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Prosecutors present chilling scene footage from deadly California synagogue shooting

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Prosecutors presented disturbing surveillance video in a court hearing Thursday related to the deadly shooting at a California synagogue in April. The video shows the gunman storming the house of worship and targeting congregants with an assault rifle, killing a woman and injuring three others. The video was presented as evidence in a preliminary hearing for 20-year-old John Earnest, who is charged with murder and attempted murder for allegedly killing Chabad of Poway synagogue member Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, and shooting other worshipers, including an 8-year-old girl. Earnest has been charged with a hate crime, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. The multi-day hearing will ultimately decide if Earnest will face trial or not. Surveillance cameras from inside and outside of the synagogue near San Diego captured the entire scene on video, starting from the moment the gunman drove up to the church and ending with congregants chasing him away. In the video, the shooter began to open fire even before he opened the synagogue’s doors. Gilbert-Kaye saw him immediately and tried to

Sheriff reveals deadly realities of illegal immigration across US southern border

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iStock(PIMA COUNTY, Ariz.) — Thousands of miles from Washington D.C. in Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Mark Napier works on the front lines of the border crisis. He showed Nightline a section of the border barrier that “was and still is a major drug trafficking and human trafficking corridor,” he said. “We know that somebody came here with a kid,” he said, pointing out refuse along the barrier. “There’s children’s clothing, diapers, a small container of baby oil.” From there, people traversing the desert would have 40 miles to go before “they get to something that would resemble civilization where they can be picked up by somebody else,” Napier said. For more than three decades, this has been Napier’s home — the largest border county on the southern border. On the national stage, what happens here has become a political flashpoint. Just this week, President Donald Trump touted his campaign promise of building a wall at the U.S. southern border while speaking south of San Diego. “It’s a very powerful, very powerful wall, the likes of which probably to this extent

Texas declares disaster as torrential rain wreaks havoc, grounds hundreds of flights

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iStock(HOUSTON) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a disaster in 13 counties as Tropical Storm Imelda brought torrential rain and dangerous flash flooding to the Houston area, stranding residents in their homes, drivers in their cars and canceling hundreds of flights at local airports. Over 900 flights were canceled into and out of Houston area airports due to the severe rain, which reached over 40 inches in some spots. The storm claimed its first life on Thursday as well. A man in Jefferson County was “electrocuted and drowned” while trying to move his horse, according to the sheriff’s office. The family of Hunter Morrison, the man killed, said he was not trying to rescue any people, as had been reported locally, and wanted to correct false reports. The town of Hamshire, Texas, saw six months’ worth of rain in 48 hours. More than 33 inches of rain has fallen in Hamshire since Tuesday — and over 2 feet of that rainfall within 12 hours. In the small town of Winnie, Texas, the conditions are “horrible,” with rapidly-rising floodwaters making

El Paso shooting victim says his story is 'genuine' after police dispute his heroism

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iStock(EL PASO, Texas) — The El Paso shooting victim whose story of heroism was disputed by police said he’s standing by his recounting of the attack at the Walmart. Chris Grant was supposed to be one of 11 people honored by the White House for bravery in early September before he was detained by Secret Service over an open arrest warrant. El Paso police later said video from the shooting did not match Grant’s claims of throwing bottles to distract the gunman. “[His actions] were basically human instincts, survival instincts, but they were not heroic or as he described,” police spokesman Enrique Carillo previously told ABC News, declining to answer specific questions. Grant now wants to tell his version of the events. His lawyer said on Wednesday that Grant “stands by his statements and his recollections he made to police, to Chris Cuomo and others following the shooting.” “He is still recovering from his physical injuries, but his recollection of the events on August 3, 2019 are genuine,” his lawyer, Rosana Narvaez, read from a statement. Grant, a 50-year-old Texas

New Jersey man arrested for allegedly spying for Hezbollah: Feds

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iStock(MORRISTOWN, N.J.) — A New Jersey man was indicted Thursday on charges he supported Hezbollah by scouting possible targets for an attack. Alexei Saab began training with Hezbollah operatives overseas and surveilled multiple locations in the U.S., the FBI said. According to the indictment, Saab joined Hezbollah in 1996 in Lebanon where he observed and reported on the movements of Israeli troops. He trained to handle and fire an AK-47, an M16 and other weapons. He also was trained to construct explosive devices, with the federal records showing diagrams of bombs he had built. Saab entered the U.S. in 2000 and applied for citizenship in 2005. He became a naturalized citizen three years later. Federal prosecutors said he continued to receive training in Lebanon and surveilled “dozens” of locations in New York City, including the New York Stock Exchange, U.N. building, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and local airports, tunnels and bridges. “In particular, SAAB focused on the structural weaknesses of locations he surveilled in order to determine how a future attack could cause the most destruction. SAAB’s reporting to

Yankees pitcher Domingo German suspended for domestic violence

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Yankees pitcher Domingo German has been suspended by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence policy. The Yankees pitcher, who is currently second in the majors in wins with 18, has been suspended for seven days, “barring an extension,” according to the league. The 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic has been a surprise star for the Yankees this season and carries a league-leading 18-4 win-loss record. He has a 4.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 123 innings pitched. The Yankees currently have the second-best record in baseball to the Houston Astros and German was expected to get a postseason start. He pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings Wednesday night, just hours before his suspension. Now, his 2019 future is unclear. “We’ll wait and see what ultimately comes down, but we have to certainly make plans,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of German’s postseason availability at a pregame press conference Thursday. “He may not be a part of it.” The Yankees issued a statement in agreement with the suspension, saying, “We fully support all measures being undertaken by the

Colt will stop manufacturing AR-15 assault rifle for consumer market

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Venerable gun manufacturer Colt says it will stop producing the AR-15, among other rifles, for the consumer market in the wake of many recent mass shootings in which suspects used the weapon. “At the end of the day, we believe it is good sense to follow consumer demand and to adjust as market dynamics change,” Dennis Veilleux, president and CEO of Colt, said in a statement. “Colt has been a stout supporter of the Second Amendment for over 180 years, remains so, and will continue to provide its customers with the finest quality firearms in the world.” The company did not mention mass shootings in its statement about stopping production and instead blamed the indefinite pause in making the weapon on a “significant excess manufacturing capacity.” “Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future,” Veilleux said. Colt will continue to make weapons, including rifles, for the military and law enforcement. It will also continue to produce its signature 1911s and revolvers. The AR-15, and AR-15-style

Colorado mother puts injured bobcat in car with her child

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iStock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — A Colorado mother is facing criticism from wildlife officials who said she put an injured bobcat into her car next to her child. Parks and Wildlife officials in the southeast region of the state issued a warning to the public on Twitter after describing a “lucky” Colorado Springs woman who put the injured predator in her car and escaped unscathed. The officials stressed to “NEVER PICK UP WILD ANIMALS” and asked anyone who comes in contact with them to contact their department. The bobcat was mortally wounded, officials said, and was too injured to react to being picked up and placed in the car. “No one should ever try this. This could have been tragic,” parks officials said. Parks officials throughout the state agreed with that assessment, with the main Colorado Parks and Wildlife Twitter page retweeting the information with one word: “speechless.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tyler Perry writes open letter to his five-year-old self: "I love you. We made it."

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/Ida Mae Astute(ATLANTA) — After recently celebrating his 50th birthday, Tyler Perry has been taking the time to reflect, not only on his life, but on who he was as a boy. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Perry wrote a open letter to his five-year-old self, where he thanks him for laying the foundation for who he is today. “Dear 5 year old me,” Perry begins. “May I just say, ‘Thank you’ to the little boy that I was. Thank you for all you went through to allow me to be the man I am today. I love you, and I am so thankful to God that you survived.” He continued, “Even when I didn’t want to, your pureness and innocence ushered me here. Thank you for these 50 years. I love you. We made it.” Perry then poses the question to others: “What would you say to your younger self?” “This is just one paragraph of many pages that I’ve written to my younger self over the years,” he reveals. “I often tell friends to write a letter to

It would be 'wrong' to get fired because of sexual orientation: Trump's Labor nominee

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iStock(NEW YORK) — The son of a conservative icon, Eugene Scalia, told a Senate panel on Thursday that it would be “wrong” for employers to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In his first testimony as President Donald Trump’s nominee to become Labor secretary, Scalia also promised to take “a careful look” at a recent Trump administration proposal that would allow federal contractors to factor in a person’s religion when hiring. Critics of the plan say it would enable employers to discriminate against LGBTQ workers and other groups by claiming the employee didn’t share their religious views. “Do you believe it is wrong for an employer to terminate someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity?” asked Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia. “I do believe it’s wrong,” Scalia replied. “I think that most of my clients had policies against that. Certainly my firm did. And it’s something that would not have been tolerated by me or my firm, or most of my clients.” Scalia also was asked about an article he wrote in 1985 in college