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A Massachusetts man who sent threatening letters filled with white powder to President Trump’s sons and a Democratic U.S. senator was sentenced to probation Friday.

Daniel Frisiello, 25, of Beverly, was sentenced to five years of probation, with one year to serve in home detention with location monitoring and restitution, law enforcement sources told Fox News.

Frisiello pleaded guilty in October 2018 to 13 counts of mailing a threat to injure the person and six counts of false information and hoaxes.

He was arrested early last year after sending a letter filled with white powder to Donald Trump Jr in February 2018.

This booking photo released Thursday, March 1, 2018, by the Beverly Police Department shows Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, Mass., accused of mailing five envelopes containing a white powder. Prosecutors are seeking three years in prison for Frisiello who admitted to sending threatening letters filled with white powder to President Donald Trump’s sons and others. Frisiello is set to be sentenced Friday, April 19, 2019, in Boston federal court.

This booking photo released Thursday, March 1, 2018, by the Beverly Police Department shows Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, Mass., accused of mailing five envelopes containing a white powder. Prosecutors are seeking three years in prison for Frisiello who admitted to sending threatening letters filled with white powder to President Donald Trump’s sons and others. Frisiello is set to be sentenced Friday, April 19, 2019, in Boston federal court. (Beverly Police Dept via AP)

Trump Jr.’s now-ex-wife, Vanessa Trump, opened the letter and was briefly hospitalized after being exposed to the powder. Vanessa reportedly began coughing and feeling nauseous, however, she was soon cleared by doctors and the substance in the letter was found to be cornstarch.

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Authorities said the letter included a threatening note that read: “You are an awful, awful person. I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV. You are the family idiot, Eric looks smart.”

“This is the reason why people hate you, so you are getting what you deserve,” the note contained.

Other recipients included President Trump’s other son, Eric Trump, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

Officials said they were able to track Frisiello down after examining a “glitter bomb” he allegedly sent to Michelle Dauber, a Stanford University law professor who supported an effort to recall a judge who made headlines when he sentenced a college student six months for sexual assault.

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Authorities said the font used in the letter sent to Dauber matched the lettering in the notes filled with white powder.

On Friday, Federal Judge Nathaniel Gorton said he declined to send Frisiello to prison because of concerns the 25-year-old would not respond well to incarceration. Frisiello’s lawyer has said the man is developmentally disabled. But Groton stressed the sentence wasn’t “lenient”

Frisiello thanked Groton and said the past year has been “hell” for his family. Prosecutors objected to the sentence.

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During the period of probation, Frisiello is prohibited from contacting victims in the case, sending letters through the mail, accessing the internet, and possessing and accessing computers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Strong storms that barreled across the South overnight Thursday claimed the life of an 8-year-old girl in northern Florida after a tree fell on her house, raising the death toll to 4.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received a call just after 8 a.m. Friday to report that a tree had gone through the house on Old Woodville Highway and had injured two residents.

Two children – an 8-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy – were transported to a local hospital with injuries. The girl was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The sheriff’s office said the 12-year-old boy had injuries that were not life-threatening and was with his families.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

The child was not immediately identified.

The strong storms that roared through Thursday night and into Friday morning killed two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama. It left more than 100,000 people without power across the region.

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A Mississippi man was killed Thursday afternoon when his car hit a tree on a highway south of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Neshoba County Coroner John Stephens told local news outlets. Stephens did not immediately release the man’s name.

Kenderick Magee, 24, was also killed while driving in the storm, WLBT-TV reported. Magee fatally crashed near the rural town of Gillsburg in southwest Mississippi, Amite County Coroner Campbell Sharp said.

Fallen trees line the roads leading into the small community of Learned, Miss., Thursday, April 18, 2019. Several homes were damaged by fallen trees in the tree-lined community. Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, topping trees and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. 

Fallen trees line the roads leading into the small community of Learned, Miss., Thursday, April 18, 2019. Several homes were damaged by fallen trees in the tree-lined community. Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, topping trees and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.  (AP)

Alabama authorities said a woman was killed Thursday night after strong storms knocked a tree onto her mobile home in St Clair County.

Torrential downpours, large hail and a few tornadoes are among the hazards, the National Weather Service in Raleigh, North Carolina, warned about in its Friday morning hazardous weather outlook.

“An isolated strong and long-track tornado can’t be ruled out,” forecasters wrote.

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Multiple tornado warnings were issued to parts of northeast Georgia on Friday, however, there were no immediate reports of any damage from those storms.

National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple tornadoes hit southwest and central Mississippi on Thursday, although they won’t be sure until the damage is surveyed. Heavy winds also were reported in Louisiana earlier in the day and in central Alabama as the system quickly pushed eastward.

Sonya Banes looks at damage caused by a large oak tree that crashed through the ceiling of her mother's house in Learned, Miss., Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

Sonya Banes looks at damage caused by a large oak tree that crashed through the ceiling of her mother’s house in Learned, Miss., Thursday, April 18, 2019.  (AP)

Damage was heavy in the Mississippi hamlet of Learned, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Jackson. Large oaks were uprooted from the saturated ground, landing on at least a dozen houses.

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The National Weather Service received numerous reports of hail pelting the storm-struck areas. Egg-size hail was reported about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

The threat came days after more than 40 tornadoes from East Texas to Georgia left at least nine dead. That outbreak damaged more than 250 homes, businesses and public buildings across Mississippi.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A Middlebury College chemistry professor’s exam question asked students to calculate the lethal dose of the poisonous gas used by Nazis during the Holocaust, reports say.

In the question, professor Jeff Byers asked students to calculate the amount of Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) that would be a lethal dose in a particular room, the student-run newspaper, The Middlebury Campus, reported.

HCN, the question’s preamble said, was a poisonous gas used by Nazi Germany “to horrific ends in the gas chambers during The Holocaust.”

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The gas chamber question came to light in the student-run satirical newspaper, The Local Noodle, the Middlebury Campus reported.

The Vermont liberal arts college said last week that it was investigating the incident under the terms of its faculty misconduct policy. Meanwhile, Byers has taken a leave of absence.

“This inexplicable failure of judgment trivializes one of the most horrific events in world history, violates core institutional values, and simply has no place on our campus,” Middlebury President Laurie Patton wrote in a statement last week. “We expect our faculty to teach and lead with thoughtfulness, good judgment, and maturity. To say we have fallen short in this instance is an understatement.”

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The school said an investigation into Byers’ past exams also found a second objectionable exam question that made references to the Ku Klux Klan, that “appeared to be humorous in intent, but which was gratuitous and offensive.”

Patton did not elaborate on what exactly the question asked.

Byers apologized to students in a letter posted on the school’s website on April 10.

“I apologize and take full responsibility for my actions in administering two examinations in the last year containing questions that were clearly offensive, hurtful, and injurious to our students,” he wrote. “I can offer no explanation for my actions other than carelessness and hubris.”

The school’s Community Bias Response Team, which is charged with assessing and responding to bias incidents, sent out a campuswide email criticizing both the exam question and The Local Noodle for making light of it, The Middlebury Campus reported.

The news of the exam comes at the same time the college decided Wednesday to cancel a lecture by conservative Polish politician Ryszard Legutko. The university cited safety concerns.

The decision comes two years after the school was the site of a rowdy protest against conservative author Charles Murray that saw a Middlebury professor injured.

The student-run newspaper had described Legutko as a critic of LGBTQ activists, multiculturalism and liberal democracy.

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Patton said in a campus-wide message on Thursday that the college has experienced several incidents of bias in recent weeks “that are causing pain and anger in our community,” but did not specify what those were.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Two members of the Mara-Salvatrucha – or MS-13 – gang were snatched trying to re-enter the United States illegally in Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents patrolling a remote canyon area west of Nogales encountered 30-year-old Joel Santos-Funes after he entered the U.S. from Mexico early Monday morning.

Joel Santos-Funes, 30, was arrested trying to re-enter the U.S. in Arizona.

Joel Santos-Funes, 30, was arrested trying to re-enter the U.S. in Arizona. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Agents discovered that Santos-Funes – a Honduran national – was a member of MS-13 gang who had been previously deported after taking his fingerprints.

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The next day, on Tuesday, agents in Casa Grande apprehended 39-year-old Deyly Turcios-Giron, just west of Tucson. Turcios-Giron is also from Honduras.

Deyly Turcios-Giron, a 37-year-old MS-13 member, was arrested trying to re-enter the U.S. illegally.

Deyly Turcios-Giron, a 37-year-old MS-13 member, was arrested trying to re-enter the U.S. illegally. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

CBP said both men have extensive immigration violation histories, including a 2013 criminal conviction for drug smuggling against Turcios-Giron.

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Officials said the two men will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations.

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The report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the Russia meddling probe proves that President Donald Trump couldn’t be prosecuted for obstruction of justice, a former independent counsel said Thursday.

Fox News contributor Sol Wisenberg said that while parts of Mueller’s report were “very, very embarrassing” for Trump, it does not support an obstruction of justice charge.

“Well, I’ve read maybe about 30 or 40 pages of the 400 to 500-page report… I went straight to the obstruction part,” he said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

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Wisenberg, who served as Deputy Independent Counsel during the Whitewater and Clinton-Lewinsky investigations, concluded that nothing he saw in the report “comes close to any case law that I know that would support an obstruction of justice charge.”

“Nothing, in my view, and I’ve been very consistent on this, that comes close to criminal obstruction of justice,” he said. “Whether or not Congress wants to look at it as part of a political impeachment, that’s something different.”

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Wisenberg went on to praise the “brilliant strategy” by Trump’s attorneys to not have the president interviewed by Mueller’s team. He reiterated that it would have been “suicidal” for the administration had Trump been allowed to be interviewed.

“Not necessarily that they were trying to frame him, but it’s always dangerous for a person in a white collar investigation, who is at minimum a subject, to go in for that kind of questioning when the prosecutors know the case, top to bottom, backward and forwards,” he said, adding that while he did not agree with all of the tactics of Trump’s lawyers throughout the investigation, this was a “brilliant and tactical decision.”

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Mueller’s report, which was released late Thursday morning, notes that the special counsel could not clear Trump on obstruction of justice. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that the information laid out in the report showed no prosecutable obstruction by the president or his administration.

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Attorney General William Barr’s statements to the press before the redacted Mueller report on the Russia investigation was released to the public made him appear as though he was a counselor to the president rather the attorney general, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said Thursday.

Barr offered a staunch defense of President Trump on Thursday morning during the press conference where he previewed the report’s findings and explained why he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded that the president had not obstructed justice.

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He also said it was important to consider the “context” for Trump’s actions during the past two years.

“President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office and sought to perform his responsibilities as President, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” Barr said. “At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the President’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was, in fact, no collusion.”

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Reacting to the news conference, Wallace told “America’s Newsroom” Barr “seemed almost to be acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president.”

“The Attorney General seemed almost to be acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president, rather than the attorney general, talking about his motives, talking about his anger, his feeling that this was unfair,” he told anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith. “Really, as I say, making a case for the president.”

Wallace went on to say that Democrats will come down hard on the portions regarding obstruction laid out in the report.

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The Department of Justice released the redacted report to lawmakers and the public soon after the press conference.

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Attorney General William Barr sparred with a reporter during a brief press conference Thursday in which he laid out the release of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into the Russia probe.

During his prepared statement to the press, Barr explained his and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision to clear President Donald Trump of any obstruction in relation to Mueller’s investigation. He said that Trump faced “an unprecedented situation.”

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“As he entered office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” Barr read of his statement, adding that there was “relentless speculation” in the media about the president’s culpability. “Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact, no collusion.”

In her question to Barr, CBS News White House Correspondent Paula Reid brought up his use of the word “unprecedented” and how his comments were “quite generous to the president and his feelings and emotions.”

“It just seems like there is a lot effort – to go out of your way to acknowledge how this was difficult for him,” she added.

Barr appeared to bristle at the question, responding with his own: “Is there another precedent for it?”

“No,” the reporter answered.

“OK so unprecedented is an accurate description,” he said.

The reporter tried to ask Barr about people who are concerned that he is trying to protect the president.

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Barr did not acknowledge her question and moved on.

The attorney general said Thursday that his department would be released the lightly redacted report to the public by 11 a.m. that morning.

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A former FBI assistant director believes the investigation by the Inspector General into the origins of the Russia probe will uncover the motives from past high ranking members of the bureau and it’s something that every American citizen should want to see as well.

Mark Morgan, who worked in the bureau for more than 20 years including a 3-year stint as the assistant director to the FBI’s training division, told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that part of the FBI re-building its reputation after the last two years is to go back and see if past leaders had an agenda against President Donald Trump.

“We need to look at how this started. We need to look at the actions of these top leaders,” he said. “We need to look at the adequacy of the predication – the motives behind the actors. I mean, we are talking about high powers of position.”

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Morgan continued: “We should be taking a look at this. Every American citizen should want this to be looked at. I know the FBI does as well.”

The Department of Justice is expected to release a redacted version of the nearly 400-page report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election meddling on Thursday. The document was expected to be delivered to lawmakers and posted online by noon.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Democrat New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, has said he is prepared to issue subpoenas “very quickly” for the full report if it is released with blacked-out sections, likely setting in motion a major legal battle.

Barr on Thursday affirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians during the 2016 presidential election, addressing reporters shortly before he is expected to release Mueller’s report to Congress and to the public.

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During the highly anticipated press conference at the Justice Department on Thursday, Barr, joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, outlined the findings from Mueller’s investigation and explained their process for review and their decisions to redact certain material in the report.

“After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes,” Barr said, adding that Americans “should be grateful” for the findings. He said that Mueller’s report also went on to “consider whether certain actions of the president could amount to obstruction of the Special Counsel investigation.”

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify before Congress and answer lawmakers’ questions regarding his report of the Russia investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, Judge Andrew Napolitano said.

The Fox News senior judicial analyst said on “Fox & Friends” early Thursday morning – just hours before Attorney General William Barr is expected to release the highly anticipated report – said there is a “tremendous desire on the of Americans to see what is there.”

“This has consumed us for two years,” Napolitano added.

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Napolitano said the report will be a 400-page summary of the documents, interviews and notes the special counsel has amassed over the past two years and it will be lightly redacted. That said, Democrats are going to look at everything see what they can use against the president.

“If there is anything in there that they can use to undermine his legitimacy or undermine his credibility or weaken his re-election chances, of course, they are going to do it,” he said. “That’s what they do. They are the other side.”

Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein scheduled a 9:30 a.m. ET press conference to discuss the Mueller report’s public release. The Department of Justice said Wednesday that certain members of Congress will be able to see the report “without certain redactions” after its public release.

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Napolitano said certain ranking members of the Intelligence Committee have top security clearance to see anything.

“Now, can they reveal what they see? If they do, they are going to undermine their credibility,” he added. “They will never have a secret shared with them again.”

It was not immediately clear exactly when on Thursday the DOJ would release the redacted version of the nearly 400-page investigation into Russian election meddling, but the document was expected to be delivered to lawmakers and posted online by noon.

Barr has said redactions in the report’s release are legally mandated.to protect four broad areas of concern: sensitive grand jury-related matters, classified information, ongoing investigations and the privacy or reputation of uncharged “peripheral” people.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Democrat New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, has said he is prepared to issue subpoenas “very quickly” for the full report if it is released with blacked-out sections, likely setting in motion a major legal battle.

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Two university students are accused of igniting a massive forest fire in northern Italy last December and they were hit with the bill for the damages: a cool $15.3 million each.

The two students – identified in the Italian press as Alessio Molteni and Daniele Borghi, both 22 – were having a cookout to celebrate the upcoming New Year at one of their grandparents’ mountain-side homes near Lake Como when the blaze broke out.

Molteni told La Stampa that he and Borghi immediately called the fire department and “threw ourselves into the flames to try to extinguish them.”

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He claimed they were “scapegoats” for the blaze and that their barbecue did not spark the forest fire because there were “many outbreaks.”

Prosecutors said they traced the path of the fire back to the mountain-side property and said it had started from the embers from the barbecue.

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The fire, which last several days, destroyed almost 2,500 acres of forest on Monte Berlinghera, the BBC reported

The fine was calculated by forest police based on an established formula under local laws, which calls for a fine of $135 to $670 per square meter. The estimated damage was calculated at some 6,840 square meters, La Stampa reported.

His attorney, Ivana Anomali, slammed the fine, telling La Stampa that fining the two students such a huge sum made no sense because they would never be able to pay it.

“What is the sense of imposing a sanction of €13.5 million ($15.3 million) each knowing that these two kids, who are still students, cannot pay it,” she said.

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Prosecutors told local outlet Il Giorno Como that the fine was a “signal that we need to push people to greater responsibility in protecting the environment.”

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