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George Clooney writes open letter to Parkland students: ‘Amal and I stand behind you’

Student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have taken over The Guardian’s website ahead of the March for Our Lives.

The school’s Eagle Eye newspaper is covering event, in which students will march in Washington, D.C., to advocate for action against gun violence.

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The newspaper reached out to politicians and celebrities, including George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the march, for an interview. 

“They turned us down on the interview, but we loved the letter George sent us back,” the Eagle Eye staff said.

Related: George, Amal Clooney donate $500K to Parkland survivors; Oprah matches amount

In his letter to the students, Clooney said he and his wife, Amal Clooney, are “100 percent” behind the movement and will be at the March on Saturday. Clooney also emphasized that the march is for the students, and offered options for coverage.

“Amal and I are 100% behind you and will be marching in DC on the 24th, but we both feel very strongly that this is your march. Your moment,” Clooney wrote. “Young people are taking it to the adults and that has been your most effective tool. The fact that no adults will speak on the stage in DC is a powerful message to the world that if we can’t do something about gun violence then you will. The issue is going to be this, anyone you ask would feel proud to be interviewed by you but it’s so much more effective if it’s young people.

“You could talk to a dozen kids like the young kids from Chicago and LA that Emma met with. You could take over the Guardian and make it tell the stories of children by children. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to point to this moment and say it belongs to you. You certainly should do what you want but that would be my hope for you.

“Amal and I stand behind you, in support of you, in gratitude to you. 

“You make me proud of my country again.”

The full letter can be read at

Emergency responders leave dead man on side of road, officials say

Emergency personnel left the lifeless body of a man they were unable to revive on the side of a road, according to reports. 

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Ty Ross took his dogs Jake and Holly for a walk around the Palma Sola Marina Feb. 26 when he suffered a heart attack, according to WWSB

His wife Julie Ross had her phone off while she was working out and when she was able to get to the scene, there was only a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy there, according to WWSB

Emergency personnel, who had been there for about an hour, had already left, leaving Ty Ross’ body half in the street and the other half in the grass. 

His body was in the sun for about three hours before a friend who runs a funeral home arrived to pick up Ross’s body, according to WWSB.

The Manatee County Emergency Medical Services’ policy is that an ambulance will not transport a person who has died, according to WWSB.

County officials told WWSB they are looking to change that policy in light of this incident.

Girl shot in Maryland school shooting taken off life support, dies

One of two victims of a school shooting in Maryland has died. 

Jaelynn Rose Willey, 16, was taken off of life support Thursday. She died a few hours later at 11:34 p.m. Thursday night, WRC reported.

Willey was injured earlier this week when a student with whom she had a previous relationship shot her in the head in the hallway of Great Mills High School, WRC reported.

Officials with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announced Willey’s death Friday morning, WBAL reported.

She was one of nine children in the Willey family. Family members said she helped take care of the other children every day, WRC reported.

The gunman died after he and a school resource officer exchanged gunfire; however, officials have not released if it was the officer’s shot that killed the teen gunman, or if he killed himself, WBAL reported.

Another student, Desmond Barnes, 14, was shot in the leg, WRC reported. He was released from a hospital Wednesday, WBAL reported.

Mom who killed kids after husband asked for divorce gets 120 years in prison

An Indiana woman who stabbed her two young children to death after her husband asked for a divorce in 2016 has been sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Brandi Worley, 31, of Darlington, was sentenced Monday in a Montgomery County courtroom. The Journal Review in Crawfordsville reported that Worley was quiet as she learned her fate, and she did not make a statement.

The Indy Channel reported that Worley pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in January. 

Worley stabbed her children, Tyler, 7, and Charlee, 3, to death in a bedroom of her family’s home while her husband, Jason Worley, slept downstairs. Jason Worley told his wife he wanted to end the couple’s seven-year marriage two days before the Nov. 17, 2016, slayings, according to authorities. 

Jason Worley took the stand during his now-ex-wife’s sentencing hearing, the Journal Review reported

“For me, those children were my life,” Jason Worley said. 

He described Tyler as a loving, energetic first-grader who loved sports.

“He was one of those (people) who could walk into a room of strangers and walk out with 20 new friends,” Jason Worley said

Charlee loved dressing up and having her hair braided, her father said. 

The murders came to light when Brandi Worley called Montgomery County 911 early in the morning on the day of the attack. When the dispatcher answered her call, she calmly told him what she did. 

“I just stabbed myself and I killed my two children,” Worley says in the audio of the call, which was made public shortly after the murders. 

“You stabbed yourself and killed your two children?” the male dispatcher repeats incredulously. 

“Mmm-hmm,” Worley responds. 

“Okay, and what’s your name?”

“Brandi Worley.”

The dispatcher asks where the children are, and Worley, whose speech is somewhat slurred, responds that they are on the floor in her daughter’s room. The dispatcher continues asking questions between moments of silence, at one point asking Worley why she killed her children.

“My husband wanted a divorce and wanted to take my kids,” she responds. “I don’t want him to have my kids.”

Worley, who is calling from her living room, tells the dispatcher she stabbed herself in the neck.

“Are you bleeding?” he asks. 

“Yeah, there’s blood everywhere,” Worley says. 

Asked about her husband, she says he is downstairs in the basement. The dispatcher asks about Jason Worley’s condition. 

“I don’t know, I haven’t talked to him,” she responds. 

The dispatcher asks Brandi Worley what she feels, and she says she’s tired.

“I took a lot of Benadryl,” she says. 

She tells the dispatcher that, prior to calling him, she called her mother, who told her to call 911.  

Montgomery County prosecutors said that it was Jason Worley’s mother-in-law’s screams of horror that woke him that morning. He ran upstairs and found her in the kitchen, and his wife in the living room.

“That’s when I heard (Brandi) say, ‘Now you can’t take my children from me,” Jason Worley said, according to the Journal Review

Montgomery County Prosecutor Joe Buser laid out a timeline of what happened, saying that Jason Worley told his wife he wanted a divorce on Nov. 15. The following morning, Brandi Worley took the children and spent the day with her mother.

That afternoon, Jason Worley, a software engineer, returned from work and the family went to Charlee’s dance practice, Buser said. After dinner at home, Brandi Worley went to Walmart, telling her husband that she needed pipe cleaners for a school project Tyler was working on.

Instead of pipe cleaners, she bought a knife, the Journal Review reported

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When she returned home, she hid the knife in Tyler’s bedroom before going into the living room, where she and her husband played with their children together before Jason Worley put them to bed for the last time, the newspaper said. 

Buser said that early the following morning, Brandi Worley woke Tyler up for a “sleepover” in his little sister’s room, the Journal Review reported. In Charlee’s bedroom, she straddled her son and stabbed him repeatedly.

Charlee awoke at one point and asked what her mother was doing, the prosecutor said. When Brandi Worley told her “nothing,” Charlee went back to sleep. 

Once Tyler was dead, Brandi Worley stabbed Charlee to death. Their autopsies showed both children were stabbed multiple times, the Journal Review said

Worley then stabbed herself more than once in the neck, but survived.

“She was more adept killing her small, sleeping children than killing herself,” Buser said. 

Defense attorney Mark Inman said there was no clear-cut reason that the murders took place. He told the Journal Review that his client showed emotion during their first few meetings, but became more stoic after that.

“That’s the only way she can deal with it at this point,” Inman said. “She doesn’t know why she did it.”

In court on Monday, Jason Worley was asked what sentence he would like to see his ex-wife receive. 

“All I care is to never see her again,” he said, according to the newspaper. “Out of sight and out of mind.”

Brandi Worley’s individual sentences were 55 years for her son’s murder and 65 years for killing her young daughter. The sentences are to run consecutively, or one after another. 

She is now housed in the Rockville Correctional Facility, according to state prison records

Newborn twins found dead in suitcase, woman charged

An arrest has been made in the disturbing case in Arkansas where newborn twins were found dead in a suitcase.

Keysheonna Reed, 24 of Wynne, has been charged with two counts of abuse of a corpse.

The babies were found inside a purple suitcase in a ditch near Crossroad 602 in Cross County on February 16. The newborns, one boy and one girl, were between 32 and 34 weeks along.

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Ten days ago, the Cross County Sheriff's Office released photos of items found at or near the scene. They were a purple Hi-Pak suitcase, in which the babies were found, red Polo pants with an elastic waistband, and an orange duffel bag with "Tigers #3" embroidered in it.

Investigators were able to determine who owned the bags, and that led them to Reed.

A report from the Arkansas State Crime Lab determined the babies “were born deceased in the womb,” and there were no illegal substances in the babies’ systems.

No bond has been set for Reed.

WANTED: Sheriff's office accuses Punxsutawney Phil of deception

This week’s spring snowstorm has Punxsutawney Phil on the run. 

Pennsylvania’s prognosticator is wanted by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department

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They even have his mugshot up on the “Warrant Wall.” 

He’s been charged with deception and lying to the public

You may recall, Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter – the six weeks was up last week

Trump signs Omnibus Spending Bill

Update 1:45 p.m. ET: President Donald Trump has signed the Omnibus Spending Bill hours after tweeting he was considering vetoing the bill. He spoke from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House.

He said he told Congressional leaders that while he did sign it, he will not do it again, claiming that no one has actually read the bill.

President Trump said that he wanted to include Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, claiming that the Democrats would not consider it. 

>>Read the latest from our Washington Insider: Jamie Dupree

Update 12:55 p.m. ET: President Donald Trump has announced that he will have a news conference at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the Omnibus Spending Bill.


Original story: President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to veto a $1.3 trillion funding bill because it did not include money for a resolution for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and failed to fully fund a wall across the country’s southern border.

The Senate had passed the bill early Friday morning. The House passed it on Thursday. The  more then 2,300-page bill was made public less than 24 hours before it was passed.

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Trump said in a tweet that he was considering vetoing the omnibus spending bill.

If Trump decides to veto the bill, the government would shut down at midnight, hours before thousands are expected at the “March for Our Lives,” a gun control rally scheduled for Saturday.

Taco Bell announces new tortilla chips based on its sauces

Let’s hope this isn’t an early April Fools joke! Taco Bell announced that it will be releasing tortilla chips based on its sauces, according to its social media posts.

The chips will be sold in grocery and convenience stores and will come in three flavors: original, mild and fire.

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The “Today” show reported that the chips will be available nationwide in May. 

Mild chips will have a chili pepper and cumin taste. Fire will have jalapeno, chili peppers and paprika. The classic flavor will only have salt and taste like traditional tortilla chips, “Today” reported.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Who is John Bolton, H.R. McMaster’s replacement?

On Thursday, President Donald Trump named John Bolton as his new national security adviser.

Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was tapped to replace H.R. McMaster. 

Bolton, 69, has a long history of work in Washington D.C., including leadership roles at the State and Justice departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

McMaster replaced Retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn after Flynn was fired 24 days into the Trump administration. Last, fall Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Bolton will take over the job on April 9.

Here are a few things to know about Bolton:

  • Bolton, a strong supporter of American military might, served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
  • He was one of President George W. Bush’s lawyers during the Florida vote recount in the 2000 presidential election.
  • From 1985–1989, he was the assistant attorney general at the Justice Department. 
  • From 1989–1993, he was the assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs at the State Department.
  • In May 2001, Bolton was named the under secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
  • Between 1999 and 2001, he served on the board of the Committee for International Religious Freedom. 
  • Bolton served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush. However, Senate Democrats and some Republicans blocked his nomination in 2005. He became ambassador by recess appointment from Bush.
  • Bolton is considered a “super” hawk by some in Washington. According to a profile from Reuters, he kept a defused hand grenade on his desk during his time at the State Department.
  • He recently wrote a commentary piece in the Wall Street Journal titled, “The legal case for striking North Korea first.” 
  • He considered running for president in the 2012 election. 
  • In a December 2012 interview with Greta Van Susteren, he said Hillary Clinton faked a concussion so she would not have to testifying before Congress about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. 
  • Bolton was senior vice president for public policy research at the American Enterprise Institute. The AEI is a public policy research institute.
  • He has been a Fox News contributor.
  • He’s written several books including “Surrender is not an Option,” and “How Barack Obama is Endangering Our National Sovereignty.”
  • Donald Trump considered Bolton for his Secretary of State
  • He was interviewed for the job of national security adviser after Flynn was fired.

2 dead in France supermarket hostage situation, one other killed in carjacking, police say

At least two people have been killed after a supermarket hostage-taking in the southern France town of Trebes, according to local media reports.

Another person was killed when the alleged gunman stole a car before the hostage situation.

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