Dole recalls baby spinach due to Salmonella risk

Dole via FDA(NEW YORK) — Dole is recalling cases of baby spinach that have expired over risk of Salmonella.

The impacted products were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The products being recalled are 6-ounce Dole Baby Spinach bagged packages with a lot code of W20308A (UPC code 0-71430-00964-2) and 10-ounce Dole Baby Spinach clamshell packages with a lot code of W203010 (UPC code 0-71430-00016-8).

Both have a use-by date of August 5, 2019, due to a possible health risk of Salmonella.

The lot code and use-by dates are located on the upper right corner of the bag or on the top label of the clamshell; the UPC code is located on the bottom-left corner on the back of the bag or on the bottom label of the clamshell.

Customers are advised to throw out spinach with these codes and use-by dates.

Though no illnesses have been reported, the company said it is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.

The precautionary recall was issued after a sample of baby spinach tested positive for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Department of Agriculture in Michigan.

Symptoms of infection may include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness primarily impacts young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill after exposure to Salmonella.

Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111, which is open 24 hours a day.

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French officials call for investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘links with France’

WORLD NEWS French officials call for investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s 'links with France'

Ben185/iStock(PARIS) — A pair of French government officials are calling for an investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s activities in France, citing the “many unanswered questions” in the wake of Epstein’s suicide in jail over the weekend.

French Secretary of State for Equality between men and women Marlène Schiappa and Secretary of State for the ministry of solidarity and health Adrien Taquet released a joint statement on Monday asking the French authorities to open their own investigation of Epstein.

“The US investigation has highlighted links with France,” Schiappa and Taquet said in a statement. “It thus seems to us fundamental for the victims that an investigation be opened in France so that all is brought to light.”

In response to questions from ABC News, a spokesperson for the Paris prosecutor’s office said that request was under careful consideration.

“The elements received at the Paris prosecutor’s office are being analyzed and cross-referenced,” the spokesperson told ABC News. “The first audits are currently underway to determine whether an investigation should be opened in France”.

Epstein, a multimillionaire financier who was indicted in New York on sex trafficking charges in July, maintained a number of residences around the world, including one at 22 Avenue Foch in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

Property records obtained by ABC News show that he purchased multiple properties within that building, through a real estate entity called JEP, for about 1.5 million euros in 2002 and added an additional property in 2004 for just 20 euros.

Flight logs reviewed by ABC News show that Epstein made frequent trips to France over the last two decades. Authorities noted that Epstein had been returning from Paris when he was taken into custody at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.

And Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers, claims to have accompanied Epstein and his alleged co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell on a trip to Paris in 2001 when she was just a teenager.

According court documents related to a since-settled defamation lawsuit filed by Giuffre against Maxwell that were unsealed on Friday, Giuffre has alleged that she was “forced” to have sex with several people, including French model scout Jean-Luc Brunel, an allegation Brunel has denied, and in a deposition, Giuffre stated that she believed it was in France that Maxwell “sent [her] to have sex with the owner of a large hotel chain.”

Maxwell has not been charged, and in court documents, Maxwell has denied Giuffre’s allegations and claims that Giuffre has not produced any evidence to support them.

Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleged that from about 2002 to 2005, Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations,” using cash payments to recruit a “vast network of underage victims,” some of whom were as young as 14 years old.

More than a decade ago, Epstein served just 13 months of an 18-month sentence in county jail after reaching a much-criticized plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, then led by Alexander Acosta, who recently resigned as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary.

The deal, which is currently under review by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, not only allowed Epstein to plead guilty to two state charges and avoid federal charges for an allegedly broad pattern of sexual misconduct, but also provided him and any alleged co-conspirators with immunity from further federal prosecution in the Southern District of Florida.

Epstein, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges for which he faced up to 45 years imprisonment, apparently hanged himself in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan early Saturday morning, angering many of his alleged victims who felt they had once again been robbed of an opportunity to hold him accountable for his conduct.

“I am extremely mad and hurt thinking he once again thought he was above us and took the easy way out … I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that’s really true,” Jena-Lisa Jones, 30, an alleged victim of Epstein, said in a statement. “God will have his judgement now.”

Jennifer Araoz, 32, who claimed that Epstein raped her when she was 15, called on authorities to “pursue and prosecute his accomplices and enablers.”

“I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won’t have to face his survivors of his abuse in court,” Araoz said. “We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people.”

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Trump admin quiet on Moscow protests while defending Hong Kong’s demonstrations

WORLD NEWS Trump admin quiet on Moscow protests while defending Hong Kong's demonstrations

Man at Work/iStock(WASHINGTON) — For more than a month now, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of two major cities to demand democratic reforms and been met by strong crackdowns by their government. But only one of those movements is getting vocal support from the U.S.

In Hong Kong, demonstrations shut down much of the territory, including the airport, for the 10th weekend in a row. What initially began as outrage over legislation that would allow extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China have burned on — even after authorities said they would not pursue the bill — and protesters are now demanding that the bill be formally withdrawn, an investigation be launched into police brutality against demonstrators and they want broader democratic reforms.

Moscow has now seen four weekends with protesters filling the streets to demand that opposition candidates be included on the ballot for city elections in September. As those protests have grown and hundreds have been taken into custody, protesters are now also calling for their release.

In both cities, authorities have responded with fierce crackdowns that have, at times, included the use of brute force.

Hundreds of people have been detained by law enforcement in Moscow each weekend. On Aug. 10, more than 350 people were arrested for participating in unsanctioned protests in Moscow and other cities, according to independent rights watchdog OVD-Info, which reported that more than 1,000 people were detained during Aug. 3 protests and approximately 1,400 people on July 27.

Opposition leaders have also been targeted, with one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top opponents, Alexey Navalny, and his doctor accusing the government of poisoning him. Lyubov Sobol, who was one of the independent candidates barred from the ballot, live-streamed video as police entered her home and arrested her this past weekend.

 On Sunday, there was a dramatic escalation of violence in Hong Kong too, with riot police firing tear gas in subway stations and bean bag rounds at close range. Demonstrators wore eye patches on Monday in symbolic solidarity with a woman who was reportedly hit in the eye on Sunday with a bean bag round and allegedly sustained permanent vision loss.

Since the movement’s peaceful beginnings in early June, the demonstrations have, at times, turned violent and confrontational in response to police attempts to disperse crowds. Protesters have also been assaulted by pro-Beijing vigilantes that may have ties to organized crime. In the chaos, Hong Kong authorities have tried to paint protesters as violent Western-backed riots.

 In response to these events, the Trump administration has repeatedly voiced support for the demonstrations in Hong Kong while saying next to nothing about Moscow.

After protests the last three weekends in both cities, ABC News asked the State Department for a response to the mass arrests and the protesters’ demands. Each time, a department spokesperson declined to take questions on Moscow and instead referred to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments on July 29.

 Asked about the protests and the alleged poisoning of Navalny, Pompeo said, “I don’t have anything to add this morning. I think everyone understands the U.S. position, right? This goes for — you asked about Hong Kong earlier, Russia, all these places — we always support freedom of expression, freedom to practice one’s religion, to live out one’s conscience. We hope that for every citizen of the world.”

In contrast, U.S. lawmakers condemned Russian authorities’ actions and voiced support for demonstrators’ democratic objectives: “This type of behavior by Russian police and by Putin serves as a disturbing reminder of the dangers of speaking out against the regime in Russia. We stand with the courageous opposition leaders, protesters, and activists in Russia,” Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, the leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement the same day as Pompeo’s comments.

Other Western countries have also been outspoken. Germany’s Foreign Minister, for example, called for “all peaceful demonstrators to be released soon” and “all independent candidates who meet the requirements to be allowed to run for election” in a statement on Aug. 4.

The response to Moscow’s demonstrations is also in sharp contrast to those in Hong Kong.

 The State Department spokesperson issued three statements on Hong Kong, each urging “all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from violence” while underscoring support for protesters’ “freedoms of speech and assembly” and expressing concern about the “erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy.”

On Monday, a spokesperson reinforced U.S. support for the demonstrations by adding, “[We] remain staunch in our support for freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly in Hong Kong,” and urging, “Beijing to adhere to its commitments … to allow Hong Kong to exercise a high degree of autonomy.”

Others in the administration have not been quite as vocal, deferring more to Chinese authority over the territory. Hong Kong is a specially administered region — a part of China, but with its own capitalist economic system and a degree of political autonomy.

“That’s between Hong Kong and that’s between China because Hong Kong is a part of China. They will have to deal with that themselves,” Trump said on Aug. 1.

Regardless of the U.S. response, both Russia and China have accused the U.S. of interfering in their affairs. Russia summoned a senior U.S. diplomat from the embassy in Moscow over an embassy advisory to U.S. citizens warned about the protests and included a map of their route — which the Foreign Ministry said amounted to incitement. Beijing has accused Washington of backing protests, which the State Department denied — a growing spat that escalated Friday with accusations of “thuggish” behavior.

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Posted On 12 Aug 2019

Agents descend on Epstein’s island home looking for evidence of inner circle: Sources

Political News Agents descend on Epstein's island home looking for evidence of inner circle: Sources

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(NEW YORK) — Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was taken off suicide watch July 29, in part, at the urging of his defense attorneys, sources familiar with the decision told ABC News as federal agents were seen at the grounds of the financier’s island home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

ABC News on Monday afternoon observed federal agents, including FBI and Customs and Border Protection, at the dock and on the grounds of Little Saint James, Jeffrey Epstein’s island home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Task force investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York are looking for evidence of Epstein’s inner circle, sources told ABC News

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Virgin Islands has declined to comment on the nature of the operation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York also declined to comment, but in a weekend statement the U.S. Attorney, Geoffrey Berman, said the investigation into Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking “remains ongoing.”

Under heightened pressure from lawmakers over Epstein’s death, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday that Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators “should not rest easy” just because Epstein won’t have his day in court.

“Let me assure you that case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein,” Barr said in remarks to a law enforcement group in New Orleans on Monday. “Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. Victims deserve justice and will get it.”

Barr also raised alarm over what he described as “serious irregularities” in the prison’s handling of Epstein.

Before Epstein was formally removed from suicide watch, he had to undergo more than one psychiatric evaluation before prison officials made the move, according to sources.

The sources also told ABC News that while there are cameras on the cell block where Epstein had been held, it does not appear that cameras are trained on individual cells in the special housing unit. Therefore it’s unlikely there’s video showing Epstein’s death by suicide.

Barr additionally said he was “angered” about what he described as the Manhattan Correctional Center’s “failure” to secure Epstein, and highlighted what he called “irregularities” in the MCC’s system that have already surfaced in the early stages of the DOJ investigations.

“We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” Barr said. “We will get to the bottom of it, and there will be accountability.”

The day after Epstein’s death in prison, Barr announced he had asked the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General to investigate the circumstances surrounding the matter, in addition to an FBI investigation that already launched. A source familiar with the investigation told ABC News on Sunday that Barr instructed FBI deputy director David Bowdich to update Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen every three hours on their investigation and that Rosen has been in constant communication with Barr.

“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,” Barr said in a statement Saturday. “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered.”

 Barr’s remarks follow several scathing rebukes of the Justice Department from lawmakers like Sen. Ben Sasse, who in a statement Saturday said that there was no excuse for Epstein to be approved to be taken off of suicide watch.

“Every single person in the Justice Department — from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer — knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn’t be allowed to die with him,” Sasse, R-Neb., said. “Given Epstein’s previous attempted suicide, he should have been locked in a padded room under unbroken, 24/7, constant surveillance. Obviously, heads must roll.”

In addition to Barr, the House Judiciary Committee is also seeking answers over Epstein’s death. A bipartisan letter from the committee was sent to the Bureau of Prisons asking 23 questions related to the death of Epstein.

“The Attorney General has stated that the FBI and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice are investigating the death of Mr. Epstein, and we look forward to learning the results of their inquiries,” according to the letter. “However, it is imperative that the Committee on the Judiciary, which has the responsibility to exercise oversight over the Department of Justice, receive responses to these questions related to the adequacy of BOP’s suicide prevention policies and their implementation in this instance, as soon as possible.”

The letter, which is signed by chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., asks for a response by Aug. 21.

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Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile ‘likely’ cause of fatal explosion in Russia, US official says

WORLD NEWS Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile 'likely' cause of fatal explosion in Russia, US official says

macky_ch/iStock(MOSCOW) — The explosion in northern Russia last week that killed 7 people “likely” involved Russia’s new nuclear-powered cruise missile, a U.S. official said. Russian authorities have given conflicting information about the explosion and whether it was triggered by testing of the missile, which is intended to fly long distances and go around air defense missile systems.

The U.S. official also said that increased levels of radiation had been detected in areas near the site of last week’s explosion.

It remains unclear if the radiation levels and the explosion were linked to a possible launch of the new missile system.

On Monday afternoon, President Trump tweeted about the incident.

Called the 9M730 Burevestnik by Russia and the SSC-X-9 Skyfall by NATO, the cruise missile features a small nuclear-powered engine that enables it to fly long distances and conceivably allows it to circumvent missile defense systems.

First unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1, 2018 as being “invulnerable” to missile defense systems, Russia has continued promoting the program. Last July the Russian Defense Ministry released video of what it said was a successful missile launch as well as images of the missile under development.

 But U.S. officials have said that the missile is not operational and has experienced multiple crashes, including a crash in the Russian Arctic.

Last Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged there had been explosion at the Nenoksa Missile Test Site along the coast of the Arkhangelsk region in northwestern Russia that killed two service members and injured six others. The Ministry said the explosion was triggered by a test of a liquid fueled propulsion engine.

TASS, Russia’s state news agency, reported that the explosion occurred on a floating launch platform off the coast.

But Russian authorities cloaked the incident in secrecy and have released few and conflicting accounts in state media.

Nenoska’s local government initially posted a report of a spike in radiation at the site on its website, but that report removed after the defense ministry said no elevated radiation levels had been detected.

Late Sunday, the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, which operates under Russia’s state atomic agency, Rosatom, confirmed that the test involved the testing of nuclear power sources and that five of the center’s specialists had also died in the explosion and three more were injured.

Alexander Chernishev, the Center’s deputy director, said in a video interview that its experts had recorded a spike but that it only lasted an hour.

“No lingering nuclear pollution has been recorded either by our experts or external ones,” Chernishev said.

Russia’s lack of information about the incident and its secretive official response has prompted comparisons with the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Local residents in the area were reported by Russian media to be buying up iodine pills, used to prevent radiation poisoning.

Russia has never given details on how the the new missile works but most arms experts believe it is a so-called ramjet—that is an engine that works by sucking in air, heating it and then releasing it out the back to create propulsion. The miniature nuclear-reactor heats the air.

The United States abandoned the development of a similar program in the 1960’s, leading outside experts to question whether the concept of a nuclear powered missile is feasible.

Cheryl Rofer a veteran scientist who formerly worked at Los Alamos Laboratory and who said she had been personally acquainted with the U.S. ramjet program, in a< href=””> blog post Sunday wrote that the Kremlin had likely been persuaded to back an unrealistic program.

“I think that what has happened is that someone sold a program to Putin. The visuals are cool, and the idea of a cruise missile that can just keep cruising obviously appealed to him. The promoter of the program may even believe in it,” Rofer said. “ I’m saying I think they’ll never have an operating system.”

Russia’s development of the new cruise missile was not restricted by existing nuclear arms reduction agreements with the United States including the recently scrapped Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

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Watch Eddie Murphy transform into Rudy Ray Moore in first trailer for ‘Dolemite Is My Name’

Entertainment News  Watch Eddie Murphy transform into Rudy Ray Moore in first trailer for 'Dolemite Is My Name'


Francois Duhamel/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Ahead of its Toronto International Film Festival premiere next month, Netflix has dropped the first trailer for Dolemite Is My Name.

The film, based on real-life actor and producer Rudy Ray Moore, stars Murphy as the legendary comedian/actor, who made a name for himself in the ’70s by creating the character Dolemite, an eccentric pimp and hustler.

Moore initially performed the character on comedy albums, which he sold in the inner city. Eventually, he financed his first film, Dolemite, in 1975. Moore followed the success of that film with three sequels.

“A man slams a door in my face, I just find another door,” says Murphy as Moore in the trailer. “I want the world to know I exist.”

In addition to Murphy, the film stars Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, T.I., Keegan-Michael Key, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

Hustle and Flow’s Craig Brewster directed Dolemite Is My Name, which is set to hit theaters this fall.

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Federal charges filed against friend of Dayton gunman Connor Betts for allegedly lying on federal firearms forms, authorities say

U.S. NEWS Federal charges filed against friend of Dayton gunman Connor Betts for allegedly lying on federal firearms forms, authorities say

Montgomery County Sheriffs Office(NEW YORK) — Federal charges have been filed against a friend of the gunman who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, authorities say.

Ethan Kollie, 24, allegedly lied on federal firearms forms to purchase his own firearm as well as body armor, 100-round drum magazine and unregulated accessory for an AR-15 weapon that gunman Connor Betts used during the Aug. 4 shooting, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Ohio.

Hours after the shooting, special agents with the FBI and ATF interviewed Kollie at his home in Kettering, Ohio, after he indicated that he had purchased the items for Betts, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman told reporters at a press conference Monday.

During the course of the initial interview, agents “observed in plain sight” what appeared to be a bong and a pistol and smelled marijuana, Glassman said.

Kollie was interviewed again on Thursday at his place of work, where he allegedly admitted to having done “hard drugs” with Connor as well as marijuana between 2014 and 2015. When agents asked how often he used drugs, he said he had smoked marijuana every day for the past 10 years since he was 14, according to the criminal complaint.

ATF agents later obtained the Form 4473 Kollie filled out to purchase the pistol they observed at his home.

When a search warrant was executed at his home, Kollie allegedly admitted to ingesting psychedelic mushrooms and growing them in his home. A pistol, a clear glass bong, a bong and mushrooms were taken from his home and a small bag of marijuana and a revolver were removed, Glassman said.

He also allegedly stated that he “falsely” indicated on the firearms forms that he was not a user of illegal drugs, saying that he did so because he knew if he answered truthfully he would not receive the firearm, Glassman said.

A person who unlawfully uses controlled substances cannot possess a firearm, Glassman said, adding that his office “vigorously” prosecutes anyone who falsifies Form 4473.

Kollie allegedly stated that he purchased and stored the items for Betts at his home to hide them from Betts’ parents, Glassman said, adding that in May, Kollie and Betts assembled the upper receiver for the AR-15 in Kollie’s home, and a couple of weeks after that, Kollie recalled Betts picking up the magazine drum and body armor after they arrived.

Kollie was charged with possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance and with making false statements or representations, according to the criminal complaint. He was arrested and made his initial appearance in court on Friday, Glassman said. He will appear in a detention hearing on Wednesday.

He could face up a maximum of 15 years in prison if prosecuted, Glassman said. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

Investigators plan to prosecute anyone who is discovered to have “any criminal culpability” or contributed to the events of the shooting, Glassman said. However, there is no evidence that Kollie intentionally participated in the planning of the Dayton shooting, Glassman said.

Betts, 24, was killed by law enforcement during the shooting.

Betts allegedly showed signs of extreme misogyny before the shooting, officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News, and he had previously expressed suicidal thoughts and had a fascination with violence, his ex-girlfriend told ABC News.

Betts had never been charged with any sort of domestic violence despite allegations made by a former acquaintance who allegedly saw him choke a girl he was dating as a teen. Had he been charged, it would have prevented him from obtaining a gun.

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Top moments from the Iowa State Fair

Political News Top moments from the Iowa State Fair MOINES, Iowa) — During the politically important Iowa State Fair, presidential hopefuls walked a high wire act of emotion – on and off their iconic Soapbox stage – as the nation reels from back-to-back mass shootings and debate was sparked anew about what leaders should do.

The tragedies loomed large and heavy over the fairgrounds and even as the candidates sought to balance that deep endemic pain and the frivolity of fried Oreos.

Here are the top seven standout moments from 2020 candidates at the Iowa State Fair and nearby events.

1. Gun reform takes center stage

In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton massacres, presidential candidates emphasized the urgent need to combat gun violence in America. Their push for more stringent gun reform was met with round applause – a striking reception in a Midwest swing spot like Iowa, so proud of their gun culture.

California Sen. Kamala Harris spoke passionately about how kids “should not have to go through drills and learn how to hide under desks and cower in corners… in the event there is a mass shooting.” She joined several of her fellow 2020ers in calling for Walmart to stop selling firearms.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out her own gun reform plan this week – and impressed upon her crowds the urgency of this issue getting solved.

It was a core call to action the fair fun orbited loosely; several moments of silence were held throughout this week’s Iowa events – and on Saturday, 16 of the Democratic candidates came to the day-long forum on gun control that had been quickly assembled in the wake of El Paso and Dayton – former Rep. Beto O’Rourke missing the Iowa barnstorm altogether to stay home with his community.

The forum grew quite emotional – Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang cried onstage after hearing from a woman whose four-year-old daughter had been killed by a stray bullet.

“I have a 6 and 3-year-old boy,” he said. “I was imagining it was one of them that got shot – and the other saw it – I’m so sorry.”

2. Candidates face tough questions on the stump and on the sidewalk

The candidates faced questions from the press and the public about their policies for the future.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar got her fair share – on gun reform especially. Confronted by one person in the gaggle of reporters around her on assault weapons, she finally stopped in the street:

“If you want to have a debate, we will have a debate,” Klobuchar challenged.

Candidates also had to answer for their policies – and it illustrated the moderate/progressive line the party now faces. Moderate candidates appeared less eager to take hard line stances related to racial tensions. former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland and Hawaii’s Rep. Tulsi Gabbard both stopped short of calling President Trump a white supremacist, where some of their fellows like former Rep. O’Rourke and Senator Warren have gone full stop. There was a clear hunger among the voters for strong, decisive action – and the words to match.

“He’s a white supremacist!” someone shouted about President Trump.

“Well, that’s what I’m basically saying.” Delaney tried to reason.

“So say it! Stop with the semantics!” some in the crowd responded.

“I’m not saying semantics. I’m being very blunt about it. I said it,” Delaney said.

“No you didn’t. Say it he’s a white supremacist!” someone pushed.

Delaney saying – “He supports white supremacy –“

But the crowd interrupted – “Is he a white supremacist?!”

Delaney responding, ” -So what else can you conclude?”

3. Biden’s gaffe during an Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition PAC event

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign said Friday he “misspoke” after he came under fire for a gaffe he made during an Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition PAC event Wednesday night, separate and away from the state fair, saying “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

“We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it, poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids. Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids. I really mean it. But think how we think about it. We think now we’re going to dumb it down. They can do anything anybody else can do give it a shot,” Biden said at the coalition event to applause.

President Trump’s re-election campaign quickly seized on the comments Thursday night, blasting them out on the “Trump War Room” Twitter account in a post that was re-tweeted more than 7,000 times as of Friday afternoon.

Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield issued a statement following the criticism, saying Biden simply misspoke and noted the vice president “immediately corrected himself.”

4. The massive crowds

It was elbow to elbow as 2020 candidates came face to face with those Iowa voters – to the point where press and public alike could barely move as both groups chased the candidates. If the close quarters for so many high profile politicians was a concern before – it increased tenfold after the recent mass shootings. The fair stepped up security in their wake – adding more officers and more security cameras on the grounds.

Wherever they went – the candidates towed a massive slipstream of people and reporters craning their necks and cameras to get a better view. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Klobuchar and Harris all had enormous crowds following them around.

Warren drew such a group wherever she went that at one point in the sea of people jostling around her – a nearby baby carriage got knocked over in the chaos. Several reporters stopped their pursuit of Warren to help right the stroller.

5. Fried food and frolic

There were moments of light, levity, and delicious fried things lifting spirits high, in spite of the somewhat sober underbelly.

Wafting smells from every concession stand flood the air at the State Fair – frying bread dough, briny pickles on a stick, cheese curds, sizzling pork grease– and the 2020 candidates were there for all of it.

Harris arrived at the main gate Saturday – and true to prosecutor form, the former California attorney general didn’t mince words.

“Where’s the butter cow?” Harris asked right away. “I want to see that cow.”

She and several other 2020ers donned an apron and flipped pork chops and burgers themselves.

“I’m so excited… this is how I’m going to flip Republicans!” she joked.

Andrew Yang took his stump off the stage with one of the fair’s must-have smoked turkey legs, breaking down his plan to give every American $1000 per month with how many turkey legs that extra cash could buy

Right after his soapbox speech, Sanders made sure to visit the butter cow as well – chomping down a corn dog – before heading out.

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington told reporters he wanted to try every single food at the fair. Like his climate proposal – a sweeping promise – and an undertaking many might consider near-impossible. He picked chocolate ice cream to start.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey – a devout vegan – found his way to savor as well, with fried PB&J sandwiches.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro revealed Saturday that he hadn’t eaten any food at the fair the day before – and blamed it on reporters.

“Y’all got in my way!” he exclaimed.

It’s also hard not to get in each other’s way at the State Fair – though the grounds span more than 400 acres, candidates kept bumping into each other – even playing a few pranks.

Visiting the Iowa Democrats’ booth, Klobuchar was mid-autograph when she heard a voice in her left ear: “Senator, would you sign mine?”

She turned – to see New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand – and they both burst into peels of laughter.

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and his five-year-old son Brady were enjoying the day’s fun when they ran into Kamala Harris. Excited, Harris picked Brady up.

“I love seeing you!” she said to Ryan’s son, cuddling him.

“Say good luck!” Ryan said smiling, as they handed Brady off. “But… not too much luck!”

6. Moms and dads on the trail

Fairs like Iowa’s famed one are fun for the whole family – and that goes for presidential candidates, too: this week, we got to see a lot of the 2020ers with their nearest and dearest in tow.

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan walked around the fair carrying his son Brady on his shoulders. Buying him a root beer float – his son’s first – Brady exclaimed – “This is the best thing I’ve ever had!”

Gillibrand was in full mom mode: waiting in line for a cherry lemonade, she made sure to rub sunscreen all over her 11-year-old Henry’s fair freckled face, arms and legs.

Henry was in it for all the special treats he would have at the fair – and asked what tricks he’s got to sweet-talk his parents into letting him get away with more junk food- he was sly.

“Top secret!” he said.

7. Lend me your “ears”

Iowa voters may still be unsure who they’ll throw their support behind – but the candidates themselves sure aren’t. Each of them made sure to stop by the Corn Kernel Poll – the famous unscientific tradition at the state fair, where people voice their 2020 preference by dropping a kernel of corn in a glass jar labeled with each candidate’s photo.

Any guesses who they all voted for? (Spoiler: themselves.)

But there was one nail-biting moment: when Gillibrand’s 11-year-old son Henry nearly cast his (really his mom’s – you have to be 18, like real voting – but the senator ceded hers to her boy) kernel for Warren instead.

“Hmm… who should I pick…?” Henry teased. “I hear she’s good…” his hand drifted towards Warren’s jar.

Gillibrand, laughing, took her son’s hand – and guided it towards her own jar.

“At least I have one vote!” Gillibrand joked.

And while Iowans love seeing all the candidates, there to curry favor with the key state at the polls, most of them are still holding out their vote and are not shy about saying so.

Voters at the fair know they’ve got an important role to play – and with so many in the race to choose from – a lot of options to sort through. Asked by ABC News who they support – or at least piques their interest – many Hawkeyes at the fair couldn’t help but laugh about how many candidates there are to consider.

Moreover they added: there’s still plenty of time left for consideration before caucus time, and as they’re being wooed – there’s no rush.

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Posted On 12 Aug 2019

Family of man seen handcuffed, led by Texas officers on horseback demand body camera video: ‘The clock is ticking’

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Erin Toberman/Facebook(GALVESTON, Texas) — The family of the man who could be seen in a viral photo last week handcuffed and bound with rope as two white police officers in Texas led him down the street on horseback are calling for the police to release body camera video of the arrest.

Donald Neely, 43, was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing on Aug. 3 by Galveston police officers P. Brosch and A. Smith. But there is no record that the charges have been pursued by the city’s district attorney, according to Neely’s defense attorney, Melissa Morris.

The viral image caused outrage throughout the community and beyond. Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale III later released an apology on behalf of the department, saying the officers “showed poor judgment.”

Neely’s civil attorney, Benjamin Crump, said seeing that image was “like they were dragging our entire community down the street by rope.”

“These horrific images…conjure up historical memories of when slave owners…dragged black slaves by rope around their necks back in the 1700s and the 1800s,” Crump said. “This isn’t 1819, this is 2019, Galveston!”

“If these officers are good people, of good character, then the Galveston Police Department should have no problem releasing the police body cam video,” Crump said. “[The video will show] the content of their character when they talked to, and how they treated an unarmed black citizen who was suffering from mental illnesses.”

Crump said Neely was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.

Tara Neely, Donald Neely’s younger sister, said during a press conference on Monday that the image of her brother’s arrest “tore” her heart. “I’m still in shock,” she said. “My brother has suffered since he was an infant.”

“He cared for us, he took on a role too young. He’s not a bad person, he’s very loving,” she continued. “He’s just lost his way somewhere… We love our brother, we’re not out here for money. We just want justice for him.”

Donald Neely’s younger brother, Andy Neely, also spoke at the press conference on Monday in which the family sought the police body camera video on Monday. He said his brother is a “loving, kind person [who] wouldn’t harm a fly.”

“The way the officers treated him, it just ain’t right… They dehumanized my brother on the streets,” he said. “Why would they do that after several encounters with him? It was just to humiliate him. No man, no women, black, brown, purple, should be embarrassed the way my brother was.”

The Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office agreed last week to conduct a third-party investigation into the arrest.

“This is such a polarizing event that it is imperative that we have an independent, third-party investigation to ensure we address any potential issues,” said Brian Maxwell, the city manager of Galveston.

Crump said Neely’s team and family are organizing a march in Galveston if the police do not release the video.

Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has also officially requested the body camera video be released to the public, Crump said.

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Posted On 12 Aug 2019

New school year, new measles outbreak?

Manjurul/iStockBY: DR. ÁINE COOKE

(NEW YORK) — Parents and authorities nationwide are fearing that a new school year could mean more measles cases.

As of August 2019, America is in the grips of the largest measles outbreak in 25 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 1,182 cases already in 2019, with 10 new cases confirmed Monday.

While the number of new cases has trended downward over the summer, experts caution parents against presuming the epidemic is over—especially as the school year gets started.

“Anytime, anywhere you have a large group of people together, especially children, there can be an outbreak of measles,” Rachel Orscheln, associate professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Washington University in St. Louis, said in an interview with ABC News. “One infected child can potentially affect hundreds of children…even before they begin to show symptoms of the disease.”

Measles is extremely contagious and can have devastating consequences.

One out of 1,000 measles cases will develop acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), which often results in permanent brain damage. One to three out of every 1,000 children who become infected with measles will die from respiratory or neurologic complications.

Once a child is over the initial illness, he or she can still face lasting consequences of a measles infection.

Measles infection can lead to “immune amnesia,” when the disease weakens the body’s defenses against other diseases.

A rare but fatal degenerative disease of the central nervous system, SSPE (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis) can develop seven to 10 years after a measles infection.

If unvaccinated children are around a person with measles, they have at least a 90% chance of becoming infected. The MMR vaccination is extremely good at preventing measles — just one dose is 93% effective in preventing measles while two doses offer 97% protection. If your child has been vaccinated, it’s likely that he or she is protected against the disease.

Dr. Áine Cooke is a Senior Pediatric Resident at Washington University in St. Louis and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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