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Customs And Border Protection Computer Systems Returning After Shutdown

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Updated at 7:25 p.m. ET

The computer systems of Customs and Border Protection are returning at major airports around the country.

“The affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed,” a CBP statement said. “There is no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at this time.”

Earlier the agency said it had a temporary outage at “various air ports of entry. … CBP officers continue to process international travelers using alternative procedures until systems are back online.”

The problem was initially reported at airports in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Ruled A Suicide By New York Medical Examiner

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Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, the New York City chief medical examiner ruled Friday.

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Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET

Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in his Manhattan prison cell, according to the office of New York City’s chief medical examiner. The office announced its findings in a statement released Friday afternoon, six days after the wealthy financier was found unresponsive while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

The statement released by Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson, which specified that Epstein hanged himself, confirms her office’s preliminary findings last weekend. The office said Sunday that it had performed an autopsy on the 66-year-old — but cautioned at that time that it hadn’t reached a final determination as to a cause of death. Friday’s statement represents that final determination.

Difficult questions and outright conspiracy theories have eddied around the incident, posed by observers wondering how such a high-profile figure as Epstein could have died while in federal custody. Among those seeking answers is U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who announced shortly after Epstein’s death that both the FBI and the inspector general of the Justice Department are pursuing investigations into what happened.

In the meantime, the prison warden has been temporarily reassigned and two other staffers placed on leave amid reports of significant failures at the prison at the time of Epstein’s death.

Several of Epstein’s alleged victims have not waited to seek damages in lawsuits against his estate. Jennifer Araoz went public with her lawsuit Wednesday, while one day later, two women — identified in court documents simply as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 — filed a lawsuit in federal court against his estate and nine other unnamed co-defendants. They say they were approached and recruited by Epstein’s associates before Epstein himself sexually assaulted them.

The claims echo details that came to light last Friday with the release of a trove of court documents related to the allegations against Epstein. In those documents, nearly 2,000 in all, witnesses in Florida in 2016 and earlier described an intricate sex trafficking ring spearheaded by Epstein and managed by his longtime confidante, Ghislaine Maxwell, along with support from several female associates.

The financier and his associates allegedly recruited female minors as young as 14 years old to act as masseuses on his property, then ordered them to have sex with him and his prominent friends, including several former politicians.

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Jeffrey Epstein Died By Suicide, Medical Examiner Says

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Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death was officially determined to be suicide by hanging, the New York Medical Examiner’s office said Friday, multiple outlets reported.

Epstein, 66, was found unconscious in his cell at the fortress-like Metropolitan Correctional Center on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. He was promptly rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead

The disgraced financier had been awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges as he faced accusations from dozens of women.

After observers questioned why such a high-profile inmate was left unmonitored, the FBI released a statement on Saturday calling Epstein’s death an “apparent suicide.”

This latest report from the medical examiner came after The Washington Post reported that officials had found several broken bones in Epstein’s neck, which prompted even more questions. 

Attorney General William Barr said in a searing statement that there had been “serious irregularities” in Epstein’s detention and asked the Inspector General to open an investigation. Other investigations, conducted by the FBI and the New York Medical Examiner’s office, are also underway.

News outlets have reported several unusual factors that might have created the conditions in which the prisoner was able to kill himself. The two guards on duty at the time had falsified logs to make it appear as if they had checked on the inmate, according to The Associated Press. One of the guards was a temporary worker brought in due to staffing shortages. Both have been placed on leave.

The high-security facility has been used to house high-profile inmates, having held the likes of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and scammer Bernard Madoff. 

This story is developing. Please check back soon for more.

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Trump supporter: President mistook me for an ‘overweight’ protester at rally, but I still ‘love the guy’

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An attendee at President Trump’s New Hampshire campaign rally said the commander-in-chief mistook him for a protester but he harbors no hard feelings.

Frank Dawson told Griff Jenkins in an interview aired Friday on “Fox & Friends” the president called him out in the midst of a disturbance at the rally in Manchester — but didn’t realize he was the one confronting some actual protesters.

“He didn’t see me rip the signs away from those three people that were sitting near us,” he said.

“They were trying to cause a ruckus and they jumped up and started yelling something.”

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Dawson, whom Jenkins said is a law enforcement and military veteran, will appear on “Fox & Friends” Saturday to talk about a very special phone call he received after the apparent case of mistaken identity.

Speaking to Jenkins after the rally, Dawson further described what transpired that evening.

“I don’t even care what they were yelling, but it wasn’t going to happen beside me because I’m trying to listen to my president,” he said.

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“I think he thought I was part of it, but I wasn’t — I was the good part of it.”

As Dawson confronted the protesters, the president shouted in his direction.

“That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home. Start exercising.”

The avid Trump supporter later laughed off the criticism.

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“Everything’s good. I love the guy. He’s the best thing that ever happened to this country.”

Later Thursday, Trump turned to domestic and foreign policy, with a focus on the economy. Responding to recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, the president emphasized the importance of mental health treatment and vowed, to sustained applause, “We will always uphold the Second Amendment.”

Trump also promised to work more on the opioid epidemic, which, according to The Washington Post, has claimed more lives in 2017 alone than mass shootings have in the past five decades.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Shapiro: Pelosi committed ‘great sin’ by putting ‘radical,’ ‘nasty’ Omar on foreign relations committee

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Conservative author Ben Shapiro tore into two freshman congresswomen’s “manipulative” attempt to enter Israel and called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for giving an “ideologically radical” person like Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., powers to oversee foreign affairs.

“Nancy Pelosi, by putting this ideologically radical, nasty human being on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, committed a great sin against the American people because this lady should not be anywhere near the levers of power when it comes to the delegation of foreign aid,” Shapiro said on his podcast Friday.

Shapiro was discussing Omar’s response to Israel banning her from entering the nation, a decision she indicated disrupted her abilities to perform oversight of U.S. foreign aid.

Shapiro argued the attempted trip was a public relations set-up for Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., that Pelosi signed off on. His comments followed a controversy in which President Trump appeared to pressure Israel into rejecting entry for Tlaib and Omar.

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When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the decision, he claimed the congresswomen’s itinerary showed that “they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

That rang true for Shapiro who pointed to language in  the congresswomen’s itinerary seemed to deny Israel’s existence.

“The itinerary, first of all, said nothing even about visiting Israel,” Shapiro argued. “It wasn’t even about visiting Israel. It was about visiting ‘Palestine.’ And when they said visiting Palestine, they didn’t mean visiting Ramallah,” he added, referring to a city in the West Bank.

“The first day is in Jerusalem. So, Jerusalem, according to Omar and Tlaib, is Palestinian territory … Not only that, the groups that Omar and Tlaib are going on this trip with are openly anti-Semitic, terror-supporting groups. So, why would Israel let these people in?”

The whole controversy, Shapiro argued, was “just a giant P.R. set up for Omar and Tlaib … the whole thing is manipulative garbage.”

He said that became even more clear after Tlaib rejected an offer to visit her grandmother in Israel while forgoing more politicized visits. “Rashida Tlaib made it clear that she hates the Jews more than she loves her own grandmother,” Shapiro added.

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Tlaib said on Friday that she wouldn’t visit, claiming “oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother’s heart.”

Tlaib explained her decision, arguing that, “Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me.”

“It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” she tweeted.

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Maryland Court Rules Marijuana Odor Not Enough To Search A Person

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A Court of Appeals ruled “the odor of marijuana coupled with possession of what is clearly less than 10 grams doesn’t give officers probable cause to make an arrest and search a person.”

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It turns out that in Maryland reeking of marijuana is not sufficient probable cause for police to arrest and search a person.

In a unanimous ruling earlier this week, the state’s Court of Appeals determined two police officers violated a man’s Fourth Amendment rights by conducting an unreasonable warrantless search of his person, after police found him in a car that smelled like pot.

“In the post-decriminalization era, the mere odor of marijuana coupled with possession of what is clearly less than ten grams of marijuana, absent other circumstances, does not grant officers probable cause to effectuate an arrest and conduct a search,” court documents state.

In 2014, Maryland decriminalized possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana and possession of less than that amount is now considered a civil offense that carries a $100 fine.

The decision stems from a case involving officers from the Montgomery County Police Department — identified only as Groger and Heffley in court papers — who came across Michael Pacheco, sitting in a Chevrolet Trailblazer in an otherwise empty parking lot one night.

As they got closer to the car, the officers say they detected the smell of “fresh burnt” marijuana. They also noticed a joint sitting in the center console, that’s when they asked Pacheco to step out of the car and they searched him. At which point, they found cocaine in his left front pocket. Then they moved on to the car, where they found a marijuana stem and two packets of rolling papers.

Pacheco was ultimately arrested and cited with a ticket for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

According to the court’s decision, had the officers merely asked him to step out of the car and searched the vehicle, they would have been perfectly within the limits of the law. But searching Pacheco himself, based on the discovery of such a small amount of pot in the car, was going too far, making the discovery of the narcotic unusable in court.

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U.S. Can Block Migrants Seeking Asylum, but Only in Some States, Appeals Court Rules

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A federal appeals court said Friday that President Trump can begin blocking some Central American migrants from applying for asylum in the United States, but only along parts of the border with Mexico.

Migrants who seek asylum in New Mexico and Texas can be subjected to the administration’s new rules, which effectively prohibit them from requesting protection if they traveled through another country on their way to the United States unless they already tried and failed to receive asylum in that other country or countries, the court said.

But the ruling by the three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco is only a partial victory for Mr. Trump, whose immigration agenda has repeatedly been delayed by judges.

In July, a lower court had blocked the president’s new asylum rules after finding that the administration had probably violated the procedures required to put those regulations in place. The judge suspended the asylum rules nationwide while the court challenge continued.

The appeals court agreed with the lower court, but said that the judge had not provided enough evidence that the rules should be blocked across the country. The appeals panel narrowed the judge’s ruling, deciding that the tough asylum rules could not go into effect in the Ninth Circuit, which covers California and Arizona.

The ruling means that the administration can begin blocking the Central American migrants in two border states: New Mexico, which is covered by the 10th Circuit, and Texas, which is covered by the Fifth Circuit. Immigrants from Honduras, for example, who enter the United States through those states will be eligible for asylum protections only if they had been denied asylum in Guatemala or Mexico first.

Lee Gelernt, the lead lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union in the legal challenge to the asylum rules, said his organization plans to provide the judge in the case with more information about why the president’s rules should be blocked nationwide.

“We will put in additional evidence about the need for a nationwide injunction,” Mr. Gelernt said. “We are hopeful and optimistic that the nationwide injunction will be reinstated.”

But Mr. Gelernt also expressed optimism that the court would eventually conclude that the president’s policy violates federal law and should be permanently blocked from going into effect. He said the court rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the policy should be allowed to go into effect nationwide.

“The overriding takeaway was that the court did not feel this was clearly legal,” Mr. Gelernt said.

It was not clear whether the Trump administration would immediately begin implementing the new rules in Texas and New Mexico. A spokesman for the Department of Justice did not respond to requests for comment about the ruling by the appeals court.

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After Trump Body Shames Him, Supporter Says ‘I Love the Guy’

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Sometimes the self-declared greatest counterpuncher in the world lands a blow on the wrong person.

That was the case on Thursday night in Manchester, N.H., during a campaign rally when President Trump publicly ridiculed a man because of his weight; the president thought he was a protester. Instead, the man turned out to be a supporter of the president’s who was trying to help remove the actual protesters.

The episode took place midway through the rally, as Mr. Trump’s 90-minute speech was interrupted and the president paused to wait for the disruption to end. He looked up to the seats where it was taking place, and to a man wearing a Trump 2020 campaign shirt, and said, “That guy’s got a serious weight problem! Go home. Start exercising.” Mr. Trump then turned back to his speech and said his campaign was about “love.”

The president has come to be known for elementary insults about people’s appearances. But it is rare for him to go after supporters, whom Mr. Trump regularly flatters and praises in public.

The man with the “serious weight problem,” Frank Dawson, was standing in the arena near some protesters who were being ushered out. Mr. Dawson, donning his Trump gear, was fist-pumping the air as they were guided away.

Mr. Trump’s aides quickly realized the problem and tracked down Mr. Dawson’s contact information so the president could call him. From Air Force One, Mr. Trump left a voice mail message for Mr. Dawson, but did not apologize for his insult, an aide said, and instead said he did not mean to refer to him. The president then thanked Mr. Dawson for his support.

But Mr. Dawson said he was not upset by the insult.

“I think he thought I was part of it, but I wasn’t,” Mr. Dawson said on Fox News, later adding: “Everything’s good. I love the guy. He’s the best thing that ever happened to this country.”

Before he knew he criticized a supporter, Mr. Trump, in a moment of self-deprecation, acknowledged his own struggles with weight and then said the man at the rally had “a bigger problem than I do.”

Mr. Trump has used weight as a way to demean women and business associates. After Hillary Clinton mentioned in a 2016 presidential debate that Mr. Trump once referred to a Miss Universe participant as “Miss Piggy,” he called that contestant, Alicia Machado, the “worst” he had ever had because of what he called a “massive” weight gain. Also, he once kept in an office drawer a “fat photo” of an employee, and told a colleague, “You like your candy,” according to The Washington Post.

The president also has a long history of lobbing insults at protesters and belittling his real and perceived opponents for their appearances.

While he was campaigning in 2015, Mr. Trump mocked the appearance of a New York Times reporter with a physical disability. “Now the poor guy, you ought to see this guy,” Mr. Trump said, before jerking his arms around and holding his right hand at an angle. He later denied that he was mocking the reporter’s appearance.

And at a rally that year in Massachusetts, Mr. Trump said: “You know, it’s amazing. I mentioned food stamps, and that guy who was seriously overweight went crazy,” referring to a protester who had been removed for calling Mr. Trump a “cancer that is killing democracy.”

In 2016, Mr. Trump retweeted an unflattering image of the wife of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, then his opponent in the Republican presidential primary race. A picture of Mr. Cruz’s wife, Heidi, was featured next to a flattering picture of Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, a former model. The caption on the picture said, “Images are worth a thousand words.”

That same year, Mr. Trump mocked the appearance of Carly Fiorina, also a rival for the Republican nomination, suggesting that she was not attractive enough to be the next president of the United States.

“Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” Mr. Trump said during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

He later said that he was not referring to Ms. Fiorina’s face, but rather her “persona.”

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Brody Jenner Defends Kaitlynn Carter Amid Miley Cyrus Kissing Photos Backlash

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Brody Jenner is clearing the air and coming to his ex Kaitlynn Carter’s defense.

The Kardashian stepbrother took to Instagram on Friday to say he believes there’s “far too much negativity being directed at someone who I love and care about very much.”

“I feel the need to set the story straight. Kaitlynn and I have been best friends for 6 years, and we continue to be. We, like many others before us and many after us, grew in different directions over those same 6 years,” Jenner wrote.

Jenner and Carter, a blogger, announced they were separating earlier this month, with much drama happening in public since then.

Carter was seen last week cozying up with Miley Cyrus on Lake Como in Italy while Jenner commented cheekily on the women’s social media posts.

New partners and comments aside, Jenner’s heartfelt post made clear that he still has a lot of love for the woman he spent so much time with.

“Kaitlynn is a wonderful person, beautiful and fun to be with, always a positive force in my life. We decided the best move for both of us was to keep our love for each other strong but move forward separately with our lives. I respect Kaitlynn and care deeply about her. She deserves to be able to move forward in her life with respect and happiness,” he wrote.

While many people commented on the post in support of Jenner’s words, Carter herself responded with a heart emoji.

Jenner’s words come just one day after his mom, Linda Thompson, posted a message about not judging others.

Thompson was embroiled in drama surrounding her son and his ex earlier this week when she appeared to like a few comments on Instagram about their relationship. In response to the ensuing drama, Thompson shared an image that read: “Please don’t judge people. You don’t know what it took someone to get out of bed, look and feel presentable as possible and face the day. You never truly know the daily struggles of others.”

Carter also commented on the post, saying, “EXACTLY,” to which Thompson responded: “And for the record honey, the only ‘shade’ I throw is my own shadow walking away from drama. You know I love you. I always have & always will.”

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