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Gen. Milley defends calls with China during Trump presidency



Gen. Milley defends calls with China during Trump presidency

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — In the new book “Peril,” Watergate journalist Bob Woodward and co-author Robert Costa claim the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff circumvented former President Trump and his authority because he was worried about Trump’s stability.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley is defending his past calls to Chinese officials as “keeping with his duties and responsibilities… to maintain strategic stability.”

“Frequent communication with two countries like China and Russia is not atypical at all,” said Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.

The book “Peril” claims Milley made calls to China in October and January, reassuring his counterparts that then-President Trump would not launch a surprise military attack.

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) said Milley should resign or be fired.

“If it’s true, it means he broke the chain of command, it means he communicated with an opponent of the United States without civilian authorization — the authorization of his commander in chief,” said Hawley.

The book also claims Milley worried about Trump’s mental decline and asked U.S. military officials to contact him before launching nuclear attacks.

Former President Trump said if the story is true, he assumed Milley would be fired for treason.

“I have great confidence in General Milley,” President Joe Biden said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said understanding the calls requires context.

“The outgoing president of the United States, during this period of time, fomented unrest leading to an insurrection and attack on our nation’s capital,” said Psaki.

Psaki said Trump’s cabinet was also concerned and were “questioning the former president’s stability, his behavior and his suitability to see the national security of the United States.”


Hawley said Milley needs to explain himself before Congress as soon as possible.

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Picked to finish last in Big Ten, Gophers men’s basketball team has ‘chip on our shoulder’



Picked to finish last in Big Ten, Gophers men’s basketball team has ‘chip on our shoulder’

Big Ten Network host Dave Revsine asked Friday how the Gophers men’s basketball team will be defined under new head coach Ben Johnson.

“I think a lot of things,” Johnson responded from Big Ten Media Days inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. “I think obviously we are all defined by winning.”

Victories are expected to be hard to come by for Johnson’s first team at Minnesota. The U is picked to finish last in the 14-team Big Ten this season, according the annual poll conducted by The Athletic and Columbus Dispatch. Twenty-eight beat reporters across the conference picked the Gophers to finish no higher than 12th.

The Gophers received  34 total votes, while Northwestern and Penn State were tied for 12th with 81. Michigan and Purdue both received 373 total votes, with the Wolverines receiving one more first-place tally.

Continuing his answer about defining traits to Revsine, Johnson laid out more: a focus on individual and team development, toughness and togetherness.

“We’ve got to be the team of all teams,” Johnson said. “That these guys are laying the foundation to, that we will be able to use as a launching pad to really take off.”

On BTN, Johnson didn’t outright address the Gophers’ projected standing in the pecking order, although he did allude to it.

“We all kind of have that chip on our shoulder, and I know we all want to do the thing that I’m sure a lot of people don’t think we can do,” Johnson said. “And that’s OK.”

The Gophers have 11 incoming transfers among its 15 players, with just one healthy scholarship player returning from last season, center Eric Curry, who has overcome multiple injuries throughout his career at the U.

Curry and guard Payton Willis, who has transferred back for his second stint at Minnesota, are the only two players who have taken the court together.

“You are really building that chemistry piece from the bottom up,” Johnson said. “What we really try to do in the recruiting process and with the (transfer) portal is if you are going to take this many transfers and new pieces, they better be like-minded. They better be like-minded on the court and off the court. If they don’t have similar values and they are not like-minded, that is when ego can come into play, that is when agendas can come into play.”

Johnson was hired in May and saw almost their entire 2020-21 roster leave before bringing guys in for his inaugural roster.

“This team has come together from a chemistry standpoint way quicker than I would have ever guessed,” Johnson said. “It started before guys even got to campus with a text chain that they got on their own. So when they got here, I think they felt like they already kind of knew each other.”

Willis said the team’s strengths are “our IQ and our unselfishness that we have and our experience, We have a handful of guys that have had success at the mid-major level, and they have chips on their shoulders that they want to prove that they can do it here, too.”


1. Michigan — 373 (13)
2. Purdue — 373 (12)
3. Illinois — 320 (3)
4. Ohio State — 316
5. Maryland — 269
6. Michigan State — 262
7. Indiana — 219
8. Rutgers — 208
9. Iowa — 150
10. Wisconsin — 149
11. Nebraska — 105
12. Northwestern — 81
12. Penn State — 81
14. Gophers — 34

Source: The Athletic and Columbus Dispatch
Note: Total points (first-place votes)

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US appeals court lets Texas temporarily resume abortion law



US appeals court lets Texas temporarily resume abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court Friday night allowed Texas to temporarily resume banning most abortions, just one day after clinics across the state began rushing to serve patients again for the first time since early September.

Abortion providers in Texas had been bracing for the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals to act quickly, even as they booked new appointments and reopened their doors during a brief reprieve from the law known as Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman, an appointee of President Barack Obama, issued an order suspending the Texas law that he called an “offensive deprivation” of the constitutional right to an abortion. It came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Biden administration, which warned that other GOP-controlled states could rush to adopt similar measures.

But the New Orleans-based appeals court quickly granted Texas’ request to set aside Pitman’s order for now while the case is reviewed. It ordered the Justice Department to respond by Tuesday.

Texas had roughly two dozen abortion clinics before the law took effect Sept. 1, and not all Texas abortion providers resumed services while it was on hold. Many physicians had feared a swift reversal from the appeals court that risked putting them back in legal jeopardy.

The new law threatens Texas abortion providers with lawsuits from private citizens, who are entitled to collect at least $10,000 in damages if successful. That novel approach is the reason why courts had not blocked the law prior to Pitman’s ruling, since the state plays no role in enforcing the restrictions.

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Candy corn brat? Wisconsin meat market unveils ‘Spook’Toberfest sausage



Candy corn brat? Wisconsin meat market unveils ‘Spook’Toberfest sausage

MADISON, Wis. – A meat market in Madison, Wisconsin has created a one-of-a-kind item combining a Halloween treat and a Wisconsin staple.

Jenifer Street Market has a candy corn-filled brat. It is adeptly named ‘Spook’Toberfest brats. Those looking to obtain this unique creation will have to travel to Madison, however.

The brat is made with Lake Louie Brewing’s Oktoberfest and regular candy corn. Jenifer Street Market describes it as slightly sweet and ‘not scary at all.’

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Even though Lambeau Field recently unveiled new concession items, Packer fans should not expect to see this item during October home games.

More information on all of Jenifer Street Market’s items can be found on their Facebook page.

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Ameren implements new ‘gas sniffing’ vehicle that helps detect leaks



Ameren implements new ‘gas sniffing’ vehicle that helps detect leaks

ST. LOUIS – New technology is rolling around the metro-east in search of gas leaks.

The Ameren mobile leak detection unit, aka the ‘gas sniffer,’ is a so-called game-changer. It’s a vehicle that drives through areas and detects dangerous gas leaks.

“We use technicians that walk along the ground with a survey device that finds leaks and this vehicle allows us to do it much quicker and more sensitive than previous technology,” Eric Kozak said.

Ameren Illinois said the technology is 1,000 more sensitive than the current technology. Testing on effectiveness is still ongoing but so far so good.

There are “several components integrated onto the hybrid vehicle,” Ben Dori said. “This unit in front pulls in particles from the atmosphere. Going back to the analyzer we have a sonic and monitor on the roof that’s detecting wind speed and direction.”

“We have a GPS unit on the roof, and that all comes back to the analyzer in the truck. The analyzer is using laser-based technology to sense methane in the samples in the atmosphere.”

Ameren has one of these gas sniffing vehicles now, but once they perfect the technology the plan is to purchase more.

“It’s going to allow us to find leaks quicker and spend more time fixing leaks than looking for them,”

The vehicle can be seen at night time when the technology works best. 

If you smell gas, pick up the phone and call 811. 

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Correa, Alvarez help Astros take 2-0 lead over Sox in ALDS



Correa, Alvarez help Astros take 2-0 lead over Sox in ALDS

HOUSTON — Carlos Correa was aggressive at the plate. Same for Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker. Jose Altuve turned in a couple of gems in the field.

The Houston Astros are relentless — especially in the playoffs.

Correa hit a two-run double during Houston’s five-run seventh inning, and the Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Friday for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.

“They’ve been here before and they’ve experienced it,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “Belief is a big part of this game and belief will take you a long, long ways — and these guys as a unit, they believe.”

Sure looks that way.

Tucker homered and drove in three runs as the Astros moved within one win of their fifth straight appearance in the AL Championship Series. Alex Bregman had two hits and scored twice, and Altuve made a couple of big plays.

“I think experience plays a huge part of it,” Correa said. “The moment is never too big for the guys in that clubhouse.”

Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Sunday night in Chicago.

The Astros grabbed the lead for good on Alvarez’s tiebreaking RBI single off Aaron Bummer (0-1) with one out in the seventh. Craig Kimbrel then took over and retired Yuli Gurriel before Correa’s drive to right sailed past Leury García, who turned all the way around while trying to track down the ball.

Correa screamed and gestured to the crowd to yell with him as he reached second. The star shortstop is eligible for free agency after this season, and it’s going to be quite costly for the AL West champion Astros to keep him.

The versatile García had just moved from second base to right, replacing Adam Engel.

“They’re really good, but I thought we played really well, too,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “But they played better — just enough.”

Tucker then punctuated the inning with a two-run shot into the seats in left, lifting Houston to a 9-4 lead.

The Astros got 10 hits for the second straight day, but their defense stole the show.

Altuve led the way. He made a diving grab to take a hit away Andrew Vaughn in the sixth. He wowed again when he fielded a sharp grounder from Eloy Jiménez and got the throw to first base in time for the first out of the eighth.

Gurriel got the first two outs of the fourth when the first baseman turned an unassisted double play, and Tucker dashed to grab a fly ball hit by Yasmani Grandal with runners on first and second in the seventh.

“Defense is something that we work on before we even hit,” Baker said. “These guys take pride in defense. And so that’s something I think is overlooked by a lot of clubs, but never on my clubs.”

The Astros rolled to a 6-1 win in Game 1 behind a splendid start by Lance McCullers Jr. Framber Valdez struggled in Game 2, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The White Sox grabbed a 4-2 lead with three runs in the fifth. Luis Robert and José Abreu each hit an RBI single, and Grandal added a sacrifice fly.

But the Astros tied it in the bottom half on Gurriel’s two-run single. It was the first hit of the series for the AL batting champion.

The loss drops the AL Central champion White Sox to 0-6 in Houston this season. They are trying to avoid another early postseason exit after they were eliminated by Oakland in the first round last year.

“Our backs are against the wall right now,” shortstop Tim Anderson said. “We know what we need to do, we’ve got to take care of business. Things will get better. It’s good to head back home, for sure.”

Robert and Anderson had three hits apiece. Abreu, who had been slowed by flu-like symptoms, had two hits and drove in a run.

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UNC football: What fans need to know ahead of Eastern Washington game



UNC football: What fans need to know ahead of Eastern Washington game

The University of Northern Colorado (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky) welcomes top FCS offense and league leader Eastern Washington (5-0, 2-0 Big Sky) to Greeley on Saturday.

Here is what fans need to know, and might have missed, before the two teams take the field.

Time: 1 p.m.Watch: ESPN+Special events: The program will honor the players from the 1996 National Championship team and retire Vincent Jackson’s jersey

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Tellez HR, throw spark Brewers over Braves 2-1 in Game 1



Tellez HR, throw spark Brewers over Braves 2-1 in Game 1

MILWAUKEE — Rowdy Tellez fouled off Charlie Morton’s pitch in a scoreless game, then headed toward the dugout for a deep breath and a new bat.

Just the break the Milwaukee Brewers needed.

Tellez spoiled Morton’s gem by hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Brewers over the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Friday in the opener of their NL Division Series.

“I’m still out of breath,” Tellez said. “It was a crazy moment.”

Corbin Burnes, Adrian Houser and Josh Hader combined on a four-hitter that gave Milwaukee the early lead in this best-of-five series. Game 2 is Saturday in Milwaukee.

Former Brewer Orlando Arcia grounded to second with runners on the corners to end the game. That came after Milwaukee catcher Omar Narváez — who combined with first baseman Tellez on a key first-inning double play — blocked Hader’s 1-2 pitch in the dirt to keep Freddie Freeman at third base.

Neither team produced much offense until the Brewers finally broke through in the seventh.

After Morton (0-1) plunked Avisaíl García with a 1-2 pitch to start the inning, Tellez ripped another 1-2 offering from Morton over the center-field wall to break a scoreless tie.

“Even in those at-bats, I got them where I wanted to be,” Morton said. “I just didn’t finish them off. I hit Avi, and then I grooved one to Rowdy.”

Tellez was 1 for 13 against the Braves this season until delivering that 411-foot drive, which came immediately after the hefty, bearded slugger fouled a pitch off.

“I don’t know if I broke that bat,” Tellez said. “I just saw something fly off of it. I was like, ‘I need all the help I can get right now.’

“I walked back, and the bat boy didn’t even realize. I kind of just collected my breath and calmed myself, got back to the box, and I said, ‘(Keep) my foot down and just see the pitch and hit the ball hard.’ That’s all I wanted to do.”

The big hit capped quite a comeback for Tellez, who was activated from the injured list Saturday after missing about three weeks with a right patella strain.

“It was a tight timetable,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We knew it was going to be tight. We were fortunate that he got himself healthy. The training staff did a heck of a job.”

Atlanta’s Joc Pederson lofted a pinch-hit homer off Houser (1-0) with two outs in the eighth.

Morton’s 85th and final pitch to Tellez was among the few mistakes he made all day. He struck out nine, walked one and hit a batter to continue his recent history of exceptional postseason performances.

Burnes was every bit as good in his first career postseason start.

The NL Cy Young Award contender opened the game with two straight walks and threw 40 pitches in the first two innings but settled down from there. The right-hander struck out six and gave up two hits and three walks in six shutout innings, throwing 91 pitches.

“They’re an aggressive offense,” Burnes said. “That was kind of the key tonight was to try to play off of that. We were just trying to do too much early on.”

After the Braves put runners on the corners with nobody out but failed to score in the top of the first, nobody got a runner past first base until Tellez homered.

Neither team had a hit until Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain had a one-out single to right in the third. The Braves’ first hit came when Eddie Rosario led off the fifth with a bloop single to center.

Atlanta’s best scoring chance came at the start of the game.

Burnes walked the first two batters he faced — Jorge Soler and Freeman — with Soler advancing to third on a passed ball.

Ozzie Albies followed with a sharp grounder down the first-base line that Tellez caught just before stepping on the bag. When he noticed Soler was trying to score from third, Tellez threw to the plate.

Narváez caught the one-hop throw and tagged Soler to complete the double play. Counsell called it the play of the game.

“I made a terrible throw,” Tellez said. “I’ve got a good catcher back there. He’s an All-Star for a reason. Made a great tag. That whole play doesn’t happen without him.”

Freeman advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Burnes struck out Austin Riley to end the threat.

“You love to get a pitcher like that early before he gets settled in,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “Because they get out of an inning like that and things happen like (they) did.”

Milwaukee is playing this series without setup man Devin Williams and left-handed reliever Brent Suter. Williams fractured his throwing hand when he punched a wall the night the Brewers clinched the NL Central, and Suter has a strained right oblique.

Without those two in the bullpen, the Brewers had Houser work two innings to set things up for Hader. Houser spent the regular season in Milwaukee’s rotation.


Left-hander Max Fried (14-7, 3.04) starts for the Braves and All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff (9-10, 2.56) pitches for the Brewers on Saturday. Fried has gone 7-0 with a 1.46 ERA over his last 11 starts.


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Colorado high school football: How CHSAANow Top 10 teams fared in Week 7



Colorado high school football: How CHSAANow Top 10 teams fared in Week 7

Class 5A

1. Valor Christian (6-0) at Castle View, 6 p.m. Friday. Next week: at Highlands Ranch, 7 p.m. Oct. 14

2. Cherry Creek (5-1) vs. No. 4 Grandview, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 9 Arapahoe, 7 p.m. Oct. 15

3. Ralston Valley (6-1) lost vs. Pomona, 17-3. The Panthers held Ralston Valley to its lowest scoring output in five years, and got rushing touchdowns from Deion Maes and Chase Muller to pull a the upset victory. Next week: at Lakewood, 6 p.m. Oct. 14

4. Grandview (5-1) at No. 2 Cherry Creek, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at Eaglecrest, 7 p.m. Oct. 15

5. Regis Jesuit (4-2) at No. 6 Legend, 1 p.m. Saturday. Next week: vs. Doherty, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14

6. Legend (5-1) vs. No. 5 Regis Jesuit, 1 p.m. Saturday. Next week: at No. 10 Douglas County, 6 p.m. Oct. 15

7. Columbine (5-2) won vs. Lakewood, 56-13. The Rebels rebounded from last week’s last-minute loss to Arvada West with a dominating night on the ground (28 rushes, 310 yards) that including nine carries for 184 yards and three touchdowns from senior Seth Cromwell. Next week: at Mullen, 7 p.m. Oct. 15

8. Arvada West (5-1) at Mullen, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at Pomona, 7 p.m. Oct. 15

9. Arapahoe (6-1) won vs. Cherokee Trail, 42-28. DJ Montoya and Pyreese Miller had three rushing touchdowns apiece, with Miller’s last two scores coming in the fourth quarter as the Warriors pulled away for good. Next week: vs. No. 2 Cherry Creek, 7 p.m. Oct. 15

10. Douglas County (6-0) at 4A No. 3 Pine Creek, 6 p.m. Saturday. Next week: vs. No. 6 Legend, 6 p.m. Oct. 15

Class 4A

1. Montrose (6-0) vs. Heritage, 6 p.m. Friday. Next week: at Vista Ridge, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16

2. Dakota Ridge (6-0) at Standley Lake, 6 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. Wheat Ridge, 6 p.m. Oct. 14

3. Pine Creek (5-1) vs. 5A No. 10 Douglas County, 6 p.m. Saturday. Next week: at Chaparral, 7 p.m. Oct. 15

4. Erie (6-0) at Brighton, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at Greeley West, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14

5. Palmer Ridge (5-1) at No. 8 Ponderosa, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. Air Academy, 7 p.m. Oct. 15

6. Loveland (5-1) at Skyline, 1 p.m. Saturday. Next week: vs. Longmont, 11 a.m. Oct. 16

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Fatal hit and run takes life of former St. Louis high school teacher



Fatal hit and run takes life of former St. Louis high school teacher

ST. LOUIS – Students learned today that their longtime high school teacher was killed Thursday in a hit and run. He was a St. Louis University High School teacher who was so popular that he had a term named after him.

“Steve Aylward was a memorable character. When you were in Steve’s class, he made an impression on you,” said Jim Linhares, who worked with him for years.

“He was passionate about his view of the world and sharing it with you.”

Aylward was so memorable that his last name became part of the campus language. 

“An ‘Aylwardism,’ … (or) to step into ‘Aylward territory’ was to come into a place of passionate conviction. It was to hear how things really are,” Linhares said.

Aylward was a history teacher who retired in 2006. The school’s newspaper at the time honored him with a two-page article in which students wrote about what he meant to them.

“I always came back with a greater passion, a greater desire to learn and to make up the vast gaps in my historical knowledge,” editor-in-chief Tim Huether wrote.

A former student who is now a history teacher, Tom McCarthy, wrote, “he is a remarkable teacher for getting students to think and not to memorize. I think that’s probably his best legacy here.”

St Louis police are investigating Aylward’s fatal hit and run. They don’t know much yet about the driver except they believe it was a silver Chevy Impala that was going west on Gravois near McNair when it struck 75-year-old Aylward. It stopped, made a u-turn, and took off. 

“Jesuits are known for their passion and Steve brought the passion,” Linhares said. “And I think when students were in his class, they realized ‘Hey, wait a minute, this guy’s tough and scary, but he’s also telling me what he really thinks, and he respects me enough to think I belong I the conversation,’ “

Aylward lived in webster groves. He taught for nearly 30 years, including a few years when he was involved in track and cross country.

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St. Louis’ 911 system merging soon to improve hold times, efficiency



St. Louis’ 911 system merging soon to improve hold times, efficiency

ST. LOUIS– St. Louis officials are in the process of merging the city’s police, fire, and EMS emergency operations into one call center. It is part of a plan that officials hope will reduce hold time for 911 calls and address a dispatcher shortage.

The city says its 911 system falls below the national industry standards which states 90% of calls be answered within 15 seconds and 95% of calls being answered within 20 seconds.

In St. Louis, 64% of the calls were reportedly being answered in less than 10 seconds between February and May.

City officials say the current system is outdated and creates a bottleneck in service. The current system has all calls routed first to the police dispatch even if they are for fire or EMS.

“All calls come through the police department and then are diverted to the Fire Department. And from a technology standpoint, we are still on two different systems. So when we have low personnel and staffing, those structural problems are exacerbated,” said interim Public Safety Director Dr. Dan Isom on St. Louis on the Air.

Isom also said steps are underway to move EMS and fire dispatch operations to the police department’s downtown headquarters to get them on the same technology.

During the radio segment, Isom also said October was a target date for the new system. But he said they want to make sure the change is done right and that means it may take longer. Isom said officials hope that ‘significant movement’ in the next 30 to 60 days.

FOX2 talked to police chief John Hayden last may after a witness to a triple shooting said she was on hold with 911 for more than 5 minutes on three different occasions.

At that time, Hayden explained that officers were at the scene within a few minutes. He said that is within industry standards for those types of incidents.

He also explained 16 people called simultaneously to report the shootings.

Hayden acknowledged the system’s shortfalls and said people should stay on the line until their call is answered.

The police chief also said new software was installed to allow the system to quickly differentiate “priority calls”.

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