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Jewish cemetery vandalized in Philadelphia

In the latest development in a rash of anti-Semitic threats and vandalism across the country, vandals have desecrated the Mount Carmel Cemetery on Frankford Avenue in Wissinoming, which is in Northeast Philadelphia.

Hundreds of headstones were damaged or toppled. The damage was discovered Sunday morning.

Aaron Mallin made the discovery when he arrived to visit his father’s resting place. He told 6ABC News how he felt about finding the aftermath.

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“It’s very disheartening that such a thing would take place. I’m hoping it was maybe just some drunk kids, but the fact that there’s so many, it leads one to think it could have been targeted,” Mallin said.

As the investigation is just beginning, Philadelphia police are calling it an act of vandalism. Hundreds of graves could be affected; the cemetery is still tallying the damages.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has said they will begin raising money to speed the repair and reconditioning of the affected graves.

Another Jewish cemetery has been vandalized, this time in Philadelphia

In the latest development in a rash of anti-Semetic threats and vandalism around the country, vandals have desecrated the Mount Carmel Cemetery on Frankford Avenue in Wissinoming, which is in Northeast Philadelphia.

Hundreds of headstones were damaged or toppled. The damage was discovered Sunday morning.

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Aaron Mallin came to visit his father’s resting place when he made the discovery. He told 6ABC News how he felt about finding the aftermath.

RELATED: President Trump finally responds to the national wave of antisemitic bomb threats, vandalism, and terror

“It’s very disheartening that such a thing would take place […] I’m hoping it was maybe just some drunk kids, but the fact that there’s so many, it leads one to think it could have been targeted,” Mallin says.

As the investigation is just beginning, Philadelphia police are calling it an act of vandalism. Hundreds of graves could be affected; the cemetery is still tallying the damages.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has said they will begin raising money to speed the repair and reconditioning of affected graves at Mt. Carmel.

The father of the Navy SEAL killed in the Yemen raid has made one request of Donald Trump

The father of a Navy SEAL killed during an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen is demanding an investigation into its planning and criticized the Trump administration for its timing.

Bill Owens told The Miami Herald in a story published Sunday that he refused to meet with President Donald Trump when both came to Dover Air Force Base to receive the casket carrying his son, Chief Special Warfare Officer William “Ryan” Owens.

“I want an investigation,” said Owens, a retired Fort Lauderdale police detective and veteran. “The government owes my son an investigation.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday she believes the president would support an investigation.

“I can’t imagine what this father is going through,” she said. “His son is a true American hero, and we should forever be in his son’s debt.”

RELATED: One significant person survived the U.S. raid in Yemen, and now he’s talking about President Trump

The younger Owens, a 36-year-old married father of three, was the lone U.S. fatality in the Jan. 27 raid on a suspected al-Qaida compound. Approximately 16 civilians and 14 militants died in the raid, which the Pentagon said was aimed at capturing information on potential al-Qaida attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

The elder Owens told the Herald he refused to meet with the president because the family had requested a private ceremony.

“I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him,” Owens recalled telling the chaplain who informed him that Trump was on his way from Washington. “I told them I don’t want to meet the president.”

He said he was also troubled by the attack Trump leveled at Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, an American Muslim family whose Army officer son died in Iraq in 2004. The couple had criticized him at the Democratic National Convention last summer. He also questioned why the president approved the raid a week after taking office.

“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him,” Owens told the Herald. “Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?”

RELATED: Former Obama staffer called “B.S.” on Trump administration after they said Obama approved Yemen raid that killed U.S. serviceman

Sanders defended the raid in her interview with “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos. The White House says the raid was planned during the Obama administration, but the former president’s aides have said he hadn’t given the go-ahead because it would have been an escalation of U.S. involvement in the war-torn and destitute Arab country.

“The mission has a lot of different critics, but it did yield a substantial amount of very important intel and resources that helped save American lives and other lives,” Sanders said.

To find leaks, Press Secretary Sean Spicer trusts no one — not even his own staff

After information from a meeting of about 12 of his own staffers leaked to the media, Press Secretary Sean Spicer summoned them to a meeting with White House attorneys and forced them to turn over every digital device in their possession for a “check” to prove they had “nothing to hide.” At press time, it’s not clear whether anything compromising was found in the search.

The search included any devices staffers had with them, including personal and government devices. Spicer warned staffers that using encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Whisper, Wickr and Confide were violations of the Federal Records Act.

RELATED: House Intelligence Committee joins calls to investigate leaks from the intelligence community

The account, ironically, is a leak itself. It comes from several anonymous sources to Politico and is the latest in a stream of leaks from within the Trump Administration that paint an anonymously-sourced, unflattering picture of the Trump White House.

In the face of story after story about his team and their relationship to Russia, Donald Trump has decried the near-constant leaks as illegal and cut off some access to news outlets that have been most eager to publish leaks from inside the administration and intelligence community.

Back at the meeting, after searching the devices of everyone present, Spicer allegedly warned staffers that more consequences would come from leaking information about that meeting and the phone check.

A Florida woman abandoned her newborn just last year — and then she does this!?

The woman accused of abandoning her newborn child in 2016 near an Orlando apartment complex is once again pregnant, state officials said. Susan Richardson was the subject of a massive search after she gave birth to a baby girl at or near the Willow Bend apartment complex. Watch the video The girl was named “Baby Willow” by police, after the apartment complex where she was born. She told investigators that she abandoned the baby, but couldn’t remember exactly where. A clerk at a 7-11 convenience store said Richardson regularly stops by the business. RELATED: Florida man gives story of incredible bad luck about the accidental gunshot that wounded his girlfriend Since she was released from jail in November after pleading guilty to charges of neglect and desertion, the clerk told Channel 9 that she had asked Richardson what happened to the child. “She says the baby’s in heaven,” Marjorie Lowe said. Richardson, who has been living with her longtime boyfriend Johnnie Bryant, was charged with violation of probation in late January, which is when officials learned of her pregnancy. While her probation requires Richardson not have any unsupervised contact with her current children, there is nothing preventing her from getting pregnant again. The Florida Department of Children and Families is unable to do anything for the child, Channel 9 legal analyst Belvin Perry said. “Currently, unborn children have no rights, so the government cannot step in and order her to do certain things for the well being of the unborn child,” he said. When contacted by WFTV, Bryant would not say if he believed Richardson’s unborn child was his. When pressed about any concerns he might have about her being pregnant again, considering the Baby Willow case, he became belligerent. “You concerned, [expletive]?” he quipped to WFTV’s Janine Reyes. RELATED: A teacher is out of a job in Florida after messing with her third graders in a terrible way While the baby who went missing in February has never been found, the Baby Willow case was closed when Richardson pleaded guilty to the neglect and desertion charges. The Florida DCF issued the following statement concerning how it handles situations like this: Any individual who is concerned about the safety of a child upon his or her birth (or at any time) is required to call the Florida Abuse Hotline, including medical personnel who are professionally-mandated reporters. The department does not have jurisdiction over unborn children but the safety and security of every child is our top priority. If there is an occurrence of childbirth, and a report to the Child Abuse Hotline is created, DCF would then have jurisdiction to investigate and intercede. To that end, we will do whatever it takes to shelter vulnerable kids from crisis and help them live a normal life free from abuse or neglect.

Here’s the draft of the Obamacare repeal and what it could mean for your healthcare

Just before members of Congress return to Washington next week, Politico has acquired and published a draft of a House Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill. (They host the document here).

House Majority Leader Paul Ryan has said the bill is undergoing scoring and pricing by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) — the nonpartisan agency that reviews and projects future costs for nearly every bill approved by Congressional committees — and will be revealed in March once the CBO finishes their analysis. Keep in mind that their projections could force large changes to the bill that makes it to the House floor next week.

The bill eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and employer mandates, as well as a number of taxes that helped pay for the law (including taxes on tanning, over-the-counter medications and more).

RELATED: Last night the House Freedom Caucus threw a wrench in Obamacare repeal efforts

The Medicaid expansion in a number of states is to be eliminated by 2020; this bill cuts federal funding for it. Eliminating the Medicaid expansion will end coverage for millions of Americans who acquired healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. The left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculated that a repeal will strip health coverage from almost 500,000 in the state of Kentucky alone who are now covered by Medicaid.

It also eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood entirely, though federal funding for abortions has been prohibited (in most cases) by the Hyde Amendment for over 30 years.

Also gone are the Affordable Care Act’s income-based subsidies for healthcare, a target for conservative House Republicans. In their place is an age-dependent tax credit for healthcare that gradually increases as someone ages. That credit is $2000 for those under 30, $2500 for those under 40, $3000 for those under 50, $3500 for those under 60, and $4000 for Americans 60 and over.

The bill shifts healthcare costs and responsibilities back to consumers with new emphasis on individual and shared Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). It also establishes penalties for gaps in healthcare coverage, including a 30 percent premium increase should coverage lapse in a given year.

This bill foreshadows the role Republicans see states playing in healthcare administration and delivery. It establishes $100 billion “State Innovation Grants,” which are block grants to be used in establishing high-risk pools for state residents who would otherwise be prohibitively expensive to insure and/or a number of other uses that would make individual or small-group markets more feasible for state residents.

RELATED: Former House Speaker John Boehner reveals what we could expect from an Obamacare repeal

Notably, the block grants also represent a hard limit on federal payouts; states will have to contend with concentrated populations of individuals who require more healthcare coverage than federal allocations will cover. In the past, states have turned to lifetime coverage maximums, capped enrollment and high premiums to cover and manage the exorbitant costs of administering high-risk pools. From this bill alone, it’s unclear how Republicans plan to address the issues that brought down high-risk pools in the past.

Americans with chronic or preexisting conditions would have fewer, more expensive options after a repeal; they might be covered by their state’s high-risk pool, but even that coverage might not be adequate.

The bill also abolishes the Affordable Care Act’s “Essential Health Benefits,” which were benefits that were mandated by law. With this repeal, a health insurance plan would no longer be required to cover:

  • Emergency ambulance services
  • Outpatient care (at clinics, doctor’s offices, etc).
  • Emergency hospitalization
  • Pre- and post-natal care for new mothers
  • Mental health and addiction recovery treatment
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative care
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventative care, wellness services, and chronic disease treatment

There is currently just one provision in the bill to help pay for it: taxing some of the most generous healthcare plans in the country as benefits. Though Politico says this measure is favored by healthcare economists on both sides, it’s politically toxic; both unions and businesses have lobbied against similar proposals (the “Cadillac” tax, for example) in the past.

President Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to slam the “failing” New York Times once again

NEW YORK — A New York Times ad scheduled to run during the Academy Awards on Sunday night already has at least one critic – President Donald Trump.

“For the first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!” Trump tweeted early Sunday about the commercial, the newspaper’s first TV spot in seven years.

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RELATED: President Trump throws major shade at the DNC in tweet about their new head

For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017

Trump’s comment comes days after the Times, CNN and other news organizations said they were denied entry to an off-camera White House “gaggle” with Press Secretary Sean Spicer and one day after Trump announced he won’t be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The 30-second commercial, called “The Truth Is Hard,” was posted Thursday on YouTube and has been viewed more than 2.6 million times.

The Oscars broadcast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.

Tragedy strikes after a car crashes into a crowd of spectators at a New Orleans parade

NEW ORLEANS — A driver careened through a crowd during a parade Saturday, injuring at least 28 people, police say.

A suspected drunken driver ran a gray truck through the Krewe of Endymion parade around 6:45 p.m., according to The Advocate.

“Initial reports show so far about a dozen people are in critical condition,” police spokeswoman Ambria Washington told The Times-Picayune. “That number could increase as the investigation is ongoing.”

RELATED: Navy sailor who failed to return to work after having a baby is now facing desertion charges

Twenty-one people were hospitalized, five in critical condition. Seven other people declined treatment.

The crash comes during the final weekend of Carnival at one of the city’s largest parades.

NOPD arrest made at Carrollton and Orleans. Several injured after car crashes into people by parade. @WWLTV pic.twitter.com/mBbg6SmLIh — David Hammer (@davidhammerWWL) February 26, 2017 NOPD is investigating a crash where a vehicle ran into a crowd of people at the Orleans and Carrollton.  #NOPDAlert pic.twitter.com/Ll8YeVI7ru — NOPD (@NOPDNews) February 26, 2017 Thanks to our first responders for the care you provided to the victims and others watching the parade. pic.twitter.com/b926KBX7iv — Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) February 26, 2017

Trump slams New York Times ad set to air during Academy Awards

A New York Times ad scheduled to run during the Academy Awards on Sunday night already has at least one critic – President Donald Trump.

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

"For the first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!" Trump tweeted early Sunday about the commercial, the newspaper's first TV spot in seven years. 

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For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Trump's comment comes days after the Times, CNN and other news organizations said they were denied entry to an off-camera White House "gaggle" with Press Secretary Sean Spicer and one day after Trump announced he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

>> CNN, New York Times barred from White House press briefing

The 30-second commercial, called "The Truth Is Hard," was posted Thursday on YouTube and has been viewed more than 2.6 million times.

>> Watch the ad here

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The Oscars broadcast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.

Zach Braff, 'SNL' fans say Alec Baldwin should play Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

If you can't get the real president to attend your event, why not get the fake one?

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

That's what actor Zach Braff and "Saturday Night Live" fans are saying on Twitter after President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he won't be going to the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon. "Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"

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I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

Minutes later, Braff called for actor Alec Baldwin, who plays Trump on "SNL," to stand in for the president.

".@AlecBaldwin time to suit up," he tweeted.

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.@AlecBaldwin time to suit up. https://t.co/DfVnzAYxSG— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 25, 2017

Braff was not alone.

Email from a viewer: "PLEASE, please, have Alec Baldwin invited to the White House Correspondents dinner since Trump is not going..."— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 25, 2017

Yuge opening for Alec Baldwin to get some extra work that evening... https://t.co/cQoERmmLf6— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 25, 2017

Oh pleeeeeez Alec Baldwin go as trump at Correspondents Dinner!!!!— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) February 25, 2017

Hey @whca, since @realDonaldTrump has announced that he' not attending, it only makes sense that @AlecBaldwin deliver the keynote. #WHCA— April (@ReignOfApril) February 25, 2017

.@realDonaldTrump I hope they replace you with Alec Baldwin.— Dan Wilbur (@DanWilbur) February 25, 2017

No word yet on whether Baldwin is interested in attending the event, which raises money for college scholarships and usually involves roasts of both the current president and the media.

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According to Poynter, the last time a president missed the dinner was 1981, when then-President Ronald Reagan was recovering from a gunshot wound. But Reagan still called in to the event, addressing guests by phone.

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