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NATO said Monday it would send extra ships and contender planes to Eastern Europe as Britain requested a few representatives and their families to leave Ukraine, in the midst of developing alert that Russia might attack as it accumulates a huge number of troops close to the boundary.

The steps came after the United States Sunday requested groups of ambassadors to pass on Kyiv and approved unnecessary political staff to leave. The State Department additionally forewarned American residents to think about leaving Ukraine, with U.S. authorities cautioning that an assault could occur “at any time.”

NATO said on Monday its members are “putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to NATO deployments in eastern Europe, reinforcing Allied deterrence and defense as Russia continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine.”

Russia has proceeded to quickly increase its tactical presence close to Ukraine and in Belarus to remarkable levels as of late, as per military investigators. As Russia massed powers close to Ukraine, it gave a progression of clearing requests on the United States and NATO last month, including that Ukraine is banned from joining the union, a condition NATO authorities precluded. Conciliatory discussions have neglected to determine the emergency.

Russian authorities have over and over denied any arrangement to attack Ukraine, and guarantee Russia has a privilege to move troops and hold military activities in Russia. Russian and Belarusian authorities have declared joint military activities in Belarus one month from now, raising Western feelings of fear of a potential ground assault on northern Ukraine from Belarus.

“I welcome Allies contributing additional forces to NATO,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. “NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance.”

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Regardless of the acceleration, the European Union’s top negotiator Josep Borrell said Monday that European Union nations would not downsize staffing at international safe havens or send conciliatory families home.

Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s borders started in April, he said.

Short of a multi-front invasion of Ukraine, Putin has options.
Putin has kept US and NATO officials on edge, accusing Russian aggression and threatening a “military-technical” reaction.

The diplomatic whirlwind between the US, NATO, and Russian officials in recent weeks has not settled the issue.

On Monday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova called the US move “strange.”

“Their information policy agenda is strange and unwise,” Zakharova told the independent Echo of Moscow radio. “They’ve been shooting off their reports one after another, but all of them have missed.” She denied reports in Western media that Russia’s embassy in Kyiv had decreased employees.

Previous to that, Zakharova warned Washington of preparing future “military provocations” in Ukraine.

The US threatens to target Russia’s strategic industries if Moscow invades Ukraine
She surmised that Washington and its allies wanted to “prepare” Western public opinion for war.

The State Department explained that Russia was “conducting disinformation operations and fomenting unrest” in Ukraine. It said it was unclear whether Putin had decided to invade, “but he is building the military capacity along Ukraine’s borders to have that option ready at any time.”

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Beam Suntory (a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Osaka, Japan) produces Jim Beam small batch bourbons, among which Basil Hayden’s is the lightest in body. Unlike its three more potent sibling brands (Knob Creek, Booker’s, and Baker’s), this one has an alcohol content of just 80 proof.

Branded in honour of Basil Hayden Sr., Basil Hayden’s bourbon was first launched in 1992. Distiller Hayden employed more rye in his mash than other bourbon distillers. On the label of his own distillery in Nelson County, Raymond B. Hayden[citation needed] pays homage to his grandpa Basil Sr., with a representation of his visage. It was part of Beam Industries’ new “small batch” line that included “Basil Hayden’s,” which Beam claims follows a method identical to that used by Hayden in 1792.

At first the age statement on the label read “Aged 8 Years,” but in 2014 that was changed to “Artfully Aged,” implying that the company no longer offers an age guarantee.

Twenty-five Maryland Catholic families led by Basil Hayden Sr. ventured into what is now Nelson County, Kentucky (near Bardstown) in 1785. First Catholic church west of the Allegheny Mountains, first Catholic church in what is now Kentucky were built on land provided by Hayden there.

In the 1660s, when Catholics were being persecuted across the British Isles, the Heydons (spelled with the old spelling) fled to the Virginia Colony. It was Francis Hayden who came from Virginia to Maryland in 1678 to settle in St. Mary’s County on St. Clement’s Bay, which is now Nelson County, Kentucky, where the family lived until Basil Sr. brought his band of Catholic families into the area. Basil Sr. provided the Colonial Army with food during the American Revolution. citations needed

As far back as the Norman Conquest, Hayden’s ancestors may be traced to England (Norfolk). During Richard the Lionheart’s Third Crusade in the 1190s, one of my ancestors, Simon de Heydon, was knighted in Jerusalem.

Henry III appointed his son, Thomas de Heydon, as Norfolk’s Justice Itinerant. An further progenitor, John Heydon, is believed to have been linked with “The Grove”  around 1400, a substantial estate in Watford (Hertfordshire), some twenty miles northwest of London.

Sir Richard de Heydon was killed in the French Wars, and some academics believe that John Heydon was awarded the estate as a reward for his father’s service.

Others aren’t so sure. Even so, Heydons resided in Watford for the better part of a century, dating from the 14th to the 17th century.

Note- Even if you simply drink one to three glasses of wine a week, you may be increasing your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Premature death is also associated with excessive alcohol use. We are not promoting such kinds. The above write-up is because of the informational purpose.

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Even if we didn’t need it, we may ask why it wasn’t in our life sooner…

This new pizza-calzone combination from Little Caesars, dubbed the Crazy Calzony, may become our newest pizza-night obsession, despite its outlandish appearance.

Online pre-orders of the Crazy Calzony began on August 16 and will be available for walk-in orders (a.k.a. “HOT-N-READY”) between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on August 23 for a limited period.

Pepperoni pizza is sandwiched between four calzone slices to form the overall shape of the pizza. (It’s a good shape because it’s so over-the-top). Garlic white sauce, mozzarella cheese, julienned pepperoni, and some parmesan cheese are all stuffed into the calzone portions that are formed by folding the crust in half.

It comes with a Crazy Sauce, but we didn’t miss it at all when we tried an early sample of the new menu item without the sauce.

There is a cheese variant of the Crazy Calzony, which is a pizza-calzone hybrid split into eight portions. (Excuse me while I put a hold on the pepperoni.) This is what we tried and found to be rather tasty.

The crust around the calzone pieces had a salty, almost pretzel-like flavour to it, at least to me and my other tasters. Despite the fact that one member of my tasting group complained that it was very salty, I devoured the entire thing.) We all loved how the calzone (with its garlicky, gooey cheese!) and pizza (with sauce) were combined into one delicious meal.

“One of our most exciting items ever,” according to Little Caesars’ chief marketing officer Jeff Klein, has been in the works for months. Klein is anxious for consumers to experience “the cheesy bliss” of the new item.

If you’re looking for something a little out-of-the-ordinary yet still delicious, the Crazy Calzony is for you. (It’s logical, given the name.) Even if you and your family can’t agree on whether to order pizza or calzones, it looks like a suitable alternative for those occasions.

The pizza world is full with calzones for me. However, this is no longer an issue.

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The man suspected to be responsible for the last month’s deadly shooting of Aaron Lowe, a University of Utah football player, was charged Wednesday. Records reveal that the shooting sprung from an argument.

According to a report by Salt Lake Tribune, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office charged 22-year-old Mawut Buk with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, and obstruction of justice, court records reveal.

Lowe’s Fatal Shooting

The 21-year-old football player, who hailed from Mesquite, Texas, was killed on Sept. 26 at a house party in Sugar House after uninvited guests, including Buk, were asked to leave, a probable cause document filed in the case states.

In a contact report found by the Salt Lake Tribune, throughout the night of the party, there were “several fights” that prompted the host to kick people out of the party.

If convicted, aggravated murder charges in Utah can carry the death penalty. Reports said that prosecutors will make that decision after the case’s preliminary hearing.

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Cause Of the Fatal Shooting, According To Witnesses

Charging documents revealed that witnesses told investigators that Lowe, Buk, and other partygoers got into an argument just in front of Lowe’s car before the shooting began.

Buk, in an initial interview during his arrest on Oct. 3, told investigators he was not at the party.

Fuamoli Pomale, 20, who was also shot multiple times and remains in critical condition as of Oct. 3, revealed what happened before the shooting, police said.

Pomale, according to a district attorney’s office spokesman, is alive but is unable to speak due to her injuries after being shot in the chest and neck that damaged her spinal cord and some soft tissues.

Records said that she either typed her answers to the questions asked by investigators or answered non-verbally with gestures. She told investigators that the argument begun after Lowe tried moving his car when four men would not move out of the way.

Another witness revealed to police that they saw Buk take a gun from another man who was also at the party. Buk eventually walked out of the garage, holding the gun, and the shooting began, the witness said.

According to charging documents, a witness was able to take a video of the shooting. It shows a man crossing the street and lifting his hand to his middle. The man looked like he was holding a “dark object.” In the video, as he walks out of the frame, two gunshots are heard.

Just minutes later, the video shows the man standing on a park strip just in front of Lowe and Pomale who were on the ground.

Pomale told investigators that the shooter came back to finish them both off.

The person who was able to take a video recording of the incident ran away but the video was able to capture sounds of at least five gunshots going off, according to documents. Investigators were not able to retrieve the gun used.

Shooting Happened Hours After Utah Football Team Homecoming Win

The fatal shooting transpired hours after the Utah Football Team’s Homecoming win against Washington State.

Lowe, a Utes cornerback played on the Sept. 25 game and wore a No. 22 jersey as a tribute to Ty Jordan, a former teammate and friend of Lowe who died in September from what appeared to be an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Buk is currently in Salt Lake County jail, held without bail. A court hearing for the case is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

District Attorney’s office spokesman did not mention if there are other people being investigated regarding the shooting.

Buk’s Criminal History

At the time of the Sept. 26 shooting, Buk was on probation for two robberies that he committed in 2019, just two of the series of crimes he had been charged with over the past years, court records reveal.

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A man in Minnesota was charged with murder after he killed a “wrong person” instead of his ex-girlfriend, authorities said.

Suspect Found Armed With Rifle And Handgun

According to a news release by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call at 11 p.m. last Thursday regarding shots fired near the Cozy Bay Resort on Lake Edward in Nisswa.

Deputies responded to the scene and found 29-year-old Cameron Jay Moser, from Brainerd, armed with a rifle and a handgun, People reported Wednesday citing the news release.

The release also stated that deputies negotiated with Moser for over two hours to lay down his weapons. He was eventually arrested and taken into custody.

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Victim’s Body Discovered

During a search at the crime scene, the Crow Wing County Tactical Response Team discovered the body of 46-year-old Nisswa resident, Bethany Ann Bernatsky.

Bertnatsky’s body was found in the hallway of one of the resort cabins. The press release also stated that she was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported citing the criminal complaint report.

A Case Of ‘Mistaken Identity’

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard said Tuesday that they are looking into the possibility that Moser wanted to shoot his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend who is the daughter of the previous owner of the resort, Star Tribune reported.

According to Bret Jevning, a week before the incident, Moser came to the RV park he owns across the street from the resort and said he was looking for his daughter.

Jevning said that Moser was not happy about his daughter getting control of her drug abuse through counseling and that used to mock her by using drugs, according to People.

“He was angry because we weren’t giving him access to my daughter,” Jevning said.

On the night of the incident, Moser “mistook (the victim) for her daughter,” reports said.

Ben Bernatsky, brother of the victim, told Star Tribune that Moser’s ex-girlfriend looked like Bethany Ann Bernatsky. According to him, they had the same body structure, hair, and color and claimed that Moser killed the wrong person.

Moser has been charged with second-degree intentional murder and remains on hold with $1 million bail. He is set to be in court on Oct. 20.

As of present, it is still not stated if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

Bernatsky’s Family And Friends Grieve After The Incident

According to Bernatsky’s brother, his sister was a prominent horse trainer before. She grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and had recently moved back from Vermont for the winter.

A friend of the victim wrote in a Facebook post that Bernatsky believed that everyone has value and she treated them appropriately. The post also stated that Bernatsky made people around her feel loved and important.

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A suspect in his 20s wanted for several felony offenses fatally shot himself while another man was arrested after a multi-county pursuit between San Antonio and Seguin, police said.

The incident happened late Monday night. It is unclear what charges the suspect was wanted for.

The Chase

According to San Antonio police, they were trying to stop a vehicle of the suspect they say was wanted for several felony offenses. However, the driver didn’t stop and fled San Antonio through Interstate 10 East, reported KSAT.

According to police, before the suspect left the city boundaries, a man came out of the car and was apprehended. The unidentified man had a handgun and confirmed the driver was the person that officers were searching for.

Meanwhile, as the suspect approached Seguin via Interstate 10, officers with the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop him. However, the man’s vehicle took a turn and headed back to San Antonio on Interstate 10. Officers from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle with spike strips but were unsuccessful, the report said.

Soon, the San Antonio Police Department took over the chase when the suspect re-entered their jurisdiction. He then proceeded westbound on Interstate 10 and then onto Interstate 35 South, according to the report.

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According to San Antonio police, they were trying to stop a vehicle of the suspect they say was wanted for several felony offenses. However, the driver didn’t stop and fled San Antonio through Interstate 10 East. Image Credit: Flickr.com

Police officers then used a maneuver to stop the suspect’s vehicle. Finally, it came to a stop in front of a home in the 200 block of Sims, but the driver did not exit the car.

Suspect Found With Self-Inflicted Wound

When officers approached the vehicle to check on the driver, they found him dead, according to SAPD. The man was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was not publicly identified by SAPD.

According to a preliminary report, no SAPD officers shot at the suspect.

Earlier this month, the Texas Department of Public Safety released its “Crime in Texas” report for 2020, stating that as per numbers, overall crime in the state dropped by nearly 3% from 2019, but the number of murders across the state increased by 37%.

The report stated that compared to 2019, San Antonio’s overall crime dropped 16%, but like the statewide statistics show, the number of murders increased. At least 126 murders were reported in 2020 and 105 in 2019, it said.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a new executive order that bans employers, including private businesses, from requiring vaccinations of employees or customers. The move comes as the Republican governor challenged the Biden administration by accusing it of “bullying” private entities into enforcing vaccine mandates.

President Joe Biden issued vaccine mandates in September as per which all employers with more than 100 workers are required to be vaccinated or be tested weekly for the virus.

Abbott’s Crackdown On Vaccine Mandates

In the new executive order issued Monday, Abbott said that the Biden administration vaccine mandates resulted in what he said were “workforce disruptions” threatening Texas’ recovery from the pandemic, ABC 13 reported.

“The Biden administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” the governor stated in the order issued Monday.

Abbott, who tested positive for COVID-19 in August, has also banned businesses from requiring proof of vaccination and enforced a fine for violators. The governor said he would submit a request to the state legislature, led by Republicans, to codify his executive order into law.

Abbott continues to crack down on vaccine mandates. In his previous executive order, he already banned coronavirus vaccine requirements by cities, government agencies, counties and school districts. That order is currently being fought in court by San Antonio Independent School District.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Image Credit: Twitter

The governor continues to insist that though the COVID-19 vaccine is “safe, effective and our best defense against the virus,” getting vaccinated is a matter of personal choice.

COVID-19 Cases ‘Decline’ In Texas

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) data tracker, Texas has been witnessing a decline in coronavirus cases recently. As of Oct. 11, the state had 167,455 active infections and 66,700 COVID-related deaths, as per the COVID-19 data tracker.

Abbott also took to Twitter about the same:

Several big firms have been following the administration’s vaccine mandates and announced deadlines for their staff to get vaccinated or face either suspension or termination of their job.

As of now, it is not known whether the Biden administration would sue Texas for the governor’s latest executive order as it may come in way of the government’s vaccination goal.

Nationally, the United States has so far reported 44,562,287 COVID-19 cases 716,477 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

 

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A fundraising program has been launched after a family lost their father to a car crash. His two stepsons were critically injured in the same accident in Beach Park Friday evening.

Justin Moland, the coach of the Waukegan Panthers youth baseball team, said in a GoFundMe fundraiser that his players, Giovanny Rodriguez, his brother Alejandro and their stepfather, Jose Hernandez, were involved in the fatal car accident, reported ABC 7 Chicago.

Both Giovanny and Hernandez were a part of the team’s summer league championship season, Moland said. Alejandro played for Waukegan Savages age division team.

The car crash happened around 6:45 p.m. Friday on Green Bay Road north of Wadsworth Road in Beach Park.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Beach Park Fire Department were quick to react to the incident and found a crash involving four vehicles.

As per the preliminary investigation report, a 2017 Jeep Patriot, driven by a 50-year-old woman, tried to pass a truck, and then it hit a tractor and the jeep drove northbound in the lanes of Green Bay Road.

The jeep then crashed into a southbound 2014 Kia Soul, driven by Hernandez, 49, reported Lake & Mchenry County Scanner.

Hernandez was rushed to Vista Medical Center East in an ambulance in Waukegan where the medical examiner announced him dead.

Giovanny, Alejandro Critical

Giovanny and Alejandro suffered critical injuries, and are currently under observation. Moland said that Giovanny is currently in critical condition. He has broken bones and a head injury. Alejandro, on the other hand, suffered a severe concussion and other serious injuries.

The mother, Jackie, is devastated after the accident and loss of her husband, according to Moland.

He called Hernandez a “genuinely good person” who was always “willing to lend a helping hand and have a good time.”

Talking about Giovanny and Alejandro, he said that they are kind-hearted young men who light up a room with their smiles and attitude.

“The Waukegan Panthers team has been deeply affected by this tragedy,” Moland added.

The illegally passing Jeep also crashed into a Ford Explorer that was traveling southbound directly behind Hernandez’s Kia. The driver of the Ford, a 58-year-old woman, and a passenger, a 24-year-old man, were taken to Vista Medical Center East with minor injuries, police said.

The accident is currently being investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Unit.

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A remark by an attendee on Donald Trump’s Iowa rally Sunday made “Civil War” trending on Twitter which was widely circulated online by the media.

Trump’s rally in Des Moines took place Saturday. At that event, Trump supporter Lori Levi told MSNBC that she believes the U.S. is heading for a “civil war.” Levi slammed Democrats and Republicans who oppose Trump, saying most members of the GOP are “as weak as they possibly could be in Congress.”

Donald Trump supporter Lori Levi
Donald Trump supporter Lori Levi. Image credit- Twitter

Though Trump has not announced a second run for the White House, he held a campaign-style rally in Iowa.

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On Sunday afternoon, the phrase “Civil War” had been tweeted by 67,000 people on the microblogging site Twitter. Most of them ripped apart Trump supporters and the right-wing “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) movement. Some of them also offered remedies to resolve the current divide within American society, reported Forbes.

Trump Supporters Slammed

Unsuccessful Democratic presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang tweeted that a “civil war is coming if we don’t stop dehumanizing those we disagree with politically.”

The political activist promoted his new Forward Party PAC, which aims to promote democratic reforms, Independent reported.

Dean Obeidallah, the host of The Dean Obeidallah Show, said that Democratic states would be happy for largely Republican states to secede from the country — unlike what happened back in the 1860s during the Civil War.

Actress and activist Patricia Arquette also dismissed the possibility of war within the country, saying, “even in states Biden lost across the country he got millions of votes,” she tweeted.

Ahead of Trump’s rally, the Des Moines Register released a poll showing that 53% of people in Iowa view him favorably. According to the poll, Trump also had a 91% favorability rating among Iowa Republicans. The poll also showed that 99% of Iowa Democrats viewed him unfavorably.

Meanwhile, the former president continues to slam his own party establishment. He took aim at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell during the Iowa rally for not backing attempts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.

 

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Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds welcomed former president Donald Trump’s return to the state Saturday, marking the launch of the Republican’s campaign for the 2024 election.

According to Iowa Capital Dispatch, both Grassley and Reynolds stood by the former president as the latter again repeated his baseless claims of voter fraud and a stolen election to a crowd of thousands.

Grassley, Reynolds Praise Trump

Grassley, who recently announced that he would run for the eighth six-year term, heaped praise on Trump and introduced him by noting there was “a great crowd honoring a great president of the United States.”

However, neither Grassley nor Reynolds talked about Trump’s post-presidency, during which the former president has continued to make baseless claims about the results and urge Republicans to conduct “audits” of the vote counts.

Reynolds, who also sought reelection next year, gushed with praise for Trump in her brief remarks.

Trump spent around 30 minutes in the rally, his first in Iowa since his 2020 campaign, arguing falsely that he had won in Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.

“Trump won! Trump won! Trump won!,” the cheering crowd chanted across the sprawling Iowa state fairgrounds. “He did. He did. Thank you,” the former president responded to his supporters.

Ignorant About Trump’s Lies

Meanwhile, aides of Grassley and Reynolds didn’t respond to Trump’s comment last week that the “real insurrection” was the 2020 presidential election, not the storming of the Capitol by the former president’s supporters determined to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election, reported Politico.

Governor Kim Reynolds. Image credit - Twitter
Governor Kim Reynolds. Image credit – Twitter

Grassley, who voted to certify the vote, has so far not made any remarks on Trump’s continuing false claims of the election. Asked in July, he said, “On December 12, after the electoral votes were cast, Biden is the president of the United States.”

On Saturday, Trump endorsed Grassley and pledged to endorse Reynolds separately in the months ahead.

In January 2021, when asked if she and other Republican leaders should have more quickly rejected false claims of election fraud, the governor said people need to stop pointing fingers and move forward.

Meanwhile, former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Sunday said that she believes Trump will run for president in 2024 and hire “people of the January 6 mind.”

She said that initially she didn’t think Trump would run for the top job in 2024, but added: “I think now, because his base is reacting to him the way that it is, and polls are showing that he’s very much the leader of the Republican Party … I think he is going to run again.”

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