First on F&F: Wire Fox Terrier ‘Best in Show’ at Westminster

The winner of the prestigious "Best in Show" award at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was live in the studio this morning. MUST-SEE: Perino & Bolling Go to Westminster Trials Sky, a five-year-old wire fox terrier, her handler Gabriel Rangel, and Westminster communications director David Frei joined Fox and Friends on the first stop of their victory tour. If it looked like Sky could tell that she'd just won at a nearly-full Madison Square Garden last night, it's probably because she's pretty used to this. Sky was the nation's top-ranked show dog in 2013 and has now won a total of 129 "best in show" titles. Wire fox terriers are always a huge hit with the Westminster judges, having now taken home 14 top prizes, more than any other breed. Check out Sky in the video above. Continue Reading

Taliban insurgents who brought down US helicopter killed via F-16 airstrike: NATO

The ruthless Taliban terrorists who shot down a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan - killing 30 Americans - have been hunted down and killed, officials said Wednesday. Ten Taliban insurgents, including one believed to have fired the rocket-propelled grenade that took down a chopper loaded with elite troops, were obliterated in an airstrike by coalition forces. "This does not ease our loss," Marine Corps Gen. John Allen said in announcing the successful strike. "But we must and we will continue to relentlessly pursue the enemy." The commandoes were being ferried in to help an Army Ranger unit pinned down in a Tangi Valley firefight Saturday as they sought to kill a high-ranking Taliban commander. But as the twin-rotor CH-47 Chinook helicopter rumbled into the valley, it was hit by the grenade and crashed, killing all onboard. Among the dead were 22 elite Navy SEALs, three Air Force airmen, a five-member Army air crew and a military dog, along with seven Afghan commandos and a civilian Afghan interpreter. Six militants were killed in the gun battle, but the insurgent leader managed to escape, officials said. After gathering key tips from locals, NATO forces conducted "an exhaustive manhunt," and tracked the insurgents early Monday morning to a wooded area in nearby Chak district. "After making sure no civilians were in the area, the force called for the airstrike," the Pentagon explained in a press release. Allen said a NATO F-16 then swooped in and turned the area into a raging inferno. In addition to the unidentified triggerman, the strike also killed terrorist honcho Mullah Mohibullah who officials described as a "key facilitator" in a Taliban attack cell. The bloodthirsty band of 12 hardened fighters included potential suicide bombers and had been active in highly unstable Wardak Province. Allen said while an investigation into what caused the deadly attack was being launched, the decision to send the crack squad of troops was the right one. Continue Reading

China stealth fighter jet, J-20, based off downed U.S. F-117 Nighthawk technology: military official

The stealth fighter jet developed by China may have utilized technology from a downed United States plane, military officials in the Balkans claim. Parts of a F-117 Nighthawk were allegedly bought from farmers who recovered pieces of the wreckage, according to Adm. Davor Domazet-Loso, Croatia's military chief of staff during the Kosovo war. "We believe the Chinese used those materials to gain an insight into secret stealth technologies ... and to reverse-engineer them," he said, The Associated Press reports. The Nighthawk was downed by a Serbian anti-aircraft missile during a bombing raid in March 1999. It was the first time one of the fighters had been hit, and the Pentagon blamed clever tactics and sheer luck. The pilot ejected and was rescued. A senior Serbian military official confirmed that pieces of the wreckage were removed by souvenir collectors, and that some ended up "in the hands of foreign military attaches." Zoran Kusovac, a Rome-based military consultant, said the regime of the former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic routinely shared captured western equipment with its Chinese and Russian allies. "The destroyed F-117 topped that wish-list for both the Russians and Chinese," he said. Reports about a Chinese stealth fighter jet, dubbed the J-20, surfaced in recent weeks when photos of the aircraft were posted online. They were then featured in a China-based newspaper. The Communist country later confirmed the existence of the plane when a test flight coincided with a visit by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. China's advancements in military technology have raised some eyebrows in Washington. "[China] clearly [has] potential to put some of our capabilities at risk," Gates told reporters traveling with him to Asia. "We have to pay attention to them, we have to respond appropriately with our own programs." With News Wire Services Join the Continue Reading

F-15 Strike Eagle jet crashes in Libya; ‘not due to enemy or hostile actions’

A U.S. Air Force fighter jet crashed in Libya, but its two crewmembers managed to eject to safety, officials said Tuesday. The crash was likely caused by mechanical failure and not enemy fire, said Vince Crawley, a spokesman for the U.S. military's Africa Command. Both crewmembers suffered minor injuries. Crawley said the crash of the F-15E Strike Eagle occurred "overnight," in a field outside the rebel-held city of Benghazi. It was the first coalition aircraft to have crashed in three days of air strikes over Libya. Pictures on the website of London's Daily Telegraph showed locals milling around the broken and charred remains of the $43 million jet. Witnesses told the paper one of the airmen parachuted into a field of sheep, then raised his hands and called out "OK, OK" to a crowd that gathered. "I hugged him and said: 'Don't be scared, we are your friends,'" said Younis Amruni, adding that people then lined up to shake the airman's hand. "We are so grateful to these men who are protecting the skies," he said. "We gave him juice and then the revolutionary military people took him away." A Marine Corps Osprey search and rescue aircraft picked up the pilot, while the second crew member, a weapon systems officer, was recovered by rebel forces. Amruni said the Osprey fired shots to keep locals away, then swooped in and rescued the second crew member. U.S. officials say the number of U.S. missions in support of a no-fly zone over the country have gone down after what they call a successful first stage. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the U.S.'s role would lessen in coming days as the need for a large-scale offensive diminishes. Libya's air defense capabilities have been reduced by more than 50% in the first days of military intervention, sources said. A cruise missile attack on Monday blasted Moammar Khadafy's residential compound in Tripoli, after earlier attacks scattered his troops. American authorities are now moving to hand control Continue Reading

U.S. backups throttled by Mexico 5-0 as ‘C’ team deserves an ‘F’

It was an afternoon custom-designed to make Mexicans feel wonderful, at long last, about their treasured national soccer team - courtesy of a regional nemesis. At the same time, the debacle imposed a tough lesson on U.S. officials, who fielded a third-rate cast on an international stage and failed badly in the gamble. The Americans were thumped, humiliated, 5-0, Sunday by Mexico in the Gold Cup final. It was the worst loss anywhere for the U.S. team since a 1985 defeat to England in Los Angeles by the same score. This fiasco was a public relations blow more than a true comparative test of national teams. But an embarrassment is an embarrassment. "The second half for us, that's not what we're all about," coach Bob Bradley said. "It's important we look hard at ourselves and use it the right way." For this exercise in foreign ego boosting, the Americans provided a sold-out Giants Stadium, filled to the brim with Mexico supporters among the crowd of 79,156. The U.S. then sent in a bunch of C-teamers, who had successfully sneaked past the CONCACAF minnows in this tournament despite severe experiential shortcomings. Mexico, with its B-plus unit, took advantage of this setup to post its first victory since 1999 over the U.S. outside Mexico City. All five goals were scored during the final 34 minutes of the match, when the American back line utterly lost its shape and its way while chasing the match, following a penalty kick goal in the 56th minute by Gerardo Torrado. Giovani Dos Santos and Carlos Vela then baffled American defenders, while the U.S. managed only one shot all match at goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. This one-sided spectacle greatly appealed to the Mexican audience, which had endured a great number of soccer setbacks in recent months, plus key losses to the U.S. over the past decade. A chance at sweet redemption looms, however. Next comes a pivotal World Cup qualifying match at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 12. If the U.S. can win that game Continue Reading

Ponzi schemer caught red-handed, says on tape ‘this is one big f—ing fraud’

Petters Group Worldwide LLC founder Thomas Petters, charged with overseeing a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme, admitted he knew his phony deals over electronic equipment amounted to a crime, a prosecutor said. Petters, 52, duped hedge funds into funding fictitious shipments of TVs and DVD players for more than a decade, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Dixon told jurors in opening statements of Petters’s fraud trial yesterday. Federal agents arrested Petters after one of the executive’s subordinates alerted them to the scheme, Dixon added. “This is one big f---ing fraud,” Petters acknowledged in a tape-recorded conversation played for jurors in federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota. Petters, whose bankrupt business empire once included Sun Country Airlines Inc. and Polaroid Corp., pleaded not guilty to a 20-count indictment accusing him of mail and wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. Prosecutors expect to call Deanna Coleman, Petters’s longtime assistant, to testify against her former boss. Coleman tipped off investigators about the 13-year scheme and later pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Son’s Death The 2004 murder of Petters’s son in Italy sent the executive into a tailspin and he stopped monitoring the activities of his businesses, John Hopeman, one of his defense lawyers, told jurors in his opening statement yesterday. Petters blames Coleman and other subordinates for doing phony deals without his knowledge. “It’s true that there was a big fraud at Petters Companies from the late ‘90s to 2008,” Hopeman said. “It’s also true that this fraud was committed by the government’s witnesses. Mr. Petters had nothing to do with it.” Petters resigned from the company he founded in 1994 after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided his headquarters in Minnetonka, Minnesota, in September 2008. Investigators said they had evidence that hedge funds invested in Continue Reading

Promises, promises: Parents say new home of Early College Academy deserves an F

Cracked, eroding walls. Old, broken air conditioning units. Incomplete wall partitions. Graffiti-covered desks. Those are just some of the conditions parents at the Bronx Early College Academy say their children must endure after being moved to their new school this year. "The state of the school itself is concerning," said Annabelle Wright, Parent Association co-president. "There was a whole list of renovations and resources that we were supposed to have by September. It's well into October now, and very little progress has been made." Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said he was "shocked" at conditions during a recent tour. "It upsets me that any school is in the condition that this one is currently," he wrote Chancellor Joel Klein. "Even more so, I am deeply disappointed that many of the assurances to both the parents and I were not honored." Earlier this year, the city relocated the Bronx Early College Academy from an annex in Riverdale to Intermediate School 166 in East Concourse. Parents and students had protested the move, arguing it disrupted the academy's mission of providing college-level courses. The original plan was for students to take classes at Lehman College, earning as many as 60 college credits and an associate degree by the time they finished high school. Their move to Intermediate School 166 at 250 E. 164th St. put them even further away from Lehman College. Education Department officials said a lot of work already has been done at IS 166. "Since the beginning of the summer, we've completed nearly $300,000 in renovations in BECA [Bronx Early College Academy] to ensure the facility is up to standard, and conducive to student learning," said spokesman Will Havemann. He said the department has installed electrical outlets in all classrooms, new dry erase boards, wired a new general office, and outfitted a new wellness center. "Some repairs are in progress and will be completed shortly," he said. But parent Ibrahim Bah charged the Education Continue Reading

On anniversary of John F. Kennedy assassination, museum gives literal view of American history

DALLAS - When you visit the Sixth Floor Museum here, you can't stand in the exact spot where Lee Harvey Oswald stood to fire a fatal bullet into President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. The corner window, where Oswald was able to set up undetected behind a stack of brown cardboard book storage boxes, is sealed off today by floor-to-ceiling glass walls.So the museum visitor doesn't see exactly what Oswald saw - how the President's open limousine came up on one side of the building, then made a sharp right to pass another side as it headed down the gently sloping road through Dealey Plaza. At the corner, the President was almost directly below Oswald. When Oswald fired, the President was a little over 200 feet away. RELATED: OTHER DAYS WHEN THE EARTH STOOD STILLThe visitor can stand in the next window, maybe 15 feet closer than Oswald would have been. Forty-five years later, it's a view that still sucks the air out of the room. The reaction may be particularly visceral for those of us who remember where we were that Friday afternoon, and how surreal the whole world suddenly felt. It wasn't unlike 9/11 in the sense that something had shifted and you knew it was never going to shift all the way back. Visiting the Sixth Floor Museum doesn't bring all of that feeling back. But it brings back enough, and it also brings a new perspective of its own. Anyone who has only seen the pictures - the grainy frames from the Zapruder film, the grassy knoll, the view of the sixth floor window looking back up from the street - has probably come to see the whole thing as a movie set. The Book Depository looks like a fortress. The grassy knoll looks like a small hill. The crowd looks like extras in a disaster film. In person, as usually happens at the site of epic events, everything looks smaller. What has become larger than life is now suddenly exactly life-size. Oswald could have stacked his wall of boxes in a minute and a half. He only needed a few steps to reach the exit. The Continue Reading

‘The Wire’ still prime crime drama

THE WIRE. Sunday at 9 .HBO. Taking the field for its fifth and final season, HBO's "The Wire" has lost none of its game. Among its huge ensemble cast of cops, journalists, politicians, criminals, hustlers and wary bystanders in downtown Baltimore, it examines human complexity with an eye as unblinking as any on television today. The episodes that kick off this last 10-show run don't feel perfect. But they almost always feel intuitively right. Two characters will be discussing a murder and one will wrap it up by saying, "Buy me some scrapple?" Life's ragged that way, and "The Wire" reflects it. The same cops who work for months to bust a rich drug dealer or a serial killer come to their morning assembly and are told the city is out of money and will be shorting their paychecks for a while. It's a tale less of crime and punishment than crime and survival, less of truth and lies than truth and frustration. The show is full of lines like "Americans are stupid people, by and large," spoken smugly by one cop, or "There are no f-ing rules," spoken in fury by Dominic West's Jimmy McNulty, another cop. Its genius is in showing how comments like that are rooted in some truth, but at the same time don't define the whole world. Like "Deadwood" and "The Sopranos" at its best, "The Wire" rejects the easy notion that any parts of life, or any of the people in it, come in black and white. It all adds up to a message that requires a very precise rhythm, in script and performance, and from the first moments of this new season, "The Wire" is locked in. It's hard to single out individuals from such a large cast, though West's volatile McNulty always stands out. Newcomer Clark Johnson, as Baltimore Sun city editor Gus Haynes, conveys nicely the tension between what he thinks a newspaper should do and what his resources and his superiors will let him do. The increased focus on the newspaper side of the story this season adds another dimension, gray, of Continue Reading

Chad Coleman apologizes for epic ‘Walking Dead’ rant on NYC subway: ‘If you care, f—– care!’ (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

Subway passengers got some walking dread. A bustling New York City subway car got an earful from the always-intense Chad L. Coleman. "Where are my humanitarians?" the "Walking Dead" actor shouted as he paced up and down the Brooklyn-bound No. 4 express train, according to a video shot by an intrepid rider and shared on YouTube Friday. "Yes, I'm Chad L. Coleman," Coleman continued. "I'm on 'The Wire,' 'The Walking Dead.' I'm not trying to play no f------ games with you. I'm telling you the truth. Yes, I'm an actor. "I'm not faking it." His minutes-long rant is interrupted only by the screeches and automated sounds of the train as it arrived at the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall stop. "If you care, f----- care! And that's the goddamn truth," he said. Coleman, best known as Tyreese in 22 episodes of the AMC hit "Walking Dead," encouraged subway riders to get their phones out and record the moment. "And when you record what I said, tell me what the f--- you exposed," Coleman shouted. "Nothing but the truth." The ensuing rant was epic - even by subway standards. Coleman walked to the far end of the train car and leaned in to talk to a seated passenger. "At the end of the day," he said, pointing wildly. "Where's the humanitarian in you?" After the video went viral, the actor apologized for the tirade, but said he stands by the message he was trying to convey. Coleman told TMZ on Saturday that he regrets that he caused a scene on the train, and said his outburst was partly due to "built up frustration" over recent events in Baltimore. He added that he lost it when he overheard two people on the train talking about him because the woman recognized him. "He says the guy told the girl, 'No, we don't know that n-----,' and that set him off," TMZ reported. Coleman said that he wasn't drunk during his subway rant, but he wished he could have better controlled his emotions. He added Continue Reading