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New York Jets kicker, 28, abruptly retires after poor preseason performance

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New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro abruptly announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday after struggling during the preseason opener against the New York Giants.

Catanzaro, 28, signed a one-year $2.3 million contract with the Jets in the offseason. Missing two extra-point attempts Thursday night, however, seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for the kicker.

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“When I finished my career at Clemson, playing in the NFL was just a dream,” Catanzaro wrote in an Instagram post. “After five years in the league, it’s time to move on. I can’t say I ever thought I would’ve been a kicker, but I’m thankful that kicking chose me.”

Coach Adam Gase said that Catanzaro came into his office on Friday and said he was finished. According to ESPN, he must return his $500,000 signing bonus to the Jets in accordance with league rules.

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Catanzaro came into the league with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014. He spent three seasons in Arizona before joining the Jets in 2017. In 2018, he played for both the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played 13 games between the two teams.

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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me After I Got Shot

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Tragedy struck our country again this month. Mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, claimed the lives of more than 30 people. While much attention will, and should, be placed on those who died, I write to address another group who may go overlooked in the coming weeks: the people wounded by these terrible events.

I want to tell you what I wish I had known after I was shot.

It happened to me overseas in 2013. I was leaving a meeting with Afghan military leaders when an Afghan soldier ambushed my group and opened fire. A bullet hit my left arm and knocked me back on the ground. He killed three of us and wounded another three, including myself, before U.S. forces could respond.

Now, more than six years later, I continue to struggle with the aftermath of that event. Through trials and many failures, I learned how to manage its influence in my life. In the coming days and months, you may face similar struggles. I want to share what I discovered in my recovery. I hope it may provide you some comfort in your recovery as well.

1. Understand the mental struggles ahead. I underwent six surgeries and a year of occupational therapy after getting shot. The pain I faced physically, however, paled in comparison to its mental toll. Struggling to overcome feeling useless as I attempted to reclaim use of my arm. Reliving my trauma after hearing sharp cracks or other loud noises. Feeling helpless as I tried to explain to my girlfriend why I was breaking down uncontrollably on the phone.

Suppressing memories of blood pouring out of my arm during family get-togethers. Even recently, after my daughter was born, questioning why I got the privilege of being a parent when one of the victims did not. I was not prepared for how the event would manifest in different ways in my life.

2. There is no shame in getting mental health help. I had a bad experience with my first counselor, and it convinced me that I did not need to see another. A medical doctor urged me to try someone else, and I accepted begrudgingly. It proved to be one the best decisions I made. My counselor coached my recovery efforts over the next year and helped normalize my new reality. Good counselors exist. Seek them out. They will help you identify the ways your trauma is manifesting itself.

3. Share your story. Sharing my story desensitized the trauma I felt immediately
after getting shot. In the beginning, talking about the event would generate incredible feelings of anxiety that could last for hours. Over time, however, I recognized that my openness made the events feel more abstract and less visceral. It also helped lessen the anxiety I felt whenever something reminded me of the shooting.

4. Find trusted people to listen. In the near future, unexpected things may make you feel worthless and crippled with sadness. The first time I felt this way occurred after I heard a banging sound while entering a Subway restaurant. I had to leave and sit in my car for 15 minutes to compose myself. I later discovered that talking through these feelings with trusted people helped me overcome these episodes. I relied on family, like my sister, who would listen without judgment. Find people who are willing to give you the time, attention and unconditional support you need to vent all of these feelings. You are not alone.

5. Know that even if you are injured, you are not broken. After I was shot, I spent a few days in Germany at an Army hospital. One evening, I started suffering an intense episode of survivor’s guilt. People that died had spouses, children and immense potential to do great things. I was 26, single and had no major accomplishments. It was at this low point that an officer I knew from Afghanistan walked through the door. He joked around with me and another survivor for a while before his tone abruptly shifted. He looked directly at me and said, “This event may make you physically weaker, but it doesn’t have to make you mentally weaker. Let it make you stronger.”

I took his words to heart, and it changed my life. He helped me recognize that no matter how terrible this event was, I still had the power to overcome it. I could fight to be happy again. So that’s what I did.

In the six years since I was shot, I have had good days and bad. With each passing year, the event becomes easier to manage, although it is never far from my mind, and I don’t think it ever will be. I live a relatively normal life now. I am married, have a child and recently completed two graduate degrees. Most of the people I went to school with had no idea about my background until I shared it recently. But I have lived a full life in honor of those I lost.

The day I got shot remains a solemn day for me. I reach out to my fellow survivors and we update each other on our lives. I also keep in contact with the sister of one of the victims. It is an impactful day for all of us. I know it will remain so for the rest of our lives.

To any survivor that reads this, I am so sorry. The burden you must carry over the coming weeks, months and years is heavy, and at times may feel insurmountable. Know that you can overcome it. Press on in the darkest days ahead, and know that the feelings of despair and worthlessness will pass. Find others to help you along the way. You can, and will, have a normal life once again. 

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Trump’s Latest Trade War Antics With China Are Devastating Farmers

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American farmers are attacking President Donald Trump in the wake of a new hit from China, which comes as part of the lingering trade war between the countries. 

Trump’s “strategy of constant escalation and antagonism” has worsened the situation, Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, the nation’s second-largest general farmers group, told Bloomberg. Family farmers and ranchers “can’t withstand this kind of pressure much longer,” he added.

“It’s really, really getting bad out here,” Bob Kuylen, a North Dakota farmer of 35 years, told CNBC. “Trump is ruining our markets.”

China canceled all purchases of U.S. agricultural products last weekend. The retaliatory action came after Trump announced 10% tariffs on an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports set to begin in September.

China’s move is a “body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by,” Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, told Bloomberg.

American agricultural exports to China dropped by half last year due to Trump’s trade war, and farm income fell 16%, Time reports. And over the last five years, net farm income has plunged by nearly half, from $123.4 billion in 2013 to $63 billion last year. 

Farmers unloaded on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week at a listening session at the annual Farmfest in Minnesota

Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, criticized Trump’s “go-it-alone approach” and the trade war’s “long-term devastating damage.”

Brian Thalmann, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, attacked Trump for saying farmers were doing “great” again. “We are not starting to do great again,” he said. “We are starting to go down very quickly.”

Others expressed concerns that trade will be lost forever.

“There is a lot of stress out there,” Perdue conceded at the listening session, and attempted to reassure farmers that markets will return once a deal is negotiated. But he also scolded the crowd of thousands: “If your solution is to forget about what China has done and sell and trade with them anyway with cheating, then I just fundamentally disagree with you.”

The agriculture secretary also appeared to indicate that farmers were whining too much, joking, “What do you call two farmers in a basement? A whine cellar.”

The Minnesota Farmers Union responded in a tweet, writing, “Farmers are not ‘whining;’ their ability to make a living is threatened. We won’t stop talking about it until this reckless trade policy stops.”

Trump has talked about coming up with multibillion-dollar farmer subsidies that could cushion the cost of his trade war. The Trump administration has already rolled out two rounds of farm bailouts expected to total $28 billion. No other industry hurt by the trade war is receiving taxpayer aid.

Wertish cautioned that the aid would undermine public support for all federal farm subsidies, noting that it’s already being blasted as a “welfare program.”

Nine of every 10 counties that voted for Trump in the 2016 election — 2,300 counties — have received the farm trade subsidies, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Environmental Working Group. EWG data also showed that the largest farms are taking the lion’s share of the subsidies.

Allen Williams, who has farmed for nearly half a century in Illinois, told CNBC that the trade war benefits no one — and that the federal subsidies are an unfair burden for taxpayers

“I’m very grateful to get subsidies, but they won’t result in making a loss into a profit for most grain farms,” he said. “And I don’t think it’s right for the American taxpayer to subsidize this segment of the economy just because of what I see as a mistake of a trade war.”

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Jeffrey Epstein feared cellmate, a muscle-bound ex-cop charged in murder who was moved before financier’s death: report

A hulking ex-cop facing the death penalty on federal murder and drug charges was reportedly Jeffrey Epstein’s cellmate at Manhattan‘s Metropolitan Correctional Center — but an official says Epstein feared the former police officer, who was questioned after the disgraced financier’s apparent suicide attempt last month and who was transferred out of Epstein’s cell shortly before the 66-year-old died early Saturday.

Nicholas Tartaglione, who’d served on the force in Westchester County, N.Y., was charged in 2016 with the deaths of four men stemming from an alleged cocaine drug conspiracy. He was reportedly housed at the MCC federal lockup with Epstein after the accused sex trafficker’s July arrest.

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Tartaglione was transferred out of Epstein’s cell in the facility’s Special Housing Unit — a heavily secured part of the MCC that separates high-profile inmates from the general population — at some point before Epstein’s death, The Washington Post reported. It was not clear why Tartaglione was transferred, or precisely when. The most recent inmate assigned to Epstein’s cell was transferred on Friday, just hours before his death, but it wasn’t immediately known if that inmate was Tartaglione.

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Nicholas Tartaglione was reportedly questioned after Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged suicide attempt at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in July. 

But multiple reports suggest apparent friction between Epstein and Tartaglione in the short time the two men lived together.

A little more than two weeks before his death, Epstein was placed on suicide watch and required to have daily psychiatric evaluations after being discovered in his cell semi-conscious with bruising on his neck. At the end of July, after a week of the evaluations, Epstein was reportedly taken off suicide watch.

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Though a suicide attempt was suspected of causing the injuries, sources at the time told WNBC that authorities hadn’t ruled out an assault on Epstein, and an inmate, identified as Tartaglione, was questioned about the incident.

Tartaglione reportedly told officials he didn’t see anything related to the apparent suicide attempt and maintained he didn’t touch Epstein. Bruce Barket, an attorney for the former cop, said the two men were “in the same unit and doing well,” adding rumors Tartaglione may have attacked Epstein are “absolutely not true.”

“Any suggestion that Mr. Tartaglione assaulted anyone is a complete fabrication,” Barket said in a statement, according to the Journal News. “This story is being leaked to retaliate against Mr. Tartaglione for complaining to the court about the deplorable conditions at the MCC.”

Barket suggested the allegations about his client may have been leaked by someone “trying to embarrass Epstein and cast some shade on Nick.”

But regardless of the reason, Epstein indeed might have been trying to get away from Tartaglione, E.O. Young, the national president of the Council of Prison Locals C-33, told the Post.

Tartaglione is awaiting trial after investigators said he was involved in the kidnapping and killing of four men in 2016. In February 2018, while being held at MCC, Tartaglione himself was assaulted, the Journal News reported.

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In the 2018 attack, Barket said Tartaglione required reconstructive surgery after an eye socket bone was fractured. The attorney said at the time that, in the Special Housing Unit at MCC, where Epstein later was also housed, Tartaglione was “quite literally in a box staring at walls…Not surprisingly his mental health has declined.”

Federal prosecutors reportedly plan to seek the death penalty against Tartaglione.

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Denied bail, Epstein was being held on child sex trafficking and conspiracy charges after his July arrest. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his New York and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005. Epstein pleaded not guilty and faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

Famous, high-profile and notorious prisoners — as well as those accused of sex crimes against children — are often given extra protection against attacks from other prisoners. But it was not immediately clear what specific precautions, if any, were taken in Epstein’s case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Deadly explosion at Russian test site involved nuclear power source, reports say

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An explosion at a northern Russian base that killed at least five people last week involved a small nuclear reactor, state nuclear officials said.

The blast occurred Thursday on a platform in the White Sea off Nyonoksa and caused a reported nearby radiation spike in Severodvinsk.

State-controlled nuclear energy company Rosatom said the explosion occurred during a test of “a nuclear isotope power source” for a rocket.

Vyacheslav Solovyov, scientific director at the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, also confirmed to a local newspaper that the institute was studying “small-scale” power sources that include “fissile materials,” the New York Times and Reuters reported.

Five scientists from the center were buried Monday. The country’s defense ministry originally said two people were killed in the accident, but Rosatom said five of its workers were killed.

Nuclear experts believe the accident occurred during a test of a missile that Russian President Vladamir Putin has touted in the past year, the Times and Reuters reported.

The SSC-X-9 Skyfall is a protoype cruise  missile that could reach any corner of the world with a nuclear reactor as its power source, the Times reported.

The explosion occurred when the rocket’s fuel caught fire, according to Reuters. “The testers are national heroes,” said Valentin Kostyukov, head of a nuclear center part of Rosatom.

Russian military officials denied that the blast caused a radiation spike, but the city of Severodvinsk initially posted a statement on its website warning of the increase that was later taken down, Bloomberg reported.

The extent of the damage from the accident was not immediately clear but appears to be much smaller than that of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the Times reported. 

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Chevrolet auctioning unique electric Camaro that could be worth more than $500G

Chevrolet is selling an electric Camaro. Literally just one.

The power automaker developed the eCOPO Camaro last year to demonstrate a prototype powertrain featuring an electric motor pack that could be swapped into a car built for an internal combustion V8 and bolted directly to a conventional transmission.

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The unit features a pair of Borg Warner-sourced motors good for 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque and was installed under the hood of a Camaro drag car by Hancock and Lane racing along with a 700-pound 800-volt lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk.

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The team ran the car at several test sessions where it wowed the crowd by pulling wheelies off the line and running the quarter-mile in a best time of 9.51 seconds at 140 mph. GM doesn’t have immediate plans to put a complete car like it into production, but said it could potentially offer the powertrain to racecar builders someday.

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In the meantime, the eCOPO will be crossing the block at the upcoming Russo and Steele auction in Monterey, Calif., on Aug 16. It popped up on the company’s website last week without any fanfare from General Motors, and the automaker has not yet responded to requests from Fox News Autos for comment on the sale. However, Russo and Steele marketing director Ty Woodhall confirmed that GM is the consigner of the car.

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The eCOPO is being offered with an undisclosed reserve and the auction house has given it a pre-sale estimate of $425,000 to $525,000, but Woodhall said it was harder than usual to come up with a number given the unique nature of the car.

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Anthony Scaramucci: Maybe Donald Trump should be replaced as GOP nominee in 2020

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President Trump and his former communications director of 11 days got into a heated Twitter war over after Anthony Scaramucci criticized the president’s visit to Dayton and El Paso. Buzz60

WASHINGTON – Anthony Scaramucci is upping the ante in his rhetorical war with President Donald Trump, saying Republicans should think about replacing the president as their nominee in the 2020 election.

In a CNN interview on Monday, the former short-term White House communications director said he no longer supports Trump, citing his recent comments about minority lawmakers and the way he has handled himself after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

“I’m a Republican, so I’m not switching parties to support a Democrat,” Scaracmucci said on CNN’s New Day. “But I’m now neutral on the president … He’s sounding more and more nonsensical.”

On Sunday, Scaramucci told the website Axios: “A couple more weeks like this and ‘country over party’ is going to require the Republicans to replace the top of the ticket in 2020.”

In a string of recent interviews, Scaramucci has hit Trump for talking more about himself and his campaign during last week’s visits to El Paso and Dayton to meet with survivors of the mass shootings.

A “total disaster,” Scaramucci said on CNN, and “one of the worst weeks of his presidency.”

There are no responses (yet) from Trump to the latest criticisms from Scaramucci, who lasted only 11 days as Trump’s communications director in 2017.

Trump feuded over the weekend with Scaramucci, bashing him as an attention-seeker who only wants to go on television to talk about him.

“Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on ‘President Trump’,” Trump said on Twitter. “Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me.”

Scaramucci responded on Twitter by noting that Trump turns against everybody.

“For the last 3 years I have fully supported this President,” Scaramucci wrote. “Recently he has said things that divide the country in a way that is unacceptable. So I didn’t pass the 100% litmus test.”

He added: “Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country.”

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Over 150 Flights Canceled as Hong Kong Airport Is Flooded by Protesters

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s airport canceled more than 100 flights on Monday afternoon after thousands of demonstrators flooded the transportation hub, one of the world’s busiest, in a show of anger over the police’s response to protests the night before.

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Protesters filled the airport on Monday.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

The cancellation of well over 100 flights, including many departing after 6 p.m., was a stark display of the power of the protests to disrupt the basic functioning of the Asian financial hub. The airport is a crucial connection point for air travel around Asia.

Some protesters covered their right eyes with bandages in an expression of solidarity with a woman who was hit with a projectile on Sunday.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

The protesters gathered throughout the day, eventually filling the arrivals hall, before more protesters went upstairs to the departures hall.

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Monday’s protest is in part a continuation of what had originally been a three-day sit-in by anti-government demonstrators at the airport. That protest started on Friday and was largely peaceful.

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Protesters filled the arrival hall before going upstairs to the departure hall.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

The airport said in a statement that it canceled all flights except those that had already checked in or were in the air and on their way to Hong Kong.

The statement said the airport’s operations had been “seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today.”

Noel Tse, a 29-year-old nurse, said she joined the sit-in at the airport because she thought the police had acted with excessive force against demonstrators on Sunday night.

“As a member of Hong Kong, this incident is no longer a political issue,” Ms. Tse said. “It is a battle between right and wrong.”

She criticized the police for firing tear gas into a subway station and chasing protesters down an escalator in a dangerous way. “It was almost like a stampede.”

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Bernie Sanders ‘Acing the Electability Test’ as Another Poll Shows Senator Crushing Trump in General

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NFL responds to Antonio Brown's complaints over helmet

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SportsPulse: Football is back! Yes, we know it’s just the preseason, but we still got to see the rookie QB’s debut and no one impressed quite like Daniel Jones. USA TODAY

Antonio Brown filed a grievance last week against the NFL in hopes of wearing the helmet he’s worn throughout his career but is no longer certified by the league. 

While no official ruling has been made, NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy tweeted early Monday an indication of the league’s thoughts. 

“The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. “If he doesn’t play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid.”

McCarthy, who didn’t state Brown’s name specifically, went on to say that it is the league’s policy that helmets have to be certified by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). However, the committee does not certify equipment that’s more than 10 years old, which is the issue in Brown’s case.

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The helmet saga is the latest clouding Brown’s first training camp with the Raiders. He suffered frostbite on his feet from a cryotherapy machine, according to a report, that initially hindered his practice time. Now he is even threatening to retire, per ESPN, over the helmet. 

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