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The Ford Flex, its oldest SUV, is being discontinued

Ford’s oldest utility vehicle is being discontinued after a decade.

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The Flex has been one of the automaker’s lowest selling family car offerings since it was introduced as a 2009 model. Despite many positive reviews, the utility vehicle’s offbeat boxy design never really caught on with consumers, and its head designer left the company just a few months after it debuted. It was the first Ford brand model to offer one of the company’s now-ubiquitous EcoBoost turbocharged engines.

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The Flex received a slight redesign for the 2013 model year. (Ford)

Sales of the Flex peaked at 38,000 in its first full year on the market, but it was soon overshadowed by the arrival of an all-new Ford Explorer in 2011 that featured a more conventional SUV look. Ford sold 250,000 Explorers in 2018 alone, while less than 300,000 Flexes have been sold during its entire run.

Ford hasn’t announced the exact date that the last Flex will come off of the line at its Oakville Assembly Complex in Canada, but the facility built the last Lincoln MKT that shared its platform earlier this month.

The Explorer has been fully redesigned again for 2020.

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‘The View’ host Joy Behar blasts Trump for ‘bragging’ that ISIS leader al-Baghdadi is dead

ABC News’ “The View” co-host Joy Behar said Monday that President Trump should “stop bragging” about the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Trump announced Sunday that al-Baghdadi detonated an explosive vest as U.S. Special Operations Forces stormed his compound in northwest Syria Saturday night. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg kicked off the daytime gabfest’s discussion by asking if we can “at least agree that the world is a better place without this guy in it?”

Behar joked, “Who Trump or al-Baghdadi?”

TRUMP DESCRIBES AL-BAGHDADI AS ‘WHIMPERING AND CRYING’ BEFORE DYING IN U.S. OPERATION: ‘HE DIED LIKE A COWARD’

Behar then said Baghdadi was a “bad guy” and she’s “glad” he died but condemned Trump for taking credit.

“In this case, the Special Ops or whoever they were did this thing… so maybe he should back off a little bit and stop bragging about it so much,” Behar said.

Co-host Sunny Hostin agreed it’s “a good thing” that the “self-proclaimed leader” of ISIS is dead, but she had an issue with the way Trump handled it.

“My problem is that, at least by New York Times reporting, folks inside of the intelligence community are saying that this operation was done despite, or in spite of, President Trump, not because of him,” Hostin said. “He had this sort of selective notification about the operation.”

Hostin criticized Trump for reportedly failing to inform some Democratic leaders

“It just concerns me that, even in something like this, he just doesn’t follow the rules,” Hostin said.

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Trump has defended his decision not to give Democratic congressional leaders advance notice of the raid, saying once again that he was concerned the details would leak out.

Media Research Center director Tim Graham issued a statement about media coverage of al-Baghdadi’s death, which included everything from nitpicking by CNN to a controversial Washington Post headline.

“What a fascinating glimpse into the mind of the liberal media,” Graham said. “They have developed such an aversion to covering the President favorably, that they cannot even bear to celebrate an American special-forces victory over ISIS.

“They can barely acknowledge this as a win for our country, dwelling on trashing Trump’s words and questioning his motives. For them, this is not a triumph for democracy over violent terrorists. It’s simply a temporary distraction from their obsession with impeaching Donald Trump.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Donald Trump blasts Chicago’s police superintendent, Jussie Smollett in speech to cops

CHICAGO – While reveling in the weekend death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Donald Trump used a law enforcement speech Monday to blast Chicago’s police superintendent, the actor Jussie Smollett, and Democrats seeking his impeachment.

Attacking Smollett’s unfounded allegations of an assault he blamed on Trump supporters, the president told the International Association of Police Chiefs:  “That’s a hate crime, it’s a scam – just like the impeachment of your president is a scam.”

Trump also took after Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who skipped the president’s speech to the police chiefs’ group over his immigration policy.

Describing Johnson’s comments as “insulting,” Trump blamed Chicago’s high crime rate on Johnson and said he should have attended the chiefs’ meeting because “maybe he could learn something.”

“I want Eddie Johnson to change his values and change them fast,” Trump said.

Announcing his decision last week to boycott Trump’s appearance, Johnson referred to immigration as well as the president’s past comments about people of color.

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“As police officers, our job is to be the voice for the voiceless and ambassadors to the communities that we serve,” he said. “I can’t in good conscience stand by while racial insults and hatred are cast from the Oval Office or Chicago is held hostage because of our views on new Americans.”

The crowd at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police whooped it up for Trump. Some of the loudest cheers came when Trump discussed the weekend military raid in Syria that led to the suicide of al-Baghdadi, who as head of ISIS encouraged followers to attack U.S. and western targets.

“He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s dead,” Trump said to the cheers and laughter that accelerated when he added: “He’s dead as a doornail.”

In discussing his law enforcement record, from a new criminal justice reform bill to his proposed wall, Trump’s appearance took on the air of a campaign event.

Beforehand, as Trump approached the convention center complex in southern Chicago, the PA system played the same song as at Trump campaign rallies, including The Rolling Stones’ “Play With Fire,”  Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”

“It’s the president’s playlist,” said Paul Cell, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, in introducing Trump. He told the delegates that the music was selected to “get us excited about his presence here today.”

After the speech to police, Trump headed uptown for a campaign fundraiser that Republicans hope will raise $4 million.

Protests against Trump were expected throughout the city. The Chicago Police Department beefed up security by canceling regular days off for some 1,800 officers.

In addressing the police chief’s group, Trump said no one has been a bigger champion of law enforcement than him. He said he has fought back against politicians who like to denigrate police officers.

After the speech, surrounded by officers in uniform, Trump signed an executive order to create a new commission to “address some of the systemic challenges” facing law enforcement. Those include homelessness and mentally ill people who roam the streets, he said.

“You don’t hear it enough,” Trump told the law enforcement officials. “You do an incredible job.”

Before boarding Air Force One for the trip to Chicago, Trump told reporters he is thinking of releasing parts of the video of the raid on al-Baghdadi’s compound.

It was “a great weekend for the country,” Trump said. “We captured a man who should have been captured long ago.”

Trump also said he did not inform members of Congress before the raid because he was worried about leaks. He singled out Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and called him “the biggest leaker in Washington.”

Schiff is also leading the impeachment investigation of Trump over claims he abused his authority by asking a foreign country – Ukraine – to investigate one of his political opponents, Joe Biden.

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Democratic Former Sen. Kay Hagan Dies At 66

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Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) died Monday, according to multiple reports. She was 66.

“We are heartbroken to share that Kay left us unexpectedly this morning,” her family said in a statement, according to The Charlotte Observer. “Kay meant everything to us, and we were honored to share her with the people of North Carolina whom she cared for and fought for so passionately as an elected official. Most of all, we already miss her humor and spirit as the hub of our family, a role she loved more than anything. Nobody could light up a room and make people feel welcome like Kay.”

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Rob O’Neill, the man who killed bin Laden, praises US special forces who conducted al-Baghdadi raid

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Rob O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL who killed Usama bin Laden, told “Fox & Friends” Monday that the U.S. Special Operations forces raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was done in an intelligent, strategically sound way.

“They were so smart about it,” O’Neill said. “They knew the front door was probably booby-trapped so they went through a wall. They used their breachers, which is a method of entry. The guy or guys went in that way, and then just did what Delta [Force] does; they just got it on.”

President Trump, announcing the death of al-Baghdadi, described him as dying “in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.” His demise came when U.S. Special Operations Forces stormed his compound in the Idrib Province late Saturday night and cornered him in the back a dead-end tunnel. He detonated an explosive vest, taking his own life and killing three of his children.

TRUMP DESCRIBES AL-BAGHDADI AS ‘WHIMPERING AND CRYING’ BEFORE DYING IN US OPERATION: ‘HE DIED LIKE A COWARD’

Trump said the U.S. had al-Baghdadi under surveillance for weeks and had been searching for him for years, calling his capture or death “the top national security priority of my administration.” Trump thanked Russia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Kurds in the region.

ISIS LEADER AL-BAGHDADI CONFIRMED DEAD AFTER APPARENT SUICIDE DURING U.S. OPERATION: SOURCES

O’Neill called the military operation that killed al-Baghdadi “incredible.”

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“I was so proud. So proud,” O’Neill said.

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Rain Chexit: European Union Grants Brexit Delay To U.K. — Again

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A European Union flag flies Monday outside the Houses of Parliament in London. The multinational bloc has agreed to grant the U.K. another Brexit delay, bumping the deadline to the end of January, according to European Council President Donald Tusk.

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The divorce has been deferred once more.

Days before the U.K.’s Oct. 31 deadline to leave the European Union, the multinational bloc agreed to Britain’s request on Monday to postpone the departure another three months.

With the announcement came another incongruously delightful portmanteau: European Council President Donald Tusk said Monday that the other 27 countries in the EU tentatively signed off on a Brexit “flextension,” a flexible extension — natch — that will allow the U.K. to remain in the bloc through Jan. 31, 2020, or leave earlier if it reaches an agreement before then.

“This gives time for the UK to make clear what it wants,” said European Parliament President David Sassoli, somewhat hopefully.

Short of a significant shift in momentum, however, the recent political turmoil in London has offered little indication that an easy solution is on the horizon.

Since Boris Johnson took office as prime minister in July, he has been at loggerheads with lawmakers wary of his aggressive approach to Brexit. Johnson’s bid to suspend Parliament for five weeks unraveled in court, his attempts to call snap elections initially failed to gain traction, and many of his fellow Conservatives broke ranks to approve a bill blocking him from leaving the EU without a deal — despite Johnson’s own claim that he’d rather be “dead in a ditch” than seek another delay.

The U.K. had been scheduled to leave the EU on March 29 of this year, until the bloc granted a request to postpone that was put forth by Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May. On Oct. 19, Johnson asked for another extension, as he was required to do by the new law.

“Relieved that finally no one died in a ditch,” Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian member of European Parliament and Brexit negotiator for the EU, said Monday in a tongue-in-cheek tweet. “Whether the UK’s democratic choice is revoke or an orderly withdraw, confirmed or not in a second referendum, the uncertainty of Brexit has gone on for far too long. This extra time must deliver a way forward.”

One way forward may very well run through the British ballot box.

While Johnson’s attempt to call snap elections foundered last month amid resistance from opposition lawmakers in the Labour Party, Parliament did pass the “second reading” of his new deal with the EU. But it demanded more time to consider the legislation.

This time, though, Johnson appears more likely to succeed in getting new elections. That’s because this time, unlike last month, his call for elections also appears to have the backing of the Scottish National Party’s leader in Parliament, Ian Blackford, who tweeted a statement of support Monday.

“Let us have the election,” he said, after noting that a “defeated” Johnson had “failed to take us off the cliff edge.” Blackford vowed that his party would “do its job and put across our message that those in Scotland should decide our future.”

The SNP and the Liberal Democrats — two smaller parties that had, along with Labour, previously stonewalled the prospect of new elections — have opened the door to a new vote by making an about-face and backing them. Though their proposal is not identical to Johnson’s, the prime minister is reportedly expected to support theirs if his is voted down.

Under Johnson’s proposal, the new elections would take place on Dec. 12 and would bring the dissolution of Parliament by Nov. 6; under the one set forth by the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, the vote would take place on Dec. 9.

The two parties, along with Johnson’s Conservatives, hope that new elections can break the deadlock in Parliament that has so far derailed every attempt to reach a Brexit deal. Labour leaders, meanwhile, have professed the same hope — but have said they will not back new elections until they are sure that “No-Deal [Brexit] is off the table.”

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Jennifer Aniston Kisses Ellen DeGeneres For The Perfect Instagram Photo Op

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Jennifer Aniston may be an Instagram newcomer, but she proved herself to be a master of social media content on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” 

In an “Ellen” episode that aired Monday, the “Morning Show” star shared a quick and comical kiss with DeGeneres. The moment came about after DeGeneres recalled a similar smooch with Howard Stern on the Oct. 14 episode. 

True to form, DeGeneres quickly turned the tables on Aniston when the former “Friends” actor asked the host, who is a lesbian, how long it had been since she’d last kissed a man. 

“I don’t make out with guys, but I kiss guys on the lips,” she said, before asking Aniston, “When was the last time you kissed a girl on the lips?”

To the delight of the audience, Aniston briefly adjusted her hair before leaning in for the quick peck.

“That’s what they wanted to see,” DeGeneres said. “They’ve been wanting that for years.”

That’s the last time I kissed a girl,” clarified Aniston. 

As of Monday morning, a snapshot of the instantly iconic moment had yet to appear on Aniston’s Instagram. DeGeneres, however, had already uploaded the image to her account, where it has since received more than 1.4 million likes. 

Aniston, who made her Instagram debut Oct. 15, now holds the Guinness World Record for reaching 1 million followers on the photo- and video-sharing app in just five hours and 16 minutes. 

Her first image was an endearing selfie with former “Friends” castmates Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. The photo set fans’ tongues wagging once again about the possibility of full-fledged “Friends” reunion. 

Though Aniston has denied reports of a reboot in the vein of “Will & Grace” and “Murphy Brown,” she let it slip Monday that she and the “Friends” cast were, in fact, “working on something.” 

“We would love for there to be something,” she said, “but we don’t know what that something is.”  

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Chanting ‘lock him up’ to Trump at a World Series game is the most American thing ever — and I’m proud we did it

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Arrests made after American lawyer serving as Micronesia’s assistant AG shot dead returning home from run

Several suspects have reportedly been arrested in connection with the killing of an American working in the Pacific nation of Micronesia who was shot and killed earlier this month after coming home from a run.

Rachelle Bergeron, 33, originally from Wisconsin, was killed Oct. 14 after she pulled her vehicle into her driveway. Someone reportedly fired three shots, killing both Bergeron and her dog.

Yap Governor Henry S. Falan announced Monday that arrests have been made in connection with Bergeron’s killing, but did not release specifics, such as the number of suspects in custody or the names of those arrested.

“The next stage in the investigation will be the court proceedings as the State moves toward the final stage of conviction,” the governor said, in part. “We will keep the public informed at the appropriate time as the court case moves ahead.”

AMERICAN LAWYER SERVING AS MICRONESIA’S ASSISTANT AG SHOT DEAD WHILE RETURNING HOME FROM RUN

The killing of Bergeron and her dog has shocked the tiny island of Yap, home to 11,000 people, where she served as acting attorney general of Yap State. Bergeron moved to Yap State — one of four states in Micronesia — in 2015 to work as assistant attorney general. She previously worked in Washington D.C.New York and India.

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Rachelle Bergeron, who was serving at the acting assistant attorney general of the state of Yap in Micronesia, was fatally shot on Oct. 14. (Yap State Government)

While officials have not said what may have motivated the killing, friends believe the deadly shooting was related to her work. Her duties included being part of a human trafficking task force, and friends say some criminals may have held a grudge against her.

“She had a fun laugh; she loved her dogs; she loved going running; she really cared about the community,” Julie Hartup, who lives in nearby Guam, told the Associated Press. “She was trying her hardest to do the best job she could, and, ultimately, somebody took her life for being so good at her job.”

A friend, Amos Collins, told the AP that Bergeron’s husband was inside the couple’s house Oct. 14 baking brownies with a local child the couple was helping care for when somebody fired three shots at Bergeron as she pulled up and opened the back of her Subaru hatchback.

Bergeron died just 11 days before she and her husband were set to mark their first wedding anniversary.

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Bergeron’s mother told the New York Times she was planning to adopt a local girl she found sleeping outside her house, and the family was also set to move back to the U.S. on Christmas Day.

Her killing spurred state legislators to pass a resolution to remember Bergeron, and flags were flown at half-mast in the days after her killing.

“Yap’s spirit is broken by this senseless and heinous act,” Falan said in a video statement, adding he’d do everything in his power to have justice prevail and restore civility.

The FBI said in a statement that its Honolulu division was providing investigative assistance in the case at the request of Micronesia. Falan praised the work of the joint investigative team that included the Yap State Police Department, Officer of the Attorney General and federal assistance.

The Federated States of Micronesia, located about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia, has close ties with the U.S. under a compact of free association. The U.S. dollar is its primary currency.

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Falan also thanked the citizens of Yap for their “contributions, support, patience and prayers during this stressful time.

“May God Bless us all,” he said.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Why a pallbearer at Elijah Cummings’ memorial didn’t shake Mitch McConnell’s hand

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The internet went crazy after video surfaced of a pallbearer skipping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a handshake line at a memorial service for Rep. Elijah Cummings last week. 

In the video, the pallbearer, Bobby Rankin, walks down a line and shaking the hands of several lawmakers before ignoring McConnell’s hand, much to the apparent surprise of the Kentucky Republican.

Rankin, a 64-year-old man from Charlotte, had personal reasons for being angry at McConnell, he told The Washington Post. His brother, Jerry, died from cancer last October after being exposed to contaminated water while serving in the Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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Veterans who were exposed to the water and later developed any of 15 conditions linked to the camp’s tainted drinking water — including the type of cancer Rankin’s brother had, multiple myeloma — could qualify for benefits, including free health care and disability compensation, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Rankin told The Post that his brother did not receive the veterans’ benefits he was entitled to before he died. And while Cummings “reached across party lines trying to help my brother get his military benefits,” including to McConnell, Rankin said he blamed McConnell in part for his brother’s death.

“I could not put my hands in the man’s hand who refused to help somebody who served his country,” Rankin said, later adding, “I couldn’t do it because I was thinking about my brother.”

According to The Post, Rankin wasn’t clear about exactly why his brother didn’t receive VA benefits or McConnell’s precise role in Jerry’s battle to get them after his cancer returned in 2016.

McConnell’s spokespeople did not provide a comment when contacted by The Courier Journal. 

Since the memorial service, the video of Rankin passing up on McConnell’s handshake has gone viral — inspiring the hashtag “#thehandshakethatneverwas.”

But according to The Washington Post, Rankin said he didn’t even see the video until one of the news outlet’s reporter’s called.

“I don’t know what people are saying,” Rankin said.

Cummings, a Maryland Democrat who represented parts of Baltimore for 23 years in Congress, died Oct. 17 due to health complications. He was 68 years old and was the first black lawmaker to lie in state at the Capitol.

funeral for Cummings was held Friday morning at the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, where he worshiped for nearly 40 years. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were among the dignitaries who spoke during the service.

During his remarks at the memorial service, McConnell praised Cummings, who chaired the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

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“He knew there was only one reason why a son of sharecroppers, a child who had literally had to bear the injuries of bigotry and segregation, could graduate from law school and eventually chair a powerful committee in Congress,” McConnell said. “Only one reason, because principled leaders had fought to give kids like him a chance.

“Chairman Cummings made it his life’s work to continue that effort. He climbed the ranks here in the Capitol, not because he outgrew his hometown but because he was so committed to it.”

Rankin first met Cummings at a gas station in Baltimore more than 20 years ago, according to The Washington Post. The two struck up a conversation and quickly became friends.

“When I carry him to his grave, if I could say something to him, I would say something I said to him many, many times before,” he told The Post. “What a mighty, mighty man he is.”

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