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News and Headlines. 1/25/2018

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Texas kidnapping victim shot dead in FBI ‘operation’

A Texas man who police say was kidnapped in a home invasion was shot and killed early Thursday as FBI agents raided the home where he was being held, according to multiple reports.

FBI spokeswoman Christina Garza told KPRC that multiple people, including two children, were inside the home in northeast Houston at the time the shots were fired. She declined to provide details of the shooting, citing an ongoing investigation.

Clerk tells lottery winner his prize is only $5. She picked the wrong man to scam, cops say.

Do you trust your store clerk with your lottery ticket?

Maybe you’ve won a few hundred bucks or more. Will the employee tell you — or pocket the ticket while telling you it’s a loser?

That happened this week at a Fort Myers store, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. A Winn-Dixie Liquors employee is accused of keeping a customer’s $600 winning ticket —and paying him only 5 bucks.

She took him in when he was homeless. He slashed her throat while she slept, cops say

Sandy Archery was covering the stab wounds in her neck with a comforter when she ran to a neighbor’s yard for help, prosecutors said. There was a “trail of blood from the bedroom.”

Her screams had awakened a family member staying with her. Archery, who’d awoken to her own pain, yelled for the relative and his cousins to get out of the house, prosecutors said.

On Monday, Oliver, 21, was convicted of stabbing Archery multiple times as she slept in her bed in August 2016, as well as invading her privacy, according to the district attorney’s office. He was sentenced to 30 years behind bars.

Kenny Oliver has been sentenced to prison

Kenny Oliver has been sentenced to prison for slashing a woman’s throat in her sleep. Douglas County District Attorney’s Office

VIDEO: High-speed chase ends in dramatic head-on crash near Phoenix

A police pursuit,ended sports utility vehicle smashed into another vehicle.

A police pursuit lasting 60 miles on metro Phoenix freeways ended Wednesday when the sports utility vehicle smashed into another vehicle.

Pickup overturns, 6 teens in custody as Dallas police chase ends in crash

Police had been called to the scene of a home invasion in the 9700 block of Checota Drive about 45 minutes earlier. They found the suspect vehicle nearby, leading to a chase that spanned about three miles before the pickup struck a pole.

Video shows Virginia park police fire 9 shots, killing driver, after chase

“The video does not provide all the answers,” Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler said in a statement, according to NBC Washington. “However, we should all have confidence in the FBI’s investigation of this matter, as I know it will be thorough, objective and professional.”

Lawyers say Ghaisar, an accountant, was shot in the head four times and once in the wrist, the Virginian-Pilot reports. He died in a hospital 10 days after the incident.

Nolte: Oops! Those FBI Texts and 4 Other Times the Deep State ‘Lost’ Crucial Communications

DOJ recovers missing text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents Strzok and Page

The Department of Justice has recovered missing text messages between anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the DOJ’s inspector general said Thursday.

In a letter sent to congressional committees, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office “succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.”

Light Sentence for Potential Jihadi in Phoenix

A light sentence was handed down to an Islamic State supporter in Phoenix who was originally arrested for plotting a jihadi attack, possibly on a midnight mass.

Derrick Thompson

Derrick Thompson, who goes by the name of Abu Talib Am-Amriki, pleaded guilty to two felonies:

Derrick Thompson, who goes by the name of Abu Talib Am-Amriki, pleaded guilty to two felonies: assisting a criminal syndicate and solicitation to commit misconduct involving weapons. Even though he has a history of violent crime, he was only sentenced to one year in prison and four months probation.

Cuomo wants to let Dreamers go to college for free

Justice Department Files Statement of Interest in California College Free Speech Case

The Department of Justice today filed a Statement of Interest in Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans v. Janet Napolitano. The plaintiffs, Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) and Young America’s Foundation (YAF), allege that the University of California, Berkeley, enforced a double standard when applied to free speech. BCR alleges that UC Berkeley applied a more rigorous and highly discretionary set of rules to their organization compared to other campus groups, especially with respect to “high-profile” campus speakers.

World News:

Trump demands Palestinian ‘respect’ to receive U.S. aid

DAVOS, Switzerland — President Trump said Thursday he has a “proposal” for Mideast peace, but won’t push for talks until Palestinians show “respect” for his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

During a meeting at the World Economic Forum with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump also threatened to withhold U.S. aid to the Palestinians “unless they sit down and negotiate peace” with Israel.

Nikki Haley skewers Mahmoud Abbas at UN Security Council meeting

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley launched a broadside Thursday at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, accusing him of indulging in “outrageous” conspiracy theories about Israel and lacking what is needed to secure peace in the region.

Haley made the remarks at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the Middle East. She pointedly contrasted Abbas with leaders like the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, whom she cited as a leader “willing to step forward, acknowledge hard truths, and make compromises.”

John Kerry reportedly coaches Palestinians not to ‘yield’ to Trump in peace talks, spurring backlash

Former Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly tried to meddle in Middle East peace talks, allegedly telling a close associate of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to “yield to President Trump’s demands.”

Israeli news outlet Maariv reported on the apparent meeting between Kerry and Hussein Agha in London, where the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee also reportedly floated a possible encore bid in 2020.