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Boeing C.E.O. to Tell Congress: ‘We Know We Made Mistakes’

Boeing’s chief executive, Dennis A. Muilenburg, will acknowledge some of the company’s failings on Tuesday when he appears before a Senate committee investigating the crashes of two 737 Max jets that killed 346 people.

“We know we made mistakes and got some things wrong,” Mr. Muilenburg plans to tell the lawmakers, according to Boeing. “We own that, and we are fixing them.”

Mr. Muilenburg has made similar comments in speeches but his appearances this week will be the first time Boeing executives have publicly addressed Congress about the crashes, which have cost the company billions of dollars and raised new questions about government oversight of the aviation industry.

Mr. Muilenburg will face the Senate on the first anniversary of the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, which was the first Max to crash. On Wednesday, he will appear in front of a House committee.

For Mr. Muilenburg and Boeing, the stakes could not be higher. The Max remains grounded seven months after the second crash, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March. The company is under scrutiny from all sides as it scrambles to contain the crisis following the crashes, and Mr. Muilenburg, who was recently stripped of his title as chairman of Boeing’s board, is facing pressure for his handling of the situation.

Both flights crashed after a new system on the Max, known as MCAS, activated based on faulty data, a fact Mr. Muilenburg plans to acknowledge in his statement.

“We know that both accidents involved the repeated activation of a flight control software function called MCAS, which responded to erroneous signals from a sensor that measures the airplane’s angle of attack,” his prepared remarks say.

Mr. Muilenburg also will address criticism that Boeing did not inform airlines about the new system before the crashes. During the development of the plane, Boeing made the system more powerful, and a Boeing pilot working on the Max, Mark Forkner, requested that the Federal Aviation Administration remove mention of the system from the plane’s training manual.

“Our airline customers and their pilots have told us they don’t believe we communicated enough about MCAS — and we’ve heard them,” Mr. Muilenburg plans to say.

Boeing this month turned over to Congress messages showing that Mr. Forkner told another pilot about problems with the new system during tests on a simulator in 2016, before the Max was certified to fly. In messages to the other pilot, Mr. Forkner said he believed he had unknowingly lied to regulators. Mr. Muilenburg does not address Mr. Forkner in his opening statement.

Boeing has developed a software update for the Max, which will be installed in all new and existing planes before they carry passengers.

In his prepared remarks, Mr. Muilenburg stressed that Boeing was cooperating with the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators, and has provided them with extensive documentation and time in Max simulators.

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Boeing remains under intense scrutiny nearly one year after the first Max jet was involved in a fatal accident.

“All of their questions are being answered,” Mr. Muilenburg plans to say. “This process has taken longer than we originally expected, but we’re committed to getting it right, and return-to-service timing is completely dependent on answering each and every question from the F.A.A.”

Boeing last week said it expected the F.A.A. to clear the Max to fly before the end of the year. But the company has pushed back its estimates on the plane’s return to service several times now. Mr. Muilenburg did not give an update to that timing in his opening statement.

“Regulators around the world should approve the return of the Max to the skies only after they have applied the most rigorous scrutiny, and are completely satisfied as to the plane’s safety,” he plans to say. “The flying public deserves nothing less.”

Nothing involving Boeing is without complications these days, and that includes the order of the hearings. The House, which is conducting an intensive investigation into Boeing, had originally asked Mr. Muilenburg to testify on Tuesday to coincide with the anniversary of the crash of the Lion Air jet in Indonesia.

But Boeing said Mr. Muilenburg was unavailable on that day, and the House agreed to hold its hearing on Wednesday. Only then did the Senate ask for Mr. Muilenburg to appear on Tuesday. This time, Boeing made Mr. Muilenburg available, according to three people with knowledge of the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

The back and forth has irked many in the House, which had wanted to have the first session with Mr. Muilenburg given its work investigating the company. Instead, it will be the Senate commerce committee that gets that opportunity.

Last week, Representative Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House transportation committee, took a swipe at his colleagues in the Senate, accusing them of jumping in front of his hearing and “working off news reports” rather than conducting their own in-depth investigation.

On a conference call with reporters on Monday, Mr. DeFazio said he planned to press Mr. Muilenburg on Boeing’s culture.

“We see a pattern at Boeing of extraordinary production pressures,” he said, noting that the Max was hastily developed as the company sought to ward off a challenge from its European rival Airbus.

Mr. DeFazio also signaled that he and other lawmakers were looking at changing the rules concerning airplane certification.

As the 737 Max was developed, it was Boeing employees working on behalf of the F.A.A., not government inspectors, who signed off on many aspects of the plane. This system of so-called delegation, which lets manufacturers sign off on their own work, is under scrutiny after the crashes.

Investigations by The New York Times have revealed that Boeing employees sometimes felt pressure to play down safety concerns and meet deadlines, that key F.A.A. officials didn’t fully understand MCAS and that the F.A.A. office in Seattle that oversees Boeing was seen inside the regulator as excessively deferential to the company.

Boeing and its allies in industry also waged a yearslong lobbying campaign to get the F.A.A. to delegate even more to the company, an effort that paid off with the passage of last year’s F.A.A. reauthorization act. Now lawmakers are questioning whether the entire system of certifying airplanes needs an overhaul.

“It is inevitable that in the not-too-distant future we are going to be changing the way this system works,” Mr. DeFazio said.

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Long Island man sicced angry kids on hunter: ‘What did the … deer do to you?’

Apparently, some people in Long Island really don’t like hunting.

Last week, an adult male and a group of children were filmed confronting a hunter, asking him why he wanted to kill the area’s deer and telling him to leave. One of the children became visibly emotional during the encounter, and, at several points, hurled epithets.

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Dominick Lobifaro recorded the odd interaction, which he says was sparked when the unidentified man saw him wearing camo. (Dominick Lobaifaro via Viralhog)

Dominick Lobifaro, from Brooklyn, recorded the incident on his cellphone on Oct. 20. The footage shows a group of children, seemingly led by a grown man, confronting Lobifaro as he waited in his car. At one point, one child tearfully asks, “What did the f—ing deer do to you?”

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Lobifaro posted the footage to his YouTube page, where he explained what led to the incident.

“I went hunting Sunday afternoon at a new spot; I called DEC (New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation) last year to make sure it was legal to hunt,” he said. “I got out of the truck in camo and was immediately attacked by this guy in the yellow shirt. I was not videoing at the time [and] he basically told me there’s no hunting allowed here and he was called the cops. I told him no problem I’m calling DEC and I sat in my car and did that. [Ten] minutes later. he came outside while we were waiting for DEC and the local police. I then started the video. Before the video started the kids were just playing they had no clue about anything. The guy in yellow came out and told them I’m gonna kill all the deer.”

In Lobifaro’s footage, the man can be seen approaching Lobifaro’s car and asking, “Hey, the kids want to know, why you wanna kill deer?”

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Lobifaro responds, “Because I eat them.” He then tries telling the children about factory farms, in an attempt to explain how hunting how can be more humane, but one of the upset children cuts him off.

At multiple points during the footage, the unidentified man in yellow shirt sarcastically calls Lobifaro a “hero” in Long Island for making a bunch of children cry. Lobifaro responds, telling the man that he needs to explain to the kids that hunting is a “part of life.”

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Lobifaro called New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation in an attempt to end the situation, the New York Post reports. When an officer responded to the scene, it was reportedly determined that Lobifaro had all the requisite permits and was at the location “100 percent legally.”

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Court Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Map

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North Carolina’s congressional map can’t be used in 2020 because it’s so severely gerrymandered, a panel of three state judges ruled on Monday. The judges said the gerrymandering, which benefits Republicans in the state, was so severe that it ran afoul of the state’s constitution.

The ruling, a preliminary injunction, is a victory for advocacy groups, and blocks the state from using its current plan in 2020. Republicans drew the map in 2016 and openly talked about the advantage it gave to Republicans. The GOP controls 10 of the state’s 13 congressional seats. 

The judicial panel cited the state constitution’s guarantee of free elections, equal protection under the law and freedom of speech and assembly.

“Extreme partisan gerrymandering ― namely redistricting plans that entrench politicians in power, that evince a fundamental distrust of voters by serving the self-interest of political parties over the public good, and that dilute and devalue votes of some citizens compared to others ― is contrary to the fundamental right of North Carolina citizens to have elections conducted freely and honestly to ascertain, fairly and truthfully, the will of the people,” the panel wrote. 

The ruling comes after the same three-judge panel struck down the state’s map for legislative districts in September, saying they too violated the state’s constitution. 

The ruling is a particularly significant victory for anti-gerrymandering advocates because they had tried to have the same districts struck down in federal court. A lower court struck the districts down, but in June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a case involving the very same districts, saying partisan gerrymandering was a question beyond the reach of the federal courts. 

Despite that decision, the five-justice majority at the Supreme Court said that state courts and state constitutions may be able to act against gerrymandering. Advocates now believe that bringing suits in state court may be the most effective legal strategy for combatting gerrymandering. The two gerrymandering victories in state court bolsters that theory.

The districts blocked on Monday were obviously and severely drawn to favor Republican candidates. When Republicans drew the districts in 2016, one of the explicit criteria for the plan was that it had to produce a map that gave Republicans a 10-3 advantage in the congressional delegation. State Rep. David Lewis (R), one of the chairs of the redistricting committee, said he wanted to draw a map with that 10-3 advantage because he did not think it was possible to draw one that gave Republicans an 11-2 advantage. 

North Carolina’s primary elections are set for March, and the candidate filing period begins Dec. 2. Though the court said it would try to quickly resolve the case to avoid confusion, it urged the state legislature, where Republicans still have a majority, to come up with new districts.

Read the ruling below:

This article has been updated with details on the ruling. 

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Connecticut man accused of killing Anguilla hotel worker pleads for safety upon return to island

A Connecticut man accused of killing a hotel resort worker in Anguilla earlier this year appeared with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and state and local leaders in a Monday news conference to proclaim his innocence and plea for a fair trial when he returns to the Carribean island.

Dozens of supporters held signs in support of Scott Hapgood in front of Darien Town Hall, weeks before he is scheduled to return to the British territory for a court hearing. He faces a manslaughter charge in the death of 27-year-old Kenny Mitchel.

“This nightmare is my new reality,” Hapgood told crowd members, who mostly applauded and wished him and his family well, according to Patch.

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Scott Hapgood speaks at the Town Hall in Darien, Conn., on Monday as U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and the town show support for him. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

Hapgood, a UBS banker, claims he was vacationing with his family when Mitchel showed up at his hotel room on April 13 unannounced claiming he needed to fix a sink before turning violent. Relatives said Hapgood was stabbed several times and sustained bruises on his arms and chest. They said Mitchel was alive the last time Hapgood saw him.

Hapgood, 44, said he was defending his two daughters who were with him in the room and that he would do it again. A family spokesman has claimed Mitchel demanded money during the attack.

“As a parent of five children myself, I know, we all know, that Scott did what any parent would do … protect his children from a highly intoxicated and crazed man,” Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said during the rally outside the town hall, the Stamford Advocate reported.

Mitchel’s initial autopsy showed he was beaten and choked to death. A revised autopsy report said concluded a lethal amount of cocaine in his system killed him, not Hapgood’s actions.

“Acute cocaine toxicity could have been a potentially independent cause of death in the known circumstances,” Dr. Stephen King said in the document dated Sept. 3.

“The hard science will show what really happened,” Hapgood said.

Hapgood was arrested days after the attack and later released on bail. He is set to return on Nov. 11 for a court hearing. He’s received death threats since the attack and many residents on the island were outraged when he was released from police custody.

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“We know that the threat was sufficient to have triggered what the police refer to as an Osman warning, which is an obligation under the UK law to provide disclosure and information that there is an existing threat to life,” Hapgood’s international lawyer Juliya Arbisman said.

Blumenthal stressed that the United Kingdom and Anguillan officials need to guarantee Hapgood’s safety once he returns to the island.

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Scott Hapgood with his wife and children (Courtesy the Hapgood family)

“This is every American’s worst nightmare, attacked and then being subjected to criminal proceedings in a foreign country,” Blumenthal said. “We want fair and transparent proceedings.”

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Blumenthal said he’s spoken with White House officials about the case. President Trump said he would “be looking into”  the case during a “Fox & Friends” interview earlier this month after Hapgood’s wife, Kallie, urged him to intervene.

Shortly after the segment, he tweeted “Something looks and sounds very wrong.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report. 

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Florida interstate scattered with mail after tractor-trailer crashes into another tractor-trailer

Envelopes were scattered across Interstate 75 in Florida on Monday after a tractor-trailer full of mail crashed into another tractor-trailer.

Photos from the scene in Hillsborough County show the mail strewn across the southbound portion of the highway, where Florida Highway Patrol said the accident occurred around 7:15 a.m.

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A tractor-trailer carrying mail on Monday crashed into another tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 in Florida, officials said. (Florida Highway Patrol)

Investigators said a semi-truck, transporting water and produce, was being serviced in the southbound shoulder for two flat tires when the driver of a mail truck, a 58-year-old from Charlotte, N.C., crashed into it.

The mail carrier swerved onto the shoulder and slammed into the stopped tractor-trailer, the highway patrol said in a press release. The driver was hospitalized with serious injuries. The 25-year-old driver of the semi that was hit was not injured, officials said.

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The U.S. Postal Service said no first-class mail or parcels was in the truck, but advertisements that were to be sent through the mail.  (Florida Highway Patrol)

Authorities said charges are pending.

The mail truck, according to pictures of the incident, was severely damaged. The roof of the trailer appears to have ripped off, with its right side collapsed. The water and producer-transporting truck’s back end also appears seriously damaged.

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The mail-carrying truck slammed into a tractor-trailer carrying water and produce that was stopped in the southbound shoulder of I-75 on Monday, police said. (Florida Highway Patrol)

I-75 was backed up in both directions on Monday morning as clean-up crews worked to gather the mail, WTVT reported. It was not immediately clear how much ejected from the tractor-trailer during the crash.

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While highway patrol described the truck as a “mail truck,” the U.S. Postal Service told the news outlet the truck was transporting advertisements that were to be delivered through the mail service, and that no person mail or packages were on board.

Fox News’ Abby Goldberg contributed to this report.

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Lindsey Vonn, NHL star P.K. Subban eyeing ‘summer next year’ for wedding date

Lindsey Vonn isn’t losing sleep planning her wedding to NHL star P.K. Subban.

The Olympian revealed that the athletic pair aren’t actually full steam ahead on planning their nuptials, but left the door open for a possible summer soiree.

“We obviously can’t have the wedding while he’s still in [hockey] season,” the former downhill skiier, 35, told Us Weekly at the US Ski and Snowboard White carpet at the Zeigfeld ballroom in New York City on Thursday. “We don’t know where and we don’t know exactly when, but roughly summer.”

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The iconic winter sport athlete explained that she and Subban hope to continue the trend of celebrities having dual wedding ceremonies as she said she wants an intimate ceremony, followed by a larger one later.

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P. K. Subban and Vonn attend the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Jim Spellman/FilmMagic)

“I think we want to get married sooner rather than later because we do want to have kids and that’s a long process,” she explained, adding that designers have already reached out to her for dress looks. “Maybe someone will make me something custom.”

Vonn and Subban announced their engagement on August 23 in joint Instagram posts with Vonn barely being able to contain her excitement.

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“I said YES!!! 💍❤️Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this crazy/kind/handsome/hyper/giving man #heputaringonit #isaidyes,” Vonn, 34, captioned a video of the couple chatting about the major moment.

Subban, 30, also revealed the news to his social media followers with a similar video, captioned with several emojis.

In July 2018, just three months after the lively couple sparked dating rumors when Vonn was seen in attendance at one of Subban’s games, the NHL star gushed over his three-time Olympic medal-winning partner to Fox News at the Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 party in Los Angeles, telling us he doesn’t know a tougher individual than he fiancé.

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“I haven’t met anyone who’s tougher than her yet,” Subban said of Vonn. “But what she’s gone through – just how she’s done it and how she’s managed to bounce back from those serious injuries and remain at the top, I don’t think I know another athlete that’s been as successful as she has pre and post injuries.”

He continued: “It says a lot about her character, and now I get to see it every day – just how hard she works and how much she takes great care of herself… I haven’t met anyone tougher than her yet.”

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Vonn further opened up to the magazine about Subban, adding that she feels “very lucky” to be with an “amazing person” that he is.

“I have depression and he always finds a way to brighten my day,” she revealed. “No matter what it is, whether it’s just making me laugh and smile, or bringing me flowers or doing something stupid which always gets me to laugh anyways.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

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Intelligence From al-Baghdadi Raid, Including 2 Prisoners, Could Reveal Trove of ISIS Clues

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WASHINGTON — Delta Force commandos took two Islamic State fighters as prisoners and a trove of intelligence from the now-destroyed compound where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world’s most wanted terrorist, had been hiding, officials said Monday.

The prisoners, who are being held in Iraq, are being questioned by the United States military. If the Trump administration follows its previous practice with captured Islamic State fighters, the men will eventually be turned over to the Iraqi government for prosecution.

Both the captives and the documents taken from the compound during a two-hour search of the area following the nighttime raid in which Mr. al-Baghdadi was killed over the weekend could provide a trove of information for the military and intelligence agencies, current and former officials said.

Officials said the intelligence is expected to underscore assessments that Mr. al-Baghdadi no longer exercised direct operational control over the group. Officials cautioned that the Pentagon, the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies were still conducting a preliminary review of the confiscated documents and electronic records.

The intelligence material that commandos seized from the compound in northwest Syria where Mr. al-Baghdadi was hiding is likely to contain new details about the group’s operations.

But the officials said they did not expect to find intelligence that would quickly generate follow-up strikes on the Islamic State.

In an interview broadcast in Iraq, Mr. al-Baghdadi’s brother-in-law, Mohammad Ali Sajid, described how the Islamic State leader had communicated with messages sent on flash drives and how people around him had used cellphones. American officials have previously said that Mr. al-Baghdadi did not allow people around him to carry phones, to prevent his location from being discovered through electronic eavesdropping.

Whatever material was found by the Delta Force team, the trove of information could nonetheless shed critical light on how the Islamic State operated, including planning and financial information. The Islamic State famously kept extensive records on its brutal rule in Iraq and Syria, and some former intelligence officials suggested that Mr. al-Baghdadi might have left behind lists of deputies, couriers, contacts and other information that would be useful to American counterterrorism officials.

“ISIS was a bureaucratic organization,” Nicholas J. Rasmussen, the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said Monday. “Did he carry any of that stuff around? Rosters of people from other countries. Foreign fighters. Does he have all of that on a disk?”

He added, “It is all about building an understanding of the organization and how it functions.”

The two prisoners seized by Delta Force commandos were in American custody, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters on Monday, but he declined to give details.

General Milley described roughly how the commandos had discovered Mr. al-Baghdadi hiding in the tunnels. In the Iraqi broadcast interview, Mr. Sajid, Mr. al-Baghdadi’s brother-in-law, described how the Islamic State leader had lived in underground tunnels, equipped with a library of religious books, a ventilation system and lights. He described one of the tunnels Mr. al-Baghdadi had lived in as a bunker that was about eight yards long and about five yards wide.

In the interview with Mr. Sajid, which was broadcast by Al Arabiya Hadath, he said that when Mr. al-Baghdadi changed locations he had traveled in two white Toyota pickups accompanied by five men.

Also on Monday, General Milley spoke by telephone to his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian General Staff. The two had spoken about Syria earlier in October, as part of the efforts to de-conflict American and Russian operations in Syria. General Milley also spoke to Gen. Nicholas Carter, the United Kingdom’s Chief of Defense Staff.

Intelligence officials are expected to scour the new material for information about ties between Mr. al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State’s affiliates in other countries. That could help the American government better understand how quickly the affiliates could move in a different direction from the core Islamic State group without Mr. al-Baghdadi.

“It will also provide useful insights into the extent to which Baghdadi exerted operational control over ISIS remnants in other countries,” said Norm Roule, a former C.I.A. officer and expert on the Middle East.

Because Mr. al-Baghdadi moved around, the amount of material at the compound may have been limited. Still, even a few thumb drives, computers or other devices could provide huge amounts of data.

And Delta Force commandos who gathered the material after the raid spent two hours or so on the ground and collected a large amount of material, a person familiar with their search said.

The intelligence could also yield clues about the next leaders of the Islamic State, clarifying for intelligence agencies whether a potential successor is preparing to take over and assert control over both Islamic State fighters in Syria as well as its affiliates.

“We should be on the lookout for a personality who seeks to replace Baghdadi and create ISIS 2.0,” Mr. Roule said.

Mr. al-Baghdadi was unusual among terrorist leaders in his ability to both inspire overseas attacks as well as command them, according to intelligence officials. While he directed cells of Islamic State militants who conducted attacks in Europe, his propagandists also inspired lone gunmen in Europe and the United States to mount attacks that were much harder to detect and prevent.

During its campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the United States military focused less on targeting traditional leadership and more on hunting and killing the group’s best propagandists and English language translators. The campaign ultimately diminished the group’s ability to inspire attacks, military officials believed, but they are hopeful they can learn more about the impact of their strikes by analyzing the information seized from Mr. al-Baghdadi’s compound.

Fully examining the intelligence from the raid could take months, according to American officials, who compared the coming workload to the C.I.A.’s examination of the materials seized during the deadly 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

Intelligence agencies spent months reviewing that material — and senior officials said that analysts continued to examine some of it for insights on Al Qaeda.

The bin Laden intelligence yielded important details on how he ran Al Qaeda, how he communicated with the outside world and his relationships with other Qaeda leaders. American officials said they hoped for similar information from the al-Baghdadi trove.

“I might anticipate less by way of operational materials and more by way of big-picture strategic materials, such as regarding the group’s overall plans for resurgence in the future,” said Joshua A. Geltzer, a former senior director for counterterrorism on the National Security Council in the Obama administration.

The trove of material seized in Saturday’s raid could be comparable to what was seized in another Delta Force mission in eastern Syria in May 2015.

That raid on the multistory residence of Abu Sayyaf, described by American officials at the time as the Islamic State’s top financial officer, gave the American-led coalition its first big break in revealing valuable information about the group’s leadership structure, financial operations and security measures by analyzing materials.

The information harvested from the laptops, cellphones and other materials recovered from the raid — four to seven terabytes of data, according to one official — included how Mr. Baghdadi operated and sought to avoid being tracked by coalition forces.

“Capturing al-Baghdadi’s safe house means exposing data that will cause significant lasting damage to the broader terrorist network,” Ian Bremmer, the president of Eurasia Group, a research and consulting firm, said in an online newsletter on Monday.

Any more raw information from the al-Baghdadi raid is unlikely to materialize. After the Delta Force troops swept the compound and left, American warplanes and drones destroyed the compound and its tunnel network in a series of airstrikes, with the intention of keeping the site from becoming a shrine.

Alissa J. Rubin in Baghdad and Helene Cooper in Washington contributed reporting.

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Al-Baghdadi informant was inside compound at time of raid, Kurdish general tells Fox News

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The U.S. raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was months in the making and involved significant intelligence from Kurdish allies in Syria – including a rare informant at the heart of ISIS who was in the compound at the time of the raid, Fox News has learned.

Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, told Fox News how they tracked al-Baghdadi after the caliphate fell.

The general said the informant “told us that he moved west to Idlib, and to a specific house. We told American intelligence on May 15, and together set up a secret cell, which had three Americans in it.”

The SDF informant told them about the tunnels under the compound, how many people were with al-Baghdadi, and that he was planning to move, having been at that location for months. That’s when the U.S. carried out the attack at the compound Saturday, and brought out the informant safely.

Informants within ISIS are extremely rare. To have one so close to the leader is unheard of, and a remarkable achievement for Kurdish forces.

Mazloum said the raid could not have been possible without Kurdish intelligence.

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He also talked about the aftermath of President Trump’s recent decision to pull troops from northeastern Syria — a move critics say left Kurds who’d faithfully helped the U.S. contain ISIS vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.

“After the Americans pulled out, the Turks invaded, and we had no choice but to do a deal with the Syrian government and Russians. They were able to protect us. So, the Syrians moved to the border in place of the Americans.”

Fox News saw this, along with numerous cease-fire violations at the northern Syria front on Sunday. Syrian government forces took up their positions right opposite Turkish forces, which were just over half a mile away.

The Kurds said in the long run, they just couldn’t push back the Turkish Army themselves.

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Gun battles raged, and Turkish drone strikes and gunfire were regularly observed.

Mazloum also opened up about the future in Syria, saying it wasn’t too late for the U.S. to come back and protect the Kurds. “Our relationship with President Trump depends on him fulfilling his promise of protecting us.”

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Stock Market Record Surprises Skeptics Yet Again

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The S&P 500 is at a record, after climbing about 6 percent from its August lows.

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Stocks in the United States climbed to a record on Monday, building on a three-week run that’s been fueled by hopes for a trade deal with China and another cut in interest rates that could keep the economy growing.

The trade war between Washington and Beijing continues to be a key concern for investors, who are wary of the toll it is taking on American businesses. The gains Monday came after President Trump talked up the prospects for an interim deal that would provide farmers and companies some relief.

In the weeks since that agreement, what Mr. Trump has referred to as the “Phase One” trade deal, was first outlined on Oct. 11, stocks have edged steadily higher.

“We are looking probably to be ahead of schedule to sign a very big portion of the China deal, we’ll call it Phase One but it’s a very big portion,” he told reporters on Monday.

The S&P 500 ended the day at 3039.42, surpassing its previous high from late July. At that record stocks are now up roughly 21 percent for the year.

The gains have come despite the fact that investors have plenty of other reasons to worry about the damage the trade war is causing. Economic growth has been slowing. Fairly high expectations for next year’s earnings are starting to slip, and corporate confidence has fallen sharply.

As a result, the recent highs have been met with little obvious euphoria from Wall Street.

“I still think the upside from here is going to be limited,” said Mike Ryan, the Americas chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management. “We think that most of the gains that will be achieved this year have been booked already.”

In part, the skepticism of investors like Mr. Ryan is a result of the fact that some kind of trouble always seems to be just around the corner: another unexpected flare-up in Beijing-Washington relations, or the expanding impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump, to name just two.

In addition, the record masks this reality: After a very strong start to 2019, the S&P 500 is not much higher than the peak it hit in late April, meaning the last six months have been a sideways struggle rather than a triumphant romp higher. That has drained some of the enthusiasm for stocks.

“I don’t sense or see the euphoria that you typically see when you have blowout highs in cycles,” Joe Amato, chief investment officer of equities and president at the asset manager Neuberger Berman Group.

There have been big potholes in the road, too. The S&P 500 tumbled 7 percent amid a sharp escalation of trade tension in May. It recovered in June and rose to a record in late July before another bout of trade-related turmoil knocked it back in August.

These declines have been a persistent motif for the markets over the last decade, where investors have repeatedly grown concerned about the outlook for growth, only the see the market recover once again.

Since 2009, a string of potential crises that, at times, batted markets around and raised concerns about a recession: Europe’s debt crisis in 2010 (and again 2012), a collapse in oil prices in 2014, a panic over China’s growth in 2016.

But in each case, investors’ worst fears never came to pass.

Each mini-panic was accompanied by a sell-off in stocks, and a rally in bonds, as investors priced in that rising risk that the string of economic growth could come to an end. Then, as they have in recent weeks, those concerns seem abate.

“You price in a recession that almost gets there, but doesn’t happen,” said Tony Dwyer, chief market strategist at brokerage firm Canaccord Genuity.

The Federal Reserve’s decision to start cutting interest rates is a key reason for that, Mr. Dwyer said.

Facing evidence of a budding economic slowdown, the Fed has cut interest rates twice this year. It is expected to do so again on Wednesday.

The central bank has also increased its purchases of Treasury securities in order to ensure low rates in short-term money markets, a development that injects fresh money into financial markets and which observers view as beneficial for stocks.

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Texas woman fractures mother’s skull with 10-inch crucifix: police

A Texas woman gave her mom a fractured skull on Sunday after repeatedly striking her with a heavy 10-inch crucifix during what appeared to be a domestic altercation, police said.

San Antonio resident Christian Lydia Martinez, 25, returned to her family’s home Sunday afternoon after a night of drinking and began quarreling with her 45-year-old mother, police allege.

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Christian Lydia Martinez was being held on a charge of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)

During the argument, Martinez grabbed a 10-inch wooden crucifix off the wall and began hitting her mother with the object, according to arrest papers obtained by The San Antonio Express-News.

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Martinez allegedly hit her mother several times across the head, fracturing her skull. Her mother was taken to a San Antonio hospital.

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Martinez was arrested on a charge of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, WOAI-TV reported. Jail records cited by The Express-News indicated she was being held in Bexar County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

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