Skygazers got a special treat Feb. 19 as the “super snow moon” – the largest supermoon of 2019 – glowed overhead.
Another fashion house has come under fire for a design many are calling racist.
During its recent show at London Fashion Week, Burberry showcased a hoodie with a rope around the neck that resembled a noose. Now the company is apologizing.
“We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection” Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said in a statement to CNN. “Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake.”
The show's designer, Burberry Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci, added, “I am so deeply sorry for the distress that has been caused as a result of one of the pieces in my show on Sunday.”
“While the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realize that it was insensitive. It was never my intention to upset anyone,” he continued. “It does not reflect my values nor Burberry's and we have removed it from the collection. I will make sure that this does not happen again.”
Despite the apology, many criticized the piece online, calling it insensitive and ignorant.
One of Burberry’s models, Liz Kennedy, even slammed the brand on social media. Although she was featured in the show that debuted the controversial garment, she said her concerns about the noose were dismissed.
“Suicide is not fashion,” she wrote on Instagram. “It is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway.”
She said the imagery was triggering, because she has dealt with suicide within her family. She also mentioned the “horrifying history of lynching.”
“A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance,” Kennedy continued. “I am ashamed to have been apart of the show.”
The controversy comes about two weeks after Gucci was condemned for a turtleneck sweater many said looked like blackface. While the company issued an apology, many celebrities, including T.I., Soulja Boy and Waka Flocka, called for a boycott.
Police in Oklahoma arrested two Tulsa day care workers Tuesday in connection with a sexual assault investigation.
Tulsa police told KOKI-TV on Tuesday that they arrested Charles Burts Jr. and Malcolm Burts, who are accused of sexually assaulting multiple children over three years. Both men were employees at Tiny Tots Learning Spot near 71st Street and Riverside Drive. It is not yet known if they were still employed at the time of their arrests.
Police said the accusations date back to December 2015, but a child did not come forward until December 2018 – when police launched the investigation.
Reports state that each man is accused of touching several children at the day care inappropriately. Police said the day care is owned by the suspects' parents and is still in operation as their license has not been revoked.
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A Texas father has been charged with capital murder after police say he stabbed and killed his 2-year-old daughter.
According to KFDM, police arrested Yovahnis Roque, 26, at an Orange home Tuesday after responding to a report of a slain child. When officers arrived, they found the girl's body and her father, Roque, "covered in blood," KOGT reported.
Police said Roque believed that the girl "had a microchip in her head and he wanted to destroy it," KOGT reported.
A Florida company is recalling 223 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad over possible listeria contamination.
Hollywood, Florida-based Lean Culinary Services confirmed that its RTE chicken salad tested positive for the presence of listeria during an inspection on Feb. 18., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Although there have been no reports of illness, the USDA is concerned consumers may have the salad in their refrigerators.
These are the salads produced on Feb. 12 that are under recall:
The recalled items were shipped to locations in Florida. Consumers are asked to return the salads to the stores where they bought them.
Foods contaminated with listeria can cause serious infections in older adults, those with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and babies.
Symptoms of infection include fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, among other ailments.
The family of 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann is suing the Washington Post in a defamation lawsuit and seeking $250 million in damages alleging that he was “targeted and bullied.”
According to the Washington Post, the suit says that the paper “ignored basic journalist standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented, biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump by impugning individuals perceived to be supporters of the President.”
The Kentucky student drew wide criticism on social media for a perceived confrontation with Nathan Phillips, a Native American, on a viral video that surfaced Jan 19.
Washington Post spokeswoman, Kristine Coratti Kelly, said, “We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit, and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.”
Both Sandmann and Phillips said they were trying to defuse tensions that were rising among three groups on a day Washington hosted both the March for Life and the Indigenous Peoples March. But video of Sandmann standing very close to Phillips, staring and at times smiling at him as Phillips sang and played a drum, gave many who watched it a different impression. Other students appeared to be laughing at the drummer, and at least one could be seen on video doing a tomahawk chop.
Both Phillips’ group and Sandmann’s, which had taken part in the anti-abortion rally, had been confronted by a third group that appeared to be affiliated with the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.
Other videos show members of the religious group yelling disparaging and profane insults at the students, who taunt them in return. Video also shows the Native Americans being insulted by the small religious group.
Though many commenting on the internet were taken back by Sandmann staring at Philipps, the teen said he was “not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation.” He said he had never encountered any kind of public protest before.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
An Illinois man is facing involuntary manslaughter charges after leaving his wife to die in a backyard sauna, according to news reports.
At first, Eric Huska, 58, tried to help his wife out of their sauna when she appeared distressed and unable to get out of the tub on Feb. 9, WGN-TV reported, but then he had an apparent change of heart and left her there.
Police were called to the scene hours later and found Laura Huska, 57, unresponsive inside the tub.
Surveillance video caught the entire ordeal on tape, according to WGN.
When police reviewed the tape, they saw that Huska initially tried to help his wife. He then apparently changed his mind and partially closed the tub’s cover with his wife still inside. The video showed he left her there and returned hours later to find her floating in the water, the news station reported.
When first responders arrived, they transported her to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Eric Huska is facing one count of felony involuntary manslaughter, according to news reports.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been investigating Southwest Airlines’ weight and balance data, a critical part of aviation safety.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the FAA is investigating Dallas-based Southwest for “miscalculation of the total weight of checked bags loaded onto each of its flights, according to government officials and internal agency documents.”
The FAA said it started an investigation of Southwest on its weight and balance performance data in February 2018, and has since directed the development of a solution.
“The FAA will not close its investigation until it is satisfied that Southwest’s corrective actions are consistent and sustained,” the agency said in a written statement.
Southwest said there is no enforcement action against it regarding its weight and balance program. The airline said the FAA’s open letter of investigation “addresses an issue that Southwest voluntarily reported to the FAA last year.”
The airline said since then, it has put in controls and enhanced procedures to address its weight and balance concerns, and shared that with the FAA. Weight and balance calculations are important for the safe performance and control of airplanes.
Southwest said it has requested the investigation be closed because it believes its controls and procedures resolve the issues it reported to the FAA.
Scientists first became aware of a potentially warming world as far back as the 1970s, and the alarm bells really began sounding in the early 2000s, but no decisive action by the governments of the world’s biggest carbon polluters, like the U.S. and China, was taken within the window of opportunity to either try to mitigate or stop the warming trend completely.
In fact, some energy companies, corporations and politicians spent years and billions of dollars in marketing campaigns denying the existence of climate change or global warming. They became what’s recognized today as climate deniers.
Knowing that global climate change was now inevitable, scientists spent recent years researching how to keep the temperature from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, with a more ambitious goal of keeping the increase below 2.7, which is what the Paris climate agreement seeks to do.
So, for the experts, the issue turned from a matter of whether the world could prevent a rising global temperature to how to lessen the impact of a warmer Earth.
The science is still out as to how best to reduce the impact of climate change on the largest scale and by the most cost-effective means, but what is known is that there’s no doubt among experts about when climate change may occur. It’s already here.
Here are six signs Earth is warming more rapidly than even some scientists expected.
Hottest years on record
2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record in almost 140 years, according to NASA, making the last five years the hottest in recorded history. The data also show that the warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, confirming for scientists that quickly rising temperatures in a short time span are caused by humans, and are very different from the changing climate during Earth’s prehistoric time or during the later ice age.
Rising sea levels
Sea levels have been steadily rising over the last century and, in 2017, global levels were 3 inches higher than the 1993 average when satellite record-keeping first began, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And 2017 also marked the sixth consecutive year of rising seas, with increases during the last 22 out of 24 years.
Nuisance flooding is now 300 to 900 percent more frequent in many U.S. coastal communities than it was 50 years ago, and scientists now predict global sea levels could rise as much as 8 inches, but no more than 6.6 feet by 2100, NOAA reported.
Permafrost, ground that remains frozen for two or more consecutive years and is 3 to 4,900 feet thick, is already thawing in some places in Alaska and the Arctic. This is a huge concern for scientists because they estimate the world’s permafrost holds 1,500 billion tons of carbon, almost double the amount now in the atmosphere, according to Columbia University’s Earth Institute. When permafrost thaws, it releases carbon into the atmosphere and could accelerate climate change.
Melting glaciers and disappearing sea ice
A warming world is causing mountain glaciers and large ice sheets to shrink, which in turn impacts water resources for people who depend on them and contributes to rising seas. Wildlife that depends on ice for survival are also impacted by the diminishing sea ice in the Arctic.
Melting fresh water from glaciers can also alter the ocean by pushing down heavier salt water and ultimately changing ocean currents.
More extreme weather
As the global thermostat rises, the planet is already seeing extreme and unusual weather events. Heat waves and droughts are the main way people experience climate change right now, according to the U.S. Global Change Research Program. “Over the past 50 years, much of the U.S. has seen increases in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, heavy downpours, and in some regions severe floods and droughts.” And those conditions are worsening.
Impact on animals and marine life
Climate change is already having an impact on the world’s animals, some worse than others. A United Nations report in 2014 found at that time that the warming planet was already having a “widespread and consequential” effect on plants and animals.
Species already in decline due to rising temperatures include polar bears, coral, North Atlantic cod and Adelie penguins, to name just a few.
A search continued Tuesday for a 15-year-old boy who shot a 48-year-old man in the neck early Sunday after being asked to leave a party to which he was not invited, the sheriff's office in the Volusia County, Florida, said.
Investigators said Joel Tatro had organized a small bonfire party at his Oak Hill home for his three teenage sons and their friends when, shortly after 1 a.m., James Powell and three of his friends arrived at the home uninvited.
Deputies said Tatro told the four people to leave his home, and Powell exited the vehicle and shot Tatro in front of his sons and their friends.
"He simply asked these kids to leave. They weren't welcome," said Jennifer Lashway, Tatro's cousin. "A gun was taken out, and he was shot in the neck and a whole family's life has been shattered."
She said the shooting paralyzed Tatro, who underwent further surgery Tuesday.
Lashway said Tatro can move one of his arms, but he has no feeling in it. She said he communicates with his family by blinking.
"We have a letter board," she said. "We will ask him if the letter I wrote -- 'Is it 1? Is it A? Is it B?' And that's how we communicate at this point."
She said Tatro, who works in the construction industry, is his family's sole provider and has no health insurance.
"He can't even go back to his home right now, because we are talking rehabilitation center. We are talking wheelchairs, ramps -- total adaptability for a quadriplegic and round-the-clock-care," Lashway said. "He needs everything done for him."
Lashway said Tatro's sons have remained by his side since Sunday.
"They are trying not to be upset. They are trying to be strongfor their dad," she said. "We don't want him to know how upset everyone is, because we don't want him to give up."
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Tatro's sons and the suspects all attend New Smyrna Beach High School.
Chitwood said a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of Powell, a gang member who faces an attempted murder charge.
WFTV.com on Tuesday notified Chitwood that Tatro's relatives said they have been threatened by other alleged gang members.
"They know where certain members of the family live, and his son can't even go to school, because he doesn't feel safe," Lashway said.
Chitwood said he will increase deputy patrols of Tatro's neighborhood.
A Texas teen with autism has been charged with murder after police say he ran a red light in a stolen car, crashing into another driver and killing him earlier this month.
Jared Trevino, 18, of Pasadena, is charged with first-degree felony murder, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony burglary of a home and misdemeanor burglary of a vehicle, according to Harris County court records.
Trevino was scheduled to get a bond Tuesday, but the judge in the case decided to grant prosecutors a full bond hearing, which is usually only done for capital murder suspects, ABC13 in Houston reported. That hearing is scheduled for Friday.
The reason for the request: Trevino has a history of stealing and crashing cars -- including the one he was driving at the time of the Feb. 3 crash that killed Lorenzo Gomez.
“The particulars of this case are that an 18-year-old defendant broke into his neighbor’s home, stole a car that he has stolen before, took it on basically a joyride, ran a red light and killed a man. A husband and a father,” Assistant Harris County District Attorney Sean Teare said Tuesday.
Teare said Trevino was held on the murder charge pending a judge setting bond, but indications were the judge in the case was considering releasing the teen Tuesday on a personal recognizance bond. Prosecutors filed a motion seeking a high bond to keep him behind bars.
“We intend to call numerous Pasadena Police Department officers, and some Pasadena Independent School District officers, to basically show the judge the second half of the balancing test on this case is that the person is a continuing danger to society, and at the very least should have a high bond,” Teare said.
Trevino’s defense lawyer, Joe Vinas, said the judge is legally obligated to set a bond in the case. Vinas also said he is concerned about his client being kept in the county jail.
“That is just going to cause him to decompensate pretty rapidly, as it would with many people being locked up, but especially with him in a foreign location, in the conditions he’s in,” Vinas said. “It’s just going to cause things to get worse.”
Prosecutors fear Trevino may not be mentally capable of adhering to bond conditions and, in their motion for a hearing seeking a high bond, argue that his criminal history shows a lack of adequate supervision to ensure his compliance.
According to court records, Trevino on Feb. 3 broke into a neighbor’s truck and used the garage door opener inside the vehicle to open the man’s garage, which gave him access to the man’s home. The teen is accused of going inside and stealing the keys to the neighbor’s Honda Accord.
Trevino got less than 2 miles from home in the car before he ran a red light at an intersection and struck the Cadillac Deville driven by Gomez, the records say.
Gomez was taken to Bayshore Medical Center with skull fractures, broken ribs and bleeding on his brain, the motion said. He was placed on life support and, two days later, declared brain dead. His family had him removed from life support the following day.
The Feb. 3 crash was the third time Trevino has stolen a vehicle and crashed it, including a Dec. 3, 2017, crash involving that same Honda Accord belonging to his neighbor, the court records say.
In that instance, a then-17-year-old Trevino crashed the car into the back of a trailer at a red light.
“The defendant admitted to breaking into (William) Bingham’s house and taking the keys to the car off his kitchen counter,” the prosecutors’ motion states. “(Trevino’s) mother admitted to Pasadena police officers that the defendant has autism, but only takes medications for ADHD. The defendant’s mother also stated that the defendant has taken vehicles in the past that had the keys readily available.”
Read prosecutors’ motion seeking a hearing for a high bond for Trevino below.
Trevino was accused of stealing and crashing another car less than two weeks before the December 2017 incident. In the Nov. 24, 2017, case, he took a Nissan Sentra belonging to an employee of his mother.
Trevino crashed the Sentra, which had been parked in his family’s driveway, into a Chevy Silverado before fleeing the scene of that crash and hitting a Ford Ranger. It was not clear if those vehicles were being driven at the time of each crash.
In a third incident cited by prosecutors, Trevino was taken to Bayshore on March 11, 2018, “to prevent him from causing harm to himself or others under an emergency detention order,” the motion says.
“The aforementioned incidents indicate a lack of adequate supervision which would ensure the defendant would comply with his bond conditions,” the document states. “The state has sincere concern for the safety of the public.”
A full moon is often mesmerizing, lighting up the sky and sometimes appearing so large, it’s as if you can reach out and touch it.
In fact, when the moon seems so large and so close, that’s because it is.
It’s called a supermoon and it has entered something called perigree, when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth.
So, the supermoon phenomenon happens when a full moon is in perigree and nearest Earth.
While most people enjoy a full moon because, after all, it’s just so picturesque, Earth’s closest neighbor also affects humans and the planet in both obvious and subtle ways, according to lunar studies.
The moon exerts a gravitational force on Earth’s oceans, and regions of water closest to the lunar surface are pulled toward it, creating a bulge on the water’s surface, according to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “There is also a bulge on the opposite side of the earth, caused by the difference in the moon’s gravitational force across the planet.”
These bulges, known as tidal bulges, on opposite sides of Earth are very small when compared with the radius of Earth --- less than a meter in the open-ocean --- but because the oceans are so vast, tidal bulges can raise a huge amount of water and the resulting tide is called a lunar tide.
People and animals are affected by the lunar cycles, too, but scientists still don’t know the full extent of the impact on behavior and physiology.
Some studies have shown that the moon has an affect on human reproduction, like fertility and birth rates, while other research has found no link.
Hospital and emergency room visits for various health problems were linked to the phases of the moon, and traffic accidents, crimes and suicides also seemed to be influenced by the lunar cycle, in several reports, according to a 2006 study on the lunar cycle’s effect.
But other research found no connection at all between the moon and visits to emergency rooms or human reproduction.
More research is needed to say for certain how the moon affects people and their behavior and which phases of the moon impact it the most.
Nearly a month after its premiere at Sundance, HBO has released the trailer for “Finding Neverland,” the documentary in which two men allege Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were boys.
In the two-part documentary, James Safechuck and Wade Robson speak about their experiences with the icon, whom they befriended when they were 10 and 7, respectively.
“He told me if they ever found out what we were doing, he and I would go to jail,” Robson said in the trailer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robson and Safechuck graphically detail allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson. Still, the Dan Reed-directed documentary points out that both men have said under oath during Jackson’s first sexual abuse trial that the musician did not do anything inappropriate with them.
Jackson’s estate sent a 10-page letter to HBO CEO Richard Plepler Feb. 7, criticizing the network for “an admittedly one-sided, sensationalist program.” The estate also claimed the documentary gave Safechuck and Robson credibility despite their past testimony.
“Leaving Neverland” airs on HBO March 3 and 4. Watch the trailer below:
A Houston couple said they were taking pictures of their 11-month-old daughter when a woman angrily confronted them -- and video of the encounter has now gone viral.
Kelyn Alyssa wrote on Facebook that she and her husband, Isaiah Allen, were taking pictures of their daughter Saturday in an esplanade located in Houston’s Broadacres neighborhood. The spot is popular with photographers, KTRK-TV reported.
As Alyssa and her husband posed their baby with balloons and a blanket, a woman stepped out of a car and approached them. KTRK identified the woman as Franci Neely, a Houston lawyer, socialite and ex-wife of Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.
“This is private property,” Neely can be heard yelling in the video. She can also be seen slapping at Allen’s phone twice, and trying to move the props the couple’s daughter was posing with.
Neely had a dog with her, and Alyssa said the dog began to approach her daughter.
“In the midst of her shouting, I immediately and calmly asked her to restrain her dog as it made a beeline for the baby and it was coming dangerously close to my child,” Alyssa said. “The lady begins shouting at us that we are on private property, and that she will not restrain her dog because she can do whatever she wants there.”
Alyssa said she and her husband filed a police report after the incident. Houston police told KTRK they are investigating, but no charges have been filed at this time.
Neely said in a statement she was “very sorry” for getting upset, but disputed Alyssa’s account of the incident in the Facebook post.
“The Broadacres Homeowners Association Invests lots of money paying to maintain the trees, grass and walkways in our neighborhood,” Neely said. “The high volume of commercial photography damages the property that Broadacres HOA pays to maintain and interferes with dog walkers and others who merely want to walk under the pretty trees.”
The esplanade where the photo shoot took place, and whether the area is public or not, has been the subject of controversy in the past. The Boradacres homeowners association has said the property was deeded to the group in the 1920s, KTRK reported. It is continuing to fight the city over the property rights.
However, the city of Houston told the news station the land in question is in the public right-of-way.
A Texas woman arrested Thursday after the body of her toddler daughter -- who she said accidentally drowned in the bathtub -- was found hidden in a bucket of acid has a long history of arrests for violent crimes and was on probation for injury to a child when her daughter died, records show.
Monica Yvonne Dominguez, 37, of Laredo, is charged with abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence and endangering a child in the death of her daughter, according to Webb County Jail records.
Rebecka Zavala would have been 3 years old on Sunday, according to KGNS in Laredo. Members of the community held a candlelight vigil for the girl outside the apartment where she lived and died.
Dominguez is being held in lieu of $175,000 bond, according to jail records. Rebecka’s father, Gerardo Zavala-Loredo, 32, is jailed in lieu of $125,000 bond on the same charges as his wife, the records show.
Dominguez has a long history of arrests, including multiple arrests on aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and injury to a child with the intent to cause bodily injury. Of her 17 prior arrests listed since 1999, five of them were related to accusations of injuring a child, jail records show.
The most recent arrest took place last February, when she spent nine days in jail. According to records, Dominguez was released a year to the day before Laredo police officials announced her arrest in connection with Rebecka’s death.
Webb County court records show Dominguez was serving 10 years of probation at the time of the toddler’s death, after pleading guilty to injury to a child with the intent to cause bodily injury in 2016. Limited online case records indicate her 2018 arrest was related to the enforcement of her probation in the 2016 case.
Dominguez’s probation was revoked Friday, the records show.
Laredo police Chief Claudio Trevino Jr. said during a news conference Friday that the department received a call around noon Thursday for a welfare check at the couple’s apartment, where a concerned neighbor said there were possible human remains inside a container in a closet. Officers went to the home, where they secured the scene and determined there was a potential situation involving hazardous materials.
The Laredo Fire Department’s hazmat team went to the apartment, along with the Webb County medical examiner, the chief said. A search warrant was obtained to allow the agencies access to the container in which the child, called “Baby Rebecka” by authorities, was found.
Detectives made their grim discovery around 5 p.m. Thursday.
“The investigative team recovered what appears to be body parts, decomposing body parts in this bucket located in the bedroom closet,” Trevino said during a news conference Friday.
Dominguez and Zavala-Loredo were arrested and their remaining four children, ages 11 to 1, were placed with Child Protective Services, Trevino said.
Online court records did not indicate if Rebecka or one of her siblings was the victim in Dominguez’s 2016 case, or if there were multiple victims.
Isidro Alaniz, district attorney for the 49th Judicial District of Texas, described the crime scene as “tragic and horrific.”
“As you can imagine, it’s very difficult for all of us in law enforcement and for the first responders to be in a situation, to come across a scene like we did yesterday,” Alaniz said Friday. “Like the chief stated, there was what is believed to be the body of a child found in what looks to be a five-gallon plastic container that was placed in there for disposal with what appears to be acid.”
Alaniz said the investigation was still in the preliminary stages, but that Dominguez and Zavala-Loredo told detectives Rebecka drowned in the tub while bathing unsupervised.
“After the baby drowned and died, it was when it was believed that, according to, again, statements by Monica Dominguez, the mother, that she recruited her husband to help her dispose of the body,” the prosecutor said.
It was not clear Friday how long the girl’s body had been submerged in acid or exactly when she died.
Alaniz said the medical examiner and a forensic anthropologist would examine Rebecka’s remains to determine if she had any injuries that contributed to her death.
“We need to wait to see what the science tells us,” Alaniz said. “We’re hoping that we’re able to recover enough evidence to complete the story.”
Jorge Dominguez, Monica Dominguez’s nephew, told KGNS he was shocked by the allegations against his aunt.
“I don’t know if to be sad, angry,” Jorge Dominguez said. “I didn’t expect that from her.”
The young man said he grew up around his aunt, who he lived with for a time as a child. He said Monica Dominguez would sometimes lose her temper and “get aggressive” with her children, “taking it out on the kids.”
Jorge Dominguez said he never thought his aunt could be capable of desecrating her child’s remains as alleged.
“How can you live with that?” Jorge Dominguez said. “It’s heartbreaking.”
Police continue to investigate the reported attack against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who told authorities he was assaulted in the predawn hours Jan. 29 by a pair of men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him.
Authorities are investigating a tip that Smollett was seen in an elevator in his apartment building with two men who have since been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack in downtown Chicago, and were subsequently released without charges, police told The Associated Press.
The men, who were identified by attorney Gloria Schmidt as brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, were released without charges Friday after police said new evidence surfaced in the case, according to CNN and police.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press a person who lives in the building or who was visiting someone there reported seeing the Osundairo brothers with Smollett on the night he was attacked. Guglielmi told the AP that as of Tuesday, officers had yet to confirm the account.
Smollett told officers he was attacked around 2 a.m. Jan. 29, as he was walking downtown near the Chicago River. He said two men yelled that he was in “MAGA country” -- an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make American Great Again” -- and that they hit him in the face, poured an “unknown substance” on him and wrapped a rope around his neck, The Associated Press reported.
Guglielmi told the AP that Smollett still had a rope around his neck when officers first made contact with him after the alleged attack.
Last week, police announced that the "investigation had shifted" following interviews with the brothers and their release from custody without charges. Police have requested another interview with Smollett. They have declined to comment on reports that the attack was a hoax, a claim Smollett’s attorneys have denied.
"Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying," Smollett’s attorneys said in a statement late Saturday.
Authorities continue to investigate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Nature’s Path Foods has announced a recall of some of its EnviroKidz cereals, the Food and Drug Administration announced.
The company is recalling Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch cereals due to undeclared gluten from wheat and barley.
The cereal was made during a specific production run, according to the FDA.
The affected products are as follows:
The issue was found at one plant and was due to air contamination because of a production schedule issue, the FDA said in a press release.
Other Nature’s Path and EnviroKidz products are not affected by the recall.
If you have any questions, you can call Nature’s Path Consumer services at 1-866-880-7284, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST or email the company at
An Alabama woman who fled to Syria and joined the Islamic State recently said she wants to come back home.
Hoda Muthana, 24, is currently in a refugee camp in Northern Syria with her 18-month-old son, The Guardian reported.
"I realized I've made a big mistake, and I know I've ruined my future and my son's future, and I deeply, deeply regret it," Muthana told The Guardian.
“I would tell them (U.S. officials) please forgive me for being so ignorant, and I was really young and ignorant and I was 19 when I decided to leave. I believe that America gives second chances. I want to return and I’ll never come back to the Middle East. America can take my passport and I wouldn’t mind,” she said.
Muthana is originally from Hoover, Alabama. In 2014, while a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she told her family she was traveling to Atlanta to attend a school trip. Instead, she boarded a plane to Turkey and ultimately settled in Syria, Al.com reported.
Muthana had been talking with members of the Islamic State online, and spent months secretly planning the move, The Guardian reported. When she arrived in Syria, she began working as a recruiter for ISIS on Twitter, according to Al.com.
Muthana was raised in a Muslim family, but they do not agree with the extreme views of ISIS.
Muthana has been married three times since arriving in Syria -- her first two husbands died while fighting for ISIS, according to Al.com. After the death of her first husband, Muthana tweeted: “Americans wake up! Men and women altogether. You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drivebys, and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriots, Memorial, etc day … Kill them.”
When speaking to The Guardian, Muthana said she was “arrogant” and “brainwashed.”
Muthana said she hasn’t been in contact with U.S. officials. Muthana’s attorney, Hassan Shibly, told Al.com he made contact with the FBI in order to arrange for FBI officials to question her and take her into custody. However, he said U.S. officials haven’t shown interest in her case.
Manny Machado, one of major league baseball’s most coveted free agents this offseason, has agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres, multiple sources reported Tuesday.
Machado's deal is the biggest free-agent contract in baseball history, surpassing the the 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees after the 2007 season, KNSD reported.
While Ron Fowler, the Padres’ executive chairman, told The San Diego Union-Tribune Tuesday morning that “we do not have a deal with any free agent,” two sources who did not want to be identified confirmed the agreement to the newspaper. The deal will allow the third baseman to opt out of the agreement after five years.
Machado is a four-time All-Star and has won two Gold Glove Awards. He made $16 million last season, ESPN reported, splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Baltimore Orioles,
Machado, 26, batted .297 in 2018 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI. In his seven-year career, Machado has a lifetime .282 average with 175 homers and 513 RBI. He has hit 30 or more home runs in each of the last four seasons.
One Virginia police officer not only serves and protects his community, he also plays with the younger members of the town.
Cpl. C.B. Fleming was answering a call of a gas leak at an apartment complex in South Hill, Virginia, last week, WTVR reported.
As emergency crews checked out the area, Fleming noticed kids playing outside. Once he got the all-clear that there was no threat, he wanted to make sure the girls were not scared because of the emergency, so he got on the ground and played dolls with them, according to WTVR.
The video has since gone viral after being posted on Facebook.
Iesha Roper-Boswell said Fleming is a superhero to her daughter and the other children who live at Mecklenburg Manor apartments.
Fleming told WTVR it’s not out of the ordinary to connect with kids.
“It’s something I’ve always tried to do,” the 15-year veteran of the force told the television station. “When I got into this job, I knew there was something different, other than just writing tickets and being the bad person all the time. I figured if I could be that bright spot in someone’s day then that’s all that mattered.”
The neighborhood now has their own personal superhero they can go directly to, instead of being afraid to talk to a police officer.
“For him to make my child feel like she’s safe, she doesn’t even have to call 911, she just has to call C.B. if she’s in trouble. I’m glad he made this part of his job. He’s changed my daughter and nieces lives,” Roper-Boswell told WTVR.
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