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Liberal host Cenk Uygur officially running for Katie Hill’s vacant congressional seat

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Liberal host Cenk Uygur is officially running for Congress in hopes of filling the vacant seat left behind by Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., following her resignation.

Uygur, the founder of the progressive digital network The Young Turks and a former MSNBC host, announced Thursday evening that he was launching a campaign for California’s 25th congressional seat, which previously belonged to Hill before she stepped down amid controversy.

“I’m running for Congress to represent CA-25. If we fight together for this seat, it will be the People’s seat,” Uygur tweeted.

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Hill officially resigned from Congress earlier this month after she was accused of having multiple inappropriate relationships with subordinates, including a reported relationship with a congressional staffer that sparked a probe by the House Ethics Committee.

George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide to President Trump, also recently filed paperwork to launch a bid for Hill’s old congressional seat.

Papadopoulos was a key figure in the investigation over ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. The probe began after revelations that Papadopoulos had learned in 2016 from Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud that Russia had “dirt” on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. The aide then used that connection to try setting up a meeting between Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and cooperated in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He was sentenced last year to 14 days in prison.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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South Dakota doctor made millions of dollars performing unnecessary surgeries, feds say

A South Dakota neurosurgeon made millions by performing unnecessary and invasive surgeries in order to profit from medical devices in which he had a financial interest, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday.

Dr. Wilson Asfora carried out operations using medical devices he invented and also received kickbacks from other medical companies whose devices he used, all without disclosing the arrangement to patients, the Justice Department alleged in the lawsuit, which was obtained by the Argus Leader.

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Dr. Wilson Asfora 

Asfora allegedly implanted the devices during complex spinal surgeries which should not have been performed, authorities say, alleging that the doctor “received numerous warnings that he was performing medically unnecessary procedures – which were ‘excessive,’ ‘quite aggressive,’ and went ‘against conventional neurosurgical teaching and practice’ – with the devices in which he had a financial interest.”

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The federal complaint includes warnings from Asfora’s own lawyers and warnings from medical professionals that his behavior was illegal.

Asfora worked out of two Sioux City hospitals, Sanford Medical Center and the Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital. He sold the devices to the hospitals at enormous markups, meaning he made money for the surgeries he performed as well as the devices he used.

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In one case Asfora allegedly told a medical device company he could increase the number of surgeries he performed. The complaint also alleges he went to great lengths to hide his conflicts with the hospitals.

As a result, Sanford Health will be required to hire an outside auditor to monitor the health system’s billing as part of an agreement reached with the federal government. The agreement allows Sanford to continue participating in Medicare and other federal programs, despite the claims against Asfora.

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Sanford agreed to pay more than $20 million in penalties after the health system was accused of allowing Asfora to defraud the federal government out of millions of dollars. The lawsuit alleged Sanford allowed Asfora to use the devices he invented despite knowing anti-kickback laws prohibit health providers from relationships where they profit by referring patients for care.

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Statue of Sully, service dog for late George H.W. Bush, to be unveiled next month

A bronze, life-sized statue of Sully, the service dog for the late President George H.W. Bush, will be dedicated to his presidential library in Texas next month.

The monument will be unveiled on Dec. 2 in the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, according to America’s VetDogs, which commissioned the statue and trains service dogs for disabled veterans.

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Sully, the service dog for the late President George H.W. Bush, posed during a Boston Red Sox visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in May. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Sully will be featured in a sitting position holding a leash in his mouth, which depicts the “retrieve” command, and will be wearing a VetDog’s service vest with the Great Seal of the United States on its back. The statue will be placed in the east wing of the Bush library at Texas A&M University.

“I fell in love with Sully and wanted to capture in life-size bronze the beautiful loyalty and bond that our beloved president inspired in him and that was forever seared in our memories,” said Susan Bahary, a California-based sculptor tasked to create the statue.

“I feel Sully helps honor the president’s legacy, wonderful groups like America’s VetDogs, and raises awareness of all types of service animals,” she added.

The 3-year-old labrador assisted Bush during the last six months of his life before his passing in November 2018 at age 94. The dog gained widespread notoriety after he was photographed next to Bush’s casket.

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The sculptor of Sully will feature him with his leash in his mouth, which depicts the “retrieve” task service dogs are trained to perform.  (America’s VetDogs)

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Earlier this year, Sully joined the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s facility dog program in Bethesda, Md., to assist wounded military personnel.

“Sully is an outstanding ambassador for the life-changing work our specially-trained dogs provide to our nation’s veterans and first responders with disabilities,” said John Miller, president and CEO of America’s VetDogs,

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White House Budget Official Will Testify In Impeachment Probe If Subpoenaed, Lawyer Says

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WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – White House budget official Mark Sandy will give testimony in a closed session of the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump if he is subpoenaed, his lawyer said on Thursday.

“If Mr. Sandy is subpoenaed, he will appear for a deposition this Saturday,” Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder said in an email. House committees have routinely issued subpoenas for witnesses to appear in the inquiry.

Sandy, a career official of the Office of Management and Budget, would be the first person from OMB to testify before the inquiry after three political appointees defied congressional subpoenas to appear.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Walmart reopens El Paso location where 22 were killed in mass shooting

EL PASO, Texas — Walmart reopened its store here nearly three months after a gunman killed 22 people and injured dozens more in August.

Employees of the store were all smiles and full of energy as many showed up for work at the Cielo Vista location for the first time in nearly 16 weeks. Inside the store, Walmart showed off its new renovations to employees in a private ceremony. It also unveiled a new banner on the store’s front reading “#ELPASOSTRONG.”

El Paso native Leticia Portugal said the re-opening was nothing short of a party for her disabled son, Aaron, who has worked at Walmart for 20 years.

“He was counting down the hours since yesterday,” said Portugal of her son. “He was very excited.”

As customers began trickling into the store, employees welcomed them at the entrances with cheers, smiles and hugs. One of the first customers inside the store was Jordan Flores. He described the atmosphere as electric when he walked in.

“The amount of warmth and comfort and friendliness that came from the employees cheering on the customers coming back or coming for the first time — it’s an amazing feeling,” said Flores.

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Walmart employees welcome customers with cheers and applause. Customers and employees were allowed back inside the El Paso location more than three months after a gunman killed 22 people at that location. (Fox News/Charles Watson)

It was a source of relaxation for him, but he said the Aug. 3 mass shooting would forever be engrained in the city.

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“Definitely not going to be forgotten,” he said. “We just have to make something positive out of something negative.”

Others described the re-opening of the location as bitter sweet. It was a reminder for Robert Ceballos of how many lives were taken there earlier this year; and how many people are still struggling to get over that day.

“Unfortunately, I know where some of the locations of where the tragedies happened and passing by them…it’s just sad,” said Ceballos. “We’ve moved on, but there are still people recovering and there are still people suffering from this.”

Walmart had been working to renovate the Cielo Vista store for months. The company said the opening would not be a celebratory event, but a chance for it to show employees the changes its made internally and externally to the facility. That includes a new onsite memorial Walmart has planned called “The Grand Candela,” which will honor the victims of the El Paso mass shooting.

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The day prior, museum archival officials and volunteers began removing items from a large makeshift memorial on-site. Flower bouquets, signs reading “El Paso strong” and Mexican and American flags were installed at a new temporary memorial at nearby Ponder Park. Remaining portions of the memorial were removed and cataloged for historical purposes.

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Walmart unveiled an “El Paso Strong” banner before customers were allowed into its store where a gunman killed and injured dozens on Aug. 3. (Fox News/Charles Watson)

“As our region continues to heal, we are working to honor the sentiment and wishes behind the items that were brought to the makeshift community memorial,” said Quality of Life Deputy City Manager Tracey Jerome. “Ponder Park became the place where our community gathered in the immediate hours following this horrific act, and we hope the park will continue to be a place where people can go to reflect and heal.”

Brice Burris, an attorney at the Fears Nachawati law firm in Dallas, represents victims and families of the deceased in a lawsuit against Walmart and the shooter, Patrick Crusius. He said the company needed to do much more than renovations and erecting a memorial honoring the victims of the mass shooting.

“Three years ago, they had armed security guards at this location and it’s a bottom dollar decision, it appears. We’re going to pull these security guards to, at the end of the day, make Walmart a little bit more money at the expense of customer protection,” alleged Burris. “These families they just really want answers. They want to know what Walmart knew and what they could have done.”

Walmart has quietly hired off-duty officers at its stores in El Paso, according to a report from the Associated Press.

“We’re covering Walmarts, we’re also covering Sam’s (Club),” El Paso police union President Ron Martin told the publication. “Even the neighborhood Walmarts are being covered. Some of them are being covered by sheriffs deputies, some of them are being covered by our guys. I mean, I have seen some constables working it.”

Security around the store was evident as white poles with cameras and loudspeakers mounted to them were planted throughout the store’s parking lot. Security guards were posted up at entrances and other areas at the location; sheriff’s officers could be seen circling the store’s perimeter every few minutes.

Though for at least one customer, the presence of security and law enforcement didn’t seem like enough to keep him safe.

“I think we need more security at the doors. That’s my opinion,” said Carlos Barraza. “This is my last time here.”

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The hope for some, like Flores, is that the Walmart reopening will serve as a fresh start in the lives of those still dealing with the effects of the mass shooting.

“We eventually have to forgive and move on,” said Flores. “We got to remember those we lost and celebrate their lives. And we celebrate that one day, we’re going to see them again in heaven.”

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‘Happy Days’ castmates pay homage to Garry Marshall, sitcom’s late creator

It was a family affair on Wednesday when the cast of “Happy Days” came together to honor the legacy of the legendary sitcom’s creator, Garry Marshall.

Marshall, who served as executive producer and showrunner of the 1950s comedy series and its various spinoffs, was honored Wednesday alongside cast members including Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most, Anson Williams and Marlon Ross.

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The cast attended an annual gala to support Marshall’s 130-seat theater in Burbank, Calif.  Marshall founded the Burbank landmark in 1997 when it was called the Falcon. It was recognized as the Garry Marshall Theater in 2017.

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From left, Don Most, Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross and Anson Williams at an annual gala this week in California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

The castmates took a sentimental trip down Memory Lane and chatted about their time with the classic sitcom, recalling time spent on the Paramount lot with Marshall, who died in July 2016.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Howard, 65, opened up about a chance encounter with Marshall that led to an audition for a “Love, American Style” spinoff that Howard said “kept me out of the f—ing jungle” during the Vietnam War.

The same meeting also led to Howard’s break as a director.

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“You can’t take these things for granted,” said Howard. “We’re here in Garry’s name and yet I’m experiencing a connecting of the dots of an entire story.”

Winkler recalled coming to Los Angeles from New York, having studied drama at Yale, to audition for the role of the Fonz. “They wanted a tall Italian and they got a short Jew,” Winkler joked. The 74-year-old was nominated for an Emmy three times for “Happy Days” and eventually won two as a co-star opposite Bill Hader in the HBO series “Barry.”

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Ross, for her part, quipped that “I’m 90-f—ing-1,” before expressing her appreciation for her fellow co-stars.

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Erin Moran, left, and Marion Ross from “Happy Days” arrive for “A Father’s Day Salute to TV Dads” hosted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, June 18, 2009. (REUTERS/Fred Prouser)

“You never saw two guys who filled the top spot so beautifully [than Howard and Winkler],” she said. “I’m proud to be their mother.”

Most was in his junior year at Lehigh University when he auditioned for “Happy Days,” according to the outlet, and the 66-year-old said of his time on the show, “we were so good at what we did because we respected each other and loved each other.”

He added, “We made it look easy and it wasn’t.”

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Williams, 70, simply said he was grateful that Marshall often encouraged him to explore other opportunities in show business, which led to work as a director of episodic television.

“Marshall said, ‘You may not be actors all your life, especially you, Anson,” said Williams. “He actually said that. … He gave us an amazing break. He gave us a life.”

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5 Things To Know Before Marie Yovanovitch’s Testimony In Impeachment Hearing

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Yovanovitch’s hearing comes after diplomats Bill Taylor and George Kent publicly testified Wednesday for six hours about Trump’s attempt to freeze U.S. military aid to Ukraine until the country agreed to publicly commit to investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for president.

Yovanovitch was removed in May as ambassador in Kyiv after Republicans complained that she was undermining efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Trump’s political rivals. She privately testified Oct. 11 in the impeachment investigation, in which she said the president was politically motivated to pressure the State Department to remove her.

Here are five things to know before watching the House’s public impeachment hearing with Yovanovitch: 

1. Why She Was Removed As Ambassador To Ukraine

Yovanovitch was abruptly removed from her post on May 6 despite being scheduled to end her stint there months later. The removal came after conservative media outlets and Donald Trump Jr. accused her of being part of an alleged Ukrainian attempt to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the 2016 election, which she denied. 

The veteran foreign service officer said her ouster happened after she insisted to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani that his requests for Ukraine to conduct certain investigations be relayed through the proper foreign policy channels. After Yovanovitch was removed, Giuliani announced that he would be traveling to Ukraine.

At the time of her ouster, Democrats slammed the decision as a “political hit job.” Yovanovitch is still employed by the State Department and currently holds a fellowship at Georgetown University.

Yovanovitch privately testified that Trump pressured the State Department to fire her as a “concerted campaign against me” because she refused to allow Giuliani’s shadow diplomacy.

She said she was “incredulous that the U.S. government chose to remove an Ambassador based, as best as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

She was replaced by Bill Taylor, the chargé d’affaires to Ukraine, who testified Wednesday about his concerns regarding Trump and Giuliani’s backchannel to the country.

Despite her being a nonpartisan career official, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee will likely attempt to discredit Yovanovitch by bringing up the false rumors that led to her removal: that she was actively anti-Trump. 

2. She Received Threatening Messages, Including From Trump

In Trump’s infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ― the call that helped fuel the impeachment inquiry ― the U.S. president threatened Yovanovitch by calling her “bad news” and ominously saying she was “going to go through some things.” Zelensky said he didn’t support Yovanovitch because Trump told him she “was a bad ambassador.”

At her private hearing, Yovanovitch testified that she felt shocked and threatened by the president’s comments. She said a senior Ukrainian official warned her that “I really needed to watch my back.” 

The summary of the Ukraine call suggested that Trump was angry at Yovanovitch on the basis of claims made by Ukraine’s former top prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko.

Yovanovitch testified that Ukrainian officials told her at the end of last year that Giuliani was communicating with Lutsenko “and that they had plans, and that they were going to, you know, do things, including to me.” She added that Lutsenko “was looking to hurt me in the U.S.” 

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Yovanovitch said that Giuliani went behind her back to try to replace her by meeting with former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. Lutsenko was Giuliani’s initial point of contact in persuading Ukraine to investigate the Bidens after Yovanovitch refused to help him.

According to The New York Times, Lutsenko had a personal animus toward Yovanovitch while he was Ukraine’s prosecutor general because of her complaints that his office was filled with corrupt employees. She also reportedly told Lutsenko to stop investigating anti-corruption activists who were critical of his work and were supported by the American Embassy. Lutsenko snapped at Yovanovitch, telling her that “no one is going to dictate to me” who should be investigated, according to the Times.

Lutsenko falsely accused Yovanovitch of interfering with the 2016 elections by giving him a “do not prosecute” list and blocking Ukraine from giving evidence of corruption in the election to the U.S. He later admitted that he was the one who requested the list but still communicated the rumors to Trump’s inner circle, eventually resulting in Yovanovitch’s ouster.

Lutsenko was fired in August by Zelensky, and Ukrainian authorities said in October that they’re investigating him for allegedly abusing his power in dealings with politicians. 

4. Giuliani Coordinated Her Removal With Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman

Yovanovitch privately testified that Giuliani’s business associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman coordinated with him in trying to replace her with someone more favorably inclined toward their “business dealings in Ukraine.

Parnas and Fruman, Soviet-born Florida businessmen, allegedly set up the meetings between Giuliani and Lutsenko. They also managed to help build congressional support for removing Yovanovitch, including from Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), who sent a letter urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to remove the ambassador because of allegations she was anti-Trump.

“I didn’t understand that because nobody at the embassy had ever met those two individuals,” Yovanovitch testified of Parnas and Fruman. “And you know, one of the biggest jobs of an American ambassador of the U.S. Embassy is to promote U.S. business. So of course, if legitimate business comes to us, you know that’s what we do, we promote U.S. business.”

She said Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov warned her that Giuliani had sought a meeting with him but he refused out of discomfort with the attorney’s activities.

Yovanovitch alleged that Parnas and Fruman were looking to export liquid natural gas to Ukraine, which the embassy usually supports. But a Ukrainian official told her in February 2018 that Giuliani and the associates were also attempting a “very dangerous” move by looking into Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. That led the businessmen to consider her an obstacle in their reported scheme to purge the leadership of Naftogaz, Ukraine’s national oil and gas company.

Parnas and Fruman were recently indicted on charges of making campaign contributions to a Trump-aligned super PAC using straw donors last year.

Parnas said Nov. 4 that he was prepared to cooperate with the House’s subpoena after Trump openly denied knowing him at the time of his arrest. He also alleged Nov. 11 that he himself directly told Ukrainian officials that military aid was contingent on the Biden investigation. 

5. Many Diplomats Were Angry At The State Department’s Lack Of Support For Her

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo oversaw Yovanovitch’s abrupt removal. Many of the diplomats who have testified said that they voiced concern over the fact that the State Department did not come to Yovanovitch’s defense when she was disparaged and eventually removed from her post. Some of those witnesses included Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent, who testified Wednesday, and Pompeo’s former senior adviser Michael McKinley. 

Yovanovitch testified that she went to Pompeo to seek a reaffirming public statement of support after the barrage of negative press and the disparagement that she felt undermined her credibility. The State Department told her there was “caution about any kind of statement, because it could be undermined” by a Trump tweet.

David Hale, the third-ranking official at the State Department, testified to the House that the department believed publicly defending Yovanovitch would have hurt efforts to lift Trump’s freeze on military aid to Ukraine and that senior officials were concerned about Giuliani’s reaction.

Yovanovitch also said Thomas Ulrich Brechbuhl, the State Department’s counselor, was in charge of handling her removal but that he refused to meet with her when she came back to Washington.

McKinley testified to the House that he resigned partly due to the State Department’s lack of support for Yovanovitch and the agency’s increased politicization.

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Life sentence for SC school shooter, 17, who killed 1st-grade student

A South Carolina teen was sentenced on Thursday to life behind bars without parole for murdering his father and a 6-year-old boy.

Jesse Osborne was 14 when he shot and killed his father, Jeffrey, in their home on Sept. 28, 2016. According to a confession he gave following his arrest, Osborne shot his father in the head three times.

Investigators said he then drove his father’s pickup truck three miles to Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, where he opened fire on a group of students playing outside.

Jacob Hall, 6, was shot in the leg and died three days later.

Osborne pleaded for leniency before he was sentenced.

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“I would just like to say I wished this would have never happened. I don’t exactly know why I did this,” Osborne said. “I just ask you give me hope for the future and get me help because I do need help. I want help.”

Judge Lawton McIntosh, The Associated Press reported, handed down the life sentence in Anderson County immediately following several recommendations he give out the maximum punishment possible.

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FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2018 file photo, Jesse Osborne waits for a ruling at the Anderson County Courthouse in Anderson, S.C. (Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool, File)

A U.S. Supreme Court decision bans the death penalty for juveniles.

Osborne, now 17, was being tried as an adult and faced a minimum of 30 years after pleading guilty to two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

“He killed my second best friend and showed up on my number one BFF’s birthday. I feel very, very, very mad. That is three reasons why he should spend life in prison,” an unnamed child wrote in a letter to the judge.

The defense’s case attempted to show a teen who suffered abuse from his alcoholic father, was bullied at school and isolated himself in what he called a “dungeon” — his basement bedroom where he spent all his time after being expelled from middle school for bringing a hatchet on campus.

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Prosecutors said Osborne was obsessed with school shootings. His internet history included searches for “youngest mass murderer” and mass shootings at an Orlando nightclub, Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School and Columbine High School in Colorado.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Marc Thiessen: Deval Patrick joining 2020 race is ‘cry for help from the Democratic establishment’

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Former George W. Bush speechwriter and Washington Post opinion columnist Marc Thiessen called former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick‘s entry into the Democratic presidential field a “cry for help from the Democratic establishment” and added that Patrick’s move should help Elizabeth Warren and hurt Joe Biden.

“It certainly does empower Elizabeth Warren,” Thiessen said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Thursday. “He’s making a run for the Obama voters, Deval Patrick is. Joe Biden right now has 41 percent of African-American support. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, who might have made a claim to that, have not been able to chip away at that. Deval Patrick may be able to do that.”

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Patrick declared his candidacy for the White House earlier Thursday before traveling to neighboring New Hampshire to file for that state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, beating the deadline for candidates to place their names on the primary ballot by a day.

“What this is, this is a cry for help. This is a cry for help from the Democratic establishment that is looking at this race and seeing Joe Biden is old and fragile and not ready to go up mano a mano with Donald Trump,” Thiessen said, noting that Biden is likely to receive “a pummeling” from the president and his “machine.”

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Thiessen said that some in the Democratic establishment are worried that Trump’s re-election next year is possible and are concerned about Warren’s “far-left” platform.

“They see Elizabeth Warren, who’s embracing this far-left agenda that gives no safe harbor to people who are suffering from Trump exhaustion. And so the Democrats see this race slipping away from them,” Thiessen said. “They’re desperate for somebody else to come in, the leadership of the Democratic Party, and they think Deval Patrick can grab that Obama lane, bring the African-American vote in the way Hillary couldn’t.”

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Camille Grammer responds to ex Kelsey’s claims she asked for divorce on day of his mom’s funeral

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Camille Grammer is firing back at her ex-husband, Kelsey Grammer, after the actor claimed the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star asked for a divorce on the day he had to bury his mother.

“This is not true,” Camille stated on Twitter on Thursday.

She continued: “My parents were with us in the Hamptons when we received the news about his moms passing. We consoled him and flew back to LA to make arrangements for her funeral.

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“It’s unfortunate that he is rewriting history,” the 51-year-old concluded.

The reality star’s retort comes after the 64-year-old “Frasier” star told Graham Bensinger: “The day of my mother’s funeral, my third wife basically had an explosion about something and she started telling me, ‘I’m out of this, I’m out of here. I want a divorce, blah, blah blah — which, we’d had the same conversation for eight years, and it was tiresome.’”

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“I realized at that moment that I was done with her, that I was not going to end up in this relationship for much longer. And somewhere under a year [later], I was done,” Kelsey added.

Camille and Kelsey split in July 2010 after tying the knot in 1997. They have two children together: daughter Mason, 17, and son Jude, 14.

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Camille would go on to marry attorney David C. Meyer in October 2018.

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Kelsey wed Kayte Walsh, in 2011. They share three kids.

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