16 states sue President Donald Trump over emergency declaration for border wall

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sixteen states, including California, New Jersey and Nevada, sued President Donald Trump on Monday over his emergency declaration to open up funding for a border wall.

The lawsuit, which named the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia as plaintiffs, seeks to block what it called the Trump Administration’s “unauthorized construction of the border wall, and any illegal diversion of Congressionally-appropriated funds.”

“Today, on Presidents Day, we take President Trump to court to block his misuse of presidential power. We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “For most of us, the Office of the Presidency is not a place for theatre.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom lambasted the president earlier this week when the White House

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Progressives unite to fight Trump’s national emergency

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Following President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on Friday, progressive organizers across the U.S. scrambled together in a show of solidarity to protest against Trump in the backdrop of President’s Day.

Reggie Hubbard, a congressional liaison and Washington, D.C., strategist for Move On said progressives have decided to come together “to show this is not how the way that we conduct the government.”

On Monday, the group held over 250 events with 30,000 people registered to attend rallies in efforts to “protest to fight Trump’s fake crisis and racist deportation forces,” Hubbard said. The group held events across the U.S. with local leaders and members of Congress including Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Rashida Talib, D-M.I., and Ayanna Pressley, D-M.A., in their respective districts. The events were planned in only two days, Hubbard said.

The national emergency declaration has ignited progressives who said they see splinters within the Republican Party. The largest splinter, according to progressives, is the Republicans inability to pass legislative funding to support the president’s campaign promise of a border wall along the southern U.S. border.

“This fake national emergency is splintering the Republican party, that is good news,” Elizabeth Beavers, associate policy director of Indivisible, told a crowd of several hundred outside of the White House on Monday. “It is the first emergency you can plan three weeks in advance.”

Center for American Progress President Neera Tandden took a jab at Republicans, declaring conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter “controls our laws more than Congress right now.”

Earlier in the year, Trump publicly unfollowed Coulter on Twitter after she criticized his lack of action on the border wall.

Following his Rose Garden declaration, Coulter said in an radio interview that “the only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.”

Trump attempted to establish distance between himself and Coulter on Friday, telling reporters “I don’t know her. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in any way over a year but the press loves saying ‘Ann Coulter.'”

A number of rally participants said they were suing or planning to sue the Trump Administration’s attempt to use the national emergency to build the wall.

During Trump’s Rose Garden remarks announcing the National Emergency on Friday, the president said bluntly that he expected his decision to play out in court. “Look, I expect to be sued. I shouldn’t be sued. Very rarely do you get sued when you do a national emergency.”

Several organizers have announced they plan on calling on Congress to act, including Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin.

“Starting tomorrow we’re gonna be in the halls of congress. We are going to demand that the Congress people pass legislation that says no to the National Emergency. We’re going to support the ACLU and Public Citizen and other groups that are suing the administration over the fake emergency.” Benjamin said.

Code Pink and other groups are planning organizing meetings as soon as this week.

“This is something that is bringing together a lot of different organizations that care about different issues,” Benjamin added.

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NYPD probe launched into alleged threat by police commander against rapper 50 Cent

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Steven Ferdman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A New York City police precinct commander is under investigation for allegedly telling officers to shoot the rapper 50 Cent, officials said.

The New York Police Department launched an internal probe of Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez, commanding officer of the 72 Precinct in Brooklyn, who allegedly told officers during a roll call meeting last June to shoot 50 Cent if they spotted him at an NYPD-sanctioned boxing match the rapper was said to have planned to attend, according to police.

“The matter is under internal review,” a police department spokesman told ABC News on Monday.

 The alleged threat last summer came a month after Gonzalez filed an aggravated harassment complaint claiming the 43-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, threatened him on social media after the owners of one of the rapper’s favorite Brooklyn nightclubs filed a notice of claim against the city alleging Gonzalez was trying to shake them down.

The owners of Club Love & Lust in Brooklyn filed a lawsuit against the city in December 2018, claiming that shortly after opening in 2014, Gonzalez and others began a “campaign of harassment to close the business due to the race and/or national origin of the business owner, its patrons and other stakeholders.”

The suit additionally claims that a campaign of “selective enforcement” continued through the fall of 2017, requiring the club to face a court challenge to its liquor license. Around the same time, according to the lawsuit, Gonzalez requested 11 “free” round-trip tickets on charter flights to Puerto Rico and a generator for a doctor who lives in Puerto Rico and was dealing with the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The lawsuit is yet to be resolved and the city has denied the allegations made by the club owners.

Roy Richter, the NYPD Captains Endowment Association President, previously told the New York Post that Gonzalez is being unfairly accused and described him as an “outstanding commander.”

The Daily News first reported on Gonzalez’s alleged threats against 50 Cent.

Citing an unnamed source with knowledge of the case, the Daily News has reported that during a roll call at the Brooklyn precinct station house on June 7, 2018, Gonzalez, a 30-year NYPD veteran, allegedly told officers to “shoot him on sight” if they saw 50 Cent at the match, which the rapper attended.

“The inspector just said that at roll call,” the source told the newspaper.

Gonzalez has since reportedly tried to pass the comment off as a joke, but the incident, which was not recorded, was reported to NYPD headquarters and prompted the internal probe.

Gonzalez could not be reached for comment.

On Sunday, 50 Cent took to Twitter, accusing Gonzalez of “abusing his POWER.”

“The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun,” the rapper wrote.

50 Cent said that he was consulting with his lawyers “regarding my next options moving forward.”

 

The rapper called Gonzalez a “Gansta with a badge” and made a direct appeal to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeting, “Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez has to be dealt with.”

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Police find 3 children, 1 adult dead of gunshot wounds at Michigan home

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aijohn784/iStock(NEW YORK ) — Three children and one adult female have been found dead of gunshot wounds at a home in Kent County, Michigan, according to police.

Investigators are currently interviewing witnesses who called 911 to report the shooting, Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young told reporters Monday afternoon. She did not reveal any information about the callers or the victims.

LaJoye-Young did not identify the victims and would not give any information as to their ages. She asked anyone in the public with video showing traffic to and from the scene to provide it to investigators.

Authorities do not believe there is a threat to the public or a suspect at large at this time, LaJoye-Young said. Murder-suicide is one of the possibilities they are reviewing for the case, she added.

LaJoye-Young described the scene as a “horrific thing to be called to.”

 

Additional details were not immediately available.

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‘Get off my dog!’ Owner fights hawk that attacked her Yorkie puppy

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Obtained by ABC News(LAS VEGAS) — Dramatic home surveillance video shows the moment a hawk brazenly attacked a puppy in its Las Vegas backyard, causing its owner to swoop in and save her.

The hawk can be seen flapping its wings excitedly as it grabs hold of the tiny dog. The hawk attempts to fly away with its prize but the owner soon comes out and tries to shoo it away.

The hawk didn’t give up that easy. It held onto the dog as the owner hit it multiple times with a patio chair cushion.

The bird finally flew away empty-handed after another blow from the cushion made it lose its grip and the dog scurried away. The owner then scooped up the dog and ran inside.

Another video shows the hawk perched on the roof of a nearby home, surveying the ground below it, after losing its potential meal.

Cecilia Celis told Fox Las Vegas affiliate KVVU that she had just let her dogs outside and turned away when the attack began.

Once she realized what was happening, Celis said she began to scream.

“And I was yelling at it, ‘Get off my dog, get off my dog!’” she said.

Lulu and the other pup, Heidi, weigh just 2 pounds.

The hawk was gone by the time animal control showed up, KVVU reported.

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Ex-FBI official: I had an obligation to investigate Trump

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Pete Marovich/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe – who took an oath to protect the U.S. homeland – said he had a professional obligation to open up criminal investigations targeting President Donald Trump.

“If we failed to open an investigation under [the] circumstances, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs,” McCabe told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in a much-anticipated interview Sunday night, citing concerns “about a national security threat.”

McCabe, a lifelong Republican who spent two decades fighting terrorism and crime for the FBI, was specifically referring to Trump’s actions surrounding James Comey’s firing as FBI director in May 2017.

Monday morning, Trump dismissed McCabe’s comments as a bunch of “lies” from a “disgraced” official.

In the interview with CBS News, McCabe described Trump as a president who was almost “gleeful” over Comey’s axing, who repeatedly attacked the FBI’s investigation of possible ties between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russian operatives, and who asked Comey in a private meeting “to discontinue the investigation of Mike Flynn,” Trump’s national security adviser who lied to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian government.

Trump even allegedly asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “to include Russia in [a] memo” justifying the FBI director’s removal, but Rosenstein didn’t do that, according to McCabe.

“Put together, these circumstances were articulable facts that indicated that a crime may have been committed,” McCabe said. “The president may have been engaged in obstruction of justice in the firing of Jim Comey.”

As the acting FBI director after Comey’s departure, McCabe said he also wanted to know whether Trump may have been acting in coordination with Russia, who McCabe called “our most formidable adversary on the world stage.”

All of Trump’s actions made McCabe and others at the FBI wonder: “Is there an inappropriate relationship, a connection between this president and our most fearsome enemy, the government of Russia?” McCabe recalled.

The president’s moves concerned federal law enforcement officials so much that Rosenstein allegedly “offered to wear a wire into the White House,” according to McCabe.

“He said, ‘I never get searched when I go into the White House. I could easily wear a recording device. They wouldn’t know it was there,'” McCabe added.

Justice Department officials close to Rosenstein have suggested any mention of a wire was in jest, but McCabe insisted in his interview Sunday night that Rosenstein “was absolutely serious.”

Spokespeople for Rosenstein have repeatedly stated that he never approved use of a wire and never took any steps to make it happen.

Regardless, the FBI’s general counsel killed the idea as soon as it was presented to him, according to McCabe.

“I think the general counsel had a heart attack,” McCabe recalled. “And when he got up off the floor, he said, ‘That’s a bridge too far. We’re not there yet.'”

Nevertheless, McCabe said he opened up the investigations targeting Trump after Comey’s firing “to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion, [so] that were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired, the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.”

In the interview, McCabe recounted how, during one “frenzied chaotic conversation” after Comey’s firing, Rosenstein “threw out” the possibility of using the 25th Amendment to oust Trump from office.

“[He] discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort,” according to McCabe.

In a statement, a Justice Department spokesman insisted “there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment,” and Rosenstein was not “in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment.”

Federal prosecutors, meanwhile, are currently deciding whether to bring charges against McCabe for allegedly misleading federal investigators about his role in leaking information to a reporter.

After a report from the Justice Department’s inspector general last year detailed McCabe’s alleged falsehoods, McCabe was fired from the FBI, just days before he was set to retire.

In the interview with CBS News, McCabe maintained that he did not intentionally mislead anyone.

“There’s absolutely no reason for anyone and certainly not for me to misrepresent what happened. So no. Did I ever intentionally mislead the people I spoke to? I did not. I had no reason to. And I did not,” McCabe said.

In a Twitter post on Monday, however, Trump said McCabe was “fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged.”

“He and Rod Rosenstein … look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught,” Trump added.

The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said he will investigate whether McCabe and others were planning a “bureaucratic coup.”

McCabe’s interview with CBS News was the start of a weeks-long media tour for McCabe, who is promoting his new book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.

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Meghan Markle makes secret trip to New York City as she prepares for baby

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Tolga Akmen -WPA Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK ) — Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, made a surprise trip to New York City as she prepares for the birth of her first child.

Meghan, who is due this spring, traveled to New York this weekend on a personal trip to see friends before she has her baby, according to ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie.

Scobie reports that Meghan is staying in a five-star hotel for a girls’ weekend. The Duchess of Sussex left London on Feb. 15 and will be in New York for five nights, according to Scobie, who wrote about Meghan’s visit for Harper’s Bazaar.

“The trip was planned some months ago and, with [with an official trip to] Morroco this weekend, is the last available time Meghan can travel before the Baby Sussex is born,” Scobie told “Good Morning America.” “Over the weekend she has been catching up with some of her closest friends, visiting favorite spots in the city and even shopping for baby clothes.”

Meghan a California native, fit the trip across the pond into a packed schedule of official engagements as she counts down her final weeks of pregnancy. She told a well-wisher last month that she is due in April.

Meghan and Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attended the gala performance of “The Wider Earth” at the Natural History Museum in London on Feb. 12. Just a few days before, on Feb. 7, the couple walked the red carpet at the Endeavour Fund Awards.

Meghan has also been stepping out solo for her own charitable engagements, visiting all four of the charities of which she is now patron.

She and Harry are scheduled to travel to Morocco this weekend for an official visit on behalf of the British government.

News of Meghan’s private trip to New York City came just one day after the Sunday Times of London reported that Prince Harry and Prince William will split their royal household within weeks.

Harry and Meghan are expected to move soon to Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Estate, about 30 miles from London. The move means Harry and Meghan will no longer be neighbors to Prince William and Kate, who live in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace.

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Police find 4 dead of gunshot wounds at Michigan home

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aijohn784/iStock(NEW YORK ) — Four people have been found dead of gunshot wounds at a home in Kent County, Michigan, according to police.

Investigators are currently interviewing witnesses who called 911 to report the shooting, Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young told reporters Monday afternoon. She did not reveal any information about the callers or the victims.

Authorities do not believe there is a threat to the public at this time, LaJoye-Young said. Murder-suicide is one of the possibilities they are reviewing for the case, she added.

LaJoye-Young described the scene as a “horrific thing to be called to.”

“My heart goes out to the families involved here,” she said.

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Man who survived 2 nights in blizzard learns he has stage 4 cancer

U.S. NEWS Man who survived 2 nights in blizzard learns he has stage 4 cancer https://linewsradio.com/man-who-survived-2-nights-in-blizzard-learns-he-has-stage-4-cancer/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

shaunl/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — A man who miraculously survived two nights inside his car during one of the Midwest’s worse storms this winter learned while recovering in the hospital that he has stage 4 kidney cancer.

William Mendoza, 59, was driving on Interstate 94 just west of Fargo, North Dakota, looking for a hotel on Feb. 6 when blizzard conditions began, he told ABC Saint Paul, Minnesota, affiliate KTSP-TV.

To add to the danger, William Mendoza then began feeling disoriented, and when his car got stuck in a snowdrift, he couldn’t call for help because his phone was dead, he said.

“You’re mostly thinking survival. ‘OK. How am I gonna get through this?’ You know? ‘I got no heat, no light, how much gas do I have?'” he said.

The first night came and went with no rescuers, and in the second, temperatures dropped below zero. Also without food or water, William Mendoza described the time spent in his car those nights as excruciating.

“All I could remember was just shivering uncontrollably,” he said. “You know, with the teeth shattering, the knees knocking.”

Meanwhile, his wife was about 250 miles southeast at their home in Scandia, Minnesota, unable to sleep or eat over the stress of not knowing where her husband was.

“Your heart just sinks,” Vicki Mendoza told KTSP. “It’s panic. It’s worry.”

On the third day, a telephone repairman who happened to be driving by spotted William Mendoza in his car.

“I’m not lost anymore,” he recalled thinking after he was rescued.

When he was taken to the hospital, he had frostbite on his toes, and after doctors brought him out of severe hypothermia, they told him he was going to survive.

But on Feb. 10, his 59th birthday, doctors gave him the opposite kind of news, informing him that he had been diagnosed with advanced cancer.

“It’s like a cruel twist of fate,” Vicki Mendoza said. “We see the God-given miracle that he’s alive through this snowstorm to find out he has this cancer.”

William Mendoza plans on battling the cancer the same way he battled the cold: head-on.

“I am determined to do whatever I have to do to fight this,” he said. “It was something they found while treating me for the hypothermia, and I guess it is better to know and get on with fighting it than to not know.”

The family has created a GoFundMe campaign called “Jim Mendoza: Midwestern Miracle” to help pay for his medical expenses.

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Arizona man rescued at Zion National Park after getting trapped in quicksand

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benedek/iStock(NEW YORK ) — An Arizona man was rescued at Zion National Park after his leg got stuck in quicksand while hiking during a winter storm on Saturday.

The National Park Service told ABC News it nearly two days to rescue the 34-year-old male. He and his female companion had hiked three hours up the Left Fork of the North Creek, also known as the Subway route, at Zion National Park before he got swallowed by the quicksand. Neither the man nor the woman’s name was released publicly and details of how the man got trapped in quicksand were not immediately available.

After an unsuccessful attempt to free his leg from the quicksand, the woman hiked three hours back to find phone service and call for help, park officials said.

Rangers with the Zion Search and Rescue found the female companion close to the trailhead and treated her for hypothermia.

After several hours of searching, NPS located the man, who was suffering from exposure, hypothermia and extremity injuries. It took rescuers two hours to free his leg.

Rangers spent the night in freezing conditions tending to the male. The park reported four additional inches of snow overnight.

A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter responded to the Search and Rescue team the following morning. It took DPS until Sunday afternoon to safely land due to extreme weather conditions.

The NPS advises hikers to use extreme caution during this winter season.

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