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Intruders dressed as police duct-tape, rob family

As many as five men dressed as police officers broke into a south Cobb County home, duct-taped the residents and robbed them, police said. 

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Officers were called to the house just before 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

When they arrived, the victims — all in their 20s and 30s — told police four or five people kicked in a door at their home, tied up the residents and took an undisclosed amount of cash, jewelry and cellphones.

The family had just moved into the home about two weeks ago, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“Once they got into the house, they said, ‘Get down! We are the police,’” one of the victims told Channel 2, asking not to be identified.

The men first encountered the woman’s brother-in-law, she told Channel 2. 

“He was the first one to have duct tape all over him and a gun to his head, telling him not to move, not to look back,” she said.

The intruders then went room to room with guns pointed.

“They had put my husband on the floor and told him not to move,” the woman told Channel 2. “They had told me to go back to bed.”

The intruders left when they suspected police were on the way, Pierce said.

Witnesses saw two vehicles leave the scene. Descriptions of the vehicles and the robbers have not been released.

“Investigators will continue looking into this to establish a motive and possibly apprehend the suspects,” Pierce said.

While no injuries were reported, the woman told Channel 2 she hopes to never see the intruders again.

“I’ll be scared now to even live here,” she said. 

Woman accused of leaving son in car, near drugs, while she broke into house

woman left her son in a car near methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia while she broke into an empty residence, authorities said.

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A Forsyth County deputy apprehended Theresa Jean Bice, 39, when she was leaving the house through a rear window, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Rainwater said. The house was on Browns Bridge Road in Cumming.

The deputy, C.A. Miller, said he found the 4-year-old boy asleep near multiple baggies containing meth, a digital scale and glass smoking paraphernalia.

A basket containing DVDs and children’s toys was found in the house, according to the deputy. It’s unclear how long Bice was in the house.

She’s charged with burglary, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of drug-related objects and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to sheriff’s officials. She’s in the Forsyth County jail without bond.

At the time of this arrest, Bice was on probation for a shoplifting arrest in April.

Man told his ex-wife he had kids’ Christmas gifts to get her outside, then the unthinkable happened

A man called his ex-wife at work and told her that he had Christmas gifts for their children to get her to leave the building. But it was a cruel trick. The man shot and killed her, and then himself.

Lesli Kelly, 49, went on a break during her Wednesday shift at the Penn State satellite campus cafeteria in Monaca, Pennsylvania, and sat in her SUV to wait for the man she had just divorced, said State police Lt. Eric Hermick, according to The New York Post.

Shortly thereafter, Kelly’s ex-husband, William Kelly, 52, pulled up in his SUV and walked toward her vehicle carrying wrapped presents, according to Hermick.

After a brief conversation in the car, witnesses told police that William Kelly pulled out a handgun and shot multiple rounds. Lesli Kelly dropped to the ground and then William shot himself. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

“We’re getting indications that there was domestic issues, child support issues, and we’re also getting information that he was harassing her,” Hermick said.

“This murder-suicide was alarming for multiple reasons — you’re on a college campus, for one. But this doesn’t really involve the students, which is fortunate. This is a domestic violence thing.”

Two students and a custodian witnessed the shooting, according to police.

“There was some screaming and yelling and obviously some chaos, but nothing that wasn’t gotten under control quickly by the campus police,” Hermick said.

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The couple had one adult child and shared custody of two minor children. None of the children were harmed, police confirmed. They are currently staying with family members.

“Other than verifying there was no active shooter, the urgency was to find out where the other family members were and the children were because we did find evidence in the vehicle that alarmed us to indicate that maybe someone else had been harmed prior to this event,” Hermick said. “But to our knowledge, all the children and the other family members are safe.”

Two dead in shooting at Penn State Beaver campus, officials say — 48 Hours (@48hours) December 13, 2017

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The Penn State Beaver campus has an enrollment of about 700 and is a 105-acre campus about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

One student, Edisa Bukuru, 20, said she was inside the campus cafeteria when a fellow student got a text on a cellphone: “Stay inside. Somebody just got shot.”

Most people inside the cafeteria, including Bukuru, didn’t hear the shots. Then a girl entered the cafeteria and alerted everyone to the shooting.

“Until the girl came in running, nobody took it serious,” said Bukuru told Trib Live.

“I just don’t even know how to react. My heart is still beating right now because I thought that was so cruel,” Bukuru said.

What’s hiding in this photo from North Korea has people more than a bit shook

A hawk-eyed viewer spotted a photograph of North Korea’s former leader taking a look at atomic bombs in a video, and it’s disconcerting.

The never-before-seen picture was visible in footage of a weapons conference in the despotic nation, where North Korea’s current dictator Kim Jong-un was leading arms and ammunition leaders on a tour, reported BBC.

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Chinese Twitter user @stoa1984 first spied the photograph, asking, “Is this an A-bomb or [something]?”

United States arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis replied with his own inquiry saying, “This is the photo we’re all ogling.”

and is that a A-bomb or sth? — xutianran (@stoa1984) December 12, 2017

In the photograph, Kim Jong-il appears to be inspecting a large globe, that experts — although wary of confirming — say bears a resemblance to a recent image of Kim Jong-un inspecting a hydrogen bomb.

Although the image was likely taken between 2006 and 2009 when the country began its first missile testing, the eery photograph serves as a reminder of the pervasive conflict between the U.S. and North Korea over nuclear threats.

North Korea recently issued yet another threat, warning the United States that continuing joint military operations with South Korea “nuclear war [may break out] at any moment,” Sky News reported in early December.

The embattled country began testing intercontinental ballistic missiles this year that it claimed could reach “anywhere in the world,” according to CNN. This year’s tests have raised concerns that the missiles along with hydrogen bombs could reach Washington, D.C. and beyond.

RELATED: President Trump escalates aggression and threats against Kim Jong Un in early morning tweet

The New York Post quoted physicist David Wright, who estimated that the missile could have traveled 8,100 miles and would have “more than enough range to reach Washington, D.C.” “Such a missile would have more than enough range to reach Washington, D.C., and in fact any part of the continental United States,” he said, though the U.S. Department of Defense said the missile could not threaten the U.S., its territories or its allies.

In addition to the threats on a national scale, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have traded personal threats and barbs for months. With Jong-un referring to Trump as “deranged,” a “dotard” and sentenced him to “death by the Korean people.”

Trump has replied, calling the dictator — whom he refers to as “Rocket Man” — a “madman.”

According to President Trump, the era of “being nice” has ended.

Being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won't fail. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle set May wedding date

Royal watchers now have the date of the royal nuptials.

May 19, 2018, will be the day that Prince Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, will be married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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Kensington Palace, the official Twitter account of the royal family, posted the announcement Friday morning.

The couple announced their engagement Nov. 27, The Associated Press reported

Markle will be spending the Christmas holidays with her betrothed and his family, including his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham, the royal estate in Norfolk, north of London, The AP reported.

What it’s like decorating a Tournament of Roses Parade float

Sports fans watching the 2018 Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 will be eager to see if No. 3 Georgia can get past No. 2 Oklahoma when the teams meet at the College Football Playoff semifinal in Pasadena, Calif.

One local florist will be watching the preceding Tournament of Roses Parade with a trained and appreciative eye.

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“It was one of the most fantastic things I’ve ever done,” said K. Mike Whittle, who helped decorate a parade float years ago. “You learn so much.”

As operator of K. Mike Whittle Unique Floral Designs just off the Marietta Square, he doesn’t have a lot of free time at any point in the year. Certainly not during the holiday season. But with the University of Georgia heading to the Rose Bowl for just the second time ever, he let us tag along the other day while he set up for a party at the the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center so we could press him for intel.

The main takeway: you just cannot believe how many flowers go into all those floats.

“We used 35,000 roses,” he said, his voice still full of awe at the memory. “I was a kid in a candy store with all those flowers. They didn’t know me from Adam’s house cat but they turned me loose.”

A Marietta native who got his start as an entrepreneurial kid who would dig cattails from a ditch and sell them to an area flower shop, Whittle was working in Carrollton when he got the call to go west.

“It really steamed up my career,” he said. He didn’t love getting up on scaffolding to attend to the top of the float, but otherwise enjoyed learning floral problem-solving skills on that big a stage. “We worked 29 hours straight. It just showed me yeah, it can be done.”

The annual parade, older than the football contest, dates back to Jan. 1, 1890. That first year, horse-drawn buggies festooned with blooms were meant to echo a festival of roses in Nice, France. Two years later, winter weather threatened the supply of roses and nearly turned the event into the “Orange Tournament,” but the fledgling tradition held.

Automobiles showed up in 1901 and were shoved to the back of the parade, so they wouldn’t spook the horses. The following year saw the first merger of flora and football, when the University of Michigan rolled over Stanford University, 49-0. One year, 1913, organizers thought a camel vs. elephant road race would be fun. The elephant won, and the species’ record remains unbroken as there have been no similar matchups since.

Famed zookeeper Jack Hanna rode on the float Whittle worked on in 2002, accompanied by giant botanical tigers, monkeys and exotic birds. If your Rose Bowl party plans call for slightly less elaborate floral decor, Whittle likes roses (of course) as well as red ginger and anthurium.

“Carnations are not bad, either. It’s a sturdy football kind of rose,” said Whittle, who has created displays incorporating football helmets.

Proper hydration is key – he’ll give newly arrived blooms a couple of days to drink up before placing them in arrangements – and he uses a sharp knife, not scissors, to ensure a clean, angled cut.

Then again, he mused, there’s one major flub people make when setting out to arrange flowers.

“That is the mistake,” he said with a twinkle, “doing it yourself.”

US Marine helicopter window falls from sky, injures child

A 20-pound window of a US Marine Corps helicopter fell off in mid-flight onto a school playing field Tuesday, slightly injuring a child on the Japanese island of Okinawa, CNN reported. 

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US Forces Japan said in a statement that the window of a CH-53 transport helicopter fell onto a sports field at an elementary school outside Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

"We take this report extremely seriously and are investigating the cause of this incident in close coordination with local authorities," the statement said. "This is a regrettable incident and we apologize for any anxiety it has caused the community."

The child was not seriously injured, CNN reported.

Three sisters, three Ivy League colleges

Community college probably won’t cut the mustard when two sisters get accepted into the Ivy Leagues.

Xaviera Rowan found out this week where she was going to school and it was met with cheers from her fellow classmates from Democracy Prep Harlem High School, WNBC reported.

Xaviera’s oldest sister, Chris, was accepted to Dartmouth College two years ago. Last year it was Ella and Yale. 

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This year, Xaviera found out she is going to be a freshman at Harvard University, WNBC reported.

The family’s story is a true American Dream tale.

They immigrated from Cameroon and didn’t speak much English when they arrived in the United States, except for phrases they picked up watching television.

“We started learning English, going to the library, reading books and using dictionaries,” Xaviera told WNBC.

“We essentially had to learn English within a period of six months before standardized exams,” Chris said.

The girls said their parents made education a priority at all times and credit the school Democracy Prep for their success, WNBC reported.

In 1998, ‘The Simpsons’ predicted Disney would buy Fox

Doh! Another prediction comes true on the long-running “The Simpsons” animated sitcom.

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In 1998, the sitcom predicted that The Walt Disney Company would buy 21st Century Fox. In other episodes, the show also has forecasted the presidency of Donald Trump and a Super Bowl halftime show featuring Lady Gaga. NBC News reported. 

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Disney buys 21st Century Fox

This prediction came from the episode “When You Dish Upon a Star,” from the fifth episode of Season 10, NBC News reported. In this 1998 show, Homer Simpson pitches a script to Hollywood producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. In one scene, a sign outside a studio lot reads “20th Century Fox, A Division of Walt Disney Co.”

Donald Trump as president 

In “Bart to the Future” from Season 11, Episode 17 in 2000, Lisa Simpson is the new president of the United States. Her task is to dig the country out of a financial mess created by her predecessor , Donald Trump. 

Lady Gaga lands in the Super Bowl

In 2012, "Lisa Goes Gaga" appeared in Episode 22 of Season 23.. Lady Gaga visits the Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield and performs in concert. She descends to the stage from a helicopter in a harness. And that’s what she did this past Feb. 5 at Super Bowl LI at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

After Trump won the presidential election in November 2016, the show featured a flashback to its 2000 prediction, The Huffington Post reported. In the opening credits, Bart Simpson is shown writing on a chalkboard the phrase “Being right sucks.”

Family awarded $48 million in lawsuit over child's torture death

A jury awarded $48 million to the family of an 8-year-old girl who was tortured and killed in 2013 in a negligence lawsuit filed against the doctor who treated her, The Chicago Tribune reported.

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Jurors deliberated for two hours Wednesday before finding that child-abuse pediatrician Norell Rosado was medically negligent in his treatment of Gizzell Ford, the Tribune reported.

Rosado treated the child for several weeks before she was found strangled, starved and beaten inside her grandmother’s Chicago apartment. 

Helen Ford, the girl’s paternal grandmother, is serving a life sentence for the slaying, the Tribune reported. The girl’s father also was charged, but died in jail in August 2014 while awaiting trial, WLS reported.

Rosado denied the allegations in the lawsuit, testifying at trial that he only found "nonspecific" and "non-suspicious" abrasions on the child.

“We just wanted justice for Gizzell, and in our eyes we got it,” said the child’s mother, Sandra Mercado. “I just hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

The lawsuit filed by the girl’s family accused Rosado of failing to immediately alert authorities to possible signs of abuse, failing to ask basic questions about the injuries he uncovered in an exam and failing to properly document his findings, the Tribune reported. He examined Gizzell as part of a molestation investigation initiated by the Fords against her mother’s boyfriend.

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