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You don’t have to #DeleteFacebook: 7 tips to lock down your privacy without leaving 

Facebook is under fire following this week’s revelation that data company Cambridge Analytica acquired data from millions of Facebook users without their knowledge. The news prompted a #DeleteFacebook social media campaign urging users to say goodbye to the platform once and for all.

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But leaving Facebook isn’t that simple. Luckily, you don’t have to delete the platform altogether to ensure your data is safe.

>> Related: Breaking up with Facebook? It's harder than it looks

Here are seven tips to lock down your privacy without leaving social media entirely:

Download your Facebook data to see exactly what they know about you.

If you’re concerned about the information you have out there, Facebook allows users to download a copy of their own data, including archived posts, messages and advertisements you’ve clicked on, according to Digital Trends.

How: General Account Settings --> Download a copy of your Facebook data --> Start My Archive.

>> Related: Facebook crisis-management lesson: What not to do

Check the third-party apps connected to your account.

Under General Account Settings, click on the Apps page to see a list of apps you’ve connected to your Facebook account. If you see an app you’re wary of, hover over it and delete it immediately.

Opt out of Facebook API sharing altogether.

On the same page as the Apps, scroll down until you see Apps, Websites and Plugins. Hit Edit to Disable Platform. This will sign you out of all websites, apps and other services connected to your Facebook account.

>> Related: Academic says he's being scapegoated in Facebook data case

Log out of Facebook when you’re not using it.

It’s a simple rule, but how often do you actually log out? According to Tom’s Guide, if you leave your Facebook logged in on your computer, it can still track your movements and share your information with advertisers and other parties.

Adjust your ad settings or delete interests to prevent ad targeting.

Under General Account Settings, scroll down to the Ads page and click on Your Interests. On this page, Facebook uses the selection of interests across a variety of categories, including entertainment, news, hobbies and more to determine what ads you’ll see. You can hover over a selection to delete an interest, or, you can scroll down to Ad Settings.

Under Ad Settings, you have the option of adjusting:

- Ads based on your use of websites and apps (Can you see online interest-based ads from Facebook?)

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- Ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook Companies (Can your Facebook ad preferences be used to show you ads on devices such as computers, mobile devices and connected TVs?)

- Ads with your social actions (Who can see your social actions paired with ads?)

Limit who can see your posts, friends list and more under privacy settings.

Under General Account Settings, click Privacy. There, you can limit who sees your future posts, your friends list or who can look you up using the email used on Facebook. You can also click on Timeline and Tagging Settings to adjust preferences for who can post on your timeline, see what posts are on your timeline and more.

Turn off location services.

>> Related: Facebook can now find you in photos you’re not tagged in

Turn off location data to limit Facebook’s access and ensure your own physical safety. You can do so by going to General Account Settings --> Location. Check your location services preferences on your smartphone as well.

NSYNC reuniting at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in April

A date has been set for the long-awaited NSYNC reunion.

Although the ‘90s and early 2000s boy band won’t be performing, the group is expected to come together for its Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony April 30.

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Variety reported that the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the ceremony date Tuesday in a news release. Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick are all attending, according to the band’s official Twitter page.

Related: Lance Bass says NSYNC is reuniting soon for Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony

Despite the group making a public appearance as a whole for the first time in years, fans should not expect new music. Although Bass has teased the Walk of Fame reunion, he said it doesn’t mean a tour.

“If people want to call the Walk Of Fame Star a ‘reunion’ then fine, but we have no plans on making any new music or tour,” Bass said on Twitter in February.

Variety reported that the group went on hiatus in 2002. Since then, they’ve only reunited to perform as a band in 2013, when Timberlake was honored with the MTV VMA Video Vanguard award.

The April 30 ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. local time in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Chamber will air the ceremony live on its website.

Could skeletal remains found in home’s basement solve missing woman’s case from 1966?

A cold case could soon be solved if the skeletal remains found in the basement of a Long Island home turn out to be the woman who has been missing since 1966.

Police recently reviewed the case of Louise Pietrewicz, after The Suffolk Times published a special report in October that brought the case back into view. 

Pietrewicz disappeared more than half a century ago, WPIX reported. At the time she was in a relationship with William Boken, a police officer in the area. She had recently left her husband, who was accused of physically and mentally abusing her, the Times reported, and had started seeing Boken, who was married at the time. 

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In October 1966, Pietrewicz took more than $1,000 from her bank account, and closed it. The next day, she “disappeared in the company of a man friend,” a court document filed 10 years later stated. Pietrewicz left behind an 11-year-old daughter, the Times reported.

Boken died in the 1980s, but his former wife told police investigating Pietrewicz’s case that there was a body buried in a burlap bag in the basement of the Bokens’ former home, WPIX reported

The house was searched in 2013, but nothing was found. 

Last week, spurred on by the paper’s report, another search of the home was conducted. After Suffolk County police homicide detectives, along with Southold Police, used ground-penetrating sonar, they found skeletal remains in the home, WPIX reported. The remains have been taken to the medical examiner’s office to determine whose remains they are and to find a cause of death.

20 bullets fired: Police kill unarmed black man holding cellphone in own backyard

Family, friends and the Sacramento community are demanding answers in the death of an unarmed black man killed by police in his own backyard Sunday night, holding nothing but a cellphone in his hand.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn told Fox40 that officers fired on Stephon Alonzo “Zoe” Clark a total of 20 times. Clark, 23, died at the scene, leaving behind two young sons. 

Hahn was on hand Tuesday night at a City Council meeting, where several residents of the community protested the officer-involved shooting. 

“To hell with Sac PD,” resident Rebecca Person said, according to the news station. “I’m sick of them always murdering black youth.”

“What is the police’s job to do? To shoot people that are unarmed in their own backyard?” another resident, Robert Copeland, asked. 

Fox40 reported that the Sacramento Police Department is under fire for its morphing story of what Clark was carrying. 

“They put one story out that he may have been armed. They put out another that he had a toolbar, whatever that is,” Tanya Faison, a member of the Sacramento chapter of Black Lives Matter, told the news station. “Then they put out that he had a wrench and then they put out that he just had a cellphone. 

“They need to get it together.”

The two officers involved in the shooting are being criticized for waiting five minutes, until additional officers came to the scene, to handcuff Clark and begin rendering first aid.

Department officials are also facing criticism for not promptly informing Clark’s family, including the grandparents and siblings he lived with, that he was the one gunned down in their yard. 

Fox40 reported that Clark’s family called 911 for help after hearing gunshots right outside their window. 

Sequita Thompson, Clark’s grandmother, told the Sacramento Bee that she was sitting in her dining room when she heard the shots.

“The only thing that I heard was, ‘pow, pow, pow, pow,’ and I got to the ground,” Thompson told the newspaper

Thompson described crawling to where her 7-year-old granddaughter slept on a couch in an adjacent den, where she got the girl onto the floor. She then made her way to her husband, who uses a wheelchair, and he dialed 911. 

Thompson said neither she nor her husband heard officers issue any commands prior to firing the fatal gunshots. 

The grieving grandmother told the Bee that investigators interviewed her for hours about what she heard, but never told her it was her grandson who had been killed. She finally looked out a window and saw his body.

“I opened that curtain and he was dead. I started screaming,” Thompson said

Hahn said he and his investigators initially had no idea Clark was related to the homeowners. 

“We found out they were related because the family told us so,” the chief told Fox40.

Hahn said in a news release Monday that officers were called to the family’s neighborhood around 9:15 p.m. Sunday on a report of a man breaking several car windows. The suspect was described as a thin man, just over 6 feet in height and wearing a black hoodie and dark pants. The caller said the man was hiding in a backyard.

Dispatchers sent officers to the scene, where the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department also had a helicopter searching for the suspect from the air, the news release said. About 12 minutes after the 911 call was made, the crew in the helicopter told officers on the ground they saw the alleged suspect in a backyard, where he picked up what looked like a toolbar and broke the sliding glass door of the home before running south toward the front of the house. 

That house was next door to the Thompsons’ home.

The officers on the ground, directed to his location by the helicopter crew, confronted Clark as he came up along the side of his grandparents’ home, the news release said. When they ordered him to show his hands, he fled to the backyard, officials said. 

“Officers pursued the suspect and located him in the backyard of the residence,” the news release said. “The suspect turned and advanced towards the officers while holding an object which was extended in front of him.”

Believing the object was a gun, the officers opened fire, the news release said. Clark was struck multiple times, though the exact number of gunshot wounds was not immediately known.

A follow-up news release issued later Monday stated that no weapon was found near Clark’s body.

“After an exhaustive search, scene investigators did not locate any firearms,” the news release stated. “The only item found near the suspect was a cellphone.”

Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians said they found three vehicles with damage they believe Clark caused, as well as the shattered sliding glass door that the helicopter crew said they witnessed him break, the news release said

The only items investigators found that could have been the toolbar described by the helicopter crew included a cinder block and a piece of aluminum that may have come from a gutter. Both were found near the broken sliding glass door, the Bee reported

Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, the newspaper said. One of the officers has eight years of law enforcement experience, half of it with the Sacramento department. 

The other officer has six years total experience, two of those in Sacramento. 

Sacramento city policy requires any body-camera footage of an officer-involved shooting to be made public within 30 days, the Bee reported

Hahn said he plans to release the officers’ body camera footage, as well as footage from a camera aboard the helicopter, after it has been shared with Clark’s family, Fox40 reported. He anticipated having the footage released by week’s end. 

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, the city attorney’s office and the city’s Office of Public Safety Accountability are investigating the shooting, as is the department’s homicide and internal affairs units. 

The Bee reported that Clark was at least the 17th person to die in confrontations with law enforcement in Sacramento County in the past two years. Besides the young father, three others were unarmed. 

French Montana celebrates opening of Uganda hospital 

French Montana is giving back to the country he visited a year ago.

Billboard reported that the 33-year-old rapper celebrated the one-year anniversary of his one-year trip to Uganda with a March 13 Instagram post. He also celebrated the opening of hospital in the east African country.

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“Happy one year anniversary to my family in Uganda,” French captioned his post. “Can’t believe we got so much done in one year !! Thank u for the opportunity.”

The Source reported that the rapper was inspired to help after seeing the lack of health care in the county. He donated $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center, a nonprofit hospital that offers medical services to poor villages around Iganga, Uganda.

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French’s donation spurred action from others and was matched by Diddy, The Weeknd and others.

The hospital can now serve 300,000 people.

XXL reported that French has since partnered with Mama Hope, which works to equip local people in community led projects, and Global Citizen, an organization that aims to end poverty. In January, he was named a Global Citizen ambassador for his work, becoming the first inn hip-hop to do so. 

Second-hand marijuana smoke could be as dangerous as cigarette smoke, study finds

The risk of breathing second-hand smoke from cigarettes is well-documented, but the dangers from breathing second-hand marijuana smoke are not, until now.

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A new study from a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine found exposure to second-hand marijuana smoke is three times more dangerous than exposure to tobacco smoke.

Matthew Springer, a professor at UC San Francisco tested blood flow in rats after they were subjected to second-hand marijuana and cigarette smoke. He found arteries in the rats were constricted for about 30 minutes when exposed to cigarettes and for 90 minutes when exposed to marijuana smoke, before returning to normal.

Springer concluded “that SHS (second-hand smoke) can exert similar adverse cardiovascular effects regardless of whether it is from tobacco or marijuana.”

>> Related: Pot makes older people smarter but impairs younger people, scientists say

“People think cannabis is fine because it’s ‘natural.’ I hear this a lot. I don’t know what it means,” Springer said in an interview with NPR

“We in the public health community have been telling them for decades to avoid inhaling second-hand smoke from tobacco,” Springer said. “We have not been telling them to avoid inhaling secondhand smoke from marijuana … it’s because we just haven’t known. The experiments haven’t been done.” 

Cigarette smoking is the greatest preventable cause of premature death in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. It can lead to heart disease, stokes, heart attacks and blood clots. Cigarette smoking is responsible for 87 percent of lung cancer deaths and at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths every year, the NIH reported.

>> Related: Doctors: Pot use harmful for young people: Here’s why

Springer’s study findings take on greater importance as more states around the country consider decriminalizing marijuana.

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr knighted by Prince William in Buckingham Palace ceremony

With a little help from a prince, Ringo Starr has a new title.

After this week’s knighthood ceremony at Buckingham Palace, he will now officially be known as Sir Richard Starkey, NBC News reported.

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Ringo, who used his real name for the honor, was knighted by Prince William during the ceremony Tuesday.

This isn’t the first time he’s been given honors by a member of the Royal family. 

It’s been 53 years since the Beatles were all given the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. They were given the MBE medals by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965, Ultimate Classic Rock reported.

The drummer said it was a bit different this time, missing the other three lads from Liverpool.

“I was a bit shaky today on my own,” Starr told the BBC.

He’s the second of the Beatles to be knighted, NBC News reported.

Sir Paul McCartney received his knighthood in 1997.

“I had dinner with him last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we’ve ended up in the palace and it’s now Sir Paul and Sir Richard,” Starr told NBC News.

>>Read: Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb to receive knighthood honor from Queen Elizabeth

Starr’s knighthood was announced late last year. Barry Gibb is also set to receive the honor.

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Megachurch pastor Andy Savage resigns after admitting to 'sexual incident' with teen

Andy Savage resigned Tuesday as a pastor of Highpoint Church in Memphis weeks after he admitted that, as a youth pastor in Houston in 1998, he had a “sexual incident” with a high school student.

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Savage got a standing ovation from his congregants in January when he admitted to the encounter with Jules Woodson. He was a 22-year-old youth pastor at the time. Woodson was 17.

>> Related: Pastor confesses to ‘sexual incident’ with Houston teen who calls his congregation’s response ‘disgusting’

In a statement released Tuesday, Savage said that since January, he’s “come to understand Jule’s vantage point better, and to appreciate the courage it took for her to speak up.”

“When Jules cried out for justice, I carelessly turned the topic to my own story of moral change, as if getting my own life in order should help to make up for what she went through and continues to go through,” he said.

He admitted that his relationship with Jules was “not only immoral, but meets the definition of abuse of power, since I was her youth pastor,” and said that he thought he had taken steps to make up for the situation when he resigned from his position and moved to Memphis.

“Those steps seemed significant at the time,” he said. “Only through my recent time of reflection have I realized that more should have been done.”

>> Related: Tennessee megachurch pastor accused of sexual assault

Highpoint Church officials released the following statement after Savage’s resignation:

Cantey Hanger’s independent investigation of Andy Savage’s ministry has been completed and the findings communicated to the elders and trustees of Highpoint Church by lead investigator Scott Fredricks. While the investigation found no other instances of abuse in Andy’s ministry, the leadership team at Highpoint Church agrees that Andy’s resignation is appropriate, given the reasons stated in his resignation statement. Highpoint leadership has come to recognize that it was defensive rather than empathetic in its initial reaction to Ms. Jules Woodson’s communication concerning the abuse she experienced, and humbly commits to develop a deeper understanding of an appropriate, more compassionate response to victims of abuse. Highpoint Church remains committed to ensuring that it protects families and children involved in its ministries to the highest standard. Accordingly, as announced earlier, Highpoint Church has asked MinistrySafe to conduct an assessment of Highpoint’s current training, policies, screening practices, and supervision in ministries serving minors at Highpoint Church, then help us implement any needed enhancements. That work will begin soon. In the meantime, our child safety policies can be found online here. We urge anyone with suspicions of child abuse to make a report to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services or local law enforcement. and the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Man dies from heart attack after getting head stuck in movie theater seat

A man died from a heart attack after getting his head caught in an electric movie theater seat while reportedly trying to reach for his cellphone, which had fallen between two chairs.

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The man’s phone fell between the electronic, reclining Gold Class seats toward the end of a movie March 9 at a Vue theater in Birmingham, England, according to the Birmingham Mail

When the man bent down to get it, the foot rest clamped down on his head, according to the Independent.

The man panicked as his partner and staff at the Vue theater worked to free him. He was then taken to the hospital, where he died March 16, according to the Mail.

The Birmingham City Council started a health and safety investigation, according to the Independent.

“A full investigation into the nature of the incident is ongoing,” a spokesperson for Vue said. “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family who have our full support and assistance.”

Police arrest man accused of breaking into woman’s home, watching her sleep

Police in Chamblee, Georgia, arrested a man accused of breaking into a woman's home to watch her sleep.

Police say Walther Morales-Roblero cut the power to the woman’s home, went inside and began touching himself as the woman slept.

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She woke up and found a man standing near her bed. The woman told WSB that her 4-year-old son was in the room with her.

“I was still in bed and my 4-year-old son was sleeping with me when I looked to my side, and this man was standing next to my bed and he was touching himself watching me sleep,” the victim said. “When I saw, I screamed and my son woke up, and the only thing I could think about was getting the person out of there. And I put myself between him and my child and I just pushed him out; picked up a chair and pushed toward him and, you know, I was trying to keep him away.”

She was able to push the man out the back door and gave police enough information to make a sketch.

Chamblee police Capt. Ernesto Ford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Morales-Roblero was arrested on Tuesday. He is charged with burglary and violating the peeping Tom act. The AJC reported police said they were able to identify the man after Officer Corea Loyd noticed some similarities between the sketch and a man she had arrested in the past.

How was Mark Anthony Conditt caught? ‘Exotic’ batteries and cell-site analysis

Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected Austin, Texas, serial bomber, was tracked down early Wednesday morning in part because he used “exotic” batteries in the explosive devices he allegedly made.

Investigators settled on Conditt as a suspect in five bombings in the Austin area after analyzing an unexploded device and sifting through bomb fragments, then finding that all the batteries for the devices came from Asia, according to a story from NBC News.

“These weren’t your store-bought Duracells,” a senior law enforcement officer said of the batteries used in the bombs.

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Conditt, 24, blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned citizens to be alert because there could be bombs in the area that the suspect either had recently sent or some that were constructed and ready to be sent.

>>Who is Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected Austin bomber?

“We don’t know if there are any other bombs out there and if so, how many and where they may be,” Abbott said. “Because this individual, either by mail or by placement or whatever the case may be, may have put other bombs out there.”

Abbott said the cellphone number of the Austin bombing suspect was of interest to law enforcement before he was captured on surveillance video at a FedEx store, The Associated Press reported. The person in the video from the store appears to be wearing a blond wig.

Abbott told reporters Wednesday that authorities used cellphone traffic data to put the suspect at the site of the explosions around Austin. He says the suspect’s phone number drew the attention of investigators. Abbott also said Conditt was believed to have purchased materials that could be made to construct bombs from a Home Depot store.

Not much information about Conditt has been released other than he lived in Pflugerville, Texas, and had attended a local community college. His motive remains a mystery, along with whether he acted alone in the five bombings in the Texas capital and suburban San Antonio that killed two people and wounded four others. 

The Associated Press contributed to this story

Could KB Toys fill void Toys R Us leaves behind?

Toys R Us will soon be no more, but an iconic toy store may be back to fill the void.

The company that owns the KB Toys name is looking to bring back the brand and fill storefronts Toys R Us closings leave behind.

CNN Money spoke with Strategic Marks president about the plan.

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“My assumption is that there’s about half a billion dollars worth of toys that have been produced for Toys R Us with no place to go. That’s a big, big void that we’re hoping to fill up,” Ellia Kassoff told CNN Money.

Strategic Marks told CNN Money that to get back into the market, it is  working with companies that do pop-up holiday stores like Spencer Spirit Holdings. 

>>Read: Amazon looking to buy abandoned Toys 'R' Us storefronts

After the holidays, it is  planning to re-evaluate the stores and ones that perform well will be tapped to become permanent. 

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Austin bombing suspect Mark A. Conditt proposed ending sex offender registry, blog says

In 2012, when he was 17 years old, Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt laid out his political views in a series of blog posts he wrote for an Austin Community College course on the U.S. government.

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No motive for the bombings has been disclosed, either by the bomber or by authorities. Four bombings in Austin over 17 days left two people dead and four injured. Another bomb exploded in a FedEx distribution facility, and one unexploded bomb was found at another distribution center, officials said. Authorities identified the 23-year-old Conditt as the bombing suspect who died in a bomb explosion during a confrontation with police early Wednesday, the American-Statesman and KVUE have reported, citing local and federal law enforcement sources.

In the blog, Conditt described himself as a conservative. It’s not clear whether politics played any role in the bombings, but the blog posts provide insight into Conditt’s thinking as he was growing up.

He wrote that he was against gay marriage and abortion and in favor of the death penalty.

He also wrote that he supported doing away with the sex offender registration system.

“So you have a guy who committed a crime. Will putting him on a (sex offender) list make it better? wouldn’t this only make people shun him, keep him from getting a job, and making friends? Just for a crime that he may have committed over 15 years ago as a adolescent? On a side note, one fifth of all rapes are committed by a juvenile,” Conditt wrote.

On abortion, he wrote: “First, if a women does not want a baby, or is incapable of taking care of one, she should not participate in activities that were made for that reason. Second, if we are going to give women free abortions, why not give men free condoms, or the like? Is it not up to the couple to take these preventive measures?”

Arguing against gay marriage, he wrote that homosexuality is “not natural.”

“Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple. The natural design is apparent. It is not natural to couple male with male and female with female. It would be like trying to fit two screws together and to nuts together and then say, “See, it’s natural for them to go together,” he wrote.

Conditt attended ACC from 2010 to 2012, but never graduated, a school spokesperson told the Texas Tribune.

Daughter finds mother dead in home — and waits 4 days to tell police

A Middletown woman told police that because there was a warrant out for her arrest, she was afraid to report the death of her mother.

Police were called Monday morning to a residence in the 3200 block of Goldman Avenue on a report of a dead body.

There, police found an 88-year-old woman dead in her bedroom.

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The woman’s daughter, who also lives in the house, told police she found her mother dead in her bed Thursday —four days earlier — but she didn’t contact police.

The “only reason” she reported her mother’s death is because her daughter, who also lives in the home, asked about her grandmother and found her dead, according to the police report.

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The woman had a warrant for her arrest for failure to appear on traffic charges through Middletown Municipal Court, the report said.

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Police also contacted another daughter of the dead woman and she told them she hadn’t seen her mother since Thanksgiving.

Another daughter told police she last saw her mother a couple of months ago, and she was planning to take her mother to see a doctor this week.

The Butler County Coroner’s Office was contacted and took possession of the woman’s body.

Name of Mikelle Biggs, missing since 1999, appears on $1 bill; sister has doubts

A tip may have surfaced in a 19-year-old Arizona missing child case, but police and family aren’t too sure.

KPHO reported that a 2009 $1 bill has a message written along the edge that could be a tip in the 1999 disappearance of Mikelle Biggs. She went missing at 11 years old while waiting for an ice cream truck in Mesa, Arizona. The Arizona Republic reported that the girl's mother, Tracy Biggs, reported her daughter missing on Jan. 2, 1999.

“My name is Mikel (sic) Biggs kidnapped From Mesa AZ I’m Alive,” the message on the bill says.

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The note, the publication reported, appears to be written in a child’s handwriting but has Mikelle’s name spelled wrong. The bill was reported to police March 14 in Neenah, Wisconsin. 

“A man came to the front lobby and dropped it off,” Neenah Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson told ABC News. “He found it in a collection of money for Girl Scout Cookies.”

Neenah Police Investigator Adam Streubel told The Arizona Republic he was doubtful much could be done with the message to solve the Arizona case.

“There’s no way to trace (the bill),” said Streubel, who suspects the message could be a joke.

“There was a little spring of hope for a second, and then reality set in,” Streubel said. “There is nothing you can do with it, which is rather frustrating.”

One of Mikelle’s younger sisters, Kimber Biggs, is also doubtful.

“The fact that her name was spelled wrong was, you know, is kind of discredited,” Biggs told The Arizona Republic Tuesday. I don’t think that would be something she’d do.”

Biggs said she found out about the bill when a photo of it surfaced on a Facebook page she runs called Justice for Mikelle Biggs.

“I was looking at the bill, trying to look at the handwriting and see if it could mean something and I got sick about it," Biggs said. “‘Is this a hoax?’ ‘Did someone play a cruel joke?’ and that made me upset or 'Is it real?' and even the thought of that upsets me if it’s real."

Mesa, Arizona, police Detective Steve Berry told KPHO that his department plans to look into the note, even though changes of finding DNA or fingerprints are low.

“Anytime we get new information that may resolve this case and give closure to the family and community we make every effort to validate or invalidate the lead,” Berry said. “If there’s any information that can be garnered from that, we would certainly find that.”

Amazon looking to buy abandoned Toys R Us storefronts

Amazon is looking to buy abandoned Toys R Us storefronts once the company shuts them down for good.

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The online retail giant is looking at the possibility of acquiring some Toys R Us locations as it expands its brick-and-mortar footprint across the country, Bloomberg reported. The stores could be used to showcase its Echo devices.

Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy last week. At the beginning of 2018, the chain had more than 800 stores before announcing in January that it would shutter 180 stores.

“Today marks the dawn of a new era at Toys R Us where we expect that the financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way,” said Dave Brandon, chairman and chief executive officer.

The possible interest comes as Amazon enters the brick-and-mortar game. The company purchased Whole Foods last year and is also opening bookstores. Its cashless convenience stores, Amazon Go, are also reportedly expanding in states across the U.S. in coming years.

So, how does Amazon Go work? Consumers use the Amazon Go app to enter the store, take the products they want and walk out. No checkout. No lines.

The store’s technology uses computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning to automatically detect when products are taken or returned to the shelves and keep track of them in a virtual cart. Customers grab their items and go, and then their Amazon account is charged with the bill. The store will offer ready-to-go meals, grocery essentials and even locally made food.

Man walked past mother as she died on floor, police say

A North Carolina man has been arrested after police said he walked past his mother as she laid on the floor dying. 

Eric Paul Brunner was charged with second-degree murder and abuse of an elder with serious injury, WRAL reported.

Police said that Brunner’s 74-year-old mother, Cynthia Braverman Brunner, fell down the steps at least a day before he called 911. 

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Paramedics found the woman dead at the bottom of a staircase, lying in vomit and naked from the waist down, WRAL reported.

Brunner told police that she had fallen at least a day before the Feb. 19 emergency call and that he didn’t try to help her.

He was his mother’s caretaker, Raleigh’s News and Observer reported.

“Based on his statements that she was moving or ‘squirming,’ it is believed that she was alive for some time after falling,” police said in the search warrant application, WRAL reported. “Mr. Brunner admitted to investigators that his mother was alive and made attempts to communicate with him for some time after falling, however, he willfully failed to assist her. He further admitted that he knew his inaction would likely lead to her death and that he wanted her to die.”

Brunner told police that he thought that after she died, he’d be able to access $30,000 in her bank accounts, WRAL reported

The News and Observer reported, however, that Brunner already had control of at least part of her money and handled her finances. 

California teacher fired after saying military members are ‘lowest of our low’

A California history teacher who was seen on video making disparaging remarks about members of the military has been fired.

The Los Angles Times reported that the El Rancho Unified School District unanimously voted on Tuesday to remove Gregory Salcido from his post at El Rancho High School  in Pico Rivera, California.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported that, pending any appeals, Salcido will stay on unpaid leave.

In January, Salcido was investigated by the board after video was released of him telling a class of students that people in the military are “not intellectual people” and “the freaking lowest of our low.” The video, in which Salcido appeared to be reacting to a student wearing a Marines shirt, surfaced on Jan. 26.

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“We’ve got a bunch of dumb (expletive) over there,” Salcido says in the video. “Think about the people who you know who are over there – your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever – they’re dumb (expletive). They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they're not intellectual people; they’re the freaking lowest of our low.”

The history teacher also appeared to make insensitive remarks about people in Asia.

“We couldn’t beat the Vietnamese – they’re a bunch of people this freaking big throwing rice at us.”

KCBS reported that Salcido defended his comments at a Feb. 13 city council meeting.

“My goal, as it relates to my students, related to the military, is to get them to do everything to get to college,” Salcido said. “It’s not just the military, I don’t want them working at a fast food restaurant either. And any comment related to, is out of context. I’m talking about their academic standing. I don’t think it’s at all a revelation to anybody that those who aren’t stellar students usually find the military a better option.”

The video prompted White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, to say, “I think the guy ought to go to hell.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Salcido, 49, was with his wife visiting family in New York and headed home “under the circumstances,” according to an email from Salcido.

“Because of the many vulgar and violent threats against my family, I do not have any comment on the situation at this time,” Salcido told the LA Times.

Salcido has 30 days to appeal the board’s decision.

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