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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra celebrate Hindu holiday Karva Chauth together

Nick Jonas melted hearts with an inspiring message about his wife, Priyanka Chopra, on social media.

The singer, 26, was observing Karva Chauth on Thursday, a Hindu holiday, with Chopra who is Indian. For the holiday, married women fast from sunrise to sunset to encourage the safety and health of their spouses.

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“My wife is Indian. She is Hindu, and she is incredible in every way,” Jonas wrote on Instagram.

“She has taught me so much about her culture and religion. I love and admire her so much, and as you can see we have fun together. Happy Karva Chauth to everyone!” he added.

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Chopra posted a similar photo on her Instagram.

“Karwa chauth at a @jonasbrothers concert. Definitely a first I’ll always remember! @nickjonas #karwachauth,” she wrote.

The couple married last winter in a lavish wedding in India that honored both the bride and groom’s heritages.

“We took beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and personalized them in a way that made sense for us,” the actress told People magazine at the time. “It’s been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way.”

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As for what they’re planning for their one-year anniversary, Chopra insisted she has no idea.

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Chopra (L) with Jonas (R)  (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

“I don’t know [what we’re going to do for our anniversary],” she admitted to ET earlier this month.

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“I asked and I was told, ‘Why do you ask so many questions?’ I was like, ‘OK, you plan it.’ But I was just [wondering] what are we going to do and he was just like, ‘Don’t ask.’ So I said, OK.”

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‘She stole their lives’: Woman convicted of passing school bus, killing 3 kids in crash

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Neighbor talks about dangerous road where three young siblings were killed, one child critical, when hit while crossing to get on school bus. Kelly Wilkinson, kelly.wilkinson@indystar.com

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. – Nearly a year after Alyssa Shepherd drove past a stopped school bus, killing three siblings as they crossed a two-lane highway to board the bus, a Fulton County jury convicted her of reckless homicide in the children’s deaths.

Shepherd, prosecutors say, was driving a pickup truck that struck and killed twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle, both 6, and their sister Alivia Stahl, 9, and also critically injured Maverik Lowe, 11, as they crossed the highway north of Rochester on Oct. 30. Lowe, who’s still recovering from his injuries, has had more than 20 surgeries since the crash.

Shepherd was found guilty Friday of three felony counts of reckless homicide. The jury also found her guilty of a felony count of criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus causing injury when the arm is extended. She faces up to 21-and-a-half years if given the maximum amount on each count. 

The parents of Mason and Xzavier, Shane and Brittany Ingle, and Michael Stahl, Brittany’s ex-husband and Alivia’s dad, told reporters after the verdict that they were relieved, and have no sympathy for Shepherd, who they believe has shown no remorse for the crash.

“I don’t think we’ll ever feel closure,” Brittany Ingle said. “But this will go toward healing.”

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Shepherd and her attorneys quickly left the courtroom after the verdict was read early Friday evening and made no statement.

Earlier Friday, Shepherd took the stand in Fulton Superior Court. Family members of Shepherd and the victims, had filled the Fulton County courthouse this week to hear testimony from witnesses and law enforcement.

When asked by her attorney when it started to sink in that she’d hit and killed three children after driving past a school bus, Shepherd described emotions ranging from disbelief to hysteria.

But at first it was confusion, according to her testimony. She remembered seeing blinking lights and something that appeared to be a large vehicle. But she didn’t see a bus, Shepherd says, nor did she see the red sign telling her to stop.

When she’d realized what she’d done, Shepherd says she was hysterical.

“The only way I can describe it is an out-of-body experience,” Shepherd said, according to the account provided to IndyStar by the small number of reporters who were allowed into the packed courtroom, “I was a mess.”

The four children were crossing the highway to board their school bus about 7:15 a.m. when prosecutors say Shepherd blew by a stopped school bus. The road was dark but prosecutors said the bus lights and stop arm were clearly visible.

Whether Shepherd was behind the wheel that morning was not being disputed, according to statements made from the defense and prosecution during the trial. Jurors instead decided whether Shepherd’s actions were reckless or simply accidental.

“The thing that makes me sick here,” Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs said, “is that this never should have happened.”

The Crash

Shepherd was driving with three children in the back seat of her Toyota Tacoma before the crash happened, according to court documents. She had just dropped off her husband at work about 7:05 a.m. and was heading to her mother’s home in the Rochester area to drop off her little brother when she rounded a bend on Ind. 25.

She’d taken that road many times before, her attorney Michael Tuszynski said, but rarely at that time of day.

As she was driving, the 24-year-old Shepherd saw something in the distance, but couldn’t quite make it out, according to Tuszynski, who said that a freightliner was behind the bus, making it appear to Shepherd as one large vehicle.

“The circumstances of the bus, with the freightliner behind it, combined to create the profile of one vehicle, making it seem like it’s a semi that’s moving. And she’s confused about what she sees.”

But after the crash, the driver of another vehicle that was following Shepherd’s Toyota through the bend on Ind. 25 said the school bus lights and stop arm were clearly visible even though the road was dark. This is according to testimony from Indiana State Police Detective Michelle Jumper during a probable cause hearing held hours after the crash.

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The witness said she and Shepherd were traveling at 45 mph, Jumper testified. The witness said she slowed when she saw the school bus and its blinking lights. Shepherd didn’t.

“Suddenly she sees the children,” Tuszynski said Friday. “She brakes. But it was too late.”

Shepherd’s friend, Brittany Thompson, who spoke to Shepherd on the phone after the crash, testified that Shepherd said she’d seen the lights and was trying to negotiate how far to move over.

Thompson said Shepherd was distraught. “I didn’t know it was a bus,” Shepherd reportedly said.

The victims’ family told reporters Shepherd appeared cold during the trial, and seemed unconcerned with the deaths that resulted from her actions.

“When I was giving my testimony,” Brittany Ingle said. “I looked her straight in the eyes and she gave nothing. She had no remorse.”

‘She totally stole their lives’

Tuszynski said there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in Shepherd’s system at the time of the crash. He placed blame on the location of the bus stop, which required the children to cross the highway to board the bus. 

“The idea that it was okay to make those kids cross that busy road to get on a bus, rather than move the stop into the (trailer) park, is absurd,” Tuszynski said.

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation announced shortly after the crash that it would relocate the bus stop into the trailer park where the students lived. Superintendent Blaine Conley testified Friday that the park had previously been considered for the location. But officials were worried that the school bus could potentially hit children in the area due to poor lighting.

The crash led to statewide changes, prompting the Legislature to increase penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Shane and Brittany Ingle spent several days at the Statehouse this past year lobbying for the changes.

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The victims’ family told reporters that Friday’s verdict was important for everybody, not just her children, because it reinforces the importance of driving safely near school buses. 

But the family noted somberly that neither the verdict nor the sentence will bring their three children back.

“They didn’t even get time to enjoy life,” Brittany Ingle said. “She totally stole their lives.”

Contributing: Vic Ryckaert and Arika Herron. Follow Crystal Hill at 317-444-6094 on Twitter: @crysnhill.

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‘She stole their lives’: Woman convicted of passing school bus, killing 3 kids in crash

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Neighbor talks about dangerous road where three young siblings were killed, one child critical, when hit while crossing to get on school bus. Kelly Wilkinson, kelly.wilkinson@indystar.com

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. – Nearly a year after Alyssa Shepherd drove past a stopped school bus, killing three siblings as they crossed a two-lane highway to board the bus, a Fulton County jury convicted her of reckless homicide in the children’s deaths.

Shepherd, prosecutors say, was driving a pickup truck that struck and killed twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle, both 6, and their sister Alivia Stahl, 9, and also critically injured Maverik Lowe, 11, as they crossed the highway north of Rochester on Oct. 30. Lowe, who’s still recovering from his injuries, has had more than 20 surgeries since the crash.

Shepherd was found guilty Friday of three felony counts of reckless homicide. The jury also found her guilty of a felony count of criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus causing injury when the arm is extended. She faces up to 21-and-a-half years if given the maximum amount on each count. 

The parents of Mason and Xzavier, Shane and Brittany Ingle, and Michael Stahl, Brittany’s ex-husband and Alivia’s dad, told reporters after the verdict that they were relieved, and have no sympathy for Shepherd, who they believe has shown no remorse for the crash.

“I don’t think we’ll ever feel closure,” Brittany Ingle said. “But this will go toward healing.”

Oct. 30, 2018: Twin boys, sister killed by pickup truck at Indiana school bus stop

Shepherd and her attorneys quickly left the courtroom after the verdict was read early Friday evening and made no statement.

Earlier Friday, Shepherd took the stand in Fulton Superior Court. Family members of Shepherd and the victims, had filled the Fulton County courthouse this week to hear testimony from witnesses and law enforcement.

When asked by her attorney when it started to sink in that she’d hit and killed three children after driving past a school bus, Shepherd described emotions ranging from disbelief to hysteria.

But at first it was confusion, according to her testimony. She remembered seeing blinking lights and something that appeared to be a large vehicle. But she didn’t see a bus, Shepherd says, nor did she see the red sign telling her to stop.

When she’d realized what she’d done, Shepherd says she was hysterical.

“The only way I can describe it is an out-of-body experience,” Shepherd said, according to the account provided to IndyStar by the small number of reporters who were allowed into the packed courtroom, “I was a mess.”

The four children were crossing the highway to board their school bus about 7:15 a.m. when prosecutors say Shepherd blew by a stopped school bus. The road was dark but prosecutors said the bus lights and stop arm were clearly visible.

Whether Shepherd was behind the wheel that morning was not being disputed, according to statements made from the defense and prosecution during the trial. Jurors instead decided whether Shepherd’s actions were reckless or simply accidental.

“The thing that makes me sick here,” Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs said, “is that this never should have happened.”

The Crash

Shepherd was driving with three children in the back seat of her Toyota Tacoma before the crash happened, according to court documents. She had just dropped off her husband at work about 7:05 a.m. and was heading to her mother’s home in the Rochester area to drop off her little brother when she rounded a bend on Ind. 25.

She’d taken that road many times before, her attorney Michael Tuszynski said, but rarely at that time of day.

As she was driving, the 24-year-old Shepherd saw something in the distance, but couldn’t quite make it out, according to Tuszynski, who said that a freightliner was behind the bus, making it appear to Shepherd as one large vehicle.

“The circumstances of the bus, with the freightliner behind it, combined to create the profile of one vehicle, making it seem like it’s a semi that’s moving. And she’s confused about what she sees.”

But after the crash, the driver of another vehicle that was following Shepherd’s Toyota through the bend on Ind. 25 said the school bus lights and stop arm were clearly visible even though the road was dark. This is according to testimony from Indiana State Police Detective Michelle Jumper during a probable cause hearing held hours after the crash.

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The witness said she and Shepherd were traveling at 45 mph, Jumper testified. The witness said she slowed when she saw the school bus and its blinking lights. Shepherd didn’t.

“Suddenly she sees the children,” Tuszynski said Friday. “She brakes. But it was too late.”

Shepherd’s friend, Brittany Thompson, who spoke to Shepherd on the phone after the crash, testified that Shepherd said she’d seen the lights and was trying to negotiate how far to move over.

Thompson said Shepherd was distraught. “I didn’t know it was a bus,” Shepherd reportedly said.

The victims’ family told reporters Shepherd appeared cold during the trial, and seemed unconcerned with the deaths that resulted from her actions.

“When I was giving my testimony,” Brittany Ingle said. “I looked her straight in the eyes and she gave nothing. She had no remorse.”

‘She totally stole their lives’

Tuszynski said there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in Shepherd’s system at the time of the crash. He placed blame on the location of the bus stop, which required the children to cross the highway to board the bus. 

“The idea that it was okay to make those kids cross that busy road to get on a bus, rather than move the stop into the (trailer) park, is absurd,” Tuszynski said.

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation announced shortly after the crash that it would relocate the bus stop into the trailer park where the students lived. Superintendent Blaine Conley testified Friday that the park had previously been considered for the location. But officials were worried that the school bus could potentially hit children in the area due to poor lighting.

The crash led to statewide changes, prompting the Legislature to increase penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Shane and Brittany Ingle spent several days at the Statehouse this past year lobbying for the changes.

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The victims’ family told reporters that Friday’s verdict was important for everybody, not just her children, because it reinforces the importance of driving safely near school buses. 

But the family noted somberly that neither the verdict nor the sentence will bring their three children back.

“They didn’t even get time to enjoy life,” Brittany Ingle said. “She totally stole their lives.”

Contributing: Vic Ryckaert and Arika Herron. Follow Crystal Hill at 317-444-6094 on Twitter: @crysnhill.

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Royal Caribbean’s ‘Adventure of the Seas’ requests help from Coast Guard off Jersey Shore

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ATLANTIC CITY – A cruise ship passenger suffered a stroke aboard Royal Caribbean’sAdventure of the Seas” and had to be airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center from more than 100 miles off the Jersey Shore, according to the Coast Guard.

The medevac took place after the Coast Guard was contacted by the ship’s crew via satellite phone about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

The ship, which is 1,020 feet in length with a crew of 1,180 — and which can accommodate more than 4,000 passengers — is on a 13-day, one-way cruise from Quebec City, Canada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The voyage began Oct. 7 and is scheduled to end Sunday.

On Friday night, the vessel was moving south off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Coast Guard duty officers consulted with a flight surgeon after the call to discuss a course of action. The physician recommended that the passenger be evacuated to the shore for medical treatment.

An Air Station Atlantic City-based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to conduct the airlift. Elsewhere, Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina dispatched a fixed-wing, Lockheed HC-130J for support in the operation, according to the Coast Guard.

An EMS squad waited for the helicopter to land when the passenger was transported to the regional trauma center.

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Thieves steal 22,000 apples from Michigan orchard: report

It’s a crime that has shaken one family to its core

Michigan farming family is in disbelief after they say 22,000 apples, which equates to roughly 7,000 pounds of fruit, were stolen from their orchard farm in Linden between late Sunday night and Wednesday morning.

The apples stripped off 5 acres’ worth of trees are worth an estimated $14,400 and require an entire year to be grown, the family said.

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Spicer Orchards says one of there farms had 22,000 apples stolen between Oct. 6 and Oct. 9. (Spicer’s Orchards)

“We were predicting about 7,000 pounds of apples to be harvested over the next week period,” Spicer Orchard Harvest Manager, Matthew Spicer, told ABC 12.”Basically, I was pretty upset about it, because it takes a whole year to grow apples and losing something like that, that was our up and coming varieties. Evercrisp is one of our new ones out and was kind of excited to share that with people.”

On Sunday, Oct. 6, the apples on Spicer Farms supplemental orchard – located at U.S. 23 and Clyde Road in Hartland –  were reportedly not quite ripe yet. The owners usually check their crops every four days, so on Oct. 9, they decided to check again, according to ABC 7.

“There was nothing there,” Ryan Spicer, the grandson of Alan Spicer, the farm’s founder discovered.

Ryan says Alan called the Genesee County Sheriff Department shortly after to report the theft.

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The 180 bushels of apples stripped off 5 acres’ worth of trees, are worth an estimated $14,400 and require an entire year to be grown. (Spicers Orchards)

Matthew says he believes someone harvested the crops in the middle of the night because the neighbors claim they didn’t see anything. The farm reportedly had cameras, but they were pointing away from the crops during the robbery due to it being hunting season, according to WDIV.

“It would have had to be three or four trucks,” Matthew told ABC 7 after the owner reportedly found tire tracks in the grass. “[It would] have to be somebody who would not have to distinguish between ripe and not ripe apples. Because they took them both.”

Ryan added that the job would have most likely required a “crew of nine.”

The Spicer family has run the orchard for over 50 years and they’ve never experienced a robbery like this.

“Think about how much time and effort that farmer puts into his crop, and when he doesn’t have a crop, how many times does that have to happen then he cant do what he does,” Ryan told the outlet.

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Investigators aren’t sure if the theft is related to the 400 pumpkins stolen from an orchard in St Clair County ‘s Grant Township or 50,000 apples stolen from an Indiana orchard last month.

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Jeremy Dys: Religious freedom courageously defended by AG William Barr against militant secularists

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Attorney General William Barr delivered one of the most exceptional speeches in modern memory at the University of Notre Dame recently. Judging from his detractors, it seems his remarks landed heaviest on those mystified by the idea of religious neutrality.

Barr began his remarks by noting that his office not only defends the free exercise of religion, but also guards against “states misapplying the Establishment Clause in a way that discriminates against people of faith.”

He invoked the words of the Founding Fathers to demonstrate that the authors of the Constitution believed that a moral standard was essential to the success of a self-governed people. Indeed, the Framers feared the loss of a common moral restraint on human will.

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Or, as Barr put it: “No society can exist without some means for restraining individual rapacity.”

Abandon a common moral restraint and a formerly self-governed people will turn to either tyranny to forcefully apply such restraints, or licentiousness to unbridle any restraint in pursuit of individualism. Thus Barr laments the modern replacement of the Judeo-Christian moral system with an activated secular creed.

Paul Krugman lambasted Barr in The New York Times for even giving the speech, noting that Barr sounded “remarkably like America’s most unhinged religious zealots” who commit “mass murder because schools teach the theory of evolution.” 

It is “not decay” that plagues our modern society, Barr argued, but “organized destruction.”

“Secularists and their allies among the ‘progressives,’ have marshaled all the force” of the modern era “in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values,” he said.

So much so, Barr observed, that this “secular project has itself become a religion,” with all the zeal and accouterments of religion, “including inquisitions and excommunication.”

Thus Barr laments the modern replacement of the Judeo-Christian moral system with an activated secular creed.

While the conscientiously defiant may not burn at the stake, today’s high commissions for non-discrimination fine them, gag their speech or threaten their professional existence.

Whereas the First Amendment welcomes all forms of speech, encouraging better speech to counter disagreeable speech, “militant secularists today do not have a live-and-let-live spirit,” Barr said.

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Not surprisingly, the speech was too much for progressive defenders of secularism.

Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker bluntly described it as “the worst speech by an Attorney General of the United States in modern history.” Catherine Rampell called it “a tacit endorsement of theocracy” in The Washington Post.

Paul Krugman lambasted Barr in The New York Times for even giving the speech, noting that Barr sounded “remarkably like America’s most unhinged religious zealots” who commit “mass murder because schools teach the theory of evolution.”

Evidently, Krugman believes gangs of anti-evolutionists led by Barr roam the country, chanting the mantra “Guns don’t kill people — Darwin kills people!”

Barr’s critics prefer secularized neutrality, which isn’t neutral at all.

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Modern activists — who Barr calls “militant secularists” — are hell-bent on demanding the redefinition of the term to one in which neutrality may only be achieved through forced secularity.

Hence, Barr says, “The problem is not that religion is being forced on others. The problem is that irreligion and secular values are being forced on people of faith.”

It is indisputable that Judeo-Christian values played a significant role in the founding of this nation.

From pilgrims fleeing religious oppression in Europe to James Madison’s outrage over Anglican Virginia jailing Baptist ministers, America’s founding era is replete with efforts to preserve space for people of faith to be people of faith independent of the government’s preferred religion. Such historic toleration is what should rightly be called “neutrality.”

Yet in the march to secularized neutrality, government agencies force Aaron and Melissa Klein in Oregon to speak a government-approved message or lose their business, Dr. Eric Walsh in Georgia must shed his religiosity in order to qualify for employment, and Christian schools are denied the use of the public loudspeaker to pray before kickoff.

Critics of Barr’s speech would do well to remember the past administration’s efforts to force celibate nuns to purchase birth control. Forced conformance to the government’s ideological position abandons any mask of neutrality.

Firing someone from their government job for something said as a lay minister is hostility toward religion, not neutral toleration of it. Preventing Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla., from pre-football game prayer censors religious speech in preference to government-imposed silence.

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Despite their protestations, militant secularists have convinced themselves that forced secularization is the only path to enlightened neutrality. It is not. The genius of the Constitution — what Barr called a “quantum leap in liberty” — is that it guards against hostility masquerading as neutrality.

If anything, Barr’s speech is a critical call for a return to a time when notions of free speech and religious liberty were embraced by the religious and secular alike in pursuit of freedom.

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Ohio town splits building in two over property dispute

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A small Ohio town chose a Solomon-like solution to a property dispute by splitting a new storage building into two pieces.

A third of the building was on farmer Brett Galloway’s land, leading to the dispute.

Last week, officials in Ruggles Township in rural Ashland County cut down a portion of the building and put up a fence along the property line that now runs through the missing section, Fox 8 Cleveland reported Friday.

“I think it’s silly and a bit absurd as you can see,” township resident Joyce Richey told the station.

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The building was put up to store construction equipment.

Ruggles officials offered Galloway money to resolve the matter, which he rejected, the station reported.

“That was their offer, just buy the property, not address my damages,” Galloway told the station. “Their offer was half of what my damages were.”

Trustees referred Fox 8 to the county prosecutor.

He said the township wanted to demolish the building but couldn’t knock down the portion on Galloway’s land because he denied crews access.

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“I don’t know who would think this is a good idea,” Galloway told the station. “I can’t use my property and they lost a building.”

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A Blow to Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal: Live Updates

Oct. 19, 2019Updated 10:56 a.m. ET

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British lawmakers on Saturday disrupted Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s carefully choreographed plan to push his Brexit deal through Parliament, voting in favor of an amendment that aims to put off the moment of decision until they have had more time to scrutinize his plan.

The move to postpone the crucial Brexit vote muddled Mr. Johnson’s path to a Brexit deal, though it also could end up increasing the chance that some moderate lawmakers will vote for his deal down the road.

The whiplash developments left Mr. Johnson’s agreement in limbo. He is legally obliged to seek yet another extension for Britain’s departure from the European Union, which he had once vowed never to do.

In fact, after the vote on the amendment, Mr. Johnson vowed not to negotiate with European leaders for a Brexit delay.

“I will not negotiate a delay with the E.U.,” he said, “and neither does the law compel me to do so.”

In the absence of Parliament’s approval for his deal, Mr. Johnson is required by law to send a letter to the European Union by Saturday night asking them to delay the Brexit deadline to avoid a no-deal exit.

But Mr. Johnson refused on Saturday to say he would comply with that law.

“I wish the House to know I’m not daunted or dismayed by this particular result,” the prime minister said. “I will tell our friends and colleagues in the E.U. exactly what I’ve told everyone in the last 88 days: that further delay would be bad for this country, bad for the European Union and bad for democracy.”

It was the latest twist in a debate that has convulsed the country ever since the British public voted in 2016 for a divorce from the European Union.

Crowds of anti-Brexit marchers in Parliament Square erupted in cheers and applause at the news that the amendment had passed.

The amendment essentially turned Mr. Johnson’s up-or-down vote on his deal into a weaker one, saying only that “this House has considered the matter but withholds approval unless and until implementing legislation is passed.”

How Parliament Voted on a Measure that Disrupted Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal

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Lawmakers were worried that, were they to approve Mr. Johnson’s deal on Saturday, hard-line Brexiteer lawmakers would delay passing accompanying legislation next week, pushing Britain out of the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31.

The passage of the amendment means that Mr. Johnson is forced by law to send a letter to the European Union on Saturday night saying that, because he could not pass his deal in time in Britain’s Parliament, he needed an extension — a letter he had been doing everything in his power to avoid sending.

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Even lawmakers who support Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal didn’t trust him or his hard-line Brexit backers, fearing that they might pull a procedural trick to force Britain to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

They also worried that Parliament could approve Mr. Johnson’s deal on Saturday, absolving the prime minister of any obligation to delay the Brexit deadline.

So a former Conservative lawmaker, Oliver Letwin, whom Mr. Johnson had kicked out of the party, put forward an amendment as sort of insurance policy to make approval of the deal conditional on also passing necessary legislation.

In essence, the so-called Letwin Amendment, which was chosen by the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow for a vote, aimed to turn Parliament’s up-or-down vote on Mr. Johnson’s deal into a much weaker motion.

Saturday would not be the day that lawmakers would fully endorse or reject the Brexit deal.

Mr. Johnson is now legally obligated to send a letter to the European Union on Saturday to request an extension of the Brexit deadline, currently Oct. 31. The prime minister had been doing everything in his power to avoid sending such a letter.

Now that the amendment has passed, lawmakers get to not only cast a definitive vote on Mr. Johnson’s deal, but also to debate, amend and vote on legislation putting that deal into law.

The Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which stridently objects to Mr. Johnson’s deal, had signaled that it would vote for the Letwin amendment. Sammy Wilson, a D.U.P. lawmaker, said that “we would be failing in our duty” if the party did not try to force changes to the Brexit deal.

On a high-wire day in British politics, a crucial question is how the government will respond to the upending of Mr. Johnson’s plan.

British news outlets reported that the government could put forward the legislation accompanying Mr. Johnson’s deal as soon as Monday or Tuesday and push for a quick vote then.

Lawmakers say that working through the Brexit legislation itself, however messy and protracted the process, is the only way to guarantee that pro-Brexit lawmakers, by accident or design, do not let Britain crash out of the European Union without a deal.

In what commentators called the biggest political speech of his life, Prime Minister Boris Johnson argued strenuously in the House of Commons on Saturday that his deal was the best available Brexit deal and that Britain could not waste another day in extracting itself from the European Union.

“Now is the time for this great House of Commons to come together,” he said before the vote on the amendment. Amid shouts from the opposition benches, he added that any further delay to Brexit would be “pointless, expensive and deeply corrosive of public trust.”

Mr. Johnson cast his deal as a fulfillment of decades of conflict in Britain over its place in the European Union. He said it would allow the entire country to benefit from future trade deals and avoid a dreaded hard border on the island of Ireland.

Mr. Johnson’s odds were complicated by the fact that he does not have a working majority in Parliament and has not won a major vote there in the three months he has been in office.

In a striking moment on Saturday afternoon, as the debate dragged on before the vote, Theresa May, Boris Johnson’s predecessor as prime minister, stood up and give an impassioned speech in the House of Commons.

“Standing here, I have a distinct sense of déjà vu,” Mrs. May said to knowing laughter, given that her deal had been rejected in the same chamber three times.

For Mrs. May, it was a dramatic intervention, given that she was showing support for Mr. Johnson, who had often not supported her.

She said it was time for Parliament to vote for a deal on Brexit, having promised to abide by the democratic will of the people.

“If the Parliament did not mean it, then it is guilty of the most egregious con trick on the British people,” Mrs. May said. “You cannot have a second referendum simply because you don’t agree with the results of the first.”

“If you don’t want ‘no deal,’” she declared, “you have to vote for a deal.”

Cheers erupted at from the backbenchers the end of her speech.

It was the most visible appearance by Mrs. May in the nation’s Brexit debate since she stepped down from her job and relinquished leadership of the Conservative Party in the wake of her own stinging defeats.

But it also put her in an awkward position. During her negotiations with Brussels, Mrs. May said that no British prime minister could accept a deal that would keep Northern Ireland in the European Union’s customs territory.

Although Northern Ireland would remain in the United Kingdom’s customs territory under Mr. Johnson’s deal, the arrangement would impose the same customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland that Mrs. May once ruled out.

Jeremy Corbyn, Britain’s left-wing opposition leader, who spoke after Prime Minister Boris Johnson but before Theresa May in the Commons on Saturday, urged lawmakers to vote against the deal.

“This deal is not good for jobs, damaging to our industry and a threat to our environment and our natural world,” he said. “It should be voted down today by this House.”

He argued that the deal was worse than the agreement reached by Mr. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May.

“We simply cannot vote for a deal that is even worse than the House rejected three times,” he said.

Mr. Corbyn argued that the new deal would cost every citizen in the country, on average, more than $2,500 and would lead to “a race to the bottom in regulation and standards.”

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Huge crowds of protesters streamed to Westminster on Saturday in a march to demand another referendum on Brexit — a show of defiance as British lawmakers debated a deal outlining the nation’s exit from the European Union.

Organizers of the People’s Vote march said they had drawn about one million people, which would make it one of the largest demonstrations on record in Britain.

“We are now reaching a crucial moment in the Brexit crisis,” the organizers said in a statement. “The government has adopted the slogan ‘Get Brexit Done’ to try and browbeat an exhausted public into accepting whatever botched Brexit Boris Johnson presents to them, but we know this slogan is a lie.”

Outside Westminster on Saturday, Milou de Castellane, 52, who works as a nanny in London, said she had voted to remain in the European Union and would like to have a second referendum or to remain in Europe.

On the coming parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal, she said: “I hope that the deal will not pass, but I have a sinking feeling that it might. But it cannot just be a rabbit-out-of-a hat scenario. We have to know what is in the deal.”

Derek Lancaster, 70, a retired environment agency worker from Preston, in northwestern England, said: “I have a feeling that Boris Johnson’s deal will get voted down, but I think he’s aiming for that. He has done his job and got a deal, even if it does not get approved.”

Mr. Lancaster, a Conservative voter, said: “I am quite happy with no deal. It will be a bit hard for a few months and there will be a few adjustments in business and politics and the way the country is run, but we have got to accept the result of the referendum.”

Three 16-year-olds who attend school together in Oxford had descended on Parliament Square on Saturday. They were 13 when the 2016 Brexit referendum took place and still cannot vote in elections in Britain for another two years.

“We came here today because we want to let our voices be heard; we have not been able to do it any other way,” said Anoushka Nairac, a student at Magdalen College School in Oxford. She added that “we have been living with the consequences” of the referendum.

“My father is an immigrant who set up his own company and provided jobs for citizens,” she said. “It makes me annoyed; people are not looking at the facts.”

She added: “The deal is appalling. They have taken Theresa May’s deal and wrapped it in new packaging. The deal is uncaring about E.U. citizens and the Northern Ireland border. The deal is heartless.”

Michelle and Mike Megan, both 60, have been coming from Newbury to protest outside Westminster for a few days each week since January.

Ms. Megan said: “As a leave voter, we are here to counteract the people’s vote to remain in the E.U. Remainers are asking for a people’s vote, but the people already voted in 2016. We were told it was a once-in-a-generation referendum.”

Ms. Megan added: “So far, Boris Johnson has done a good job. I would never have called myself a Boris fan, but he is now our only hope of getting Brexit done. He has his faults, but so do great leaders in the past.”

Reporting was contributed by Stephen Castle, Mark Landler, Ben Mueller, Marc Santora, Anna Schaverien, Claire Moses, Alan Yuhas and Megan Specia.

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Boris Johnson Forced To Request Brexit Delay After MPs Amend Halloween Deadline

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Boris Johnson has been forced to ask for a Brexit delay after members of parliament inflicted yet another defeat on his government.

In a historic “super Saturday” sitting ― not seen since 1982 ― the House of Commons voted by 322 to 306 to compel the prime minister to write to Brussels to extend the UK’s membership of the European Union from October 31 to January of next year. 

The vote means that Johnson’s “do-or-die” Halloween deadline can now be breached if Brexit legislation is not passed in the next two weeks.

Parliament backed an amendment by Tory grandee Sir Oliver Letwin which delays Johnson’s plan for a straight “yes” or “no” vote on his EU divorce proposals.

But after the vote, Johnson vowed to defy parliament, insisting: “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.”

“I will tell our friends and colleagues in the EU exactly what I’ve told everyone in the last 88 days that I’ve served as prime minister ― that further delay will the bad for this country, bad for our European Union and bad for democracy,” he stated.

It sets up a fresh parliamentary showdown next Tuesday, when the government is expected to bring forward its Withdrawal Agreement Bill to enact the deal Johnson struck with Brussels.

Downing Street sources were withering about the new delay, but Letwin and other members insisted that his new safeguard would actually make it more likely that parliament could now approve his deal.

In line with British law, Johnson will now have until 11pm on Saturday night to send a letter to the EU requesting an extension of the UK’s EU membership to January 31, 2020.

HuffPost UK understands that allies of Johnson are expecting the EU to grant only a short extension, probably a couple of weeks, in order to help the deal get through the Commons and avoid a general election or second referendum.

Earlier, Johnson signaled that he would indeed comply with the law, however with a strong hint that he would also possibly send another message to Brussels that he wanted any delay to be as short as possible.

“I must tell the House again in all candor that whatever letters they may seek to enforce, seek to force the government to write, it cannot change my judgement that further delay is pointless, expensive and deeply corrosive of public trust,” he said.

Johnson made a direct pitch for the backing of Labour MPs in areas that backed Brexit, but although a handful gave their support many decided that the Letwin move to categorically rule out a no-deal Brexit was needed.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his MPs would “not be duped” into believing Tory “empty promises” on workers’ rights and the environment.

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