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Mysterious traders may have made $3.5 billion off stock bets timed to Trump’s trade-war comments, Vanity Fair finds

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Turkey-Syria cease-fire in question after reported shelling; Mulvaney backtracks Ukraine quid pro quo comments

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start your Friday …

Turkey-Syria cease-fire in question after reported fighting, shelling
Just hours after President Trump announced a cease-fire between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces in Syria, journalists have reported continued fighting in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday morning, while other areas have reported relative calm since the agreement.

Journalists from the Associated Press reported witnessing shelling and said they could see smoke billowing around the town, which sits along the border with Turkey. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, reported intermittent clashes in Ras al-Ayn, but calm elsewhere. Reuters also reported machine-gun fire and shelling that could be heard from a border town in Turkey near Ra al-Ayn.

On Thursday Trump declared it “a great day for civilization” after Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, announced terms of a cease-fire agreement that intended to end the violence between Turkey and the Kurds. At a Dallas campaign rally, he likened the Turkish offensive against the Syrian Kurds to a schoolyard fight and credited his “unconventional” approach for enabling the truce.

The deal was for a 120-hour cease-fire, during which time the Kurdish-led forces could pull back from the roughly 20-mile-wide safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. All Turkish military operations under the recent offensive known as Operation Peace Spring are to pause during that time, with the operation coming to an end upon completion of the Kurdish withdrawal, under terms of the deal.

Some U.S. military sources told Fox News they were skeptical of the cease-fire deal. Click here to read more on our top story.

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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump labels Pelosi ‘crazy,’ O’Rourke ‘dumb,’ as he slams Dems at Dallas rally
President Trump slammed Democrats as unpatriotic and referred to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “Crazy Nancy” while giving an extended critique of his potential 2020 opponents before a large and friendly rally crowd in Dallas Thursday night. The “Keep America Great” event came just hours after Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would soon step aside amid scrutiny from House Democrats conducting an impeachment inquiry — and a week after chaos and violence broke out at a Trump event in Democratic-leaning Minnesota.

Outside the rally, some 30,000 Trump supporters watched the speech on a large screen, as the president blasted 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. He derided former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas as “very dumb” for pushing to confiscate guns and tax religious institutions, and said Joe Biden’s family overtly profited from the former vice president’s political career. He also denounced Pelosi a day after she and other top Democrats walked out of a White House meeting, telling the crowd, “She’s nuts.” Click more on this story.

Mulvaney comments seized on by critics saying it’s proof of Ukraine quid pro quo
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says his comments about the Trump administration’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine have been misinterpreted after he initially seemed to contradict President Trump’s claim that there was no “quid pro quo” during his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

At a briefing at the White House on Thursday, Mulvaney told reporters that the release of $400 million in military aid to Ukraine was tied to the administration’s demands that Kiev investigate purported corruption by the Democrats during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Trump also mentioned to him that the corruption was related to the DNC server and “that’s why we held up the money,” Mulvaney said.

In a statement later Thursday, Mulvaney declared there was “absolutely no quid pro quo” between aid and any investigations. “There was never any condition on the flow of aid related to the matter of the DNC server,” he said.

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A worker carrying boxes of goods walks by women selecting handbags at a commercial building in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China’s economic growth sinks to a 26-year low
China’s economy took another hit last quarter as the tariff war with the United States continued to take its toll. Its economic growth decelerated to a 26-year low in the latest quarter, adding to a deepening slump that is weighing on global growth. The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6 percent in the three months ending in September, down from the previous quarter’s 6.2 percent, data showed Friday. The slump increases pressure on Chinese leaders to avert politically dangerous job losses as they fight a tariff war with President Trump over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology ambitions.

TUNE IN TODAY: In Fox News exclusive, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg rejects calls for shutdown of Trump’s social media
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says President Trump’s activities on Twitter and other social media platforms should not be curtailed in any way. “My belief is that in a democracy, I don’t think that we want private companies censoring politicians in the news,” Zuckerberg told Dana Perino in an exclusive interview airing Friday on “The Daily Briefing.”

Perino asked Zuckerberg about Sen. Kamala Harris’ demand that Twitter shut down Trump’s account, which the president uses regularly to share his views on a multitude of issues. Zuckerberg said Silicon Valley shouldn’t be taking such actions. He also responded to 2020 frontrunner Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s criticism of Facebook. Click here for more on this story.

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Mark Levin, host of “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Fox News, blasted the media’s attacks on acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, saying, “Every day, it’s something else to prove there was a quid pro quo. It’s so absurd.”

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Anderson Cooper’s Face Says It All As Trump Awards G-7 Meeting To His Own Resort

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper called out President Donald Trump for awarding next year’s G-7 summit hosting gig to one of his own resorts

On Thursday, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney called the Trump National Doral resort near Miami “far and away the best physical facility for this meeting.” 

Cooper mocked the announcement with both his facial expressions and a heaping dose of sarcasm: 

“Really? Far and away? Gosh! I mean, thank goodness that they found a hotel with a golf course. You know how hard those are to find in the United States? It’s like finding a Russian needle in a Ukrainian haystack.” 

Cooper also played clips of Trump talking up his resort, promising that each delegation could have its own bungalow. 

“Sounds fancy ― sounds like the Beverly Hills Hotel, where you can allegedly have your security guard bring the porn stars in the back way,” Cooper said, referring to the site of Trump’s alleged dalliances with adult entertainer Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal

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Gun retailer broke law selling rifle to Sutherland Springs church killer, feds allege

A Texas sporting goods store broke the law when it sold an AR-15-style rifle and large-capacity magazine to a man who later committed a mass murder at a San Antonio-area church, federal prosecutors argued in a court filing.

Devin Patrick Kelley, who fatally shot himself as authorities chased him following the bloody massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in 2017, was ineligible to make the purchase because he used a Colorado driver’s license as identification, prosecutor Paul David Stern wrote.

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“Sale of that rifle would have been illegal in Colorado,” Stern wrote, referring to a Model 8500 Ruger AR-556 that authorities say Kelley bought from Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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In 2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state had denied Kelley a gun permit and he should not have been legally allowed to own a firearm, the BBC reported.

Kelley fired at least 450 rounds inside the church, killing more than two dozen people and wounding 20 more, authorities have said. A nearby resident shot and wounded Kelley before the killer drove away and ultimately ended his own life, according to authorities.

Now federal authorities are looking to add the Texas retailer as a possible third party in a lawsuit that relatives of those killed or wounded in the massacre have filed against the federal government. The plaintiffs argue that the U.S. Air Force neglected to add Kelley’s criminal data to a national database that might have blocked his weapons purchase, despite six opportunities to add the information.

Kelley, a former airman, had a background that included beating his wife and stepson, mistreating animals, escaping a mental health clinic and being court-martialed, the BBC reported.

The Justice Department argued that federal employees should be shielded from the legal action, but in May U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez in San Antonio ruled that the government itself should not be shielded.

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Academy Sports + Outdoors operates more than 250 stores in 16 states and posted $4.9 billion in sales for the fiscal year that ended in February, a company spokeswoman told the Associated Press. She would not comment on the federal court filing, the AP added.

Jamal Alsaffar, an attorney representing the victims’ families, said the plaintiffs expect federal authorities to examine Academy’s history of gun sales for examples of firearms sales that should have been prohibited.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Marc Thiessen: Elizabeth Warren tells voters economy not working for them – Most voters disagree

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With three polls showing her in the lead, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., may soon eclipse former Vice President Joe Biden as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. That’s great news for Republicans, because Warren has a problem: The central message of her campaign is that the economy is working for the very wealthy but it is not working for ordinary Americans. Unfortunately for her, ordinary Americans disagree.

A Marist poll asked voters whether “the economy is working well for you personally.” Nearly two-thirds of Americans said yes. This includes large majorities in almost every demographic group.

Sixty-seven percent of college graduates and 64 percent of those without a college education say the economy is working for them. So do 68 percent of whites and 61 percent of nonwhite people.

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So do Americans of every generation: 63 percent of Generation Z and millennials; 69 percent of Generation X; 63 percent of baby boomers; and 69 percent of Greatest Generation and Silent Generation voters.

So do supermajorities in every region in the country: 60 percent in the West, 65 percent in the Northeast, 67 percent in the Midwest, and 68 percent in the South.

So do most voters in every type of American community: 63 percent of both big and small city voters; 64 percent of small-town voters; 66 percent of rural voters and 72 percent of suburban voters.

Most everyone, it seems, says the economy is working for them.

The only groups who disagree, Marist found, are progressives (59 percent), Democratic women (55 percent) and those who are liberal or very liberal (55 percent.

So, when Warren declares that President Trump is “part of a corrupt, rigged system that has helped the wealthy and the well-connected and kicked dirt in the faces of everyone else,” it resonates with almost no one except those on the political left.

There is a good reason for that. Unemployment is near a record low, and the United States has about 1.6 million more job openings than unemployed people to fill them.

Not only are jobs plentiful, but wages are rising. And The New York Times reported in May that “over the past year, low-wage workers have experienced the fastest pay increases.”

Americans don’t just think they are doing better in the Trump economy, they are doing better. Little wonder Democrats barely mentioned the economy in Tuesday’s debate.

This progress is bad news for Warren. Why would Americans rally to her call for “big structural change” to the economy when they say the economy is working for them? Especially when they learn the structural changes Warren is proposing would cost tens of trillions of dollars and – whether she admits it or not – would require them to pay more in taxes?

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Manhattan Institute budget expert Brian Riedl recently added up the price tag for Warren’s proposals, and the numbers are staggering: $30 trillion to $40 trillion over 10 years for Medicare-for-all; $2 trillion for Social Security expansion; $3 trillion for climate change and environmental policies; $2 trillion free college and student loan forgiveness; and another $1 trillion for initiatives that include free child care and housing.

“Total cost: $38 trillion to $48 trillion,” Riedl says. And that’s before calculating the cost of offering free government health care to illegal immigrants, which Warren supports.

There’s no way to pay for that miasma of spending with Warren’s wealth tax; it will require massive middle-class tax increases.

No wonder the so-called moderates were going after Warren so hard at Tuesday’s debate; they know it would be a disaster if she were to capture the Democratic nomination.

To win in 2020, Democrats need to win over voters who like Trump’s policies but don’t like Trump. They can’t do that by telling these voters they are wrong about the economy working for them, and that they need to make peace with socialism. Instead, they need to convince voters that they can dump Trump and still keep their prosperity.

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If Democrats nominate Warren, they will give voters suffering from Trump exhaustion no safe harbor. Her nomination would turn the election into an existential threat to the American economy.

And since Warren said Tuesday that, if she is elected, and Democrats take back the Senate, they will “repeal the filibuster,” she will be able to pass her radical agenda by simple majority vote. That means Trump’s message – “whether you love me or hate me, you have got to vote for me” – will ring true for millions of Americans whose votes might otherwise be up for grabs.

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Astros get last laugh with ALCS Game 4 win, silence Yankee Stadium fans

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NEW YORK — They screamed obscenities, taunted the Houston Astros throughout the night Thursday, and of course, accused them of cheating.

By the end, the Astros heard nothing but the sweet sound of silence with Yankee Stadium virtually deserted.

The Astros, winning 8-3 over the New York Yankees, are on the brink of returning to the World Series, leading 3 games to 1 in the American League Championship Series.

The cold reality is that the series is over, and should officially end Friday night with Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander on the mound for the Astros.

Sweet revenge has never felt so good.

“I think winning three straight at their home park,’’ Astros right fielder Josh Reddick said, “will make a bigger statement than that.’’

The Astros say they love being in the raucous atmosphere of Yankee Stadium.

Reddick, who had objects thrown at him in Game 3, prompting Astros manager A.J. Hinch to warn the umpiring crew that he’ll take his team off the field if it happens again, says it’s one thing for fans to support their team, but quite another to make it cruel and personal.

“There could be atmospheres where it’s loud, it’s electric,’’ Reddick said, “and the outfield bleachers aren’t really saying unnecessary stuff at you or your whole team. There are places you go like Tampa. Tampa was a loud atmosphere (in the Division Series), and nobody was yelling, obscene gestures about my wife, or my mother out there. That’s definitely something you get when you come here. …

“They’re going to find anything they can on you whether its them using Google to the best of their abilities or just picking on you with what they have at any given time.’’

The right-field fans stood and screamed at Reddick when he came onto the field in the first inning, but he kept his back to them, trying his best not to acknowledge them. It could happen to any opposing right fielder, Reddick says, but he also knows it’s personal.

“I think it’s a little different for me because I’m a loud-mouth and I speak my mind,’’ Reddick said. “And I don’t think they like that. I speak facts, and I’m just going to talk about what I want to talk about.

“I’m a grown man, I can do it.’’

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If it’s not enough dealing with the hostilities from the fans, the Astros are incensed that anonymous members of the Yankees’ organization accused them of cheating. There were several published reports in New York that said the Astros were whistling and banging pipes in their dugout at Minute Maid Park to relay signs.

“We all get sick of it because it takes away the credibility of our hitters,’’ Reddick says. “This is a damn good lineup and it shouldn’t be shunned by people saying were cheating and whistling in the dugout.

“How can you even hear whistling in a playoff game? You can’t hear whistling in a playoff game from a dugout. There’s no way you can do it, so it makes no sense where that comes from.’’

Why can’t the Astros simply get credit for being one of the greatest teams in baseball the past few years, winning 115 games this year, and on the verge of their second World Series in three years?

“When I listen to the people talking about it in the business, I just laugh,’’ said Carlos Correa, who along with George Springer hit three-run homers. “I just laugh because they say, ‘Oh, we have something or the pitchers were tipping,’ when they had nothing, sometimes. You know what I mean?

“We’re just watching the game. We’re taking advantage of every single detail we can get. Hitting is tough. If you’re tipping your pitches, fix it. If you’re tipping your pitch and I can see, I’m going to take advantage of it. I’m trying to help my team win ball games, and every single edge counts.

“But I think it’s disrespectful that every time we score a lot of runs, people talk about tipping. Nobody was tipping today and we scored, what, eight runs? We’re great hitters. We’ve been doing it for a whole season.

“You look across the board the numbers this team has put up through a full season, it’s just unbelievable how many guys have been on top of their game this year. Not every pitcher that goes out there for 162 tips.’’

Astros MVP candidate Alex Bregman has heard the accusations for years, but shrugs them off, calling it comical.

“It’s just like, silly, honestly,’’ Bregman told USA TODAY Sports. “We’re like, ‘Come on, again? People are trying to find an excuse to why we win games.’

“There’s going to be people always throwing reasons why we win, and stuff like that. To us, we know we win because were a damn good baseball team.

“We’re just go to focus on playing baseball, do our thing, and let people say what they want.’’

Let them keep talking, Hinch said, but if you talk, be a man and put your name behind it.

“In reality, it’s a joke,’’ Hinch said. “When I get contacted about some questions about whistling, it made me laugh because it’s ridiculous. Had I known that it would take something like that to set off the Yankees or any other team, we would have practiced it in spring training.

“The problem I have is when other people take shots at us outside this competition. When you guys ask me this question, my face, my name is by my quotes, my opinions, my reaction is all for you guys to tweet out and put on the broadcast. But we have people that are unnamed, or you guys have sources that are giving you information. I suggest they put their name by it if they’re so passionate about it to comment about my team or my players.’’

If people really want to talk, maybe they turn their attention to the Yankees, a team that barely looked like they belonged on the same field with the Astros this night.

They made four errors, their most in a postseason game in 43 years.

They struck out 13 times, including 11 times from the No. 2 to No. 7 spots in the order.

They were hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position, and left 10 runners on base.

It was an absolute stinker.

“We played poorly tonight,’’ Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, “there’s no other way to explain it. And we need to flush this immediately.

“Stranger things have certainly happened, a lot stranger. We need to play a cleaner game, obviously, if we’re going to beat a team like that.’’

The Astros won’t come out and say it, but they know this series is over.

They fully expect to be playing in front a subdued crowd Friday night, with most of the Yankee fans gone by the time they celebrate the American League pennant.

The Astros know they need to win one more game, but with Verlander on the mound, they’d love to end it early, making sure they will have a rested bullpen with Cole going in Game 1 of the World Series.

“We have all of the faith in the world in him,’’ Reddick said. “We want him to on the mound. It would make it so much sweeter to do it [Friday], go home, spend time with the family, and get ready for the World Series.

“Let’s get it done right here.’’

A silent Yankee Stadium may never sound more beautiful.

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Ex-Ethics Chiefs Tear Apart Decision To Host G-7 At Trump’s Own Resort

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Two former government ethics experts have strongly condemned the news that the U.S. will host the next Group of Seven summit in 2020 at President Donald Trump’s own golf resort in Miami.

Richard Painter, the former chief ethics attorney for President George W. Bush, and Walter Shaub, the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, respectively described Thursday’s announcement by acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as “unacceptable” and “the most overt corruption to date.”

“This is not only self-dealing, this is a violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution which specifically provides that a person holding a position of trust with the U.S. government cannot accept any profits or benefits from foreign governments,” Painter told CNN’s Don Lemon on Thursday night.

“We have had him violating the emoluments clause since day one and now he’s going out and openly asking foreign governments to subsidize his resorts in connection with the G-7,” he continued. “He’s got his hand out to foreign governments and if this Congress puts up with that, they are to blame as well.”

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Shaub, meanwhile, who served under President Barack Obama and resigned from his position six months into the Trump administration, vented his anger on Twitter via multiple posts.

“How any Senator could fail to object to this is beyond me,” he wrote in one tweet. “There’s no universe in which anyone could believe that, in a country as big as ours, the selection of Trump’s resort was anything but a product of the worst kind of corruption.”

“This is so overtly corrupt that it can’t be viewed as anything but a loyalty test for Senators,” Shaub said in another. “If they are corrupt enough to look the other way, Trump will know he can do anything. In that case, he will do everything.”

Shaub also said it was “a red line crossed” and that “we have reached the bottom.” “If the Senate will not act to stop this, there is no government ethics program,” he posted. “It’s over.”

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‘This Is Really Bad’: Rick Santorum Has An Ominous 2020 Warning For Trump

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) warned President Donald Trump that he’s rapidly losing Republican voters and that could doom his 2020 reelection effort. 

The reason, Santorum said, was Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria and allowing Turkey to attack the Kurdish allies who helped U.S. troops in the fight against ISIS terrorists.

“He has really stepped in it,” Santorum said on CNN on Thursday night. “This was a poor decision, this is having really startling ― even startling to him ― consequences.” 

Santorum called the Kurds “one of our closest allies” and slammed the president’s decision to withdraw as “reckless.” And, Santorum said he’s hardly alone among Republicans:  

“This is really bad for the president come November of 2020 and I have been hearing from so many Republicans who love Donald Trump who are telling me for the first time they’re taking a step back and they’re actually thinking about whether they’re going to vote for this man. I’ve heard this from people I’m stunned to hear it from.”

Santorum also warned that this decision could hurt Trump with the voters that matter most to his reelection chances. 

“I think it’s gonna affect him with his base,” Santorum said.  

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Astros get last laugh with ALCS Game 4 win, silence Yankee Stadium fans

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NEW YORK — They screamed obscenities, taunted the Houston Astros throughout the night Thursday, and of course, accused them of cheating.

By the end, the Astros heard nothing but the sweet sound of silence with Yankee Stadium virtually deserted.

The Astros, winning 8-3 over the New York Yankees, are on the brink of returning to the World Series, leading 3 games to 1 in the American League Championship Series.

The cold reality is that the series is over, and should officially end Friday night with Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander on the mound for the Astros.

Sweet revenge has never felt so good.

“I think winning three straight at their home park,’’ Astros right fielder Josh Reddick said, “will make a bigger statement than that.’’

The Astros say they love being in the raucous atmosphere of Yankee Stadium.

Reddick, who had objects thrown at him in Game 3, prompting Astros manager A.J. Hinch to warn the umpiring crew that he’ll take his team off the field if it happens again, says it’s one thing for fans to support their team, but quite another to make it cruel and personal.

“There could be atmospheres where it’s loud, it’s electric,’’ Reddick said, “and the outfield bleachers aren’t really saying unnecessary stuff at you or your whole team. There are places you go like Tampa. Tampa was a loud atmosphere (in the Division Series), and nobody was yelling, obscene gestures about my wife, or my mother out there. That’s definitely something you get when you come here. …

“They’re going to find anything they can on you whether its them using Google to the best of their abilities or just picking on you with what they have at any given time.’’

The right-field fans stood and screamed at Reddick when he came onto the field in the first inning, but he kept his back to them, trying his best not to acknowledge them. It could happen to any opposing right fielder, Reddick says, but he also knows it’s personal.

“I think it’s a little different for me because I’m a loud-mouth and I speak my mind,’’ Reddick said. “And I don’t think they like that. I speak facts, and I’m just going to talk about what I want to talk about.

“I’m a grown man, I can do it.’’

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If it’s not enough dealing with the hostilities from the fans, the Astros are incensed that anonymous members of the Yankees’ organization accused them of cheating. There were several published reports in New York that said the Astros were whistling and banging pipes in their dugout at Minute Maid Park to relay signs.

“We all get sick of it because it takes away the credibility of our hitters,’’ Reddick says. “This is a damn good lineup and it shouldn’t be shunned by people saying were cheating and whistling in the dugout.

“How can you even hear whistling in a playoff game? You can’t hear whistling in a playoff game from a dugout. There’s no way you can do it, so it makes no sense where that comes from.’’

Why can’t the Astros simply get credit for being one of the greatest teams in baseball the past few years, winning 115 games this year, and on the verge of their second World Series in three years?

“When I listen to the people talking about it in the business, I just laugh,’’ said Carlos Correa, who along with George Springer hit three-run homers. “I just laugh because they say, ‘Oh, we have something or the pitchers were tipping,’ when they had nothing, sometimes. You know what I mean?

“We’re just watching the game. We’re taking advantage of every single detail we can get. Hitting is tough. If you’re tipping your pitches, fix it. If you’re tipping your pitch and I can see, I’m going to take advantage of it. I’m trying to help my team win ball games, and every single edge counts.

“But I think it’s disrespectful that every time we score a lot of runs, people talk about tipping. Nobody was tipping today and we scored, what, eight runs? We’re great hitters. We’ve been doing it for a whole season.

“You look across the board the numbers this team has put up through a full season, it’s just unbelievable how many guys have been on top of their game this year. Not every pitcher that goes out there for 162 tips.’’

Astros MVP candidate Alex Bregman has heard the accusations for years, but shrugs them off, calling it comical.

“It’s just like, silly, honestly,’’ Bregman told USA TODAY Sports. “We’re like, ‘Come on, again? People are trying to find an excuse to why we win games.’

“There’s going to be people always throwing reasons why we win, and stuff like that. To us, we know we win because were a damn good baseball team.

“We’re just go to focus on playing baseball, do our thing, and let people say what they want.’’

Let them keep talking, Hinch said, but if you talk, be a man and put your name behind it.

“In reality, it’s a joke,’’ Hinch said. “When I get contacted about some questions about whistling, it made me laugh because it’s ridiculous. Had I known that it would take something like that to set off the Yankees or any other team, we would have practiced it in spring training.

“The problem I have is when other people take shots at us outside this competition. When you guys ask me this question, my face, my name is by my quotes, my opinions, my reaction is all for you guys to tweet out and put on the broadcast. But we have people that are unnamed, or you guys have sources that are giving you information. I suggest they put their name by it if they’re so passionate about it to comment about my team or my players.’’

If people really want to talk, maybe they turn their attention to the Yankees, a team that barely looked like they belonged on the same field with the Astros this night.

They made four errors, their most in a postseason game in 43 years.

They struck out 13 times, including 11 times from the No. 2 to No. 7 spots in the order.

They were hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position, and left 10 runners on base.

It was an absolute stinker.

“We played poorly tonight,’’ Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, “there’s no other way to explain it. And we need to flush this immediately.

“Stranger things have certainly happened, a lot stranger. We need to play a cleaner game, obviously, if we’re going to beat a team like that.’’

The Astros won’t come out and say it, but they know this series is over.

They fully expect to be playing in front a subdued crowd Friday night, with most of the Yankee fans gone by the time they celebrate the American League pennant.

The Astros know they need to win one more game, but with Verlander on the mound, they’d love to end it early, making sure they will have a rested bullpen with Cole going in Game 1 of the World Series.

“We have all of the faith in the world in him,’’ Reddick said. “We want him to on the mound. It would make it so much sweeter to do it [Friday], go home, spend time with the family, and get ready for the World Series.

“Let’s get it done right here.’’

A silent Yankee Stadium may never sound more beautiful.

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Major Southern California fault line eyed after study shows unprecedented movement

A major southern California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 temblor started to move for the first time in 500 years following a series of earthquakes in the Mojave Desert over the summer, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science.

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The study by geophysicists from the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that the Garlock Fault—which runs east to west for 185 miles from the San Andreas Fault to Death Valley—has slipped .8 inches since July. This is the first movement documented on the fault in the modern historical record.

“This is surprising, because we’ve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior,” Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech and lead author of the paper, told the Los Angeles Time.  “We don’t know what it means.”

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FILE – In this July 7, 2019 file photo, a visitor takes a photo of a crack in the ground following recent earthquakes near Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Satellite images show the process called fault creep began after Southern California experienced its largest earthquake sequence in two decades beginning on July 4. A magnitude 6.4 foreshock rocked the Mojave Desert about 120 miles north of Los Angeles before a magnitude 7.1 mainshock hit the next day in addition to more than 100,000 aftershocks.

The earthquakes that hammered the desert town of Ridgecrest sent ruptures on a web of interconnected faults throughout the region, putting added strain on the Garlock Fault. Ross said about 20 previously unknown crisscrossing faults were involved, which adds evidence that major earthquakes can be caused by a more complex process, not solely by a rupture on a single major fault line.

Ross developed automated computer analysis of seismometer data to detect the huge number of aftershocks with precise location information, Caltech and JPL said in a press release. Ross said the 6.4 quake simultaneously broke faults at right angles to each other, which he characterized as surprising.

“It’s going to force people to think hard about how we quantify seismic hazard and whether our approach to defining faults needs to change,” Ross said. “We can’t just assume that the largest faults dominate the seismic hazard if many smaller faults can link up to create these major quakes.”

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The study’s findings were published the same day Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of the nation’s first statewide Earthquake Early Warning System that will use ground sensors from across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them.

A ShakeAlert system has been under development by the U.S. Geological Survey and science institutions for years will now push alerts to cellphones through an app developed by the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wire Emergency Alert system.

ShakeAlert uses hundreds of seismic sensor stations to detect the start of an earthquake, calculate its location and strength and generate alerts that the app and WEA system send to phones in areas that are expected to have significant shaking. The intent is to provide seconds or tens of seconds in which people can protect themselves before shaking arrives at their location.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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