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Giuliani: Supreme Court should step in and declare Trump’s impeachment ‘unconstitutional’

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President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani sounded off about the president’s impeachment Thursday, repeatedly calling on the Supreme Court to step in and declare it “unconstitutional.”

Giuliani argued that impeachment can only be pursued for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” referencing Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, but the impeachment voted on by the Democratic-led House charged no such crimes.

“If this impeachment is not declared illegal it would remove the constitutional limitation of crimes on the power to impeach,” Giuliani explained on Twitter. “It would allow the House to impeach for policy differences or political leverage.”

Giuliani, in an op-ed published in the Daily Caller, said the first article of impeachment “abuse of power,” is “not a crime of any kind, high or low.” President Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymer Zelensky to investigate “bribery, extortion and money laundering” as well as allegations of Ukrainians illegally supplying information to Democratic Party officials was well within his rights, according to the former New York City mayor.

PRESSURE MOUNTS ON PELOSI TO TRANSMIT IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES, AS DEMS LOSE PATIENCE

The second impeachment article, obstruction of Congress, was based on the executive branch challenging proceedings and subpoenas “based on recognized legal privileges that were being violated,” Giuliani said.

“It would prevent a future president to raise any challenge to the most illegal, overbroad subpoena from any of the multitude of congressional committees and sub-committees,” if impeachment is not declared unconstitutional, Giuliani said on Twitter.

“No documents were destroyed, cellphones were not smashed with hammers, and servers were not bleached. They were preserved for a proper judicial review and decision of legality and constitutionality, hardly an impeachable offense,” he added.

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Giuliani argued that though the Constitution was silent on the Supreme Court’s role in impeachment, former Chief Justice John Marshall established that “judicial review is implicit as the only logical answer to constitutional standoffs between the legislative and executive branches or between the federal and state governments.”

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NYC woman who plotted terror bombing on law enforcement gets 15 years in prison

A New York City woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for studying how to make bombs for a terrorist attack targeting law enforcement in the United States, according to reports.

Asia Siddiqui, 35, of Queens, admitted in federal court in Brooklyn that she and another woman looked online for recipes for homemade explosives and shopped for components at Home Depot with the intent to bomb government targets.

She was arrested in 2015 and pleaded guilty last year.

The other woman charged in the case, Noelle Velentzas, also of Queens, is scheduled to be sentenced March 5.

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Seen here in an illustration, Asia Siddiqui and Noelle Velentzas were “inspired by radical Islam” and taught each other chemistry and electrical skills necessary to build explosives and detonating devices, authorities said. (AP)

Prosecutors asked that Siddiqui be sentenced to two decades behind bars, saying she and Velentzas “followed and expressed a violent, warped version of Islam which, in their view, demanded that they teach each other and learn how to build a bomb.”

The women used the teachings of radical jihadist Samir Khan, who was a prominent member of Al Qaeda but is now deceased, as inspiration for their plots.

Prosecutors said Siddiqui wrote two poems and an article that were published in Khan’s magazine called “Jihad Recollections.”

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In a poem called “Take Me to the Lands Where the Eyes Are Cooled,” Siddiqui wrote that she “taste[s] the Truth through fists and slit throats” and that there is “[n]o excuse to sit back and wait — for the skies rain martyrdom.”

“Had they succeeded in executing a bombing like the prior terrorist attacks they repeatedly discussed and celebrated, the result would have been catastrophic,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing.

Siddiqui and Velentzas discussed several prior terrorist attacks in the U.S. with a New York Police Department (NYPD) counterterrorism officer posing as a convert to Islam. The undercover agent had been assigned to mingle with young Muslims around the city and made recordings of the women discussing their plans.

Authorities said they discovered “tools of the trade for terrorists” inside the women’s homes, including propane gas tanks, soldering tools, jihadist literature and machetes.

“Lives were saved when the defendants’ plot to detonate a bomb in a terrorist attack was thwarted by the tireless efforts of law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York said in a news release.  “This is precisely the reason why countering terrorism remains the highest priority of the Department of Justice, and working with the FBI, the NYPD and our Joint Terrorism Task Force partners, we will continue to do everything possible to stay steps ahead of aspiring terrorists and their evil plans to harm Americans.”

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Siddiqui’s defense attorneys argued that there had been no specific plot.

They said in court filings that her role in studying the explosive devices had been “inconsequential” and that the so-called terrorism enhancement in the case had distorted the “seriousness” of the crime.

“To construct a bomb from what Ms. Siddiqui had in her basement would have required the expertise of the fictional MacGuyver, and the claim that she was going to independently build her own explosive device is equally fictional,” the defense attorneys claimed.

Defense attorney Charles Swift said he respected the 15-year sentence, but added: “I still believe in the merits of the argument we made.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ford’s four-wheel steering system could make big trucks drive small

The F-Series truck may be going four-wheeling in a different way than usual.

Ford has filed for a patent on a rear-wheel steering mechanism that could make its big pickups feel smaller, as recently uncovered by PatentSwarm.com.

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Four-wheel steering systems are used on a few performance models from brands such as Acura, Lexus, Porsche and Lamborghini and are aimed at improving both high-speed stability and making them easier to turn at low speeds, the latter of which is particularly advantageous for a large truck.

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(General Motors)

General Motors launched a Quadrasteer system on its full-size trucks in 2002 that reduced the turning circle by about 10 feet, but the feature was a costly option that didn’t sell well and was discontinued in 2005.

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Ford’s patent depicts its version begin used on an F-Series Super Duty and describes a system that includes an electric actuator mounted to the backside of the solid axle that turns the steering knuckles through a series of links and rods as an alternative to the more conventional rack-and-pinion setup used by GM.

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Ford has not confirmed any plans to put it into production, but the filing suggests that it thinks it’s on to something with its take on the technology.

Ford just updated the F-Series Super Duty for 2020 without the feature, so it could be a while before we find out for sure, but a new F-150 is expected to debut in 2021 and there’s no reason it couldn’t use it, too.

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Taco Bell customers arrested after argument reportedly leads to behind-the-counter fight

Violence broke out behind the counter of a Taco Bell in Pennsylvania.

Two customers reportedly got into an argument with an employee at the restaurant over a personal matter. When the worker tried to walk away from the situation, things escalated.

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Jennifer S. Bowling and Jaime E. Ramos-Carrillo allegedly assaulted two Taco Bell employees after going behind the counter. (Chambersburg Police)

Jennifer S. Bowling and Jaime E. Ramos-Carrillo were charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct, Herald Mail Media reports.

The duo allegedly got into an argument with an employee at a Taco Bell in Chambersburg, Pa., on Jan. 2. When the employee attempted to walk away, Bowling and Ramos-Carrillo walked behind the counter, where a fight reportedly broke out.

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Both suspects are accused of assaulting two Taco Bell employees before leaving the store.

This wasn’t the only Taco Bell to recently be the scene of a crime.

Surveillance cameras captured footage of an unidentified man breaking into one of the fast-food chain’s locations in Gwinnett County, Ga. The suspect then used an insider-level understanding of the restaurant’s kitchen.

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The break-in occurred around 12:15 in the morning on Christmas day, WSB-TV reports. The footage shows the suspect pull bags of ingredients out, and work the fryers before eating his meal and then taking a nap.

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The Gwinnett County Police Department uploaded the footage to Facebook, where they captioned it, “On Christmas morning, a man broke into a local fast food restaurant, prepared some food, and eventually took a nap. This occurred at the Taco Bell at 4880 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.”

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Taco Bell customers arrested after argument reportedly leads to behind-the-counter fight

Violence broke out behind the counter of a Taco Bell in Pennsylvania.

Two customers reportedly got into an argument with an employee at the restaurant over a personal matter. When the worker tried to walk away from the situation, things escalated.

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Jennifer S. Bowling and Jaime E. Ramos-Carrillo allegedly assaulted two Taco Bell employees after going behind the counter. (Chambersburg Police)

Jennifer S. Bowling and Jaime E. Ramos-Carrillo were charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct, Herald Mail Media reports.

The duo allegedly got into an argument with an employee at a Taco Bell in Chambersburg, Pa., on Jan. 2. When the employee attempted to walk away, Bowling and Ramos-Carrillo walked behind the counter, where a fight reportedly broke out.

THIEF STEALS UNATTENDED PAPA JOHN’S DELIVERY VEHICLE, FINDS CLEVER WAY TO AVOID DETECTION

Both suspects are accused of assaulting two Taco Bell employees before leaving the store.

This wasn’t the only Taco Bell to recently be the scene of a crime.

Surveillance cameras captured footage of an unidentified man breaking into one of the fast-food chain’s locations in Gwinnett County, Ga. The suspect then used an insider-level understanding of the restaurant’s kitchen.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The break-in occurred around 12:15 in the morning on Christmas day, WSB-TV reports. The footage shows the suspect pull bags of ingredients out, and work the fryers before eating his meal and then taking a nap.

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The Gwinnett County Police Department uploaded the footage to Facebook, where they captioned it, “On Christmas morning, a man broke into a local fast food restaurant, prepared some food, and eventually took a nap. This occurred at the Taco Bell at 4880 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.”

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Iranian Missile Accidentally Brought Down Ukrainian Jet, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — An Iranian missile accidentally brought down a Ukrainian jetliner over Iran this week, killing everyone aboard, American and allied officials said on Thursday, adding a tragic coda to the escalated military conflict between Washington and Tehran.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said his country had intelligence that an Iranian surface-to-air missile brought down the jetliner, which was carrying 63 Canadians among its some 176 passengers and crew. Mr. Trudeau said his conclusion was based on a preliminary review of the evidence but called for a full investigation “to be convinced beyond all doubt.

“We recognize that this may have been done accidentally,” Mr. Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa. “The evidence suggests very clearly a possible and probable cause for the crash.”

United States officials had a “high level of confidence” that the Iranians brought down the airliner by mistake, one American official said. The official said that two missiles fired from an Iranian air defense system, the SA-15, shot down the airliner.

The Ukrainian airliner, a Boeing 737-800, went down on Wednesday morning. It had turned back toward the Tehran airport before it crashed in a huge explosion minutes after takeoff, according to an initial Iranian report released on Thursday. The report said that the plane, bound for Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, was in flames before it hit the ground but did not send a distress signal.

Although both the United States and Iran now appear to be backing away from a larger military confrontation, the new intelligence suggests that the loss of life from the downing of the plane was a direct result of those heightened tensions between the countries.

American satellites, designed to track missile launches, detected the firing of the Iranian short-range interceptor. United States intelligence agencies later intercepted Iranian communications confirming that the SA-15 system brought down the Ukrainian airliner, officials said.

A security camera captured the impact — first the predawn darkness, then a series of blinding bursts of light in the distance, followed by a storm of burning debris in the foreground.

The circumstances of the disaster raised suspicions that the airliner was brought down by a missile. The crash occurred just hours after Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at United States targets in Iraq, with Tehran presumably bracing for possible American retaliation.

American officials have been reluctant to publicly assign blame for the downing of the aircraft, apparently to keep from inflaming tensions with Iran, at a time both governments were taking steps to de-escalate the military confrontation that came to a head an American drone killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The SA-15 missile is designed to operate at medium to very low altitude and intercept both aircraft and guided weapons, according to military documents. It has a maximum range of 15.5 miles and can intercept aircraft and missiles at an altitude of up to 32,800 feet.

A mobile system, the SA-15 could have been brought out by the Iranian military to defend the airport if officials believed the United States military was intending to counter attack after the missile strike. If the Iranians thought that the United States was going to target their airport or other facilities with guided missiles, the SA-15 system could have been used to try to intercept them.

The SA-15 can track multiple targets, and seek to shoot down two at once, meaning it can fire multiple missiles nearly simultaneously, according to the military documents.

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Source: Flightradar24 | Note: Times are in local time.

By Lauren Leatherby and Anjali Singhvi

The comments from American officials came after the Iranians, through the International Civil Aviation Organization, invited the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States to assist in the investigation despite previous reports that the Americans would not be involved, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The NTSB has reached out to the State Department to determine how to proceed, the people said. Sanctions against Iran prevent Boeing from contacting the Iranians without an export license, they said.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Iran’s armed forces, Abolfazl Shekarchi, was quoted by the Iranian news media as saying that the crash was not a result of any military action.

“This is ridiculous,” Mr. Shekarchi was quoted as saying. “Most of the passengers on this flight were our valued young Iranian men and women. Whatever we do, we do it for the protection and defense of our country and our people.”

The SA-15 launch was detected by the American military’s Space-Based Infrared System, which relies on satellites in various orbits to track the launch and flight path of ballistic missiles. While American missile defense sensors are primarily meant to defend against long-range launches, the military has upgraded the infrared satellite network to track shorter-range ballistic missile launches as well. They also can often detect launches of air defense systems, including missile systems designed to work at low altitudes, officials have said.

The infrared system also detected the antiaircraft missile fired by Russian-supported separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine in 2014 that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, officials said at the time. All 298 people aboard were killed.

The satellite data is often combined with other sources of information. For example, American intelligence can also often detect when air defense radar are turned on or activated, giving clues to what systems are have been used.

On Wednesday, American officials combined the information from the satellites with intelligence from intercepted calls.

President Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday after an event announcing new environmental regulations, was asked about the downed airliner.

“I have my suspicions,” he said. “I don’t want to say that because other people have their suspicions also. It’s a tragic thing when I see that. It’s a tragic thing.”

He added that the crash could have been an accident.

“But somebody could have made a mistake on the other side,” Mr. Trump said. “It was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood and somebody could have made a mistake. Some people say it was mechanical. I personally don’t think that’s even a question, personally. So we’ll see what happens.”

On Thursday, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said that investigators were following up on unconfirmed reports that fragments of a Russian-made Tor surface-to-air missile — a system used by Iran — had been found near where the plane, a Boeing 737-800, came down.

Ukraine was negotiating with Iran to allow the investigators to search the crash site near Tehran for possible rocket fragments, he told Censor.net, a Ukrainian news outlet.

The possibilities of a terrorist act, a collision with an airborne object such as a drone, and an engine explosion were also being examined as possible causes of the crash, Mr. Danilov said on his Facebook page.

Ukraine brings unique experience to bear on the case because of the 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight. The SA-15 is similar to the same type of missile system that caused that crash, meaning the passengers aboard the flight out of Tehran may have faced a similar fate: silence followed by a sudden explosion that sent shrapnel and debris spiraling through the fuselage, rapidly depressurizing the cabin before the aircraft’s uncontrolled descent toward the ground.

Julian E. Barnes and Eric Schmitt reported from Washington, Anton Troianovski from Kyiv, Ukraine, and Natalie Kitroeff from New York. Reporting was contributed by Thomas Gibbons-Neff from Washington, Andrew E. Kramer from Moscow, Maria Varenikova from Kyiv and Dan Bilefsky from Montreal.

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Iranian Missile Accidentally Brought Down Ukrainian Jet, Officials Say, Citing Early Evidence

WASHINGTON — An Iranian missile accidentally brought down a Ukrainian jetliner over Iran this week, killing everyone aboard, American and allied officials said on Thursday, adding a tragic coda to the escalated military conflict between Washington and Tehran.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said his country had intelligence that an Iranian surface-to-air missile brought down the jetliner, which was carrying 63 Canadians among its some 176 passengers and crew. Mr. Trudeau said his conclusion was based on a preliminary review of the evidence but called for a full investigation “to be convinced beyond all doubt.

“We recognize that this may have been done accidentally,” Mr. Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa. “The evidence suggests very clearly a possible and probable cause for the crash.”

United States officials had a “high level of confidence” that the Iranians brought down the airliner by mistake, one American official said. The official said that two missiles fired from an Iranian air defense system, the SA-15, shot down the airliner.

The Ukrainian airliner, a Boeing 737-800, went down on Wednesday morning. It had turned back toward the Tehran airport before it crashed in a huge explosion minutes after takeoff, according to an initial Iranian report released on Thursday. The report said that the plane, bound for Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, was in flames before it hit the ground but did not send a distress signal.

Although both the United States and Iran now appear to be backing away from a larger military confrontation, the new intelligence suggests that the loss of life from the downing of the plane was a direct result of those heightened tensions between the countries.

American satellites, designed to track missile launches, detected the firing of the Iranian short-range interceptor. United States intelligence agencies later intercepted Iranian communications confirming that the SA-15 system brought down the Ukrainian airliner, officials said.

A security camera captured the impact — first the predawn darkness, then a series of blinding bursts of light in the distance, followed by a storm of burning debris in the foreground.

The circumstances of the disaster raised suspicions that the airliner was brought down by a missile. The crash occurred just hours after Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at United States targets in Iraq, with Tehran presumably bracing for possible American retaliation.

American officials have been reluctant to publicly assign blame for the downing of the aircraft, apparently to keep from inflaming tensions with Iran, at a time both governments were taking steps to de-escalate the military confrontation that came to a head an American drone killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The SA-15 missile is designed to operate at medium to very low altitude and intercept both aircraft and guided weapons, according to military documents. It has a maximum range of 15.5 miles and can intercept aircraft and missiles at an altitude of up to 32,800 feet.

A mobile system, the SA-15 could have been brought out by the Iranian military to defend the airport if officials believed the United States military was intending to counter attack after the missile strike. If the Iranians thought that the United States was going to target their airport or other facilities with guided missiles, the SA-15 system could have been used to try to intercept them.

The SA-15 can track multiple targets, and seek to shoot down two at once, meaning it can fire multiple missiles nearly simultaneously, according to the military documents.

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3 A few minutes

later, video footage from this

area showed the plane

heading toward the airport.

Site of crash

2 The last signal was

received two minutes

after takeoff.

1 Flight 752 departed

at 6:12 a.m.

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3 A few minutes later, video footage from this area showed the plane heading toward the airport.

Site of crash

2 The last signal was

received two minutes

after takeoff.

1 Flight 752 departed

at 6:12 a.m.

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3 Video footage showed

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the airport.

2 Last

signal received

two minutes after

takeoff.

Site of crash

1 Flight 752 departed

at 6:12 a.m.

Source: Flightradar24 | Note: Times are in local time.

By Lauren Leatherby and Anjali Singhvi

The comments from American officials came after the Iranians, through the International Civil Aviation Organization, invited the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States to assist in the investigation despite previous reports that the Americans would not be involved, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The NTSB has reached out to the State Department to determine how to proceed, the people said. Sanctions against Iran prevent Boeing from contacting the Iranians without an export license, they said.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Iran’s armed forces, Abolfazl Shekarchi, was quoted by the Iranian news media as saying that the crash was not a result of any military action.

“This is ridiculous,” Mr. Shekarchi was quoted as saying. “Most of the passengers on this flight were our valued young Iranian men and women. Whatever we do, we do it for the protection and defense of our country and our people.”

The SA-15 launch was detected by the American military’s Space-Based Infrared System, which relies on satellites in various orbits to track the launch and flight path of ballistic missiles. While American missile defense sensors are primarily meant to defend against long-range launches, the military has upgraded the infrared satellite network to track shorter-range ballistic missile launches as well. They also can often detect launches of air defense systems, including missile systems designed to work at low altitudes, officials have said.

The infrared system also detected the antiaircraft missile fired by Russian-supported separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine in 2014 that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, officials said at the time. All 298 people aboard were killed.

The satellite data is often combined with other sources of information. For example, American intelligence can also often detect when air defense radar are turned on or activated, giving clues to what systems are have been used.

On Wednesday, American officials combined the information from the satellites with intelligence from intercepted calls.

President Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday after an event announcing new environmental regulations, was asked about the downed airliner.

“I have my suspicions,” he said. “I don’t want to say that because other people have their suspicions also. It’s a tragic thing when I see that. It’s a tragic thing.”

He added that the crash could have been an accident.

“But somebody could have made a mistake on the other side,” Mr. Trump said. “It was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood and somebody could have made a mistake. Some people say it was mechanical. I personally don’t think that’s even a question, personally. So we’ll see what happens.”

On Thursday, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said that investigators were following up on unconfirmed reports that fragments of a Russian-made Tor surface-to-air missile — a system used by Iran — had been found near where the plane, a Boeing 737-800, came down.

Ukraine was negotiating with Iran to allow the investigators to search the crash site near Tehran for possible rocket fragments, he told Censor.net, a Ukrainian news outlet.

The possibilities of a terrorist act, a collision with an airborne object such as a drone, and an engine explosion were also being examined as possible causes of the crash, Mr. Danilov said on his Facebook page.

Ukraine brings unique experience to bear on the case because of the 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight. The SA-15 is similar to the same type of missile system that caused that crash, meaning the passengers aboard the flight out of Tehran may have faced a similar fate: silence followed by a sudden explosion that sent shrapnel and debris spiraling through the fuselage, rapidly depressurizing the cabin before the aircraft’s uncontrolled descent toward the ground.

Julian E. Barnes and Eric Schmitt reported from Washington, Anton Troianovski from Kyiv, Ukraine, and Natalie Kitroeff from New York. Reporting was contributed by Thomas Gibbons-Neff from Washington, Andrew E. Kramer from Moscow, Maria Varenikova from Kyiv and Dan Bilefsky from Montreal.

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Rep. Lee Zeldin hits back at Pelosi over Iran resolution: ‘They’re just trying to punch the president in the face’

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House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-NY, pushed back Thursday on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plans for the House to vote on a war powers resolution meant to limit President Trump’s ability to conduct military action against Iran.

“Unfortunately, this [resolution] without any teeth is a press release,” Zeldin told “Outnumbered Overtime.” “They’re just trying to punch the president in the face with this resolution.”

“That’s why I think a lot of Republicans who would normally be inclined to support an effort like this don’t want anything to do with it,” Zeldin added.

Pelosi said Democrats have “serious, urgent concerns about the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran and about its lack of strategy moving forward.”

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The non-binding measure specifies that “Congress has not authorized the president to use military force against Iran,” an apparent bid to handcuff Trump should he attempt to order more airstrikes like the one that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.

The measure also “directs the president to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran or any part of its government or military” unless there is a specific blessing by Congress.

“Last week, the Trump administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials,” Pelosi said. “The administration took this action without consulting Congress. This action endangered our service members, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.”

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“When Nancy Pelosi talks about the word ‘disproportionate,’ at what point is it proportionate?” Zeldin asked. “How many more troops have to die; how many have to get wounded?”

The House was expected to vote on the resolution later Thursday.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak’s daughter says ‘it was a difficult time’ when star had health scare

Maggie Sajak had one person on her mind when Vanna White introduced her as a special letter-turner on “Wheel of Fortune.”

“It was a difficult time for all of us when my father had his surgery, but I was so happy to help out on the show,” the 25-year-old told Fox News. “Vanna was very generous with her time and gave me a lot of pointers, and the staff and crew couldn’t have been more helpful or supportive. I’m happy that the shows went well, but I’m even happier that my father has returned to work!”

White, 62, the longtime letter-turner on the beloved game show, filled in for host Pat Sajak while he recovered from surgery. In a video posted to YouTube on Monday, Pat, 73, told fans that there would be a guest on the series before White introduced Sajak to the studio audience.

“As you just heard, Pat will be back next week. In the meantime, I’m happy to fill in,” said White. “But, you know, I could do this even better, hosting the show with a Sajak. Everyone, please welcome Pat’s daughter, Maggie Sajak.”

Sajak said that despite Pat’s surgery being a “scary experience” for her, he’s now “doing great and he’s so excited to be back next week.”

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Vanna White, Pat Sajak and Maggie Sajak are seen on January 9, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by OGUT/Star Max/GC Images)

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Sajak also reminded viewers that she made her “WOF” debut many years ago as a young child and showcased a clip of Pat introducing her in 1996 while she mumbled in typical baby talk.

“I’m walking a little better now and hopefully I’m a little more eloquent than last time,” she joked.

Pat had never missed a taping until November when a sudden pain in his stomach quickly turned into emergency surgery to correct an intestinal block. Now he’s made a full recovery.

“I’ve actually felt ridiculously good for several weeks. I’ve been back in the studio spinning the wheel and nothing has popped,” Pat previously told “Good Morning America” in December 2019.

The star recalled the day he went under the knife as being relatively normal. He woke up and took a walk with his daughter, but things took a turn when he got home and prepared for work. He suddenly felt an intense pain in his stomach and was soon rushed to the hospital. Within two hours, he was in surgery.

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Maggie Sajak, TV personality Pat Sajak and Lesly Brown attend The Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years as America’s Game hosted by The Paley Center For Media at The Paley Center for Media on November 15, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage/Getty)

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“You couldn’t do anything. I was in the fetal position, lying in the bed,” he said. “They try to give you various drugs for the pain. And none of it was working. And then they gave me something, I couldn’t even tell you the name of it, but suddenly, I wasn’t thinking about the pain. I just had these beautiful pastels and lovely faces coming out of it.”

The star noted that he wasn’t scared for his life, but was worried about his family should that have been his final moment on Earth.

“In the background, I could hear my wife and daughter talking. It sounded like they were a mile off, but they were right next to me. They were talking to each other. And I remember thinking, not in a morbid way, ‘I think this must be death. This must be what death is like,’“ he said. “Hearing their voices, I thought, ‘Boy, their lives are gonna change now.’ And I felt bad for them. I didn’t feel bad about dying. I felt bad that they were gonna have to deal with the aftermath. As it turned out, I was just high.”

Fortunately, doctors considered the surgery a success. However, because they’re not sure what caused the blockage, he was not ordered to adjust his lifestyle. As a result, he’s back at work after a brief hiatus.

“I’m as good or bad as new, and that’s great. I still have my wits about me. They didn’t remove that, so I’ll be selling vowels for a long time,” he said.

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Maggie Sajak first appeared on “Wheel of Fortune” at the age of 1. (NBC Studios)

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As for White taking over his duties, Pat praised her for agreeing to fill in while he was away.

“What a trooper. And I’m not being condescending in any way because it would have been well within her rights to say, ‘Wait a minute, this is not what you’re paying me for. This is not what I do. And I’d rather not,’” he explained. “But she’s a team player. And she was very nervous and not comfortable.”

The star, who has led the show since 1982 for more than 7,000 episodes, confessed that the incident as well as getting older have helped him appreciate his position on the show and what it means for people. However, he understands that he simply can’t do it forever.

“I’m not getting any younger,” he said when asked how long he’ll remain the host. “A couple of years?”

He continued: “What I’m really sensitive about is… I’d rather leave a couple of years too early than a couple of years too late.”

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(L-R) Pat Sajak, Vanna White and Alex Trebek attend Harry Friedman being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 01, 2019, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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When pressed, Sajak estimated that he expects he’ll retire within two or three years.

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Thief steals unattended Papa John’s delivery vehicle, finds clever way to avoid detection

Well, that’s unfortunate.

A Papa John’s driver in South Carolina is currently without a car after someone sped away in his vehicle while he was delivering a pizza.

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Late on Jan. 6, the Papa John’s employee called police to report the stolen car, explaining that he was dropping off an order at the Arbon Glen Apartments in Spartanburg when the theft occurred. After the officers arrived, the delivery driver also admitted that he left his car, a red Nissan Versa, running while making the delivery, according to a Spartanburg Police Department crime report.

The driver told police that the Papa John’s sign affixed to the top of the stolen vehicle was equipped with GPS, describing it as a “function that couldn’t be turned off.” He then told police that his GPS indicated the car was only a quarter-mile away, near an elementary school.

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Three officers with the Spartanburg police investigated the area where the GPS was indicating, but found no Nissan Versa. They did, however, find that the Papa John’s sign had been removed and discarded in the school’s playground, on the other side of a barbed fence that separates the school from a nearby row of apartments.

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Shortly after stealing the vehicle, the thief discarded the light-up Papa John’s sign on top of the car, which was equipped with a GPS device.

Police chose not to immediately retrieve the sign for fingerprinting.

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As of Thursday afternoon, Spartanburg Police had not confirmed the recovery of the vehicle, nor whether the car was loaded with fresh, undelivered pizzas that the thief totally pigged-out on while joyriding through South Carolina.

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