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Dayton, Ohio shooting: City 'seconds away from catastrophic loss of life' as gunman named as Connor Betts

Dayton, Ohio shooting: City 'seconds away from catastrophic loss of life' as gunman named as Connor BettsDayton, Ohio was seconds away from a “catastrophic loss of life”, the city’s police chief said. Nine people were killed and 27 injured by Connor Betts, 24, who opened fire on revellers as they were leaving bars in the Oregon district of the city. Among those who died was his sister, Megan, 22.  Graphic video footage released by police showed people running for safety as Betts unleashed a volley of bullets. Many rushed back into the bars they had just left, for safety. Tianycia Leonard, 28, was in the back, smoking, at Newcom's. She heard "loud thumps" that she initially thought was someone pounding on a skip. Alleged Ohio terrorist Connor Betts, 24 Credit: CBS News "It was so noisy, but then you could tell it was gunshots and there was a lot of rounds," she said. The footage showed Betts, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest and was armed with .233 rifle and 100 round drum magazines, trying to get into Ned Peppers bar. He was shot dead by police within 30 seconds of their being alerted to the threat. Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting including Ned Peppers bar Credit:  John Minchillo “Had that individual made it through the doorway of Ned Peppers with that level of weaponry there would have been a catastrophic loss of life,” said Dayton’s police chief, Richard Biehl. President Donald Trump, paid tribute to police for their swift action. “As bad as it was, it could have been so much worse.” Of the nine people who were killed, six were black, the others were white. Police declined to speculate on what drove Betts, whose only encounter with police had been for minor motoring offences, to embark on a deadly shooting spree. Rob Portman, a Republican senator, paid tribute to the police.  "Their courage was extraordinary. They saved lives, probably hundreds of lives, given the situation," he said. "We all saw workers in Hazmat suits who were having to clear away blood off the sidewalk from the tragedy last night." Mr Portman added: "How could someone point a gun at someone he had never seen or known and pull the trigger."



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McDonald's employee fired after allegedly turning away paramedics: 'We don't serve badges here'

McDonald's employee fired after allegedly turning away paramedics: 'We don't serve badges here'A McDonald's employee was fired after she allegedly refused to serveparamedics Wednesday night, WFTS reports



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Why Democrats Are Further Away From Impeachment Than Ever

Why Democrats Are Further Away From Impeachment Than EverOn Friday afternoon House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) filed a petition to obtain secret grand jury information currently redacted from the Mueller Report. With articles of impeachment under consideration, this informational probe is “in effect” the same as an impeachment inquiry, according to Nadler, who also called the information “critically important.” Next week Nadler is also expected to file a lawsuit to attempt to enforce a subpoena against former White House counsel Donald McGahn. But how significant are Nadler’s moves now that special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill is widely acknowledged to have fizzled, left-wing activists such as billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer are turning their attention back to climate change—and Congress is heading toward a six-week-long recess?Fred Wertheimer, a veteran ethics activist and president of Democracy 21, believes Nadler’s move is only a cosmetic change to reflect changing party sentiments. “That’s what they’ve been doing since March. When they announced they would investigate three areas regarding the president: obstruction of justice, public corruption, and abuses of power. They have had articles of impeachment pending referred to the committee months and months ago . . . the investigation they have been conducting since March is the equivalent of an inquiry into whether they should consider impeachment,” he told the National Interest.



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Lawyer: El Chapo was whisked away within hours of sentencing

Lawyer: El Chapo was whisked away within hours of sentencingHours after receiving a life sentence, convicted Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was forced to make a sudden departure to the highest-security prison in the U.S. to serve the term, his lawyer said Thursday.



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Meghan McCain Feels Trump’s Racism Takes Away Her ‘Agency’ to Bash Ilhan Omar

Meghan McCain Feels Trump’s Racism Takes Away Her ‘Agency’ to Bash Ilhan OmarReacting to the outbreak of “Send Her Back” chants directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at President Trump’s Wednesday night rally in North Carolina, The View’s Meghan McCain groused on Thursday that the president’s relentless racist attacks against Omar takes away her “agency” to criticize the Muslim congresswoman.In a segment first spotted by Raw Story, co-host Sunny Hostin said the chants “terrified” her, prompting McCain to chime in and describe the rally as “really dystopian” before noting that she’s also been a fierce critic of Omar.“Everyone at this table, and I think, people that watch this show or have ever seen the dumpster fire of my interview with Seth Meyers know I have been one of Ilhan Omar’s most vocal critics regarding Israel,” she declared. “Regarding some of her comments I and others interpreted as anti-Semitic.”She then complained that Trump’s hyper-focus on Omar’s race and immigrant roots has suddenly prevented her from personally going after the Minnesota lawmaker as much as she’d like to.“But the problem right now is, you’re taking away my agency to criticize her policy,” McCain continued. “You’re making this about race, xenophobia, racism. I think any time you’re hitting in a territory where you’re telling any American citizen of a different color than you, to send them back, I too didn’t think this is something I would see in my country, especially going into 2020.”The conservative View host has targeted Omar for criticism for months now. In March, she actually cried on-air over what she perceived as the progressive lawmaker’s “scary” comments on Israel, noting that while she wasn’t Jewish, she verged on “being a Zionist” and had Jewish friends. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Trump Can’t Just Walk Away From ‘Send Her Back’

Trump Can’t Just Walk Away From ‘Send Her Back’(Bloomberg Opinion) — Last Sunday, President Donald Trump suggested that four Democratic congresswomen of color, three of whom were born in the U.S., “go back” to their ancestors’ countries. Despite a broad public outcry about the leader of the free world unleashing a timeworn racist trope, Trump refused to apologize or back away from his comments.On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump for “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” The president stood his ground. A day later, he presided over an unsettling and ominous political rally in North Carolina during which the crowd started chanting “send her back” after he singled out Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat and a Somali immigrant, as unpatriotic.Public pressure finally forced Trump into a lukewarm retreat by Thursday. “I was not happy with it; I disagreed with it,” he said of the chants he had incited, claiming he attempted to stop them by “speaking very quickly." (This isn’t true. Trump didn’t speak at all while the chants were occurring.)Trump’s defenders have blamed the media and his political opponents for the backlash, and the president himself tweeted this week that “I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” If Trump’s racism isn’t in his bones, then it’s likely to be found in his heart because he’s been awash in it for decades.Consider:\– Trump and his father, Fred, ran a housing business that the Justice Department censured in 1973 for discriminating against prospective tenants of color.\– Trump bought newspaper ads in 1989 that condemned black and Latino teenagers accused of assaulting a white jogger in Central Park, stoking racial acrimony to snare media attention. (He continued to insist on the teenagers’ guilt long after they were exonerated.)\– Jack O’Donnell, a senior executive at Trump’s Atlantic City casinos during the late 1980s, described Trump as someone whose “prejudices didn’t stop at the color of one’s skin. Everyone was subject to judgment. It could be their ethnicity, their gender, their religion. It could be their social ‘caste.’”\– O’Donnell also described Trump as picky about who handled his cash back then. “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”\– When he was running his casino business, Trump paid for a series of newspaper and broadcast ads that sought to brand a potential competitor seeking a gambling license — a Native American tribe, the Mohawks — as drug dealers and criminals.\– Trump’s first wife, Ivana, told her lawyer during their divorce that Trump kept a copy of Hitler’s collected speeches by his bedside in Trump Tower. When a reporter questioned Trump about the book in 1990, he balked and then said it was a gift.\– Trump embraced birtherism in 2011 and falsely asserted that President Barack Obama was born overseas and had forged his birth certificate.\– While the Trump University lawsuit was being litigated, Trump publicly claimed one of the judges hearing the case, Gonzalo Curiel, was biased because of his Mexican heritage. Curiel was born in the U.S.\– Trump has often been reluctant to distance himself from white supremacists like the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.\– Trump gave Steve Bannon, who has been associated with white nationalism, a senior role in his 2016 presidential campaign and in his White House.\– Trump has unapologetically retweeted white nationalists, and for years has praised himself and others as being the successful beneficiaries of “good genes.”\– Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, testified before Congress earlier this year that “Mr. Trump is a racist.” He also recalled a trip with Trump: “While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way. He told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”\– In White House meetings, Trump has inveighed against allowing immigrants from “shithole countries” into the U.S. — noting that, unlike residents of Norway, Haitians all had AIDS and Nigerians lived in “huts.”\– In the wake of the Charlottesville marches in 2017, Trump famously couldn’t bring himself to condemn the neo-Nazis who had taken part. Instead, he criticized the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides — on many sides.”All this preceded the events of this week and there’s no reason to believe that the president is chastened. Someone who was authentically compassionate and not a racist would be horrified to be accused of racism; an apology would’ve been prompt. Yet Trump bridled and has yet to apologize to anyone. He doesn’t care; this is who he is.The North Carolina rally is a just a taste of how craven the president is prepared to be to retake the White House. And the path he’s on will test the country’s morality, decency and ideals.(Updates 15th paragraph to more accurately reflect Steve Bannon’s past associations.)To contact the author of this story: Timothy L. O'Brien at tobrien46@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Timothy Lavin at tlavin1@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Timothy L. O’Brien is the executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion. He has been an editor and writer for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, HuffPost and Talk magazine. His books include “TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Lawyer: El Chapo was whisked away within hours of sentencing

Lawyer: El Chapo was whisked away within hours of sentencingOnly hours after receiving a life sentence, convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was forced to make a sudden departure to the highest-security prison in the U.S. to serve the term, his lawyer said Thursday. A government helicopter whisked the narco, notorious for his daring jailbreaks, out of New York City on Wednesday after the sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn, said defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. For most defendants, there's a lag between sentencing and a decision by the Bureau of Prisons on where to house them.



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Pregnant woman, son die after car swept away in heavy rains

Pregnant woman, son die after car swept away in heavy rainsA series of storms socked the Northeast with heavy rains and strong winds, causing the deaths of a 9-year-old boy and his pregnant mother whose car was swept away by floodwaters while she was on the phone with emergency officials. Thursday’s storms quickly intensified, causing flash flooding in several states and spawning a tornado in a southern New Jersey town. A firefighter who was put in contact with the woman, who was identified as 31-year-old Pamela Snyder, was able to stay on the phone with her for several minutes before they lost contact, Dzurek said.



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A Missouri suspect was hiding from police. A loud fart gave him away

A Missouri suspect was hiding from police. A loud fart gave him awayLaw enforcement officers in Missouri managed to find a suspect they were looking for after he farted and gave away his position.



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Riot police clear away protesters from Hong Kong legislature

Riot police clear away protesters from Hong Kong legislatureHundreds of protesters swarmed into Hong Kong’s legislature Monday night, defacing portraits of lawmakers and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans in the chamber before vacating it as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside. The three-hour occupation, which ended early Tuesday, came on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China, a city holiday, and reflected mounting frustration with Hong Kong’s leader for not responding to protesters’ demands after several weeks of demonstrations. The protests were sparked by a government attempt to change extradition laws to allow suspects to be sent to China for trial.



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