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Thief breaks into Subway sandwich shop, fixes himself chicken hero

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A hungry crook broke into a Subway sandwich shop in Washington DC and fixed himself a midnight snack, police said.

The suspect, wearing a collard shirt and khaki shorts, broke into the store in the Northwest section of the city at about 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 2, DC police said.

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He grabbed a bag of chips before launching himself over the sandwich counter and falling to the floor, video of the break in shows.

He then scans the sandwich-making area of the fast-food shop before settling on a loaf of bread and assembling a foot-long sandwich, the video shows.

Police told NBC 4 Washington that the chicken sandwich was worth about $8.

The suspect stumbled out of the sandwich shop and has not been caught, authorities said.

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He’s wanted for burglary, according to cops.

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DC dog walker stabbed to death in random attack: cops

A University of California, Davis graduate was reportedly stabbed to death Tuesday evening in what appeared to be random attack while walking a dog in Washington, D.C.

Margery Magill, 27, was found on a sidewalk with multiple stab wounds in the northeast part of the city. She worked part-time for Rover, an online dog walking company, and was walking a dog for a family in the area, according to WRC-TV.

Eliyas Aregahegne, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Wednesday. The attack was not an attempted robbery or sexual assault and he did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said, according to WRC.

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Magill was found in front of the MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Irving Street NW just before 9 p.m. (Google Maps)

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A nearby neighbor said he heard a scream.

“Came downstairs and came out with my wife and all we saw was a dog across the street with a leash and no human and we knew something was wrong,” Chris Chambers told WRC. “We looked down and we found the young lady on the sidewalk in front of our house bleeding.”

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“It’s absolutely tragic. I still can’t wrap my head around it,” Magill’s sister, Raeann Magill, told WRC. “You know, out walking a dog and to be attacked like that. How can anyone even fathom that? I mean, it’s truly tragic and I even think to myself, why her?”

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Thousands lose power in Washington DC after substation malfunction

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Thousands of Washington D.C. residents lost power Saturday after a malfunction at a local substation.

The outage began at around 2:30 p.m. ET and affected approximately 40,000 Pepco customers in the District at its peak. A few dozen customers in neighboring Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland were also affected, The Washington Post reported.

REASON FOR MASSIVE NYC BLACKOUT REMAINS A MYSTERY

Police reportedly received a surge of calls from people trapped in elevators as the city sweated out 90-degree temperatures.

The outage affected the neighborhoods of Shaw, Woodley Park, Van Ness, Adams Morgan, DuPont, Logan Circle, U Street, and Mount Pleasant.

“We are working to restore service to customers as quickly and safely as possible and are investigating the cause of this incident,” Pepco tweeted.

Pepco told customers to call the company’s outage number at 1-877-737-2662. A website referred by the utility indicated that power would not be restored to all affected residents until early Sunday.

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At approximately 5 p.m. local time, District of Columbia Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue tweeted that approximately 21,000 people remained without power.

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DC mayor says city’s security fund bankrupt in letter to Trump, blames July 4th parade: report

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote a scathing letter to President Trump on Tuesday, asking the federal government to fully reimburse the city for his Fourth of July military celebration.

in the letter, obtained by WTOP, Bowser said the additional $1.7 million cost of the festivities has interfered with her ability to keep the city safe and provide the necessary security measures to prevent a potential disaster.

She waited until the end of the letter to cite Trump’s “Salute to America” parade and wrote that she is also concerned about funding for the next presidential inauguration in 2021.

“Considering this accruing deficit, our projections indicate that the EPSF (Emergency Planning and Security Fund) will be depleted following your additional July 4th holiday activities and subsequent first amendment demonstrations,” she wrote.

‘MORNING JOE’ GUEST HITS TRUMP FOR PLANNING ‘OBSCENE’ FOURTH OF JULY MILITARY PARADE

TRUMP SINGS PRAISES OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM IN ELABORATE JULY 4 SALUTE

“The accrued amount for the July 4th holiday totals approximately $1.7 million. It is critical that the EPSF is fully reimbursed for these funds to ensure the District can uphold proper security and support during the remainder of the fiscal year without incurring a deficit for federal activities.”

Bowser also stated general concerns about the fiscal budget for 2021 and said the emergency security fund for the city will be insolvent before the end of 2019. She claimed the fund is $6 million in the red and also blamed increased security for political officials, the 2017 presidential inauguration and the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush for the shortfall.

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Fox News reached out to the White House and the mayor’s office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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National Archives confirm Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights safe after D.C. flooding

Dangerous flash floods have rocked the Washington, D.C. area on Monday, but the nation’s founding documents are safe, according to The National Archives.

The historic building, which contains significant artifacts including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, announced it closed due to electrical outrages on Monday amid the chaotic flooding. More than six inches of rain pounded parts of the D.C. area in just a two-hour time span earlier in the day.

The National Archives confirmed that the historical objects it holds were still intact, and shed some light on their safety procedures in the process.

“The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights–along with all of the permanently valuable records stored in the building–are safe and not in any danger,” the statement read.

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“All safety emergency equipment is up and working. Crews are on site working to restore the main power vault which was flooded via groundwater infiltration. The building’s flood walls deployed and worked,” it continued.

Shocking images posted to social media showed the terrifying reality of the flash floods in the area, as some drivers became stuck in the high waters and were forced to swim to safety or stand on top of their cars until help arrived.

There was substantial flooding surrounding The National Archives, making the streets inaccessible but not reaching the building’s stone staircase or pillars.

In response to the National Archives’ statement on Twitter, many were quick to make jokes about the movie “National Treasure,” in which Nicolas Cage steals the Declaration of Independence from the Archives.

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“The moment you think it’s safe… that’s when Nic Cage will strike,” one user wrote, referencing the enigmatic star’s “National Treasure” franchise.

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Antifa tries to disrupt ‘Demand Free Speech’ event in DC, reports say

Members of Antifa clashed with police Saturday after attempting to disrupt a “Demand Free Speech” rally on Saturday in Washington, D.C., according to reports.

Several members of the far-left group were seen trying to grab “Make America Great Again” hats off the heads of supporters of President Trump, the Washington Times reported.

Members of Black Lives Matter D.C. also attended, the Washington Post reported.

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A “massive” group of District of Columbia police officers was assigned to the rally in an effort to prevent violence, according to the Post.

Police had broken up at least one direct clash between the conservative Proud Boys group and members of Antifa, according to the Post. Afterward, police worked to keep the two sides apart, the report said.

Antifa members were seen dragging objects into the street to impede traffic in the rally area, the Times reported.

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People attending a “Demand Free Speech” rally in Washington, Saturday, July 6, 2019, gather around an opposing protester for a photo. The rally was organized to protest against the perceived censorship of conservative views. (Associated Press)

No arrests were made, District police Chief Peter Newsham told the newspaper.

According to the Post, authorities in the nation’s capital wanted to avoid a situation similar to last month’s violence in Portland, Ore., that prompted that city’s police to use tear gas against demonstrators.

Conservative writer Andy Ngo posted photos of his injuries after he was attacked in Portland.

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People attend a “Demand Free Speech” rally in Washington, Saturday, July 6, 2019. The rally was organized to protest against the perceived censorship of conservative views. (Associated Press)

On Wednesday, former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Fox News that he believes Antifa should be declared a domestic terror organization.

“This is an extremely violent group that goes out, threatens, intimidates, attacks with extreme violence for political reasons,” Kerik said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Conservative speakers addressing Saturday’s free-speech gathering in D.C. included Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes and writers Laura Loomer and Milo Yiannopolous, according to the Post.

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Several speakers complained that they had been banned from social media because of their conservative views, the Daily Beast reported.

“I may have been the first person in history completely banned from Tinder,” speaker Greg Aselbekian shouted, according to the outlet.

Previous “Demand Free Speech” events were held in New York and San Francisco, the Post reported.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this story.

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Byron York says Trump’s July 4th ‘Salute’ exposed contrast between event, critics’ predictions

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President Trump exposed the contrast between pundits’ negative predictions about his “Salute to America” event and how the speech played out, according to Byron York.

Fears of the militarization of Independence Day and comparisons to authoritarian leaders’ shows of force fell flat, York claimed Friday on “America’s Newsroom.”

“Has there ever been a bigger contrast between the commentary and predictions before an event and then the event itself?” he asked.

“Before the event, we had some of the president’s opponents saying that it would be a dangerous militarization of the Fourth of July. Or a dangerous politicization of the Fourth of July.”

TRUMP DEFIES OMINOUS PREDICTIONS WITH NONPARTISAN JULY 4TH SALUTE TO AMERICAN SPIRIT

York mentioned how a “very prominent commentator said he saw signs of another Tiananmen Square coming,” in an apparent reference to a tweet from Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe.

“The resemblance to days before Tiananmen Square is chilling,” Tribe wrote, reacting to the arrival of tanks in Washington.

Moreover, several local politicians offered critical commentary in the run-up to the event.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, said on MSNBC she hoped “that we never see this spectacle of our military force being on display as a show of force to our own people.”

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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said tanks should not be rolling in her city.

In another interview, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va. — who represents neighboring Alexandria — claimed Trump “must be the most insecure man I’ve ever seen.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner, claimed Trump “is incapable of celebrating what makes America great because I don’t think he gets it.”

Fellow 2020 contender Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. characterized the event as “a parade for himself and tanks for himself.”

In his interview on “America’s Newsroom,” York added after the event concluded, it was “unremarkable” in comparison to what critics expected.

“The president paid tribute to the U.S. military services, each branch of the services, and paid tribute to lots of other Americans and basically steered clear of politics,” he said.

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Trump sings praises of American exceptionalism in elaborate July 4 salute

With the Lincoln Memorial in the background and flanked on both sides by camouflaged Bradley fighting vehicles, President Trump used his “Salute to America” speech Thursday evening to praise the men and women of the Armed Forces and American exceptionalism.

Despite concerns that he would use the Fourth of July event as a glorified campaign rally, Trump stuck mainly to the script during his speech – praising the spirit that “runs through the veins of every American patriot” and attempting to strike a more unifying  and conciliatory tone than he is generally known to take.

“Today, we come together as one nation with this very special Salute to America,” a smiling Trump said. “We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag — the brave men and women of the United States military.”

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From George Washington leading the Continental Army to the Apollo 11 moon landing, Trump rattled off a list of American accomplishments and inventions in the name of freedom, while surreptitiously sneaking in a boast about his administration’s accomplishments.

“Americans love our freedom and no one will ever take it away from us,” Trump said to chants of “U-S-A.” “Our nation is stronger today than it ever was before, it is stronger now stronger than ever.”

Trump followed his speech with an individual honor to each branch of the U.S. military — Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines.

DEMS FUME AS TRUMP MOVES TO AMEND DC’S JULY 4 CELEBRATION

Despite the cloudy skies, Trump’s speech was punctuated by flyovers by military aircraft ranging from the Air Forces F-22 Raptors and B-2 Stealth Bomber to the Navy’s F-18 Super Hornets and Army Apache helicopters.

“Today, just as it did 243 years ago, the future of American Freedom rests on the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it,” Trump said. “As long as we stay true to our cause — as long as we remember our great history — and as long as we never stop fighting for a better future—then there will be nothing that America cannot do.”

“We will never forget that we are Americans, and the future belongs to us,” he said. “We share one home, one heart and we are all made by one almighty God.”

Trump’s speech was capped off with a performance by the Navy Blue Angels flight team.

While Trump’s speech set a unifying tone, the lead-up to the event was far from pacific – with Trump’s opponents slamming him on everything from the cost of the event to the perceived exploitation of the holiday for a political purpose.

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., who is among the lawmakers overseeing the Interior Department, which has jurisdiction over the National Mall and federal parks, said it was “absolutely outrageous” that the administration will use park money to help defray Thursday’s event costs. The National Park Service plans to use nearly $2.5 million intended to help improve parks nationwide, The Washington Post reported late Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.

“These fees are not a slush fund for this administration to use at will,” McCollum said in a statement. She promised a congressional hearing.

Two outside groups, the National Parks Conservation Foundation and Democracy Forward, want the department’s internal watchdog to investigate what they say may be a “potentially unlawful decision to divert” national parks money to Trump’s “spectacle.”

Former high-ranking members of the Armed Forces also weighed on Trump’s celebration, with retired U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey – a frequent critic of the president – calling the “Salute to America” “narcissistic” and that it will set up “another vile political fight.”

“He’s turning it into a “narcissistic display for his own purpose,” McCaffrey said on MSNBC on Wednesday. “It undoubtedly is a political event which makes everyone uneasy in the Pentagon.”

Trump defended the cost of the event on Wednesday, tweeting that cost “will be very little compared to what it is worth.”

“We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel,” he said, referring to Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews, home for some of the planes that are to fly over the Mall on Thursday. “We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats.”

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Washington has held an Independence Day celebration for decades, featuring a parade along Constitution Avenue, a concert on the Capitol lawn with music by the National Symphony Orchestra and fireworks beginning at dusk near the Washington Monument.

Trump altered the lineup by adding his speech, moving the fireworks closer to the Lincoln Memorial and summoning the tanks and warplanes.

Trump originally wanted a parade with military tanks and other machinery rolling through downtown Washington ever since he was enthralled by a two-hour procession of French military tanks and fighter jets in Paris on Bastille Day in July 2017. Later that year, Trump said he’d have a similar parade in Washington on the Fourth of July 2018, and would “top” the Paris show.

The event ended up being pushed to Veterans Day, which conflicted with one of Trump’s trips abroad, before it was scuttled after cost estimates exceeding $90 million were made public.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Trump delivers ‘Salute to America’ speech in DC

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With the Lincoln Memorial in the background and flanked on both sides by camouflaged Bradley fighting vehicles, President Trump used his “Salute to America” speech Thursday evening to praise the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and American exceptionalism.

Despite concerns that he would use the Fourth of July event as a glorified campaign rally, Trump stuck mainly to the script during his speech – praising the spirit that “runs through the veins of every American patriot” and attempting to strike a more unifying  and conciliatory tone than he is generally known to take.

“Today, we come together as one nation with this very special Salute to America,” a miling Trump said. “We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag—the brave men and women of the United States Military.”

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Antiwar group brings massive diaper-wearing Trump balloon to Washington Monument

The antiwar organization Code Pink brought its 20-foot-tall, diaper-clad balloon of an infant Donald Trump to the Washington Monument on Thursday to protest the president’s planned “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration.

Code Pink co-director Medea Benjamin said the organization and its members “oppose the politicization of the July Fourth holiday by President Trump.”

Trump has ordered the Pentagon to stage military demonstrations, including a flyover of jets, helicopters and other aircraft. Trump says he’ll “speak on behalf of our great Country” at his “Salute to America” event on Thursday evening.

DEMS FUME AS TRUMP MOVES TO AMEND DC’S JULY 4 CELEBRATION

Activists with Code Pink, however, argue that Trump’s event is “a campaign rally” and that its balloon is “a great symbol” because the president is “a big baby” and is “prone to tantrums.”

“We think that he is making this about himself and it’s really a campaign rally,” Benjamin said. “We think that he’s a big baby. … He’s erratic, he’s prone to tantrums, he doesn’t understand the consequences of his actions. And so this is a great symbol of how we feel about our president.”

The balloon remained tied down at the Mall because park officials restricted the group’s permission to move the balloon or fill it with helium, Benjamin said.

A small crowd gathered to take pictures with the balloon, which drew Trump supporters and detractors.

Kevin Malton, a Trump supporter from Middlesboro, Kentucky, came with his son for the holiday and took pictures with the balloon. He was glad to see the mix of political beliefs at the event, he said. “Even though everybody has different opinions,” he said, “everybody’s getting along.”

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Code Pink isn’t the only thing threatening to dampen Trump’s “Salute to America” in the nation’s capital.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for parts of the nation’s capital and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs hours before the Independence Day celebration on the National Mall is set to begin.

The watch is active until 8 p.m., which would stretch into the evening when President Donald Trump plans to speak from the Lincoln Memorial. Military flyovers also are on the schedule.

The Weather Service added that the storms are expected to develop early afternoon and there may be torrential rains and a chance of flash flooding.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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