F-16 crashes into building near runway at March Reserve Air Force Base

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KABC-TV(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) — An F-16 crashed at March Reserve Air Force Base on Thursday afternoon, hitting a warehouse located right by the runway.

Maj. Perry Covington, a public affairs officer, said the building was on fire. The pilot ejected and was OK, Covington said.

No other injuries were reported.

The unit flying this alert mission from the base in Riverside, California, was a combination of pilots and aircraft from California and South Dakota Air National Guard units.

The pilot belongs to the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard and the aircraft belongs to the South Dakota Air National Guard in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Posted On 16 May 2019

Stars of Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ are in their feelings during ABC Radio’s “Post-‘Endgame’ therapy session”

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Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani(NEW YORK) — By now, fans have had time to process the ups and downs — and tears — of Avengers: Endgame, but Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt from Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger hadn’t had a chance to do so…until they sat down with ABC Radio.

The pair star as a pair of super-powered young people on the Freeform show: Aubrey’s Tyrone can teleport into a shadowy puff of dark smoke, while Holt can summon daggers of light from her hands. 

In real life, they’re still buzzing from last month, when they, along with co-star Emma Lahana, were guests at Endgame‘s Avengers-packed premiere.

Getting emotional, Joseph recalled, “It’s just like: I remember going to see the first Iron Man in 2008, and then I’m sitting in a room with, you know, the Avengers and being a part of the Marvel Universe. And then, y’know, it was just such a beautiful film…the tears was going to happen regardless.” 

Holt laughed, recalling, “I looked to my right and Aubrey has tears streaming down his face.” 

“For real!” Joseph laughed.

Holt added, “I couldn’t even look at Emma, because I heard her out of my left ear, hyperventilating.”

Joseph said, “The fact that we were in the room with everybody [from the movie] — we just felt the emotion even more.”

The pair still hadn’t gotten over the experience, even weeks later.

“I’m really glad we confided in each other about this because I needed to talk about it,” she told to ABC Radio. “You needed a little post-Endgame therapy,” Joseph laughed.

Cloak and Dagger airs tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Freeform.

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Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee urges Congress to hold Saudi Arabia accountable in killing

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Chris McGrath/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The fiancee of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz, testified on Capitol Hill Thursday, in an effort to shed a light on the importance of a free press and the dangers facing those who report on human rights violations.

“Jamal’s killing was a violation of the most basic, universal human right: the right to live,” Cengiz said in written testimony. “What happened to him is part of a global pattern of journalists and those who speak and write freely being killed. Escaping abroad in search of safe harbor is no longer a guarantee of protection.”

“Only by holding those responsible to account can we ensure that this does not happen again,” Cengiz added. She asked Congress to initiate an international investigation into her fiance’s murder.

Khashoggi was a high-profile critic of the Saudi government, especially Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. Khashoggi lived in the United States and often criticized Saudi Arabia’s human rights record in his columns for the Washington Post. His last column for the paper was titled “What the Arab world needs most is free expression.”

Khashoggi had traveled to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork required to marry Cengiz in late September 2018. He was told to come back, and returned on Oct. 2, while Cengiz waited outside. Khashoggi never re-emerged from the consulate.

“If someone had told me seven months ago I would come here without Jamal, to ask about justice for him, I would not believe it,” Cengiz said at the hearing. “I still can’t understand the world hasn’t done anything about this.”

The grieving fiancee criticized both sides of the aisle for a lack of accountability.

“In the first days after the event, President Trump invited me to the White House. In those days I thought U.S. values would help solve this. In the early days President Trump said this would be so. Ms. Pelosi talked about how unacceptable this was, but eight months later nothing has been done and that is why I’m here today,” Cengiz said, citing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“Unfortunately the current administration has not been a forceful advocate of press freedom,” said Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, another witness at the hearing. Simon noted that 54 journalists were killed in 2018, 13 of whom reported on human rights.

“The way in which he [Khashoggi] was murdered, the brutality, the fact that it was exercised extra-territorially … the fact that those who carried it out have not been held responsible … sends a terrible message to tyrants and dictators all over the world, that they can engage in this behavior … and they will not face the consequences,” Simon said.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have blasted the Trump administration for continuing to defend the Saudi government in the wake of the killing, but have imposed little real punishment on the kingdom. Members of Congress have pressed for more briefings about what actually happened to Khashoggi, and the Senate unanimously passed a resolution in late 2018 saying the crown prince was responsible for Khashoggi’s killing.

Congress also passed a resolution to pull U.S. military support from the Saudi-led conflict in Yemen, a measure widely seen as a rebuke of the Trump administration’s pro-Saudi stance. President Donald Trump vetoed the resolution.

The killing was a brutal end to a blossoming love story. Cengiz and Khashoggi met at a conference in Istanbul in May 2018. Cengiz was attending as a researcher and asked to interview Khashoggi, a prominent dissident.

“I was really honored and proud when this powerful, great journalist and author got into contact with a researcher like me and agreed to do the interview, and immediately a warm dialogue started between us immediately got started,” Cengiz told ABC News’s Ian Pannell during her first American television appearance.

“He is a very respectful, very modest and very sincere person — very far from being arrogant and disdainful,” she said. “He has a big heart.”

When he proposed, she said she readily accepted.

“I was honored,” she said. “Besides the feelings of love and respect, I felt honored. I could name it as a heightened sense of self-confidence. I mean, I felt so lucky and I felt so wonderful.”

Cengiz testified Thursday about the experience of preparing for a life together in Washington, recounting visiting museums with Khashoggi, who told her the nation’s captial was “beautiful.”

“I was happier than I had ever been in my life,” Cengiz said of her time in Washington. “Seven months later, to be here as a witness to a very important tragedy is actually a trauma to me.”

That trauma began on Oct. 2, that fateful day at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. While Cengiz waited for word of her fiance’s whereabouts, she said she tried to maintain hope that he was alive. Only when she heard reports that a planeload of Saudis had arrived in Istanbul the morning Khashoggi disappeared and left that evening, did Cengiz begin to fear the worst.

“I didn’t want to believe,” she said. “That was the first day I said to myself perhaps there could be a tragedy. I wanted to believe that he was alive until the end.”

Khashoggi was also a father of four.The Washington Post recently reported that Khashoggi’s two sons and two daughters received million-dollar homes in Saudi Arabia and large monthly payments as a form of compensation for the killing of their father.

The Post reported that the payments are aimed to ensure the Khashoggi family refrain from criticism of the Kingdom in public statements. They have done so, and Khashoggi’s son Salah subsequently tweeted a statement saying “acts of generosity” from the Saudi rules “come from the high moral grounds they possess, not admission of guilt or scandal.”

In retaliation for the murder, the Trump administration has sanctioned 17 Saudi officials and issued visa bans or revocations for them and four others to date, all of whom have been implicated by the Saudi government itself. The kingdom says that the murder plot was a rogue operation ordered by the deputy intelligence chief and with no knowledge of the crown prince.

“We know that the crown prince did not order this. We know that this was a rogue operation,” Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al Jubeir has said. “These things happen. Mistakes happen.”

Trump issued a statement in November that said the crown prince’s role may never be known, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top administration officials have said there is no “direct evidence” or “smoking gun” implicating the crown prince, who is next in line and considered the real power behind his father King Salman’s throne.

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Tonight’s “Big Bang Theory” finale “leaves no stone unturned,” says Kaley Cuoco

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Nino Muñoz/ ©2019 Warne Bros. Entertainment Inc. (LOS ANGELES) — It’s been 12 seasons, but Bazinga! — Just like that, The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end tonight.

The finale of the CBS sitcom has two parts: In “The Change Constant,” which starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Sheldon and Amy wait for big news.

In “The Stockholm Syndrome,” which starts at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, Bernadette and Howard leave their kids for the first time, Penny and Leonard try to keep a secret, Raj makes a new friend, and the gang faces “an uncharted future.”

Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny, says, “I feel like we wrapped the show up in a bow, and I couldn’t have asked for more. There is no stone unturned, the finale is phenomenal. I’m so happy with how we’re leaving fans with the show…I’m just proud that we made it this far and I feel really good about it.”

Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy, notes that saying goodbye to the show is hard because it’s been around for so long.

“To have an end to any run in Hollywood is difficult, but to have one that’s hovering around a decade is really significant,” she says.

Over The Big Bang Theory‘s 12-year run, it’s been TV’s highest-rated comedy on and off starting in its fourth season. Star Jim Parsons won four Emmys for his role as Sheldon Cooper.  In 2017, a prequel series, Young Sheldon, debuted on CBS.

The show’s focus on science and geek culture led to many guest spots from real-life scientists and geek heroes, including Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Gates, Bill Nye, Elon Musk, Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, Star Trek actors LeVar Burton, William Shatner, Brent Spiner and George Takei, and Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones.

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2-year-old dies after family apprehended at southern border

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VallarieE/iStock(EL PASO, Texas) — A 2-year-old boy from Guatemala, apprehended with his family at the southern border, died in Texas on Tuesday after being released from U.S. custody at a hospital near the border, a Guatemalan official confirmed to ABC News.

The death comes as authorities continue to raise warnings about the dangerous conditions faced by thousands of migrants traveling to the U.S. through Mexico.

“It’s a very dangerous way to come and that’s what we try to communicate with the public,” said Rosario Ovando, a Guatemalan consulate official. “You’re putting your children in danger.”

Last year Border Patrol recorded 283 migrant deaths along the southern border.

The boy and his family were arrested by U.S. authorities after crossing the border in El Paso, Texas, several weeks ago, according to a Customs and Border Protection official.

After three days in CBP custody, the boy’s mother told border agents he was sick and the family was taken to the hospital outside El Paso where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

The family later moved to another hospital where U.S. border patrol released them from custody and provided them an order to appear in court.

The Washington Post
was first to report news of the boy’s death.

The Guatemalan government is assisting the boy’s mother while she decides whether to continue the U.S. immigration process, Ovando told ABC News.

“We’re very concerned about the psychological effects of all this,” she said.

Most deaths last year occurred away from urban centers like El Paso and San Diego. CBP officials say human smuggling operations target rural areas to evade authorities. Nearly 100 migrants died in the Rio Grande Valley near McAllen, Texas, last year.

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Five more states sue Purdue Pharma over alleged role in opioid crisis

Moussa81/iStock(NEW YORK) — Five more states are suing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma for its alleged role in the U.S. opioid crisis, the states’ attorneys general announced on Thursday.

West Virginia, Maryland, Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin are filing lawsuits against the company which manufactures and markets the painkiller.

“The opioid epidemic was not inevitable,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said at a press conference announcing his case. “This epidemic has torn families apart. It has led to the overdose deaths of thousands of Wisconsinites. It has strained our foster care services. It has strained our health care system. It has strained our criminal justice system.”

In the lawsuit, Kaul added that the drug crisis also had a major impact on the state’s economy, writing that “between 1999 and 2015, Wisconsin has lost 45,200 workers due to opioids.”

Wisconsin is the only state of the five that is also suing Richard Sackler, the former president of Purdue Pharma, personally

In his lawsuit, Kaul wrote that as the former CEO of Purdue, Sackler “directed the deceptive sales and marketing practices within Purdue” and that he “knew and intended” that doctors and patients in the states would “rely on Purdue’s deceptive sales campaigns to prescribe and take Purdue opioids.”

The news comes one day after New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art announced it was following other cultural institutions in severing ties with the Sackler family, who have been prolific donors to the museum.

A representative for the Sackler family did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

In a statement to ABC News on Thursday, Purdue said it “vigorously denies the allegations in the lawsuits filed on Thursday and will continue to defend itself against these misleading attacks.”

“These complaints are part of a continuing effort to try these cases in the court of public opinion rather than the justice system. The states cannot link the conduct alleged to the harm described, and so they have invented stunningly overbroad legal theories,” the statement said.

Purdue also noted that the state of North Dakota recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by that state’s attorney general with regard to the company’s alleged role in the opioid crisis.

“The recent decision by the North Dakota court to dismiss all the claims filed by the Attorney General of North Dakota against Purdue is a significant legal victory for the Company that has potential far-reaching ramifications for both the state lawsuits filed today and for the claims pending in the multi-district litigation (MDL),” Purdue said in its statement.

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“I think he’ll love it” – ‘Rocketman’ star Taron Egerton says Elton will finally see his biopic tonight

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Paramount Pictures(CANNES, FRANCE) Elton John’s biopic Rocketman will premiere tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, and Elton himself will finally see the finished movie for the first time. Taron Egerton, who plays Elton in Rocketman, says he’s a little worried about how the music legend will respond.

“He hasn’t seen it yet and I’m apprehensive about him seeing it, of course, but only because it’s been so much work,” Taron recently told ABC Radio.

“I have great faith in the film and I think Dexter [Fletcher], our director, has done the most incredible job,” Taron adds. “I think he’ll love it. He’s heard the music and he’s been incredibly positive about it.”

As for why Elton has taken a hands-off approach to a movie about his life — especially one that shows the messy parts — Taron says it’s because he has faith in everyone involved.

“[H]e and I are friends and I think he knows that I’m very serious about my job,” Taron tells ABC Radio. “And we’ve assembled a really great team of filmmakers and I think he knows that his story’s in good hands. I hope, anyway!”

Jamie Bell, who plays Elton’s songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, in Rocketman, tells Deadline that he thinks the movie is “brave and courageous” in its portrayal of Elton.

“He’s been through some stuff that I think a lot of people also struggle with — sexual identity issues, substance abuse, all kinds of serious, important issues,” Jamie says. “I think he would feel like he would be undermining those people who deal with that stuff if it was glossed over.”

Rocketman will screen tonight at 7 p.m. in Cannes. It hits U.S. theaters May 31. The soundtrack, featuring an Elton/Taron duet titled “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” comes out May 24.

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Colorado police officer who pulled gun on black man picking up trash quits force

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Vanardo Merchant(BOULDER, Colo.) — A white Colorado police officer caught on video pulling a gun on a black man who was picking up trash outside his home has resigned, officials said Thursday.

Boulder Police Officer John Smyly quit the police force after an investigation found he violated department policy when he drew his gun and attempted to detain 26-year-old Zayd Atkinson in March, according to officials and a police department internal affairs report.

“While the finding likely would have resulted in suspension or possibly termination, Officer Smyly resigned prior to the conclusion of the disciplinary process,” a statement released by the City of Boulder on Thursday reads.

A police internal affairs report obtained by ABC News shows Smyly’s decision to attempt to detain Atkinson “was not supported by reasonable suspicion that Mr. Atkinson was committing, had committed, or was about to commit a crime.”

Atkinson, a student at Naropa University in Boulder, was picking up trash on March 1 in a patio area of his apartment when he was confronted by Smyley, whom police officials said was trying to determine if Atkinson was allowed to be on the property.

A video of the ordeal taken by a neighbor and posted online showed Smyley holding his gun during the 8:30 a.m. confrontation with Atkinson, who was holding a bucket and a metal trash grabber.

Atkinson showed Smyly his school identification card and told him he lived at the residence. But when the officer detained him for further investigation, Atkinson grew angry.

Smyly radioed for back-up, saying the Atkinson was “being uncooperative and unwilling to put down a blunt object,” according to a police statement.

Within minutes, other officers arrived on the scene, at least one holding a shotgun, the video shows.

The officers eventually left when they determined Atkinson had every right to be on the property.

News of the incident spread throughout Boulder, prompting a large and angry crowd to attend a Boulder City Council meeting, many in attendance holding metal trash grabbers.

Attempts by ABC News to reach Smyley were unsuccessful.

In an interview last month on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Atkinson described the encounter as a “traumatic experience.”

“I thought that once the firearm was out that that meant that he was going to try to kill me,” Atkinson said. “It was a frightening experience. I didn’t know what else to do besides, you know, to fight with my voice and to practice my rights, which were thoroughly being breached.”

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President Trump unveils new immigration plan

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Phototreat/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump announced a new immigration plan in a speech Thursday afternoon, the latest attempt by the administration to follow through on a campaign promise to overhaul America’s immigration system.

“We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first,” President Trump said. “Our proposal is pro-America, pro-immigrant and pro-worker. It’s just common sense.”

The proposal will likely face pushback from congressional Democrats who have said the administration’s concept of “merit” as a means of determining worthiness to immigrate to the U.S. is “condescending.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday condemned the White House’s focus on a “merit” system while stressing that any approach must be comprehensive, and include a path to citizenship.

“I want to just say something about the word that they use ‘merit.’ It is really a condescending word,” Pelosi said. “Are they saying family is without merit? Are they saying most of the people who have ever come to the United States in the history of our country are without merit because they don’t have an engineering degree? Certainly, we want to attract the best to our country and that includes many people from many parts of society.”

A senior administration official told reporters on Wednesday that the proposal, which is being pitched to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, is aimed at allowing more high-skilled workers entry into the United States and modernizing ports of entry. But while the plan does try to curb illegal immigration by building more wall and modernizing ports of entry, it does not tackle the issue of undocumented immigrants already in the United States.

“I don’t think most countries are giving us their finest. Do you agree? And that’s what’s happening and it’s causing tremendous problems with crimes,” the president said on Capitol Hill at the Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on Wednesday. The president went on to claim that the influx of undocumented immigrants has caused a spike in crime, recent studies have shown no link between communities with increased undocumented immigrant populations and crime.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the plan has six main goals: “to fully secure the border,” “protect American wages,” “attract and retain the best and brightest,” “unify families,” “get labor in critical industries,” and finally to “preserve our humanitarian values as a country.”

The “Trump Immigration Plan,” as described by officials, would prioritize visas for applicants with extraordinary talent, professional and specialized vocations, and exceptional students.

Legal immigration numbers would remain the same with 1.1 million green cards, according to the official, who said the administration studied merit-based systems in countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore. Using points, the plan would change the makeup of American migrants – although the administration said, without evidence, it would increase overall diversity.

In 2017, over 1 million lawful permanent residents are admitted to the United States, with almost two-thirds gaining entry through family-based migration and less than 10 percent gaining entry via their employment.

It does not discuss what to do with temporary workers and it does not handle finding a pathway to citizenship for the so-called “DREAMers” or those temporarily covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, an ongoing priority for Democrats and swing-state Republicans.

On Tuesday, the president’s son in law and architect of the plan Jared Kushner presented the framework at the Senate Policy Luncheon. It was met by some skepticism and confusion on Capitol Hill, although a senior administration official described the feedback and response as “fabulous.”

“I am concerned about the fate of the DACA young people, and they cannot be excluded from any immigration package,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said following Kushner’s meeting.

A senior administration official said the main goal of the immigration policy rollout is to lay out the president’s priorities and try to gain Republican consensus.

“One of my favorite quotes is in Alice in Wonderland, where the Cheshire Cat says ‘if you don’t know where you’re going it doesn’t matter which path you take’ I think often in Washington people try to jump into debates without having a defined thoughtful proposal of what they think is achievable,” a senior administration official said. “What we tried to do is pick the places where we can unite. And the president’s trying to lead on that.”

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New Trump financial disclosure details money made at properties, resorts, golf clubs

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Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As President Donald Trump resists Democrats’ efforts to examine his business and tax records, a new personal financial disclosure report filed with the federal Office of Government Ethics and released Thursday shows how the president has continued raking in a steady stream of revenue from his global businesses since taking office.

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., in particular, has quickly proven to be one of the most lucrative properties owned and run by the president’s family business, bringing in more than $40 million between January and December 2018, compared to just $19 million in the first 16 months of business, between January 2016 and April 2017.

Trump National Doral, one of the president’s biggest sources of income, brought in just over $75 million, about the same figure as last year. The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that state financial records show that the Doral resort has been “severely underperforming,” with the resort’s net operating income from room rates, banquets, golf and overall revenues all down by 69 percent over two years since 2015, possibly due to the damaged Trump brand.

The president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, which has recently been at the center of security concerns regarding access to the president, brought in more than $22 million for Trump throughout 2018, a small decrease compared to the $25 million from the previous year.

Most properties ran about even to 2018 figures. Trump’s Bedminster golf course in New Jersey held steady at $15 million, the Jupiter Club in Florida brought in $13 million, and the Palm Beach Club remained at about $12 million.

Last year, the businessman-turned-president, reported owning about $1.7 billion in total assets by the end of 2017, according to campaign finance research group the Center for Responsive Politics’ analysis of previous disclosure records.

Despite the drop in business overall, various Trump properties are still favorite meet-up spots for Trump supporters.

Various campaigns and committees have spent more than $4.5 million at Trump properties between January 2017 and December 2018, according to campaign finance reports filed to the Federal Election Commission.

Before becoming president, Trump pledged to donate any foreign profits his company made at Trump owned properties; so far since 2017 the Trump Organization has announced at least $342,470 had been donated to the U.S. Treasury for foreign profits the company made.

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