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Queen, Freddie Mercury biopic cast set

Rami Malek, the star of USA’s “Mr. Robot” was already tapped to play Queen’s flamboyant lead singer Freddie Mercury. The movie now has the rest of the iconic band cast.

Ben Hardy, who was in “X-Men Apocalypse”, will be portraying the band’s drummer, Roger Taylor. Gwilym Lee, of “The Tourist,” will be Brian May. Joe Mazzello from “Jurassic Park” will round out the band as John Deacon, according to Queen’s website announcement.

The movie, which is being directed by X-Men director Bryan Singer, will be called “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Singer has said he plans on recreating Queen’s iconic moments, like the 1985 Live Aid performance.

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There had been a shake-up in casting. Originally Sacha Baron-Cohen was set to play Mercury, but after arguments between himself and May and Taylor, he dropped out and Malek took his place, NME reported.

Thousands of Atlantic salmon escape fish farm in San Juan Islands

A fish pen containing 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed over the weekend in the San Juan Islands, raising fears about the potential that native Pacific salmon will be negatively impacted.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimated that between 4,000 and 5,000 fish escaped the damaged pen off Cypress Island when it first became compromised Saturday.

The farm's owner, Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, said the farm then collapsed entirely on Sunday, trapping most of the fish inside.

Both the company and state officials did not expect disease to be transferred to native salmon because the farmed fish are considered healthy. Ron Warren, fish program assistant director for WDFW, said the farmed salmon had not received meal with antibiotics in more than a year.

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"That's a good indicator of a good healthy lot of fish," Warren said.

Warren expects the fish will make their way to fresh water areas, particularly in north Puget Sound, but predicted the biggest native impact on local wild salmon would be new competition for food.

He said there was no evidence that Atlantic salmon have successfully interbred with native wild salmon in Western Washington, but that "we don't like to test that theory.”

State officials encourage recreational anglers to catch the salmon, which are about 8-10 pounds each.

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The state says there is no size or catch limit for Atlantic salmon.

Read more here.

Warning: Don't travel to Cancun, Los Cabos, State Department advises

Planning a vacation? You might want to avoid certain parts of Mexico, according to a recommendation from the U.S. State Department.

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The warning comes during a spike in violence in states where some of the country’s most popular tourist regions are located -- Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo.

Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are located in Baja California Sur, and popular cities like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Tulum and Riviera Maya are located in Quintana Roo.

The State Department issued the advisory Tuesday, citing an uptick in criminal organizations in those areas.

Conflicting groups have become embroiled in “turf battles,” and shootings between the groups have resulted in the deaths of innocent bystanders, the Los Angeles Times reported. According to the State Department, many of the gun battles occur in public places during broad daylight. 

The State Department said U.S. citizens have also been kidnapped and murdered during carjackings and robberies. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, a military-led drug war in Mexico is spurring violence across the whole country, which is on track to record more homicides in 2017 than it did in the preceding 20 years. An increase in demand for heroin from U.S. citizens has also spurred violence and conflict between drug cartels, the Times reported.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times and the U.S. Department of State

Find details on which Mexican regions have safety advisories in effect here

Man shoves woman onto subway tracks; culprit at large

A 49-year-old woman was injured Tuesday night when a man pushed her onto tracks at a subway station in Manhattan’s East Village, according to multiple reports.

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The woman, who was not identified, was pushed from the northbound platform around 9 p.m. Tuesday, WABC reported. Police said they were searching for a man in his 20s who was suspected of pushing the woman, although no further identifying information was released.

Police told WNBC that the man told the woman, “I’m going to push you,” before he shoved her.

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At the time of the attack there were no trains in the station or approaching, and bystanders were able to get the woman off the tracks and back onto the subway platform, according to NY1.

The woman suffered a laceration to her head, but her injuries were considered minor, WPIX reported.

Police continue to investigate.

Watch: Camera catches thief grabbing family’s dachshund from driveway

An Oklahoma City family is heartbroken after their dog was stolen from their driveway Saturday night.

A security camera at Justin and Kerri Tyler’s home captured the incident in full. The grainy video shows a woman in a dark red convertible pull into the driveway and approach Fiona, their miniature wire-haired dachshund, who had wandered into the roadway before following the car into the driveway. 

“She gets out and she acts like she’s trying to be nice to the dog, because there was a truck passing her,” Justin Tyler told KFOR in Oklahoma City. “As soon as that truck passes her, she put her hand on her like that, mashed her into the ground, scooped her up, jumped up, handed her to the person in the car, closed the door and off they were gone.”

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The distraught couple filed a police report, but as of Wednesday, Fiona was still missing. A tearful Kerri Tyler had a message for the thief.

“I would say, ‘Please bring my dog back home,’” she told the news station. “She’s my dog. She knows she’s my dog. I’m her mom.”

As of Wednesday morning, the dognapping had garnered national attention. Kerri Tyler wrote on Facebook that she was doing an interview with CNN.

“Fiona’s story has reached the big boys,” she wrote. “You two thieves’ time is running out.”

She described Fiona as white and silver, with a tan beard. She indicated that her family was considering offering a reward for the dog’s return. 

Teen found alive 11 days after disappearing from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A Tennessee teenager last seen hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park more than a week ago was found Tuesday afternoon after he walked out of the park on his own, according to multiple reports.

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Austin Bohanan, 18, was last seen hiking off-trail in the park’s remote southwest corner on Aug. 11, WLOS reported. He was reported missing around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Details of Bohanan’s disappearance were not immediately available.

"I think the focus is clearly on reuniting Austin with his family and his health," park spokeswoman Dana Soehn told the Knoxville News Sentinel on Tuesday. "We are all anxious to learn about his 11-day ordeal."

National Park Service spokeswoman Jamie Sanders told The Associated Press that Bohanan appeared to be in good condition on Tuesday.

He was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital and later discharged, according to WATE.

Authorities from multiple agencies scoured the park after Bohanan went missing while on a hike with his stepfather, according to the AP.

Bohanan’s great-uncle, Clifton Hearon, told the wire service that it wasn’t unusual for Bohanon to “go camping and spend a day or two alone.”

Pet monkey ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ remains on lam after tangle with animal control

Tennessee animal control officers and volunteer searchers had their hands full on Tuesday after a pet monkey who escaped his home repeatedly evaded capture. 

The Capuchin monkey, who was first spotted Monday, may have escaped due to the pending solar eclipse, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. The rare astronomical event can affect animal behavior. 

Ron Merritt told the News Sentinel that he thought his girlfriend “was going crazy” around 10 a.m. when she first spotted the monkey, named “Pretty Boy Floyd,” on the deck of their North Knoxville home.

“She said, ‘There’s a monkey out here on the deck,’” Merritt told the newspaper. “I said, ‘There’s no way.’ Sure enough, he was out here.”

Merritt called animal control while his girlfriend fed the monkey bananas and other snacks, the News Sentinel reported. 

Animal control officers arrived with nets, but Pretty Boy Floyd remained elusive, fleeing into the trees around Merritt’s home. They also attempted to catch the monkey using traditional dog traps, but the animal avoided the cages. 

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The monkey was spotted again about six hours later when another resident reported a monkey in one of his trees. He was seen again just before 9 p.m. by Jamie Fuller, a Knox County resident who has her own Capuchin monkeys.

“It was on the bottom part of a tree and I was within touching distance of him,” Fuller told the News Sentinel. “The closer I got, the more scared he got.”

Fuller and one of her own monkeys searched for Pretty Boy Floyd into the early morning hours on Tuesday. 

Animal control and Knoxville police have also given up looking for the monkey, who is a legal pet. Police officials said the monkey’s owner was not home when the monkey escaped. 

The owner, Bill King of Crossville, told WBIR in Knoxville that he was visiting friends in the Washington Pike area when Pretty Boy Floyd got loose. He told the news station he’s hopeful that his pet will return home. 

There were initially reports that the Capuchin had been captured late Monday night, but those reports were false, WBIR reported. He remained missing as of Tuesday. 

HOA dispute over garden decorations leads to interesting response

A Colorado retired couple's decision on how to decorate their garden has started a battle with their homeowners association.

Alford Meadows Community Association has told Colleen and Richard Stephens that they’re going against their HOA rules for having too many decorations on their manicured lawn, KUSA reported

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The couple was told that if they didn’t remove some, they could be fined.

The HOA said that there were nine milk churns, 13 buckets and cans, patio furniture and a wooden flag. They were told they can keep six, but one that cannot stay is the wooden flag that Colleen made.

So to show their displeasure over the violation, the Stephens have added a new decoration - - a large sign that says “If you are considering purchasing a home in Alford Meadows, you may want to reconsider ...You could be the next target of the HOA!”

Richard believes that he is being targeted by his neighbors and the association because he supported Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election. Signs he had posted in support of Trump were taken from his yard, according to Richard, KUSA reported.

An attorney representing the Alford Meadows Community Association sent a response to local media saying that the push to have their yard pruned to six items was not politically motivated and that the Stephens want “special treatment,” KUSA reported. He added that the board won’t fine the Stephens’ for the decorations, but may file a lawsuit to get him to remove the sign.

Richard said he has had support from some neighbors, but others are upset with the sign saying that it is affecting their property values and have hurt home sales.

He said the sign will come down when violations are nullified and the HOA gives him an apology letter, KUSA reported

Hillary Clinton calls Trump a ‘creep’ in upcoming memoir

In an excerpt from Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book, “What Happened,” the Democratic nominee for president calls President Donald Trump a “creep.”

The audio excerpts were played Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

In one of the clips, Clinton talks about a moment during the second presidential debate when Trump stood behind her as she answered a question, saying he was “literally breathing down my neck.”

Clinton also talks about why she wrote the book so soon after her election defeat.“In this book, I write about moments from the campaign that I wish I could go back and do over. If the Russians could hack my subconscious, they’d find a long list.”

The book, which takes a look at Clinton’s run for president and her unexpected defeat, is due to be released on Sept. 2.

Fla. lawmaker wants to ban soft drink purchases with food stamps

A Florida lawmaker wants to take a look at what is allowed to be purchased when it comes to using government assistance.

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Rep. Ralph Massullo, (R-34th District), proposed HB47, which will allow the state’s Department of Children and Families to ask the federal government for a waiver. The waiver would allow the state to ban the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to buy soft drinks, WTVT reported.

If the federal government denies the waiver, the bill allows for the request to be resubmitted each year until it is granted.

The bill will be part of the the 2018 legislative session starting in January.

The proposal was filed on Friday, and if passed would be put in effect on July 1.

Click here to read the bill.

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