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Israel has Not Been Included in Soleimani Murder & “Should not be Dragged into it” Netanyahu says

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Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly removed Israel from the assassination of Soleimani and warned his cabinet not to get too involved with the murder of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in an effort to prevent Tel Aviv from becoming aroused by the worsening conflict between the U.S. President, Donald Trump’s firm ally.

“The assassination of Soleimani is not an Israeli event, but an American event,” he told his cabinet on Monday. We have not been involved and should not be drawn into it, “Channel 13 states.

RT reports: He urged ministers not to talk in the press about Thursday’s targeted assassination, but to not give the impression that Israel played a role therein. RT reports:

The Mossad directors and military intelligence told the ministers that the possibility of a retaliatory attack would be small because, “Israel remained far from the incident” and that on Tuesday after the national mourning period for Soleimani Iran was about to prepare its reciprocal move from the same sources.

Netanyahu’s sudden hesitation is particularly notable because, for much of his political career, he supported a US-Iran war. For over 20 years, he insisted, even when Israel’s intelligence publicly argued otherwise, on the Islamic Republic’s only steps away from nuclear weapons production.

The Israeli PM was also at the forefront of the recent Iraq war and warned US Congress of the existence of “weapons of mass destruction,” including atomic bombs, by the US Congress in 2002.

Just last year, Netanyahu encouraged the United States and its Middle East allies to take up the war against Iran, emboldened by US President Donald Trump’s decision to reject the 2015 Nuclear Agreement and reinstate paralyzing sanctions against Tehran despite its compliance with the agreement.

Nevertheless, the open killing of an apparently highly popular military commander in Iran, not only in Tehran but among Hezbollah–a Lebanese Shian militia that boasts of battling Israel at an end in 2006–also caused severe retaliation.

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The best places to spot bald eagles in Missouri this winter

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The best places to spot bald eagles in Missouri this winter

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Since 1782 the majestic bald eagle has been the national bird of the United States. They were on the verge of extinction when the federal government declared them endangered in 1978.

Now, the species has made a remarkable comeback, and spotting them isn’t as rare as it was decades ago. The state of Missouri is sort of a magnet for the birds as they move south for the winter, looking for open water to fish.

There are more than 175 active eagle nests in Missouri. Typically there are more than 2,000 bald eagles spotted during the winter.

Spotting the birds often depends on the weather. Temperatures up north must be cold enough to push the eagles southward. But if a major cold spell freezes most lakes and wetlands, the birds will migrate south.

You can see the birds along the Mississippi River. They are often seen in trees along the banks and near the locks that control the flow of the water.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that you can see the eagles in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas along the Missouri River. They often perch in tall trees looking for prey.

Here are some of the best places to find bald eagles in Missouri:

  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270, off of Riverview Drive, St. Louis
  • Audubon Center at Riverlands east of West Alton
  • Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access, east of Bagnell
  • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K, southwest of Columbia
  • Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville
  • Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield
  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico
  • Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs
  • Smithville Lake north of Kansas City
  • Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City
  • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner
  • Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson
  • Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw

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66-year-old who disappeared before trial for sex crimes found dead

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66-year-old who disappeared before trial for sex crimes found dead

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A 66-year-old local man who was reported missing on the morning he was due in court to stand trial for numerous sex crimes has been found dead.

Michael Taber had been staying at an apartment in the 1900 block of Lemay Ferry Road. He went missing around 2 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29. According to the St Louis County Police Department, Taber left his cellphone and a suicide note behind, as well as an ankle monitor.

Court records indicate Taber was ordered to wear an ankle monitor while awaiting trial in St. Louis City for one count of second-degree statutory rape, two counts of second-degree child molestation, one count of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree aggravated sexual abuse, one count of second-degree statutory sodomy, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

St. Louis County Police sent out a tweet Monday afternoon saying Taber had been located. A department spokesperson said Taber was found dead due to a probable self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police did not say where Taber’s body was discovered.

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Parade of planets visible in the night sky this week

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Parade of planets visible in the night sky this week

ST. LOUIS – There will be a parade of planets this month. December 6-10 you will be able to see three planets and then on December 12 you will be able to see 5. There will be a crescent moon earlier in the month which will provide less moonlight, making it easier to see the planets.

The Missouri Department of Conservation shared this timeline for planet viewing:

  • On December 6th, the crescent moon will appear near Venus within 3 degrees in the early evening sky. Venus is the brightest planet.
  • On December 7th, the crescent moon and Saturn are about 5 degrees apart. Saturn is a fainter planet with a gold color. If conditions are right, you can see its rings with a telescope during twilight, and may even see its largest moon, Titan,
  • On December 8th, the moon approaches close to Jupiter, our largest planet. With clear conditions and a telescope, you may be able to see its four largest moons.
  • On December 10th, look for the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn forming a nice row in the sky.
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The St. Louis Astronomy Facebook page says the best time to observe 5 planets together will be after sunset on December 12. Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon will be visible to the naked eye. You will need a pair of binoculars or a small telescope to see Neptune, Uranus, Ceres (a dwarf planet), and Pallas (a large asteroid).

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