg said in an interview that he had met Mr. Epstein in New York at the height of the 1980s takeover boom, when Ivan Boesky’s “Merger Mania” was a national best seller. Towers Financial was buying unpaid debt from hospitals, nursing homes and phone companies and trying to collect it — a distinctly unglamorous niche. Mr. Hoffenberg hired Mr. Epstein as a consultant for $25,000 a month, and the two men refashioned themselves as corporate raiders.

Two takeover efforts were spectacular failures. They made a run at Pan Am, and a news release issued by Towers in November 1987 listed their advisers as John Lehman, a former secretary of the Navy; John N. Mitchell, the attorney general during the Nixon administration; and Edward Nixon, former President Richard M. Nixon’s brother. But the bid collapsed after a jetliner exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, which sent Pan Am into bankruptcy.

Mr. Epstein and Mr. Hoffenberg also made a run at Emery Air Freight — an “epic failure,” according to an affidavit filed by Mr. Hoffenberg in a 2018 lawsuit against Mr. Epstein, which was brought by investors defrauded in Mr. Hoffenberg’s Ponzi scheme. The suit was dismissed.

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Among his valuable properties, Mr. Epstein owns one of Manhattan’s largest private mansions, at 9 East 71st Street.CreditYana Paskova for The New York Times

One takeover bid involving Mr. Epstein met with success: He told Vanity Fair in 2003 that he had invested $1 million, including $300,000 of his own money, in a raid on Pennwalt, a chemical processing firm in Philadelphia. Pennwalt eventually accepted an offer from a French company that was nearly double the price at which the investor group began acquiring shares, giving Mr. Epstein a profit.

In 1988, when Mr. Epstein was still working for Mr. Hoffenberg, he formed the investment firm that would be the nexus for his connections to powerful people: J. Epstein & Company. One of those people, Mr. Wexner, would become the apparent foundation of Mr. Epstein’s riches.

Mr. Epstein met — and evidently charmed — Robert Meister, the vice chairman of the insurance giant Aon, on a flight from New York to Palm Beach, Fla., according to an account by the novelist James Patterson in his nonfiction book “Filthy Rich.”

Mr. Meister, who could not be reached for comment, introduced Mr. Epstein to Mr. Wexner. There appears to have been a near instant rapport.

Robert Morosky, who had been the vice chairman of The Limited, was surprised Mr. Wexner took to Mr. Epstein so readily. “Everyone was mystified as to what his appeal was,” Mr. Morosky said. “I checked around and found out he was a private high school math teacher, and that was all I could find out. There was just nothing there.”

At the time, Forbes estimated Mr. Wexner’s net worth at $1.8 billion, placing him 52nd on its billionaires list. Managing his money would be a lucrative business, but Mr. Epstein did more than that: A corporation controlled jointly by the two men bought a mansion on East 71st Street in Manhattan in 1989 for $13.2 million, at the time the highest price ever paid for a Manhattan townhouse, according to property records.

Mr. Epstein was also closely involved with Mr. Wexner in a corporation that oversaw the transformation of New Albany, an Ohio suburb near The Limited’s Columbus headquarters, into a manicured, neo-Georgian utopia. In 1998, they appeared as co-presidents on the New Albany Corporation’s Ohio registration. Both men owned mansions in the community.

With Leslie H. Wexner, a retail magnate, Mr. Epstein formed a financial and personal bond that baffled Mr. Wexner’s longtime associates.CreditFred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch, via Associated Press

“I think we both possess the skill of seeing patterns,” Mr. Wexner told Vanity Fair in 2003. “But Jeffrey sees patterns in politics and financial markets, and I see patterns in lifestyle and fashion trends.”

By 1998 — the year he bought Little St. James, a 70-acre island off St. Thomas — Mr. Epstein had renamed his firm Financial Trust Company and moved it to the Virgin Islands. Mr. Epstein said he had told clients that he accepted only investments greater than $1 billion.

A corporate disclosure form from 2002 portrays a less impressive picture. Thomas Volscho, a sociology professor at the College of Staten Island who has been researching for a book on Mr. Epstein, recently obtained the form, which shows Financial Trust had $88 million in contributions from shareholders. In a court filing that year, Mr. Epstein said his firm had about 20 employees, far fewer than the 150 reported at the time by New York magazine.

There were clients other than Mr. Wexner. Mr. Epstein performed some services for the Johnson & Johnson heiress Elizabeth Johnson, showing up as a co-trustee on 14 parcels of land owned in Dutchess County, N.Y. Most of the deeds were recorded in 1998, but Mr. Epstein resigned as a trustee for Ms. Johnson’s revocable trust at the end of that year, according to a document reviewed by The New York Times.

It was also in 1998 that Mr. Epstein took sole possession of the 71st Street mansion. Mr. Wexner conveyed his interest in the corporation that owned it to one controlled by Mr. Epstein for $20 million, according to a person familiar with the transaction.

By 2003, Mr. Epstein had the means to pledge $30 million to Harvard University to fund a program in evolutionary dynamics, seeded with a $6.5 million gift.

But the financial crisis cost Mr. Epstein some of his fortune, and allegations of sexual abuse with teenage girls cost him some of his friends.

Steven J. Hoffenberg, a onetime owner of The New York Post, was convicted of running a $460 million Ponzi scheme.CreditDanny Johnston/Associated Press

Bear Stearns — the bank that had given Mr. Epstein his start — was still among his investments when the crisis hit. According to a lawsuit he later filed against the bank, Mr. Epstein controlled about 176,000 shares of Bear Stearns, worth nearly $18 million, in August 2007.

Mr. Epstein sold 56,000 shares at $101 each that month. He sold the remaining 120,000 shares in March 2008 as the firm was collapsing — 20,000 at $35 and the rest at $3.04, losing big. He also lost about $50 million in one of Bear’s hedge funds.

By the time Bear Stearns came apart, Mr. Epstein was at the center of his first abuse case. He pleaded guilty to prostitution charges in 2008, receiving a jail sentence that allowed him to work at home during the day but also required him to register as a sex offender.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Wexner said he “severed ties” with Mr. Epstein 12 years ago. But not everyone immediately abandoned Mr. Epstein after he was charged in 2006.

Mr. Epstein was an investor in Environmental Solutions Worldwide, a maker of emission-control products, in 2011 with several people close to Leon Black, the billionaire founder of the private equity firm Apollo Management, including Mr. Black’s four children. It was for that company that Mr. Epstein’s company filed its lone S.E.C. disclosure form.

The company’s current shareholders are not publicly available; it no longer trades on a registered exchange, and does not have to make public filings.

Mr. Epstein was also listed as a director of the Debra and Leon Black Family Foundation until 2012, although the foundation said he had resigned in 2007. “The inaccuracy was discovered and corrected,” the foundation said in a statement.

In recent years, Mr. Epstein was a client of Deutsche Bank’s private-banking division, which caters to ultrawealthy individuals and families. The bank provided Mr. Epstein with loans and wealth-management accounts, as well as trading services through its investment banking arm, according to two people familiar with the relationship. At one point, compliance officers at Deutsche Bank raised concerns about transactions by Mr. Epstein’s company, because he posed reputational risk to the bank, the people said.

Deutsche Bank managers overruled their concerns, the people said. They noted that there was nothing illegal about the transactions and that Mr. Epstein was a lucrative client.

Earlier this year, the bank ended its relationship with Mr. Epstein.

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Trump’s July 4th parade cost taxpayers more than $5m

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gaslighting title, though the article mentions additional costs

The $5.35m (£4.75m) spent by government does not include the $750,000 (£665,000) worth of fireworks provided by Ohio company Phantom Fireworks. Nor does it include the cost of the military flyover – which came out of training budgets, according to the Pentagon.

the flyovers cost over 2mil on their own just for flight hours alone, which also doesn’t include transportation of craft or tanks that were there or the personnel involved for all of that and DC’s costs were only for the local police efforts not for actual event security which is an additional cost.

his original plan for the event cost was an estimated 90mil, and it was scrapped due to the cost. Now with them trying to disseminated into different departments budgets to try and hide the cost, My guess would be its still pretty close to the original estimate for his event.

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At least 16 dead, 78 injured after trains collide in Pakistan, officials say

A passenger train rammed into a freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 16 people and injuring 78 others, hospital officials said.

The freight train was stationary when the speeding passenger train hit it at Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan, in the eastern Punjab province. Jamil Ahmed, an official in the provincial government, said hospitals declared an emergency.

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Pakistani officials and volunteers work at a train crash site in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan. (AP)

Sixteen people were killed in the train crash and 78 were wounded, with some in critical condition, according to Javed Ahmed, a physician treating the wounded.

Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered authorities to provide the best possible medical care to the victims and said he was saddened by the news.

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Khan ordered Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad to “take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure” and ensure safety standards.

Authorities said Pakistan’s army was also taking part in the rescue efforts.

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Train accidents in Pakistan are often the result of poor railway infrastructure and official negligence.

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Far-Right Social Media Personalities Headed To The White House

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President Trump is an avid social media user, but has also come down hard on Big Tech. He’s hosting a social media summit on Thursday, and some of his biggest supporters on social media will attend.

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President Trump on Thursday is hosting a social media summit with some of his biggest social media supporters and some lawmakers. Facebook and Twitter have reportedly been excluded from the summit.

This comes at a time when the president, an enthusiastic user of social media — especially Twitter which he often deploys to rally his base — has been criticizing the social media platforms, accusing them of silencing those who support him.

One guest, a Twitter user who goes by CarpeDonktum, said that when he got the email invitation to the White House, he thought it might be spam.

He requested that we withhold his real name. He says he fears retaliation against his family.

The stay-at-home dad in Kansas is a celebrity in the conservative social media world — with more than a hundred thousand followers on Twitter. (His moniker is a play on the Latin phrase carpe diem — meaning seize the day. CarpeDonktum, seize the donkey, refers to Democrats.)

He’s a prolific creator of pro-Trump images and videos mocking the left, which he tweets out. Several of his spoofs have been re-tweeted by the president.

CarpeDonktum announced his invitation on Twitter.

The White House has kept quiet about the guest list. But it seems to consist of the Trump Twitterverse, conservative social media personalities who orbit around Trump’s Twitter star.

And, yet, Trump has attacked those same social media platforms which have been so key to his success.

“You look at Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media giants, and I’ve made it clear that we as a country cannot tolerate political censorship, black listing and rigged search results,” the president said last year.

In May, Facebook banned several high profile social media personalities that they say violated their policies against hate speech that engages in violence, including the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, extremists Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer and Joseph Watson, who works for InfoWars; white supremacist Paul Nehlen, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2016 and 2018. The platform also banned Jones’ company, Infowars as well as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Twitter had already banned several of these personalities.

Google, Facebook and Twitter all deny that they censor conservatives on their platforms, but a lot of conservatives don’t believe that.

Conservative talk show host Bill Mitchell is one of them. He blames Twitter’s algorithm for some of his followers not being able to see his tweets. He’ll be attending Thursday’s social media summit, and he hopes they talk about how social media has become the modern public square, and the responsibilities that come with that.

“If you become the public square, you really need to offer First Amendment protections to people,” Mitchell said to NPR. “Where everybody can have free and open speech. Let’s have the debate. And may the best man win.”

Angelo Carusone, president of the media watchdog group Media Matters, believes in free speech, but he says some of the guests at the summit alarm him. “There’s a couple of establishment players there, but for the most part they’re far-right extremists, and a lot of people with ties to white nationalism.”

Mitchell and CarpeDonktum disavowed racism to NPR.

But Media Matters points to other guests. Such as Charlie Kirk from Turning Point USA, an organization that has been accused of racist viewpoints.

Carusone says the social media summit is a calculated political move on behalf of the Trump administration. He says it’s validating extreme right points of view. “The normalization of this is the part that concerns me.”

As the president rallies his base ahead of the 2020 elections, Carusone wonders about the effect of elevating these voices on the right.

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Boston EMT brutally stabbed by patient in ambulance: police

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

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

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

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

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Here’s How Quickly A Seemingly Adorable Bear Can Turn On You

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Leland Chapman, son of Dog the Bounty Hunter, hospitalized: report

Leland Chapman, the son of Dog the Bounty Hunter, was reportedly hospitalized in Alabama this week, stemming from an injury while on a manhunt with his father in Colorado– who was back to work for the first time after his wife’s death.

The two were chasing a fugitive wanted for harassment when Chapman tore his ACL while trying to subdue the suspect. He will be laid up for approximately six weeks, a spokesperson told AL.com.

DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER ON WIFE’S PASSING: ‘BETH ISN’T DEAD, SHE’S SLEEPING’

Beth Chapman, Dog’s late wife and Leland’s stepmother, lost her two-year battle with throat cancer late last month. A memorial is planned this Saturday in her home state of Colorado.

After her passing in Hawaii on June 26, Dog told reporters outside of his Honolulu home how much he loved his wife, saying “Beth isn’t dead, she’s sleeping.” He added they are trying to celebrate her life but the family is mourning her death.

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The suspect’s apprehension was being filmed for an upcoming show of “Dog’s Most Wanted.” Leland Chapman lives in Alabama, according to AL.com.

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