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Florida girl, 8, dies after tree falls on home during strong storms; death toll rises to 4 across South

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Strong storms that barreled across the South overnight Thursday claimed the life of an 8-year-old girl in northern Florida after a tree fell on her house, raising the death toll to 4.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received a call just after 8 a.m. Friday to report that a tree had gone through the house on Old Woodville Highway and had injured two residents.

Two children – an 8-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy – were transported to a local hospital with injuries. The girl was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The sheriff’s office said the 12-year-old boy had injuries that were not life-threatening and was with his families.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

The child was not immediately identified.

The strong storms that roared through Thursday night and into Friday morning killed two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama. It left more than 100,000 people without power across the region.

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A Mississippi man was killed Thursday afternoon when his car hit a tree on a highway south of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Neshoba County Coroner John Stephens told local news outlets. Stephens did not immediately release the man’s name.

Kenderick Magee, 24, was also killed while driving in the storm, WLBT-TV reported. Magee fatally crashed near the rural town of Gillsburg in southwest Mississippi, Amite County Coroner Campbell Sharp said.

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Fallen trees line the roads leading into the small community of Learned, Miss., Thursday, April 18, 2019. Several homes were damaged by fallen trees in the tree-lined community. Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, topping trees and leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.  (AP)

Alabama authorities said a woman was killed Thursday night after strong storms knocked a tree onto her mobile home in St Clair County.

Torrential downpours, large hail and a few tornadoes are among the hazards, the National Weather Service in Raleigh, North Carolina, warned about in its Friday morning hazardous weather outlook.

“An isolated strong and long-track tornado can’t be ruled out,” forecasters wrote.

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Multiple tornado warnings were issued to parts of northeast Georgia on Friday, however, there were no immediate reports of any damage from those storms.

National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple tornadoes hit southwest and central Mississippi on Thursday, although they won’t be sure until the damage is surveyed. Heavy winds also were reported in Louisiana earlier in the day and in central Alabama as the system quickly pushed eastward.

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Sonya Banes looks at damage caused by a large oak tree that crashed through the ceiling of her mother’s house in Learned, Miss., Thursday, April 18, 2019.  (AP)

Damage was heavy in the Mississippi hamlet of Learned, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Jackson. Large oaks were uprooted from the saturated ground, landing on at least a dozen houses.

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The National Weather Service received numerous reports of hail pelting the storm-struck areas. Egg-size hail was reported about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

The threat came days after more than 40 tornadoes from East Texas to Georgia left at least nine dead. That outbreak damaged more than 250 homes, businesses and public buildings across Mississippi.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Peruvians gather for funeral of former president Alan Garcia

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Large crowds have gathered in the Peruvian capital for the funeral procession of former President Alan Garcia, who killed himself after authorities arrived at his home to arrest him for alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Mourners carried Garcia’s coffin through the streets of Lima Friday ahead of the cremation of a man who twice led the nation.

He was under investigation for allegedly taking payments from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht during construction on the city’s metro a decade ago.

Odebrecht has admitted to doling out nearly $800 million to politicians throughout the region in exchange for state contracts.

Peruvian police say a bus carrying Garcia supporters to the funeral crashed early Friday on the outskirts of Lima, killing eight people and injuring more than 40.

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Ex-Black Panther on death row for 1981 cop killing to get new chance at appeal

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A former Black Panther member who was convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer will get a chance at a new appeals hearing after a prosecutor dropped his opposition to it.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, 64, was sentenced to death for killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, who had pulled his brother over during an overnight traffic stop. He was tried in absentia after attempts to serve as his own lawyer.

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Abu-Jamal was given a new chance in December to argue his initial appeal by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker after the U.S. Supreme Court determined a former state justice improperly heard and appeal in a murder case he had seen as district attorney.

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FILE – In this July 12, 1995 file photo, Mumia Abu-Jamal leaves Philadelphia’s City Hall after a hearing. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)

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District Attorney Larry Krasner dropped his argument against Abu-Jamal, giving him a fresh chance at a new appeal despite arguing it could affect a large number of other convictions. Krasner agreed that then-District Attorney Ronald Castille – who presided over the Abu-Jamal case – shouldn’t have worn “two hats.”

A 1990 note Castille sent to then Gov. Robert Casey said “police killers” should get death warrants to “send a clear and dramatic message to all police killers that the death penalty actually means something.

Maureen Faulkner, David’s widow, said Krasner broke a promise to tell her about his decision before announcing it.

“I was just crying my eyes out, once again,” she said. “What about the survivors? What about victims in Philadelphia, and how they’re notified?”

Kranser’s office said he spoke to her Tuesday before making his final decision.

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Judith Ritter, an attorney for Abu-Jamal, praised Krasner’s decision.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Felicity Huffman returns to the screen amid college scandal in Netflix series based on Central Park Five

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Netflix just dropped the first trailer for its upcoming series, “When They See Us,” from Oscar-nominee Ava DuVernay about the infamous Central Park Five case.

The four-part scripted drama details the notorious 1989 true crime story where five male teens of color were falsely accused of raping and beating a white woman who was jogging in Central Park. They were all found guilty and spent decades in prison, only to be exonerated in 2014.

In the two-plus minute preview, someone unexpected also appears — actress Felicity Huffman — who plays Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor who was the head of the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes office at the time.

Huffman is currently embroiled in her own legal controversy. She pleaded guilty for her involvement in the recent college admissions scandal that stunned the nation.

“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office,” the “Desperate Housewives” alum said in a statement.

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“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” Huffman continued. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”

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This show marks the first time Huffman will be on screen since the news of the scam broke in March.

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Carbon monoxide sickens nearly a dozen people in Yonkers

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Two Yonkers families were nearly wiped out Friday morning when they were poisoned by a carbon monoxide leak, authorities said.

A total of 11 people — six youths and five adults — were taken to area hospitals after a resident came home from an overnight shift around 8:20 a.m. and couldn’t wake up members of his family, fire officials said.

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The CO leak, which spanned across two apartments in a building on Coyle Place, left some of the victims red-faced and vomiting while others couldn’t be awakened, Assistant Fire Chief John Bonanno told The Post.

He said that if the man hadn’t  come home and found his family, “it could’ve got worse. The families could’ve passed away. People die from CO poisoning all the time.”

Bonanno said the CO levels inside the home were over 1,000 parts per million. When levels reach 800 parts per million, depending upon how long people are exposed, it could lead to unconsciousness, brain damage and death.

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It’s unclear how long the victims were exposed to the CO or how the leak started.

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Former Princess Tessy of Luxembourg claims her oldest brother won’t talk to her because she married royalty

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Tessy Antony, former Princess of Luxembourg, claims her oldest brother still refuses to talk to her after she originally became a member of the royal family 13 years ago.

UK’s Daily Mail reported Thursday that the 33-year-old, who was granted a divorce from Prince Louis earlier this month, participated in a special Sky News report titled “The Meghan Effect,” which explores how American actress Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, endures public criticism on social media.

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Markle, 37, officially became a member of the British royal family when she married Prince Harry in May 2018. The couple is expecting their first child sometime this spring.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have received hundreds of gifts. (Getty Images)

Antony revealed she experiences similar struggles over the years.

“My little cousin needed to change schools twice,” said Antony about becoming a princess in 2006, adding her family “suffered greatly” with the media scrutiny.

“My twin brother was incredibly bullied at work — he still is today,” she continued. “My sister, my parents suffered, my oldest brother doesn’t talk to me anymore because of that, because it was too much for him to handle. That was when I married in, and when I got divorced, oh my gosh the same.”

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Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg (right), spoke out in defense of Meghan Markle. (AP/Getty)

During the report, Antony spoke about defending Markle on Twitter following an article that criticized her estranged father, former Hollywood lighting director Thomas Markle, as well as her half-sister Samantha Markle.

“No one deserves that,” tweeted Antony. “One should never assume. Either you know or be [quiet]. It’s not nice to talk badly about someone else just because one can, as he or she takes advantage of the anonymity of the web. Stay Kind!!! It’s the new cool! She does not deserve that.”

Anthony told Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Milles she didn’t think twice to stand up for Markle.

“Why I did it, why I stood up for her a lot of people as well as, my children read these things and I don’t want my children to grow up in such an environment. That is not a society I want my kids to grow up in.”

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Tessy Anthony and husband Louis of Luxembourg getting out of the church in Luxembourg on September 29, 2006. (Getty)

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These days, Antony is focusing on her charity work and using social media to promote positive messages. Still, she admitted that you can “never police everyone.”

“Some people will just like to talk bad about you,” Antony explained. “A person who went to school with me literally wrote me an email, wrote me and said, ‘I’m sorry I wrote that about you, I know it’s not true but I need to feed my children.’”

Antony previously had to fight off accusations of being a gold digger, The Telegraph reported. Local gossip magazine Privat accused the royal of having only married into the Luxembourg royal family for her own financial benefit. Her legal team described the article as a “disgusting character assassination.”

Antony, born a commoner, joined her country’s armed forces at age 18. She raised to the rank of Corporal and in 2004 served in NATO’s peacekeeping force in Kosovo, where she met Prince Louis, who was also serving in the army, The Telegraph noted.

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The couple was married from 2006, six months after the birth of their son Gabriel. Their second son Noah arrived within a year. However, the marriage ultimately broke down and the couple called it quits in 2017.

Antony shared that she and Louis, 32, are determined to be doting parents to their children, despite the relationship coming to an end.

“Having young children, it’s not OK to lie to them,” she explained in November 2018. “What role model would we be if we pretend? Every parent has a duty to raise our children with integrity and love and truth because that sets out how they will be when they are older. What we wanted them to understand from our situation is that first of all it was not their fault. We made sure they understood that because children often think it’s their fault.

“Secondly, we made clear that they understand that love changes. Just because you get divorced, it doesn’t mean you don’t love each other anymore. It’s just different and that’s OK.”

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The Mail noted Antony now resides in London her sons. Meanwhile, Louis lives in Paris.

Earlier this month, Antony told Hello! Magazine that she no longer holds her royal title following the divorce.

“A woman has her own merits, and it’s not who you marry or what name you carry, it is what you have achieved in your own right,” she explained. “[My title] gave me a platform — people are more charmed to listen. It is nice, but having a title was never my identity. And as far as I am concerned, every woman is royal at heart — a heroine.”

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Weather Channel live broadcast knocked off air due to ‘malicious software attack,’ network says

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A live broadcast of the Weather Channel was briefly interrupted Thursday during “America’s Morning Headquarters” due to a “malicious software attack,” the network announced.

The network updated its viewers Thursday saying they were “experiencing technical difficulties with our live broadcast.”

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In a follow-up tweet, the network said it was “back live on the air” and apologized for any inconvenience. Later Thursday, the network announced the difficulties were due to a “malicious software attack.”

“We experienced issues with this morning’s live broadcast following a malicious software attack on the network,” the statement read. “We were able to restore live programming quickly through backup mechanisms. Federal law enforcement is actively investigating the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience to viewers as we work to resolve the matter.”

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The channel was back on-air at 7:39 a.m. ET and the anchors told its viewers what occurred. During the time of the attack, viewers were shown an episode of “Heavy Rescue: 401,” Deadline reported.

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Iranian girls being forced into child marriage at record rate: report

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An unprecedented number of Iranian girls have been forced into marriage in Iran over the past year, according to a report.

While exact statistics are difficult to come by in the closed country, Iranian agencies reportedly documented that at least 36,000 girls below 18 wed – with the vast majority taking place in the northeastern Zanjan Province, according to Radio Farda.

UNICEF estimates that 17 percent of girls in Iran are married before reaching the age of 18 and in roughly 20 percent of those below the age of 15 are married to men at least ten years older. However, experts assert that the number may be significantly higher because many families don’t register underage marriages, especially in border areas and poverty-stricken parts of the country.

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Anti-child marriage activist site GirlsNotBrides.org attributes the high prevalence of child to gender inequality because females are perceived to be less valuable than males. However, the site also cites poverty and the quest for families to trade girls for money or property, traditional customs and the importance of keeping marriage within the family unit, and the staunch Sharia-based religious system as driving factors for the ongoing epidemic of child brides.

Although Iran ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1994, which stipulates that marriage cannot take place before the age of 18, numerous articles and provisions in support of the Islamic Sharia Law have enabled the trend to remain.

The issue sparked a renewed wave of outrage in February after an 11-year-old girl, identified under the pseudonym Raha, was repeatedly raped after being forced to marry a man 40 years her senior who already had a wife and seven children.

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The outcry prompted Iran’s Welfare Organization to relocate Raha to one of its centers, who declared the marriage illegal because it had taken place without the consent of a local court.

Nonetheless, the incident took place two months after Iranian officials shot down a bill aimed at outright prohibiting marriage for girls under the age of 13, with prominent members of the Islamic Republic’s Cultural and Social Council for Women defending the practice under the guise that it shields girls “from a life of prostitution and illegal abortions.”

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As it stands, girls under the age of 13 and boys under the age of 15 can be lawfully wed, providing families and husbands obtain legal permission.

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South Carolina fifth grader died due to natural causes, not fight with fellow student, prosecutor says

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South Carolina fifth grader Raniya Wright, who died shortly after a fight with another student at her elementary school last month, died due to natural causes, a prosecutor said on Friday.

Wright’s family claimed she was being consistently bullied by another student in her class at Forest Hills Elementary, and the student baited her into a fight on March 25, during which the 10-year-old reportedly suffered substantial injuries after hitting her head on a bookshelf.

Prosecutor Duffie Stone said in a press conference on Friday that Wright’s death was the result of a congenital condition called an arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of abnormal blood vessels in the brain. The child had repeatedly complained of headaches in the days and weeks before her death.

She added that no criminal charges would be brought against the student who allegedly fought Wright after the findings were revealed by the county coroner.

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“There was no evidence of trauma on or inside her body … that would indicate that any fight (of) any magnitude contributed to her death,” Stone said.

Authorities say that Wright and another student engaged in a fight during class on March 25, which did not involve any weapons. Wright was taken to the nurse, and paramedics later arrived to find the girl unconscious.

She was taken to a nearby hospital, then airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina about an hour away in Charleston. She died two days later.

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The Colleton County School district, which includes Wright’s elementary school, issued a statement at the time describing the girl as bright, kind and involved.

“Our community has suffered a tremendous loss,” the statement read. “Raniya was a wonderful student. She loved to write, spend time with her friends, play basketball, and loved being a big sister. She was actively involved in her church as a junior usher.

“She will be missed greatly by her family, friends and the entire school.”

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Hogan Gidley on Nadler’s push for unredacted Mueller report: ‘This is just more political grandstanding’

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Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said Friday House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s push for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “complete and unredacted” Russia report is “just more political grandstanding.”

Gidley made the comments on “America’s Newsroom” when he was asked if the White House has a problem giving Nadler the full, unredacted report.

Nadler, D-N.Y., issued a subpoena Friday to obtain the “complete and unredacted” version of Mueller’s report, as well as the underlying materials.

“I’m shocked,” Gidley said sarcastically.

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He added, “Jerry Nadler is irrelevant in the situation. The American people now know that regardless of what the Democrats were saying about the president, lies they were telling with zero evidence and zero proof, now he wants to go deeper. When does this ever stop? I mean, if we gave him the unredacted report, if we gave him all the tax returns unredacted as well, he would still want something else.”

Gidley was then asked again if he would have a problem releasing the full report.

“We are not going to deal with Jerry Nadler in that matter. We have already cooperated so much with the House Democrats and we’ll continue to do so,” Gidley said in response. “But the fact is, this is just more political grandstanding by someone who has nothing to run on, nothing to talk about, other than trying to attack a man who has now been proven completely innocent of any crime.”

After two years of suspense, Mueller’s report was released into Washington’s partisan scrum Thursday showing investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia – as Attorney General Bill Barr declared last month – but also revealing an array of controversial actions by the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry.

Mueller ultimately did not reach a conclusion on whether the president’s conduct amounted to obstruction, stating: “[W]hile this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

On Friday, Gidley also reacted to Rep. Adam Schiff’s, D-Calif., recent claim that “significant evidence of collusion” existed.

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“Yesterday he was on another network and they asked him about moving to impeach the president and he sided with Nancy Pelosi. She said it wouldn’t be worthwhile, quote unquote, to do that, but he said the reason we won’t is because we need overwhelming and demonstrable evidence against this president. Wait a minute. You’ve been on network television telling everyone you had this evidence,” said Gidley.

“Just like the special counsel, it’s time to put up or shut up. If you have the evidence, show it. The problem is, he doesn’t, he knows it. He’s been lying to the American people. He’s been lying to all of us, accusing this president of treason for two and a half years.”

When asked if he welcomes Joe Biden into the 2020 race, Gidley answered, “Absolutely.”

He added, “The president is going to beat anyone and everyone who comes into this race.”

Joe Biden is expected to declare his candidacy for president next week, two sources with knowledge of the former vice president’s plans confirmed to Fox News on Friday.

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