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Tropical Storm Olga leaves downed trees, potential gusty winds in Mississippi, Louisiana

Remnants of Tropical Storm Olga swept through Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday, leaving wet conditions and dozens of downed trees.

The storm left no major flooding, but the National Weather Service (NWS) New Orleans said Olga brought wind gusts of 40 up to 70 mph from coastal southeast Louisiana into southern Mississippi.

“These winds were higher than we expected, and we will be studying this storm to learn how we can better forecast situations in the future,” the NWS said.

A wind advisory that could potentially knock out power remained in eastern Mississippi, according to NWS Jackson Meteorologist John Moore.

“Olga has dissipated but remnants are pushing north into Tennessee,” Moore said. “It should be out of state [Mississippi] by later Saturday.”

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A tree falls on Metairie Road and takes out power lines in New Orleans on Saturday after Tropical Storm Olga went through the area. (Sophia Germer/The Advocate via AP)

OLGA HEADS TO GULF COAST AS RAIN DOUSES SOUTHEAST

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton was trapped in his Mississippi home by a downed tree for 1.5 hours on Saturday and reportedly suffered injuries. He was taken out on a stretcher.

City spokeswoman Lucia Randle said the mayor was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center and was “under observation,” but didn’t specify his injuries.

Residents had also been alerted to multiple tornado warnings, and at least one twister touched down in Mobile, Ala.

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A tree lies on Camp Street by Henry Clay Avenue after Tropical Storm Olga went through the area in New Orleans on Saturday. (Sophia Germer/The Advocate via AP)

Downed trees were a major issue.

In New Orleans, city officials said there were more than “25 reported tree emergencies.” About 30 trees were removed from the Abita Springs, Bush, Covington, Hickory, Mandeville, and Talisheek areas.

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport suffered two power outages but said it was “fully restored” as of Saturday afternoon.

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Crowds form at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport after the remnants of Tropical Storm Olga knocked power out at the terminal early Saturday. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

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In Louisiana, nearly 70,000 buildings were without power at the peak of the storm.

Birmingham NWS Meteorologist Gary Goggins said winds that might blow up to 40 mph are a remaining hazard around Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Barcelona pro-independence protesters clash with police after massive peaceful rally

Violent protesters clashed Saturday with police in the tense Catalonia region of Spain after another massive rally in Barcelona against the imprisonment of nine separatist leaders.

Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators – mostly masked youths – took to the streets in the first flare-up in violence after a week of tense calm. They surrounded the National Police headquarters in downtown Barcelona and threw colorful plastic balls at officers. The protesters quickly switched to lobbing rocks and bottles at police, who then charged and swung batons to fend them off.

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Regional emergency services said 15 people were being treated for injuries as a result of the clashes, including an AP photographer who was hit in the face with a police baton. Catalonia’s regional police said one of its officers was serious hurt. At least one person had to be put on a stretcher by medics and taken away in an ambulance.

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Earlier Saturday Barcelona’s police said 350,000 rallied peacefully in the capital, many waving pro-independence flags for Catalonia. Pro-secession grassroots groups organized the rally to call for a new state in the northeastern corner of Spain.

“We cannot accept that (the prisoners) have been condemned to terms of nine to 13 years for defending the self-determination of Catalans,” the president of the pro-secession grassroots group ANC, Elisenda Paluzie, said at the peaceful protest.

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A Catalan police officer aims his weapon against demonstrators during clashes in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Catalonia held its first vote for independence in November 2014. At the time, 80.8 percent of voters said they wanted Catalonia to be an independent state. Today Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents are divided roughly in half between those opposing and those in support of secession. Spain’s government has told Catalonia’s separatists that the national Parliament would have to amend the Constitution, which considers the nation indivisible, to make secession legal.

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Catalonia was an independent state until the early 1700s with the birth of modern-day Spain. The region was granted a degree of autonomy in 1977, but calls for a completely separate state persisted. The economic crisis in Spain which blew up in 2008 only magnified calls for Catalan independence, where the wealthy Barcelona region was seen as propping up the poorer rest of the country.

On Oct. 12, the Spanish Supreme Court found nine of the 12 Catalan separatist leaders guilty of sedition and misuse of public funds for organizing an independence referendum in 2017. The nine leaders received sentences of anywhere from nine to 12 years each. The other three were fined for disobedience.

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Catalan pro-independence protesters march during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A match between Barcelona FC and rival Real Madrid was originally scheduled for Saturday, but the game was postponed due to the protests.

Alternatively, Spanish unity groups in the region have called for a rally on Sunday.

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The political turmoil is set to be a key issue in Spain’s upcoming national election, where Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will try to maintain his seat. Spain’s far-right party Vox however is trying to convince voters it is the best option to heal divides in Spain.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arnon Mishkin: Democratic presidential race heating up – Biden, Warren aren’t only candidates who could win

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The campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination appears to have opened up, with 100 days to go before the Iowa caucuses kick off voting. There are new opportunities for some second-tier candidates – especially South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar used this month’s televised debate to hone their appeal to the moderate wing of the Democratic Party – directly by attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s liberal policy proposals (especially “Medicare-for-all”) and implicitly by being younger than former Vice President Joe Biden.

Going into the debate, the emerging conventional wisdom appeared to be that – for all the energy of over 20 starting candidates – the race was quickly turning into a two-person contest between Warren and Biden.

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Warren was running a pitch-perfect effort and consolidating the support of the liberal wing of the party, which seeks fundamental change in the U.S. economic system.

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Biden was riding a tide of polling that suggested he would be the strongest general election candidate. He was appealing to a party electorate whose anger at President Trump motivates many of them to care primarily about who has the best chance of achieving their top objective: defeating Trump.

But now folks are realizing the historical truism of the nominating process: It starts in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – and results there can often depart from national polling and have an impact on subsequent contests.

The first three contests rely more on in-state retail politics than on national support, and the one-state nature of each contest enables more-focused media campaigns.

The truism comes out in the polling. In the RealClear Politics averages, Buttigieg currently garners roughly twice as much support in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does nationally.

By contrast, Biden does slightly worse in those states than he’s doing nationally, while the other two leading candidates – Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – run basically in line with their national performance.

The most recent USA Today Poll showed the leading “candidate” – at 29 percent – is “Undecided,” scoring over 10 points ahead of supposed front-runners Biden and Warren.

Other lower-tier candidates may also benefit from the one-state focus of the first three contests.

Klobuchar, from neighboring Minnesota, is mounting a full-court press in Iowa, vowing to visit all 99 counties. She is shuttling between there and New Hampshire.

But it’s not just Midwestern moderates Buttigieg and Klobuchar who are making strong bids in the early states.

Even novelty candidates – like Andrew Yang, who cleverly uses social media to lead his #YangGang, and self-funding billionaire Tom Steyer – are able to make a push in the smaller early states.

Steyer, though he has yet to articulate a real rationale for his candidacy, is funding enormous media buys in the early states – and as a result is registering 2 or 3 percent in polling there, while barely garnering 1 percent support nationally.

But in a wide-open, in-state race, it is even possible that some of the third-tier, but more traditional candidates – such as Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California and Michael Bennet of Colorado, or Montana Gov. Steve Bullock – might figure out a way to break through or reanimate their fading campaigns.

Still, the three currently leading candidates – Biden, Warren and Sanders – retain the best chance of winning the nomination, even though the race has opened up, and they’re facing clear headwinds.

Warren has run into challenges from two sources. She’d been hoping that Sanders – currently third and, since May, consistently running at around 16 percent in national polls – would fade and enable her to consolidate the support of the left wing of the party, but that hasn’t happened.

Despite recent punditry saying Sanders was losing ground, he reported raising the most money of any candidate in the last reporting period, put in a solid debate performance not long after a heart attack, and won the support of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

The endorsements may not affect the bulk of the Democratic electorate, but show that Sanders still has a solid appeal to a significant segment of the left-wing of the Democratic Party.

While Warren can turn that lemon into lemonade by saying she’s more moderate than Republicans like to portray her, she ran into other challenges in the debate. She wasn’t able to articulate a good response to questions about whether “Medicare-for-all” will result in higher taxes.

Face it: “Medicare-for-all” will require tax increases, but one can argue that middle-class Americans will pay less with government-funded health insurance than they pay today separately in both taxes and for private health insurance premiums.

Similarly, Biden has run into headwinds despite a political environment that appears tailor-made for him. With an impeachment inquiry surrounding claims that President Trump sought to extort Ukraine to provide dirt against Biden, it ought to be easy for Biden to make the case that he’s the Democrat Trump fears the most.

It also ought to be easy for Biden to inoculate himself against questions of whether he helped his son get a high-paid position on the board of a Ukrainian company, but it hasn’t been. Instead, Biden seems to have trouble getting those questions behind him. Every time I watch Biden, I think: Presidents Reagan, Clinton, or Bush would’ve had enough political jiu-jitsu to turn this Ukraine story into a winner. Why can’t you?

My sense is that the troubles for Warren and Biden are not over. If the two continue to face challenges in consolidating their separate wings of the party, other candidates may soon claim their place in the spotlight, and could catapult themselves into a leading position.

Indeed, there are calls, especially from donors and uncommitted consultants, for others to join the race.

These new candidates include: former first lady Michelle Obama, who evinces zero interest in running; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has said he might consider running if Biden falters; and presumably former senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

Even one of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s top aides has publicly said that Clinton should think about entering the race.

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My own bet is that Clinton, in particular, is unlikely to run, but quite clearly is enjoying her role on Twitter as an ongoing Trump troll, giving her personal vindication.

Bottom line: the most important numbers to watch will be the polling emerging from the three early states. Those will indicate how the race is evolving.

The polling numbers – which span both before and after the most recent debate – show why one should look primarily at the results of the early states, rather than try to just use national numbers to consider how the nomination contest is shaping up.

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The state polls suggest that the Democratic race remains open. None of the top candidates appears to be consolidating support – but they’re not fading, either.

The opportunity for significant changes in the character of the race remain.

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Ivan Milat, Australia’s most notorious serial killer, dies in prison at 74

Australian serial killer Ivan Milat, responsible for killing seven backpackers between 1989 and 1993 has died, according to Australian prison authorities. He was 74.

Milat had been in prison since 1994. He was diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer back in May, where he was given three months to live, according to News.com.au.

He reportedly died alone at 4:07 a.m. in the medical wing of Sydney’s Long Bay Prison on Sunday.

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January 26, 2009. Goulburn, NSW – (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Dressed in his orange overalls and handcuffed and with his left hand bandaged after cutting off his own finger and attempting to post it to the High Court. Ivan Milat was escorted out of Goulburn Hospital last night, and taken back to prison. (Photo by Gary Ramage / Newspix / Getty Images)

Considered by some as the most notorious serial killer in Australian history, Milat was convicted in 1996 of his gruesome crimes known as the “backpacker murders” and was given consecutive life sentences.

Milat kidnapped, shot, stabbed and murdered three German, two British, and two Australian backpackers – whose remains were found in makeshift graves in Belango State Forest of New South Wales – located roughly 93 miles southwest of Sydney. Many of the victims were gagged and bound and some were suspected of being sexually assaulted, according to the Guardian.

Milat was found to have murdered his victims after giving them rides while they were hitchhiking. He was arrested in 1994 thanks to the account of a British ex-army soldier who told authorities he had escaped an encounter with Milat who attempted to shoot him.

Even though there was overwhelming evidence of his guilt, Milat continued to claim his innocence in the ruthless murders, which police believed was just the tip of the iceberg.

They say his killing spree went beyond the Belanglo murders and that many of his victims remain on the State’s missing person list, according to News.com.au. In 1974, he was accused and cleared of raping one of two hitchhikers he picked up three years earlier on the same highway as the backpacker murders.

The first Belanglo murders occurred in December 1989 when Milat abducted a pair of 19-year-olds from Australia – Deborah and James Gibson – stabbing them to death in Belanglo.

In 1990, he attempted to kidnap British ex-army soldier, Paul Onions, who managed to escape by jumping out of the vehicle once Milat pulled out ropes and a pistol.

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In 1991, Milat murdered a German woman, Simone Schmidl, 20, who was hitchhiking up to meet her mother in Melbourne.

A year later, he abducted and killed German couple Gabor Neugebauer, 21, and Anja Habschied, 20. Gabor was shot six times in the head, while Anja was decapitated.

His final known murders occurred in April 1992 when he abducted a British couple, Caroline Clarke, 21, and Joanne Walter, 22, eventually shooting and stabbing them both. Their bodies were the first to be discovered five months later, according to news.com.au.

The outlet reported the bodies of Everist and Gibson were found in October 1993, as well as the bodies of the three Germans.

Police declared the murders as the work of a serial killer and set up a task force to uncover the person behind it. They received a lead in November 1993 when Onions called the police to describe his abduction by a man named “Bill,” a cover name for Milat. He flew to Australia identifying Milat from a photo, according to the outlet.

More than 50 police officers surrounded the home of Milat where they took him into custody without incident.

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He remained in prison ever since where he attempted to escape multiple times.

“These seven young persons were at the threshold of their lives, with everything to look forward to – travel, career, happiness, love, family, and even old age,” Justice David Hunt, who jailed Milat for life in 1996 told the Guardian.

“It is clear that they were subjected to behavior which, for callous indifference to suffering and complete disregard of humanity, is almost beyond belief,” he added. “They would obviously have been absolutely terrified, and death is unlikely to have been swiftly applied.”

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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John Kelly warned of impeachment for Trump if he hired ‘yes man’: ‘I feel bad that I left’

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Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Saturday that he warned President Trump about a possible impeachment were he to hire a “yes man,” allegedly pointing fingers at Trump’s current acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and other advisers.

“I said, whatever you do — and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place — I said whatever you do, don’t hire a ‘yes man,’ someone who won’t tell you the truth — don’t do that,” Kelly said at the Washington Examiner’s Sea Island Summit political conference in Georgia. “Because if you do, I believe you will be impeached.”

President Trump announced last December that Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, would leave his post at the end of 2018 following a 17-month tenure in the administration. Kelly previously served as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. It was widely rumored he was considering leaving his position as chief of staff.

“It pains me to see what’s going on because I believe if I was still there or someone like me was there, he would not be kind of, all over the place,” the retired general said Saturday, later saying that the “system” of advising the president so he can make informed decisions “clearly is not in place.”

“And I feel bad that I left,” Kelly added.

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Trump fired back at Kelly’s statements Saturday, claiming his former chief of staff “never said that, never said anything like that.”

“If he would have said that I would have thrown him out of office,” Trump said in a statement Saturday. “He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Kelly “was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president.”

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Kelly, 69, said Saturday: “Someone has got to be a guide that tells [the president] that you either have the authority or you don’t, or Mr. President, don’t do it. Don’t hire someone that will just nod and say, ‘That’s a great idea, Mr. President.’ Because you will be impeached.”

House Democrats in September launched an impeachment probe into President Trump after an intelligence community whistleblower filed a complaint that accused Trump of “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

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The complaint centered around a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It alleged Trump pushed for a “quid pro quo,” threatening to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless the country investigated 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden, his 49-year-old son Hunter and their business dealings in the country.

Democrats, spearheaded by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., have since issued a slew of subpoenas and requests for massive amounts of documents they say relate to the call, and Trump and others’ interactions with Ukraine — including Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Guiliani.

Kelly said Saturday he warned Trump “almost 11 months ago,” adding that he had “second thoughts about leaving.”

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Tiger Woods, other golf superstars get stuck in Japan Domino’s during severe storm

Tiger Woods and some of golf’s biggest stars ended up being stuck at a Domino’s Pizza in Japan for about 90 minutes on Friday after powerful storms made roads undrivable.

The group – which included Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland, Bubba Watson, and Ryan Palmer – as well as a couple of friends had gone to see an afternoon showing of the movie “Joker”  in Chiba after storms postponed the second round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.

Woods had already grabbed a share of the lead with a 6-under-par 64 in the opening round – a good start considering he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in August.

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Tiger Woods and some of golf’s biggest stars ended up being stuck at Dominos Pizza in Japan for about 90 minutes on Friday after powerful storms made roads undrivable at numerous areas in Chiba. (Tiger Woods Dominos AP)

Following his performance, the group of golf stars saw the movie, but courtesy vans were unable to transport them back to their hotel and no Uber or taxis were available, according to USA Today.

The group then decided to head over to a local Domino’s and chow down on six thin-crust pies, standing at the table-less eatery to eat and kill some time as heavy rains poured down outside the restaurant.

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Jordan Spieth of the United States watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the Zozo Championship PGA Tour at the Accordia Golf Narashino country club in Inzai, east of Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Woods, and his girlfriend, Erica Herman eventually decided to walk across the street to a 7-Eleven where two fans asked him for a selfie, according to the outlet.

The downtime and pizza seemed to sit well with Woods, who shot a second straight 6-under 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Woodland after the second round concluded.

Woods discussed his plan for Sunday where he expects to play for up to 10 hours.

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Tiger Woods of the United States watches his tee shot on the 5th hole during the second round of the Zozo Championship PGA Tour at the Accordia Golf Narashino country club in Inzai, east of Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

“Warm-up-wise, it’s still going to be the same. It’s just going to be a long day,” Woods told ESPN. “Eat a lot of food tonight and then tomorrow, same thing, make sure that I eat enough and feel good about my warm-up session. I felt like I hit it a little bit better today, which is nice. That’s nice going into a long day like tomorrow, because it’s going to be a bit of a test physically and mentally to play for, what, up to 10 hours. So it’s going to be a long day.”

Thomas tweeted about the Domino’s experience, saying, “What a day for the books…Walked to dominoes with the guys, made our way home 2 hours later, treatment again, now back in my hotel room.”

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Woods will tee off with Gary Woodland and Keegan Bradley at 8:30 a.m. local time (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday).

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Arkansas woman texted father’s number every day after he died, she got a response four years later

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A 23-year-old woman in Arkansas lost her father four years ago, but she continued to text his phone every day to update him about his life. She never got a response from the number, until this week.

Like she did every day, Chastity Patterson, of Newport, texted her father’s number on Thursday, the night before the fourth anniversary of his death.

“Hey Dad it’s ME,” she said. “Tomorrow is going to be a tough day again!”

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In her texts, Patterson recapped all of the highs and lows she had gone through over the past four years without her father by her side. She talked about how she beat cancer and has been taking better care of herself like she promised her father she would. She talked about how she finished college and graduated with honors and how she’d fallen in love and had her heart broken, “(you would have killed him),” she told her father.

“I’m sorry I wasn’t there when you needed me the most, but one day we will [sic] our chance to watch that game!” she wrote in her latest text.

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This week, Patterson received a response from a man who had been receiving her daily messages these past four years.

“My name is Brad and I lost my daughter in a car wreck August 2014 and your messages have kept me alive,” the response read. “When you text me, I know it’s a message from God.”

“I have listened to you for years and I have watched you grow more than anyone,” Brad said. “I have wanted to text you back for years, but I didn’t want to break your heart.”

He said he wished his daughter would have become the woman Patterson is. “I’m sorry you have to go through this but if it makes it any better, I am very proud of you! P.S. I think your father would be happy to know you bought another dog instead of having children.”

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Patterson posted the exchange to Facebook. “Today was my sign that everything is okay and I can let him rest!” It has since gone viral.

In a later post, Patterson revealed that the loved one she’d lost, Jason Ligons, was not her biological father, but she called him dad.

“Jason was not my ‘biological’ father, but blood could not make him any closer!” she said.

“He never missed a school dance, prom, my games and YES he would give me long talks about my mouth and attitude. I had to introduce my boyfriends to him (If I was allowed to date) and he would act like a normal dad and give us the long talk,” Patterson said.

“I shared my messages for my friends and family to see that there is a God and it might take 4 years, but he shows up right on time!” she added.

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Fletcher Cox’s 911 burglary call released, tells police: ‘I’m about to blow his brains out’

The 911 call made by Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox during an alleged burglary at his New Jersey home last week has been released.

In a transcript of the call, which was obtained by WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Cox told the dispatcher he had a shotgun and was about to “blow his brains out” should the suspect gain entry into his Mullica Hill home.

“I got somebody trying to break into my house and I’m about to blow his brains out right now,” Cox told the 911 operator.

The defensive lineman said the man busted part of his door, again saying: “I have a shotgun. If he comes into my house, I have a shotgun, I’m going to blow his brains out.”

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Later during the call, Cox told the operator: “I swear, you’ve got about 30 seconds.”

Cox said the man was “busting every window” of his house and urged the police to “hurry up.”

“I’m standing at my door if he comes into my house, I’m telling you right now. My gun is on safety and I’m going to blow his brains out,” Cox said.

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Fletcher Cox reacts after a sack against Tyrod Taylor of the Buffalo Bills (not pictured) in 2015 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The suspect then got into his black Porsche, according to Cox, who said he saw him pull out and drive away. Cox confirmed to police that his gun was “down and unloaded” following the attempted burglary.

The suspect was identified as Corbyn Nyemah. According to court documents, he showed up at Cox’s house looking for his ex-girlfriend, whom Cox is now dating. The woman has not been identified.

Nyemah allegedly damaged the woman’s car, which was outside Cox’s residence, and tried to enter the home by throwing rocks at the front door.

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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox (91) celebrates after recovering a fumble against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The suspect also walked around the property with a baseball bat and repeatedly tried to enter the home through the garage, surveillance footage showed, per ABC 7.

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The suspect fled in his vehicle and was pursued by police, but WPVI said the chase ended at Commodore Barry Bridge because of a probable cause affidavit. U.S. Marshals detained the suspect late last week.

Nyemah has been charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and other charges, according to ABC 7.

The suspect had told WPVI that much of what he is accused of is true; he reportedly wanted to talk to his ex-girlfriend of two years and said they were working to rekindle their relationship.

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No one was injured during the incident. Nyemah is expected to appear in court later this month.

Cox said he will not talk about what happened because it’s a personal matter. The lineman has played in seven games for the Eagles this season.

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Pope Francis proposes female deacons, married priests at Amazon synod

Pope Francis, rounding out his synod of Amazonian clergy, announced Saturday that he would be reopening a commission to study the history of women as deacons in the early days of the Catholic Church.

After calls by women for greater decision-making roles in the Church, the pope made the announcement at the end of his three-week assembly discussing issues facing the Amazon region, solutions to a shortage of priests, environmental protection and the role of women.

Francis originally opened a commission to study the possibility of women in the role in 2016, but the commission ended its work without a consensus on the topic. A gathering of 181 bishops voted on 120 recommendations presented to the pope. The recommendation to re-examine female deacons passed the two-thirds vote threshold, 137 in favor and 30 opposed, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Pope Francis waves during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (Fabio Frustcai/ANSA via AP)

Deacons are ordained ministers of the church and can fulfill some, but not all, of the roles a priest may fill. In today’s church, they must be men, but unlike priests, they are allowed to marry. Deacons do not celebrate Mass, but they can give the homily, teach in the name of the Church, baptize and conduct weddings, wakes and funeral services.

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“We still have not grasped the significance of women in the Church. Their role must go well beyond questions of function,” Francis said, according to Reuters. Francis, however, has said the “door is closed” to the question of women in the role of the priesthood.

Conservatives have argued against the potential of women in the diaconate, saying it is too closely linked to the priesthood which is explicitly reserved for men. The history of women in the role has been debated by scholars. Some say female deacons only ministered to other women, and some say women were fully ordained to perform rites the way male deacons did

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In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, members of Amazon indigenous populations prepare for a a Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession from St. Angelo Castle to the Vatican. In foreground is a wooden statue portraying a naked pregnant woman. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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A gathering of bishops Saturday also recommended that Francos loosen the celibacy requirement for priests in South America’s Amazon region to address the severe priest shortage. The Roman Catholic Church ordaining married men to the priesthood would break a precedent over 1,000 years old. Of the assembly, 128 members voted in favor of this measure and 41 were opposed.

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On Friday at the synod, Francis asked Amazonian bishops and local tribal leaders for forgiveness after indigenous statues were stolen from a Vatican-area church and thrown into a river. The pope insisted the wood-carved statues of naked pregnant women, known as Pachamama, were not a symbol of idolatry as conservatives had claimed, but rather were symbols of life, fertility and Mother Earth.

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California wildfires force more than 50,000 evacuations after ‘historic wind event,’ more power shutoffs

Authorities have ordered at least 50,000 people in Northern California to evacuate on Saturday as a potentially “catastrophic” wind event could amplify the wildfires that have scorched the area.

The entire towns of Healdsburg and Windsor are set to evacuate ahead of strong winds that may lead to erratic fire behavior.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office expects to be the biggest evacuation in the county in over 25 years with Sheriff Mark Essick saying its the largest evacuation order he’s experienced in his 26-year career.

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Richard and Sheri Rose fill a plastic jerry can to power their generator while the power remains shut off from the Tick Fire, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. An estimated 50,000 people were under evacuation orders in the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles as hot, dry Santa Ana winds howling at up to 50 mph (80 kph) drove the flames into neighborhoods (AP Photo/ Christian Monterrosa)

“This fire is very dangerous,” Essick said at a press conference Saturday.

Weather forecasts indicate that strong winds are set to impact much of the region over the weekend. Some gusts are projected to reach 85 mph and there’s a possibility of it being a record wind event, the National Weather Service warned,

“The winds are expected anywhere between 8 p.m. and midnight and from all reports they’re expected to be extremely strong,” said Brian Vitorelo with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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The Mayor of Windsor encouraged residents to get out quickly.

“This is a life-threatening situation and a danger to our entire town,” Foppoli told ABC News.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) confirmed it would initiate a mass power shut-off of nearly 940,000 customers on Saturday, with the total impacted rising from 2.5 to 2.8 million.

PG&E will shut off power in six phases, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, and ending at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. The warning was announced as firefighters battled flames in Northern and Southern California.

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SoCal Edison crews replace power lines that were damaged from the Tick Fire, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. An estimated 50,000 people were under evacuation orders in the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles as hot, dry Santa Ana winds howling at up to 50 mph (80 kph) drove the flames into neighborhoods (AP Photo/ Christian Monterrosa)from the Tick Fire, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. An estimated 50,000 people were under evacuation orders in the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles as hot, dry Santa Ana winds howling at up to 50 mph (80 kph) drove the flames into neighborhoods (AP Photo/ Christian Monterrosa)

The Kincade Fire has burned 25,455 acres and was 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. More than 23,500 structures are at risk of being damaged.

A blaze on Thursday destroyed at least six homes in the Santa Clarita area near Los Angeles and led to evacuation orders for up to 50,000 residents, although many were allowed back home after Santa Ana winds began to ease.

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To the north, firefighters raced to make progress against a blaze near Geyserville in Sonoma County before ferocious “diablo winds” returned. The fire had burned 49 buildings, including 21 homes, and swept through nearly 40 square miles of the wine-growing region. It was 10% contained by Saturday morning.

Several thousand people living in small communities in neighboring Lake County were warned to be ready to evacuate if an order is given. The area was the scene of a 2015 wildfire that killed four people and burned nearly 2,000 homes and other buildings.

High winds this weekend could ground water-dropping aircraft, disperse fire retardant and drive hot embers far ahead of the flames to set new blazes, Cal Fire Division Chief Jonathan Cox warned.

“You can’t fight a fire that’s spotting ahead of itself a quarter of a mile, half a mile, in some cases a mile ahead of itself,” he said.

No cause has been determined for any of the current fires, but PG&E said a 230,000-volt transmission line near Geyserville had malfunctioned minutes before that fire erupted Wednesday night.

The utility acknowledged that the discovery of the tower malfunction had prompted a change in its strategy.

“We have revisited and adjusted some of our standards and protocols in determining when we will de-energize high-voltage transmission lines,” Andrew Vesey, CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., said at a briefing Friday.

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The weekend forecasts detail what could be the strongest winds of the year coupled with bone-dry humidity.

“These places we all love have effectively become tinderboxes,” Vesey said. “Any spark, from any source, can lead to catastrophic results. We do not want to become one of those sources.”

The possible link between the wine country fire and a PG&E transmission line contained grim parallels to a catastrophic fire last year that tore through the town of Paradise, killing 85 people and destroying thousands of homes in the deadliest U.S. fire in a century.

State officials concluded that fire was sparked by a PG&E transmission line.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, tours a home destroyed by the Kincade fire on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Geyserville, Calif. Newsom declared a state of emergency Friday as wildfires scorch both ends of the state from Sonoma to Los Angeles. (Karl Mondon/San Jose Mercury News via AP)

Asherah Davidown, 17, of Magalia and her family lost their house, two dogs and a car in the Paradise fire. She said her family was preparing for another power outage by filling the gas tank of their car and buying non-perishable foods and batteries for their flashlights.

The outages reminded her of her family’s vulnerable position as they struggle to get back on their feet.

“My house doesn’t have a generator so that means another weekend of sitting in the dark with no Wi-Fi, no food in the fridge and shopping in increments since we don’t know how long the power may be out,” Davidown said.

The continuing round of power outages made her feel somewhat vulnerable as her family tries to get back on its feet, she said.

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“For the most part, a lot of people feel really helpless. Their livelihoods are at the fingertips of a corporation,” she said. “There’s still a lot of hurt and emotional recovery. Having our basic needs repeatedly taken away is really unfortunate.”

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