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Man fatally sucker punched over slice of pizza, police say

Police say Nathan Marshall, 28, admitted to fatally punching a San Antonio man over a slice of pizza, court documents filed Thursday showed.

The assault occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday and resulted in the death of 33-year-old Air Force veteran Marques Johnson.

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“Marshall stated that (Johnson) smashed pizza out of a white male’s hands,” the detectives wrote in the affidavit supporting the Marshall’s arrest warrant. “Marshall stated (Johnson) came back and so he sucker punched (Johnson)... one time and (Johnson) fell down.”

Marshall was in the Travis County Jail on charges of manslaughter and unrelated charge of assault on a public servant. He is being held on a combined $150,000 bail.

According the affidavit, Johnson and his wife were on Sixth Street early Sunday morning celebrating a friend’s birthday. One witness told officers that Johnson “bumped into someone” and was then punched by a man she later identified as Marshall.

A second witness reported to detectives that an unidentified man threw “a piece of pizza” at Johnson, which prompted him to turn around and ask who threw the pizza.

At that point, the witness told police, Johnson was punched and hit the ground. The second witness later identified Marshall as the attacker, the affidavit said.

Both witnesses told police Johnson was knocked unconscious by the one blow, according to court documents. 

Officers said their case against Marshall was buttressed by a tipster’s video of the moments immediately after the punch that showed Marshall walking backwards and away from Johnson’s body, which lay on the street.

Medics quickly arrived at the scene and rushed Johnson to Dell Seton Medical Center downtown, where he died Monday afternoon.

Detectives found Marshall already been booked into the Travis County Jail on an unrelated charge after police accused him of assaulting a security guard at Dell Seton -- the same hospital that treated Johnson.

According to the affidavit, Marshall was identified by witnesses after police released surveillance footage of the suspect Wednesday.

Marshall’s criminal record includes five arrests related to violent behavior. In 2009 and 2010, he was arrested on separate domestic violence charges, for which he pleaded guilty and was convicted, arrested and convicted in 2014 of making a terroristic threat; and once again in 2016 for harassing a public servant.

Johnson’s widow, Ashley, posted on Facebook Wednesday that she found comfort and support from their young son.

“You led our marriage by putting our family first and you were always there to greet me with a warm hug after a long day. Our life together was the best four years anyone could've given me,” she wrote. “I'm begging you,” she added, “please come haunt me every now and then. (...) I love you babe, always and forever.”

The Air Force veteran, she told friends, made sure his organs would be donated to help others. 

Statesman reporter Anusha Lalani and Mark D. Wilson contributed to this report.

Florida mother wants man who knocked out her son's teeth jailed

A mother in Charlotte County said her 12-year-old son was punched in the face by a man on Wednesday, knocking out his front teeth and busting his lip.

Now she is upset and confused as to why the man was not arrested, WFTX reports.

“When I realized my teeth were dangling in my mouth it was kind of shocking, I didn't know what was going on," the boy told WFTX.

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies said that Vicent Cerfalo, 27, is the man who hit the boy, WFTX reports. Cerfalo told WFTX that the incident happened when he yelled at the boy and a group of children to get out of the road because they were blocking traffic.

“I told them to back off and if they come on my property, I'm going to defend myself. They said, 'You won't hit us, you won't hit us,' and they started to surround me," Cerfalo told WFTX.

Cell phone video shows the moment the boy got punched in the face, but Cerfalo said he acted out of self defense when the boy touched him.

“It was not my intention to hit anybody that hard, it was not my intention to knock teeth out or do harm, or cause any kind of trouble,” Cerfalo told WFTX.

Cerfalo said he plans to press charges against the 12-year-old, but the children said he was never touched during the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office said the “best course of action” was to hand the case over to the state attorney’s office “due to conflicting witness statements,” WFTX reports.

Soul singer Charles Bradley dead at 68

Late-blooming soul singer Charles Bradley died Saturday in Brooklyn. He was 68.

Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which spread to his liver, according to NPR.

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Bradley released his debut album “No Time For Dreaming” at 62, with the 1960s soul revival label, Daptone Records.

"Charles was truly grateful for all the love he's received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on," a statement from the record label read.

Bradley performed between odd jobs throughout most of his life. He moved back to New  York’s Brooklyn borough in his 40s and was singing as a James Brown impersonator known as Black Velvet when he was discovered by the record label.

"It took 62 years for somebody to find me,” Bradley told NPR when his first album was released. “But I thank God. Some people never get found."

Trump continues railing against protesting NFL, NBA players

Outrage from some of the country's top athletes isn't enough to sway President Donald Trump after he rescinded Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House and used incendiary language talking about NFL players who peacefully protest during games.

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Trump generated controversy early Saturday with Curry after the former NBA MVP said he had no intention of visiting the White House after his team won this year’s NBA championship. Trump responded that Curry wasn’t invited anyway.

At a political rally in Alabama Friday night, Trump called out NFL players who were protesting by sitting out the national anthem, saying that he would love to see an NFL owner “get that(expletive) off the field.”

In the time since, Trump has been called out by athletes across the NFL and the NBA, who expressed their frustrations with the president. Trump was not swayed, however, as he continued tweeting against protesting players Saturday afternoon.

"If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem," Trump tweeted later Saturday. "If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"

Megyn Kelly’s getting ready for new morning show, hopes for a Trump-free zone

Megyn Kelly says she left Fox News Channel to bring more joy to her life. NBC hopes that starting Monday, she can spread some to the network and its viewers.

The former Fox News Channel star and Donald Trump foil debuts her talk show at 9 a.m. EDT, nestled into the four-hour “Today” show block and competing in most of the country with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s “Live!”

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Kelly hosted a Sunday-night newsmagazine this summer to middling ratings, and it returns next spring. It’s the daily talk show, in the lucrative morning market, that will ultimately determine the wisdom of NBC News’ decision to hire her. She promises that “Megyn Kelly Today,” shown live with a studio audience, will be an information-packed hour with a sense of fun.

“It will be very similar to the ‘Today’ show, but we’re going to have a lot more elbow room,” she said in an interview.

Ellen DeGeneres initiated Kelly into daytime TV this week by having her awkwardly toss pizza dough, stuff herself into a fat suit and dance with the audience; Kelly smiled and played along. It was a long way from her Fox life of pressing the future president at debates, enduring his Twitter taunts and being the ringleader for an hour of politics each weeknight.

>> Related: Taron Hall developing new daytime show after leaving ‘Today’

The Trump trauma wasn’t why she left Fox, Kelly said. She compared it to her decision to abandon law to become a journalist and ending her first marriage: they weren’t bad experiences, but she knew there was something better.

The truth, Kelly said, is that she’s not a political junkie and cable television news is all about politics.

“I don’t want to talk about Trump all day,” she said. “In fact, the bar is very high for Trump coverage (on ‘Megyn Kelly Live’). If you want Trump, you can watch virtually every channel in the country and get Trump non-stop. I think people are looking for a break from that. Not just Trump, it’s inside the Beltway. I don’t want to talk about Mitch McConnell either, or Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi.”

Live! With Kelly and Ryan” is a celebrity- and entertainment-oriented talk show. Kelly said her program will be uplifting and more substantive: recent trial runs had segments on reacting to the Equifax breach and protecting yourself from attack. Mental health, bullying, coping with divorce and tips for job interviews are the type of topics she’ll cover.

Not news, but not fluff, either.

Trying to imitate the formula of “Live!” would be a huge mistake given its success over decades, said Bill Carroll, a consultant and expert on the daytime TV market.

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Name recognition, a consistent time slot across the country that makes the show easier to promote, and affiliation with the well-established “Today’ brand give Kelly some advantages, he said.

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French nanny’s burned body discovered in backyard, wealthy couple charged

A wealthy European couple is accused of killing their nanny and burning her body in their backyard.

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Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her boyfriend, Ouissem Medouni, 40, allegedly killed their 21-year-old French nanny, Sophie Lionnet, and are charged with her murder, police said.

A passerby noticed a foul smell and smoke coming from the couple’s home and called the police. Upon investigation, authorities discovered a charred corpse in the backyard on Friday. Though the body was badly burned, local residents identified the victim as Lionnet, the Daily Mail reported.

An 8-year-old boy made the gruesome discovery when he climbed a wall outside the couples $1.2 million London mansion and noticed a huge bonfire, investigators said. Lionnet’s friends said the nanny, who lived in the house, was paid only $60 a month. She was reportedly very unhappy and apparently planned to go home, even buying a plane ticket, but never arrived.

Neighbors told police they had not seen Lionnet in several weeks.

Kouider is the former girlfriend of Irish music mogul Mark Walton, who founded the boy band Boyzone.

Lionnet lived with the couple for just over a year and cared for two children, ages 3 and 6.

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Police believe the murder happened sometime around Sept. 20, but have not released any possible motive for the crime.

Mosquitos carrying Zika, other deadly viruses, could breed in much of U.S., CDC says 

Up to 75 percent of the contiguous United States may provide suitable conditions for several species of disease-spreading mosquitoes according to a new study by CDC researchers.

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The recent study, published in the Public Journal of Entomology, found 71 percent of counties in the 48 contiguous states were suitable for the aegypti species and 75 percent could support albopictus species.

Researchers found that the dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses in particular represented a “growing public health threat in parts of the United States where they are established,” according to the journal’s report.

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The maps show the CDC’s “best estimate” of potential ranges of where Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes could survive and reproduce if introduced. The maps do not show where the mosquitoes are currently nor where there is a risk of transmission, Rebecca Eisen, a research biologist with the CDC, said in a statement. 

“In other words, these maps show areas where CDC predicts Aedes aegypti and albopictus mosquitoes could survive and reproduce if introduced to an area during the months when mosquitoes are locally active,” Eisen told the publication.

Temperature is a key factor. If there were just one day in winter on average when the temperature exceeds 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the chances that the area would be suitable for mosquitoes increased. Areas with consistently cold temperatures, however, have reduced chances that the insects’ eggs would sustain through the winter, specifically for aegypti, according to Eisen. Rainfall had a significant influence on albopictus, as it relies more on water courses filled by rainwater to lay its eggs than aegypti.

The maps will help health professionals monitor for signs of the mosquitoes.

“Surveillance efforts can be focused in counties where Aedes aegypti and albopictus could survive and reproduce if introduced to an area during the months when mosquitoes are locally active or at least survive during summer months if introduced,” Eisen said. 

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The CDC suggested taking the following steps to avoid mosquitoes and potential disease:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens
  • Use insect repellents approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, treating clothing with an insecticide, permethrin.

Teacher accused of gambling away $90,000; thousands stolen from homecoming fund

A Michigan high school teacher is accused of gambling away thousands of dollars from a school fund used for activities like the annual homecoming dance.

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Dakota High School teacher Lydia Johnson, 29, the school’s student activities coordinator, was entrusted with the funds collected from school events, which was supposed to be used for class activities, like dances and class trips.

Authorities said Johnson’s gambling addiction prevented her from effectively financing her pupils’ endeavors. Instead of buying materials for homecoming floats, for example, the educator was pumping money into the slot machines at the MGM Grand in Detroit, the Detroit Free Press reported

In a press release, Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith said investigators found receipts from the casino next to empty envelopes that should have contained thousands of dollars from homecoming ticket sales.

Smith noted that ticket sales for the homecoming dance totaled nearly $30,000, but said Johnson only deposited $11,000 into the school’s account.

The teacher finally came under scrutiny when she reportedly paid a camp only $500 for a school trip that cost thousands. When camp staff called the district about the discrepancy, officials began an internal investigation.

Johnson was placed on administrative leave in May when officials first opened the investigation.

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Investigators also said that records from the MGM Grand show the teacher spent over $90,000 on penny slots in 2016.

Her gambling addiction also took a toll on her personal life - Johnson reportedly emptied her bank account to feed her habit.

Roger Goodell calls Trump’s attack on NFL players’ protests ‘divisive’

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has called President Donald Trump’s comments on NFL players’ national anthem protests, “divisive.”

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"The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement Saturday morning.

“There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month," he said.

Trump, speaking at a political rally in Alabama Friday night, used profane language while calling on the NFL to fire players protesting racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love one of the NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a (expletive) off the field right now? Out. He’s fired!’” Trump said.

Goodell said Trump’s comments show an ignorance of what the NFL stands for and what it means to be a football player.

"Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities," the commissioner said.

Trump also blamed the protests for lower NFL ratings this season, contending that they have negatively affected the game.

>> Related: Donald Trump says NFL national anthem protesters should be ‘off the field’ and fired

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first started kneeling during the national anthem last year to protest police violence against minorities. Since then other NFL players have joined in the protests, and players in other sports have, too.

 

Aaron Carter checks into rehab after turbulent few months

Aaron Carter told his fans Friday night on Twitter that he would be “disappearing for a while.”

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The singer and former teen heartthrob Carter tweeted the news shortly after checking into rehab.

Carter’s publicist confirmed the news in a statement to People.

“Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness,” Carter’s representative Steve Honig said

“He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer possible. He is grateful for the support and love from his fans and looks forward to coming back stronger than ever before.”

“I would like to tell all of you that I will be disappearing for a while to work on myself,” Carter wrote in a note he shared on Twitter.

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Carter has been in the news fairly regularly recently. In August, he came out as bisexual, and earlier this month, the police were ere called to his house several times.

Substitute teacher fired after teaching third-graders Nazi salute

A substitute teacher in Vermont is out of a job after she reportedly taught a group of 3rd graders a Nazi salute.

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In a letter to parents, Franklin West Supervisory Union Superintendent Ned Kirsch wrote that a long-term substitute was released after demonstrating the Nazi salute to students at Georgia Elementary & Middle School in Georgia, Vermont, local paper Seven Days reports. Kirsch wrote that students were standing outside the cafeteria when the teacher modeled the position and said “and now we say, ‘Heil Hitler.'”

The superintendent told Seven Days, “I’m at a loss on the whole thing … 

People are shocked. People I’ve spoken to are at a loss for words.” 

Kircsh said that the teacher admitted to the remark and she was “immediately relieved.” He also noted that this is the first situation where the substitute, who is replacing a teacher on maternity leave, has come under scrutiny.

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In his letter to parents, Kirsch stated, “We are dedicated to ensuring a safe learning environment for our students and families. This incident was completely unacceptable and I apologize.”

Trump withdraws White House invitation to Golden State Warriors

President Donald Trump has withdrawn an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after Warrior’s guard Stephen Curry told reporters on Friday that he didn’t want to go.

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“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” the president tweeted Saturday morning

“Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump said.

It’s unclear if the Warriors were even invited to the White House to celebrate their NBA championship title, but Curry said on Friday, “I don’t want to go,” The Hill reported.

Trump’s tweet seemed to come after Fox News aired a segment Saturday morning on Curry’s comments.

When asked why he didn’t want to go, Curry told the SF Gate “that we basically don’t stand for what our president has said, and the things he hasn’t said at the right time.”

Curry commented again on Friday, “You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things - from Kaepernick to what happened with Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry told reporters, according to Sports Illustrated

“We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”

>> Related: Donald Trump says NFL anthem protesters should be ‘off the field’ and fired

ESPN reported that the team had been in communication with the White House about a visit. 

It’s unclear if Trump’s tweet was directed at the entire team or just Curry.

Ryan Seacrest blaming Mariah Carey for bombing New Year’s Eve performance

Almost ten months after Mariah Carey’s infamous New Year’s Eve debacle, Ryan Seacrest is coming to the crew’s defense after the singer placed the blame for the mishap on Dick Clark Productions.

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“What was going through my head [in that moment] was and is: That crew, that team, that staff is the best in the business,” Seacrest recalled during in interview on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen. “They put on the biggest live music events and they know what they’re doing, and I know how good they are at their jobs. So my reaction was, she was working with the best — I find it hard to believe they made big mistakes that night.”

The TV personality did admit that he, like Carey, was also having trouble hearing what was going on due to all of the noise around him from the night’s excitement.

“When it was happening, it was hard for me to see and hear because we’re in Times Square and there’s a lot going on,” he said. “I had to be told that something was going on and then try and find a monitor to react to, so I wasn’t quite sure what was happening, actually.”

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During the disastrous performance, Carey was clearly having trouble hearing her backup vocals, so she removed her earpiece and simply walked around the stage not singing before leaving the stage. In the days that followed, she blamed Dick Clark Productions for the incident, claiming they “set [her] up to fail.”

Trump: McCain ‘never had any intention’ of backing latest health care bill

President Donald Trump took a shot at U.S. Sen. John McCain early Saturday in a series of tweets, saying the Arizona Republican “never had any intention” of voting for the latest GOP health care bill. McCain’s rejection of the Graham-Cassidy proposal effectively ends the party's chances at repealing Obamacare -- for now.

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McCain “let Arizona down.,” the president wrote on Twitter.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said in a statement Friday.

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Since the entire Democratic caucus opposes the bill, Republican leaders can afford to lose only two GOP senators on it. McCain’s decision means the bill doesn’t appear to have the votes to pass. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has said he opposes the bill, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has said she’s “leaning against it.” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who voted against the last repeal bill, is also uncertain about backing the bill.

Trump was campaigning for fellow Republican Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday night. The president was backing Strange in a the state’s GOP primary runoff, and he covered a variety of subjects, including the health care bill and McCain’s opposition to it.

>> Trump: NFL anthem protesters should be fired

Trump said that McCain’s last senatorial campaign “was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace.

“So he decided to do something different, and that’s fine,” Trump said. 

Trump was less conciliatory Saturday morning, saying that McCain “was sold a bill of goods” by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

J-Lo, other stars add pleas for relief to Puerto Rico

Jennifer Lopez said Thursday night that she still hasn’t heard from her family in Puerto Rico – two days after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island and left millions without power, People reported. Maria’s 155-mph winds ripped trees from the ground, tore roofs from buildings, and caused massive flooding.

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Lopez, 48, is one of several celebrities with ties to Puerto Rico. She was born in the Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents. She is making pleas for donations to help residents recover from the hurricane.

Ricky Martin, Daddy Yankee, Marc Anthony and Rosie Perez are also making appeals, People reported, using their star power to help raise awareness and money for Puerto Rico.

“What’s on my mind is what’s going on in Puerto Rico. The devastation is beyond belief,” Lopez said in an Instagram post. “Me and my cousin still haven’t been able to hear from our families over there.

“What’s foremost on my mind and many others is trying to figure out the best way to help,” she said. “Today, Puerto Rico needs our help. I urge you to support and donate to the efforts of the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Areizaga. Together we can help rebuild our island, and the Caribbean.”

Martin, who was born in San Juan, posted a similar plea for help on Instagram, People reported. Puerto Rico’s capital city was hit hard by the hurricane.

“Puerto Rico needs you at the moment. Just go to youcaring.com/rickymartin and help us,” Martin said in an emotional video. “Donate whatever you can, just one dollar would make a difference. If everyone would give me a dollar, my goodness. Puerto Rico is in a precarious position at the moment. We can’t do it alone. We need you.”

As of early Saturday, Martin’s site alone had raised more than $228,000.

Daddy Yankee, 40, asked his fans to bring donations to his concert in New York City on Thursday and shared a video of volunteers loading up trucks, People reported. He’s asking the same for those attending his Chicago concert on Friday.

Anthony, 49, posted a similar video to Lopez and Martin’s, while Perez 53 — who also has family in Puerto Rico she is still attempting to contact — tweeted out links to aid groups FRMA and Politica.

Middle school runner chooses kindness over competitiveness

A middle school athlete from Michigan showed that sportsmanship was more important than winning a cross country race, UpNorthLive.com reported.

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Amelia Malburg, an eighth-grader at Mason County Eastern, was running in a meet when she noticed her teammate was on the ground and struggling.

Malburg said she generally is near the front of the pack when running, but on that particular day her ankle was hurting.

“We were almost close to done, we were getting up the big hill,” Malburg told UpNorthLive.com. “[My teammate] fell down, she didn’t want to move forward because it was so hot and has asthma.”

Malburg stopped running and picked up her teammate, seventh-grader Alexis Shubert.

A photo of Malburg helping her teammate was shared on Facebook by a parent from another school.

The picture shows Malburg holding up Shubert, whose arm is wrapped around her teammate as both girls walk up the hill.

“I just wanted to sit there and just lay down and just stop,” Malburg told UpNorthLive.com. “Then Amelia came by and she helped me up and walked me up the hill and we started running together.”

“By stopping to help Alexis, [Mia] was basically sacrificing her own time and performance to try and help a teammate which is a pretty cool thing,” Mason County Eastern Principal Mark Fornor said.

The principal says the photo demonstrates sportsmanship and putting generosity over finishing first.

“It was just something that I kind of expected Mia to do she doesn’t like it when other people are hurt around her,” said Ginger Malburg, Amelia’s mother. “Knowing that people are choosing kindness over competitiveness."

Katrina victim says FEMA demanded money back 7 years later

A Florida woman said she was forced to pay back thousands of dollars she received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina.

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Deborah Campbell said the IRS came after her seven years after she got the money.

"We were guaranteed that this was not needed to be repaid," the Jacksonville resident said. 

But Campbell said that guarantee didn’t last with FEMA.

"Five years ago I was transferred to Florida with my job and that's when everything started," Campbell said. 

Campbell was living in Louisiana with two other roommates in a quadplex when Hurricane Katrina hit and their place flooded, so they looked to FEMA for assistance.

"We were each given monies for our own personal possessions, which we had to prove," Campbell said. 

And over a nine-month period, she said she got a total of $12,000. Then in 2013, she said she was expecting her income tax refund in the mail.

“I get no income taxes, but I got a letter from IRS that FEMA directed them to take my income tax to reimburse them," Campbell said. 

She said her paychecks were garnished and she didn’t get income tax refunds for three years. 

"They're saying that they paid multiple people in the same household although there could only be one head of household, although we were all on the lease and had individual bills," Campbell said. 

FEMA said that payment could only go to one person per household and it goes to the person who pays taxes on that piece of property. 

"I really worry about these people in a hurricane situation now, in a roommate situation," Campbell said. 

And now, after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Campbell is now fearful this could happen to someone else. 

"Please, please just watch because I don't want this to happen," Campbell said. 

Campbell said she finally paid everything off, but now the same thing is happening to her former roommate 12 years later.

A spokesman from FEMA said a notice should have been received about an overpayment. 

Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tested a new ballistic missile that reportedly is capable of carrying multiple warheads, CNN reported Saturday, citing the nation's state-run broadcaster announced.

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“Iran has released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran,” Press TV said.

“The Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future.”

The missile was launched from an unknown location, CNN reported.

Called the Khorramshahr missile, the weapon has a range of 1,250 miles and can carry multiple warheads, according to Press TV. That would make it capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia, CNN reported.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that the country would press ahead with strengthening its missile capabilities and military defenses, Press TV reported.

“We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary," Rouhani said. “We seek no one's permission to defend our land.”

“Whether you like it or not we are going to help Syria, Yemen, and Palestine, and we will strengthen our missiles.”

Memo: Seattle officer bragged that 'mini Mafia' controlled off-duty contracts

As an FBI investigation into Seattle’s off-duty police work unfolds, additional claims of questionable tactics by officers have emerged, including a report that one policeman proudly called his fellow officers a “mini Mafia” in the way they secured, enforced, and collected on private security and traffic contracts in the booming city.

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Officer Mac Gordon, a 31-year veteran of the force, described in specific detail how the officers’ union worked to keep Seattle police administrators in the dark about off-duty work; how the off-duty staffing companies such as Seattle’s Finest overcharge and “squeeze” building owners; and how no one in town has the power to stop any of it.

In describing lucrative, off-duty security work for Seattle City Light, for example, Gordon allegedly said, “Yeah, we would really break some bones if those (jobs) were messed with. Those jobs are a minimum of four hours (billed) and most are done in an hour and a half.”

Gordon’s comments are contained in a four-page memo sent to investigators by Rob McDermott and Andrew Finley, co-founders of Bluecadia, a startup that sought to work with the Seattle Police Department administration to track off-duty cop employment.

The memo is central to an ongoing FBI investigation into officers’ alleged strong-arm tactics toward business and building managers and price-fixing of off-duty jobs in traffic control or construction site security.

Finley and McDermott were interviewing Gordon in an attempt to find out why they could not get traction within the department for their software to track off-duty hours. And according to the April 4, 2017, memo, Gordon gave them an earful, telling them bluntly that officers and the union would block any tracking of off-duty contracts.

Months later, this memo would be among the documents the FBI turned to begin its investigation.

Gordon, who could not be reached for comment, told The Seattle Times that he was using exaggerated, joking language for show. And he denied saying that it was practice to “squeeze” building managers, telling the Times that the line in the memo, “is an absolute lie.”

“That is about as far away from the truth as you can get,” Gordon told the Times.

Finely said it is Gordon who is lying. “This is exactly what happened,” said Finley, who was a sheriff’s deputy for 17 years with Pierce and King counties. “I was a cop; I know how to take notes.”

Police union leaders and supervisors with Seattle’s largest off-duty staffing companies – Seattle’s Finest and Seattle Security — have characterized the memo and Finley and McDermott’s subsequent comments as the lies of bitter businessmen who could not get their startup idea off the ground.

But three longtime officers contacted by KIRO Radio agreed that the union resisted any outside effort to control off-duty work.

The three officers, all who agreed to speak if they were not identified, said Seattle’s Finest and Seattle Security Inc. ran most of the off-duty police work in Seattle. And all three echoed Finely and McDermott’s claims five or six senior officers make most of the decisions about who got off-duty work and who didn’t.

Said one 10-year-veteran of the force, “If you were on the outs with them, you didn’t get work. Simple.”

Off-duty work is as vital and sometimes lucrative sideline for rank-and-file police in pricey Seattle. The construction boom, traffic pressures, and busy stadiums have created an almost unlimited need for off-duty cops in recent years.

Finley said at his peak, he put in hundreds of extra hours annually to augment his income as a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy. And in that county, same as in Seattle, administrators didn’t track overtime hours.

In both places, the lack of oversight has led to problems. In the Finley-McDermott memo, Gordon outlined “management fees” received by officers who controlled off-duty staffing in downtown parking garages:

“He went further to explain that most large underground parking garages in the city have officers working them. He said most cops are paid around $300 a month to ‘manage garages even before they even work one hour of off-duty.’ He quoted the $300/month is a fee for simply managing the location. According to Officer Gordon, as managers, some officers earn $1,200 to $1,500 a month without working a single (off-duty) shift.”

The FBI is believed to be looking at charges including price-fixing, racketeering and, potentially, unreported income, sources close to the investigation said.

Seattle Police Chief Katherine O’Toole agreed that off-duty work is a problem in the department.

“Apart from and prior to receiving these allegations, SPD managers have long identified secondary employment as a significant risk when reviewing department business practices,” O’Toole said in a statement.

“Although it would be entirely inappropriate for me to share facts specific to an ongoing inquiry, I want to emphasize, as I have consistently, that we take all allegations against SPD personnel very seriously.”

 

Trump touts transparency on Twitter

President Donald Trump has no intention of scaling back his Twitter presence. 

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The president, campaigning for fellow Republican Luther Strange in Alabama on Friday night, touted his provocative and sometimes controversial tweets, CNN reported.

"That is the great thing about Twitter," Trump said during the rally, set just days ahead of the state’s Senate Republican primary runoff election. “You know, when the press is dishonest, which is most of the time, and when they say, like, I don't want to build a wall, I can tweet ‘That was a false story. Boom. Boom. Boom.’”

Trump took more shots at the media while discussing his plans to build a wall on the country’s southern border.

"Well, every once in awhile you hear, ‘Well, he doesn't really want to build the wall,’ I say, ‘Excuse me?’” Trump said.

Trump's Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump, now has almost 39 million followers. His tweets range from calling out the media to announcing White House policies to criticizing foreign leaders, CNN reported.

"Every time he tweets, I am entertained. Sometimes I'm informed. It tells me what to care about today, tells me what he's thinking," Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and an early Trump supporter, told CNN. “It's transparent. Sometimes it's provocative. Sometimes it's too provocative. I like that, too.”

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