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‘We Are Fleeing the Law’: Hong Kong Protesters Escape to Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Sporting T-shirts, tousled hair and backpacks, the trio slumped around a cafeteria table in the Taipei airport looked more like stranded students than a group of protesters on the run.

A few nights before, they were hurling Molotov cocktails on the front lines of the anti-government protests that have roiled Hong Kong for months. But after the police arrested two of their friends, they feared they would be next.

Desperate, they sent a cry for help to a private online group known for helping people escape to Taiwan. Within hours, they were on a plane to Taipei, the capital.

“We are fleeing the law,” said one of the protesters, her eyes darting across the food court. “We didn’t have much time to figure out what is happening.”

Leaving the airport, the group hopped into a black van and sped away, headed for an uncertain future.

They are among the more than 200 young protesters who have fled to Taiwan since the start of this year’s Hong Kong democracy movement, according to lawyers, pastors and other supporters who have helped them leave. The lawyers said dozens of protesters had arrived in recent weeks, after getting trapped on university campuses besieged by the police.

Their flight is being fueled by fear, as the street clashes between demonstrators and the authorities have grown more violent.

Demonstrators regularly face tear gas, batons and water cannons at the hands of the police. Embittered that the movement’s peaceful tactics didn’t work, some protesters have turned more aggressive, vandalizing buildings and throwing bricks at the police. Since the protests started in June, more than 5,000 people have been arrested, and hundreds have been charged and may face harsh sentences.

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Protesters on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong clashed last month with riot police officers.Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

While many vow to fight indefinitely, a mounting climate of mistrust is prompting some demonstrators to leave Hong Kong.

They worry they won’t be treated fairly in court. Or they fear abuse in detention, citing allegations of sexual assault and rumors of torture. Others are seeking medical treatment in Taiwan, after learning of arrests taking place in Hong Kong’s hospitals. The protesters and organizers aiding the escapes stressed that certain details and identities must be kept secret, so as not to endanger the operation.

“They know that throwing a brick can land them up to 10 years in prison,” said Chris Ng, a lawyer who has been defending arrested protesters. “They have lost faith in the judicial system of Hong Kong.”

Mr. Ng said he had been in court hearings where protesters didn’t appear and probably had fled Hong Kong.

“Even if they are willing to accept the legal consequences, they do not trust — and with good reason — that they will be dealt with in a fair system, or receive a punishment proportionate to their crime,” Mr. Ng said.

Along the pipeline from Hong Kong to Taiwan, a clandestine network of sympathizers has sprung into action, quietly operating safe houses and orchestrating exits. Wealthy donors and aid groups are paying for airplane tickets. Volunteers are ferrying protesters to and from airports. Fishermen are selling boat rides for as much as $10,000 per person. Pastors are fixing smuggling routes for arrested protesters whose passports have been taken away.

“I am getting used to unexpected congregations,” joked Chun Sen Huang, an energetic 54-year-old pastor of the Chi Nan Presbyterian Church in Taipei who has emerged as a prominent player in the network.

The pastor works as a liaison, coordinating travel plans with organizers in Hong Kong, arranging accommodation at properties owned by churches and connecting protesters with lawyers, doctors, aid groups and schools throughout Taiwan.

These days, he said, he is constantly on his phone fielding requests, even during sermons and between prayers.

Mr. Huang said he recently learned of a protester who said she had been raped by the Hong Kong police and needed a boat to smuggle her to Taiwan so that she could receive an abortion.

At least 10 students arrived by plane after escaping from the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where the police and protesters were in a standoff for days. Mr. Huang connected them with a lawyer who helped them get temporary student visas through a Taiwan university.

A mother called, looking for a new guardian for her 14-year-old son, who had thrown Molotov cocktails.

Taiwan, a self-governing island, is a convenient and welcoming refuge. Like Hong Kong, it has a history of receiving dissidents from the mainland. While Beijing views Taiwan as part of China, Taiwanese leaders assert their sovereignty.

Many Taiwanese have supported the protests, concerned about the Chinese government’s encroachment on Hong Kong and what it means for the future of their own democratic island.

The protests were initially set off by outrage over an extradition bill, since withdrawn, that would have allowed Hong Kong’s leaders to send a fugitive to Taiwan to face murder charges, though the two entities have no extradition treaty. Protesters in Hong Kong said the legal change could have been used to send dissidents for trial in mainland China, where the courts are controlled by the Communist Party.

Even though Taiwan is welcoming protesters, the government is treading cautiously. It is wary of provoking Beijing by passing more permissive asylum laws. Many who arrive seeking refuge find themselves in a legal limbo, with only temporary visas.

During his 22 years as a pastor in Taiwan, Mr. Huang said, he has helped several dissidents flee persecution from the Chinese government, but has never seen an operation of this scale. He said it was reminiscent of “Operation Yellowbird,” a secret network that smuggled hundreds of dissidents out of China and into Hong Kong after the massacre in Beijing around Tiananmen Square in 1989. At the time, Hong Kong was still a British colony.

“Darkness can never defeat light,” said Mr. Huang, as he ushered five arrivals into the church. “I believe democracy and freedom will certainly defeat totalitarianism.”

For protesters considering whether to flee, the decision isn’t easy.

Ali, a senior at Hang Seng University, has been arrested twice, on charges that could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. The second time, she said, she was held in a parking lot for 48 hours with 70 other protesters.

“There was no privacy,” Ali said. She recalled how male officers entered bathroom facilities unannounced, and how she could overhear other protesters being interrogated. “They charged me with rioting without giving any explanation,” she added.

While detained, she missed her first day of work as an associate teacher at a primary school and was fired. As she awaits trial, her dream of becoming a teacher is slipping away. “It’s like imagining a past life,” she said.

“My future is ruined,” Ali said from her grandmother’s living room, where she lives. “It makes me wonder what is left for me.”

Since her passport has been confiscated, she would have to rely on smugglers to take her by boat to Taiwan. Even then, she worries about leaving behind her 80-year-old grandmother. “She cannot take care of herself,” she said. “And I don’t know if I would be able to ever return.”

Groups of volunteers provide a financial lifeline for protesters looking to escape.

One 48-year-old social worker said she had paid for 11 protesters to get to Taiwan. With no children of her own, she said she feels a responsibility to help the young people.

“If I get arrested, at least I can be proud that I tried to help these youngsters against totalitarianism,” said the social worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of legal repercussions.

She started raising money for fleeing protesters in July, after a group of them stormed Hong Kong’s legislative building. She helped one 17-year-old whose parents had thrown him out of their home for joining the protests.

She mostly accepts donations in cash and in person — in order to avoid undercover police officers who sometimes pose as enthusiastic supporters. Almost every transaction begins with an encrypted private message to her phone and ends with a clandestine handoff.

“My mother always told me to repay old debts,” one donor wrote her one afternoon. She arranged to meet the stranger at a cafe. He handed her a cup of coffee with the equivalent of several thousand dollars coiled under its lid.

“The majority of Hong Kong people are unhappy,” she said.

“It’s not a small group of radical youngsters controlled and manipulated by the U.S.A.,” she added, citing one of Beijing’s claims that the West is provoking the protests. “The support is coming from all walks of life.”

When protesters arrive through regular channels, the government in Taiwan generally grants monthly visas, which are usually renewable. A group of Taiwanese lawyers called HK_TW Support is helping some protesters apply for asylum, which would allow them to stay indefinitely. But none of the applications have been approved yet, according to Jacob Lin, one of the lawyers who represents the group.

Daniel, a 22-year-old protester, has been living in Taiwan since July on an extended tourist visa. He describes his role in the early days of the movement as “fairly radical.”

After he stormed Hong Kong’s legislative building, his face was captured on surveillance footage. Two police officers stopped him on the sidewalk the next day and told him they recognized him.

“At that moment I realized I could no longer deceive myself,” Daniel said. “I really had to leave home.”

While he avoided arrest, he does not feel secure. He says he believes that his phone has been hacked and that he is being followed. His living costs are covered by a monthly stipend from an aid group in Hong Kong, but he fears the money won’t last. The stress has led him to see a psychologist, who diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The hardest part, Daniel said, is the ache he feels for everything he left behind. Just before he fled, he said, he found himself in tears, standing at the bottom of the steps to his house. It’s a moment he replays in his head again and again.

“I knew I might never come back to Hong Kong, and see home or my mother again,” he said.

Vivien Wong contributed reporting.

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Rep. Jim Banks: Subpoena Adam Schiff’s phone records – He did it to Republicans, we should do it to him

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I join many Americans in being sick and tired of powerful, entrenched Democrats like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff breaking rules, crossing the line and never being held accountable.

This is why I’ve called for a tit for tat. I want Schiff’s phone records to be subpoenaed by the only person in Washington with the power and opportunity to do it.

On Tuesday we learned that Schiff, D-Calif., subpoenaed AT&T for the records of telephone calls between President Trump’s personal lawyers, an American journalist, and – the most troubling – Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee.

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None of these people were notified that their call records were being subpoenaed. They were surprised to see their private phone records published in Schiff’s report arising out of the impeachment inquiry his committee conducted regarding President Trump.

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It doesn’t take a constitutional lawyer to recognize that subpoenaing these call records violates the spirit of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unlawful searches and seizures.

Kimberley Strassel, writing in The Wall Street Journal, called Schiff’s obtaining phone logs of political rivals “a stunning abuse of congressional power.” She noted that Schiff is the first congressman to use his official powers to spy on a fellow member and brazenly publish the details.

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Nunes said on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” Saturday that he will take legal action in response to Schiff’s action.

“I believe I am the first member of Congress ever to have [my] phone records exposed like this,” Nunes said. “We’re definitely going to take legal action.”

“We need to get to court to try to stop that from happening again,” Nunes added.

The fact that Schiff was so brazen as to publish the subpoenaed phone logs is what bothers me the most. It signals he knows he’ll get away with it.

Well, I don’t think we should let him.

Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media have given Schiff a free pass. They’ve gleefully folded Nunes and his phone records with Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, in their snowballing conspiracy theory that is fueling the impeachment inquiry.

Of course, not all media are so cowardly. Mark Levin, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Kimberley Strassel among others have rightfully called Schiff out for his abuse of power.

Sadly, in the current climate, a Wall Street Journal column or comments by a prime time host on Fox News Channel amounts to just a slap on the wrist for Schiff.

That is why I believe it is time to give Schiff a taste of his own medicine. Time for us to see Schiff’s call records and reveal if he coordinated with the whistleblower and to what extent he has put national security at risk in his campaign to impeach President Trump.

I wrote a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asking him to subpoena AT&T for Schiff’s call logs.

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Graham replied and said doesn’t think that’s a good idea, explaining that “when members start subpoenaing each other as part of Oversight, the whole system breaks down.”

I share Graham’s concern. I want to be very clear – I think surveilling members of the opposite political party is a disgrace. But I don’t think it will stop unless we start fighting back. We need to show Mr. Schiff that he can’t just abuse his power and get away with it.

In a sense, this episode is a small illustration of the larger fight that’s embroiled Washington.

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Democratic leaders like Schiff have chosen to abuse their power of oversight to politically damage a sitting president ahead of his reelection bid. Republicans, independents – even law professor Jonathan Turley, who testified before the House Judiciary Committee last week and said he didn’t vote for Donald Trump – are rightfully calling them out for it.

If we don’t push back against this impeachment sham, we all lose. The country loses. We need to signal to Democrats they will not get away with their abuse of power anymore.

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Which meat is healthiest to eat?

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Dear Dr. Manny,

What kind of meat is the best meat to eat? I keep hearing that red meat is bad for you and can cause all kinds of diseases. Is that true? What does it do to the body? 

Thanks for your question.

There is no one good meat for everyone to eat because everyone’s body is different and requires different nutrients. However, usually, the best kinds of meat to eat are low in fat and high in protein.

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Sirloin steak is one of these meats because three ounces of steak has 25 grams of protein.

Oftentimes, the meat isn’t the problem, but the added salt and seasonings can make it less healthy. Rely on meats that aren’t as seasoned. Rotisserie chicken is high on flavor but low on seasoning, making it the most healthy kind of chicken to eat.

Chicken thighs are also good for you because they have good fats, fatty acids, and iron. Don’t deep fry your chicken, but bake it or roast it instead.

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Pork chops are good sources of lean protein and low saturated fat. Canned fish has 100 percent of the omega-threes that your body needs in a day.

Red meat is not necessarily bad for you. In fact, it is full of nutrition. Raw ground beef contains Vitamin B3, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, iron, zinc, and selenium. However, observational studies have shown that eating red meat on a regular basis can cause problems with your heart and may potentially increase your risk of cancer.

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However, it is hard to prove that red meat is the only cause for these health problems. It is better to eat red meat as part of a healthy, balanced diet and strive overall for a healthy lifestyle and diet.

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Christmas tradition: Why some people hang a pickle on the tree

Believe it or not, some people hang a pickle ornament from their Christmas tree. The first person or child to find the ornament gets a present. Others believe the finder will be the recipient of good fortune in the new year. However, no one seems to know where the tradition comes from.

Here’s one theory: According to several sources, in the late 1880s, Woolworth stores began selling glass ornaments imported from Germany. These ornaments were made in the shapes of fruits and vegetables, including the pickle. Yet it’s unclear why the pickle became the tradition. It was green so it was hard to find on the tree? Maybe!

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Another theory includes a soldier in the American Civil War. When the soldier was taken prisoner on Christmas Eve, he begged a guard for one last pickle before he died. The guard gave him a pickle and it gave him the strength he needed. When the soldier returned to his family, he started the tradition of hiding a pickle on the Christmas tree every year. Again, maybe.

A third theory includes two Spanish boys who were traveling home for the holidays from their boarding school. They stopped for the night at an inn where they were killed and their bodies were put in a pickle barrel. That evening, St. Nicholas stopped at the inn, found the boys in the barrel and brought them back to life. Yikes!

While no one is certain where the tradition comes from, many in one Michigan town celebrate the pickle every December. Berrien Springs is recognized as the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World. They celebrate with a parade led by the Grand Dillmeister, who passes out fresh pickles along the parade route.

You can purchase pickle ornaments at many Christmas gift stores, and on Amazon.

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2019’s top dog and cat names revealed in annual study; Marvel and marijuana-inspired names gaining traction

Listen up, people: It’s time to start thinking out-of-the-box when it comes to naming our dogs, cats and probably our ferrets.

A new study from Rover.com has determined the top pet names of 2019 (for dogs and cats, specifically) — and it turns out that many of the “classics” are still just as popular as they were in years past.

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“Every year at Rover, we delve into our database of over a million pets to determine which names are leading the pack,” a message posted to the online pet marketplace’s blog read. “In the process, we uncover the trends and cultural moments that inspire us.”

Rover’s findings have determined both the top names for dogs and cats, some of which are apparently interchangeable. For female dogs, the top names of 2019 are Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy and Lily, and for males, the top names are Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy and Rocky — with Rocky being the only new name to crack the top five in 2019.

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When it comes to cats, Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy and Kitty were the top-five female names, while Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie and Max were the top male names.

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Further down the list, however, Rover identified some definite new trends. TV, music and film continued to inspire new names, including “Arya Stark,” up 150 percent in popularity from 2018 (likely due to “Game of Thrones”), and “Lizzo,” up 100 percent (thanks to the “Truth Hurts” singer’s popularity).

Other popular names included Okoye, Nebula, Black Widow and even Thanos, presumably inspired by Marvel films, as well as Genie, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Slinky Dog, taken from Disney and Pixar films.

But, perhaps the silliest names were inspired by marijuana: Budder, Dank, Indica, Herb and Kush had all risen in popularity in 2019.

And, of course, “Keanu” became a stronger choice in 2019 (up 93 percent), no doubt buoyed by the popularity of the “John Wick” series and the lead’s love of dogs.

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Further trends and a complete list of the top 100 dog names can be found at Rover.com.

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Paul Batura: How to wake up in a good mood

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Did you wake up in a good or bad mood today?

According to new research, the average person in the United States gets up on “the wrong side of the bed” 300 days a year.

When asked to elaborate on the reasons for their grumpiness, respondents cited noise, air temperature and even bad dreams.

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Welcome to 21st century American affluence.

The “pursuit of happiness” has been a nationally enshrined principle since the very beginning of the Republic. Thomas Jefferson never explained or elaborated on why he included that phrase in the Declaration of Independence, but it’s safe to say that people wanted then what they want now – a pleasing, meaningful, satisfying and enjoyable life.

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A lot has transpired between 1776 and 2019, including incredible inventions and nearly unfathomable advances that have exponentially improved the quality of life. Jobs are plentiful, wages are up and excellent health care is now available to all. In so many ways we’re living in a golden age of human development.

Yet, despite a dizzying constellation of good things making life easier, healthier and more prosperous, according to historical surveys, people are on average less happy now than they were back at our nation’s founding.

Why?

There are many reasons, but one is a lack of historical perspective. We take so much of today’s wonder for granted. Even the poorest of the poor (except for the homeless) enjoy indoor plumbing and central heat – something considered an absolute luxury only a few generations ago.

The next time you grouchily lumber out of bed on a cold morning, think about your ancestors having to strike a match, light a candle and find their way into the frigid air in search of a drafty wooden outhouse.

Growing up, our old furnace was a source of constant struggle. My dad didn’t battle it with the gusto of Old Man Parker in Jean Shepherd’s classic, “A Christmas Story,” but it was regularly on the fritz, and always on the coldest days. I remember my mom sticking her head down the cellar stairs, waiting for the roar to rattle the floorboards. She said the sound of a working furnace gladdened her soul like little else.

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In his wonderful book on the history of domestic life, “Home,” author Bill Bryson writes that if you add up all the conveniences of modern-day living, from indoor plumbing to electricity and refrigeration, you would have needed over 200 servants in the 1700s to enjoy the same level of comfort we enjoy today without even employing one extra person.

But I think the root of the grumpiness goes deeper than a lack of appreciation for good things.

Faith is still vibrant in many circles and sectors, but there is a disconcerting rise in hopelessness in agnosticism and atheism among people who think “this” is all there is. And frankly, I understand why that void would elicit a bad mood.

Writing in his classic work, “God in the Dock,” C.S. Lewis observed, “If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable; think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.”

But training for what? Life after death, of course – a bridge too far for some – but critical for those of us wanting to enjoy today despite its trials and tribulations.

So, if you want to regularly wake up in a good mood, I think you need to set your sights on three truisms of life:

Every one of us needs to know that we matter and that our life has meaning beyond the here and now.

We need to love others and be loved by someone, too.

We need to have a “magnificent obsession” that gets us out of bed every morning and excites and compels us to action. We’re never too old or too young to do something important and meaningful.

It’s been said that the happiest people are the people who think the happiest thoughts, and I think that’s true.

What are you reading before you go to bed? What about when you wake up? What are you watching? Who are you thinking about? It’s true we become what we think about all day long.

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Happiness has become big business and hundreds of new books are written and published on the subject each year. But it’s good to remember that happiness is fleeting and contingent upon circumstance. Sure we want to be happy – but it’s joy we’re after – contentment that cannot be taken away. “Joy, joy beyond the walls of the world,” as “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote.

When you open your eyes in the morning, first be grateful that you can open your eyes. And then embrace the words of the 17th century Puritan preacher Thomas Brooks who once wrote, “Remember this, that your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, your reward sure; therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well doing, and Heaven shall make amends for all.”

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LSU QB Joe Burrow completes ‘selfie’ pass vs. Georgia in SEC title game

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How talented is Louisiana State quarterback Joe Burrow? During Saturday night’s SEC title game versus Georgia in Atlanta he managed to pick up a first down by throwing a pass – to himself.

It happened early in the game, with 11:40 remaining in the first quarter. On first down and 10 at LSU’s own 37-yard line, Burrow took the snap in a shotgun formation and tried to fire a quick pass over the middle.

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Instead, the ball struck some linemen in front of him and caromed back. Burrow then caught his own pass and took off down the left sideline — going out of bounds across midfield, around the Georgia’s 47-yard line, for a gain of about 16 yards.

Later in the game, with LSU up 20-3 in the third quarter, a wildly scrambling Burrow managed to complete a pass downfield that led to a gain of 71 yards.

LSU went on to defeat Georgia 37-10 to win the SEC title, with Burrow, a 22-year-old senior, ranking among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to college football’s best player of the year.

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LSU will likely rank among the top four teams in college football, most likely with Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma. The Tigers now await Sunday’s decision by the College Football Playoff committee on which opponent they will play in a bowl game, with hopes of advancing to the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 13 in New Orleans.

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Devastating Factory Fire Kills At Least 43 In New Delhi

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities investigated the cause of a devastating fire Sunday that killed at least 43 people in a crowded grains market in central New Delhi while chaos unfolded outside a hospital where some of the victims were taken.

Firefighters fought the blaze from about 100 yards away because it broke out in one of the area’s many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, authorities at the scene said.

The fire started at a factory space near Sadar Bazaar, New Delhi’s largest wholesale market for household goods. Many of the victims were factory workers who were asleep when the blaze began, according to Yogesh, a police spokesman who uses one name. Police are investigating whether the factory was operating legally, he said.

Dr. Kishore Singh said rescuers brought victims to his government-run hospital and two others in the city. Another 16 people were being treated for burns or smoke inhalation and were in stable condition, Singh said.

More than two dozen police officers stood guard outside the Lok Nayak hospital, keeping a crowd of people from entering. Relatives of the workers cried, consoled one another and jostled for information.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS A fire engine stands by the site of a fire in an alleyway, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Dozens of people died on Sunday in a devastating fire at a building in a crowded grains market area in central New Delhi, police said. 

Many of the families gathered at the hospital said they came from the impoverished border state of Bihar in eastern India, including Mohammad Moti, who was searching for his 22-year-old nephew, Mohammad Chedi.

“I was told by someone my nephew is inside, but I haven’t seen him,” Moti said.

Fire Services chief Atul Garg said the blaze was put out by 25 fire trucks and that the rescue operation was completed. About 60 people, including casualties, were taken out of the building, according to police spokesman Arun Kumar Mittal.

The cause of the fire, which erupted around 5:30 a.m., was not immediately clear.

Distraught relatives also appeared at the site of the blaze.

The Press Trust of India news agency quoted Manoj, who uses one name, as saying that his 18-year-old brother Naveen was working in a handbag factory in the building.

“I got a call from his friend informing that he has been injured in the incident. I have no clue which hospital he has been taken to,” he said.

New Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, also appeared at the scene of the fire, promising victims’ families compensation.

Manoj Tiwari, a Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker from New Delhi, said most of the casualties occurred on the third floor of the building.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the fire as “extremely horrific.”

“My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery,” Modi tweeted. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy, he said.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.

In 1997, a fire in a movie theater in New Delhi killed 59 people. In February this year, 17 people were killed by a fire in a six-story hotel in the Indian capital that started in an illegal rooftop kitchen.

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Market fire in New Delhi, India, kills at least 43, sparks chaos outside hospital

NEW DELHI — Indian authorities investigated the cause of a devastating fire Sunday that killed at least 43 people in a crowded grains market in central New Delhi while chaos unfolded outside a hospital where some of the victims were taken.

Firefighters fought the blaze from 100 meters (yards) away because it broke out in one of the area’s many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, authorities at the scene said.

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The fire started at a factory space near Sadar Bazaar, New Delhi’s largest wholesale market for household goods. Many of the victims were factory workers who were asleep when the blaze began, according to Yogesh, a police spokesman who uses one name. Police are investigating whether the factory was operating legally, he said.

Dr. Kishore Singh said rescuers brought victims to his government-run hospital and two others in the city. Another 16 people were being treated for burns or smoke inhalation and were in stable condition, Singh said.

More than two dozen police officers stood guard outside the Lok Nayak hospital, keeping a crowd of people from entering. Relatives of the workers cried, consoled one another and jostled for information.

Many of the families gathered at the hospital said they came from the impoverished border state of Bihar in eastern India, including Mohammad Moti, who was searching for his 22-year-old nephew, Mohammad Chedi.

“I was told by someone my nephew is inside, but I haven’t seen him,” Moti said.

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Medical officers and policemen walk near the site of a fire in an alleyway, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Associated Press)

Fire Services chief Atul Garg said the blaze was put out by 25 fire trucks and that the rescue operation was completed. About 60 people, including casualties, were taken out of the building, according to police spokesman Arun Kumar Mittal.

The cause of the fire, which erupted around 5:30 a.m., was not immediately clear.

Distraught relatives also appeared at the site of the blaze.

The Press Trust of India news agency quoted Manoj, who uses one name, as saying that his 18-year-old brother Naveen was working in a handbag factory in the building.

“I got a call from his friend informing that he has been injured in the incident. I have no clue which hospital he has been taken to,” he said.

New Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, also appeared at the scene of the fire, promising victims’ families compensation.

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Police officers cordon off the site of a fire in a narrow lane in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A doctor at a government-run hospital says dozens have died in a major fire in central New Delhi. (Associated Press)

Manoj Tiwari, a Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker from New Delhi, said most of the casualties occurred on the third floor of the building.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the fire as “extremely horrific.”

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“My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a quick recovery,” Modi tweeted. Authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy, he said.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.

In 1997, a fire in a movie theater in New Delhi killed 59 people. In February this year, 17 people were killed by a fire in a six-story hotel in the Indian capital that started in an illegal rooftop kitchen.

Associated Press reporter Manish Swarup contributed to this report.

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Ann Coulter counts Mitt Romney among ‘feckless old ladies’ in GOP who may vote to convict Trump

Conservative writer Ann Coulter took a shot Saturday night at three Senate Republicans who reportedly were the only remaining members of the GOP who hadn’t signed a Senate colleague’s resolution condemning the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

A story in The Hill on Friday had identified the trio as Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah — lawmakers who’ve each opposed Trump from time to time from within the GOP tent.

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Coulter offered her reaction to the story in a Twitter message.

“BREAKING: The Hill newspaper names 3 GOP senators as possible votes to convict Trump,” Coulter wrote. “Turns out they’re all legendarily feckless old ladies: Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, & Mitt Romney.”

Within a few hours the tweet had gained more than 16,000 likes and 4,000 retweets.

“The RINO’s want Trump impeached? I’m shocked!!,” one Twitter user commented.

“Disappointed; but not surprised about Romney,” another wrote.

“I have faith in Susan Collins after standing up for Brett Kavanaugh,” another commenter wrote. “I have no faith in Lisa Murkowski or Mitt Romney for this [if nothing] else [requires] integrity.”

The resolution defending President Trump was introduced Thursday by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and had been signed by every Senate Republican except the trio, Graham told The Hill on Friday.

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U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was on the receiving end Saturday night of one of the latest Twitter barbs from conservative writer Ann Coulter.

Graham’s resolution calls on House Democrats to allow Trump to “confront his accusers” and to allow Republicans to issue subpoenas to witnesses of their choosing, according to The Hill.

Neither Murkowski, nor Collins, nor Romney has endorsed the impeachment inquiry or the removal of Trump from the presidency, the story noted, adding that all three have simply refrained from taking a position on the matter so far.

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Murkowski said Thursday that she hadn’t read Graham’s resolution, while Romney said he hadn’t read it but planned to do so, The Hill reported, adding that it hadn’t heard back yet from Collins’ office.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has backed Graham’s resolution but hasn’t stated whether he will call for a Senate vote on the matter, The Hill reported.

Coulter, meanwhile, has been a frequent critic of Trump as well. For example, she has repeatedly chided the president over delays in getting construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall underway, and last February referred to the president’s State of the Union address as “the lamest, sappiest, most intentionally tear-jerking SOTU ever.”

The president has often opted not to return fire — but last March referred to Coulter as a “Wacky Nut Job,” insisting he was “winning on the Border” despite having “an entire Democrat Party of Far Left Radicals against me (not to mention certain Republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight).”

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