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Cop shoots son dead after mistaking him for intruder

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New York State Police are investigating after a local police officer admitted shooting and killing his own son, who he believed to be an intruder.

Village of Perry Officer Michael Leach, 59, was sleeping at around 12:50 a.m. on Saturday morning when he was awakened by someone entering his Old Forge hotel room. Thinking the person was an intruder, Leach fired one shot, killing his 37-year-old son Matthew, according to The Observer-Dispatch.

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Michael Leach called 911 and stated that he had shot an intruder.

Matthew Leach was later pronounced dead St. Elizabeth Medical Center. The father was taken to Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare for an unspecified medical issue.

Hotel owner Dan Rivet Jr. told the paper that the father and son were part of a group of officers who traveled to the area on motorcycles for a long weekend.

“It was just a group of guys coming to have a good time,” Rivet said.

While the investigation continued on Monday, police said the shooting was likely a case of mistaken identity. No charges have been filed.

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President Donald Trump's tweets have grown even more erratic than usual lately, as he has promoted baseless murder conspiracy theories about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and even a video that proclaims "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat."

Financial Times columnist Edward Luce believes he knows the reason that the president has become more unhinged: He knows that he's "courting a landslide defeat" in the 2020 election.

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered President Donald Trump for tweeting out "vile" slurs and attacks to distract from his coronavirus failures.

The U.S. crossed 100,000 dead from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the president is accusing the "Morning Joe" host of murder, threatening executive action against social media companies and retweeting videos calling for the executions of Democrats.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has burst on to the national stage as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, but his work as a public health official extends back decades. He was a key figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in an interview on PBS NewsHour on Wednesday, he offered a personal and emotional glimpse into that history.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Larry Kramer, a famed writer and influential AIDS activist, had died at age 84. PBS host Judy Woodroof noted that Fauci and Kramer had been friends.

"In the beginning of the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, the two of you had a pretty contentious relationship," Woodroof said. "But that changed over time."

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