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Police find human leg, other body parts in Coney Island beach

A human leg was found Thursday in Coney Island — and cops believe there’s even more remains stuck in a jetty next to the aquarium, according to police sources.

“We think there may be more,” a source told The Post. “They can see it’s in [the rocks].”

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Police say they’ve found human body parts in Coney Island.  (nycgovparks.org)

Authorities had been alerted to the body parts by a recreational diver, who spotted them on Saturday. They tried recovering the remains later that day, but conditions were too bad.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND INSIDE SUITCASE IN INDIANAPOLIS CREEK

NYPD divers went back Thursday and discovered a left leg stuck in the rocks near West Fifth Street, not far from the New York Aquarium, sources said. A set of keys were also found.

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The other body parts were spotted nearby, but sources said the divers were unable to retrieve them. They plan to go back sometime over the weekend.

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R. Kelly arrested by feds on new sex crimes charges, including child pornography

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There are now 18 charges of felony sex crimes involving four accusers against R. Kelly in Illinois. USA TODAY

R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested by federal authorities in Chicago Thursday on new sex crimes charges, putting the embattled singer in even deeper legal jeopardy.

Federal charges included child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice, Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, told USA TODAY.

“Yes, he’s been arrested,” Kelly’s spokesman Darrell Johnson confirmed to USA TODAY. Johnson had no further comment, but said he’d be holding a press conference Friday morning in Atlanta. 

Fitzpatrick said that Kelly was taken into custody by federal authorities in Chicago around 7 p.m. Thursday evening. It was not immediately clear when Kelly would appear in court or where he was being held.

The 52-year-old singer has previously been charged by the state of Illinois with two sets of multiple sex-crimes (including aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault by force, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated criminal sexual abuse against an accuser who was between the ages of 13 and 17).

Kelly was initially charged with 10 courts in February; prosecutors unveiled eight more criminal charges against him in early June. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

For over two decades, Robert Sylvester Kelly, has faced multiple allegations of sexual abuse of women and girls, including sex with underage girls and accusations that he trapped scores of female fans in a “sex cult” that cut them off from their families and subjected them to degrading abuse. 

R. Kelly case: Prosecutors turn over video of alleged sexual encounter with teen

‘Surviving R. Kelly’: All the shocking claims

But only once before has Kelly faced a sex crime charge in court, in Chicago, where he was acquitted in 2008. Then, in January, a six-part film began airing on Lifetime, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which women came forward on camera to accuse Kelly of shocking abuse.

Saying she was “sickened” by the allegations, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx called a press conference in January to ask accusers and witnesses to come forward. In February, she announced the state charges against Kelly.

Soon after state charges were announced, New Yorker magazine reported that federal authorities had begun weighing whether to bring their own charges against Kelly.

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Aamer Madhani

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Donald Trump slams Paul Ryan in late-night Twitter rant: 'Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!'

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Former House Speaker Paul Ryan thinks there’s a way for Democrats to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election and it has to do with personality. Buzz60, Buzz60

President Donald Trump lashed out at Paul Ryan late Thursday night on Twitter following the release of excerpts from an upcoming book in which the former Speaker of the House criticized him for not knowing “anything about government.”

Shortly after CNN covered Ryan’s comments about Trump in Tim Alberta’s “American Carnage,” which details how Republicans have changed with Trump’s rise to the presidency, Trump responded with a series of insults in three tweets.

“Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader,” Trump said in his first tweet.

‘This is as bad as it gets’: Book ‘American Carnage’ details Paul Ryan, Reince Priebus relationship with Trump

Ryan reportedly told Alberta he couldn’t stand another two years with Trump and called retirement an “escape hatch,” according to excerpts obtained by The Washington Post. 

Trump also said Mitt Romney’s bid for president in 2012 was doomed after he chose Ryan as his running mate. Trump further criticized Ryan for failing to secure funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall

“He had the Majority & blew it away with his poor leadership and bad timing,” Trump said in his third tweet. “Never knew how to go after the Dems like they go after us. Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!”

Ryan did not run for reelection in 2018, and Nancy Pelosi succeeded him as Speaker after Democrats won control of the House. 

Paul Ryan on 2020: Some Democrats could defeat Trump

In Alberta’s book, Ryan also characterized Trump as uneducated about the government: “I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right,” Ryan said, according to The Washington Post. “Because I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government. … I wanted to scold him all the time.”

An expert of the book also details how Ryan wanted to excommunicate Trump after the “Access Hollywood” tape was released during the campaign. 

“This is fatal,” he told Reince Priebus, then chairman of the Republican National Committee. “How can you get him out of the race?”

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Tropical Storm Barry Strengthens As Officials Urge To Prepare For The Worst

Officials have urged residents in Louisiana and Mississippi to prepare for a long weekend of potentially catastrophic weather as Tropical Storm Barry, the first major storm of the season, takes aim at low-lying regions in the South.

The storm has been forming in the Gulf of Mexico, gathering strength as it prepares to make landfall sometime Friday or early this weekend. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a hurricane warning for some parts of Louisiana, saying Barry could become a Category 1 storm by late Friday. Massive rain and flooding are expected in large swaths of the region.

The storm was about 85 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River late Thursday.

“There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along the coast of southern and southeastern Louisiana,” the NHC said late Thursday. “Residents in these areas should rush their preparations to completion, as tropical storm conditions are expected to arrive in the warning area by Friday morning.”

Officials said they were troubled by Barry’s slow movement, warning that the storm could bring long-lasting, heavy rainfall and possibly “significant” flash flooding.

The NHC said Barry could drop 10 to 20 inches of accumulated rain over the two states before it moves on. However, in some areas, the storm could bring as much as 25 inches of rain, officials warned.

The Mississippi River is already surging, with water levels far above normal.

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Matthew Hinton/ASSOCIATED PRESS Jalana Furlough carries her son Drew Furlough as Terrian Jones carries Chance Furlough in New Orleans after flooding Wednesday.

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Matthew Hinton/ASSOCIATED PRESS St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office inmate workers move free sandbags for residents in Chalmette, Louisiana, on Thursday. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is telling people in the southern part of the state to be prepared for heavy rain from Tropical Storm Barry.

Officials in New Orleans said they were hopeful that the city’s levee system would withstand any threats from Barry. The Army Corps of Engineers told NOLA.com it was “confident” in its safety measures on Thursday evening, but workers were shoring up any low areas in anticipation of the storm.

The city, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is currently under a tropical storm warning.

President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency in Louisiana ahead of the storm, allowing the state to access emergency resources. Earlier that day, Gov. John Bel Edwards had requested the declaration, writing that he was “confident that there will be widespread, heavy rainfall and coastal flooding.”

“Given these threats, I anticipate the need for emergency protective measures, evacuations and sheltering for the affected areas,” Edwards wrote.

The governor issued a warning to residents on Thursday, saying that Louisiana is particularly susceptible to flooding, but he expressed hope that the Mississippi would not overflow its levees.

“There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Edwards said. “We’re going to have all three.”

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Tropical Storm Barry Gains Strength; Residents Urged To Prepare For Worst

Officials have urged residents in Louisiana and Mississippi to prepare for a long weekend of potentially catastrophic weather as Tropical Storm Barry, the first major storm of the season, takes aim at low-lying regions in the South.

The storm has been forming in the Gulf of Mexico, gathering strength as it prepares to make landfall sometime Friday or early this weekend. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a hurricane warning for some parts of Louisiana, saying Barry could become a Category 1 storm by late Friday. Massive rain and flooding are expected in large swaths of the region.

The storm was about 85 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River late Thursday.

“There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along the coast of southern and southeastern Louisiana,” the NHC said late Thursday. “Residents in these areas should rush their preparations to completion, as tropical storm conditions are expected to arrive in the warning area by Friday morning.”

Officials said they were troubled by Barry’s slow movement, warning that the storm could bring long-lasting, heavy rainfall and possibly “significant” flash flooding.

The NHC said Barry could drop 10 to 20 inches of accumulated rain over the two states before it moves on. However, in some areas, the storm could bring as much as 25 inches of rain, officials warned.

The Mississippi River is already surging, with water levels far above normal.

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Matthew Hinton/ASSOCIATED PRESS Jalana Furlough carries her son Drew Furlough as Terrian Jones carries Chance Furlough in New Orleans after flooding Wednesday.

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Matthew Hinton/ASSOCIATED PRESS St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office inmate workers move free sandbags for residents in Chalmette, Louisiana, on Thursday. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is telling people in the southern part of the state to be prepared for heavy rain from Tropical Storm Barry.

Officials in New Orleans said they were hopeful that the city’s levee system would withstand any threats from Barry. The Army Corps of Engineers told NOLA.com it was “confident” in its safety measures on Thursday evening, but workers were shoring up any low areas in anticipation of the storm.

The city, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is currently under a tropical storm warning.

President Donald Trump declared a federal emergency in Louisiana ahead of the storm, allowing the state to access emergency resources. Earlier that day, Gov. John Bel Edwards had requested the declaration, writing that he was “confident that there will be widespread, heavy rainfall and coastal flooding.”

“Given these threats, I anticipate the need for emergency protective measures, evacuations and sheltering for the affected areas,” Edwards wrote.

The governor issued a warning to residents on Thursday, saying that Louisiana is particularly susceptible to flooding, but he expressed hope that the Mississippi would not overflow its levees.

“There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Edwards said. “We’re going to have all three.”

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Trump trashes ‘lame duck failure’ Paul Ryan in response to new criticisms

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President Trump unleashed on Paul Ryan in a late-night tweetstorm in response to criticisms the former speaker made in an upcoming book.

In the book, “American Carnage,” Ryan recalled his difficult working relationship with the president. He told Politico’s Tim Alberta that Trump “didn’t know anything about the government” and that he and others “helped to stop him from making bad decisions.”

“Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time,” Ryan reportedly said in the book. “Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time. We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”

Trump blasted Ryan as a “failed” vice presidential candidate with an “atrocious” record of as a congressman.

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“Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader…” Trump tweeted.

Trump went on to claim that when 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Ryan as a running mate,  he told people “that’s the end of this Presidential run.”

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“He quit Congress because he didn’t know how to Win,” the president continued. “They gave me standing O’s in the Great State of Wisconsin, & booed him off the stage. He promised me the Wall, & failed (happening anyway!)….”

Trump added, “He had the Majority & blew it away with his poor leadership and bad timing. Never knew how to go after the Dems like they go after us. Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!”

This is a drastic shift in tone from the president when Ryan announced he would not be seeking re-election in April 2018.

“Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!” Trump tweeted at the time.

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Graham: Republicans likely to take back the House in 2020

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. advised President Trump to “be quiet” and show up for reelection in 2020, responding to policies that Democrats are proposing and infighting within their party.

“If I’m President Trump I’d go to Florida and show up next November and get reelected,” Graham said on “Hannity” Thursday.

Graham expressed optimism for Trump in the 2020 elections. He offered unsolicited advice to the president and said “be quiet” and let the Democrats continue their talk of decriminalizing border crossing and free health care for illegal immigrants.

“This is insane. You know it’s insane,” Graham said.

Graham also responded to infighting within the Democratic Party, particularly between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

The South Carolina senator said that Republicans were likely to take back the  House in 2020

“I think Republicans are more likely to take the House because of this breakdown because there are 31 Democrats that hold congressional seats where President Trump won their congressional district,” Graham said.

“What does it mean to these 31? If you cross AOC and the ‘fab four’ you’re going to get a primary. And if you vote with them you’re going to lose in the general election. So the biggest beneficiary of this will be the Republican Party and President Trump because the policies these four people are pushing are so out of the mainstream.”

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President Trump declares state of emergency in Louisiana, sends federal assistance ahead of Tropical Storm Barry

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President Trump declared a federal emergency for Louisiana on Thursday night, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts ahead of the strengthening of Tropical Storm Barry.

Trump approved the federal assistance at the request of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who noted that within the past 24 hours, 28 parishes had issued emergency declarations and 14 were in the process of doing so. Residents have been stacking sandbags or fleeing to higher ground in preparation for torrential downpours, with heavy flooding expected once the storm makes landfall from the Gulf of Mexico either late Friday or early Saturday.

HURRICANE WATCH IN LOUISIANA, MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ISSUED AS BARRY EXPECTED TO DROP UP TO 20 INCHES OF RAIN

Trump tweeted Thursday evening: “To everyone on the Gulf Coast: As you make preparations to protect your homes & loved ones from flooding & the coming storm, it is imperative that you heed the directions of @FEMA, State & Local Officials. We are working closely w/ them. Please be prepared, be careful, & be SAFE!”

Edwards expressed appreciation for the president’s action in a Twitter message of his own.

“Thank you President Trump for quickly responding to my request for a federal disaster declaration,” the Democrat wrote. “We appreciate the support of the White House and our federal partners as we continue our unprecedented flood fight and respond to Tropical Storm.”

Edwards had declared a state of emergency Wednesday, authorizing activating up to 3,000 soldiers and airmen from the Louisiana National Guard ahead of the storm, Baton Rouge’s WBRZ-TV reported. National Guard troops and rescue crews in high-water vehicles took up positions around the state as Louisiana braced for the arrival of the storm.

Barry could pack winds of about 75 mph, just barely over the threshold for a hurricane, when it comes ashore, making it a Category 1 storm, forecasters said. It is expected to bring more than a foot and a half of rain in potentially ruinous downpours that could go on for hours as the storm passes through the metropolitan area of nearly 1.3 million people and pushes inland.

The National Weather Service said it expects the Mississippi River to rise to 19 feet by Saturday morning at a key gauge in the New Orleans area, which is protected by levees 20 to 25 feet high. Though it is not expected to grow into a major hurricane, the storm’s torrential rains are expected to test New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defenses. 

Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic flooding in New Orleans in 2005 and was blamed for more than 1,800 deaths in Louisiana and other states, by some estimates. In its aftermath, the Army Corps of Engineers began a multibillion-dollar hurricane-protection system that isn’t complete. The work included repairs and improvements to some 350 miles of levees and more than 70 pump stations that are used to remove floodwaters.

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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Barry’s heavy rains will put an extreme test to the pumping system that drains the city’s streets. The city does not plan to order evacuation because Barry is not expected to grow into a major hurricane. Officials instead advised people to keep at least three days of supplies on hand and to keep their neighborhood storm drains clear so water can move quickly.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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R. Kelly Arrested In Chicago On New Federal Sex Crime Charges

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The singer R. Kelly was arrested by federal agents and New York Police Department officers in Chicago on Thursday on a new spate of federal sex crime charges, officials confirmed.

A 13-count federal indictment against Kelly in Chicago sets forth charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice, including an allegation that Kelly paid off the family of the girl in his infamous child sex tape. That tape led to his 2008 trial for child pornography, in which a jury acquitted him.

Kelly and his former business manager allegedly lavished the girl and her family with gifts and thousands of dollars in money, and “instructed [her] father to provide knowingly false testimony,” according to the indictment, which was unsealed Friday morning.

The disgraced singer and alleged serial sexual abuser was also indicted on five other counts by a federal grand jury in New York, including racketeering and violating the Mann Act, which prohibits interstate transport of women and girls for prostitution or other improper activity.

That indictment details Kelly’s alleged “enterprise” to recruit, groom and control women and girls for his so-called sex “cult.”

Kelly, 52, has long faced accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct. This year, he has been repeatedly hit with multiple charges. In February, he was arrested in Chicago and indicted on 10 state counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four victims, including three underage girls. He was charged with 11 additional state counts in May, including aggravated criminal sexual assault. The charges involve incidents spanning the period from 1998 to 2010 and include alleged victims who were ages 13 to 16 at the time.

He has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney Steve Greenberg told The Associated Press at the time of the initial charges that Kelly was “shellshocked” by the indictments.

In a statement Friday, Greenberg denied the new round of allegations, saying that Kelly had already been charged for the alleged behavior in state court or that the incidents were part of his 2008 trial.

“The conduct alleged appears to largely be the same as the conduct previously alleged against Mr. Kelly in his current State indictment and his former State charges that he was acquitted of,” the lawyer said. “Most, if not all of the conduct alleged, is decades old.”

Kelly was first tried in 2008 on charges stemming from claims that he had sex with a teenage girl and filmed the encounter. But he was acquitted on all counts after the alleged victim refused to testify against him.

In the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” singer Sparkle, whose niece is the girl in the tape, revealed that she has long suspected that Kelly may have paid off her family, but does not know for sure.

The series, which aired in January, helped bring greater scrutiny to the years of allegations against Kelly.

In March, “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King conducted a remarkable interview with Kelly in which she pressed him on the charges. The singer vehemently denied the accusations, pleading with King that he was “fighting” for his life. At one point he burst into tears, jumped out of his seat and screamed that he “didn’t do this stuff.”

“Hate me if you want to, love me if you want,” Kelly said during the interview. “But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through — oh, right now I just think I need to be a monster, hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out!”

Friday’s charges in Chicago also implicated Kelly’s former business manager and another former employee. Members of the singer’s inner circle have long been suspected of enabling his alleged sexual abuse and predatory behavior toward women and girls.

At a news conference Friday, Kelly’s publicist Darrell Johnson said that Kelly was currently being held in Chicago and that he has a bail hearing in federal court there on Tuesday afternoon.

This story has been updated with details of the indictments unsealed Friday.

Mary Papenfuss contributed to this report.

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Kelly also faces nearly two dozen other counts for sexual abuse and assault.

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The singer R. Kelly was arrested by federal agents and New York Police Department officers in Chicago on Thursday on a new spate of federal sex crime charges, officials confirmed.

The 13-count indictment against Kelly includes charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois told local media outlets.

More details of the case are expected to be announced Friday. NYPD had not confirmed Kelly’s apprehension to HuffPost as of late Thursday.

Kelly, 52, has long faced allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. In February, he was arrested in Chicago and indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four victims, including three underage girls. He was charged with 11 additional counts in May, including aggravated criminal sexual assault.

The charges involved incidents spanned from 1998 to 2010 and included alleged victims who were ages 13 to 16 at the time.

He has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney, Steve Greenberg told The Associated Press at the time of the initial charges that Kelly was “shellshocked” by the indictments.

Kelly was first tried in 2008 on charges stemming from claims he had sex with a teenage girl and filmed the encounter. But he was acquitted on all counts after the alleged victim refused to testify against him.

In March, “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King conducted a remarkable interview with Kelly in which she pressed him on the charges. The singer vehemently denied the accusations, pleading with King that he was “fighting” for his life. At one point he burst into tears, jumped out of his seat and screamed that he “didn’t do this stuff.”

“Hate me if you want to, love me if you want,” Kelly said during the interview. “But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through — oh, right now I just think I need to be a monster, hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out!”

Mary Papenfuss contributed to this report.

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