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Navy Super Hornet crashes near Death Valley, search and rescue underway for pilot

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Jack Mullins/iStock(DEATH VALLEY, Calif.) — A U.S. Navy single-seat F/A-18E fighter jet has crashed in Death Valley, Calif., according to the Navy. Seven individuals on ground suffered minor injuries, a spokesperson for Death Valley National Park said.

“At approximately 10 a.m. PST, a F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the ‘Vigilantes’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, crashed east of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California,” said Joint Strike Fighter Wing public affairs officer. Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Bock.

“Search and rescue personnel are on scene and the status of the pilot is currently unknown. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.”

Two pilots were flying a pair of planes on a training mission, but only one returned, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific commander Capt. James Bates said at a press conference on Wednesday. He said it remained unclear whether the pilot was a man or woman and what the pilot’s rank is, but said that the crash occurred 6 miles north of China Lake.

Tim Cassell, owner of the Panamint Springs Resort nearby, said he got in his truck and drove up to the crash site.

“I stopped my vehicle, got out and walked over to the edge and attempted to see if I could see any large pieces of the aircraft,” Cassell said. “I was unable to see anything other than a large blackened area, some of the bushes were still on fire. And there was smoke and then debris all over the ground around me.”

“The pieces of the aircraft were smaller than a dinner plate … and scattered over a large area,” he added.

Patrick Taylor, a spokesperson for Death Valley National Park, said the park received a report around 10 a.m. PT from the Panamint Springs Resort that a military plane had crashed on the west side of Death Valley near Father Crowley Overlook in an area known as Star Wars Canyon.

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The area has been used for military training flights since the 1930s, Taylor said, and regularly attracts tourists who want to get a glimpse of military pilots in action weaving through the narrow canyon in maneuvers reminiscent of the Star Wars movie.

Seven individuals on ground suffered minor injuries.

They sustained burns, cuts and scrapes from shrapnel flying through the air when the jet crashed, according to KABC. The injuries were mostly to their backs, arms and legs as they ran away from the crash site, about 50 meters from where they were standing.

The Father Crowley Overlook has been temporarily closed. Emergency responders from the park, military, and Inyo County have been dispatched to the scene.

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Millionaire Jeffrey Epstein's sex-trafficking trial set for next year; a million pages of discovery expected

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Rawf8/iStock(NEW YORK) — The pursuit of justice for women who have accused millionaire Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing them will have to wait at least another year.

Attorneys for Epstein cast aside their client’s right to a speedy trial on Wednesday after federal prosecutors said they plan to submit a staggering one million pages in discovery in the sex-trafficking case.

During a hearing in Manhattan federal court, Judge Richard Berman tentatively planned for a trial in the summer or fall of 2020, and a prosecutor said the proceedings are expected to last four to six weeks.

“Thirteen months sounds like the amount of time that we would ordinarily need to prepare a case of this magnitude and scope,” Epstein’s attorney Martin Weinberg said in court. “We need time to review a million pages of discovery.”

During the hearing, there was no mention of a July 23 incident at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan in which sources told ABC News that Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell with marks on his neck that appeared to be self-inflicted.

The incident came five days after Berman denied a request from Epstein’s attorney that he be released on bail, pending his trial.

Since the episode, 66-year-old Epstein has been on suicide watch at the federal lockup.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of minor girls at his Upper East Side mansion and his home in Palm Beach, Florida. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

Following Wednesday’s hearing, Gloria Allred, a lawyer who represents several women accusing Epstein of assault, said she believes there are other women who have been assaulted by Epstein who have yet to come forward “because they are in fear.”

“Any victim who has not come forward … should come forward at this time,” Allred said. “It is not too late to help in the process of seeking justice.”

Berman ordered prosecutors to make their evidence available to the defense by Oct. 31.

Epstein — a hedge fund manager who at one time socialized with former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump — was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of minor girls in Florida and New York. Some of the charges date back to the early 2000s.

A team of law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) took Epstein into custody at the Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, New Jersey, after he returned to the United States by private jet from France, sources told ABC News.

Federal prosecutor Alison Moe told Berman on Wednesday that the discovery will include “materials from devices” seized from Epstein’s Manhattan home.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution in a secret plea deal with federal prosecutors in Palm Beach, Florida, to avoid more serious federal sex trafficking charges. He received a 13-month jail sentence but was allowed out for work release 12 hours a day, six days a week.

The plea deal, now under review by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, also gave Epstein and any alleged co-conspirators immunity from further federal prosecution in the Southern District of Florida.

Weinberg suggested on Wednesday that he plans to challenge the conspiracy count Epstein is facing — saying in court that the “government’s allegations are inextricably intertwined and constitutionally barred” by the non-prosecution agreement (NPA) prosecutors reached with Epstein in 2008.

“There are double jeopardy issues both connected to the conspiracy count, which looks to be an overlap with one of the charges that was expressly within the immunity provision of the NPA,” Weinberg told Berman.

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Mayhem, murder, and Manson: The new trailer for 'Mindhunter: Season 2' is here

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L-R: McAllany, Groff — Patrick Harbron/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Fans clamoring for a follow-up to Netflix’s addicting serial killer series Mindhunter can finally put their minds at ease: Nearly two years after the original season aired, we have a trailer for Season 2, which will debut August 16.

Once again, stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany are tracking killers while working in the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.  But this time around, they’re trying to crack the case of the Atlanta child murders, which took place between 1979 and 1981.

As before, Groff’s Agent Bill Tench and McCallany’s Agent Holden Ford quiz incarcerated killers for clues about their new bad guy. The trailer shows them returning to murderer Ed Kemper, played by fan favorite Cameron Britton, and also gives glimpses David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz and Charles Manson.

Incidentally, actor Damon Herriman plays Manson — as he does in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.

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CMA announces details for 2020 CMA Fest, passes on sale this Friday

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ABC/Ed HerreraDays before the premiere of the 2019 CMA Fest special on ABC-TV, the Country Music Association is already looking ahead to next year.

The organization has announced that passes for CMA Fest 2020 go on sale this Friday, August 2, at 10:00 a.m. CT. Passes give fans entry into the event’s nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, which feature performances by country’s biggest stars.

The passes also include admission to the indoor Xfinity Fan Fair X event, which features performances and exclusive interviews with artists, along with meet-and-greet opportunities. Fans will also have free access to day and nighttime shuttles.

The annual festival will once again take over downtown Nashville June 4-7. Proceeds benefit the CMA Foundation, which supports music education. 

A three-hour special hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini, featuring 29 performances from 2019 CMA Fest, airs Sunday on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can look forward to sets by Carrie UnderwoodKeith UrbanLuke Bryan and more, in addition to special appearances by Lil Nas X and Joan Jett

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'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' is getting interactive

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Amazon Studios/Nicole Rivelli(NEW YORK) — As part of its celebration of the multiple-Emmy winning Amazon comedy series, New York City’s Paley Center for Media will soon be staging an interactive experience that will let fans immerse themselves in the world of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Running from August 10 to September 6, the exhibit will allow fans will be able to step into the 1950s world created by Amy Sherman-Palladino.  It features painstaking recreations of the Catskills Hair Salon, the Stage Deli Booth that Rachel Brosnahan’s Midge and Alex Borstein’s Susie frequent, and the B. Altman switchboard where Midge toils while dreaming of stand-up stardom.

As for that stand-up stardom, there will also be a recreation of the Arthritis Telethon set, where you can deliver what Susie calls a “tight ten,” should the mood strike. 

The exhibit also features costumes from the series — which was the first-ever streaming show to win an Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy — as well as a screening room where fans can re-watch a curated selection of Season two episodes.

The first 150 fans will also snag themselves a limited-edition, vintage-style Mrs. Maisel poster, highlighting notable locations from the sophomore season.

The Amazon series, which also stars Tony Shalhoub, is currently in production on its third season.

The exhibition is free and open to the public Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 6:00 pm, and Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. Potential visitors beware: it’s closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Paley Center for Media in New York is located at 25 West 52 Street, in New York City.

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