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Martin Luther King Jr.: How the world heard the news of his assassination

April 4 will mark the 50th anniversary of the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. King, the leader of the non-violent movement for civil rights in the 1960s, had come to Memphis the day before to help sanitation workers rally for better wages and safer working conditions.

That evening, as King stood on a balcony at the Loraine Motel, he was mortally wounded by a bullet from a rifle believed to have been fired from a rooming house across the street from the Loraine. King was hit in the jaw and knocked unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the St. Joseph’s Hospital about an hour later, having never regained consciousness.

Here is how the world learned and reacted to the news of King’s assassination:

What King said night before he was murdered:

King came to Memphis in early April 1968 to help striking sanitation workers in their protests for better wages and safer working conditions. On April 3, King addressed a gathering at the Mason Temple in Memphis. He said he did not feel well and did not want to go, but went anyway on the urging of his aides. King stood before the crowd and spoke extemporaneously for more than 40 minutes. The speech turned out to be prophetic as King told those gathered he had “been to the mountaintop,” but that he may not “get there with you.” Here is that speech:

Click here for a look at King’s life, death and legacy.

The obituariesFrom the New York Times:

Martin Luther King Jr.: Leader of Millions in Nonviolent Drive for Racial Justice

“To many million of American Negroes, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the prophet of their crusade for racial equality. He was their voice of anguish, their eloquence in humiliation, their battle cry for human dignity. He forged for them the weapons of nonviolence that withstood and blunted the ferocity of segregation.

“And to many millions of American whites, he was one of a group of Negroes who preserved the bridge of communication between races when racial warfare threatened the United States in the nineteen-sixties, as Negroes sought the full emancipation pledged to them a century before by Abraham Lincoln.

“To the world, Dr. King had the stature that accrued to a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a man with access to the White House and the Vatican; a veritable hero in the African states that were just emerging from colonialism.” (Click here to continue reading)

From the Chicago Tribune

Riots follow killing of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Before darkness fell on this day, a Friday, the plumes of smoke from the West Side already were visible to Loop office workers. In Chicago and across the nation, rioting was breaking out in response to the news that Martin Luther King Jr. had been gunned down in Memphis the day before.” (Click here to continue reading)

Robert Kennedy breaking the news

On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was in Indianapolis, campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president when he was told of the assassination of King. His staff tried to dissuade Kennedy from going to speak to the crowd in a predominately black neighborhood in the city, as news of riots were beginning to spread.

Kennedy insisted on going to the corner of 17th Avenue and Broadway and talking with the people gathered there. Kennedy began by breaking the news that King had been shot and killed, then called for calm and reminded those gathered that he, too, had had a family member killed and that his family member (his brother, John F. Kennedy) was killed by a white man.

Here is Kennedy’s speech that night.

President Lyndon Johnson’s response

Johnson was notified of King’s assassination as he readied for a trip to Hawaii. He postponed the trip, called King’s wife to offer condolences and declared April 7 a national day of mourning.

The front pages

To see how the world reacted to King’s assassination, click here.

From television:

Walter Cronkite on CBS  

ABC News

NBC News

From radio:WSB radio tribute

Coretta Scot King two days after her husband’s assassination

Glen Campbell’s widow opens up about the family feud over his estate

The widow of country music legend Glen Campbell is telling her side of the story in the legal battle over her late husband’s estate. Kim Campbell also addresses allegations that she barred his children from seeing him.

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Campbell is breaking her silence on the legal battle currently playing out in court over her late husband’s reported $50 million fortune. Several of the country crooner’s older children have claimed their step-mother barred them from seeing their father when he was in an Alzheimer’s care facility in Nashville. She’s denying the allegations.

“I never ever denied them a visit — ever,” Campbell told “Inside Edition.” “They never, ever called me to see how he was doing or if they could help.”

>> Related: Controversy continues in the fight over Glen Campbell’s will

Three of the musician’s older children, including his eldest son, Travis, have filed a lawsuit seeking what they claim is their piece of the family fortune. They were left out of their father’s will, and Kim Campbell says she had nothing to do with that decision.

“That was all done in 2002, and that was a choice that was made by Glen — not me — and there were reasons for it,” she said.

Campbell also claimed Travis Campbell did not visit his father in the 20 years before the superstar’s death in 2017. She said the allegations against her by the children have been difficult.

“It has been very painful and hurtful. It’s a nightmare to have people on the internet threatening to kill you because they think you are this horrible person who wouldn’t let people visit, which is totally false,” she said.

>> Related: Country legend Glen Campbell to release final album, 'Adios'

Campbell is also speaking out about her husband’s former girlfriend, country star Tanya Tucker, who released a song about him titled “Forever Loving You,” following Campbell’s death last year.

“This Tanya Tucker, who dated my husband for a hot minute 35 years ago, going on TV the day after my husband dies, [promoting] ‘Forever Loving You,’ [and] exploiting my husband,” the angry widow said.

The proceeds from that song benefit Alzheimer’s disease research, and Tucker maintained her motives were pure in writing and releasing the song.

>> Related: Country singer Glen Campbell dead at 81

A statement from Tucker’s press rep reads, “Tanya has nothing but love in her heart for the entire Campbell family. Tanya released ‘Forever Loving You’ last year in tribute to Glen and to raise awareness for all those suffering with this heartbreaking disease.”

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Meanwhile, Kim Campbell is moving forward with her advocacy work for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. She has teamed up with the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation and ride service Lyft to help provide transportation for people with the disease who are participating in clinical trials.

It’s devastating to lose someone to this disease. It’s heartbreaking, but I want to bring something positive out of it,” she said.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch 16 times larger than estimates: 87,000 tons of plastic and growing

The giant mass of floating plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, now measures almost 620,000 square miles and is as much as 16 times larger than previous estimates, according to a new study.

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The huge mass of soupy trash between California and Hawaii in what’s known as the Pacific gyre contains 87,000 tons of plastic, researchers reported in the study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, and scientists said with the massive global plastic pollution continuing, it’s still growing.

Data between 1970 and 2015 shows the plastic levels in the garbage patch are increasing at a faster rate than in surrounding waters.

The biggest chunk of garbage in the patch, 46 percent of it, is fishing nets, according to the research. Other types of commercial fishing gear, including eel traps, ropes and oyster spacers account for a majority of the rest of the trash. 

Oceanographer and lead researcher with the Ocean Cleanup Foundation Laurent Lebreton told National Geographic scientists wanted to study the bigger pieces of trash in the patch.

“I knew there would be a lot of fishing gear, but 46 percent was unexpectedly high,” Lebreton said. “Initially, we thought fishing gear would be more in the 20 percent range. That is the accepted number [for marine debris] globally - 20 percent from fishing sources and 80 percent from land.”

The fishing nets that litter the world’s oceans entangle whales, turtles and seals, and the plastic in the seas kills or injures 100,000 marine animals every year, National Geographic reported.

Researchers said there are still many unknowns about the garbage patch, including the level of plastic pollution in deeper waters and on the sea floor, and that more study is needed,

The findings are part of a three-year mapping effort involving Ocean Cleanup, an international team of scientists, six universities and an aerial sensor company. 


Who was Harry Houdini? 10 facts about the amazing mastermind and magician

He’s the godfather of escapism and illusion, a magical mastermind whose tricks dazzle to this day. But how much do you know about the man in the handcuffs?

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Here are 10 fun facts about the genius known as Harry Houdini.

Houdini was born Erik Weisz on Mar. 24, 1874, in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. His family immigrated to the United States in July 1878, settled in Wisconsin, and changed the spelling of their last name to Weiss. Young Houdini’s first named changed as well, from Erik to Ehrich.

The Weiss family eventually moved to New York City, where 9-year-old Ehrich took a job as a trapeze artist. He launched his professional magic career in 1891 and changed his name once again. “Harry” is a derivative of his childhood nickname, Ehrie, while “Houdini” is an homage to one of his idols, French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin.

In 1893, he married Wilhelmina “Bess” Rahner, who would become his stage assistant.

Houdini got his big break in 1899, when he impressed manager Martin Beck with his ability to break out of handcuffs. Beck booked the Houdinis on the vaudeville circuit. They eventually took their escape show to Europe, where Houdini challenged local police in several countries to keep him restrained with shackles and locked in jail.

>> Related: 5 facts about the charming Charlie Chaplin

Beginning in 1907, Houdini’s American productions got bigger and more dangerous. They included escaping from a locked milk can filled with water; releasing himself from a straitjacket while dangling by his feet from a rope above a city street; and the famous Chinese Water Torture Cell, which forced Houdini to hold his breath for more than three minutes while getting out of a glass and steel cabinet overflowing with water, all while suspended upside down.

One 1915 trick nearly killed Houdini. He was buried alive in a dirt pit, then started to panic as he desperately clawed his way out. No one could hear his cries for help. His hand eventually broke free, and he was pulled to safety — and passed out once he was back on the ground.

It was not magic that ultimately brought down Houdini, but a ruptured appendix. He died of peritonitis in a Detroit hospital on Oct. 31, 1926, at age 52.

>> Related: 5 fun facts about iconic musician Little Richard

Magic wasn’t Houdini’s only talent. He founded his own film company, The Film Development Corporation, and starred in several productions. He was also an accomplished aviator who made one of the first aerial flights in Australia. He even taught American soldiers how to escape sinking ships and get out of ropes or handcuffs in case they were captured by the enemy during World War I.

MUST SEE: Good Samaritans pull driver from burning car

A police dashboard camera captured the heroics of strangers in Westtown Township, Pennsylvania. 

A driver hit several cars in the parking lot of Saints Simon and Jude School with their vehicle before flipping over, WPVI reported.

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Good Samaritans jumped into action to help police right the SUV and pull the driver from the burning car.

KYW reported that the driver had been trapped under the vehicle.

School staff members used fire extinguishers to keep the fire under control as the others rescued the driver.

The video was released by the Westtown-East Goshen Police Department, KYW reported.

Grilling meat could raise your risk of high blood pressure, study says

Grill lovers beware. Before you fire up the grill, a new report says that barbecue may increase your risk of high blood pressure.

Researchers from the American Heart Association presented a report Wednesday that explored whether foods cooked at high temperatures affect blood pressure. 

To do so, they examined more than 100,000 people from various long-term health studies. Researchers gathered information about the individuals’ cooking methods and the development of high blood pressure among those who regularly ate beef, poultry or fish. 

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After analyzing the results, researchers found that none of the participants had high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer at the start of the program. About 37,000 of them had developed high blood pressure during the followup 12 to 16 years later.

When the scientists took a closer look, they discovered that those who reported eating two servings of red meat, chicken or fish a week were at higher risk for hypertension. 

The risk was 17 percent higher for people who grilled, broiled or roasted beef, chicken or fish more than 15 times a month, compared to those who did it less than four times a month. 

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Furthermore, the risk was 15 percent higher for those who liked their meats well-done as opposed to rarer. High blood pressure risk was also higher for those estimated to have consumed the highest levels of heterocyclic aromatic amines, a chemical found on meats that are charred or exposed to high temperatures.

“The chemicals produced by cooking meats at high temperatures induce oxidative stress, inflammation and insulin resistance in animal studies, and these pathways may also lead to an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure,” Gang Liu said in a Wednesday news release

“Our findings suggest that it may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure if you don’t eat these foods cooked well done and avoid the use of open-flame and/or high-temperature cooking methods, including grilling/barbequing and broiling.”

Find out more about the report at the American Heart Association website.

Clerk's fight with armed shoplifter caught on camera

A clerk who said he was fed up with a repeat shoplifter at an Everett convenience store ended up being stabbed in the head during an altercation that was caught on camera.

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It happened at an AM PM store on 128th Street Southwest Thursday morning. 

The clerk told KIRO 7 that the man had shoplifted at the store on numerous other occasions. He said he got fed up when he saw the man stealing Thursday, and wanted to stop him and call police.

Surveillance video obtained by KIRO 7 shows a man with a backpack and wearing a blue baseball cap enter the store, and grab doughnuts and a fountain drink before walking out without paying.

The clerk ran out of the store and yelled at the man to come back and pay, but the man kept going. The clerk caught up with the man, grabbed his backpack, which the clerk believed to contain stolen items, and then walked back into the store to call police.

As the clerk was making the call, the man walked back into the store and began to attack the clerk behind the counter in an attempt to get his backpack back.

Video shows the man wielding some kind of knife as the two struggled to get control of the backpack. 

The man eventually gave up when the clerk grabbed a stick from behind the counter and chased him out of the store.

The clerk has a minor cut on his head and will be OK. The whole altercation happened in front of customers. 

The clerk was able to hold onto the man’s backpack and gave it to sheriff’s deputies, who are still looking for the man.

Study: Emory scientists may be able to trigger weight loss by freezing ‘hunger nerve’

From eating healthy foods to exercising regularly, dropping extra pounds can be tough. However, health experts may have discovered a way to target the nerve responsible for our hunger pangs, according to a new report

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On Wednesday, it was announced that Emory University recently conducted a pilot study to determine if focusing on the posterior vagal trunk, the nerve that triggers hunger signals to the brain, can influence weight loss. 

“Medical literature shows the vast majority of weight-loss programs fail, especially when people attempt to reduce their food intake,” co-author David Prologo said in a statement in a news release. “When our stomachs are empty, the body senses this and switches to food-seeking survival mode. We're not trying to eliminate this biological response, only reduce the strength of this signal to the brain to provide a new, sustainable solution to the difficult problem of treating mild obesity.”

To do so, they developed a procedure that freezes the nerve, reducing the “attrition that is common with weight-loss efforts,” Prologo wrote. 

Related: Here’s why weight gain could cause loss of taste buds, study says

During the treatment, which is intended for mildly to moderately obese people, an interventional radiologist inserts a needle through a patient’s back. With live images from a CT scan, they are able to guide the instrument to the nerve, located at the base of the esophagus, to emit argon gas to numb it. 

They tested their methods on 10 subjects with a body mass index between 30 and 37, and examined them for 90 days. During the follow-up period, they found that all the subjects had a decreased appetite. Furthermore, they had an overall average body weight loss of 3.6 percent and an average body mass index decline of 14 percent.

Now they are recruiting more individuals to undergo the process for a larger clinical trial. 

“We are trying to help people succeed with their own attempts to lose weight,” Prologo said.

Read more about the findings, published in the Society of Interventional Radiology, at

College student seriously injured while on spring break in Cancun

A college student from Revere is in a Boston hospital after being seriously hurt on spring break.

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Boston 25 News learned Lauren Hayes, a UMass Amherst senior, is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after being seriously injured in Mexico.

According to UMass Amherst, Hayes suffered a skull fracture during a boating incident in Cancun.

Information from her GoFundMe page says Hayes was seriously injured due to negligence of the boat crew.

She was flown from a hospital in Cancun to Boston for medical treatment Monday.

Hayes is two months short of finishing her college career -- graduating with degrees in marketing and communications.

Hayes' injury in Cancun comes after the death of Amherst College senior Andrew Dorogi, who died in Mexico City last week.

It's still unclear what happened to the Ohio native.

Dorogi was a member of the college's football team. He is being remembered for his love and humor.

The school's coach said Dorogi was "smart, motivated and he was going to do great things."

The GoFundMe page set up for Hayes three days ago has already raised more than $50,000.

Teacher finds meowing cat in student’s backpack

One fourth grade student’s backpack was quite literally the cat’s meow.

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Fourth grade teacher Carey Geipel started looking around her classroom after she heard meowing during a planning period March 16 only to discover a student brought a cat to school hidden in a backpack, according to a Facebook post

“We listen to a purse, lunchbox... it must be a cell phone ringing,” she wrote. “Nope. It’s coming from the backpacks. I lift a jacket and a backpack MOVES. I unzip the backpack and a cat’s head POPS out!”

Geipel made a phone call home to the student’s mother, who came and picked up the cat.

“Hello, Student is safe but we have kind of a weird situation,” Geipel wrote, recounting the conversation. “Your student brought a cat to school, on the bus, in her backpack.”

It turns out it is not even their cat, it belongs to their neighbor.

Police tell man ‘Congratulations, that’s a felony’ after arrest on impersonating US Marshal charge

When you’re going to impersonate a law enforcement officer, the last person you want to tell that you’re a cop, is a cop.

But that’s what police in Boynton Beach said happened at a Florida Best Buy.

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According to the police report, officers were called to the store when a man that employees suspected of stealing an iPhone X a few days earlier entered the business.

The employee called to have John O’Grady, 61, removed from the store for trespassing

When officers approached the Boynton Beach man, he said he was a U.S. marshal. The pin on his gray suit, the badge and the gun seemed to confirm that.

But O’Grady didn’t have identification nor could he name his supervisor. 

He eventually conceded that no, he was not a U.S. marshal, and the “firearm” on his hip was a BB gun. 

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Police can be heard on the body camera video telling O’Grady, “Congratulations, that’s a felony,” once they found a badge on his belt saying that he was a U.S. marshal.

Authorities arrested O’Grady on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer and retail theft. They reportedly found the stolen iPhone in O’Grady’s vehicle. 

O’Grady was released later that afternoon from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $6,000 surety bond, records show. 

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

George Clooney writes open letter to Parkland students: ‘Amal and I stand behind you’

Student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have taken over The Guardian’s website ahead of the March for Our Lives.

The school’s Eagle Eye newspaper is covering event, in which students will march in Washington, D.C., to advocate for action against gun violence.

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The newspaper reached out to politicians and celebrities, including George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the march, for an interview. 

“They turned us down on the interview, but we loved the letter George sent us back,” the Eagle Eye staff said.

Related: George, Amal Clooney donate $500K to Parkland survivors; Oprah matches amount

In his letter to the students, Clooney said he and his wife, Amal Clooney, are “100 percent” behind the movement and will be at the March on Saturday. Clooney also emphasized that the march is for the students, and offered options for coverage.

“Amal and I are 100% behind you and will be marching in DC on the 24th, but we both feel very strongly that this is your march. Your moment,” Clooney wrote. “Young people are taking it to the adults and that has been your most effective tool. The fact that no adults will speak on the stage in DC is a powerful message to the world that if we can’t do something about gun violence then you will. The issue is going to be this, anyone you ask would feel proud to be interviewed by you but it’s so much more effective if it’s young people.

“You could talk to a dozen kids like the young kids from Chicago and LA that Emma met with. You could take over the Guardian and make it tell the stories of children by children. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to point to this moment and say it belongs to you. You certainly should do what you want but that would be my hope for you.

“Amal and I stand behind you, in support of you, in gratitude to you. 

“You make me proud of my country again.”

The full letter can be read at

Emergency responders leave dead man on side of road, officials say

Emergency personnel left the lifeless body of a man they were unable to revive on the side of a road, according to reports. 

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Ty Ross took his dogs Jake and Holly for a walk around the Palma Sola Marina Feb. 26 when he suffered a heart attack, according to WWSB

His wife Julie Ross had her phone off while she was working out and when she was able to get to the scene, there was only a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy there, according to WWSB

Emergency personnel, who had been there for about an hour, had already left, leaving Ty Ross’ body half in the street and the other half in the grass. 

His body was in the sun for about three hours before a friend who runs a funeral home arrived to pick up Ross’s body, according to WWSB.

The Manatee County Emergency Medical Services’ policy is that an ambulance will not transport a person who has died, according to WWSB.

County officials told WWSB they are looking to change that policy in light of this incident.

Girl shot in Maryland school shooting taken off life support, dies

One of two victims of a school shooting in Maryland has died. 

Jaelynn Rose Willey, 16, was taken off of life support Thursday. She died a few hours later at 11:34 p.m. Thursday night, WRC reported.

Willey was injured earlier this week when a student with whom she had a previous relationship shot her in the head in the hallway of Great Mills High School, WRC reported.

Officials with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announced Willey’s death Friday morning, WBAL reported.

She was one of nine children in the Willey family. Family members said she helped take care of the other children every day, WRC reported.

The gunman died after he and a school resource officer exchanged gunfire; however, officials have not released if it was the officer’s shot that killed the teen gunman, or if he killed himself, WBAL reported.

Another student, Desmond Barnes, 14, was shot in the leg, WRC reported. He was released from a hospital Wednesday, WBAL reported.

Mom who killed kids after husband asked for divorce gets 120 years in prison

An Indiana woman who stabbed her two young children to death after her husband asked for a divorce in 2016 has been sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Brandi Worley, 31, of Darlington, was sentenced Monday in a Montgomery County courtroom. The Journal Review in Crawfordsville reported that Worley was quiet as she learned her fate, and she did not make a statement.

The Indy Channel reported that Worley pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in January. 

Worley stabbed her children, Tyler, 7, and Charlee, 3, to death in a bedroom of her family’s home while her husband, Jason Worley, slept downstairs. Jason Worley told his wife he wanted to end the couple’s seven-year marriage two days before the Nov. 17, 2016, slayings, according to authorities. 

Jason Worley took the stand during his now-ex-wife’s sentencing hearing, the Journal Review reported

“For me, those children were my life,” Jason Worley said. 

He described Tyler as a loving, energetic first-grader who loved sports.

“He was one of those (people) who could walk into a room of strangers and walk out with 20 new friends,” Jason Worley said

Charlee loved dressing up and having her hair braided, her father said. 

The murders came to light when Brandi Worley called Montgomery County 911 early in the morning on the day of the attack. When the dispatcher answered her call, she calmly told him what she did. 

“I just stabbed myself and I killed my two children,” Worley says in the audio of the call, which was made public shortly after the murders. 

“You stabbed yourself and killed your two children?” the male dispatcher repeats incredulously. 

“Mmm-hmm,” Worley responds. 

“Okay, and what’s your name?”

“Brandi Worley.”

The dispatcher asks where the children are, and Worley, whose speech is somewhat slurred, responds that they are on the floor in her daughter’s room. The dispatcher continues asking questions between moments of silence, at one point asking Worley why she killed her children.

“My husband wanted a divorce and wanted to take my kids,” she responds. “I don’t want him to have my kids.”

Worley, who is calling from her living room, tells the dispatcher she stabbed herself in the neck.

“Are you bleeding?” he asks. 

“Yeah, there’s blood everywhere,” Worley says. 

Asked about her husband, she says he is downstairs in the basement. The dispatcher asks about Jason Worley’s condition. 

“I don’t know, I haven’t talked to him,” she responds. 

The dispatcher asks Brandi Worley what she feels, and she says she’s tired.

“I took a lot of Benadryl,” she says. 

She tells the dispatcher that, prior to calling him, she called her mother, who told her to call 911.  

Montgomery County prosecutors said that it was Jason Worley’s mother-in-law’s screams of horror that woke him that morning. He ran upstairs and found her in the kitchen, and his wife in the living room.

“That’s when I heard (Brandi) say, ‘Now you can’t take my children from me,” Jason Worley said, according to the Journal Review

Montgomery County Prosecutor Joe Buser laid out a timeline of what happened, saying that Jason Worley told his wife he wanted a divorce on Nov. 15. The following morning, Brandi Worley took the children and spent the day with her mother.

That afternoon, Jason Worley, a software engineer, returned from work and the family went to Charlee’s dance practice, Buser said. After dinner at home, Brandi Worley went to Walmart, telling her husband that she needed pipe cleaners for a school project Tyler was working on.

Instead of pipe cleaners, she bought a knife, the Journal Review reported

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When she returned home, she hid the knife in Tyler’s bedroom before going into the living room, where she and her husband played with their children together before Jason Worley put them to bed for the last time, the newspaper said. 

Buser said that early the following morning, Brandi Worley woke Tyler up for a “sleepover” in his little sister’s room, the Journal Review reported. In Charlee’s bedroom, she straddled her son and stabbed him repeatedly.

Charlee awoke at one point and asked what her mother was doing, the prosecutor said. When Brandi Worley told her “nothing,” Charlee went back to sleep. 

Once Tyler was dead, Brandi Worley stabbed Charlee to death. Their autopsies showed both children were stabbed multiple times, the Journal Review said

Worley then stabbed herself more than once in the neck, but survived.

“She was more adept killing her small, sleeping children than killing herself,” Buser said. 

Defense attorney Mark Inman said there was no clear-cut reason that the murders took place. He told the Journal Review that his client showed emotion during their first few meetings, but became more stoic after that.

“That’s the only way she can deal with it at this point,” Inman said. “She doesn’t know why she did it.”

In court on Monday, Jason Worley was asked what sentence he would like to see his ex-wife receive. 

“All I care is to never see her again,” he said, according to the newspaper. “Out of sight and out of mind.”

Brandi Worley’s individual sentences were 55 years for her son’s murder and 65 years for killing her young daughter. The sentences are to run consecutively, or one after another. 

She is now housed in the Rockville Correctional Facility, according to state prison records

Will Smith performs ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ theme with Jimmy Fallon

Will Smith joined Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” Thursday to sing a medley of theme songs.

Among the songs were the themes to “Golden Girls,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Martin,” “Full House,” “Three’s Company” and, of course, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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Rolling Stone reported that the skit was a spin-off of Fallon’s “History of Rap” series, which features Fallon and Justin Timberlake.

This isn’t Smith’s first musical collaboration with Fallon. In 2015, the two performed Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two” with an iPad app. They danced together in “The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing,” which included the Carlton dance. In 2012, the pair did a 1920s radio skit.

Watch Smith and Fallon perform “History of TV Theme Songs” in the video below. The “Fresh Prince” theme starts at the 2:40 mark.

Newborn twins found dead in suitcase, woman charged

An arrest has been made in the disturbing case in Arkansas where newborn twins were found dead in a suitcase.

Keysheonna Reed, 24 of Wynne, has been charged with two counts of abuse of a corpse.

The babies were found inside a purple suitcase in a ditch near Crossroad 602 in Cross County on February 16. The newborns, one boy and one girl, were between 32 and 34 weeks along.

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Ten days ago, the Cross County Sheriff's Office released photos of items found at or near the scene. They were a purple Hi-Pak suitcase, in which the babies were found, red Polo pants with an elastic waistband, and an orange duffel bag with "Tigers #3" embroidered in it.

Investigators were able to determine who owned the bags, and that led them to Reed.

A report from the Arkansas State Crime Lab determined the babies “were born deceased in the womb,” and there were no illegal substances in the babies’ systems.

No bond has been set for Reed.

WANTED: Sheriff's office accuses Punxsutawney Phil of deception

This week’s spring snowstorm has Punxsutawney Phil on the run. 

Pennsylvania’s prognosticator is wanted by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department

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They even have his mugshot up on the “Warrant Wall.” 

He’s been charged with deception and lying to the public

You may recall, Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter – the six weeks was up last week

Trump signs Omnibus Spending Bill

Update 1:45 p.m. ET: President Donald Trump has signed the Omnibus Spending Bill hours after tweeting he was considering vetoing the bill. He spoke from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House.

He said he told Congressional leaders that while he did sign it, he will not do it again, claiming that no one has actually read the bill.

President Trump said that he wanted to include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, claiming that the Democrats would not consider it. 

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Update 12:55 p.m. ET: President Donald Trump has announced that he will have a news conference at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the Omnibus Spending Bill.


Original story: President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to veto a $1.3 trillion funding bill because it did not include money for a resolution for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and failed to fully fund a wall across the country’s southern border.

The Senate had passed the bill early Friday morning. The House passed it on Thursday. The  more then 2,300-page bill was made public less than 24 hours before it was passed.

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Trump said in a tweet that he was considering vetoing the omnibus spending bill.

If Trump decides to veto the bill, the government would shut down at midnight, hours before thousands are expected at the “March for Our Lives,” a gun control rally scheduled for Saturday.

Taco Bell announces new tortilla chips based on its sauces

Let’s hope this isn’t an early April Fools joke! Taco Bell announced that it will be releasing tortilla chips based on its sauces, according to its social media posts.

The chips will be sold in grocery and convenience stores and will come in three flavors: original, mild and fire.

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The “Today” show reported that the chips will be available nationwide in May. 

Mild chips will have a chili pepper and cumin taste. Fire will have jalapeno, chili peppers and paprika. The classic flavor will only have salt and taste like traditional tortilla chips, “Today” reported.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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