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Drunken driver hits 17 cars trying to park, troopers say

An Orlando man is accused of being drunk when he slammed into 17 parked vehicles in eight different crashes, troopers said.

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Tony Futch, 25, was trying to park his car Friday at 4 a.m. at the Gate Apartments in Davenport, troopers said.

Troopers said Futch drove his 2003 Blue Chevy Blazer into 17 parked vehicles in eight different crashes while he tried to park his car.

He refused a Breathalyzer for troopers and faces charges of DUI, troopers said.

His license had previously been revoked for DUI on Sept. 3, 2013, troopers said.

Atlas V rocket carrying NASA communications satellite launches

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasted off Friday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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The rocket delivered into space the TDRS-M communications and data relay satellite for NASA.

The satellite, which was built by Boeing, will allow scientists, engineers and control room staff to access data for missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

Visitor Bruce Tollefson said he traveled to Brevard County one day early to witness the launch.

"We are here in town to catch a cruise ship tomorrow, and the launch is this morning," he said. "I thought I would come down a little earlier and see it."

A 40-minute launch window opened at 8:03 a.m., but the rocket didn't launch until 8:29 a.m.

Investigators discover true identity for NH serial killer, seek more tips

A serial killer known by the FBI under several aliases, and who died in prison in 2010, has finally been identified, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

The man believed to be responsible for at least 6 deaths was referred to by the FBI as Robert ‘Bob’ Evans, but has been identified as Terry Peder Rasmussen.

Police say Rasmussen was born in 1943 in Denver, Colorado and lived in Colorado and Arizona before he eventually enlisted in the Navy and later made his way to New Hampshire.

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It was while he was living in New Hampshire that police say he was responsible for the murders of three unidentified children and one unidentified woman found in barrels in Bear Brook State Park. The Barrels were found in 1985 and 2000, though police say they were likely dumped there in the late 1970s.

>>AG: Man who killed woman, 3 children in Allenstown also killed missing Manchester woman

Police say Rasmussen worked as an electrician at Waumbec Mills during that time and likely left New Hampshire with Denise Beaudin – a woman who hasn’t been seen since – around 1981.

The identity of Evans/Rasmussen and his connection to crimes in New Hampshire became apparent late last year when a woman named ‘Lisa’ discovered her true identity as the daughter of Denise Beaudin. She had been abandoned by Rasmussen in a California trailer park shortly after he disappeared from New Hampshire in the 1980s.

According to court documents, Rasmussen – under an alias – agreed to give up custody or ‘Lisa’ and serve time in prison in exchange for police dropping molestation charges against him.

In a press release issued Friday morning, police now say Rasmussen was discharged from the Navy in 1967 and was married in Hawaii before his wife gave birth to twin girls, a son and another daughter.

According to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, Rasmussen’s wife left him in 1974 and took the children with her. Police say his former wife and four children are alive and accounted for.

With this identification, police say they hope tips will help fill in the remaining gaps about Rasmussen’s whereabouts in the late 1970s and the identity of the woman and children found dead in barrels in New Hampshire.

>>New England's Unsolved: The Allenstown Murders

Woman still searching for a cure after 3 years with unexplained pain

It’s been three years since a local woman began noticing unexplained symptoms that caused her to eventually need constant cold packs, but she’s no closer to finding answers.

Paula Corey has a disorder called Erythromelalgia, a medical term that comes from the Greek word for “red burning limb.”

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“They've got unexplained burning pain... they have redness... and the pain feels better when they cool the area,” Dr. Anne Oaklander from Mass. General Hospital said.

At first, the episodes, or "flares” Corey experienced, were only occasional.

“Sometimes it would be just my feet. Would be maybe once or twice a month,” she said.

Now, it's something she can't ignore, because the burning almost never goes away. 

“Literally, your foot, is on top of a flame... that you can't put out,” Corey said. “I had a full-time career. I was a paralegal, spent all my time outside, worked out at the gym five days a week.”

Now, she is a virtual prisoner to a cold room. But "giving up" is not on her agenda and she offers this advice for others with the disorder.

“Keep looking for that answer, keep searching for that doctor,” she said.

Until then, Corey has a freezer full of ice packs, an air-conditioned room and something that does not run hot and cold - the support of her family.

Sheriffs honor Texas couple who rescued abandoned baby

A Texas couple who discovered a newborn baby last Thursday was honored by the Harris County Sheriff's Office, KTRK reported.

>> Read more trending newsAlbert Peterson and his wife, Sherry Ann, were awarded the "Civilian Lifesaving Award."Albert Peterson said he was headed to work when he heard faint noises from a flowerbed in his apartment complex. He saw the baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached and ants crawling on her skin.

Peterson and his wife called for help.

The baby is recovering well, KTRK reported.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi calls for Confederate statues removal from Capitol

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants to continue the effort to remove Confederate statues from the halls of Congress.

Pelosi said in a statement Thursday that, “The Confederate statues in the halls of congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capital immediately.”

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Pelosi noted that Robert E. Lee’s statue was moved from National Statuary Hall and replaced with a statue of Rosa Parks.

“There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country,” Pelosi added in the statement.

Each state can install two statues to represent the state in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall, the Associated Press reported.

Some of the statues in question include Lee’s from Virginia, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, installed by Mississippi and Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the CSA vice president, installed by Georgia.

Sen. Corey Booker, (D) N.J., said he would sponsor legislation to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol, the AP reported.

CEO: Apple to donate $2 million to anti-hate groups

The CEO of Apple said his company would donate $2 million to anti-hate groups, releasing a staff memo that criticized President Donald Trump and others who claim “moral equivalence” between the white supremacists and counter-protesters last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Tim Cook sent a memo to employees Wednesday, USA Today reported. He pledged donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Apple is encouraging employees to donate and is matching their payments by a 2-to-1 margin through Sept. 30, USA Today reported. Cook also said that Apple is setting up a system in its iTunes software to allow donations to go directly to the SPLC.

“Like so many of you, equality is at the core of my beliefs and values,” Cook wrote. “The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me, and I’ve heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged or confused,” Cook said in the memo, which was shared with USA Today. “What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.

“I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights,” Cook wrote. “Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”

Big brother, 10, helps to deliver newborn baby brother at home

A 10-year-old boy knew just what to do when his mother went into early labor last week.

Jayden Fontenot helped deliver his baby brother when he and his mother realized that there was no time to waste when it came to his little brother’s birth, KPLC reported.

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Ashly Moreau went into labor at 34 weeks and the baby was breech. Jayden tried to get help from his grandmother who lives next door. She was able to call police, but couldn’t assist in the delivery.

So Jayden did what he needed to, asking his mother what to do. He pulled the baby into the world, but he wasn’t breathing. He found a nasal aspirator to clean the baby’s nose and he started breathing, KPLC reported.

First responders arrived shortly after and took the new baby and Moreau to the hospital.

Doctors credit Jayden for saving not only his brother’s life but also that of his mother. Doctors told KPLC that if Jayden wasn’t there, his mother would have died from loss of blood during the delivery.

Tennessee congressman to file articles of impeachment

A Tennessee congressman announced Thursday that he plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, CBS News reported.

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"In response to the horrific events in Charlottesville, I believe the President should be impeached and removed from office," Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen said in a statement released by his office. "Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the President said 'there were very fine people on both sides.' There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen."

>> Texas congressman: ‘Our democracy is at risk’

Cohen cited potential obstruction of justice and violations of the Constitution's Foreign Emoluments Clause as the reasons for impeachment while also addressing his own strong moral opposition to the president's words and actions relating to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

The congressman's call to remove Trump from office comes after the president blamed the Charlottesville disruption on “both sides” -- both the white supremacists leading the "Unite the Right" rally, and their counter-protesters, who Trump labeled the "alt-left."

"Well, I do think there's blame," Trump said in a news conference from Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday. "Yes, I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it. And you don't have doubt about it either.”

>> California representative files impeachment article

Cohen also serves as a Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. 

"As a Jew and as an American and as a representative of an African American district, I am revolted by the fact that the President of the United States couldn't stand up and unequivocally condemn Nazis who want to kill Jews and whose predecessors murdered 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, and could not unequivocally condemn Klansmen whose organization is dedicated to terrorizing African Americans," according to Cohen's statement.

Woman donates school supplies for all students at Texas school

A California woman donated back-to-school items for every student at a Texas school, KWTX reported.

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"You can't put into words how much that support means,” Rosebud Primary first grade teacher Kendra Lorenz said.

Lorenz said she first connected with the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, through an online organization called Donors Choose. Last school year, the donor gave Lorenz’s class various supplies. She was surprised when the woman contacted her about helping out the entire school, KWTX reported.

"This summer, she actually contacted me and said, ‘Hey, what are y'all needing for school supplies?’ And so I passed along our supply list to her, and she said I'll take care of all of it,” Lorenz said.

Lorenz said the donations are especially important for her school district.

"Our families struggle, that's the nature of the beast around here, and that's OK, we work together, we get what we need done,” Lorenz said.

Secret Service investigating Missouri lawmaker’s post

The Secret Service is investigating comments made on social media by a Missouri state senator who reportedly said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated, CNN reported.

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Democratic State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal's comment on personal Facebook page -- “I hope Trump is assassinated -- was deleted, but it has triggered a call for her resignation by fellow legislators.

"The St. Louis Field Office of the Secret Service is looking into the comments," Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said in a statement to CNN. "The Secret Service investigates all threats against the President, Vice President, and other protectees, whether they be direct, implied or comments in passing.

Chappelle-Nadal has apologized for the post, telling KMOV that the comment arose from her frustration from the current political climate in the United States, particularly in the wake of the unrest last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Saturday, a car drove through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring several other people. Trump’s initial response was criticized after he said there was blame “on many sides” for the violence.

Chappelle-Nadal backed off her initial Facebook post Thursday.

“No, I don't want to see anyone assassinated, but he should not be president, he should be impeached,” she told KMOV. “Someone wrote a statement on my Facebook and I responded with something that shouldn't have been put up there."

Missouri lawmakers condemned the remark.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a fellow Democrat, said in a statement: "I condemn it. It's outrageous. And she should resign."

Stephen Webber, chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, called Chappelle-Nadal’s comments “indefensible.”

“All sides need to agree that there is no room for suggestions of political violence in America -- and the Missouri Democratic Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the President,” Webber said. “I believe she should resign."

Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens also demanded she resign in a statement, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

"We can have differences in our country, but no one should encourage political violence. The senator should resign,” Greitens said.

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay told the Post-Dispatch that “calling for the assassination of the President is a federal crime. … (She is) an embarrassment to our state. She should resign immediately.”

Chappelle-Nadal said she would not step down.

“No. Absolutely not. I told people if there are legislators cheating on their wives and smoking marijuana in their offices and they’re not being asked to resign, I am not going to resign for a mistake I made and owned up to,” she told Fox2Now of St, Louis.

She repeated 

“I am not resigning,” she tweeted. “When POC are respected by this WH & they are willing to do real work, I'll sit down with them. People are traumatized!”

Man who says he lost vision after staring at eclipse issues warning to sky watchers

An Oregon man doesn’t want what happened to him to happen to who will watch next week’s solar eclipse.

Lou Tomososki was watching a partial eclipse in 1962, KGW reported. He told his friend who was watching the show in the sky with him, “If you stare at it long enough the brightness goes away.”

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Later that evening, Tomososki and his friend were having vision problems and both are still having issues 55 years later.

A doctor told Tomososki that he burned his retina during the eclipse in 1962, KGW reported.

Now the blurry vision in his right eye won’t go away.

Will what happened 55 years ago keep Tomososki from watching Monday’s eclipse? He said no, but he’ll won’t be looking at the sky as it happens. Instead he’ll just watch it get dark outside, KGW reported.

Police: Houston officer in trouble for DWI once posted provocative photos

A Houston Police Department officer who was recently suspended after being charged with driving while intoxicated was previously in trouble for posting provocative photos of herself online, Chron.com reported. 

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Stacey Suro, 47, uploaded nearly 100 photographs -- some of them nude -- to the portfolio website ModelMayhem.com, Chron.com reported. The photos were uploaded in the fall of 2012, police officials said.

Suro, who was a sergeant at the time, was suspended and ultimately demoted after an internal investigation, a police spokesman said.

Requests for comment by Suro and ModelMayhem have not been answered, Chron.com reported.

Suro was suspended Tuesday night after she was charged for driving while intoxicated. She is currently out on $500 bond and is set to appear in Harris County criminal court on Aug. 23. Suro joined the Houston police force in 1992 and was currently working in the property room as a senior police officer.

An internal investigation is under way and can take up to 180 days, police officials said.

 

Shawn Mendes to headline return of ‘MTV Unplugged’

“MTV Unplugged” is returning to television, and Shawn Mendes will be the first singer to appear on the show, Variety reported.

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Mendes will appear in the season premiere in a performance shot at Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. The show will air on Sept. 8, Variety reported.

Mendes currently holds the No. 1 spot in Top 40 radio with his single, “Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

“MTV Unplugged” ran on the music video station from 1989 to 2009 and featured artists playing acoustic versions of their songs. Past performers included Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Eric Clapton.

Mendes told Variety he was excited to be a part of the show after seeing Pearl Jam’s 1992 session.

“It wasn't so much about the commercial, showman side of it; It was really about the music,” he said.

Man arrested for making truck look like police vehicle

Investigators in Washington State arrested a man in a truck decked out to look like a police vehicle that even had a device that covered the license plate with a plastic cover that read “police.”

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When a Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy spotted the truck around 2 a.m. Aug. 10, he noticed it looked like a law enforcement vehicle, but not from any department he had seen before.

“And he realized, OK, this is getting a little bit more suspicious,” Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said. “The suspicious meter was starting to go up.”

Wilson said when the deputy saw that the small placard that read "police" in white letters on a black background had suddenly been replaced by a Washington state license plate, he stopped the truck.

At the wheel was 34-year-old Cody McMahon, who is not a police officer, but a convicted felon.

“His excuse was, well I like to play airsoft games and we play roles,” Wilson said. “But it also may help me get out of a ticket if I’m caught speeding.”

Wilson said a search of the truck revealed airsoft handguns and rifle that appeared real as well as handcuffs, what looked like a police helmet, body armor and handheld radios, as well as insignias and tools a real police officer might use on the job. Wilson said the search also revealed a fake King County sheriff's badge and methamphetamines.

McMahon was arrested and charged for illegal drug possession and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Wilson says it's not clear if anyone has ever been stopped by McMahon believing he was a real policeman.

“We don’t know,” he said. “So if somebody has, then please come forward and let your local law enforcement agency know, or let us know.”

Nobel laureate Yousafzai accepted to Oxford

Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and survived a gunshot wound at age 15 for speaking out for the right to an education, has been accepted to the University of Oxford, the Evening Standard reported.

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The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance to the school on Twitter and included the screenshot of her “Congratulations” notice, CBC News reported. She plans to major in philosophy, politics and economics, the favored degree of many of Britain's top leaders.

"So excited to go to Oxford!!" she tweeted Thursday.

Yousafzai was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work in pushing for education for all children. She shared the honor with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. At age 15, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan as a teenager for speaking out for the right of girls to go to school, a topic she raised publicly as an 11-year-old.

Statue of Roger Taney, author of Dred Scott decision, removed

The statue of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the majority opinion in the infamous Dred Scott case, was removed from the grounds of the Maryland state capitol, the Baltimore Sun reported.

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Work crews removed the statue, which has sat on the grounds of the state house for 145 years, at 2 a.m., the Sun reported.

Taney, a Maryland native, wrote the majority opinion in the 1857 case, Scott v. Sanford, which upheld slavery and found that “a free negro of the African race, whose ancestors were brought to this country and sold as slaves, is not a ‘citizen’ within the meaning of the Constitution of the United States.”

Taney was the fifth chief justice of the Supreme Court, serving from 1836 until his death in 1864.

The statue will be moved to a secure Maryland State Archives storage facility, according to an email outlining the operation obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

The move comes after Gov. Larry Hogan announced his support for removing the statue. 

“While we cannot hide from our history — nor should we — the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history,” Hogan said Tuesday in a statement.

The statue, dedicated in 1872, is the latest monument linked to the Confederate era to be removed.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered middle-of-the-night removals of four monuments this week: one of Taney, another of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, a Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument and a Confederate Women’s monument. 

The removals were spurred by last weekend’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Sun reported.

Llama bolts onto golf course to save ducks from bear

Golfers in New Hampshire were startled Monday when a llama invaded the Eagle Mountain Golf Course.

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The llama, named Noir, escaped from its nearby home to protect a family of ducks from a bear, WGME reported. Golfers saw the animal on the sixth fairway of the course and called the police.

Noir, owned by Russ Miller, jumped over the electric fence surrounding its paddock and ran 3 miles to the golf course, WGME reported. It is not the first time the llama has bolted from its enclosure, police said. The animal was captured on the golf course in June and appeared in photos with Jackson police Chief Chris Perley, WGME reported.

"Noir has a flock of ducks that he watches over, and a bear has taken a taste for duck eggs and duck. The bear came calling, and Noir jumped over the [electric] fence and chased after it," Perley told the Conway Daily Sun.

“All of a sudden, we started getting all these calls from golfers saying there was a llama in the middle of the [nine-hole] course, and he didn't have a tee time," Perley said. “One couple from Florida said the only thing they'd seen on courses down there were crocodiles. This was their first llama, so it made their day.”

Miller said he is working to raise the height of Noir’s electric fence and have asked state biologists to help with the bear problem, WMGE reported.

Perley, who became Jackson’s police chief in January, said he has bonded with the llama.

“I don't have a lot of widespread llama experience, but Noir, with those big brown eyes, sure seems fond of me,” Perley told the Daily Sun. “He kept rubbing up on me, and kind of made a purring sound. 

“I think we have a real connection.”

Florida prisons placed on lockdown

Florida prisons were placed on lockdown Thursday following reports of security threats. 

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The Florida Department of Corrections announced that it canceled weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday and Sunday because of a possible security threat.

Correction officials said they received information that indicated small groups of inmates at several institutions would try to disrupt prison operations.

The lockdown affects more than 97,000 inmates in Florida’s 151 correctional facilities, including major institutions, work camps and annex facilities. The move affects recreational and educational programs, but inmates are not confined to their cells, officials said.

The cancellation does not apply to work release centers, department officials said.

 

Dog lost during windstorm found 2 years later

A dog lost two years ago in a massive windstorm has been reunited with its owner, KHQ reported.

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Shanley Heinsma let her husky, Shadow, out of the house during the storm in Spokane, Washington. That was the last time she saw the dog.

Heinsma posted the dog’s photo on Facebook and put up posters hoping that someone might have found it. Last Wednesday, she saw a post for a missing husky, and it had Shadow’s distinctive markings.

“I told my fiance, I'm like, there's just no way right? It's been so long," she told KHQ.

After comparing photographs, it turned out to be the missing dog. Shadow and Heinsma are back together.

"Other people that lose their animals, don't ever give up," she told KHQ. "The more you get your word out there the more people that know you're searching."

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