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New York police open new leads on child missing 33 years

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NEW YORK — New York police and the FBI dug into a Manhattan basement Thursday to pursue new leads in a child disappearance case that shocked the city 33 years ago.

Swarms of officers gathered outside the building where agents hoped they might finally get to the bottom of the mystery of what happened to Etan Patz, who was six when he vanished on his way to school in 1979.

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The disappearance was a media sensation at the time and Patz became the first child to have his face put on the back of milk cartons, appealing for information on his whereabouts.

FBI spokesman Tim Flannelly said a search warrant had been issued at the house.

“Obviously there is probable cause,” he said on local NY1 television.

“The take-away, we hope, obviously brings closure to the investigation and the family, but the take-away to the public is that we are committed to these cases.”

Police said they would turn the basement upside down in the search for clues.

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“We’re taking down some dry wall, to examine the original wall. There’s been some dry wall put up since that time,” New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said on NY1.

“We’ll be excavating a portion of the basement itself, taking up, breaking up the concrete that covers the floor and digging up the dirt underneath that, looking for those human remains, personal effects or clothing.”

Jose Ramos, the boyfriend of Etan’s former babysitter, was suspected in the disappearance, but charges were never brought against him. He is currently serving prison time on other child molestation charges.

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance reopened the closed case on Patz two years ago.


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Trump turns bizarre handwritten notes into all-caps Twitter rage spasm: ‘I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday wrote down his impeachment inquiry talking points in sharpie marker.

While leaving the White House for a visit to Texas, Trump read his notes to reporters, but refused to take questions.

During the flight, Trump then tweeted out his notes to his 66.9 million Twitter followers.

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1197200696044654593

....”I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!” Later, Ambassador Sondland said that I told him, “Good, go tell the truth!” This Witch Hunt must end NOW. So bad for our Country!

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Former White House aide John Dean on Wednesday compared his testimony against President Richard Nixon to the testimony of European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

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"Is he the John Dean of this impeachment inquiry?" Tapper wondered.

"His statement certainly caught the Republicans off guard," Dean replied. "They didn't pick away -- just a few little picky points."

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‘The worst day with the most damning evidence’: CNN’s Tapper explains how Sondland was very bad for Trump

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony before the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry on Wednesday generated several startling revelations, including confirmation of an explicit quid-pro-quo deal involving investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.

CNN's Jake Tapper described Sondland's testimony as "a monumental and historic moment on what may turn out to be the worst day with the most damning evidence for President Trump in the impeachment inquiry."

He then laid out all the ways that Sondland has been very bad news for the president.

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