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Will former Boston College student charged in boyfriends suicide return to U.S.?

45 0 02 Nov 2019

When Massachusetts prosecutors announced charges in an unusual case — a former Boston College student accused of abusing her boyfriend in thousands of text messages and coercing him to take his own life — they were clear about one major stumbling block.

The focus of their investigation, Inyoung You, remains out of reach in her native South Korea.

And before You, 21, can be arraigned in the United States on the involuntary manslaughter charge, she must willingly return to the U.S. — or be subject to the apparatus of international law and the extradition process.

Either way, legal observers say, compelling her return could present several hurdles for prosecutors who may find themselves at the mercy of South Korean judicial officials also tasked with making sense of an already challenging case.

“It’s going to be tricky,” said Douglas McNabb, an international criminal defense lawyer who has handled dozens of international extraditions. “These things can drag out, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it takes years” before coming to a resolution.

You and her boyfriend at Boston College, Alexander Urtula, had been dating for 18 months. Two months before his death, prosecutors say, she sent him about 47,000 texts, and in hundreds of them, told him to kill himself, “go die” and that the world would be better off without him.

On May 20, about 90 minutes before the start of his graduation ceremony, the 22-year-old biology major jumped to his death from a parking garage, authorities said.

You had been tracking him on that day, “as she frequently did on her phone,” Rollins said, and she was present when he died.

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The alleged abuse “became more frequent and more powerful and more demeaning in the days and hours leading up to Mr. Urtula’s untimely death,” Rollins added. If found guilty, You faces up to 20 years in prison.

Alexander Urtula.Suffolk County District Attorney

In the case against You, holding her liable for a suicide may not correlate to South Korean law. The country has had an extradition treaty with the U.S. since 1999.

What might pose a problem in this case is the treaty’s so-called dual criminality clause, which means a criminal offense is only extraditable if it is recognized in both countries and is punishable by a prison term of more than one year. Clear-cut examples include charges for murder or rape.

But the rarity of charging someone for another person’s suicide may have little to no precedence in South Korea, and cause officials to hesitate in extraditing You, McNabb said.

“This is not your typical extradition proceeding in that it’s an unusual approach for Massachusetts to take in the first place,” he added. “That’s really going to complicate the process because South Korea will have to make a determination as to whether there’s a crime similar in South Korea to the one in the U.S.”

Holding a person criminally responsible for someone else’s suicide has not been widely tested, and only recently caught national attention in the case of Michelle Carter, another young woman in Massachusetts whose boyfriend took his own life after he received repeated text messages from her.

Her conviction in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter became a landmark moment in the state, opening the way for similar prosecutions.

Carter, who was sentenced to 15 months in jail in the suicide of Conrad Roy III, has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing her conviction violated her First Amendment right to free speech. It’s unclear whether the high court will take her case.

As it stands, Massachusetts does not have legislation that is tailored to criminalizing suicide coercion, although a bill known as “Conrad’s Law” is currently under consideration.

But with the case of You, South Korean officials may wrestle with whether she caused Urtula’s suicide or if what she texted him should be protected under free speech, said Zachary D. Kaufman, an associate professor of law and political science at the University of Houston Law Center.

McNabb said prosecutors might have a better shot at extradition by amending their indictment to focus on an aspect of the case that isn’t explicitly about whether she coerced his suicide. (For instance, prosecutors allege she was also physically abusive, although it’s unclear to what extent.)

Under the treaty between the U.S. and South Korea, the South Korean minister of justice is also granted discretion on whether one of its citizens should be extradited.

As of now, there’s still a chance she may voluntarily return.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said at a news conference Monday that she was “cautiously optimistic” that You would decide to do so, and the Boston Globe reported prosecutors could have a decision within two weeks.

A district attorney spokesman said Friday he had no further information on the case, and efforts by NBC News to reach You or a representative have been unsuccessful.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.

Carlos Beltrán to make MLB history as the Mets first Latino manager

54 0 02 Nov 2019

The Mets are planning to hire former player Carlos Beltrán as their next manager, Major League Baseball reported on Friday.

Beltrán, 42, would become the first Latino manager in Mets history.

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He would also join Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox, Dave Martinez of the Washington Nationals and Charlie Montoyo of the Toronto Blue Jays as the fourth Puerto Rican to lead a Major League team.

Both Martinez and Cora are also part of a selected group of three Latino managers who have won the World Series. (Ozzie Guillen was the first, with Chicago White Sox in 2005.)

Beltrán served as one of the most productive position players in Mets history after signing a record seven-year $119 million contract before the 2005 season, MLB.com reported. He batted .280 with 149 home runs and had 100 stolen bases during that time period, making five All-Star teams.

His overall career lasted 20 seasons, and he also played for the Royals, Astros, Giants, Cardinals and Yankees.

Beltrán’s former Astros teammate Carlos Correa, who won a World Series with him in 2017, previously said that he would make “an amazing manager,” adding that “he’s going to be a game-changer if he gets that job, for sure.”

Beltrán retired in 2017 and for the past year has served as a special adviser to Brian Cashman, the general manager of the Yankees.

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Beto ORourke ends 2020 campaign, says hell work to elect eventual Democratic nominee

49 0 01 Nov 2019

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on Friday after a disappointing campaign that failed to build off the momentum generated from his longshot Texas Senate run.

“Though today we are suspending this campaign, let us each continue our commitment to the country in whatever capacity we can,” he wrote in an email to supporters. “Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully.”

Lagging in the polls and with fundraising, O’Rourke had yet to qualify for the Nov. 20 debate sponsored by MSNBC and The Washington Post.

O’Rourke’s Iowa state director Norm Strzenbach told NBC News he did not know the campaign would be ending Friday and in fact the campaign had just announced a big push in the first-in-the-nation voting state. Rumors, however, had been swirling in the 24 hours leading up to the announcement, leaving staff at headquarters on edge and unsure of how to respond with little direction from above, especially when the campaign manager didn’t come to the office as usual.

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“This is a campaign on life support,” said one person involved in the campaign who spoke on condition of anonymity on Thursday.

President Donald Trump quickly mocked O’Rourke on Twitter.

Trump’s reference was in regard to a cover story in Vanity Fair magazine as he jumped into the presidential race earlier this year that he was “just born to be in it.”

O’Rourke, who represented El Paso in Congress, entered the race as one of the most talked-about candidates following his narrow loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in deeply conservative Texas in 2018. After that defeat, Democratic activists in states that hold early presidential voting contests, including Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina, formed “Draft Beto” groups, which raised money and tried to line up supporters for a potential 2020 bid.

Despite the initial jolt of interest from voters and the media, his campaign failed to find footing following debate performances that were highly critiqued and consistent struggles to crack double digits in polls.

O’Rourke repeatedly rejected pleas — including from The Houston Chronicle’s editorial board — for him to drop out of the presidential race and run again for the Senate in Texas against Sen. John Cornyn. The campaign said in a statement Friday night that he does not intend to run for the Senate.

O’Rourke’s campaign ran on an urgent need to fight climate change and corporations and overhauling the American health care system — though he stopped short of endorsing Medicare for All. He supported legalizing marijuana and received plaudits for the ways in which he discussed racial disparities in America.

O’Rourke shifted his focus toward gun control following an August mass shooting in El Paso, going farther than most other Democratic candidates in supporting not just background checks and an assault weapons ban but a mandatory gun buyback program.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said during September’s Democratic debate in what would become something of a campaign slogan for him. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

He mentioned gun control in a series of tweets after he dropped out Friday.

O’Rourke’s support for a buyback plan drew criticism from some fellow Democrats as going to far and playing into the hands of gun rights advocates who claims that liberals want to confiscate their firearms.

Alex Seitz-Wald and Garrett Haake contributed.

Four dead, at least four injured in Northern California Halloween house party shooting

50 0 01 Nov 2019

Four people were killed and more were injured in a Halloween night shooting at a house part in Northern California, according to officials.

Police responded to the home in Orinda, outside of Berkeley, at about 10:50 p.m. local time Thursday, according to police. More than 100 people were at the party.

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Three people died at the scene, and another was pronounced dead at the hospital, said a Friday statement from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. More people were taken to hospitals, but police don’t know how many since some could have brought themselves to the hospital.

David Cook, the Orinda Police Department chief, said at least four people were injured.

An initial person who called police said she heard gunshots, but thought the sound could also be firecrackers, according to a recording of a dispatcher report. She said dozens of people were running outside the house. A second person who called said they saw a person with a gun.

Trump trolled after announcing Florida move: Next stop Moscow

42 0 01 Nov 2019

President Donald Trump’s critics jeered him online and accused him of trying to lighten his tax bill after he announced Thursday that his permanent residence would be Palm Beach, Florida, rather than Trump Tower in New York.

“Donald Trump doesn’t want the state of New York to see his taxes — I wonder why. Let’s call this out for what it is: Corruption, plain and simple,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a 2020 candidate, tweeted Thursday.

Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, filed a “declaration of domicile” with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court in September renouncing his residence and listing the family’s Mar-a-Lago resort as his main residence, according to The New York Times. The Times, which first reported Trump’s change in residence, said the move was motivated by taxes: Florida notably has no state income or inheritance tax.

“A lot of people from New York move to Florida. A lot of people from the Northeast move to Florida when they retire. So maybe the president is planning on retiring,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told MSNBC’s “Velshi & Ruhle” on Friday.

Trump is facing scrutiny from both the New York State attorney general and Manhattan district attorney over his tax returns.

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“Everyday Americans don’t own resorts they can list as alternative addresses to tinker with their tax liability,” Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., tweeted on Thursday. “Middle-class families today face more tax burdens while the president dodges the consequences of the Republican tax bill.”

Dan Pfeiffer, a former Obama aide, quipped in a tweet on Thursday: “President flees to Florida to avoid paying taxes.”

Trump tweeted late Thursday that he cherishes his hometown and “hated having to make this decision,” but “despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state.”

He added that New York “will always have a special place in my heart!”

Former Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., reacted to the news with just four words: “We. Don’t. Want. Him.”

And Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, tweeted, “Damn, ya’ll ran Trump out of #NYC. #PoorFlorida.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat and former 2020 candidate, also piled on following the news.

“Don’t let the door hit you on the way out or whatever,” he tweeted Thursday. De Blasio followed up early Friday with, “Our deepest condolences to the good people of Florida as Trump attempts to outrun his past (and near future).”

In a mocking monologue Friday morning, Pat Kiernan, the longtime morning news anchor on NY1, also sharply criticized the president for the move — specifically the cost and inconvenience the city has borne protecting the perimeter of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

“I want to give you these words inspired by Ronald Reagan,” he said before using a sound effect to amplify his voice and pointing to a projection behind him of the security perimeter. “President Donald Trump, if you seek lower taxes, if you seek prosperity with your rich friends in Doral and West Palm Beach, if you look away from the city that made you, come here to this gate, Mr. Trump. Open this gate. Mr. Trump, tear down this wall.”

Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative and frequent Trump critic, was more succinct: “Next stop Moscow,” he tweeted on Thursday.

Economy added 128,000 jobs in October, beating expectations of 75,000

53 0 01 Nov 2019

The economy added 128,000 jobs in October, beating expectations of 75,000 new positions added last month. The surprising figure comes despite a 40-day strike at General Motors and increasing economic anxiety that continues to weigh on business investment amid President Donald Trump’s trade war.

The unemployment rate ticked back up to 3.6 percent, according to the monthly employment data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency also issued revisions for previous months, with a 51,000 increase for August and an additional 44,000 jobs for September, for a total of 95,000 more positions added.

The average job gain over the past three months now stands at 176,000, as compared to 223,000 in 2018.

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“Even though these jobs numbers are a reliable source of comfort, the economy is not out of the woods,” said Steve Rick, Chief Economist at CUNA Mutual Group. “The overall labor trend is still sneaking up on wage growth, and pressure surrounding trade and tariffs has been taking a toll on the markets and longer-term business outlooks.”

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The historic walkout by the United Automobile Workers union likely removed around 70,000 jobs from the count last month, economists estimated, since striking workers who do not receive a paycheck are technically unemployed. That number includes the 46,000 striking members of the UAW, plus a number of positions at suppliers and other businesses impacted by the strike. That temporary blip should be reversed for this month’s number.

Separately from the autoworkers, the manufacturing sector continues to drag on the economy, with Trump’s monthslong trade war with China weighing on — if not stalling — business decisions, hiring, and capital investment.

Weakening business investment and any ensuing cutbacks in hiring would have a ripple effect on consumer spending — which drives 75 percent of the economy.

“If this downbeat note reverberates in a meaningful way to households, spurring an upsurge in job insecurity, then the last pillar to fall in a recession — consumer spending — would be at risk of crumbling,” Bob Schwartz, a senior economist at Oxford Economics in New York, told Reuters.

Woman wanted for climbing into Bronx Zoo lion exhibit: I am the lion now

42 0 01 Nov 2019

A woman who is wanted by police for trespassing after climbing into the lion enclosure at the Bronx Zoo told reporters in a bizarre interview that she wasn’t afraid to approach the wild animal.

“I fear nobody. No animal, no human, no one. So no, I wasn’t fearing of the lion because the lion loved me. That’s why he came to me and I let the lion know: Lion, I love you,” Myah Autry said press after a court appearance on Thursday for a shoplifting charge in Kearny, New Jersey.

When Autry left the courthouse she greeted the reporters with a bow, according to NBC New York. “Shalom,” she said.

In a 15-minute interview, Autry said her decision to climb a fence and head into the lion’s den was a “spiritual” experience.

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“I am the lion now. Can’t you tell? Have you ever heard of reincarnation? Do your history young man!” she instructed a reporter. Then she complimented his eyes and smile.

“Do your history, it’s called reincarnation. I am the lion now,” she repeated.

Autry was caught on video in late September standing in front of the lion in the African lion exhibit. Videos show she broke into a dance and waved at the creature, which stood nearly motionless, staring at her.

The Bronx Zoo confirmed the woman had breached a barrier and said there was a concrete trench between Autry and the lion.

Autry is wanted on a trespassing charge by the New York City Police Department, which said she also entered a fenced giraffe enclosure on the same day.

Autry would not address her shoplifting charge on Thursday, but said she would eventually turn herself in on the trespassing charge, adding, “I do know the law.”

“I love the NYPD. Hi, NYPD,” she said into a camera.

She also addressed the lion once more.

“I love you lion, hope they treating you right in the zoo. Know Myah love you. I didn’t mean to mistreat you or nothing,” Autry said. “I seen how you came to me. We connected.”

Elizabeth Warren releases her plan to finance Medicare for All

50 0 01 Nov 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released a detailed plan Friday that she says would fully fund a “Medicare for All” bill and cover every American without premiums or deductibles, all with “not one penny in middle-class tax increases.”

Warren’s campaign estimates her plan would keep combined public and private health spending “just under” $52 trillion over the next 10 years, in line with projections under existing law, but would require the federal government to absorb $20.5 trillion in new spending. It seeks to use efficiency savings generated by Medicare for All to cover the uninsured at a similar total cost and add new benefits for dental, vision and long-term care.

“Medicare for All is about the same price as our current path — and cheaper over time,” Warren said in a Medium post. “That means the debate isn’t really about whether the United States should pay more or less. It’s about who should pay.”

Warren places most of the revenue burden on businesses and the wealthy. She plans to carry over almost all existing health funding from employers and state governments while also levying a variety of new taxes on the rich, corporations and high-earning investors — including doubling her signature wealth tax on billionaires.

Warren backs up her revenue and cost estimates with 44 pages of analysis from experts, including former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson, former Obama economic adviser Betsey Stevenson, Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi, and former Obama-appointed Medicare and Medicaid administrator Dr. Donald Berwick.

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At the same time, there’s likely to be significant skepticism from outside experts about whether Warren could achieve the tens of trillions of dollars in revenue and savings targets that the plan calls for and whether its provisions would create unintended consequences for health care and the broader economy.

Politically, though, the hotly anticipated white paper should serve to quell critics and fellow 2020 opponents — at least temporarily — as it answers directly, and in detail, the latest prominent line of attack against her.

With her own answer now firmly in hand, Warren challenged those Democratic candidates who oppose Medicare For All to “put forward their own plan to cover everyone, without costing the country anything more in health care spending,” adding a final counter: “We need plans, not slogans.”

While Warren’s plan promises “not one penny in middle-class tax increases,” it does assume a reversal of President Donald Trump’s tax cut — a move Warren previously had backed that would raise taxes on some middle income families. Other sources of revenue include raising her wealth tax to 6 percent on fortunes over $1 billion, treating capital gains for the top 1 percent as earned income and requiring taxes to be paid annually, imposing $2.9 trillion in new taxes on corporations and foreign earnings and creating a new 0.1 percent tax on financial transactions.

Her plan also predicts $2.3 trillion in additional revenue from stepping up enforcement of existing tax laws, $400 billion from overhauling the immigration system, and about $800 billion in savings from ending the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, an emergency pool of defense spending that Warren argues should go through the regular budget process.

In writing her plan, Warren largely did not challenge outside cost estimates of Medicare for All by independent groups. But she argued she would generate more savings with additional policy moves that go beyond what those groups analyzed, some of which fill in more details on the Medicare for All bill authored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Warren’s proposal uses as a baseline a recent estimate by the Urban Institute that a similar Medicare for All plan that eliminates premiums and deductibles and adds coverage for vision, dental, and long-term care would add $34 trillion to the federal budget over 10 years.

But Warren’s campaign argues she would bring the cost down by an additional $14 trillion by redirecting existing public spending on health care, cutting overhead and negotiating lower prices for care.

Her plan suggests it would save money by reducing payments to physicians to Medicare rates, which tend to be significantly lower than private insurance, and to 110 percent of Medicare rates for hospitals, and instituting a variety of payment changes to encourage health providers to generate more savings.

The plan sets an ambitious goal of cutting Medicare drug prices by 70 percent for brand-name drugs and 30 percent for generics through a series of reforms. It would also require the new Medicare system to run with much less administrative overhead than the Urban Institute predicted would be necessary — 2.3 percent of total costs instead of 6 percent.

Perhaps more telling than the plan itself is the larger message Warren has tried to craft on the campaign trail in recent days, painting the health care issue as one that will provide a clear distinction in the general election. Campaigning in Durham, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, the Massachusetts senator cast 2020 as a fight “between the people who think health care should be reserved for those who are rich and the rest of us who think health care should be there for every American.”

This Día de los Muertos, communities honor those killed in El Paso mass shooting

40 0 01 Nov 2019

Communities across the United States are paying tribute to the victims of the El Paso, Texas, massacre on Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday commemorating the lives of loved ones who have passed away,

People have been building ofrendas, or altars, to honor the lives of the 22 people who were killed in the August shooting, most of whom were Mexican and Mexican American.

“It was an obvious decision to honor those who died in the Walmart shooting, because it affected our community so much,” said Claudia Rivers, head of C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department at the University of Texas, El Paso, where an altar has been erected. “It was a racist attack in a town that is more than 80 percent Latino and we are still shaken and in mourning.”

Día de los Muertos, which has been gaining popularity in the U.S., focuses on remembering and honoring a loved one’s life — not their death — so altars include mementos of a person’s life, from their favorite possessions to even the foods they liked to eat.

The department’s display includes sugar skulls, candles, flowers, “papel picado” (tissue paper cut into decorative designs), photos of the victims and newspaper coverage of the mass shooting to remember who they were and what they represented for their families.

An altar with flowers and pictures of the victims has been erected at the University of Texas, El Paso.Courtesy of Claudia Rivers

“Usually we include something humorous; we include toys and dancing skeletons, but this year we didn’t use much humor in the altar,” Rivers said.

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Though there’s certainly a solemn aspect to the Day of the Dead, the holiday is also a time of celebration and catharsis.

Día de los Muertos, which is celebrated from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, originated with the Aztecs thousands of years ago in central and southern Mexico. Those who celebrate it believe that at midnight on Oct. 31, the souls of all deceased children come down from heaven and reunite with their families on Nov. 1, and the souls of deceased adults come visit Nov. 2.

While the holiday has evolved in the years since it’s began, many celebrations include face-painting, picnics in the cemetery and pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, a sweet bread baked specifically for the occasion.

“Día de los Muertos is a life-affirming holiday and an opportunity to stress the importance of life,” said Carlos Tortolero, president and founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. “It’s nothing like Halloween, which is fun and scary. It’s more spiritual. We’re all going to die so we should embrace life and people.”

Suenos (AKA Families Belong Together), 2018, by Natalia Anciso.Michael Tropea

Tortolero said that in recent years, the institution has dedicated its altar to something tragic, including the 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and the Holocaust. The exhibition this year includes crosses and helium balloons with the number 22, denoting the number of victims. Those viewing the altar will hear “Amor Eternal,” (“Eternal Love”) a song by the late, legendary Mexican singer Juan Gabriel that is frequently played at Mexican funerals and was played throughout El Paso following the shooting.

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El Mojado (The Wetback), 2017, by Brandon Maldonado.Michael Tropea

For the grieving, Día de los Muertos can be a chance to be vulnerable and take the time to grieve and mourn the loss of a loved one.

Tortolero, who worked as a teacher, recalls seeing a colleague at his school who seemed very stressed. He spoke to the teacher and learned that her mother had recently passed away and that she was struggling to raise her children alone. Though she was grieving the loss of her support system while working two jobs, she was able to find solace during the school’s Día de los Muertos festivities, which included notes people wrote to their deceased relatives. This story, Tortolero said, exemplifies the “magic” of the holiday.

Día de los Muertos, says Tortolero, encourages people to let their feelings out. “It’s a celebration, similar to Irish wakes, in that they focus on healing and the positive lives that have been lost.”

Cesareo Moreno, visual arts director and the chief curator at the National Museum of Mexican Art, echoes this sentiment in response to El Paso.

“We want to remember. We want to grieve,” Moreno said. “The El Paso shooting hit close to home, so this is a chance for us to cope with loss and to present our stories.”

The Día de los Muertos events come just weeks before the Walmart store where the shooting occurred is due to reopen Nov. 14. The store will feature its own memorial, a 30-foot monument honoring those who died.

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Good riddance: New York governor cheers Trump changing residency to Florida

41 0 01 Nov 2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t mince words when he learned Thursday that President Donald Trump had filed paperwork to change his permanent residence from New York City to Palm Beach, Florida.

“Good riddance. It’s not like Mr. Trump paid taxes here anyway,” Cuomo said in statement. “He’s all yours, Florida.”

The residence change was first reported by The New York Times.

Trump, who was born and has lived his entire life in New York City, filed a “declaration of domicile” renouncing his home was no longer Manhattan, according to documents filed with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court obtained by the Times. Melania Trump also reportedly filed the paperwork that named the family’s Mar-a-Lago resort as its main residence.

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Trump confirmed the news on Twitter, where he said that he cherished New York and always will.

“I hated having to make this decision, but in the end it will be best for all concerned,” he said. “As President, I will always be there to help New York and the great people of New York. It will always have a special place in my heart!”

The couple had resided in Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan, where the president has lived since he bought the building in 1983.

Trump’s New York ties go back generations: The Trumps have been New Yorkers since 1885 when Trump’s grandfather immigrated from Germany to the United States at the age of 16.

Trump said that city and state officials have targeted him.

“Despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse,” he wrote on Twitter.

An unnamed source told the Times that Trump’s decision to move his permanent residence was motivated by tax purposes. Florida has no state income tax or inheritance tax.

Trump has faced increasing hostility in New York, where the Manhattan’s District Attorney Office is fighting to obtain the president’s tax returns.

The president was granted a stay earlier this month by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after a federal judge rejected Trump’s claim that he was immune from criminal investigations in a bid to block the subpoena.