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Pompeo Cancels Ukraine Trip Amid Protests at Embassy in Iraq

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday canceled a weeklong trip to Ukraine and four other nations to stay in Washington and monitor tensions in Iraq after protesters broke into the United States Embassy compound in Baghdad and wrecked parts of it, the State Department said.

The department’s spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus, said in a statement that Mr. Pompeo aimed to “ensure the safety and security of Americans in the Middle East” by staying in Washington and would travel in the “near future” to the countries he had been scheduled to visit.

The Iraqi protesters, who were mostly members of Iranian-backed militias, broke into the embassy compound on Tuesday and set some outbuildings on fire. The attackers trapped diplomats and other embassy employees inside larger buildings, but the ambassador, Matthew Tueller, was outside the country on leave. The protests on Wednesday were calmer, and no demonstrators breached the gates. Protesters dispersed in the afternoon, and there were no reports of injuries.

Former State Department officials and associates of Mr. Pompeo say he has been keen to ensure that American diplomats are not harmed under his watch, especially because as a congressman, he was among the most scathing critics of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of a militant group’s attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya. The 2012 assault resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

In May, during a period of heightened tensions with Iran, Mr. Pompeo ordered a withdrawal of most employees at the Baghdad Embassy and the Erbil Consulate, and last September he ordered the closing of the Basra Consulate.

The assault Tuesday in Baghdad by protesters, some of whom chanted “Death to America,” evoked both Benghazi and a siege in 1979 of the American Embassy by student demonstrators in Tehran, Iran, where 52 diplomats and support personnel were held hostage for 444 days.

Some of the protesters in Baghdad were members of an Iranian-backed militia targeted by the American military with airstrikes after commanders determined the militia was responsible for a rocket attack that killed an American security contractor. At least two dozen people died in five strikes in Iraq and Syria. (The militia has denied responsibility for the rocket attack.)

Mr. Pompeo had planned to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on Friday. That would have been the first meeting between a member of President Trump’s cabinet and Mr. Zelensky since the impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump began in late September.

The Democratic-led House impeached Mr. Trump on Dec. 18 along a largely party-line vote, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after hearings revealed how Mr. Trump withheld $391 million of military aid to Ukraine while pressuring Mr. Zelensky for political favors. A reconstructed transcript of a July 25 call between Mr. Trump and Mr. Zelensky was a key piece of evidence.

Mr. Pompeo’s planned trip had stirred speculation throughout Washington and Kyiv about what messages he would deliver to Mr. Zelensky on behalf of Mr. Trump. On several occasions since the Ukraine affair became public in September, Mr. Pompeo has emphasized Mr. Trump’s assertions that there should be investigations into unsubstantiated, conspiratorial claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election and actions on Ukraine policy by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is now a leading Democratic presidential candidate.

The State Department on Monday announced Mr. Pompeo’s trip, which also had stops planned in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Cyprus. The department had said Mr. Pompeo intended to “reaffirm U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” on his trip, a reference to the yearslong war that Ukraine is fighting against a Russian-backed insurgency in the east.

The Ukraine trip this week had been scheduled after Mr. Pompeo canceled plans for a visit there in November. That journey, and a possible meeting with Mr. Zelensky, would have taken place in the middle of the impeachment testimony in the House.

The two cancellations could add to suspicions among Ukrainian officials that Mr. Trump has little regard for Ukraine while holding warm feelings for Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin. Mr. Zelensky still wants a White House meeting, despite the furor over impeachment and Mr. Trump’s actions on Ukraine. And Ukrainian officials were frustrated by an Oval Office meeting on Dec. 10 between Mr. Trump and Sergey V. Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister.

Mr. Pompeo had made plans to avoid interacting this week with William B. Taylor Jr., the departing chief of mission in Kyiv. Mr. Taylor was a prominent witness in the House impeachment hearings. The ouster last spring of his predecessor, Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch, was a signal moment in a shadow American foreign policy in Ukraine run by Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Last April, Mr. Pompeo ordered the recall of Ms. Yovanovitch after speaking with Mr. Giuliani. Ms. Yovanovitch was a champion of anti-corruption efforts, and Mr. Giuliani and associates with ties to Ukrainian businessmen had pressed for her ouster.

Mr. Pompeo then chose Mr. Taylor, a veteran diplomat and ambassador to Ukraine under previous administrations, to run the mission in Kyiv. But Mr. Taylor argued strongly against the withholding of military aid, and his congressional testimony on Mr. Trump’s shadow policy — what Mr. Taylor called the “irregular channel” — led the president to denounce him on Twitter.

Mr. Taylor was scheduled to leave his post this month, but a close aide to Mr. Pompeo, T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, asked Mr. Taylor to turn over his duties to the deputy chief of mission on Wednesday, before Mr. Pompeo’s scheduled arrival, a person with knowledge of the discussion said. Mr. Pompeo could then avoid interacting with Mr. Taylor. After that conversation, Mr. Taylor decided to leave Ukraine on Thursday.

Mr. Trump has not nominated an ambassador for Ukraine since he and Mr. Pompeo forced Ms. Yovanovitch to leave. The president has left vacant many ambassador positions around the world, presumably as part of a wider goal of cutting the operations of the State Department. Critics say that has contributed to the rudderless, chaotic nature of foreign policy under Mr. Trump.

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Pete Buttigieg’s Campaign Says He Raised Nearly $25 Million In 4th Quarter

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s campaign announced a significant fundraising haul of $24.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s campaign said Wednesday that it had raised more than $76 million in 2019 from more than 733,000 individual donors. 

Buttigieg’s latest fundraising figure, which falls just short of his campaign’s second-quarter haul of $24.9 million, comes amid criticism from his Democratic rivals, particularly Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), around his high-dollar fundraising events. Warren and Sanders do not attend private fundraisers with wealthy donors in their campaigning. 

Other campaigns have not yet announced their fourth-quarter fundraising figures and have until Jan. 31 to do so. Fellow contender Andrew Yang said Wednesday that he’d raised just over $4 million in the last week of December but has not yet reported a fourth-quarter total. 

Buttigieg’s haul is significantly higher than the previous third quarter of July through September, when he raised just over $19 million ― ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden, who raised $15 million, but trailing Warren at $24.6 million and Sanders at $25.3 million. 

Though early polls have Buttigieg leading in Iowa, whose caucuses are next month, national polling still has the 37-year-old trailing front-runner Biden by 20 percentage points. He’s also polling behind Sanders and Warren.   

Under intense criticism for holding private fundraisers with wealthy donors, Buttigieg last month decided to disclose the names of his fundraisers and open his events to the media. 

Buttigieg and Warren sparred over the former mayor’s high-dollar fundraisers in the debate last month. Warren called out Buttigieg for holding a fundraiser in the Napa Valley wine cave of a billionaire couple, saying: “Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president.”

Buttigieg shot back that Warren and the other candidates on stage had more personal wealth than he did, adding, “This is the problem with issuing purity tests you cannot yourself pass.”  

Warren said private campaign fundraisers amounted to selling influence, stating, “I do not sell access to my time.” 

Though Warren has made a point of not holding private, high-dollar fundraisers in her presidential campaign, she did for her Senate campaigns.  

Late last month, a report from Axios found one of Buttigieg’s top fundraisers had offered at least one wealthy prospective donor an opportunity for increased influence with the candidate in exchange for a large donation. The campaign said it did not see or approve of the language in the email.   

When asked Wednesday about criticism around Buttigieg’s high-dollar fundraisers, the candidate’s campaign pointed HuffPost to the average contribution to his campaign in the fourth quarter, $33. 

“The only promise any donor will ever get from Pete is that he will use their donations to defeat Donald Trump,” campaign spokesperson Sean Savett told HuffPost.

“The stakes in this election are clear and stark ― we have one shot to defeat Donald Trump and we can’t do that with one hand tied behind our back,” Savett added, in a line the campaign has repeated in response to mounting criticisms.

CORRECTION: This article previously listed Yang’s $4 million fundraising figure as his total for the fourth quarter of 2019. The figure was for the last week of December. His team has not released fourth-quarter totals yet. 

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Israel’s Netanyahu Seeks Immunity, Buying Time Until After Vote

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he would seek immunity from corruption charges, likely delaying any trial until after March elections, when he hopes to have a majority coalition that will shield him from prosecution.

Netanyahu was indicted in November on charges of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. After failing to assemble a governing majority following back-to-back elections last year, he will get a third shot at remaining in office in March.

Wednesday’s announcement essentially turns the upcoming election into a referendum on whether Netanyahu should be granted immunity and remain in office, or step down and stand trial. A recent poll indicated that a majority of Israelis oppose giving him immunity.

In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu repeated his assertion that he is the victim of an unfair conspiracy, lashing out at prosecutors, the media and his political enemies. Claiming credit for a series of economic and security achievements on his watch, he said he would seek to invoke the law that would protect him from prosecution as long as he remains in office.

“In order to continue to lead Israel to great achievements, I intend to approach the speaker of the Knesset in accordance with chapter 4C of the law, in order to fulfill my right, my duty and my mission to continue to serve you for the future of Israel,” he said.

Normally, a request for immunity would need to be approved by the parliament’s House Committee and then submitted to a full vote. But the House Committee doesn’t exist because a government was never formed after September’s election. Court proceedings cannot begin until the question of immunity is settled.

The opposition Blue and White party said it will seek to form the House Committee before the March election to take up the question of immunity. But it remains unclear whether it will be able to move forward. Parliament Speaker Yuli Edelstein, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud Party, said he would hold talks on the matter next week.

The Blue and White leader, former military chief Benny Gantz, said it was a “sad day.”

“I never imagined that we would see the day that the prime minister of Israel would avoid standing before the law and the justice system,” he said. “Today it’s clear what we’re fighting for. Netanyahu knows he’s guilty.”

Netanyahu said he was not evading justice and still plans to go to court to fight the “fabricated accusations.”

“The law is meant to ensure that elected officials can serve the people according to the will of the people,” he said.

Should Netanyahu succeed in assembling a 61-seat majority in favor of immunity, he would avoid prosecution.

But that still appears unlikely after the March vote, with most polls predicting another split decision that would leave Likud and Blue and White deadlocked, with neither able to secure a parliamentary majority.

The uncertainty means it could be many months before a new government is formed, leaving the question of immunity on hold with Netanyahu remaining in office.

The indictment, on charges of trading political and regulatory favors for positive press coverage and accepting lavish gifts from wealthy supporters, marked the culmination of three long-running investigations.

Netanyahu has dismissed the allegations as an “attempted coup” and has vowed to battle them from the prime minister’s office.

Netanyahu is desperate to remain in office while he fights the charges. The powerful position would allow him to rally public opposition to what he says is an unfair witch hunt. He can also use the office to grant political favors to allies who agree to vote in favor of immunity.

The question of immunity is just one of the hurdles Netanyahu faces.

While Israeli law does not require a sitting prime minister to resign after being charged with a crime, it is vague about whether an indicted politician could be tapped to form a new government after new elections.

On Tuesday, Israel’s Supreme Court began discussions on the matter. If the court decides Netanyahu is ineligible, it could potentially bring his three-decade political career to an abrupt end after the March election.

The court gave no indication on when it would issue a ruling on the politically sensitive case. Disqualifying Netanyahu would deeply divide the nation and precipitate a legal crisis over separations of power.

The prime minister has long accused judicial and law enforcement officials of trying to drive him from office and repeated his claim Wednesday night that only the voters can choose who will lead the country.

He received a boost last week when he easily defeated a senior Likud member in a primary election for the party leadership. The vote shored up his base, but he faces a much greater challenge going into the general elections.

An opinion poll conducted this week by the iPanel and Midgam research firms found that 51% of respondents oppose granting Netanyahu immunity, with 33% in favor. The poll questioned 507 people and had a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.

Netanyahu has been in power for more than a decade and is Israel’s longest-serving leader. His refusal to make concessions to the Palestinians and his tough stance toward Iran have made him a hero of the political right, which regularly wins more than half the vote.

But after April elections, Avigdor Lieberman, the secular right-wing leader of the Yisrael Beitenu party, refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition. Lieberman has since emerged as a kingmaker, demanding a national unity government with Likud and Blue and White.

The three parties held several rounds of talks after September’s vote, but were unable to reach an agreement on a power-sharing deal.

Netanyahu’s legal problems were at the heart of the deadlock. Blue and White refuses to sit in a government led by an indicted prime minister.

The crisis has had little if any impact on daily life, as Netanyahu has continued to lead a caretaker government that provides public services. But the Trump administration has delayed the release of its long-anticipated Mideast peace plan until the political uncertainty is resolved.

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New photos show widespread fire damage in aftermath of militants’ attack on U.S. embassy in Baghdad

Stunning photos reveal scenes of destruction inside the United States embassy in Iraq’s capital one day after Iran-backed militiamen stormed the previously heavily fortified compound in protest of recent airstrikes.

The photos, released Wednesday by the Associated Press, show windows blown out and the charred remains of papers, office furniture and shelving inside the Baghdad complex.

Smoke was still seen rising from a reception room in the embassy and an embassy checkpoint was left in complete ruins from the conflagration.

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Fire damage can be seen in a reception room of the U.S. embassy compound, that was burned by pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. On Tuesday, dozens of protesters had broken into the compound, trashing a reception area and smashing windows . (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)

Protesting militants stormed the compound on Tuesday, leading President Trump to call for an immediate response that included a surge of U.S. Marines to quell the unrest.

American troops dropped flares from aircraft and fired tear gas to disperse the militia.

POMPEO: US WILL HOLD IRAN ‘ACCOUNTABLE’ FOR ANY ‘MALIGN ACTIVITY’ AFTER BAGHDAD EMBASSY ATTACK

In a Fox News interview, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made reference to Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the shadowy Tehran-linked militant-slash-intelligence organization known as the Quds Force.

On “Special Report,” Pompeo said there were no plans to evacuate the embassy or to pull troops out of Iraq following the attack.

“You have to put this in a larger context,” he said. “This is 40 years of the Islamic Republic of Iran [being] engaged in global terror campaigns, nuclear weapons dreams and nuclear enrichment capability.”

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Pompeo criticized the Obama administration, appearing to make a veiled reference to its nighttime delivery of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to Tehran.

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Pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters are seen through broken windows of a burned checkpoint in front of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. U.S. troops have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of pro-Iran militiamen and other protesters who were gathered for a second day outside the American Embassy compound in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

“We put real pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the former Kansas congressman said of the Trump administration. “We will continue to hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable wherever we find their malign activity and we will make sure we have the resources to do so.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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90,000 Jews gather in celebration of Talmud after anti-Semitic attacks: ‘We will not be intimidated’

More than 90,000 Jews braved the cold at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey Wednesday to celebrate the historic completion of the study of the entire Talmud, sending a strong message of resilience days after a stabbing in a New York rabbi’s home left five people wounded.

The Siyum HaShas celebrates the study of the Talmud, which is said to be among the most challenging religious texts in the world. The book, comprised of 2,711 double-sides pages, takes seven-and-a-half years to complete, with one page read per day. Jewish communities across the globe eagerly anticipate and celebrate completing the study.

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In addition to the 92,000 people who filled the seats at MetLife for this year’s event, 20,000 others gathered in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, along with thousands more at satellite locations across the U.S. and Israel.

The event drew a heavier security presence than in previous years due to the recent uptick in anti-Semitic crimes. Reportedly hundreds of state police officers, metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs were on-site in New Jersey.

NEW YORK RABBI WHOSE HOME WAS SCENE OF MACHETE ATTACK BREAKS SILENCE: ‘WE WILL FORGE FORWARD IN FAITH’

A stabbing of five people at a New York rabbi’s home during a Hannukah celebration Saturday reportedly marked the ninth anti-Semitic attack in one week, less than two weeks after a targeted attack at a kosher deli in Jersey City, N.J., left several dead.

“I think the massive turnout sends a powerful message to the rest of the world that we will not be intimidated,” one attendee told Fox News.

Another attendee, who traveled from Philidelphia to celebrate the Talmud, said he felt an obligation to attend this year’s event in light of the rise in anti-Semitic attacks.

“We are gathering to celebrate the Talmud because it is the source of our strength,” he said.

Rabbi Yissocher Frand, senior lecturer at Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, discussed the history of the religious book live at the event and offered words of empowerment to a reeling Jewish community.

GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE SAYS GROWING NUMBER OF ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS IS ‘BEWILDERING’

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“The Nazis burned the Talmud because they knew that this text has the power to rebuild the Jewish people,” he said.

“We make a bridge from a difficult past to a commitment to the future,” Rabbi Pesach Krohn added.

At one point during the event, the entire stadium joined in an age-old Jewish melody. The Hebrew lyrics translate to a request to God for protection and to raise a future generation of God-fearing children.

Many VIPs, including New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, attended the event.

Former Trump advisor Jason Greenblatt took to Twitter to share his experience.

“So beautiful. So special. I’m so lucky to have witnessed this,” he captioned a video, which showed thousands of men and women dancing and clapping in their seats.

Consul General of Israel Danny Dayan also posted about the event.

“More than 80,000 Jews are gathered now in MetLife Stadium to proudly celebrate their adherence to their Judaism. I wouldn’t be anywhere else,” he wrote.

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Cat’s former owner sues woman who wouldn’t let adopted pet sleep in the bed with her

A woman battling cancer who allowed another woman to adopt her cat has launched a lawsuit against the woman because she doesn’t allow the pet to sleep in her bed.

Danette Romano is accused of breaking her promise after agreeing to adopt the Norwegian Forest cat from Carol Money, who was unable to care for the kitten, Lacie, due to her battle with breast cancer, reports the New York Post.

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Money, 73, said she told Romano that “Lacie’s distress at night from not sleeping with her was the only reason she would consider letting someone adopt Lacie.”

The former pet owner was under the impression that her beloved Lacie would join her new owner in bed at night – but apparently that was not the case.

“[Romano] knew that she would not let Lacie sleep with her at night and purposefully withheld this information from [Money] in order to induce Plaintiff into letting her adopt Lacie,” said the legal complaint, which was filed at the Onondaga Supreme Court in Syracuse, N.Y., in November.

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“Lacie’s distress at night from not sleeping with her was the only reason she would consider letting someone adopt Lacie,” the lawsuit claims. (Photo: iStock)

FAMILY FINDS MISSING CAT 6 YEARS LATER, ONLY TO GET TERRIBLE NEWS

Romano reportedly adopted Lacie for $65 in the spring of 2018 and allegedly agreed to return her to Money if the cat was unhappy, the lawsuit also said.

Things got catty, however, when Money visited her precious feline at her new home. Romano’s husband allegedly admitted, “We don’t let Lacie sleep with us.”

Money also claimed the husband said Lacie refused to come upstairs and instead waited at the “bottom of the stairs each night and would even be there in the morning when they woke up.”

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The former cat owner said she then sent several texts, emails and voicemails to Romano to discuss the matter, and even returned to the home on Dec. 20, 2018, but had the cops called on her for harassment. Shortly after, Money received a cease-and-desist letter requesting that she no longer contact the Ramanos.

Money, who is board member for the Central New York Cat Coalition, is suing for breach of contract and other claims for unspecified damages. What’s more, she is seeking Lacie’s safe return.

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Cat’s former owner sues woman who wouldn’t let adopted pet sleep in the bed with her

A woman battling cancer who allowed another woman to adopt her cat has launched a lawsuit against the woman because she doesn’t allow the pet to sleep in her bed.

Danette Romano is accused of breaking her promise after agreeing to adopt the Norwegian Forest cat from Carol Money, who was unable to care for the kitten, Lacie, due to her battle with breast cancer, reports the New York Post.

DOG STEALS TOY FROM BABY IN HILARIOUS VIDEO

Money, 73, said she told Romano that “Lacie’s distress at night from not sleeping with her was the only reason she would consider letting someone adopt Lacie.”

The former pet owner was under the impression that her beloved Lacie would join her new owner in bed at night – but apparently that was not the case.

“[Romano] knew that she would not let Lacie sleep with her at night and purposefully withheld this information from [Money] in order to induce Plaintiff into letting her adopt Lacie,” said the legal complaint, which was filed at the Onondaga Supreme Court in Syracuse, N.Y., in November.

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“Lacie’s distress at night from not sleeping with her was the only reason she would consider letting someone adopt Lacie,” the lawsuit claims. (Photo: iStock)

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Romano reportedly adopted Lacie for $65 in the spring of 2018 and allegedly agreed to return her to Money if the cat was unhappy, the lawsuit also said.

Things got catty, however, when Money visited her precious feline at her new home. Romano’s husband allegedly admitted, “We don’t let Lacie sleep with us.”

Money also claimed the husband said Lacie refused to come upstairs and instead waited at the “bottom of the stairs each night and would even be there in the morning when they woke up.”

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The former cat owner said she then sent several texts, emails and voicemails to Romano to discuss the matter, and even returned to the home on Dec. 20, 2018, but had the cops called on her for harassment. Shortly after, Money received a cease-and-desist letter requesting that she no longer contact the Ramanos.

Money, who is board member for the Central New York Cat Coalition, is suing for breach of contract and other claims for unspecified damages. What’s more, she is seeking Lacie’s safe return.

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Louisiana sports reporter Carley McCord’s husband describes moment ‘world fell apart’ after plane crash

Carley McCord’s grieving husband says his “world fell apart” when he received the devastating news of the sports reporter’s death in a plane crash.

Steven Ensminger Jr. said his aunt delivered him the news that his 30-year-old wife died en route to the Peach Bowl in Georgia, where his father was coaching the Louisiana State University Tigers, ABC News reported.

“My aunt Betty called and she told me I need to sit down right now and listen carefully,” Ensminger said. “And that’s when my world fell apart.”

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Carley McCord died in a Louisiana plane crash at age 30.

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McCord was one of five passengers killed aboard a small aircraft Saturday morning that went down in a parking lot in Lafayette, Louisiana, and erupted in flames, officials said.

Ensminger — who was working while his wife was on the doomed flight — said he has been struggling with accepting that he didn’t respond to McCord’s final text message to tell him that she loved him.

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