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Navy Seal Witness Contradicts Testimony from Snipers Who Said Eddie Gallagher Shot Civilian

Navy Seal Witness Contradicts Testimony from Snipers Who Said Eddie Gallagher Shot CivilianSpecial Operator 1st Class Joshua Graffam originally invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege before Navy Judge Capt. Aaron Rugh gave him immunity in order to compel his testimony.NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — A Navy SEAL sniper on Wednesday contradicted earlier testimony of fellow SEALs who claimed he had fired warning shots to scare away civilian non-combatants before Chief Eddie Gallagher shot them during their 2017 deployment to Mosul, and said he would not want to deploy again with one of the prosecution's star witnesses.Special Operator 1st Class Joshua Graffam originally invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege before Navy Judge Capt. Aaron Rugh gave him immunity in order to compel his testimony.Graffam testified that Gallagher was essentially justified in the shooting of a man he is accused of unlawfully targeting, stating that "based off everything I had seen so far … in my opinion, they were two sh*theads moving from one side of the road to the other."Spotting for Gallagher in the tower that day, Graffam said, he called out the target to him and he fired. He said the man was hit in the upper torso and ran away.



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Hawaii crash: Skydiving aircraft goes down in ‘deadliest US civilian plane accident for 4 years’

Hawaii crash: Skydiving aircraft goes down in ‘deadliest US civilian plane accident for 4 years’Nine people have died after a skydiving plane crashed in flames in Hawaii, in what is believed to be the worst civilian US plane crash since 2015.The twin engine King Air plane crashed on Friday night near Dillingham Airfield, a small airport in Oahu, according to a department of transportation spokesperson.Officials said there were no survivors.“Upon arrival, we saw the plane fully engulfed in fire,” said Manuel Neves, Honolulu Fire Chief.“The first crews on scene extinguished the fire.”Mr Neves said the plane was used in skydiving operations and that some victims’ families had been waiting for them at the airport.“In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident what we’ve had,” he said.The plane crashed to the ground near the airport’s perimetre fencing.“They’re quite a ways away from the runway,” Mr Neves added.Witnesses have told officials the plane was inbound to the airport when it crashed, but this was unconfirmed at the time of publication.“I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield,” said Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu’s mayor.“At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.”The accident is believed to be the worst US civilian plane crash since 2015, when nine people were killed in an accident in Akron, Ohio, according to ABC News.Sixteen people died in a military plane accident in Juy 2017, when a Marine Corps aircraft crashed in Mississippi.Additional reporting by agencies



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FBI arrests member of armed civilian group that detained migrants

FBI arrests member of armed civilian group that detained migrantsThe group declared an "emergency" on their Facebook page, stating that their commander had been arrested and asking for donations.



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House OKs 2.6 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers

House OKs 2.6 percent pay raise for civilian federal workersWASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a pay raise for civilian federal employees, a step that lawmakers said shows respect for a workforce that just endured a 35-day partial government shutdown.



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Russia says Israeli strikes on Syria threatened two civilian flights: Ifax

Russia says Israeli strikes on Syria threatened two civilian flights: IfaxRussia’s Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that Israeli missile strikes in Syria the previous day had directly threatened two civilian flights, Interfax news agency reported. The ministry, which did not specify which flights had been threatened, added that Syrian air defenses had destroyed 14 of 16 Israeli missiles launched against unspecified targets near Damascus on Tuesday. Three Syrian soldiers were injured in the strikes, Syrian state media reported.



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Baltimore police officer caught on camera punching civilian on sidewalk resigns

Baltimore police officer caught on camera punching civilian on sidewalk resignsA Baltimore police officer who was caught on camera brutally beating a civilian has resigned. The Baltimore Police Department confirmed on 12 August that the unidentified police officer had stepped down, one day after the disturbing video led to his suspension. Although the victim, identified as 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier, tries to block punches being thrown at him, he doesn’t appear to fight back and soon falls to the ground.



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Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: survey

Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: surveyAmericans make up 4 percent of the world’s population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey showed on Monday. The Small Arms Survey, an independent global research project based in Geneva, Switzerland, found that there were more than 1 billion firearms in the world, of which civilians owned 85 percent, while the rest were held by militaries or law enforcement agencies. The number of guns owned by civilians globally rose to 857 million in 2017 from 650 million in 2006, the survey said.



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2 Dallas Police Officers, 1 Civilian Shot at Home Depot

2 Dallas Police Officers, 1 Civilian Shot at Home DepotThe officers are critically wounded, police said



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Man who shot 2 police officers, 1 civilian in Dallas arrested

Man who shot 2 police officers, 1 civilian in Dallas arrestedAuthorities arrested the man accused of shooting two police officers and a security guard, and leading officers on a massive manhunt. ABC News' Kendis Gibson reports.



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Two Dallas Police Officers, One Civilian Shot; Suspect in Custody

Two Dallas Police Officers, One Civilian Shot; Suspect in CustodyTwo police officers are in critical condition and a suspect is in custody after a shooting at a Home Depot in Dallas.



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