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Parents who allegedly kidnapped their kids found, detained in Georgia

Two parents from North Carolina were detained in Coweta County, Georgia, on Wednesday after authorities said they kidnapped their own children.

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Police found the parents with their two children behind a gas station in Grantville, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Schriefer said.

The man was identified as Christopher Stewart Bryant by a Coweta County sheriff’s official. The woman’s identity was not released, and she was never booked into the jail, the official said.

The children were safe and taken to the Sheriff’s Office.

The parents allegedly took the children from their grandparents, who have legal custody.

FBI agents found the parents by tracking one of their cellphones, and they got a “ping” in Grantville, according to Schriefer. They then called police and the Sheriff’s Office.

North Carolina authorities have taken over the case, according to the sheriff’s official.

Missing ballet dancer found in rural Missouri lake in mysterious death

A St. Louis ballet dancer was found in a rural Missouri lake Wednesday dead from unknown causes after she disappeared Tuesday, according to news reports.

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The body of Raffaella Maria Stroik, 23, was found in Mark Twain State Park, about 100 miles northwest of St. Louis, after a park ranger found her car in the park Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

During a search of the park Wednesday, a pilot flying over the lake spotted her body. There were no obvious signs of foul play, the Post-Dispatch reported, citing the Missouri Highway Patrol, but authorities are continuing to investigate her death. 

It’s unclear why she was at the park, but investigators believe her car had been there since at least Monday, CNN reported. She was last seen Monday morning at a Whole Foods store in suburban St. Louis.

The ballet company’s artistic director, Gen Horiuchi, issued a statement Wednesday on Stroik, who joined the company in September 2017.

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“She was a wonderful dancer and a beautiful person,” Horiuchi said. “We extend our condolences to her family. We are very sad over the loss of this talented and beautiful spirit.”

Stroik had performed in company productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Giselle,” “Cinderella” and others.

An autopsy on the ballerina was scheduled for Thursday.

Missing North Carolina teacher killed in Mexico, according to Facebook post

A Facebook page dedicated to the search for a missing Mooresville, North Carolina, teacher announced that Patrick Braxton-Andrew died on Oct. 28 at the hands of a criminal organization while traveling in Mexico.

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Chihuahua officials and Braxton-Andrew's family desperately searched for the missing backpacker for weeks. The family thanked the Chihuahua governor and attorney general for their "unwavering commitment to locating Patrick."

Braxton-Andrew's brother, Kerry, said the 34-year-old was last seen by a hotel employee in Urique, a remote town in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua.

The state government said in a statement Monday that searchers checked cabins in the area surrounding the village of Urique and rappelled down into 900-foot-deep ravines looking for Braxton-Andrew.

Urique is a former mining village at the base of one of the many canyons that make up Mexico's Copper Canyon National Park.

The family said the search for Braxton-Andrew's body will continue so he can return home. 

The family said in a statement:

Patrick died doing what he loved —traveling and meeting people. Join us in celebrating his life as he would want us to do. We will always remember Patrick and his joy for life. We love you PBA."

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket  from Space Coast and lands it

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday afternoon from the Kennedy Space Center and landed it on a droneship off the coast of Florida.

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The unmanned rocket carried the Es'hail-2 communications satellite built by Mitsubishi and owned by the nation of Qatar. 

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“Es’hail-2 also features multi-transponder Ka-band capacity, providing business and government sectors with secure communications across the Middle East and North Africa region,” SpaceX said in a press release.

The rocket blasted off at 3:46 p.m. when the launch window opened and deployed its payload just over 30 minutes later.

After the separation, the rocket booster returned to Earth and landed on SpaceX’s “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which was waiting in the Atlantic Ocean, the aerospace company said.

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SpaceX has now landed 31 boosters and reflown 17 of them, according to, which is part of the company’s plan to make spaceflight more affordable. contributed to this reported.

Kim Porter, former model, ex-girlfriend of Diddy, dead at 47

Former model Kim Porter has died, according to TMZ.

The tabloid site reported that the actress who dated  music mogul Diddy for 13 years was found dead in her Los Angeles home.

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A representative for Diddy confirmed the news to TMZ, saying, “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time.”

The cause of death is unclear.

Porter dated Diddy off-and-on from 1994 to 2007, when they called things off for good, remaining on friendly terms. In that time, Porter gave birth to their son Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin girls D'Lila Star and Jessie James. Porter was also mother to Quincy, 27, from her relationship with singer Al B. Sure.

Celebrities have reacted to the news on Twitter:

Sour Patch Kids cereal coming to store shelves, but not everywhere

After weeks of rumors, Post has confirmed there is, in fact, a Sour Patch Kids cereal coming soon.

Today reported that the company announced a cereal with the flavors of the sour and sweet gummies will be available Dec. 26.

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The item will only be at Walmart.

According to Thrillist, the cereal has a smell similar to the candy. The cereal pieces, which are shaped like the candy, all taste the same. 

“This tastes like Sour Patch Fruity Pebbles, and that is not a bad thing,” the publication said.

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Those looking to get their hands on the item will pay $3.98.

A representative for Walmart told Today the cereal will be at other stores nationwide in June.

Guns seized at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson checkpoints sets national record

More guns have been seized at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s security checkpoints in 2018 than at any other airport in the nation, setting a record even before the year is out.

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The Atlanta airport has held the No. 1 spot in the nation for guns uncovered at checkpoints for the last two years.

A total of 293 firearms have been found in carry-on bags and as improperly packed or undeclared guns in checked luggage so far this year. On average, 80 to 90 percent of them are loaded, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

“I know you can’t imagine this, but the passenger will say, ‘I forgot it was in the bag,’” said TSA’s Atlanta federal security director Mary Leftridge Byrd at an airport press conference Wednesday.

Last year, a record 245 guns were discovered at security checkpoints at the Atlanta airport.

Of the 293 guns found most recently, 248 of them were seized from carry-ons at security checkpoints. Another 45 improperly packed or undeclared guns have been found in checked baggage.

Of course, there’s still time for other airports to catch up before the end of 2018.

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Check your bags, check your purses,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Double and triple check before you come to the airport to make sure you do not have a firearm, if you intend to fly.”

Pak said he’s looking at ideas for more ways to get the message out, such as reminders to travelers when they check in online with Delta Air Lines and more signs at airport parking notifying passengers that guns are not allowed at security checkpoints.

Guns caught at checkpoints increase security wait times and result in penalties for offenders, including a civil TSA penalty of up to $13,333, according to officials.

“If you are caught with a weapon in your bag, even a first-time offender will pay a fine. You will be issued a citation. You’ll have to appear in court to resolve the citation. You’ll lose your gun. You won’t make your flight,” said Jim Hurley, FBI assistant special agent in charge in Atlanta.

Repeat offenders could be charged with a federal misdemeanor, punishable with up to a $100,000 fine and a year in jail, Pak said.

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While Hartsfield-Jackson is the airport that handles the most passengers in the world, it does not have the most passengers going through security checkpoints. That’s because the majority of passengers at the Atlanta airport are just passing through and connecting, and they go through security at other airports.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials also said Wednesday they expect more than 96,000 passengers at security checkpoints on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, which would be a record for Atlanta.

The most recent record was set over the Memorial Day travel periodthis year, when more than 93,000 passengers were screened in a single day at the Atlanta airport.

While the Sunday after Thanksgiving will be the busiest day for travel for the upcoming holiday period, Thanksgiving Day itself will be the lightest, according to the airline industry group.

Over the travel period from Nov. 16 through Nov. 26, a total of more than 3 million passengers are expected to pass through Hartsfield-Jackson.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the airport’s busy period will run from the Thanksgiving period all the way through the Super Bowl in Atlanta next February.

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Nationally, the Transportation Security Administration also expects a record-breaking Thanksgiving travel season. At a press conference at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said the agency expects to see a 5 to 6 percent increase in the number of passengers at checkpoints over the holiday season compared with last year.

The U.S. airline industry expects to fly a record 30.6 million people over the Thanksgiving travel period, up from 29 million last year, according to industry group Airlines for America.

The total daily passenger count on all U.S. airlines will reach as high as 3 million during the peak period.

FBI investigating death of American on cruise ship bound for Aruba

Investigators with the FBI are probing the death of an American woman on a Princess Cruises ship bound for Aruba, according to multiple reports.

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The 52-year-old woman, whose name was not released, died early Tuesday while aboard the Royal Princess, The Associated Press reported.

Princess Cruises officials told WPLG in a statement that Aruban authorities boarded the ship, which can carry 3,600 passengers, when it arrived in the country.

“We are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities, including the FBI,” the statement said. “An official cause of death has not been announced.”

Citing local media reports, CBS News reported that Aruban authorities are investigating the case as a possible homicide.

The Royal Princess left Florida’s Port Everglades on Nov. 9 for a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise. It will return on Saturday to Fort Lauderdale.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Atlanta bans pet stores from selling cats and dogs

Under a new bill signed into law Tuesday, pet stores in Atlanta cannot sell cats or dogs to customers.

The ordinance is a preventive measure, as officials aren’t aware of any stores that were selling dogs or cats in the city — a practice that has fallen out of fashion as more pet owners choose to adopt from shelters instead of large commercial breeding facilities.

The law is intended to discourage the operation of puppy and kitten mills, where breeders are often accused of raising animals in inhumane conditions. Animals seized from these mills frequently end up at animal shelters and with pet rescue organizations.

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The legislation was proposed last month by Atlanta City Councilman Amir Farokhi, who adopted a dog named Roxie from Rescue Me Georgia last October. It was co-sponsored by Councilwomen Carla Smith and Natalyn Archibong.

“I thought it was best if the city was forward-thinking and humane in its policies, alongside our polices for people,” Farokhi said. “It seemed like a simple thing to do that would help our agencies.”

Atlanta is the ninth Georgia city to pass an ordinance prohibiting the retail sale of puppies and kittens, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The issue has also gotten statewide and national attention. More than 250 municipalities across the country have adopted similar pet sale bans, according to media reports. In February, the Georgia Senate defeated a measure that would have stopped local governments from banning the sale of dogs. A similar bill also failed in the House. In some states, the legislation is called Petland Bills, after the Ohio-based franchiser of pet stores that has been active in opposing such measures.

There are no Petland stores in Atlanta, but the controversial chain, which has been sued for allegedly selling sick dogs, has locations in the metro city area. During a Nov. 6 Atlanta City Council meeting, Lauren Petz, director of public relations for two local Petlands, sported an orange “No Retail Pet Ban” shirt and urged officials to table the vote and do more research.

The ordinance was unanimously passed 14-0.

Elizabeth Kunzelman, Petland director of public affairs, said the company is “shocked that city leaders would ban the only regulated source of puppies in favor of unregulated, black market, puppy mill operators.”

“By passing this ban, the city is encouraging the 83 percent of breeders who have no oversight and no regulation to advertise and sell within the city and they are punishing responsible regulated breeders,” Kunzelman said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.

The legislation doesn’t prohibit people from buying from “mom and pop” breeders, or from buying pets from stores outside the city limits. Pet stores in Atlanta may still house and offer dogs or cats for adoption, if they are older than 8 weeks and owned by an animal care facility or rescue organization.

“Pet stores have been the primary sellers of cruelly bred puppy mill puppies, and these unscrupulous retail outlets profit from breeding practices that can cause animals to suffer from illness and congenital problems,”Jennifer Hobgood, Southeast region director of state legislation for ASPCA -aid in a statement.

If any Atlanta store violates the new ordinance, it will face a $500 fine per offense.

Rapper Young Dolph returning to Memphis to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys

A rapper is giving back to the city that he says made him who he is today. 

Young Dolph will make a guest appearance for teens and young adults from Memphis Athletic Ministries on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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Students from all five ministry locations will be bused to a Memphis community center to hear a message delivered by Young Dolph. This event is not open to the public. 

Afterward, Young Dolph will be making sure several Memphis families have a turkey on their table for Thanksgiving Day. 

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According to a news release, Young Dolph will be donating Thanksgiving turkeys to the community.

Butterball turkeys will be given to the residents of Castalia Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods at the MAM-Hamilton Community Center from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. 

The release doesn't detail how many turkeys will be given away. In past years he has donated them by the hundreds. In 2016, 300 turkeys were given away. In 2015, Dolph bought 200 extra turkeys when demand was so high that they ran out of the first round of items.

First responders rescue woman escaping California wildfires in wheelchair with dog 

Rescuers last Thursday helped a woman who was escaping the California wildfires in a wheelchair, holding a small dog. 

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Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean found the woman along the side of the road near where the Camp Fire, one of the most destructive in state history, was raging, KGO reported.

The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital, where she was checked out and appeared to be OK, KGO reported.

Pregnant woman slain with crossbow; unborn son survives 

Imtiaz Muhammad was putting a cardboard box in his family’s garden shed Monday morning when he found his wife’s ex-husband hiding there -- with a loaded crossbow. 

When all was said and done, Muhammad’s pregnant wife, Sana Muhammad, 35, was dead and their tiny son, born by emergency Cesarean section, was fighting for his life. 

The morning was a typical one in the family’s home in Ilford, London, until Imtiaz Muhammad came across Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo in the shed, the grieving widower told London’s Evening Standard

“He stared at me. He was going to shoot, so I ran into the house,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “My wife was doing the washing up, (and) I was shouting, ‘Run, run, run!’”

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Sana Muhammad was shot before she could get away. Her other five children, ages 1 to 17, witnessed the shooting, the Standard reported

The Daily Mail reported that the three oldest children are Sana Muhammad’s children with Unmathallegadoo. The two youngest are from her second marriage. 

“I can’t help thinking she took my arrow,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “Maybe it should have hit me.

“The kids were all there; it was horrific.”

Officials from the Metropolitan Police said Sana Muhammad was shot in the abdomen. She died a short time later at a hospital. 

Unmathallegadoo has been charged with murder, police officials said. He remained in police custody Thursday. 

No motive for the crime was given. The Daily Mail reported that friends of the Muhammads said Sana Muhammad, who went by the name Devi Unmathallegadoo during her first marriage, was previously Hindu and that her first marriage had been an arranged one. 

Her marriage to her second husband, for whom she converted to Islam, was one of love, the Mail reported

Medical staff were able to deliver the couple’s son, who the arrow missed by inches. The Mail reported that the projectile was still lodged in Sana Muhammad’s abdomen even as the baby was removed from his mother’s body. 

“The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Mail. “The baby was due in four weeks. They operated with the arrow still in, because it would have been too dangerous to take out.”

The baby, who has been named Ibrahim, was initially listed in critical condition, but Scotland Yard officials told the Standard that he has been upgraded to stable condition. 

Unmathallegadoo is expected to stand trial for murder sometime next year. 

Neighbors described the scene for the newspaper. 

“I can hear the man screaming a lot, saying, ‘Help, help,’” one man told the Standard. “He’s knocking the doors, on the neighbors as well, he’s asking for help, screaming for help.”

Nisa Khan, who lives across the street, called the homicide a terrible thing. She was friends with Sana Muhammad. 

“She was more like a sister than a friend. I knew her for a good seven years, ever since they moved there, we’ve known them,” Khan told the Standard. “She was just a lovely lady, lovely mother, lovely wife. I never saw her being upset, she always had a smile on her face even in the hard times.

“It’s just horrible. Everyone goes from this world, we all go, but the way she’s gone, it just hurts.”

GoFundMe page established by the Newbury Park community in Ilford is raising money to help Sana Muhammad’s family. A local Muslim cemetery, Gardens of Peace, has offered its services to the family free of charge.

“Nothing can replace any loss, but we have come together as friends and as a community to provide additional support to the family,” the page said.

Couple offers refuge to 93-year-old evacuee who escaped California wildfires 

Tracy Grant was handing out hamburgers to wildfire evacuees when she met Lee Brundige standing by himself in the parking lot full of people. 

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The 93-year-old man lived alone in a house he built years ago for himself and his wife in a neighborhood that is likely destroyed by the Camp Fire, which has been one of the most destructive in state history. 

“When I first met him, I knew he was special," Grant told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He was the only person in this parking lot who was by himself with no one else with him. I made it my mission to keep my eye on him. When the rangers came, I went up to him and said, 'You're coming with me.'"

After some hesitation, Brundige joined Grant. They went to her house in Oroville, where Brundige was able to change out of his two-day-old clothes. Grant called her boyfriend, Josh Fox, to let him know they were housing an evacuee. He brought home bags of new clothes for Brundige.

“They hit it off when Lee said he was the littlest guy in his unit so they made him be the tail gunner over the South Pacific," Grant told the Chronicle.

Brundige was able to contact his son, who is in his 70s, and let him know he is safe. 

Brundige has also bonded with Axle, the couple’s dog. 

"I thought, ‘If that were my grandpa, where would I want him to be?" Grant told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We told him this could be his forever home but that is totally up to him."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Woman one step closer to becoming Green Beret

A female is one step closer to becoming a member of the elite Green Berets. 

The woman is the first female to complete the Special Forces Assessment and Selection, a U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman told CNN

The soldier’s name has not been released because of the sensitive missions assigned to Green Berets. 

The woman will attempt the Special Forces Qualification Course, USASOC spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said.

The Army Times reported that several women have tried the Special Forces Assessment and Selection process, a 24-day program but,  before now none have advanced.

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The Green Berets is one of the Army’s only divisions that doesn’t have female members. Since being permitted to join combat groups, more than a dozen women have earned the Ranger tab, the Army Times reported.

Three women joined the Marines infantry in January 2017, as part of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

One of the women, Cpl. Remedios Cruz was discharged in September after admitting to having had an intimate relationship with a subordinate, The New York Times reported. She and the lower-ranking Marine eventually married, the Times reported.

She faced charges of fraternization, adultery and accessory to larceny, but pleaded guilty to fraternization to avoid going on trial. 

An officer who was in charge of a pretrial hearing found no probable cause for adultery and larceny charges but said that she should be administratively punished for fraternizing with the man she had married before the charges were investigated, the Times reported

But her battalion commander said that all three charges should go to trial, despite the pretrial hearing’s findings. She was given the choice of going to trial, or accepting the plea agreement, admitting to fraternization. 

Cruz, who was a sergeant at the time, was reduced to a corporal rank and restricted to base, The New York Times reported.

She is awaiting separation from the service, the Marine Corps Times reported.

As of September, there were approximately 185,000 active-duty Marines, and about 15,900 were women, according to the Department of Defense

The Army has about 740 women serving in combat roles that were restricted to only men in the past, The New York Times reported

There are about 476,000 serving on active duty in the Army as of September, according to the Army Times. Of them, there are about 70,000 women, according to Department of Defense records

Judge delays ruling in CNN lawsuit against Trump over Jim Acosta White House ban

A judge is set to rule Friday in the lawsuit filed earlier this week by CNN against President Donald Trump and his top aides.

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Attorneys for the news network are arguing that Trump and his aides violated both the network’s and reporter Jim Acosta's constitutional rights when he was banned from the White House last week.

Update 1:05 p.m. EST Nov. 15: A judge on Thursday delayed a scheduled ruling on the case, CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said, citing court records.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly is scheduled to hand down his decision at 10 a.m. Friday on whether to grant a temporary restraining order in the case. 

Update 5:40 p.m. EST Nov. 14: The judge in the CNN lawsuit against President Donald Trump and other administration officials over banning reporter Jim Acosta from the White House said he’ll issue a ruling Thursday at 3 p.m., according to news outlets.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly heard arguments from both sides in a two hour hearing Wednesday afternoon.

It’s the first hearing in CNN and Acosta’s federal lawsuit against Trump and other administration officials over the suspension of Acosta’s White House press pass.

The network and Acosta contend the suspension violated the First and Fifth Amendments.

The White House said in a Justice Department filing Wednesday that it has “broad discretion” to decide which journalists get permanent press passes.

Journalism advocates said that the White House position is a break with historical tradition, with past administrations granting press access to large and small news outlets, and that the Acosta suspension is an unprecedented step that could have a negative impact on journalism.

Update 12:05 p.m. EST Nov. 14: In a court filing Wednesday, the Justice Department argued, "No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House," after CNN sued the Trump administration for revoking Acosta’s press credentials, The Hill reported.

"The president and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences," attorneys said in the filing, according to The Hill.

Attorneys for CNN filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. A judge scheduled a hearing in the case for 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Update 11:45 a.m. EST Nov. 14: More than a dozen news organizations on Wednesday announced their intent to support CNN in the network’s suit against the Trump administration.

"Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions," officials from organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times, said Wednesday in a joint statement. 

"It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons."

Update 11:15 a.m. EST Nov. 14: Fox News plans to file an amicus brief in support of CNN in the news network's lawsuit against the Trump administration, Fox News president Jay Wallace said Wednesday in a statement.

"Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized," Wallace said. "While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people."

CNN filed suit against Trump and several officials Tuesday, days after reporter Jim Acosta had his press credentials revoked following a contentious exchange with the president.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta in a statement released after the incident of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

Update 10:25 p.m. EST Nov. 13: A federal judge has given the Trump administration until 11 a.m. Wednesday morning to respond to CNN’s lawsuit demanding a temporary restraining order in the battle over the White House’s revocation of reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, according to The Washington Post.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington.

CNN’s attorney said the network is considering whether to request financial damages in its claim against President Donald Trump.

Original report: In the lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, attorneys for CNN asked for Acosta’s press credentials to be immediately reinstated and protected.

>> White House suspends CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials

“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN officials said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

Attorneys for CNN named six defendants in the suit, including Trump, chief of staff John Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The lawsuit alleged the decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials was a “severe and unprecedented punishment” following “years of hostility by President Trump against CNN and Acosta based on the contents of their reporting.”

>> Sarah Sanders tweeted ‘doctored’ video of Jim Acosta: WaPost

“(It’s) an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view,” CNN attorneys said in the lawsuit.

Acosta’s press credentials were suspended Wednesday after a White House intern attempted to take his microphone during a news conference with Trump. Huckabee Sanders released a statement after the incident accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

Country musician Roy Clark, of 'Hee Haw' fame, dead at 85

Grammy-winning country musician Roy Clark, best known for co-hosting “Hee Haw,” has died at age 85.

His publicist said in a news release that he died from complications from pneumonia in his Tulsa, Oklahoma, home.

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In addition to work on “Hee Haw,” Clark was a Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member. USA Today reported he played multiple instruments, including the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica.

On TV, he was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” He co-hosted “Hee Haw” for the program’s entire 24-year run.

Related: Photos: Notable deaths 2018

Clark is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara, his sons, Roy Clark II and his wife Karen;  Dr. Michael Meyer and his wife, Robin; Terry Lee Meyer; Susan Mosier and Diane Stewart; grandchildren Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb Clark, Josiah Clark; and his sister Susan Coryell.

Variety reported that a memorial will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A date has not yet been announced.

Pregnant Carrie Underwood reveals she's having another boy

Carrie Underwood used some of her time hosting the CMA Awards Wednesday to announce she is having a second son.

Billboard reported that, at the start of the show, Underwood shared her usual banter with longtime co-host Brad Paisley.

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“Seriously Carrie, give me a little baby hint," Paisley said. “Johnny or June? Keith or Nicole? Garth or Trisha? Tim or Faith? George or Tammy.? Waylon or Willie?”

After some playful resistance, Underwood caved, saying, “Willie. It’s a Willie, OK?”

The gender announcement comes more than three months after the “Cry Pretty” singer announced she and her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, were expecting their second child. Their first son, 3-year-old Isaiah, was born in 2015.

Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ first full trailer released

Disney has released another trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of the animated classic “Dumbo.”

The movie company challenges fans to “find your courage” in the clips that show the dynamics between Hold Farrier, played by Colin Farrell, his on-screen children, played by Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins, and the baby elephant with big ears after Dumbo and his mother are separated.

We also see more of Michael Keaton in his role as V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who owns Dreamland, as he tries to get the flying elephant from Danny DeVito as Max Medici, the owner of the failing circus and home to Dumbo, Variety reported

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“Dumbo” will soar into theaters on March 29. 

Accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz accused of attacking jail guard

Nikolas Cruz, the ex-student accused of killing more than a dozen students and teachers at his Florida high school in February, is now accused of attacking a jail guard.

Cruz, 20, is charged with aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer and the use of an electric or chemical weapon against an officer, Broward County Jail records show. The newly added charges bring the total number of charges Cruz faces to 37. 

The former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student already faced 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder in the Valentine’s Day massacre at the Parkland school. Cruz has been in the jail, located in Fort Lauderdale, since the mass shooting. 

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Court records show that Broward County Sgt. Raymond Beltran was monitoring Cruz while he used the dayroom alone just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, at which time Beltran asked the inmate not to drag his sandals as he walked around the room. 

“Cruz responded by displaying his middle finger to Beltran,” the affidavit said. “Beltran advised that as he began to stand up, Cruz rushed him and struck him in the face.”

The pair started scuffling, which resulted in Beltran being knocked to the ground. Cruz managed to grab the deputy’s stun gun, which discharged during the struggle. 

Read the four-age booking report and arrest affidavit below.

The entire exchange was caught by a surveillance camera, the affidavit said. In the footage, Cruz could be seen rushing at the guard and striking him with his left fist.

Cruz took Beltran to the ground and, while on top of him, struck him several more times in the head as the guard tried to regain control of the inmate. It was after Beltran got on top of Cruz that Cruz momentarily grabbed the stun gun from the deputy’s holster. 

Cruz kept striking Beltran until the deputy used his right hand, which now held the stun gun, to hit Cruz in the face. 

“After being struck by Beltran, Cruz retreated to one of the seats located in the dayroom area, at which point Beltran was able to take him into custody,” the affidavit said. 

Broward County Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Marciano, a union representative for the county’s jail guards, told NBC News that no one was injured by the stun gun. He told the news agency that Cruz was separated from the rest of the inmates, but was allowed a few hours in the dayroom, alone, each day. 

After the latest incident, Cruz will now spend 23 hours a day in his cell, Marciano said

Cruz is facing the death penalty for the Feb. 14 massacre at Stoneman Douglas. 

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A Florida man's mug shot has gone viral after Facebook users commented on the unusual size of his neck. 

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Charles Dion McDowell, 31, was arrested Friday in Pensacola on drug charges, including fleeing police and possession of meth and cocaine, investigators said.

"McDowell is currently a guest at the GoldStar Hotel with a bond of $57,000," the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post

But McDowell's arrest wasn't the reason the agency's Facebook post garnered over 200,000 shares -- and counting. It was his mug shot. Here's a sampling of the 250,000 comments: 

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