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Penn women’s volleyball team has season canceled over ‘vulgar’ posters in locker room

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The University of Pennsylvania canceled the remainder of the women’s volleyball team’s season after “offensive” and “vulgar” posters were discovered in the team’s locker room, the school said.

Penn announced the decision last Wednesday to cancel the rest of the Quakers’ season.

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“The decision to cancel the remainder of the season was made following the discovery of vulgar, offensive, and disrespectful posters in the women’s volleyball locker room earlier this week,” the school said in a press release. “These actions were in violation of team and Divisional policy and this matter has been referred to University administration for further review in accordance with University policy.”

M. Grace Calhoun, the Ivy League school’s director of athletics, said the student-athletes’ behavior “is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

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“We expect our student-athletes to represent the University of Pennsylvania in a first-class and respectful manner at all times, and in this case, our women’s volleyball student-athletes did not meet that standard,” Calhoun said. “We have reviewed the matter with the appropriate University partners and will determine additional steps in the coming days and weeks.”

It’s unclear what the vulgar messages were and if they were aimed at anyone in particular.

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The Quakers were 11-10 and 4-8 in conference play before their season was canceled.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Huckabee: Dems ‘chasing rainbows’ with impeachment, Trump headed for ‘landslide’ win

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House Democrats are “chasing rainbows” with the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday.

“It’s pretty apparent that this is not going anywhere other than, I think, the landslide reelection of President Trump next year,” Huckabee told “Fox & Friends.”

Meanwhile, President Trump said Monday he would “strongly consider” testifying or providing answers in writing as part of the House impeachment inquiry after Democrats challenged him to appear as part of the probe.

TRUMP SAYS HE’LL ‘STRONGLY CONSIDER’ PELOSI INVITE TO TESTIFY IN IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS

The president’s tweet comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., challenged him to testify before Congress if he wants to set the record straight.

“The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants. He has every opportunity to present his case,” Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Pelosi extended the invitation ahead of a week that is expected to be jam-packed with witness testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Pelosi said lawmakers would “look forward” to seeing any information from Trump “that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame.”

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The challenge was paired with Pelosi’s warning not to go after the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry — though Democrats initially had indicated that the whistleblower could testify, only to back off and now urge Trump to testify instead.

“I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower,” Pelosi said. “I told the president you’re in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower.”

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At the center of the impeachment inquiry, which began in September, is Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That call prompted a whistleblower complaint to the intelligence community inspector general and, in turn, the impeachment inquiry in the House.

“A lot of Americans want to say, ‘we’re sick of this,’” Huckabee said.

Huckabee argued that elections should be the only viable way to remove a president, accusing Democrats of acting in a “ridiculously circus-like manner” to try to impeach Trump ever since he took office.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Franklin Graham talks Kanye’s church service with Joel Osteen, Operation Christmas Child

Franklin Graham sat down with “Fox & Friends” Monday to discuss Kanye West and his Sunday Service at Joel Osteen’s church, as well as his flagship program, Operation Christmas Child, which kicks off this week giving gifts to needy children around the world.

The president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse told Fox News he is “thrilled at what’s happened” in the “Jesus Walks” rapper’s life.

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“I always like it when God works in a person’s life and changes them,” Graham said. “And Kanye’s is a life that’s been changed by the power of Almighty God and it was his faith in Jesus Christ.”

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From left, Kim Kardashian West, North West, Kanye West and Joel Osteen answer questions after the 11 a.m. service at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

He added: “Who would’ve thought that he would’ve been in a church? And who would’ve thought a year or two ago, that God would be using him to touch another generation of young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ?”

The son of the late Billy Graham said he prays “God will keep his hand on him” because “there’s going to be a lot of people that want to use him and manipulate him.”

“I hope he just stays focused on what he feels God has called him to do now for the rest of his life.”

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West held his largest service yet, teaming up with megachurch pastor Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church in Houston, where 45,000 attend weekly. Graham tied the newly born-again believer’s life transformation to the Christmas story.

“So I’m just thrilled at what’s happened in his life and this is what Christmas is all about,” Graham said. “Christmas is about God’s love — sending his son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to change our lives and to save us from our sins. And of course, Kanye is out in churches. … So I’m proud of him. I pray for him. I hope he will be very successful, and he’s going around to churches doing this, I just say more power to him!”

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Franklin Graham helps a girl unpack her shoebox gift in Belize. Each Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift is packed with items such as toys, hygiene kits and school supplies. (Samaritan’s Purse)

“I want the children of the world to know God loves them,” he said, adding that he asks every person filling a shoebox of toys, hygiene items, and more to pray for the child who receives the box.

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“So many children are in war areas, there are so many kids in desperate situations, and you give them a gift when they’ve never had a gift, the little bit of hope that that gives to a child, knowing that there’s somebody out there that cares for me and loves me.”

People can go to Samaritan’s Purse website and pack a box and even track it.

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Florida police recover 15 kilos of cocaine that washed up on beach

This was a pricey catch that ended up washing up along a Florida beach.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that a duffel bag containing 15 kilos of cocaine was discovered Friday night after it washed ashore in the Hammock area of Palm Coast.

“It is likely that these drugs have been in the ocean for a long time and they just happened to wash up on our beach from the rough surf and wind we have had the last few days,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement.

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The sheriff’s office said they received an anonymous call around 7 p.m. regarding the duffel bag, which was covered in barnacles and seaweed and contained 15 individually wrapped packages. The bag discovered by police also had a large amount of sand and shells, which led deputies to believe it had been in the ocean for some time.

“The packaging had barnacles on it. So, for that to happen, its been out there for a while,” Flagler County Sheriff Commander Jason Neat told FOX35. “There’s no telling if it’s been out there for months, or it’s been out there a year.”

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A duffel bag containing 15 kilos of cocaine was discovered Friday night after it washed ashore in Palm Coast, Fla., according to police. (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office)

One of the kilo-sized bricks inside had opened up, and a block of white substance was exposed.

The sheriff’s office the white substance tested positive for cocaine upon testing.

“I’m thankful that the person who located the bag did the right thing and called us,” Staly said in the news release. “These are dangerous narcotics and could be deadly in the wrong hands.”

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Officials said the beach was searched, but no additional bags were found. Neighboring law enforcement agencies were notified of the narcotics so that they could check their beaches.

The drugs discovered on the beach Friday were entered into evidence and will eventually be destroyed. Neat told FOX35 that the cocaine in the bag could be worth between “$500,000 to $600,000.”

Neat said this is not the first time this has happened in Flagler County.

“Typically when we get some sort of rough weather or northeasterly winds like were having now, the ocean picks up and anything that’s lost at sea sometimes gets washed up due to the weather,” he told FOX35.

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The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who comes across a suspicious package to contact law enforcement immediately 1-888-277-TIPS (8477). Those who contact police may be eligible for a reward up to $5,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Hong Kong Protests: Demonstrators Trapped at Polytechnic University as Court Overturns Mask Ban

Police officers on Monday cornered hundreds of student protesters who occupied a Hong Kong university, offering the demonstrators one way out: drop your weapons and surrender or be met with a hail of tear gas and rubber bullets.

For days, the protesters have held the police off from entering the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, fortifying their holdout with homemade fire bombs, giant sling shots, bricks and bows and arrows.

At least 38 people were injured in a protracted battle at the university on Sunday, the city’s Hospital Authority said, after a bloody battle in which a police officer was struck by an arrow and demonstrators set a police van on fire.

As other protests raged across the city, Hong Kong’s High Court on Monday struck down a contentious ban on the wearing of face masks in public. The court found that the ban, enacted in October, violated the territory’s mini-constitution, know as the Basic Law.

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Police officers on Monday seemed to block all routes out of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Running out of weapons and supplies, protesters at PolyU on Monday sought to flee the campus, only to find all of their routes blocked by a cordon of heavily armed riot police officers and a hailstorm of tear gas and rubber bullets.

The students on Monday afternoon tried unsuccessfully to rush a police cordon only to be pushed back into the campus. Despite running out of options, the students fear that following police instructions to “drop their weapons” and leave through one designated exit will result in their arrest.

The protesters, many of them university and high school students, have occupied the campus for a week. On Sunday night and well into Monday morning they clashed with the police in one of the most violent confrontations in months of conflict.

At least 500 protesters remained on campus by Monday afternoon, after the police tried to enter the campus that morning but were pushed back.

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The protests started as peaceful marches and rallies against an unpopular bill. Then came dozens of rounds of tear gas and a government that refused to back down.

By nightfall, about 100 people staged a sit-in directly in front of the police cordon near the university, including women who appeared to be mothers of trapped protesters sobbing and being comforted by others.

“Most of the people here are parents,” said Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker who joined the rally. “They realize once their children get out they will be immediately arrested. They just want to take a look at their kid and see if he or she is O.K.”

Conditions on the campus have grown increasingly desperate with injured protesters unable to receive treatment, Owan Li, a student council member, told reporters. Student leaders said protesters suffered eye injuries and hypothermia after being struck by a stinging dye shot from a police water cannon.

Areas near the university had the feel of a battle zone, with streets engulfed by tear gas and fires.

Scores were arrested by the police on Monday morning near the university. A large group of people were seen seated outside a hotel in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Kowloon, their hands zip-tied behind their backs.

It was unclear if the bulk of the arrestees were protesters trying to flee the campus or allies responding to calls for help evacuating protesters.

The police said that they arranged for Red Cross volunteers to enter the campus in the afternoon and provide first aid to the injured, and that the force would assist those who needed to go to the hospital “before further investigation,” implying that arrests would wait until after their treatments.

Fernando Cheung, a pro-democracy lawmaker who was in touch with social workers, said that some of the young people trapped inside were “close to breaking down.”

The police said 154 people were arrested over the weekend, bringing the total number of arrests to 4,491 since the protests started in June.

The city’s High Court on Monday struck down a ban on wearing face masks in public, issuing a blow to the local government’s ability to characterize the ongoing protests as a situation that requires the invocation of emergency powers.

The ban, which was enacted in October, quickly inflamed tensions in the city and set off a series of violent clashes. The city’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, imposed the ban without seeking legislative approval by invoking powers granted under the rarely used Emergency Regulations Ordinance, or E.R.O.

In its ruling, the court said the ban violated the city’s mini-constitution, known as the Basic Law, because it was too vague and endangered the ability of the Legislative Council, or LegCo, to make the territory’s laws.

“The E.R.O. is so wide in its scope, the conferment of powers so complete, its conditions for invocation so uncertain and subjective, the regulations made thereunder invested with such primacy, and the control by the LegCo so precarious, that we believe it is not compatible with the constitutional order laid down by the Basic Law,” the court said in its ruling.

Masks have been worn by protesters since the early days of the movement, as a way for protesters to conceal their identities and protect themselves from the pepper spray and tear gas routinely deployed by the police. Many protesters saw the law as a pretext that would allow officers to arrest nonviolent demonstrators in order to discourage people from joining the street actions.

“The judgment affirms the importance of separation of powers and fundamental freedoms under our constitutional order,” said Simon Young, a professor at the University of Hong Kong Law School.

Austin Ramzy and Tiffany May contributed reporting.

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Jeff Sessions: ‘Not harassment’ to ask whistleblower to testify before Congress

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It is not harassment for congressional lawmakers to ask the Trump whistleblower to reveal his identity and step forward for public testimony, said former attorney general and U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Sessions on “Fox & Friends” Monday.

“It’s unthinkable that a witness who pretends to have information that would impeach a president can be secret,” he said. “Of course, that person eventually would have to be made public and, asking for that is not harassment or not kind of threatening a witness, that’s for sure.”

“The pattern has been that the news reports and the allegations were not born out when new evidence came out. That happened throughout the Russia collusion matter. And it looks like it’s happening again,” Sessions continued. “I truly believe, it’s not close to impeachment. It’s not the right way to proceed with this … To convert a normal political disagreement into an impeachment matter is really a dangerous thing. We do not need to spin up impeachment every time we have a disagreement … between the Congress and the president.”

Sessions called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to bring the probe to an end and criticized her for making public threats against the president.

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“I think the speaker just needs to bring this thing to a conclusion,” he said earlier in the segment. “It’s not… well-founded, to begin with, but just to pick fights with the president and try to make those kind of threats, I think is wrong at this time, for sure.”

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Sessions also commented on remarks made by Attorney General Bill Barr and agreed with him about the power-hungry nature of far-left progressives.

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“Another thing [progressives] are doing overtly, is saying free speech, basically, is dead,” Sessions said. “I’ve been on college campuses recently and had … actual assertions that I do not, as a former attorney general, can’t speak on a major college campus. This is really an unbelievable misunderstanding of the power of our constitutional heritage.

“I am glad attorney general Barr is raising this,” he continued. “And it happens in a lot of different ways … These people want power. They want to do what they want to do, to impose their will because they think they can make things perfect and gain more power. But in truth, the constitutional heritage is what protects our prosperity, our liberty, our freedom. It’s just a dangerous trend in America today. “

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House Republicans Want Ukraine Information From a Republican Senator

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans requested on Monday that a Republican senator who has repeatedly found himself drawn into the impeachment inquiry tell them what he knows about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

The top Republicans on the Oversight and Intelligence Committees wrote to Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, that they were “reluctantly” requesting “any firsthand information you have about President Trump’s actions toward Ukraine,” according to their letter released Monday.

Also on Monday, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter that he would “strongly consider” testifying in the impeachment inquiry, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised the idea during a weekend television interview.

“Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!” Mr. Trump wrote.

Mr. Johnson, a member of the bipartisan Senate Ukraine Caucus, traveled to Ukraine as part of a delegation attending President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in 2019, and joined phone calls between Mr. Trump and the American ambassador to the European Union and a witness in the inquiry, Gordon D. Sondland.

Typically a staunch defender of the president, Mr. Johnson has said that he confronted Mr. Trump in a phone call in late August about allegations that the president was engaging in a quid pro quo with Ukraine tying a nearly $400 million package of security assistance for the country to a public commitment for investigations that Mr. Trump wanted. The president, Mr. Johnson has said, flatly denied it.

But the senator has also revealed information that could be damaging to Mr. Trump: that Mr. Sondland told him that the aid to Ukraine was, in fact, tied to Mr. Trump’s request to have Kiev investigate Democrats. He told reporters at an event in Wisconsin that he had tried to get permission from Mr. Trump to tell Ukraine’s president that American aid was on its way in the wake of those allegations, but the president refused.

Mr. Johnson was one of several senators in both parties who were deeply concerned about the hold that had been placed on the military aid for Ukraine, which had been allocated by Congress to help the former Soviet republic defend itself from attacks by Russia, and who pressed privately and publicly for it to be released.

Mr. Johnson said on “Meet The Press” on Sunday that he would not be called to testify before the House, “because certainly Adam Schiff wouldn’t want to be called by the Senate.” But he added: “I’ll supply my telling of events.”

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Hong Kong showdown: Protesters close in on trapped allies as police try to clear occupied university

Hong Kong anti-government protesters reportedly were closing in on the city’s Polytechnic University Monday in a bid to help hundreds of their allies there evade arrest after battling police with gasoline bombs and bows and arrows.

The university is currently surrounded by police and has been occupied for days by demonstrators rallying against the territory’s government and Beijing. Police are looking to take around 200 people there into custody – but their advances have been rebuffed by a sharp escalation in violence by the protesters, who are trying to keep the pressure on Hong Kong leaders that have rejected most of their demands.

Senior government officials said Monday they were trying to de-escalate the situation and urged the protesters to peacefully leave the campus and cooperate with police — but that advice seemed certain to lead to arrests and therefore strengthened the protesters’ resolve to resist, the Associated Press reports.

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Police in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, on Monday. (AP)

Riot officers broke in one entrance before dawn as fires raged inside and outside the school, but they didn’t appear to get very far. Fiery explosions could be seen as protesters responded with gasoline bombs. Police, who have warned that everyone in the area could be charged with rioting, reportedly made a handful of arrested.

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For days, protesters have fortified the campus to keep police from getting in. Cornered by authorities, they now are trying to find a way to get out.

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Protesters stand on the steps of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Monday. Police there have swooped in with tear gas and batons as protesters who have taken over the university campus are making an apparent last-ditch effort to escape arrest. (AP)

Officers repelled one attempt Monday morning with tear gas, driving a few hundred protesters back onto the campus.

“These rioters, they are also criminals. They have to face the consequences of their acts,” said Cheuk Hau-yip, the commander of Kowloon West district, where Polytechnic is located.

“Other than coming out to surrender, I don’t see, at the moment, there’s any viable option for them,” he said.

Yet thousands of Hong Kong protesters are now reported to be streaming toward the police cordon late Monday night in a bid to help free the trapped protesters.

“Everyone is running around, looking for exits,” one protester at the university, who identified herself as Seze Li, told The Guardian. “We heard the protesters… are coming. We are just waiting for them.

“Inside we are gathering protesters… we are separated, hidden in offices and small rooms, just blocking ourselves in to hide from police,” she added.

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Some protesters late Monday tried to escape the university by lowering themselves from a footbridge to a road below where they were met by motorbike riders helping them flee. It was unclear whether they got away safely.

Police first surrounded Polytechnic University Sunday night and began moving in after issuing an ultimatum for people to leave the area. The crowd there wore raincoats and carried umbrellas to shield themselves from police water cannons.

Elsewhere, protesters won on a legal front Monday when a high court struck down a mask ban imposed by the government last month. The court said it did not consider anti-mask laws unconstitutional in general, but in this case, the law infringed on fundamental rights further than was reasonably necessary.

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Protestors use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes in order to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University late Monday. (AP)

Many protesters wear masks to shield their identities from surveillance cameras that could be used to arrest and prosecute them. The ban has been widely ignored, and police have charged protesters with wearing masks.

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The protests started peacefully in early June, sparked by proposed legislation that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to the mainland. But by the time the bill was withdrawn, the protests had hardened and broadened into a resistance movement against the territory’s government and Beijing.

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A police officer prepares to fire tear gas canisters during a clash with protesters near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Monday. (AP)

Activists see the extradition bill as an example of Hong Kong’s eroding autonomy under Beijing’s rule since the 1997 handover from colonial power Britain.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Blue Ivy Is Now A Soul Train Award-Winning Songwriter And You’re Not

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Blue Ivy Carter couldn’t lean on her lineage forever, right? The 7-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z was long overdue to start racking up music accomplishments of her own.

The music tribute to women of color marks Blue Ivy’s first songwriting credit, host channel BET noted. She also sings on the track.

Blue Ivy shares the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, SAINt JHN and others, according to the Associated Press.

Twitter users applauded the young Carter for her breakthrough:

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