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Jury awards boy $30 million in botched circumcision; award could increase

A jury in Clayton County, Georgia has awarded a boy $30 million for a botched circumcision, and the award could rise even higher as deliberations continue.

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The verdict came down in the first phase of deliberations Friday, and the jury is expected to deliberate over whether to grant punitive damages, according to state court officials.

The boy was 18-days-old in October 2013 when the flick of a knife at Riverdale’s Life Cycle Pediatrics severed part of his penis and set into motion a lifetime of issues. The plaintiff’s attorneys said the child, whose name is being withheld, will suffer mental anguish for years because of his deformity. There’s also physical pain from chronic scabbing.

It isn’t yet clear which of the plaintiffs will have to pay and how much. 

Defense attorney Terrell W. Benton, who represents the nurse midwife and doctor who’ve been found liable, had told the jury Thursday that $1 million should cover the boy’s medical expenses as well as the the costs of long-term therapy and suffering.

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But Neal Pope, representing the child’s mother, Stacie Willis, put a picture of Lebron James up on a projector screen, saying the basketball player made $99 million in three years, while pointing out that life expectancy estimates suggest the boy might live another 69 years.

“I think the case is a $100 million case,” Pope said.

Man suspected of threatening President Trump arrested after 3-month manhunt

A fugitive suspected of threatening President Trump has been arrested by police after a three-month manhunt.

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Shawn Christy, 26, was taken into custody Friday afternoon, the U.S. Marshals Service told WPXI.

The federal agency said Christy was arrested in Mifflin Township, near Columbus, by marshals and task force members from Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania warrants issued for Christy allege burglary, probation violation and failure to appear for an aggravated assault case.

In early June, Christy allegedly made threats against Trump, police and a district attorney on Facebook.

In the ensuing weeks and months, law enforcement officials said he led them on a chase through several states.

Authorities said Christy stole a truck Sunday from the area of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, and fled after abandoning it Sunday on Interstate 71 in the Mansfield area, about 65 miles north of Columbus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Man gets 160-year sentence for impregnating 10-year-old after repeated molestation

An Indiana man received a 160-year prison sentence after his conviction in August on 10 counts of child molestation that led to the pregnancy of a 10-year-old girl.

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At his trial last month, Georgia native Nicholas Deon Thrash, 34, was found guilty of repeatedly molesting the girl beginning when she was 8 when he lived with the child and her mother in Georgia, according to the Marion, Indiana-based Chronicle-Tribune.

Thrash and the girl’s mother fled Georgia for Indiana with the child after the girl reported the abuse when she was 9.

He was eventually arrested and prosecuted for the crime in Indiana.

At his sentencing Thursday, he repeatedly blamed the girl, calling the victim a liar.

The girl, now 12, was forced to give birth at 11 and forced to give the baby up for adoption, Deputy Grant County prosecutor Lisa Glancy told the Chronicle-Tribune.

"He showed no remorse," Glancy said. "Absolutely none."

The girl gave an impact statement during Thrash’s sentencing, saying that the crimes forced upon her caused her pain and have impacted her life in many ways, the newspaper reported.

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The girl’s mother is also facing charges in the case, including aiding in child molesting, neglect and assisting a criminal.

Girls arrested after stabbing school bus driver with steak knife

Two high school students in Atlanta were arrested this week over their alleged roles in the stabbing of a school bus driver, warrants and DeKalb County School District officials confirmed. 

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Keniya Lloyd and Donesia Glass, both of Decatur, “are not currently attending classes” after the Sept. 14 attack, DeKalb County schools spokesman Andre Riley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email. 

According to arrest warrants, Lloyd fought a school bus driver before stabbing her with a steak knife in the arm and hand. Glass’ only role in the assault was handing Lloyd back the knife after she threw it, records show.

The injured driver was seated behind the primary bus driver and served as a monitor at the time of the attack, Riley said. 

“The incident that involves students from McNair High School, as well as staff from our transportation department, is appalling on all accounts,” district officials said in a statement. “Under no circumstances is an assault on our staff or students acceptable.”

DeKalb schools officials have not said what led to the attack, but emphasized employees involved in the attack would be “investigated thoroughly.” 

The AJC has requested a copy of the incident report from the school district.

Glass and Lloyd both face charges of aggravated assault and carrying a weapon on school property. They are out of jail on bond. 

Nissan recalls more than 215,000 vehicles for fire risk

Nissan is recalling more than 215,000 vehicles because a faulty brake pump could cause a fire and is recommending owners park affected vehicles outside and away from other vehicles.

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On impacted vehicles, the Anti-Lock Brake actuator pump leaks fluid onto a circuit board. The indicator light on the instrument panel will remain on for 10 seconds after the engine is started.

The recall includes 2015-2017 Murano, 2016 and 2017 Maxima, 2017-2018 Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 models, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The company believes more than half of the vehicles have the problem, The Associated Press reported.

Dealers will inspect the vehicles starting Oct. 15 and replace the part, if necessary.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Uber driver charged with kidnapping after rider jumps from moving car, police say

A Florida Uber driver allegedly refused to let her fare out of the car Wednesday, forcing the female passenger to jump from the window of the moving vehicle, police said. 

Destiny Racquel Green, 30, is charged with kidnapping to commit or facilitate a felony and false imprisonment. Leon County Jail records showed Green remained in jail Friday afternoon. 

Tallahassee police officers were called early Wednesday morning to a Walgreens parking lot following a 911 call in which the victim -- who identified herself on social media as Brooke Adkins, 19, a college student from St. Petersburg -- could be heard screaming for help in the background, according to WTXL in Midway. When the officers arrived, they found Adkins with torn jeans, soaked through with blood, and scrapes on her hands. 

Adkins told officers she had been hanging out with friends at a Tallahassee club when she called for an Uber to take her home, the news station reported. She showed officers the app on her cellphone, which showed Green as the driver assigned to her. 

Police officials said that, on the way to Adkins’ home, Adkins asked Green to instead drop her off at The Edge, an apartment complex near Florida State University. Things started getting weird at that point, Adkins said in Twitter posts.

“I was already at my destination and she asked me if I could ride around more with her,” Adkins wrote. “I told her she could take me around the block but to keep the meter on (just in case), and after that she would not let me get out of the car.”

Adkins, who was seated in the back seat of the vehicle, wrote that the child lock was on the doors of Green’s car. 

As the two women drove around, Green was pulled over near Florida State University by a state trooper. WTXL reported that, during the stop, Green asked Adkins to put her hands on the center console and hold it down. 

Adkins found the request odd, but did as Green asked. 

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The Tampa Bay Times reported that Green told her passenger she was taking her to the hospital. Adkins told her she did not need to go to a hospital, but Green refused to stop.

“Adkins said she asked Green to let her out of the vehicle at almost every stoplight, and Green continuously said ‘no’ and nothing else,” police officials said, according to the Times

Adkins called 911.

About 25 minutes after Green passed Adkins’ drop-off spot, Adkins made her move. She rolled down the window, holding the button down so Green couldn’t roll it back up, and jumped, police said

Investigators caught up with Green at her home later that day, WTXL reported. Before they could say anything, Green told them she’d quit working for Uber because of “the girl” to whom she had given a ride, the news station said. 

Green said Adkins had wanted to go to the hospital, but did not say why, police said. She told them Adkins jumped from the car on the way to Capital Regional Medical Center, WTXL reported.

Investigators wrote in police reports that Green made several comments that were non sequiturs and seemed paranoid during questioning, the news station said

An Uber spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that what Adkins reported to police is “troubling.”

“We have removed the driver from the app and stand ready to support the police investigation,” the spokesperson said

Adkins took to social media Wednesday to warn other young women of the dangers surrounding them. The initial tweet, which included photos of her torn jeans and battered legs, has since been retweeted more than 91,000 times. 

“Tonight, I realized that being kidnapped from an Uber driver is 100 (percent) real,” Adkins wrote. “I’m so thankful that I got out OK, but jumping out a moving car window and running for help has to be the scariest thing I’ve ever gone thru (sic).”

She wrote that she wanted girls to be aware and to always remain safe. 

“Kidnapping has been happening more recently than ever and I want to raise awareness that everyone just needs to be safe and aware of your surroundings, and also who you are with,” Adkins wrote

US Alzheimer’s, dementia burden to double by 2060, CDC warns

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday revealed that the country’s burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will double by the year 2060.

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In 2014, 5 million Americans — or 1.6 percent of the population — felt the burden of the diseases. The figure is expected to grow to 13.9 million, equating to nearly 3.3 percent of the projected population in 2060.

The estimates are part of the agency’s recent study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. Researchers examined data from the U.S. Census and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the projections.

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Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, the death rate from the disease has risen by 55 percent in recent decades, according to the CDC. And in Georgia, the number of deaths from Alzheimer's has increased by 201 percent since 2000, according to Georgia Health News.

The CDC’s recent research, the first to factor in race and ethnicity in its forecast, suggests Hispanic Americans will face the largest projected increase, largely due to population growth.

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Non-Hispanic whites are still expected to have the largest total number of Alzheimer’s cases.

“This study shows that as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will rise, especially among minority populations,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said in the news release. “Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future.”

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Other key Alzheimer’s- and dementia-related projections for 2060, according to the CDC:
  • Hispanic Americans will face the largest projected increase (3.2 million).
  • About 2.2 million African Americans are estimated to live with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Prevalence among African Americans age 65 and older: 13.8 percent
  • Prevalence among Hispanic Americans age 65 and older: 12.2 percent 
  • Prevalence among non-Hispanic whites age 65 and older: 10.3 percent 
  • Prevalence among American Indian and Alaska natives age 65 and older: 9.1 percent
  • Prevalence among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders age 65 and older: 8.4 percent
Why will there be such a significant increase?

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According to the CDC, “the increases are a result of fewer people dying from other chronic diseases and surviving into older adulthood when the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias increases.” The population of the United States is also projected to grow by about 100 million by 2060.

5 people, including 3 infants, stabbed at unlicensed New York City daycare

Five people, including three infants between the ages of 3 days and 1 month, were in critical condition Friday after they were stabbed at an unlicensed daycare center in New York City, according to police and reports.

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Authorities said a 52-year-old woman, identified as a suspect in the case, was found at the scene with a self-inflicted slash to her wrist. Police were called to the daycare center in Queens around 3:40 a.m., WPIX reported. 

Update 3:55 p.m. EDT Sept. 21: The person suspected in Friday’s early morning stabbing at a New York City daycare was identified as an employee of the facility, The New York Times reported. Her name has not been released.

Monica Mahaffey, a spokeswoman for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, told the Times that the facility where the stabbing occurred was not a state regulated child care program. Such programs are barred from caring for infants under the age of six weeks without additional requirements, according to the newspaper.

WABC named the center as Mei Xin Care Incorporated.

Neighbors told the Times that they often saw pregnant Chinese women at the facility, prompting suspicions that the center “was also operating as a birthing hotel for Chinese visitors who want to secure American citizenship for their children.”

The newspaper noted that some officials suggested the center might actually be frequented by Chinese women who lacked strong family support in the U.S.

Update 10:35 a.m. EDT Sept. 21: Police said the five people injured early Friday included two adults, a man and a woman, and three infants between the ages of 3 days and 1 month.

NYPD Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes said the victims suffered stab wounds. The injured woman was found with multiple wounds to her torso while the man had a stab wound on his leg, she said.

Police did not release the name of the woman suspected of carrying out the attack, who was identified only as a 52-year-old woman.

Holmes said the victims were in critical but stable condition after the incident. 

Original report: A 52-year-old woman with apparent self-inflicted knife wounds was taken into custody, WPIX reported.

The ages of the infants, two girls and a boy, were unknown, WNBC reported, but one girl was in serious condition, police said. Two other people, a man and a woman, also were stabbed. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, the television station reported.

The injured man was stabbed in the leg and is the father to one of the children at the daycare center, although police did not say if his child was one of those stabbed, WNBC reported. The woman injured was a daycare worker, police said.

Gym teacher caught on video assaulting 7-year-old student

A teacher at an elementary school in Xenia, Ohio, lost his teaching license permanently after he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a 7-year-old student.

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The incident happened at Tecumseh Elementary School in April of 2017. It was caught on camera and occurred with children close by. The video shows the child was seated on steps behind the gym teacher, Eric Salter, who was supervising the class. The boy appears to kick Salter, who responds by grabbing the child, shaking him and tossing him to the floor.

This story is part of an investigation by the Dayton Daily News.

A statement from school principal Cathryn Petticrew — obtained from Salter’s personnel file — says Salter initially reported the incident the same day, saying a student kicked him and would be referred to the principal’s office. The next day, the principal hadn’t received the referral but got a call from a parent saying his child saw the teacher throw another first-grader to the ground.

After reviewing the video, Petticrew notified parents and called the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Salter was immediately suspended.

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Salter wrote a statement saying when the child kicked him, “I reached around, grabbed him by his shirt and told him that he should not have kicked an adult (teacher). He leaned back away from me. I released him and he laid on the floor until his teacher came to pick up the class.”

The child’s parents reported that the boy had a large hand print on his chest area.

The incident was reported to the Ohio Department of Education Office of Professional Conduct on April 19, 2017.

Salter wrote a letter of resignation on July 4, 2017, effective in August of that year.

“I sincerely appreciate the opportunities and support provided to me during my 31 years teaching elementary level students, and I am pleased with the positive impact and contributions that I have given to assist students’ learning and development,” he wrote.

Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller in October denied felony charges, writing that though the child did have bruises as a result of being grabbed and pushed to the floor, the injury suffered didn’t rise to the level of felony assault.

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Salter was charged with misdemeanor assault in November 2017, and he surrendered his teaching license that same month. He pleaded guilty to the criminal charge and was sentenced in January to 60 days in jail. The Ohio Board of Education also permanently revoked Salter’s license in January, after he declined to participate in the state’s investigation.

Salter did not return calls seeking comment.

Read more here.

Google employee uses high heels, paraglider, unicycle to encourage commuting outside of cars

A Kirkland, Washington, man is challenging all of us to think about how we get from point A to point B, and he's turning a lot of heads in the process. Bruce Dawson is using a different way to get to the Kirkland Google campus each day in September. So far, he’s flown in a powered paraglider, ridden a mountain unicycle and on Friday, he walked one and a quarter miles in high heels.

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“It's for fun and there's a purpose,” Dawson said Friday before he slipped on the high heels. “Today is different. This was my wife's suggestion.”

Dawson did his first commute challenge last April, and this month, he’s using all new methods to get to work. The only time he used a car was when a friend drove him and another Google employee to work in a 1939 Roadster. 

“I think we tend to default using a car for everything, and cars are convenient,” he said. “I totally understand that, and I do drive when I need to. But I think we have so much of that default assumption that we should be always taking the car.”

He’s chronicled each day of the commute challenge on video, and you can find it on his YouTube channel. He’s using #CommuteChallenge on social media.

Dawson is trying to line up a horse for one day next week and is also getting an assist from a friend with disabilities.

“See what it's like to get around in a wheelchair with a friend of mine who's in a chair,” Dawson said. “We're going to commute to work together in wheelchairs.”

His final commute outside of a car will be something practical most people can do; riding his bike. As he arrived on the Google campus on Friday morning, he was more than happy to take off the high heels.

“A few blisters, a good workout,” Dawson said. “But I'm very glad to be at work now.”

Daughter accidentally donates family heirloom to Goodwill

In the days after her mother’s death, Tammie Figlinski came across it: A ring her mother wore daily. It might look like costume jewelry, but to Figlinski, it was priceless.

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"It's so sentimental,” Figlinski told WTMJ. “It was passed down from my grandma to my mom. My mom wore this all the time. It's the only ring we remember her wearing.”

So Figlinski was crestfallen when she realized it was missing after she packed boxes of her mother’s items to donate to Goodwill. She believes the ring fell off of her hand and into one of the boxes.

Figlinski believes it could be at a Goodwill location in the southeast Wisconsin area or Chicago. 

"That's why I was like I need help," Figlinski told WTMJ. "I've been praying every day. I hope this gives me a good ending to this story."

Here’s what happened when scientists gave octopuses ecstasy

The drug ecstasy, also known as MDMA or molly, can make humans feel empathetic and loving, but what happens when an octopus ingests the drug? 

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Researchers at John Hopkins University wanted to know and recently conducted a study, published in the Current Biology journal, to find out. They wanted to explore the link between the social behaviors of the sea creature and people.

They specifically examined the octopuses’ genes and found that animals and humans have almost identical genomic codes, particularly for the protein that transports serotonin, which regulates moods and social behaviors. Ecstasy generally travels directly to the serotonin to release more of it in the brain. 

To test the effects of molly on the octopuses, the scientists put the hand-sized creatures in a beaker filled with seawater and MDMA, which was absorbed through their gills. 

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While octopuses normally avoid each other, they were more social while on the drug. In fact, “they tended to hug the cage and put their mouth parts on the cage,” lead author Gül Dölen said in a statement. “This is very similar to how humans react to MDMA; they touch each other frequently.”

They noted that octopuses are separated from humans by more than 500 million years of evolution and have brains that are more similar to those of snails. However, with MDMA, they were able to exhibit some of the same actions of people. 

The team also explained that the brain circuits that guide social behaviors in octopuses may be suppressed by natural or other circumstances.

“Octopuses will suspend their antisocial behavior for mating, for example. Then, when they are done mating, they go into aggressive, asocial mode,” Dölen said.

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The analysts now hope to replicate their results in order to use the animals for brain research

#WhyIDidntReport: Survivors of sexual assault want you to know why they never went to police

President Donald Trump’s recent criticism of Christine Blasey Ford’s failure to report an alleged 1980s sexual assault against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has inspired a powerful social campaign from survivors of assault.

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The #WhyIDidntReport hashtag sprung up in response to the president’s questioning Ford’s failure to report the incident decades earlier.

“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

“The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW,” he added. “Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?”

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April White, the activist behind #OscarsSoWhite, helped advance the hashtag on Twitter, but “this isn’t about me,” she said in response to a tweet from the Hollywood Reporter. “Focus on the survivors, not the platform that amplified their stories.”

>> Related: Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford wants FBI investigation before testifying in Senate

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, for every 1,000 rapes reported, just six perpetrators are incarcerated. As a result, many survivors of sexual assault don’t believe their accusations will be taken seriously — or believed at all. 

Here’s why many survivors said they didn’t report their assaults:

Others shared why even reporting their assaults failed them.

Security camera catches repairman sniffing, stealing child’s underwear

A California man is warning other parents after the security camera in his young daughters’ bedroom caught a repairman rifling through the children’s clothes hamper, sniffing what appeared to be a pair of underwear and stashing another pair in his pocket. 

Jason Cooper told ABC7 in Los Angeles that his family had recently moved into a new home in the Playa Vista neighborhood when a repairman was contracted by the moving company to fix scratches and dings in the floor caused by the movers. 

The trouble came when the man was working in Cooper’s children’s bedroom, where a Nest home security camera perched on his daughter’s crib was rolling.

“I saw him put his hands in their hamper, pick up some of their clothes and, at one point, I saw him on the video putting something in his pocket,” Cooper told the news station. “It looked like it was my daughter’s underwear.”

The video, which Cooper shared with multiple news outlets, shows the man moving back and forth from the area of floor he was working on to the hamper. At one point, he turns his back to the camera -- with a pair of underwear up to his face. 

“You see him turn back around (and) put the underwear in the hamper, and before he does that, you see what looks like he is taking one last big breath in,” Cooper told ABC7.

“I would have never imagined that somebody would do this,” he told KTLA.  

Cooper, who reported the incident to the moving company and filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department, said one of the most disturbing aspects of the situation is that he was home, just feet away in the next room, when the incident took place. 

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KTLA reported that Cooper also called the repairman directly and told him what he had recorded. The man gasped when he learned of the video, Cooper said. 

He seemed ready to apologize, but Cooper told him he wanted to hear nothing the man had to say.

“This gentleman violated a 5-year-old and 3-year-old’s privacy, my family’s privacy,” Cooper said. “Obviously, my wife and I are really distraught over this and we want other people to know.”

ABC7 reported that it is unclear if the man committed a crime, other than the theft of the underwear. 

“From now (on) I can tell you that my wife and I will never let anybody else in this house without us standing by their side until they leave,” Cooper told the news station

Rod Rosenstein proposed invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, reports say

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year discussed removing President Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment and proposed secretly taping him, according to reports Friday from The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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In a statement, Rosenstein said that the Times report was “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” The Post report was published after the statement was released.

>> What is the 25th Amendment and how does it work?

According to the Times, Rosenstein talked to Justice Department and FBI officials about secretly recording Trump and recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office shortly after the May 2017 firing of then-FBI director James Comey.

In the aftermath of Comey’s firing, Rosenstein became frustrated by Trump’s use of a memo he wrote in justifying Comey’s dismissal, according to The Times. The three-page memo was critical of Comey’s handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office.

“Rosenstein began telling associates that he would ultimately be ‘vindicated’ for his role in the matter” shortly after the FBI director’s dismissal, The Times reported.

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Rosenstein told then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe that he thought he might be able to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to invoke the 25th Amendment, the Times reported. It was not clear how far he pursued the idea.

A spokesperson for the Justice Department provided a statement to The Times from a person who said he or she was present when Rosenstein talked about wearing a wire.

“The person, who would not be named, acknowledge the remark but said Mr. Rosenstein made it sarcastically,” The Times reported.

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Rosenstein said Friday that the sources that spoke with the Times were “obviously biased against the Department and are advancing their own personal agenda.”

“Let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealing with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment,” he said.

Several unidentified sources confirmed the incidents to the newspaper, saying they had either been briefed about the conversations in person or through memos written by McCabe. The Post also cited McCabe memos that detailed conversations with Rosenstein.

In a statement released Friday, an attorney for McCabe said he drafted memos after having “significant discussions” with high-level officials “so he could have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions.”

“When he was interviewed by the Special Counsel more than a year ago, he gave all of his memos – classified and unclassified – to the Special Counsel’s office,” the statement said. “A set of those memos remained at the FBI at the time of his departure in late January 2018. He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos.”

Rosenstein is the top Justice Department official overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to Trump and Trump campaign officials.

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Rosenstein took charge of the investigation in March 2017 after Sessions recused himself under pressure over his own contacts with Russian officials.

Civil War cannonballs found in front yard of home near University of Memphis

A Memphis homeowner found peculiar items in their front yard Thursday. They turned out to be antiques -- believed to be from the Civil War. 

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Memphis police said the homeowner found what ended up being identified as Civil War cannonballs in the front yard of the home.

The home is down the street from the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, where the University of Memphis Tigers football team plays. Memphis will host South Alabama Saturday night. 

The bomb squad performed an X-ray of the cannonballs and found that they “were not an explosive threat.”

It is still unclear how or why the cannonballs ended up there. 

At least 5 dogs killed in massive kennel fire at dachshund rescue 

A massive fire that destroyed a dog kennel and left several animals dead in York County is under investigation.

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The fire happened late Thursday night at Chapman's Dachshund Rescue and has left the future of the shelter in jeopardy.

Employees said they worked hard to rescue as many dogs as possible until firefighters got the flames under control.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials said the wood structure went up in flames very quickly.

Channel 9 has learned that five dogs did not survive, and eight more are missing. Some of the animals that were rescued have gone to local hospitals for treatment. It has not been determined where the animals will go from there.

The family that runs the rescue has been receiving a lot of support from the community, and Eyewitness News reporter Ken Lemon saw people coming up to the gate to drop off food for the animals.

Lemon spoke with volunteers, including a woman who said she was completely heartbroken.

“This is difficult to accept because this has kind of been a home away from home,” she said.

To help the rescue, click here.

Hiring: Company seeks taste-testers, pays up to $1,000/day for eating pizza

Enjoy what you do and you never have to work a day in your life.

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For pizza aficionados, portable pizza oven company Ooni is hiring 10 brand ambassadors to eat pizza and get paid between $300 and $1,000 a day, CNBC reported

The pay is based on experience and how much time spent each day working. Ooni is looking to fill product testing and recipe development roles for its pizza ovens, which are designed to be used outdoors and can cook a pie in 60 seconds. 

“A passionate home cook who hasn't worked professionally and who understands how to make and stretch their own dough (could earn $300 a day)," Darina Garland, company co-founder, told CNBC.

To make more cheese?

“Someone who's great at making pizza as well as filming their own high quality content, or someone who's great at making pizza and has worked at cooking demonstrations for large crowds, would command a higher rate," Garland told CNBC.

Aberdeen shooting: Female gunman kills 3, injures 3 in ‘chaotic’ scene at Rite Aid center 

A shooter killed three people Thursday and injured three others before turning the gun on herself at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

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Authorities have identified the shooter as Snochia Moseley, a 26-year-old woman who started working at the center as a temporary employee two weeks before Thursday’s attack.

Update 11:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 21: Deputies identified the three people slain Thursday as Sunday Aguda, a 45-year-old man from Baltimore County; Brindra Giri, a 41-year-old woman from Baltimore County; and Hayleen Reyes, a 41-year-old woman from Baltimore City.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said Moseley pulled a hooded shirt over her head just after 9 a.m. before she shot Aguda outside of the Rite Aid distribution center. She continued firing shots, which did not hit anyone, and then re-entered the distribution center, where she shot and killed Giri and Reyes.

Deputies also identified the victims injured in Thursday’s shooting.

Gahler said an Aberdeen police officer pulled Moseley from the distribution center after finding her injured on the floor Thursday morning. The officer did not know at the time that Moseley allegedly carried out the attack.

Witnesses told deputies that Gahler shot herself twice after shooting at her co-workers. She died of her injuries later Thursday.

Update 11:35 a.m. EDT Sept. 21: The woman accused of opening fire on her co-workers at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen was diagnosed with having a mental illness in 2016, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said Friday at a news conference. 

Still, Gahler said that Snochia Moseley, a 26-year-old woman who had started work as a temporary employee at the center two weeks before the shooting, was able to legally buy the 9mm Glock 17 she used in Thursday’s attack.

Under Maryland law, people can be barred from purchasing handguns if they’re diagnosed with a mental illness and if they’ve shown a propensity for violence. Authorities said the second part of that criteria had not been met by the time Moseley bought the gun in March.

Authorities did not specify what mental illness Moseley was diagnosed with, though Gahler said investigators found evidence of the diagnosis during a search of her home.

Update 10:55 a.m. EDT Sept. 21: Authorities are expected to provide an update on the investigation into Thursday’s shooting at a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.

Update 9:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Witnesses at the scene of the shooting Thursday at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, described a chaotic scene that unfolded after a “town hall meeting” at the facility.

A woman, identified as Snochia Moseley, was reportedly seen arguing with another employee near a time clock at the center before opening fire, according to Krystal Watson, whose husband works in the building, CBS News reported.

"And she went off," Watson told CBS.

"She didn't have a particular target. She was just shooting," she said.

Another witness said the gunman was “shooting like crazy.”

"Everyone was screaming, running this way and that. I didn't know which way to run," employee Walter Zambrano, 64, told CBS.

Another employee with a gunshot wound to the leg made it to a nearby business and told Mike Carre, an employee at a furniture logistics operation, that the shooter "just came in in a bad mood this morning. He said she's usually nice. But today, I guess it wasn't her day. She just came in to pick a fight with someone," Carre said when describing the conversation to CBS.

"She pulled out a gun and she just started shooting at her co-workers,” Carre said.

The Harford County Sheriff Sheriff’s Department said another briefing on the shooting is planned for 11 a.m. Friday morning.

Update 4:53 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: The gunman in the shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland has been identified as Snochia Moseley, 26, from Baltimore County, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

Update 3:25 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: The shooter has been identified as a 26-year-old temporary employee. Gahler declined to release her name Thursday, although he said Thursday wasn’t her first day at the job.

“(She was) a temporary employee working her normal work day, who reported for her normal work day today,” he said.

Investigators believe she opened fire around 9 a.m. at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen. Gahler said the shooting appeared to have started outside the facility. It continued indoors, he said.

Deputies said the suspect shot seven people, including herself. Two people died at the scene while a third died at a hospital. Three other people were getting treatment for their injuries, which did not appear to be life-threatening, Gahler said.

Authorities found the suspected shooter on the floor of the Rite Aid distribution center Thursday. She had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head, Gahler said.

“She was in critical condition from the outset,” he said.

She used a 9mm Glock handgun that had been registered in her name during Thursday’s attack, according to deputies.

“We do not at this time have a motive for this senseless crime,” Gahler said.

Update 3:05 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: In a statement released to WMAR-TV, Pete Strella, manager of communications for Rite Aid, said the company’s distribution center in Aberdeen will remain closed for an unspecified amount of time in the wake of Thursday’s shooting.

Update 2:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Dr. Ray Fang, the trauma medical director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, said that two of the four people who were taken to the hospital after Thursday morning’s shooting were in stable condition. The other two were “very seriously injured,” Fang said.

“All four of them came to our trauma center with gunshot wounds,” he said at a news conference Thursday. “Two are stable and doing well and two were very seriously injured and we’re still awaiting confirmation that all their families are aware of their presence here and their injuries.”

He said some injuries were “significant,” and that he believed each patient suffered a gunshot wound to his or her upper body.

Sheriff’s deputies are expected to provide an update on the investigation at a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m.

Update 2:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: An unidentified source told CNN that Thursday’s shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen was the work of a disgruntled employee.

According to CNN, the woman shot herself in the head in an apparent suicide attempt. When she was unsuccessful, she shot her self again, the news network reported.

Deputies did not immediately confirm the report.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news conference Thursday that the suspected shooter was hospitalized in critical condition after the incident. He did not elaborate on her injuries, although he said none of the officers responding to the incident fired any shots.

The shooting marked the third reported workplace shooting in two days, a situation that former U.S. Rep Gabby Giffords said “should spark outrage in every American.” Giffords was shot in the head in 2011 in an attempted assassination. 

“No matter where you work, learn, play or live -- you have a right to feel safe, and I’m horrified that that’s no longer the reality in America,” she said. “If gun violence feels like it’s become an everyday occurrence, that’s because it is.”

She urged lawmakers and voters to address the shootings with stronger gun laws.

Update 2:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Deputies are expected to provide additional information about Thursday’s shooting at a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m.

Update 1:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Dr. Ray Fang, the trauma medical director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, said the hospital was treating four people who suffered gunshot wounds in Thursday’s incident.

“We are waiting for confirmation that their families have been notified that they are here and have been notified of their condition before we can give you any specifics about their conditions,” Fang said at a brief news conference Thursday.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler confirmed earlier Thursday that multiple people were killed and several others wounded in the shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen. He did not specify the number of people killed or elaborate on injuries, however, an unidentified law enforcement official earlier told the AP three people were killed in the incident.

Gahler said the shooter, who has not been identified, was also hospitalized in critical condition after the attack. It was not clear how she was injured or the extent of her wounds. Gahler said none of the officers who responded to Thursday’s incident fired shots.

Authorities continue to investigate.

Update 12:50 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Sheriff’s deputies continued working Thursday afternoon to clear the Rite Aid distribution center where a deadly shooting claimed at least three lives.

Update 12:15 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler confirmed that multiple people were killed and several others wounded Thursday in a shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen.

Gahler declined to provide additional details. An unidentified law enforcement official earlier told the AP three people were killed in the incident.

The suspected shooter in the case, who has not been identified, was hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting. It was not clear how the suspect was injured. Gahler said no officers fired shots while responding to the incident.

Authorities responded just after 9 a.m. after they received a report of multiple people shot at the center.

Gahler said investigators believe the suspect used a single handgun in Thursday’s attack. No other suspects are believed to be involved in the incident.

“We are so preliminary into this investigation,” Gahler said. “Keep the victims of today’s tragic events in your thoughts and prayers.”

Update 12 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Authorities told NBC News that the person who opened fire Thursday at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen is a woman.

It was not immediately clear how she was connected to the distribution center.

Unidentified officials told WBAL that the suspect was taken to a hospital. It was not clear what injuries she was being treated for.

Authorities are expected to provide additional details at a press conference later Thursday.

Update 11:45 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: A spokeswoman for Rite Aid told CNN that she understands that the distribution center where several people were shot Thursday morning has been secured.

Susan Henderson said about 1,000 people work at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen.

“The distribution center is where products are received and processed for delivery," she told CNN. "This is part of a large facility that is a distribution center. The shooting happened adjacent to the primary building."

Update 11:35 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: An unidentified law enforcement official told the AP three people were killed in Thursday morning’s shooting.

The official was not authorized to discuss details of the case and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity.

Update 11:15 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: Officials with Harford County Fire and EMS said Thursday’s shooting happened at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen.

“The scene is still fluid,” officials said in an update issued around 11:10 a.m.

Authorities are expected to provide additional details at a news conference scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

Update 11:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that multiple people were killed in Thursday’s shooting.

Original report: “The situation is still fluid,” deputies said Thursday morning. People were asked to avoid the area.

Officials with the FBI’s Baltimore office also responded to the shooting.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan described the shooting as “horrific” in a statement Thursday.

“Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders,” Hogan said. “The State stands ready to offer any support.”

Check back for updates to this developing story.

Pet store puppies linked to bacterial outbreak in 18 states, CDC says

Cuddly pet store puppies have made hundreds of people sick, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

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In its Friday Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Atlanta-based CDC reported that puppies with Campylobacter jejuni -- a bacteria that causes about 1.3 million diarrheal illnesses in the United States annually -- are to blame for at least 118 people in 18 states falling ill over the past two years.

The CDC linked the outbreak to puppies from six pet store companies, mainly in Ohio and Florida. The report doesn’t name the companies.

Pet store employees at the stores may have been overtreating the animals with antibiotics, according to the report. More than half of the 142 puppies investigated had been given antibiotics to prevent infections, but not to really treat a condition. Some puppies also received broad-spectrum antibiotics, which can kill both good and bad bacteria. This allows bacterial strains like Campylobacter jejuni to take over.

There have been at least four cases in Georgia, including a Gwinnett teen who was hospitalized earlier this year.

Katie Singleton, who worked at the Mall of Georgia Petland store, was hospitalized for several days.

"Essentially, it felt like you were dying," she told Channel 2 Action News consumer investigator Jim Strickland.

Most of the illnesses have been reported in Florida and Ohio. Twenty-nine of the 118 people affected worked in pet stores.

Although the CDC has concluded its investigation, it reports the risk of illness continues because the “prolonged nature of the outbreak and the potential for puppy commingling indicates a potential for continued transmission of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter industrywide, including at breeders, distributors, transporters, and stores, and ultimately in customers’ homes.”

Although most people who are otherwise healthy will recover within a week, infants, people over 65 and those with a weakened immune system could face complications.

About 1 in every 1,000 reported Campylobacter illnesses leads to Guillain-Barré syndrome. GBS can lead to muscle weakness and sometimes temporary paralysis. Nearly 40 percent of GBS cases in the United States may be triggered by Campylobacter infection, according to the CDC.

Symptoms of Campylobacter infection are diarrhea (often bloody), fever and abdominal cramps. The diarrhea might be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. These symptoms usually start two to five days after exposure and last about a week.

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