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Police: 2 people found dead in vehicle after shots fired near Tacoma Mall

Police are investigating after two people were found dead in a vehicle in a Washington state parking lot Friday evening.

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At about 5 p.m., officers responded to reports of shots fired in near the Tacoma Mall. Gunshots were reported coming from a vehicle in the parking lot. 

Police said when they arrived at the scene, they went to the vehicle and saw two people who appeared to have gunshot wounds and were unresponsive. 

Fire officials said the two people were pronounced dead. 

The investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Shaq? O'Neal considers running in Georgia county

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal said he wants to run for sheriff in a Georgia county.

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Appearing on Friday’s episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” O’Neal told Dr. Mehmet Oz that he wants to run in Henry County “to bring law enforcement and the community closer together.”

When talking about community relations as it pertains to law enforcement, O’Neal said, "Right now, we're miles apart."

O’Neal said he's too busy right now and wants to focus all of his energy on being a good sheriff.

"I thought about doing it in 2020, but I think I'll wait until 2024," O'Neal said.

 

Former Utah State football player convicted of sexual assault 

A former Utah State University football player was convicted of sexually assaulting six women while he was in college, The Utah Statesman reported.

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Torrey Green, 25, who played linebacker at the university, was found guilty of five counts of rape, one count of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape, the newspaper reported. The charges stemmed from allegations between 2013 and 2015.Green was found not guilty of one count of forcible sexual abuse, one count of object rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping. The jury found him not guilty of one count of forcible sexual abuse, but guilty of a lesser charge of sexual battery, the Statesman reported.

“There were convictions for all six of these survivors,” Deputy Cache County Attorney Spencer Walsh told reporters after the verdicts were read. “We’re very happy about that. They were believed.”

A jury comprised of five men and three women deliberated for 13 hours before reaching a verdict, the Statesman reported.

Green faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced March 27, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

 

Iowa mayor, husband accused of growing marijuana in basement 

The mayor of a central Iowa town and her husband are accused of running a marijuana-growing operation in the basement of their home, KCCI reported.

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LaDonna Kennedy, 50, who is the mayor of Jamaica, and her husband, Randy Kennedy, 58, were charged with manufacture with intent to deliver no more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of failure to affix a drug stamp, the Des Moines Register reported.

They were released from jail Thursday, KCCI reported.

The couple was arrested Wednesday by Guthrie County deputies after authorities received a tip that Rodney Halterman, 18, who was wanted on a attempted murder charge in Story County, was hiding in their home, KCCI reported.

Halterman, the foster sibling of Randy Kennedy’s granddaughter, was involved in a fight in Ames on Jan. 13 when the gun he was holding went off and a bullet struck Iesha Jabbar, 19, in the chest, the television station reported.

Halterman was not at the Kennedys’ home when deputies arrived, the Register reported. He was later arrested in Greene County, according to KCCI.

Guthrie County deputies obtained a search warrant for the Kennedy home because they smelled an “overwhelming odor of raw marijuana” coming from the residence, KCCI reported.

Authorities found 18 marijuana plants, nine packages of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Each package was estimated to contain between 4 and 5 ounces of marijuana, the television station reported.

"We all know each other in Guthrie County, so it was a surprise," Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright told KCCI.

Guthrie, located 55 miles northwest of Des Moines, has about 220 residents, the Register reported.

Under Iowa law, elected city officials convicted of felonies can be removed from office by a city council vote or by a judge, the newspaper reported. City council members are planning an emergency meeting to discuss the mayor’s future, KCCI reported.

"It's unreal that this would happen in a small town like this, with her being the mayor," Jamaica City Council member H.D. Meinecke Jr. told the television station.

Documents: Jurassic Park roller coaster headed to Islands of Adventure at Universal

Universal Orlando appears to be making way for a new roller coaster in the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure, according to documents reviewed.

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Earlier this week, carnival games and vendor kiosks were removed, and construction walls went up around a portion of the old Triceratops Encounter area, which has been defunct for almost a decade. 

That matches work described on a demolition permit filed with the city of Orlando in May for Project 791 in that 1.36-acre area. Contractor documents indicate the project includes construction of “a new attraction” and estimates that demolition and construction will take 18 months. 

document reviewed shows a roller coaster track layout for that area, which we’ve reproduced above. The document shows the queue starting on the southern edge of the waterfront by the Discovery Center. 

Records indicate the Raptor Encounter attraction currently in that area will be relocated as part of the construction. 

The demolition permit for the area is in the final stages of approval, according to the city website. 

Permits to construct the actual coaster have not yet been filed, city records show. 

Universal spokesman Tom Schroder declined to comment for this story. 

In a tweet last week, Universal said in response to a question about the Jurassic Park section, "We've got some exciting plans and look forward to more exciting details to come."

Ohio high school teammates roll back-to-back 300 games

Bowling a perfect game is a tough feat, but to have two high school teammates do it during the same match -- back to back, on the same lanes -- is extraordinary.

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La Salle High School senior Jacob Toelke rolled the second 300 game in the program’s history Thursday night -- he scored the first one two years ago -- and seconds later sophomore teammate Nolan Blessing wrapped up perfect game No. 3, WKRC reported. The two teammates shared the same lanes at Western Bowl against Oak Hills High School.

Toelke preceded his perfect game with a 235 total, while Blessing rolled a 256, the television station reported.

The Lancers improved to 11-2 after winning the match. Toelke is averaging 224.4 this season, while Blessing sports a 217.7 average, WKRC reported.

Batman comic book collection worth $1.4M stolen from Florida storage unit

Holy heist, Batman! A thief zapped a South Florida collector by stealing a collection of comics of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder worth $1.4 million, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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Randy Lawrence said his collection of 450 registered Batman and Detective comic books were stolen from an air-conditioned, double-locked storage unit in Boca Raton.

Now, Lawrence is hoping officials can catch the joker who took the comics. But for now, the theft is a riddle.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft, which occurred sometime between Nov. 28 and Jan. 8, WFOR reported. Storage facility personnel were reviewing surveillance videos, the television station reported.

The theft had all the elements of a Batman comic book plot. A wire was left hanging from the ceiling of the storage unit, so Lawrence believes the villain entered through the roof, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The locks were not broken and boxes were shifted around in the unit, the newspaper reported.

Lawrence gave investigators a list of the missing Batman and Detective comic books and posted a list online with the certification numbers and pedigree names so the comic books can be traced.

Lawrence took to social media, pleading with other collectors to keep a watchful eye for anyone trying to sell the stolen comic books, the newspaper reported. Lawrence said the comics are registered with the Certified Guaranty Company, a comic book grading service, WFOR reported.

“I … really need you all to be aware and keep your eyes open,” Lawrence wrote online, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “They will probably be offered to some of you sooner than later.

“For me this is a first and on such a high level it’s been devastating. This collection was my nest egg, and I had worked so hard and done without for so long to put this together that it being taken away from me this way has left me in a very bad way.”

George W. Bush delivers pizza, calls for 'both sides' to end government shutdown

A photo was posted to former President George W. Bush’s Instagram account on Friday. In it he called on “both sides” to come together and end the shutdown.

“It’s time for leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown.”

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The former president was delivering to his unpaid Secret Service detail, according to The Washington Post.

As the shutdown enters 28 days, it is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

Military retracts hero story, questions claim soldier saved crash victim with pen, sweatshirt

Officials at Fort Bliss in Texas have retracted a story that described a heroic response by a soldier and now have launched an investigation after firefighters who were at the scene started asking questions.

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The Army Times said that Sgt. Trey Troney’s command is now investigating into what really happened last month on the road from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Raleigh, Mississippi.

Troney claimed he found a Jeff Udger slumped over his truck’s steering wheel. He then reportedly used his new sweatshirt to help stop the bleeding from a wound to Udger’s head, according to the original Army press release.

Also in that release, Troney noticed Udger’s left chest wasn’t moving and, suspecting the man had a collapsed lung, said he used a pen to create an airway directly into Udger’s lung between his ribs.

After the story was picked up nationwide, firefighters in Sweetwater, Texas, contacted the Army Times about an accident on the highway that sounded similar but lacked some of the elements in Troney’s story.

“There are so many similarities, but our patient didn’t have those injuries,” Grant Madden, Sweetwater’s fire chief, who was at the accident, told the Army Times,.

Madden also said that the patient, whose name was Jeff but not Udger, was conscious and did not have a collapsed lung. 

Spokeswoman Maj. Allie Payne later said that Troney’s command was investigating the incident and released an apology about the original story:

“The entire 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss team sincerely apologize to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol, the city of Sweetwater, Texas, the city of El Paso, the University of Texas at El Paso, the New Orleans Saints, the local and national media and the American people.”

KDBC-TV said that the Texas Department of Public Safety examined body camera footage and did not see evidence of Troney performing the lifesaving procedures he claimed.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the Army Times that Troney may have been at the accident but didn’t provide the aid he claimed.

“He was at the accident scene. And he may have lent his jacket to apply to the injured victim’s head. That’s all that we see that he did,” Lt. Bryan Witt, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the Army Times.

Mueller’s office disputes BuzzFeed News report about Michael Cohen’s dealings with special counsel

President Donald Trump instructed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to a report published Thursday by BuzzFeed News.

Friday evening, the special counsel’s office issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of the report.

Update 8:50 p.m. EST Jan. 18: Ben Smith, BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief, told MSNBC that he stands by the reporting and is asking for the Special Counsel to clarify what he is disputing.

Update 7:40 p.m. EST Jan. 18: Buzzfeed News tweeted Friday evening that a spokesman for the special counsel is disputing the characterization of documents and testimony as “not accurate.”

The Associated Press noted that the rare public statement didn’t cite any specific errors.

Peter Carr, spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said:

“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”

Update 1:25 p.m. EST Jan. 18: In a statement obtained Friday by CNN, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Cohen is a “convicted criminal and a liar,” and pointed to his guilty plea for lying to officials as evidence that the allegations in the BuzzFeed report have no basis in fact.

“Any suggestion -- from any source -- that the President counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false,” Giuliani said. “Today’s claims are just more make-up lies born of Michael Cohen’s malice and desperation, in an effort to reduce his sentence.”

Giuliani had earlier dismissed the report, telling The Washington Post, “If you believe Cohen, I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Update 10:10 a.m. EST Jan. 18: Trump accused Cohen of “lying to reduce his jail time” after a BuzzFeed News report claimed he directed his former personal attorney to lie to Congress.

It’s not the first time the president has accused Cohen of lying.

Trump slammed Cohen in August after the attorney pleaded guilty to eight charges in federal court, including tax evasion and a campaign finance violation related to payments made to a pair of women who have claimed they had affairs with Trump years before he was elected to office.

>>  Trump accuses ex-lawyer Michael Cohen of making up stories to get a deal

Cohen, who once famously claimed he’d take a bullet for Trump, broke with the president last year after agreeing to cooperate with federal investigators probing allegations of Russian election meddling and its possible ties to Trump and his campaign officials. Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said last month that Cohen has provided “credible information” related to the probe.

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A judge in December sentenced Cohen to three years in prison in connection to his August guilty plea and another guilty plea for lying to Congress 

Cohen is scheduled to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7, a little more than a month after the Democrats took the House majority.

>> Michael Cohen testimony before Congress: What time, what channel, how to watch

Update 9:20 a.m. EST Jan. 18: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, of New York, said in a tweet Friday that “directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime.”

“We know that the President has engaged in a long patter of obstruction,” Nadler wrote. “The @HouseJudiciary Committee’s job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work.”

Update 7:23 a.m. EST Jan. 18: The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on BuzzFeed’s report, according to The Washington Post

>> Michael Cohen pleads guilty to making false statements to Congress

Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen’s adviser, issued a statement to MSNBC. "Out of respect for Mr. Mueller’s and the Office of Special Counsel’s investigation, Mr. Cohen declined to respond to the questions asked by the reporters and so do I.”

Update 4:14 a.m. EST Jan. 18: Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, tweeted that it is about time for special counsel Robert Mueller “to show his cards.”

>> Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to publicly testify before Congress

Update 1:13 a.m. EST Jan. 18: Former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted that if the BuzzFeed report is true -- “and proof must be examined” -- then Congress must initiate impeachment hearings.

Update 12:34 a.m. EST Jan. 18: Democratic leaders demanded an investigation in the wake of a BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen, his former attorney, to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, The Washington Post  reported. 

BuzzFeed, citing two unnamed law enforcement officials, reported that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress and that Cohen regularly briefed Trump and his family on the Moscow project — even as Trump said he had no business dealings with Russia.

>> Michael Cohen paid to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to Trump and Trump campaign officials, learned about the plans through interviews with multiple witnesses, Trump Organization emails, text messages and other documents, Buzzfeed reported.

>> Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison, Trump responds on Twitter

“The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date,” tweeted Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”

“If the @Buzzfeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached," tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnsonville ground pork patties recalled over possible rubber contamination

Johnsonville, LLC, is recalling at least 48,000 pounds of raw ground pork patty products that may be contaminated by black rubber, the USDA announced Friday.

>> Recall alert: Perdue chicken nuggets recalled due to wood

The USDA issued a Class I recall on raw ground frozen pork patties packaged on Sept. 27, 2018, Oct. 17, 2018 and Oct. 18, 2018.

Class I is the highest level of USDA Recall Classifications:

This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

The following products are subject to recall: 

  • 24-oz. (1.5 lbs.) plastic bag in a carton of frozen “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” with “Best Flavor By: 7/24/2019” represented on the label.
  • 24-oz. (1.5 lbs.) plastic bag in a carton of frozen “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” with “Best Flavor By: 8/13/2019” represented on the label.
  • 24-oz. (1.5 lbs.) plastic bag in a carton of frozen “Johnsonville Grillers CHEDDAR CHEESE & BACON FLAVOR” with “Best Flavor By: 8/14/2019” represented on the label.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “34225” printed on the carton and under the “Best Flavor By” date. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide, according to the press release provided by the USDA.

>> Recall alert: 80 lots of Valsartan blood pressure tablets recalled

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned that these products still might be in freezers and advise consumers not to eat them:

“These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase”

So far there have not been any confirmed reports of adverse reactions from contaminated products, the USDA said, but they noted that anyone concerned about illness or injury should contact a health care provider.

Johnsonville Foods is one of the largest sausage producers in the United States, headquartered in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Their products are sold nationwide and over 40 countries.

>> Recall alert: RxBars recalled due to undeclared peanuts

Read more from the USDA regarding this recall here.

Florida deputy fired after hitting wheelchair-bound inmate

A Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy was fired Thursday for hitting a wheelchair-bound inmate, including repeatedly poking the man in the head.

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Aaron Hull, 46, who had been with the department nearly 13 years, poked Taylor Schuessler, who is confined to a wheelchair, repeatedly in the head after the inmate disobeyed multiple orders during a lockdown, sheriff’s officials said. 

“I realized I could have handled things a little differently, definitely better,” Hull told investigators. 

Hull was talking with a group of disruptive inmates during a lockdown in a housing unit Sept. 24, 2018, when Schuessler, 24, verbally challenged the deputy and the other inmates, sheriff’s officials said. 

Schuessler, 24, refused to stop his behavior when Hull told him to. Hull then aggressively kicked over his own chair before approaching Schuessler. 

Video showed Hull holding Schuessler’s neck while poking him in the head with his right index finger. Hull then grabbed Schuessler’s shirt and started a verbal exchange inches from the inmate’s face. 

Schuessler responded by spitting in Hull’s face. Hull reacted by hitting Schuessler three times in the face. Hull called for backup and started to move Schuessler to another part of the jail. While moving Schuessler, the inmate tried hitting Hull with his elbows, fist and head, officials said. 

Hull held Schuessler by his torso until he stopped resisting, officials said. Schuessler and Hull were not injured in the incident.

During an internal investigation, Hull admitted to acting inappropriately and losing his patience.

“I messed up, but I will take my lumps,” he said. 

This was not the first time Hull used force with an inmate. In 2015, the deputy was given a written reprimand after he flipped over a table in an attempt to gain an inmate’s attention.

5-year-old girl abducted, assaulted outside elementary school to lure sister into fight, police say

A Memphis, Tennessee, family is demanding answers from elementary school officials after teen girls abducted a 5-year-old girl from in front of the school. 

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According to a report from Memphis police, the incident happened at Dunbar Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon.

A video recorded by a witness shows one of the teens punching the 5-year-old in the face. Later, it escalated into a fight outside the Melrose High School football stadium. 

The girl’s family wants to know how she was taken from right in front of the school by complete strangers.

According to police, a suspect, who is not being identified because she is a minor, sent the video to the little girl’s sister on Facebook. In the message, the suspect threatened to hurt the 5-year-old if the sister didn’t meet her for a fight outside the football stadium.

The fight, which according to police happened after the little girl’s sister went to the stadium to meet the suspects, involved several teens and an adult. 

The victim was seen in the video getting hit and kicked by several people, while her 5-year-old sister was crying on the side of the road.

The victim’s aunt, Shavita Payne, told police that when she arrived, she tried to get everyone off her niece, but she was then attacked too. 

Payne and her nieces eventually left. 

Payne said she thought everything was over. However, she said the suspects came back and vandalized their home off Enterprise Avenue, breaking a few windows. 

Payne told investigators the girls were trying to fight her niece for the second time.

Memphis police are investigating the incident as an assault and abduction.

No arrests have been made yet. 

A spokesperson with Shelby County Schools said school officials are reviewing their after-school procedures to make sure students get home safely.

“Dunbar Elementary is an all walking/pickup school and, due to its close proximity to Melrose High, students routinely walk home with their older siblings, relatives and friends. This incident is extremely concerning, and we’ve reported it to all appropriate authorities, so it can be investigated. Additionally, school staff is reviewing all after-school procedures to ensure students are always dismissed safely.”

2 Florida 5th graders accused of plotting to kill classmate

Two Florida fifth-graders are accused of plotting to kill an 11-year-old classmate and escape in a golf cart last month.

The plot unraveled Dec. 14 at Roberts Elementary School in Tallahassee, where the alleged victim and the accused students, ages 10 and 11, all attend school. A 32-page police report obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat details the plot, which resulted in both students’ suspension and civil citations for conspiracy to commit battery and bringing weapons on school grounds. 

The students are also being recommended for expulsion, the Democrat reported

“This obviously is a very serious matter,” Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna said in a statement. “There is zero tolerance in our school system for violence or threats of violence. The individuals who participate in these types of behavior will suffer severe consequences, as (will) these two young boys.”

The school’s principal, Kim McFarland, told investigators that the boys “planned and put into effect” a plot to kill their classmate, the Democrat reported

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According to the timeline laid out in the police report, one of the accused boys threatened the victim Dec. 10, telling him they would kill him. A few days later, a female classmate told the victim a secret and then went to the two suspected plotters and claimed the victim was spreading rumors about her. 

The plotters again threatened the boy, saying they would “take care of him and kill him,” the Democrat reported

Another student later told police investigators the boys drew a map of where on campus they would take the victim -- an area without security cameras, the newspaper reported. They ultimately changed their mind and planned to take the boy to the school’s garden instead, the police report said. 

The day of the planned attack, one of the boys brought a backpack to school with what investigators believe was a murder kit: a wrench, adjustable clamp pliers, a multitool with a 3-inch blade on it and baseball batting gloves. According to police, the student showed the tools to classmates and one of the pair told them “snitches get stitches.”

They also told at least one classmate they had the gloves so they would not leave fingerprints, the Democrat reported. They planned to use some of the tools to bust through a gate and flee on a golf cart. 

During an after-school program on campus, the boys approached the alleged victim and asked if he wanted to go to the “secret hideout in the garden,” the police report said. He told investigators he refused because other students had told him the boys wanted to hurt him. 

The alleged victim went to a teacher supervising the after-school program and told what the boys had planned, the newspaper reported. The boys were taken to the principal, who searched the backpack and found the tools, including the knife.

The boys denied wanting to kill the victim, but admitted they planned to beat him up, the Democrat reported. 

After the incident, McFarland sent parents an email, which was obtained by WCTV in Tallahassee.

“Last Friday there was an incident, with alleged intent to harm a fellow student, that occurred in the afterschool program with a group of 5th grade students who had been developing a plan over a series of days,” McFarland said. “Some of you have reached out with concerns and questions. At this time, I cannot share details, but I can assure that your children are safe and the situation is being handled.”

McFarland wrote that she met with the school’s fifth graders to discuss the importance of “see something, say something.”  

“Many fifth grade students knew of the potential incident but did not tell teachers or their parents,” the principal said. “We discussed the importance of alerting adults when there is any concern for safety for themselves or their fellow students. Please discuss this with your children. It is imperative they learn this valuable skill now.”

1 skier dead, 1 in critical condition after Taos Ski Valley avalanche

One man is dead and another critically injured after both were buried by an avalanche Thursday at a New Mexico ski resort.

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The deceased man has been identified as 26-year-old Matthew Zonghetti, of Massachusetts.

Chris Stagg, vice president of Taos Ski Valley ski resort, confirmed that two men had been rescued from the avalanche that happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the resort near Kachina Peak in northern New Mexico, Weather.com reported.

Later Thursday, Holy Cross Hospital CEO Bill Patten confirmed Zonghetti had died.

The second man was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where he’s being treated for injuries. He’s listed in critical condition, though his name hasn’t been released, KOAT-TV reported.

Taos Ski Valley reportedly conducted an exhaustive search and confirmed there weren’t any additional victims, KOAT-TV reported.

It’s not clear what caused the avalanche, which Stagg said are rare at the resort. He said the mountains ski patrol team had detonated explosives in the area where the avalanche occurred early Thursday morning, as they do every morning to prevent avalanches.

Student causes crash to save woman’s life

A Florida high school student caused a car crash in order to save a woman’s life.

When Olivia Jones saw a nearby driver starting to have a seizure, the high school student, who has aspirations of joining the medical field, decided to take action. 

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The woman was foaming at the mouth, slumped over, and started seizing Dec. 23 while at a red light, Jones told WTSP. When the woman’s car started to pull into traffic, Jones pulled in front of it, letting the out-of-control vehicle hit the back of hers.

Jones then called 911 and went to check on the woman. Rescue crews arrived within minutes.

Jones is a star athlete with plans to attend college on a volleyball scholarship and study to become an orthopedic surgeon, WTSP reported

“I always talk to (my family) about who I want to be in the medical field and how I want to save people and they’re, like, ‘That’s how you got started. That’s your first step,’” Jones told WTSP.

R. Lee Ermey interred at Arlington National Cemetery months after death

Former Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey has been laid to rest months after he passed away at the age of 74. 

The military man turned actor died on April 15, 2018, in California, but his cremains were interred Friday in section 82 of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the Marine Corps Times reported.

He succumbed to complications from pneumonia, USA Today had reported last year.

>>Read: ‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74

Among those in attendance at the ceremony in the snow covered national cemetery, were his brothers Terry and Jack Ermey.

“Ron always had that element of surprise,” Terry Ermey told the crowd of family and friends. Betty and Clinton Ermey, R. Lee Ermey’s children, related how Ermey tried to learn to ride a unicycle. Friends also shared when he bought a buffalo robe, complete with horns, and wore it on an airplane to bring it home, the Marine Corps Times reported

“I can only imagine him getting on the plane with those buffalo horns on,” retired 12th Sgt. Major. of the Marine Corps Harold Overstreet said during the ceremony, which was attended by almost 100 people.

Ermey was sent off with full military honors, including a Marine Corps bugler, a bagpiper and the firing of three volleys, the Marine Corps Times reported.

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Ermey is survived by Marianila Ermey, his wife of 38 years, six children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, the Marine Corps Times reported.

New York police search for man who attempted kidnapping, threw baby

Police in New York are searching for a man who they say tried to snatch a 1-year-old boy from a stroller.

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Nassau County police told local media a 24-year-old woman was pushing her son in a stroller Tuesday evening in Long Island when the suspect jumped in front of the stroller and grabbed the boy. He struggled with the woman, then threw the child to the pavement and fled on foot.

The boy suffered scrapes to his face and a large contusion on his forehead. He was treated at a local hospital.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early 30s with a thin build, KABC-TV reported. He was wearing a black Nike baseball cap with white lettering and a brown winter jacket.

The case remains under investigation.

Raccoon believed to have attacked 83-year-old woman, dog, is captured

A raccoon that attacked an 83-year-old woman and likely bit a dog in a 24-hour span was captured and tested for rabies and is expected to be euthanized, officials said. 

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The raccoon attacked Ani DiPasquale on Wednesday afternoon while she was on her back porch, biting her hand, back and ankle, 12 News New Jersey reported. A neighbor chased off the raccoon with a shovel. DiPasquale was taken to a hospital and given rabies shots.

Officials believe the same raccoon bit a dog around 3 p.m. Thursday before it was captured, NJ.com reported. The dog was taken to a veterinarian and appeared to be OK. 

Lab tests will determine if the raccoon had rabies or any other diseases. 

An outbreak of canine distemper, which has symptoms similar to those of rabies, killed nearly 45 raccoons in October in Ocean County.

Survey: Stay-at-home parents should earn $162K salary

A new survey says the efforts of stay-at-home parents are worth a $162,581 annual salary.

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Earlier this week, Salary.com released a report detailing just how much the work of full-time parents would equate to in terms of real-world salaries. The report was done by selecting a handful of jobs that reflect a "day in the in the life of a Mom” and calculating the sum with the site’s Salary Wizard tool.

Some of the jobs considered in the analysis were: academic advisor, coach, dietitian, event planner, executive housekeeper, janitor, judge, psychologist, photographer, plumber and staff nurse.

The survey also took into account that most stay-at-home parents put in more than 90 hours of work per week, the report said.

From all the combined factors, analysts determined the medium annual salary of a stay-at-home parent in 2018 should be $162,581.00 -- a nearly 5 percent increase since the site’s 2017 calculations.

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