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Fort Worth Interim Police Chief ‘Deeply Sorry’ For Fatal Shooting

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Fort Worth Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus at a press conference on Tuesday regarding the death of Atatiana Jefferson.

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The interim chief of the Fort Worth Police Department held a press conference Tuesday in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson by a police officer, while she was in her home. The officer who shot Jefferson, Aaron Dean, resigned from the department and has been charged with murder.

Interim Police Chief Ed Krause apologized to Jefferson’s family and the larger Fort Worth community at the media event. He said that there are zero excuses for the incident, and that Dean will be held responsible for his actions.

“This incident has eroded the trust that we have built with our community and we must now work even harder to ensure that trust is restored,” Krause said.

Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, was at her home playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when police officers responded to an “open structure call” made by a neighbor early Saturday morning.

Body camera footage released by the police shows Dean, a white man, outside the home, looking into Jefferson’s bedroom window and shouting, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” before firing a single bullet that killed Jefferson.

According to a police news release, Dean noticed a person inside and standing near the window while he was checking the perimeter, which police say was perceived as a threat.

Authorities say that when they entered Jefferson’s home, a gun was recovered from the bedroom, but did not say whether Jefferson was holding a weapon at the time the officer shot at her.

Kyev Tatum, a pastor and community activist who was on the scene shortly after the shooting, said that even if Jefferson was holding a weapon, it should not have justified the use of deadly force.

“If you hear some noise in your backyard early in the morning when you’re with your 8-year-old nephew, well of course anyone in their right mind is going to try to protect themselves and others, especially a child,” Tatum said.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price told NPR that she empathizes with Jefferson’s family and criticized the police officers involved for not following proper procedure.

“Even the body cam footage, it’s hard to see exactly what that officer saw,” said Price. “But it’s horrifying, as quick as he shot. He didn’t identify himself as a police officer.”

Jefferson’s family are calling for an independent investigation so that the Fort Worth Police Department is not investigating itself. The mayor told NPR she disagrees with their reasoning and said that she trusts internal affairs to make the right decisions.

The shooting instantly sparked fear and outrage in Texas’ black communities. Many drew similarities from this incident to the death of Botham Jean, who was killed in his own apartment by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. Earlier this month, Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

Paolo Zialcita is an intern on NPR’s News Desk.

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Trump Admin Moves To Greenlight Logging In America’s Largest National Forest

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The Trump administration on Tuesday took a significant step toward opening the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest to logging and other potential extractive development.  

The U.S. Forest Service issued a draft environmental impact statement aimed at cementing President Donald Trump’s push to exempt Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from the so-called “roadless rule.” Signed in 2001 by President Bill Clinton, the conservation rule prohibits building roads and harvesting timber on 58.5 million acres of national forest lands, including 9.2 million acres of Tongass.

The proposal includes several alternatives; however, the administration’s preference calls for rolling back protections for all 9.2 million acres and reclassifying 185,000 acres as suitable for timber harvest. The Forest Service says it will publish the draft EIS in the Federal Register later this week. 

The Trump administration announcement comes less than two months after The Washington Post reported that Trump directed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to greenlight logging in America’s largest national forest, located in southeast Alaska.

Eric Jorgensen, an attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice in Alaska, said the decision “threatens an irreplaceable national treasure.”

“This ecologically rich landscape and critical wildlife habitat will be lost forever if industry is allowed to clear-cut our national forest,” he said in an emailed statement. “There is no good reason to roll back protections for the Tongass, and Earthjustice will oppose this attack on the safeguards wisely established by the Roadless Rule.”

The move is part of a sweeping public land liquidation underway in America’s 49th state. There, nearly 30 million acres of federal land are at risk of being developed or transferred, according to a recent analysis from the Center for American Progress. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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The U.S. Turned Syria’s North Into a Tinderbox. Then Trump Lit a Match.

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To understand why President Trump’s withdrawal from Syria has unleashed such violence, it helps to see this moment as the culmination of a problem that has been building since the conflict began.

In the war’s first days, northern Syria’s large Kurdish population effectively seceded and, later, came to control the area.

The war’s many actors, Kurds included, knew this was, in the long term, not sustainable.

The Kurds were too weak to hold out forever. But they were too strong, too fearful of outside dominance and, over the course of the war, had built too many institutions of self-rule to be simply folded back into the Syrian state.

At the same time, the outside world saw Kurdish autonomy as essential to running out the Islamic State, but knew it was, long-term, a barrier to ending the war. Syria’s government would never accept losing the north’s oil and agricultural wealth. Turkey’s government, just across the border, saw permanent Kurdish autonomy as an unacceptable threat.

This became the northern Syria problem: How to reconcile these contradictions and create a sustainable, broadly acceptable equilibrium in northern Syria. Only then could the world hope to make the Islamic State’s defeat permanent and to end an eight-year war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions.

But the northern Syrian problem never got resolved.

Instead, the United States kept what was known to be an unsustainable status quo “frozen in place,” said Frances Z. Brown, who served as a director on the National Security Council under President Barack Obama and Mr. Trump.

That status quo served useful ends for Washington, first to drive out the Islamic State and later, under Mr. Trump, as a potential bargaining chip with the Syrian government and its allies.

American officials knew that the northern Syria problem would have be resolved, Ms. Brown said, and that only Washington had the leverage and relationships to do it. But other priorities took precedence.

The contradictions widened. Northern Syria became a tinderbox. An American troop presence kept it from exploding — until last week, when Mr. Trump suddenly recalled those troops and, in what amounted to tossing a match, invited Turkey to invade.

Now, years of unresolved tensions are exploding as Turkish troops, Syrian government troops and their Russian allies, and Kurdish forces all rush to impose a new equilibrium.

The northern Syria problem has gone from a mostly political issue to an armed struggle, opening a violent new chapter in a war that only a week ago had seemed to be winding down.

Countries often fracture during a civil war. Rebels seize territory. Minorities declare independence. The pieces seem like they will never fit back together until, after years or decades of peacekeeping missions and power-sharing deals, they do.

Syria’s disintegration was unusual in degree, partly because of the government’s brutality and the crisscrossing interventions that helped pull the country apart, but not in kind.

Still, northern Syria fractured in ways that made it particularly complicated to reassemble.

As war broke out, long-oppressed Kurds rose up as much out of self-defense as to carve out a degree of autonomy.

Syria’s government, focused on other fights, largely let them be.

The two sides, nominally opposed, needed each other. Syrian leaders in Damascus, the capital, would rather that Kurds held territory that might otherwise be taken by rebels that sought the government’s downfall. And the Kurds, not quite organized enough to fully control the north, needed Damascus to continue funding local government salaries and institutions.

That cold peace became far less stable with the involvement of the United States and Turkey.

For Turkey, every inch of Kurdish expansion across Syria and every day that the Kurds deepened their autonomy posed an ever-growing threat.

But as Turkey opposed the new order in northern Syria, the United States moved to deepen it. Adopting Syria’s Kurds as its ground force against the Islamic State, Washington gave them the financial, diplomatic and military cover to retake extremist-held territory.

Complicating matters further, the United States and Turkey are NATO allies with a litany of shared issues. This forced each country to accommodate the other’s concerns even as their positions in northern Syria came into greater conflict.

Northern Syria became split along two political axes: first Kurdish-Syrian, and now American-Turkish.

The first of those was tenuous on its own, said Ms. Brown, who is now an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. But it was the second that created “an unsustainable equilibrium.”

Northern Syria became ground zero for contradictions in Mr. Obama’s approach to Syria and, more recently, Mr. Trump’s, said Aaron Stein, director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Mr. Obama had demanded that Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, step down. But, in practice, he took steps to weaken but not remove Mr. Assad. And after the rise of the Islamic State, Mr. Obama prioritized defeating the extremist group.

Backing Syria’s Kurds, Mr. Obama became the patron of breakaway Syrian territory — and the owner of the northern Syria problem.

But the contradiction in his policy prevented Washington from resolving it.

The Kurds and Damascus could not reconcile without Washington’s acquiescence, which Mr. Obama’s stated opposition to Mr. Assad prevented him from granting. At the same time, Mr. Obama’s emphasis on defeating the Islamic State required him to allow the Kurds and Damascus to maintain their cold peace.

This opened another contradiction: The United States pledged to accommodate both the political aspirations of the Syrian Kurds and Turkey’s vehement opposition to Kurdish autonomy.

So the United States froze the cold peace in place, with plans to resolve the crosscutting disagreements after the Islamic State had been fully defeated and the north stabilized.

Mr. Trump came into office dropping demands for regime change in Syria, seemingly “resolving the tension in American policy,” Mr. Stein said.

“It was in the execution that we got back into tension with ourselves,” he said.

As with other foreign policy initiatives, Mr. Trump and members of his senior staff seemed to pursue diverging agendas.

While the president promised withdrawal, Pentagon and State Department officials reassured Kurdish groups with promises to stay. Last year, the State Department, bowing to Turkish objections, quietly blocked a Kurdish effort to begin reconciliation talks with Damascus.

James F. Jeffrey, the Trump administration’s special envoy for Syria, has described America’s presence as a bargaining chip to secure not just the Islamic State’s defeat but also political change in Syria and a rollback of Iranian influence.

“It was, ‘We’re going to use a permanent occupation in the northeast to force Bashar al-Assad to cut his own head off,’” Mr. Stein said, describing American demands for Mr. Assad to hold elections that would likely see him lose power.

These “maximalist goals,” Mr. Stein said, created the conditions for open-ended occupation, locking the status quo in place.

And they opened a new set of contradictions: The United States was now promising the Kurds a secure future while signaling it might trade the Kurdish territory away for broader goals.

But Mr. Trump’s opposition to an open-ended commitment in Syria and his habit of lashing out when he feels boxed in by his staff made the status quo unlikely to hold.

Beyond that, the approach would work only as long as Turkey tolerated an American-Kurdish ministate on its border — something Turkey insisted it could not allow.

“It was always built on a house of cards,” Mr. Stein said. “Everything was in tension.”

Sure enough, Mr. Trump announced an American departure from Syria late last year, prompting staff resignations that led Mr. Trump to reverse his plan. But the northern Syria problem remained unresolved, waiting to burst.

“Ten months later, the United States is still the only pole holding up the tent in northern Syria,” Aron Lund, an analyst at the Century Foundation, wrote in a policy brief last week. “And Trump seems to be saying that time is up.”

Mr. Trump’s sudden departure has collapsed northern Syria’s already fragile equilibrium. The result is a political and security vacuum that the major forces — Turkish, Syrian government and Syrian Kurd — are scrambling to fill.

In a cycle familiar to such conflicts, all sides feel compelled to shape the new order to their advantage before others can do so first.

That creates an incentive for violence and, because political power in Syria derives from demographics, for atrocities of the sort that have punctuated the war’s worst moments.

The northern Syria problem, far from resolved by the American departure, is entering a new chapter that could be far bloodier, more chaotic and more destabilizing.

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Brazil building collapse leaves at least 1 dead, other trapped under ‘layers of debris’

A seven-story building collapsed in Brazil on Tuesday, killing at least one person and leaving several others trapped under “layers of debris” who may take days to rescue, officials said.

Some of the trapped Fortaleza citizens have spoken with family members using cellphones from within the collapse, said a fire department commander, Cleyton Bezerra.

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Ten survivors have been found so far, along with an unidentified body, Bezerra said. At least nine people were still missing. A puppy was also freed, the BBC reported.

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Firefighters rescue a woman from a building that collapsed in Fortaleza on Tuesday. (Kleber Goncalves/Futura Press via AP)

One person was believed to be stuck in an elevator, the BBC reported.

Rescue workers were concerned that parts of the building could collapse further as they listen for noises from under the debris.

The local newspaper Diário do Nordeste tweeted aerial video of a cloud of dust settling over central Fortaleza, while local journalist Donizete Arruda posted video of the rubble.

“I just heard a boom and the building came down at once. A man came out drenched in blood and with a broken arm; he was the only one we could help,” Daiane Moreira, who was working next to the building at the time of the collapse, told journalists at the scene.

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Fortaleza Mayor Roberto Claudio said it was not immediately clear what caused the building to collapse: “The only information we have is that it was an old building. We don’t have specific information on licenses, permissions,” Claudio said, promising a “rigorous investigation.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Disney World shed is reportedly missing $20,000 worth of attraction items

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Things are disappearing at the Magic Kingdom.

Multiple items have reportedly vanished from a storage shed near Epcot. The missing pieces included parts for various rides across the park.

The missing items are collectively said to be worth $20,000, Fox 35 reports. A Disney employee reportedly noticed that the parts were missing from the shed in early October.

The worker found that a set of sails for the Peter Pan’s Flight ride was missing from a padlocked storage shed near Epcot’s Test Track ride, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Upon further inspection, he saw that various other items had similarly gone missing.

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The items included three seats for Space Mountain and a shell also used for that ride/

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has reportedly been notified and is investigating.

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In mid-August, a former Disney World employee was arrested for allegedly sneaking back into an employee locker room and stealing workers’ cash and credit cards.

The suspect, identified as Shariel Agosto by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, was apprehended by police at Typhoon Lagoon on Aug. 1, before being transferred to a police substation within the Disney World park, according to a police report shared with Fox News.

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Police said Agosto knew how to access the locker room because she’d worked at the attraction, according to information obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

This story contains additional reporting by Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo.

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Brie Larson Is ‘Changed’ After Becoming Part Of Surprise Comic-Con Engagement

Two fans turned their meet-and-greet with Brie Larson into a life-changing moment for themselves and the star last weekend.

John Chambrone and his boyfriend, Richard Owen, dropped by Ace Comic-Con in Chicago Oct. 12 in hopes of encountering Larson. 

Before Chambrone finally got some face time with the “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” actor, however, he planned to seize the opportunity to propose to Owen at the same time.

The event’s photographer captured the moment that Chambrone dropped to one knee in front of Owen and presented him with a ring ― and Larson’s stunned (and unforced) expression is priceless. 

Owen, of course, said yes.  

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ACE Universe Brie Larson (center) was caught off-guard this weekend when fan John Chambrone (right) used his Comic-Con meet-and-greet with the “Captain Marvel” star to propose to his boyfriend, Richard Owen. 

Calling it “the most epic moment of my life,” Chambrone said the proposal “could not have gone better” in a Facebook post after the event. 

“We are both so happy that we have been crying on and off all night,” he wrote

“I never in my life thought I would be this much in love with anyone, let alone want to marry them, but he truly is an amazing guy who shows me daily how much he loves me and I am crazy about him, too.” 

Larson, who stars alongside Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in December’s “Just Mercy,” was clearly moved by the experience, too.

On Sunday, she sent Chambrone and Owen her well wishes on Twitter. 

Later, Chambrone expressed his gratitude to Larson in an open letter he shared on Facebook. The proposal held a deeply personal significance, he said, as his first date with Owen was a screening of “Captain Marvel.”  

“Ever since I was a kid, Carol Danvers has been my favorite character in the comics,” he wrote. “I met Richard earlier this year and once our eyes locked for the first time, we both knew we found our soulmates … The movie meant a lot to us and I was so glad that he now shares my passion for the greatest superhero in all the known universes.”

“Thank you again for your incredible performance of my favorite hero,” he added. “Meeting you today, and being able to profess my love and commitment to my boyfriend in front of you truly meant the world to me, and to us!” 

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Trump Admin Moves To Greenlight Logging In America’s Largest National Forest

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The Trump administration on Tuesday took a significant step toward opening the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest to logging and other potential extractive development.  

The U.S. Forest Service issued a draft environmental impact statement aimed at cementing President Donald Trump’s push to exempt Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from the so-called “roadless rule.” Signed in 2001 by President Bill Clinton, the conservation rule prohibits building roads and harvesting timber on 58.5 million acres of national forest lands, including 9.2 million acres of Tongass.

The proposal includes several alternatives; however, the administration’s preference calls for rolling back protections for all 9.2 million acres and reclassifying 185,000 acres as suitable for timber harvest. The Forest Service says it will publish the draft EIS in the Federal Register later this week. 

The Trump administration announcement comes less than two months after The Washington Post reported that Trump directed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to greenlight logging in America’s largest national forest, located in southeast Alaska.

Eric Jorgensen, an attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice in Alaska, said the decision “threatens an irreplaceable national treasure.”

“This ecologically rich landscape and critical wildlife habitat will be lost forever if industry is allowed to clear-cut our national forest,” he said in an emailed statement. “There is no good reason to roll back protections for the Tongass, and Earthjustice will oppose this attack on the safeguards wisely established by the Roadless Rule.”

The move is part of a sweeping public land liquidation underway in America’s 49th state. There, nearly 30 million acres of federal land are at risk of being developed or transferred, according to a recent analysis from the Center for American Progress. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, defies subpoena in impeachment inquiry

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WASHINGTON – Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer who is accused of leading a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine, defied a congressional subpoena Tuesday for documents that House Democrats sought as part of the impeachment inquiry.

Giuliani has acknowledged meeting with Ukrainians and encouraging an investigation of Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Three committees – Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight and Reform – are focusing their portion of the investigation on Trump’s call July 25 in which he urged Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden while withholding military aid to that country.

The committees demanded documents from Giuliani dealing with “the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding security assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression.”

But Giuliani’s lawyer, Jon Sale, notified Congress by letter that he won’t comply. Sale called the inquiry “unconstitutional, baseless and illegitimate,” and said the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege and executive privilege, despite the fact that Giuliani doesn’t work for the government.

“If they enforce it, then we’ll see what happens,” Giuliani told ABC News.

The committees also subpoenaed documents from the Pentagon and the White House Office of Management and Budget about how the military aid for Ukraine was withheld. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said he would comply, but White House counsel Pat Cipollone notified House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that the administration would refuse to cooperate for lack of a House vote to authorize the impeachment inquiry.

Trump has described the call with Zelensky as “perfect” and said he is absolutely justified in calling for the investigation of corruption. He has also defended Giuliani. The White House notified Pelosi on Oct. 8 that the administration would refuse to comply with the House investigation that Trump contends is partisan and unconstitutional, for lack of a House vote to authorize the inquiry.

The subpoena deadline coincided with a private deposition for George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of State. Giuliani had criticized Kent in May during an interview with a Ukrainian news website by claiming without evidence that the diplomat was working with liberal philanthropist George Soros to find “dirty information” on Trump campaign officials. Kent previously served as deputy chief of mission in Kyiv and spent years working on anti-corruption efforts across Europe.

Giuliani had told a Ukrainian journalist that Trump removed Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, “because she was part of the efforts against the president.” Giuliani further targeted Yovanovitch in a packet of “disinformation” that he gave to State Department officials earlier this year. The dossier was full of debunked allegations and political smears targeting the president’s perceived enemies, and it eventually made its way to lawmakers leading the impeachment probe. Giuliani tweeted Monday that Yovanovitch was “a real problem.”

Yovanovitch testified privately to the three committees Friday.

The deadline came nearly a week after the Oct. 9 arrest of two Giuliani associates, Ukrainian-born Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman of Belarus, business partners who were charged with campaign-finance violations. Parnas and Fruman were charged with showering contributions on Republican campaign committees, including $325,000 in May 2018 for a political-action committee that supports Trump’s re-election, while allegedly hiding the source of the money.

Parnas and Fruman introduced Giuliani to a key Ukrainian prosecutor in January in New York, according to numerous media reports. The two men have also been subpoenaed for documents.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry also faces a Friday subpoena deadline from the three committees for documents about Ukraine. Trump had said he made the July 25 call at Perry’s suggestion, as the energy secretary pressed Zelensky to fire board members of the state-owned energy company Naftogaz, while championing their replacement with Parnas and Fruman.

More about Rudy Giuliani’s role in the impeachment inquiry:

Criminal case against Giuliani’s associates darkens cloud over Trump’s personal attorney, White House

This week in the impeachment probe: Giuliani associates arrested, White House blocks inquiry and more

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Georgia foster mom charged with murder in hot car deaths of twins, 3

A Georgia foster mom was denied bond on Tuesday after being charged with murder in last month’s hot-car deaths of 3-year-old twin girls in her care.

A magistrate rejected Claudette Foster’s request for bond, according to reports. She was being held in the local jail.

Foster surrendered on an arrest warrant Monday following an investigation by police in Hinesville, Ga., into the Sept. 29 deaths of Raelynn and Payton Keyes. She was also charged with cruelty to children, authorities said.

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An autopsy determined that the girls died of heatstroke on a day when the temperature was 92, according to reports.

The car was parked in the backyard of a house that did not belong to Foster.

Police said she wasn’t at the address when the girls died, WTOC-TV reported.

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“It just became who is responsible for these children and why were the children not supervised. How were they missing for such a period of time that allowed them to get into the yard and into a vehicle and then eventually pass from a heat stroke?” Detective Bryan Wolfe told the station.

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Wolfe said Foster also had custody of Raelynn and Payton’s brothers, the station reported. He said the boys were returned to the custody of the biological parents after they were deemed fit by the state.

Skye Keyes said she lost custody of the four children because they were still grieving the premature death of another child, the New York Post reported two weeks ago.

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Back From China, LeBron James Speaks Out On NBA Controversy

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has criticized a tweet sent by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey in support of Hong Kong protesters, saying of Morey, “I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand.”

James has just returned from the NBA’s tense trip to China, where teams played exhibition games but many player appearances were cancelled due to the controversy over Morey’s statement, which was deleted shortly after it was posted.

“Yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself,” James told reporters in Los Angeles.

“I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl, with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke,” James said. He added, “And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually.”

James’ comments quickly met with criticism in the U.S. and beyond. For example, Michael David Smith from Pro Football Talk tweeted, “Morey literally was thinking about others. He was thinking about the people of Hong Kong, who want the same freedoms Americans take for granted.”

James has previously spoken out about social issues in the U.S., including police shootings of black men and the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va. But his latest comments have drawn criticism in the U.S. and outrage from protesters in Hong Kong. On Tuesday, a protester brandished a sign at a demonstration that showed James embracing a Chinese banknote.

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In his remarks, James did not engage with the specific message of Morey’s tweet, which said “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” He appeared to be speaking primarily about the Chinese backlash that targeted the broader NBA — including James’ team. The Lakers played a preseason game in Shenzhen on Saturday, but Chinese networks refused to broadcast it, and the NBA canceled news conferences related to the game.

Morey’s remarks supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong caused major backlash from China ahead of an exhibition series there between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA has been seeking to expand its fan base in the country. But as NPR reported, the NBA’s media partner in China, Tencent, said they wouldn’t air any Rockets games, in addition to dropping the two preseason games played in China.

James said players on the overseas trip had feared games would be canceled.

“You know, so many different events have been cancelled throughout our time there, and all we kept saying is … we flew all these miles to come over to China – we would love to play the game of basketball in front of the fans,” James said.

When the NBA canceled press conferences for the teams last week, the league said the players “have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time.”

After Morey’s initial comments caused a stir in China, Morey tweeted that he “did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event.”

The NBA has been hit with a backlash of its own, particularly after it released different statements about Morey’s remarks in English and Mandarin. As NPR’s Brakkton Booker reported, the mixed messages “exposed the NBA to criticism that it was attempting to appease China at the cost of traditional U.S. values – such as free speech.” The league later clarified in a press conference that it supports freedom of expression from the NBA’s community members.

The protests in Hong Kong, which have been ongoing for months now, are calling for greater freedoms in the territory. In recent weeks, they have grown more violent, with clashes between demonstrators and police. Earlier this month, a protester was shot by police.

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