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‘Arrogant’ son pushes BMW given to him into river because he wanted a Jaguar

A young driver allegedly pushed this BMW he got from him parents into a river– because he wanted a Jaguar.

The man, named locally only as Akash, is alleged to have pushed the brand new car into the water after he got upset it was “too small” for him and his pals.

A video shows the car sinking beneath the water in Yamunanagar, Haryana state in northern India. It had to be pulled out using a crane and police have opened an investigation.

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Locals said that he jumped out of the vehicle just before it reached deeper water and onlookers helped him to safety.

A police official said: “The youth was arrogant and kept insisting that he be given a Jaguar as a BMW is a little small for him and his friends inside.

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“We would do a preliminary investigation but this seems to be a personal matter. We will proceed according to the law.”

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The lad’s father said, “I wanted to give my son a birthday present. We could only afford to give him a BMW, while he kept on insisting that he be given a Jaguar. He said the vehicle was too small but we thought he will be okay.

“We never imagined he would do anything like this.”

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Job fair after ICE raids: Here's who showed up for Koch Foods plant jobs

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Two Koch Foods employees share what it was like at the plant when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency raided Koch Foods. Barbara Gauntt, Clarion-Ledger

FOREST, Miss. – On Monday morning, the parking lot at the WIN Job Center here was full.

About 25 to 30 people showed up to apply for jobs at Koch Foods’ nearby poultry processing plant. Of those, about an equal number were black, white or Latino.

“This is what you’d normally see here,” said Dianne Bell, communications director for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, of the job fair held between 9 and 11 a.m.

The company, one of four whose plants in small Mississippi towns were targeted by federal immigration officials on Wednesday, contacted the state employment agency the same day to request its help in hiring workers.

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The raids detained 680 mostly Latino workers in what marked the largest workplace sting in at least a decade. Of those, about 300 were given future court dates and released, but they can’t return to work.

“They reached out to us the very same day,” Bell said about the need for a job fair. 

Bell said it’s not unusual for Koch Foods to contact the department when it needs workers. 

MDES kept the media out of the jobs center, citing concern for job applicant anonymity.

“A lot of these folks don’t want to be in the spotlight, many of them don’t like people knowing they’re out of work, and others are nervous,” Bell said. 

Kamerio Whitley, a resident of the nearby town of Morton, spoke to reporters after he left the building. He said there were several positions available at the plant, including forklift operators. 

Whitley said he applied for a job working at the plant’s rehang table, where workers hang frozen chickens. 

The job starts at $12 an hour, which is decent pay for the area, Whitley said. 

“That’s not bad to start, and it can always go up,” he said. 

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Joseph Butler said he, too, found the wages attractive. He also said he liked the fact that Koch Foods pays weekly. 

Bell said MDES puts all applicants through the federal government’s E-Verify system.  All job applicants were required to have two forms of identification and a Social Security card. 

It remains unclear how so many workers without proper paperwork got jobs at the chicken plants in the first place.

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Koch Foods, based in Park Ridge, Ill., is one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. and employs about 13,000 people, with operations in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio and Tennessee.

Although none of the people who may have been responsible for hiring the unauthorized workers have been charged, both U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Mississippi have said employers are part of their ongoing investigation.

“HSI’s (Homeland Security Investigations) worksite enforcement efforts are equally focused on aliens who unlawfully seek work in the U.S. as well as the employers who knowingly hire them,” HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Jere Miles said in a U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Mississippi news release issued after the raids.

Koch Foods said in a statement Thursday that it screens employees through the federal government database E-Verify. Koch Foods spokesman Jim Gilliland also said the company relies on temporary workers vetted through a third-party service.

In 2018, an eight-year legal fight ended with Koch Foods agreeing to pay $3.75 million and other concessions to 11 Hispanic workers to settle two discrimination lawsuits at its Morton plant.

This story will be updated.

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Contact Justin Vicory at jvicory@gannett.com. Follow @justinvicory on Twitter.

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Ken Cuccinelli is asked if Lady Liberty’s plaque should come down amid immigration changes

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The acting director of the Citizenship and Immigration Service office, Ken Cuccinelli, fielded question during Monday’s White House press briefing regarding new immigration regulations. One of the more pointed questions: Should the plaque on the Statue of Liberty be removed?

Cuccinelli outlined the new “public charge” rule that allows the federal government to take into account income and education while reviewing a potential immigrant’s request for a visa or green card. Officials say this will ensure that those who are granted access to the U.S. can be financially self-sufficient taxpayers who aren’t in need of federal entitlements.

CBS Radio’s Steven Portnoy asked if the new rule comes into conflict with the Statue of Liberty’s embrace of the downtrodden. He asked if the plaque should be removed.

“As long as the public charge has been in effect since the late 1800s, there’s also been, almost as long, the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty that read, ‘Give us your tired, your poor…’ You’re implementing a public charge rule for the first time,” Portnoy said. “Is that sentiment … still operative in the United States … or should the plaque come down off the statue?”

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Cucinelli said there are no plans to remove the famous plaque and cheered America’s track record as having a wide embrace.

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“Well I’m certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty,” he replied. “We have a long history of being one of the most welcoming nations in the world, on a lot of bases. Whether you be an asylee, whether you be coming here to join your family, or emigrating yourself … I do not think, by any means, we’re ready to take anything off the Statue of Liberty.”

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Amelia Earhart mystery: The man who discovered the Titanic is searching for the doomed aviator’s plane

The explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985 has embarked on a mission to unravel the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart.

Dr. Robert Ballard is leading a team of experts to the remote western Pacific aboard the research vessel E/V Nautilus on a voyage to discover Earhart’s fate.

Earhart famously disappeared while attempting to fly around the world. The aviator and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished on July 2, 1937 during a flight from Papua New Guinea to Howland Island in the Pacific. Their fate became one of the great mysteries of the 20th century and is still hotly debated in the 21st century, as well.

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Ballard, who is president of Ocean Exploration Trust and a National Geographic explorer-at-large, is focusing the search on the remote island of Nikumaroro, a coral atoll 1,200 miles from the Marshall Islands.

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This May 20, 1937 photo, provided by The Paragon Agency, shows aviator Amelia Earhart at the tail of her Electra plane, taken at Burbank Airport in Burbank, Calif. (Albert Bresnik/The Paragon Agency via AP)

One theory is that Earhart died a castaway after landing on the island or crashing into the sea nearby. Some 13 human bones were found on Nikumaroro, also known as Gardner Island, three years after Earhart’s disappearance.

The expedition, which is backed by National Geographic, began on Aug. 7 and will last until Aug. 25. Researchers will use underwater drones to search for Earhart’s plane in the waters around the island. Fredrik Hiebert, archeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, will lead a team of researchers hunting for signs of Earhart on the coral atoll that experts hope will lead to her bones.

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“We have an incredible team in place of experts, scientists and explorers who are working diligently to map out this ambitious expedition,” said former U.S. Navy officer Ballard in a statement. “Using state-of-the-art technology and decades of evidence collected in regard to her disappearance, I would say we have a real shot at rewriting history by solving one of the greatest mysteries of our time.”

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Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/File)

E/V Nautilus operations are often streamed live, although this expedition will operate as a “closed set,” until Aug. 25, according to the Nautilus Live website. The search will be featured in “Expedition Amelia,” a two-hour special to air on NationalGeographic on Oct. 20, 2019.

Fox News has reached out to National Geographic and the Ocean Exploration Trust with a request for comment on this story.

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The special will also use research conducted over the last 30 years by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) and its director, Ric Gillespie. The group has visited Nikumaruro on a number of occasions in the search for clues and believes that Earhart died on the island.

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“Prior to TIGHAR’s hi-tech search for the plane in 2012, Bob Ballard wished us ‘fair winds, following seas and a little luck,” Gillespie told Fox News, via email.  “We wish him the same.  He has technology that allows him to look deeper than we could. In our thirty years of scientific investigation, we consider the Earhart mystery solved but everybody wants a piece of the plane.  I will be delighted if Bob Ballard proves us right.”

Gillespie, however, rates the likelihood of finding Earhart’s plane at less than 20 percent. “The reef slope at Nikumaroro is a steep, unstable mountainside strewn with boulders, cliffs and caves, and prone to underwater landslides,” he told Fox News. “There may be nothing left to find.”

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Earlier this year TIGHAR acquired film footage that it says may shed new light on Earhart’s fate. The group spent 10 years in negotiations to acquire the 16 mm movie film, which shows Earhart’s Lockheed Electra taking off from Lae in Papua New Guinea on a short test flight on July 1, 1937, and the subsequent refueling operation.

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File photo – mystery still swirls around Earhart’s disappearance. (AP)

The key detail in the film is an aluminum patch on the plane’s fuselage, which may correspond with an aluminum fragment discovered in 1991 by TIGHAR on Nikumaroro.

Last year, a scientific study also claimed to shed new light on the enduring mystery.

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Richard Jantz, an emeritus anthropology professor at the University of Tennessee, argued that bones discovered on Nikumaroro in 1940 were likely Earhart’s remains. The research contradicts a forensic analysis of the remains in 1941 that described the bones as belonging to a male. The bones, which were subsequently lost, continue to be a source of debate.

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File photo – Dr. Robert Ballard at the Mystic Aquarium Institute of Exploration, in Mystic, Conn. (AP Photo/The Day, Tim Martin)

However, there are a number of competing theories about what ultimately happened to Earhart.

While some are convinced that Nikumaroro is Earhart’s final resting place, another theory suggests that she met her end on Mili Atoll, in the Marshall Islands.

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Democrats Want to Revive a Ban on Assault Weapons

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WASHINGTON — As Congress wrestles with how to respond to a wave of mass shootings, leading Democrats are raising an idea once viewed as political suicide: reviving the ban on assault weapons, which barred Americans from purchasing certain military-style firearms for a decade until Republicans let it expire in 2004.

The idea is gaining traction on the presidential campaign trail, where former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., an architect of the original 1994 assault weapons ban, and nearly all of the other Democratic candidates have embraced it. In an opinion piece published Monday in The New York Times, Mr. Biden vowed to make the 1994 law “even stronger,” adding, “We have to get these weapons of war off our streets.”

Two centrist Democrats who flipped Republican House seats last year — Representatives Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey and Jason Crow of Colorado — also came out on Monday in favor of the ban, with an opinion piece in USA Today. Both are military veterans; Mr. Crow ousted a Republican incumbent after running on an aggressive platform of combating gun violence.

With strong opposition from Republicans, who are in charge of the Senate, and President Trump in the White House, an assault weapons ban has virtually no chance of being signed into law before 2021. Nearly 200 House Democrats are backing legislation to reinstate the ban, which is not enough to even pass the House, and voting on such a measure would be politically risky for vulnerable moderates.

Still, the push by prominent Democrats — including former President Bill Clinton, who signed the original ban into law and outlined his support for it last week in an essay in Time magazine — does force the issue onto the 2020 campaign agenda. And it demonstrates just how much the politics of gun safety have changed over the last several years — and especially the last few weeks, after the back-to-back massacres in El Paso and Dayton.

“The public has supported the assault weapons ban and they really support it when you remind them that we had it already and that these are weapons that the military uses,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster. “The intensity has always been on the anti-gun-control side. Now the intensity is shifting onto the other side and the refrain out of Dayton — which is exactly the refrain the public has — is, ‘Do something.’”

Polls show that a majority of Americans support an assault weapons ban, but the support is not bipartisan. A July poll by National Public Radio found that 57 percent of respondents were in favor of a ban on the sale of semiautomatic assault guns such as the AK-47 or the AR-15. But while 83 percent of Democrats said they were in favor of the ban, just 29 percent of Republicans supported it.

For years, the assault weapons ban was considered politically toxic for Democrats. After Mr. Clinton signed the ban into law in 1994, Democrats were trounced in the midterm elections. They lost control of the House, which they had held for 40 years, and among those who lost their seats was Speaker Tom Foley, who drew the ire of the National Rifle Association when he came out in favor of the ban and was the first sitting speaker to lose an election since 1862.

The outcome rattled Democrats, and their fears of the N.R.A. only grew after Al Gore lost the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000. Many Democrats, including Mr. Clinton, blamed the loss on Mr. Gore’s stance on gun control.

“The N.R.A. could rightly claim to have made Gingrich the House speaker,” Mr. Clinton wrote in his autobiography in 2004, referring to Newt Gingrich, the Republican who succeeded Mr. Foley.

That same year, the assault weapons ban expired. Some Democrats remain skittish about it.

“There’s still a lingering worry, but I think it’s dissipating a bit,” said Jim Kessler, vice president for policy at Third Way, a centrist Democratic organization, adding, “For probably two dozen House Democrats, it is a risky vote.”

Support for universal background checks — an idea embraced by President Trump and by Democrats and some Republicans — is much stronger. The N.P.R. poll found that 89 percent of Americans support background checks on all gun purchases, including sales at gun shows and on the internet. A bill mandating background checks has already passed the House, and Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has said he expects the Senate to debate the issue when it returns in September.

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Trump Admin Would ‘Enthusiastically’ Support No-Deal Brexit: John Bolton

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LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The United States would enthusiastically support a no-deal Brexit if that is what the British government decided to do, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton told reporters on Monday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the European Union to renegotiate the terms of Britain exit ahead of an Oct. 31 exit date, but the EU says it will not alter the part of the deal Johnson says must be changed.

The impasse leaves Britain facing an exit without any formal transition period or legal agreement covering issues such as trade, data and border policy.

“If that is the decision of the British government we would support it enthusiastically,” he said.

Bolton also said Britain and the United States could agree trade deals on a sector-by-sector basis, leaving more difficult areas in the trading relationship until later.

He said the ultimate aim was a comprehensive trade deal, but highlighted that financial services could be one of the more difficult industries to reach an agreement on.(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by William James; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Lucky Charms to sell bags of just marshmallows for snacking and desserts

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It’s finally happened: Lucky Charms will be widely available without all that pesky cereal in the way.

While General Mills has released promotional “just marshmallow” boxes of the iconic cereal in the past, the company recently announced that fans nationwide will be able to buy bags of only Lucky Charms marshmallows. Customers won’t have to enter any contests to win the cereal-free bags, either — they just have to stop by their favorite store and pick them up.

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It’s every kid’s dream, and perhaps most parents’ nightmares, come to life.

General Mills teamed up with Jet-Puffed to bring the bags to store shelves. The company also said the item will cost about $1.50, and will be available nationwide in September.

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In a press release obtained by Fox News, Ashleigh Calderone, an associate brand manager for Jet-Puffed, said, “The colorful marshmallows have always been our favorite fluffy part of the Lucky Charms cereal experience. We’re thrilled to put our signature Jet-Puffed spin on them to make them bigger and puffier! Now fans don’t have to wait until breakfast to enjoy these iconic, magically delicious vanilla flavored marshmallows they know and love in their snacks and desserts.”

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The release went on to confirm that the bags will contain green clovers, pink hearts, blue moons and yellow stars. Fans of red balloons will apparently have to keep digging through boxes of cereal to satisfy their hunger.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s final days — and the legal cases that won’t die with him

In the final days of Jeffrey Epstein’s life, the high-flying financier who had once counted royalty and presidents among his friends was largely flying under the radar, communicating little from his eight-foot-square cell in a New York federal lockup.

Epstein was grounded following his July arrest on the sex-trafficking charges that had dogged him for decades — charges that now threatened to keep him locked up for 45 years (for the 66-year-old, the equivalent of a life sentence).

He mostly kept to himself,” a federal source connected to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan told Fox News. “He was polite. Didn’t say much.”

And then, sometime in the early hours of Saturday morning, Epstein, alone in a special-housing cell separate from the rest of the prison, with extra monitoring and security – was apparently able to once again outmaneuver the justice system, taking his own life before facing his alleged victims in court. Indeed, Epstein’s shocking death in federal custody has opened a veritable Pandora’s box of questions: First and foremost — where has Epstein’s demise left the legal case against him?

“With regards to the criminal case, our law presumes him innocent,” said David Katz, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. “We will not have Epstein’s side of the story. While that may not have exonerated him, it might exculpate some alleged accomplices.”

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The U.S. attorney in Manhattan has declared that others who may have conspired with Epstein will continue to be closely investigated.

But according to Katz, who did not work on the Epstein case, “anyone charged will likely claim that Epstein, alive, would have cleared him or her, and they were deprived of Epstein testifying for and providing material on their behalf because of the government’s negligence.”

At the same time, however, alleged accomplices may also face more time under the microscope without Epstein to shield them from view.

Melissa L. Jampol, a former sex crimes assistant at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, underscored that a brighter light will now likely shine on the “others” named in the Epstein circle and any possible criminal proceedings against them.

“There is a strong possibility that criminal charges could be brought against others involved in the allegations involving Epstein and who were potentially his co-conspirators – those who enabled his actions,” she said. “Epstein’s death may also make survivors likely to come forward and contact law enforcement authorities.”

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New York City medical examiner personnel at the Manhattan Correctional Center, where financier Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

But those who have yet to be implicated in Epstein’s alleged pedophilia ring may now never have to answer for their actions.

“If [Epstein] was alive and other names brought up truly did not do anything, he could have fessed up and exonerated them. On the flip side, he could have been pressured to give up information” on others, said Michael Weinstein, a New York-based lawyer and former trial attorney and federal prosecutor with both the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. “But he couldn’t have done what he did without help – and there is probably a sigh of relief from some people involved” since Epstein died.

Additionally, while criminal charges can’t be pursued against a dead person — and all charges will likely be dismissed against Epstein once his death certificate is presented to the court — his passing won’t stop any civil claims, criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten pointed out.

“The fact there will be no criminal case — either guilty verdict or guilty plea — does make it more difficult for the victims to win in civil court,” he said. “If he was convicted of a crime against a certain victim, the only issue in civil court is how much money in damages the estate of Epstein must pay. Now that there will be no criminal case to piggyback on, any victim must now prove, in every civil case, that they were harmed by Epstein and how much is fair to make them whole.”

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Many legal experts anticipate such claims may multiply dramatically, with many more alleged victims coming forward to tell their stories.

“Ironically, some victims who may have feared retribution from Mr. Epstein or those involved with him, may now feel more free to come forward,” said Joe Peters, a former police chief and federal prosecutor.

The civil cases will be aimed at Epstein’s estate, and, while his exact net worth has been subject to debate in recent weeks — it remains murky how he got so wealthy, and how he stayed that way — he was reported to have been worth at least $500 million, according to Bloomberg.

Less than three weeks before his death, Epstein was found semiconscious and curled up in his cell with marks on his neck in what was thought to have been a legitimate suicide attempt or a cry for better conditions. Authorities also probed the possibility he’d been assaulted by another inmate.

In 2008, the financier pleaded guilty to two counts of solicitation of prostitution, including one with a minor, and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. But under a highly controversial plea deal, he was allowed to leave for work five days a week and was released five months early.

While Epstein was convicted in a Florida state court, he was given a pass from federal prosecution under the plea deal — which also gave four unnamed co-conspirators and “any potential co-conspirators” immunity from criminal charges.

After his release, he continued to lead a lavish — if not slightly less flashy — lifestyle. But after the allegations against him received new national attention, he was apprehended — this time by the FBI — when his plane touched down at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on July 6. At that time he was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. Soon after, he was denied bail while awaiting trial.

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In this courtroom artist’s sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, center, sits with attorneys Martin Weinberg, left, and Marc Fernich last month. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

Separately, the Bureau of Prisons is now the subject of extensive questions — there are new probes by the FBI and the Department of Justice’s inspector general — as officials wonder how such a high-profile inmate, who had reportedly attempted suicide and then been placed on a suicide watch for a week, could have still found the time, the means and the privacy to kill himself.

“There are the questions of whether Bureau of Prisons employees were overworked or incompetent,” said the federal official. “But many are still asking, did someone really get to someone to make this happen?”

Despite reportedly being required to frequently check his cell, corrections officers reportedly did not verify Epstein’s status for several hours on the night he died. It also wasn’t immediately clear if any cameras captured the events immediately preceding his death.

“Ultimately, BOP is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of everyone in its custody,” Slaten said. “Epstein may have had dirt on many high-profile people. His death may be a sigh of relief for those fearing he would ‘out’ them to save his own skin as most who are in federal custody, facing federal charges, do.”

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Jampol agrees, adding that wild speculation about Epstein’s death will likely continue unless all the questions surrounding it are answered in a transparent, complete and believable way.

“The ‘suicide’ raises questions of how this was possible in such a highly secure area of the prison,” she added. “There is a specter of malfeasance possible here – someone could have wanted Epstein silenced, given his apparent connection to many high-profile power brokers.”

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Friend of Dayton shooter bought firearm parts for him, federal officials say

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Friends and family gathered in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday to mourn Derrick Fudge, one of several people who died in mass shootings last weekend in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. AP

CINCINNATI – A 24-year-old man is facing federal charges after authorities said he lied to investigators and purchased body armor and firearms parts for the shooter who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio earlier this month.

Ethan Kollie is charged with possessing firearms while being a user of a controlled substance and making false statements regarding firearms in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday.

Kollie was interviewed the same day as the shooting. Agents said he admitted that he purchased body armor and firearms parts used in the deadly mass shooting and kept those parts at his apartment so the shooter’s parents wouldn’t find them.

However, the charges Kollie faces are unrelated to the shooting and stem from Kollie’s own possession of firearms.

According to court documents, Kollie admitted to using drugs including marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

Under federal law, it is illegal to possess or purchase a firearm as a user of controlled substances. On a form needed to purchase at least one of his own pistols, Kollie said he was not a drug user.

“Mr. Kollie does not stand accused of participating in the planning of that shooting,” U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman said explaining Kollie didn’t knowingly help the gunman prepare for the shooting. “If any criminal wrongdoing is discovered during the course of the investigation which can be prosecuted, it will be.

Glassman said Kollie purchased the body armor, an upper receiver for the shooter’s AR-15 style weapon and a 100-round drum magazine for him – all later used in the shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District.

Glassman said Kollie held a concealed carry permit, which has been revoked. Two pistols and drugs were seized from the 24-year-old Kettering man’s apartment during a search.

Agents said Kollie admitted that he used “hard drugs” and marijuana with the shooter in 2014 and 2015. Glassman said the two men had known each other for a long time.

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Kollie told the agents the shootcame to his apartment in May to put the upper receiver on his weapon and later came by again to pick up the magazine.

Kollie has a 2013 marijuana-related conviction in Kettering Municipal Court in Montgomery County, records show.

In 2013, when he was 18, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, court records show. A drug paraphernalia charge was dismissed. He was fined $150 and his driver’s license was suspended for 180 days.

Two years later, he faced a charge related to Kettering income tax. The charge was dismissed, records show.

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On the morning of Aug. 4, officials said the gunman opened fire in the Oregon District of Dayton in a mass shooting that left nine dead and 14 more shot. The shooter was killed by Dayton police officers.

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The 24-year-old gunman of Bellbrook, Ohio, was shot and killed by police shortly after the shooting began. He was armed with .223-caliber “assault-style” rifle and had body armor and extra magazines, according to officials. 

Previously, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said the AR-15 style .223 caliber firearm was legally purchased by the gunman from an online retailer in Texas.

The upper receiver Kollie purchased, according to investigators, is classified as a firearm accessory or component and does not require a background check to purchase. The same applies to the 100-round drum magazine used in the shooting.

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Minnesota man charged with murder after dropping infant son on head for being ‘difficult’: report

A Minnesota man was arrested Friday on a charge of killing his 5-month-old son by allegedly dropping him on his head for being fussy and “difficult,” a report said.

Matthew Hoisser, 35, was charged with second-degree murder in the April death of his son, Gus.

The infant died from injuries relating to a skull fracture, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported, citing a Washington County criminal complaint.

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Hoisser told investigators he became frustrated when trying to put the baby to sleep because he was crying and “being difficult,” according to the paper. He reportedly said that at one point he purposefully dropped his son headfirst onto the floor.

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Hoisser is being held at the Washington County Jail on second-degree murder charges. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The child died of blunt force trauma several days later at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

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An autopsy revealed a prior head injury that likely occurred within weeks of the infant’s hospitalization, according to the Pioneer Press. Hoisser reportedly told police he had not always been “super gentle” with the baby.

Hoisser’s bail was set at $350,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with his wife, who is pregnant.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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