LBN- Special Report- Saturday December 24, 2016

FBI Warns of ISIS-Inspired Attacks in U.S.:

Federal officials on Friday issued a bulletin to local lawenforcement that ISIS supporters may attack holiday events in the U.S. over the weekend. The notice, from both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, was reportedly sent as a cautionary measure after Islamic State sympathizers published a list online of American churches that one could attack. The agency’s warning said, however, that were were no specific or credible threats of which to speak. “The FBI is aware of the recent link published online that urges attacks against U.S. churches,” the agency said in a statement. “As with similar threats, the FBI is tracking this matter while we investigate its credibility.”

Carrie Fisher ‘Out of Emergency’:

According to her brother, Todd Fisher, actress Carrie Fisher is “out of emergency” after being hospitalized over suffering a major heart attack while traveling on a plane. TMZ was first toreport that Fisher, 60, was flying from London to Los Angeles when the heart attack occurred, prompting passengers to perform CPR on her. She was initially unresponsive. Upon landing, she was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles around noon pacific time. Anna Akana, an actress who was on the plane, said Fisher suddenly stopped breathing. Another,Brad Gage, said he was sitting in front of her and she was taken off the plane by emergency officials. TMZ followed up its initial report with an update, saying, “We’re told when the plane landed paramedics worked on Carrie for 15 minutes with CPR before they were able to get a pulse. She’s currently at UCLA Medical Center on a ventilator.” She has been joined by her daughter, Billie Lourd, and her French bulldog, Gary. Her brother did not divulge any more details. Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the films, wrote on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers for our friend and everyone’s favorite princess right now.” Fisher is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, and has been on a book tour for her latest collection, “The Princess Diarist.” In an interview last year with The Daily Beastshe discussed her admiration for her Star Wars role. “People want me to say that I’m sick of playing Leia and that it ruined my life. If my life was that easy to ruin, it deserved to be ruined.”

Newt Gingrich Mocks Russia After Israel Vote:

Former House Speaker and ardent Donald Trump supporterNewt Gingrich on Saturday jabbed at Russia in a tweet about its anti-Israel U.N. Security Council vote this week. “So Russia having illegally occupied Crimea and eastern Ukraine votes to condemn Israel for “occupied lands.” We are supposed to be impressed,” Gingrich tweeted. The council on Friday condemned Israel for its settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank that it occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967. Russia was one of 14 nations that voted to condemn Israel. The United States abstained. “It is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground—and is consistent with U.S. policy across Republican and Democratic administrations throughout the history of the state of Israel—that the United States did not veto it,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said.

Anis Amri’s Nephew, Two Others Arrested in Tunisia:

Officials arrested three men in Tunisia on Saturday, including the nephew of suspected Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri, on charges of “suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization and connections with terrorist offenses,” according to the country’s Interior Ministry. Authorities say Amri and his nephew communicated through an encrypted messaging app and that Amri sent him money. The suspected killer, who was shot dead in Milan on Friday, asked his nephew to pledge his allegiance to the Islamic State. It’s unclear if any of the three who were arrested—between ages 18 and 27—helped Amri escape from Berlin. None of the three men were named in the ministry’s statement.

Putin Sends Letter to Trump, Highlights ‘Serious Global and Regional Challenges’:

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump in which he highlighted “serious global and regional challenges” the two countries will face. The letter was released in full my Trump’s transition team on Friday. “I hope that after you assume the position of the President of theUnited States of America we will be able—by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner—to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level,” Putin wrote in the letter. In response, Trump thanked Putin for the “very nice letter,” adding: “His thoughts are so correct. I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts, and we do not have to travel an alternative path.” Trump has been accused of being too cozy with the Russian leader, who is thought to have ordered cyberattacks on U.S. institutions in order to help Trump get elected. Earlier Friday, Putin said he would “of course” visit the U.S. if Trump invited him.

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Nigerian Army Captures Last Boko Haram Camp:

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday that Boko Haram has been driven out of its last stronghold in the country, also known as Camp Zero. Buhari said “gallant troops” drove out the insurgents from the area in the Sambisa Forest, the same place that many believe holds the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by insurgents in 2014. Buhari, during Saturday’s announcement, asked the nation’s troops to increase their efforts “to locate and free our remaining Chibok girls still in captivity.” The group has killed at least 15,000 people during its seven-year insurgency. Buhari called Friday’s victory the “final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists.”

Alec Baldwin: I Don’t ‘Hate’ Trump:

In his first post-election interview with The New York Times, excerpts of which aired on the paper’s “Run-Up” podcast Friday, actor Alec Baldwin said that despite his contentious relationship with the president-elect, he does not “hate” Donald Trump. “I’m a performer, an actor that’s heredoing a show. It’s a great part,” Baldwin said of his portrayal of Trump on Saturday Night Live. “I don’t hate him. I want him to enjoy his life. I just want him to not be the president of the United States — as quickly as possible.” Baldwin echoed these comments on Twitter Thursday evening, writing, “We are not far from the day when the most reviled candidate in our history will become President. Unwanted by a significant majority of of voters. A man who has projected little other than an empty braggadocio and synthetic rhetoric about both his qualifications and plans, but Inauguration Day means the beginning of the countdown to when he will be gone. And he will be gone. January 20. The countdown begins.” He then offered to perform at Trump’s inauguration.

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Lockheed CEO to Trump: I’ll Drive Down Cost of F-35:

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said on Friday that she has promised President-elect Donald Trump she will drive down the cost of the F-35 fighter jet following a tweet he sent earlier this week. “Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!” Trump tweeted on Thursday. Hewson said in a statement that she has received his message “loud and clear” and that they had a “very good conversation” about the issue. “I gave him my personal commitment to drive the cost down aggressively,” she said. The F-35 has stealth capabilities that outmatch Boeing’s F-18, an older generation of aircraft. “Somebody needs to ask Donald Trump how he’s going to be able to confront China without aircraft capable of penetrating anti-access and area denial systems, including air defenses,” an unnamed U.S. official told Reuters. The two models are, according to most defense analysts, not comparable.

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LBN-NOTICED:   ***Al SharptonArthur AidalaDottie Herman and John Catsimatidis’ daughter, Andrea, were among VIPs wishing attorney Brad Gerstman happy birthday at the Havana Room in NYC.  Donald Trump proxy John Jay LaValle was seen in a smoke-filled back room with ­Gerstman, in deep conversation about the transition. Gerstman, who’s opening a new office in DC, gave out 500 Cuban cigars and promised to lobby Trump to increase trade with Cuba. Other guests included his business partner David Schwartz and Democratic pols Andrew Hevesi and Michaelle Solages.

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LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Piers J. Sellers, a climate scientist who flew to the International Space Station three times in NASA’s shuttle program, became a leading figure in the agency’s scientific research initiatives and continued while terminally ill to devote himself to the challenges posed by global warming, died on Friday in Houston. He was 61. NASA said the cause was pancreatic cancer.   ***Joey Boots — a popular member of “The Howard Stern Show” – was found dead in his Bronx apartment Friday night, police said. The radio star, whose real is name Joseph Bassolino, was 49. Police were called to his Grand Concourse pad after fellow “Howard Stern Show” personality High Pitch Erik failed to get in touch in Boots, police sources said. Cops found Boots sitting in front of his computer.

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LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Miles Teller‘s truck flipped over after colliding with an Uber in LA on Thursday night. The actor and girlfriend Keleigh Sperry were driving in his blue Ford Bronco when an Uber driver reportedly made a left turn in front of Teller and the vehicles crashed, flipping the truck over. Teller left the scene injury-free, but was visibly angry, according to the website, and people allegedly “had to restrain him” from going after the other driver.

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