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Fatal stabbings of mom, 3 kids leave relatives, friends devastated; suspect in custody, authorities say

Friends and family of a 29-year-old Georgia mother and her three children, who were found fatally stabbed in an apartment Wednesday, say the tragedy has come as a total shock to the community, according to reports.

Jerrica Spellman and the children were found dead Wednesday night in a South Columbus apartment complex, WTVM-TV reported. The youngest child was an infant, and the oldest was 3, the report said.

A suspect, identified as 27-year-old Travane Brandon Jackson, has been taken into custody on four counts of family violence, according to the station.

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Travane Brandon Jackson has been charged with four counts of murder, police said.  (Muscogee County Jail)

Spellman and Jackson had been in a relationship and lived together in the apartment at the time of the quadruple murder, authorities said. Jackson shares a name with the three children and his believed to be their father, according to police.

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Those who knew the couple said Jackson seemed to love his kids and worked several jobs to support them.

“All I know is this, that boy grind for those kids and that’s all he used to promote,” a friend of Jackson’s told WTVM-TV. “Two, three jobs, plus that, definitely a shock. I don’t what’s going, pray for both sides of the family.”

A friend of Spellman’s told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that she was “full of love and life.”

“I still really am feeling like it’s not happening,” she said. “She didn’t deserve that at all. She didn’t do wrong to people; she always wanted to see people in good moods. If you were in a bad mood she’d try to do something funny or say something to make you laugh.”

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A Georgia mother and her three young children were found fatally stabbed Wednesday, according to police.  (fbi.gov)

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Spellman’s family, meanwhile, have expressed shock, noting that she was a wonderful mother who would do anything for her children. They said there were no distressing signs between the couple.

“Like I said, it’s a senseless act, you know both families lost out,” said a cousin. “Everybody lost someone and something.”

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

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SEE IT: Man in suit piggy-backs woman to escape flooded New Jersey train station

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He really rode out the storm.

A bizarre viral video shows a man in a suit being piggy-backed by a woman through water gushing into the Short Hills, New Jersey train station during Wednesday night’s downpour.

Video producer Ashley Maas told The Post she was walking through the station when she saw the man at the bottom of some steps, seemingly frozen in place by the cascading water and rising tide in front of him.

In Maas’ Twitter video of what happened next, an unidentified woman then pops out of the tunnel and the man jumps on her back — getting a water-rescue piggyback ride.

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“The man in this video ran off the train with me,” said Maas, who commutes into Manhattan from Jersey.

“I took out my phone to get a video of the water pouring down the steps. I didn’t know the woman was there until the moment in this video happened.”

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“That was probably the best part of it all, this random lady coming out of the tunnel and transporting him away,” she added

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SEE IT: Philadelphia man escapes fire by scaling at least 14 stories down side of high-rise

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A man escaped a fire in Philadelphia on Thursday night by scaling least 14 stories down a side of an apartment building, reports said.

Fire crews responded around 9:30 p.m. to reports that smoke was seen coming from the upper floors of a 19-story high-rise in West Philadelphia.

Officials said the fire originated in the trash chute on the first floor and traveled upward, causing heavy smoke to pour into the hallways on the top floors, Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV reported.

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WPVI-TV’s chopper camera captured video of a man climbing down story by story on the outside of the building until finally reaching the ground.  The man was able to make his at least 14-story descent in less than three minutes, WCAU-TV, whose SkyForce 10 chopper also shot the scene, reported.

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An unknown number of residents were taken away in ambulances. At least four residents and at least three police officers were treated for smoke inhalation, WPVI-TV reported. It was unclear as of Thursday evening if anyone died in the fire or if anyone suffered more serious injuries.

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Five guys arrested at Five Guys burger joint in Florida: police

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Now there’s apparently no guys.

Five guys were arrested at a Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Florida after allegedly getting into a fistfight, authorities said.

The Stuart Police Department announced the arrests on Facebook: “Five guys were involved in the fight, and those five guys found themselves under arrest,”

A witness said a cup was thrown and a door slammed in someone’s face before an “all-out brawl” broke out, according to an arrest report. The cause of the fight is unknown.

Three male juveniles and two adult men were charged with affray and processed at the Martin County Jail, police said. Florida law defines affray as a first degree misdemeanor charge resulting from two or more people fighting in a public place and disturbing the peace, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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Keith Morine and Loren Perine, of Stuart, who are both 18, were arrested and booked into the Martin County Jail, the newspaper reported. The three male minors were fingerprinted, booked into the jail and later released to parents.

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Boy injured when two rides collide at Chicago-area carnival

A boy was reportedly injured at a Chicago-area carnival Thursday evening when debris from two colliding rides hit him, according to witnesses.

The boy was standing near The Freak Out and Pharoah’s Fury when he was hit, Chicago’s WGN-TV reported.

“The piece fell off and hit the kid. It hit others as well. It was lying on top of him and his head was full of blood,” a witness told Chicago’s WMAQ-TV.

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No one was on the rides during the collision, WGN reported.

Authorities did not give information on the boy’s condition but said his injuries were not life-threatening.

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(Associated Press)

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The carnival was at a church in Midlothian, a suburb of Chicago, FOX 32 reported.

The incident is under investigation.

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‘Person of interest’ in fatal shooting of off-duty Pittsburgh cop turns self in: police

A “person of interest” has surrendered in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer earlier this week

Authorities said Christian Bey was in custody on an unrelated charge, and was reportedly being questioned in the death of Officer Calvin Hall.

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Christian Bey, is a person of interest in the fatal shooting of off-duty Pittsburgh officer Calvin Hall.  (Allegheny County; Point Park University Police Department)

Hall, 36, was shot and killed in Homewood early Sunday morning after officers responded to a call regarding a man who was waving a gun, police said.

That suspect – identified as 44-year-old Douglas Watson Sr. – was arrested by authorities. But the arrest provoked an argument between relatives of Hall and friends of Watson, police said. Hall tried to deescalate the situation but was shot several times in the back at close range, Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV reported.

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Hall, a two-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, remained in critical condition until succumbing to his injuries Wednesday.

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Police said Bey turned himself in Thursday evening on a parole violation, KDKA reported. He has multiple drug and firearms convictions and had recently completed a two-year sentence, according to the station.  Bey is reportedly a resident of the street where Hall was shot.

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Jim Hanson: US downing of Iranian drone is a warning to stop aggression and support for terrorism

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When a U.S. Navy ship downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz Thursday it sent an important message to the mullahs who rule the Islamic Republic: aggression has consequences and America will strike back when provoked.

During the Obama administration, Iran’s leaders figured out that President Barack Obama was desperate to secure his place in history by reaching a deal to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

So Iran took advantage of Obama’s desperation. The Iranians engaged in terrorism, supported anti-American and anti-Israel fighters, helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad wage a civil war, and won Obama’s approval of a badly flawed nuclear deal that simply delayed Iran’s entry into the nuclear club for a few years.

TRUMP: US WARSHIP DESTROYED IRANIAN DRONE IN STRAIT OF HORMUZ

Much to the disappointment of the mullahs, President Trump has made clear he is no pushover. Recognizing that the Iran nuclear deal was a bad bargain he withdrew the U.S. from the agreement and placed crippling economic sanctions on Iran.

Iran is now taking aggressive actions in the Persian Gulf and threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, cutting off oil shipments, to get sanctions relief. But unlike Obama, Trump is playing hardball and not giving in to Iranian threats.

In announcing the downing of the Iranian drone Thursday in a defensive action by a Navy warship appropriately named the USS Boxer, President Trump said: “The U.S. reserves the right to defend personnel, facilities, interests.” The president said the drone came within 1,000 yards of the U.S. ship and ignored several calls to stand down.

Trump called the flight of the drone within the USS Boxer’s defensive perimeter a “hostile” action by Iran.

U.S. officials told Fox News that Marines aboard the Navy ship downed the drone with electronic jamming equipment.

The Iranians have been pushing to find how out far they could go before drawing a U.S. response. Now they know.

There have been several months’ worth of provocations by Iran in the shipping lanes of the Persian Gulf and by its proxies in the region. I have previously said that a U.S. response was necessary to let the mullahs know that free transit of all vessels in this waterway is a vital U.S. interest.

President Trump couldn’t let Iran’s latest aggressive action pass without a response if he expects Iran and other nations to respect the U.S. and not conclude they can attack our forces at will, without fear of retaliation

President Trump couldn’t let Iran’s latest aggressive action pass without a response if he expects Iran and other nations to respect the U.S. and not conclude they can attack our forces at will, without fear of retaliation.

The U.S. action knocking the Iranian drone out of commission appears to have most likely fallen within the normal rights of an American ship to protect itself. This was an act of self-defense.

Depending on the amount of time the drone spent probing the defenses of the U.S. ship, the U.S. commander may have had time to send word up the chain of command. But all our warships have rules of engagement allowing them to take action against imminent threats.

This becomes more interesting, however, in light of reports that Iran seized a United Arab Emirates oil tanker and is claiming this was an anti-smuggling operation.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran announced Thursday that it had detained a foreign oil tanker it said had been smuggling fuel – days after a UAE vessel with the same name disappeared in the Persian Gulf.

It is unwise to take any statement coming from Iran at face value. In this case, the Revolutionary Guards run a lot of oil smuggling operations themselves, trying to evade sanctions to generate hard currency. It’s possible the UAE ship was a competitor that Iran decided to take out.

But it’s also entirely possible that the seizure of the UAE tanker and the probing of a U.S. Navy ship by the Iranian drone were provocations designed to show Iran can disrupt maritime traffic and energy supplies. That could prompt an increase in oil prices, which would benefit Iran.

There have been hints from the Iranian regime that it is considering negotiations with the U, S. Iran has a long habit of being especially badly behaved prior to any potential talks. This tactic worked well with the Obama administration to help get concessions.

While he would certainly like to make a better nuclear deal with Iran, President Trump does not want to be disrespected or intimidated in the process. But the mullahs don’t seem to have changed their strategy to fit the new sheriff in town.

The Iran nuclear deal approved by Obama did little to stop Iran from its goal of becoming a nuclear power because it had a fatal flaw. Sunset clauses in the agreement would have given Iran free rein to run a fully legitimate nuclear program in as little as a decade. The idea that the Iranians have any intention of making a deal that actually shuts off that path is pretty farfetched.

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Still, President Trump is right to explore a new Iran deal – though with a very skeptical eye. But clearly – unlike Obama – Trump’s patience for Iran’s terrorist attacks across the Middle East has run out.

If the Iranians leaders are smart, they’ll realize Donald Trump is no Barack Obama and agree to real changes in their aggressive behavior in the region and a meaningful nuclear deal. Or the Iranians can raise the stakes and see if Trump folds. Obama always did, but Trump is a much better card player and knows he holds a better hand.

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Biscuits start baking inside hot car in Nebraska as part of weather experiment

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The National Weather Service in Nebraska demonstrated the effects of the brutal heat by trying to bake biscuits using nothing but a car and the sun.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the National Weather Service in Omaha and Valley posted updates on the biscuit experiment over the course of eight hours.

“We actually were going to do cookies, but the store didn’t have cookies so it’s biscuits,” Hallie Bova, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley, told the Omaha World-Herald. “I thought it would be fun to try.”

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The experiment was conducted as an excessive heat warning had been issued for much of eastern Nebraska through 7 p.m. on Saturday by the National Weather Service. The high in Omaha on Thursday was 92 degrees with a heat index of 103.

The first tweet said, “If you are wondering if it’s going to be hot today, we are attempting to bake biscuits using only the sun and a car in our parking lot. We will keep you posted with the progress. Stay cool!”

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The biscuit dough was placed on a cookie sheet inside an enclosed vehicle on Thursday morning along with a thermometer.

The biscuits usually take about 14 to 17 minutes in 350-degree heat to bake, the newspaper reported.

The next tweet included a picture of the biscuits and included the caption, “45 minutes in. Biscuits are rising.”

The following update posted about an hour after the initial tweet said, “The pan has reached 175 degrees in 60 minutes and the tops of the biscuits are at 153.”

It added, “This is a good time to remind everyone that your car does in fact get deadly hot. Look before you lock! On average 38 children die in hot cars each year. Don’t be a statistic!”

Locksmiths and emergency personnel were called to free children inadvertently locked in at least two cars on Wednesday, the Herald reported.

About five hours later, the Omaha National Weather Service posted another update, writing, “Top of the biscuits are baked but the bottom remains doughy. But more interestingly, the temperature of the back seat in the shade is 144 degrees!”

The last update said, “after nearly 8 hours in the sun, the outside of the biscuit is actually edible. The middle is still pretty doughy though. The max temp on the pan was 185!”

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The tweet included the hashtags #HeatSafety and #LookBeforeYouLock.

The dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stroke, according to the heat advisory, which reminded people to take extra precautions while working or spending time outside.

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Arkansas sheriff’s deputy killed in shooting after responding to domestic call, police say

An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was one of two people shot and killed Thursday after he responded to a call in a rural part of the state, police said.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told reporters that Stone County Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, 56, was killed when a suspect opened fire as he was responding to a call in Leslie, about 77 miles north of Little Rock.

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Stone County Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen (Facebook/Arkansas Fire News)

Sadler said Stephen went to a home at around 8:40 a.m. for a domestic welfare check and “gunfire erupted” while he was talking to a woman outside the house. Sadler added that a man was inside the home at the time and did not indicate who shot first or how many shots were fired.

He said Stephen and a male suspect, who has not yet been identified, were killed. The woman was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“The State of Arkansas has a heavy heart today,” Sadler told reporters on Thursday. “All too often now we’re getting calls that are resulting in the deaths of law enforcement officers, the individuals who are charged with the duty to keep peace in our communities, counties and across the state.”

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“There is no routine call in law enforcement, but what happened this morning began as about as routine as you can get,” Sadler went on. “But anything can happen anytime.”

Stephen had worked in law enforcement for 20 years and was a U.S. Army veteran, according to Stone County deputies. He was also the chief of the Pineville Fire Department.

Fellow deputies called Stephen an “extraordinary leader” who always wanted to be first on the scene.

“It is heartbreaking to hear that Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Stephen was killed in the line of duty today,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson tweeted on Thursday. “My heart goes out to his wife and son, and to his fellow officers and friends in their grief at this tragic loss.”

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Hutchinson ordered the United States flag and the state flag of Arkansas to fly at half-staff in Stephen’s honor.

Other police departments in Arkansas offered their condolences.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Stone County Sergeant Mike Stephen, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning,” the North Little Rock Police Department tweeted on Thursday,

The tweet included the hashtags #GoneButNotForgotten and #BackTheBlue.

“Today, the State of Arkansas mourns the loss of a brave law-enforcement officer killed in the line of duty,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted. “Mike Stephen protected the people of Stone County, standing as part of the thin blue line separating our communities from crime and chaos.”

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., tweeted that his prayers went out to Stephen’s family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers.

“He served his community in so many ways and laid down his life in the line of duty this morning,” Boozman wrote. “We honor his sacrifice.”

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In a Facebook post The Stone County Sheriff’s Department thanked everyone for the “prayers and kind words.”

“Our Blue family has lost a great man who wore the badge with pride and honor,” the post said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sergeant Mike Stephen’s Family,”

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Cats’ movie trailer unnerves many on Internet: ‘I shrieked out loud’

Westlake Legal Group Cats-Trailer 'Cats' movie trailer unnerves many on Internet: 'I shrieked out loud' Vandana Rambaran fox-news/us fox-news/entertainment fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 80c9262a-bf6e-57e8-aca3-848dd5468b0a

The Internet went (apologies) meowt of its mind on Thursday after a trailer for the film adaptation of “Cats,” the hit Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, hit the Web.

Prospective moviegoers were in some cases unnerved by the cats in the trailer, partly human and partly CGI.

Even the stars themselves barely had words to describe the upcoming movie, due in theaters in December. It tells the story of a bunch of, well, cats, who congregate at a ball to decide who will live and who will die.

One of the stars, musician Taylor Swift, posted a clip of herself from the trailer on social media, saying, “I am a cat and somehow that was everything.”

Jennifer Hudson, who delivers a rendition of the show-stopping number “Memory,” didn’t even use her human words, tweeting, “Meow meow meow meow meow (Translation) Here’s a first look inside #CatsMovie.”

For some viewers, one of the oddest elements of the trailer was the image of human butts with tails protruding (because, well, cats).

Westlake Legal Group Cats-Trailer 'Cats' movie trailer unnerves many on Internet: 'I shrieked out loud' Vandana Rambaran fox-news/us fox-news/entertainment fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 80c9262a-bf6e-57e8-aca3-848dd5468b0a   Westlake Legal Group Cats-Trailer 'Cats' movie trailer unnerves many on Internet: 'I shrieked out loud' Vandana Rambaran fox-news/us fox-news/entertainment fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 80c9262a-bf6e-57e8-aca3-848dd5468b0a

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