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Amber Alert: Abducted girl from Georgia believed to be in extreme danger

Fifteen-year-old Calah Waskow was abducted from Evans, Georgia, Sunday by a man in a tan Ford Crown Victoria with a South Carolina license plate, officials said.

The license plate number is KVJ-240.

The suspected abductor is Jason Johnson, who stands at 5 feet 8 inches and weighs about 175 pounds, officials said.

Calah is believed to be in extreme danger, according to an Amber Alert.

She is described as white, blond, and 5 feet 4 inches tall. 

Leonardo DiCaprio meets with Trump to talk about the environment

Leonardo DiCaprio met with Donald Trump after the President-elect named Scott Pruitt to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to The Associated Press.

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The actor and environmental activist joined the CEO of his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Terry Tamminen, met to discuss how jobs tied to environmentalism can help the economy.

Tamminen issued a statement to The Associated Press about the Wednesday meeting.

"Today, we presented the President-elect and his advisors with a framework — which LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism — that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure," Tamminen said. "Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation."

The Washington Post reported that Trump's pick to run the EPA has denied climate change in the past, writing in the National Review in May that "scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind" and debate about climate change is "far from settled."

The AP reported that at the end of the 90-minute meeting, DiCaprio gave Trump a copy of his environmentalist documentary "Before the Flood," which Trump said he would watch, according to a person The AP said was familiar with the conversation but could not speak publicly about it.

Tamminen sounded positive after the meeting.

"We look forward to continuing the conversation with the incoming administration as we work to stop the dangerous march of climate change, while putting millions of people to work at the same time," he said.

Mom arrested after leaving baby, toddler in freezing car

A woman has been arrested after police found a 2-year-old child and a 6-month-old child locked inside a car in Everett in 35 degree weather.

The Daily Herald reports that the woman was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of two counts of abandonment of a dependent person, drug possession, making a misleading statement and a parole violation. Bail was set at $50,000.

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According to police, when officers arrived at the mall parking lot on Monday security said they had been waiting by the vehicle for at least 30 minutes.

A woman came outside and admitted her children were inside the vehicle, she said they were sleeping and she didn't want to wake them.

Police found she lied about her name and was in possession of methamphetamine. 

Affidavit: Suspect says he was 'just hungry' after punching pizza delivery driver

Police in Austin, Texas, have accused a man of assaulting a pizza delivery driver and holding a gun to the head of a convenience store clerk in two separate robberies.

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According to court records, Antonio Ezekiel Durio, 19, was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of robbery, aggravated robbery and harassment of a public servant.

An arrest warrant affidavit for Durio said a Pizza Hut delivery driver called police after being robbed while delivering a pizza near Cornell and Chicon streets in East Austin on Sunday.

The affidavit said the driver arrived shortly before 7 p.m. to find two men and one woman at the location.

According to the report, one of the men acted as though he was going to pay for the pizza, but turned and punched the driver in head instead.

The driver tried to grab the attacker, who then continued to strike him in the head and said something to the effect of “I’m just hungry,” the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, police said Durio was one two men who robbed a convenience store across town in the 8600 block of Spicewood Springs Road on Monday morning.

Police said Durio walked behind the counter of the store and held a gun to an employee’s head as he grabbed money from the register and a pack of cigarettes, the affidavit said.

The other man also pulled out a gun, but stayed in front of the counter, the document said.

The delivery driver called police again the next day to tell them he was near Webberville Road and Oak Springs Drive when he spotted the man who had robbed him.

Officers used a stun gun to subdue the man after he tried to run from them, and he spat in an officer’s face while being placed into a police vehicle, the affidavit said.

According to the document, the man identified himself as Durio to officers, and admitted to being involved in both incidents, providing “intimate details” that had not been publicly released.

Durio was still being held at the Travis County Jail on Thursday afternoon.

President-elect Donald Trump honors the late John Glenn

President-elect Donald Trump honored the first American to orbit the Earth on Thursday, a little more than an hour after Glenn’s death was announced.

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The former Ohio senator died Thursday at age 95 after a prolonged illness.

In his remarks, sent out via his Twitter feed, Trump hailed Glenn as an inspiration to generations of “explorers.”

“Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn,” Trump wrote.

“He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed.”

Trump’s words hearkened to those of author Tom Wolfe, who introduced Glenn to a new generation of men and women with his book “The Right Stuff.”

Glenn, Wolfe wrote was “the last true national hero America has ever made.”

Donald Trump voters explain why they chose their candidate

A group of 10 Florida voters answered a call by the Palm Beach Post to discuss why they chose to vote for Donald Trump during the 2016 election.  

"We had put out an appeal to Trump voters to speak to us. More than 200 replied," the Post wrote. "Though we didn't get the racial or ethnic diversity we would have liked, we narrowed the group to a manageable size to hear from voters who said that they had been largely ignored during the long presidential campaign."

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The participants, Republicans, Independents and one Democrat, opened an hourlong discussion by describing the president-elect in one word. "Maverick," "change," "doer," "different," smart," "enterprise" and "America" were among the replies.

Most of the participants said they decided to be a part of the discussion because they believe mainstream media didn't do their candidate justice. 

"During the campaign, I found that the mainstream media was so one-sided that I just couldn’t believe it," said Michael Harvey, 66, of Boynton Beach.

Alan Huber, 59, of Boynton Beach, said he was tired of the mainstream media portraying "anybody who was against Barack Obama's policies (as) a racist or Donald Trump (as) a racist."

"We don't have horns. We're not racists. We're actually among the most informed people there are," Huber said.

They expressed deep concerns about jobs leaving America, illegal immigration and Obamacare. And they said they had great confidence that Trump would make inroads in these areas, and others where other political leaders have failed.

They said they weren't disturbed that Trump is shifting on some of his campaign promises, including the border wall that's now perhaps a fence, the 11 million deportations that might not occur and the reluctance to prosecute "crooked Hillary." They view Trump as a master negotiator and his boldest campaign statements as opening gambits: he'll attain his goals, even if it takes some modifications from his initial positions to get there.

"He's the fastest learner I've ever seen in my life," said Lee Roggenburg, 58, a financial adviser from Boca Raton.

"Donald Trump is going to run the country the way we need to run our businesses or our households," said Patrice Boyland, 54, a self-described stay-at-home mom from Palm Beach Gardens. "In government, when something fails, they put more money towards it. He's looking at things differently, on how to fix it -- and it's not always adding more money to the problem."

The group, a small portion of Trump supporters, made it clear that Trump will enter the White House with a great deal of political strength via a big chunk of the American public that's eager for him to shake things up and trusts in whatever surprises he springs on the political and media establishment.

Watch the full interview below. 

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John Glenn: A storybook life, an American hero

“The Right Stuff” author Tom Wolfe once said of John H. Glenn Jr. that he is “the last true national hero America has ever had.” 

America lost that true hero on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, when Glenn died at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus at age 95. He was reported as being hospitalized the day before

He is survived by his wife Annie, his two children, Lyn and Dave and two grandchildren. 

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Glenn lived a storybook life under the bright and constant glare of public attention, awe and adoration. The small-town Ohio boy married his childhood sweetheart, served as a fighter pilot in two wars, a test pilot, an astronaut and a U.S. Senator.

He blasted to American hero status on Feb. 20, 1962, when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Then, in a spectacular return to space, he joined the crew aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1998, which made 134 orbits and racked up 3.6 million miles during its nine-day mission.

Glenn, 77 at the time, became the oldest human to experience space travel. 

Related: John Glenn: Former U.S. senator, astronaut dies at 95

Glenn grew up in New Concord, Ohio, where his parents owned a plumbing business and ran a boarding house for college students. 

His father gave him his first taste of aviation when he bought them both a ride in a WACO biplane, which was built in Troy. 

At age 21, he enlisted in the Navy, transferred to the Marine Corps and worked his way into a fighter unit. His accomplishments included combat duty in two wars, two flights as an astronaut, four terms in the U.S. Senate and building a public affairs program at Ohio State University. But when asked what achievement he was most proud of — a question he got often — Glenn’s answer was his enduring marriage to Annie, his lifelong companion.

Related: Photos: John Glenn through the years

They met as toddlers in a playpen in New Concord, were married in their hometown on April 6, 1943, and appeared together well into their 90s, usually holding hands.

In April 1959, NASA selected him as one of the first seven astronauts in the Project Mercury space program. At 9:47 a.m. on Feb. 20, 1962 – five years after the Soviets had put a man into outer space – Glenn was strapped in atop an Atlas rocket with 367,000 pounds of thrust, blasting the Ohioan and the Friendship 7 capsule off the Cape Canaveral launch pad and into orbit 162 miles above the earth. 

“Godspeed, John Glenn,” said fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter as Americans watched transfixed and worried.

When Carpenter died in 2013, Glenn became the last surviving member of the Mercury 7.

After his 1962 orbit, Glenn served in an advisory role to NASA before shifting to business and public affairs. Robert F. Kennedy was among those who encouraged him to run for U.S. Senate, where he was elected in 1974 and served until 1999.

Glenn was often mentioned as a possible running mate for Democratic presidential candidates, and he ran for president in 1984, just as just as “The Right Stuff” made him even more of a household name. But Glenn’s presidential campaign faltered and he carried a campaign debt from his efforts for years afterward. 

In recent years, Glenn campaigned for Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama as well as for Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate and Ted Strickland for governor. 

In November 2011, he and the crew of the first moon landing were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The medal, first awarded in 1776 to Gen. George Washington and John Paul Jones during the American Revolutionary War, goes to an individual who performs an outstanding act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States.

John Glenn: Former U.S. senator, astronaut dies at 95

Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn died on Thursday in Ohio.

He was 95 years old.

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Glenn was surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus when he died, The Columbus Dispatch reported. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, the former Anna Margaret Castor, and the couple's children, Lyn and David.

Officials at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University said Wednesday that Glenn was hospitalized, although the reason for his hospitalization was not immediately clear. 

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Glenn's health was in decline in recent years. During an event earlier this year in Columbus, the former senator said he had lost some of his eyesight because of macular degeneration and a small stroke, The Associated Press reported.

In 1962, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. From 1974 to 1993, he represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate.

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He became the oldest man to fly in space when he served as a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998. That nine-day mission was accomplished in 134 Earth orbits.

Glenn "reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery, there's no limit to the heights we can reach together," President Barack Obama said.

"With John's passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend. John spent his life breaking barriers. ... The last of America's first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens. On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn."

President-elect Donald Trump also remembered Glenn, writing on Twitter that America "lost a great pioneer of air and space."

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Laura A. Bischoff with Dayton Daily News contributed to this story.

Police officer mans Salvation Army kettle, shows off dance moves

He's got the moves to serve and protect. But a police officer in Cleveland, Tennessee, used some other moves to  help raise money for the local chapter of the Salvation Army.

Cleveland Police Department was having a battle with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office to see which department could stuff the kettle with the most donations, WTVC reported.

Sean Bulow with the CPD brought his "A" game, or make that dance game.

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Bulow, and his dance moves, brought in more than $1,100 in donations during the "Battle of the Bells" challenge.

The video was posted to the CPD's Facebook page, where it has since gone viral.

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Bulow told WTVC that he will dance and have fun if he can help his community.

Dylann Roof trial: Jury sees video of suspect entering, leaving church on night of shooting

Jurors in the federal trial of a man accused of killing nine people in a black South Carolina church in 2015 saw surveillance footage Thursday that allegedly showed Dylann Roof entering the church and leaving again after the mass shooting.

A security camera outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston captured the scene the evening of June 17, 2016, as each of the 11 other Bible study participants arrived. According to the Post and Courier, some could be seen talking on their phones, and others chatted with one another as they walked into the historic church known in the city as “Mother Emanuel.”

Also seen on the video was Roof, the man accused of firing upon the congregants as they closed their eyes in a final prayer that night. Two adults and a child in the room during the shooting survived. The remainder of the session participants died, including the church’s pastor.

Roof, 22, faces the death penalty in the case, in which he is charged with 33 separate counts, including hate crimes. Testimony in his trial began on Wednesday.

The Post and Courier reported that the video showed a black Hyundai pulling into a parking space outside the church at 8:17 p.m. A man, identified as Roof with his signature bowl haircut, got out, dressed in a gray long-sleeve shirt and carrying a fanny pack.

The motion-activated camera came on again at 9:07 p.m. and captured Roof leaving the church. That time, however, he eased the door open and looked cautiously around before heading back to his car.

In his hand was a black pistol.

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The footage from outside the church was a key part of law enforcement’s identification of Roof, a self-described white supremacist, as a suspect in the mass slaying. He was taken into custody in Shelby, North Carolina, the day after the shooting.

The second day of testimony in Roof’s trial began Wednesday morning after the judge in the case denied a defense request for a mistrial, the Post and Courier reported. Defense lawyer David Bruck argued that prosecutors had erred by soliciting testimony from a survivor, Felicia Sanders, in which she described the defendant as “evil.”

Sanders and her 11-year-old granddaughter survived the shooting, but she saw her son, Tywanza Sanders, 26, and her 87-year-old aunt, Susie Jackson, gunned down.

Felicia Sanders testified that Roof sat through Bible study until the final prayer, at which time he pulled his pistol from his fanny pack and opened fire.

“Seventy-seven shots in that room from someone we thought was looking for the Lord,” Sanders testified. “But the whole time he was just evil, evil, as evil as can be.”

Bruck argued that Sanders’ statements were prejudicial, and that they suggested a sentence for Roof before his guilt had been established, the Post and Courier reported. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel declined to strike the comments from the record but said he would remind jurors that Roof’s punishment, if convicted, was theirs alone to determine.

The defense also objected to another comment Sanders made on the stand, in which she again called Roof evil and stated: “There’s no place on earth for him except the pit of hell.”

Gergel ruled, however, that Bruck himself elicited that statement from Sanders since it came during his cross-examination of her on the witness stand, the newspaper reported

The Weather Channel confronts Breitbart's claims that global warming isn't real

The Weather Channel has confronted news, opinion and commentary website, after the conservative site used one of The Weather Channel's reports to suggest that climate change isn't real.

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Breitbart, which used to be run by Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon, published an article online titled "Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists," in which the writer claimed that this year's news of global warming "wasn’t science but propaganda" and said that the earth is cooling, not warming.

The article, published Nov. 30, included an embed of a weather report by meteorologist Kait Parker, who addressed Breitbart's claims in a video and written note Tuesday. 

The announcement was titled "Note to Breitbart: Earth is not cooling, climate change is real and please stop using our video to mislead Americans." 

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"Last week, published an article claiming that global warming was nothing but a scare, and global temperatures were actually falling," Parker said. "(The) problem is, they used a completely unrelated video about La Nina with my face in it to attempt to back their point.

"Here's the thing: Science doesn't care about your opinion. Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future nor the fact -- note, fact, not opinion -- that the earth is warming."

Parker launched into an explanation of the falsity of each of Breitbart's claims and concluded with a pointed message. 

"Next time you're thinking about publishing a cherry-picked article, try consulting a scientist first. And to all my fellow scientists out there, let's make the facts louder than the opinions," she said.

"Though we would prefer to focus on our usual coverage of weather and climate science, in this case, we felt it important to add our two cents," The Weather Channel wrote online. 

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Second Georgia police officer dies following cop shooting


A second Georgia police officer has died a day after being shot alongside a fellow officer while responding to a domestic dispute report.

Charles Patterson, president of Georgia Southwestern State University, said in a statement Thursday evening that campus police Officer Jody Smith died from his injuries. Smith had been airlifted to a hospital after the shootings Wednesday in Americus, about 130 miles south of Atlanta.


The man accused of shooting two Georgia police officers on Wednesday, killing one, has died, authorities confirmed one day after the fatal shooting near Georgia Southwestern State University.

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Police on Thursday moved into the house where they believed Minguell Lembrick, 32, was barricaded in Americus, Georgia. They found Lembrick dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said officers heard what sounded like a gunshot while setting up a perimeter around the home where a 911 caller said Lembrick was hiding. They continued  to set up the perimeter and tried for about an hour to contact Lembrick.

Police identified Lembrick as the suspected shooter who fired shots at officers Wednesday morning at an apartment complex in Americus. The shooting led to an hourslong lock down at the nearby campus of Georgia Southwestern State University.

>> Related: Officer killed, 1 injured in shooting near college campus in Georgia; suspect at large

Investigators said Officer Nicholas Smarr of the Americus Police Department and Georgia Southwestern Police Officer Jody Smith were responding to a domestic disturbance call when Lembrick shot the men.

Smarr died shortly afterwards. Smith was airlifted to a Macon hospital.

"It's a tragedy beyond words," Scott said. "It's one of our family members has been taken from us."

Scott had a hard time containing his emotions as he talked about the crime and the search for Lembrick.

Lembrick was already wanted on kidnapping charges, but officers didn't know he would be at the domestic disturbance call.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

‘Evil as can be’: Jurors hear emotional survivor testimony in Dylann Roof church shooting trial

The victims of a 2015 mass shooting at a historic South Carolina church had their eyes closed in prayer when they were shot, jurors learned Wednesday during an emotionally charged first day of testimony in the federal murder trial of Dylann Roof.

Felicia Sanders was one of just three survivors of the June 17, 2015, shooting that killed nine members of Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. Sanders was the first prosecution witness to take the stand in the trial of Roof, 22, who faces the death penalty in the slayings.

According to the Post and Courier, Sanders described for the jury how she played dead, clutching her 11-year-old granddaughter to her chest so hard that she feared she would smother her, in an effort to keep Roof from killing them. Sanders said she moved her legs through the growing pools of blood coming from her dying son and aunt so the gunman would see blood on her and think that they, too, were dead.

Roof, then 21, attended Bible study with the group that night, waiting until the closing prayer to make his move, Sanders testified.

“Seventy-seven shots in that room from someone we thought was looking for the Lord,” Sanders said through tears as she glared at Roof, who would not look at her. “But the whole time he was just evil, evil, as evil as can be.”

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The Post and Courier reported that relatives of those killed sobbed, as did some jurors and a sketch artist sitting in the courtroom, as Sanders described the chaotic scene where she lost both her son, 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders, and her 87-year-old aunt, Susie Jackson. She testified that her son, already injured, stood up and pleaded with Roof to stop shooting.

When he told Roof that they meant him no harm, Roof replied: “You all are raping our women and you all are taking over the world,” Sanders testified.

Roof then shot Tywanza Sanders five more times, his mother said.

Two adults and a child survived the shooting, according to The New York Times. Besides Sanders, a recent college graduate, and Jackson, a longtime member of the church who sang in the choir, seven others were killed.

The dead included the church’s pastor and a South Carolina state senator, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, who welcomed Roof into the study group with a Bible and a handout on the night’s topic, The Times reported. Also killed were the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a high school speech pathologist and track coach; county librarian Cynthia Hurd, 54; Ethel Lee Lance, 70, another longtime church member; the Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, a college enrollment counselor; retired pastor the Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons Sr., 74; and Myra Thompson, 59, an English teacher and guidance counselor.

Several law enforcement officers also testified Wednesday about what they encountered when they arrived on the scene that night, the Post and Courier said. Some of the officers were wearing body cameras, which captured images of the bloody aftermath of the shooting.

The newspaper reported that footage shown to the jurors showed bodies on the floor as officers swept through the church to be sure the shooter was not still there. Sanders could be heard wailing in the background over her son and aunt.

One Charleston police officer, Sgt. John Lites, testified about finding Tywanza Sanders dying of his wounds. The officer said he took the young man’s hand.

“He squeezed my hand, he kind of smiled and he passed away,” Lites testified.

Federal prosecutors said in opening statements that Roof spent months planning the attack on the church, learning about its services and gathering his weapons and ammunition. His goal, they said, was to start a race war.

“He chose to execute nine good and innocent men and women,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said. “And he chose to do so out of a callous hatred of the color of their skin.”

Roof’s defense attorney, David Bruck, conceded that his client committed the slayings and said he did not disagree with the evidence in the case, the Post and Courier reported. Instead, he asked jurors to keep an open mind about that evidence and to consider what would make a 21-year-old commit the crimes.

“On what planet would a person think you could advance a political agenda by attacking a church?” Bruck asked.

Roof faces a total of 33 charges, including federal hate crimes, according to The Times. Prosecutors in the federal case turned down the defendant’s pretrial offer to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He also faces a capital murder trial in state court, which is slated to begin next month, the newspaper said.  

John Lennon: How we first heard about his death 36 years ago

John Lennon,  who rose to unimaginable fame first as one of the Beatles, then as a songwriter and an activist, was shot and killed outside of his home in New York City 36 years ago today.

His murderer, Mark David Chapman, who was described at the time as a “local screwball,” waited for Lennon to return from a recording studio session then shot him five times as his wife, Yoko Ono, looked on. Earlier in  the day, Lennon had autographed an album cover for Chapman.

Lennon was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival,  really having no chance to survive such devastating injuries. Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for Lennon’s murder. At a parole hearing last year, he apologized for the killing saying, “I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory.”

John Lennon would be 76 years old today if he had lived. It’s hard to imagine a senior citizen Lennon. Would he still be politically active, or would time have mellowed the crusading Beatle?

We will never know. Now, some 35 years later, all we do know for sure  is what happened on that day.

Here is how various news outlets reported the Dec. 8, 1980  death of John Lennon.

(To read the full stories, click on the links).

The Associated Press 

Former Beatle John Lennon, who catapulted to stardom with the long-haired British rock group in the 1960s, was shot to death late last night outside his luxury apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side, police said.

Authorities said Lennon, 40, was rushed in a police car to Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Doctors said he suffered seven severe wounds in his chest, back and left arm, but they did not know how many bullets had hit him. Dr. Stephen Lynn said, "I am sure he was dead when he was shot."

Police said the shooting occurred outside the Dakota, the century-old luxury apartment house where Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, lived. It is across the street from Central Park.

Police said they had a suspect and described him as "a screwball" with no apparent motive for shooting Lennon.

Lt. John Schick said he expected the man, in his mid-20s, to be held through the night.

Lennon's wife was not hurt. ...

The New York Times 

John Lennon, one of the  four Beatles, was shot and killed  last  night  while entering the apartment building where he lived, the  Dakota, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A suspect was seized at the  scene.

The 40-year-old Lennon was shot in the back twice after getting out of a limousine  and walking into the entrance  of the Dakota at 1 West 72d Street, Sgt. Robert Barnes of the 20th Precinct said.

“Obviously the man was waiting for him,” Sergeant Barnes said of the assailant. The suspect was identified as Mark David Chapman, 25, of Hawaii, who had been living  in New York for about a week, according to James L. Sullivan, chief  of detectives of the 20th Precinct. …

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The New York Times Obituary

The Beatles united a generation of young people with their songs, their attitudes and their sense of style, and John Lennon was the thinking man’s Beatle. Of the four, he was the Beatle who wrote books, the Beatle who embroiled the group in a potentially disastrous controversy by suggesting in an interview that they were more popular than Jesus, the Beatle who embraced the poetic innovations of Bob Dylan in the mid-1960’s and shocked Beatles fans by jumping into performance art, happenings and political protests in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

He was the Beatle who announced in one of his first solo albums after the breakup of the Beatles that “The Dream is Over” – the dream of community through peace, love, mysticism and psychedelic drugs that the Beatles had encouraged and advertised.

And yet, paradoxically, Mr. Lennon never lost sight of that dream. “The media are saying that the 60’s were stupid and naive,” he remarked only a month before his death. “But look at how much of what was sniggered about in the 60’s has become mainstream – health food, therapies and all the rest. And love and peace weren’t invented in the 60’s. What about Gandhi? What about Christ? The naivete is to buy the idea that the 60’s were naive.” ...

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The New York Daily News

Former Beatle John Lennon, the 40-year-old lead singer of the most popular rock group in history, was shot to death last night as he stepped from a limousine outside his home in the Dakota, an exclusive apartment building on Central Park West and 72d St.

Police arrested a suspect, “described as a local screwball,” minutes after the shooting and charged him with Lennon’s murder. The “smirking” suspect, identified as Mark David Chapman, 25, of Hawaii, was seen in the vicinity of the Dakota for several hours before the shooting and reportedly had hounded Lennon for an autograph several times in the last three or four days.

Lennon and his Japanese-born wife, Yoko Ono, were returning to their apartment from a recording session when the shots rang out.

Lennon was taken to Roosevelt Hospital in a police radio car and was pronounced dead on arrival in the emergency room. ...

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The BBC 

Former Beatle John Lennon has been shot dead by an unknown gunman who opened fire outside the musician's New York apartment.

The 40-year-old was shot several times as he entered the Dakota, his luxury apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side, opposite Central Park, at 2300 local time.

He was rushed in a police car to St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he died.

His wife, Yoko Ono, who is understood to have witnessed the attack, was with him.

Shots heard

A police spokesman said a suspect was in custody, but he had no other details of the shooting.

"This was no robbery," the spokesman said, adding that Mr Lennon was probably shot by a "deranged" person.

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Time Magazine

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3 killed in 40-car pileup on icy interstate in Michigan

Three people died Thursday in a crash involving more than 40 vehicles on an icy highway in Michigan, according to multiple reports.

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Officials with the Livingston County Sheriff Department told WJBK that at least three people were killed in the accident on Interstate 96 in Livingston County. More than an hour after the wreck was first reported, fire officials were still working to free victims from their vehicles.

It was not immediately known whether anyone else was injured. The Fowlerville Fire Department told WJBK that authorities expect the interstate to remain closed in both directions until at least 1 p.m.

The Livingston County Sheriff's Office told the Detroit Free Press that deputies believe that some 40 vehicles believed to be involved in the crash might have slid off the highway.

The newspaper's reporter, Kathleen Gray, was driving on I-96 in white-out snow conditions on the icy road when the accident began. She told the Lansing State Journal that a semitruck jackknifed across the expressway and several vehicles ended up in ditches or smashed. She was not involved in the crash.

"For me, the most terrifying sounds I’ve ever heard was the sound of semitruck tires skidding on the ice behind me and I had nowhere to go because traffic was at a standstill," Gray told the Lansing State Journal in an email. "Fortunately, he was able to stop before plowing into me."

The Michigan Department of Transportation warned motorists around 10 a.m. that a crash had closed all westbound lanes of Interstate 96 in Livingston County. The crash, which initially involved only three vehicles, happened at the Fowlerville Road exit.

Fowlerville is about 30 miles east of Michigan's capitol, Lansing.

Heavy snowfall Thursday morning led to low visibility on Lansing area roads.

According to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office, more than 40 accidents were reported in the area before noon.

Instagram-famous dogs recreate Kanye West's 'Famous' video for good cause

Kanye West's "Famous" video gained lots of attention and much criticism when it was released in June. 

The 10-minute video features 12 naked sleeping wax figures in likenesses of celebrities with whom West has had connections. Taylor Swift, Ray J, Donald Trump and George W. Bush were among those pictured motionless in an oversized bed.

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But a parody version of the video is much different.

A 1-minute video released Tuesday shows 10 Instagram-famous dogs sleeping in matching pajamas.

The spoof, created by (RED), features canines like @TunaMeltsMyHeart, @ChloetheMiniFrenchie and @ToastMeetsWorld in a promotional effort to encourage sales of the (BEDHEAD)RED red-and-white-checkered dog pajamas.

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Proceeds from the pajama sales go toward the fight against AIDS.

The dog pajamas, which are made of cotton and spandex, are on sale for $28 until Dec. 31. The set includes a sweater and a hat.

BedHead, the manufacturer of the pajamas, has already contributed to (RED) by donating funds to provide 50,000 days of life-saving HIV medication.

Police officer restores family’s Christmas after fire destroys home

A police officer was recognized for his generosity after he helped a Kansas family get what they needed after a fire destroyed their home.

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A family of seven was on their way to a church event Monday when flames engulfed their home, KAKE reported.

Beth Peacock and her husband recently adopted an 8-month-old child. The couple is also fostering four other children between 3 and 11 years old, according to The Wichita Eagle.

Officer Chad Spaulding was on his way to work on Monday when he spotted the Peacocks' house on fire, police said. He sprang into action.

"He determined no one was inside the (home), but unfortunately the family's belongings were destroyed," police said in a news release.

The family was devastated by the tragedy.

"I was just really upset, just crying, and Officer Spaulding had come over and talked to me," Peacock told KAKE. "He had said he had a sister that had breast fed, and she had some left over breast milk, so she donated that to us."

Spaulding helped the family gather everyday household items and even has replaced Christmas gifts for them.

"Officer Spaulding had made sure that we had hats, gloves, everything, diapers, wipes, cuppies for the little kids (and) bottles," Peacock told KAKE.

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Giraffes put on extinction watch list

Giraffes may be the tallest animal on land, but they're also in danger of becoming extinct.

A new report released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said the population of giraffes has gone down 40 percent over the last 30 years, The Associated Press reported.

Because of that, the group has added giraffes to its watchlist of threatened and endangered species. They have been labeled as vulnerable.

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Giraffes were previously listed as "in danger."

There were between 151,000 and 163,000 giraffes in the world in 1985.

Last year, there were only 97,562.

Scientists say habitat loss is most to blame, with poaching and disease contributing to the decrease.

The IUCN presented its findings this week in Mexico.

For more on the giraffe population decline and other animals that are in danger of becoming extinct, read the group's report here.

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