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Portland residents, business owners want city officials to ‘fix’ homeless problem

In the summer of 2019, Fox News embarked on an ambitious project to chronicle the toll progressive policies have had on the homeless crisis in four West Coast cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. In each city, we saw a lack of safety, sanitation and civility. Residents, the homeless and advocates say they’ve lost faith in their elected officials’ ability to solve the issue. Most of the cities have thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at the problem only to watch it get worse. This is what we saw in San Francisco. 

He doesn’t know his name and the layers of dirty clothes he’s wearing hang awkwardly off his body. Disheveled and scruffy, the man, who looks like he could be in his 60s, spends most of the day shuffling around the city. He walks up to a woman holding a styrofoam to-go box, snatches it from her and throws it on the ground, spilling bits of rice, chicken and peas on the sidewalk. He laughs for a second but his mood quickly turns. He spots a city worker with a broom and shouts the N-word at him before demanding he cleans up the mess.

“He’s out of his mind,” the worker told Fox News, with a sigh. “Watch. He’ll do it again. He does it every 15 minutes.”

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A review of arrest data by The Oregonian found that 52 percent of arrests made by Portland Police last year involved a homeless individual. (FOX12)

Like Los Angeles and San Francisco, this smaller city to the north has been struggling with a growing homeless crisis that ranks among the worst in the country. Conditions on the ground have gotten so bad that it’s hardening even the most liberal of bleeding hearts.

SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS STATS SOAR: CITY BLAMES BIG BUSINESS, RESIDENTS BLAME OFFICIALS

Shannon, who has grown up in the city, works at a bagel shop on the edge of Chinatown and says while she feels for those suffering on the street, sometimes it’s easier to look away.

“I put blinders on a lot,” she told Fox News. “Like tunnel vision. I choose not to acknowledge it.”

“I put blinders on a lot. Like tunnel vision. I choose not to acknowledge it.”

— Shannon, Portland resident 

Portland’s metropolitan area has swollen to 2.4 million people, a far cry in both size and culture from the rough-and-tumble, river-port boomtown settled by 19th Century lumberjacks and longshoremen. In recent decades, Portland’s embrace of progressive politics and hipster crunchiness has earned it praise, as well as gentle mockery as the Pacific Northwest’s capital of ‘wokeness’ on the TV series Portlandia. In recent weeks, Portland has seen the dark side of political activism, hosting a pair of violent face-offs between Antifa and far-right groups.

Now, rampant homelessness threatens to define Portland, much as it has other West Coast cities where critics say decades of liberal policies, rising housing costs and a generous safety net have created a social problem that can no longer be ignored.

On any given night, thousands of people can be found sleeping on the city’s streets. The latest count, released in August, shows that in 2019 more people were sleeping outside in Multnomah County than at any time in the last decade. Of the 2,037 unsheltered people, nearly 80 percent reported having one or more disabilities.

Rachel Solotaroff, president and CEO of the nonprofit Central City Concerns, says the drivers of homelessness in Portland can be broken into two factors.

“The absence of affordable housing, the absence of meaningful wage jobs, structural racism and bias, interaction with the criminal justice system,” she told Portland Monthly. “Then there’s individual experience, things like serious mental illness, substance use disorder, history of trauma, interaction with the foster care system as a child and low income or poverty. Homelessness is the intersection of those factors.”

As the number of homeless has grown, the calls for solutions have intensified. Some residents Fox News spoke to feel as though officials are letting them down and doing a disservice to those who need the most help. They complain the city’s response to the crisis has been costly, fragmented and ineffective. They say Portland’s policies don’t adequately address mental illness and say officials are kidding themselves if they think they can find an easy fix.

“How safe is it to have mentally ill homeless people walking around on the streets?” resident Naomi Oliver asked Fox News. “Is it better to throw them in jail? Isn’t that what they are doing now?”

“How safe is it to have mentally ill homeless people walking around on the streets? 

— Naomi Oliver, Portland resident 

According to a June report from Disability Rights Oregon, Portland hospitals have been using trespassing laws to remove homeless people, the mentally ill or both. The report analyzed police data on trespass arrests from the summer of 2017 through the summer of 2018 at six Portland hospitals and found when someone is asked to leave a hospital and they don’t, they can be taken to jail. The problem, some say, is that hospitals are calling the cops on homeless people because they don’t want to deal with them.

The state has also come under fire in recent years for moving mentally ill patients out of intense treatment centers and into less restrictive care. Progressives have long argued that civil liberties should come first and locking up someone for too long strips them of their basic rights. Critics say moving them out of treatment too soon or without proper follow-up can trigger a backslide which not only puts them in danger of harming themselves, but others as well.

Whether they are mentally ill, addicted to drugs or have fallen on hard times, the number of homeless on the streets of Portland is taking a toll on how residents and visitors view their safety and businesses run their operations.

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Businesses in Portland are beginning to consider pulling out of the city due to the homeless population. (FOX12)

Michael Kirby, manager of the quirky gift shop Boys Fort, estimates his store has taken a 15 percent hit in sales.

“I have had people literally running into my store saying ‘I do not feel safe’ and that’s the thing that flipped my switch,” he told Fox News. “Portland needs to fix this.”

Earlier this year, Kirby said a homeless drug addict “shot up” outside his store.

“He had a needle in his arm and was passed out,” he said. “What could we do? We literally cannot do anything as business owners.”

Kirby said calls to officials haven’t led to many improvements.

“I think the city, state and county need to work together as a cohesive group,” he said. “Right now, it’s oil and water and they don’t mix.”

Dana Highfill, owner of Float North, a flotation therapy center in northeast Portland, told Fox News her store has been vandalized in the past year. There have also been multiple occasions where she’s had to clean up human feces and pick up dirty needles. Like Kirby, Highfill says the situation is getting worse and hurting sales.

“It’s definitely an enormous problem,” she said. “It’s a terrible thing for someone from out of town to see. It’s not a good face for the city.”

“It’s a terrible thing for someone from out of town to see. It’s not a good face for the city.”

— Dana Highfill, owner of Float North

Highfill said she has called the cops numerous times to complain.

“I work really hard and I see people sleeping on the side of the street and it’s extremely frustrating to see and I want something to be done right away,” she said. “But I see the other side of it, too. What is the most effective way to handle the issue? These are people and I feel like they should be treated as such.”

Part of Portland’s problem is that elected officials and experts don’t see eye to eye. The city’s cops, too, have been struggling to define their role as well as how to handle hundreds of complaints.

“The Police Bureau currently does not collect sufficient data to effectively analyze its officers’ interactions with people experiencing homelessness,” an independent report released in July stated.

One thing is for sure — the rise in homelessness dominated the 2018 state and local election cycle. Candidates squared off on camping regulations, street cleanups, sit-lie ordinances and whether to use jails as shelters.

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In the past three years, voters in Portland have approved two affordable housing bonds and committed to adding more shelter beds. One of the bond measures would build between 2,400 and 4,000 units of affordable housing in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties for $652.8 million.

Though promising, the moves are by no means a slam dunk. The best residents say they can hope for is trying to prevent the situation from getting worse.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s girls left impression on charter captain, but disgraced millionaire was elusive

It was the summer of 2006 when Scott Schroeder got the call.

He and his friend Nick checked the gear, boarded their boat and headed straight for Jeffrey Epstein‘s infamous Little St. James Island. The two girls waiting for them near the millionaire’s private dock were dressed in short, silky Victoria’s Secret robes. There was Dana, a 5-foot-6-inch dark-haired beauty from New York and her friend Tatiana, a striking 6-foot blonde from Russia.

Epstein had left the island for the day and the girls wanted “something fun to do.” The caretaker paid Schroeder $130 to take them parasailing.

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Private charter boat captain Scott Schroeder says he was hired in 2006 to take two 17-year-old girls who were staying on Jeffrey Epstein’s island parasailing. (Barnini Chakraborty/Fox News)

“I remember it vividly because I was young at the time and they were very cute,” he told Fox News. “They are hard to forget.”

“I remember it vividly… They are hard to forget.”

— Scott Schroeder, private charter captain 

Tatiana and Dana were 17. The age of consent in the Virgin Islands is 18.

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Scenes like this played out a lot over the years on Epstein’s island. There was talk that some of the girls were even younger.

Epstein, the disgraced New York financier, led an extraordinary life of wealth, power and extreme privilege on Little St. James, a 72-acre estate he bought in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1998 for $7.95 million. It’s where he entertained the world’s most influential people, including presidents and princes. His parties were notorious not only for the caliber of crowd they drew but also for the alleged debauchery and criminal behavior that went down.

IN PICTURES: EPSTEIN’S ISLANDS, LITTLE ST. JAMES AND GREAT ST. JAMES

In neighboring St. Thomas, the young girls Epstein brought to his island weren’t a secret. In fact, he flaunted them.

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This is a boat dock on Little St. James Island. Jeffrey Epstein bought the island for $7.95 million in 1998. The 73-acre private island has been dubbed “Pedophile Island” by locals. (Barnini Chakraborty/Fox News)

Schroeder, who now runs Aqua Blue Charters in St. Thomas, said Epstein was having “a lot” of parties on his private island about 10 to 15 years ago.

“Everything was under the cuff with the NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) so you didn’t see the guests going out there, but his helicopter was flying a lot,” he said.

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Schroeder said one of Epstein’s helicopters was based out of Puerto Rico so he could fly his guests straight to his private island instead of putting them on a boat, but that toward the end, after Epstein went in 50-50 with New York real estate tycoon Andrew Farkas in 2007 to buy American Yacht Harbor, a 127-slip marina on the east side of St. Thomas, his preferred method was to ferry the girls to the island.

“This was happening as late as three months ago,” Schroeder said.

Around the time Epstein was purchasing American Yacht Harbor, his lawyers were cutting a deal with prosecutors in Florida to spare him from federal sex crime charges. He eventually pleaded guilty in June 2008 to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution. He spent 13 months in a county jail, though his lawyers negotiated a work release for him that allowed him to leave for 12 hours, six days a week.

In the Virgin Islands, the partying didn’t stop — though some, like Red Hook shop owner Lance Maanum, say it wasn’t as open as it used to be. Maanum said “we all knew something wasn’t quite right” with Epstein for a while, but after the Florida arrest Epstein “kept a low profile and was suspicious about everyone.”

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The stone and turquoise structure was Jeffrey Epstein’s home on Little St. James Island. (Barnini Chakraborty/Fox News)

Jon Stewart, a charter boat captain in St. Thomas, told Fox News he only saw Epstein once in 2 1/2 years.

“Unless you worked for him or at the airport you probably just heard rumors,” he said.

“Willie,” a construction worker in St. Thomas, was employed by Epstein. He told Fox News he had heard about what went on in “Pedophile Island” and struggled with working for Epstein morally, but that in the end it came down to feeding his family.

“He was a wealthy man and powerful. I worked for him so I could put food on the table,” he said. “I am not ashamed of that. We don’t have options for work here. What are you going to do? Are you going to give me a job?”

Epstein, who was arrested one last time in July, was awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges when he was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug. 10.

Locals say the way Epstein lived his life has left a mark on the island that will be hard to erase.

“We are the red-headed stepchild of the states because nobody ever talks about us,” Schroeder said. “It’s sad that this is the type of press that we get to bring into the news cycle.”

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Locals are also quick to point out that most of the other mega-rich and powerful people in the area aren’t like Epstein.

“He’s the only one that we know of that was playing like that,” Schroeder said. “As far as we see from the outside looking in, the other investment bankers and others out here look like they are above board and if they’re not, they are being super discreet in such a small circle way that nothing touches them.”

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Eva Kor, Holocaust survivor, dies peacefully at age 85

Eva Kor, a Holocaust survivor who founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Educational Center in Indiana, died peacefully on Thursday during her annual trip to Poland. She was 85.

Kor, a Jewish native of Romania, was sent to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, where most of her family was killed.

Kor and her twin sister, Miriam Mozes Zeiger, survived but were subjected to inhumane medical experiments by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele before they were rescued in 1945.

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Zeiger died in June 1993.

A longtime resident of Terre Haute, Indiana, Kor preached forgiveness, even to the Nazis who tortured her and her sister.

She spent the past 40 years sharing her story with students, teachers, doctors, senators, historians and civic groups both nationally and internationally.

In 1995, Kor opened the CANDLES museum to prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust. In 2003, the museum was destroyed by an arsonist. Kor vowed to rebuild and, with the public’s help, reopened the museum in 2005.

“Eva Kor has touched hundreds of thousands of people over her 85 years through her message of overcoming tragedy, finding forgiveness, and healing,” the CANDLES museum said in a statement. “We hope Eva’s story continues to change the lives of those who hear it for many years to come.”

Museum officials said the center will be closed until Tuesday in honor of Kor’s memory.

In 2017, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb awarded Kor the Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor.

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Holcomb tweeted Thursday that “the world just lost a giant.”

“Everywhere she went, Eva brought light into darkness & provided comfort to those in pain, unlike anyone we’ve ever met. From her against all odds survival as a young girl in Auschwitz to her peace-spreading message based from home in Terre Haute, Indiana, her relentless and optimistic example inspired the world. Her angelic spirit will live on in the countless souls she saved from ongoing confusion and torment,” Holcomb tweeted.

A public memorial service will be planned.

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Fotis Dulos hires Alex Jones’ attorney to defend him in disappearance of his wife, Jennifer

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Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, the Connecticut mother missing for more than two weeks, has hired high-profile attorney Norm Pattis to defend him.

Pattis told The Hartford Courant that “trial by innuendo has convicted” his client, and that they “will opt for a trial by jury.”

Fotis Dulos has spent more than a week behind bars at the Bridgeport Correctional Center, a high-security state jail housing both pretrial defendants and sentenced offenders. Dulos, aka Inmate No. 430902, was unable to make his $500,000 bail.

CONN. COPS FACE NEW DEADLINE IN TRYING TO CRACK JENNIFER DULOS CASE

His live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, bonded out Monday and has spent the past week talking with detectives and prosecutors with her lawyer, Andrew Bowman, a Westport criminal defense attorney with nearly five decades of experience, by her side.

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Pattis’ partner Kevin Smith purportedly met with Fotis Dulos at the prison late Friday.

Bridgeport attorney Eugene Riccio represented Dulos at his first court appearance in Norwalk and has tried to secure a bond for Dulos ever since. Fotis Dulos and Troconis are both due back in court on Tuesday.

Investigators spent much of Saturday back at a Hartford trash facility looking for evidence in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five who was reported missing more than two weeks ago. Prosecutors claim the duo were caught on multiple surveillance cameras hiding evidence and throwing out bloody garbage bags, and have lied about it.

Pattis is no stranger to high-profile cases. He represents Alex Jones, the publisher of Infowars. Jones is being sued by the families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims. They claim Jones purposely spread a story that the 2012 shooting at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school was staged. Twenty-six people — 20 students and six adults — were shot and killed during that shooting spree.

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Nine hospitalized in Boston subway derailment 

Nine people were hospitalized Saturday after a subway car derailed near Fenway Park in Boston.

Officials with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said the accident happened about 11 a.m. when a subway car derailed inside a tunnel.

Local emergency officials said that none of the injuries were life-threatening, but that the incident caused major delays on the public transit system.There were about 150 people on the train when it derailed, with another 500 riders on the train behind it.

Following the incident, passengers were evacuated and walked through the tunnel.

Among those injured were the train’s operator. A 10th individual was reported injured but declined treatment, according to local reports.

“We are going to conduct a full investigation into this derailment,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a statement.

The accident came as Boston was gearing up for its annual Pride Parade and a Red Sox game at Fenway Park against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Dems prepping for a 2020 Florida recount some see as inevitable

Florida Democrats on Saturday were put on notice and told by the state’s new voter protection director to expect a recount during next year’s presidential election.

Brandon Peters, who was hired by the state party in May, told a packed room of Democratic activists gathered in Orlando that there will be teams of volunteers trained in how to monitor county canvassing boards for recount problems around the state.

“We are going to be prepared,” Peters said at the party’s Leadership Blue 2019 meeting.

FLORIDIAN FURY AT COUNTIES THAT MAKE REST OF STATE LOOK BAD

Florida infamously captured national headlines after the 2000 presidential election. Last year, the state was once again under the spotlight after a recount was needed in three statewide races. The recounts exposed a network of ballot problems in Broward and Palm Beach counties that caused state, local and national leaders to call out the Sunshine State as an electoral basket case. The recounts also led to the resignation of Broward County’s embattled elections chief Brenda Snipes.

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The Florida Democratic Party is the second state Democratic party in the nation to hire a voter protection director, behind the Georgia Democratic Party.

Peters said by July 2020 he hopes to have 15,000 lawyers and volunteers in place around the state to address any voter problems.

Those problems include making it difficult for ex-convicts to register after Florida voters last year passed a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to as many as 1.4 million felons and creating earlier deadlines for mail-in ballots, Peters said.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has pledged to sign a bill requiring repayment of financial obligations before felons’ voting rights are restored.

Other nonelectoral changes in Florida could have consequences for voters, such as the rollout this month of new drivers’ licenses with magnetic strips removed, Peters said.

Voters often check in at polls where information on the strip is run against a database for ID verification. Without that, poll workers may have to resort to manually checking the ID against paper rolls, creating long lines, Peters said.

The state party is coordinating with the Democratic National Party to set up a tool to track election problems in real time. There also will be a hotline for volunteers to call in problems, Peters said.

“If you see something, say something,” Peters said. “Once we are aware of the problem, we will do something about it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of Connecticut missing mother, Jennifer Dulos, and his girlfriend arraigned

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NORWALK, Conn. — Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, the Connecticut mother of five who has been missing for more than a week, is likely to face further charges in the coming days, prosecutors said during a Monday arraignment on evidence tampering allegations, and asked Dulos’ bail be kept at $500,000.

No plea was entered by Dulos or his girlfriend, who was also arraigned on tampering charges in a separate hearing Monday at Norwalk Superior Court.

Dulos, 51, and girlfriend Michelle Troconis, 44, were arrested late Saturday at a hotel in Avon, Conn., on charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution relating to the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. Dulos’ lawyer Monday said it was unlikely he would be able to post bail immediately. Troconis’ attorney said she would be able to make her $500,000 bail Monday. She will have to wear a GPS monitor.

Troconis, a multilingual high-roller who has interviewed celebrities on television and helped launch an upscale ski resort in Argentina, arrived at the courthouse first. Her brown hair was tied up in a ponytail and she did not speak to the media. Fotis Dulos arrived in court soon after wearing an orange jumpsuit.

Fotis Dulos and Troconis became romantically involved about a year before Jennifer Dulos filed for divorce and moved to the close-knit community in New Canaan. Authorities have hinted other charges against the couple could be coming soon.

HUSBAND OF MISSING CONNECTICUT MOM ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH HINDERING PROSECUTION, TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE 

Since Dulos was reported missing 10 days ago, local, state and federal authorities have been “working around the clock” to find her, New Canaan police said in a statement Sunday.

Specifically, authorities spent the weekend searching Fotis Dulos’ sprawling 10,000-square foot Farmington mansion, as well as a nearby residence Dulos’ company, Fore Group, had developed. Armed with search warrants, investigators showed up at the Farmington home Sunday with more than a dozen state police vehicles and two canine units.

In the past 72 hours, state police obtained DNA samples from Fotis Dulos, who, for the past two years, has been locked in a contentious custody battle with his wife over the couple’s five children, who range in age from 8 to 13.

Dulos’ disappearance continues to be treated as both a missing-person case and a criminal investigation, New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro said.

The 50-year-old brunette was last seen driving a black Chevy Suburban 10 days ago, when she dropped off her children at their private school in New Canaan. Authorities spent three hours Friday handing out flyers that featured a picture of Dulos and her vehicle.

The circumstances surrounding Dulos’ disappearance have taken an ominous turn in recent days as more information has emerged about the couple’s rocky relationship.

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According to court documents, Jennifer Dulos said she was “terrified for (her) family’s safety, especially since discovering the gun, since my husband has a history of controlling, volatile and delusional behavior.” She also accused her husband, who was born and raised in Greece but attended college in the United States, of threatening to kidnap their children and take them to Greece.

Fotis Dulos, who married Jennifer 13 years ago, has strongly pushed back on his wife’s allegations. He has said he turned in his handgun to the Farmington police and accused his wife of being the unfit parent. He also said she had mental health issues, asserting at one point she verbally attacked him and called him names in front of guests.

Members of the affluent Connecticut town have been gripped by the case.

“Stuff like this doesn’t happen here,” Leila Roxo, an associate at LoLo Bag, an accessories boutique in New Canaan, told Fox News. “It’s a really quiet and safe town. Parents are OK just dropping off their kids and letting them walk around town, eat, have ice cream, buy something and then picking them up. It’s pretty safe.”

Roxo, who has a 6-year-old daughter, said she worries most about Dulos’ children and the scars they may carry from their mother’s disappearance.

“The 8-year-old is definitely going to remember some stuff,” Roxo said. “I don’t know how far apart the other ones are, but I have a 6-year-old and I feel like if this were to happen to her, she’d definitely remember.”

On Sunday night, hundreds of people packed into St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for the second vigil held in a week for Dulos.

Eric Cooper, the head of the New Canaan Country School, described Dulos as “an incredibly warm person” and a “devoted mother who supported everything her children did.”

“We’re heartbroken,” he said. All five of the Dulos children attend the private school.

Carrie Luft, a spokeswoman for the family, said last week the children “miss their mother terribly, but they are doing as well under the circumstances as one could.”

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The kids are reportedly with their maternal grandmother, Gloria Farber, in New York City. Farber and her late husband sued Fotis Dulos, claiming in court documents he did not repay a $1.7 million loan he borrowed to buy and redevelop high-end homes.

Fox News’ Lissa Kaplan contributed to this report. 

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‘It’s sickening’: Liz Cheney slams Democratic leaders for defense of Tlaib’s Holocaust remark

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Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming sounded off Tuesday on her Democratic colleagues in Congress, accusing them of being anti-Semitic by not condemning comments by Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

“We have a situation today where those of us who are elected officials and particularly elected officials in the House of Representative where this anti-Semitism is rising within our body have an obligation to stand up and to stop it,” Cheney said on “Fox & Friends.”

She also took House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to task over their recent demand for an apology from Republicans and President Trump for allegedly twisting Tlaib’s words to create controversy.

“I’m sorry that there are so many anti-Semitic members of the House Democratic caucus,” Cheney said on “Fox & Friends.” “We went yesterday from a situation where the Democratic leadership in the House had sort of been enabling this anti-Semitism by their silence. Yesterday was different.”

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On Monday, Omar accused Cheney of “deep seated hate and Islamophobia” after Cheney condemned Tlaib’s comments on Israel and the Holocaust.

Cheney slammed Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress, for making allegedly false remarks critical of Israel.

“Here’s @RepRashida direct quote, ‘There’s a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust.’ And her ‘history’ of what happened after is a fantasy based on lies spread to delegitimize the state of Israel,” Cheney tweeted.

Omar responded, “Give it up, we all know you never met a Muslim you didn’t want to vilify!,” Omar said. “Your deep seeded hate and Islamophobia might be a tool to rally your base, but won’t get rid your colleagues. You just have to deal.”

Instead of calling out their colleagues as Republicans demanded, the House Democratic leadership defended Omar and Tlaib.

“If you read Rep. Tlaib’s comments, it is clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are taking them out of context,” Hoyer told The Hill. “They must stop, and they owe her an apology.”

Pelosi also weighed in and called for Trump and Tlaib’s critics to apologize.

“Republicans’ desperate attempts to smear @RepRashida & misrepresent her comments are outrageous,” Pelosi tweeted. “President @realDonaldTrump & House GOP should apologize to Rep. Tlaib & the American people for their gross misrepresentations.”

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That didn’t sit well with Cheney who told Fox News, “There is just no context in which it is okay to say that a calming feeling comes over you when you think about the Holocaust. It’s sickening.”

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Petraeus praises Trump, calls out NATO, North Korea and China

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In a wide-ranging with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, former CIA Director David Petraeus praised President Trump’s hard line on NATO, claimed the west needs to rethink its North Korea strategy and warned the United States should be “firm, not provocative” with China.

The retired four-star general said Trump is hardly the first U.S. president to take NATO to task for spending too little on their own defense and depending on the U.S. to make up the difference.

“(Trump) is right to do that,” Petraeus said. “He is by no means the first president. I heard President Obama do this publicly and privately. I heard Secretary Gates, President Bush, others… have all been very frustrated that our NATO allies have not spent what they have agreed to spend.”

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He added, “The greatest gift to nato since out end of the Cold War is Vladimir Putin. He has given a whole new reason for NATO to live.”

When it comes to North Korea, the former head of US Central Command said the west needs a more realistic approach in dealing with Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

“The real question is do we truly believe that we can demand that North Korea agree to complete irreversible, verifiable destruction of their nuclear program before we do anything? Or is — should we do a step-by-step starting out with a on the ground verification inspection, validation of what is there? The secretary of state (Mike Pompeo) is a seriously bright guy. We do have dialogue. I think he understands..

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Petraeus then shifted to China and the challenges facing the Trump administration. He believes both countries have to “compete” and “collaborate” in order to be successful.

“We should look at every decision that we take and ask what will the effect of that be on our relationship with China? What we need to be here is firm not provocative,” Petraeus said. “We want to ensure that China realizes that if there are actions that they take that are not acceptable to us, that there is going to be a response.”

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On Friday, the U.S. escalated its trade war with China, slapping tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports after trade talks held in D.C. failed Thursday.

Beijing hit back and pledged to take “necessary countermeasures” though it did not give specifics.

Brian Kilmeade’s full interview with former CIA Director David Petraeus will be available this weekend.

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Canadian doctor sentenced to life for killing wife as their three children slept nearby

A Canadian doctor who murdered his wife two days after she filed for divorce was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

Neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji, 43, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Elana Fric Shamji, a well-respected family doctor. Shamji attacked his wife, broke her neck and ribs before choking her to death while their three children slept nearby.

He then took his wife’s mangled body, stuffed it into a suitcase and dumped it in the Humber River.

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After the incident, Shamji went home, cleaned up and reported to work as usual and even performed surgeries. He reported his wife missing and was arrested a day later after her body had been found.

During the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Elana Shamji’s mother said the incident had destroyed her family and left them with rage. She told the Toronto court that she would have died “except that the children have given me a purpose to live.”

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“I see my daughter in them every day, and I talk to her at her gave site,” she said.

Elana Shamji’s father, Joe Fric, also addressed the court.

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“I am an old man, almost 74 years of age, so my loss will end before too long, but the loss of the children will go on for decades and decades,” he said, struggling to speak through tears.

He added that going to identify his daughter’s body at the morgue would haunt him forever.

“No parent should ever have to do that,” he said.

Shamji, whose 12-year marriage was described as volatile and dysfunctional, said he should have taken his own life instead of his wife’s.

“Mine was the ultimate betrayal to a woman who gave so much to so many people, especially me,” he said. “There have been no justifications or excuses for what I have done that has hurt so many people.”

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Shamji will be eligible for parole in 14 years.

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