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He tried to save his wife from their burning home. She died holding his hand

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 18:39

"She was my best friend," Todd Gillette said of his 50-year-old wife, who died in a house fire in South Dakota.

Female Reporter Calls Out Runner Who Groped Her While She Was on TV

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 16:55

"You violated, objectified and embarrassed me"

Suspect's mother speaks out after Alabama officer slain

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 16:47

The mother of man charged with killing an Alabama police officer spoke said Sunday that she doesn't believe her son is capable of committing murder. LaJeromeny Brown of Tennessee has been jailed on capital murder charges in the shooting of Huntsville police officer Billy Fred Clardy on Friday. Brown's mother, Alma Jean Applebet, told in a phone interview her son should be presumed innocent until he has a chance to stand trial, though she acknowledged he has a history of arrests in Tennessee.

Former Australian PM, Bob Hawke, pleaded with daughter not to report alleged rape by political ally to police

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 15:50

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke pleaded with his daughter not to report being raped by a Labor MP fearing the case could damage his political career, it is claimed in court documents. The allegations against Mr Hawke, who died in May aged 89, have been made by his second daughter Rosslyn Dillon, 59, in a legal claim against her father's estate. Ms Dillon is seeking 4 million Australian dollars (£2 million) from her father's $18 million estate, rather than the $750,000 she was left.  In a 25-page affidavit lodged at the New South Wales Supreme Court and reported by The New Daily, she claims she was raped by Bill Landeryou, a Labor MP and close ally of Mr Hawke,  who died in February aged 77. Ms Dillon alleges she was sexually assaulted three times: at a Hilton hotel, in parliament and at the MP's home. "These instances of sexual assault occurred during a period when, to my knowledge, my father was preparing to challenge the current Leader of the Opposition for the role of Leader of the Australian Labor Party," she alleges in the affidavit. She confronted her father, who was soon to become Australian Prime Minister, with the allegations at the family home. Mr Hawke replied: “You can’t go to the police. You can’t. I can’t have any controversies right now. I am sorry but I am challenging for the leadership of the Labor Party.” Ms Dillon says she was "shocked and hurt" by her father's request. "He asked me to let the matter go for him and I did so for him. "I am still haunted by the sexual assaults. I feel that I may have had a chance to get over these rapes if I was able to report the incidents to police." Ms Dillon says her share of the estate is inadequate given the impact the sexual assaults had on her mental health. Her older sister, Sue Pieters-Hawke, has confirmed Ms Dillon did tell her about the assaults. Mr Hawke did succeed in securing the party leadership and led Labor to four election victories in succession.

Consultations to choose new PM in protest-hit Lebanon delayed

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 15:44

The president in protest-wracked Lebanon Sunday postponed parliamentary consultations to nominate a new prime minister after Sunni Muslim leaders threw their support behind ex-premier Saad Hariri returning to the post. It said parliamentary consultations to choose a new prime minister were delayed "at the request of most parliamentary blocs" and to "allow for more deliberations". The postponement comes after Sunni Muslim leaders reached a consensus to back Hariri returning to office, a sidelined candidate said.

5-Year-Old Carried a Toddler Through Minus 31-Degree Weather After Left Alone in Alaska Home

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 14:08

The children, who were dressed just in socks and light clothing, both received cold-related injuries

Meet the lawyer at the center of the Trump universe

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 13:35

Marc Mukasey has deep, personal connections within President Trump’s orbit, and he has worked on a number of high-profile cases involving the president.

Jury would convict Trump 'in 3 minutes flat': Nadler

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 12:58

The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that if the impeachment case against President Trump were put to a jury, there "would be a guilty verdict in three minutes flat."

Catholic Celebrity to Challenge Polish President in 2020 Vote

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 12:22

(Bloomberg) -- Szymon Holownia, a TV show host and writer known for his Catholic views, announced plans to run against incumbent Andrzej Duda in next year’s presidential election.The 43-year-old political newcomer focused his announcement on social solidarity, climate protection and higher standards in Polish politics, characterized by what he called “a devouring clinch” between the ruling Law & Justice and the main opposition party Civic Platform.“It’s time for a man coming from the bottom to fix what’s broken at the top,” he said in his announcement speech delivered in a theater in Gdansk, north of Poland. “I want a Poland in which there’s no “either-or,” but “and-and,” and where both sides can be right.”Holownia rose to fame as the co-host of Poland’s edition of “Got Talent,” a TV show he quit last month after 12 seasons. Holownia is an activist, writer and journalist supporting the liberal wing of Poland’s Catholic church. In his announcement speech, Holownia called for “friendly separation” of the church and the state.Holownia is likely to be one of at least a handful of challengers to Duda in the 2020 vote. The current president, who has the backing of the ruling camp which won the general election this year, tops all presidential and trust polls. The Civic Platform is still to pick its presidential candidate.To contact the reporter on this story: Maciej Onoszko in Warsaw at monoszko@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Hannah Benjamin at, Andrew DavisFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 12:20

The winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early wave of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.

Think America Is Safe? A Nuclear ICBM Could Destroy Us In Half An Hour

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 12:00

A movie tells us what we can do about it.

'I Got Tired of Hunting Black and Hispanic People'

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 11:55

NEW YORK -- At a police station tucked into an end-of-the-line subway terminal in South Brooklyn, the new commander instructed officers to think of white and Asian people as "soft targets" and urged them to instead go after blacks and Latinos for minor offenses like jumping the turnstile, a half-dozen officers said in sworn statements."You are stopping too many Russian and Chinese," one of the officers, Daniel Perez, recalled the commander telling him earlier this decade.Another officer, Aaron Diaz, recalled the same commander saying in 2012, "You should write more black and Hispanic people."The sworn statements, gathered in the last few months as part of a discrimination lawsuit, deal with a period between 2011-15. But they are now emerging publicly at a time when policing in the subway has become a contentious issue, sparking protests over a crackdown on fare evasion and other low-level offenses.The commander, Constantin Tsachas, was in charge of more than 100 officers who patrolled a swath of the subway system in Brooklyn, his first major command. Since then, he has been promoted to the second-in-command of policing the subway system throughout Brooklyn. Along the way, more than half a dozen subordinates claim, he gave them explicit directives about whom to arrest based on race.Those subordinates recently came forward, many for the first time, providing signed affidavits to support a discrimination lawsuit brought by four black and Hispanic police officers.The officers claim they faced retaliation from the New York Police Department because they objected to what they said was a long-standing quota system for arrests and tickets, which they argued mainly affected black and Hispanic New Yorkers.The authorities have deployed hundreds of additional officers to the subways, provoking a debate about overpolicing and the criminalization of poverty. Videos of arrests of young black men and of a woman selling churros in the subway system have gone viral in recent weeks. Demonstrators have taken to the subway system and jumped turnstiles in protest.Six officers said in their affidavits that Tsachas, now a deputy inspector, pressured them to enforce low-level violations against black and Hispanic people, while discouraging them from doing the same to white or Asian people.Tsachas declined to comment when reached by telephone this week, but his union representative said the inspector denied the allegations of misconduct. The Police Department also declined to address the allegations.The department has said in the past that its enforcement of fare evasion is not aimed at black and Hispanic people.More than three years ago, when Tsachas was promoted to his current rank, the police commissioner at the time, William J. Bratton, said that allegations Tsachas pushed quotas were false."I have full faith and support in him," Bratton said. He added that Tsachas had "the requisite skills and comes highly recommended."Most of the people arrested on charges of fare evasion in New York are black or Hispanic, according to data the Police Department has been required to report under local law since 2017.Between October 2017 and June 2019, black and Hispanic people, who account for slightly more than half the population in New York City, made up nearly 73% of those who got a ticket for fare evasion and whose race was recorded. They also made up more than 90% of those who were arrested, rather than given a ticket.Some elected officials have complained about the apparent racial disparity in arrests, saying it may indicate bias on the part of officers or an unofficial policy of racial profiling by the police."The focus of black and brown people, even if other people were doing the same crime, points to what many of us have been saying for a while," the city's public advocate, Jumaane Williams, said. "The same actions lead to different results, unfortunately, depending on where you live and an overlay of what you look like."Enforcement has surged nearly 50% in 2019, as city police officers issued 22,000 more tickets for fare evasion this year compared to 2018, according to Police Department data from Nov. 10.While the affidavits focus on a time period that ended nearly five years ago, they suggest at least one police commander openly pushed racial profiling when making arrests in the subway."I got tired of hunting Black and Hispanic people because of arrest quotas," one former officer, Christopher LaForce, said in his affidavit, explaining his decision to retire in 2015.In the affidavits, the officers said that different enforcement standards applied to different stations across Transit District 34, which spanned stations across South Brooklyn: Brooklyn's Chinatown in Sunset Park; neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish communities; a corner of Flatbush that is home to many Caribbean immigrants; and the Russian enclave around Brighton Beach."Tsachas would get angry if you tried to patrol subway stations in predominantly white or Asian neighborhoods" LaForce said in his affidavit. He added that the commander would redirect officers to stations in neighborhoods with larger black and Hispanic populations.Diaz, who retired from the Police Department last year, described in his affidavit how on one occasion Tsachas seemed irritated at him for having stopped several Asian people for fare evasion and told him he should be issuing tickets to "more black and Hispanic people."At the time, Diaz said, he was assigned to the N Line, which passes through neighborhoods with large numbers of Chinese Americans. He had arrested multiple residents of that neighborhoods for doubling up as they went through the turnstiles, according to his affidavit.Other officers described similar experiences. Some of the officers claimed in affidavits that Tsachas urged his officers to come up with reasons to stop black men, especially those with tattoos, and check them for warrants.Of the six officers, all but one is retired. They are all black or Hispanic. The affidavits were given to The New York Times by one of the four officers who has sued the Police Department, Lt. Edwin Raymond.The allegations in the affidavits were bolstered by a police union official, Corey Grable, who gave a deposition in June in the same lawsuit that recounted his interactions with Tsachas. He recalled Tsachas had once complained about a subordinate who Tsachas said seemed to go for "soft targets."Unsure what that meant, Grable asked if the officer was ticketing old ladies for minor offenses? Tsachas responded: "No, Asian."Grable, who is black, asked, "Would you have been more comfortable if these guys were black or Hispanic?""Yes," Tsachas replied, according to Grable's recollection.Tsachas joined the Police Department in 2001 and patrolled public housing developments in Harlem for five years. He later analyzed crime patterns in Queens and across the city before being transferred to the Transit Bureau. He was a captain in 2011 when he was appointed to command Brooklyn's District 34, a position he held for at least four years.In 2015, he took command of neighboring Transit District 32, where Raymond, who is currently suing him, worked. At the time Raymond held the rank of police officer.Raymond has charged in the lawsuit that Tsachas blocked his promotion by giving him a low evaluation as punishment for not making enough arrests.Raymond, who is now a patrol supervisor in Brooklyn, recorded a conversation in October 2015 in which Tsachas encouraged him to arrest more people and gave an example of the sort of arrest he did not want: a 42-year-old Asian woman with no identification arrested on a charge of fare beating."That's not going to fly," he said, according to the recording, first described in a New York Times Magazine article.Raymond, who still had the rank of police officer at the time, responded that it was unconstitutional to consider race when deciding whom to arrest. Tsachas, a captain at the time, then apologized, saying the comment "didn't come out the way it's supposed to."Raymond said he believed Tsachas should not have been promoted. "It's a spit in the face of communities of color that this man is given more power after being exposed as a bigot," he said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

Rep. Mark Meadows Denies Trump Asked Ukraine About Biden: ‘He Didn’t Do That’

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 11:42

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) denied on Sunday morning that President Donald Trump ever asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, contradicting President Donald Trump’s own words.During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, host Dana Bash immediately noted that the central charge of the impeachment inquiry against Trump is that “the president asked a leader of a foreign country to investigate his political rival.”“So, one simple question to start, is that appropriate?” Bashed wondered aloud.“Well, one, he didn't do that,” the North Carolina lawmaker replied. “I don't agree with your premise. He talked about investigations. If you look at the—the transcript, I think he said, will you do us a favor, based on the United States going through a lot, talking about 2016 elections.”Inside the Call: How Trump Pushed Ukraine to Probe BidenBash, however, reminded Meadows that per the rough transcript of the now-infamous July 25 phone between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump specifically mentioned Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, saying “a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great.”“He did ask,” Bash added. “You admit that, right?”Meadows answered the CNN host with a question of his own, asking her if she was “suggesting that someone who runs for president shouldn’t be investigated,” adding that the Democrats “have been investigating President Trump before he was elected.”“I mean, listen, it’s appropriate to make sure that nothing was done wrong in Ukraine,” the congressman continued. “And, indeed, that’s what he was talking about.”Later in the segment, after Meadows continued to insist this was really about rooting out Hunter Biden’s corrupt activities in Ukraine, Bash pressed him on Republicans’ lack of interest in that issue when they controlled Congress.“Well, one, I didn't—I didn't know about it at the particular time,” Meadows answered. “And when—when you look at things, as things come up, you would.”“But it was public information,” Bash countered.Following the interview and after he received some ridicule over his denial of Trump’s actual words, Meadows took to Twitter to push back and defend the president.“Questions like this make the false assumption that @realDonaldTrump had political motives. That’s not accurate. It’s not supported by the evidence,” he tweeted. “This was about making sure we weren’t sending taxpayer funded aid to a corrupt nation. Exactly what POTUS promised to do.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

American soldiers banned from Italian main street after vicious brawl

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 11:08

Around 2,000 US Army soldiers have been banned from one of the main streets in the Italian city of Vicenza after a  brawl between soldiers and locals.  The temporary ban, which affects members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade stationed in the city, involves the quaint via  Contra' Pescherie Vecchie, where two young Vicenza men say they were surrounded and beaten by several soldiers after a verbal exchange just outside a popular watering hole for off duty combat paratroopers.  “This is not my face. I was not like this before,” Riccardo Passaro, 21, told La Repubblica from the hospital where he is recovering from reconstructive facial surgery after his jaw was shattered.  City authorities are studying CCTV images to identify the culprits of the latest violent episode, which prompted Mayor Francesco Rucco to request special restrictive measures from the base commander.  Col. Kenneth Burgess issued a memo warning that personnel caught entering the restricted zone during the 45-day ban faced disciplinary sanctions. “It is a decree without precedent in Vicenza and for this we thank the American authorities," Mayor Rucco said. The US military presence in Vicenza has been expanding for the last decade, with construction of the large Del Din annex north of the historic Ederle garrison to help lodge US Africa Command and the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, which conducts contingency response and NATO ally training in Europe.  Vicenza's 113,000 inhabitants now intermingle, mostly peacefully, with more than 12,000 Americans, including military family members and employees of the two bases bookending the city.  But an uptick in problems related to heavy drinking, violence and public disorder since the expansion has exasperated locals.   In 2014,  several rape investigations and a car crash in the city centre involving three pedestrians made headlines. In 2016 and 2017 there were bloody brawls involving injuries and property damage. And in 2018, police intervened 550 times in violent incidents involving Americans, prompting new joint night patrols this year by U.S. military police and Italian Carabinieri.

Left-leaning youth leader inspires Germany's Social Democrats

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:57

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) saved their loudest cheers at their conference this week for the 30-year old leader of the party's youth wing, as he called for more radical labor and social policies and for the SPD to believe in itself. Kevin Kuehnert, known for his relaxed manner and for wearing jeans and hoodies, is described by German media as the power behind the throne of the SPD's new leaders, Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, who the party conference appointed on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands march through Hong Kong in largest protest for weeks

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:56

Hundreds of thousands of black-clad, masked protesters from all walks of life took part in one of the largest mass rallies of Hong Kong’s six-month-long pro-democracy movement on Sunday, in a show of continued defiance against Chinese rule. Demonstrators expressed their anger that a sweeping victory for pan-democratic parties in district elections two weeks ago has led to few concessions from the city’s unpopular leader, Carrie Lam, towards demands including more voting rights and an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality. The resounding election defeat for the pro-Beijing establishment shattered earlier government claims that the city’s “silent majority” was against the protests, while Sunday’s march showed that public support for the protest movement remains high. “People are still eager to come out, still eager to demonstrate that they are not satisfied,” said Alvin Yeung, a democrat from the Civic Party. “Hong Kong people have a very clear mind, that winning the elections was not the end of everything,” he added. “We are not asking for the moon, our demands are not so outrageous. For example, a commission of inquiry, are we asking something so unreasonable?” The turnout - with some in animal masks - appeared to be an indication that the protests are here to stay Credit:  Ivan Abreu/ Bloomberg Police said just hours before the march on Hong Kong island that they had arrested 11 people and seized a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, as well as other weapons they feared could be used during the rally. But despite the violent clashes between riot officers and protesters that have marred demonstrations in recent months, many families with young children and old people joined the march that began at the downtown Victoria Park and continued peacefully through the city’s main streets for several hours. “I’ve been to about 80 percent of the demonstrations. I’m 71. What do I have to be afraid of,” said Johnny, a retired manufacturer. “Today we are fighting for the freedom of Hong Kong and of the Uighurs,” he said, referring to China’s repressed Muslim minority. The event organisers, the Civil Human Rights Front – the non-violent umbrella group behind large rallies in June -  said that some 800,000 people had joined the protest, which also marked this week’s World Human Rights Day. The police force estimated that the march peaked at 183,000.   The demonstrators were at times jubilant, with drums and people dressed as cartoon characters cheering the crowd, some of whom flew Union Jacks and other international flags. Some hurled abuse at observing police officers who have increasingly become the focus of public anger because of their heavy-handed tactics, but tensions remained comparatively low. The police took the rare step of granting permission for the mass rally, and officers largely stood to one side as the throngs passed without major incident. As night fell, the crowd continued to flow steadily through the wide boulevards, torch lights from their phones piercing the darkness. As night fell, demonstrators used lights from their smartphones Credit:  Justin Chin/ Bloomberg "I think the CCP's [Chinese Communist Party] strategy is to wear us down through time. That's why it's important for us to come out even after the district elections to make our demands heard,” said a protester in her 20s, who gave her name as Ms Chu. “In the past six months, the Hong Kong people have become braver and stronger against the police force,” she added. "We want to come out to the march and continue to share our feelings because Hong Kong is very special as a multicultural, international city." The anti-government movement was initially sparked by a now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extraditions to the mainland, but it has now spiraled into a wider set of five demands that include universal suffrage and police accountability. Some 6,000 people have been arrested and hundreds injured during protests that have at times turned violent, and public anger remains high. While the march ended peacefully around 9pm, some fear that a planned strike on Monday may turn violent. “We’re now seeking not only our five demands but also retaliation against the police and the government. If political leaders have foreign citizenship it should be revoked. The Hong Kong police should only recruit university graduates,” said protester Sam Cheung, 30, ahead of Sunday’s march.

Court weighs whether Boston Marathon bomber got a fair trial

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:46

A federal appeals court in Boston will consider whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a fair trial in the city where the bombs exploded. Oral arguments before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are scheduled for Thursday, according to The Boston Globe. Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015 for carrying out the April 15, 2013, attack at the marathon finish line with his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by authorities.

Chuck Todd Laces Into Ted Cruz for Saying Ukraine Meddled in 2016 Election

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:45

A week after Meet the Press host Chuck Todd accused Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) of pushing Russian propaganda on Ukraine, the NBC News anchor forcefully confronted GOP Sen. Ted Cruz over the Texas lawmaker’s belief that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.With the House of Representatives heading towards an impeachment vote, Cruz argued on Sunday that Democrats haven’t yet proven that the president violated any laws, insisting that Trump was just concerned about “investigating corruption” when he pressured Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.“What I don’t understand is why do you believe that if an American is committing corruption we should have a foreign government to announce an investigation,” Todd wondered aloud. “Is that appropriate or do you go to American authorities?”“So, I believe any president, any Justice Department has the authority to investigate corruption,” Crus responded. “In this case, there was serious evidence on the face of corruption. The reason Hunter Biden got that position is because his daddy was vice president.”Fiona Hill Blasts GOP ‘Alternate Narrative’ on UkraineTodd, meanwhile, pressed forward and asked the conservative senator whether or not he believed that Ukraine meddled in the election—a talking point that has gained more traction among Republicans lately.“I do. And I think there is considerable evidence,” Cruz replied.“You do?” Todd shot back, expressing shock. “You do?!”Earlier this fall, the intelligence community briefed senators and their aides that Russia has spent the past year attempting to frame Ukraine for Russia’s 2016 election interference. During an impeachment hearing last month, former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill also criticized Republicans for pushing a “fictional narrative” on Ukraine meddling, adding that it likely came from a Russian disinformation campaign.Todd went on to remind Cruz about the president’s own smear campaign against him during the 2016 GOP presidential primary when they were both fighting for the Republican nomination.“Senator, this sort of strikes me as odd because you went through a primary campaign with this president,” the Meet the Press anchor noted. “He launched a birtherism campaign against you. He went after your faith; he threatened to quote ‘spill the beans’ about your wife about something. He pushed a National Enquirer story, which we now know he had a real relationship with the editors.”“I appreciate you dragging up all that garbage, that’s very kind of you,” Cruz snarked back.“Let me ask you this,” Todd continued. “Is it not possible that this president is capable of creating a false narrative about somebody in order to help him politically?”Cruz laughed off Todd’s questions, asserting “that’s not what happened” and that the transcript of Trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president shows nothing wrong. He then claimed that while he does believe Russia interfered in the last election he doesn’t think that means Ukraine didn’t.The two would go back-and-forth over the evidence that the Ukraine government interfered in the election, with Cruz pointing to a 2016 op-ed by the Ukrainian ambassador criticizing Trump’s stance on Russian aggression against Ukraine as proof.“That’s the difference? What you are saying—you are saying a pickpocket, which essentially is a Hill op-ed, compared to Bernie Madoff and Vladimir Putin,” Todd snapped back. “You are trying to equate—make them both seem equal. I don’t understand that.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

A Uighur Dutch woman admitted to leaking secret Chinese cables on Muslim oppression. She's going public to stop China's death threats.

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:35

Asiye Abdulaheb told the Dutch De Volkskrant newspaper that she had a role in disseminating the explosive internal documents on Xinjiang.

Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in Israel

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:27

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday welcomed a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul who purchased Nazi memorabilia at a German auction and is donating the items to Israel. Chatila, a Lebanese Christian who has lived in Switzerland for decades, paid some 600,000 euros ($660,000) for the items at the Munich auction last month, intending to destroy them after reading of Jewish groups’ objections to the sale. Among the items he bought were Adolf Hitler’s top hat, a silver-plated edition of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and a typewriter used by the dictator’s secretary.