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Minnesota boy, 14, killed in shooting at graduation party

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Minnesota boy, 14, killed in shooting at graduation party

A graduation party in suburban Minnesota turned tragic when a 14-year-old boy was fatally shot, according to cops who are hunting for his killer.

Demaris Nathan Hobbs-Ekdahl was celebrating  his older brother’s graduation on Saturday night when he was struck by a bullet at a home in Woodbury — prompting horrified screams from partygoers, city police told local outlets.

“He just went to the graduation party with his older brother and they opened fire,” his aunt, Katie Ekdahl, told startribune.com. “They have got to get these kids off these streets with these guns.”

A white SUV was spotted fleeing the area and Hobbs-Ekdahl later died from unspecified injuries, police said.

“Help me!” one party-goer can be heard yelling in a 911 call reporting the shooting, KARE 11 reported.

The gunfire broke out at a house party with 30 or 40 people inside, according to the local station. Cops said several other houses were hit by gunfire, but nobody was injured.

The teen, who had just finished his freshman year at Tartan High School in Oakdale, was described as “a beautiful soul” and “full of life” in a GoFundMe page set up for his family.

“Last night’s shooting on Edgewood Avenue resulted in the tragic loss of a 14-year-old boy, and our hearts go out to his family,” said Woodbury police spokesperson John Altman. “Detectives worked tirelessly through the night investigating the case and will continue to work on developing leads.”

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New Hampshire bar patron leaves staff $16K tip

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A New Hampshire bar patron who ordered two chili dogs, fried pickle chips and drinks earlier this month left the staff a whopping $16,000 tip, according to reports.

The generous tip, which was tacked onto a $37.93 tab, was left by a man at the Stumble Inn Bar and Grill in Londonderry on June 12, WMUR reported.

“Don’t spend it all in one place,” the tipper, who wished to remain anonymous, told his shocked bartender, according to the bar’s owner, Mike Zarella.

“That’s what made her flip it over and look, and she’s like, ‘Oh my god, are you serious?,” Zarella said.

The bar’s owner, Mike Zarella, said he thought the customer may have made a mistake, but the man reassured him he meant to leave that amount.

“He just said that they deserve it, they work very hard,” Zarella said, referring to his workers.

Zarella told Fox News that the bar and kitchen staff split the tip.

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Virginia woman used inmate names to help $700k pandemic relief scheme

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Virginia woman used inmate names to help $700k pandemic relief scheme

A Virgina woman stole nearly $700,000 in pandemic relief funds — using the personal information of unsuspecting prison inmates to help her scheme, according to federal prosecutors.

Farren Ricketts, 30, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to defraud the government from May 2020 to February 2021 by filing over 100 fake pandemic unemployment benefit claims, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Virginia.

As part of the scheme, Ricketts created a state-registered business that billed itself as a financial services company that provided help with completing pandemic unemployment claims, the feds said.

Ricketts even filed fraudulent claims for her husband, who in actuality was ineligible to receive the payments, prosecutors said.

Many of the claims were also accompanied by doctored IRS forms that falsely reported pre-pandemic income, according to prosecutors.

Ricketts pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, one count of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Her sentencing is scheduled for October 29.

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Graham calls cartels, Taliban, China ‘winners’ in Biden administration

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) accused the Biden administration Tuesday of practicing “incompetent domestic and foreign policy” that is only benefitting criminals and US adversaries.

“All these policies are blowing up in the Biden-Harris administration’s face,” Graham told Fox News’ “Hannity”. “Six months since they’ve been in charge — let’s name the winners in the past six months.

“Drug cartels in Mexico, human traffickers and coyotes in Mexico, the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Iranian ayatollah, Russia, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and China have all been the biggest winners of incompetent domestic and foreign policy,” the senator added.

The Department of Homeland Security is set to announce Wednesday that thousands of asylum-seekers whose claims were dismissed due to failure to appear in immigration court will get a chance to come to the US make their case, a move Graham described as another example of the White House being “incompetent and foolish when it comes to managing illegal immigration.”

Turning to the coronavirus pandemic, Graham called for a revival of federal legislation that would allow Americans to sue the Chinese government for damages.

“I think I could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the virus came from a lab, not from a bat to animal into human beings … You can convict somebody in a court of law,” Graham told host Sean Hannity.

“So what do we need to do? We need to allow the American people to go to an American court and sue the Chinese Communist Party for ruining their lives and their businesses by waiving sovereign immunity like we did after 9/11 for Saudi Arabia,” the South Carolinian continued. “So I’m going to challenge my Democratic colleagues to open the American court system up so we can get to the bottom of what happened in China.

“The best way to get to the truth is to have a trial over where it came from and how it got to America, and I’m convinced this came from a lab leak,” Graham added. “I don’t think it was intentional, but it didn’t come from nature.”

A bill waiving sovereign immunity for China was introduced last year by then-Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee but died without receiving a floor vote.

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