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Mississippi arson suspect accused of setting 7 fires, destroying church on Election Day is arrested: police

An arson suspect accused of setting seven fires in Jackson, Mississippi, on Election Day – including one that burned a church to the ground – has been taken into custody.  The Hinds County Sheriff’s Office said 23-year-old Delvin McLaurin was arrested in Terry after they received a tip from the public, and he will be “transferred to Jackson Police Department for further questioning.” The targets set ablaze Tuesday morning in Mississippi’s capital included the Epiphany Lutheran Church, the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, a gas station and the baseball field of Jackson State University, according to Fox8. A spokesperson for the Jackson Police Department told The Associated Press that McLaurin – whom the news agency says is also being questioned by the FBI – is already charged with felony malicious mischief. JUDGE SENTENCES ECO-ACTIVIST TO COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR OREGON ARSON CASE 
The Hinds County Sheriff’s Office says Delvin McLaurin was arrested Tuesday in Terry, Mississippi, following a tip from the public.
(Hinds County Sheriff’s Office)Officials started to receive calls about several fires starting around 2:45 a.m. Officials said six of the seven fires were put out by 6 a.m.  Epiphany Lutheran Church, one of the oldest predominately Black Lutheran churches in Mississippi, burned for more than four hours before the fire was extinguished. 
Melted siding, burned insulation, charred wooden beams and ashes of old hymnals and bulletins are all that remain at Epiphany Lutheran Church near midtown Jackson, Mississippi, on Nov. 8.
(AP/Rogelio V. Solis)One image released from the aftermath showed a cross rising out of the charred remains of the building. “It destroyed the church and everything in it,” Lloyd Caston, who lives in the neighborhood, told The Associated Press. The church is 85 years old, and renovations to the building’s interior had just been completed in March. 
The remains of old hymnals and missals are seen in the Epiphany Lutheran Church near midtown Jackson, Mississippi, on Nov. 8.
(AP/Rogelio V. Solis)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The motive for the fires was not immediately clear. 
Renovations to the Epiphany Lutheran Church’s interior were completed earlier this year.
(AP/Rogelio V. Solis)Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, at a city council meeting Tuesday, said the incidents are “believed to be arson,” the Mississippi Clarion Ledger newspaper reported. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tropical Storm Nicole churns toward Bahamas, Florida

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Nicole churned toward the northwestern Bahamas and Florida’s Atlantic coastline on Tuesday, gradually gaining strength as it neared hurricane strength, forecasters said.Nicole reached 70 mph (110 kph) late Tuesday, just shy of the 74 mph (119 kph) to become a Category 1 hurricane. A range of warnings and watches remain in place. Many areas are still reeling from damage caused by Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm in late September before dumping heavy amounts of rain across much of the central part of the state. Forecasters said heavy rain could fall on areas still recovering from Ian’s flooding.Hurricane warnings were in effect for the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini and Grand Bahama Island, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. Other areas of the Bahamas, including Andros Island, New Province and Eleuthera remained under a tropical storm warning.Residents in at least three Florida counties — Flagler, Palm Beach and Volusia — were ordered to evacuate from barrier islands, low-lying areas and mobile homes. The evacuation orders are set to take effect Wednesday. Officials at Orlando International Airport, the seventh busiest in the U.S., said commercial operations would stop Wednesday afternoon until it was safe to resume flights.“This incoming storm is a direct threat to both property and life,” said Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald. “Our infrastructure, particularly along the coastline, is very vulnerable because of Hurricane Ian.”In the Bahamas, long lines formed at gas stations and grocery stores earlier Tuesday, said Eliane Hall, who works at a hotel in Great Abaco island.“We just boarded it up,” she said of the hotel, adding that the impact of Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that struck in 2019, was still fresh in many people’s minds. “We’re still affected,” she said.Authorities said they were especially concerned about those now living in about 100 motorhomes in Grand Bahama after Dorian destroyed their homes, and about the migrant community in Great Abaco’s March Harbor that Capt. Stephen Russell, emergency management authority director, said has grown from 50 acres (20 hectares) to 200 acres (81 hectares) since Dorian. The previous community of Haitian migrants was among the hardest hit by the 2019 storm given the large number of flimsy structures in which many lived.The hurricane center said the storm’s track shifted slightly north overnight, but the exact path remains uncertain as it approaches Florida, where it is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday.By Tuesday night, hurricane warnings were issued for a large portion of Florida’s Atlantic Coast, from Boca Raton to north of Daytona Beach. Tropical storm warnings are in place for other parts of the Florida coast, all the way to Altamaha Sound, Georgia. The warning area also stretches inland, covering Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, with tropical storm watches in effect on the state’s Gulf Coast from Bonita Beach in southwestern Florida to Indian Pass in the Panhandle. The tropical storm watch extends north to the South Santee River in South Carolina.Jack Beven, a National Hurricane Center forecaster, said the storm has a “very large cyclonic envelope,” meaning that even if it makes landfall along the central Florida coastline, the effects will be felt as far north as Georgia.NASA announced that because of the storm, next week’s planned launch of its much-anticipated moon rocket will be pushed back two days to Nov. 16. The 322-foot (98-meter) rocket will send an empty crew capsule around the moon and back in a dramatic flight test before astronauts climb aboard in a couple of years.However, the storm did not have any impact on voting in Florida on Tuesday. Officials in the Bahamas opened more than two dozen shelters across the archipelago on Tuesday as they closed schools and government offices in Abaco, Bimini, the Berry Islands and Grand Bahama.Authorities warned that some airports and seaports will close as the storm nears and not reopen until Thursday, and they urged people in shantytowns to seek secure shelter.Communities in Abaco are expected to receive a direct hit from Nicole as they still struggle to recover from Dorian.“We don’t have time to beg and plead for persons to move,” Russell said.Some counties in Florida were offering sandbags to residents. In Indian River County, which is north of West Palm Beach, shelters were set to open at 7 a.m. Wednesday, though no mandatory evacuation orders had been issued by late morning Tuesday, said spokesman Mason Kozac. Any evacuations would be strictly voluntary, with residents “having a conversation with themselves about whether they need to leave or not,” Kozac said. The mandatory evacuation order in Palm Beach County affects 52,000 residents of mobile homes and 67,000 residents of barrier islands, officials said in an afternoon news conference. Shelters up and down the coast were opening at 7 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.Schools will be closed in multiple counties across Florida as the storm approaches. Some announced closures through Friday, already an off day because of the Veteran’s Day holiday. Other districts have said they would cancel classes on Thursday. The University of Central Florida, one of the largest U.S. universities with 70,000 students and 12,000 employees, was closing on Wednesday and Thursday. Disney World outside Orlando planned to close its Typhoon Lagoon water park and two miniature golf courses on Thursday.In Seminole County, north of Orlando, Hurricane Ian caused unprecedented flooding, and officials are concerned the impending storm could bring a new round of flooding and wind damage.“The water on the ground has saturated the root structures of many trees. The winds could bring down trees and those could bring down power lines,” Alan Harris, Seminole County’s emergency manager, said at a Tuesday news conference.In South Carolina, forecasters warned several days of onshore winds from Nicole could pile seawater into places like downtown Charleston. Thursday morning’s high tide was predicted to be higher than the water level from Hurricane Ian.At 10 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was about 150 miles (240 kilometers) east-northeast of the northwestern Bahamas and 325 miles (525 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. It was moving west-southwest at 10 mph (17 kph).Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 380 miles (610 kilometers) from the center of the storm, the National Hurricane Center’s advisory said.The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. The last storm to hit Florida in November was Tropical Storm Eta, which made landfall in Cedar Key, on the state’s Gulf Coast, on Nov. 12, 2020.Since record keeping began in 1853, Florida has had only two hurricanes make landfall in November, said Maria Torres, a spokesperson for the Hurricane Center. The first was the Yankee Hurricane in 1935, and the second was Hurricane Kate, which struck Florida’s Panhandle as a Category 2 storm in 1985.——— Walker reported from New York City. Associated Press writers Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mike Schneider in Orlando, Florida, Terry Spencer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, South Carolina contributed to this report.———For more AP coverage of hurricanes: https://apnews.com/hub/hurricanes

FBI arrests 2 Venezuelan illegal immigrants for assault on Border Patrol agent in Texas

The FBI announced on Tuesday that two illegal immigrants from Venezuela were arrested and charged for allegedly pushing, dragging and punching a Border Patrol agent while being apprehended in Texas. Kevin Escalona Gonzalez, 35, and 27-year-old Yuleixy Mata Fuentes – two Venezuelan nationals and “undocumented non-citizens” – were arrested for an assault on a federal officer on Oct. 31. At approximately 6:45 a.m. that day, a U.S. Border Patrol agent was advised of a group of undocumented non-citizens crossing into the United States. It was not clear how many migrants were in the initial group. The agent followed the group into a residential area adjacent to Ascarate Park. TEXAS TRACTOR-TRAILER HUMAN SMUGGLING SURVIVOR RECALLS HARROWING JOURNEY: ‘THEY COULDN’T BREATHE’
Border Patrol agents from the El Paso sector fire rubber bullets to a group of Venezuelan migrants as they cross the Rio Bravo (or Rio Grande, as it is called in the US), after a demonstration against U.S. immigration policies in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on October 31, 2022. 
(HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)The group dispersed and ran, however, the agent caught up to Gonzalez and Fuentes, who refused to comply with commands, according to a press release from FBI El Paso published on Tuesday. The agent attempted to handcuff them; however, they allegedly resisted arrest and an altercation ensued. During the altercation, the agent was “pushed, dragged, and punched by the individuals,” FBI said. The agent was able to gain control of them without further incident, according to the bureau. 
An illegal migrant found smuggled in a vehicle is apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol and the Webb County Sheriff on October 12, 2022, in Laredo, Texas. 
(ALLISON DINNER/AFP via Getty Images)Gonzalez and Fuentes made their initial court appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Nov. 1 and are currently being held at the El Paso County Correctional Facility. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol work tirelessly to keep our borders safe,” said FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey. “Assaults on Border Patrol agents or any other federal agents/officers or task force officers will not be tolerated and will be addressed swiftly by our office so they can continue to carry out their sworn duty to protect our communities.”
Venezuelan migrants flee from the Border Patrol agents of the El Paso sector during a demonstration against U.S. immigration policies in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on October 31, 2022. 
(HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)The FBI El Paso Field Office’s Safe Streets and Violent Crime Task Force investigated this case.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News Digital reached out to FBI El Paso seeking more information about the case. 

Kansas City police officer lauded as hero for rushing to save 1-month-old baby who stopped breathing

A Kansas City, Missouri police officer is being lauded as a hero after saving a one-month-old baby girl who stopped breathing. “That’s my hero. He saved my daughter,” the baby’s mom, Tajanea Allen, told Fox4KC. “I will do anything for that man, he saved my daughter and I thank him for that.”Officers Richard DuChaine and Charles Owen rushed to a Kansas City home Thursday, arriving before EMS. The baby’s dad immediately handed the girl, named Kamiyah, to DuChaine as he got into the home, body cam footage released by the department shows. “I knew that he was going to make sure that she was going to be okay,” Allen told Fox4KC. MISSISSIPPI POLICE OFFICER SAVES CHOKING BABY
Kansas City Police officer Richard DuChaine in photo with baby he helped save. 
(Kansas City Police Dept)Allen told the outlet that her baby was not acting normal Thursday morning and abruptly stopped breathing. DuChaine began infant chest compressions on the young girl, but the maneuver did not work. The police officer then turned her over and began back thrusts, which helped the baby begin breathing again.  OFF-DUTY MINNESOTA POLICE OFFICER RUSHES ‘WITHOUT HESITATION’ TO SAVE COLLAPSED MAN WORKING OUT AT GYM
Body cam footage showing officer helping revive baby who stopped breathing. 
(Kansas City Police Dept)”There she goes, come on,” DuChaine is heard in the body cam footage of him helping the child. ​​”After several back thrusts I could start seeing a little bit of life coming to the baby,” DuChaine said, according to Fox4KC. CALIFORNIA POLICE SAVE MAN FROM BURNING CAR, MIGHT HAVE BEEN UNDER INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL: ‘GET OUT OF THE CAR!’Kamiyah was taken to a local hospital and diagnosed with RSV. She is expected to recover. She was also born premature at 34 weeks. “But she’s a fighter,” Allen said. “She’s a fighter.”DuChaine has his own family, including a daughter who was also born prematurely. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”I’ve been in your shoes, I know exactly what it feels like,” DuChaine said, according to Fox4KC. “And that’s the biggest thing, is just being so close and I could actually relate to this family that I serve.”

Facebook parent company Meta laying off 13% of employees

Facebook parent Meta is laying off 11,000 people, about 13% of its workforce, as it contends with faltering revenue and broader tech industry woes, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a letter to employees Wednesday.The move that comes just a week after widespread layoffs at Twitter under its new owner, billionaire Elon Musk.Meta, like other social media companies, enjoyed a financial boost during the pandemic lockdown era because more people stayed home and scrolled on their phones and computers. But as the lockdowns ended and people started going outside again, revenue growth began to falter. An economic slowdown and a grim outlook for online advertising — by far Meta’s biggest revenue source — have contributed to Meta’s woes. This summer, Meta posted its first quarterly revenue decline in history, followed by another, bigger decline in the fall. Some of the pain is company-specific, while some is tied to broader economic and technological forces. Last week, Twitter laid off about half of its 7,500 employees, part of a chaotic overhaul as Musk took the helm. He tweeted that there was no choice but to cut the jobs “when the company is losing over $4M/day,” though did not provide details about the losses. Meta has worried investors by pouring over $10 billion a year into the “metaverse” as it shifts its focus away from social media. CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicts the metaverse, an immersive digital universe, will eventually replace smartphones as the primary way people use technology. Meta and its advertisers are bracing for a potential recession. There’s also the challenge of Apple’s privacy tools, which make it more difficult for social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snap to track people without their consent and target ads to them. Competition from TikTok is also an a growing threat as younger people flock to the video sharing app over Instagram, which Meta also owns.

US to climate summit: American big steps won’t be repealed

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — U.S. President Joe Biden is coming to international climate talks in Egypt this week with a message that historic American action to fight climate change won’t shift into reverse, as happened twice before when Democrats lost power.Current and former Biden top climate officials said the vast majority of the summer’s incentive-laden $375 billion climate-and-health spending package — by far the biggest law passed by Congress to fight global warming — was crafted in a way that will make it hard and unpalatable for future Republican Congresses or presidents to reverse it.Outside experts agree, but say other parts of the Biden climate agenda can be stalled by a Republican Congress and courts.Twice in the 30-year history of climate negotiations, Democratic administrations helped forged an international agreement, but when they lost the White House, their Republican successors pulled out of those pacts. And after decades of American promises at past climate summits but little congressional action, the United States for the first time has actual legislation to point to. The climate and health law, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, was approved without a single Republican vote, prompting some advocates to worry it may not withstand GOP attacks if Republicans gain control of the House or Senate.Then Tuesday’s election happened, with a razor-thin contest for control of Congress.Results are still not quite known, but Democrats showed surprising strength. Sierra Club President Ramon Cruz at the climate summit Wednesday claimed a victory of sorts, saying, “We see in a way that people in the U.S. actually do understand and do support climate action.”If Republicans grab control of Congress, they won’t have a veto-proof majority, and even if a Republican takes over the White House in the next few years the tax credits will be in place and spur industry, said Samantha Gross, head of climate and energy studies at the centrist Brookings Institution. “It’s a lot of tax credits and goodies that make it hard to repeal,” Gross said.At the climate negotiations in Egypt, where Biden arrives Friday, his special climate envoy John Kerry said, “Most of what we’re doing cannot be changed by anyone else who comes to Washington because most of what we do is in the private sector. The marketplace has made its decision to do what we need to do.”It’s all by design, said Gina McCarthy, who until recently was Biden’s domestic climate czar. “About 70% of the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act are about (tax) credits that directly benefit” industries, McCarthy said in an interview with The Associated Press at the climate negotiations. She said it will be difficult for Republicans to “change the dynamic” to significantly undermine the act. “It is passed, is beneficial. We have Republicans all throughout the country actually doing ribbon cuttings.”Studies show most of the money, new jobs, are going into Republican states, said climate policy analyst Alden Meyer of the E3G think-tank. McCarthy and Kerry are “largely correct” in claiming the law can’t be rolled back, he said, and Gross agreed.Several analyses, inside and outside the government, said the law would cut U.S. emissions by 40% by 2030, compared to 2005 levels, which is not quite the official U.S. goal of 50% to 52% cuts by that time. But McCarthy is saying, wait, there’s more. She said that upcoming but not yet announced carbon pollution regulations and advances by private industries, states and cities will allow the United States to achieve and even exceed that goal, something outside experts are far more skeptical about.Republicans are likely to push for a sharp increase in oversight of Biden administration policies, including incentives for electric vehicles and loans for clean energy projects such as battery manufacturers, wind and solar farms and production of “clean” hydrogen.“Republicans are looking for the next Solyndra,’’ said Joseph Brazauskas, a former Trump-era Environmental Protection Agency official, referring to a California solar company that failed soon after receiving more than $500 million in federal aid under the Obama administration.“Certainly, congressional oversight is likely to ramp up considerably’’ under a GOP-led House or Senate, said Brazauskas, who led the Trump EPA’s congressional relations office and now is a principal with the Bracewell LLP law firm.Republicans support many of the tax credits approved under the climate law. But they complain Biden is moving too fast to replace gas-engine cars with electric vehicles and say he hasn’t done enough to counter China’s influence in the renewable energy supply chain.Republicans also are likely to probe EPA actions on climate change, air quality and wetlands, citing a Supreme Court ruling last summer that curbed the EPA’s authority to address climate change, Brazauskas said. The decision, known as West Virginia v. EPA, “has really opened a window for regulatory scrutiny at the agency,” he said.Democrats say they learned important lessons from the Solyndra episode and don’t intend to repeat past mistakes. The loan program that helped Solyndra turned a profit and generates an estimated $500 million in interest income for the federal government every year.Even with a Democratic Congress, the Biden Administration couldn’t dramatically increase climate aid to poor nations. The rich countries of the world in 2009 promised $100 billion a year to help poorer nations switch to green energy sources and adapt to a warmer world. T hey haven’t fulfilled that promise, with the United States donating far less than Europe.That money doesn’t include the hottest topic at the Egyptian climate talks: Loss and damage, meaning reparations for climate-related disasters. The United States is historically the No. 1 carbon polluter, while poorer nations with small carbon emissions bear the brunt of climate disasters, like Pakistan, where devastating flooding submerged a third of the nation and displaced millions of people.Dozens of protesters called for reparations at a demonstration on Wednesday.“I think the regulatory agenda is tougher and the international climate finance landscape will be very, very bleak,” Meyer said.The U.S. government also released a new draft report about what climate change is doing to America, determining that over the past 50 years, the United States has warmed 68% faster than the planet as a whole. Since 1970, the continental U.S. has experienced 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit of warming, well above the average for the planet, according to a draft of the National Climate Assessment, which is the U.S. government’s definitive report on the effects of climate change and represents a range of federal agencies.The changes in the U.S. reflect a broader global pattern in which land areas and higher latitudes warm faster than the ocean and lower latitudes, the report says.The effects of human-caused climate change on the United States “are already far-reaching and worsening,’’ the draft report says, but every added amount of warming that can be avoided or delayed will reduce harmful impacts. The congressionally mandated assessment was last issued under the Trump administration in 2018 and the Biden administration put out a draft of the newer version this week, seeking public comment and peer review. The final report is expected next year.Risks from accelerating temperatures and precipitation, sea-level rise, climate-fueled extreme weather and other impacts increase as the planet warms, the report says. “The things Americans value most are at risk,’’ the report says.———Daly reported from Washington.

Nicole strengthens, threatens Bahamas and Florida coastline

MIAMI — Subtropical Storm Nicole began strengthening and transitioning into a tropical storm early Tuesday as it churned toward the northwestern Bahamas and Florida’s Atlantic coastline, forecasters said.“With Nicole’s structure beginning to take on more tropical characteristics, strengthening is likely to commence later today,” the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.A range of warnings and watches remain in place. Many areas are still reeling from damage caused by Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm in late September, before dumping heavy amounts of rain across much of central part of the state.Hurricane warnings were in effect for the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini and Grand Bahama Island, the advisory said. Other areas of the Bahamas, including Andros Island, New Province and Eleuthera remained under a tropical storm warning. The hurricane center said the storm’s track shifted slightly north overnight, but the exact path remains uncertain. It was expected to make landfall along Florida’s coast as a Category 1 hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday.In the U.S., tropical storm warnings and hurricane watches were issued for much of Florida’s Atlantic coastline north of Miami, to Altamaha Sound, Georgia. The warning area stretches inland, covering Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, with tropical storm watches in effect on the state’s Gulf Coast — from Bonita Beach in southwest Florida to the Ochlockonee River in the Panhandle.The difference between a subtropical and tropical storm is largely academic. A subtropical storm is a non-frontal low-pressure system that has characteristics of both tropical and extratropical cyclones and tend to have a larger wind field, extending much farther from their centers.At 7 a.m., the storm was about 385 miles (615 kilometers) east northeast of the northwestern Bahamas and moving at 8 mph (13 kph), with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph).