Thursday, May 24, 2018

Russian military missile downed MH17 passenger jet in 2014, investigators say


A Buk missile from a Russian military unit brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, a Dutch-led investigation revealed Thursday.

North Korea releases photos showing apparent dismantling of nuclear site


New pictures were released Thursday showing the reported destruction of what North Korea has claimed to be a nuclear testing site.

‘Star Wars’ spinoff movie to tackle Boba Fett character


Hot on the upcoming release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the franchise is dusting off another fan-beloved character, Boba Fett, for a standalone movie all his own.

Trooper with same name as officer falsely accused of sexual assault fights Shaun King’s posts


A Texas state trooper has received “thousands” of death threats, his father and lawyer tell Fox News, after a woman falsely accused a different trooper — with the same last name — of sexually assaulting her during a traffic stop.

Alaska judge plans to order proper meals for Muslim inmates


A U.S. judge says he plans to issue an order by Friday requiring that an Alaska jail provide suitable meals to Muslim inmates as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan.

U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland says the emergency order generally will resemble the request made by two Muslim inmates in Anchorage, who sought nutritionally adequate, pork-free food.

The inmates have sued state corrections officials, arguing they’re not provided with adequate nourishment as they break their fasts. Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, began last week.

Matthias Cicotte (SEE-cot), an attorney for the state, called the allegations false.

Thursday’s hearing didn’t settle discussion on whether the inmates should receive at least 2,600 calories a day or if the daily allowance should average out to that amount over a week.

High school speaks out after being criticized for not allowing graduating senior to wear Army sash


A Nebraska high school is speaking out and defending its actions after receiving major backlash on social media for denying a graduating senior’s request to wear her U.S. Army sash during the graduation ceremony.

Megan Pohlmeier was planning on participating in her high school’s graduation ceremony in May. To celebrate the occasion, the teen said she wanted to wear her Army sash, which was given to her by her recruiter at the Grand Island office in Nebraska four days before graduation, she told Fox News.

Pohlmeier said she called the school to see if she could wear the black and yellow sash during the ceremony.

“It was something I worked really hard to earn. They told me ‘no’ and did not really give me a reason,” she told the Omaha World-Herald.


Pohlmeier’s father also tried calling the school, but Principal Thomas Szlanda told him the same thing.

Despite being told no, Pohlmeier decided to wear her sash tucked under her graduation gown so she could take pictures with it after the ceremony.  (Megan Pohlmeier)

Despite being told no, Pohlmeier decided to wear her sash tucked under her graduation gown so she could take pictures with it after the ceremony.

However, Principal Szlanda saw the sash peeking out under the black gown and pulled her out of line, she said.

“He pulled me out of line and said, ‘I talked to you and your father and you are not to be wearing that. If I see you wearing that again, you will not receive your diploma,’” she told the World-Herald.

Since the graduation, which Pohlmeier did participate in sans sash, her story has gone viral on Facebook with many calling the school’s actions “unacceptable” and “disrespectful.”

Now, Hastings Public Schools Superintendent Craig Kautz is defending his school’s graduation accessories policy, saying “if we don’t award it, you don’t wear it.”

Hastings Public Schools Superintendent Craig Kautz said he believed the student was told she could not wear her sash visibly for the ceremony, but should have been allowed to tuck it into her gown.  (Megan Pohlmeier)

“The rule is in place to prevent student’s writing the silly ‘Hi, Mom’ on the hat and goofy things. We’re trying to keep our graduations somewhat dignified,” Kautz told Fox News.

Kautz points out that the rule applies to every student — despite the viral post on Facebook that claimed the school allowed other students to wear college sashes. Pohlmeier also confirmed that other students were not allowed to wear sashes from other schools.

“As far as us being unpatriotic, that’s just not true. We say the Pledge of Allegiance every day, we play the National Anthem before every event,” Kautz said. “We have a veteran’s memorial in front of the campus with a flag that flies 365 days a year.”

“To say we’re unpatriotic means you don’t know Hastings, Nebraska,” Kautz told Fox News.

Kautz said he has watched video surveillance of the incident and feels that the principal did not react outside of the policy.

“At a certain point, I think, in all of the discussion that occurred, the principal was just saying, ‘Get the sash off and get in the graduation line or don’t go through the graduation ceremony,’” Kautz said to the World-Herald.

Kautz confirmed to Fox News the student would have been allowed to wear her sash tucked under her gown during the ceremony. He also said the student could have appealed the decision to him and the board of directors that were “standing within two or three feet of Megan and her father.”

Pohlmeier told Fox News she was “never given an option to appeal the decision.”

Pohlmeier did go on to graduate with her diploma.

“She earned her diploma, so we are not going to deny her that,” Kautz said. “The only thing we would deny her is the ability to go through the graduation ceremony. Our graduation ceremony, as it states in our (student) handbook, is voluntarily. It is not something that is mandated to get the diploma.”


Pohlmeier told World-Herald that she would like a direct apology from the school for the situation.

“It just should have been handled better,” she said.

The school apologized on social media after the incident went viral.

“We are sorry (this) has generated the perception that we are not patriotic,” the district stated in the post. “This could not be further from the truth. Our mission, in part, is to develop responsible citizens. We can not think of a more responsible citizen than the ones who select to or are chosen to serve the United States of America.”

“If we did something wrong, we want to correct it. But to say we’re unpatriotic is just not true,” Kautz said.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

The Latest: Baltimore officers visit funeral home


The Latest on the killing of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Police officers, public officials and others have been visiting a funeral home to honor a colleague killed on duty.

The visitation for Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio was being held Thursday at Schimunek Funeral Home in Nottingham, about a mile from where a Jeep ran her over Monday. Four teenagers are charged in her death.

News outlets reported that people lined up at the funeral home to pay their respects. An auto shop across the street draped a sash over its sign, while an overpass bore blue ribbons.

Caprio’s funeral will be Friday in Joppa. The mother of the 29-year-old officer is expected to speak. Caprio will be buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.


4:30 p.m.

A police officer crushed by a stolen Jeep isn’t even buried yet, and already authorities in Maryland are blaming each other for having allowed the teenage driver to be on the streets while he awaited sentencing for auto theft.

The state was formally supervising the 16-year-old driver, who is accused of running over Baltimore County officer Amy Caprio on Monday when she approached him outside a home where three teenage accomplices were allegedly committing a burglary.

Dawnta Anthony Harris, a slightly-built ninth-grader, had been assessed to be a high risk by Maryland’s juvenile services department. He had a string of arrests for auto theft, and had skipped out of juvenile custody repeatedly. His own mother had asked officials to detain him, hoping to avoid any more trouble.

Despite all this, Harris was transferred from a juvenile facility to house arrest with his mother in West Baltimore, and went AWOL again. A week later, he allegedly killed a police officer.

Georgina Chapman's driver arrested for paparazzi scuffle


The driver for Harvey Weinstein’s estranged fashion designer wife was arrested in Manhattan early Thursday for allegedly busting up a paparazzo’s camera, police sources told The Post.

Chauffeur Cristovoa Proenca, 44, was charged with criminal mischief for allegedly getting handsy with a lensman trying to photograph Georgina Chapman and her two children on West 11th Street in the West Village, the sources said.

Proenca allegedly grabbed the camera of snapper Jason Winslow, 42, causing damage to the device, sources said.

Chapman — who founded the designer label Marchesa — and Weinstein are separated; she recently claimed she had no idea that her husband was an alleged serial sex harasser and assaulter of women.

Weinstein is due to turn himself in Friday at Manhattan Supreme Court on sex assault charges.

Additional reporting by Laura Italiano

This article originall appeared in Page Six.

Rep. Meadows on President Trump pulling out of NoKo summit


This is a rush transcript from “Your World,” May 24, 2018. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: All right, now comes the tough part.

Apparently, we’re going to get tougher when it comes to the North Koreans. Already having slapped the hardest sanctions on any country in the history of, well, all countries, the president is considering still more actions, more punitive actions.

Let’s get the read with Mark Meadows, the man who runs the House Freedom Caucus, among many things.

Congressman, very good to have you.

REP. MARK MEADOWS, R-NORTH CAROLINA: Neil, it’s always great to be back with you and your viewers.

So, it’s certainly good to be here today, even though the news obviously is not the best as it relates to North Korea, but look forward to answering your questions.

CAVUTO: Same here.

So, let me ask you the first one about what we can look forward to, or the North Koreans not look forward to when it comes to sanctions.

MEADOWS: Well, I think what we’re going to see is not only a ratcheting up on the sanction regime, but really all their allies.

Here’s the thing, is the North Koreans had an opportunity to become part of the international community and negotiate. They have made it clear that they don’t want to do that. So, now that the talks are off, I think that they will become more and more isolated, if that is indeed possible.

But certainly the mood here on Capitol Hill is to be as punitive as we possibly can with the sanctions, and let them know that a nuclear peninsula of — on the Korean Peninsula will not be tolerated.

CAVUTO: You know, I’m just wondering if this just might be an elaborate game of subterfuge here…


CAVUTO: Where the North Koreans eventually — because we haven’t heard from them — come back to the table, realizing they might have gone too far.

But what if it’s the opposite, Chairman? What if they — they up the ante and then this all passes?

MEADOWS: Well, they may up the ante. I certainly hope not.

And I hope, you like, that your first hypothesis is right, that everybody that perhaps they’re overreaching just a little bit, and just because there was a historic step across one line between North and South Korea doesn’t mean that it will necessarily produce results.

I’m still hopeful that it can. And yet, today, it looks pretty bleak. But– but even if it gets ratcheted up, I have — I have great confidence in not only are the strength of our military and our military might, but the other tools that we have at our disposal to make sure that we keep Americans safe.

And I know the president is committed to that.

CAVUTO: Sometimes, politics being what it is, Congressman, the left, many on the left said the president blew it here, that the North Koreans came out on top. You heard about Nancy Pelosi was arguing about this.

But if you’re the North Korean leader, and you’re looking to see if the United States is going to potentially risk damaging a relationship with their big mentor, and that is China, how would you feel?

MEADOWS: Well, I’ll tell you, if I was North Korea, I can give them a real message.

Having spoken to the president a number of times, and knowing him, he’s serious about making a deal, but he’s also serious about the punitive measures. And he will not blink.

It was interesting. Nancy Pelosi comes out and says that, but this is the same Nancy Pelosi that says, oh, gosh, he’s going to cut a bad deal, he’s going to go no matter what.

You can’t have it both ways. I can tell you, this president and Secretary Pompeo know how to negotiate. And yet, at the same time, China is going to have to determine who they’re going to deal with.

I believe, in the end, they know that it’s better to align with the United States than the North Korean dictator.

CAVUTO: In your gut, what do you think unraveled this?

MEADOWS: You know, in my gut, I think what happens is, is, in any negotiation, when you get close to actually making a deal, people get overconfident on their ability and what they think the other side may or may not want and the motivations.

I think they’re underestimating the president’s resolve. But at the — the end of the day, I’m hopeful that maybe the event doesn’t happen on June the 12th or around that, but that it does happen in the coming weeks, and that we find that the North Korean people will benefit from really coming into the 21st century and understanding that economics are really the driving force for most people’s support, or lack thereof.

CAVUTO: Mark Meadows, good catching up with you. Thank you, sir, the House Freedom Caucus chairman, in Washington, D.C.

MEADOWS: Same to you. Thank you, Neil.


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Officials trade blame after teen arrested in officer's death

A police officer crushed by a stolen Jeep isn’t even buried yet, and already authorities in Maryland are blaming each other for having allowed the teenage driver to be on the streets.

The state was formally supervising the 16-year-old, who was wearing an ankle bracelet pending sentencing for auto theft when he was arrested for the murder of Baltimore County officer Amy Caprio. He was considered high risk. The slightly-built ninth-grader had a string of arrests for auto theft, and had skipped out of juvenile custody repeatedly. His own mother had asked officials to detain him, to avoid any more trouble.

Despite this, Harris was transferred from a juvenile facility to house arrest with his mother in West Baltimore.

Harris went AWOL again, a week before the officer was killed.

MS-13 suspect who allegedly killed man, burned body entered US as 'unaccompanied alien child'


An MS-13 gang suspect who allegedly killed a man and burned the body was arrested this week in South Carolina, immigration officials confirmed to Fox News.

Franklin Platero-Rodriguez, 21, was taken into custody without incident on Tuesday at a Subway restaurant in Ladson, roughly 20 miles northwest of Charleston, The Post and Courier reported.


Walker County, Texas, officials issued a warrant for Platero-Rodriguez’s arrest for homicide by firearm in the death of a man in the Houston area earlier this year.

The suspected gang member was found with a 9 mm pistol, which the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday could have been the weapon used in the Texas murder.

Franklin Platero-Rodriguez Arrest

Platero-Rodriguez was found with a 9 mm pistol, which the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office said could have been the weapon used in the murder of a man in Texas earlier this year.  (Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office)

Officials said the suspect killed the man, put his body in the trunk of the vehicle and poured gasoline on it before setting the vehicle on fire. He then apparently fled to South Carolina.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Fox News that Platero-Rodriguez, through a loophole, was able to enter the country as an unaccompanied alien child (UAC) — an illegal immigrant under the age of 18 who’s entered the country.


Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said the 21-year-old had previously been deported but illegally entered the U.S. again. He said Platero-Rodriguez faces charges of unlawfully carrying a firearm, possessing a stolen pistol and being a fugitive in possession of a gun.

The MS-13 gang, responsible for dozens of gruesome deaths throughout the U.S., was started by Central American immigrants, mainly from El Salvador, in Los Angeles in the 1980s. It has expanded since to include Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans and other Central and South Americans.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Kaitlyn Schallhorn contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

Terrifying new nuclear threat is here


The Air Force is integrating the B61 Mod 12 nuclear weapon into the F-35 this year as part of a long-range plan to deploy a nuclear-armed, dual-capable F-35 able to give commanders a wider envelope of precision nuclear attack options.

“Detailed risk reduction activities have been completed ensuring the F-35A is fully compatible with the B61-12 weapon. Planning for Block 4 nuclear certification efforts have begun in anticipation of initial B61-12 integration on the F-35A this year,” Maj. Emily Grabowski, Air Force Spokeswoman, told Warrior Maven.

The Block 4 F-35, to fully emerge in the next decade, contains more than 50 technical adjustments to the aircraft designed as software and hardware builds — to be added in six-month increments between April 2019 to October 2024, she added.

The latest version of the B61 thermonuclear gravity bomb, which has origins as far back as the 1960s, is engineered as a low-to-medium yield strategic and tactical nuclear weapon, according to, which also states the weapon has a “two-stage” radiation implosion design.

The most current Mod 12 version has demonstrated a bunker-buster earth-penetrating capability, according to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

“B61-12 is designed to have four selectable explosive yields: 0.3 kilotons (kt), 1.5 kt, 10 kt and 50 kt,” FAS writes.

Utilizing speed, maneuverability and lower-altitude flight when compared to how a bomber such as a B-2 would operate, a nuclear-capable F-35 presents new threats to a potential adversary. In a tactical sense, it seems that a high-speed F-35, fortified by long-range sensors and targeting technologies, might be well positioned to identify and destroy mobile weapons launchers or other vital, yet slightly smaller on-the-move targets. Furthermore, the B61 Mod 12 is engineered with a special “Tail Subassembly” to give the bomb increased accuracy, providing a new level of precision targeting with Inertial Navigation Systems, Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, Federation of American Scientists, told Warrior Maven.

It makes sense that the F-35 would increasingly be called upon to function as a key element of US nuclear deterrence strategy; in recent months, F-35s deployed to the Pacific theater to participate in military exercises over the Korean Peninsula. The weapons, ISR technology and multi-role functions of the F-35 potentially provide a wide range of attack options should that be necessary in the region.

As part of this equation, an F-35 might also be able to respond much more quickly, with low-yield nuclear weapons in the event that new intelligence information locating a new target emerges. Lower-yield nuclear weapons, should they be integrated onto the F-35, could enable highly destructive, yet more surgical, nuclear attacks to eliminate targets without necessarily impacting much larger swaths of territory.

The text of the administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, released earlier this year, specifically cites the importance of dual-capable aircraft (DCA) in Europe and states that a nuclear-armed F-35 is fundamental to deterring Russia.

“We are committed to upgrading DCA with the nuclear-capable F-35 aircraft. We will work with NATO to best ensure—and improve where needed—the readiness, survivability, and operational effectiveness of DCA based in Europe,” the Nuclear Posture Review states.

Earlier this year, the F-35 completed a series of weapons separation tests and is currently able to be armed with the AIM-9X, AIM-120, AIM-132, GBU-12, JDAM, JSOW, SDB-1 and the Paveway IV, Lockheed Martin data states. While it is not yet clear exactly how a nuclear weapon might integrate onto the platform, the F-35 is configured to carry more than 3500 pounds of ordnance in stealth mode and over 18-thousand pounds uncontested.

Also, without providing any detail, Grabowski did add that the Air Force is working closely with industry weapons developers to actively build new weapons specifically for the F-35.

“As we gain increasing experience with the aircraft and these new weapons mature, the program will follow the requirements for incorporating future weapons,” she told Warrior.

This story first appeared on Warrior Maven.

Restaurant employee wants former boss arrested for alleged assault


A restaurant worker in Georgia wants her former boss arrested after he allegedly attacked her over a dispute involving an $8 order, despite new surveillance footage that shows the purported slap was less serious than it initially appeared in a viral video.

Ju’Nea Turner, a former employee at Doo’s Seafood and Deli in Snellville, can be seen in a Facebook video yelling at the restaurant’s owner after he accused her of incorrectly completing a customer’s order.

But it was the owner’s wife who actually placed the wrong order, according to the video posted Friday by customer Markus Moultrie.

“She told her employee she had to pay for my meal,” Moultrie posted. “I told her that’s nonsense if you the one who f–ked up my order then you need to pay for it not ya employee.”

The unidentified owner of the restaurant appears to strike Turner in the Facebook video, leading Moultrie to tell Turner that she “needs to get a lawyer.”

But surveillance footage obtained by WGCL shows the man instead grabbed a food tray from Turner’s hand and tossed it to the floor while pushing her left shoulder and gesturing for her to leave.

Police in Gwinett County responded to the scene after the incident but the “parties involved did not wish to pursue the case further,” Cpl. Wilbert Rundles told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

No injuries were reported, Rundles said, adding that “both parties were accepting of the officers’ handling of the call and the call was closed.”

But now Turner wants the owner arrested.

“This is beyond disrespect, Ms. Turner was physically assaulted,” her attorney, Mawuli Davis, said in a statement. “Nothing that Ms. Turner did warranted the owner of the restaurant to use force against her. We will assist Ms. Turner in seeking a warrant for the arrest of her former employer.”

She is expected to request a hearing from a judge, who would then decide whether to issue a misdemeanor warrant, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Turner’s attorneys were scheduled to hold a news conference on Wednesday to discuss the incident outside of Gwinnett County Jail.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post.

Police: Missing Mexican woman's body found in Utah canyon

The body of a Mexican woman who disappeared on her way home from her English language class in Utah three years ago has been found in a rugged, mountainous canyon area and police are investigating her death as a homicide, officials said Thursday.

The skeletal remains of 26-year-old Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado were discovered last Friday by a man searching for camping spots in an area popular for hiking, fishing and camping about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from where Salgado was last seen in downtown Provo, Utah.

Officials with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and Provo police told reporters the death is considered suspicious.

They said they are interviewing “persons of interests” who are not suspects but declined to offer more details.

Activist Elizabeth Smart has been among those publicly pleading for information about Salgado’s disappearance. Smart was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City bedroom by street preacher Brian David Mitchell in 2002 at age 14 and held captive for nine months before she was found. Mitchell was convicted of kidnapping and raping Smart and sentenced to life in prison.

A medical examiner is trying to determine how Salgado died, officials said. Her body was decomposed after being out in the elements for what appears to be several years and she was identified through dental records, said Utah County Sheriff James Tracy.

The man who found her remains is not considered a suspect, officials said. They declined to provide the exact location of the discovery, but said it was a short distance from a road in a forested spot where it’s rare for people to leave their vehicles.

Salgado was last seen on April 16, 2015, as she left a class to walk home in Provo, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City. Salgado was from Chiapas, Mexico, and had moved to Provo about a month before her disappearance to study English shortly after finishing a Mormon mission in Mexico.

The discovery was devastating for Salgado’s family, who held out hope she was alive, said Eloy Monge, consul for legal protection with the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City.

Most of Salgado’s relatives live in Mexico and she was living with roommates in Utah when she disappeared.

Her family began a desperate search after losing contact with her. She usually talked with them every day. Her uncle Rosemberg Salgado has described her as an optimistic, spiritual woman.

Authorities were coordinating Thursday with the Mexican officials to notify Salgado’s parents, who live near Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital city of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, Monge said. He said Salgado’s brothers had been notified of her death.

Tracy said two of Salgado’s uncles who live in California had also been told of the discovery. One uncle, Rosemberg Salgado, had been vocal in pleading for help finding his niece, who he described as an optimistic, spiritual woman.

Telephone and text messages left with Rosemberg Salgado by The Associated Press were not immediately returned. He told the Deseret News that he can’t believe someone would kill his niece, who came to the United States to learn English, become a better person and get “married in a temple with a good guy,” per Mormon traditions.

“Whoever did this, we are going to find them,” Rosemberg Salgado said. “We will not stop until that person or people that were involved (are found).”

Officials characterized the discovery of Salgado’s body as a lucky break following three years of investigation and hundreds of interviews. Deputies had driven past the location where she was found dozens of times in recent years, said Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

“We’ll take any break, anytime, anywhere. Some days it’s better to be lucky than good,” said Tracy, the sheriff. “We’re fortunate and thankful that this individual happened to get off the road and walk into the forest to make that discovery.”

Media accuse Trump of lying about ‘SPYGATE’ despite Clapper admission


Several prominent members of the mainstream media are accusing President Trump of lying about former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitting that there were spies in the campaign two days after Clapper said there were spies in his campaign.  

Clapper admitted informants were “spying,” but said the focus was on Russians and their potential ties to the campaign — which many insiders claimed was splitting hairs.

“They were spying on, a term I don’t particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing. Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence which is what they do,” Clapper said Tuesday on ABC News’ “The View,” when asked if FBI informants were spying on Trump’s campaign.

“The View” co-host Joy Behar fired back, “Well, why doesn’t he like that? He should be happy.”

“He should be,” Clapper responded.

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle said Trump was “lying” because Clapper “never” admitted there was spying in his campaign, and quoted Trump’s Thursday morning tweet that said, “Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign. Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE – a terrible thing!”

“THIS IS A LIE. @realDonald Trump is Lying. James Clapper NEVER said this,” Ruhle tweeted.

Trump’s tweet says, “Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign,” and Clapper literally said they were “spying” inside Trump’s campaign.

Trump did not disclose in this particular tweet what information the FBI was seeking to obtain by infiltrating his campaign — so is it fair to label the president a liar based on this tweet?

The phrase “in my campaign” is not the same thing as “on my campaign,” but Ruhle isn’t the only member of the anti-Trump media to run with this narrative.

NPR’s headline stated ”FACT CHECK: No, Clapper Has Not ‘Admitted That There Was Spying’ On Trump Campaign,” while Vox wrote, “Trump tweets James Clapper admitted to spying on his presidential campaign. He didn’t.”

The Vox subhead stated, “Trump lied in a tweet, saying the former director of national intelligence admitted there was a spy in his 2016 campaign,” and the body of the story featured the same tweet that Ruhle quoted.

The New York Times published a headline, “Trump Repeats Claim That James Clapper ‘Admitted’ to Campaign Spying. It’s Still Wrong.” The Times’ story included the very same tweet.

Earlier this week, Trump sent tweets with other accusations and details about his proclamation that the FBI spied on his campaign — including that a spy was “put there by the previous Administration for political purposes.”

While that theory has not been admitted by Clapper, Americans will have to decide for themselves.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

Trump lawyers nearly reached deal for Mueller interview in January

In January, President Donald Trump’s legal team and special counsel Robert Mueller were zeroing in on the terms of a presidential interview: the last Saturday of the month, at Camp David, on a narrow list of topics, for maybe between two and six hours, with time set aside for bathroom breaks, according to people familiar with the matter.

The lawyers presented the terms to the president, who was described by one person as “optimistic” about the prospect. Ultimately, though, the deal was never sealed as members of the legal team were divided over the wisdom of letting him testify, the people said. Mr. Mueller’s office declined to comment.

Now, a new crop of lawyers for Mr. Trump is again in an intense phase of negotiations with Mr. Mueller over the terms of a possible interview as the special counsel pursues his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign and whether the Trump campaign colluded with that effort. Mr. Trump denies collusion, and Moscow says it didn’t meddle in the election.

The discussions today are, if anything, even more difficult.

In April, the FBI seized records from the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in an investigation by the Southern District of New York that was referred in part by Mr. Mueller.

Prosecutors are examining whether the president’s lawyer committed bank fraud or campaign-finance violations. Mr. Cohen has denied wrongdoing.

Mr. Trump’s legal team also has undergone a makeover, bringing a more combative style toward the Mueller investigation. Newly hired Rudy Giuliani is playing an influential role and wavering, at times day to day, on whether Mr. Trump should sit for an interview.

Click for more from The Wall Street Journal.

Newly adopted 1-year-old dies after being left in hot truck


Authorities say a recently adopted 1-year-old girl has died after her father left her in a hot truck.

News outlets cite a release from Metro Nashville police saying the adoptive father “reportedly forgot” about the child after dropping off her sibling at day care between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednesday. The girl’s adoptive mother found the child around 5:40 p.m. in a car seat inside the pickup truck parked outside their home.

It’s unclear exactly how long she was in the vehicle.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Nashville reached a high of 89 degrees, meaning the inside of the truck could have reached nearly 120 degrees.

No charges have been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say the parents had recently adopted the girl.

Federal lawsuit seeks $14.8m in deadly Tennessee wildfires


Two survivors of deadly Tennessee wildfires that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have sued the federal government, claiming they lost loved ones and a home because of the negligence of park workers.

The lawsuit in Knoxville was filed Wednesday by the two victims of the November 2016 Gatlinburg area fire: Michael Reed, whose wife and two daughters died, and James England, whose home burned down. They seek a combined $14.8 million in damages.

They blame their losses on claims that federal parks employees violated established fire-management policies, failed to prioritize the safety of citizens and property, and failed to notify and warn of threats posed by the fire.

The Park Service declined to comment.

The lawsuit claims that park senior leaders decided to contain, and not extinguish, the fire in the park despite extreme drought conditions. The plan to keep the fire within a 410-acre (165-hectare) area was a “debacle of historic proportions,” the lawsuit adds, arguing the decision not to put out the fire was taken because steep, rocky terrain posed a safety risk to firefighters.

“These failures notably included their blatant disregard of mandatory requirements to monitor the Chimney Tops 2 Fire for five consecutive days and their failure to notify or warn local governments, park neighbors, local residents and visitors of the absolute and imminent danger the fire posed to them,” the lawsuit states.

Hurricane-force winds blew embers from the park into Gatlinburg and downed power lines, sparking more fires. Fourteen people died and about 2,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Spokeswoman Dana Soehn said the Park Service doesn’t comment on active litigation.

Park officials found the fire on a Wednesday, but left it unmonitored and unattended in the overnight hours of five consecutive nights to discover the blaze had grown from less than an acre to between 250 and 500 acres (100-200 hectares), according to the lawsuit.

National Guard helicopters and air-tankers weren’t used for the first four days because park fire management officer Greg Salansky concluded the fire wasn’t big enough to warrant that expense, and had concerns about polluting the environment and drinking water supply downstream, the lawsuit says.

On that Monday, a Gatlinburg Fire Department captain called the park to ask about thick smoke pouring into the city, according to the lawsuit. It said Salansky advised him that everything was under control and no help was needed, even as the fire sped toward Gatlinburg, the lawsuit says.

Authorities have said two juveniles started the fire in a remote section of the park. The blaze left the park five days later. Local prosecutors dropped charges against the boys in June because other fires from downed power lines contributed to the inferno in Gatlinburg.

A previous outside review ordered by the city of Gatlinburg and Sevier County found that reliance on limited information from the National Weather Service and park officials meant that the predicted speed and severity of the impending firestorm was inaccurate.

Texas woman expecting triplets surprised with quadruplets


A Texas woman expecting triplets was surprised with a fourth baby after she went into labor on Monday.

Vivian Van Gorder, of Waco, gave birth to two boys and two girls on May 21. Doctors discovered the fourth child while Van Gorder underwent a C-section.

“At delivery we delivered the three we were expecting,” Dr. Tony Dunn told KXAN-TV. “I reached in and felt an elbow and said ‘we got a surprise.'”

Doctors never detected the fourth baby, who has not been named yet, despite the various ultrasounds Van Gorder underwent. The infant was “hiding behind her siblings in the womb,” KWTX- TV reported.

“When we start to see somebody in labor and pregnancy, it really is hard to keep all the numbers of arms and legs straight because you’re only looking at one area of the abdomen at a time with the ultrasound,” Dunn added.

“I was like ‘oh my God, oh my God, are you serious are you serious?’” Van Gorder recalled her reaction after hearing the news, according to KWTX-TV.

Three of the four newborns are named Tristan, Erik and Clare. All together, the babies weighed 20 pounds. The new parents are still thinking of a name for their fourth baby. 

This was not the first time Van Gorder was surprised during her pregnancy. Van Gorder was first informed during the 18th week of her pregnancy that she was having triplets, Fox 19 reported.

The quadruplets, who are the first set in the Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center’s 98-year history, join their three other siblings, ages 10, 9 and 4, respectively.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Third dead whale in a week washes ashore in California


Another dead gray whale washed ashore in California, the fifth dead whale found in the San Francisco Bay Area since March and the third since Friday.

Rapper 50 Cent under investigation for alleged threat to NYPD officer


Rapper 50 Cent is being investigated by the NYPD over an Instagram post that appears to threaten a Brooklyn precinct boss accused of shaking down a hip-hop club, The Post has learned.

“Get the strap,” Fitty told his 18.1 million followers on Wednesday — a catchphrase he uses at the end of many of his posts on the social media site. He was apparently referring to Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez, head of the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, following stories about the police boss allegedly squeezing the owner of the Love & Lust club for gifts, including free round-trip tickets to Puerto Rico.

“Strap” is street slang for gun.

The NYPD is investigating possibly charging Fitty with misdemeanor aggravated harassment, which alleges a threat to cause physical harm.

“There is a formal complaint on file for Aggravated Harassment and detectives are investigating,” an NYPD spokesperson said.

Fitty’s reps, though, are countering that the rapper has repeatedly used the phrase as a “playful” jibe.

“Get The Strap” is a playful phrase used by Mr. Jackson to punctuate absurd and outrageous situations,” said rep Amanda K. Ruisi, using the rapper’s given name, Curtis James Jackson III.

“They trying to shut him down,” the rapper posted on Instagram of Love & Lust owner Imran Jairam, who has put the NYPD on notice of his intent to sue for $125 million over his claim that Gonzalez unfairly targeted his club for inspections in order to squeeze him for perks.

“Oh no not LUST,” Fitty (given name Curtis James Jackson III) wrote of the club, an apparent favorite of his.

Fitty tagged the club owner, @stardnr, in his post.

The rapper’s apparent call to arms inspired a fusillade of threats from his followers — prompting Gonzalez to file a police complaint against Fitty.

Gonzalez “is annoyed, alarmed, and is in fear of his safety,” according to a criminal complaint filed with the 72nd Precinct that was obtained by The Post, which names the CO as a “complaining victim.”

“Comments included, but are not limited to, ‘Get the strap’ multiple times, [and] ‘F—k this commander has to get the strap ASAP,’ ” the complaint said.

The aggressive posts were still up Thursday afternoon.

“Get the strap,” followers jimmykamara and carlarfowler echoed of Fitty’s apparent threats against the CO.

“Get the strap on them,” agreed tee_vybz_247.

“Say it ain’t so brother!!!! Get the strap!!!!” joined in m_wish_parkslope.

“Get da burner broski,” posted squeezyweez416, using another slang word for gun.

“They are taking this seriously,” a high-ranking police source told The Post of the NYPD.

The violence-tinged catchphrase shows up nearly daily on 50 Cent’s Instagram.

The rapper even last month applied to the federal Patent and Trademark Office, in hopes of trademarking the phrase for use on hats and t-shirts.

But it’s got the notorious Internet troller in hot water before. Just last week, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop star Teairra Mari threatened to sue Fitty for reposting her leaked sex video under the caption, “Get the strap.”

“We consider ‘Get the strap’ to be either a threat of violence or encouraging violence against this revenge porn victim,” Mari’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, told The Post.

“It either means get a belt to assault someone with, or it’s slang for a gun. Either way, it’s a very scary phrase, especially considering he has 18 million Instagram followers,” Bloom said.

“He wants to put it on hats? Are you kidding me?” she added when told of the trademark application. “I think it’s appalling.”

In April, Fitty taunted “Get the strap” in response to rapper Hell Rell getting jumped at an unnamed restaurant. Hell Rell reportedly responded with an Instagram live stream in which he warned Fitty, “Don’t push me,” and aimed what looked like an assault weapon at the camera — getting, literally, the strap.

“Months ago, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson filed to trademark the phrase ‘Get The Strap,’ a slogan he has been posting across all of his social media platforms,” his rep said in a statement.

“It is posted in connection with photographs and videos, including many featuring just him or things he is promoting.

“Taken in its proper context, the specific post in question was neither intended as, nor could reasonably be interpreted as a threat or call to violence against anyone.

“So the record is clear, Mr. Jackson does not condone or promote the use of violence against anyone.‎ ‘Get The Strap’ is a playful phrase used by Mr. Jackson to punctuate absurd and outrageous situations.”

Additional reporting by Laura Italiano

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

Malfunctioning airplane engine drops metal into neighborhood, hits clinic


An airplane was forced to turn around a few minutes into its flight after an engine issue caused numerous metal parts to fall from the airplane onto the neighborhood below.

Worker breaks down describing restaurant crash in 911 call


A worker at a North Carolina restaurant where a man drove through the front wall, killing two family members, broke down when she recognized the driver.

Man convicted of kidnapping woman who escaped from car trunk


A man has been convicted of kidnapping an Alabama woman who later escaped by jumping from the trunk of a moving car.

Trump's Jack Johnson pardon praised by John McCain, George Foreman, others


President Trump’s posthumous pardon of former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson sparked support from both politicians and the boxing community on Thursday.

Johnson, the sport’s first black heavyweight champ, was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury of violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport a woman across state lines for “immoral” purposes. Johnson fled the country after his conviction, but he agreed years later to return and serve a 10-month jail sentence.

He died in 1946.

In recent years, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have called for Jackson to be pardoned. But it wasn’t until Thursday when Trump, who was intimately involved with the promotions of Mike Tyson fights in Atlantic City in the 1980s, issued the pardon.

McCain said he applauded Trump’s decision. “This action finally rights a historical wrong, restores a great athlete’s legacy & closes a shameful chapter in our history,” he wrote.

“Jack Johnson! It’s about time,” former heavyweight champion George Foreman tweeted. “2 things he loved Boxing and America. Now he will be rewarded by both.”

“Thank you one and all,” actor Sylvester Stallone, who attended the White House ceremony and urged Trump to consider the pardon, said on Instagram. “Justice has been done! Keep punching.”

Current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who joined Stallone and former champion Lennox Lewis at the White House Thursday, labeled Johnson “a pioneer, not just in this sport, but for African-Americans throughout the country.

“The things that he had to endure, made it possible for me and my family to live the lives we lead today,” Wilder said in a statement provided to Fox News. “Everything we do in this sport is in honor of the legacy that he left behind. In many ways, we’re still fighting that same fight that Johnson fought a century ago. We have to continue to try to speak truth to power and keep pushing towards a better tomorrow despite rhetoric that’s meant to split us apart. Hopefully this pardon is something symbolic that can help unify, but the most important thing we can do is stay engaged every day and live our values so that our culture doesn’t repeat these mistakes.”

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who made a much lauded film about the former champion, said the “pardon reminds us of a racist past and how even today racist remarks and coded words are used to imperil African Americans and to advance an Un-American agenda.”

Former two-division title-holder Paulie Malignaggi criticized Trump’s predecessors for not issuing the pardon sooner. “remember when Obama was being petitioned to do this and passed on it?  I do, so don’t pretend yous don’t.”

Matt Richardson is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @MRichardson713.