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Bill Cosby’s rep now says town halls won’t be about sexual assault

Days after Bill Cosby’s representatives said he was planning on touring the country and appearing at town halls to speak with young people about sexual assault, one of those same representatives says that is not the case.

The Huffington Post reported that on Sunday, Cosby’s representative Ebonee Benson told CNN that the town hall meetings will not be about sexual assault.

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“I just want to be clear. The town hall meetings are not about sexual assault. I will repeat. These town hall meetings are not about sexual assault,” she told CNN. “This went way beyond a comment made from an interview by my colleague (Andrew Wyatt, another Cosby representative), a day ago.

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“When we initially talked about the town hall meetings, it was about restoration of legacy. Much to what Mrs. Cosby spoke on in her statement is the sensationalism brought on by the media,” Benson said. “This is another example of that. To take something that was meant to talk about the restoration of this man’s legacy that was destroyed by the media before he even had a chance to step into the courtroom. That’s what this is about.”

Benson’s statement comes after Benson and  Wyatt appeared on Good Day Alabama on Wednesday and said that Cosby was planning town halls after a mistrial was declared in a sexual assault case against him from accuser Andrea Constand. 

“We are now planning town halls. We’ll talk to young people,” Wyatt said on WBRC. “This is bigger than Bill Cosby. This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today. They need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing. It also affects married men.”

Related: Bill Cosby accuser slams his upcoming sexual assault town halls

Wyatt clarified the remarks to The New York Times in an email the next day, saying that Cosby has received “hundreds of calls from civic organizations and churches requesting for Mr. Cosby to speak to young men and women about the judicial system.”

“These groups would like for Mr. Cosby to share that people in the judicial system can use their powers to annul deals for personal agenda and political ambitions,” he said.

Wyatt said that the speeches would be free.

The apparent change of plans comes after one of Cosby’s accusers, Linda Kirkpatrick, appeared on CNN on Saturday and compared Cosby’s town hall to serial killer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer, known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, hosting a cooking show.

“Him having a town hall meeting on educating people about sexual assault is the same as Jeffrey Dahmer hosting a town hall meeting on the joy of cooking, neither of which I will be attending,” Kirkpatrick said.

Prosecutors said they plan to retry Cosby after the mistrial was declared.

Women searched at airport after feminine hygiene product alerts scanner

A Charlotte woman said she was headed home from a work conference in Tampa Bay, Florida, but was stopped after going through a Transportation Safety Administration body scanner, according to WSOC-TV.

She said she was told by TSA agents at the airport in Tampa Bay that she needed to be searched again after part of her body lit up on the scanner's screen, the exact spot where she was wearing a typical feminine hygiene product.

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"The ladies were like, ‘We're going to have to search your vaginal area and buttocks,’ and I'm like, ‘That makes no sense to me. You can clearly tell that that's a feminine product.’"

She refused the search and argued with TSA agents for about 20 minutes.

“(They said) ‘Ma'am, this is just standard procedure we have to do this. If you don't allow us to do this, you will not be boarding your flight,’" she said. "I'm crying the entire time because to me, this is very personal for you to search me in those areas, and I don't feel comfortable. They called in the police and everyone's standing there looking."

Eventually, she agreed to the search in a private room.

They went up my leg, down my leg, in the front, then up my leg and down my leg in the back with my arms up. The entire time I'm crying," she said. "I felt like a criminal. She's patting me down and they're holding my hands up and they're going on my waistline."

When agents found nothing, they let her go. 

Three days later, she's still confused, devastated and wants other women to know what happened.

"That's a real issue not just for myself, but for other women like that's so embarrassing to have to be stopped and searched like that," she said.

TSA Statement:

"We take reports of alleged impropriety very seriously and regret any distress the security screening process may have caused the passenger. TSA conducted a thorough review of the passenger's screening and concluded that all security protocols were followed as our officers worked to resolve an alarm. TSA officers must work to resolve all alarms at the checkpoint to ensure everyone arrives safely at their destination. However, incidents such as the one described are extremely rare and women should not be concerned about going through the security checkpoint."

Background provided by TSA:

"The advanced imaging technology scanner at the checkpoint helps TSA identify concealed metallic and nonmetallic items between the skin and clothing using millimeter-wave technology. So if an individual were to try to conceal something in the area of the groin, the machine would detect it. It is not out of the question that the machine could detect something placed inside an individual's underwear."

Florida woman falls asleep behind wheel with toddler in car

A Florida woman was found passed out behind the wheel of a car at an intersection with a 2-year-old child in the back seat.

Jennifer Hernandez, 31, was driving in Oakland Park on Sunday when a concerned citizen reported that Hernandez had fallen asleep in the driver’s seat of a Cadillac while the car was stopped, according to WPLG.

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The person banged on the window, hoping to wake Hernandez, but failed. Paramedics arrived at the scene and woke Hernandez, who told them that she hadn’t slept in 24 hours because of work and that she had prescriptions for Xanax, mirtazapine and painkillers, WPLG reported.

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Authorities noted Hernandez had bloodshot eyes, that her speech was slurred and that she had “a slight odor of alcoholic beverages,” according to an arrest report obtained by WPLG.

A two-thirds-full bottle of vodka was found in the front passenger’s seat. 

She claimed she was driving the 2-year-old child to a birthday party when she fell asleep, WPLG reported.

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Hernandez was arrested and charged with child neglect.

Read more at WPLG.

Police chief loses part of arm in fireworks accident

The police chief of a small Pennsylvania town has lost part of his arm in a fireworks accident.

Leechburg Police Chief Michael Diebold, 39, was injured Saturday night when a mortar he was lighting during a fireworks show at a local carnival misfired and struck him.

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Diebold, who is licensend to handle pyrotechnics, was flown to UPMC Mercy Hospital’s trauma and burn unit and is now listed in stable condition.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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City officials and residents gathered Sunday night at the town's fire hall for a prayer vigil for Diebold.

"I've always known him to be a good person, a hard worker and an officer who cares deeply and is committed to his community,” Captain Steve Ignatz said.

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A fundraiser for Diebold is underway to help pay for his hospital expenses.

80-year-old woman attacked by bobcat in New Hampshire

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A 80-year-old New Hampshire woman was weeding the flowers Sunday, like she does every night, when a bobcat attacked her. 

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"I kept hitting him with a sickle, and it didn't seem to do anything," said Elsie Dabrowski. 

The bobcat was between 23 and 25 pounds, but Elsie said it was strong. 

The bobcat first attacked her face, and then her arm, wrist and back. 

Finally, when her dogs ran up to her, the bobcat ran off. 

Elsie and her husband went to New London hospital and she received between 50 and 60 stitches. She didn't get home until 3:30 a.m.

On Monday morning, she went to the Fish and Game to get a rabies shot, just in case. Wildlife officials were able to capture by 7:30 a.m.

"It wouldn't have attacked if it was well," she said. 

She said she's never seen a bobcat in her backyard, and they've lived in the same house since 1987.

"We have coyotes, foxes and bears, but never a bobcat," she said. 

Despite being attacked, Elsie is upbeat. 

"I feel great! Other than I hurt in certain places," she said. 

Warning: The below gallery contains graphic photos of woman and animal. Viewer discretion is advised.

>> PHOTOS: 80-year-old woman attacked by bobcat [via Boston25News.com]

Official NFL Shop mistakes Washington state for Redskins' home

The official shop of the National Football League was trying to celebrate state and hometown pride for several of its teams, but it appears to have made a big mistake.

NFLShop.com posted several novelty license plates with team logos over their respective states. As first noted Monday morning by the Washington Post, the shop was selling a Washington Redskins license plate with the logo over the state of Washington.

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The Redskins represent Washington, D.C., and play games in Maryland.

Not that it would be easy to figure out what state to put behind the Redskins, as Washington Post columnist Dan Steinberg pointed out.

“The WASHINGTON Redskins actually play their games in … well, they actually play their games in Maryland. But as everyone knows, the WASHINGTON Redskins actually hold their practices in … well, they actually hold their practices in Virginia. But as everyone knows, at least the WASHINGTON Redskins actually stage their training camp in … well, that’s in Virginia too,” Stienberg wrote. “So okay, it’s a little confusing. Still. Whatever the team’s proper geographic orientation, it has nothing to do with Washington state.”

The listing for the license plate was removed from NFLShop.com on Monday.

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TSA pulls giant lobster from suitcase at Boston airport

Among the list of things the Transportation Security Administration doesn’t often find in checked bags is surely giant lobsters – even at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

But according to the TSA, that’s exactly what an agent found while screening checked luggage over the weekend.

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In a tweet, TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy said the lobster topped 20 pounds.

According to the TSA, live lobsters are allowed on planes – at least in checked baggage.

Travelers can take lobsters with them if they’re in clear, plastic, spill-proof containers.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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