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Mississippi boy, 9, accused of shooting sister over argument about video game 

A 9-year-old Mississippi boy is accused of shooting his 13-year-old sister in the head after they had an argument over a video game, WTVA reported Sunday. 

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Moore County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said deputies responded to the scene around 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Deputies said the boy allegedly had grabbed a gun when his sister would not give up the video game controller. Cantrell said the bullet penetrated the girl’s brain.

The teen was taken to Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, where she is fighting for her life, deputies said.

This case is under investigation, WTVA reported/

Exit poll: Putin wins re-election in landslide

Vladimir Putin earned a convincing victory in Sunday’s presidential election in Russia, winning 73.9 percent of the vote as he was re-elected to his fourth term, CNN reported.

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A state-run exit poll revealed the results, which was not a surprise, CNN reported. Pavel Grudinin was second with 11.2 percent of the vote, according to the exit poll that was conducted bt the Russia Public Opinion Research Center.

Putin will serve another four years as president.

The exit polls are not final and official results are expected later Sunday, CNN reported.

Deputies: Florida bar owner shoots co-owner, self with patrons inside

The owner of a bar in Central Florida shot and killed his co-owner before shooting himself late Friday night -- while patrons were inside, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Deputies said they went to the Mezcal Bar in Orange County around 11:10 p.m. after receiving a call of shots fired in the bar.

Lida Calderon, 45, was found shot and Julio Macias-Flores, 45, had shot himself, deputies said. 

Firefighters arrived and pronounced both dead at the scene, according to deputies. 

Patrons were inside the bar at the time of the murder-suicide, deputies said. 

Witnesses told deputies Calderon and Macias-Flores were arguing with each other prior to the shooting. 

Bet on NCAA long shot retrieves big payday for UMBC fans

Eric Barger figured he was throwing his money away when he and a group of friends bet on a No. 16 seed to upset a top-ranked team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But the group’s $800 bet on the University of Maryland-Baltimore County men’s basketball team paid off big when the Retrievers shocked No. 1 Virginia 74-54 on Friday.

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No. 16 seeds had been 0-for-135 against No. 1s, but UMBC’s win was lucrative for Barger and friends, who cashed a $16,800 winning ticket at The Venetian in Las Vegas, ESPN reported. 

"I go with my boys to Vegas every tournament, and we did pretty well on Thursday," Barger told ESPN. “Me and my buddy Dan went to UMBC, so we spent all day talking up how much we were going to bet.”

Barger said he did not think he had a winning ticket.

"We, of course, thought we were throwing our money down the drain," Barger, 42, told ESPN. “We expected to be down pretty quickly, but we hung in there, and they won by 20. It was surreal.”

Feeling lucky, Barger said he and his friends took $200 each out of their winnings and gambled it on a game of roulette. Their number hit, so they collected an additional $1,900, ESPN reported.

Barger said his group will bet on UMBC again in the Retrievers’ game Sunday night against Kansas State.

“With odds at about 5-to-1, we'll have at least a couple hundred on the game,” Barger told ESPN. “How could we not?"

Millennials replacing engagement rings with diamonds embedded in fingers

Millennials are spurning traditional engagement rings and replacing them with diamonds embedded into fingers, WCBS reported.

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“We notice lately a lot of people coming looking for that,” said Sam Abbas, who owns NYC Ink Studio in Manhattan.

“I think it looks nice, but if you really think what it’s doing to the body – and you can have scarring – it’s so many complications that can happen from it,” Cynthia Rivas told WCBS.

The biggest issue is keeping the area around the piercing clean. Abbas suggests cleaning the finger at least two or three times. When seeking a piercing artist, it’s also important to gauge his or her experience, Abbas said.

“You’re dealing with the blood, so you got to be very, very safe,” Abbas told WCBS. “What we do, we sterilize everything.”

The embedding process takes about 10 minutes. An artist marks a spot with a pen, cleans the area with alcohol and iodine and then inserts an anchor -- typically made of gold or titanium -- to hold the diamond, WCBS reported.

The procedure costs approximately $100; the selected gem has an additional cost, Abbas said. 

Former NYC ferry captain who evacuated hundreds on 9/11 dies 

New York City firefighter Thomas Phelan, who evacuated hundreds of people from Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks while working as a ferry captain, died Friday.

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Phelan, 45, died of cancer, the New York Daily News reported.

Phelan was working as a Statue of Liberty ferry captain on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew two jetliners into the World Trade Center. Phelan turned the boat into a rescue vehicle and played a key role in evacuating people stranded in Lower Manhattan, the Daily News reported.

“He brought supplies, rescue workers & was a huge part of the operation,” according to the NYC Fire Wire Facebook page.

He went on to join New York’s fire department in May 2003, the Daily News reported.

Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall during Tampa show

A Cirque du Soleil acrobat who fell during a Saturday performance in Tampa, Florida, died from his injuries, a hospital spokeswoman told WTSP on Sunday.

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According to a video viewed by WTSP and The Tampa Bay Times, the aerial acrobat lost his grip on a ribbon strap during the company’s “Volta” show and fell 10 feet to the stage below.

A spokesman for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group identified the performer as Yann Arnaud, a longtime aerialist, WFLA reported.

The show was stopped, and Arnaud was taken to Tampa General Hospital. He died from his injuries, spokeswoman Ellen Fiss told WTSP. 

The two performances scheduled for Sunday were canceled, the company in charge of publicizing the show said in a statement.

"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him," company CEO Daniel Lamarre said. "Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann’s family and our employees, especially the ‘Volta’ team, as we go through these difficult times together."

Arnuad’s death is the second performer fatality in Cirque du Soleil's history, WTSP reported. According to the BBC, Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died during a 2013 show in Las Vegas when she fell 94 feet to the floor when a safety wire detached.

Olivier Rochette, a 43-year-old technician, died in 2016 while setting up for a performance.

Trey Gowdy to Trump, lawyer: 'When you're innocent .. act like it'

Asserting that “when you are innocent … act like it,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) urged President Donald Trump and his lawyer to allow special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to continue, Fox News reported.

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Gowdy said that the efforts of Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, to end Mueller’s probe did the president a “disservice” and that the counsel’s team need the “time, independence and resources” to complete the probe.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Gowdy said “I think the president’s attorney, frankly, does him a disservice when he says that and when he frames the investigation that way. If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it.”

Gowdy is chairman of the House Oversight committee. He said he hoped the president and Dowd would not try to force an end to the investigation. Trump mentioned Mueller for the first time in a tweet Sunday morning.

“Give Bob Mueller the time, independence and resources to do his job,” Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, told Fox News. “And if you are innocent, act like it. … If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”

Victims of the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse: What we know

The victims of the Florida International University bridge collapse range in age from 18 to 60.

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They include a father of three, a teenager aspiring for a career in political science and Cuban owners of a party business. 

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Their lives all came to an abrupt end on the afternoon of March 15 when a pedestrian bridge at FIU fell, trapping vehicles underneath and injuring numerous lives.

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Here’s the latest of what we know about them: 

Brandon Brownfield

He was a husband, father and a tower crane technician for Maxim Crane Works.

He moved to South Florida a few years ago with his wife, Chelsea, and recently purchased a home in Homestead, according to the Miami Herald. 

“After ten years of knowing and loving Brandon, 3 years and 11 months of marriage, and 3 beautiful girls; our love runs deep, and has been strengthened by our faith. I keep trying to find the words to share with you - our friends and family - but nothing feels right,” Chelsea wrote on Facebook. 

He was from Waynseboro, Virginia, and studied at Brevard Community College, according to his Facebook page. 

He leaves behind his wife and three daughters. 

Rolando Fraga 

Rolando Fraga was a 60-year-old systems technician and truck driver who lived near FIU. He was from a town south of Havana, Cuba.

He died when the bridge collapsed on his Jeep Cherokee, according to the Miami Herald

The day before, on the morning of March 14, he posted the following message to Facebook: “Nothing is forever. Coffee gets cold, people leave, time passes and people change.”

Osvaldo Gonzalez

Co-owner of Classic Design Party Rental business, Osvaldo Gonzalez, 57, died when the bridge collapsed on a white van he was in with Alberto Arias.

He came to South Florida from Cuba during the 1980 Mariel boatlift, according to the Miami Herald

Alberto Arias

Alberto Arias, 53, was the other owner of Classic Design Party Rental. He studied at Miami Dade College and previously lived in Havana, Cuba. 

“He went out of his way to help anybody. He was a business owner and he just took a lot of pride in his work and family,” Ismael Segovia, his cousin, told NBC 6

Navarro Brown

Navarro Brown, 37, was an employee with Structural Technologies VSL. He was from Jamaica.

Appelonia Brown, his cousin, told the Miami Herald that he was a “hard-working, humble youth.” 

Alexa Duran

The 18-year-old Florida International University student was a political science major and previously attended Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches and Country Club Middle School in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, according to her Facebook profile.

“She is the funniest person I know,” Manny Perez told the Miami Herald

Alexa Duran died when the bridge fell on top of her gray Toyota SUV.

Guest books for the victims can be found at

Trump slams Mueller, McCabe in Sunday tweets

In a flurry of tweets Sunday morning, President Donald Trump criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey, CNN reported.

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Trump suggested partisan bias, wondering on Twitter why the Mueller team had “13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?”

Another tweet refuted the news that McCabe had written memos about his interactions with Trump. McCabe told CNN that he had three meetings and one telephone call with the president. 

"Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me," Trump tweeted, calling the memos “fake.”

Trump’s tweets came a day after it was reported that Mueller interviewed McCabe and asked him about Comey’s firing, CNN reported.

Michael Bromwich, McCabe’s attorney, said in a tweet Sunday afternoon that “the whole truth will come out in due course.”

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