Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hands Across the Sand in Rehoboth – Standing Against Offshore Drilling

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Photo courtesy Sky Jack Pics

Photo courtesy Sky Jack Pics

About 100 people braved the wind and rain in Rehoboth Beach Saturday to join a worldwide movement to bring attention to offshore drilling.   Hands Across the Sand began eight years ago after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Yesterday at noon residents and visitors gathered on the beach in Rehoboth to join hands and show unified opposition to the Trump administration’s recent proposal to allow oil and gas exploration and development in the Atlantic – including off the Delaware coast.


 

Oliver North on NRA's response to Texas school shooting; Sen. Lindsey Graham on status of Trump-Kim summit

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This is a rush transcript from “Fox News Sunday,” May 20, 2018. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I’m Chris Wallace.

Another school shooting leaves ten dead in the worst attack since the massacre in Parkland, Florida.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you hear boom, boom, boom, and I just ran as fast I could.

GOV. GREG ABBOTT, R-TEXAS: We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families.

WALLACE: We’ll discuss if there’s any way to protect our children with the incoming president of the National Rifle Association, Oliver North. And we’ll get reaction from a leader in preventing gun violence, Mark Kelly, the retired astronaut husband of Gabby Giffords.

Then, will President Trump given on trade with China? We’ll talk with the president’s point man, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, only on “Fox News Sunday.”

Plus, President Trump offers security assurances to Kim Jong-un on after the North Koreans threatened to cancel the summit.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We are willing to do a lot and he’s willing to I think to a lot also. And he’ll get protections that will be very strong.

WALLACE: We’ll ask Senator Lindsey Graham whether the president can keep the Singapore summit on track.

Then —

RUDY GIULIANI, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: If you’re going to write a fair report, fine, write it. If you’re going to write an unfair report, write it, and we will combat it. We’re ready to rip it apart.

WALLACE: A new effort by President Trump and his supporters to discredit Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as he marks one year as special counsel. We’ll ask our Sunday panel about reports the FBI have an informant on the campaign.

And our “Power Player of the Week”.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is Justify. He’s a big boy as you can see.

WALLACE: A Triple Crown trainer on why his horses keep making it to the winners circle.

All right now on “Fox News Sunday.”

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WALLACE: And hello again from Fox News in Washington.

There is major news today on a Trump-Kim summit and trade talks with China. But we begin with another school shooting, the 16th this year. This time a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 people were killed. The attack coming just weeks after nationwide walkouts by students seeking tougher gun controls after the massacre in Parkland, Florida — walkouts students participated in before they begin the next targets.

This hour, we’ll look at what can be done to protect our children. We’ll talk exclusively with incoming NRA President Oliver North, and get reaction from gun control advocate Mark Kelly.

But first to Doug McKelway in Santa Fe, Texas, with the latest on the investigation.

DOUG MCKELWAY, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Chris.

For the first time, we are hearing from the family of the accused gunman. The Pagourtzis family in a formal statement they ask for their privacy and they added, quote: We are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred. We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe high school students that showed Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy.

But like so many other Americans, they seem unaware of some of their son’s disturbing social media postings.

The suspect made an initial court appearance on capital murder charges. He told investigators that he spared the students he liked. The death toll remains at 10. Among the 13 wounded, San Fe ISD Police Officer John Barnes who ran to the sound of the gunshots and helped neutralize the shooter. Barnes nearly bled out but remains in critical but stable condition.

Another of the wounded, sophomore Rome Shubert was shot in the back of the head.

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ROME SHUBERT, SHOOTING VICTIM: It went in through the back of my head just right like kind of in the middle of the back of my head and it came out right here. People were like let’s go, let’s go, and I just took off running. I still had no idea that I had been shot yet. I took off running out the door, and there’s something for a while out there. (INAUDIBLE) hard and that I just propelled myself over the wall.

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MCKELWAY: Among the dead, Sabika Sheikh, who was in the U.S. on a State Department exchange program from Pakistan. Funeral prayers for Sheikh will take place today in Houston. And the Houston Texans NFL football team confirms that there are star defensive end JJ Watt has indeed agreed to pay for the funeral services of all of the deceased — Chris.

WALLACE: Doug McKelway reporting from Santa Fe, Texas — Doug, thanks for that.

Joining me now, the next president of the National Rifle Association, Oliver North.

Ollie, welcome back to “Fox News Sunday.”

OLIVER NORTH, INCOMING PRESIDENT, NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: Thank you, Chris.

WALLACE: I want to start by playing two students from Santa Fe High said after the shooting. Here they are.

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DAKOTA SCHRADER, SANTA FE SHOOTING SURVIVOR: I shouldn’t be going through this. This is my school. This is my daily life. I shouldn’t have to feel like that, and I feel scared to even go back.

PAIGE CURRY, SANTA FE SHOOTING SURVIVOR: It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt eventually it was going to happen here too.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: What do you say to young people like that who have come to expect shootings in their schools?

NORTH: They shouldn’t have to. They shouldn’t be afraid to go to school. They shouldn’t worry about the fact that they might not go home that night because some crazed person comes in with a firearm. Which is one of the reasons why the NRA for over two years has been advocating a program called School Shield and there’s legislation for it. Seventy-five to a hundred million dollars appropriated by the federal government to assist in that.

But if School Shield had been placed in Santa Fe high school, far less likely that that would have happened. The problem that we got is we are trying like the Dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease.

And the disease in this case isn’t the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence. They have been drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male and they are young teenagers in most cases.

And they have come through a culture where violence is commonplace. All you need to do is turn on the TV, go to a movie. If you look at what has happened to the young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten.

Now, I am certainly not a doctor, I’m a marine, but I can see those kinds of things happening endangering those two gals –.

WALLACE: Let’s get specific because this was the 16th —

NORTH: Yes.

WALLACE: — sixteenth school shooting so far this year. That is the most at this point in a year since they started keeping records after Columbine in 1999. Two, three key specific things that you think would keep our children safe?

NORTH: Well, one, School Shield, because School Shield —

WALLACE: Which is what?

NORTH: It’s a program — the NRA introduced it two years ago. It’s a — we’ll go do an assessment, costs the school nothing, costs the taxpayers nothing to get the assessment, as to what the issues are in terms of ingress, egress, the ability to hide a firearm and get them into a school. The number of officers you really need. And very few schools actually have that —

WALLACE: Let’s just talk about that specific — if I may, just talk about that specifically. This school had to go policeman armed, roaming the halls. The school administrator said yesterday they considered Santa Fe a hardened school.

NORTH: But there’s no way to detect a firearm being brought into the building. Look, you and I came through the lobby here in this building for we are sitting right now. There’s a security desk there. There’s a barrier for us to pass through. You can’t get on an airplane today without going through a metal detector.

WALLACE: I was going to say, there’s no metal detector in our building. Are you suggesting that there be a metal detector? I’m not saying that’s wrong, a metal detector at the entrance to every school for millions and millions of schools?

NORTH: Well, if you want to stop the carnage — look, you are not going to fix it by taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens. You’ve got to take it away to harden the place sufficiently, that those kids are safe inside the door. If that means five metal detectors getting and out of the high school, you get five metal detectors.

WALLACE: OK. Cameron Kasky, one of the Parkland students who has led the March for Our Lives movement, tweeted this after the shooting. Donald Trump does not care about you or your kids getting shot.

Here’s what you’ve said about the Parkland school movement: What they did very successfully with a frontal assault and now intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking, is they confused the American people.

Question, what’s wrong with students like this fighting, they would say, for their lives?

NORTH: Look it, I — that is taken out of context as people are fond of saying in our business. I was talking about the people who organized the harassment, the vandalism, the threats, the hacking and showing the full force of the First Amendment against the Second Amendment. And they are leading the cause.

I’m not — these kids aren’t the problem. They are being used by forces far bigger than they are to make sure that the Second Amendment goes away.

WALLACE: Who is using the Parkland students?

NORTH: We know that — we know what Mayor Bloomberg was up to. We know what George Soros has funded. I mean, in our business, his creations have gone after you, me and everybody else.

WALLACE: Cameron Kasky would say he is speaking and working for himself and those other kids.

NORTH: OK. But my point being I was not criticizing those kids. Your next guest is going to be a person who was an advocate for more gun control. He’s got a First Amendment right just like I do.

I believe that what we are doing right now with the National Rifle Association is trying to make sure that kids are protected without taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens. And that’s — that’s all it’s about.

WALLACE: I got less than a minute left. You say that one of your jobs as the incoming president at the NRA is you want to reassure politicians with all of this movement now for gun control that it’s a good thing to be associated with the NRA, not a liability. How is that going?

NORTH: Well, my goal is a million more members. We have 6 million now. We’ve been around since 1871. It took us that long. I want to get a million more. And then I’m going to go out and ask every NRA member to recruit one more.

That will put 14 million activists on the streets. Not the types that George Soros is fielding, not the types that showed up down there in Dallas to protest our right to gather. But those are going to be people who support the Second Amendment. That’s our cause.

WALLACE: Ollie, thank you. Thanks for coming in today.

NORTH: A pleasure.

WALLACE: Now, let’s bring in Mark Kelly, the retired astronaut who became a leader in preventing gun violence after his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was severely injured by a deranged shooter in 2011.

Mark, you just heard Oliver North. Here’s what President Trump said after the shooting.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others.

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WALLACE: Mark, your reaction?

MARK KELLY, FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT: Well, you know, on the surface, those sound like reasonable words. I mean, keeping guns, weapons, out of the hands of people that pose a threat. You did not hear Ollie say that. You know, Ollie talked about the school being the problem and not the fact that we have proliferated guns throughout society.

I’m a gun owner. Like Ollie, I’m a supporter of the Second Amendment, but we make it so easy for irresponsible people and criminals to get access to firearms.

WALLACE: But let me pick up on that because let’s review the facts of this specific case.

The shooter in this case had a shotgun and a pistol, there were no assault weapons. The guns had been bought legally by his father. He was on the school football team. He was on the honor roll. There were no red flags.

The fact is most of the things that you generally talk about would not have prevented this shooting.

KELLY: In general, but, you know, one thing that could be done, I mean, the state of Texas is an example, could pass a piece of legislation that requires parents to safely store their firearms if they have a child in the house. I mean, this kid was 17 years old. He shouldn’t have access to a semiautomatic shotgun and a .38 revolver.

I mean, there is legislation. I mean, it works. It works in the states that have less gun violence. You know, they have stronger laws.

WALLACE: But you are talking about Texas, people go hunting. The idea that a 17-year-old is not going to have access to his dad’s shotgun and that we’re going to have a law preventing that?

KELLY: I mean, it exists in some places. I mean, I go hunting as well, but, you know, all my firearms are locked in a safe and if I had — I don’t even have a kid in the house anymore. I mean, if I did, you know, I would even probably even double down on that.

I mean, there are things that work. When we allow irresponsible people to get their hands on firearms and criminals — I mean, your last guest is about to take over as the president of an organization that is against background checks for gun sales. I mean, the most common sense thing that we can do to protect society, they are so strongly against. And then they advocate for an alternative reality, that the problem is the school and the access point.

WALLACE: Well, wait, wait, I want to —

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KELLY: Certainly, we can take steps.

WALLACE: Mark, I want to pick up on that, though, because as I discussed with Oliver North, this is the 16th school shooting so far this year. There clearly is a copycat aspect of this. One disturbed student seeing what another disturbed student did, and following in that deranged path. And the question does become at a certain point, particularly as I point out where a lot of the things, assault weapons, red flags don’t — wouldn’t have worked in this case, do we need to harden our schools the way we do our airports with metal detectors and limited access to get in and out of the school?

KELLY: Absolutely. I mean, I think we should make it more difficult. I mean, figure out a way to prevent people coming in the door with a firearm. At the same time, make sure that that irresponsible person can’t get the gun in the first place.

I mean, there are a lot of reasons why we have the level of gun violence that we currently have in this country. It’s not one reason we have 38,000 people dying every year from gun violence, another 110,000 people are shot and injured.

I can tell you this, and this is from somebody who owns eight firearms — it’s not because we don’t have enough guns in our society. I mean, we have more guns than almost every other country. If the issue was more firearms in more places, which is what Ollie North and the NRA advocates for, we would live in the safest country on the planet and that’s not the case.

WALLACE: I have about a minute left, and I want to ask you one final question.

Gun control has generally not been a big — pro-gun control — a big voting issue in elections. You just heard Oliver North say that he is on a campaign to try to reassure politicians that being part or associated with the NRA is a plus, not a minus. He wants to add a million more members/voters.

Do you think you can make pro-gun control issues a key voting issue in this campaign?

KELLY: Well, I mean, gun safety already is. I mean, we saw that in November in Virginia. We’re going to see this year in November. These kids from Parkland, who, by the way, Ollie referred to as terrorists I believe it’s what he said about them several weeks ago.

I mean, these kids are motivated. They are smart, they are articulate and they are angry. And they have a right to be angry. The kids in Santa Fe, I live 10 miles from that school for 15 years. Those kids have a right to be angry about this.

And the alternative reality — I mean, Rex Tillerson just gave — just gave a speech at VMI, a commencement speech, and he talked about how alternative realities are a threat to democracy. And I think what —

WALLACE: All right.

KELLY: — the NRA is proposing as an alternative reality.

WALLACE: Mark, we are going to have to leave it there. Thank you, thank you for joining us today. And unfortunately we will stay on top of this continuing story.

Up next, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on talks to settle big differences between the U.S. and China. Can the world’s two against economies avoid a trade war?

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WALLACE: China is showing some signs of compromise in talks with the U.S. But heading off a trade war that has kept the global markets on edge is still far from a done deal.

Joining us now, President Trump’s point man in the negotiations, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Mr. Secretary, welcome back to “Fox News Sunday.”

STEVEN MNUCHIN, TREASURY SECRETARY: Thank you. It’s great to be here with you.

WALLACE: After two long days of talks, Thursday and Friday, where are we on the one hand on China agreeing to buy $200 billion more of U.S. goods in return for the U.S. dropping tariffs on $150 billion of Chinese goods?

MNUCHIN: Well, Chris, I’m pleased to report that we have made very meaningful progress and we agreed on a framework, which is important to understand. And the framework includes their agreement to substantially reduce the trade deficit by increasing their purchases of goods. We also discussed very important structural issues that they are going to make in their economy to make sure that we have a fair ability to compete there, and also protections about technology, which have been very important to the president.

WALLACE: But China and one of the big things the president has said is he wants them to reduce the deficit by $200 billion, by $200 billion worth of U.S. goods, they reportedly refused to agree to that specific target. There’s nothing about a specific target in the statement. One, have they refused to agree to a target, and is there still the possibility of a trade war?

MNUCHIN: Well, Chris, we’re putting the trade war on hold. So, right now, we are — we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework. The president has been very clear since the first meeting with President Xi in Mar-a-Lago, that it is — we are going to reduce the trade deficit. We have an agreement with China that they will substantially agree to it.

I would just comment that, ultimately, these are not government to government transactions. It’s not a giant purchase order with us. We are immediately going to follow this up with Secretary Ross going there with very hard commitments in agriculture where we expect to see a very big increase, 35 to 45 percent increases in agriculture this year alone. In energy, doubling the energy purchases.

I think that you could see $50 billion, $60 billion a year of energy purchases over the next three to five years. And, strategically, that’s very important for us and very important for them.

WALLACE: But just to lock down two points, sir — one, no specific target of $200 billion?

MNUCHIN: Chris, we have specific targets. I’m not going to publicly disclose what they are. They go industry by industry and as I said, not only do we have targets, but ultimately, this is about industry being able to have hard contracts and deliver these goods.

WALLACE: And as far as the president’s threat, first, of $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods and $150 billion, those are all on hold?

MNUCHIN: They are. And the president had a very productive meeting with the vice premier in the Oval Office, with all of us and the vice president. He heard these commitments himself and he can always decide to put the tariffs back on if China doesn’t go through with their commitments.

WALLACE: Now, President Trump shocked a lot of people this week when he tweeted this. Let’s put it up on the screen. President Xi of China and I are working together to give massive Chinese phone company ZTE a way to get back into business fast. Too many jobs in China lost.

The Trump administration has banned U.S. companies from selling components to ZTE. And the president indicated that perhaps he would be willing to and that ban, which resulted in this exchange. Take a look.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: President Xi asked me to look at it, I said I would look at it, but anything we do with ZTE is always — it’s just a small component of the overall deal.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: President Trump bemoans too many jobs in China lost. What about American jobs?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: Now, the issue with ZTE is that they violated our sanctions for selling goods to Iran and North Korea. Is ZTE part of these trade talks and is President Trump willing to relax the ban on U.S. companies selling components to ZTE?

MNUCHIN: So, Chris, I don’t know why anybody is surprised about this so let me give you the facts. President Xi asked President Trump to look into this. That’s not a surprise.

President Trump often asks other leaders to look into things that are important to our companies. The president asked Secretary Ross to look into it, OK?

And that’s what Secretary Ross — this is an enforcement issue. It’s not a trade issue. We didn’t agree to any quid pro quo and Secretary Ross will make sure that the enforcement issue is in, but in in a way that’s good for American companies and I’m not going to go through the discussions on the enforcement issue. That was completely independent of our trade negotiations.

WALLACE: But we just have the sound bite of President Trump saying it’s a small component of the overall deal. He seems to be linking ZTE with the trade talks.

MNUCHIN: Again, the president asked us to look into it as part of the delegation, and that’s what we did. I can assure you — and you know I’m very involved in all the sanctions issues myself — I can assure you that whatever changes we make to the enforcement issue on ZTE, we will be protecting American technology, American jobs and make sure that the secretary is comfortable with enforcement.

This is — but this is an enforcement issue and I can assure you the president wants us to be very tough on ZTE. And all he did was ask the secretary to look into this.

WALLACE: OK, President Trump also suggested that President Xi, Chinese President Xi may be using his leverage with Kim Jong-un on relative to a summit to get a better trade deal with the U.S.

Take a look.

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TRUMP: It could very well be that he is influencing Kim Jong-un. We’ll see what happens. Meaning the president of China, President Xi could be influencing Kim Jong-un.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: Now, the president has suggested before that if President Xi is helpful with regards to North Korea, then he, President Trump, might go easier on China on a trade deal. Is the whole issue of a Trump-Kim summit and President Xi’s conceivable role in that, is that part of trade talks?

MNUCHIN: Well, it is only part of trade talks in the sense of I have very direct conversations with the vice premier. You know I’m responsible for sanctions and I have a commitment from them that they are going to continue to enforce the sanctions that are in place and this is very important.

And China has the same objective as we do. They want to get rid of the nuclear weapons.

WALLACE: So, we are not going easy on China and the trade talks to try and get Xi’s help for a summit?

MNUCHIN: I don’t think we are going easy on the trade talks at all. I think for the first time, OK, many presidents haven’t dealt with this issue.

President Trump has dealt with this issue. He threatened to put on $150 billion tariffs. We have a really good framework agreement that’s not just about buying goods.

It’s about structural changes. It’s about lowering tariffs. China has committed to lower tariffs on many things and made structural changes and protect our technology.

So, these are very important issues for the U.S. economy, and now, we are going to make sure that this gets implemented.

WALLACE: All right. As if you didn’t have enough on your plate, there’s also NAFTA, are negotiations of the effort to renegotiate a trade deal with Canada and Mexico, and there are reports or speculation that prospects for a deal are diminishing after the administration missed a deadline this past week that had been set by House Speaker Paul Ryan for getting the deal done.

What are the chances that NAFTA will be renegotiated and it will be passed by Congress this year?

MNUCHIN: The president is more determined to have a good deal then he is worried about any deadline. So, whether we pass it in this Congress or whether we pass it in a new Congress, the president is determined that we negotiate NAFTA. That’s something we’re doing, I can tell you I’ve been in contact with the finance ministers in both Canada and Mexico.

President Trump and Trudeau had a very good conversation last week. As Ambassador Lighthizer has said, we are still far apart but we are working every day to renegotiate this agreement and that’s what we’re focused on —

WALLACE: So, you are suggesting the president is not setting any kind of deadline and might be willing to let this spillover into 2019?

MNUCHIN: I’m not saying he’s willing to let it spill over, OK? He has all these alternatives. I’m just saying, right now, we are focused on negotiating a good deal and we are not focused on specific deadlines. I can tell you that Ambassador Lighthizer and others are still working around the clock on his negotiations with Canada and Mexico. We are far apart but our objective is still to get a deal.

WALLACE: Secretary Mnuchin, thank you. Thanks for your time. You’ve got
a lot on your plate.

MNUCHIN: Very busy. Don’t forget Iran sanctions, which we are also very focused on, Chris.

WALLACE: I wanted to ask about that. Please come back and we will discuss that as well.

Coming up, Kim Jong-un threatens to cancel the Singapore summit and President Trump says Kim can stay in power if he makes a deal. We’ll discuss where things stand with Senator Lindsey Graham, next.

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WALLACE: Coming up, President Trump offers assurances to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in exchange for a nuclear deal.

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TRUMP: We are going to say that he will have very adequate protection and let’s see how it all turns out.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: We’ll ask Senator Lindsey Graham what to expect from the planned summit in Singapore, next.

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CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS HOST: North Korea is making good on its reputation for being unpredictable, now threatening to back out of next month’s planned summit between Kim Jong-un and President Trump. So what should we make of the diplomatic gamesmanship?

Joining me now from South Carolina, Senator Lindsey Graham, a key member of the Senate Armed Services’ Committee. Senator, North Korea suggested this week, as we say, that they may not show up in Singapore for the summit.

Are they playing us?

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, R-SC, SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE: Right.

I don’t know, but they are making a mistake. If they don’t show up that means diplomacy has failed and President Trump is intent on calling the question on North Korea in his first term. So, that puts us back on the path to conflict. It would be time to take American families and dependents out of South Korea.

I talked with the president two or three days ago. He’s not going to be played. They are trying to run out the clock. They have a record of promising to give up their nuclear weapons.

In reality, they build up their weapons. They’ve done this for 30 years. It’s going to end one way or the other by 2020.

WALLACE: And you’ve also said that if they do show up, have the summit and then don’t make a deal that that’s dangerous as well.

GRAHAM: Well, that ends diplomacy. The last thing you want is want is diplomacy to be ended or to have a meeting with President Trump and you continue to play him because they’ve done that for 30 years.

Trump is not Obama. He’s not going to tolerate that. He wants a win-win. We’re not out to replace Kim Jong-un. We’re not trying to reunify the peninsula. We’re not trying to spread democracy to North Korea.

We are trying to get them to give up their nuclear weapons program, and the Korean War and make it a win-win. If they don’t show up, that’s the end of diplomacy. If they do show up and try to play Trump, and that means military conflict is the only thing left. And if we have a conflict with North Korea, they will lose it, not us.

WALLACE: I want to be clear, because you do talk to the president a lot. You said you talked to him two or three days ago.

GRAHAM: Yes.

WALLACE: Has he said to you, if they don’t get a deal, a diplomatic deal to end North Korea’s nuclear program that he is going to use military efforts against North Korea, against the regime?

GRAHAM: He says he’s going to end this conflict within his first term, that every other president has been played. They’ve done every agreement known to man — bilateral, multilateral agreements. They promised to give up their weapons. They back out and they build up their weapons program. There’s no place to kick the can.

President Trump told me three days ago that he wants to end this in a win-win way. He thinks that’s possible, but if they pull out, they play him, that we’re going to end North Korea’s threat to the American homeland in his first term and I’ll let you surmise as to what that might look like.

WALLACE: Now, you just heard Treasury Secretary Mnuchin talk about trade negotiations with China. Here was the president this week.

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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I can only tell you this: we are going to come out fine with China. Hopefully, China is going to be happy. I think we will be happy.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: Any concern that President Trump is too much of a hurry for a deal with China either to score a political win or to try to satisfy Xi to help broker the Kim-Trump summit?

GRAHAM: Well, I think it’s smart to engage China on trade abuses and it would also be smart to get them more involved in trying to help us with North Korea. So, we finally got some leverage now with China.

Anything before Trump didn’t work, being quiet, not disturbing North Korea. We’ve engaged them like 20 times in the last 20 or 30 years. Nobody has ever really pushed back against China.

So, North Korea wants to wait Trump out. They’re going to try to nickel and dime the president. They’re going to give a little bit, take a lot. They’re going to play China against the United States.

None of that is going to work. They are trying to run the clock out. They understand our electoral system and the only thing I can tell you after talking to President Trump three days ago, China and North Korea have a chance to end the conflict in a win-win fashion and if it doesn’t end soon, it’s going to be a real mess and if there’s a war, it will be in China’s backyard, not ours.

WALLACE: I want to continue, though, on this question of China and traded because let’s talk about ZTE, which I was discussing —

GRAHAM: Right.

WALLACE: — with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. It’s not just that they violated U.S. sanctions against companies doing business with Iran and North Korea. As you well know, there are also concerns that ZTE is a national security threat to this country. So, when you hear President Trump talk about, well, you know, maybe we need to reduce some of our sanctions against ZTE, does that concern you?

GRAHAM: Yes. I think President Trump is going to — is a good negotiator. You know, we are not going to withdraw our troops as part of the deal with North Korea because that’s been stabilizing. As to ZTE continuing to do business with them as normal, that would be a real backlash in Congress if that were on the table because this is Chinese-run company that’s up to no good.

But where are we? We’re at the table with China about leveling out trade imbalances. We’re talking about a summit with the North Korean leader directly with the president of the United States.

The only reason we are where we are is because President Trump has tried something new. He’s approaching this issue from strength, not weakness. He wants a good deal. North Korea could come out of this thing just fine.

But if they play Trump, if they try to nickel and dime Trump, and if they try to run out the clock on President Trump, then we’re going to have a conflict and it’s going to be in his first term. I’m highly confident of that because there is no other place to kick the can. We’ve get it get too bad for too long and President Trump is going to end this problem with North Korea one way or the other, and he should.

WALLACE: All right. Finally, the Russia investigation — and I will take you back to a tweet that president Trump put out on Thursday. Here it is.

Wow. Word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI spied on the Trump campaign with an embedded informant. If so, bigger than Watergate.

Now, there have been, Senator, several reports since then, there was no mole inside the campaign but as the FBI became increasingly worried about possible links with Russia, it had a fellow, apparently, an American professor based in England, talked to several members of the Trump campaign, particularly in the foreign policy area.

Does that bother you?

GRAHAM: Yes, it bothers me that there may be an informant and one of the campaigns, unless there is a damn good reason. All I can tell you is that the dossier compiled by Mr. Steele that was given to the Justice Department, where they obtained the warrant against Carter Page, somebody inside the Trump orbit, was a bunch of political garbage. It was not well-vetted. And that’s a very —

(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE: If I may, let me just ask you because what we’re talking about here is not a mole inside the campaign, but asking somebody outside the campaign to make efforts to reach out to Carter Page, to George Papadopoulos, apparently to Sam Clovis, to try to find out what they were doing with the Russians. Do you think that’s a problem?

GRAHAM: I think this whole area is a problem, let me tell you why. The Department of Justice used a document prepared by a foreign agent paid for by political party to obtain a FISA warrant and never told the court if they were using as somebody to engage the Trump campaign, was their judicial oversight? They had the thumb on the scale when it came to the Clinton investigation. Somebody has got to watch those who watch us.

Senator Grassley sent a letter asking questions about this. I’m intend on letting Mr. Mueller do his job but I want to make sure the FBI and the Department of Justice did not try to, in their own way, change the outcome of the election. Did they use techniques and tactics approved by the court or did they just make this up themselves? I don’t know.

WALLACE: OK, I’ve got less than a minute left. The president’s lead lawyer Rudy Giuliani was back at it again this week attacking the special counsel investigation. Here he is.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

RUDY GIULIANI, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ATTORNEY: If you’re going to write an unfair report, write it, and we will combat it. We’re ready to rip it apart. And we’re ready to rip them apart if that’s what they want.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: Do you think Rudy Giuliani is helping or hurting the president?

GRAHAM: I think he’s showing a determination to push back and aggressively defend his client. With Rudy, it’s a little bit of both, but I’d like to have Rudy on my team if I were the president because he’s pretty good at talking to the American people. His reputation has been as a solid prosecutor.

Let Mr. Mueller do his job and then see what’s there, and let the Trump people rip into it and we’ll figure out as a country whether or not there’s anything there. I haven’t seen the evidence of collusion by the president, but time will tell.

WALLACE: Senator Graham, thank you. Thanks for sharing part of your weekend with us. Always good to talk with you and let’s both hope —

GRAHAM: Thank you.

WALLACE: — we never need a good lawyer.

GRAHAM: Let’s hope so.

WALLACE: Up next, we’ll bring in our Sunday group to break down year one of the Mueller investigation, and what to expect as the president and his legal team launch a new strategy.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

RUDY GIULIANI, ATTORNEY, DONALD TRUMP: We would have to know what is it do you want clarified. If we knew that and they told us that if we gave the explanation that we’re proposing, he was — they were going to end it, fine. We’re trying to get him to end this.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST, FOX NEWS SUNDAY: President Trump’s lead lawyer Rudy Giuliani going on TV to negotiate the terms under which his client would sit for an interview with the Special Counsel. And it’s time now for our Sunday group. Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume back after a long time on the beach. Welcome back.

Columnist for The Hill, Juan Williams. Former Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Josh Holmes, Mitch McConnell’s former chief of staff and now a GOP strategist. Brit, first anniversary of the Special Counsel investigation, Robert Mueller. What do you think of the effort by his present being (ph) increasingly aggressive effort by the president and his team to try to end it and what do you make of this controversy about an apparent FBI informant who was asking questions of Trump campaign officials?

BRIT HUME, SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST, FOX NEWS: Well, the aggressive approach is probably worth a try. I’m not sure it’s going to work. Because the truth is, Chris, for all the talk about there being some real accountability to higher authorities within the government by the Special Counsel, there really isn’t. I mean, they’re effectively have a roving commission (ph).

No matter what you’d call them, no matter what legal authority they’re operating under. So he’s — it seems to me that as a practical matter, the — the Special Counsel is free to rove in any direction he wants.

WALLACE: And the FBI informant?

HUME: And the FBI informant it seems to me is an interesting question. And the question, it seems to me, is this. Did they actually have a basis in law to create this investigation in the first place? Was it sufficient? Was it sufficient to go to all the lengths they’ve gone to, actually, with the — you know, with — with — with the informants, with the subpoenas, with breaking down doors and all of that that they’ve — that they have done.

You know, it all hangs on a rather small thread, which was this Papadopoulos meeting that we’ve all heard so much about.

WALLACE: Former advisor George Papadopoulos supposed being told that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

HUME: A man — a man hardly at the center of the Trump campaign.

WALLACE: Right.

HUME: So I think it comes down to that in the end. And whether this was all much ado about not much and it has gone on too long. Remember, you say it’s the first anniversary. It’s really the second — almost the second because it started as a counterintelligence investigation under Comey. Then that was the thread that was picked up by Mueller when he took over.

WALLACE: Juan, I want you to — too address particularly this issue. Because originally there was speculation and then even the president tweeting about a mole planted inside the campaign. And now it turns out that it was an American professor based in Britain who reached out to a few members of the — of the campaign to try to ask them about relations with Russia.

JUAN WILLIAMS, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR, THE HILL: Right. So what you have is an ongoing effort, I think, to undermine not only the Mueller investigation but the intelligence organizations. Both CIA and FBI that started this counterintelligence effort based on the idea that Russia was interfering in an ongoing election. But this changes nothing in terms of the substance.

The president this morning has backed off the embedded stuff, he just — and at one point he said this was bigger than Watergate. You know, the Obama —

WALLACE: He was (ph) talking about infiltration.

WILLIAMS: Yes. But it’s — it’s the cases — all three of the people we are discussing here — Papadopoulos, as Brit mentioned but also Sam Clovis, Carter Page all met with this professor. And we know that all three are implicated in the Russia probe. So it doesn’t change anything.

I think what we have here is an effort in advance of the likelihood that Mueller’s going to ask the president to testify under oath to somehow diminish the quality of the investigation and the quality of the intelligence agencies that contribute to it.

WALLACE: I want to turn to the other big story this week, and that of course is the on again off again Singapore summit between Trump and Kim. The North Koreans saying not so fast and the president, quite remarkably is offering assurances to Kim. If you make a deal with us, you can stay in power and your country will see untold riches from investment from the west. Congresswoman Harman, what do you make of this?

JANE HARMAN, DIRECTOR, WOODROW WILSON CENTER: Well, talking is better than bombing. And I hope the talks are successful and I applaud President Trump for making this his highest priority at the beginning of the administration, something that President Obama did not do. And President Trump tells us that all the time but it’s true. Obama did not do this.

I’m dubious that this gets to a good place fast. This is going to take a long time for lots of reasons. One of which is it’s not a slam dunk that the Kim regime survives just because we say so, unless we’re going to go to war to protect the Kim regime, which I doubt.

The reason is once the people of North Korea understand that over 70 years, tens of thousands have been in gulags and they’ve been deprived of food — which is why they’re three inches shorter than South Koreans — in order to build this nuclear industry which just got given up. I don’t know how that’s going to go down.

So that’s kind of my point about that. But in addition to that, denuclearization doesn’t mean the same thing to Kim that it does to us. And I don’t think we will or should give up our nuclear umbrella in Asia, which protects our allies. We still have some there.

WALLACE: So, what do you think, if this doesn’t go the way the president wants, what do you think of Lindsey Graham, who really wanted to send a message today, one way or another this is going to end by 2020?

HARMAN: Well, 100 years ago World War I was fought based on a miscalculation and more people died than in any time in our history. And I sure hope we don’t go to war because President Trump wants to fit this in a box of his first term. I think we ought to go to ware, if we do, and maybe we have to, but I hope not, for the right reasons, not to meet a time clock.

WALLACE: Josh, after all of this week’s developments involving the president, involving Kim, involving China, how do you feel about a Trump-Kim summit?

HOLMES: Well, look, I think the notion that we would go from a nuclear showdown to peace in our time, in a course of three months without any bumps in the road is pretty ridiculous. I mean, obviously we are going to have some setbacks here. And I think if history is our guide, we are going to have a Lucy and a football moment with North Korea where they retract some of the things that they said they were going to go forward with, and I think we will have a lot of setbacks.

WALLACE: And how do you think President Trump is going to deal with that, because he sure makes it sound like — I mean, he says if this doesn’t work out in Singapore, I’m going to walk out on the table. I mean, does diplomacy continue then?

HOLMES: Yeah, I mean, I think he’s been remarkably circumspect about how he has approached this whole thing. We have the showdown last summer where his rhetoric was pretty hot, but since then he has talked about, you know, if there is something to be done here I will be there, butthe moment there is not I will walk away.

And I think he has put for the first time in decades American foreign policy in a place where it’s kind of a win-win here. If we get a diplomatic solution we are pursuing we are there. If not, the world is going to see Kim for what he is.

HUME: And, Chris, remember this, for the longest time, and for good reason, threats of force against North Korea have been considered unimaginable because, not so much because they are an emerging nuclear power, but because they have conventional weapons that could cause unspeakable destruction in the south, particularly around the South Korean capital.

So President Trump, by his rhetoric seems to me to have created in the mind of the North Koreans the idea that he might just do it, which is a useful thing. That’s what you want him to think going into a negotiation.

WALLACE: All right, well this will be continued. From now to and perhaps after the Singapore summit.

Thank you panel. See you next Sunday.

Up next, our Power Player of the Week, the man riding high in the sport of kings.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

WALLACE: Around this time of year, people get excited about the idea of another super horse ready to take on the challenge of racing’s Triple Crown. This spring, there is a new contender trained by the most recognizable figure in horse racing. Here’s our Power Player of the Week.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

BOB BAFFERT, HORSE TRAINER: This is Justify. He’s a big boy, as you can see.

WALLACE: Bob Baffert introduced me to his latest Kentucky Derby winner Thursday.

ANNOUNCER: Justify takes the lead as they round the far turn.

WALLACE: Just two days before they went for the Preakness, the second jewel in racing’s Triple Crown.

Baffert said his new star intimidates other horses and trainers before he even gets on the track.

BAFFERT: When they see him in the paddock, it’s like that scene from Jaws, we need a bigger boat. That’s it when they see him.

WALLACE: Horse racing’s leading trainer took us inside his operation.

BAFFERT: All right, let’s go ahead and get on him.

WALLACE: As Justify went for a morning gallop.

After a commanding win in the Derby, he said the pressure was off.

BAFFERT: I feel more like relaxed enjoying the moment, because, you know, you want to show your Derby horse off to everybody.

WALLACE: It had been raining for days, and Baffert wanted to make sure his horse got a safe ride on the sloppy track.

BAFFERT: I would stick to the middle, because it’s deep out there, just backtrack just in the middle. So go right straight to the middle and go.

WALLACE: As justify went for an easy gallop, Baffert, who has won five Derbies, six Preakness Stakes, and two Belmonts, talked about his sport.

BAFFERT: If you ask any golfer have you ever won the Masters that’s what the Kentucky Derby is to a horse trainer.

WALLACE: Three years ago, Baffert won the first Triple Crown in 37 years with American Pharoah. He doesn’t like to get ahead of himself, but he said Justify could do it again.

BAFFERT: You know, he’s got to win this one, but you know we have the horse. Look at him. He’s a picture, isn’t he?

WALLACE: Baffert is the face of horse racing.

BAFFERT: How are you?

WALLACE: As personable as he is successful.

BAFFERT: Ever since you joined, the weather went bad here. The black cat.

WALLACE: And the media cover his horses like movie stars on the red carpet.

BAFFERT: This horse I compare him with like LeBron James, you know, he just basically came out of high school and just went to the NBA.

WALLACE: He’s referring to the fact Justify went from his first race to winning the Derby in 76 days, the first Derby winner not to run as a two year old since 1882.

BAFFERT: The horse brings you to the Derby, you don’t — you can’t make it happen. And that’s what this horse did.

WALLACE: Baffert grew up on a ranch in Arizona. As a kid, he wrote in match races against another horse and jockey.

BAFFERT: I was like 13, 14 and I was doing this. I just loved it. I wanted to be a jockey. And the first thing my father would tell me, now don’t tell your mother.

WALLACE: He started training quarter horses, as we found out on the track.

Let me just start with a couple general questions, we’ll get a little more specific. What’s it like training a great race horse?

BAFFERT: When I came from the quarter horse worlds, every sentence we started out with, I tell you what, he’s a good un, he’s a good un Chris. He can fly.

WALLACE: Now, his thoroughbreds have won more than 2,600 races and more than $232 million. And Baffert is having the ride of his life.

BAFFERT: Our stomachs are just churning the day of the race, but when those horses, when those beautiful horses, win, it’s like — it’s like, this is what — this is what we’re in it for. And they just love to run. They’re born to run. You know, it’s a privilege to be a horse trainer, it’s a privilege to have a horse like Justify. So, I’m just one of the luckiest guys in the world.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WALLACE: Baffert and Justify took on the Preakness yesterday, racing through a thick fog. And here was the thrilling finish.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On the outside Tenfold, Bravazo. Justify. He’s unstoppable! He won the Preakness!

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: Horse and trainer are now headed for New York and the Belmont Stakes in three weeks with a chance to win racing’s Triple Crown.

And that’s it for today. Have a great week. And we’ll see you next “Fox News Sunday.”

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Sushi-making co-pilot, Nazarene pastors among Cuba victims

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The co-pilot who loved to cook and was fond of inviting his colleagues over for sushi. An Argentine couple who had dreamed of vacationing in Cuba in their retirement. Evangelical pastors returning from a conference.

Officials say 113 people were on a charter passenger jet hired by Cuba’s state-run airline, Cubana de Aviacion, when it crashed Friday in the rural outskirts of Havana killing all but three aboard. Here are some of their stories:

THE FLIGHT CREW

Capt. Jorge Luis Nunez was married with an adult daughter and was an experienced and highly professional airman who “loved his job.”

That’s according to former flight attendant Ana Marlen Covarrubias, who worked with Mexican charter company Global Air for seven years before leaving in 2016 and considered Nunez a close friend.

“It was an incredible experience flying with him,” Covarrubias told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “He was a cheerful man, always happy.”

Covarrubias also knew others from the six-person flight crew, all of whom perished in the crash.

First officer Miguel Angel Arreola, who did not have children, enjoyed cooking and would invite colleagues over for homemade sushi.

“He was a great host,” Covarrubias said.

She affectionately recalled spending time with the two at Havana’s Hotel Panorama.

“We were like a family, very close,” Covarrubias said. “I met Jorge 20 years ago, and I introduced Miguel Angel to his current partner.”

Covarrubias said she believed flight attendant Daniela Rios was in her 20s and recalled her as “serious, and of good character.”

Two other Global Air flight attendants, Abigail Hernandez and Beatriz Limon, and maintenance worker Marco Antonio Lopez Perez also died.

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THE CUBAN PASTORS

Ten marriages of Cuban evangelical pastors were returning home to Holguin from a national conference when their plane went down Friday on the outskirts of Havana. All died.

“They were men and women faithful to God, to their families, to their neighbors and to the people,” said Rev. Leonel Lopez, the head of Cuba’s Nazarene church.

Lopez said that before leaving on a bus for Havana’s airport the group had been animated, singing and praying. Some already had children.

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THE TWO ARGENTINES

Oscar Hugo Almaras and Dora Beatriz Cifuentes had long planned for a dream vacation in Cuba in their retirement.

The couple was from Mar del Plata, Argentina, a beach resort 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of the capital, Buenos Aires.  

Almaras, 63, had worked at Citibank, was a fan of Argentina’s Estudiantes soccer team and enjoyed exploring new destinations, according to Argentine newspaper La Nacion.

 Cifuentes worked as a nurse in the neonatal unit of the 25 de Mayo hospital, where she was fondly remembered by her former colleagues, with one telling La Nacion “she taught me the ABCs of neonatology.”

“They were excellent people and recently came to visit us in the south,” nephew Andres Cifuentes told La Capital del Mar de Plata newspaper.

Cifuentes posted on social media: “RIP Uncle Oscar and Aunt Beatriz … Thanks for your last hug.”

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SURVIVOR EMILEY SANCHEZ

Emiley Sanchez miraculously survived Friday’s plane crash on the outskirts of Havana and though in critical condition in Calixto Garcia hospital, she is conscious and can communicate.

“She knows that I am here, that her son is here, she asked for water,” said her weeping mother, Esther de la O, who traveled from Holguin to be with her 39-year-old daughter.

Sanchez had been in Havana on vacation.

Ohio man calls police to report he's being followed by a pig

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Police officers in Ohio were convinced a man who called 911 about a pig following him was drunk and hallucinating — but turns out the caller was telling the truth, and “very sober.”

North Ridgeville police officers received a call just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday from a man who said a pig was following him while he was walking home from the Amtrak train station in Elyria, located about 30 miles west of Cleveland. The caller added that he “didn’t know what to do,” the department wrote in a Facebook post. 

Police officers were skeptical to believe the man and thought he was intoxicated and walking home from the bar.

“Night shift responded to the obviously drunk guy walking home from the bar at 5:26 in the morning. He was at least drunk enough to call the police on himself while hallucinating,” the police department said. 

But the officers’ theory was actually wrong. Not only was the man very sober and walking home from the train station (like he said), a pig was actually following him.

“Yes, a pig,” the department added.

ARIZONA OFFICER’S BELT STOPS BULLET IN ‘WAY TOO CLOSE A CALL’ ENCOUNTER

One of the officers managed to get the pig into the police cruiser and take him to the city’s dog kennel — that doubled as a pig pen for a few hours.

By 8:23 a.m. Saturday, the pig was returned to its owner, whose identity was not revealed, police said. 

“You’d have thought we would have learned our lesson after the kangaroo incident,” the police department said, referencing to a 2015 incident when a “runaway kangaroo” was located in the town.

The police department posted a photo of the pig in the police cruiser on Facebook, which received more than 21,000 reactions, 11,500 shares and more than 2,000 comments as of Sunday morning.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Spanish boats pick up 162 migrants crossing Mediterranean

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Spain’s maritime rescue service says it picked up 162 migrants who were attempting to make the perilous trip across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this weekend.

The service said its rescue craft intercepted 121 people traveling in three separate boats on Saturday and pulled another 41 passengers from a fourth boat on Sunday.

Each year, tens of thousands of migrants attempt to reach Spain and other southern European countries by crossing the Mediterranean in smugglers’ boats. Most of the vessels are unfit for open water, and thousands of people drown each year.

The United Nations says 615 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean so far this year. A total of 22,439 travelers reached European shores, 4,409 of them arriving in Spain, during the first four months of 2018.

New NRA leader Oliver North on school shootings: 'Disease isn’t the Second Amendment'

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New NRA President Oliver North said Sunday, in the aftermath of the deadly Texas school shooting, that students “shouldn’t be afraid” to attend class but made clear that his gun-rights advocacy group still doesn’t think the solution is limiting Second Amendment rights.

“I believe that we can make sure kids are protected without taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens,” North, a former Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, told “Fox News Sunday.”

North called for metal detectors in schools and pushed the National Rifle Association’s “school shield” agenda, which he said offers school’s a free security assessment that includes looking at how people enter and exit buildings.

He spoke two days after a 17-year-old opened fire at a Houston-area high school, killing 10 people and injuring 13. It was the 16th school shooting this year and the deadliest one since the massacre in Parkland, Fla., in February that gave rise to a campaign by teens for gun control. Seventeen people were killed in the Florida massacre.

The suspected shooter in last week’s attack is in custody on murder charges. He reportedly used his father’s rifle and pistol in the attack. The suspect is being identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who appeared to have no prior arrests or confrontations with law enforcement. Pagourtzis also had explosive devices that were found in the school and nearby, said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

North on Sunday also suggested that much or at least part of the problem with school shootings is young people, mostly males, being exposed to a culture of violence and being on Ritalin, a medication prescribed largely to help with attention deficit disorder, or ADD.

“We are trying like the dickens to treat the symptoms, not the disease,” he said. “The disease isn’t the Second Amendment.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

South Carolina inmates, including 2 charged with murder, escape prison, officials say

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Authorities launched a dragnet Sunday for three South Carolina inmates, including two who were charged with murder, after they escaped prison, the sheriff’s office said.

Tyshon Demontrea Johnson, 27, Curtis Ray Green, 20, and Christopher Shannon Boltin, 27, escaped from Orangeburg County Detention Center Saturday night, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Investigators discovered they were missing after they were notified of a possible escape attempt just before 10 p.m.

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From left to right, Curtis Ray Green, 20, Tyshon Demontrea Johnson, 27, and Christopher Shannon Boltin, 27, are being sought after escaping from Orangeburg County Detention Center.  (Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities said the three inmates are considered dangerous. Johnson and Green were charged with murder while Boltin faces carjacking and grand larceny charges.

Other inmates who possibly helped the inmates escape are being questioned.

The sheriff’s office urged anyone with information on the suspects or incidents to call Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Kensington Palace releases details, sketches of Meghan Markle's wedding dress

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As the world still reels from the elegant royal wedding, Kensington Palace has released concept sketches and a slew of details about Meghan Markle’s elaborate dress from the big day.

As the couple begins their new life together, fans of all things royal wedding can continue to whet their appetite for all things royal wedding by exploring the below sketches of her opulent dress that billions of people saw during the ceremony.

The palace noted that the Duchess of Sussex’s dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller after Markle personally selected her for her “timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring and relaxed demeanour.”

Clare Waight Keller, designer at Givenchy, holds sketches as she gives an interview the day after Meghan Markle walked down the aisle of St George's Chapel in Windsor and married Prince Harry wearing the dress that she created, in Kensington Palace, London, Britain, May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RC13337DF0E0

Clare Waight Keller designed Meghan Markle’s royal wedding dress.  (Reuters)

The sketches mostly detail the dress and its long trail.

“True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist,” a release from Kensington Palace reads. “The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.”

However, perhaps the most work went into Markle’s veil, which she reportedly insisted should incorporate all 53 countries of the Commonwealth so she could represent them at the royal occasion. The veil represents the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country by meticulously weaving their designs into the fabric.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding Windsor, Britain May 19, 2018. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERS - RC1A3124B230

Meghan Markle’s long, elegant wedding dress.  (Reuters)

She reportedly asked for two of her favorite flowers to be included in the veil as well to show off her two sides. The first was Wintersweet, which reportedly grows on the grounds of Kensington Palace as well as the California Poppy, her home state’s signature flower.

The entire wedding look was seen by the 600 guests in attendance at St. George’s Chapel as well as by the 100,000 people who came out to watch them during their procession through Windsor. An estimated 2 billion people saw the dress by way of the televised ceremony as well.

Saudi Arabia cracks down on feminists, branding them 'traitors' weeks before driving ban is lifted

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In a development that human rights observers have called “chilling,” Saudi Arabia arrested a group of prominent women’s rights advocates on Saturday and subjected them to a “smear campaign” in pro-government newspapers.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, has branded himself as a reformer, pushing to loosen or lift the conservative kingdom’s restrictions on women’s clothing, their right to drive, their ability to launch a business and their ability to attend sporting events. He’s even said that women are “absolutely” equal to men.

However, international observers are baffled by the timing of the recent crackdown against female activists, coming just weeks before the driving ban is set to be lifted, who have called for more equality with men.

Saudis have also noted that the activists saw their pictures circulated in government-friendly media outlets and on social media along with the word “traitor.”

According to Amnesty International, the six activists and one other individual were accused of forming a “cell,” and posing a threat to national security for their “contact with foreign entities with the aim of undermining the country’s stability and social fabric.”

Each of the activists was pushing for modernization and gender equality in the kingdom. One of the arrested activists, Aziza al-Yousef, had campaigned to end the country’s male guardianship system. Another, Loujain al-Hathloul, fought to have the driving ban on women lifted. Another, Mohammad al-Rabea, started a literary salon for young men and women in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh.

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE SAYS WOMEN ARE ‘ABSOLUTELY’ EQUAL TO MEN, CONTINUES MODERNIZATION PUSH

“This chilling smear campaign is an extremely worrying development for women human rights defenders and activists in Saudi Arabia. Such blatant intimidation tactics are entirely unjustifiable,” Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Campaigns, said in a statement.

The recent detentions do fit a pattern that has played out over the last year: as the crown prince has asserted his rule, a wide range of businessmen, activists, clerics and princes have been rounded up and arrested. Some of those swept up in the original crackdown were released. 

“Saudi Arabia cannot continue to publicly proclaim support for women’s rights and other reforms, while targeting women human rights defenders and activists for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly,” Hadid added.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com or on Twitter @christocarbone.

Spanish police arrest 12 from alleged hash smuggling ring

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Spanish authorities say they have broken up an alleged drug ring that smuggled hashish from Morocco to Europe.

Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Sunday that Spanish police 12 alleged smugglers and confiscated nearly 190,000 euros ($224,000.)

Zoido said in a Twitter post: “We have declared war on those who deal drugs.”

The arrests mark the second major bust of alleged drug smugglers in the province of Cadiz in southern Spain this month. Two weeks ago, police arrested 14 suspected smugglers and confiscated drugs and boats allegedly used to run stashes across the Strait of Gibraltar.

Spain’s Interior Ministry says Cadiz province, which is located 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) from the coast of North Africa, is the entry point for 40 percent of the drugs smuggled into Spain.

Trump warns extended Russia probe will 'put some hurt' on Republicans during midterms

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President Trump on Sunday expressed his frustration with the ongoing and wide-ranging Russia collusion investigation, suggesting that federal investigators could “easily” extend the “witch hunt” through the critical midterm elections to “put some hurt on the Republican Party.”

The investigation into whether the 2016 Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia is now more than a year old. And Trump appears increasingly eager to conclude the probe, which has put a huge cloud over his political agenda and expected re-election bid.

“Now that the Witch Hunt has given up on Russia and is looking at the rest of the World, they should easily be able to take it into the Mid-Term Elections where they can put some hurt on the Republican Party,” Trump said in one of six tweets Sunday morning.

In two tweets, Trump listed several issues concerning possible illegal or unethical behavior by Democrats related to the Russia probe or to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign. They include the potential misuse of the FISA court, the loosely-vetted dossier on Trump and potentially missing emails related to Clinton.

“In the Hillary Clinton Campaign where she deleted 33,000 Emails, got $145,000,000 while Secretary of State, paid McCabe’s wife $700,000 (and got off the FBI hook along with Terry M) and so much more. Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam,” Trump said in his second tweet, referring to fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton family friend and former Virginia governor.

“At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion [sic] with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption,” Trump also tweeted Sunday.

Virginia boy, 9, crushed by motorized room partition at elementary school

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A 9-year-old boy died after he was crushed by a motorized room partition at an elementary school outside the nation’s capital on Friday, officials said.

The Fairfax County Police Department said in a news release the boy, who was in the School Age Child Care program at the Franconia Elementary School in Alexandria, was in the gym when he and a teacher both simultaneously pressed a button to open a large, motorized room partition that splits in the middle.

The child, identified as Wesley Lipicky, then became caught between the partition and the wall, and suffered “traumatic head injuries,” according to police.

Authorities said the 9-year-old was then pounced dead at the hospital on Friday night.

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Fairfax County Police said the boy and teacher both simultaneously pressed a button to open a large, motorized room partition that splits in the middle.  (FOX5)

Investigators said Saturday that an autopsy found the child’s death to be accidental.

“No charges are expected in this tragic case,” Fairfax Police said.

PLEA FOR HELP FROM OHIO TEEN CRUSHED IN MINIVAN NEVER HEARD BECAUSE OF 911 GREETING, REPORT SAYS

In a letter sent to parents obtained by FOX5, Franconia Elementary Principal Terri Edmunds-Heard said she was “deeply saddened” by Wesley’s death.

“We will miss Wesley very much,” she wrote. “He was an endearing child whose bright smile and enthusiasm for school inspired the love of all who knew him.

Edmunds-Heard said there will be counselors at Franconia to support students, staff, and parents in the days ahead. “The team will help our classroom teachers talk with students and handle their questions and reactions.”

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand said in a statement to FOX5 that the school district is “working closely” with law enforcement to review the accident, and “to review safety protocols and procedures.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

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Malaysia’s national news agency is reporting that former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is under investigation for a massive corruption scandal, has sought police protection over concern about his family’s safety.

Najib’s long-ruling coalition suffered a shocking defeat in May 9 elections amid anger over at least $4.5 billion that investigators say was looted and laundered by Najib’s associates from a state investment fund he set up.

The new government has reopened an investigation into the case, with police raiding Najib’s properties and seizing cash, jewelry and other valuables.

A spokesman for Najib told the Bernama news agency Sunday that Najib had asked “for protection for himself and his family as they fear for their safety.” He didn’t give details.

Najib’s main aide said he couldn’t immediately comment.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry begin life as married couple

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are starting their life as a married couple after a night of celebrating their royal wedding with friends and family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent Saturday night at Windsor Castle after attending a reception at Frogmore House hosted by Prince Charles. The couple is expected to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip before they head to their home in Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, Sky News reported.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves Windsor Castle the day after her grandson Prince Harry married Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in Windsor, Britain May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez - RC156FF5CEE0

The queen was pictured Sunday morning heading to church a day after the royal wedding.  (Reuters)

The queen was photographed heading to church Sunday morning.

The newlyweds are breaking tradition and delaying their honeymoon. Harry and Markle will attend their first royal engagement as a married couple on Tuesday and are attending a garden party to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th birthday and charity work.

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS - RC1B53A1F450

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry heading to the evening reception.  (WPA Rota)

MEGHAN MARKLE WEARS PRINCESS DIANA’S AQUAMARINE RING TO WEDDING RECEPTION

The palace hasn’t released details about Harry and Markle’s honeymoon, but the couple are expected to head to Namibia or Botswana in southern Africa.

The royal family thanked everyone Saturday night for celebrating Harry and Markle’s big day.

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan wave as they ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RC1E8A85A630

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during the carriage procession after saying “I do.”  (Reuters)

“Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding,” the royal family tweeted.

MEGHAN MARKLE ‘LOOKED ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL’ IN GOWN, PRINCESS DIANA’S DRESS DESIGNER REPORTEDLY SAYS

Markle previously said she wants to “hit the ground running” after getting married to become a full-time member of the royal family. The couple exchanged vows in front of 600 guests, which included members of the royal family and celebrities, at St. George’s Chapel Saturday morning. About 100,000 people also came out to watch Harry and Markle during the carriage procession through Windsor.

An estimated 2 billion people also tuned in to watch the wedding ceremony on television.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Terry Crews recounts life with abusive father

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Terry Crews brought the crowd to tears when he was honored at Safe Horizon’s Champion Awards by remembering his childhood with his abusive father.

“One of my earliest memories . . . I was like 4 or 5 years old, my father [hit] my mother in the face as hard as he could, and she gets knocked out, and I remember seeing her on the floor and then looking at him, this giant of a man, [and] I thought, ‘My God, he said he loves her’ . . . And all I could think was how I wanted to protect her. And how wrong it was.”

The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star recalled, “I said, ‘I gotta be strong’ and, ‘I got to get straight so I can protect her.’ And every time he came home, we were scared.”

As a result: “I literally wet the bed until I was 14 years old, because I didn’t know what was going to happen . . . We lived a nightmare for years.”

Also at the ceremony, Tamron Hall presented an award to #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, and the news anchor was emotional when talking about what the movement would have meant to her beloved sister, Renate, who was in abusive relationships and was murdered in a case that has gone unsolved.

Sunny Hostin, Dave Navarro and Henry Schleiff also attended.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hospitalized with fever

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A Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized with fever.

The aide to Abbas, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with protocol, said the 83-year-old Palestinian leader was diagnosed with a fever on Sunday. Abbas had an ear operation last week, and had returned to the hospital late Saturday for a follow-up.

The Palestinian state news agency quoted the hospital director as saying tests results are “good” without providing further details.

Abbas, a heavy smoker, has a long history of health issues, ranging from heart trouble to a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago.

Abbas has not designated a successor, and the Palestinians have not held presidential elections since 2005 because of the split between Abbas’ Fatah party and the Islamic militant Hamas, which rules Gaza.

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

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Court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved after being discovered in an Alabama courthouse.

Archivists at historically black Alabama State University are cataloguing and flattening dozens of documents found at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Circuit Clerk Tiffany McCord hopes electronic versions will be available for viewing as early as late June.

Once the records are added to Alabama’s online court system, historians and others will be able to read the original pleadings filed by Parks’ attorneys following her refusal to give her seat to a white man on a Montgomery city bus in 1955.

Parks’ arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which launched a young King to prominence.

The three things I wish someone had the guts to tell me when I graduated from college

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Millions graduate from colleges and universities across America in the months of May and June, and most of these graduates are under 25 years of age. This year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 1.0 million people will graduate with an associate’s degree, 1.9 million with a bachelor’s degree, 790,000 with a master’s degree, and 183,000 with a doctor’s degree. Years ago, I was one of these graduates, earning a bachelor’s degree in Design and then a master’s degree in Architecture. I made many decisions along the way as I earned these degrees, but I had no idea that the most important choices I would ever make – “trajectory decisions,” as I like to call them – were still ahead of me, the least of which was my choice of career.

As someone who now teaches regularly at a university and mentors students at Summit Worldview and Rethink Student Conferences, I’ve been sharing three things I wish someone had the guts to tell me when I graduated from college:

Choose the Right View: A “worldview” is “a mental model of reality – a comprehensive framework of ideas and attitudes about the world, ourselves, and life.” The way we view the world shapes the way we answer the most important questions of life: “How did we get here?”, “Why is everything so ‘messed-up?”, “How can we fix it?”, and “What is the purpose of life?” These questions are critical, and every college graduate should take the time to consider their worldview prior to making any other decision.

Are we simply the product of unguided evolutionary processes and natural selection, or were we created for a purpose? Are moral truths merely a matter of opinion and cultural consensus, or are they grounded in the mind of a transcendent, objective, moral Being? Is meaning and purpose purely a matter of personal preference, or are there ultimate (and even eternal) consequences related to such choices? These kinds of questions (and the answers they provoke) help us form the foundation for our decision making, even before we choose a career. They point us toward ourselves or toward our Creator. Choosing the right worldview is an important trajectory decision.

Choose the Right Person: I encourage students to be as intentional about their selection of mate as they are about their selection of education or career. I’ve known many educated, successful professionals who were derailed by bad relationships. On the other hand, I’ve also known many contented, happily married couples who were not particularly well educated nor successful as professionals. As a homicide detective, I’ve never heard anyone say they wish they had accomplished more at work or school when lying on their deathbed. Instead, they often wish they had spent more time with those they love. When push comes to shove, relationships are more important than accomplishments.

As I began to rethink my understanding of the world around me, I embraced the notion that I had been created for a purpose and called to a vocation.

Marriage is the most significant relationship we will ever have. Studies continue to find, for example, that married men are happier than single men and that married people are healthier, wealthier, and more satisfied. One study even found that married people have lower cortisol levels (a stress hormone), and therefore are less likely to have heart problems, decreased immunity, diabetes, or cancer. Married people are even more likely to survive cancer. Picking the right spouse is critical to marital success. The better the relationship between spouses, the happier and more satisfying the results. That’s why it’s important to identify and select your worldview before choosing a spouse who shares a similar view of the world.

Choosing the Right Mission: I earned two degrees in fine arts and took a position at a local architectural firm prior to changing course and entering the police academy. I considered my position as an architect to be a career, but my position as a police officer to be a calling. The difference between these two ways of looking at employment was largely the product of how I saw the world and understood my place in it, and that’s why worldview choices ought to come before career choices.

As I began to rethink my understanding of the world around me, I embraced the notion that I had been created for a purpose and called to a vocation. Because I saw my vocation in this way, I was able to endure the difficulties I encountered as a police officer without becoming bitter or disillusioned. It didn’t matter that I was underpaid – I didn’t become a police officer for the money. My difficult schedule wasn’t a problem either – I knew important missions often required extraordinary sacrifice. The daily danger wasn’t a deterrent – I embraced a view of life and mission that transcended my earthly existence. I didn’t choose a job or career when I decided to become a police officer (and ultimately a cold-case detective). Instead, I chose a mission that just happened to be served by my career choice.

I wish someone would have told me about the importance of these three decisions while I was still in college. Trajectory decisions are important, and they must be made early. If you’re guiding a rocket to the moon, a two-degree mistake a mile from the destination won’t prevent you from landing, but a two degree mistake a mile from your starting point will cause you to miss the moon by thousands of miles. That’s why it’s important for every graduate to make wise decisions early, especially when they are related to worldview, marriage and mission.

Pope: Holy Land needs “gestures of dialogue, reconciliation”

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Pope Francis says “gestures of dialogue and reconciliation” are needed for the Holy Land and all the Middle East.

He told faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday he had “united himself spiritually” to a prayer vigil held Saturday in Jerusalem, which, he noted, is holy for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Earlier, during Mass Sunday, Francis, citing the “heartrending’ situation in Gaza and prayed that hearts be changed so peace arrives.

Palestinian authorities say more than 110 Palestinians have been killed by live fire during violence across the border between Gaza and Israeli since late March. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, says it aims to relax an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the Palestinian territory through the protests.

The U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem has also fueled tensions.

Meghan Markle wears Princess Diana's aquamarine ring to wedding reception

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Meghan Markle remembered the late Princess Diana on Saturday with her “something blue” on her wedding day.

The Duchess of Sussex wore an emerald-cut aquamarine ring that belonged to Prince Harry’s mother on her right finger as she left Windsor Castle for the evening reception at Frogmore House. Diana often wore the ring before her death in 1997. She was pictured with the jewelry at a gala dinner in Australia in 1996 and at an auction at Christie’s in 1997, People reported.

This May 19, 2018 photo shows a close up of the ring worn by the newly married Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle leaving Windsor Castle with Prince Harry after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. The bride wore a ring which belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

Meghan Markle wore Princess Diana’s emerald-cut aquamarine ring to the wedding reception. (  (AP)

The ring also has a matching aquamarine bracelet.  

Markle swapped her Givenchy wedding dress for a white Stella McCartney halter neck gown when heading to the evening reception hosted by Prince Charles. Harry, wearing a tightly fitted tuxedo, and Meghan arrived at the reception in a 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero that has since been converted to electric power.

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leave Windsor Castle in a convertible car after their wedding in Windsor, England, to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Steve Parsons/pool photo via AP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave for the reception hosted by Prince Charles.  (AP)

HARRY AND MEGHAN’S BLUE JAGUAR IS A $500,000 GREEN MACHINE

The happy couple, who said “I do” Saturday morning at St. George’s Chapel, continued to celebrate the day with about 200 friends and family at night.

There were also sweet tributes to Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris, during the wedding ceremony. Markle’s bouquet included Diana’s favorite flowers, Forget-Me-Nots, that were handpicked by Harry before the ceremony. The flower arrangements at St. George’s Chapel also included some of Diana’s favorite white flowers.

MEGHAN MARKLE ‘LOOKED ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL’ IN GOWN, PRINCESS DIANA’S DRESS DESIGNER REPORTEDLY SAYS

The royal family thanked fans late Saturday night for watching Harry and Markle’s wedding.

“Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the royal family tweeted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Arizona officer's belt stops bullet in 'way too close a call' encounter

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An Arizona police officer narrowly escaped injury while responding to a domestic violence incident on Friday when a man opened fire and a bullet hit the cop’s belt, officials said.

The Tucson Police Department said in a news release that two officers, Nathan Stout and Steven Clark, were shot at when responding to the home just before 10 p.m. 

“Thankfully, no injuries,” Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said on Twitter. “Way, way, way too close a call. This takes ‘high risk’ to a whole other level.” 

Officers had received a 911 call from a man at a bar who stated his stepfather, 51-year-old Roy King, pulled out a handgun and threatened him and a friend. King then left the bar and drove to a home, according to police. 

When officers found King’s vehicle in the driveway, they heard the 51-year-old shouting from his backyard before he fired a handgun at the two police officers, officials said. One of the rounds struck Officer Stout’s duty belt, which stopped the bullet from injuring him.

https://twitter.com/ChiefCMagnus/status/997844041940127749  (Tuscon Police)

Officers returned fire on King, who retreated into his home before he was eventually talked into surrendering and arrested, Tucson police said.

INDIANA POLICE AMBUSH BY GUNMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED NEIGHBOR SHOWN IN DRAMATIC VIDEO

King was booked into the Pima County Jail on two counts of assault with a deadly incident for the incident at the bar, and two additional counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the shooting at the home. Tucson police said both officers have been with the department for a year and a half. The incident remains under investigation.

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The two officers were shot at Friday while responding to a domestic incident. One officer was struck by gunfire which hit his duty belt.  (Tuscon Police Department)

“We could be investigating the death of an officer out here,” Tucson Sgt. Pete Dugan told Tucson News Now. “These are extremely serious and sometimes…people don’t know exactly what we have to respond to and this was one of those situations.”

OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 2018

While no members of law enforcement were injured or killed in Friday’s shooting in Arizona, at least 36 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty since the start of 2018, with 24 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News found. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren’t much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those were caused by gunfire.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Town Hall Meeting on Brandywine Valley SPCA Proposed Purchase of Safe Haven Facility

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The Brandywine Valley SPCA is looking to purchase the former Safe Haven Facility in Georgetown.  Two Town Hall meetings will be held this week to get your input on the SPCA’s intended purchase and plans for the unused shelter to become a Rescue & Rehab Center for dogs and cats. The first Town Hall meeting is Monday at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center on Adams Avenue in Lewes beginning at 5:30.  The second is at the Georgetown Public Library on Tuesday at 4pm.  You’ll find more information at the WGMD Community Calendar.


 

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

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A veteran Sherpa guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time this past week has returned from the mountain and says he’s already planning his next trip.

Kami Rita flew back to Kathmandu by helicopter on Sunday, saying he’s not ready to retire and plans to continue to guide on Everest next year.

Friends and supporters welcomed the 48-year-old at Kathmandu’s airport with bouquets and traditional ceremonial scarves.

Two other Sherpa guides have climbed Everest 21 times, and both have already retired.

Kami Rita first scaled the world’s highest peak at age 24 and has made the climb to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit almost every year since then.

Public Workshop Monday on Proposed Lewes-Rehoboth Bridge Rehab in Rehoboth

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DelDOT wants to hear your comments Monday afternoon on the proposed rehabilitation of the Bridges over the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal on Route 1 west of Rehoboth.  Construction is expected to begin in November of 2019.  A public workshop will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center from 4 to 7pm.  Officials from DelDOT will be on hand to hear your comments – or you will also be able to submit written comment.  The Virtual Workshop will be available online beginning on Monday – and will be accessible for at least 30 days.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Comments will be received during the Public Workshop/Virtual Workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, ATTN: Assistant Director Jason Hastings-Bridge Management, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or sent via email to dotpr@state.de.us or by fax at (302) 739-2092.


 

The Latest: Pope Francis prays for Venezuelans

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The Latest on Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela (all times local):

8:09 a.m.

Pope Francis is praying that “beloved” Venezuela’s people and rulers will wisely choose peace and unity as the nation elects a new president.

Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, asked that the “Holy Spirit give all the Venezuelan people, everyone, leaders, people, the wisdom to find the path of peace and unity.”

He also prayed for prison inmates who died Saturday. Human rights advocates say 11 people were killed in a Venezuelan prison riot last week sparked by inmates who wrestled a gun from jailers.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second term in the election, despite food shortages and soaring inflation. His main rivals are boycotting due to distrust of the electoral council, which is controlled by government loyalists.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cast his ballot in Caracas shortly after fireworks and loud speakers blasting a military hymn roused Venezuelans from sleep around 5 a.m. local time.

He said Venezuelans would provide an example of democracy to the world and brushed back suggestions he was taking the country down an authoritarian path.

“It’s offensive when they say the Venezuelan people are falling under dictatorship,” he said after voting, adding that if he were to win the election he would seek an understanding with his opponents on a way forward for the crisis-wracked country. “I’m going to stubbornly and obsessively insist in dialogue for peace.”

Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday’s election, despite a deepening crisis that’s made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.