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California student is first female to throw touchdown pass in high school’s 50-year history

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High school senior Ariel Orona made history last week when she became the first woman to throw a touchdown pass at her school – and possibly in the state of California.

In a sport that rarely sees women take the field – and even then almost always as a kicker – the 17-year-old plays wide receiver for the Silver Creek High School football team in San Jose.

“I was excited,” Orona told KTVU. “I’ve been practicing the last three weeks, practicing that throw over and over again.”

In the sixth game of the season on Oct. 11, the Silver Creek Raiders were up 21 to 6 against Westmont High. In a reverse run, the running back tossed Orona the ball. Orona, without realizing she’d be making history for her school, threw it to the quarterback to complete a 23-yard pass.

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“I was always passionate about this game,” said Orona. “Me actually throwing that touchdown just made me emotional. I was very anxious for that to happen and it actually happened.”

“I was shocked but I was amazed, hey it worked,” said Silver Creek High Football Head Coach Aaron Noriega.

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“We haven’t heard of anyone else,” said Mario Martinez, the team’s offensive coordinator. “She may be the third to do it in the nation, first in California.”

In Super Bowl 52, the Philadelphia Eagles popularized the play known as the “Philly Special” which helped them secure a championship. The Silver Creek Raiders call it the “Little Mermaid” after Ariel Orona.

Orona previously was a back-up quarterback for the junior varsity team but she never threw a touchdown.

She’s earned the respect of her teammates, who don’t feel the need to “take it easy” on her.

“Every time I see her step onto the field, I just think it’s really courageous of her,” said quarterback Ricardo Anaya. “We aren’t going to take it easy for anybody out here. She’s right along with it. The bumps and bruises we go through.”

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Jumping into the midst of a male-dominated sport can seem daunting, but Orona hopes she will inspire more young girls to take up football.

“For all the younger girls, if you have a dream go for it,” said Orona. “No matter how crazy it seems. Anything is possible.”

Orona is the fourth female in her school’s history to play on the varsity football team. Her next goal is to make a touchdown as a wide receiver.

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Ohio FedEx delivery man fixes stars and stripes pillows after dropping off package

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A FedEx delivery who flipped a set of stars and stripes pillows on an Ohio front porch is being hailed a patriot after footage of the kind act went viral.

The unidentified package deliverer swapped the pillows Wednesday when he noticed they were out of order — the stripes pillow was to the left of the stars when it should have been reversed.

Jackie Szabo told Fox 35 she saw the man fixing her pillows on the security camera.

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She posted the clip to Facebook and said, “When the FedEx guy puts the stars before the stripes.”

The video had been viewed more than 1.9 million times as of Saturday afternoon.

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The gesture was “sweet” and “extra special” to her, as her son is “an Airborne Soldier and a veteran in U.S. Army,” Szabo told Fox 35.

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AOC backs Sanders at New York rally, credits him with ‘fundamentally’ changing politics

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. gave her endorsement to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination at a New York rally on Saturday, claiming that his 2016 bid had “fundamentally changed” U.S. politics — as the 78-year-old lawmaker spoke at his first campaign rally since heart surgery this month.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has quickly become one of the most prominent left-wing House lawmakers since taking office in January, backed Sanders formally at the rally in Long Island City. She credited Sanders with having inspired her to embark on her own long-shot political bid, in which she ousted longtime Rep. Joe Crowley last year.

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“It wasn’t until I heard of a man by the name of Bernie Sanders that I began to question and assert and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves health care, housing, education and a living wage,” she said.

In her remarks, she talked about her own personal story of growing up in New York and painted a grim picture of America, telling the crowd: “We are all always, it feels like, one accident from everything falling apart and we have to change the fundamental logic of a system and a politics that puts corp profit ahead of all human and planetary costs.”

But she said Sanders had spent decades for fighting for those things to make life for her better, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), universal health care, and student debt forgiveness.

“Bernie Sanders did not do these things because they were popular and that’s what we need to remember,” she said. “No one wanted to question this system and in 2016 he fundamentally changed politics in America.”

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“We right now have one of the best Democratic presidential primary fields in a generation and much of that is thanks to the work that Bernie Sanders has done throughout his entire life,” she said.

The endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez, along with other members of The Squad, — the progressive group of freshman lawmakers — marks a needed win for Sanders during a difficult few weeks for his campaign.

He has found himself trailing behind both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in a number of polls, and has been recovering from surgery after a heart attack. The latter has raised questions about his stamina for not only the grueling presidential race, but also at least a term in the White House.

In his remarks on Saturday, Sanders sought to quash doubts about whether he could continue, stressing his commitment to continuing his “political revolution”

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“I am happy to report to you that I am more than ready, more ready than ever to carry on with you the epic struggle that we face today. I am more than ready to assume the office of president of the United States,” he said to cheers from the crowd.

“I am more than ready to take on the greed and corruption of the corporate elite and their apologists. I am more ready than ever to help create a gov based on the principles of justice, economic justice, racial justice, social justice and environmental justice,” he said.

“To put it bluntly, I am back.” he added.

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UFC star Conor McGregor accused of second alleged sexual assault

UFC star Conor McGregor is under investigation once again for an alleged sexual assault, according to a new report.

A publicist for McGregor, 31, has denied a report alleging the UFC megastar sexually assaulted a woman in her 20s outside a Dublin bar last week, his second case of that type in less than 12 months.

The New York Times reported McGregor has not spoken with police nor has been charged with the alleged crime.

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Conor McGregor leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on October 11, 2019. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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“Conor McGregor is frequently the subject of rumors,” McGregor’s publicist told the Times. “He emphatically denies any report accusing him of sexual assault.”

The first sexual assault case accused McGregor in March of sexually assaulting a woman at a South Dublin hotel in December.

He was arrested and released upon questioning in January and that specific case was given to Ireland’s prosecutor’s office earlier this year, according to ESPN.

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McGregor is also facing another case involving a bar scuffle after TMZ released a video showing the MMA fighter punching a man at a pub in April. He’s expected to enter a plea deal during a court appearance on Nov. 1 in regard to that case.

Irish laws prohibit the identification of people accused of rape before they are officially convicted of the crime, according to the Times. Because of this, the media in Dublin refer to McGregor as a well-known Irish sports star in his pending cases.

He is one of the UFCs most bankable stars. McGregor was ranked 21st on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes in 2019, although he hasn’t fought since being defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Oct. 18.

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He compiled a 22-4 record as an MMA fighter over his 10-year career, according to mixedmartialarts.com.

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Barbra Streisand tweets cartoon of Nancy Pelosi impaling Trump with giant high heel

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Renowned entertainer Barbra Streisand tweeted a gruesome cartoon on Saturday in an apparent attempt to express her displeasure with President Trump during his ongoing feud with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The cartoon showed massive high heels, including one labeled “Pelosi.” Impaled on the black heel was a tiny Trump with what looked like blood flowing from his chest.

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Streisand’s tweet came after Trump and Pelosi faced off over a number of issues, with the latter leading an official impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. Tensions seemed to flare on Wednesday when she stood during a White House meeting and appeared to scold President Trump.

The two were set to discuss administration’s position on Syria after her chamber had voted to oppose his decision to pull U.S. troops out of the war-torn nation.

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Both attempted to use the incident to their advantage. While Trump tweeted the photo as proof Pelosi had a meltdown, Pelosi owned the photo by placing it in her Twitter profile.

Streisand’s tweet was just the latest attack on Trump, who she also called a “moron-in-chief” on Saturday morning. In another tweet on Thursday, the singer claimed that Trump continually showed he was unfit to serve as president.

Also on Saturday, Streisand tweeted out an article arguing for Trump’s impeachment. The featured image showed a giant peach crushing the president.

Streisand previously claimed Trump made her “gain weight,” said she was thinking about moving to Canada if Republicans won the House, and released a song expressing her frustration with the administration.

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On Saturday, Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s son, joined others in calling out Streisand’s tweet.

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“These undercover threats that echo innuendos of harming the POTUS will not and should not be tolerated!” commentators Diamond and Silk tweeted.

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Soldier who amputated leg to save tank crew: ‘It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me’

For one soldier, losing a leg in a freak accident is far from a tragedy. It’s an inspiration.

In fact, Army Spc. Ezra Maes, 21, says it’s probably the best thing that ever happened to him.

“I’ll probably say that for the rest of my life,”  he told Fox News this week.

“Every day I wake up and look at it, and I remember how close I was to losing it all. And I’m still here,” he said. “I managed to survive, and this is just the scar I walked away with.”

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Spc. Ezra Maes undergoes physical rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center’s cutting-edge rehabilitation center on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

Maes was on a weeklong rotation in Slovakia while deployed to Poland last year. The armor crewman served as a loader for the main cannon of an M1A2 Abrams tank.

He and two crew members fell asleep in the tank one night only to wake up with the hulking machine slowly rolling downhill at 5 mph.

They quickly learned the parking brake had failed. The crew went through all the emergency procedures to get the tank to stop, but nothing worked, Maes recalled.

“We held on and hoped one of the trees stopped us,” he said. “And it did, for the most part.”

The tank picked up speed, rumbling up to 30 mph, but was slowed after hitting several trees, eventually crashing into an embankment.

Thrown across the tank, Maes’ right leg became lodged in the gearing under the tank. The driver smashed his head through the driver’s hatch and broke his back, and his gunner dislocated her leg and had a “nasty-looking cut on her inner thigh,” Maes said

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“I was pretty sore but not knocked out,” he said.

Maes focused on helping the other injured crew members. After seeing the cut on his gunner’s leg, he knew “we had to get it fixed right away.”

He started twisting and turning while lodged under the turret gearing, thinking his uniform was stuck.

“I felt a pop and a rip, and thought, cool, I tore a uniform piece off,” Maes said.

Then he noticed it wasn’t just his uniform that came off. Maes had self-amputated his leg to become dislodged from the gearing.

He did his best to spring into action but was quickly losing blood.

“I almost fainted on my way out” to help the crew, Maes recalled. They used their belts as tourniquets and started shock procedures, splashing cold water on their faces — “buddy aid,” Maes said.

The tank’s radios had been knocked out in the crash and their cell phones were dead or broken — except one.

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Sgt. Aechere Crump and Pfc. Victor Alamo visit with Spc. Ezra Maes during their recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center. Crump and Alamo survived the tank accident with Maes in early 2018. (Courtesy Photo)

“That’s when we heard mine go off,” Maes said.

The gunner crawled to the phone and gave it to Maes, who summoned rescuers.

“Once they found us, it turned into a bunch of big jokes and laughs,” he said. “We were so happy to be getting care, and that we weren’t dead.”

When someone collected his severed leg, Maes managed to quip: “Hey, bring that back, I want it!”

Maes was taken to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, then back overseas to San Antonio, Texas. He was later taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.

The specialist, who grew up in Colorado and New Mexico, has since been immersed in physical and occupational therapy at the Center for the Intrepid, the medical center’s outpatient rehabilitation center. He does yoga up to three times a week, kayaks, works with service dogs — about anything he can do, he does, Maes said.

“It’s the most comprehensive care you can imagine,” he said.

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Candace Pellock, physical therapy assistant, with Spc. Ezra Maes at the Center for the Intrepid. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

He’s in the process of being fitted for a long-term prosthetic leg. It’s a permanent implant, similar to a dental implant, that will allow him to “clip in and go,” he said.

Iniitially stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, in December 2016 after enlisting in the Army, Maes said he’s been given a second chance.

Maes, whose great-grandfather served in the Army, can now take his time and decide what to do next with his life. A big part of that will be inspiring and motivating people who are in similar situations.

“Your outlook can change everything. It’s 100 percent perspective,” he said. “I try and help as many people as possible who are in worse situations.”

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Oklahoma ‘Sooner Schooner’ horse-drawn wagon flips during game

The Oklahoma University “Sooner Schooner” horse-drawn wagon took a scary spill on Saturday.

The Schooner came out to take a lap after OU scored a touchdown against West Virginia when it took a tight turn and tumbled over.

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The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner flipped over during a touchdown celebration on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

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Video of the crash from various angles was posted to social media.

According to Yahoo! Sports, everyone involved in the accident was OK.

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A crew helped pull up the Oklahoma Sooner Schooner, which flipped over during a touchdown celebration on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

USA Today reported that both the wagon’s occupants got up and walked around following the incident.

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Soldier who amputated leg to save tank crew: ‘It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me’

For one soldier, losing a leg in a freak accident is far from a tragedy. It’s an inspiration.

In fact, Army Spc. Ezra Maes, 21, says it’s probably the best thing that ever happened to him.

“I’ll probably say that for the rest of my life,”  he told Fox News this week.

“Every day I wake up and look at it, and I remember how close I was to losing it all. And I’m still here,” he said. “I managed to survive, and this is just the scar I walked away with.”

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Spc. Ezra Maes undergoes physical rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center’s cutting-edge rehabilitation center on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

Maes was on a weeklong rotation in Slovakia while deployed to Poland last year. The armor crewman served as a loader for the main cannon of an M1A2 Abrams tank.

He and two crew members fell asleep in the tank one night only to wake up with the hulking machine slowly rolling downhill at 5 mph.

They quickly learned the parking brake had failed. The crew went through all the emergency procedures to get the tank to stop, but nothing worked, Maes recalled.

“We held on and hoped one of the trees stopped us,” he said. “And it did, for the most part.”

The tank picked up speed, rumbling up to 30 mph, but was slowed after hitting several trees, eventually crashing into an embankment.

Thrown across the tank, Maes’ right leg became lodged in the gearing under the tank. The driver smashed his head through the driver’s hatch and broke his back, and his gunner dislocated her leg and had a “nasty-looking cut on her inner thigh,” Maes said

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“I was pretty sore but not knocked out,” he said.

Maes focused on helping the other injured crew members. After seeing the cut on his gunner’s leg, he knew “we had to get it fixed right away.”

He started twisting and turning while lodged under the turret gearing, thinking his uniform was stuck.

“I felt a pop and a rip, and thought, cool, I tore a uniform piece off,” Maes said.

Then he noticed it wasn’t just his uniform that came off. Maes had self-amputated his leg to become dislodged from the gearing.

He did his best to spring into action but was quickly losing blood.

“I almost fainted on my way out” to help the crew, Maes recalled. They used their belts as tourniquets and started shock procedures, splashing cold water on their faces — “buddy aid,” Maes said.

The tank’s radios had been knocked out in the crash and their cell phones were dead or broken — except one.

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Sgt. Aechere Crump and Pfc. Victor Alamo visit with Spc. Ezra Maes during their recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center. Crump and Alamo survived the tank accident with Maes in early 2018. (Courtesy Photo)

“That’s when we heard mine go off,” Maes said.

The gunner crawled to the phone and gave it to Maes, who summoned rescuers.

“Once they found us, it turned into a bunch of big jokes and laughs,” he said. “We were so happy to be getting care, and that we weren’t dead.”

When someone collected his severed leg, Maes managed to quip: “Hey, bring that back, I want it!”

Maes was taken to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, then back overseas to San Antonio, Texas. He was later taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.

The specialist, who grew up in Colorado and New Mexico, has since been immersed in physical and occupational therapy at the Center for the Intrepid, the medical center’s outpatient rehabilitation center. He does yoga up to three times a week, kayaks, works with service dogs — about anything he can do, he does, Maes said.

“It’s the most comprehensive care you can imagine,” he said.

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Candace Pellock, physical therapy assistant, with Spc. Ezra Maes at the Center for the Intrepid. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

He’s in the process of being fitted for a long-term prosthetic leg. It’s a permanent implant, similar to a dental implant, that will allow him to “clip in and go,” he said.

Iniitially stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, in December 2016 after enlisting in the Army, Maes said he’s been given a second chance.

Maes, whose great-grandfather served in the Army, can now take his time and decide what to do next with his life. A big part of that will be inspiring and motivating people who are in similar situations.

“Your outlook can change everything. It’s 100 percent perspective,” he said. “I try and help as many people as possible who are in worse situations.”

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Tulsi Gabbard backed by 2020 Democrat candidates in Hillary Clinton ‘Russian asset’ row

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2020 Democratic candidates Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang are backing Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D-H.I., after Hillary Clinton accused her of being a “Russian asset.”

In a podcast with former Obama adviser David Plouffe, Clinton said she wasn’t “making any predictions, but [she thinks Russians] have got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.”

“She’s the favorite of the Russians” she added, saying they “have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”

Clinton has since backed out of a speaking appearance at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, where Gabbard was scheduled to speak.

Gabbard pushed back on Clinton as “queen of warmongers [and the] embodiment of corruption” in response to Clinton’s allegations.

On Friday she told Tucker Carlson on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the former Secretary of State is waging a smear campaign against her because “she knows she can’t control me.”

She also accused Clinton of having “blood on her hands” after the Iraq war she “championed.”

“Their blood is on her hands. That’s why she’s smearing my character and trying to undermine my campaign,” she said.

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Yang and Williamson are two candidates running for the Democratic ticket who took Gabbard’s side in the feud.

Yang wrote in a tweet: “Tulsi Gabbard deserves much more respect and thanks than this. She literally just got back from serving our country abroad.”

Williamson chimed in: “The Democratic establishment has got to stop smearing women it finds inconvenient!” Adding, “the character assassination of women who don’t toe the party line will backfire.”

“You deserve respect and you have mine,” she told Gabbard.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker just posted a wide-eyed gif reacting to Gabbard’s rebuttal.

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India police say ‘cunning serial killer’ arrested in deaths of 6 family members

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Police in India say six members of a family were killed with cyanide by a church-going relative motivated by greed, according to reports Saturday.

The police in Kerala are now describing 47-year-old Jolly Joseph as one of India’s most cunning serial killers, who spiked soups, snacks and medicinal drinks with cyanide that she gave her victims over a 14-year period, The New York Times reported.

“I just pray that we can bring my family members justice. You don’t know what it does to me as a daughter, as a sister, to see my loved ones’ remains after so long, taken from their graves,” said Renji Thomas, Joseph’s ex-sister-in-law, according to the paper.

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Thomas is the sister of Roy Thomas, who was married to Joseph in 2011 when he died suddenly after retching violently in a locked bathroom, the paper reported. Joseph said it was a heart attack that killed him.

Authorities say Joseph has confessed to the six killings, the Times reported.

The other victims were her father-in-law, her mother-in-law, her husband’s uncle, a 2-year-old niece, and the wife of her current husband.

The victims’ bodies were being exhumed as part of the investigation.

On Saturday, Joseph’s request for bail was rejected by a court in Kerala, Gulf News reported. She has been jailed since her arrest Oct. 5.

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Two accused accomplices were also denied bail.

One is a jewelry store clerk who police say helped Joseph carry out some of the killings, the Times reported.

The other is a goldsmith, who is alleged to have provided the cyanide.

Police believe Joseph acted out of greed, eliminating those who stood in the way of her inheriting valuable property held by the family she married into.

The case broke open as Joseph and her sister-in-law battled over family property in court and Joseph turned over an autopsy report showing her husband died of cyanide poisoning, the New York Post reported.

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Joseph was able to keep the autopsy findings for years, the paper reported.

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