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Rihanna turns down Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick 

Pop star Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick and his protest over police brutality, according to news reports.

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US Weekly, citing an unnamed source, said the NFL and CBS really wanted the “Work” singer to perform at the high-profile event in 2019 in Atlanta, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy and the NFL’s position on it.

Kapernick, 30, who once admitted to having a crush on Rihanna, 30, according to US, drew national attention, and anger, when he refused to stand for the national anthem early in the 2016 season. Instead, he took a knee to potest police brutality. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was released by the 49ers after the 2016 season and hasn’t played since.

He filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners last year, accusing them of conspiring to keep him from playing in the NFL.

>> Trending: Colin Kaepernick gives parolees a makeover with suit donation

Entertainment Tonight reported singing star Pink also turned down an invitation to sing at next year’s Super Bowl.

Adam Levine’s pop-rock band Maroon 5, however, was also invited to perform and it jumped at the chance.

Thursday's Scores

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Astronaut 28, Fort Pierce Westwood 12

Atlantic Community 38, Lake Worth 6

Boca Raton Community 41, John I. Leonard 0

Braddock 21, Miami Ferguson 16

Chaminade-Madonna College Prep 47, Doral Academy Charter 17

Choctawhatchee 28, Leon 20

Christopher Columbus Catholic 48, Miami Coral Park 0

Cypress Bay 20, Flanagan 0

Ed White 47, Englewood 6

Gainesville 70, Leesburg 6

McArthur 61, Cooper City 15

Miami Carol City 39, Miami Washington 17

Miami Norland 27, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 6

North Miami 49, Hialeah Gardens 16

Plantation 40, Coral Glades 2

Ribault 40, Stanton College Prep 8

Sandalwood 42, Wolfson 8

Santa Fe 20, Baldwin 17, OT

Santaluces 42, Spanish River 0

South Miami 28, Reagan/Doral 21

Southwest Miami 35, Coral Reef Senior 0

Suncoast 44, Village Academy 7

Taravella 31, Douglas 20

Wellington 24, Palm Beach Gardens 13

Western 37, South Plantation 20

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Some high school football scores provided by Scorestream.com, https://scorestream.com/

South Carolina's Graham to campaign for GOP in 12 states

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Sen. Lindsey Graham is hitting the campaign trail to stump for Republicans in U.S. House and Senate races across the country as the party tries to maintain control of both chambers.

The Republican National Committee tells The Associated Press the South Carolina Republican is traveling to 12 states over 12 days to campaign for Republican candidates.

RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says President Donald Trump has enlisted his ally Graham in trying to marshal the party's energy following contested hearings over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Graham gave an impassioned defense of Kavanaugh during Senate Judiciary committee hearings last month. The RNC says he will make stops in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Graham next faces voters for re-election in 2020.

Downtown Orlando club accused of serving alcohol to 2 minors before fatal wrong-way crash

Two families have sued a downtown Orlando bar, claiming negligence and wrongful death after the club was accused of serving liquor to a 19-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man who caused a fatal crash on Interstate 4.

The families allege that George Stephan and Gretchen Roberts got drunk at Ono Nightclub in April before driving to Seminole County, where they drove in the wrong direction on Interstate 4 near the exits for Orange and West Seminole boulevards.

Investigators said the vehicle that the pair was traveling in collided head-on with a car being driven by Patrice Taylor. They said Stephan and Roberts died in the crash and Taylor was injured.

Read: Downtown Orlando venue undergoing $5M makeover

An autopsy revealed Stephan and Roberts, both underage, had blood alcohol levels almost twice the legal limit.

The lawsuit alleges that the nightclub is responsible for getting Stephan and Roberts drunk.

State regulators said they sent underage buyers to test the nightclub twice in the past two years, based on complaints about sales to minors, but the bar refused sale both times.

The Orlando Police Department said it conducts its own alcohol compliance assessments and that Ono Nightclub has had no violations on record this year.

The nightclub declined to comment.

Downtown Orlando club accused of serving alcohol to 2 minors before fatal wrong-way crash

Two families have sued a downtown Orlando bar, claiming negligence and wrongful death after the club was accused of serving liquor to a 19-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man who caused a fatal crash on Interstate 4.

The families allege that George Stephan and Gretchen Roberts got drunk at Ono Nightclub in April before driving to Seminole County, where they drove in the wrong direction on Interstate 4 near the exits for Orange and West Seminole boulevards.

Investigators said the vehicle that the pair was traveling in collided head-on with a car being driven by Patrice Taylor. They said Stephan and Roberts died in the crash and Taylor was injured.

Read: Downtown Orlando venue undergoing $5M makeover

An autopsy revealed Stephan and Roberts, both underage, had blood alcohol levels almost twice the legal limit.

The lawsuit alleges that the nightclub is responsible for getting Stephan and Roberts drunk.

State regulators said they sent underage buyers to test the nightclub twice in the past two years, based on complaints about sales to minors, but the bar refused sale both times.

The Orlando Police Department said it conducts its own alcohol compliance assessments and that Ono Nightclub has had no violations on record this year.

The nightclub declined to comment.

Students served kangaroo meat in chili at school without their knowledge

Students in Potter, Neb., were served kangaroo meat mixed with beef in chili at school last week without their knowledge, and the district superintendent is hopping mad about it, according to news reports.

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It happened at a junior and senior high school in the Potter-Dix public school district, News Channel Nebraska reported.

Head cafeteria cook Kevin Frei told Potter-Dix Schools Superintendent Mike Williams that he served the Roo meat “because of its nutritional value as a very lean meat,” according to the news station.

“If a family wants to eat exotic foods, they can do so on their own time – not at school,” Williams said in a statement.

“If we were to have food or ingredients that are out of the ordinary, they should be listed on the menu so that students and families are aware of what they would be being served,” he said. “We will no way be serving food of this nature again. Period.”

Williams apologized in the statement and said that school officials don’t believe kangaroo meat is “unhealthy or dangerous” -- otherwise the U.S. Department of Agriculture would not approve it for sale -- but he said Roo meat will not be part of the school district’s meal plan.

>> Trending: Watch: Vicious kangaroo attack injures girl, stuns family at Alabama park

Kangaroo meat is mostly produced in Australia from wild animals, which are killed as part of a wildlife population management program, according to the Australian government.

The Latest: Florida's death toll from Michael rises to 24

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Authorities in Florida say Hurricane Michael has killed at least 24 people, bringing the overall death toll to 34.

Florida Emergency Management Division spokesman Alberto Moscoso says the state toll stood at 24 on Thursday evening. A news release added three more deaths to Bay County, bringing the county's total to 15. It also reported one death each in Gulf and Calhoun counties, and two deaths in Jackson County.

Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155 mph (250 kph) winds on Oct. 10, retained hurricane-force winds as far inland as southern Georgia, and also affected the Carolinas and Virginia. Six deaths were reported in Virginia, mostly from flash flooding. North Carolina had three deaths, and Georgia had one.

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6:20 p.m.

The aftermath of Hurricane Michael is keeping courthouses closed in six Florida counties.

Florida's 14th Judicial Circuit announced Thursday that most of its courts will remain closed through at least part of next week. Re-opening will happen as each county is able.

Courts in Bay, Holmes and Jackson counties will be closed through next Friday.

Courts in Calhoun and Washington counties will be closed through Wednesday.

Gulf County courts will be closed the rest of this week but are expected to reopen Monday.

Some of the Clerk of Courts offices will be open in a limited capacity.

Michael slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155 mph (250 kph) winds on Oct. 10.

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11 a.m.

Authorities in Florida say Hurricane Michael has killed at least 20 people, bringing the overall death toll to 30.

Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155 mph (250 kph) winds on Oct. 10, retained hurricane-force winds as far inland as southern Georgia, and also affected the Carolinas and Virginia. Six deaths were reported in Virginia, mostly from flash flooding. North Carolina had three deaths, and Georgia had one.

Florida Emergency Management Division spokesman Alberto Moscoso says the state toll stood at 17 on Thursday morning. It included an additional death confirmed in Liberty County. Those numbers come from fatalities confirmed as storm-related by district medical examiners, and include 12 deaths from the hardest-hit Bay County.

Additionally, three more deaths have been confirmed as storm-related to bring Bay County's total to 15 deaths, according to Whit Majors, chief investigator for the district medical examiner's office.

Majors says those deaths were reported to state emergency management officials. It wasn't immediately clear why they were not yet added to the statewide tally.

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12:20 a.m.

Residents of Mexico Beach, Florida, have returned for the first time since Hurricane Michael tore apart their lives, but some found there is no home to come home to.

The powerful storm raked away many houses in this Florida Panhandle community of about 1,200 people that was near ground-zero of the powerful hurricane.

Residents, some in tears, returned home for the first time Wednesday, about a week after the major hurricane slammed ashore not far from their coastal community.

The storm killed at least 16 people in Florida and at least 10 others elsewhere in the South. And many homes in Mexico Beach were reduced to concrete slabs in the sand.

Action 9: Hurricane mortgage relief hurting many homeowners

Action 9 is working to expose hurricane relief that some local families now call a cruel trap forcing them out of their homes.

 

Lenders offered mortgage forbearance after Hurricane Irma so owners could skip payments to cover repairs.

           

But Action 9 consumer investigator Todd Ulrich reports the program's fine print left many owners facing foreclosure nightmares.

 

“ It put a gaping hole in my roof,” Tracy Crapps said.

 

Crapps, a disabled veteran, claims the mortgage forbearance program that helped cover hurricane repairs now threatens to kick him to the curb.

 

“I'm a veteran with a home just fighting to save mine, so I can stay in it and not be homeless,” Crapps said.

 

He said his lender approved missing three mortgage payments for hurricane recovery and the payments would be added to the end of his loan. But this summer, he received a new demand.

 

“ They want it now, all in one lump sum,” Crapps said.

 

He claims he can't afford to pay back $4,600 and now the lender has started foreclosure.

 

“ I think they're really trying to take my house,” Crapps said.

 

Action 9 first exposed the hurricane forbearance trap six months ago.

 

Consumers claimed lenders were changing the deal they had initially agreed upon. Lenders were demanding immediate, full repayment, or the consumers could face loan modifications at higher rates. And many of those consumers are now facing real foreclosure threats.

 

“ Stop sending me harassing letters that they're going to foreclose on my house,” said Ken Gibbs.

 

Gibbs, a high school teacher and single father, got the forbearance offer. But now, unless he pays back $4,000 all at once, he could lose his house.

 

“ This is not what you said,” Gibbs said when explaining what he was telling his lender on the phone.

 

Twenty local homeowners sent Action 9 similar complaints from 10 different lenders.  All of the homeowners feel betrayed by the federally backed hurricane assistance, which was made available in disaster areas.

       

“ It's not how the law was written,” said real estate attorney Karen Wonsetler. She said the program allowed lenders to demand full repayment within a year, but she said that's not how many lenders sold the deal. “The question is whether the lenders misled consumers to take advantage of it. Had they known the terms, they would never agree to it.”

 

“ I would have never put myself in this predicament if they were upfront from the get-go,” Gibbs said.

          

Consumers who felt burned by the program can send complaints to Florida's Department of Financial Services.

          

Unless hurricane forbearance changes, it's a program most hurricane victims need to avoid.

       

 

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