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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Trump Fan in MAGA Hat Attacks BBC Cameraman at Rally

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Trump Supporter in MAGA Hat Attacks BBC Cameraman at Rally

A screaming Trump supporter in a red Make America Great Again hat attacked a BBC cameraman during the president's Monday night rally in El Paso. Footage of the incident shows the BBC's Ron Skeans being shoved off balance before the man is pulled away by security while screaming "Fuck the media." Trump supporters near the attack can be heard chanting "Leave him alone." Skeans told the BBC the "very hard shove" came from his blindside and he "didn't know what was going on." The reporter who was with Skeans, BBC Washington Editor Eleanor Montague, said: "The crowd had been whipped up into a frenzy against the media by Trump and other speakers all night." A Trump campaign official suggested the attacker was drunk. The president reportedly checked Skeans was OK with a thumbs-up, and continued on with his speech after the cameraman returned the gesture.

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3 Rushed to Hospital After Parachute Accident at FL Air Base

Three military parachutists have been rushed to the hospital after a botched early morning training exercise at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida, according to local media reports. NBC Miami says the three victims—whose conditions are unknown—were taken to hospital after emergency crews arrived at the scene shortly after 4 a.m. Unnamed sources told the network they were taking part in what is known as a "halo jump" which involves jumping from the plane as high as 14,000 feet in the air before opening their chutes shortly before hitting the ground. NBC Miami reported all three are U.S. Army personnel.

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Fairfax Accuser: I Was Raped by NBA Star Corey Maggette

Meredith Watson—one of the two women who have accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault—says she was raped by former Duke University and NBA basketball star Corey Maggette. Watson alleges, through her attorney, that Maggette raped her during her sophomore year at Duke. Maggette went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA and is now an analyst on Fox Sports West. He strongly denied the allegations, saying: "I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge." Watson's attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, said in a statement Friday—before Maggette was named—that after Watson was raped she went to a dean "who provided no help and discouraged her from pursuing the claim further." A Duke spokesperson said the school was looking into the claims. Watson also alleges that Fairfax assaulted her when they both attended Duke in 2000. Fairfax denies that allegation, and a second from Vanessa Tyson, who alleges Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

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Immigrant Families Sue Government Over Family Separations

Eight immigrant families have filed lawsuits against the Trump administration, each demanding $6 million in damages for what they describe as the "inexplicable cruelty" and lasting trauma to their children, The Guardian reports. The parents accuse immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them adequate information—some say they weren't even able to say goodbye to their kids. Their children remain traumatized, according to the lawsuit, including a 7-year-old girl who can't sleep without her mother, a 6-year-old boy who doesn't want to eat, and a 12-year-old boy who has recurring nightmares. The claims were filed to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security and released Monday. Stanton Jones, a lawyer representing some of the plaintiffs, warned the Trump administration that other families are getting ready to sue, and told the newspaper: "These children and their parents have experienced horrific, life-altering trauma that was intentionally inflicted on them by our government."

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These Hypo-Allergenic Pillows Will Never Go Flat

There's nothing better then settling in at night to the perfect pillow. If you're still searching for one, the Comfort In A Bag Bamboo pillows may be your Goldilocks situation. These pillows are made from natural multi-layer memory foam, with bamboo cover cases. They're designed to never go flat, even if you have the tendency to move a lot overnight. The hypoallergenic foam means you won't need to worry any bacteria and if you need some extra cleanliness, the covers themselves are machine washable. At $49.99 for the set, you're basically getting two pillows for the price of one.

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Nebraska Running Back Faces 'Revenge Porn' Charge

Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Maurice Washington III is facing charges after he allegedly sent an intimidating text message to his ex-girlfriend alongside a sex-assault video that she says was taken of her while she was still in high school. The San Jose Mercury News reports the 19-year-old is facing one felony count of child pornography and a count of distributing a private sexual video to cause emotional distress, also known as California's "revenge porn" law. Washington is accused of sending the woman a message including video of her being sexually assaulted in a minivan when she was 15 with the text: "Remember this hoe." Detectives say the video was from a sexual assault involving Doe and two male schoolmates—one of whom was later prosecuted—from March 2016. Washington was not in the video, according to his attorney. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Washington was charged in December but an arrest warrant hasn't been signed and there are reportedly no plans in place to extradite Washington back to California.

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FBI Offers Reward for $65,000 of Stolen Energy Drinks

Be on the lookout for someone with a new trailer and a severe case of the caffeine jitters. The FBI has asked the public for help in tracking down a stolen trailer and its $65,000 cargo of energy drinks. The trailer was stolen overnight between Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 in Tampa, Florida. The FBI is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of the caffeinated cargo. The truck's identification number is LRG 5347 and its license plate is 2277CS—agents suspect the merchandise is likely in South Florida.

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Former White House Aide Cliff Sims Sues Trump

A former White House communications aide who wrote a tell-all book about working in the Trump administration has filed a lawsuit against President Trump alleging that he sought to "silence" former employees by using his campaign organization as a "cutout." Team of Vipers author Cliff Sims filed the lawsuit Monday after the Trump campaign filed an arbitration claim against him last week, claiming he had violated a non-disclosure agreement by publishing his book. Sims has accused Trump of violating his First Amendment rights—with the campaign serving as an "illegitimate cutout" to enforce NDAs and seek retribution against former employees. In the document, Sims said he "cannot definitively recall" if he signed an NDA drafted by the White House Counsel's Office—but did acknowledge that he signed one when he joined the campaign that barred him from "disclosure of 'confidential' information or the disparagement of the Trump Campaign, President Trump, or his family." The complaint further claimed the campaign was "acting at the president's behest"—as evidenced by Trump's public disapproval of Sims' book—and "concealing" Trump's official involvement to silence Sims "in a manner that would otherwise be unavailable under existing First Amendment case law."

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Police Face Backlash Over Old Photo of Cops in Blackface

Baton Rouge police officials have issued an apology after a photo surfaced of two officers wearing blackface in 1993. The department said the two officers, Crimestoppers coordinator Lt. Don Stone and now-retired police Capt. Frankie Caruso, donned the dark makeup as a disguise for a narcotics operation in 1993, though Police Chief Murphy Paul acknowledged in a statement that the move was "inappropriate." The photo was reportedly featured in the police department's 1993 yearbook above the caption "Soul Brothers." "Blackface photographs are inappropriate and offensive," Paul said on Monday. "They were inappropriate then and are inappropriate today. The Baton Rouge Police Department would like to apologize to our citizens and to anyone who may have been offended by the photographs." Paul also said that current department policy bans the use of blackface "under any circumstances.." Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, a black woman and the first woman elected to lead Baton Rouge, also spoke out against the photos. "While this may have been department-approved 25 years ago, that does not make it right," she said in a statement.

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People Seeking Place to Smoke Weed Find Tiger in Vacant Home

A couple of Houston residents looking for an isolated spot to smoke weed stumbled upon an abandoned tiger in a vacant home, police said Monday. Police say the 350-pound tiger was first discovered last week in a "rinky-dink" unlocked cage in the garage of a home, but officers only managed to remove the massive feline Monday. The anonymous tipster who first found the animal told police he and those he was with initially thought they were hallucinating. Police said they first had the same thought. "A concerned citizen called 311. They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana. We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger," Sgt. Jason Alderete of HPD's Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit told ABC 13. The tiger will be taken to an animal shelter to wait for a permanent home.

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