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Iranian cyberattacks could cause ‘real damage,’ warns cybersecurity expert

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Cybersecurity expert Justin Cappos warns that Iran has already “proven it’s both adept at launching cyberattacks and that those attacks can cause real damage” in the wake of the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike.

In an interview with Fox News, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering professor pointed to previous cyberattacks launched by Iran that he says illustrate the country has both the means and the willingness to go on the attack and damage American interests.

In 2016, the Justice Department charged seven hackers linked to the Iranian government with executing large-scale coordinated cyberattacks on dozens of banks as well as a small dam outside New York City — intrusions that law enforcement officials said reached into America’s infrastructure, disrupted the nation’s financial system and cost tens of millions of dollars.

IRANIAN CYBERATTACKS AGAINST US FEARED AFTER KILLING OF TOP GENERAL

Professor Cappos said that because of the previous attacks and current turmoil, it is vital that people take measures to protect their systems. He explained that those safeguards should include applying the latest software updates, maintaining external backups, as well as having strong passwords and two-factor authentication mechanisms.

Professor Cappos warned about the dangers of IoT (Internet of Things) devices and the new concerns the devices pose because of the potential for physical damage.

“I would be quite concerned across all forms of IoT, there being a potential for attack,” said Professor Cappos. “Whether it’s medical devices, vehicles, the power grid, election systems, even consumer home IoT devices, like the little spying devices that lots of people buy and put in their homes. We’re in an area of really heightened risk because we’ve automated a lot of things, which has given a lot of targets for a country like Iran to shoot at.”

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Professor Cappos noted that the U.S. government should put more energy into helping Americans protect their IoT devices.

“We have not put funding in the right areas, in many cases, for preventative technologies,” said Professor Cappos. “I think there needs to be a lot more effort.”

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To learn more about how to protect yourself against cyberattacks listen to Professor Justin Cappos’ full interview above.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

Emily DeCiccio is a reporter and video producer for Fox News Digital Originals. Tweet her @EmilyDeCiccio

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Hi, I’m reporter Bill Theobald and I cover all things election security and the 2020 election. AMA.

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Hey there! I’m Bill Theobald from The Fulcrum. I’ve been covering what’s happening to secure the 2020 election from interference. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been designated to keep U.S. elections safe. States are spending it in all kinds of ways that they say will keep your voting information, from registration to the ballot, safe. I’m here to answer anything you want to know about election security and what changes officials have (or haven’t) made since 2016.

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Chick-fil-A testing spicier menu in select markets, removing items

New year, new menu.

Chick-fil-A has recently announced that it will be taking certain items off its menu in select markets to make room for other, spicier selections.

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The fan-favorite fast-food chain will be “bringing the heat” to those markets in 2020 with a streamlined menu that is “a little bit simpler and a whole lot spicier,” according to a blog post shared by the restaurant.

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The hot new menu, which includes the Grilled Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, Spicy Chick-n-Strips and the Spicy Chick-n-Strips Biscuit, will only be rolled out in the Charlotte, N.C.-area and select cities in Arizona starting Jan 13. (Chick-fil-A)

Included in the new menu will be the Grilled Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, Spicy Chick-n-Strips and the Spicy Chick-n-Strips Biscuit. Each item is made using a spicy blend of peppers and the chain’s signature grilled or breaded chicken.

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With its new additions, however, the chain is eliminating some options to make room, albeit only in the Charlotte, N.C. market and select cities in Arizona. Customers in those areas can say goodbye to the breakfast sausage, the sunflower multigrain bagel, Original Chick-n-Strips, the Grilled Cool Wrap and the side salad.

Likewise, the hot new menu will only be rolled out in the Charlotte, N.C. area and select cities in Arizona, starting Jan 13.

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The chain will be removing the original Chick-n-Strips from menus to make room for the spicy version.  (Chick-fil-A)

Last year, the company tested a similarly spicier menu in Phoenix, and is now expanding its reach into other markets.

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The chain has not yet reported whether these new items will be added to menus nationwide.

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If Americans Die in the Escalating Iran Crisis, Remember That Mike Pompeo Called It ‘a Little Noise’

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Live Updates: Pompeo Says Killing Suleimani Was ‘the Right Decision’

Here are the latest developments:

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday addressed some of the many questions surrounding the American airstrike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani and a number of other people traveling with him.

“It was the right decision, we got it right,” Mr. Pompeo said as reporters quizzed him about President Trump’s decision to carry out the attack on Friday. General Suleimani posed an immediate threat, according to Mr. Pompeo, who cited the death of an American contractor in a rocket attack several days earlier as proof.

Mr. Pompeo also defended the broader “maximum pressure” campaign that President Trump has vowed to carry out against Iran, saying that the strategy had diplomatic, economic and military components. He added that the president had been “unambiguous” in the remarks he made following the attacks.

“In the event that the Iranians make another bad choice, the president will respond in the way he did last week,” he said.

Mr. Pompeo also rejected the idea that General Suleimani had been visiting Iraq “on a diplomatic peace mission.” That suggestion was “fundamentally false,” he said.

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Iranian state-run news outlets reported a deadly stampede during the funeral procession for Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in his hometown, Kerman, in southeastern Iran, on Tuesday.

Millions were reported to have flooded the town’s streets to witness the procession for the general, who was killed in an American drone strike in Baghdad last week. His death has fanned smoldering tensions between the United States and Iran, and fueled fears of a broader conflict.

The crowding and subsequent stampede in Kerman led to General Suleimani’s burial being postponed, state news media reported. It is still unclear when he will be buried.

Photographs of the procession showed an elaborately decorated truck carrying General Suleimani’s coffin through streets packed densely with mourners, many wearing black and carrying pictures of the dead commander.

“Unfortunately, as a result of a stampede, some of our compatriots have been injured and some have been killed during the funeral processions,” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of the Iranian emergency medical services, told the news agency IRIB.

He later told the news agency Fars, an outlet associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran, that 40 people had been killed and another 213 injured.

Images and videos posted on social media showed the aftermath of the crush, with emergency workers and bystanders attempting to resuscitate people lying on the ground. The lifeless bodies of other victims, jackets covering their faces, could be seen nearby.

The general’s body had been flown to Kerman after a funeral in Tehran on Monday that had brought even bigger crowds into the streets of the Iranian capital.

In a fiery speech made in Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani’s hometown on Tuesday, the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps vowed to “set ablaze” places where Americans and their allies live.

“We will take revenge — a revenge that will be tough, strong, decisive and finishing and will make them regret,” the corps’s leader, Hossein Salami, said on Tuesday in a front of a crowd of mourners. “We will set ablaze the place they like, and they know where it is.”

“Today, the seeds of hatred for the U.S. have been sown in the hearts of Muslims,” he added, according to Fars, an Iranian news agency associated with the Revolutionary Guards.

The pledge to seek vengeance echoed the rhetoric of many of the country’s leaders since General Suleimani’s killing on Friday. “Death to Israel,” the crowd chanted back, according to news reports. Israel, a close ally of the United States, has long been an enemy of Iran.

Thousands of mourners, dressed in black and carrying photos of General Suleimani, crowded the central square of Kerman, where the general’s body was taken for burial after a funeral procession on Monday in Tehran, the capital.

Before arriving in Kerman, the general’s remains were taken to the holy city of Qom, where thousands of residents came out, hoping for a chance to touch the coffin of a man the state has declared a martyr.

On Monday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wept and offered prayers over General Suleimani’s coffin at the enormous state funeral. The ayatollah, Iran’s supreme leader, had a close relationship with the general, who was widely considered to be the country’s second-most powerful man.

General Suleimani’s successor swore revenge during Monday’s ceremony, while chants of “Death to America” rang out from the crowds in the capital.

State-run news outlets reported that millions had gathered in Tehran, and images showed a sea of mourners, many wearing black and waving the Iranian flag.

“God the almighty has promised to get his revenge, and God is the main avenger,” said Esmail Ghaani, the Iranian general who will succeed General Suleimani as head of the Quds Force, the foreign expeditionary arm of the Revolutionary Guards. “Certainly, actions will be taken,” he added.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, said on Tuesday that he had been rejected for a visa to attend a Security Council meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, confirming reports from American news outlets that he would be barred.

Mr. Zarif, in an interview with the Iranian news outlet Press TV, said that his office had requested a visa weeks ago to participate in the meeting on Thursday, rejecting claims by American officials that they had not had time to process the application.

“The Americans are trying to create the impression that our request to attend the meeting was put forth following the assassination of General Suleimani,” Mr. Zarif said, according to the news outlet, adding, “The question everyone needs to be asking this lawbreaking administration is: What are they so scared of?”

Mr. Zarif later posted on Twitter about the situation, taking aim at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump.

During a Tuesday morning news conference, Mr. Pompeo was asked about the visa but said he would not comment specifically on visa matters. He added that the United States would “comply with our obligations” under United Nations rules.

Robert C. O’Brien, the American national security adviser, was asked on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning about the visa.

“I don’t think Secretary Pompeo thought that this was the right time for Mr. Zarif to come to the United States, and whenever he comes to New York, he spreads propaganda,” Mr. O’Brien said.

The New York meeting plans to focus on the topic of upholding the Charter of the United Nations, and comes as Iran and the United States are engaged in a heated back-and-forth over the American drone strike last week that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

The office of the United Nations secretary general did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Mr. Zarif visited New York in September to attend the United Nations General Assembly, after claims that his visa had been intentionally delayed. In August, the United States announced sanctions on Mr. Zarif, a seasoned diplomat who helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear deal.

In Jerusalem and elsewhere across the Middle East, United States embassies warned Americans of potential attacks from Iran, as Iranian generals vowed to avenge the senior commander killed in an American drone strike.

In Jerusalem, the embassy told Americans on Monday to watch out for “mortars and rocket fire.” A day earlier, the United States Mission in Saudi Arabia had warned citizens to be prepared for “missile and drone attacks.”

The security alerts follow the targeted killing on Friday of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the leading figure in Iran’s foreign-facing intelligence and military operations.

At General Suleimani’s funeral in Tehran on Monday, military commanders promised vengeance. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told advisers that any retaliation against the United States should be direct, proportional and carried out openly by Iran.

That is a startling departure for the Iranian leadership, which has typically cloaked its attacks behind the actions of proxies it has cultivated around the region. But in the fury generated by the killing of General Suleimani, a close ally and personal friend of the supreme leader, the ayatollah was apparently willing to cast aside those traditional cautions.

In Israel, the United States Embassy on Monday issued a security alert for the entire country and warned Americans of potential mortar and rocket attacks.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, as security incidents, including rocket fire, often take place without warning,” the embassy said in an alert published on its website.

The United States Mission to Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned Americans in the kingdom to be aware of a “heightened risk of missile and drone attacks.”

American embassies across the region have been on heightened alert since Dec. 31, when militants, backed by the Iranian government, stormed the embassy in Baghdad. President Trump said the assault was organized by General Suleimani.

Last week, embassies in Baghdad and in Beirut, Lebanon, issued security alerts. Some airlines have halted flights to the Iraqi capital, including EgyptAir, which on Tuesday announced that its flights in and out of the city would stop from Wednesday through Friday.

The Iranian Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill declaring the American military’s top leadership to be “terrorists,” subject to Iranian sanctions, according to news reports in state media.

The bill aimed at the Pentagon’s top brass mirrored a Trump administration policy implemented in April that imposed economic and travel sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as well as organizations, companies and individuals with ties to it.

That policy represented the first time an arm of a sovereign government had been designated a terrorist organization.

The Defense Department said the killing of General Suleimani was justified in part because of the corps’s terrorist designation. General Suleimani led the Quds Force, a unit of the Revolutionary Guards that conducted intelligence-gathering and attacks outside Iran’s borders.

Parliament expedited the bill through an emergency process, according to the semiofficial Iranian news agency Tasnim.

Also on Tuesday, Parliament allocated $223 million to the Quds Force to “avenge” General Suleimani’s death, according to Fars, the state news agency.

An official letter from the Defense Department informing Iraq that American troops were “repositioning forces” for “movement out of Iraq” produced headlines around the world saying that an American withdrawal had begun.

But the letter, drafted by the United States military command in Baghdad, was sent out by mistake. The furor it caused prompted Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, to call an urgent news conference to deny the reports.

“It was an honest mistake,” General Milley told reporters at the Pentagon. “That letter is a draft, it was a mistake, it was unsigned, it should not have been released.”

“There’s been no decision made to leave Iraq, period,” Mr. Esper said. “There is no decision to leave, nor did we issue any plans to leave.”

General Milley said military officials had begun making arrangements for a withdrawal in the event that a decision is made to pull out. The Iraqi Parliament voted on Sunday to expel American troops from the country, amid anger over the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani on Iraqi soil. But Iraq has not formally notified the United States that it must leave.

General Milley said the military was “moving forces around” to consolidate positions. Not only were they not withdrawing, he said, but more forces were arriving from Kuwait.

Mark T. Esper, the secretary of defense, said striking Iranian cultural sites with no military value would be a war crime, putting him at odds with President Trump, who has insisted that such places would be legitimate targets. The president’s threats generated condemnation at home and abroad while deeply discomfiting American military leaders who have made a career of upholding the laws of war.

“We will follow the laws of armed conflict,” the defense secretary said at a news briefing at the Pentagon on Monday when asked if cultural sites would be targeted, as the president had suggested over the weekend. When a reporter asked if that meant “no” because the laws of war prohibit targeting cultural sites, Mr. Esper agreed: “That’s the laws of armed conflict.”

The furor over the threat to Iranian antiquities was a classic controversy of Mr. Trump’s own creation, the apparent result of an impulsive threat and his refusal to back down in the face of criticism. While Mr. Trump declared on Saturday that the United States had identified 52 potential targets in Iran, none of them qualified as cultural sites, according to an administration official who asked not to be identified correcting the president.

Audrey Azoulay, the director-general of UNESCO, met with the Iranian ambassador to the organization on Monday to discuss the current situation, and issued a statement pointing to international agreements that condemn acts of destruction of cultural heritage.

“Ms. Azoulay stressed the universality of cultural and natural heritage as vectors of peace and dialogue between peoples, which the international community has a duty to protect and preserve for future generations,” UNESCO said in the statement.

Germany announced on Tuesday that it would pull a contingent of its troops out of Iraq, given “recent developments.”

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the German defense minister, said over the weekend that about 120 soldiers taking part in the international coalition to defeat the Islamic State would be confined to their bases but would remain in the region.

On Sunday, the German Army’s inspector general decided that a planned rotation of troops to forward bases in Iraq would not be taking place, the Defense Ministry said on Twitter.

But another contingent of several dozen German soldiers normally stationed in Baghdad and in another Iraqi city, Taji, as part of a training mission were being pulled out, Roderick Kiesewetter, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament, told the public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Tuesday.

“It is just a temporary reduction,” he said. “That means about 30 to 40 troops will be moved to Jordan, where we have reconnaissance jets and tankers. So our soldiers remain in the region.”

Reporting was contributed by Megan Specia, Russell Goldman, Farnaz Fassihi, David D. Kirkpatrick, Melissa Eddy, Edward Wong, Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman, Alissa J. Rubin, Ben Hubbard, Mark Landler, Helene Cooper and Thomas Gibbons-Neff.

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The 52 Iran Hostages Felt Forgotten. Here’s What They Wish Would Happen Now.

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David M. Roeder, a retired Air Force colonel, was at home last week in Pinehurst, N.C., when he first saw the news flash on his television: An American embassy was under attack by protesters in the Middle East.

“I said, ‘Uh-oh, here we go again,’” said Colonel Roeder, who was among more than 50 Americans who were taken hostage at the United States Embassy in Tehran in 1979, in a crisis that ruptured relations and set off 40 years of intense hostilities between Washington and Tehran.

“There are fires. They are attacking the embassy,” said Colonel Roeder, now 80. “That’s déjà vu.”

The latest attack — on the embassy in Baghdad — came days before a United States drone strike killed a top Iranian commander, quickly escalating tensions in the region. President Trump later referred to the hostage crisis in a warning to Iran not to retaliate, saying in a tweet that the United States had pinpointed 52 Iranian sites as potential targets, to represent the 52 Americans held by Iran from 1979 to 1981.

The president’s threat thrust the hostages back into the spotlight, at a time when some say they feel that their ordeal has largely been forgotten by the American public. Of 53 hostages, which includes an additional diplomat who was released early, an estimated 18 have died. The remaining 35, who are of retirement age, have moved on as best they can. Still, their 444 days of captivity hang like a shadow in the background of their lives, returning in their dreams, when Iran surfaces in the news and in their decades-long fight for monetary compensation.

In interviews, several of the former hostages said they were both surprised to be remembered and also reluctant to be pulled into a fraught and potentially violent political battle.

“I’m somewhat miffed that this in some form or another is supposed to be in our honor,” said Al Golacinski, a former regional security officer at the embassy who is now 69 and retired in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. “I don’t need that.”

“We’ve all gone on with our lives, those of us that are still alive, and there are fewer and fewer of us every six months or so,” said Chuck Scott, an 88-year-old retired Army colonel who was commander of the special forces team at the time of the hostage crisis. He added, “We’re not part of it anymore.”

In an interview on MSNBC, another former hostage, John Limbert, put it bluntly: “Mr. President, if you’re listening, please don’t bother yourself on my account, because I want nothing to do with it.”

The Iran hostages — who dealt with physical and psychological torture, including instances of solitary confinement and mock execution — have also had to fight for restitution since they were released because of an agreement that barred them from seeking damages for their imprisonment. In 2015, Congress authorized payments of up to $4.4 million: $10,000 per day of captivity, as well as a lump-sum payment to spouses and children. But only a small portion of that money has been paid, the situation complicated after relatives of Sept. 11 victims applied for compensation from the same fund.

Instead of drawing them into the current conflict, some of the hostages said they wanted the attention to be on restitution they said they deserved. “Why don’t you just go ahead and pay us the money you promised us?” Colonel Scott said.

V. Thomas Lankford, a lawyer in Alexandria, Va., who represents many of the former Iranian hostages and their families, is still fighting for further payment. He cited years of anxiety attacks, trouble sleeping and threats of suicide among former hostages.

“There was one hostage that died in the last two years,” he said. “Every night, his wife would tell me, he would cry and whimper in his sleep and all of a sudden he would sit and bolt up right as if he were still in captivity.”

“There is another very prominent one who, every time Iran becomes involved in the news in a big sort of way, he will have to go back to receive institutional help,” Mr. Lankford said, adding, “They have, in all respects, continued to be victims.”

Mr. Golacinski, who has talked about his experience being blindfolded, handcuffed and subjected to a mock execution while in captivity, said he had closely watched the latest developments, but he did not want to tie recent events to the 1979 crisis.

“What has happened in the past week has no association with us,” he said. “This is not as though we’ve all been waiting all this time for someone to be killed, almost as though it’s on our behalf. It is not on our behalf.”

Colonel Roeder said he had been following the recent news nearly around the clock. Mr. Trump’s tweet that referred to them, he said, was at least evidence that they had not been entirely forgotten.

“It was encouraging, and somewhat surprising, that someone in government actually acknowledged that they remember what happened to us,” he said.

“Everybody seems to agree the general was a bad guy,” he said, referring to Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the Iranian commander who was killed. Still, he feared for Iranians who might get caught in the conflict. “Those people are vulnerable.”

“I went through that,” he added. “I know what it did to families. I know what it did to the country. I don’t think that’s what we want to have happen again.”

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Puerto Rico Declares State Of Emergency After Quake Rocks Residents Awake

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Swaths of southern Puerto Rico were awoke to find broken brick walls and felled power lines Tuesday, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck before dawn. The major temblor hit a coastal stretch near the communities of Ponce and Guanica at about 4:24 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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The quake, just the latest in a series of temblors to hit the region, crumbled walls and destroyed houses — and it knocked out most of the island’s power after an automatic protection system kicked in, shutting down all of Puerto Rico’s power plants.

At least one person — a 77-year-old man — died Tuesday in the city of Ponce, after one of the walls of his home fell on him, according to Puerto Rican officials. At least eight other people were also injured due to the earthquake.

Puerto Rico’s governor, Wanda Vázquez, declared a state of emergency Tuesday morning, activating the national guard and facilitating the flow of funds to the emergency response. She also announced that public sector workers would not be expected at the office Tuesday — with the exception of first responders, who are out working on rescue and recovery efforts.

A tsunami warning issued shortly after Tuesday’s earthquake has been canceled.

The unpleasant wakeup call represents just the latest jolt for Puerto Rico, which also endured a 5.8 magnitude temblor in the same area Monday morning. In fact, residents have now found their lives disrupted and their buildings damaged in a series of earthquakes over roughly the past two weeks.

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A U.S. Geological Survey map shows a flurry of earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico’s southwest coast in the past day. Guayanilla, Ponce and other cities are reporting collapsed buildings from the quakes.

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“The past several weeks we’ve had hundreds of small earthquakes in the same region,” explains John Geiger, a geophysicist with the USGS. “It began on Dec. 28, when we had a 4.7-magnitude [earthquake] there. Since the 4.7, we’ve had over 400 magnitude 2+ earthquakes.”

As common as the quakes have been recently, the strength of Tuesday’s temblor and its aftershocks — which reached a magnitude of 6.0 — nevertheless represented a shock to the residents who felt it.

“I’ve never been so scared in my life,” one resident of Ponce, Nelson Rivera, told the Associated Press after fleeing his home near the epicenter of the quake. ” I didn’t think we would get out. I said: ‘We’ll be buried here.’ “

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A church built in 1841 was severely damaged during an earthquake in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico on Monday.

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Tuesday’s earthquake comes just a day after a major earthquake toppled a local landmark, a natural rock archway along the coast known as Punta Ventana. The tourist attraction collapsed into the Caribbean Sea amid the tremors, though no serious injuries were reported in that incident.

NPR’s Adrian Florido contributed to this report.

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Lara Logan on ‘unbearable’ interview of women forced into sex trade: ‘They were going to be raped that night’

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In a stunning new interview, veteran war correspondent Lara Logan described — in gut-wrenching terms — the brutal reality of the U.S.-Mexican sex trade that she exposed in her new Fox Nation series, “Lara Logan Has No Agenda.”

Appearing on “Fox and Friends” Monday, Logan spoke about her interview with two young Mexican prostitutes and their pimp.

The women are just two of the victims of a sex trafficking operation that smuggles thousands of young women into the United States every year — with many of them held in captivity and forced into prostitution in New York City.

“The two that I interviewed — one was 12 when she was bought from her family, and the other was 13,” Logan revealed. “They told me that and their pimp told me that — separately.”

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“It was brutal,” she continued, “brutal to cover because I knew when they stood up and walked out that room — they were going to be raped that night. And that was just unbearable.”

According to Logan’s reporting and the Department of Homeland Security, the majority of Mexican sex trafficking flows through a single city deep inside Mexico — Tenancingo.

Logan and her team traveled to Tenancingo for her Fox Nation show.  She was accompanied by Homeland Security Investigations agent Thomas Countermine, who told her that “millions and millions and millions of dollars, hundreds, probably thousands of women have come from Tenacingo to our area in the United States, send money back and basically built this town.”

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What happens on the U.S. side of the border is perhaps equally as disturbing.

“It’s just staggering that in New York City,” Logan said on “Fox and Friends,” “if you live in Brooklyn and you’re walking home from work in the evenings — you should know that you are walking past buildings where girls like that are being raped every single day, where girls like that are being held as prisoners.

“Homeland Security Investigations created a separate trafficking unit — just for this town [of Tenancingo],” she reported, “because there are so many victims that come from this town or through this town in Mexico that are right here in New York City.”

In a soon-to-be-released episode of “Lara Logan Has No Agenda,” Logan sat down with a Mexican pimp and two women under his control on the condition that they not show their faces or reveal their names.

While sitting with the women, now 17 and 25 years old, alone in a Mexican hotel, Logan became visibly emotional, wiping tears from her face.

“I have interviewed rape victims before,” narrated Logan in the Fox Nation episode, “but this was different. Normally they are free by the time that they are willing to talk about it. These girls were not.”

Fighting back her emotions, Logan asked the women what happens if they refuse to have sex with the pimp’s clients.

“They lock us up,” said one woman through a translator, “Or we have to work even more.”

“So you’re a prisoner really?” said Logan.

The woman agreed.

“Lara Logan Has No Agenda” is available exclusively on Fox Nation.  A new episode available every day until Thursday, Jan. 7.

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Deadly 6.4 Magnitude Quake Rocks Residents Awake In Puerto Rico

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The walls of some local buildings, such as the one seen in Ponce, collapsed when an earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn Tuesday.

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Swaths of southern Puerto Rico were awoke to find broken brick walls and felled power lines Tuesday, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck before dawn. The major temblor hit a coastal stretch near the communities of Ponce and Guanica at about 4:24 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake crumbled walls and destroyed houses — and it knocked out most of the island’s power after an automatic protection system kicked in, shutting down all of Puerto Rico’s power plants.

The unpleasant wakeup call represents just the latest jolt for Puerto Rico, which also endured a 5.8 magnitude temblor in the same area Monday morning. In fact, residents have now found their lives disrupted and their buildings damaged in a series of earthquakes over roughly the past two weeks.

“The past several weeks we’ve had hundreds of small earthquakes in the same region,” explains John Geiger, a geophysicist with the USGS. “It began on Dec. 28, when we had a 4.7-magnitude [earthquake] there. Since the 4.7, we’ve had over 400 magnitude 2+ earthquakes.”

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At least one person died Tuesday in the city of Ponce, after one of the walls of his home crumbled on him, according to Puerto Rican officials. At least eight other people were also injured due to the earthquake.

Puerto Rico’s governor, Wanda Vázquez, announced that public sector workers would not be expected at the office Tuesday — with the exception of first responders, who are out working on rescue and recovery efforts.

A tsunami warning issued shortly after Tuesday’s earthquake has been canceled.

“I’ve never been so scared in my life,” one resident of Ponce, Nelson Rivera, told the Associated Press after fleeing his home near the epicenter of the quake. ” I didn’t think we would get out. I said: ‘We’ll be buried here.’ “

Tuesday’s earthquake comes just a day after a major earthquake toppled a local landmark, a natural rock archway along the coast known as Punta Ventana. The tourist attraction collapsed into the Caribbean Sea amid the tremors.

NPR’s Adrian Florido contributed to this report.

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Carolina Panthers to hire Matt Rhule as head coach: reports

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The Carolina Panthers have reportedly hired Baylor’s Matt Rhule as their next head coach.

Panthers team owner David Tepper spent Monday with Rhule and his family in Waco, Texas, and didn’t want to risk Rhule getting on a plane to go elsewhere, the NFL Network reported. Yahoo Sports first reported that the two sides were finalizing an agreement.

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The Panthers have not officially announced the deal.

Rhule spent the last seven seasons coaching in college. He was with Baylor from 2017 to 2019 and led them to the Sugar Bowl during the 2019 season. He spent 2013 to 2016 with Temple.

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Prior to landing the job with Temple, Rhule served as an assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants during the 2012 season under Tom Coughlin.

Rhule replaces Ron Rivera, who was fired toward the end of the 2019 season and was replaced by defensive backs coach Perry Fewell in the interim.

Rivera was the coach of the Panthers from 2011 to 2019. He led the Panthers to one Super Bowl during the 2015 season. Carolina went 15-1 that season and had an MVP year from Cam Newton. However, the team ran into the Denver Broncos and lost in the title game.

Since that 15-1 season, Carolina only managed to make the playoffs one time – 2017 when they went 11-5.

Rhule was only the first decision the Panthers had to make during the offseason. Carolina will also have to decide what they plan to do with Newton, who spent a majority of the 2019 season injured.

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Newton is owed $18.6 million next season.

Carolina also has the No. 7 pick in the upcoming draft.

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