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A Utah teen with a can-do spirit is building 150 beds for shelter dogs of all sizes for his Eagle Scout project.

Chance Call said he’ll donate them to the Davis County Animal Shelter on April 1.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for animals,” Call told Fox 13.  “I remember as a kid, I would always watch TV and see those ads, you can adopt a pet and make their life better.”

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“I’m like, what if I want to do that on a bigger scale and help the animals that can’t get adopted,” he added.

The teen has raised more than $3,000 in donations to purchase supplies to make the bed.

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He and his friends spent about 120 hours constructing the beds.

“I made these beds to help them be more comfortable and more relaxed.” Call said.  “It feels really nice.  I know there are a lot of animals that don’t get a house.”

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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The remains of a World War II pilot shot down in Germany have arrived back in his home state of Utah to be buried.

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield’s remains are set to be buried Thursday, 74 years to the day since Hadfield’s crash, FOX 13 reported.

Hadfield will be buried Thursday — the anniversary of his death — in Bluffdale Veterans Memorial Park cemetery after a funeral service at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary in Sandy. The funeral, with full military honors and a military aircraft flyover, will begin at 11 a.m., three seconds before the time of day that the plane crash was recorded.

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Hadfield, from Salt Lake City, was piloting a bomber plane from France to Germany just months before the end of World War II when it was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed somewhere near the German city of Dulmen.

Hadfield was 26 during his last bomber mission, meant to obstruct German troop movement as Allied forces crossed the Rhine River two days later.

This 1945 photo provided by the Utah National Guard shows Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield. The remains of Hadfield, a World War II pilot shot down in Germany, have arrived back in his home state of Utah, where they are expected to be buried. (Utah National Guard via AP)

This 1945 photo provided by the Utah National Guard shows Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield. The remains of Hadfield, a World War II pilot shot down in Germany, have arrived back in his home state of Utah, where they are expected to be buried. (Utah National Guard via AP)

A German researcher found evidence of a crash site in 2016 in Hulsten-Reken, about 10 miles away.

It was Hadfield’s plane.

A DNA analysis confirmed the remains belonged to Hadfield and his crew members.

The excavation team also recovered Hadfield’s officer wings and his ID tag, which were given to his relatives.

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“I didn’t think that after 74 years he would come back, and I would be here to see it,” said Mary Ann Turner, Hadfield’s daughter.

Turner was 2 years old when her father was killed.

“It gives me peace that I haven’t known my whole life,” Turner said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Democratic former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska, 88, is considering a run for president — and some fans say they’re doing what they can to boost his Twitter cred.

On Tuesday night, tweets appeared in his name referencing the 2020 race and his call to push the Democrats further to the left.

First was the tweet: “#Gravel2020.”

Then the next: “I am considering running in the 2020 Democratic primary,” the announcement read. “The goal will not be to win, but to bring a critique of American imperialism to the Democratic debate stage. The website (mikegravel.org) is under construction. Official announcement will be in the coming days.”

Later, in a bid to go viral, “Folks, let’s try to get this baby trending #GRAVEL2020 #GRAVEL2020 #GRAVEL2020”

Gravel has not run for president since 2008, and he hasn’t been a senator since 1981.

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Henry Williams, who helped take over the account, told Fox News via email: “The account is real, the senator supports it, it is run by young staffers including myself (I am a student at Columbia University), and we are hugely proud of the massive rise in following it has received in the past 24 hours.”

Henry Williams, 18, helped take over the account of former Democratic U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska, 88, to consider a run for president. (Henry Williams)

Henry Williams, 18, helped take over the account of former Democratic U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska, 88, to consider a run for president. (Henry Williams)

The 18-year-old who is studying physics, computer science and philosophy, but undecided on a major, said the Twitter account grew from around 3,000 followers to almost 21,000 followers within 24 hours with no promoted posts at all.

The kids liked his message from the past, albeit in the margins, and felt it was time to push him to the center.

Williams added: “I did this because I’m disturbed with our politics and think that the Democratic Party needs a voice on the left shifting the dialogue around democracy, justice, and American interventionism. Gravel is a brilliant man with strong convictions who has spent decades crusading for a just society, a truly democratic system, and an end to endless wars.”

They feel his foreign policy views truly challenge the American plutocracy.

The pinned tweet reads: “This is a campaign to remake the Democratic Party, expand the Overton Window, and push other candidates leftward. And for that, we need your donations to qualify for the debates. Not right now, but SOON. So please follow + please get everyone you know to follow. #GravelGang”

Williams said: “After contacting him and getting to know him, he got behind an exploratory committee and gave us the reins to use his social media presence to present his positions and convictions in a way the Internet would respond to. I’m hopeful that his candidacy can push the conversation in the Democratic Party to the left and force other candidates to face harsh criticism for their records and positions.”

An exploratory committee, as Politico reported, already has been formed — a statement of organization was filed to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.

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Williams told Rolling Stone that he and the other creators are planning on taking a trip to California to meet with Gravel.

In the meanwhile, Gravel will tweet through his young fans to his thousands of followers.

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A Florida man has been charged with beating his sleeping father to death with a spare boat alternator while 66 miles offshore on a fishing trip, according to reports.

Casey Hickok, 32, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge on Tuesday, The Naples Daily News reported.

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If convicted, WWSB reported, he’ll face a maximum penalty of life in federal prison in the death of his father, Robert, 74, aboard a commercial fishing vessel.

Multiple reports suggested the son may have been triggered by past abuse.

Casey claimed Robert raped him several times when he was a child and had started “messing with” him before the latest events unfolded.

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The Bradenton Herald reported that according to jail records, the son has previous arrests on charges of kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance, assault, possession of cocaine and violation of a protection injunction. He also previously served two terms in prison related to aiding an escape and aggravated assault.

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A video shows four senior police officers in Des Moines, Iowa, rescuing three children from an apartment fire early Tuesday.

KCCI said the officers, Cole Johnson, Craig Vasquez, Tyler Kelley and Casey Sanders, caught the children as they dropped down to safety from a third-floor window.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire, which they were able to contain to two apartments on the third floor, the news outlet reported.

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All residents got out safely.

“Please join us in thanking these officers, and those who serve with them, for leaving their homes every day to help make Des Moines the safe and secure city that it is!” the police department wrote on Facebook.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Luca Cesternino, 9, got the shock of his life Monday night during Taekwondo in Tennessee.

His father, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rob Cesternino, surprised him, as WSMV reported — home from a 10-month deployment in Jordan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom Spartan Shield and southern Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

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Daddy’s home!

“I love you, and I’m so proud of you,” Rob Cesternino told his son, as The Lebanon Democrat reported. “You were such a big boy while I was gone.”

WZTV reported a blindfolded Luca didn’t know he was sparring with his dad until Rob called him by his nickname.

The happy boy may just continue the Cesternino tradition in the future.

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“We are a military family,” the father of six said, as The Lebanon Democrat reported. “My family served in every single generation all the way back to World War I. It was expected in my family. I tell people that the military is a family business. I have a son that was in the Coast Guard; I have a son that was in the Navy; my daughter was in the Air Force. It’s just expected that you wear the uniform of your country. You don’t have to make it a career.”

He concluded, “The service — it’s important.”

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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A New York City man, 55, was sentenced to 20 years in prison — one year for every time he stabbed his girlfriend, 55, to death, according to reports.

Anthony Bradford of the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Laverne Spencer inside her home on July 2, 2017, prosecutors and police said.

That night, according to prosecutors, paramedics found Bradford covered in blood, saying he had “a really bad thing” and was “going to jail for a long time.”

The couple had returned from a Fourth of July barbecue where Bradford had gotten into a fight, Patch reported.

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Spencer was stabbed in the chest, arms and legs, investigators said.

“With today’s sentence, this defendant has been held accountable,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “I hope this defendant’s guilty plea and sentence bring some measure of solace to the victim’s daughter, family and friends.”

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A Florida man was killed over the weekend after the car he was working on fell on top of him, investigators said.

Amer Izzo Yasin, 38, was found by his roommate on Sunday afternoon outside their home in Big Pine Key, Monroe County Sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt said in an email.

The roommate told deputies he had left home around 10 a.m. Sunday and returned after 5 p.m.

He found Yasin under a 2013 Hyundai Genesis that was being lifted by hydraulic jacks. Deputies said one of the jacks apparently fell, causing the car to crush Yasin.

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Linhardt said the roommate tried to pull Yasin out from under the car, then called 911.

No foul play was suspected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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A politics professor whose op-ed in The New York Times in October helped spark protests among liberal students at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., now claims the college and faculty have left him to fight the backlash alone.

Samuel J. Abrams, who has a PhD from Harvard University and an AB from Stanford University, told Fox News via email Monday evening: “Faculty have to hold the line on free speech and promote discourse. That didn’t happen at Sarah Lawrence, and I hope that my story is a warning that is heard around the country.”

Students claimed they were offended by the supposed “anti-Blackness, anti-LGBTQ+, and anti-woman bigotry” of Abrams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College, and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and staged a large sit-in. They also presented demands, such as a “tenure review.”

Samuel J. Abrams is a professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College. (Sarah Lawrence College)

Samuel J. Abrams is a professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College. (Sarah Lawrence College)

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He said Monday evening that his philosophy was not an attack on students: “Viewpoint diversity is asking that multiple viewpoints are considered on campus and in the classroom. So that means rather than simply attack capitalism and free markets without a deep understanding of history and teach socialism, we also teach the value of markets, choice and individualism.”

He said his ideology has been to teach students the realities of adult life: “Rather than teach that government needs to get bigger, and is the solution to poverty and improving the welfare of Americans, and this is often the only view taught, we need to also teach how capitalism has lifted millions up, and allowed markets to make the nation efficient.”

Abrams said 40 professors endorsed the demand list, and 12 percent of the faculty “endorsed the students’ demand to challenge my tenure and my right to free speech and the expression of ideas.”

The college didn’t return Fox News’ request for comment.

“…With the (students’) latest attempt to attack academic freedom, the Sarah Lawrence faculty could have redeemed themselves and been galvanized to support free expression. Instead, they opted for silence — and, what’s worse, many of them were supportive of the student protesters’ demands,” Abrams wrote in The Spectator over the weekend.

He also wrote about the repercussions he received for the original opinion piece last fall: “There was a national media storm in which I was slandered and defamed, my family’s safety was threatened, and my personal property was destroyed on campus.”

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In the Times, Abrams wrote about original survey data of a “nationally representative sample of roughly 900 ‘student-facing’ administrators” which found “liberal staff members outnumber their conservative counterparts by the astonishing ratio of 12-1. Only 6 percent of campus administrators identified as conservative to some degree, while 71 percent classified themselves as liberal or very liberal.”

He added in the October opinion piece, “It’s no wonder so much of the nonacademic programming on college campuses is politically one-sided. … It appears that a fairly liberal student body is being taught by a very liberal professoriate — and socialized by an incredibly liberal group of administrators.”

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The 24-year-old man charged with killing the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family wrote a string of slogans on his hand, including "MAGA Forever," and flashed them before a court hearing Monday.

Anthony Comello held up his left hand while waiting for a hearing to begin in Toms River, New Jersey, in which he agreed to be extradited to New York.

On it were scrawled slogans including “MAGA Forever,” an abbreviation of President Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” It also read “United We Stand MAGA.”

It’s unclear what his motivations were for showing off the hand-written words.

Comello was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home.

Comello’s lawyer, Brian Neary, would not discuss the writing on his client’s hand, nor would he say whether Comello maintained his innocence.

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The New York Times reported Monday afternoon that Comello told detectives he was high on marijuana and allegedly shot Cali because he feared for his life.

Police said Cali, 53, was shot 10 times.

Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in court filings in 2014 as the underboss of the Mafia’s Gambino family, once one of the country’s most powerful crime organizations. News accounts since 2015 said Cali had ascended to the top spot, though he never was charged with leading the gang. His only mob-related conviction came a decade ago, when he was sentenced to 16 months in prison in an extortion scheme involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island. He was released in 2009, and hadn’t been in legal trouble since then.

The last Mafia boss to be rubbed out in New York City was Gambino don “Big Paul” Castellano, who was assassinated in 1985.

Anthony Comello was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home. (AP)

Anthony Comello was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home. (AP)

Officials haven’t confirmed that the Gambino crime family has posted a bounty on Comello, but “the general feeling is that there’s an ‘X’ on this guy’s back,” one source said.

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“He’s going to have some issues in jail,” a high-ranking NYPD official said.

“Maybe there’s some guys who are wiseguys in jail who will show their allegiance to the Gambinos and say, ‘We’ll take care of this guy.’”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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