Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot python

Shocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet. 

In the video, a three-year-old named Truong is happily straddling the reptile like a horse, swimming in the devastating flood waters that have rampaged the area. According to multiple reports, the snake is actually a family pet, kept at home in the province of Thanh Hoa. 

Truong’s aunt asserts the footage is real, maintaining the little boy truly enjoys playing with the almost 180-pound reptile. 

She said, “He is three years old and the python is 80kg. The family have had the python for four years as a pet and it is very gentle.It was a rainy day and the water flooded to the edge of the yard. So they put the python in there to play and relax,” according to The Daily Mail

Making its way around the internet, the footage has astounded viewers, many of whom are concerned for the toddler’s well-being. 

“Just takes 2 seconds and 6 men wouldn’t get that child out if it’s clutch. Sadly, only a matter of time!” one commentator said. 

Commented another, “He looks peaceful until he needs a feed. Oh Yuk. I hate snakes.”

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'Did Mike make you pray?' Trump reportedly mocks Pence's 'religiosity'

Last week at the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of Christian conservatives in Washington, D.C., President Trump pledged to stop “all attacks on Judeo-Christian values.”

But behind closed doors, Trump has been known to mock Vice President Mike Pence’s evangelical values, the New Yorker magazine reports in a lengthy profile of Pence published Monday. Pence’s office later rejected many of the articles’ claims as “untrue and offensive.”

A Trump campaign staffer told the magazine that after people met with Pence, Trump would ask them, “Did Mike make you pray?” (Since arriving at the White House, Pence has been hosting a regular Bible study group for members of Trump’s Cabinet.)

Trump also taunted Pence about his views on abortion and homosexuality, according to the magazine:

 

During a meeting with a legal scholar, Trump belittled Pence’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade. The legal scholar had said that, if the Supreme Court did so, many states would likely legalize abortion on their own. “You see?” Trump asked Pence. “You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.” When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”

 

The profile also recounts some of the behind-the-scenes drama that preceded Trump’s selection of Pence to be his running mate.

Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign chairman at that point, arranged for Trump to meet Pence, and urged Trump to pick him. Pence was seen as a bridge to Christian conservatives, an asset in the Midwest, and a connection to the powerful Koch network. Kellyanne Conway, who had done polling work for the Kochs, pushed for Pence, too, as did Stephen Bannon … Still, Trump remained wary. According to a former campaign aide, he was disapproving when he learned how little money Pence had. In 2004, the oil firm that Pence’s father had partly owned had filed for bankruptcy. Mike Pence’s shares of the company’s stock, which he had valued at up to a quarter of a million dollars, became worthless. In 2016, according to a campaign-finance disclosure form, Pence had one bank account, which held less than fifteen thousand dollars.

Trump was reportedly torn between Pence and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. And according to the magazine, Trump “came closer to picking Christie than is generally known”:

 

At dawn on July 13th, Ivanka and Don, Jr., flew to Indianapolis to join their father for breakfast with the Pences at the governor’s mansion. The Times soon reported that Trump had asked Pence if he would accept the job, and that Pence had responded, “In a heartbeat.” But the next night, according to someone familiar with the details, Trump called Christie and said, “I’ve got a question for you. Are you ready?” “Ready for what?” Christie responded. “Ready to do this with me,” Trump said. “Are you offering?” Christie said. “I’m asking you — but you’ve got to make sure you’re ready,” Trump said. “I’m as tough as they come,” Christie said. “O.K.,” Trump said. “I’m making the decision tomorrow. Stay by your phone.”

But Christie was left hanging for the next three days. He suspected that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had intervened and turned Trump against him, because years earlier, as a U.S. Attorney, he had prosecuted Kushner’s father for tax fraud and other crimes. Conway told me that this theory was wrong, but acknowledged, “It truly was a tie—almost a jump ball.”

 

Lingering concerns over Christie’s role in the Bridgegate scandal broke the tie, the magazine said. That, and Pence also looked the part.

“They’re telling me I have to pick him,” Trump purportedly explained to Christie before announcing the Pence pick. “It’s central casting. He looks like a Vice-President.”

Reached for comment, Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah told Yahoo News: “Articles like this are why the American people have lost so much faith in the press. The New Yorker piece is filled with unsubstantiated, unsourced claims that are untrue and offensive.”


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ISIS Losing Its 'Capital' Is A Pivotal Defeat For The Terrorist Group

The self-described Islamic State finally lost its tenuous grip on the Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday as U.S.-backed forces retook the extremist group’s last major urban territory following a four-month military campaign. 

Raqqa has been ISIS’ de facto capital for years and was one of the first cities that fell under the group’s control during its rapid takeover of territory in 2014. ISIS enforced draconian laws during its rule, dictating daily life and carrying out horrific punishments for dissent. 

But the last ISIS fighters in Raqqa have now either surrendered, died or fled, leaving behind bombed out buildings and rubble-covered streets. In ISIS’ place, Kurdish-led forces that retook the city did doughnuts in a tank as they celebrated in a public square formerly used for beheadings.

Raqqa’s recapture marks a major blow for ISIS, culminating a steady depletion of its coveted territory that included losing the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this year. The extremist group has lost thousands of fighters during the ongoing international anti-ISIS offensive and has seen its influence in Iraq and Syria dwindle.

ISIS has long anticipated the fall of urban centers like Raqqa, however, and for months has moved key forces out of the city as it prepares to focus more on insurgent attacks and its online presence. But, although ISIS will adapt and persist, losing the city that was once the organization’s central hub will likely see a fundamental shift in how the group operates.  

“It marks the end of the so-called caliphate as we knew it,” Amarnath Amarasingam, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, told HuffPost.

“They are now on the defensive and will continue on as an insurgency, which still wreaks havoc both internally and abroad.”


ISIS now faces the challenge of keeping its organizational structure intact and maintaining some physical presence in Iraq and Syria, while also reworking its narrative to convince followers they still command power and respect. 

At the height of its territory, ISIS’ propaganda put heavy emphasis on a vision of a “lasting and expanding” caliphate that would take over wide swaths of land. But ISIS’ grandiose rhetoric has come up against the reality of the group’s consistent military losses, including last year giving up the town of Dabiq, a place that figured heavily in its apocalyptic ideology.

“Ever since the fall of Dabiq, their messaging has undergone a slight shift to say that land is no longer that important and that’s not what they were fighting for this whole time,” Amarasingam said.

“This is, of course, a bit ridiculous since the establishment of the so-called caliphate was a major part of what established them as a presence to be reckoned with.”


ISIS still holds some areas of Syria and parts of Iraq, but nothing on the scale of Raqqa or Mosul. Whereas the group used to boast of having its own currency, hospitals and courts, it will now likely retreat to mountains and villages in eastern Syria, where its fighters can go underground. 

Many analysts expect the next phase for ISIS to be a return to the type of insurgent attacks that dominated the group’s tactics before its rise in 2014. The group has proved that it can remain a deadly and destabilizing force even after being pushed out of an area, and it has carried out hundreds of attacks in recent years on recaptured Syrian and Iraqi cities. 

As ISIS has suffered consistent defeats in Iraq and Syria, it has also increasingly highlighted international terrorist attacks as proof of its international reach. The group has continued to claim responsibility for mass killings in Europe, North America and Iran as propaganda victories and proof that it’s still relevant.

“Carrying out attacks abroad has always been very important for ISIS since the very beginning, Amarasingam said.

“With increasing losses on the ground, though, I think they will emphasize these more and more as a way to prove to their supporters that they are still viable and capable of carrying out attacks in the West.”

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Tamika Mallory Says She Was Kicked Off An American Airlines Flight

Activist Tamika D. Mallory said Sunday that she was unfairly kicked off of an American Airlines flight over a seating dispute. 

Mallory, known for her work as national co-chair of the Women’s March movement, was on a flight from Miami to New York when the incident occurred. According to the activist, she spoke with a gate agent who was “nasty” and “disrespectful” about an issue with her seat assignment. 

During the exchange, Mallory said the pilot of the flight came over to scold her behavior and told her that she was going to get a “one-way ticket off this plane.” 

After Mallory eventually boarded the flight, she said the pilot made an announcement asking her to come to the front of the plane. He then allegedly pointed toward her and said, “Her, off.”

“It definitely was white male aggression. I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me,” Mallory told the New York Daily News on Monday. “I was discriminated against.” 

No one on the flight crew gave Mallory an explanation for why she was removed from the flight, despite her asking numerous times. Mallory later tweeted about the incident, writing that no matter how hard black women fight, “white men are allowed to treat [us] like shit.” 

American Airlines has since issued a statement addressing Mallory’s treatment. 

“Our team does not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” a representative for the airline said on Monday. “We take these allegations seriously, and we are in the process of reaching out to our colleagues in Miami, as well as Ms. Mallory, to obtain additional information on what transpired during the boarding process.”  

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How Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long

WASHINGTON — How did he get away with it for so long?

It is the vexing question at the heart of the Harvey Weinstein story.

The answer is simple and depressing: Nearly half a century after the start of rape law reforms pushed by second wave feminists and 31 years after the Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment was a form of workplace discrimination prohibited by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the legal system continues to struggle to provide justice for women who have been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted, except in the most extreme circumstances.

“Law Order: Special Victims Unit” may have been inspired by the real-life New York City sex crimes unit, but the real-life odds that a woman who has been sexually assaulted will ever see the inside of a courtroom are low. On television, half the drama is accused criminals being held to account by prosecutors; in real life, most sex crimes never make it before a judge or jury, or even get to the point of an arrest.

This fact — complainants take on significant personal risks to their reputation and emotional well-being with only a small chance that their accused attacker will be prosecuted, let alone convicted — is among the reasons many women do not report sexual assaults, including rape, to police.

Only one woman is known to have lodged a formal criminal complaint against Weinstein before the recent revelations, just as one woman reported Bill Cosby to police. Both saw their cases dismissed by prosecutors as unwinnable. In this, their experience is the rule, not the exception.

Not every city has published a comprehensive look at how cases are handled in their jurisdictions. But those that have paint a startling portrait of how sex crimes are handled.

In Washington D.C., for example, only 10.3 percent of sex crime complaints received by police were prosecuted in 2015, and only 1.2 percent of the complaints led to guilty verdicts, according to a report prepared for the mayor’s office in 2016. There were 1,177 reports of adult sexual assault or crimes with a sexual element made to police — but just 14 guilty verdicts.

Another 4.4 percent of cases, 52 of the 1,177, were settled by plea bargains.

Nearly half the reports were not even classified as crimes by police or forwarded to prosecutors. Of the remaining 671 cases, only 189 involved arrests, and just 124 of those saw prosecutors move the case forward post-arrest.

In Virginia, only 37 percent of prosecuted sexual assault cases led to a conviction between 2005 and 2013 in the city of Newport News and Williamsburg-James City, and because such a small fraction of reported cases were prosecuted, “only 4 to 5 percent of incidents reported in those years have so far resulted in a conviction,” the Daily Press reported in May 2015.

One reason Washington, D.C., has tracked these crimes closely is that the city was, until recently, doing even worse. In 2013, Human Rights Watch published a report alleging that a large number of sexual assault complaints made to police were never logged or investigated. The Metropolitan Police Department contested the findings.

Other major cities have suffered similar scandals over the poor performance of their police departments and prosecutors in addressing sex crimes in recent years.

In New Orleans, the city’s inspector general released a report in 2014 concluding that only 14 percent of sex crime complaints sent to five special victims unit detectives were investigated. Of the 1,290 sex crime “calls for service” between 2011 and 2013, 65 percent were labeled as “miscellaneous” — marking them as noncriminal incidents — and no reports were taken. An initial investigative report was created for 35 percent of the calls. Of them, 271 cases were marked as crimes but not investigated past the initial report, and only 179 were further investigated.

That finding came on the heels of a 2011 investigation of the New Orleans Police Department by the Justice Department that found it “systematically misclassified large numbers of possible sexual assaults, resulting in a sweeping failure to properly investigate many potential cases of rape, attempted rape, and other sex crimes.”

Philadelphia police had come under fire for similar failures in the past, but by the 2010s had managed to reduce its unusually high percent of sex crime complaints judged “unfounded” — and thus kept off the crime statistics books — to a figure closer to the national average. In 2013, it was among cities praised by Human Rights Watch for “a victim-centered approach as opposed to one that emphasizes quickly closing cases.”

A Baltimore Sun investigation in 2010 found major undercounting in that city too. “The city has for the past four years recorded the highest percentage of rape cases that officers conclude are false or baseless of any city in the country, with more than 30 percent of the cases investigated by detectives each year deemed unfounded,” the paper reported. Additionally, “In four of 10 emergency calls that come to police for rapes, officers conclude that there is no need for a further review, so the case never makes it to detectives.” A follow-up audit presented to the city council found that half the discarded cases were misclassified and should have been pursued by investigators. By 2016, the Sun reported, the number of “unfounded” cases had dropped dramatically, but that didn’t always translate into them being investigated — let alone prosecuted — and across Maryland, the percent of cases deemed unfounded remained above the national average.

Nationally, the fraction of rape cases cleared by police was 36.5 percent in 2016, according to the FBI. That doesn’t mean the cases in question resulted in a conviction or guilty plea — only that the police, in most instances, made an arrest and handed the case over to prosecutors.

In Los Angeles, a 2012 Justice Department-funded study found a low prosecution rate and that the vast majority of allegations of rape reported to police did not end with the conviction of a defendant.

“We found that there is substantial attrition in sexual assault cases” presented to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department, the report concluded. “Among cases reported to the LAPD, only one in nine was cleared by arrest, fewer than one in ten resulted in the filing of charges, and only one in thirteen resulted in a conviction.”

When it comes to sexual assault overall, “the most reliable academic estimates of prosecution rates indicate that 14 percent to 18 percent of all reported sexual assaults” get prosecuted, the 2016 research report for D.C. concluded after surveying the data. That includes everything from misdemeanor assaults to felony rapes.

The most easily prosecuted cases, in D.C. and around the country, are stranger rapes involving weapons, injuries, and the rapid reporting of the assault to police. Cases of groping and non-penetrative sexual assault involving people who know each other — especially when they are not reported immediately to police — are less likely to be resolved by the legal system, except in the favor of the accused when police or prosecutors decline to act.

“In California, it’s sexual battery if it’s touching of the buttocks or sexual organs or breasts,” Los Angeles lawyer Karl Gerber, an experienced sexual-harassment litigator, told New York magazine’s Vulture site, discussing the Weinstein cases. “So that kind of stuff, somebody could be criminally prosecuted for. But it’s very, very rare that they go after these people criminally. I’ve had a lot of oral copulation cases, rape cases. I’ve never seen them get prosecuted. I’ve represented a lot of women that have been raped and they don’t even pursue that if it’s a workplace thing.”


In her experience with the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez met a justice system that rarely takes up complaints like the one she put forward in 2015 against Weinstein. Her experience in going to the police with a complaint that she was sexually assaulted and then having her case stall is more the rule than the exception.

“If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein in 2015, we would have,” said Karen Friedman Agnifilo, the chief assistant district attorney for Manhattan, in a statement. She blamed the New York Police Department for failing to involve the Sex Crimes Unit in setting up the meeting between Weinstein and the model, who was recording him, so that prosecutors could obtain “what was necessary to capture in order to prove a misdemeanor sex crime.”

“While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the recording was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law,” she said.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez’s name and face were splashed on the cover of the New York Post and her reputation dragged through the mud.

“Most rapes and sexual assaults against females were not reported to the police,” concluded the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics in an analysis of the question. “Thirty-six percent of rapes, 34 percent of attempted rapes, and 26 percent of sexual assaults were reported to police, 1992-2000.”

Those numbers have varied some over the years. “The percentage of rape or sexual assault victimizations reported to police increased to a high of 59 percent in 2003 before declining to 32 percent in 2009 and 2010,” according to a 2013 Bureau of Justice Statistics report. Overall, 36 percent of rape or sexual assault victimizations were reported to police between 2005 and 2010, and the percentage of reported incidents that were followed by an arrest decreased from 47 percent in 1994-’98 to 31 percent in 2005-’10.

Fear of retaliation and lack of faith in the police were the top two reasons women gave for not reporting their assaults, according to the Rape, Abuse Incest National  Network, a prominent anti-sexual violence advocacy organization.

It’s no wonder that alternative and effectively private justice systems are proliferating.

One well-known and much discussed private justice system involves universities, which, following Obama administration guidelines, controversially began to adjudicate cases involving students using a different standard of proof – “the preponderance of the evidence” — rather than following the practice of the legal system, which requires finding guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The Trump Education Department has rescinded the Obama rule and offered colleges the option of using the more stringent standard of “clear and convincing evidence.”

Another is the elaborate system of payoffs and nondisclosure agreements that Weinstein entered into to keep accusations out of the public eye.

Actress Rose McGowan in 1997 entered into a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an incident in a hotel room in Sundance when she was 23 years old. This week, she broke whatever nondisclosure agreement she may have signed and openly accused Weinstein of rape on Twitter. She is one of at least four women to accuse him of rape in the past week, as the number accusing him of all types of sexual assaults has grown by the day.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” a spokesperson for Weinstein said.

As the number of women telling stories about Weinstein has mushroomed, the court of public opinion has turned decisively against him. He was fired from the company he built and helmed, and expelled from the Oscar-selecting Motion Picture Academy. As one-time collaborators and allies flee from any project he’s associated with, the future existence of the Weinstein Company itself looks uncertain.

At the same time, it’s early days of the scandal, and many men who have been accused of sexual assaults or improprieties with underlings in recent decades have been able to make comebacks or gone on to success in new arenas after disappearing from the public eye for a period.

Sen. Bob Packwood was drummed out of office in 1995, more than two years after 24 women accused him of making unwanted advances or other sexual misconduct; Politico reported he found “redemption” and success as a Washington lobbyist. Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California despite a 2003 Los Angeles Times report that he groped at least six women. Clarence Thomas was confirmed as justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1991 after allegations he sexually harassed Anita Hill, covered at the time as a “he said, she said” story. Bill Clinton was able to rally Democrats in the 1998 midterm elections after his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky became public, and amid a sexual harassment suit from Paula Jones that was a major news story during the election year. He eventually settled the case for $850,000, and in 2014 ranked as the most admired president of the past 25 years. Donald Trump was elected president of the United States after videotape surfaced showing him boasting about grabbing women “by the p****,” along with accusations of inappropriate sexual contact by more than a dozen women speaking on the record.


Former top Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines told Yahoo News that the Clinton campaign had considered running ads against Trump’s “Access Hollywood” comments, but found they didn’t move the needle.

“The campaign tested an ‘Access Hollywood’ ad, like, a few weeks after [the story broke], and they focus-grouped it and most of the room didn’t know what it was referring to,” he said in September. “Now that could have been a function of the ad being too subtle. But it was probably subtle because you didn’t think you had to be in your face with something like that. It was a warning sign.”

There is a lot of talk among Democrats these days about the “normalization” of the abnormal or abhorrent under President Trump, but when it comes to allegations of sexual assault, the norms deeply embedded in the legal system and the culture long predate the present moment.

And even men who are drummed out of public life and find their reputations in tatters on because of the breadth and extent of charges publicly made against them, like Cosby, they can nonetheless successfully fight it out in the formal legal system. When he was brought before a jury on an accusation of aggravated indecent assault in 2017, Cosby’s case ended not with a guilty verdict but with a jury so deadlocked the judge had to declare a mistrial. The accuser in the case, Andrea Constant, had initially filed a police complaint against Cosby in 2005, but her case was one of many prosecutors did not go forward with that year.

“There was insufficient, admissible, and reliable evidence upon which to base a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s ‘prosecutors speak’ for ‘I think he did it but there’s just not enough here to prosecute,’” Bruce Castor, a former district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, said in 2014, explaining his decision to not pursue a case against Cosby on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting Constant a decade ago. A new trial date has yet to be set.

Police in New York and London say they are reviewing their case files for additional reports about Weinstein, and the NYPD is reportedly looking into a just-filed complaint from a former actress and college student that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. But given how few sexual assault cases ever lead to convictions — not to mention Weinstein’s formidable resources, likely top-notch legal team and the length of time that has elapsed since the incidents — the American criminal justice system is likely to be the least of Weinstein’s problems in the months ahead.

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Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. Bush

President Donald Trump covered a wide range of issues during his press conference on Monday — including sparking backlash for his comments about President Obama — but that wasn’t the only reference to his predecessors that generated a big reaction.

At one point while discussing past nominations, Trump referred to the former presidents who came before him as, “Bush…Obama…Clinton,” and, “Bush original.” 

And the latter sparked quite a response on social media — especially Twitter.

“Omg Trump literally just named the last few presidents as ‘Obama, Bush, Clinton, and Bush…. Bush Original,” one user said.

“Just heard Trump say ‘Bush Original’ in reference to George H.W. Bush…awesome,” another chimed in.

Members of the news media have been forced to come up with various creative names for the father and son duo, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, who served a combined 12 years in the Oval Office in addition to the elder’s eight years as President Ronald Reagan’s vice president. 

Those names over the years have included 41 and 43, a reference to their respective titles as the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States. Others have shortened them to their middle initials — “H.W.” and “W.” or sometimes simply “Dubya” more colloquially. 

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But users on Twitter were quick to insist the “original” reference showed a lack of understanding or insight. 

“#Trump could not think of the word ‘senior’ and therefore called George Bush ‘George Bush….original’. I’d laugh if I wasn’t so terrified,” one user wrote

But not everyone took it so seriously. 

“Trump just referred to George Bush as ‘Bush Original’ and it was definitely in my top 5 favorite things he’s ever said,” one user surmised

“Trump calls George H. W. Bush, ‘Original’ Bush, leading me to wonder – Does this make George W. Bush the ‘Extra Crispy’ version?” another asked on Twitter. 

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Terrifying Body Cam Footage Shows Deputy Driving Through Raging California Wildfire

As a wildfire closed in and thick smoke clogged the air, the sky an angry red, the sheriff’s deputy told a dispatcher that the road he was on had become “nearly impassable.” Yet, the officer’s job was not yet done. He still had residents to rescue.

In body camera footage released Friday by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy drives around the Mark West Road area of Santa Rosa, California, dodging flames and conducting door-to-door evacuations as the deadly and devastating Tubbs fire began to overwhelm the region in the early part of the week.

“I think it really tells the story of how dangerous and how difficult the event was,” Sonoma Sheriff Robert Giordano said at a press conference, referring to the harrowing footage, according to CBS News. “It’s absolutely human and it’s very real and very honest and transparent.” 

At one point in the video, the officer ― identified by CBS as Sgt. Brandon Cutting ― is seen stopping by the house of a woman with a disability and helping a fellow deputy rescue her and her husband.

Cutting shouted “Sheriff’s Office! Sheriff’s Office!” as he rushed from home to home urging people to head for safety, and yelled for drivers to “Go! Go! Go!” He’s also heard coughing, cursing and panting in exertion. As he drives his vehicle, the body cam footage shows how close the encroaching flames got to his car; at several points, orange sparks can be seen raining down on his windshield.

“While it’s only one deputy’s video, it is representative of all the deputies who helped evacuate people that night,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook of the footage. “While we don’t usually provide bodyworn camera footage, the Sheriff believes this footage is crucial in helping our community understand how dangerous these fires are right now.” 

The Tubbs fire is one of several large fires that have been devastating parts of northern California. Across Northern California, the wildfires have killed at least 40 people and incinerated more than 200,000 acres of land since last week. About 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.


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Kasich: 'I Just Don't Think There's Any Policy Here' on Health, International Allies and Trade

In an exclusive inventive, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) tells Chuck Todd that the White House is “weakening” long-standing international alliance and allowing authoritarian governments to rise.

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Freed Taliban Prisoner Thought Trump Presidency Couldn't Be Real

Joshua Boyle, the Canadian citizen who spent five years as a prisoner of the Taliban, didn’t believe his captors when they told him who the new United States president was.

Boyle and his wife, Caitlan Coleman, were doing aid work in Afghanistan in 2012 when they were captured by the Taliban. Coleman, an American, was pregnant at the time, and she gave birth four times during their imprisonment. The family was freed by the Pakistani military on Wednesday, and they returned home to Canada on Friday.

During a press conference, Boyle accused the Taliban of raping Coleman and murdering their infant daughter. The terrorist group has denied the accusation.

The family was completely deprived of news during their capture, said Boyle, who told the Toronto Star that he didn’t know that Justin Trudeau was the Canadian prime minister until he was freed. 

One of their captors did reveal that Donald Trump had won the United States presidency, but Boyle said he didn’t think that was real.

“It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,” Boyle told the Star.

The family will likely need some time to adjust to life back home. Boyle and Coleman’s surviving children ― 4-year-old Jonah, 2-year-old Noah and 6-month-old Grace ― have never known a life outside of captivity. 

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Victim of Las Vegas shooting wakes up from coma after bullet struck her forehead

Tina Frost, 27, woke from a coma on Friday to take her first steps since sustaining a bullet to the forehead from being shot by Stephen Paddock on the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“She opens her left eye just a lil and looks all around the room at us, taps her feet whenever music is playing,” Frost’s mother, Mary Watson Moreland, said in a statement posted on their GoFundMe page.

Frost was hit by one bullet at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, which caused not only a two-week coma at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas but also the loss of her right eye.

“She’s obviously anxious to get her wobble back on,” Moreland added. “We are so proud of our Tina, and everyone is amazed at every single movement she makes.”

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The Maryland woman has received an outstanding show of support from the public after surviving the near-death incident. A GoFundMe was set up for Frost by a family friend and it would go on to raise a shocking $530,065 in donations — it surpassed their original goal of $50,000 goal by a longshot.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Frost will receive a donated skull implant from a medical supply company in Florida to reconstruct her forehead and the area surrounding her affected eye.

“The doctors have been talking about Tina’s next steps and are discussing other hospitals that will have all the specialists she’ll need during her long road to recovery,” her mother wrote.

So far, Frost has been able to respond to basic commands, flashing a thumbs-up to her boyfriend and more recently breathing without the use of a ventilator, her mother confirmed.

Frost has a long road to recovery from the injuries she suffered that fateful night, but also from the tradegy that caused them.

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