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Facebook Discloses New Disinformation Campaigns From Russia and Iran

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SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Monday said it had found and taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns, the latest of dozens the company has identified and removed this year.

Three of the campaigns originated in Iran, and one in Russia, Facebook said, with state-backed actors disguised as genuine users. Their posts targeted people in North Africa, Latin America and the United States, the company said.

At the same time, the social network unveiled several new initiatives to reduce the spread of false information across its services, including an effort to clearly label some inaccurate posts that appear on the site.

The moves suggest that while Facebook is amping up its protections ahead of the 2020 United States presidential election, malicious actors wanting to shape public discourse show no signs of going away.

Facebook, by far the world’s largest social network, faces a near-daily torrent of criticism from American presidential candidates, the public, the press and regulators around the world, many of whom argue that the company is unable to properly corral its outsize power.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently accused Facebook of being a “disinformation-for-profit machine.” The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are conducting investigations into Facebook’s market power and history of technology acquisitions.

Facebook generally takes a hands-off approach toward users sharing false or inaccurate information on the site. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, delivered a robust defense of the company’s policies, including users and politicians’ ability to publish inaccurate posts. He said that Facebook had been founded to give people a voice.

The company does not want to be the arbiter of what speech will be allowed on the platform, Facebook executives have said. But the people and accounts posting to the network, they said, should be clearly identifiable.

To that end, Facebook will now apply labels to pages considered state-sponsored media — including outlets like Russia Today — to inform people whether the outlets are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their country’s government. The company will also apply the labels to the outlet’s Facebook Page, as well as make the label visible inside of the social network’s advertising library.

“We will hold these Pages to a higher standard of transparency because they combine the opinion-making influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state,” Facebook said in a blog post.

The company said it developed its definition of state-sponsored media with input from more than 40 outside global organizations, including Reporters Without Borders, the European Journalism Center, Unesco and the Center for Media, Data and Society.

The company will also more prominently label posts on Facebook and on its Instagram app that have been deemed partly or wholly false by outside fact-checking organizations. Facebook said the change was meant to help people better determine what they should read, trust and share. The label will be displayed prominently on top of photos and videos that appear in the news feed, as well as across Instagram stories.

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Facebook Discloses New Disinformation Campaigns From Russia and Iran

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SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Monday said it had found and taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns, the latest of dozens the company has identified and removed this year.

Three of the campaigns originated in Iran, and one in Russia, Facebook said, with state-backed actors disguised as genuine users. Their posts targeted people in North Africa, Latin America and the United States, the company said.

At the same time, the social network unveiled several new initiatives to reduce the spread of false information across its services, including an effort to clearly label some inaccurate posts that appear on the site.

The moves suggest that while Facebook is amping up its protections ahead of the 2020 United States presidential election, malicious actors wanting to shape public discourse show no signs of going away.

Facebook, by far the world’s largest social network, faces a near-daily torrent of criticism from American presidential candidates, the public, the press and regulators around the world, many of whom argue that the company is unable to properly corral its outsize power.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently accused Facebook of being a “disinformation-for-profit machine.” The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are conducting investigations into Facebook’s market power and history of technology acquisitions.

Facebook generally takes a hands-off approach toward users sharing false or inaccurate information on the site. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, delivered a robust defense of the company’s policies, including users and politicians’ ability to publish inaccurate posts. He said that Facebook had been founded to give people a voice.

The company does not want to be the arbiter of what speech will be allowed on the platform, Facebook executives have said. But the people and accounts posting to the network, they said, should be clearly identifiable.

To that end, Facebook will now apply labels to pages considered state-sponsored media — including outlets like Russia Today — to inform people whether the outlets are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their country’s government. The company will also apply the labels to the outlet’s Facebook Page, as well as make the label visible inside of the social network’s advertising library.

“We will hold these Pages to a higher standard of transparency because they combine the opinion-making influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state,” Facebook said in a blog post.

The company said it developed its definition of state-sponsored media with input from more than 40 outside global organizations, including Reporters Without Borders, the European Journalism Center, Unesco and the Center for Media, Data and Society.

The company will also more prominently label posts on Facebook and on its Instagram app that have been deemed partly or wholly false by outside fact-checking organizations. Facebook said the change was meant to help people better determine what they should read, trust and share. The label will be displayed prominently on top of photos and videos that appear in the news feed, as well as across Instagram stories.

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Air Force defense comes away with incredible tipped interception return for touchdown

The Air Force Falcons defense made an incredible play Saturday in a game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Hawaii was on the Falcons’ 4-yard line and looking to score to cut into the Air Force lead late in the game. Rainbow Warriors quarterback Cole McDonald threw a short pass to his left but it was tipped by Air Force safety Grant Theil almost immediately.

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Theil fell down as he tried to grasp the ball. He tipped it numerous times when it finally landed in the hands of Air Force cornerback Milton Bugg III. Bugg then returned the ball 95 yards for the Air Force score. It was Bugg’s third interception of the season.

“I thought [Theil] was going to catch it, of course, but coach Rud [defensive coordinator John Rudzinski] and coach [Chip] Vaughn always stress running to the ball,” Bugg told The Gazette.

He added: “My first time in the open field. Felt really good to do what I did with it.”

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Bugg’s play helped put Air Force up 56-26 and the team would go onto win the game by the same score.

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Boise State wide receiver John Hightower tries to get control of a long pass, but Air Force defensive back Milton Bugg III, top, breaks up the play on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The host Broncos won, 30-19. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Bugg added seven total tackles to his credit as well.

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Air Force improved to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference with the win. Hawaii dropped to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham indicates he may support Trump impeachment if inquiry establishes ‘quid pro quo’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has called President Donald Trump’s public call for China to investigate Joe Biden and his son “stupid.” Buzz60

Sen. Lindsey Graham has become one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders on Capitol Hill. 

But Graham – who sharply opposed Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria this month – said in an interview with Axios that he will not support the president “at all costs.” 

And the South Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee did not rule out voting to convict Trump if he is impeached in the House and more evidence against him comes to light. 

“Sure,” Graham said when asked if there was anything that could persuade him to support Trump’s impeachment. “Show me something that is a crime. If you could show me that Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing.” 

Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry centered on the allegation that he withheld military aid to Ukraine as leverage to prompt that country’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, into investigating claims that former Vice President Joe Biden used his influence to oust a prosecutor who was looking into a company tied to Biden’s son Hunter Biden. 

More: How the Trump White House’s messaging evolved on whether there was a Ukraine quid pro quo

But officials in the U.S. and Ukraine who have looked into the matter concluded neither Biden was guilty of any wrongdoing. 

Trump also wanted Zelensky to look into a claim that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign and that a missing DNC server could offer proof. Trump’s former homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert has said the idea is “a conspiracy theory” that has been “completely debunked.” 

One of the primary pieces of evidence that have been made public in the impeachment inquiry is a summary of a July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky in which Trump said he would need a “favor though” after Zelensky said he would like to buy more missiles from the U.S.

Graham has been highly critical of House Democrats’ handling of the impeachment inquiry (calling it a “sham” and a “charade”), as he was of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. And he has consistently said he does not think the transcript of the July 25 call established proof of a “quid pro quo” tying the release of aid to the opening of investigations – though many congressional Democrats say the transcript itself proves Trump’s guilt. 

“The transcript speaks for itself – no quid pro quo,” Graham tweeted Sept. 26. 

That position conflicts with statements made by Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who told reporters last week that an investigation into Ukraine’s role in the missing DNC server was one of the conditions that had to be met before the aid was released. He did not deny a quid pro quo and indicated he felt there would be nothing wrong if Trump had asked for one. 

Mulvaney has since retracted those comments, telling Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday, “There was never any connection between the flow of money and the server.” 

Mulvaney said he “didn’t speak clearly” and “folks misinterpreted what I said.” 

“You said what you said,” Wallace told him. 

Mulvaney’s comments were made after Axios’ interview with Graham, which was taped on Tuesday. But Axios reported that Graham’s spokesman Kevin Bishop said on Friday that Graham “still has not heard or seen anything that he deems impeachable.” 

On Sunday, Graham told Fox News he supports Trump’s call for an investigation into corruption in Ukraine that includes a look at 2016 election interference. 

“I think Ukraine was involved in the 2016 election. I think they were trying to hurt Trump.  They may have been working with the Democrats,” Graham said on “Sunday Morning Futures.” 

He called for “somebody to look at Ukraine involvement in our 2016 election like Mueller looked at the Russian involvement.”  

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Florida man turns himself in after allegedly robbing 3 banks in 3 hours

A Florida man accused of robbing three banks in three hours Friday turned himself in to police Saturday, authorities said.

Sandy Graham Jr., 40, allegedly robbed a trio of banks in Broward County in about the same amount of time it takes to watch a Quentin Tarantino flick or take in a baseball game.

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The spree started at a Chase bank location in Hollywood around 2:30 p.m., according to the FBI. When he approached a bank teller, Graham implied he had a weapon and demanded money, the Miami Herald reported. Other people were inside the bank, but no one was injured.

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Sandy Graham Jr., 40, allegedly robbed three banks in three hours in Florida on Friday. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

Graham then reportedly moved on to a Bank of America, located about 10 minutes away, and followed the same script.

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Around 5:30 p.m., Graham wrapped up the string of heists at a SunTrust branch and, again, implied he had a weapon and demanded money, investigators said.

It was not immediately clear if the person robbing the banks actually had a weapon or how much money he took.

The FBI released photos of the bank robber and, on Saturday, Graham surrendered to authorities and was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Facebook Discloses New Disinformation Campaigns From Russia and Iran

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SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Monday said it had found and taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns, the latest of dozens the company has identified and removed this year.

Three of the campaigns originated in Iran, and one in Russia, Facebook said, with state-backed actors disguised as genuine users. Their posts targeted people in North Africa, Latin America and the United States, the company said.

At the same time, the social network unveiled several new initiatives to reduce the spread of false information across its services, including an effort to clearly label some inaccurate posts that appear on the site.

The moves suggest that while Facebook is amping up its protections ahead of the 2020 United States presidential election, malicious actors wanting to shape public discourse show no signs of going away.

Facebook, by far the world’s largest social network, faces a near-daily torrent of criticism from American presidential candidates, the public, the press and regulators around the world, many of whom argue that the company is unable to properly corral its outsize power.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently accused Facebook of being a “disinformation-for-profit machine.” The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are conducting investigations into Facebook’s market power and history of technology acquisitions.

Facebook generally takes a hands-off approach toward users sharing false or inaccurate information on the site. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, delivered a robust defense of the company’s policies, including users and politicians’ ability to publish inaccurate posts. He said that Facebook had been founded to give people a voice.

The company does not want to be the arbiter of what speech will be allowed on the platform, Facebook executives have said. But the people and accounts posting to the network, they said, should be clearly identifiable.

To that end, Facebook will now apply labels to pages considered state-sponsored media — including outlets like Russia Today — to inform people whether the outlets are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their country’s government. The company will also apply the labels to the outlet’s Facebook Page, as well as make the label visible inside of the social network’s advertising library.

“We will hold these Pages to a higher standard of transparency because they combine the opinion-making influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state,” Facebook said in a blog post.

The company said it developed its definition of state-sponsored media with input from more than 40 outside global organizations, including Reporters Without Borders, the European Journalism Center, Unesco and the Center for Media, Data and Society.

The company will also more prominently label posts on Facebook and on its Instagram app that have been deemed partly or wholly false by outside fact-checking organizations. Facebook said the change was meant to help people better determine what they should read, trust and share. The label will be displayed prominently on top of photos and videos that appear in the news feed, as well as across Instagram stories.

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Severe weather that spawned Dallas tornado moves east, 1 killed by falling tree in Arkansas

A line of potent thunderstorms responsible for the powerful tornado that tore through parts of Dallas late Sunday has moved east, blasting the region with strong winds and leaving at least one person dead after a tree fell on an Arkansas home early Monday.

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said numerous showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue throughout the day along the Mississippi River Valley southward to the Gulf Coast ahead of a cold front.

“There will be enough instability ahead of the front across parts of the Deep South to support the development of some strong to severe thunderstorms on Monday, and there may be additional strong storms over the Southeast U.S. on Tuesday,” the NWS said.

The strong to severe thunderstorm threat from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley brings the threat of large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain, and possible tornadoes, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.

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The area of possible severe weather stretches from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. (Fox News)

“We had a tornado yesterday in Dallas, Texas it came overnight, last night. We have the threat for severe weather today, again,” Dean said on “Fox & Friends.” “Just be aware we could see the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms, know what to do if there is a watch or warning.”

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In Arkansas, one person was killed just after midnight after a tree fell on a home in Rogers, located about 150 miles northwest of Little Rock, according to an NWS report.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also confirmed the death on Twitter, saying “significant storm damage” was reported in the northwest part of the state.

The storms, which struck the Dallas area late Sunday, moved through Arkansas in the early morning hours on Monday, triggering several tornado warnings while damage was also reported in the northeast corner of the state. Tornado warnings were in effect Monday morning in far eastern Arkansas near the Mississippi River as the storm system moved to the east.

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The storm system continues to move east, bringing the threat of severe weather stretching from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast. (Fox News)

Damage was also reported in Oklahoma and Missouri, and tens of thousands of customers in the Memphis area were without power after the storms moved through, FOX13 reported.

In Dallas, many people spent Monday assessing the damage after the tornado struck the northern part of the city.

The twister touched down around 9 p.m. near Love Field Airport in North Dallas before moving northeast through the city, knocking out power for thousands. The tornado’s path took it through the Walnut Lane area of Dallas before it moved through sections of Garland, Richardson, Rockwall and Sachse.

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This Oct. 20, 2019 image made from video by Twitter user @AthenaRising shows the tornado in Rockwall, Texas. (@AthenaRising via AP)

In the Royal Lane area, Jeff Nguyen told FOX4 his children were upstairs when tornado sirens began blaring. Nguyen said his wife was trying to make it up the stairs when the tornado began to blow their roof off and “threw her back down the stairs.”

“I kind of pushed her down and got past her and got upstairs. My son was up in his bed with the covers over him. The window blew out and flew into the side of his bed,” he told FOX4. “If he didn’t have a bunk bed I don’t know where it would have landed on him. But that probably saved him.”

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Extensive damage in the Dallas area can be seen after a tornado late Sunday. (FOX4)

Aerial footage from FOX4 showed the extent of the damage throughout the region, including several homes with their roofs ripped off.

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The tornado was reported around 9 p.m. Sunday, and caused extensive damage in the northern part of the city. (FOX4)

Power lines throughout the region were down, and a Home Depot on Forest Lane near the Central Expressway also had serious damage. The store’s manager told FOX4 he saw the severe weather reports and sent most of his employees home early.

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Extensive damage to a Home Depot in the Dallas area can be seen after a tornado tore through the region late Sunday. (FOX4)

The manager told FOX4 he sent the last few employees home and closed up about 30 minutes before the tornado caused part of the building to collapse.

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Damage to Dallas Fire Rescue’s Station 41 can be seen after the tornado. (Dallas Fire-Rescue )

Dallas Fire Rescue’s Station 41 on Royal Lane near the Dallas North Tollway was almost completely destroyed by the twister. Photos released by the department showed the roof is gone and the walls are damaged, but officials said that no firefighters were hurt.

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There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries early Monday, according to a release from the city of Dallas, but Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the Associated Press that three people were hospitalized for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries.

Search teams were set to begin a second round of efforts at daylight, according to Evans, who told the AP that crews have responded to “everything from power lines down to fallen trees to people being injured inside of their homes by broken glass.”

The storm’s fury was captured on social media, with one video showing debris flying around.

Damage within Dallas is limited to an area bordered by Royal Lane to the north and Northwest Highway to the south, as well as Harry Hines Boulevard to the west and Interstate 75 to the east — essentially, northwest Dallas, according to Evans. Video of the twister showed electrical flashes as it moved northeast, bringing down power lines.

Nearly 140,000 electric customers were without power in Texas as of 4 a.m. Monday, according to Oncor’s online outage map. The electric utility said storms across East Texas had caused significant damage to power lines.

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Mayor Eric Johnson said the city of Dallas opened the Bachman Recreation Center with the help of the Red Cross. The shelter will be open for anyone who was displaced by the storm, remains without power or needs help. The Red Cross is assessing if additional shelters need to be opened.

Citing extensive damage to campuses, the Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Virginia Individual Income Tax 6-Month Filing Extension Deadline is Nov. 1

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“In 2018, approximately 373,000 people in Virginia took advantage of the six-month extension, with most of those returns coming in to Virginia Tax electronically,” said Tax Commissioner Craig M. Burns. “We continue to encourage you to file electronically, as there are many benefits to e-filing versus using paper forms.”

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U.S. Has Been Cutting Its Troops in Afghanistan Despite Failed Peace Talks

The United States has been reducing the number of American troops in Afghanistan over the past year, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday, despite peace talks with the Taliban being declared “dead” by President Donald Trump in September.

Gen. Austin S. Miller, speaking at a press conference in Afghanistan, said 2,000 U.S. troops have been withdrawn, leaving roughly 12,000. This reduction had not been previously made public “as part of our optimization,” he said.

“What it’s based on is: understand the risks to the force, risks to the mission, and look at it in terms of capabilities,” he said.

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“I’m confident that we have the right capabilities to … reach our objectives, as well as continue Train Advise Assist Command throughout the country,” he said, naming the NATO mission that works with the Afghan military to prevent terrorist safe havens.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who also attended the press conference during his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office, said troop withdrawal would help the Pentagon better focus on its national defense in relation to China and Russia. Objectives in Afghanistan would still be met, he added, but with the minimum number of troops needed.

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NOORULLAH SHIRZADA via Getty Images At least three people were killed and about 20 children wounded when a Taliban truck bomb detonated on Oct. 16 near a rural police station and partially destroyed a nearby religious school, Afghan officials said. Children are seen receiving medical treatment in a hospital.

“Not any more or not any less than we need otherwise,” he said.

Esper had earlier told reporters traveling with him that the U.S. could reduce the number of American troops to roughly 8,600 without weakening its operations against militant groups. That reduction, he said, would happen as part of a peace agreement with the Taliban. 

One of Trump’s campaign promises had been withdrawing troops in Afghanistan, though peace talks with the Taliban were called off following failed efforts to reduce violence in the Middle East. Esper said his aim is to get those talks started again.

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Omar Sobhani/Reuters There are roughly 12,000 U.S. troops left in Afghanistan, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday. U.S. troops are seen at an Afghan National Army Base in Logar province, Afghanistan, last year.

Late last year, it was reported that Trump ordered about half of U.S. troops ― or more than 7,000 ― to pull out of Afghanistan and more than 2,000 to leave Syria.

That Syria withdrawal drew backlash, however, prompting him to reverse his decision until earlier this month.

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Former Georgia, Miami coach Mark Richt says he’s OK after heart attack: ‘I plan to be at work this week’

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Mark Richt suffered a heart attack Monday morning but is recovering and “doing fine,” the former Georgia and Miami coach tweeted.

In fact, Richt wanted everyone to know he plans to be back at work in the short term. 

“I assuming word travels fast,” Richt wrote. “So I wanted to be able to inform everyone that I did have a heart attack this morning. I am doing fine. As I went through the experience I had peace knowing I was going to heaven but I was going to miss my wife. I plan to be at work this week.”

Richt, 59, led Georgia from 2001-15 before moving on to coach his alma mater Miami for three seasons. He retired following last season and handed the reins to Manny Diaz. Richt has been an analyst for ESPN and the newly launched ACC Network since his retirement. 

Richt has a career 171-64 coaching record, with a 10-7 record in bowl games.

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