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Trump administration marks 100 miles of border wall, vows ‘many more’ to come

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The Trump administration on Friday marked the 100th mile of wall construction along the southern border — describing it as a “milestone achievement” and promising that there are many more miles to come by the end of the year.

“Today is a milestone that has been reached and a celebration is in order,” Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in front of wall in Yuma, Arizona. “Today I am proud to report that the Trump administration has constructed 100 miles of border wall system along the southern border.”

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“This is a milestone achievement for the president, for the department and more importantly for our country — including communities like Yuma,” he said.

The wall was a central campaign promise of President Trump’s 2016 bid, and he will be keen to show the electorate that he has delivered on that promise. The administration has pledged to build 450 miles by the end of 2020. Wolf told reporters that he was still confident that that promise would be fulfilled, even despite a series of congressional and legal hurdles the administration has been forced to overcome.

“The 100 miles we celebrate today are only the first of many more miles to come,” he said.

The administration has been plagued by battles for funding, both in Congress and in the courts. But it secured a major win this week when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals removed an injunction that blocked the use of $3.6 billion in military funds.

“Entire wall is under construction or getting ready to start,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

The administration has also pushed back against critics, who note that the majority of the wall being built is replacing structures that were already in place. The administration has said that “new linear miles” takes longer to construct as it often requires the purchasing of private land.

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Additionally, officials have said that there is no comparison between the old Vietnam-era landing mats and the new 30-foot structures — complete with cameras, access roads, lights and other tech — that have been put in place.

“I use this analogy: when someone builds a new modern smart five-bedroom house in place of a dilapidated run down shack, you do not call that a replacement house, you call that a new house,” he said.

The wall has long been a point of contention, with critics describing it as a vanity project of the president. Democrats in Congress have fiercely opposed funding going to the wall, with Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., last month calling it a “monument to his racist policies along the Southern border.”

Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who accompanied Wolf to the wall site, said that once border walls were a bipartisan effort.

“Walls used to be bipartisan and they really do make a difference,” she said.

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Wolf said the wall was top of border officials’ priority list and cited stats suggesting that the wall acted as a deterrent for illegal immigration, drug smuggling and human trafficking. He said that since border wall construction began in Tucson, Arizona, illegal crossings are down 24 percent. In San Diego, crossings are down 27 percent, and in Yuma crossings are down by over 78 percent.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: walls work and the facts do not lie,” he said.

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That wall forms part of a series of strategies to solve the crisis at the border. Those include the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that involves migrants being sent back to Mexico while their immigration hearings proceed, as well as a series of other international agreements and regulations with countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

One of those agreements sees migrants sent to Guatemala to claim asylum there. Wolf told reporters that under that agreement roughly 96 migrants have been sent there so far, but only one migrant has chosen to remain in Guatemala and claim asylum.

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The Iran Plane Crash: Live Updates

Here are the latest developments:

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President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine placing flowers at a memorial for the victims of the plane crash at the Boryspil airport on Thursday.Credit…Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Ukraine’s main intelligence agency, the S.B.U., or Security Service of Ukraine, said on Friday that it had narrowed down the possible causes of the airplane crash in Iran to either a missile strike or a terrorist act.

The S.B.U said in a statement that it’s unclear whether the SA-15 missile system that Western officials say likely brought down the plane shortly after takeoff from Tehran was actually responsible.

The agency’s statement came shortly after Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, said at a news conference in Kyiv that Ukrainian officials “will come to our conclusions,” but “we don’t want to come to them right now.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine spoke with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday morning Washington time after he requested that the United States and other Western countries release the evidence that a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed shortly after takeoff in Iran had been shot down.

The jet crashed hours after Iran fired ballistic missiles at American targets in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the leader of a powerful branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and was bracing for a possible American response.

Mr. Zelensky has pledged to get to the bottom of what happened, cutting short a trip to Oman immediately after the crash and dispatching a team of 45 Ukrainian experts to Tehran.

On Friday, Mr. Zelensky made it clear that Western governments, allies in his country’s conflict with Russia, had not initially shared the evidence that led them to believe that the Ukrainian jet had been shot down by Iran.

Mr. Prystaiko said the extent of Iran’s cooperation with Ukrainian officials on the ground was “adequate.”

Ukrainian officials analyzed the plane’s flight pattern on Friday and determined it had stayed completely within the normal corridor for flights out of the airport, he said. “The plane was within the corridor departing from within the international airport, so there was nothing to indicate the flight was in danger,” he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain both said Iran had probably shot down the plane by accident. President Trump said he suspected that the downing of the plane had been the result of “a mistake on the other side.”

An American official told The New York Times that the United States had a high level of confidence that a Russian-made Iranian air defense system had fired two surface-to-air missiles at the plane.

The crash of the Ukrainian jet has presented Mr. Zelensky, a 41-year-old comedian who swept to a stunning victory in the presidential election last spring, with the most urgent crisis of his short tenure.

“Our goal is to ascertain the undeniable truth,” Mr. Zelensky said in his statement on Friday. “We believe this is the responsibility of the whole international community before the families of the dead and the memory of the victims of the catastrophe.”

The Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office issued a public request for help from Canada, seeking information from intelligence agencies about a possible missile strike.

Secretary Pompeo confirmed on Friday that the United States and its allies have intelligence that the Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed in Iran had been shot down.

“We do believe that it’s likely that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile,” Mr. Pompeo said at a briefing at the White House announcing new sanctions against Iran. “We’re going to let the investigation play out before we make a final determination. It’s important that we get to the bottom of it.”

Mr. Pompeo was the first American official to publicly confirm the intelligence assessments. American and allied officials said on Thursday that they had intelligence that surface-to-air missiles fired by Iranian military forces shot down the Boeing 737 minutes after it took off from Tehran, headed for Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.

Mr. Pompeo said that he had spoken with his Canadian counterpart and with Ukrainian President Zelensky by phone on Friday, but noted that an investigation was ongoing.

“When we get the results of that investigation, I am confident we and the rest of the world will take appropriate action,” he said.

The Trump administration also plans to issue sanctions waivers to American companies or others who can help the investigation, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said at the briefing.

Iran’s Fars News Agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, said on Friday that Iran would issue a statement on Saturday announcing the cause of the crash of the Ukrainian jetliner. The report offered no hint of what that cause might be.

“There will be a meeting with domestic and international representatives related to the crash tomorrow and after studying preliminarily, the cause of the crash will be announced,” Fars News said in a news alert citing what it described as a source from the Joint Armed Forces.

Iran has maintained that there was no evidence that the plane was struck by a missile and doubled down on that assertion on Friday, despite western officials pointing to intelligence suggesting the passenger jet was accidentally hit by a missile.

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization chief, Ali Abedzadeh, speaking during a Friday news conference, urged caution and said that nothing could be determined until the data from the black boxes was analyzed and said statements made by other nations were politically motivated.

But, he added, what could be said was that the plane had not been hit by a missile and was likely on fire before it crashed. He also urged nations with intelligence on the crash, namely the United States and Canada, to share that information with Iran.

“We cannot just give you speculation,” Mr. Abedzadeh said in footage televised and translated on Iranian state television. “So far what I can tell you is that the plane has not been hit by a missile, and we have to look for the cause of the fire.”

Hassan Rezaeifar, the head of the Iranian investigation team, said during the same news conference that it could take more than a month to process the data recovered from the flight recorders and that the investigation could take up to two years. He also noted that Ukraine, France, Canada, and Russia have all said they are willing to assist Iran with the data extraction, and Tehran will send the black box to one of these countries if it fails to retrieve the data.

Normally, Iran has the capacity to download black box data, but Mr. Rezaeifar said that since the devices had been damaged, it would be difficult to extract information.

“We need special software and hardware which are available in our country, but if we fail to extract the data due to the damages of the black box, we will get help from other countries,” he said.

The black box will begin to be evaluated on Friday, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported, “to assess and check whether it is possible to reconstruct and analyze the information inside the country.” State television aired footage that it said showed the two black boxes that were recovered from the crash site.

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Footage verified by The New York Times appears to show a missile fired from Iranian territory hitting a plane near Tehran’s airport, the area where a Ukrainian jet crashed on Wednesday.

A small explosion occurred when what appears to be a missile hit the plane above Parand, a city near the airport, but the plane did not explode, the video showed. The jet continued flying for several minutes and turned back toward the airport, The Times has determined.

The plane, which by then had stopped transmitting its signal, flew toward the airport ablaze before it exploded and crashed quickly, other videos verified by The Times showed.

Visual and audio clues in the footage also matched flight path information and satellite imagery of the area near where the plane crashed.

The Trump administration slapped another round of sanctions on Iran on Friday, seeking to further deter what it called Tehran’s support for terrorist activities. Given that Iran is already under heavy sanctions from the United States, the newest round is unlikely to have any major economic effect but could help deter investment from countries including China and Russia, analysts said.

Secretaries Mnuchin and Pompeo announced the new sanctions in a briefing at the White House. The sanctions apply to industries including steel, construction, mining and textiles, as well as to eight senior officials said by the United States to have had a role in the missile strikes by Iran this week.

“The president has been very clear we will continue to apply economic sanctions until Iran stops its terrorist activities and commit that it will never have nuclear weapons,” Mr. Mnuchin said.

The move was the first substantive response by the United States following the missile strikes on bases housing American forces in Iraq, and was seen by analysts as an additional signal of de-escalation by the administration.

Peter Harrell, a sanctions expert at the Center for New American Security, a research organization, said the sanctions would do negligible additional damage to Iran’s economy because the bulk of its revenue streams have been cut off already. The new sanctions, he said, largely, tighten enforcement of existing sanctions by targeting companies that are engaging in prohibited trade with Iran.

“When it comes to putting materially more economic pressure on Iran, the Trump administration is something of a victim of its own success — and I think we are reaching the end of the road for what ‘maximum pressure’ can achieve when it comes to Iran’s economy,” Mr. Harrell said. “Trump has already succeeded in cutting off the vast majority of Iran’s cash-earning exports, particularly oil, and has caused a sharp drop in Iranian GDP.”

The aftermath of the plane crash in Iran has the potential to open a fresh rift between Ukraine and its most important Western allies.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has already turned into an unwilling player in United States domestic politics as a result of the Trump administration’s pressure campaign seeking assistance in the 2020 presidential race. Now, he is stuck in the middle of an even more volatile American crisis: the conflict with Iran.

On the one hand, Mr. Zelensky needs Iranian cooperation to deliver the full-fledged investigation of the disaster that he has pledged to his public. On the other, Mr. Zelensky needs the data collected by Western intelligence — not to mention his continued reliance on Western support in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia.

“He could end up in a situation of being caught between two fires,” said Oleksandr Danylyuk, Mr. Zelensky’s former national security adviser, who resigned in September. “It’s a very complicated situation.”

Mr. Zelensky was caught flat-footed on Thursday when American officials went public with intelligence findings about the crash, and it was clear that the United States and its Western allies had not briefed Kyiv.

In an interview with The New York Times, Pavlo Klimkin, a former foreign minister of Ukraine, described the failure by Western officials to share their intelligence earlier as a moral setback in Kyiv’s relationship with its partners.

“We lost our plane, we lost our citizens,” Mr. Klimkin said. “Of course we want to expect of our friends to be with us in this important moment in the sense of sharing information, in the sense of solidarity, in the sense of simply working together.”

On Friday, American and Ukrainian officials raced to dispel any appearance of a rift. But Anatoliy Hrytsenko, a former Ukrainian defense minister, said that any recalcitrance from Western countries would create suspicions in Ukraine that they were using the tragedy as a cudgel in their conflict with Iran.

“Western leaders must give us these intelligence findings,” Mr. Hrytsenko said. “If we assume the worst and they don’t do this, then a big question mark arises: Is this really about determining the cause of a plane crash or is this now geopolitics?”

France’s aviation investigation authority said on Friday that it had been invited by Iran to take part in the investigation into the crash of an Ukrainian plane near Tehran this week.

A spokesman for the authority, known by its French acronym B.E.A., or Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses, said France was getting involved because the jetliner’s engine had been designed by CFM, a joint venture between GE Aviation, an American company, and Safran Aircraft Engines, a French one.

“No further assistance has been requested at this point in time,” the spokesman said, adding that Iranian aviation authorities were the lead investigator in the case.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, did not say on Friday whether the country had proof that the jetliner had been shot down by Iranian missiles, but said that France was “available” to help with the investigation.

“Before the speculation, we must establish the truth in conditions of utmost transparency,” Mr. Le Drian told RTL, a French radio station. France, one of the signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal, is now trying to salvage it by acting as a go-between for Iran and the United States.

While many of the passengers onboard the Ukrainian plane that crashed near Tehran on Wednesday were Iranians, there were citizens of at least seven other nations on the flight when it plunged to the ground killing everyone.

Among the dead were at least 63 Canadians, many of them university students. Dozens are believed to be from the city of Edmonton, members of the Iranian community told local news outlets. At least 10 were students or staff at the University of Alberta, according to a statement from David H. Turpin, the president of the university.

“These individuals were integral to the intellectual and social fabric of our university and the broader community,” Mr. Turpin said. “We are grieving for lost colleagues, classmates, teachers, and mentors, as well as loved ones, family, friends, and roommates.”

“We will feel their loss — and the aftermath of this tragedy — for many years to come,” he added.

Sweden’s prime minister said he spoke with the leaders of Canada and Britain following reports that the plane may have accidentally been shot down by an Iranian missile, and said that the country would do all it could to aid in the investigation after the “serious information” emerged.

A number of Swedish nationals were also onboard the Ukraine International Airlines flight when it crashed.

“We will do everything we can to find out what happened,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden said in a statement. “My thoughts go to the victims, their families and close relatives at this difficult time. You are not alone. We share your sorrow.”

Although no German citizens were among the victims, the mayor of Werl, a town in western Germany, told the German news agency DPA on Friday that a 30-year-old Afghan woman who had been granted asylum in the country and had been living in the town since 2017 was killed. Her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son had also died in the crash. The mayor, Michael Grossmann, said the woman’s brother, who also lives in the town, had confirmed the deaths, but gave no further details.

The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany posted an online tribute to a Paniz Soltani, a young Iranian woman who had been completing her doctoral studies at the institute. Described as “a sparkling and gifted PhD student, a valued colleague and dear friend.”

Anton Troianovski, Megan Specia, Aurelien Breeden, Melissa Eddy, Christiaan Triebert, Malachy Browne, Sarah Kerr and Ainara Tiefenthäler contributed reporting.

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U.S., Iran Trade Accusations And Denials Amid Tangled Jetliner Probe

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin take questions during a news conference Friday. They announced new sanctions against Iran and accused the country of shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet earlier this week.

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The question can be phrased simply: What happened to Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752? Answers, more than two days after the airliner carried 176 people to their deaths near Tehran, have proven much more difficult to come by amid a globe-spanning tangle of accusations, denials and generally heated rhetoric.

“We do believe that it’s likely that that plane was shot down by an Iranian missile,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference Friday, echoing an assertion made one day earlier by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The prime minister said the missile strike “may well have been unintentional.”

During Friday’s news conference, Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced new sanctions on the Iranian government for a separate attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. That missile strike, which came within hours of the Ukrainian plane crash, followed the U.S. drone strike that killed a prominent Iranian general.

Pompeo said the Trump administration planned to “let the investigation play out” before deciding whether to pursue further measures against Iran for the alleged missile strike on the jetliner. And regarding that investigation, he noted that he had been in touch with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Pompeo’s counterpart in Canada, which saw 63 of its citizens killed in the crash.

Mnuchin added that the Treasury Department plans to issue waivers on sanctions to allow the National Transportation Safety Board — and any other individuals or agencies “that can help facilitate the investigation” — to work with Iran on the probe.

“When we get results,” Pompeo said, “I’m confident we and the world will take appropriate actions in response.”

Prior to those comments, Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, pushed back against the claims of a missile strike during a news conference of his own Friday.

He told journalists that he didn’t want to speculate — but “what is clear to us,” he added, “and what we are certain about, is that this plane was not hit by a missile.” And he called on the U.S. to publicize the evidence behind its assertion.

A team of investigators from Ukraine arrived in Iran on Thursday, and Iran has also invited specialists from the NTSB and Boeing to support the probe. Though some analysts and journalists have questioned the Iranian commitment to getting answers, saying authorities there quickly bulldozed the crash site and deposited the wreckage in a separate location.

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The diplomatic barbs traded by the U.S. and Iran on Friday represent yet another point of conflict between the two countries.

There were the violent protests targeting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last week, which American officials said were largely influenced by Iran. Then, days later, came the U.S. drone strike near the Iraqi capital, which claimed the lives of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Earlier this week, Iran launched missile strikes on military bases used by U.S. troops in Ain al-Assad, northwest of Baghdad, and in Irbil.

Those missile strikes, which resulted in no American casualties, unfolded right around the time that a mysterious set of circumstances unfolded near Tehran’s international airport. It was there, southwest of the Iranian capital, that the Ukrainian jetliner turned around not long after takeoff, apparently seeking to return before going down.

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A satellite photograph provided Thursday by Maxar Technologies shows the site of the Ukrainian jetliner’s crash and surrounding areas. Annotated on the image are the location and length of the debris field, southwest of Tehran.

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Besides the dozens of Canadians aboard the flight, the plane also carried 82 Iranians and 11 Ukrainians, as well as passengers from other countries.

Kyiv has sent a contingent of Ukrainian investigators, who arrived Thursday in Iran. And Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said at a news briefing Friday that the team had received the Iranians’ full cooperation — including access to the plane’s “black box” flight data recordings.

Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, following a phone call with Pompeo, expressed gratitude Friday for the “valuable support of the U.S. in investigating the causes of the plane crash.”

“Information obtained from the U.S.,” he added, “will assist in the investigation.”

Others have waded into the diplomatic fray.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that “we have no reason to not believe” the U.S. and Canadian assertions that the plane was downed by Iranian air defense systems. And Russia’s first deputy representative to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, chipped in to express the country’s resistance to that position, pointing out that the U.S. has so far “refused to provide any satellite or intelligence data to shed some light on the incident despite numerous appeals from Russia.”

Tangled as the situation may be, at least one answer feels fairly assured: It will take a while to find any satisfying answers.

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Former MLB prospect suing Cincinnati Reds also claims Yankees derailed his career to protect Derek Jeter

A former MLB prospect has sued the Cincinnati Reds after unsuccessfully suing the New York Yankees for derailing his career in favor of Derek Jeter.

Garrison Lassiter’s federal lawsuit claims the Reds won’t try him out because he is too old at age 30, the Raleigh News Observer reports.

“Look at all the great players that played way past age 22,” he told the paper in an email. “The Iron Horse Cal Ripken Jr. was well into his 30s/40.”

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Lassiter filed the lawsuit in North Carolina last month as a pro se litigant representing himself. The lawsuit seeks $1.6 million in damages.

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Garrison Lassiter sued the New York Yankees in 2018, claiming the team derailed his career in favor of Hall of Fame shoo-in Derek Jeter. (AP/Reuters)

In a previous lawsuit against the Yankees, filed in 2018, Lassiter accused the team of thwarting his big league chances after drafting him solely because of Jeter.

He claimed he wasn’t promoted from the minor leagues “to protect the career of Derek Jeter,” the Charleston Post and Courier reported Friday.

Lassiter also brought that lawsuit, which sought $36 million in damages, in federal court in North Carolina and without an attorney.

However, five months after it was filed, a judge ruled against him, writing that the Yankees weren’t responsible for his failed baseball career, according to the Observer.

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Lassiter had a lowly .244 batting average with just four home runs across parts of five minor-league seasons as a third-baseman from 2008 to 2012, the New York Post reported.

He said in the lawsuit and in capital letters that he was kept down, “ALL IN EFFORT TO PROTECT CAREER OF DEREK JETER SHORTSTOP OF NEW YORK YANKEES,” according to the Post, which described the lawsuit as disjointed.

Jeter is a virtual cinch to become a Hall of Famer later this month. He retired following the 2014 season, two years after Lassiter was cut loose by the Yankees, the Post reported.

Lassiter said in the suit that he attended law school after falling out of baseball and onto hard times, the Post reported.

“Many nights I’ve slept in my Car and I’m put in a situation that I do not like,” he writes. “Without a Home and no Money to pay my bills, up to this point I have Educated myself by attending Law School, Earning a Masters Degree and an undergraduate specialization in Sports Administration.”

He was drafted in the 25th round after playing on the USA Junior National Team and with draftniks predicting he would be taken higher, either in the fourth or fifth round, according to reports.

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Yankees did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Post and previously declined comment to other media, which reported on Lassiter’s lawsuits this week, as did the Reds.

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Former MLB prospect suing Cincinnati Reds also claims Yankees derailed his career to protect Derek Jeter

A former MLB prospect has sued the Cincinnati Reds after unsuccessfully suing the New York Yankees for derailing his career in favor of Derek Jeter.

Garrison Lassiter’s federal lawsuit claims the Reds won’t try him out because he is too old at age 30, the Raleigh News Observer reports.

“Look at all the great players that played way past age 22,” he told the paper in an email. “The Iron Horse Cal Ripken Jr. was well into his 30s/40.”

DON LARSEN, FORMER YANKEES PITCHER WHO THREW ONLY WORLD SERIES PERFECT GAME, DEAD AT AGE 90

Lassiter filed the lawsuit in North Carolina last month as a pro se litigant representing himself. The lawsuit seeks $1.6 million in damages.

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Garrison Lassiter sued the New York Yankees in 2018, claiming the team derailed his career in favor of Hall of Fame shoo-in Derek Jeter. (AP/Reuters)

In a previous lawsuit against the Yankees, filed in 2018, Lassiter accused the team of thwarting his big league chances after drafting him solely because of Jeter.

He claimed he wasn’t promoted from the minor leagues “to protect the career of Derek Jeter,” the Charleston Post and Courier reported Friday.

Lassiter also brought that lawsuit, which sought $36 million in damages, in federal court in North Carolina and without an attorney.

However, five months after it was filed, a judge ruled against him, writing that the Yankees weren’t responsible for his failed baseball career, according to the Observer.

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Lassiter had a lowly .244 batting average with just four home runs across parts of five minor-league seasons as a third-baseman from 2008 to 2012, the New York Post reported.

He said in the lawsuit and in capital letters that he was kept down, “ALL IN EFFORT TO PROTECT CAREER OF DEREK JETER SHORTSTOP OF NEW YORK YANKEES,” according to the Post, which described the lawsuit as disjointed.

Jeter is a virtual cinch to become a Hall of Famer later this month. He retired following the 2014 season, two years after Lassiter was cut loose by the Yankees, the Post reported.

Lassiter said in the suit that he attended law school after falling out of baseball and onto hard times, the Post reported.

“Many nights I’ve slept in my Car and I’m put in a situation that I do not like,” he writes. “Without a Home and no Money to pay my bills, up to this point I have Educated myself by attending Law School, Earning a Masters Degree and an undergraduate specialization in Sports Administration.”

He was drafted in the 25th round after playing on the USA Junior National Team and with draftniks predicting he would be taken higher, either in the fourth or fifth round, according to reports.

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Yankees did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Post and previously declined comment to other media, which reported on Lassiter’s lawsuits this week, as did the Reds.

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US Special Operations tried — but failed — to kill another top Iranian commander on night of Soleimani’s death, official says

U.S. Special Operations forces tried – but failed – to kill another top member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force on the night Gen. Qassem Soleimani was taken out in an airstrike, a senior U.S. official has confirmed to Fox News.

The covert mission in Yemen, which was first reported Friday by The Washington Post, was directed at Abdul Reza Shahlai, a commander and financier whom the State Department says was at the center of the botched 2011 plot to assassinate a Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil.

“We have seen the report of a January 2 airstrike in Yemen, which is long-understood as a safe space for terrorists and other adversaries to the United States,” Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told Fox News. “The Department of Defense does not discuss alleged operations in the region.”

U.S. officials that spoke to The Washington Post declined to offer details of the airstrike that failed to take out Shahlai, but one said “if we had killed him, we’d be bragging about it that same night.”

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U.S. Special Operations forces tried to kill Iran Revolutionary Guards Quds Force financier Abdul Reza Shahlai, left, in Yemen the same night Gen. Qassem Soleimani was taken out in Iraq, but they failed, a senior U.S. official tells Fox News. (State Department/AP/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

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Last month, the State Department offered a $15 million reward for information leading to Shahlai and the disruption of the Iran Revolutionary Guards’ financial apparatus. The U.S. has accused the military unit of financially assisting terrorist groups like Hezbollah and becoming involved in world conflicts through the use of proxy forces.

In December, a U.S. Navy warship also intercepted a “significant cache” of what is thought to be missile parts from Iran headed to Houthi rebels fighting Yemen’s government in a bloody civil war.

“Shahlai planned multiple assassinations of coalition forces in Iraq, provided weapons and explosives to Shia extremist groups and planned the January 20, 2007 attack in Karbala, Iraq that killed five American soldiers and wounded three others,” the State Department said while announcing the $15 million bounty.

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The Department adds that Shahlai directed the failed 2011 plot to kill a Saudi ambassador in Washington and planned other “attacks inside the United States and elsewhere.”

Soleimani led the Quds Force before he was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad on Jan. 3.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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Ozzy Osbourne collaborates with Elton John in upcoming duet about ‘the end of their lives’

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Legends in their own right, Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John have now collaborated on a soon-to-be-released song that’s already being praised by fellow musicians who’ve heard it.

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, Chad Smith, had a chance to listen to the upcoming hit in the studio and revealed new details about it to Yahoo Entertainment this week.

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“It’s f–king epic,” Smith told the outlet. “These two iconic, legendary, English f–king rockers that have been through it all are singing about the end of their lives: ‘I don’t want to die an ordinary man.’ And it’s f–king great!”

The famed drummer added that he and others were “pinching ourselves” in the studio while listening to the song.

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“Ordinary Man” will be included on the metal legend’s new LP, which bears the same name. Smith told the outlet the LP could be a “second wind” for Sharon Osbourne’s husband, who hasn’t put out a solo album since 2010, according to the outlet.

The upcoming LP reportedly features Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash, while Andrew Watt helped produce it.

The long-anticipated LP will come after a bumpy year for the “Crazy Train” rocker, who revealed in September that he was “lucky to be alive” following a major fall and other health issues.

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Smith expanded on Osbourne’s health this week, confirming that the 71-year-old was in rehab for six months.

“His spirits were low and nothing good was happening,” Smith told the outlet, adding that at the time Osbourne was “not bouncing back.”

It was the chance to collaborate with Post Malone earlier this year that allegedly helped the Prince of Darkness return to his talents.

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“He’s fully Ozzy, loving it, and he’s singing great. It was awesome. He lit up and was doing what he loves. He had a great time, and he was funny and just partying and telling jokes and just being Ozzy,” Smith gushed about Osbourne and Malone’s collab.

Osbourne spent two months in the hospital and needed three operations last year following the trip in his home. He also was forced to postpone his European tour after developing an upper-respiratory infection caused by the flu.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the ex-Black Sabbath singer previously said the stumble left him with 15 screws in his spine — but also got him “off his a–” and making music again.

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Jeffrey Epstein Gave $850,000 to M.I.T., and Administrators Knew

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The convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein donated a total of $850,000 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and top administrators were aware of the gifts for years, according to a report released on Friday by a law firm hired by the university to investigate its ties to the disgraced financier.

The firm, Goodwin Procter, found that Mr. Epstein made 10 donations from 2002 to 2017, and also visited the school nine times from 2013 to 2017. The school said last year that it had received roughly $800,000 over the past two decades from Mr. Epstein, who killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell in August while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

The university placed Seth Lloyd, a mechanical engineering professor who previously acknowledged a relationship with Mr. Epstein, on paid leave after the report found that he “purposefully failed” to inform M.I.T. of multiple donations from Mr. Epstein, including a $60,000 gift that was deposited into a personal bank account and not reported to the school.

Mr. Lloyd did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“We must fix what needs fixing and improve what needs improving,” L. Rafael Reif, M.I.T.’s president, said in a statement on Friday. Mr. Reif acknowledged last year that he had signed a letter thanking Mr. Epstein for a donation in 2012, four years after the financier pleaded guilty to a sex charge involving a minor in Florida.

The 61-page report cleared Mr. Reif of wrongdoing, saying that he was unaware that the school’s prestigious Media Lab was accepting donations and “had no role in approving” the funds, according to the university.

After Mr. Epstein was charged with sex trafficking in July, the Media Lab became ensnared in the public reckoning over the vast network of academic, business and political leaders who rubbed shoulders with the financier or accepted money from him.

The lab’s director, Joichi Ito, stepped down in September after acknowledging taking money from Mr. Epstein. He also stepped down from The New York Times Company’s board, as well as several other boards and a visiting professorship at Harvard.

The report found that three M.I.T. administrators learned of Mr. Epstein’s donations to the Media Lab in 2013, but “in the absence of any M.I.T. policy regarding controversial gifts,” other donations were approved under “an informal framework” that the administrators developed.

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Penn Badgley Reacts To That Bonkers ‘You’ Theory

Warning! Spoilers ahead for the second season of “You.”

You” Season 2, based on the Caroline Kepnes book “Hidden Bodies,” took Netflix by storm last month as troubled, psychopathic serial stalker Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) found his post-Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) obsession: widowed California-bred chef Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti). 

Joe moves to Los Angeles looking for a fresh start ― only to fall for Love, a privileged 20-something who co-runs a trendy, health-conscious market called Anavrin with her twin brother, Forty (James Scully), a recovering addict and green juice fanatic. Joe takes a job in their bookstore and soon becomes wrapped up in the family’s tragic past. But as the season rolls on, an unexpected twist shocks the system when it’s revealed that Love herself has her own killer tendencies. Unlike Beck, who dies at the end of the first season when she discovers the truth about Joe, Love would gladly accept him ― and all his crazy ― with wide open arms.

Plus, she’s expecting his baby. (Which is a whole different level of wild.)

Although a Season 3 hasn’t been confirmed, it’s likely imminent, according to Penn Badgley and showrunner Sera Gamble, who sat down with HuffPost on Build Series Thursday. So the fan theories are already rolling in as viewers predict Joe’s next move. 

The last we saw of Joe, he was moving into his new suburban home with Love when he spotted his neighbor through the fence. “This is just the beginning,” he says in voiceover, “because this is where I had to be, exactly where I had to be to meet you. There you were with your books and your sunshine. So close, but worlds away. I will figure out a way, a way to get to you.”

And so, a new troublesome tale of the maniacal male gaze begins. 

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According to fans on Reddit, however, Joe’s new neighbor could possibly be his mom, who was shown in flashbacks this season. “I feel like it would be a great 3rd season if we could see him with his mother, as it seems like he’s been chasing her this whole time,” user pepabessone wrote.

SoWhoBroughtTheMap added, “I personally hope the mom neighbor theories are true or the writers take it in a new direction instead of ‘You’ being another love interest for Joe to obsess over, because I would hate for the next season to be a rehash of Joe seeing someone, stalking them, falling in love, Love finds out he’s cheating or something, then many people die, and then on to the next location.”

Badgley, for one, thinks the theory is absurd. 

“That’s not true,” he said, pondering the possibility of Joe’s mom being his neighbor. “Look at her arm! She’s a brunette. Oh, what am I saying? She could dye her hair. That was stupid.” 

Yes, Badgley reads your fan theories, and he also checks out Joe Goldberg memes. His favorite? “I like the ones where I have hoops and nails. Those are fun.” 

Badgley also likes the hat-as-invisibility-cloak memes, calling the interplay “brilliant.” 

So what’s next for Joe in Badgley’s mind? He’d like to see his character brought to justice in some way, even if it means he’d lose his day job. 

“Does it mean death, though? I don’t know,” he said.

Gamble said “death is too easy.”

“We wouldn’t want to rob the world of Joe doing such a terrible job in so many ways every season,” she added. 

To her point, Gamble is not only talking about the allure of “You,” but the ways the show dissects and analyzes the privileged behaviors of a straight, cisgender white man. The showrunner hopes to do the same in future seasons with the addition of the character Love.

“We give all the plausible deniability to men like Joe in this culture,” she said, “but he’s not the only person in America with privilege. Love is maybe just one tick down. So now that we’ve been able to expand the world and we’re all on the same page about the language and metaphor of the show and what we’re really talking about underneath the entertainment of it, Love is intensely privileged in so many ways and I think there’s a lot to say about that with a woman like her, as well. So, why not both? Why not all of it?” 

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Marianne Williamson Suspends Presidential Campaign

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Writer, entrepreneur and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson has ended her presidential campaign, months after garnering viral attention in early debates, while earning curiosity but little support from Democratic voters.

“The primaries might be tightly contested among the top contenders, and I don’t want to get in the way of a progressive candidate winning any of them,” Williamson wrote in a letter to supporters. “As of today, therefore, I’m suspending my campaign.”

Williamson had consistently received low poll numbers and last week the author laid off her entire campaign staff.

The author and speaker only qualified for the first two Democratic debates this past summer but quickly rose to fame over the internet, becoming the highest searched candidate during the July 30 CNN broadcast and gaining 17,135 new Twitter followers over the next day.

Williamson’s campaign revolved around several policies including allocating $500 billion for reparations to African Americans and Native Americans, as well as other policies for tackling economic inequality. She advocated for the creation of several new governmental organizations, including a “Department of Peace,” and “U.S. Department of Children and Youth.”

Williamson faced scrutiny over past controversial comments about vaccines and mental health, including in a contentious interview on CNN where she was challenged by Anderson Cooper over past comments criticizing the prescribing of anti-depressants, which she later attempted to take back.

As an author for over 20 years, Williamson’s work has been recognized by Oprah Winfrey and featured on the New York Times bestselling list.

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