Yemeni authorities say Saudi airstrike killed 31

FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, a Yemeni soldier allied to the country’s internationally recognized government unslings his machine gun on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

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Reports out of Yemen alleged a Syrian airstrike that killed dozens of people, in what has been described as a retaliatory act. The United Nations said as many as 31 Yemeni civilians died in airstrikes on Saturday that the country’s Houthi movement claimed were retaliation by a Saudi-led coalition.

“This is a farmer’s car who was going to Sanaa and he was targeted on the way,” stated an Arabic civilian.

In the latest flare-up in the five year Yemen conflict, the Iran-aligned Houthis claimed to have shot down a coalition Tornado warplane in the Houthi-controlled Al-Jawf province. They also released a video purporting to show a missile hitting the jet.

The area’s health ministry said women and children were among those killed in the subsequent coalition airstrikes. The UN office in Yemen stated preliminary field reports indicated 12 injured as well as up to 31 civilians have been killed.

Yemenis walk past rubble after deadly airstrikes in and near the presidential compound, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, May. 7, 2018. Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels targeted the presidency building in the heart of the Yemeni capital on Monday, leaving at least six people dead and some 30 wounded, according to health officials. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki said on Saturday that only a Tornado warplane had crashed in Al-Jawf. Maliki later said rescue operations had been launched and that the possibility of “collateral damages” had been reported, without providing details.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 in support of the internationally-recognized government, which the Houthis ousted from the capital Sanaa in 2014.

The conflict has been widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and its regional foe, Iran.

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San Francisco mayor admits to romantic relationship with FMR Public Works Director

In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, San Francisco Mayor London Breed waits to address the annual Women In Construction Expo in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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San Francisco’s mayor London Breed admitted she had an affair and accepted gifts from the city’s disgraced Director of Public Works. She faced calls for her resignation after she links herself with one of her former subordinates, now at the center of an FBI probe.

At a news conference Friday, Breed confirmed rumors about her fling with San Francisco’s former Director of Public Works Mohammed Nuru and also admitted she had accepted $5,600 from him for car repairs. Hoping to clear the air, Breed stressed her and Nuru had been only friends in recent years and her romantic relationship with him was two decades ago.

“I’ve been asked about it by a lot of people and so I thought it was a need to tell people that to tell them about our relationship, that it is made clear.” stated the San Francisco mayor.

Breed further explained why she accepted money from Nuru in a post online. She said last year, her car broke down and Nuru, only acting as her friend, took it to a mechanic. He reportedly helped her secure a rental car later, which she said brought the the estimated value of what she owed him to about $5,600.

This Feb. 6, 2020, photo shows director of San Francisco Public Works Mohammed Nuru, left, leaving a federal courthouse in front of attorney Ismail Ramsey in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Breed said she intended to sell the car, but was not able to and also stressed Nuru’s payments to her were legal and unrelated to their positions.

“Well I checked with the city attorney every step of the way whether its relationship, whether its the car, and ultimately Mohammed reported to the city administrator who made the decisions as it relates to do with that department.” stated Breed.

However, since her statements, many are calling for her to resign or temporarily step back while an investigation to take place. Citizens, as well as officials in City Hall, argue Breed broke the law.

“Allowing her subordinate to give her a gift of this size, it’s ethically wrong and but more importantly it’s a legal violation and because of that serious violation and the serious culture of corruption that pervades this city, I believe that she should voluntarily resign.” stated Hillary Ronan, member of San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Earlier this week, Nuru left his top city position after the FBI arrested him under charges of “public corruption, bribery kickbacks and side deals.”

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More Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers test positive for coronavirus

A reporter walks near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Japan’s Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the government was considering testing everyone remaining on board and crew on the Diamond Princess, which would require them to remain aboard until results were available. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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In the meantime, another large group of people aboard a quarantined cruise ship in Japan tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. The country’s health minister stated Saturday that another 67 passengers on Diamond Princess have been affected, bringing the total to nearly 300 cases.

Officials also said Tokyo was coordinating with the U.S. to evacuate Americans aboard the ship and return them to the states. There are more than 400 U.S. citizens on board.

“Based on a request by the U.S. government, I understand that the Japanese government and the U.S. government are coordinating to allow Americans aboard Diamond Princess to disembark and depart our country using a U.S. chartered plane.” stated Katsunobu Kato, Japanese Health Minister.

A woman holds a piece of cloth with the ship’s departure time written on it while quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Yokohama Port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said a chartered plane would arrive Sunday evening and suggested “out of an abundance of caution” that its citizens leave and return home for further monitoring.

If they choose not to return on the flight, they will not be able to return home “for a period of time.”

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S.C. authorities investigating death of 6-year-old missing girl

A Cayce police officer approaches a vehicle at a road block near an entrance to the Churchill Heights neighborhood Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Cayce, S.C., (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

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The tragic discovery of a missing girl’s body left South Carolina authorities with more questions than answers.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we are announcing that we have found the body that the coroner has identified as Faye Marie Swetlik.” stated Director of Public Safety Byron Snelgrove.

A single piece of evidence lead South Carolina authorities to the grim discovery of a young girl’s remains, as well as a local man’s body who is now considered a suspect in her murder.

This undated photo provided by the Cayce Department of Public Safety shows Faye Marie Swetlik, Feb. 10, 2020. (Cayce Department of Public Safety via AP)

Cayce Police found the body of 6-year-old Faye in a wooded area Thursday near her family’s home.

The victim’s mother reported her missing Monday afternoon. Faye was last being seen playing in her front yard shortly after returning home from her elementary school.

“I checked all the houses in my neighborhood, and anybody that’s actually answered,” stated mother Celina Collins, “They’re out looking for her too.”

Efforts to locate Faye picked up when investigators found a piece of evidence in the trash can of Faye’s neighbor, 30-year-old Coty Scott Taylor. He was later found deceased in his home, though authorities have not yet revealed his cause of death. Taylor was also previously questioned by Cayce officials in the days leading up to his death.

However, police have revealed he was not known to the victim or a relative.

While speaking Friday, Sgt. Evan Antley was visibly emotional as he discussed details of Faye’s missing persons case, what is now being investigated as a homicide.

“Again, this has been a tragic situation for our community, for our department and for everyone who has been following the story of Faye Marie Swetlik,” stated Antley. “We want to thank the community for their tips, without them, we may not be where we are.”

At this time, officials are keeping details of both deaths classified until the results of both autopsies in the coming days.

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Miss. gov. declares state of emergency due to excessive flooding

In this aerial photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP)

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Mississippi’s governor announced a state of emergency as one of the state’s rivers raged out of control. Gov. Tate Reeves made the decision Saturday as the Pearl River is expected to reach historic flood levels.

Officials have been working to curb the flooding as much as possible downstream from the Barnett Reservoir, just north of Jackson.

During a press conference, Reeves affirmed there were shelters ready if residents should need them. He also discussed the severity of the flooding and urged residents not to be fooled by the sunny weather as the river continues to rise.

“I want to be clear, this is a historic event,” stated Reeves. “We haven’t seen flood levels like this in the area since 1983.”

Snowy egrets take advantage of the temporary closing of the Ross Barnett Reservoir Spillway Park in anticipation of floodwaters that already have covered both sides of the popular fishing and boat landing between Madison and Rankin counties, in central Mississippi, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The river is expected to peak at 38 feet Sunday, which is just two two feet above the major flood stage. Nearly 1,000 homes are expected to be impacted by the flooding.

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China reports over 2K new cases of coronavirus, 143 deaths

A doctor checks the conditions of a patient in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)

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The Chinese Health Authority reported more than 2,000 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It has been announced that another 143 people have died from the deadly disease.

Saturday marked the second day the number of new cases fell since a spike in the hardest hit province of Hubei began, including clinical diagnoses in its official count.

Patients at a hospital in Wuhan will receive traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine. Some are even being treated using plasma therapy, which many have seen positive results.

A worker prepares medical supplies at the Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)

“In our hospital there have been four patients who have received plasma from convalescent patients,” stated Zhang Dingyu, president of Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital. “At present, in a short period of time they’ve shown positive signs, their vitals are stable, they are in better condition and their blood oxygen are stabilized.”

Meanwhile, more medical workers and supplies are being deployed to the Hubei province as the epidemic continues.

RELATED: French Officials Confirm First Coronavirus Death In Europe

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President Trump highlights alleged wrongdoing by Andrew McCabe

FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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President Trump highlighted alleged wrongdoing by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe amid the DOJ’s decision to not bring charges against him.

The 2018 Inspector General report confirmed McCabe leaked information to the Wall Street Journal regarding the Clinton probe.

The president tweeted Saturday noting the Department’s report found the former FBI official misled investigators over his role in disclosures to the media and lacked candor on four separate occasions.

He also pointed out McCabe authorized leaks to advance his own personal interests and the Inspector General recommended he be fired.

This came after the DOJ informed McCabe this week its investigation into the former official is over.

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Joe Biden emphasizes his legislative record on gun control in new campaign ads.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign stop at Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The two commercials released Friday touted Biden’s career accomplishments on gun safety and described his gun control goals. The ads came out on the same day of the deadly Parkland shooting that occurred two years ago in Florida.

One of the ads featured Biden interacting with children saying protecting them from gun violence is protecting their future.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

The other ad attacked the NRA and touted Biden’s experience in dealing with the group. It said, “Joe Biden stood up to the NRA, got the Brady Bill background checks passed, wrote the law banning assault weapons, and limited the number of bullets in a magazine. As president, he will beat the NRA again.”

Biden campaign officials believe gun reform will be a significant factor in the swing state of Nevada as 2020 Democrat primaries continue.

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Protesters attack UCSC College Republicans club

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A group of violent leftists attacked the College Republicans table display at UC Santa Cruz ahead of a conservative event on campus. Video footage showed protesters spitting on the American flag, destroying the club’s setup and accusing the students of being racist.

“This is the flag of white supremacy,” said one attacker.

The club was tabling to promote their event, titled ‘Free Speech and Campus Activism,’ along with headliner and free speech activist Hayden Williams.

Williams, who is not a first-time victim of political violence, said he plans to press charges against the protesters for assault.

While school officials said police are investigating the situation, they have yet to make a statement.

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President Trump endorses Claudia Tenney for Congress

FILE – In this June 10, 2015, file photo, former assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-NY, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. Tenney faces Democratic New York State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi in the state’s 22nd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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The president has announced his support for former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.). President Trump endorsed Tenney on Twitter, commending her on her past in Congress.

The Republican congressional candidate quickly responded by saying she was honored to have the president’s support and that Upstate New York is excited to join him in the “great American comeback.”

Tenney got her political start in 2002 by representing New York State Assemblyman David Townsend as his legal council and chief of staff. She went on to win the 2016 election, serving in Congress until she was unseated in 2018.

As a small business owner and military mother, Tenney is running on a conservative platform that opposes unnecessary taxation while supporting active and retired military.

“Republicans and Democrats…all across Central New York get up and fight for their families, for their jobs,” stated the congressional candidate. “That’s who I’ll fight for in Congress.”

FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a bill signing ceremony in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Tenney is a vocal advocate for the Second Amendment and was the first to introduce a bill to repeal New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictive Safe Act. If she wins the Republican primary, she will face off in a rematch with Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), who edged her out by less than two percent.

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Schwarzenegger thanks President Trump for combating homelessness

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson participates in a roundtable discussion at Stella apartment homes in Granville, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in San Diego, Calif. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

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The president thanked former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for acknowledging his efforts to combat homelessness. Taking to Twitter Friday, President Trump said it was “very nice” of to Schwarzenegger to extend his gratitude.

This came after the former Golden State governor said he wanted to thank the president, even though they have disagreements.

Carson attended the event, where he called for stronger housing policies.

“The health of a community starts at home. The home is the basis of the community, and the community is the basis of the nation. If we want to have a strong and fair nation, then we have to have strong and fair policies.”

Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

In the meantime, the latest Federal Report showed the number of residents suffering from homelessness in California grew by a little over 16 percent, or 21,000 people, last year.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson as he arrives to speak at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit, at Central Piedmont Community College, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Prosecution gives final arguments in Weinstein rape case

Harvey Weinstein leaves his trial Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Prosecutors have closed their case against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, calling the disgraced producer a “narcissistic predator.” Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi gave the prosecution’s closing arguments on Friday and stated, “Weinstein acted as the ‘master of his universe’ with no regard for others.”

She added Weinstein seemed to disregard aspiring actresses as “complete disposables.” This concluded six weeks of arguments from the prosecution and defense teams.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi, left, arrives for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Attorneys for the accusers believed their case was strong and that closing arguments solidified their position.

“Today the prosecution’s going to present an extremely strong and very, very compelling argument based on the evidence,” stated Attorney Gloria Allred. “It’s going to be the end of the spin of the defense, and we’re going to find out who the real victims are today.”

In the meantime, Weinstein’s defense has argued the prosecution is spinning a “sinister tale” and is creating an alternate universe for the jury.

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Ukraine, Canada urge Iran to release black box recordings of Flight 752

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Several countries are demanding that Iran release the black boxes from the plane crash that killed 176 people back in January. On the sidelines of Friday’s security conference in Germany, foreign ministers from Canada and Ukraine urged Iran to be transparent.

The country has refused to release the final recordings of the January plane crash to the international community, despite its lack of expertise or technology to decode them.

Officials have encouraged Iran to send the black boxes to France, which has the equipment necessary to assess these recordings.

“The type of equipment you need is not something you can transport to another location. This is more like a lab, you need to go there physically in order to have the download and get the latest equipment to do that. Now that we’ve passed the 30 days mark, we think there’s urgency for that to happen as quickly as possible.” – François-Philippe Champagne, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

This came after Iran admitted its military accidentally shot down the plane after initially denying blame for the incident.

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A rescue worker searches the scene where an Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, killing all onboard. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

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Attorneys for Roger Stone request new trial

FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court for the second day of jury selection for his federal trial, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Roger Stone is requesting a new trial again. Stone’s attorneys did not say why they filed the motion on Friday.

However, the request came one day after his team was investigating whether there had been potential bias by a juror who voted to convict him in November.

Jury foreperson Tomeka Hart revealed her role in the trial over social media this week. Reports said she once ran for Congress as a Democrat and has a history of anti-Trump bias.

Her Twitter account is rife with negative stories and comments against the president and his party. She has called Republicans racist, participated in protests against the administration and, in one tweet, shared a quote referring to President Trump as the “Klan president.”

In a tweet, President Trump said the juror’s bias, combined with other issues, doesn’t make the department look good.

He previously criticized the trial, which he said is being run by “corrupt people.” The president also claimed Stone was treated unfairly and questioned why top FBI officials haven’t been charged in relation to the Mueller probe.

“They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children? Nine years in jail? It’s a disgrace. In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals. The people that launched the scam investigation, what they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Reports said it’s unclear if Stone’s request for a new trial will delay his sentencing, which is set for February 20th.

Stone, who was convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress in November, had a prior request for a new trial rejected earlier this week.

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CBP to deploy 100 tactical agents to sanctuary cities

FILE – In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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The feud between the Trump administration and sanctuary cities is escalating as ICE looks to increase enforcement across the U.S. Immigration enforcement officials announced Friday that Customs and Border Protection is deploying 100 tactical officers to sanctuary cities across the country.

The deployment comes amid a fight between Democrat leadership and federal agencies over cooperation with immigration officials. Specifically, this includes a lack of coordination and communication over information sharing and detaining immigrants when requested by federal agencies.

“The strange law enforcement resources places the officers and community at risk, and ultimately results in fewer criminals being removed from our streets. Despite these challenges, it’s our duty to all of you to enforce laws passed by Congress. We are not going to stop fighting to keep your community safe, regardless of whatever obstacles are placed in our path.”

– Matthew Albence, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against New Jersey earlier this week, which aimed to prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from sharing information on inmates in the country illegally.

Matthew Albence, right, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Jim Mustian)

Tensions between the Department of Homeland Security and New York increased after the DHS banned residents from enrolling in Trusted Traveler programs. This came in response to new laws passed by the state, which sought to withhold DMV records from federal agencies.

Sanctuary state officials believe federal agencies are cracking down for political reasons.

“It’s not really about TTP (Trusted Traveler Program) and Global Entry, it’s about what that memo that was leaked from DHS suggests, which is it’s all politics,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “It’s retaliation and it’s reprisal.”

Although the acting director of ICE has not disclosed details on where agents will be deployed, other officials have hinted the agency will target major sanctuary cities like New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. Officials also said the deployment will last from February to May.

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President Trump endorses Beth Van Duyne for Congress

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President Trump is throwing his support behind Beth Van Duyne for Congress. The president posted on Twitter that Van Duyne has his full endorsement for Congress. He said she is a “strong conservative who supports border security (and) loves our military.”

He added she has done “great things as Mayor of Irving, Texas, and with my administration.”

The former mayor quickly responded by saying the president wants people in office who are going to work for the American people.

“He’s not looking for politicians, he’s looking for people who are able to bring solutions to the table and get things done,” she said. “I was very proud to be able to get his support yesterday.”

Van Duyne set out on her political career in 2004 as a city council member for the Dallas suburb of Irving. Six years later, she was elected as the city’s first female mayor.

In 2017, the president appointed her to be the Regional Director of U.S. Housing and Urban Development.

If elected, Van Duyne said she will work to stop drug cartels from finding a safe haven in sanctuary cities and secure the nation’s borders. She said these efforts have attributed to her city’s record low crime rates.

“What happened in our city of Irving is our crime rate plummeted,” she said. “We had the lowest crime rate in our city’s history, and that lasted for nine years.”

Along with border security, the former mayor and mother of two has promised to work with the president to promote economic opportunity for Americans and fight human trafficking.

Others vying for the state’s 24th district seat included former Green Beret Desi Maes, two realtors and a property manager. The Texas primary election is set to take place on March 3rd.

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French officials confirm first coronavirus death in Europe

French lab scientists in hazmat gear inserting liquid in test tube manipulate potentially infected patient samples at Pasteur Institute in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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Officials from the French Health Ministry reported an 80-year-old Chinese tourist succumbed to the coronavirus on Saturday, marking the first virus-related death in Europe since the outbreak began. Up to this point, the only deaths outside of China have been reported in Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines.

The man’s daughter also contracted the virus, but is expected to be released soon. The man and his daughter were both from the Hubei province in China, which officials are calling the epicenter of the outbreak.

“He was hospitalized at the Bichat Hospital under strict isolation measures on January 25th,” stated Health Minister Agnès Buzyn. “His condition deteriorated rapidly, he was in a critical state for several days and he was in intensive care.”

France has confirmed 11 cases of coronavirus so far.

French lab scientists are silhouetted working in a lab at Pasteur Institute in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Meanwhile, President Trump has applauded his administration for its efforts to contain the coronavirus. The president shared a poll during his remarks to the National Border Patrol Council on Friday, which said a majority of American voters approve of his handling of the virus.

This came after he previously received criticism for temporarily banning residents of the Hubei province.

“’61 percent of the voters approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus,’” stated President Trump. “I was criticized by a lot of people at the beginning because we were the first, we’d never done it before, we closed our borders to certain areas.”

As of Friday night, there are 15 people in the U.S. infected with the virus. The president said many of them are getting better and reiterated his theory the virus could weaken as the weather gets warmer.

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Granddaughter of woman allegedly killed by illegal immigrant speaks at the White House

President Donald Trump comforts Daria Ortiz who recounted the death of her grandmother, allegedly by a man who was living in the country without legal permission, during a speech to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The granddaughter of a 92-year-old woman, who allegedly died by the hand of an illegal immigrant, spoke at the White House on Friday. Daria Ortiz slammed the city’s sanctuary policies during the president’s address regarding various immigration issues, which was attended by members of the National Border Patrol Council.

Her grandmother was allegedly raped and killed in New York City last month by an illegal immigrant who had a history of previous arrests. However, ICE was not allowed to detain him due to the city’s sanctuary city status.

Ortiz praised the president for vowing to fight illegal immigration and criticized New York’s laws.

“The tragedy in all this is the fact that this could have been avoided had there been no sanctuary law. The man that is responsible for this should have never had the opportunity to do this. The system not only failed our family, but it failed our city.” – Daria Ortiz, granddaughter of victim Maria Fuertes

Daria Ortiz cries as she holds her son Zeus after recounting the death of her grandmother by a man who was allegedly in the country illegally, during a speech by President Donald Trump to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ortiz is hoping for reform and measures to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

President Trump is working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to improve communications between the state and federal immigration authorities.

RELATED: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Says He’s Cooperating With Federal Authorities

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President Trump: ‘Sen. Manchin was a puppet for Schumer, Pelosi during impeachment hoax’

FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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President Trump said he was very surprised about Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) vote for conviction during the impeachment trial. In a string of tweets, the president said Manchin voted against him in the Democrats’ “totally partisan impeachment hoax.”

He added that “no president has done more for the great people of West Virginia than me.”

The president went on to say “every Republican, except Romney,…voted against impeachment.” He then took a jab at Manchin by saying “he was just a puppet for Schumer and Pelosi.”

This came after Manchin said he would consider endorsing President Trump for reelection. On Thursday, the senator emphasized “everybody can change” and that he’s “not ruling anything out.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

This seeming reversal of opinion left many scratching their heads following his vote for conviction just weeks earlier.

“Over the duration of this trial, I have listened carefully,” Manchin previously stated. “The House managers have presented a strong case, showing what the president did was wrong.”

Manchin has been known to be a leader in the Senate and often crossed party lines to vote for what he believes is right. He’s even used his swing vote in critical situations to help push conservative issues, such as the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

However, this new reversal has many questioning his belief system.

He has called this switch “the most difficult and serious decision any senator could face.” He also voted to pass the controversial War Powers bill this week, which would limited President Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

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OneUnited Bank doubles down after criticism over its Harriet Tubman debit card

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UPDATED 6:45 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

The largest black-owned bank in the U.S. is facing criticism over its Black History Month debit card. This week, OneUnited Bank released their limited-edition debit cards, which featured Harriet Tubman seemingly posing with the ‘Wakanda forever’ salute from the film “Black Panther.”

The move has since caused a major debate on social media.

The bank’s president said the gesture was meant to represent the sign for ‘love’ in American Sign Language.

“The hand gesture people are commenting about, that is the sign language gesture for ‘love,’” she said. “It is to represent not only love of yourself, but love of our community.”

Despite this explanation, criticism continues to swirl online. However, the bank has said it will stand by the design, claiming the image conveys a very positive message.

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