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Teens form human chain to rescue 2 kids from icy pond in New Jersey


ABC 11 MIDDLETOWN, N.J. - A New Jersey family is grateful for five teenage boys who formed a human chain to rescue two kids from an ice-cold pond.Eight-year-old Olivia Heid and her four-year-old brother, RJ were sledding on Thursday at a country club in Middletown, when their sled flew over a ridge and into an icy pond.That is when a group of boys nearby jumped into action. "I picked up RJ first ... the boys jumped in. I just tried to get them out of the water as quickly as possible," said Kieran Foley, one of the rescuers.The teenagers said their Boy Scout training prepared them well."The boys jumped in ... and they all formed a chain, and they handed them out as quickly as possible," said Heid's mother, Stephanie Irlbeck. Full story https://abc11.com/teens-save-kids-from-icy-pond-rescue-ice-water/8923348/

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OKC First Responders Provide Meals For Soldiers Traveling Home For Christmas


KOCO ABC 5 OKC first responders provide meals for soldiers traveling home for Christmas OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City first responders spent the overnight hours at Will Rogers World Airport, serving meals for soldiers traveling home just in time for Christmas.According to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, firefighters, Oklahoma City police officers and the YMCA teamed up to provide meals to soldiers traveling home from Fort Sill for the holidays.According to officials, 350 troops were fed Thursday night with another 480 expected Friday night.“We want to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all of the brave and selfless men and women of the United States armed forces who sacrifice so much on our behalf,” officials said in a post on the fire department’s Facebook page. Oklahoma City Fire Department:"What an honor! Last night during the overnight hours, members from OKCFD, Oklahoma City Police Department, and the YMCA teamed up to provide...

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Marion County Sheriff's Red, White, and Blue Christmas Light Show


Marion County deputies put on red white and blue Christmas light show  

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First responders team up to provide Christmas to 27 area families in need


The Monroe News First responders team up to provide Christmas to 27 area families in need By Caitlin Taylor BoronThe pandemic has complicated an already stressful time of year.But putting presents under the Christmas tree is one less worry for a Newport family who was selected, along with nearly 30 other local families, as recipients of Christmas gifts delivered by Santa’s helpers disguised as police and fire personnel.Angela Wignle on Thursday accepted a trunk load of wrapped presents for her four children, Janessa Lunay, 14; Ethan Lunay, 13; Isabella Lunay, 11; and Kaitlin Wingle, 9, during the annual “Shop with a Hero” event sponsored by Michigan State Police of the Monroe post and other area first responders.Although the event was modified in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the magic of Christmas was not lost among the dozen first responder agencies and other donors who shopped for about 60 children whose families...

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Netanyahu: Unchecked Iran will target US, Europe with nuclear tipped ICBM


Jerusalem Post Netanyahu: Unchecked Iran will target US, Europe with nuclear tipped ICBM President elect Joe Biden is expected to attempt to rejoin the nuclear deal with Iran By Tovah Lazaroff Iran could soon have the capability to launch missiles with nuclear warheads against Europe and the United States unless the international community unites to halt Tehran’s ambitions for a nuclear-weapons program, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned at a press event with US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien in Jerusalem on Sunday. “As long as Iran persists in its dangerous quest for nuclear weapons, and the means to deliver them, we shouldn’t go back to business as usual with Iran,” he said. “We should all unite to prevent this major threat to world peace.” Netanyahu made his statement while looking at O’Brien, but his words were aimed at US President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to enter the White House on...

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CISA Issues Emergency Directive to Mitigate the Compromise of Solarwinds Orion Network Management Products


CISA Issues Emergency Directive to Mitigate the Compromise of Solarwinds Orion Network Management ProductsWASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) tonight issued Emergency Directive 21-01, in response to a known compromise involving SolarWinds Orion products that are currently being exploited by malicious actors. This Emergency Directive calls on all federal civilian agencies to review their networks for indicators of compromise and disconnect or power down SolarWinds Orion products immediately.  “The compromise of SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management Products poses unacceptable risks to the security of federal networks,” said CISA Acting Director Brandon Wales. “Tonight’s directive is intended to mitigate potential compromises within federal civilian networks, and we urge all our partners—in the public and private sectors—to assess their exposure to this compromise and to secure their networks against any exploitation.”  This is the fifth Emergency Directive issued by CISA under the authorities granted by Congress in the Cybersecurity Act of...

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'Everybody is in shock': New York City Christmas concert ends with police shooting gunman on cathedral steps


  'Everybody is in shock': New York City Christmas concert ends with police shooting gunman on cathedral steps Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY NEW YORK — A Christmas choral concert in New York City ended in horror as police fatally shot a man who had opened fire with semiautomatic handguns on the steps of a noted Manhattan cathedral Sunday. The gunshots rang out Sunday afternoon at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and concert goers were sent fleeing and taking cover in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. A police officer and detective were already at the church when the shots rang out and responded immediately, and another police sergeant at a nearby hospital responded as well, said New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. The officers fired 15 shots at the man, Shea said."It is by the grace of God today" that no...

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Iran’s alleged assassination plot against a U.S. diplomat should have both parties up in arms


Washington Post Iran’s alleged assassination plot against a U.S. diplomat should have both parties up in arms Opinion by Hugh HewittContributing columnistThe Politico report on Sunday about a possible Iranian plot to kill the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, should have been a blockbuster coming out of the Middle East. But it has been overshadowed by the breakthrough in relations between Israel and the Arab world, superintended by President Trump and his team.The White House signing ceremony for the agreement called the Abraham Accords, with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalizing relations with the Jewish state, was a historic moment and merited all the attention it received. Yet the Politico story, and its implications, deserve plenty of discussion too.“The Iranian government is weighing an assassination attempt against the American ambassador to South Africa, U.S. intelligence reports say, according to a U.S. government official familiar with the issue and...

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HAMAS, CAIR, and the Muslim Brotherhood: The Secret Plot to Destroy America


HAMAS, CAIR, AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD The Secret Plot to Destroy America By Ilana Freedman Center for Security Policy Press Introduction Hamas  in  the  Middle  East  has  been  a  practitioner  of  violent  Islamic  terrorism for  three decades. Its  ferocious jihad against  Israel has been  the  cause of  thousands of deaths on both sides. The presence of Hamas in  the  United States, however, has been less open and its mandate has undergone  a transformation. Its presence here, and the threat it poses to America, have been debated, disputed, and denied for decades.   In the quest for truth, exposing the real and current threat that Hamas  poses to America is difficult at best. Even establishing the very existence of  Hamas in America is problematic, because in the United States, Hamas is a  ghost  organization,  hiding  behind  well-guarded  veils  of  secrecy,  and  protected  by  those  considered  ‘respectable’  representatives  of  the Muslim  American  community. ...

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The Killing of a Nuclear Scientist May Save Countless Lives


  The Killing of a Nuclear Scientist May Save Countless Livesby Richard KempNovember 30, 2020 With unfailing predictability, EU external affairs spokesman Peter Sano as well as other European Iran-appeasers rushed to condemn the targeted killing on November 27 of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. In doing so they exhibited shocking disregard for the death, destruction and suffering likely to be inflicted by the totalitarian Iranian regime utilising the pernicious expertise of Mr Fakhrizadeh.From across the Atlantic they were joined by, among others, former CIA Director John O. Brennan, who described the killing as "state-sponsored terrorism" and "a flagrant violation of international law". Yet Mr Brennan was in the White House Situation Room in 2011 when the US launched an operation to kill Usama bin Laden on Pakistani sovereign territory. Presumably he was not whispering into President Barack Obama's ear that SEAL Team Six were violating international law.As Obama's counterterrorism adviser...

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State Department: American Kids Need to be Educated on China Threat


Clarion Project State Department: American Kids Need to be Educated on China Threat New report says attempts to challenge China are being undermined by anti-American educators A new State Department report warns that the anti-American influence in higher education is undermining U.S. efforts to counter the China threat. The report, titled “The Elements of the China Challenge,” was drafted by The Policy Planning Staff under the Office of the Secretary of State and warns that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is triggering a “new era of great-power competition” in which the CCP not only aims to be at the top of the “established world order,” but also seeks to revise it with China’s “authoritarian goals and hegemonic” ambitions being at the center of a new focus. The report  gives a brief history of the CCP and its 20th-century Marxist-Leninist inspirations. It also outlines it’s vulnerabilities, including but not limited to the...

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Pakistan's Deep State Support For Terror On Full Display


  The Jerusalem Post Pakistan's Deep State Support For Terror On Full Display – opinion Islamabad and the Pakistani people have become collateral damage due to malicious acts of terrorism perpetrated by their deep state and its surrogates By ANIL TRIGUNAYAT Twelve years ago, on November 26, 2008, 12 well-coordinated attacks and shootings were carried out for four days by 10 Pakistani terrorists against innocent civilians in Mumbai. One hundred and seventy-four people, including several foreigners, were killed and more than 300 were injured. Wounds on the national psyche are still alive. It was the 9/11 moment for India. Ajmal Kasab was caught and eventually hanged in 2012 after due legal process, but he left a trail of evidence and information pointing to the complicity of Pakistan-based terrorist groups and his handlers there. Although the Pakistani political leadership did condemn the attacks and offered full cooperation, no real progress has been...

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Boko Haram kill dozens of farm workers in Nigeria


  Boko Haram kill dozens of farm workers in Nigeria Up to 43 slaughtered and a further six seriously injured, say anti-jihadist militia Agence France-PresseBoko Haram fighters killed at least 43 farm workers and wounded six in rice fields near the north-east Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, anti-jihadist militia told AFP.The assailants tied up the agricultural workers and slit their throats in the village of Koshobe, the militia said.“We have recovered 43 dead bodies, all of them slaughtered, along with six others with serious injuries,” said militia leader Babakura Kolo, who helped the survivors.“It is no doubt the handiwork of Boko Haram who operate in the area and frequently attack farmers.”The victims were labourers from Sokoto state in north-west Nigeria, roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) away, who had travelled to the north-east to find work, said another militiaman Ibrahim Liman who corroborated the death toll.“There were 60 farmers who were...

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Ethiopia Arrests Nearly 800 Suspects Over 'Terrorist' Plot - TV


Ethiopia Arrests Nearly 800 Suspects Over 'Terrorist' Plot - TV By Reuters StaffADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian police have arrested some 796 people suspected of plotting “terrorist attacks” in the capital Addis Ababa for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the state-affiliated Fana broadcaster said on Monday.There was no immediate comment from Ethiopia’s government or the TPLF, who are waging a war in the northern Tigray region.Reporting by Addis Ababa and Nairobi newsrooms; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Maggie Fick and Alex Richardson   Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-conflict-arrests/ethiopia-arrests-nearly-800-suspects-over-terrorist-plot-tv-idUSKBN2831R7

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‘Don’t Try This at Home’ Thanksgiving tips from firefighters


KRON 4 ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ Thanksgiving tips from firefighters There are probably several reasons you should not have deep-fried frozen turkey for Thanksgiving.But if there was any doubt, Chicago firefighters have added one more: it could be dangerous.Video from the Chicago Fire Department shows how quickly a fire can spread “when attempting to fry a frozen turkey in boiling oil.”“Please stay safe this holiday season and make sure your turkey is completely defrosted before frying,” they added. Or maybe just roast the bird.   Full Story https://www.kron4.com/news/national/dont-try-this-at-home-thanksgiving-tips-from-firefighters/

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Researchers develop new tool to combat terrorism


The Siasat Daily Researchers develop new tool to combat terrorism Sydney, Australia - Scientists are refining an innovative counter-terrorism technique that checks for environmental DNA in the dust on clothing, baggage, shoes or even a passport.Environmental DNA or eDNA is DNA that is collected from a variety of environmental samples such as soil, seawater, snow or even air rather than directly sampled from an individual organism.According to the study, published in the journal Forensic Science International, the research team developed a system to trace the source of dust on suspect articles to match a soil profile of a specific area or overseas country.“This could help provide evidence of where a person of interest might have travelled based on the environmental DNA signature from dust on their belongings,” said study author Jennifer Young from the Flinders University in Australia. “This microscopic environmental trace evidence, based on soil geochemical, bacterial and fungal analysis...

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ISIS Terrorist Released in Oregon Town after Grand Jury Indictment


Judicial Watch ISIS Terrorist Released by Feds in Oregon Town after Grand Jury Indictment An ISIS terrorist indicted by a federal grand jury for providing material support to the militant Islamist group has been released by federal authorities in Oregon. Even for the famously liberal west coast it may seem unbelievable, especially since a Republican appointee heads the Department of Justice (DOJ), the agency that made the bizarre decision. The defendant is Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, a 31-year-old U.S. resident charged with two counts of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339B(a)(1). Mothafar has also been charged with making false statements—denying his terrorist ties—in an immigration application and one count of false statement to a government agency. Since 2015 up until his...

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Vienna Terror Attack: Police Investigating 21 Potential Accomplices


  Deutsche Welle Vienna Terror Attack: Police Investigating 21 Potential Accomplices Police say it's not clear how the shooter managed to get to Vienna's city center armed with an assault rifle, handgun, machete and fake explosive belt. They're also still looking into how the weapons reached Austria. Austrian investigators have identified 21 suspected accomplices of an Islamist gunman who went on a deadly rampage in Vienna last week, officials said Friday.On November 2, the assailant, named as dual Austrian-Macedonian national Kujtim Fejzulai, shot dead four people and injured more than 20 others in the city center before he was killed by police.Michael Lohnegger, the police official leading the investigation, told a press conference that the 20-year-old was the sole perpetrator of the shooting spree. But he added that it was not yet possible to say "to what extent accomplices provided support before the act." A spokeswoman for the Vienna prosecutor's office,...

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US official admits misleading Trump on US troop numbers in Syria


  American Military News US official admits misleading Trump on US troop numbers in Syria by Ryan MorganOutgoing Ambassador Jim Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy for Syria, admitted in an interview with Defense One to misleading President Donald Trump about the true number of U.S. troops deployed in Syria and convincing the president not to withdraw troops.Jeffrey said, “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there.” Jeffrey said the actual number of troops in northeast Syria is “a lot more than” the approximately 200 troops Trump agreed to keep in the country in 2019.According to anonymous sources who spoke with Defense One, the true number of U.S. troops in Syria is said to be around 900, though the precise number is classified and reportedly remains unknown even to Trump and other members of his administration hoping to bring U.S. troops...

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EU States Push for Tougher Measures to Tackle Terrorism


Voice of America EU States Push for Tougher Measures to Tackle Terrorism By Nicolas Pinault PARIS - After the recent attacks in southern France and Austria, some European leaders are pushing for tougher measures to tackle terrorism on the continent.After the shock comes action. That is what European leaders promise after the deadly terror attacks in Nice and Vienna.Pressure has been building ahead of the talks between French President Emmanuel Macron and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz for greater cooperation between members and for the EU to take the lead on counterterrorism.“The European Union has increased its powers, it has introduced new legislation, it has reinforced cooperation between member states, it has strengthened the role of the EU border agency, the EU police agency notably. Member states are seeing the European Union has a more helpful complement to what they’re doing at the national level, compared to the situation 20 years ago,”...

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