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Pentagon Suspends 'Very Provocative' Military Exercises With South Korea
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2018-06-23    0 views
The United States and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend certain joint military training exercises that President Donald Trump has labeled “very provocative.”

The Pentagon made the announcement on Friday, indicating that two exchange program training exercises involving the United States and South Korean militaries would be put on hold indefinitely.

The move comes on the heels of the summit earlier this month between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"To support implementing the outcomes of the Singapore Summit, and in coordination with our Republic of Korea ally, Secretary Mattis has indefinitely suspended select exercises," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

"This includes suspending Freedom Guardian along with two Korean Marine Exchange Program training exercises scheduled to occur in the next three months," White said.

Regarding suspension of the exercises, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, "South Korea and the U.S. decided to delay two of KMEP (drills) indefinitely, which was going to take place within the next three months. "This is a part of follow-up measures after the North Korea-U.S. summit and South Korea-North Korea summit. There could be additional measures should North Korea follow suit with productive cooperation.”

At a news conference after the meeting with Kim in Singapore, Trump announced that he would halt what he called “very provocative” and expensive regular military exercises that the United States holds with South Korea. North Korea had long sought an end to the war games.

This week, the United States and South Korea said they were suspending planning for August's Freedom Guardian exercise.

Last year, 17,500 American troops and more than 50,000 South Korean troops joined the Freedom Guardian drills, although the exercise is mostly focused on computerized simulations rather than field exercises.

Mattis met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Trump's national security adviser John Bolton on Friday, White said.

"In support of upcoming diplomatic negotiations led by Secretary Pompeo, additional decisions will depend upon the DPRK continuing to have productive negotiations in good faith," she added, referring to North Korea.

Every spring, the United States and South Korea conduct Foal Eagle and Max Thunder drills, both of which wrapped up in May.

At the Singapore talks, North Korea also agreed to allow the recovery of the remains of soldiers who went missing in action during the Korean War.

On Saturday, the U.S. military began moving caskets into North Korea for the recovery of some remains, the U.N. Command in South Korea said in a statement.
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Pentagon Suspends 'Very Provocative' Military Exercises With South Korea
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2018-06-23    0 views
The United States and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend certain joint military training exercises that U.S. President Donald Trump has labeled “very provocative.”

The Pentagon made the announcement on Friday, indicating that two exchange program training exercises involving the U.S. and South Korean militaries would be put on hold indefinitely.

The move comes on the heels of the summit earlier this month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"To support implementing the outcomes of the Singapore Summit, and in coordination with our Republic of Korea ally, Secretary Mattis has indefinitely suspended select exercises," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.
"This includes suspending FREEDOM GUARDIAN along with two Korean Marine Exchange Program training exercises scheduled to occur in the next three months," White said.

Regarding suspension of the exercises, South Korea's defense ministry said, "South Korea and the U.S. decided to delay two of KMEP (drills) indefinitely, which was going to take place within the next three months.
"This is a part of follow-up measures after the North Korea-U.S. summit and South Korea-North Korea summit. There could be additional measures should North Korea follow suit with productive cooperation.”

At a news conference after the meeting with Kim in Singapore, Trump announced that he would halt what he called “very provocative” and expensive regular military exercises that the United States holds with South Korea. North Korea had long sought an end to the war games.

This week, the United States and South Korea said they were suspending planning for August's Freedom Guardian exercise.

Last year, 17,500 American troops and more than 50,000 South Korean troops joined the Freedom Guardian drills, although the exercise is mostly focused on computerized simulations rather than field exercises.
Jim Mattis met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford and Trump's national security adviser John Bolton on Friday, White said.

"In support of upcoming diplomatic negotiations led by Secretary Pompeo, additional decisions will depend upon the DPRK continuing to have productive negotiations in good faith," she added, referring to North Korea.

Every spring, the United States and South Korea conduct Foal Eagle and Max Thunder drills, both of which wrapped up in May.

At the Singapore talks, North Korea also agreed to allow the recovery of the remains of soldiers who went missing in action during the Korean War.

On Saturday, the U.S. military began moving caskets to North Korea for the recovery of some remains, the U.N. Command in South Korea said in a statement.
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Man Arrested After Showing Up to Work in Tactical Gear, Carrying Weapons
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2018-06-22    0 views
Police say fake police uniforms and an illegally owned AR-15-style rifle were found in the home of a Wisconsin man who showed up to work in tactical gear after being fired last month.
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Mother-of-Three Speaks After 'Terrifying' Sexual Assault on Train During Peak Hour
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2018-06-22    0 views
An Australian woman was repeatedly sexually assaulted on a commuter train in Melbourne by a man who remains at large and police are calling on the public to help identify.

Victoria Police released security video on June 21 that shows 49-year-old Jill Perrett being followed out of Flagstaff Station by her alleged attacker.

Perrett was allegedly assaulted by the man after both boarded a packed city-bound train at a station in Thornbury on May 16.

“[It was] terrifying. This was the middle of the day. I was really shocked,” she said, according to Yahoo news.

The 49-year-old mother of three recounted the incident to reporters, saying that what she initially thought was a ‘crowded train’ turned into a disturbing assault that escalated over time and left her leery of using public transport.

“I won’t be catching the train for some time now,” she said.

Perrett said she was standing on the train when the suspect began touching the back of her leg and pressing up against her.

“At first I thought ‘It was a crowded train’ but by the time we reached Clifton Hill I was very aware he was touching me on the back of the leg.

“He was behind me and touching me just under my buttocks, my leg and rubbing and pressing up against my back,” she told reporters on Friday.

She said she tried to get away from the alleged offender several times during the ride but he continued to stalk her and touch her.

“I tried to move within the crowd to let him know I wasn’t happy about him.”

Perrett eventually got off the train, with the suspect in pursuit.

“The victim got off the train at Flagstaff Railway Station, where she was followed by the offender, said Detective Senior Constable Andrew Paulet of theTransit Safety Division, speaking at a press conference.

“He came right up alongside me, so I confronted him and asked, ‘are you following me’,” said Perrett.

The offender reportedly replied with a rude comment about giving her a “lap-dance”.

“The victim then walked towards an escalator, where she was cornered or confronted by the offender,” said Paulet.

Police said the suspect got on an adjacent escalator and rode alongside Perrett.

“As they moved up the escalator, the offender was looking at the victim the entire time, staring at her,” Paulet said.

When she reached the concourse, Perrett called the police.

“It just kept escalating until I was actually quite terrified. That’s when I called Triple-0. I was quite afraid,” Perrett said.

She said she has been left traumatized by the incident and wanted to speak out.

“I don’t think women should feel like this,” Perrett said. “Any behavior to women, any time of the day, anywhere, that’s not acceptable. We’ve got to call out these creeps.”

Along with the security camera footage, police released a description of the suspect.
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Mother-of-Three Speaks After 'Terrifying' Sexual Assault on Train During Peak Hour
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2018-06-22    116 views
An Australian woman was repeatedly sexually assaulted on a commuter train in Melbourne by a man who remains at large and police are calling on the public to help identify.

Victoria Police released security video on June 21 that shows 49-year-old Jill Perrett being followed out of Flagstaff Station by her alleged attacker.

Perrett was allegedly assaulted by the man after both boarded a packed city-bound train at a station in Thornbury on May 16.

“[It was] terrifying. This was the middle of the day. I was really shocked,” she said, according to Yahoo news.

The 49-year-old mother of three recounted the incident to reporters, saying that what she initially thought was a ‘crowded train’ turned into a disturbing assault that escalated over time and left her leery of using public transport.

“I won’t be catching the train for some time now,” she said.

Perrett said she was standing on the train when the suspect began touching the back of her leg and pressing up against her.

“At first I thought ‘It was a crowded train’ but by the time we reached Clifton Hill I was very aware he was touching me on the back of the leg.

“He was behind me and touching me just under my buttocks, my leg and rubbing and pressing up against my back,” she told reporters on Friday.

She said she tried to get away from the alleged offender several times during the ride but he continued to stalk her and touch her.

“I tried to move within the crowd to let him know I wasn’t happy about him.”

Perrett eventually got off the train, with the suspect in pursuit.

“The victim got off the train at Flagstaff Railway Station, where she was followed by the offender, said Detective Senior Constable Andrew Paulet of theTransit Safety Division, speaking at a press conference.

“He came right up alongside me, so I confronted him and asked, ‘are you following me’,” said Perrett.

The offender reportedly replied with a rude comment about giving her a “lap-dance”.

“The victim then walked towards an escalator, where she was cornered or confronted by the offender,” said Paulet.

Police said the suspect got on an adjacent escalator and rode alongside Perrett.

“As they moved up the escalator, the offender was looking at the victim the entire time, staring at her,” Paulet said.

When she reached the concourse, Perrett called the police.

“It just kept escalating until I was actually quite terrified. That’s when I called Triple-0. I was quite afraid,” Perrett said.

She said she has been left traumatized by the incident and wanted to speak out.
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Victoria Police Release CCTV Footage of Suspect in Multiple Sexual Assaults on Commuter Train
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2018-06-22    633 views
An Australian woman was repeatedly sexually assaulted on a commuter train in Melbourne by a man who remains at large and police are calling on the public to help identify.

Victoria Police released security video on June 21 that shows 49-year-old Jill Perrett being followed out of Flagstaff Station by her alleged attacker.

Perrett was allegedly assaulted by the man after both boarded a packed city-bound train at a station in Thornbury on May 16.

“[It was] terrifying. This was the middle of the day. I was really shocked,” she said, according to Yahoo news.

The 49-year-old mother of three recounted the incident to reporters, saying that what she initially thought was a ‘crowded train’ turned into a disturbing assault that escalated over time and left her leery of using public transport.

“I won’t be catching the train for some time now,” she said.

Perrett said she was standing on the train when the suspect began touching the back of her leg and pressing up against her.

“At first I thought ‘It was a crowded train’ but by the time we reached Clifton Hill I was very aware he was touching me on the back of the leg.

“He was behind me and touching me just under my buttocks, my leg and rubbing and pressing up against my back,” she told reporters on Friday.

She said she tried to get away from the alleged offender several times during the ride but he continued to stalk her and touch her.

“I tried to move within the crowd to let him know I wasn’t happy about him.”

Perrett eventually got off the train, with the suspect in pursuit.

“The victim got off the train at Flagstaff Railway Station, where she was followed by the offender, said Detective Senior Constable Andrew Paulet of theTransit Safety Division, speaking at a press conference.

“He came right up alongside me, so I confronted him and asked, ‘are you following me’,” said Perrett.

The offender reportedly replied with a rude comment about giving her a “lap-dance”.

“The victim then walked towards an escalator, where she was cornered or confronted by the offender,” said Paulet.

Police said the suspect got on an adjacent escalator and rode alongside Perrett.

“As they moved up the escalator, the offender was looking at the victim the entire time, staring at her,” Paulet said.

When she reached the concourse, Perrett called the police.

“It just kept escalating until I was actually quite terrified. That’s when I called Triple-0. I was quite afraid,” Perrett said.

She said she has been left traumatized by the incident and wanted to speak out.

“I don’t think women should feel like this,” Perrett said. “Any behavior to women, any time of the day, anywhere, that’s not acceptable. We’ve got to call out these creeps.”

Along with the security camera footage, police released a description of the suspect.
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Australian Beach Spoiled by Sea Litter Prompting Cleanup Initiative
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2018-06-22    0 views
The beaches of Cape Arnhem in the Northern Territory of Australia are overflowing with litter washed up on the shore, according to video footage captured by a local in the area.
A Facebook group called Cleaning Up Cape Arnhem was set up on June 20 to coordinate cleanup efforts in the local community. Videos showing an array of litter washed up along the beach were posted on the group’s page.
Dr Frederieke Kroon, a research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, told ABC News that the currents and winds in the Gulf of Carpentaria mean that the rubbish is likely coming from Indonesia.
Credit: Kylie Tune via Storyful
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Rosetta Space Probe's Last Images Were of its Own Grave, ESA Footage Shows
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2018-06-22    12 views
Rosetta Space Probe's Last Images Were of its Own Grave, ESA Footage Shows
The European Space Agency released a video on June 21 showing the final images recorded by the Rosetta Probe as it crash-landed onto the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in September 2016, ending its 10-year mission.
The ESA said of Rosetta’s last recordings: “As it moved closer towards the surface it scanned across an ancient pit and sent back images showing what would become its final resting place.”
Credit: ESA via Storyful
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Dramatic rescue in Illinois flood: 'My dad's a hero'
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2018-06-20    4 views
Brianna Pickett takes a cellphone video of her dad, Mark Pickett, as he helps rescue Bruce Salley during a flash flood in Rockford on June 18, 2018. (Brianna Pickett)
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Dramatic rescue in Illinois flood: 'My dad's a hero'
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2018-06-20    0 views
Brianna Pickett takes a cellphone video of her dad, Mark Pickett, as he helps rescue Bruce Salley during a flash flood in Rockford on June 18, 2018. (Brianna Pickett)
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More than 500 guns seized from Southern California homes
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2018-06-20    0 views
California police seized over 550 guns at two Southern California homes after receiving a tip that a convicted felon was storing "a large arsenal of firearms."

Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after authorities raided his Agua Dulce home, according to an LASD news release.

“This case is a testament to the community’s involvement in reducing crime and taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell, citing the successful raid as a positive example of the department’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

“We are proud of the relationship we have built in the Antelope Valley area as we continue to build trust with the communities we serve,” McDonnell said.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s Detective Bureau launched an investigation following a crime tip that a local man was in possession of a large arsenal of firearms and that he was a convicted felon.

A team of investigators that included state and federal agents served a warrant on June 14 at an Agua Dulce residence, where searchers found 432 rifles and handguns. A further investigation revealed 91 more hidden weapons.

Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect, police said.

The first warrant led investigators to a second location connected to Fernandez, where they found an additional 30 firearms.

The large number of firearms involved led detectives to enlist the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to run traces on the weapons to discover their point of origin.

Fernandez was booked on a range of charges, including suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms, a felon in possession of ammunition, and a felon in possession of large-capacity magazines.

He was released on $35,000 bail and faces a court appearance on July 9, police said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, citing sources familiar with the investigation, Fernandez is believed to be a firearms collector.
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More than 500 guns seized from Southern California homes
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2018-06-20    4 views
California police seized over 550 guns at two Southern California homes after receiving a tip that a convicted felon was storing "a large arsenal of firearms."

Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after authorities raided his Agua Dulce home, according to an LASD news release.

“This case is a testament to the community’s involvement in reducing crime and taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell, citing the successful raid as a positive example of the department’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

“We are proud of the relationship we have built in the Antelope Valley area as we continue to build trust with the communities we serve,” McDonnell said.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s Detective Bureau launched an investigation following a crime tip that a local man was in possession of a large arsenal of firearms and that he was a convicted felon.

A team of investigators that included state and federal agents served a warrant on June 14 at an Agua Dulce residence, where searchers found 432 rifles and handguns. A further investigation revealed 91 more hidden weapons.

Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect, police said.

The first warrant led investigators to a second location connected to Fernandez, where they found an additional 30 firearms.

The large number of firearms involved led detectives to enlist the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to run traces on the weapons to discover their point of origin.

Fernandez was booked on a range of charges, including suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms, a felon in possession of ammunition, and a felon in possession of large-capacity magazines.

He was released on $35,000 bail and faces a court appearance on July 9, police said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, citing sources familiar with the investigation, Fernandez is believed to be a firearms collector.
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More than 500 guns seized from Southern California homes
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2018-06-19    0 views
California police seized over 550 guns in possession of a convicted felon at two Southern California homes after receiving a tip that the man was storing an arsenal.

Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after authorities raided his Agua Dulce home, according to an LASD news release.

“This case is a testament to the community’s involvement in reducing crime and taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell, citing the successful raid as a positive example of the department’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

“We are proud of the relationship we have built in the Antelope Valley area as we continue to build trust with the communities we serve,” McDonnell said.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s Detective Bureau launched an investigation following a crime tip that a local man was in possession of a large arsenal of firearms and that he was a convicted felon.

A team of investigators that included state and federal agents served a warrant on June 14 at an Agua Dulce residence, where searchers found 432 rifles and handguns. A further investigation revealed 91 more hidden weapons.

Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect, police said.

The first warrant led investigators to a second location connected to Fernandez, where they found an additional 30 firearms.

The large number of firearms involved led detectives to enlist the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to run traces on the weapons to discover their point of origin.

Fernandez was booked on a range of charges, including suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms, a felon in possession of ammunition, and a felon in possession of large-capacity magazines.

He was released on $35,000 bail and faces a court appearance on July 9, police said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, citing sources familiar with the investigation, Fernandez is believed to be a firearms collector.
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More than 500 guns seized from Southern California homes
tom.ozimek
2018-06-19    0 views
California police seized over 550 guns at two Southern California homes after receiving a tip that a convicted felon was storing "a large arsenal of firearms."

Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after authorities raided his Agua Dulce home, according to an LASD news release.

“This case is a testament to the community’s involvement in reducing crime and taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell, citing the successful raid as a positive example of the department’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

“We are proud of the relationship we have built in the Antelope Valley area as we continue to build trust with the communities we serve,” McDonnell said.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s Detective Bureau launched an investigation following a crime tip that a local man was in possession of a large arsenal of firearms and that he was a convicted felon.

A team of investigators that included state and federal agents served a warrant on June 14 at an Agua Dulce residence, where searchers found 432 rifles and handguns. A further investigation revealed 91 more hidden weapons.

Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect, police said.

The first warrant led investigators to a second location connected to Fernandez, where they found an additional 30 firearms.

The large number of firearms involved led detectives to enlist the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to run traces on the weapons to discover their point of origin.

Fernandez was booked on a range of charges, including suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms, a felon in possession of ammunition, and a felon in possession of large-capacity magazines.

He was released on $35,000 bail and faces a court appearance on July 9, police said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, citing sources familiar with the investigation, Fernandez is believed to be a firearms collector.
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Senior FBI Official Vowed to Stop Trump From Becoming President
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2018-06-16    0 views
A new report reveals that a senior FBI official had sent a text message vowing to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.

This according to a report capping the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the 2016 election.

The report contains an exchange of messages between FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and bureau attorney Lisa Page.

In one text, Page asks “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Strzok’s reply: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

Strzok later told investigators he didn’t remember sending the message and that he didn’t take any steps that would impact the presidential election.

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz said the texts raise significant questions about the F.B.I.’s credibility during a politically delicate investigation.

“The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation and sowed doubt about the FBI’s work on, and its handling of, the Midyear investigation.”

FBI Midyear is the bureau’s internal codename for the Clinton-email probe.

“Moreover, the damage caused by their actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral factfinding and political independence.”

Horowitz also found that Strzok’s political views did not affect the inquiry.

The inspector general said investigators “found no evidence in emails, text messages, instant messages, or documents that suggested an improper purpose” in the direction that Strzok took the investigation.

Horowitz also found that five other FBI staffmembers on the investigation held an anti-Trump bias.

The inspector general concluded that the conduct of the persons involved “has brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBI’s handling of the Midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI.”

The inspector general referred the five employees to the FBI for potential disciplinary action.
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Senior FBI Official Vowed to Stop Trump From Becoming President
tom.ozimek
2018-06-16    2 views
A new report reveals that a senior FBI official had sent a text message vowing to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.

This according to a report capping the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the 2016 election.

The report contains an exchange of messages between FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and bureau attorney Lisa Page.

In one text, Page asks “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Strzok’s reply: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

Strzok later told investigators he didn’t remember sending the message and that he didn’t take any steps that would impact the presidential election.

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz said the texts raise significant questions about the F.B.I.’s credibility during a politically delicate investigation.

“The conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation and sowed doubt about the FBI’s work on, and its handling of, the Midyear investigation.”

FBI Midyear is the bureau’s internal codename for the Clinton-email probe.

“Moreover, the damage caused by their actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral factfinding and political independence.”

Horowitz also found that Strzok’s political views did not affect the inquiry.

The inspector general said investigators “found no evidence in emails, text messages, instant messages, or documents that suggested an improper purpose” in the direction that Strzok took the investigation.

Horowitz also found that five other FBI staffmembers on the investigation held an anti-Trump bias.

The inspector general concluded that the conduct of the persons involved “has brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBI’s handling of the Midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI.”

The inspector general referred the five employees to the FBI for potential disciplinary action.
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Once an illiterate and homeless drug addict, man graduates college at age 65
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2018-06-16    0 views
A former drug addict and homeless man has graduated from college at the age of 65.

Thanks to the generosity of others, Freddie Sherrill managed to turn his life around.

“I was institutionalized, I couldn’t function in society. The only structure that I had in my life was when I was in training school or I was in jail or I was in prison."

Sherrill quit school when he was 8.

"I would go to the grocery stores and start stealing food and take it home to help my mother and feed my sister and brothers.”

He ended up behind bars when he was 16.

“I was drinking, smoking and shooting cocaine and then I went to heroin.”

He became homeless and later attempted suicide.

“I pulled the trigger the gun wouldn't go off. I just kept crying and crying and crying. I threw the gun down on the ground and it said ‘pow, pow, pow.’”

That was a turning point for Sherrill. He met a pastor at Myers Park Presbyterian church in Charlotte, who helped turn his life around.

In time, Sherrill turned his focus to education.

“I took the GED test 6 times and on the 6th time I passed it by one point.”

In May of this year, one of his greatest achievements.

“It took me 13 years to get an associate's degree."

At the age of 65, Sherrill graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human service from Queens University of Charlotte.

"Finally today I can say that I'm a productive member of society. I haven't arrived, that's just part of the journey, and the journey continues on."

According to a WBTV report, Sherrill now plans to start his own non-profit to help people turn their lives around.
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Once an illiterate and homeless drug addict, man graduates college at age 65
tom.ozimek
2018-06-15    2 views
A former drug addict and homeless man has graduated from college at the age of 65.

Thanks to the generosity of others, Freddie Sherrill managed to turn his life around.

“I was institutionalized, I couldn’t function in society. The only structure that I had in my life was when I was in training school or I was in jail or I was in prison."

Sherrill quit school when he was 8.

"I would go to the grocery stores and start stealing food and take it home to help my mother and feed my sister and brothers.”

He ended up behind bars when he was 16.

“I was drinking, smoking and shooting cocaine and then I went to heroin.”

He became homeless and later attempted suicide.

“I pulled the trigger the gun wouldn't go off. I just kept crying and crying and crying. I threw the gun down on the ground and it said ‘pow, pow, pow.’”

That was a turning point for Sherrill. He met a pastor at Myers Park Presbyterian church in Charlotte, who helped turn his life around.

In time, Sherrill turned his focus to education.

“I took the GED test 6 times and on the 6th time I passed it by one point.”

In May of this year, one of his greatest achievements.

“It took me 13 years to get an associate's degree."

At the age of 65, Sherrill graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human service from Queens University of Charlotte.

"Finally today I can say that I'm a productive member of society. I haven't arrived, that's just part of the journey, and the journey continues on."

According to a WBTV report, Sherrill now plans to start his own non-profit to help people turn their lives around.
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Photo of boy comforting dying sister shows pain families of cancer go through
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2018-06-14    0 views
A photo of a little boy comforting his sister in her final moments battling cancer. It’s a heart-wrenching reminder of the pain families go through in their struggle with the disease—and of how they can support each other in the darkest moments. Back in 2016, 4-year-old Adalynn Joy Sooter was given only months to live after doctors found a tumor in her brain. But the Arkansas girl surprised medical officials by outliving those predictions. Her parents first shared Adalynn’s story on the Love What Matters webpage. In the post they described how they noticed Adalynn had a “hitch” in her step when she was 2 years old. Then the hitch got worse and she started having trouble holding a fork or spoon. Then came the diagnosis: She had a tumor in her brain stem. Radiation treatment shrank the tumor. But it came back. Eventually doctors said there was nothing more they could do for the little girl. Adalynn passed away earlier this month. Her father shared the news on Facebook, saying that “she passed from this life to the next just as she had lived: stubbornly but also peacefully, and surrounded by family.” But it’s the photo of Adalynn and her brother Jackson that shows the heartbreak of families fighting childhood cancer. She clutches his arm, as he tries to comfort her. In the post, Adalynn’s dad wrote that she didn’t have much time left. Then on June 3 he wrote that it “all happened so much faster than we expected, but that in itself is a blessing because she suffered so little at the end.”
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Photo of boy comforting dying sister shows pain families of cancer go through
tom.ozimek
2018-06-14    219 views
A photo of a little boy comforting his sister in her final moments battling cancer. It’s a heart-wrenching reminder of the pain families go through in their struggle with the disease—and of how they can support each other in the darkest moments. Back in 2016, 4-year-old Adalynn Joy Sooter was given only months to live after doctors found a tumor in her brain. But the Arkansas girl surprised medical officials by outliving those predictions. Her parents first shared Adalynn’s story on the Love What Matters webpage. In the post they described how they noticed Adalynn had a “hitch” in her step when she was 2 years old. Then the hitch got worse and she started having trouble holding a fork or spoon. Then came the diagnosis: She had a tumor in her brain stem. Radiation treatment shrank the tumor. But it came back. Eventually doctors said there was nothing more they could do for the little girl. Adalynn passed away earlier this month. Her father shared the news on Facebook, saying that “she passed from this life to the next just as she had lived: stubbornly but also peacefully, and surrounded by family.” But it’s the photo of Adalynn and her brother Jackson that shows the heartbreak of families fighting childhood cancer. She clutches his arm, as he tries to comfort her. In the post, Adalynn’s dad wrote that she didn’t have much time left. Then on June 3 he wrote that it “all happened so much faster than we expected, but that in itself is a blessing because she suffered so little at the end.”
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Photo of boy comforting dying sister shows pain families of cancer go through
tom.ozimek
2018-06-14    586 views
A photo of a little boy comforting his sister in her final moments battling cancer.

It’s a heart-wrenching reminder of the pain families go through in their struggle with the disease—and of how they can support each other in the darkest moments.

Back in 2016, 4-year-old Adalynn Joy Sooter was given only months to live after doctors found a tumor in her brain.

But the Arkansas girl surprised medical officials by outliving those predictions.

Her parents first shared Adalynn’s story on the Love What Matters webpage.

In the post they described how they noticed Adalynn had a “hitch” in her step when she was 2 years old. Then the hitch got worse and she started having trouble holding a fork or spoon.

Then came the diagnosis: She had a tumor in her brain stem.

Radiation treatment shrank the tumor. But it came back. Eventually doctors said there was nothing more they could do for the little girl.

Adalynn passed away earlier this month.

Her father shared the news on Facebook, saying that “she passed from this life to the next just as she had lived: stubbornly but also peacefully, and surrounded by family.”

But it’s the photo of Adalynn and her brother Jackson that shows the heartbreak of families fighting childhood cancer.

She clutches his arm, as he tries to comfort her.

In the post, Adalynn’s dad wrote that she didn’t have much time left.

Then on June 3 he wrote that it “all happened so much faster than we expected, but that in itself is a blessing because she suffered so little at the end.”
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Teenager With Down Syndrome Steals the Show by Jumping for Joy at High School Graduation
tom.ozimek
2018-06-13    28 views
Teenager With Down Syndrome Jumps for Joy at High School Graduation
A boy graduating from high school in Midland, Texas, made sure that everyone knew just how delighted he was to receive his diploma as he jumped for joy on the podium.
A video of Carlos Neria, who was born with Down Syndrome, was shared to Facebook by the MISD Education Foundation on June 2, who wrote, “The joy this precious young man displayed will bring tears to your eyes."
Credit: MISD Education Foundation via Storyful
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Incredible moment a huge dust devil swirls yards away from passing cars in Arizona
tom.ozimek
2018-06-13    56 views
Astonishing footage shows a massive dust devil sweeping through Arizona.

The swirling cloud was caught on camera by a passing motorist as it ripped up dust in the San Tan Valley.

Flagpoles lining the road show the scale of the massive whirlwind-shaped cloud.

A piece of construction equipment at the base of the dust funnel is made to look like a miniature toy.

The video was posted online by Nicole Rychell Sullivan, who added the caption, “biggest dust cloud I've ever seen.”

Arizona is under an excessive heat warning, with temperatures expected well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday and Thursday. Parts of the state have not seen rain for an extended period of time.

These are conditions for more dust devils to occur, as experts say they form as superheated air at the ground rises and meets cooler air, drawing loose sand and other debris upwards.
Credit: Nicole Rychell Sullivan via Storyful
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Car Theft Suspect Arrested With Monkey Clinging To His Shirt
tom.ozimek
2018-06-09    0 views
When Florida police arrested a car theft suspect, they were shocked to discover a monkey clinging to the man's pink polo shirt.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Cody Blake Hession on Friday after he allegedly drove a stolen car into a ditch,according to WTVD TV. Unexpectedly, they discovered a capuchin monkey clutching the man's shirt, and not letting go.
In police bodycam video released by the Pasco Sheriff's Office, Hession can be heard telling officers that he's had the monkey–named Monk– for three years, since the monkey was three days old. He said he got it from a South Carolina breeder.

Hession, 23, of Holly Hill, also told officers there was no licensing or permitting required in that state. But since he didn’t have an exotic animal permit for the monkey, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took the animal into custody, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Monk was to be taken to a nearby primate sanctuary.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office posted the bodycam footage of the incident on June 8, with the following caption:

"The deputy allows the suspect to say good-bye to the monkey before being handed over to FWC. The monkey gives him a hug."

The post goes on to say that what arresting deputies "didn't expect was the Capachun monkey he had with him. FWC took possession of the monkey and transported it to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary as Hession did not have a permit for the animal."

"We routinely receive questions about animals after arrests and felt this an opportunity to highlight our partnership with FWC."

According to reports, Hession has been charged with auto theft, a felony. At the time of reporting he remained in custody on a $5,000 bond.

Police say Hession could face additional charges for not having the exotic animal permit.
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Car Theft Suspect Arrested With Something Unusual Clinging To His Shirt
tom.ozimek
2018-06-09    9K views
When Florida police arrested a car theft suspect, they were shocked to discover a monkey clinging to the man's pink polo shirt.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Cody Blake Hession on Friday after he allegedly drove a stolen car into a ditch,according to WTVD TV. Unexpectedly, they discovered a capuchin monkey clutching the man's shirt, and not letting go.
In police bodycam video released by the Pasco Sheriff's Office, Hession can be heard telling officers that he's had the monkey–named Monk– for three years, since the monkey was three days old. He said he got it from a South Carolina breeder.

Hession, 23, of Holly Hill, also told officers there was no licensing or permitting required in that state. But since he didn’t have an exotic animal permit for the monkey, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took the animal into custody, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Monk was to be taken to a nearby primate sanctuary.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office posted the bodycam footage of the incident on June 8, with the following caption:

"The deputy allows the suspect to say good-bye to the monkey before being handed over to FWC. The monkey gives him a hug."

The post goes on to say that what arresting deputies "didn't expect was the Capachun monkey he had with him. FWC took possession of the monkey and transported it to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary as Hession did not have a permit for the animal."

"We routinely receive questions about animals after arrests and felt this an opportunity to highlight our partnership with FWC."

According to reports, Hession has been charged with auto theft, a felony. At the time of reporting he remained in custody on a $5,000 bond.

Police say Hession could face additional charges for not having the exotic animal permit.
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Man goes on rampage in sports shop before customer stands up to him
tom.ozimek
2018-06-08    23K views
A mobile phone camera captured the moment a man went on a rampage inside a sports goods store in the UK.
The shocking footage shows a man in a pink t-shirt trashing displays inside a Sports Direct store at the Swan Shopping Centre in Birmingham on Sunday, May 20.
The man rants with staff before violently pushing over a clothing stand.
But the culprit in pink is soon forced to make a grovelling apology after shoving a stand of golf clubs into the face of a burly customer who then squares up to him.
The customer can be seen repeatedly pushing the man in the pink t-shirt, while asking him “what you doing?”
The man in pink makes a hasty retreat, apologizing to the man who was struck with the golf clubs.
Families with young children look on as the confrontation between the two men heats up.
An off camera voice can be heard saying "bust him in the face,” as security staff stand by.
Finally a middle aged woman steps in to separate the men.
The footage was uploaded to the Birmz Is Grime Instagram page, where it has been viewed over 10,000 times and sparked a number of comments.
Bolteye wrote "Instant karma. Thought he was the big man trashing rails of clothes and then forced to apologise when someone his own size gets involved. Serves him right."
KirkTheBasketWeaver said "Fully grown men acting like children. Setting a great example to those kids watching on. Shameful scenes."
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Older Pup is Delighted With New Ramp Built by His Owner
tom.ozimek
2018-06-07    6 views
Older Pup is Delighted With New Ramp Built by His Owner
A dog in Prospect, Connecticut, now won’t have anything stopping him after his owner built him a ramp to help him get around his home.
Nicki Blair shared a video of her dog, Max, walking up his new ramp that her dad built for him ahead of his upcoming surgery. “My dog is old and has bad hip problems and is getting surgery next week, so my dad built him a ramp to help him go up the steps and I’m CRYING,” Blair tweeted. As of writing, the footage has over 600 views and 40 likes on Twitter.
Credit: Nicki Blair via Storyful
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Baseball-Sized Hail Hits Dallas-Fort Worth Area
tom.ozimek
2018-06-06    0 views
An early morning storm brought baseball-sized hail to the Dallas-Forth Worth area on June 6, 2018, that damaged cars and windows, according to residents and local media.
The National Weather Service said the largest hail was three inches in diameter in Coppell and Carrollton, where Mark Burnett shot this footage.
Credit: Mark Burnett via Storyful
Three-Legged Dog With Broken Jaw Hops Onto Road to Recovery
tom.ozimek
2018-06-06    93 views
A dog that was left to fend for herself on the street is on the slow road to the recovery with the help of New York-based Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs.
The dog, renamed Lilac, was found struggling to survive with a broken jaw, and ended up having to get one of her limbs amputated. Lilac was originally discovered by a jogger in Atlanta, Georgia, hiding under a car with various injuries due to multiple dog attacks. Further veterinary inspection revealed that as well as a severely damaged leg and broken jaw, Lilac also had abdominal trauma due to a bullet lodged inside of her.
Lilac’s case was originally shared on social media by Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs on May 31, and updates about her condition following surgery were shared on June 5. The rescue shared a video of Lilac walking on her three legs, with a wag in her tail, and seemingly on the road to a full recovery.

Credit: Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs via Storyful
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Woman Lucky to Be Alive After Passing Out in Middle of Texas Road
tom.ozimek
2018-06-05    54 views
A woman who fell asleep in the middle of a Texas road on June 2 is lucky to be alive, as police footage shows.
A now viral Facebook post, shared by Fulshear Police, shows the woman passed out on the FM 1093 as cars narrowly avoid running her over.
Luckily for the woman (who police suspect was intoxicated at the time) Sergeant Scott of Fulshear Police happened to be at the right place at the right time and noticed her on the roadside. According to the post, the woman was arrested for public intoxication and “received a ride to jail.”
“However, this unfortunate mistake could have ended tragically and the ride could have been to the morgue,” the post adds.
The video had over 36,000 views on Facebook at the time of writing.
Credit: Fulshear Police via Storyful
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Deer Rescued From Sarasota Country Club Pond
tom.ozimek
2018-06-05    33 views
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office shared footage of the rescue of a deer that had become trapped in a pond at a local country club on August 27.
However, the rescue was tinged with tragedy, as it came too late for a second deer, which drowned in the incident.
The Wildlife Inc Education and Rehabilitation Center were called by Sarasota County deputies to help out after two deer were reported stranded in a pond at Laurel Oak Country Club.
“Unfortunately, one didn’t survive but the other was trying his hardest to stay afloat,” the Sheriff’s Office noted in text accompanying the video.
Credit: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful
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