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Riots outside Jerusalem holy site injure several people including police, reports say

Islamic Jihad and the militant group Hamas threatened increased violence on Sunday after a day of riots at a major Jerusalem holy site left at least four Israeli police officers and several Muslim and Jewish people injured, according to reports.

Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with police at the site, which Muslims refer to as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and Jews refer to as the Temple Mount.

Police said at least four officers were wounded and witnesses said at least two people were arrested, in the worst bout of fighting at the contested holy site in months.

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Israeli police stormed the site, firing stun grenades and clouds of tear gas swirled as crowds of Muslims protested the gathering of Jewish people at the entrance of the site, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with Israeli police at the holy site in Jerusalem, which Muslims refer to as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and Jews refer to as the Temple Mount. (The Associated Press)

Many Jews wanted to go in to mark Tisha Be’av (the Ninth of Av), a day of fasting and mourning for the destruction of the two Biblical temples which stood at the site in antiquity.

Nearly 18,000 Jewish worshippers went to the holy site on Sunday, the newspaper reported, citing police figures.

Police said tens of thousands of Muslims flocked to the site in Jerusalem’s Old City early on Sunday marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

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Islamic Jihad and the militant group Hamas threatened increased violence on Sunday after a day of riots at a major Jerusalem holy site left at least four Israeli police officers and several Muslim and Jewish people injured, according to reports. (The Associated Press)

The site, which has long been a flashpoint at the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the holiest for Jews and the third holiest for Muslims, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

The nation of Jordan, which serves as the custodian of the holy site, said in a statement through its foreign ministry that it had sent a formal complaint to Israel and criticized what it called Israel’s “irresponsible provocations.”

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi tweeted Sunday, “We condemn Israel’s violations of sanctity of Al Aqsa, especially on this holy day. Its attempts to change the status quo in occupied #Jerusalem & its holy sites will only lead to more violence, threatening security of all. Int’l community cannot remain silent on these violations.”

Many Palestinians had gathered at the gates of the compound early Sunday after rumors circulated that police would allow Jewish visitors to enter the site.

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Protesters threw stones at police and chanted “Allahu Akbar” and police reportedly retaliated by charging into the compound while firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets. (The Associated Press)

Protesters threw stones at police and chanted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) and police reportedly retaliated by charging into the compound while firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets.

Police initially blocked Jewish people from entering the site to prevent conflict, according to the Jerusalem Post, which reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed them to do so at first. The newspaper reported that this led to “sharp criticism” and a later reversal, with Netanyahu denying he gave such an order.

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Israel is headed to unprecedented repeat elections next month after Netanyahu failed to form a government following April’s elections.

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Several dozen Jewish people entered the site under close police escort and Muslim worshippers began throwing chairs and other objects at them. Jewish visitors left the compound shortly thereafter. (The Associated Press)

Netanyahu said in a tweet that after consulting with security forces on Thursday he made the decision to allow Jewish people to go to the Temple Mount on Sunday even though it coincided with a Muslim holiday.

He added, “The question was not at all if they could go up, but how to best manage it from a public safety standpoint, and that is exactly what we did.”

Several dozen Jewish people entered the site under close police escort and Muslim worshippers began throwing chairs and other objects at them. Jewish visitors left the compound shortly thereafter.

Jewish people typically are not allowed to pray at the compound under a longstanding arrangement between Israel and Muslim authorities.

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The compound is in east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the Six-Day War in 1967 along with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Shrinking your tax burden can come with consequences. Here's what to avoid

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Millions of Americans file their taxes annually. Where does all that money even go? Just the FAQs, USA TODAY

Nobody likes to pay more taxes than necessary. But there’s also a danger of letting the “tax tail wag the investment dog,” to quote a common saying.

You don’t want to strive so hard to pare income or capital gain taxes that it leads you to make unsound decisions, in pursuit of rewards that might be exaggerated. For example, you could wind up settling for lower yields, wait unnecessarily to sell your home, take on extra risk or otherwise upset your overall investment plan.

“When it comes to politics, religion and taxes, people can be irrational,” said David Daughtrey, a chartered financial analyst at Copperwynd Financial in Scottsdale.

The following are some investment strategies that, while not necessarily bad and often quite wise, can be taken to extremes:

Failing to rebalance because of taxes

If you’re sitting on stock-market gains, it’s often smart to delay selling. Doing so can push the tax bill into a future year and might qualify you to pay lower capital gain rates (topping out at 15% for most Americans) rather than higher rates as ordinary income.

The problem comes when delaying a sale changes your investment profile. Say you started with a 50-50 balance of stocks and bonds and haven’t adjusted it for many years. In that case, your stock holdings almost certainly would have climbed much more than the bonds over that span, making your portfolio stock-heavy and increasingly risky.

Rebalancing is the process of periodically taking some profits from your winners and reinvesting the proceeds in other assets that haven’t fared as well. It’s a strategy that can help maintain your desired asset mix and keep your portfolio from getting out of whack, as when stock investments are performing much better than bonds.

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“That’s why we recommend balancing, even if it means paying taxes on capital gains,” wrote Carl Ozeck, a senior financial adviser at the Vanguard Group, in a blog post. Yet many investors, he said, avoid selling just so they don’t need to pay taxes sooner than necessary.

One obvious solution is to hold investments you might want to rebalance within Individual Retirement Accounts and workplace 401(k) plan — two examples of tax-sheltered accounts where you wouldn’t trigger taxes when rebalancing.

Incidentally, Vanguard recommends reviewing your asset allocation once a quarter and rebalancing if the mix deviates more than five percentage points from your target. If your goal is to maintain a 50-50 mix of stocks and bonds and you’re now at 60-40, it would be time to trim your stock holdings and divert the proceeds into bonds.

Holding everything in a 401(k) plan or IRA

There’s much to like about tax-sheltered retirement accounts, especially when it comes to rebalancing. Another nice aspect with 401(k) plans is that you might qualify for employer matching funds to complement what you contribute. And with both 401(k) plans and IRAs, you might be able to deduct your contributions. Plus, you get tax-sheltered growth along the way.

So what’s wrong with socking all your investment dollars into IRAs or 401(k) plans? It doesn’t provide much tax-account diversification, let alone liquidity.

Money you withdraw from traditional IRAs and 401(k)-style plans is taxed as ordinary income. That means you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of lower capital-gain rates on investments held many years. Plus, pulling out 401(k) or IRA money before age 59 1/2 could trigger a 10-percent early withdrawal penalty.

The solution is holding some of your investments in taxable accounts, such as stocks that don’t pay dividends and tax-efficient mutual funds.

If an emergency arises or you need to make a big-ticket purchase, you will be thankful to have money on the side to pay the bill. Plus, your unsheltered investments could qualify for lower capital-gain treatment. In short, it’s wise to diversify your investments from a tax standpoint, not just in terms of assets and risks.

Roth IRAs provide further tax diversification, as the money in these accounts can be withdrawn free of taxes and penalties, subject to certain restrictions.

“Ideally, you’ll have some Roth IRA money, some traditional-IRA and 401(k) money, and some taxable investments,” Daughtrey said.

Investing blindly in municipal bonds

Bonds issued by cities, counties and state-government entities come with a favorable feature — the interest paid generally avoids federal income taxes. If the bonds also were issued in your state, you likely could reap a state exemption, too. These tax-saving aspects also apply to mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that hold muni bonds.

But while tax-free income is desirable, investors pay a price in generally lower yields. In particular, corporate bonds of similar quality and years to maturity typically yield more. So too for many bonds issued by foreign governments.

Because yields are so low now on highly rated munis — those sold by the most creditworthy issuers — Daughtrey said this might be reason to favor high-yield municipal funds, where the credit quality is somewhat less but the interest payments somewhat higher.

One exchange-traded fund that he likes is VanEck Vectors High Yield Municipal, yielding 4.2%. While few municipalities default on their bonds, the fund format provides protection through diversification compared to buying individual bonds.

Otherwise, in the current low-rate environment, you might have to accept muni yields in the range of 1% or 2%, making it hard just to keep pace with inflation. Muni-bond investors face a trade-off for collecting tax-free interest, and it’s especially acute now.

Striving too hard for tax-free profits on a home

An especially valuable benefit for homeowners is the ability to skirt taxes when selling a dwelling.

In general, to qualify, you just need to have owned and lived in a home for at least two of the five years prior to sale. Single homeowners can exclude up to $250,000 in primary-home profits, and married couples can avoid up to $500,000.

That’s a huge tax break and one for which it could be highly advantageous to delay a home sale. The flip side is that your gain might not be large enough to justify delaying,  especially if you’re ready to move and can take advantage of a seller’s market.

It’s not just a question of subtracting your purchase price from the sales price to determine your profit. Rather, you also subtract various expenses that can whittle down your taxable gain, before that $250,000/$500,000 exemption kicks in. These include commissions to sell the property, other marketing costs and improvements you made over the years that add to your “basis” or untaxed gain.

Improvements cited in Internal Revenue Service Publication 17, which explains housing gains and losses, include room additions, new plumbing, a new fence or new roof.

After subtracting these costs, which can total tens of thousands of dollars, you might not have a taxable gain anymore and, consequently, no reason to delay putting the home up for sale.

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Journalist Says There Are ‘Thousands’ Of Other Documents On Jeffrey Epstein Case

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Despite the apparent suicide of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, there are “thousands and thousands” of other documents linked to his sex trafficking case and “so many threads of information” that could implicate co-conspirators, a Miami Herald investigative reporter revealed on MSNBC Sunday.

Journalist Julie K. Brown said she’s hopeful victims will get justice as cases are pursued against possible co-conspirators. Brown has been credited with helping to instigate a new investigation of Epstein in the wake of his shockingly light 13-month sentence in Florida in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to felony solicitation of prostitution involving a minor. He was allowed to continue commute to work while he served his time. He was charged last month in Manhattan with sex trafficking underage girls.

“I sense that U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in New York is pretty resolute in his effort to find justice for these victims, and certainly with all the documents that were released the other day, there’s a lot of angles for him to pursue,” said Brown.

“There is so much information in those documents, and we have thousands and thousands of more documents that are probably going to be released,” she told MSNBC news host Morgan Radford. “There are so many threads of information and evidence and testimony and witnesses that are contained in those documents that he has a lot to work with there.”

Brown said it was shocking Epstein managed to kill himself Saturday inside a federal prison. “You would think that they would have been checking on him a little more closely,” she said. But Brown also noted that Epstein has a history of manipulating the criminal justice system.

Epstein’s apparent suicide has triggered many questions and suspicions. He was inexplicably not on suicide watch at Manhattan’s federal Metropolitan Correctional Center, despite his apparent suicide attempt there less than three weeks earlier.

President Donald Trump, a one-time friend of Epstein’s who used to party with him, has already promoted a conspiracy theory baselessly linking Epstein’s death to Bill and Hillary Clinton — even though it occurred in a federal facility which is ultimately the responsibility of Trump’s own Attorney General William Barr.

The FBI, the Justice Department’s inspector general and the New York City medical examiner have all launched investigations into Epstein’s death.

Check out Brown’s comments in the video up top. Her remarks about documents and lines of evidence still to pursue begin at 4:15.

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Man shot dead in small Mississippi church, report says

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RIPLEY, Miss. — Authorities say a man was killed during a shooting at a small northeast Mississippi church.

The Daily Journal reports that Ripley Police Chief Scott White said the shooting occurred Sunday at West Ripley Church of Christ. White says a constable for Tippah County, Keith Bullock, and another church member were involved in the shooting.

The newspaper reports that 57-year-old Patrick Sanders of Dumas was pronounced dead at the scene.

Additional details about what happened were not immediately available.

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White says the shooting occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation.

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Chuck Schumer wants FBI to sign off on body armor sales

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Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday proposed new legislation to require the FBI to sign off on body armor sales to civilians.

The announcement comes one week after mass killer Connor Betts — clad in body armor — opened fire in a trendy Dayton, Ohio, neighborhood and killed nine people before he was gunned down by police.

Schumer said anyone can now buy a bulletproof vest for $185 and a tactical mask for $10 under current law, Schumer said at a press conference at his Midtown office.

“With the click of a mouse, scroll of a thumb, dialing of a phone, someone up to no good can get this,” he said. “What we have learned is that a good number of those intent on mass shootings buy body armor,” the Senate minority leader said. “They want to kill as many people as possible.”

The restrictions would not apply to law enforcement personnel.

Read more from the New York Post.

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Nearly 100 protesters arrested after part of New York freeway shut down in anti-ICE demonstration

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Nearly 100 protestors in New York City were arrested Saturday during a demonstration outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office where they shut down part of a major highway.

Protestors sat down and linked arms in the middle of the West Side Highway near 26th Street, bringing traffic in both directions to a halt, as Fox 5 reported. Some were seen holding signs that read  “Abolish ICE” and “Close the camps.”

“We are protesting the camps at the border and the children being separated from their parents,” Miriam Bernstein told WLNY-TV.

Bernstein said the protest location was chosen because ICE has offices nearby.

The highway appeared to be shut down for about an hour before the lanes were reopened.

ICE has come under scrutiny amid reports of the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border and unsanitary conditions at detention facilities. Many Republicans have pointed the blame at policies that started under President Obama’s administration.

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“I am absolutely infuriated by children being broken up and split from their families as our government detains people rounded up all these immigrants last week,” Nikki Blazek told the news outlet.

Those arrested Saturday were charged with disorderly conduct and released.

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Latinx Youth March In Mississippi After Immigration Raid

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CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The children of Sacred Heart Catholic Church streamed out into Mississippi’s heat on a blistering Sunday afternoon, carrying what they said was a message of opposition against immigration raids their parents could not.

“I will not sit in silence while my parents are taken away,” read a sign carried by two Hispanic boys. They were among a group of several dozen marchers who set out on foot from the church to the town square in Canton to protest the 680 migrant arrests at seven poultry plants in Mississippi last Wednesday.

“Imagine coming home and not finding your parents,” said Dulce Basurto-Arce, an 18-year-old community college student, describing how parents of friends were arrested. “We are marching so no other kid has to go through what we went through. Let our voices be heard!”

Basurto-Arce spoke from the steps of the same courthouse in Canton where Martin Luther King Jr. once rallied protesters against segregation in a 1966 “March Against Fear” across Mississippi.

Churches were the backbone of the civil rights movement. Today, as President Donald Trump and Republican allies continue to defend the raids, churches have emerged as the top sources of spiritual and material support to the mostly Mexican and Guatemalan workers targeted by the raids.

Some churches are going beyond comfort and material aid, with their response flaring into political opposition. The state’s Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist and Evangelical Lutheran bishops denounced the raids in a joint statement Friday.

The bishops said they would aid the immigrant families, saying there is “an urgent and critical need at this time to avoid a worsening crisis.”

“We are called … to speak the truth. And the truth is, this is not right,” said Bishop Brian Seage of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, speaking at a news conference one day after the raids.

On Sunday, Trump administration officials defended their actions, amid emotional pleas from children to let their parents go.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan acknowledged that one video of an 11-year-old sobbing was “emotional” but said the girl was quickly reunited with her mother.

“I understand that the girl is upset. And I get that,” Morgan said on CNN. “But her father committed a crime.”

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan acknowledged that the timing of the raids was “unfortunate,” coming hours before Trump visited El Paso, Texas, where a man who told authorities he was targeting Mexicans killed 22 people on Aug. 3. But McAleenan told NBC the operation had been planned for more than a year.

Hours after the officials’ televised appearances, more than 250 people filled Sacred Heart to overflowing. A few were white people there to show support, but most were Hispanic congregants who normally attend the weekly Spanish-language Mass.

Deacon Cesar Sanchez, who is originally from Mexico’s Michoacán state and is studying to be a priest in the Jackson diocese, gave a homily in Spanish in which he spoke of Jesus also being an immigrant and a refugee. He said the church is a pilgrim church and that “God is with his people.”

The Canton church has emerged as a hub of the community’s response to the raid. Its pastor, the Rev. Mike O’Brien, stood with parishioners until 4 a.m. Thursday outside the Peco Foods plant in Canton, awaiting those freed from custody that night. O’Brien said he drove several people home who had hidden from federal agents inside the plant and emerged late at night.

Those arrested and released can’t work legally and their families may face one last paycheck as income dries up. Immigration court dates may not be until 2020 because of a deep backlog. Those who face court proceedings must also pay for their own lawyers or go without, and may have court dates at locations hundreds of miles away.

“What are their children going to eat?” the Rev. Jason Coker, coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Mississippi, asked last week.

In answer, churches including Sacred Heart are collecting food, diapers and money. They’re helping members meet lawyers.

Maria Rodriguez is one person looking to churches for help. She said Sunday at Sacred Heart that her husband, Gumensihdo Rodriguez-Lopez, had been seized by federal agents at Peco and is now held in Natchez, Mississippi.

As she talked, she rocked the youngest of the couple’s five children, Azael, in his stroller. “He’s sad for his father,” she said in Spanish of the fussy toddler. “Everyone is sad.”

“We really need him back because we have kids and I don’t work,” she said through a translator. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

Other religious groups are helping, too.

Pastor Hugo Villegas is a missionary for the Scott County Baptist Association, overseeing a Spanish-speaking mission in Morton, where two plants were raided, as well as two in the larger neighboring town of Forest. People have been dropping off donations for the families at the Baptist association’s food pantry and clothes closet.

But Tere Villegas, the pastor’s wife, said few Hispanic families typically come to the pantry so they are spreading the word that aid is available. She added, English-speaking Baptists “have been helping out any way they can.”

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Toxic algae kills 3 dogs hours after they played in North Carolina pond, owner says

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Toxic algae killed three dogs in a matter of hours after they played in a North Carolina pond last week, their owner wrote on Facebook.

Melissa Martin of Wilmington wrote that around noon on Thursday her three dogs, Abby, Izzy, and Harpo, “contracted blue green algae poisoning” after swimming in a local pond.

“We are gutted,” she wrote in the post.

“I wish I could do today over. I would give anything to have one more day with them.”

She added, “What started out as a fun night for them has ended in the biggest loss of our lives. We need your prayers.”

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In another Facebook post, Martin wrote that the dogs’ health deteriorated quickly on Thursday. Martin said early Friday morning that she initially thought that her dog Abby had been stung by something.

Her dog Izzy started “seizing,” she wrote, adding that when she had contacted a veterinarian she was told to bring her dogs. She said by the time Izzy arrived, she “was almost lifeless” and “Harpo was just beginning to seize.”

“The Westies were really out of it, constantly seizing and unable to breathe well, so we decided we would let them go together peacefully,” Martin wrote.

“In the process, Harpo started to go down hill soon after.”

She added, “The vet said that he was suffering and his chance of survival with no liver failure and internal bleeding was very low.” She went on to write, “I held him and told him how awesome he was, and reminded him of all the lives he touched. Then we let him go.”

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Martin wrote, “The hardest thing I have ever done is hold these incredible animals and watch their lives slip away.”

She said that her goal since then has been to warn others of the dangers of “this deadly bacteria.”

Some blooms of blue-green algae can produce chemicals toxic to animals and people who drink the untreated water, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The department added that the algae bloom may turn the water neon green, blue-green or reddish-brown, could cause a bad smell and taste in the water and sometimes forms a foam or scum on the water’s surface.

The algae also could kill fish and can cause skin irritation or breathing irritation in people who get in the water or handle the algae, according to the NCDHHS.

On her Facebook page, Martin shared a post from Morgan Fleming of Marietta, Ga., on Sunday, who said she also lost her dog after she brought her to a lake.

In response to Fleming’s post, Martin wrote, “And here we go again! It’s a traumatic, excruciating death. We are heartbroken for them, and unfortunately, we know how they feel, times three.”

Fleming said she took her dog Arya to a lake on Saturday morning and about 30 minutes later on the drive home, she “noticed her making weird noises and she threw up and pooped in the car.”

She called a veterinarian who told her to bring Arya.

“By this point our girl couldn’t even stand,” Fleming wrote, adding that veterinarians told her Arya was in critical condition so she took her to the emergency room.

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“By the time we got there, she was brain dead,” Fleming wrote.

She added, “We lost our fun, loving, and crazy girl to what we can only assume was a lake toxin such as blue green algae.”

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Toxic algae kills 3 dogs hours after they played in North Carolina pond, owner says

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Toxic algae killed three dogs in a matter of hours after they played in a North Carolina pond last week, their owner wrote on Facebook.

Melissa Martin of Wilmington wrote that around noon on Thursday her three dogs, Abby, Izzy, and Harpo, “contracted blue green algae poisoning” after swimming in a local pond.

“We are gutted,” she wrote in the post.

“I wish I could do today over. I would give anything to have one more day with them.”

She added, “What started out as a fun night for them has ended in the biggest loss of our lives. We need your prayers.”

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In another Facebook post, Martin wrote that the dogs’ health deteriorated quickly on Thursday. Martin said early Friday morning that she initially thought that her dog Abby had been stung by something.

Her dog Izzy started “seizing,” she wrote, adding that when she had contacted a veterinarian she was told to bring her dogs. She said by the time Izzy arrived, she “was almost lifeless” and “Harpo was just beginning to seize.”

“The Westies were really out of it, constantly seizing and unable to breathe well, so we decided we would let them go together peacefully,” Martin wrote.

“In the process, Harpo started to go down hill soon after.”

She added, “The vet said that he was suffering and his chance of survival with no liver failure and internal bleeding was very low.” She went on to write, “I held him and told him how awesome he was, and reminded him of all the lives he touched. Then we let him go.”

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Martin wrote, “The hardest thing I have ever done is hold these incredible animals and watch their lives slip away.”

She said that her goal since then has been to warn others of the dangers of “this deadly bacteria.”

Some blooms of blue-green algae can produce chemicals toxic to animals and people who drink the untreated water, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The department added that the algae bloom may turn the water neon green, blue-green or reddish-brown, could cause a bad smell and taste in the water and sometimes forms a foam or scum on the water’s surface.

The algae also could kill fish and can cause skin irritation or breathing irritation in people who get in the water or handle the algae, according to the NCDHHS.

On her Facebook page, Martin shared a post from Morgan Fleming of Marietta, Ga., on Sunday, who said she also lost her dog after she brought her to a lake.

In response to Fleming’s post, Martin wrote, “And here we go again! It’s a traumatic, excruciating death. We are heartbroken for them, and unfortunately, we know how they feel, times three.”

Fleming said she took her dog Arya to a lake on Saturday morning and about 30 minutes later on the drive home, she “noticed her making weird noises and she threw up and pooped in the car.”

She called a veterinarian who told her to bring Arya.

“By this point our girl couldn’t even stand,” Fleming wrote, adding that veterinarians told her Arya was in critical condition so she took her to the emergency room.

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“By the time we got there, she was brain dead,” Fleming wrote.

She added, “We lost our fun, loving, and crazy girl to what we can only assume was a lake toxin such as blue green algae.”

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Fire At Pennsylvania Day Care Kills 5 Children

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A fire at a Pennsylvania home operating as a day care center killed five children, according to authorities.

The fire occurred at a home in the town of Erie early Sunday morning, Fire Chief Guy Santone told CBS affiliate WSEE-TV. Fire officials said they pulled seven people out of the home, but were unable to revive the five children.

The home’s address is listed on the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership as a 24-hour child care center called Harris Family Day Care, according to the network. Santone said the day care owner was injured in the fire and flown to UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

Four of the five children who died in the fire were staying at the day care while their parents were working overnight, their grandmother told the Erie Times-News. Valerie Lockett-Slupski said that her grandchildren were two boys and two girls.

“We are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened,” Lockett-Slupski told the newspaper.

Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told the Times-News that the fire is believed to have started in the living room area on the first floor, though investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

“We offer our deepest sympathies to all affected by this horrible tragedy,” the Erie Fire Department posted on Facebook, along with photos of the damage.

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