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Affordable spring break vacations to plan now

If the winter doldrums have got you down, it’s the perfect time to think about getting away from it all a few weeks from now—whether that means a trip to sunny shores, exploring cultural centers of Europe, or a fun (and cheap) road trip to a destination closer to home. Teachers, college students, and parents of school-aged children are most likely to book vacations during spring break, which usually falls sometime in March or April; but after a long few months of cold weather, just about everyone is feeling restless. Although some spots popular with the spring break crowd ramp up prices during this time, we found under-the-radar destinations that offer reasonable rates and fewer tourists, but just as much enjoyment. Plus, it’s even possible to find spring break vacation ideas that actually cost less than staying home.

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

The infectious rhythm of Jamaica, the birthplace of reggae music, makes the island the perfect antidote for the winter blues. Caribbean destinations are just coming off the winter high season, so hotel rates start dropping as we move into spring—and Jamaica is already an affordable island to begin with. Plus, while the Sunshine State tends to be packed with spring breakers, the islands offer sunny-weather getaways that aren’t Florida. With its pristine beaches, outdoor activities including snorkeling and zip-lining, restaurants, and beach bars, families, couples, and party-goers alike can find what they’re looking for on Jamaica. All-inclusive resorts along popular Montego Bay offer great package deals: Stay at the Royal Decameron Montego Beach for around $200 a night.

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New Orleans

Just after the craziness—and high prices—of the Mardi Gras season, but before the popular Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off in late April, New Orleans in early spring offers a little pocket of pleasant temperatures, lower crowds, and affordability. Although good times, music, and nightlife can be had at any time of year, surprisingly New Orleans isn’t a major spring break party spot, so it’s also a great time to take the family. Stroll along the rues of the French Quarter, nosh on beignets at Cafe du Monde, and then retire to your room at the Hampton Inn and Suites for around $200 a night. Flights from New York are under $300. NOLA is one of the 15 spring break ideas you haven’t thought of yet.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Although it might not be warm enough for swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, the chain of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks still makes for a perfect spring break getaway: Think long walks on deserted beaches, low crowds and room rates, and pleasant temperatures for fishing, golfing, visiting lighthouses, or horseback riding. Visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial (the first airplane flight occurred in Kill Devil Hills), watch wild horses on the beach, or go off-roading along the shore (with a permit). Opt for a vacation rental to save money on hotels, and cook your own meals instead of going out to eat every night.

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London

Although the tourist season in London runs year-round, visiting in early spring is a relatively less busy, and more affordable, time to go. Emerging from the dreary winter, weather in London looks up at this time of year, too, as the lovely gardens of the city start to bloom. Although London can be an expensive city, there are plenty of free attractions, including many top museums such as the National Gallery, British Museum, Victoria and Albert, and Tate Modern. More free sights include street performers in Covent Garden, the stone lions of Trafalgar Square, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, watching a debate in Parliament, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. Stay right across the Thames from Big Ben at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge for around $200 a night. Flights from New York are around just $350, making it one of the 15 best places to go in Europe for spring break.

Red River Gorge, Kentucky

This top rock-climbing destination in Daniel Boone National Forest is at its most stunning in spring, with wildflowers blooming all around the 100 natural sandstone arches and other amazing rock formations. But you don’t have to be a climber to enjoy the area’s trails and natural beauty. National Bridge State Resort Park even offers wildflower walks, and visitors can also rent canoes or kayaks, or go on a guided canoe trip, along the river. Camping is a great cost-saving way to get the most out of your adventure; you can also rent cabins or affordable lodge rooms. It this appeals to you, you may also want to take one of these luxury camping adventures that even indoor people will love.

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Hawaii

There’s really no bad time of year to go to Hawaii, thanks to its warm and steady climate; although winter into spring break does tend to be a more popular time to go. But the “Southwest effect” that’s occurred since the airline started flying to the island chain is still going strong thanks to additional flights from the west coast starting in January, one of the 13 ways air travel will change in 2020. Increasing competition means visitors can take advantage of the low prices, with flights around $450 from Los Angeles. Travelers can choose whether to island-hop between Oahu and Maui, Kauai, or another island; or choose to stay right in Waikiki in Honolulu at Hotel LaCroix for around $160 a night.

See the complete list of affordable spring break destinations on Reader’s Digest.

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R2-D2 now ‘gliding around’ Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge, bleeping, blorping

Good news for people who pretend to understand gibberish-spewing robots!

R2-D2, arguably the cutest droid in the galaxy before BB-8 came along, is now “gliding around” freely at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, probably bumping into people’s feet or being mistaken for a trash can.

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“On your next transport to Batuu in Disneyland park, you may see a familiar sidekick gliding around: R2-D2!” Disneyland announced on social media earlier this week.

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A recent post on the Disney Parks Blog further confirmed that Artoo has been bleeping and blorping around Galaxy’s Edge since at least Tuesday.

“A resourceful astromech droid, R2-D2 has shown great bravery in rescuing his masters and their friends from many perils,” the blog post reads, while cleverly avoiding any explanation as to how this real-life version will navigate even a short set of steps, or avoid some jerk trying to dump Bantha milk on its head.

While certainly a fun addition to Disneyland’s new Galaxy’s Edge, the Disney Parks has not unleashed a similarly free-gliding R2-D2 upon the Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney World. But until they do, “Star Wars” fans can still assemble their own droids at the parks’ Droid Depots — for the cost of “$99.99 per astromech droid unit, plus tax.”

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When reached for comment, R2 himself said only, “Bleep blorp. Zwip! Zwippity!”

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Joshua Rogers: What a child’s dance moves can teach us about brokenness

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I have friends who adopted a little girl from another country and their child has some significant disabilities that require her to wear a brace on her leg. You would think that fitting braces for a child’s leg wouldn’t be a difficult thing but it has actually been a long process that has been debilitating and painful for her.

What strikes me, however, is the joy with which my friends diligently work to rehabilitate their daughter’s leg and the joy she has when her parents do so.

In my favorite example, the mother posted a video of her daughter using her braces to dance around the living room to a worshipful song. Despite the girl’s struggle to use an uncooperative leg, she beamed while moving across the hardwood floor as gracefully as she could.

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What was just as beautiful as her dance was the sound of her mother behind the camera emotionally saying, “Oh my goodness — I’m so proud of you!”

All believers have been adopted into the family of God (Romans 8:15). We come with imperfections, with brokenness that will take years to rehabilitate.

Our journey is painful and embarrassing at times and it’s easy to feel like we’re the only ones who struggle. But when we move in acts of worship – no matter how humble they may be – it is beautiful in our Father’s eyes.

Our journey is painful and embarrassing at times, and it’s easy to feel like we’re the only ones who struggle. But when we move in acts of worship – no matter how humble they may be – it is beautiful in our Father’s eyes.

Our repeated attempts to forgive an unrepentant offender . . . they are beautiful.

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The awkward attempt to encourage a depressed coworker . . . lovely.

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That simple, helpless prayer, “Lord, I believe — help my unbelief” . . . it moves Him.

None of our offerings are perfect, but they are all lovely. And what makes them lovely is our Father’s love for us.

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We are the children He called worthy; adopted; and taught to dance, one step at a time.

To us, in the midst of our broken and imperfect efforts, He nonetheless exclaims, “Oh my goodness — I’m so proud of you!”

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Iran Says Downing of Plane Was a ‘Disastrous Mistake’: Live Updates

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The New York Times has obtained and verified video showing the moment a Ukrainian airliner was hit in Iran.CreditCredit…Screenshot from video

After maintaining for days that there was no evidence that one of its missiles had struck a Boeing 737-800 minutes after it took off from Tehran on Wednesday with 176 people on board, Iran admitted early on Saturday that its military had accidentally shot down the passenger jet.

The military blamed human error. In a statement, it said the plane had taken a sharp, unexpected turn that brought it near a sensitive military base.

In post on Twitter, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif, apologized but appeared to blame American “adventurism” for the tragedy, writing: “Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.”

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who had been informed about the accidental shooting down, said information should be publicly announced after a meeting of Iran’s top security body, the semiofficial Fars news agency said on Twitter.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Twitter that Iran “deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.”

In a statement cited by the semiofficial Fars News Agency, the president offered condolences to the victims’ families and said that “the terrible catastrophe should be thoroughly investigated.” He added that those responsible for “this unforgivable mistake” would be identified and “prosecuted.”

But he also said that in an environment of military threats and terror by the United States’ “aggressive” government against the people of Iran, and facing the possibility of American military strikes on Iran, the armed forces made a “human mistake and misfired” and “it led to a big catastrophe and innocent people were killed.”

“This painful incident is not something we can easily overcome,” he added, saying that was imperative to is correct any shortcomings in the country’s defense mechanism and ensure such a tragedy would not happen again.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, in his first reaction to Iran’s announcement, said Kyiv would “insist on a full admission of guilt” by Tehran.

“We expect Iran to assure its readiness for a full and open investigation, to bring those responsible to justice, to return the bodies of the victims, to pay compensation, and to make official apologies through diplomatic channels,” Mr. Zelensky said in a post on his Facebook page. “We hope that the investigation will continue without artificial delays and obstacles.”

Mr. Zelensky had come under domestic criticism this week for refusing to publicly blame Iran for the disaster even as the United States, Canada and Britain did. Instead, he dispatched a team of specialists to Tehran who sought to work alongside Iranians in studying the crash site. He implored the public to avoid speculating about the cause of the disaster.

Iran’s announcement on Saturday vindicated Mr. Zelensky’s cautious approach, said Ivan Yakovina, a columnist for the Kyiv-based magazine Novoye Vremya. “If there had been threats from Ukraine, then I believe Iran wouldn’t have allowed the specialists to do their jobs and generally would have refused to admit guilt,” he said.

Iranians expressed fury toward their government in the first hours after Tehran’s admission, even as many planned to gather in main squares around town with candles at 5 p.m. Saturday local time.

Conservatives and supporters of the government accused the authorities of intentionally misleading the public initially about what had brought down the plane, whose passengers included many young Iranians on their way to Canada for graduate study.

The semiofficial Fars News Agency, which is affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, posted a harsh commentary condemning Iran’s leaders, saying “their shortcomings have made this tragedy twice as bitter.”

“It is pivotal that those who were hiding the truth from the public for the past 72 hours be held accountable, we cannot let this go,” it read.

“Individuals, media, political and military officials who commented in the past 72 hours must be investigated. If they knew of the truth and were deliberately speaking falsehood or for any reason were trying to hide it, they must be prosecuted, no matter what post they hold.”

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Flights In and Out of Tehran Continued After Missile Strikes and Plane Crash

Planes took off after Iran’s missile strikes on bases in Iraq, and even after a Ukrainian plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

Siamak Ghaesmi, a Tehran-based economist, addressed the country’s leaders in an Instagram post: “I don’t know what to do with my rage and grief. I’m thinking of all the ‘human errors’ in these years that were never revealed because there was no international pressure.

I’m thinking of the little trust left that was shattered. I’m thinking of the innocent lives lost because of confronting and being stubborn with the world. What have you done with us?”

Mohamad Saeed Ahadian, a conservative analyst in Iran, said on Twitter, “There are two major problems with the Ukrainian Airlines issue. One is firing at an airplane and two is firing at the public’s trust. The first can be justified but the latter is a mistake with absolutely no justification.”

Some social media posts made use of the term “harsh revenge,” which Iran’s leaders had promised to inflict on the United States for the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a top Revolutionary Guards commander, in a drone strike last week.

Mojtaba Fathi, an Iranian journalist, wrote on Twitter, “They were supposed to take their harsh revenge against America, not the people.”

Mohsen Moghadaszadeh, a cleric from Qom, tweeted: “If there were loved ones of the highest officials on that plane would you have committed a similar mistake? If the answer is yes then your apology is accepted. If no then apology is not enough.”

International pressure had been building on Iran to take responsibility. American and allied officials had said that all intelligence assessments indicated that surface-to-air missiles fired by Iranian military forces had shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

Hours after the crash, Ukraine International Airlines officials had consistently ruled out pilot error or mechanical problems as the cause of the crash. They had said the Boeing 737-800, which was less than four years old, was helmed by some of the airline’s most experienced crew.

“We never thought for a second that our crew and our plane could have been the reason for this terrible, horrific aviation catastrophe,” the airline’s president, Yevhenii Dykhne, said in a Facebook post on Saturday after Iran’s admission. “These were our best young men and women. The best.”

There was no immediate reaction from the United States to Iran’s admission, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been the first American official to publicly confirm the intelligence assessments.

“We do believe that it’s likely that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile,” Mr. Pompeo said at a briefing at the White House announcing new sanctions against Iran on Friday.

The crash occurred days after the American drone strike that killed General Suleimani and an Iraqi militia leader, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, as they left the airport in Baghdad. The general’s killing sent shock waves through the Middle East and led to calls for revenge in Iran, as well as a vote by Iraq’s Parliament to oust American troops from that country.

Iran responded to the drone strike by firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two American bases in Iraq. But the missiles caused little damage and no American or Iraqi casualties, President Trump and Iraqi officials said.

President Justin Trudeau of Canada, who has said his country expects to play a big role in Iran’s investigation of the airliner crash that killed 63 Canadians even though the two nations do not have diplomatic ties, said on Saturday that “closure, accountability” were needed after Iran’s admission, according to local news reports.

The 176 people who died on the flight included 57 Canadians, many of them students or faculty at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. About 27 residents of Edmonton were on the plane.

In Canada, Iranians are comparative newcomers: Most arrived after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Today, by some counts, Canada has the third-largest number of expatriate Iranians in the world and its universities are a top destination for Iranian graduate students.

Canada broke off diplomatic relations with Iran in 2012, but Mr. Trudeau said on Wednesday that Canada’s foreign minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne, would contact his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to underline the need for a proper inquiry.

“Canada is one of a handful of countries with a high degree of expertise when it comes to these sorts of accidents and therefore we have much to contribute,” Mr. Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa.

“I am confident that in our engagement both through our allies and directly, we are going to make sure that we are a substantive contributor to this investigation.”

Reporting was contributed by Farnaz Fassihi, Anton Troianovski, Ian Austen and Andrew Kramer.

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Twitter Users Torch Trump, Republicans With Savage Film Name Tweaks

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Sean Hannity Issues Phone Number Threat To Republicans In Impeachment Rant

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Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday threatened to give out phone numbers as he warned Republican senators against allowing witnesses to be called during President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.

“They now get to present their case to all of you Republican senators, don’t make me start giving out the phone number,” he warned on his radio show in audio published online by progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America.

It’s unclear exactly what phone number Hannity was threatening to release.

The prime time anchor, who is a staunch supporter of the president, has repeatedly urged his viewers and listeners to call up elected officials to echo his views in the past.

Hannity continued:

You need to understand here that their sole Constitutional role is they get to impeach. They have decided in their insanity and psychosis and rage to abuse that power and bring up what is a non-case. And just politicize this because they’re just obsessed and Nancy Pelosi needed to appease the radicalism rising within her base. That is not what your role is in the US senate. Your role is also very very clear, you are to run the trial. That’s it. That’s what your job is. It is not your job, at all, to redo their corrupt investigation.

The House voted to impeach Trump over the Ukraine scandal in December.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held off from transmitting the two articles of impeachment (abuse of power and obstruction of Congress) to the Senate amid fears of Republican bias in the trial and the White House’s blocking of key witnesses from testifying. On Friday, she announced the articles would be transmitted next week.

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Iran Says Downing of Plane Was ‘Disastrous Mistake’: Live Updates

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The New York Times has obtained and verified video showing the moment a Ukrainian airliner was hit in Iran.CreditCredit…Screenshot from video

After maintaining for days that there was no evidence that one of its missiles had struck a Boeing 737-800 minutes after it took off from Tehran on Wednesday with 176 people on board, Iran admitted early on Saturday that its military had accidentally shot down the passenger jet.

The military blamed human error. In a statement, it said the plane had taken a sharp, unexpected turn that brought it near a sensitive military base.

In post on Twitter, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif, apologized but appeared to blame American “adventurism” for the tragedy, writing: “Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.”

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who had been informed about the accidental shooting down, said information should be publicly announced after a meeting of Iran’s top security body, the semiofficial Fars news agency said on Twitter.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Twitter that Iran “deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.”

In a statement cited by the semiofficial Fars News Agency, the president offered condolences to the victims’ families and said that “the terrible catastrophe should be thoroughly investigated.” He added that those responsible for “this unforgivable mistake” would be identified and “prosecuted.”

But he also said that in an environment of military threats and terror by the United States’ “aggressive” government against the people of Iran, and facing the possibility of American military strikes on Iran, the armed forces made a “human mistake and misfired” and “it led to a big catastrophe and innocent people were killed.”

“This painful incident is not something we can easily overcome,” he added, saying that was imperative to is correct any shortcomings in the country’s defense mechanism and ensure such a tragedy would not happen again.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, in his first reaction to Iran’s announcement, said Kyiv would “insist on a full admission of guilt” by Tehran.

“We expect Iran to assure its readiness for a full and open investigation, to bring those responsible to justice, to return the bodies of the victims, to pay compensation, and to make official apologies through diplomatic channels,” Mr. Zelensky said in a post on his Facebook page. “We hope that the investigation will continue without artificial delays and obstacles.”

Mr. Zelensky had come under domestic criticism this week for refusing to publicly blame Iran for the disaster even as the United States, Canada and Britain did. Instead, he dispatched a team of specialists to Tehran who sought to work alongside Iranians in studying the crash site. He implored the public to avoid speculating about the cause of the disaster.

Iran’s announcement on Saturday vindicated Mr. Zelensky’s cautious approach, said Ivan Yakovina, a columnist for the Kyiv-based magazine Novoye Vremya. “If there had been threats from Ukraine, then I believe Iran wouldn’t have allowed the specialists to do their jobs and generally would have refused to admit guilt,” he said.

Iranians expressed fury in the first hours after the admission. Even conservatives and supporters of the government accused the authorities of having intentionally misled the public about what had brought down the plane, whose passengers included many young Iranians on their way to Canada for graduate study.

The semiofficial Fars News Agency, which is affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, posted a harsh commentary condemning Iran’s leaders, saying “their shortcomings have made this tragedy twice as bitter.”

“It is pivotal that those who were hiding the truth from the public for the past 72 hours be held accountable, we cannot let this go,” it read.

“Individuals, media, political and military officials who commented in the past 72 hours must be investigated. If they knew of the truth and were deliberately speaking falsehood or for any reason were trying to hide it, they must be prosecuted, no matter what post they hold.”

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Flights In and Out of Tehran Continued After Missile Strikes and Plane Crash

Planes took off after Iran’s missile strikes on bases in Iraq, and even after a Ukrainian plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

Siamak Ghaesmi, a Tehran-based economist, addressed the country’s leaders in an Instagram post: “I don’t know what to do with my rage and grief. I’m thinking of all the ‘human errors’ in these years that were never revealed because there was no international pressure.

“I’m thinking of the little trust left that was shattered. I’m thinking of the innocent lives lost because of confronting and being stubborn with the world. What have you done with us?”

Mohamad Saeed Ahadian, a conservative analyst in Iran, said on Twitter, “There are two major problems with the Ukrainian Airlines issue. One is firing at an airplane and two is firing at the public’s trust. The first can be justified but the latter is a mistake with absolutely no justification.”

Some social media posts made use of the term “harsh revenge,” which Iran’s leaders had promised to inflict on the United States for the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a top Revolutionary Guards commander, in a drone strike last week.

Mojtaba Fathi, an Iranian journalist, wrote on Twitter, “They were supposed to take their harsh revenge against America, not the people.”

Mohsen Moghadaszadeh, a cleric from Qom, tweeted: “If there were loved ones of the highest officials on that plane would you have committed a similar mistake? If the answer is yes then your apology is accepted. If no then apology is not enough.”

International pressure had been building on Iran to take responsibility. American and allied officials had said that all intelligence assessments indicated that surface-to-air missiles fired by Iranian military forces had shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

There was no immediate reaction from the United States to Iran’s admission, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been the first American official to publicly confirm the intelligence assessments.

“We do believe that it’s likely that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile,” Mr. Pompeo said at a briefing at the White House announcing new sanctions against Iran on Friday. “We’re going to let the investigation play out before we make a final determination. It’s important that we get to the bottom of it.”

The crash occurred days after the American drone strike that killed General Suleimani and an Iraqi militia leader, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, as they left the airport in Baghdad. The general’s killing sent shock waves through the Middle East and led to calls for revenge in Iran, as well as a vote by Iraq’s Parliament to oust American troops from that country.

Iran responded to the drone strike by firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two American bases in Iraq. But the missiles caused little damage and no American or Iraqi casualties, President Trump and Iraqi officials said.

Farnaz Fassihi, Anton Troianovski and Andrew Kramer contributed reporting.

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Utah woman goes missing in Florida while on work trip; last seen on hotel video in pajamas: husband

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Utah woman in Florida on a work trip has gone missing, Florida authorities say. Kelly Glover was last seen on hotel security footage in her pajamas, according to her husband.

“We are missing an amazing woman. We just need her home,” Kelly Glover’s husband, Adam Bremer, told reporters. “She’s got a sweet spirit and she’s a very sweet girl and she has a big heart. She’s a good person, an amazing wife. She’s my best friend.”

Glover, 37, of Holladay, Utah, had been staying with a friend at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. She was in Florida on a trip related to her job, FOX 13 of Salt Lake City reported.

“Her friend went to bed early,” Bremer said, according to Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV. “My wife was still up and her friend woke up around 4 a.m., and my wife was nowhere to be found and the door was left open.”

Bremer told reporters his wife left behind her phone and purse.

“She left it in the room and that’s the last we’ve seen of her,” he said, according to Miami’s WPLG-TV.

Bremer said hotel security footage shows Glover in her pajamas and socks in a back stairwell headed for an exit around 2 a.m. Thursday.

“As far as I know there is no evidence that she’s left the hotel,” her cousin, Ryan Glover, said, according to KSL.

He said he knew something was wrong when he hadn’t heard from her in the morning.

“She’s pretty responsive,” he said, KSL reported. “I usually get up before her and I send her the first message in the morning and not one morning has gone by where I haven’t heard from her by 9 o’clock.”

”I can confirm a report was made for the missing person, detectives are investigating and following up on any leads they get but have no other details other than she has not been recovered at this time,” Fort Lauderdale Police Department Detective Tracy Figone said, according to KSL.

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Police dive teams searched a nearby body of water, and they’ve also used helicopters and dogs to try to find her, FOX 13 reported.

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Fox News’ Chris Wallace: Trump Has Himself To Blame For Iran Skepticism

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Fox NewsChris Wallace on Friday explained why President Donald Trump and his administration have themselves to blame for the skepticism that’s engulfed their reasons for the recent escalation in military tensions with Iran.

Wallace told fellow Fox anchor Bret Baier that people “understandably” wanted to know what the “imminent” threat was that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo initially said prompted last Friday’s U.S. assassination of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Trump has since stated in an interview with Fox’s Laura Ingraham that Soleimani was planning an attack on four U.S. embassies, a claim that has also been met with much suspicion.

If the White House “had been a little more forthcoming right from the start, they might not have allowed this skepticism to build,” said Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” who is one of the few journalists on the widely watched conservative network who is willing to challenge the president on air.

“And look, to a certain degree, I think the president has himself to blame, because who has been more critical and less sort of just trusting on face of the intelligence agencies than Donald Trump over the last three years?” he continued. “So, you know, why shouldn’t we be skeptical too?”

Wallace suggested, however, that the now-paused hostilities with Iran had “absolutely” been a “political win” for Trump if “it’s as far as it goes.”

“But we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” he said. “And if they strike again, whether it’s directly or through a proxy and you begin to see tensions ratchet up, then some people are going to say, ‘are we really safer or not?’ But for now, and we hope for a long time, so far so good.”

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NY man held in murder, sex assault of 92-year-old woman claims his ‘pants fell’ before alleged contact

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The man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 92-year-old woman in Queens claimed to cops that he’d been trying to help the old woman — but then he lost his balance, his belt broke, his pants fell down and his genitals accidentally came in contact with hers, it was revealed in court Friday.

The suspect, 21-year-old Reeaz Khan, told detectives that he found the woman, Maria Fuertes, on the ground near Liberty Avenue and 127th Street in Richmond Hill at about midnight on Monday and tried to help her, a prosecutor said at his arraignment on Friday.

Khan told detectives, “He fell down, his belt broke, his pants fell down and his penis fell near her vagina,” the prosecutor, Joseph Grasso, said in court.

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At that point, something came over him, Khan claimed.

“Defendant then stated that he did lift up her skirt and he tried to put his penis inside of her,”  the prosecutor added.

Sources previously said Khan admitted to suffering “uncontrollable urges,” and said that this was the first time he acted on them.

Fuertes lay half-dressed in 32-degree weather for two hours before she was found, conscious but “incoherent,” at around 2 a.m., according to the criminal complaint.

She suffered a broken spine, rib fractures and bruising on her chest and neck, among other injuries, according to court papers.

Prosecutors noted investigators have collected significant surveillance footage that places Khan at the scene and traces him back to his house.

He was ordered held without bond and is due back in court on Jan. 15.

His defense attorney asked the judge that he be placed in protective custody while he is behind bars.

Khan allegedly followed Fuertes from Liberty Avenue onto 127th Street, where he came up behind her, threw her to the ground and attacked and sexually assaulted her, police said.

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“There was some sort of physical contact between the two … causing both of them to fall to the ground, where they landed behind a parked car,” Deputy Chief of Detective Bureau Queens South Joseph Kenny said earlier Friday.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, noting the victim was found “with her clothes pulled above her waist and near death,” called the slaying “a senseless, brutal act of violence.”

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