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NYPD on scene after shooting, vehicular attack reported in Manhattan

A deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan this afternoon killed eight people and injured 13 others.

terrorism, unfolded in a press conference.” data-reactid=”13″>New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill detailed how the incident, which is being investigated as possible terrorism, unfolded in a press conference.

O’Neill said that at 3:05 p.m., the male suspect — driving a rented Home Depot truck, according to the company — turned onto the bike and pedestrian path along the West Side Highway.

The driver then proceeded south along the path, plowing into pedestrians and cyclists alike until the vehicle reached the intersection between the bike path and Chambers Street, roughly three-quarters of a mile south.

O’Neill said that the truck “collided with a school bus” at Chambers Street, injuring two adults and two children. There are no street intersections between the point where the suspect entered and where the vehicle stopped.

From there, the suspect exited the truck, appearing to be carrying two firearms.

O’Neill said that the suspect “did make a statement when he exited the vehicle.” Sources told ABC News that he shouted “Allahu Akbar,” which translates from Arabic to mean “God is great.”

The commissioner said that both the nature of the truck incident, which echoes other terror attacks globally, and “the statement [made by the suspect] has enabled us to label this a terrorist attack.”

A police officer shot the suspect in the abdomen after he exited the vehicle, and he was apprehended. He has since been transported to an undisclosed hospital.

O’Neill said that a paintball gun and pellet gun were found at the scene.

Multiple law enforcement officials told ABC News that the suspect in custody was identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov of Tampa, Florida.

Six people were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others died at a nearby hospital. (GMA)

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Experts Question Story Of 2 Sailors Lost At Sea Since Early May

being stranded at sea on a sailboat for more than five months are now dealing with a different kind of challenge: Answering what experts claim are huge questions surrounding their story.” data-reactid=”9″>The two women who were rescued last week by the U.S. Navy after being stranded at sea on a sailboat for more than five months are now dealing with a different kind of challenge: Answering what experts claim are huge questions surrounding their story.

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, who both live in Hawaii, and two dogs were rescued last Wednesday by the crew of the USS Ashland, after being spotted the day before by a Taiwanese fishing vessel 900 miles southeast of Japan.

The two set sail for Tahiti from Oahu, Hawaii, on May 3, a trip that should take a few weeks. The stranded mariners claim their tale of woe began on that first day when they were battered by what Appel told the Associated Press on Friday, termed a “force 11 storm” that damaged the boat’s rigging and mast.

“no organized storm systems near the Hawaiian Islands on the dates of May 3, 2017, or the few days afterward.”” data-reactid=”12″>Honolulu meterologist Norman Hui, however, told CNN there were “no organized storm systems near the Hawaiian Islands on the dates of May 3, 2017, or the few days afterward.”

CNN says it contacted Appel and Fuiava about the discrepancy, but as of Tuesday afternoon they had not responded.

The women encountered another storm in late May that killed the boat’s engine, according to Appel’s comments to AP. Still, they continued by sail.

They told AP they had radios, satellite phones, GPS and other emergency gear, but that all those devices went on the fritz around the same time. That’s something Phillip R. Johnson, a retired Coast Guard officer responsible for search and rescue operation, found strange.

“There’s something wrong there,” Johnson told AP. “I’ve never heard of all that stuff going out at the same time.”” data-reactid=”16″>“There’s something wrong there,” Johnson told AP. “I’ve never heard of all that stuff going out at the same time.”

One rescue device that did work may have been the most important of all: the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, or EPIRB. The alert signal sends a location to rescuers within minutes and can be activated either manually or automatically.


Tasha Fuiava (left) and Jennifer Appel said they were stranded at sea for more than five months, but experts are skeptical about key parts of their story. (Screenshot courtesy of Timecom)

Appel confirmed to AP on Tuesday that the boat had the beacon, but they decided not to use it because they didn’t feel they were in imminent physical danger.

“Our hull was solid, we were floating, we had food, we had water, and we had limited maneuverable capacity,” Appel said in Japan, where the U.S. Navy took them after they were rescued. “All those things did not say we are going to die. All that said, it’s going to take us a whole lot longer to get where we’re going.”

Boating expert Linus Wilson wonders if the women made up parts of their story.

do not check out and don’t ring true to many experienced sailors,” Wilson told ABC News by e-mail. “I think a reasonable person may start out thinking that Ms. Appel was just a foolish skipper, but it seems likely many events that she recounts may have been fabricated to sensationalize the story.”” data-reactid=”32″>“Several of Ms. Appel’s statements about her voyage do not check out and don’t ring true to many experienced sailors,” Wilson told ABC News by e-mail. “I think a reasonable person may start out thinking that Ms. Appel was just a foolish skipper, but it seems likely many events that she recounts may have been fabricated to sensationalize the story.”

“It would be a shame if someone used a very expensive U.S. Navy rescue as a publicity stunt,” he said.

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Teresa Giudice lashes out against Sofia Vergara: 'She's an immigrant … she should be nice'

If you don’t know who Teresa Giudice is, you better fake it.

Vergara, the top-paid woman on television thanks to her leading role on “Modern Family,” didn’t recognize “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Giudice at a recent event — and Giudice is still livid.

reported. According to her, a Bravo publicist asked Vergara to pose for a photo with Giudice. Vergara obliged, but then supposedly said to her publicist, “Why you make me take a picture with that woman?” (Giudice imitated Vergara’s accent as she recounted the moment.)” data-reactid=”11″>Giudice described the encounter during a “Getting Real with the Housewives” panel, TMZ reported. According to her, a Bravo publicist asked Vergara to pose for a photo with Giudice. Vergara obliged, but then supposedly said to her publicist, “Why you make me take a picture with that woman?” (Giudice imitated Vergara’s accent as she recounted the moment.)

“I never asked for a picture because I’m so not like that, I don’t care,” Giudice said. “She didn’t want to take a picture with me.”

Vergara’s demeanor seemingly irritated Giudice for a particularly unexpected reason: “Ugh, I can’t stand her, sorry. I hate to say that because I’m Italian, she’s Colombian, she has an accent — she has more of an accent than me! You would think she would be nice, like she’s an immigrant — no, I’m just saying, she should be nice!”

Guidice and Vergara were both guests on “Extra” on October 23, although they didn’t appear on-air together.

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Pentagon Chief Visits Korean DMZ in Show of Solidarity


Pentagon Chief Visits Korean DMZ in Show of Solidarity

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made a show of solidarity with South Korea by traveling Friday to the heavily fortified buffer zone between North and South.

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Mom and dad charged in death of 4-month-old infant found rotting in swing

WHO.” data-reactid=”25″>An Iowa couple has been charged with murder after the decaying body of their 4-month-old infant was found in a baby swing inside their home, according to WHO.

Cheyanne Harris, 20, and Zachary Koehn, 28, called an ambulance to their Alta Vista apartment on Aug. 30 to report that their infant son, Sterling Koehn, had died “just a few hours” after Harris had fed the child.

WHO reported.” data-reactid=”27″>First responders found the baby in a powered swing seat in a bedroom separate from where the couple and their other child slept, WHO reported.

criminal complaint, maggots were found on the child’s skin and in his diaper. A forensic entomologist found that the child “had not had a diaper change, bath, or been removed from the seat in over a week.”” data-reactid=”28″>According to a criminal complaint, maggots were found on the child’s skin and in his diaper. A forensic entomologist found that the child “had not had a diaper change, bath, or been removed from the seat in over a week.”

An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner’s Office also found that the emaciated infant measured well below the fifth percentile in size and weight for his age.

wrote in the complaint.” data-reactid=”30″>”The facts of this case go far beyond neglect and show circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life,” Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Deputy Reed Palo wrote in the complaint.

Both Harris and Koehn face charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. They will be arraigned on Nov. 2.

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Workers Who Help Make Haribo Gummies Kept In 'Slave'-Like Conditions, Says Report

German candy company Haribo has promised an internal investigation in the wake of an explosive documentary accusing the company of abusive labor practices and animal cruelty.

Haribo, known worldwide for gummy candies like Haribo Gold Bears and Haribo Gummi Frogs, told HuffPost in a statement that it’s “working on a prompt audit of our suppliers” after the damning report aired on German TV.

documentary was an installment of “Markencheck” (meaning “brand check”), a German series that investigates well-known companies for issues like quality, environmental impact and fair practices. What they allege they found about Haribo is pretty disturbing.” data-reactid=”7″>The documentary was an installment of “Markencheck” (meaning “brand check”), a German series that investigates well-known companies for issues like quality, environmental impact and fair practices. What they allege they found about Haribo is pretty disturbing.

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports.” data-reactid=”8″>The first issue has to do with a major ingredient in gummies — carnauba wax, which makes the candies shiny. Carnauba wax comes from palm tree leaves, and investigators found that the workers in northeastern Brazil who harvest the palm leaves live and work in conditions “that could be described as slavery,” German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports.


Haribo Gold Bears and other products.

Those workers — some of whom are underage — allegedly must sleep outside or in trucks and lack access to clean water and toilets, according to the documentary. They make the equivalent of about $12 a day.

vegan alternatives), and a widely shared Belgian short film last year highlighted the gruesome process of how it’s made.” data-reactid=”21″>The documentary also uncovered horrific details in the production of another gummy ingredient, gelatin. Gelatin comes from animal skin and bones (though there are vegan alternatives), and a widely shared Belgian short film last year highlighted the gruesome process of how it’s made.

According to the documentary, the pigs whose bodies get turned into gelatin for Haribo suffer even before they’re slaughtered. The investigation included footage from animal rights activists that allegedly shows the inside of German farms that supply pig parts to the meat producer that processes gelatin for Haribo.

from open sores. ” data-reactid=”23″>The footage shows pigs crowded together in barren, filthy conditions covered in their own feces. Some are suffering from open sores.

made in Turkey — which are the ones most widely available in the U.S. — are made with beef gelatin instead. The documentary did not investigate the conditions of any cattle farms.)” data-reactid=”24″>(However, not all Haribo products use gelatin made from pork. Haribo gummies made in Turkey — which are the ones most widely available in the U.S. — are made with beef gelatin instead. The documentary did not investigate the conditions of any cattle farms.)

You can watch the documentary below, though it’s in German.

A Haribo spokesperson told HuffPost that the conditions shown in the documentary are “unacceptable.”

In a statement, the spokesperson said the company was “extremely concerned” about the documentary’s findings and that an internal investigation was already under way:

Currently we are investigating together with our first-level-suppliers the precise nature of the conditions in the plantations and farms that supply them. Should it transpire that urgent improvements are needed in this area, we will insist on their implementation and will not rest until these improvements have been implemented.

Furthermore, we are currently working on a prompt auditing of our suppliers. This will also include the suppliers of our direct suppliers up to single farms – which means we are even going beyond the legal framework conditions. We will keep the public updated about any progress on this matter.”

Somehow, those gold bears just don’t seem as cute anymore.

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    Donald Trump Jr. mocks protesters' plans for election anniversary

    On the anniversary of Election Day 2016, thousands of anti-Trump liberals are planning to get together to vent their frustrations, and it’s got more than a couple conservatives and supporters of the president chuckling.

    The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter to mock the thousands of people expected to attend the anti-Trump gatherings this week.

    The event is called “Scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election” and attendees are expected to do just that—literary scream into the sky.

    “This administration has attacked everything about what it means to be American. Who wouldn’t feel helpless every day?” Event organizer Johanna Schulman told Newsweek.

    But Trump Jr. appeared to suggest that his father’s critics were acting like babies saying

    “Solid plan: apparently my 3 year old is consulting for the opposition.”

    More than 15,000 people have expressed interest in the events according to Facebook, with cities including Boston, Austin and Denver holding events.

    The event is scheduled for November 8.

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    Indonesian fireworks factory explosion kills dozens

    An explosion and inferno at a fireworks factory near the Indonesian capital on Thursday killed at least 47 people, most of them female workers, and injured dozens, police said.

    Witnesses said a huge explosion was heard from the factory at about 10 a.m. and then smaller blasts echoed across the neighborhood as orange flames jumped from the building and columns of black smoke billowed from it.

    Hary Kurniawan, chief of police in the Jakarta satellite city of Tangerang, said all the bodies recovered so far were found in the remains of the factory.

    The death toll could rise as many of those who escaped have suffered extensive burns, said Nico Afinta, general crimes director at Jakarta police. He said bodies were found piled at the rear of the building.

    The factory is located next to a residential area in Tangerang, a city in Banten province on the western outskirts of Jakarta. A police report said the fire spread after an explosion that caused the roof to collapse. (AP)

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    Clinton Campaign, DNC Helped Fund Trump ‘Dossier’

    The Clinton Campaign and Democratic National Committee hired the firm Fusion GPS for opposition research in 2016, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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    White House: 'Real Russia scandal' is Clinton camp's ties to controversial dossier

    a Washington Post report that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for the controversial dossier that made salacious but unverified claims about Trump’s ties to Russia.” data-reactid=”31″>President Trump, the White House and Fox News are seizing upon a Washington Post report that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for the controversial dossier that made salacious but unverified claims about Trump’s ties to Russia.

    “The real Russia scandal?” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted on Tuesday night, shortly after the Post’s story was published online. “Clinton campaign paid for the fake Russia dossier, then lied about it & covered it up.”

    The White House and Trump have long sought to deflect attention away from investigations — by a Justice Department special counsel and multiple congressional committees — into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

    On Wednesday morning, Trump reacted to the Post’s report himself, relaying an apparent quote from a Fox News segment about the article on Wednesday morning. “The victim here is the President,” Trump shared.

    According to the Post, Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, in April 2016 to produce the dossier.

    The document was prepared by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, who had been looking into the Trump campaign’s ties to the Kremlin for Fusion on behalf of an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary, the Post said. The Clinton campaign and the DNC reportedly paid for Fusion GPS’s research of Trump through the end of October 2016.

    Brian Fallon, a former spokesman for the Clinton campaign, told the newspaper he was unaware of the research that was being conducted — but would have supported it.

    “The first I learned of Christopher Steele or saw any dossier was after the election,” Fallon said. “But if I had gotten handed it last fall, I would have had no problem passing it along and urging reporters to look into it. Opposition research happens on every campaign, and here you had probably the most shadowy guy ever running for president, and the FBI certainly has seen fit to look into it. I probably would have volunteered to go to Europe myself to try and verify if it would have helped get more of this out there before the election.”

    A spokeswoman for the DNC said that the committee’s new leadership, including chairman Tom Perez, was likewise unaware Elias had retained Fusion to produce the dossier.


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    Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives onstage to accept the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016. (Photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters)

    Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon, Trump described the dossier as “fake” and “made up.”

    “I understand they paid a tremendous amount of money,” he said. “And Hillary Clinton always denied it. The Democrats always denied it and now only because it’s going to come out in a court case did they say, yes, they did it, they admitted it and they’re embarrassed by it. But I think it’s a disgrace. It’s a very sad commentary on politics in this country.”

    According to Bloomberg News, Fusion partners Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination during their session with the House panel.” data-reactid=”66″>Last week, a pair of Fusion executives met privately with the House Intelligence Committee probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but the two refused to answer its questions. According to Bloomberg News, Fusion partners Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination during their session with the House panel.

    wonder aloud who paid for the dossier.” data-reactid=”67″>That report led Trump to wonder aloud who paid for the dossier.

    “Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. “Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”

    the Post reported that the FBI — which had previously hired Steele to research corruption in professional soccer — had reached an agreement shortly before the election to pay him to continue his work on Trump. But the bureau ultimately did not pay Steele, and the dossier leaked online shortly before Trump’s inauguration.” data-reactid=”71″>In February, the Post reported that the FBI — which had previously hired Steele to research corruption in professional soccer — had reached an agreement shortly before the election to pay him to continue his work on Trump. But the bureau ultimately did not pay Steele, and the dossier leaked online shortly before Trump’s inauguration.

    The dossier, which was published by Buzzfeed on Jan. 10, contained allegations that Trump’s associates colluded with the Kremlin and claimed that Russians held compromising material on Trump. After it was published, Trump vigorously denied the allegations, calling them “fake news.”

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