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Israeli army says ready to help Druze under attack in Syria

JERUSALEM –  Israel issued a rare warning Friday that it would intervene militarily if necessary to defend a Druze village on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights after it came under attack. The Druze village of Hadar is aligned with the Syrian government, creating an unusual scenario if Israel does indeed deploy forces to defend it as Syria and Israel are bitter enemies. Military spokesman Ronen Manelis said in a Facebook post that the army is “prepared and ready to assist residents of the village and prevent damage or occupation of the village out of a commitment to the Druze population.” The warning came after a suicide bombing targeted the outskirts of Hadar in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra. An Israeli Druze lawmaker in Israel’s parliament, Akram Hasson, sa...

Chris Wallace warns Democrats: Careful what you ask for

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Can NYC terrorist suspect be detained in Gitmo?

President Donald Trump appeared to be moving away from his previous suggestion that he would consider sending the suspect in the recent New York City terrorist attack to the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Trump’s main qualm with sending the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, to Guantanamo Bay is that prosecutions there take too long — even longer than criminal proceedings in federal civilian courts. Saipov is accused of driving a rented truck onto a bike path in lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring a dozen more. “Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system…” Trump tweeted Thursday. He added: “There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he ...

Franken: Sessions has ‘terrible memory’ or ‘is deliberately not telling me the truth’

In light of new court documents unsealed in the special counsel’s investigation, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and other top Democrats are pushing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to explain his testimony to Congress about his knowledge of Trump campaign contacts with Russian officials. According to documents unsealed Monday, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI, frequently communicated with Russians about arranging a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and even pitched a potential summit to Sessions and Trump at a meeting of the then-candidate’s foreign policy team on March 31, 2016. “When Papadopoulos introduced himself to the group, he stated, in sum and substance, that he had c...

Adolf Hitler kissed by American woman in shocking photos

(Credit: News Dog Media) Striking images capture the moment an American woman kissed Hitler – leaving him so enraged he reportedly fired all his security guards for his failure to thwart her. Carla de Vries, from Norwalk, California asks the Nazi leader for an autograph before she quickly pecked him at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. The Nazi leader was keen to watch the event, sitting next to General August von Mackensen, after German Jewish athletes had been banned form participating. Cara, who had travelled through Europe trying to take a photo of Hitler at a close range, was desperate to get close to the leader so she asked for his autograph. After she managed to burst through lines of Schutzstaffel police guards, she manages to land a smacker on his cheek – on her seco...

Bergdahl spared any prison time, gets dishonorable discharge

FORT BRAGG, N.C. –  Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for five years by Taliban allies after walking off his post in Afghanistan, will soon learn his punishment after pleading guilty to endangering his comrades. A military judge began deliberating Thursday after hearing closing arguments by defense attorneys, who asked for no prison time, and prosecutors who are seeking 14 years behind bars. Army Col. Jeffery Nance said he would open court again Friday morning to continue deliberating. It wasn’t clear when he would deliver the sentence. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. In closing arguments, prosecutors cited serious wounds to service members who looked for Bergdahl.

The Latest: Walmart shooting suspect appears in court

THORNTON, Colo. –  The Latest on the shooting at a suburban Denver Walmart (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A man suspected of shooting and killing three people inside a suburban Denver Walmart is making his first appearance in court. A judge told 47-year-old Scott Ostrem that he is being held for investigation of first-degree murder. Ostrem was dressed in a blue jumpsuit as he sat in between public defenders. Police have not said if they have discovered a motive for the shooting. Authorities say Ostrem walked into the Walmart Wednesday evening in the largely blue-collar suburb of Thornton and opened fire. He was arrested the next day. Ostrem worked for a roofing company and his boss has said he was a good employee. Neighbors of Ostrem described him as a rude loner who sometimes carried a sho...

Man who killed Mafia figure pleads not guilty to drug counts

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  An 81-year-old man who was convicted in the 1970s killing of a nephew of notorious mob boss Carlo Gambino has pleaded not guilty to drug charges in Wyoming. Henry Sentner of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, entered the written plea through his public defender on Friday in District Court. A judge didn’t immediately set a trial date. Sentner has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and felony marijuana possession. He’s free on $3,000 cash bail. Sentner was pulled over Sept. 24 on a highway in southeast Wyoming for speeding. Charging documents say about 35 pounds (16 kilograms) of marijuana was found in his vehicle. District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg says Sentner’s “colorful” past includes a 15-year prison sentence for ...

Texas police searching for panhandler accused of robbing, beating 77-year-old man

Fort Worth police say a 77-year-old man was robbed after being given a ride in a car by a panhandler who approached him at this Texaco gas station.  (Google Maps) Texas police are on the hunt Friday for a panhandler after a 77-year-old man whom he accepted $5 from was found robbed, beaten and dumped on the side of the road. Fort Worth police said the victim had withdrawn money from an ATM at a Texaco gas station around 3 a.m. Wednesday when the suspect approached him for money, the Dallas Morning News reported. The panhandler, described by police as a black man in his 50s wearing jeans and a maroon and white jacket, then offered the victim a ride home. The two got into a parked car with a second would-be robber, police told the newspaper. A half hour later, the man was found on the side of...

President Trump slams Bowe Bergdahl’s sentence: ‘Complete disgrace’

President Donald Trump called the news that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not be facing any prison time a “complete disgrace” today, but that’s far from the harshest comment he’s had on the issue. “The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military,” Trump tweeted Friday afternoon. His most recent previous remark came on Oct. 16, when Trump declined to comment on the Bergdahl case, saying, “They’re setting up sentencing, so I’m not going to comment on him. But I think people have heard my comments in the past.” Those past comments have been plentiful, even calling for Bergdahl’s death on a number of occasions. U.S. officials reached a deal in 2014 to release several Taliban p...

Trump won’t rule out firing AG Jeff Sessions

President Trump is hammering the Justice Department over a lack of an investigation into Democrats and isn’t ruling out firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions if the department doesn’t take action against Hillary Clinton. “I don’t know,” Trump told ABC’s Jonathan Karl when asked if the president would fire Sessions if the DOJ doesn’t pursue action against Clinton. “I’m really not involved with the Justice Department. I’d like to let it run itself. But honestly they should be looking at the Democrats. They should be looking at Podesta and all of that dishonesty.” He went on, “They should be looking at a lot of things and a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me.” In a series of tweet...

Mueller estimates 3-week trial for Manafort: Court records

Special counsel Robert Mueller estimates his prosecutors will need three weeks at trial to present their case against ex-Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates to a jury, according to a court filing made public Friday. Responding to a federal judge in Washington, Mueller prosecutor Kyle Freeny wrote that the government will likely need 15 trial days to present evidence supporting a 12-count indictment unsealed earlier this week alleging violations of federal money laundering, banking and foreign lobbying laws. Manafort, who served for five months as President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, and his former deputy Gates have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Both men were placed on house arrest and released on multimillion-dollar bonds. Manafort has asked a judge to e...