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Up, Up And Away: Air Force One Costs Soar Despite Trump, Who Boasted Of Deal

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Chalk up another deal President Donald Trump didn’t nail down.

Although Trump often boasted — as recently as June — that he personally negotiated a significant bargain on a contract for new twin Air Force One jets, the total cost is now $1.2 billion more than the original price Trump complained about.

Trump squawked after his election that the $4 billion pricetag he cited for the Boeing 747s modified for presidential use was “out of control.” He tweeted: “Cancel order!”

The Pentagon issued its first formal acquisition report on the presidential planes earlier this month, and the new total cost is … $5.2 billion, Air Force Magazine reported. That’s $4.7 billion for the jets and $500 million for associated costs, such as hangar construction. That’s also a 30% increase over the cost Trump claimed he reduced.

But it may be even worse. While Trump claimed in 2016 that costs were some $4 billion, the Government Accountability Office put the estimated figure that year at only $3.2 billion, according to Dana Milbank of The Washington Post.

Trump was sputtering in 2015 about the cost of the new planes, which he then cited as $3 billion in an interview. “They’re giving out a new, as you know, Air Force One, and that’s a $3 billion — with a ‘B’ — plane … I guarantee you, I could save hundreds of millions of dollars,” he boasted.

By 2017 he was fuming about a $4.2 pricetag. “Can you believe this?” he asked at a Florida rally. “I said I refuse to fly in a $4.2 billion airplane. I got Boeing in … We’ve got that price down by over $1 billion and I probably haven’t spoken for more than an hour on the project.”

When contacted by the media afterward, Air Force officials had no idea what he was talking about.

Trump, discussing the deal again in 2018 at a dinner with business leaders, declared: “I had a price of $5.6 billion. So we worked very long and very hard, and we have the same exact product for $1.6 billion less.” He also bragged to George Stephanopoulus in the Oval Office this June that he shaved $1.6 billion off the price.

The converted “flying White House” 747s had been scheduled to be finished in 2024, but Trump has requested they be delivered in 2021.

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Up, Up And Away: Air Force One Costs Soar Despite Trump, Who Boasted Of Deal

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Chalk up another deal President Donald Trump didn’t nail down.

Although Trump often boasted — as recently as June — that he personally negotiated a significant bargain on a contract for new twin Air Force One jets, the total cost is now $1.2 billion more than the original price Trump complained about.

Trump squawked after his election that the $4 billion pricetag he cited for the Boeing 747s modified for presidential use was “out of control.” He tweeted: “Cancel order!”

The Pentagon issued its first formal acquisition report on the presidential planes earlier this month, and the new total cost is … $5.2 billion, Air Force Magazine reported. That’s $4.7 billion for the jets and $500 million for associated costs, such as hangar construction. That’s also a 30% increase over the cost Trump claimed he reduced.

But it may be even worse. While Trump claimed in 2016 that costs were some $4 billion, the Government Accountability Office put the estimated figure that year at only $3.2 billion, according to Dana Milbank of The Washington Post.

Trump was sputtering in 2015 about the cost of the new planes, which he then cited as $3 billion in an interview. “They’re giving out a new, as you know, Air Force One, and that’s a $3 billion — with a ‘B’ — plane … I guarantee you, I could save hundreds of millions of dollars,” he boasted.

By 2017 he was fuming about a $4.2 pricetag. “Can you believe this?” he asked at a Florida rally. “I said I refuse to fly in a $4.2 billion airplane. I got Boeing in … We’ve got that price down by over $1 billion and I probably haven’t spoken for more than an hour on the project.”

When contacted by the media afterward, Air Force officials had no idea what he was talking about.

Trump, discussing the deal again in 2018 at a dinner with business leaders, declared: “I had a price of $5.6 billion. So we worked very long and very hard, and we have the same exact product for $1.6 billion less.” He also bragged to George Stephanopoulus in the Oval Office this June that he shaved $1.6 billion off the price.

The converted “flying White House” 747s had been scheduled to be finished in 2024, but Trump has requested they be delivered in 2021.

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Tim Tebow’s Triple-A baseball season over after hand injury: reports

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The New York Mets are making a run at a spot in the MLB postseason – but don’t expect Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow to play any role in a pennant race this year.

According to reports, Tebow’s baseball season has come to an end after he cut a finger on his left hand in the outfield July 21, requiring stitches.

Tebow had been playing for the Syracuse Mets, the New York club’s Triple-A affiliate in the International League.

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The left-handed hitting Tebow finished his 2019 season with a less-than-impressive .163 batting average, four home runs and 19 RBI, ESPN reported.

He spent 2018 with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Doube-A affiliate in the Eastern League. There he posted a .273 batting average with six home runs and 36 RBI – and made the All-Star Game before suffering a broken bone in his right hand, the report said.

Tebow, who will turn 32 Wednesday, previously focused on football, playing in college for the University of Florida and winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007.

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He then played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets before deciding to pursue a baseball career.

Despite his struggles this season, Tebow has no plans to retire, the New York Daily News reported – though his chances of making an MLB roster look dimmer.

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Could Dorothy Kilgallen mystery be solved through DNA evidence? Worth a try, author says

An author who has investigated the mysterious death of newspaper columnist and TV star Dorothy Kilgallen has asked a judge to let him exhume her body for DNA evidence.

Mark Shaw, who wrote “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much” and “Denial of Justice,” filed a petition in Westchester Supreme Court last week to disinter Kilgallen’s body from the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

Shaw also wants the court to order a DNA sample from retired journalist Ron Pataky, now 84, to “establish his probable complicity in her death.”

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Pataky has admitted he was the last person to see Kilgallen alive, Shaw writes.

A famous forensic expert, Dr. Cyril Wecht, has agreed to oversee the exhumation and DNA collection, Shaw says in his petition.

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Dorothy Killgallen, the reporter who died suddenly at age 52 on Nov. 8, 1965, is seen in an undated photo.

Shaw contends, in court papers and his books, that Pataky was helping Kilgallen’s enemies,  including Mafia boss Carlos Marcello, who wanted the reporter dead to quash her ongoing investigation into the JFK assassination.

The DNA tests, he said, may show that Kilgallen and Pataky had physical contact before she died suddenly at age 52 on Nov. 8, 1965.

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After appearing as a regular panelist on the TV game show “What’s My Line?”  Kilgallen was found dead in her Manhattan apartment, naked under a robe and still wearing make-up. The medical examiner ruled it an accidental mix of booze and sleeping pills. Shaw contends she was drugged.

“A DNA match will confirm that either she touched him or he touched her, perhaps during an embrace, having sex, or just shaking hands when they parted,” Shaw told The Post.

Shaw has served the petition to exhume Kilgallen on her three children and Pataky, any of whom may object.

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Lego debuts ‘Friends’ Central Perk set as show marks 25 years: ‘Could we be any more excited?’

They’re pretty much everywhere in reruns and now they’re there for you in Lego form!

Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the TV sitcom “Friends,” Lego fans will soon be able to construct Central Perk with the company’s newest nostalgic addition for the young-at-heart brick builder.

Starting Sept. 1, “Friends” super fans will be able to bring Monica, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe, Ross and Chandler back to their favorite coffee shop in 1,079 Lego elements that include the orange couch, an armchair, coffee table and the coffee shop’s exterior complete with sign.

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The set includes every one of the all-new “Friends” Minifigures and even Gunther! The coffee shop is a ”faithful recreation” with “authentic details,” Lego says on its website.

Builders can also construct a coffee machine, menu board and Phoebe’s stage so you can literally say, “We were on a break!”

The Central Perk set was created by French fan designer named Aymeric Fievet.

“The challenge was to visualize passages of the series to allow me to recreate the furniture and the characters in as much detail as possible,” Aymeric, who lives in Normandy, told Lego. “The assembly of this model took me about a week after finding the necessary references. During the voting period, the set was changed several times!”

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Lego Ideas gives fans the opportunity to submit their brick-building ideas and win a chance to work with Lego master designers to bring it to life.

“Friends” ran on NBC from 1994 until 2004.

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Lady Gaga Vows To Fund School Projects In El Paso, Dayton And Gilroy

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Lady Gaga has promised to fund all project needs in 162 classrooms in El Paso, Texas, as well as in Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, California, in tribute to the communities devastated by mass shootings, she revealed Friday in a Facebook post

Her charitable organization, the Born This Way Foundation, is partnering with DonorsChoose.org, which helps arrange funding aid for classrooms across the nation.

The singer said her “heart goes out to those who were taken from us too soon and to their families, loved ones and communities who are left to grieve.”

Gaga added that she wants to “channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope — hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves.”

Her foundation’s donation will “fully fund the classroom project needs” in 125 classrooms in El Paso, 23 classrooms in Gilroy, and 14 in Dayton, she noted. Educators will “now have access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life,” she wrote.  

Gaga ended her post: “In loving memory of the victims of the tragic shootings.”

Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton were each targeted by a mass shooter over a seven-day period beginning July 28. Two children and an adult were killed in Gilroy, 22 people were fatally shot in El Paso, and nine were killed in Dayton. The suspected gunman in the El Paso attack told police he was targeting Mexicans. A manifesto authorities believe was written by the alleged shooter referred to a “Hispanic invasion” in America, echoing Donald Trump’s characterization of people entering the nation from the southern border as an “invasion.”

The attack at the Gilroy Garlic Festival is also being investigated as domestic terrorism because of “violent ideologies” linked to the gunman, who was killed by police.

Trump’s campaign still owes El Paso more than $569,000 for city costs relating to his campaign rally back in February.

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Antifa’s ‘Iron Front’ symbol banned by Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders

With another confrontation between supporters of Antifa and the Proud Boys expected on the streets of Portland, Ore., next weekend, two pro soccer teams in the Pacific Northwest are trying to help keep the focus on the game instead of politics at their home matches.

According to the Associated Press, Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders have each banned the “Iron Front” symbol used by Antifa supporters from being displayed by fans inside the teams’ stadiums.

MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott explained the reasoning behind the league’s action.

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​​​​​​​A sign that reads “Anti-Facist Always Seattle Anti-Racist” is displayed in the supporters section during an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers in Seattle, July 21, 2019. (Associated Press)

“I think it was the belief of the league and the clubs that fans are at our games to enjoy the game,” Abbott told the AP, “and that there is a place for third-party political organizations or groups to express their views, but that place isn’t within our stadiums.”

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The symbol – composed of three arrows pointing downward and to the left – has been adopted by some Antifa supporters. It was used in the 1930s by a German group that opposed the Nazis, according to the AP.

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A version of the three-arrow “Iron Front” symbol used by some Antifa supporters is seen during a demonstration in downtown Portland, Ore., June 29, 2019. (Associated Press)

In one variation, the three arrows are replaced by three axes – suggesting support for the Timbers as well.

Soccer fans, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, are more inclined to express political views at games than fans of other sports, according to the report.

On social media, soccer fans who support Antifa were not happy about Major League Soccer’s decision.

Past clashes in Portland between supporters of Antifa and the Proud Boys have erupted into violence – including at attack on conservative writer Andy Ngo.

Having faced criticism for the city’s handling of past confrontations, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and police Chief Danielle Outlaw last week said both political groups should expect to face a strong police presence this coming Saturday.

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Wheeler issued a warning to anyone, on either side, looking to instigate violence.

“We don’t want you,” Wheeler said, according to OregonLive.com. “But if you do come, we will be ready for you.”

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Portland Timbers fans celebrate the win against Seattle in an MLS Soccer game in Portland, Ore, on Oct. 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Added Outlaw: “Don’t come. We don’t want you here. I don’t care what side you’re on.”

The Timbers have a home game scheduled against Atlanta United on Aug. 18, the day after the expected Proud Boys-Antifa showdown, and another Aug. 23, against the Seattle. The Sounders won’t play at home again until Sept. 1, against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Jeffrey Epstein was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges: What we know about his apparent suicide

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Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier, died early Saturday in an apparent suicide, officials said. The well-connected millionaire had been awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in a Manhattan jail.

The FBI and U.S. Inspector General’s office will investigate the circumstances of his apparent suicide while in federal custody, and the probe into the numerous sexual abuse allegations against him will continue, officials said.

Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell Saturday morning, and was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Correctional Center. 

Here’s what we know about Epstein’s death right now:

Who was Jeffrey Epstein?

Epstein, 66, was a hedge fund manager whose friends included President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and Britain’s Prince Andrew.

He owned a seven story penthouse in New York City, a private island in the Caribbean, and residences in Florida, New Mexico and Paris.

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Epstein was arrested in July and pleaded not guilty to charges of drug trafficking and sexually abusing dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida of soliciting prostitution from a minor and other prostitution charges. He had to register as a sex offender, but avoided a length prison sentence under a highly scrutinized plea deal.

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How did he die?

Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell early Saturday, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Staff could not revive him, and he was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He had been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in the jail’s Special Housing Unit, a heavily secured part of the facility that separates high-profile inmates from the general population. This unit held Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman until recently.

Epstein’s death is likely to raise questions about how the Bureau of Prisons ensures the welfare of high-profile inmates.

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Epstein had been placed on suicide watch three weeks ago after he was found unconscious in his jail cell with bruises on his neck, but he was taken off of suicide watch less than a week later.

Criminal justice experts say that this is not uncommon, as the length of time inmates stay on suicide watch varies greatly.

To have been removed, a mental health professional would have had to deem that Epstein was no longer a risk to himself, according to Lisa Boesky, a clinical psychologist and jail suicide expert in San Diego.

More: Despite warning signs, why wasn’t Epstein on suicide watch when he died?

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled” that Epstein had died of an apparent suicide while in federal custody at the MCC, which is part of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility under the Department of Justice.

“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said in a statement. “In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.

What does this mean for his accusers?

Epstein’s death has sparked outrage among his numerous alleged victims who are frustrated that he will never have to face them in court.

“We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people,” accuser Jennifer Araoz said in a statement.

Epstein’s death came within 24 hours after long-sealed documents were released by a federal court in a since-settled lawsuit against Epstein’s ex-girlfriend brought by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers.

Giuffre’s lawyer, Sigrid McCawley, said the timing was “no coincidence,” and called on authorities to continue their investigation, focusing on Epstein associates who she said “participated and facilitated Epstein’s horrifying sex trafficking scheme.”

Contributing: Associated Press

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Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth separate after less than a year of marriage

Miley Cyrus and husband Liam Hemsworth have decided to separate, a representative for Cyrus confirmed Saturday.

The split comes less than a year after the on-again, off-again couple married in a private ceremony in December.

The rep said the pair are focusing right now on themselves and their careers but will stay “dedicated parents to all of their animals they share.”

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Miley Cyrus, left, and Liam Hemsworth attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York, May 6, 2019. (Associated Press)

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Rumors of a split have been swirling for months and they escalated Saturday when Cyrus Instagrammed a photo of herself not wearing her wedding ring while on vacation in Italy.

Previously, Cyrus, 26, told Elle magazine for an interview in its August issue that she and Australian-born Hemsworth, 29, star of “The Hunger Games” movies and other films, had a “unique” relationship.

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“I’m in a hetero relationship,” Cyrus said, “but I still am very sexually attracted to women. I made a partner decision. This is the person I feel has my back the most. I definitely don’t fit into a stereotypical wife role. I don’t even like that word.”

The rep said the couple has requested privacy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Vicente Luque shatters Mike Perry's nose in split decision victory

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Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 14 co-main event between Vicente Luque (17-6-1 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Mike Perry (13-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) was a back and-forth affair. The high-action bout resulted in a high-energy crowd, who were seemingly thrilled by the two 170-pounders’ performances. 

The welterweight bout was the UFC on ESPN+ 14 co-main event at Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay. The event streamed on ESPN+.

As Perry moved forward and looked to land power shots from the opening bell, Luque took a different approach. The Henri Hooft protege stuck with a more technical, counter-heavy gameplan than “Platinum”. Shots from Luque late in the round opened a gash on the left side of Perry’s face.

At the beginning of the third round, both men had gotten their licks in and could have been either man’s fight. A sneaky flying knee from Luque caught Perry’s nose and opened up the flood gates.

Later in the round, the Brazilian-American grabbed a tight hold of Perry’s neck and tried to squeeze a guillotine choke. The pressure accelerated the loss of blood from Perry’s nose, which pooled all over the chest of Luque and the UFC canvas. As the blood continued to spray, Perry eventually slipped out of the choke with just seconds left in the round.

After the final bell, the broadcast showed just how shattered Perry’s nose was.

When the judges’ scorecards were read, Luque was awarded the victory via split decision.

“The game plan was pretty much what I did, but (to) not get hit as much as I did,” Luque told Michael Bisping in the post-fight interview. “He’s a tough guy. This is my first decision win in the UFC. And it couldn’t be to a tougher guy like Perry. Props to him. He really came in here and brought it. But I was pretty confident at the end of the fight.”

As for what’s next, Luque had an opponent in mind. In a respectful manner, Luque challenged former UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson to a bout later in the year – potentially in November or December.

“I’ve done four fights in less than 12 months now,” Luque said. “I think I’ve proved my point. I’m ready to face anyone in the top 10. I know Wonderboy doesn’t have a fight lined up right now. I’m up to it November (or) December, whenever he wants to I’m up to go there and throw down with him.”

With the win over Perry, Luque has now won six straight fights. Saturday’s bout marked the first time Luque had won a judges’ decision in his UFC tenure. The 27-year-old has only lost once since his UFC debut in July 2015.

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