Sunday, May 20, 2018

Boxer Badou Jack accidentally punches referee during title fight


British referee Ian John-Lewis held his own after taking a huge left hook to the face from Badou Jack during his WBC light-heavyweight title battle with Adonis Stevenson.

During the 12th round of the draw in Toronto, the official, 55, was caught in the cross-fire.

John-Lewis stepped in to separate the duo with the boxers clinging together in the middle of the ring, just as Jack went for the knockout punch.

But his swinging left hook narrowly missed the 40-year-old Canadian and instead connected flush in the face of the ref.

But unlike the likes of James Degale, George Groves and Nathan Cleverly, who have all been dropped by the Swedish star, John-Lewis stayed on his feet and even cracked a smile.

His granite chin got the respect of two-weight world champion Jack, but he wasn’t pleased with the judges who scored the contest a majority draw, leaving Stevenson as champion.

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Massachusetts man caught breaking into home, and making sure the dog doesn't get out


A suspect who allegedly broke into a home in Massachusetts earlier this month was kind enough to make sure the family dog didn’t get loose, after he realized a security camera was watching his every move.

The unidentified man was recorded entering the home in East Milton on May 7, just before 1:30 p.m., the Milton Police Department wrote on Facebook Sunday. He knocked on the house’s rear sliding-glass doors in the kitchen a few times before the dog barked and tried to greet the new visitor.

The man — wearing tan cargo pants, a brown striped shirt and hat with gloves in his back pocket — apparently shouted “hello” into the house a few times while the dog bounded in and out of the kitchen.

The suspect, police wrote, “realized there were cameras in the house while committing the crime as he covers his face upon exiting the home.”


But before the man left, he seemed to call for the dog to come inside — then shut the kitchen door.

The police department asked that anyone with information on the break-in or the suspect please contact Detective Gennes Seaton or submit tips at the department’s anonymous hotline.

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

Texas man charged with murder after woman run over with car


Authorities say an 89-year-old man has been charged with murder after a woman was run over with a car several times in San Antonio.

Police arrested John Bogard at his home Saturday after witnesses said he ran over the woman, described as being in her 80s, following an argument in an elementary school parking lot.

Authorities say Bogard allows homeless people to stay at a property near the school and that he got into an argument with the woman as she was leaving the property.

Police say witnesses told them that Bogard got into his car and ran the woman down, then backed up and ran her over again. Police say according to the witness accounts, Bogard got out of his car to look at the woman before driving away.

Two witnesses with permits to carry a weapon shot at Bogard’s car and blew out a tire.

It’s not clear if Bogard has an attorney to comment on his behalf.

The Latest: Police: Man drives into restaurant, killing 2


The Latest on a vehicle that crashed into a North Carolina restaurant (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

Witnesses say the lunchtime scene at the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City was comfortable, with families eating, until a vehicle crashed into the building.

Caleb Martin, a 14-year-old who busses tables at the restaurant, says he saw the crash that left two dead and others hurt.

“I walked over to my station and I heard a loud boom,” Caleb tells WSOC-TV . He says he did not know what to do at first, but he quickly joined first responders in the helping those injured.

Caleb says he helped paramedics move tables off of someone and cleared debris so medics could reach him.

Authorities say the vehicle’s driver, Roger Self, is in custody. They say his daughter is among the dead.

Caleb says Self was a regular at the restaurant.


4:30 p.m.

Authorities say a man intentionally drove his car into a North Carolina restaurant, killing his daughter and another person and injuring several others.

The Bessemer City Police Department said in a news release that preliminary evidence indicated that the man purposely drove his vehicle into the Surf and Turf Lodge about noon Sunday.

Killed was 26-year-old Katelyn Tyler Self, the daughter of the driver and a Gaston County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Authorities haven’t released the name of the second person who died.

Police say Roger Self has been arrested. The Gaston Gazette identified him as a businessman from Dallas, North Carolina.

Bessemer City Police Chief Thomas Ellis Jr. says the car went fully inside the restaurant.

Bessemer City is located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Charlotte.


Information from: WSOC-TV,

Yes, Meghan Markle did curtsy to Queen Elizabeth


She may be breaking tradition, but she still curtsies for the queen.

Royal wedding watchers thought they caught a major faux pas when it looked like the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, didn’t bow for Queen Elizabeth II during Saturday’s service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

“Could someone please tell me why she did not curtsy to the Queen? Is this a new protocol? Because she is American? Because she forgot? What?” one person tweeted.

“Ok, forgive me if I missed it, but where was the curtesy?! Huge mistake if that was missed. I mean, she has lent you her grandmother’s tiara – take a moment to curtsy!” someone else wrote.

Etiquette coach William Hanson wrote: “Meghan – did you curtsy to Her Majesty? I will have to lie down for months if you did forget.”

It turned out that the 36-year-old former actress actually did curtsy, but the dutiful moment was cut short by some wonky TV video editing.

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Hawaii volcano activity prompts new threats as man seriously injured from lava spatter


A man was seriously injured when he was hit with lava spatter while standing on his third-floor balcony — the first known injury related to Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano eruptions as new volcanic activity creates new threats in surrounding neighborhoods.

The homeowner on Noni Farms Road in Pahoa was hit with lava on the shin and taken to the hospital with serious injuries, Janet Snyder, spokeswoman for the Office of the Mayor, told Reuters.

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“Fast-moving” lava flows threatened to cut off a major escape route for Puna residents.  (USGS Volcanoes)

“It hit him on the shin, and shattered everything from there down on his leg,” Snyder said, adding that the lava spatter could weigh “as much as a refrigerator.”

“And even small pieces of spatter can kill,” she said.


No other information about the man and his condition were released as of Sunday morning.

“Even small pieces of spatter can kill”

– Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder

Lava oozing out of the 22 fissures that opened since Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago on the Big Island has wreaked havoc in surrounding neighborhoods. Officials on Sunday said there were reports of increased sulfur dioxide emissions as two lava flows entered the ocean. 

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At least 22 fissures have opened up since Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago.  (Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency)

To add to the dangers, officials also warned residents of laze, which could cause serious health hazards. 

“Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air,” Civil Defense Agency said. “Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation. Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.”

Another four homes were destroyed Friday and Saturday, totaling to nearly four dozen structures demolished. A handful of people were trapped when a flow crossed a road Friday. Some had to be airlifted to safety.

“They shouldn’t be in that area,” said County Managing Director Wil Okabe.


“Fast-moving” flows on Saturday from fissure 20 in the volcano’s lower east rift zone ignited brush fires and incinerated everything in its path, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency reported. Photos and videos from the scene showed a flow as smoke billowed from the edges where the bright red lava touched.

“County and state fire units are in the area, going door-to-door to make sure people are informed and check if they need assistance. Everyone needs to stay clear of this area,” officials said.

By Saturday night, the lava cut off Highway 137, a key escape route for residents in the area, at the 13-mile marker. Officials said they were monitoring a second flow early Sunday that was inching closer to the highway. Portions of Highway 137 and Highway 130 were closed.


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The lava flows created brush fires. Lava from fissure 20 also entered the ocean.  (USGS Volcanoes)

The Big Island volcano released a small explosion at its summit just before midnight Friday, sending an ash cloud 10,000 feet into the sky. On Thursday, an “explosive” eruption emitted ash and rocks 30,000 feet into the sky.

Evacuation orders for two neighborhoods with nearly 2,000 people were given after a first fissure opened on May 3. Officials have been warning neighboring communities to be prepared to evacuate.

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

Britain's top diplomat honors Argentines killed in Falklands


British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has honored Argentine soldiers who fought Britain in the Falkland Islands.

Johnson is in Argentina for a Group of 20 meeting and he laid a wreath Sunday at the Monument of the Fallen Soldiers in Buenos Aires. He was accompanied by Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie.

This is only the second time a high British official has been on Argentine soil to pay tribute to the 255 British and 649 Argentine soldiers who died during the 74-day conflict in 1982. Prince Charles did so in front of the same monument during a 1999 visit.

Johnson’s stop in Argentina is the first time in 22 years that a British foreign secretary has visited the country.

Argentina still claims the islands, which it calls the Malvinas.

George H.W. Bush arrives in Maine for the summer, family says


Former President George H.W. Bush arrived in Maine on Sunday evening, where he’s set to spend the summer at his house in Kennebunkport.

Bush, 93, had been recovering in Texas after he contracted “an infection that spread to his blood,” officials said. Friends of the 41st president have said he’d been eager to get to Maine after his wife, Barbara, died last month.

He arrived at the family’s summer vacation home at Walker’s Point to dozens of “well wishers” excitely greeting his motorcade in Dock Square, his spokesperson, Jim McGrath, tweeted.

Bush made the journey to Maine after seeing “Hamilton” at Houston’s Hobby Center on Saturday night.


Bush has spent every summer in Kennebunkport since childhood except during World War II, when he served as a naval aviator. The Bushes spend winters in Houston.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel, Katherine Lam and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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

1st funeral of Santa Fe High School shooting: Pakistani exchange student remembered as 'precious gift'


Family and friends on Sunday remembered 17-year-old Sabika Sheikh as a hard-working and accomplished Pakistani exchange student, during the first of many planned funerals for victims of the Texas high school shooting massacre.

Sheikh, who had been attending classes at Santa Fe High School since last August, said getting accepted into a U.S. program to study was the best thing that ever happened to her in her life. She was scheduled to go home to Pakistan in three weeks, by Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The shooting at the high school southeast of Houston killed 10 people and wounded at least 13 others. A 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is being held on murder charges.

Sabika’s funeral took place Sunday afternoon at a mosque in suburban Houston to overflowing crowds. Her immediate family could not be there with her; relatives are in Pakistan, and the Pakistani Consulate has organized to have her remains returned to her family.

Sabika was an honor student.

At the services, she was remembered as a young woman who wanted to be a businesswoman or a diplomat in the Consulate General’s Office.

Her host mother from the Cochran family said Sabika wanted Americans to know Pakistan better.

The host family said their time with her was “such a precious gift,” as Sabika and their kids were united in love.

The family even started fasting with her for Ramadan.

“When I first started school, I didn’t know anyone. And I met Sabika, and she didn’t know anyone either. And we both became very close,” Jalyn Cochran, who previously had been homeschooled, said. “The other night we were in the car and I was crying because I didn’t want her to go back to Pakistan. And she said, I love you and I miss you. She was so loyal to her faith and her country. And she loved everybody. She was the most amazing person I’d ever met, and I will always miss her.”

Houston, according to Mayor Sylvester Turner, has one of largest exchange students programs in the world. “This is one of those moments that we say drive people’s souls. The death of Sabika and nine others are impacting people all over the world,” he said, adding that schools ought to be made as safe as airports and government buildings.

Her body is to be returned to her family in Karachi, Pakistan.

Surrounded by mourning friends and family at his home in Karachi on Saturday, her father, Abdul Aziz Sheikh, fought back tears as he relived his frantic efforts to check whether his daughter was safe half a world away. She wasn’t returning his calls and neither were her friends. He eventually learned from the exchange program that she was among the dead.

“We are still in a state of denial. We can’t believe it. It’s like a nightmare,” Sheikh told The Associated Press.

“One should not lose his heart by such kind of incidents,” he added. “One should not stop going for education to the U.S. or U.K., or China, or anywhere. One must go for education undeterred. But controlling such incidents is the responsibility of the respective governments.”

Medical staff at HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division-affiliated Clear Lake Regional Medical Center reported Sunday that one child remained in serious condition with multiple gunshot wounds, while another was in good condition after being shot. A Santa Fe High School student who had been treated and released Friday was readmitted to the hospital Saturday for further observation, and then later released Saturday evening.

Governor Greg Abbott also issued a statewide call for Texans to take part in a moment of silence at 10:00 a.m. local time Monday to honor the memory of the victims of the shooting. “The act of evil that occurred in Santa Fe has deeply touched the core of who we are as Texans,” said Abbott. “In the midst of such tragedy, we pray for the victims and those mourning in Santa Fe, while we work to ensure swift and meaningful action to protect our students in schools across our state. I ask all Texans to join in holding a moment of silence tomorrow morning to remember the victims, their families, and first responders of the attack that took place at Santa Fe High School.”

Fox News’ Ray Bogan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Vegas Golden Knights reach Stanley Cup Final in first-ever NHL season


In a feat unprecedented in any of the four major North American sports, the Vegas Golden Knights will play for the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season.

Police: Man purposefully drives car into restaurant, kills 2


Authorities say a man intentionally drove his car into a North Carolina restaurant, killing his daughter and another person and injuring several others.

The Bessemer City Police Department said in a news release that preliminary evidence indicated that the man purposely drove his vehicle into the Surf and Turf Lodge about noon Sunday.

Killed was 26-year-old Katelyn Tyler Self, the daughter of the driver and a Gaston County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Authorities haven’t released the name of the second person who died.

Police say Roger Self has been arrested. The Gaston Gazette identified him as a businessman from Dallas, North Carolina.

Bessemer City Police Chief Thomas Ellis Jr. says the car went fully inside the restaurant.

Bessemer City is located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Charlotte.

Afghan Taliban claim to have captured another district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province


Locals have been warning for weeks that further pockets of Ghazni province were on the brink of falling to the Taliban, and alas, over the weekend the brutal insurgent group reportedly ascertained further control of the area around 100 miles south of the capital Kabul.

Heavy clashes were ongoing Sunday in the Ajristan district of Ghazni — with Taliban fighters closing in on government forces — and edging closer to the police headquarters and government compound. Telecommunications also were reported to be down, while the Taliban sealed off the surrounding roads.

The Taliban claimed via its media wing, which has not yet been independently confirmed, that it successfully had obtained control of the district — boasting that a “major of enemy troops surrendered to Mujahedeen and the rest were forced to flee,” and that the district center was seized “without any firefight.”

Combat in the district was ignited three days ago, and on Saturday local officials cautioned that sending in reinforcements was crucial, warning of the “tragic” outcome should the government lose control of the district.

The possible Taliban capture comes less than three days after heavy fighting in the 50,000-person Afghan city of Farah, which last week saw some of the most intense fighting in the area in months. On Tuesday, Taliban insurgents opened fire on the western provincial capital — taking over several crucial checkpoints.

Heightened fighting between the terrorist group and Afghan forces continued for more than 24 hours, followed Thursday by a second Taliban-initiated attack. Afghan special forces, with U.S. air support, eventually propelled the insurgents out — in the end, leaving more than 25 security personnel and 300 fighters dead.

Authorities since have shut down more than 400 primary schools and higher education institutes to protect the students and personnel, projecting that they will reopen after the conclusion of Ramadan in mid-June. Afghan and U.S. security forces are believed to have been taken by surprise regarding the Taliban attack, however locals and journalists claim that they had been sounding the alarm that Farah was on the brink of falling for some time.

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The Taliban claimed it had successfully obtained control of the district, but the claim was not independently confirmed.  (File)

A spokesperson for the country’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) told Fox News Sunday that the Afghan National Armed Forces (ANSF) were fighting back courageously and over the past 24 hours alone had launched 12 joint offensive and scheduled offensive operations, launched 79 special commando operations and 10 air strikes “aimed at protecting people’s lives and repressing terrorists across the country.” Air force specialists conducted 69 flights to support ANA ground forces — killing 110 terrorists, wounding 15 wounding and leading to the arrest of 3 more.

The operation stretched across an array of some 12 Taliban-torn provinces including Ghazni and Farah.

One Afghan security official told Fox News that Farah, situated near the Iranian border, long had been subject to unrest, and is considered to be a “logistical supply” hub for the Taliban. 

Meanwhile, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, visited shaken Farah on Saturday alongside other defense, intelligence and interior minister top brass.

“Farah did not fall and Farah will never fall,” Nicholson said. “We will stay with you until we bring this war to a peaceful conclusion.”

In this photo released by Afghanistan's Presidential Palace, President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a joint meeting of the National Assembly in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 25, 2016. Ghani has called on Pakistan to battle the Taliban rather than try to bring them into peace talks. He made the remarks during an address to parliament a week after a Taliban assault on the capital that killed 64 people and wounded another 340. (Afghan Presidential Palace via AP)

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has called for peace talks with the Taliban.  (AP, File)

Deepening security concerns and unprecedented numbers of suicide bombings have debilitated Afghanistan across the board in recent months, including the targeting of local journalists. An increasingly outraged Afghan population has put further pressure on the Ashraf Ghani-led federal government to double-down on its efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table and configure a political end to the decades-old war.

Ghani has offered “unconditional peace talks” to the Taliban, which largely is responsible for the deaths of some 3,400 NATO troops — at least 2,300 of which were Americans — in a protracted conflict that has cost U.S. taxpayers up to one trillion dollars since 2001.

NATO foreign ministers in April issued a statement saying they were “united in their support” for Ghani’s political attempts to end the conflict. As part of those negotiations, incentives are being dangled at the Taliban — who skeptics contend currently are winning the war — ranging from recognition as a political party, to the release of some prisoners along with a ceasefire agreement.

The Taliban have ignored Ghani, which some critics contend leaves the Afghanistan government in an even weaker position.

“Reconciliation with the Taliban should be handled from the position of strength, and not from the position of appeasement and weakness,” former general and reigning Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum told Fox News from his residence in Ankara, Turkey. “The reconciliation policy must be from the position of strength and not weakness.”

Hollie McKay has been a staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay

Police video from California fires shows harrowing escapes


Chaotic police body-camera footage from last year’s deadly wildfires in Northern California’s wine country shows officers running door-to-door urging people to flee and rescuing elderly residents of a retirement community as flames bear down, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

Nearly eight hours of jittery video obtained by the San Jose Mercury News is from the point-of-view of police in Santa Rosa, as they sprint, panting through swirling smoke amid the approaching last October’s firestorm.

The Mercury News reviewed the videos with police, who said they would use them as lessons to improve responses on future fires and plan better evacuation protocols.

The footage shows at times exasperated officers imploring homeowners wielding garden hoses to evacuate. One officer, using profanity, shouts at a man shooting video with his cellphone as the blaze closes in: “The fire is coming right here. Evacuate! What is wrong with you?”

Officers also tried to lend comfort in the chaos.

“Sir, I’m scared,” an elderly widow tells Officer Dave Pedersen in one video.

“I know,” Pedersen responds. “This is absolutely terrifying.”

At a luxury retirement community on a hilltop in the Fountain Grove neighborhood, about a quarter of the 416 residents were still in their rooms or asleep — with two buildings catching fire and no staff in sight — when police arrived to rescue them.

In one video, Officer Orlando Macias guides an elderly woman in a bathrobe onto an evacuation bus, telling her “Grab onto my shoulders, like we’re dancing, OK?”

Without knowing it at the time, exhausted police captured the horror and heroism of one of California’s deadliest wildfires from the tiny cameras clipped to their chests, the newspaper said.

In nearly every frame, embers blow sideways through the glowing orange sky. The cameras’ microphones recorded the constantly blowing wind that propelled the flames while drowning out sirens and screams.

The wind-driven blaze moved 12 miles (19 kilometers) in about four hours — from Calistoga into the heart of Santa Rosa. Forty-four people died.

The body cam footage, along with hundreds of pages of police reports and 911 calls indicate that dozens of residents refused to leave the path of the massive fires that night.

One of them was Ken Mazzoni, 64, who is on video defiantly telling an officer he planned to stay and try and fight the flames with a garden hose.

“Sir, you’re gonna put a lot of people in danger,” says Officer Chris Diaz.

They inform dispatchers that Mazzoni and his wife won’t budge, then head off to the next rescue. But 20 minutes later, as a wall of flames approach down the block, Diaz returns to check on the couple. They’re getting into their car to leave.

Last weekend, the Mazzonis returned to the vacant lot where they plan to rebuild a house identical to the one they lost. Diaz came, too. It had been seven months since they had seen each other. They hugged and cried and Mazzoni apologized to the police officer for ignoring his pleas to evacuate.

“I don’t know what I was thinking,” Mazzoni told the newspaper.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,

DOJ asks watchdog to look into possible ‘impropriety’ after Trump demands probe on alleged campaign ‘infiltration’


The Justice Department asked its watchdog to look into any alleged “impropriety or political motivation” in the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the DOJ said Sunday night — hours after President Trump ordered a review looking into whether federal agents infiltrated or surveilled his campaign for political purposes.

DOJ asks watchdog to look into possible 'impropriety' after Trump demands probe on alleged campaign 'infiltration'


The Justice Department asked its watchdog to look into any alleged “impropriety or political motivation” in the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the DOJ said Sunday night — hours after President Trump ordered a review looking into whether federal agents infiltrated or surveilled his campaign for political purposes.

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” the president tweeted.

“The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election. As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct,” DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Fox News.

She also released a response from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”

Trump, late last week, began accusing the Justice Department of trying to frame him by planting a spy in his campaign — an allegation his own lawyer said might not be true.

Promoting a theory that is circulating, Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman and tweeted Friday: “Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and by any means necessary, they are out to frame Donald Trump for crimes he didn’t commit.”

But Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani cast some doubt on that.

On whether there was an “informant” in the 2016 presidential campaign, Giuliani told CNN, “I don’t know for sure, nor does the president, if there really was one,” though he said they have long been told there was “some kind of infiltration.”

Earlier this month, the National Review raised the question of a possible FBI spy in Trump’s campaign. The article cites work by California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of the House Intelligence Committee, who has demanded information on an FBI source in the Russia investigation.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee as its vice chairman, objected Friday to such demands, emphasizing “the critical importance of protecting sources and methods.”

“It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the purpose of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election,” Warner wrote in a statement. “Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves.”

The New York Times reported separately this past week that at least one government informant met several times with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, both former foreign policy advisers for Trump’s Republican campaign.

The Times reported Friday that the informant talked to Page and Papadopoulos because they had suspicious contacts linked to Russia. The newspaper attributed the information to current and former FBI officials.

Also Friday, Giuliani said special counsel Robert Mueller has narrowed his possible interview subject areas from five to two as negotiations continue over whether the president will sit down and answer questions in the Russia investigation.

Mueller is investigating possible coordination between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.

A number of Trump outside advisers — including former chief strategist Stephen Bannon — have stepped up their attacks on the Department of Justice, calling for it to release more documents to the White House while saying a confidential source has worked against Trump.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

‘No, I’m not over it’: Hillary Clinton jabs Trump, shows off Russian hat at Yale Class Day


Early in her address to graduating Yale students at Sunday’s Class Day, Hillary Clinton reached behind the lectern, pulled out a traditional Russian ushanka hat, and held it aloft.

Mueller said he could wrap up probe by Sept. 1 if he can interview Trump by mid-July, Giuliani tells Fox News


Special Counsel Robert Mueller has told President Trump’s legal team he should be able to wrap up the Russia investigation by Sept. 1 if he is able to interview Trump by mid-July, Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Sunday.

Giuliani said he and Mueller spoke about an end date to the investigation approximately two weeks ago. During that conversation, Giuliani told Mueller that any interview of Trump by the special counsel would be contingent on knowing when the probe would wrap up.

The president has not ruled out sitting down for an interview with Mueller, though Giuliani has repeatedly warned that an in-person questioning would constitute a “perjury trap.”

Giuliani also told Fox News that an interview with Trump would be contingent on having access to an FBI informant who met with members of the Trump campaign in 2016. Giuliani said that an interview of Trump by Mueller would also be contingent on the president’s lawyer having access to the informant to know what the informant has shared with Mueller.

According to Giuliani, knowledge of the informant’s meetings with Trump campaign officials makes it imperative that the Justice Department share documents and other information with Congressional committees who are investigating surveillance of the campaign by the FBI and Justice Department.

In an interview with CNN last week, Giuliani said that neither he nor Trump knew for certain whether there was a spy in the campaign, though he added that they had been told of “some kind of infiltration.”

The New York Times reported last week that at least one government informant met several times with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, both foreign policy advisers on Trump’s campaign. The Times reported, citing current and former FBI officials, that the informant talked to Page and Papadopoulos because they had suspicious contacts linked to Russia.

Papadopoulos was charged last year in Mueller’s investigation and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. He has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

New York boy, 14, pretends to help blind man, robs him while posing as cop


A 14-year-old boy allegedly pretended to be a police officer as he stole a blind man’s wallet at a New York City subway station last week, police said on Sunday.

The teen pretended to help the legally blind 64-year-old through a turnstile at the 34th Street and Eight Avenue station in Manhattan on Monday afternoon, cops said. They added that the boy was captured on surveillance footage unzipping the man’s backpack and taking out his wallet.

One of the man’s credit cards was quickly charged $500 at a nearby store.

The 14-year-old’s mother turned him in on Sunday, police said; they did not release the teen’s name. He faces charges of grand larceny and criminal impersonation of a police officer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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

Cameroon holiday hit by violence in English-speaking areas


Cameroon’s national day Sunday was marked by violence in its troubled English-speaking region, with two policemen killed, soldiers wounded and a mayor kidnapped by suspected armed separatists.

In the capital, Yaounde, in central Cameroon, President Paul Biya, who has ruled since 1982, presided over a public show of the country’s military might.

But in the English-speaking town of Bangem in southwest Cameroon, the mayor, Ekuh Simon, was kidnapped. In a video shared by suspected armed separatists Simon said he and his deputy were kidnapped by separatists for planning independence celebrations. He said he is being held hostage by the Ambazonia Restoration Forces that had said the national day should not be celebrated. Ambazonia is the name separatists have given to the English-speaking area they want to become independent from French-speaking Cameroon.

Fighting was also reported in the English-speaking towns of Konye, Batibo, Ekona and several villages of Kupe Muanenguba, an administrative area in southwestern Cameroon.

At least two policemen and several people were killed, according to the governor of the south west region Bernard Okalia Bilai. In the towns that were attacked, many escaped to the bushes and safer neighboring towns.

In the northwestern city of Bamenda, there was a strong show of force to prevent any violence, but only a few residents turned up for the celebrations, saying that they feared retaliation from the separatists. Some students at the University of Bamenda showed up for the parade, saying they were forced by officials to come under the penalty of expulsion. Government officials also said they were also forced to come.

The Cameroon government had asked the population to come out in numbers and celebrate the national day as a sign of national unity adding that the military will protect the people from armed separatists who had vowed the day will not be celebrated in the English-speaking regions.

Cameron again imposed a curfew on its English-speaking regions. In spite of the curfew and heavy presence of the military, the armed separatists were able to chase out some public officials and close some schools.

Both the government and separatists have committed abuses, according to the U.S. ambassador. Ambassador Peter Henry Barlerin last week met with Biya and urged the president to initiate dialogue to lead the way out of violence.

“On the side of the government, there have been targeted killings, detentions without access to legal support, family, or the Red Cross, and burning and looting of villages. On the side of the separatists, there have been murders of gendarmes, kidnapping of government officials, and burning of schools,” said Barlerin in a statement issued after he met with Biya. “People on both sides of the conflict have engaged in speech that dehumanizes the opposite side.”

International humanitarian organizations and rights groups have accused the government of harsh measures in its crackdown and the indiscriminate arrests of suspects.

Unrest in Cameroon began in November 2016, when English-speaking teachers and lawyers in the northwest and southwest regions took to the streets, calling for reforms and greater autonomy. They expressed frustration by the dominance of the French-speaking parts of the country and with what they charged is the marginalization of Cameroon’s Anglophone population. Cameroon’s English-speaking community accounts for about one-fifth of the country’s 25 million people.

The protests were followed by a harsh government crackdown, including arrests and a shutdown of the internet.

The crisis intensified when Ayuk Tabe, who declared himself the president of the English-speaking Republic of Ambazonia, was arrested in December with 48 others in Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon. They have not been seen in public since. The separatists are demanding his immediate release.

The separatists have chased many government workers and forced the closure of man schools, timber and palm oil processing factories. They vowed on social media to paralyze the country until they Ayuk Tabe and his colleagues are released.

Parts of southwest Cameroon remain under a curfew because the separatists continue to commit atrocities, said Bernard Okalia Bilai, governor of the Southwest Region

“The gunmen are hiding in the bushes, in the forests and usually they would appear on the roads to try to kidnap some passengers,” said Bilai. He said security information indicates most of the armed separatists are hiding in the bush along Cameroon’s southwestern border with Nigeria, especially in the Manyu and Lebialem administrative areas.


AP journalist Joel Kouam in Bamenda, contributed to this report.

Maine high school students block street for prom photo as cops get in on the fun


When a group of high school students was reported to police in Maine for blocking a street to take prom photos, cops made their way to the scene — and decided to get in on the fun.

“What do you do when someone calls the cops about Hermon High School students blocking Bangor’s Exchange Street for a prom photo?” the Bangor Police Department asked on Facebook. “Nothing.”

Officer Jamie Fanning and Mental Health liaison Andrea Carver posed for a photo with the 14 teens. Fanning wore a “classy gun belt and black prom gloves” while Carver donned her “best ballistic vest.”

The department told the students to enjoy their prom night, and to “Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s thing alone, and be kind to one another. We will be here.”


Bangor Police posted a similar photo with John Bapst High School students at their prom on Saturday, as those “prom goers felt left out.”

The students posed for a “prom-off” picture with Officer Tom Clarke and Dan Place, as the department wrote the two officers seemingly “tried to dab.”

“Look at these great kids allowing cops in their photos,” the post read. “A glimpse of your America on a Saturday night.”

The Bangor Police Department joked that “prom-offs” are “now a thing.”

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'No, I'm not over it': Hillary Clinton jabs Trump, shows off Russian hat at Yale Class Day


Early in her address to graduating Yale students at Sunday’s Class Day, Hillary Clinton reached behind the lectern, pulled out a traditional Russian ushanka hat, and held it aloft.

“I mean, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” she said as the audience laughed and applauded.

The Russian hat gag, a nod to the student tradition of wearing extravagant headgear during Class Day, set the tone for a wide-ranging speech in which Clinton alternately cracked jokes about her loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and warned Yale’s Class of 2018 that “we are living through a full-fledged crisis in our democracy.”

“There are certain things that are so essential they should transcend politics,” said Clinton, who never mentioned Trump by name during her address. “Waging a war on the rule of law and a free press, de-legitimizing elections, perpetrating shameless corruption, and rejecting the idea that our leaders should be public servants undermines our national unity.”


Clinton admitted that she still thinks about her defeat by Trump: “No, I’m not over it … I still regret the mistakes I made. I still think, though, that understanding what happened in such a weird and wild election in American history will help us defend our democracy in the future.”

The former first lady, secretary of state, New York senator and 2016 Democratic nominee for president also threw in a call for “common-sense gun safety legislation as soon as we can get it” during a brief discussion of Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

“You don’t need to experience gun violence to know that when a teenager in Texas who just survived a mass shooting says she’s not surprised at what happened at her school because, and I quote, ‘I’ve always felt like eventually it was going to happen here too,’ we are failing our children,” she said. “So, enough is enough.”

Clinton, who graduated from Yale Law School in 1973, cracked some jokes as well. She told students that she was thrilled for all of them, “even the three of you who live in Michigan and didn’t request your absentee ballots in time.” She also joked about her audition to join Yale’s famous Whiffenpoofs singing club, saying she had buried the tape “so deep that not even Wikileaks will be able to find it..”

She continued, “If you thought my emails were scandalous, you should hear my singing voice.”

Class Day is celebrated at Yale on Sunday the day before degrees are handed out. It includes the awarding of academic, artistic, and athletic prizes and the major address of commencement weekend.

It also includes such traditions as the planting of the class ivy, awarding top academic and athletic prizes to students, and the singing of Yale’s “Bright College Years” while waving a white handkerchief.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mueller said he could wrap up investigation by Sept. 1 if he can interview Trump by mid-July, Giuliani tells Fox News


Special Counsel Robert Mueller told President Trump’s legal team he should be able to wrap up his investigation by Sept. 1 if he is able to interview Trump by mid-July, Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Sunday.

The Latest: Coast Guard: Avoid area where lava entering sea


The Latest on an erupting volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island (all times local):

11 a.m.

The Coast Guard is warning boats to stay away from where lava is flowing into the ocean on Hawaii’s Big Island unless they have prior approval.

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. John Bannon says in a statement Sunday that “getting too close to the lava can result in serious injury or death.”

Hawaii County officials say two lava flows are streaming into the ocean, which sends hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air. The plume can lead to lung damage and eye and skin irritation.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says sulfur dioxide emissions also have tripled. Officials warned people to stay away from the area.

The Coast Guard says it’s enforcing a safety zone extending 984 feet (300 meters) around where the lava is entering the sea.


10:45 a.m.

A Hawaii orchid grower who lives about 3 miles (5 kilometers) down the road from where lava is entering the ocean says nature is reminding everyone who is boss.

Joseph Kekedi says the lava from Kilauea volcano was about a mile upslope from him at one point but luckily the flow didn’t head his way in the Big Island coastal community of Kapoho (Kah-POH-hoh).

He said Sunday that lava is flowing into the sea in a sparsely inhabited area of larger properties.

Hawaii County says residents in the area have evacuated.

Kilauea volcano began spewing lava into the air in a residential neighborhood about two weeks ago. On Saturday, it gushed faster-moving lava that began flowing downhill like a river.


6:10 a.m.

Officials on Hawaii’s Big Island say lava from an erupting volcano has crossed a highway and flowed into the ocean.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said late Saturday that another lava flow is getting close to the highway in the remote, rural area. The highway has shut down in some spots, and residents in the area have been evacuated.

Lava entering the sea produces hazards that can lead to lung, eye and skin irritation. County officials say the phenomenon sends “hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air.”

The Kilauea volcano has sent oozing lava and noxious gas into neighborhoods for more than two weeks, burning homes, driving out residents and producing explosive eruptions at the summit.


12 a.m.

The saga of a Hawaii volcano’s impact on rural communities is heading into its third week.

Dozens of homes have burned, lava has crossed a road and explosions at the summit bring worries about ash fallout.

As lava flows have grown more vigorous, there’s concern more homes may burn and more evacuations will be ordered.

Officials want residents in the remote and rural area of the Big Island to heed evacuation warnings. A few people were temporarily trapped when a flow crossed a road. Some had to be airlifted to safety.

The area affected by lava and ash is small compared to the Big Island, which is about 4,000 square miles (10,360 square kilometers). Most of the island and the rest of the state is unaffected by Kilauea’s volcanic activity.

Man drives SUV into North Carolina restaurant, killing 2; police call it 'domestic' incident


Two people were killed and several others were injured on Sunday after a man drove his SUV into a North Carolina restaurant, in what police have described as a “domestic” incident.

Kate Self, a corporal with the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, was killed at the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City, officials announced at a news conference Sunday afternoon. The second victim — reportedly believed to be a family member — was not immediately identified.

Several other members of Self’s family were injured in the incident, the Gaston Gazette reported, adding the driver to the vehicle was identified by friends as Roger Self, Kate Self’s father and a businessman.

The news outlet reported that restaurant staff claimed Roger Self went with his family to the restaurant and had them seated. The father then allegedly went outside and drove his Jeep into the building.

Bessemer City Police Chief Tom Ellis said an officer who arrived on scene saw Self’s SUV “completely in the building” just after noon on Sunday.

It’s unclear how many people were seated at the restaurant table, but police said “several others” were hurt. Paramedics rushed them to two nearby hospitals.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

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University of Oregon student found dead during frat event at California campground, reports say


A University of Oregon student was found dead Saturday at a popular campground in Northern California, officials said.

Dylan Pietrs, 21, “died in an incident at Lake Shasta this weekend,” the school said in a statement. According to the college’s student newspaper, the Daily Emerald, a cause of death is not yet clear.

Pietrs reportedly was at the lake, roughly 300 miles south of Eugene where the school is located, with hundreds of other University of Oregon students for an annual event organized by fraternities that was scheduled to be held from Thursday to Sunday this year. 

Sunset at Bridge Bay located on Shasta Lake. Shasta Lake is a reservoir in Shasta County, California, United States. It is within the Whiskeytown–Shasta–Trinity National Recreation Area, operated by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It is impounded by Shasta Dam, the ninth tallest dam in the United States. Known as the keystone of the Central Valley Project, the outflow of Shasta Dam provides electricity and irrigation water. It also provides Sacramento River flood control below the dam for the Sacramento Valley

According to reports, Pietrs was spending the weekend at Shasta Lake in Northern California.  (iStock)

The 21-year-old was seen drinking in the area throughout the day on Friday, before he went to his tent early in the evening, Fox 12 reported.

Pietrs was found not breathing at the Gooseneck Campground. CPR was performed, but he was declared dead at the scene, according to KEZI.

Investigators did not believe foul play was involved in Pietrs’ death, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office told multiple news agencies.

The university’s initial statement, according to reports, said that, “As devastating as this sudden passing is, it is important to point out that this tragedy is connected to an unauthorized tradition among many college students.

“Students from many institutions have a history of demonstrating poor life choices during visits to Lake Shasta,” the statement reportedly read. “These activities are contrary to the values of the university and fraternity and sorority organizations.”

Investigators said they did not believe foul play was involved in Pietrs’ death.  (Facebook)

The school amended the statement and wrote Pietrs’ “death is tragic, and the university offers its deepest sympathy to family and friends of Dylan and the communities he was a part of at the University of Oregon.”

Pietrs was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and was studing business administration.

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