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A Milwaukee man thinks Sheriff Clarke went a little too far when he escorted him off a plane

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr. has been an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump and many conservative issues, but on Thursday, he came into the spotlight for a different reason. A Milwaukee man named Dan Black claims that Clarke detained him in an airport after the two were on board a plane together from Dallas to Milwaukee. According to the formal complaint that Black filed, which has since been released by the Milwaukee Sheriff’s Department, he asked Clarke if he was the sheriff and when the law enforcement officer said yes, he shook his head. Black then states, “From behind, he asked if I had a problem.” He again answered “no” and continued to his seat.

RELATED: Sheriff David Clarke called someone a racial slur on Twitter, and things went downhill from there

When the plane landed, Black was escorted away by two police officers and taken into questioning. He finished his complaint by stating, “my detention and this interrogation was entirely unwarranted […] the deputies who interviewed me agreed, the stop was “stupid” and “ridiculous.” In a statement on the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Facebook page, Clarke responded, “next time he or anyone else pulls this stunt on a plane they may get knocked out. The Sheriff said he does not have to wait for some goof to assault him. He reserves the reasonable right to pre-empt a possible assault.”

RELATED: Opinion: Sheriff David Clarke is a menace to the Constitution who should never become Homeland Security Chief

Neighbors, police puzzled by mysterious 'sonic boom' in North Carolina

Mount Holly, North Carolina, residents want to know what was behind a sound that was so loud, it shook houses and left windows rattling throughout town Tuesday night.

The Mount Holly  Police Department received roughly 30 911 calls between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., reporting a loud “sonic boom” type noise.

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One woman said the sound was so loud it rattled her windows, and she was certain that someone had hit her car parked on the street in front of her house. Another man said he thought there was an explosion at the plant a block away from his house.

Another woman who called dispatchers to report the noise said, “We just had an explosion…It sounded like we were in downtown Fallujah.”

"Oh my goodness, I thought I heard that here," a dispatcher responded.

"All the neighbors are outside right now. We all heard it," one caller told dispatch.

Big trucks and trains often roar through the area, but Brian Greene was baffled about Tuesday’s boom.

"No, it's not a common noise," he said.

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Greene thought it was an explosion from a plant about a block from his house.

Tuesday’s incident was not the first time something like this has happened recently, as residents reported hearing a similar noise Saturday night.

Police are looking into what may have caused the boom, but so far have no solid answers.

"The main thing is everybody is safe and that there is nothing to be worried about," Mount Holly Police Department Chief Don Roper said.

Judge Judy disapproves of one of President Obama’s latest decisions

Judge Judy Sheindlin did not hide her opinion when TMZ asked her how she feels about President Obama’s recent decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence, she certainly didn’t hide her opinion.

“I’m not going to tell you right now,” Sheindlin said, playing coy at first.

However, it didn’t take long for her to share her thoughts on the matter.

“I didn’t think it was a wise judgment,” Sheindlin said before getting into her car.

The reporter tried to pry a little more information out of the TV personality, who is known for her no-nonsense approach to presiding over cases, but she wasn’t having it, promptly telling him, “Goodnight,” she told him.

Judge Judy says Obama's Chelsea Manning Decision 'Not Wise' (VIDEO)— TMZ (@TMZ) January 19, 2017

President Obama’s last major executive act is one that criminal justice reform advocates can support

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his last major act as president, Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes.

The move brings Obama’s bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,715 people, more than any other president in U.S. history. During his presidency Obama freed 568 inmates serving life sentences. RELATED: No, President Obama didn’t pardon Chelsea Manning — here’s what he did instead

The final batch of commutations is the most any U.S. president has issued in a single day. It’s the culmination of a second-term effort to remedy consequences of decades of onerous sentencing requirements that Obama’s said put tens of thousands of drug offenders behind bars for too long.

Obama repeatedly called on Congress to act broadly, but lawmakers never did.

RELATED: A look at criminal justice reform during the Obama administration

The history of the ‘war on drugs’ is still very relevant today.

Drug bust yields millions of dollars worth of marijuana

Atlanta police announced a huge drug bust Thursday, when officers seized thousands of pounds of marijuana.

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Police presented the 5,824 pounds of marijuana at the police department, Thursday. The drugs were valued at an estimated $9 million.

More than 208 bales of marijuana were shrink-wrapped in green plastic. The plastic was covered with chlorine to distract drug sniffing dogs. 

Atlanta police received a tip on Monday that a huge shipment of marijuana was moving through the city in a cargo truck.

Atlanta police notified state police who made a traffic stop. Atlanta police officers then arrived and took the driver and truck into custody.

"We opened the back of the truck up, inside we located 5,800 pounds of marijuana, 208 bales," said police Chief Darryl Tollison. "Street value, we think it's approximately $9 million. We think it's one of the biggest, if not the biggest we have ever had in the city."

Man loses 9 teeth, suffers burns after e-cigarette device explodes in mouth

An Idaho man lost nine of his teeth and suffered second-degree burns to his face and neck Saturday when the e-cigarette he was puffing on exploded in his mouth.

Andrew Hall, 30, of Pocatello, ended up in the intensive care unit of a local hospital after the incident, which occurred as he was getting ready for work, according to the East Idaho News.

Video shot by Hall’s mother, as well as photos Hall posted on Sunday to his own Facebook page, show the damage to Hall’s teeth and face, as well as damage to the bathroom where he said the explosion took place.

Click here to see the photos on Hall’s Facebook page. NOTE: The photos are graphic in nature and may not be suitable for everyone.

“My God, he’s lucky he wasn’t killed,” Angalee Hall can be heard saying in the video, which recorded the blood-spattered bathroom sink, floor and toilet. Chunks of the counter were torn away and littered the floor.

Two of Andrew Hall’s teeth were lost in the blast and seven others had to be removed during surgery to repair the damage to his mouth.

Hall wrote on Facebook that aside from the lost teeth and the burns, he had been “pulling chunks of plastic, teeth and foreign objects from (his) mouth, throat and lips.”

He wrote that he had always used the smoking alternative device properly and usually had the shop where he bought it replace its battery when necessary and perform maintenance on it.

“I’ve been doing this for about a year now and assure you I did not do anything I wasn’t supposed to, but it exploded in my face,” Hall wrote. “I know vapes help people quit smoking cigarettes and that’s amazing. I just want to bring to light this is possible, that they can explode without warning.”

Hall said he never expected what happened and urged those who saw his story to share it so other e-cigarette users could be warned of the possibility.

“I vape (I know, terrible and uncool), but I no longer do and I hope to possibly sway those that do to maybe reevaluate or find other methods of smoking,” Hall wrote.

Though some who read Hall’s post expressed skepticism, he assured the doubters that the incident really happened. It would not have been the first time, either.

A report released by FEMA in October 2014 recounted at least 25 separate incidents in which e-cigarettes had exploded or started fires in the U.S. between 2009 and August 2014. Though no one was killed, nine people were injured, including two who suffered serious burns.

Angalee Hall also warned the public against using the devices. Angalee, who herself used to vape, told the East Idaho News that she got a call from her son as he was being rushed to the hospital.

“I got the phone call and I heard, ‘We’re on our way to the hospital,” Angalee Hall told the newspaper. “He said, ‘The e-cigarette blew up and it’s really bad, Mom.’”

She teared up as she recalled hearing her grandchildren ask for their father while he was hospitalized.

“I’m the one that heard them cry and say, ‘Where’s dad?’” Angalee Hall said. “All they saw was his mouth blown up and all the blood.”

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Woman who bravely fought cancer by dancing 'the JuJu' dies

She made millions of people smile with her dance moves, and inspired just as many with her brave fight against cancer.

On Wednesday, Ana-Alecia Ayala passed away after more than a year-long battle with uterine sarcoma, according to WFAA-TV.

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Ayala first caught the attention of many when she posted video in October of her and her friend dancing to the song "Juju on that Beat" in her hospital room.

More than 9 million people watched the video.

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Ayala was diagnosed with the rare uterine sarcoma in December 2015 and was undergoing her fourth round of four-day inpatient chemotherapy at Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital in Dallas for a new tumor that was found on her spleen in July, according to her GoFundMe page.

Following her inspirational dance video, she was invited to meet the Backstreet Boys by a Dallas radio station.

Talk about teenage dreams coming true here!! We got to meet @backstreetboys at @1061kissfm and @iheartmediaofficial JINGLE BALL 2016!! Hugs, smiles, dancing, and lots of love in the room. These guys have always been so good to their fans and are so humble and kind. Thank you for showing us some moves and kicking our night off!! I love you!! @skulleeroz @howie_dorough @nickcarter @kevinscottrichardson @rokspics #AnaStrong #KissMyBrave #backstreetboys #backstreetsback #KissJingleBall A photo posted by Ana-Alecia (Fernandez) Ayala (@anaaleciaayala) on Nov 29, 2016 at 10:59pm PST

Her last post on Facebook was Jan. 1 when she announced she was headed home after a weekend of complications.

Who says cancer and chemo have to get get you down? We'll have the last laugh!! Having an awesome chemo buddy like @danilax21 who is ALWAYS down for a dance party helps too!! We want to show the world that dancing and laughter is the BEST medicine. We are #AnaStrong !! #JujuOnThatBeat #ICantDance #JustForFun #ChemoSucks #NoHairDontCare #CancerAwareness #Chemo #JujuOnThatChemo #dancing #DanceTherapy @theellenshow @cody_sattler @thefitnessmarshall @su2c @ihadcancer @americancancersociety @stupidcancer @prettygirlswithcancer A video posted by Ana-Alecia (Fernandez) Ayala (@anaaleciaayala) on Oct 18, 2016 at 11:34am PDT

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Rick Perry: Stupid or evil?

“We have two parties here, and only two. One is the evil party, and the other is the stupid party. I’m very proud to be a member of the stupid party. Occasionally, the two parties get together to do something that’s both evil and stupid. That’s called bipartisanship.”

The source of that quote is disputed, but regardless of who said it, former Texas governor Rick Perry, presently President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Energy Department, seems to belong in one of those categories. At the moment I’m not quite sure which.

Perry, recall, made his biggest splash in national politics by forgetting during a 2011 Republican primary debate the third of three federal agencies he wanted to eliminate:

In a bizarre twist of fate, Perry is now in line to be secretary of the very department he forgot. Oops.

RELATED: Trump promised to “drain the swamp,” so why are most of his economic advisers Goldman Sachs types?

It’s that apparent hypocrisy that led Perry to plan remarks that have left me wondering what category — stupid or evil — is the best fit. Politico reports:

The former Texas governor infamously forgot DOE’s name when he called for its elimination in a 2011 Republican presidential primary debate, a position he disavows in prepared remarks released ahead of the hearing. “My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking,” Perry plans to say. “In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination.”

So one of two things is happening here. On the one hand, maybe Perry is sincerely changing his mind upon learning new information about the DOE. That doesn’t deserve the epithet “flip-flopping,” but it does mean he was unacceptably lazy about researching his own views back when he was campaigning for the highest office in the land. Notice he’s not saying his philosophy of government has changed, but rather that he has now been “briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy.” That really seems like something that should have happened before it became the third item on his hit list.

RELATED: Stop pretending you know exactly what Donald Trump is going to do

The other option is that Perry is and has been exactly as well-informed as his new nerd glasses suggest and is simply making a naked grasp for power. He has been presented with a Cabinet seat and is willing to take it even though he does not believe he will be the administrator of a legitimate federal department.

Which is worse? I’m inclined to say the latter, but neither casts Perry in anything resembling a positive light.

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