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Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 7:42 AM
— Roy Moore, the ultra-conservative former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, defeated former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange in the GOP runoff Tuesday to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' vacant Senate seat.
Strange, who was appointed to fill the seat by former Gov. Robert Bentley, a man he was investigating for corruption, and backed by President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky), lost to Moore by a little more than 44,000 votes in Tuesday’s runoff.
The win marked a dramatic comeback for Moore who was twice removed from his position as chief justice – once for refusing to remove a 5,200-pound granite Ten Commandments monument from the lobby of the state judicial building, and once for telling the state’s probate judges to refuse to grant marriage licenses to gay couples.
Moore denied he urged the judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court order in 2016.
Spoke to Roy Moore of Alabama last night for the first time. Sounds like a really great guy who ran a fantastic race. He will help to #MAGA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
Moore, never one to shy away from publicly expressing his views, has on many occasions expressed strong anti-gay sentiments. He promoted "birtherism," the theory that former President Barack Obama was not born in America, and suggested that the 9/11 attacks were a punishment from God.
"Because you have despised His word and trust in perverseness and oppression, and say thereon ... therefore this iniquity will be to you as a breach ready to fall, swell out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instance,'" Moore said, quoting the Bible. He added, "Sounds a little bit like the Pentagon, whose breaking came suddenly at an instance, doesn't it?"
At a political rally in Fairhope, Alabama, on Monday, Moore produced a handgun from his pocket to illustrate his support for the Second Amendment.
ICYMI: Judge Roy Moore proves he's a true 2nd Amendment supporter pic.twitter.com/XvGh57uB1O— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) September 27, 2017
Since the September runoff, Moore has faced a growing number of allegations of improper sexual contact with teenagers when he was in his thirties. Moore has denied all of the charges.
In November, the Republican National Committee cut financial support to Moore over the allegations. In early December, the RNC resumed the support after Trump endorsed Moore.
Moore will face Democratic nominee and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the general election on Dec. 12.
From The Associated Press, here are some things to know about Moore:
West Point grad, Vietnam vet
Moore grew up in rural Alabama in a house that did not have indoor plumbing. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a place he said he was inspired to attend after watching the movie "The Long Gray Line." Moore served as a commander of a military police unit in Vietnam. Moore said the troops sometimes referred to him as "Captain America" because of his strict adherence to military code.
Kickboxer, ranch hand and poet
After losing a 1982 race for circuit judge, Moore left Alabama for Texas and competed as a kickboxer. He also spent a year working on a cattle ranch in Australia, before returning to the law. He has also dabbled in poetry. In a poem titled "America the Beautiful" Moore wrote "America the Beautiful, or so you used to be, Land of the Pilgrims' pride, I'm glad they're not here to see, Babies piled in Dumpsters, abortion on demand, Oh, sweet land of liberty, your house is on the sand."
'Acknowledgement of God’
A stalwart of the religious right, Moore has long argued that the nation is forgetting its Christian roots and has made the "acknowledgement of God" his signature issue. In campaign speeches, he has criticized federal court rulings that he said prevented football coaches from praying on the 50-yard line and forced judges to recognize marriage between a "man and a man."
Homosexuality an ‘inherent evil’
Moore wrote in a 2002 concurring opinion in a child custody case that there was a presumption that the mother is unfit because she was in a relationship with a woman. He said homosexuality is "an inherent evil against which children must be protected." On the campaign trail in 2012, he predicted that gay marriage would be the ultimate destruction of the country. He was a vocal critic of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized same-sex marriage.
GOP voice for sentencing reform
Moore has been an advocate for sentencing reform in the state. In special writings as chief justice, he criticized mandatory minimum sentences that he said tied judges' hands. In 2015, he criticized a life sentence given to a man in his 70s after police found a marijuana growing operation in his home. The man said he was growing the marijuana for personal use. Moore also criticized a habitual offender life sentence given to a man who was attempting to shoplift a nail gun.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM
BOSTON — A new report says Boston is one of the top two finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters.
Twenty cities have been competing to become the location for the company’s second headquarters, and one study predicts two cities are better suited than the rest – and Boston is one of them.
The new study was conducted by an organization called The Conference Board.
It believes Washington, D.C., and Boston are most likely to beat out the competition.
The company analyzed the 20 cities vying to land HQ2.
The group studied the four job types most common in Amazon’s existing headquarters in Seattle, then looked at “real-time labor demand” and “online job vacancies” in all 20 cities vying for the headquarters.
It found Boston and Washington, D.C. were most compatible.
Something else that was in the report but needs to be considered – Amazon already likes Boston.
The company is seeking up to 1 million square feet of office space in the Seaport. Amazon could hire up to 4,000 workers for two future offices separate from the second headquarters.
Landing HQ2 could mean 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment in the city, but that doesn’t appear to have people in Boston too excited.
According to a recent poll by Elon University, only 34 percent of Bostonians strongly support the bid for the new headquarters. That’s the lowest among the finalist cities.
The following metropolitan areas are still in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters:
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Austin, Texas
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Chicago, Illinois
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dallas, Texas
- Denver, Colorado
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Los Angeles, California
- Miami, Florida
- Montgomery County, Maryland
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Newark, New Jersey
- New York City, New York
- Northern Virginia, Virginia
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Washington D.C.
Amazon expects to make a decision sometime this year.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 3:17 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Travis Reinking, the man suspected of killing four people during a shooting at a Waffle House outside Nashville, Tennessee, has been arrested.
Reinking had been at the center of a statewide manhunt for 32 hours until he was caught Monday in the woods near his apartment.
BREAKING: Travis Reinking apprehended moments ago in a wooded area near Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Pk. pic.twitter.com/00ukga37s6— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 23, 2018
In a news conference, police said they received a call about a man matching Reinking's description going into a wooded area. When officers arrived, nearby workers pointed them in the direction where the man was seen walking.
Officers entered the wooded area and walked along pathways.
One of the detectives came across a man. When that man turned around, the detective realized it was Reinking.
Police said the detective drew his gun and ordered Reinking to get on the ground. Other officers quickly surrounded the suspect and he was taken into custody.
The 29-year-old Reinking looked tired but had clothes, a backpack and identification when Nashville police caught him, authorities said. He surrendered without confrontation, police said.
“When they looked into the backpack they say a semi-automatic weapon with 45 caliber ammunition,” said Lt. Carlos Lara of the Nashville Police Department.
Reinking reportedly slipped through a law enforcement drag net of nearly 200 police, deputies and federal agents. He was able to walk back to his apartment to get clothes and other items, police said.
The reason why he allegedly opened fire at this Nashville area Waffle House is still under investigation.
Reinking was wearing a backpack, which was cut off once he was handcuffed, authorities said. Inside, police said they found a Kimber semi-automatic handgun with .45 caliber ammunition.
A wallet was also inside the backpack, and police used the ID to confirm the man was Reinking, officers said.
“He immediately asked for a lawyer and refused to make a statement,” said Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron.
For people who work and live near the mass shooting, the capture brought relief.
Now begins the healing for a community caught in terror, the victims and their families.
Acting Nashville Mayor David Briley said: “We need to move on as community and do what we can to curb this violence in the future.”
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:16 PM
— Just two days after the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, her granddaughter Lauren Bush Lauren and her husband, David, welcomed Max Walker Lauren to the family.
According to a Facebook post from Barbara’s Bush son Neil Bush, Max was born on Thursday. Arriving two weeks before his mom’s due date, the baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
Neil shared the news Friday morning and spoke about his mother’s passing as well as recognizing the moment as part of the circle of life:
“Maria and I were so blessed to spend lots of time with mom and dad during mom's last weeks and we are so grateful for the condolences and the outpouring of love expressed towards her by many, many friends. Barbara Bush was loved by everyone. She lived a remarkable life blessing family, friends, and total strangers around the world. Mom left on her own terms. In the final hours she was comfortable, loving, surrounded by family, holding hands with dad. Maria and I will always be grateful for being able to say a proper goodbye to our wonderful mother. And then two days later, yesterday morning, two weeks before her due date, Lauren Bush Lauren gave birth to a beautiful 7 lb 8 oz baby boy Max Walker Lauren. The circle of life. God is good.”
Bush’s daughter Lauren is married to the son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Lauren and David were married in 2011 and had their first son in 2015.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:13 AM
HOUSTON — Former President George Herbert Walker Bush was hospitalized Sunday in Houston after an infection spread to his blood, just days after the death of his wife, Barbara.
"He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering," his spokesman, Jim McGrath, tweeted Monday.
Here are nine things you should know about Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989 to 1993:
1. He has a form of Parkinson's disease. The former president uses a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around.
2. He is "the longest-living president in U.S. history," Time reported last November. The 93-year-old Bush, born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, is 111 days older than the second longest-living U.S. president, Jimmy Carter.
3. He and Barbara had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in U.S. history. The pair wed Jan. 6, 1945.
4. He graduated from Yale in 1948. According to CNN, he earned his bachelor's degree in economics in just 2 1/2 years.
5. He has five living children: George W., John (known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. George W. Bush served two terms as president from 2001 to 2009. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ran for the Republican nomination in the run-up to November's election, but lost his bid to President Donald Trump.
Another child, Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush, died as a child in 1953 after being diagnosed with leukemia, The Washington Post reported.
6. He served in the Navy during World War II. Bush, who reportedly enlisted on his 18th birthday in 1942, flew 58 combat missions during the war, including one that required he be rescued by a submarine after his plane was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. For his bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
7. He launched his political career in 1963. He served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.
8. In 1989, he became the first sitting vice president to win the presidency since 1837. According to CNN, he "offered his predecessors — Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan — secure telephones so he could reach them day or night."
9. He "has parachuted eight times," CNN reported. His most recent skydive was a tandem jump in celebration of his 90th birthday.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.