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Former President Trump warned the war in Ukraine can inadvertently lead to World War III and nuclear escalation during a Tuesday appearance on New York billionaire John Catsimatidis' 77 WABC radio show.
"Mr. President, tell us, what are the things that keep you up at night right now?" Catsimatidis asked.
"I think more than anything else, I think we can end up in World War III. All of the horrible things that took place in Ukraine, looks like it's going to happen in China with Taiwan," Trump said.
"What's happened in Ukraine should've never, ever happened, and now the word nuclear is being discussed, and I think that's one of the most dangerous things, I think we're at the most dangerous time maybe in many, many years, maybe ever, because of the power of nuclear," Trump continued. "For a major nation that's equal with us on nuclear power to be throwing around the word cavalierly like nuclear is a very bad time, a very bad time for this country, and a very bad and very dangerous time for the world."
Catsimatidis pointed out how some have argued that Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Trump were still president. Trump responded that he believed President Biden's botched Afghanistan withdrawal demonstrated weakness and incompetence that emboldened Putin to attack Ukraine.
Trump also pointed out that the price of oil was much lower when he was in office, and argued that elevated oil prices caused by the Biden administration's climate agenda have helped finance Putin's war.
"You wouldn't have had to talk to Putin, because the numbers would not have allowed him to do what he's done. Because at $100 a barrel, the money he makes is so enormous he can afford to fight a war that should have never started regardless of that, and it would have never started," Trump said.
Trump also noted that he "filled up the national strategic reserves" that Biden has since depleted domestically and sold to China.
Roger Maris has company.
Aaron Judge hit his 61st of the season Wednesday, tying Maris for the most homers in a single season by an American League player.
Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa each passed Maris between 1998 and 2001. But, because of their links to performance-enhancing drugs, many consider 61 to be the true all-time record. Either way, Judge is just the fifth player to hit 61 in a season in the history of the game.
Judge has said he believes Bonds’ "73 (from 2001) is the record." But what he just accomplished not even Babe Ruth did. Ruth's career high was 60.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Judge tied the record in 11 fewer games than Maris. He hit his 60th home run Sept. 20 in his 143rd game of the season. It took Ruth 150 games to do it.
Sixty-one has also become a weird phenomenon in Yankees and baseball lore. Maris hit 61 homers in 1961 in his 161st game. Judge tied the record 61 years later, and he may break it on E. 161st Street in the Bronx later this week.
Judge wears number 99. Maris wore 9.
He has seven more games and the remainder of Wednesday night's game to break Maris' record.
The 30-year-old is slated to be a free agent this offseason after he turned down an eight-year, $230.5 million offer from the Yankees before the season. All he’s done since declining that offer is have one of the best offensive seasons the game has ever seen and become the front-runner for the AL MVP Award.
Prior to the start of Tuesday's game, Judge led the majors in homers, on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.693), total bases (380) and runs scored (128). His .314 batting average and 128 RBI also lead the American League, which gives him the American League Triple Crown. His 105 walks also lead the AL.
Talk about winning a bet on yourself.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was blasted for comparing free speech online to "weapons of war" in a recent speech to the U.N. that critics called "authoritarian."
At the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, Ardern announced a new initiative "to help improve research and understanding of how a person’s online experiences are curated by automated processes," saying the work, done in partnership with companies and non-profits, will be "important in understanding more about mis- and disinformation online - A challenge that we must as leaders address."
The prime minister acknowledged that calling to regulate speech online in any way can seem problematic.
"As leaders, we are rightly concerned that even the most light-touch approaches to disinformation could be misinterpreted as being hostile to the values of free speech that we value so highly," she noted. "But while I cannot tell you today what the answer is to this challenge, I can say with complete certainty that we cannot ignore it. To do so poses an equal threat to the norms we all value."
Ardern then asked the audience how they could tackle various challenges if people are allowed to share opposing narratives online.
"After all, how do you successfully end a war if people are led to believe the reason for its existence is not only legal but noble? How do you tackle climate change if people do not believe it exists? How do you ensure the human rights of others are upheld, when they are subjected to hateful and dangerous rhetoric and ideology?" she asked.
Ardern then suggested that online speech is a weapon often used by those with evil intent.
"The weapons may be different but the goals of those who perpetuate them is often the same. To cause chaos and reduce the ability of others to defend themselves. To disband communities. To collapse the collective strength of countries who work together," she claimed.
The prime minister urged action from the gathered audience of U.N. leaders.
"But we have an opportunity here to ensure that these particular weapons of war do not become an established part of warfare. In these times, I am acutely aware of how easy it is to feel disheartened. We are facing many battles on many fronts," she said. "But there is cause for optimism. Because for every new weapon we face, there is a new tool to overcome it. For every attempt to push the world into chaos, is a collective conviction to bring us back to order. We have the means; we just need the collective will."
Footage of the New Zealand prime minister's speech went viral on Wednesday, with many commentators condemning her remarks.
Independent journalist and The Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald called out Ardern on Twitter.
"This is the face of authoritarianism - even though it looks different than you were taught to expect. And it's the mindset of tyrants everywhere," Greenwald wrote. "This is someone so inebriated by her sense of righteousness and superiority that she views dissent as an evil too dangerous to allow."
Diesel Jack Media CEO and author Nick Palmisciano appeared to sarcastically skewer Ardern's ideas.
"Yes, please bring on the government disinformation service. What could possibly go wrong? It’s not like we ever see government officials abuse their power to their own ends," he wrote.
RedState deputy managing editor Brandon Morse warned, "This is the authoritarians admitting that your free speech is a threat to their rule."
American Greatness CEO Ned Ryun made a similar comment, "She’s an absolute authoritarian. In fact, evil."
Ardern has urged world leaders toward mass-censorship before.
New Zealand under Ardern responded to a terror attack at a mosque in Christchurch by declaring the Christchurch Call for Action. The initiative, signed by many countries, demanded Big Tech companies restrict extreme speech online in the name of preventing terrorism.
The Trump administration refused to sign the declaration at the time.
A 15-year-old California girl, who was the subject of an Amber Alert before she was killed during a shootout as her father was trying to evade authorities, also shot at deputies, officials said Wednesday.
Savanna Graziano, 15, and her father, Anthony John Graziano, 45, were killed Tuesday following a police chase that ended with a firefight with law enforcement on the Interstate 15 freeway in San Bernardino County.
On Wednesday, San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus issued an update on the case.
"Evidence suggests that Savanna Graziano was a participant in shooting at our deputies," he said in a 39-second video.
On Monday, Graziano was the subject of an Amber Alert when her father killed her mother during a domestic violence incident and abducted her, authorities said at the time. Tuesday's events began when someone spotted a vehicle highlighted in the alert and called law enforcement.
When deputies tried stopping the car, a chase ensued that spanned several freeways. Meanwhile, Anthony Graziano opened fire on deputies several times throughout the pursuit, Dicus said Tuesday.
The suspect exchanged multiple rounds with deputies before his vehicle eventually became disabled on Interstate 15 in the Victorville area, Dicus said.
A firefight ensued between Graziano and authorities. When the vehicle stopped, the teen girl identified as Savanna Graziano exited wearing tactical gear and began running toward deputies before she collapsed to the ground during the gunfire.
She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. Anthony Graziano was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities found a rifle inside the truck. Investigators have not said if the teen girl was shot by deputies or her father.
The elder Graziano had moved out of the family’s home a month or two ago, as he and his wife were going through a divorce, Fontana Sgt. Christian Surgent told The Associated Press. Savanna left with her father, while her younger brother stayed with their mother.
A previously deported illegal immigrant with a criminal record tried taking a weapon away from a soldier Tuesday after fleeing at the southern border, officials said.
Ricardo Jamie-Ruiz, 45, a Mexican citizen, was part of a large group of migrants that was caught by Border Patrol agents near Bentsen Palm Community Park in Mission, Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.
The incident began around 4 a.m. when the migrants were taken into custody. A Texas National Guard soldier was assisting border agents when Jamie-Ruiz allegedly fled.
After issuing verbal commands to stop, he allegedly grabbed the soldier's M-4 rifle "with both hands in an attempt to seize the weapon for himself," authorities said.
"The soldier was able to maintain possession of his weapon," according to a DPS statement.
Jamie-Ruiz was arrested a short time later and the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.
The Los Angeles Chargers will be without a key defensive player for quite some time after learning defensive end Joey Bosa needs surgery to repair a core muscle injury.
Chargers head coach Brandon Staley broke the news to reporters Wednesday, saying Bosa will have to go on injured reserve as he recovers from the surgery he will undergo in Philadelphia.
Due to his IR designation, Bosa will have to miss at least four weeks, though NFL Network says these injuries take about six weeks of recovery.
Bosa, a Pro Bowler each of the last three seasons, has had multiple injuries in the past. However, he played 16 games last season, totaling 10.5 sacks with 51 combined tackles and 20 quarterback hits.
The third overall pick of the 2016 draft, Bosa has 1.5 sacks with seven tackles and four quarterback hits this season.
Unfortunately for the Chargers, Bosa’s injury is just one of many they have to deal with. Starting left tackle Rashawn Slater has been lost for the season due to a ruptured biceps tendon, and wide receiver Jaylen Guyton tore an ACL, ending his year as well.
The Chargers are also dealing with wide receiver Keenan Allen’s hamstring injury, though he returned to practice this week. While he did play last week, quarterback Justin Herbert is still dealing with fractured rib cartilage from a Week 2 injury against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Los Angeles still boasts All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack, a free-agent signing this offseason, on their star-studded defense. Kyle Van Noy will likely play a bigger role on the line with Bosa out.
Mack has gotten off to a solid start with his new team, totaling three sacks in the first game against the Las Vegas Raiders. He got another against the Chiefs for a total four on the season thus far.
The Chargers head to Houston to take on the Texans Sunday.
If he needs six weeks to rehab, Bosa could return Nov. 13 against the San Francisco 49ers.
A federal judge signaled on Wednesday that two of R. Kelly's victims will receive restitution.
The government still needs to submit a proposed order of restitution and a proposal for a repayment schedule before the payment is made, but a restitution order by U.S. District Judge Ann Connelly indicated that one victim will be paid for her herpes treatment and psychological treatment in the total amount of $300,668. Another victim will also be paid for herpes and psychological treatment, but no determination as to a final amount has been made yet.
The judge denied restitution to a third accuser.
The disgraced singer had a restitution hearing in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday morning, post his conviction on racketeering and sex charges a year ago. He appeared by video from where he is currently housed, at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago.
Judge Donnelly took the bench, she said good morning to the convicted sex trafficker. Kelly replied: "Good morning." Defense attorney Jennifer Bonjean then justified to the court why Kelly had waived his right to be present at the hearing and announced that he has "suffered an injury."
Kelly, 55, who was wearing orange prison scrubs, didn’t exhibit any visible injuries in the grainy video, but once the hearing was concluded, he was briefly seen holding a cane before he went off-screen.
After the hour-long court proceeding, and without sharing what happened or what type of injury, Bonjean told Fox News Digital that Kelly was using a cane because "he's been limping. It's related to that (injury)."
During the hearing, which was to discuss restitution to the victims, namely for health and mental treatments caused by the intimate relationships with the singer, judge Donnelly stated that she still had questions regarding his real "financial resources." She said it still seemed to be a "murky area" and questioned how Kelly had managed to get $28,000 prison commissary funds.
Bonjean interjected: "I do. Fans!" The lawyer argues that it was R. Kelly’s fans who have been "making deposits into his commissary account" and that it’s definitely "not from any sources of income" "or royalties."
Donnelly had previously ordered R. Kelly $28,000 prison commissary funds to be turned over to court as she argued that he owes substantial fines. The convicted sex trafficker has yet to pay $140,000 in court-ordered fines, including restitution to the victims who were part of the Brooklyn trial.
During the hearing, the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer was sitting at a table in a very small room and mostly just kept his eyes on documents he had in front of him.
Robert Sylvester Kelly, aka "R. Kelly," was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking a year ago and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Kelly was then also convicted on Sept. 14 in a Chicago trial of child pornography and obstruction-of-justice charges. He has yet to be sentenced for those crimes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Rep. Byron Donalds explained how Hurricane Ian has already done "catastrophic damage" to Florida on "Special Report."
REP. DONALDS: It's catastrophic damage, unfortunately, what we're starting to see. And we're going to do a lot of these real-time assessments tomorrow to get a firsthand look at what the damage really is. But what we're already starting to see is that there's going to be homes that are going to need some significant work done so then people are going to be displaced. The number one thing I would say to everybody in southwest Florida is please stay sheltered in place. This storm is going to move off of our coast, off of our area over the next few hours. But then it's going to be dark. It's going to be nighttime. There's not going to be power. There's not going to be street lights.
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'Riverdale' actor and convicted murderer Ryan Grantham fears for his safety in maximum-security prison: lawyer
"Riverdale" actor and convicted murderer Ryan Grantham is worried about his safety if he serves his sentence in a maximum-security prison, according to his lawyer, Chris Johnson.
The 24-year-old Canadian was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 14 years after he pled guilty to the second-degree murder of his mother Barbara Waite.
Johnson told Fox News Digital Grantham could be at a higher risk of abuse in prison due to his "diminutive" stature and "young-looking" appearance.
The Vancouver-based criminal defense lawyer said the issue was first raised during court proceedings by the judge who presided over Grantham's case, Justice Kathleen Ker.
According to Johnson, Justice Ker requested that corrections authorities send Grantham to a medium-security prison instead of a maximum-security facility.
Johnson said he shares her concern over Grantham's safety as the former child actor is 5-foot-2, weighs "about 100 pounds" and "looks like a 17-year-old.
"My biggest concern is that he will be preyed upon by other prisoners and perhaps abused by them. We send people to prison to be both punished and rehabilitated. And so I'm hopeful that the latter can take place. We don't send people to prison so they can be punished by other prisoners."
Johnson explained that, in the Canadian court system, the court has no authority to determine which institution an offender serves time. He said once an offender is sentenced, correction authorities have jurisdiction over that decision.
"All the judge in our case could do is make a recommendation," Johnson said.
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) operates prisons at three levels of security: maximum, medium and minimum. Corrections authorities assess several factors before determining which security level is most appropriate for the offender.
"Almost inevitably a person convicted of murder in the first-degree or second-degree will go to a maximum-security prison for at least two years," Johnson said.
He added that Justice Ker asked "to find out whether that was absolute or whether there was any exception to that."
"And we did find out that there could possibly be an exception to that, which is you can make a request to the director of prisons," Johnson said. "And, so essentially, she asked us to do that."
Johnson said that he planned to send the request to the director of prisons this week. He told Fox News Digital Grantham was being held at the North Fraser Regional Pre-trial Centre in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, pending his trial.
He will now be transferred to the Pacific Institution, a maximum, medium and minimum federal penitentiary in Abbotsford, British Columbia, until correctional authorities classify him.
Johnson said Grantham has experienced "almost no issues" in prison.
"But in pretrial, there's a very high staff to prisoner ratio, and people are supervised quite closely," Johnson said. "And that's not the case when you go to maximum security. There's less supervision."
According to Johnson, Grantham is "apprehensive" about entering a maximum-security prison, adding, "I think he's just apprehensive about that because of his age and appearance."
Johnson said he was concerned about his client's safety because the inmates who are incarcerated in maximum-security prisons are "people who murder other people, gang-related people, dangerous offenders, sexual predators, people like that."
Despite Grantham pleading guilty to second-degree murder, he should not be subjected to abuse while in prison, the lawyer said.
"When people plead guilty to a crime, it doesn't mean they're saying, 'Sure, I'll be raped and abused by other prisoners.' That's not part of the deal," Johnson said.
"I'm just doing what I can. I'm not asking for any special treatment. This kid obviously is going to be punished. And, you know, he got a life sentence. He's going to be in jail for at least 14 years. But that doesn't mean that he deserves to be abused by other prisoners.
"I like to say that I did what I could to prevent that."
On March 31, 2020, Grantham shot his 64-year-old mother in the back of the head while she was playing piano at their home in Squamish, British Columbia. Prosecutors said the next day he loaded his car with guns and Molotov cocktails before driving to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's home with the aim of assassinating Trudeau.
Grantham said that he changed his mind and decided to commit a mass shooting at his college, Simon Fraser University. He ultimately did not go through with either act and instead turned himself into Vancouver Police and admitted to killing his mother.
Authorities say Grantham was motivated to murder his mother so she would not have to witness the other violent acts he intended to commit.
The "Diary of A Wimpy Kid" actor was initially charged with first-degree murder. However, Johnson told Fox News Digital that Grantham underwent a psychiatric assessment that indicated he was suffering from mental health disorders, including major depression, which enabled him to plead guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.
RICK SCOTT: We've got to understand that the state's already saturated with water. We still have big winds and we're gonna have a lot of rain. So this is not over. I'm sure we have people that need help along the coast. I know we have a great first response team there and get in there as quickly as possible. But here's my concern. This is not over. Make sure you're ready. You might lose power or you might lose water. So if this storm is still heading towards you, get ready. Seven days water, seven days of food. And by the way, if it's passed, don't touch downed power lines. Don't go places you don't need to go. Don't drive into standing water. All right. Be careful. Don't use generators if you don't know how to use them. And by the way, be careful. Use some power tools if you haven't use them. So we've got to keep everybody alive. You can rebuild a house, you can rebuild your business, all that stuff. You just can't rebuild your life. We've got to keep everybody alive going forward.
Every time you learn something. You had to, you know, we had to figure out how do you get the power companies all to work together? How do you get our ports back open so we don't run out of gas? How do you keep gas flowing into the state so you don't run on gas? How do you use your communications companies to make sure they're working well together? How do you get all the teams? The federal response team, the state response team, the local response team, all to coordinate their efforts. So it's a big job. I think I've been talking to people all across the state. The administrator, FEMA is committed, immigration check who runs the Southeast Division of FEMA's committed. I know state officials commended, these mayors, sheriffs, first responders are all committed. So I just want everybody to stay alive. But you learn something. They'll learn something from this one. I mean, it'll be different.
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