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Virginia man who murdered 2 female college students has stage 4 colon cancer

A confessed murderer serving multiple life sentences for the slayings of two Virginia college students has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and was transferred to a new prison this week to undergo treatment.

Jesse Matthew Jr., 37, pleaded guilty in 2016 to killing Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old student at Virginia Tech, and Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old student at the University of Virginia. The two women were killed about five years apart, and Matthew Jr. was only connected to the Harrington case after police tied him to Graham’s killing.

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Jesse Matthew Jr. was transferred on Monday to a new prison in Virginia to undergo cancer treatment, officials said. (Pool, File)

Matthew was moved from Virginia’s Red Onion State Prison, in Wise County, to Sussex I State Prison on Monday. He confirmed to WTVR earlier this month he’d been diagnosed with the disease, which is reportedly in its most advanced stage and has traveled beyond the colon. The American Cancer Society pegged the current survival rate for stage 4 colon cancer at 14 percent in a 2017 study.

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Jesse Matthew Jr. pleaded guilty to killing Hannah Graham, left, and Morgan Harrington, right.

In October 2009, Harrington disappeared after she left a Metallica concert at UVA’s basketball arena. More than three months later, in January 2010, her body was found in a field roughly 10 miles south of Charlottesville.

“This is justice and perhaps karma.”

— Gil Harrington

Years later, Graham disappeared after leaving an off-campus party alone in September 2014. Her body was found a month later — about six miles from where Harrington’s body was found.

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Harrington’s mother told WTVR Matthew “doesn’t loom big in my mind.”

“He is contained and our mission is to help save the next girl, so I take comfort however this plays out,” Gil Harrington said. “This is justice and perhaps karma.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Frustrated ‘Game of Thrones’ fans slam show with airplane banner across Seattle sky

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“Game of Thrones” fans in Washington state figured out a new way to vent their frustration about the hit HBO show’s last season.

“SOMEONE REWRITE GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 PLZ,” read an airplane banner that flew across the Seattle sky around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ryan Geddes was the organizer behind the idea. He started a fundraiser to run the banner across the sky to say how he really felt about season eight of the show — and he said dozens of people pulled through.

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“A couple donations rolled in, then 50, then 100,” Geddes told KING-TV. “I very clearly accidentally struck a nerve with a very aggrieved fan base. I think I severely underestimated how annoyed people are with this show.”

Geddes wrote on a GoFundMe page that the quoted price for the banner was $695. Other banner message ideas he threw around included, “If Bran no longer has jurisdiction over the Night’s Watch why is Sansa enforcing Jon’s banishment” and “None of the character decisions make sense any more make it stop please.”

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“I still don’t know who the Night King is and I’m struggling to find an appropriate medium to express my frustration and despair,” another banner option read.

The annoyed “Game of Thrones” fan said the fundraiser was a “dumb joke” and admitted the money could have been better spent. He encouraged fans to donate to “Same You,” a charity run by Emilia Clarke — or Daenerys Targaryen — to help those affected by brain injuries.

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Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost engaged after 2 years of dating

Live from New York, it’s… an engagement!

“Saturday Night Live” star Colin Jost and “Avengers” actress Scarlett Johansson are officially engaged, a rep for Johansson told The Associated Press on Sunday.

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Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson announced their engagement on Sunday. (AP, File)

Johansson, 34, and Jost, 36, have been dating for two years. The actress was previously married to actor Ryan Reynolds and to journalist Romain Cauriac, with whom she shares a daughter.

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The marriage is the first for Jost, who co-hosts the hit NBC show’s “Weekend Update” segment, and also serves as one of the show’s co-head writers.

The “Endgame” star’s publicist told the AP that a wedding date has not yet been set.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arkansas woman sentenced for posing as sheriff’s deputy to bust her boyfriend out of jail

An Arkansas woman who posed as a California sheriff’s deputy to break her boyfriend out of jail has been sentenced.

Maxine Feldstein, 30, pleaded guilty on Monday to several charges, including criminal impersonation, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but half her sentence was suspended by the judge, KFSM-TV reported.

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Maxine Feldstein, 30, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for impersonating a sheriff’s deputy to bust her boyfriend, Nicholas Lowe, out of jail. (Washington County Detention Center)

In July, Feldstein posed as deputy “L. Kershaw,” with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, at the Washington County Jail, and presented forged documents to fool those at the jail into freeing her boyfriend.

FLASHBACK: ARKANSAS WOMAN POSED AS CALIFORNIA DEPUTY TO HELP BOYFRIEND ESCAPE JAIL, POLICE SAY

Boyfriend Nicholas Lowe reportedly told Feinstein to pose as a deputy from the sheriff’s office, the station reported, citing court documents. Lowe told his girlfriend she should tell the jail staff that the sheriff’s office was “having issues with overcrowding and all low-priority extraditions have been suspended.”

Two days later, a real Ventura County sheriff’s deputy called the jail to let them know he was on his way to pick up Lowe, which is when jail officials realized what happened.

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The couple was arrested in Fayetteville about a month after the incident.

In court earlier this week, Feldstein also pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal impersonation, forgery and third-degree escape. In February, Lowe pleaded guilty to third-degree escape and was given a year in prison, with credit for time served, and will be suspended for five years once he’s released.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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Ex-king of Belgium ordered to pay thousands per day until he submits DNA for paternity test

King Albert II — the former monarch of Belgium — must pay 5,000 euros for every day he refuses to provide a DNA sample in a paternity case brought on by a woman who claims to be his daughter, a court ruled Thursday.

A Belgian appeals court in Brussels ordered the former king, 84, to attend an appointment and provide DNA in the presence of a justice official. For every day he does not attend that appointment, he will be fined the hefty sum of $5,593.

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Belgian artist Delphine Boel, 50, has claimed to be his daughter for years. Albert has never publicly denied that he is her father, but has refused to provide a DNA sample — despite an October court order to do so.

Albert abdicated the throne to his son, Philippe, six years ago. On the day he renounced his role in 2013, Boel’s mother publicly spoke for the first time about her affair with the former king.

KING ALBERT, QUEEN PAOLA SHED A TEAR ON EVE OF ABDICATION

“I thought I could not have children because I had had an infection,” Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps said of her alleged relationship with Albert, according to The Guardian. “We had not taken any precautions.”

Their alleged relationship reportedly took place from 1966 to 1984. The mother said it “was a beautiful period,” and called Boel a “love child.”

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“Albert was not the father figure but he was very sweet to her,” she said.

Albert, according to the news outlet, admitted he and his wife, Queen Paola of Belgium, went through a period of marital turmoil. However, Albert has never admitted to fathering a child outside his marriage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Jersey man found guilty of murdering childhood friend wants new trial over juror’s ‘LMAO’ Facebook post

A New Jersey man who was convicted of strangling a former high school classmate before throwing her body off a bridge wants a new trial because of a juror who was dismissed for writing “LMAO” about the case on Facebook.

Liam McAtasney, 21, was convicted of the December 2016 murder of 19-year-old Sarah Stern in Neptune City, N.J., as well as robbery, desecration of human remains, conspiracy to desecrate human remains and hindering apprehension.

NEW JERSEY MAN CONVICTED OF STRANGLING CHILDHOOD FRIEND

In February, McAtasney was found guilty. Jurors had asked to review a secretly recorded conversation in which the 21-year-old spoke about Stern’s death.

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Liam McAtasney, 21, was found guilty of murdering Sarah Stern, whose body has never been found. (Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office/Facebook)

Prosecutors alleged he strangled Stern, then dumped her body off a bridge, staging the scene to make it look as though she killed herself. McAtasney worked with Preston Taylor, also a former classmate, to try to steal what they believed was $100,000 in a house owned by Stern’s family.

Shortly before McAtasney was found guilty in February, it was discovered a juror wrote a comment on Facebook about being part of the jury.

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“Sitting on the jury LMAO,” the 21-year-old juror commented on a news article about the case, referring to “laughing my a– off.” The juror, identified as Emily Allen, claimed that it was her 15-year-old sister who posted the comment.

McAtasney’s sentencing — which was scheduled for May 24 — has been postponed because of his request for a new trial, according to the Asbury Park Press.

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The defense attorney for Liam McAtasney filed a motion for a new trial after the 21-year-old was found guilty of murdering his childhood friend, Sarah Stern. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)

Carlos Diaz-Cobo, McAtasney’s defense attorney, argued that the juror defied orders to stay off social media, and a mistrial should have been declared.

“To believe that this excused juror’s sister posted the comment belies reality,” he wrote in the motion.

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After she allegedly posted the comment to Facebook, Allen reportedly contacted a fellow juror about why she was removed from the trial — another reason Diaz-Cobo cites as a reason for a new trial.

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Nearly 50 Palestinians injured in protests along Gaza-Israeli border: officials

Nearly 50 Palestinians were injured Wednesday by Israeli troops as they protested across the West Bank and Gaza to mark the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war, officials said.

Thousands of people congregated at the Gaza border with Israel for demonstrations known as the “nabka” — or “catastrophe” — in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced out of their homes during the war that surrounded the creation of Israel.

ISRAEL ARMY LIFTS RESTRICTIONS, SIGNALS CEASE-FIRE WITH GAZA

More than 60 Palestinians were killed during last year’s demonstrations, which coincided with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem after it had been relocated from Tel Aviv.

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Smoke rises from fires on Israeli farmland caused by arson balloons launched from Gaza City, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

The Gaza Health Ministry told Reuters on Wednesday that at least 47 people were wounded after witnesses said Israeli troops fired tear gas, rubber bullets at them and live ammunition at them.

Roughly 10,000 protesters gathered along the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said.

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“The rioters are setting tires on fire and hurling rocks. A number of explosive devices have been hurled within the Gaza Strip, as well, and a number of attempts have been made to approach the security fence. IDF troops are responding with riot dispersal means.”

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Palestinians attend a protest by the Israeli border with Gaza Strip, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Muhammed Dahman)

The demonstration comes two weeks after a cease-fire was reached to end two fierce days of fighting. A Qatari envoy, who has been helping mediate the cease-fire, has urged Hamas to keep Wednesday’s demonstration restrained.

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There are an estimated 5 million Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. Their fate is one of the core issues of dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel rejects demands for a mass return of refugees to long-lost homes, saying it would threaten the country’s Jewish character.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California woman dies after man attacks her with electric scooter, police say

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A California woman was killed Monday in a brutal attack by a man who used an electric scooter as his weapon, police said.

Rosa Elena Hernandez, a 63-year-old from Long Beach, was attacked around 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

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Officials responding to reports of “an assault with a deadly weapon” found Hernandez “with significant injuries to her upper torso,” and determined she died at the scene.

Investigators believe the man assaulted the victim, then used a motorized scooter as a weapon. Authorities have not said if the suspect had any connection to the woman.

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“I never heard of anything like this either,” a neighbor told KTTV. “We’ve been living here for years, since ’93, and this is the first time something like this has happened.”

A person of interest was located by police hours after the incident. The man, who has not been publicly identified, was taken into custody without incident and booked for murder, and was being held on $2 million bail, police said.

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Hundreds evacuated from Australian college library because of smelly durian fruit

The library of an Australian university was evacuated last week because of a suspected gas leak which turned out to be something much different.

Around 550 people evacuated the University of Canberra’s library in under 6 minutes on Thursday because of what was believed to be a possible gas leak, according to a Facebook post from the school.

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But the unpleasant smell didn’t turn out to be gas at all — and was actually durian, a smelly fruit.

“We are open!” the university wrote online about an hour later. “The lingering gas-like smell in the building is completely safe — someone left a durian fruit in one of our bins!”

The “offending fruit,” as dubbed by the school, has a creamy, stringy texture, but also a smell that Smithsonian magazine once compared to “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.”

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Durian caused hundreds of people to evacuate from the University of Canberra’s library on Thursday, the school said. (AP Photo)

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The fruit caused the second mass evacuation of an Australian university. In April 2018, fire officials in Melbourne warned of a chemical hazard at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and said the smell of gas had been reported.

After hundreds were evacuated, it turned out the possible leak was “not chemical gas, but gas generated from rotting durian, an extremely pungent fruit which had been left rotting in a cupboard.”

Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.

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Father falsely reported daughter was missing hoping his stolen car would be found faster, police say

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The father of a 3-year-old girl was arrested Sunday in California after he claimed his car was stolen with the toddler inside — even though she wasn’t — hoping that police could find the car sooner, investigators said.

Ciara McCroey, of Oakland, was reported missing on Saturday night after her dad told authorities she was in the “stolen” vehicle, police said.

KENTUCKY PAIR ARRESTED AFTER POLICE DISCOVER 4 CHILDREN LIVING IN COCKROACH-INFESTED HOME

An AMBER Alert was issued for Ciara and investigators advised she was abducted “by an unknown suspect.”

“Believed to be wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans,” police alerted the public that she was taken while inside the dad’s silver four-door 2005 Mercedes S430, with license plate 8GIY743.

On Sunday, police said that the car was recovered — but that the child was still missing. “We need to find the child,” police tweeted.

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Hours later, investigators said that Ciara was with her father earlier in the day, but that during the entirety of the AMBER Alert, Ciara was safe, and in the care of her mother.

The 3-year-old’s father was arrested for filing a false police report, according to authorities, who alleged that he lied to police about his daughter being abducted “in hopes police would find car quickly.”

The child’s father wasn’t immediately identified.

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