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Beyonce, Jay-Z hosting hurricane benefit concert, report says

Beyonce continues to give back to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  

According to Us Weekly, the singer and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are headlining a benefit concert for those affected by both hurricanes. The concert will reportedly be in New York.

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Last week, Beyonce participated in Hand in Hand, a telethon benefiting survivors of Hurricane Harvey that was telecast across multiple networks Sept. 12.

Before then, the singer returned to her hometown of Houston with her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, daughter Blue Ivy, and friend and former Destiny’s Child member, singer Michelle Williams. The trip was part of a relief effort with her BeyGood Foundation. Beyonce sponsored a luncheon and served survivors with her family.

Us Weekly reported that several artists from Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, are set to join the couple at the Barclay’s Center.

The benefit concert is set for Oct. 17.

School suspends 5-year-old for making ‘terroristic threats’ about backpack bomb

A California elementary school suspended a 5-year-old kindergartner after he joked that he had a bomb in his backpack, his family said.

KCRA in Sacramento reported that Jackson Riley, of Modesto, was in his third week of school at Great Valley Academy, a public charter school, on Aug. 31 when he refused to take his backpack off. He told his teacher he couldn’t take his backpack off because a bomb inside the bag would explode if he did.

When the teacher asked to look inside the bag, she found nothing dangerous, the news station reported.

Jackson still received a one-day suspension, his father, Ian Riley, said. The letter his parents received stated the boy had “intentionally engaged in harassment, threats or intimidation.” 

“We said, ‘This doesn’t fit, and furthermore, we don’t really feel like our son was threatening you,” Riley told KCRA. “He’s got an imagination. In his mind, he’s being this hero that’s preventing you from being exploded from man imaginary bomb in his backpack.”

The Modesto Bee reported that the school told the Rileys that the code violation best fit what Jackson had done. When the family pointed out that the code applied only to students in grades four through 12, they received a second letter.

The new letter changed the violation Jackson was accused of to making “terroristic threats,” the Bee reported.

“My son never made a threat, never wanted to blow up the school,” Riley told the newspaper

Riley and his wife, Michelle, had a talk with their son about what is proper to say at school and what isn’t, and told him to follow his teacher’s rules -- including taking his backpack off when told to do so.

The suspension didn’t phase Jackson, his parents said. The next day, he was outside picking flowers to bring to his teacher. 

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His parents remain upset, however, because they’ve been told that the suspension will remain on their son’s permanent record. They are meeting with school officials on Friday to see if it can be resolved.

Great Valley Academy officials declined to comment on the incident, stating only that the school takes student safety and discipline seriously, the Bee reported

It took a SWAT team and 12-hour stand-off to get guest out of Georgia hotel room

It took a SWAT team and a 12-hour stand-off to get a Georgia man out of a hotel room in metro Atlanta.

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The incident started Wednesday afternoon at an extended stay hotel in Gwinnett County, Georgia when Marvin Fernandez, 39, refused to leave.

Fernandez had been staying at the Araamda Inn in Norcross, 39, and asked to return to his room to retrieve his belongings after the staff told him he was trespassing, police said.

But “as he entered the room,” Gwinnett police Cpl. Michele Pihera said, “he locked himself inside.”

Management at the hotel called 911.

A SWAT team arrived after Fernandez allegedly told police they would have to bust down the door to get him out and that he had a gun, according to WSB-TV.

The hotel was then evacuated.

SWAT officers sprayed tear gas into the room to successfully end the standoff, the news station reported.

>> Related: Caller in Atlanta SWAT stand-off was high, police say

No one was injured and the Araamda Inn resumed business as usual.

Fernandez faces theft of services and criminal trespass charges, police said.

Halloween Horror Nights 2017 Maze Reviews

Let’s be real for a moment. After 26 years of continuously raising the bar from the previous mark it has set with each passing year, the Universal Orlando creative team for Halloween Horror Nights might have finally maxed out. After last year, one could easily surmise that the bar may have been set so incredibly high that merely maintaining the level of fright and fun is an extraordinary feat on its own. And yet the Universal Orlando team has, unquestionably, managed to hit its mark again with another spectacular edition of Halloween Horror Nights.

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This year’s lineup of horrifyingly fun mazes offers Universal Orlando guests nine distinct themes, including five based on intellectual properties (The Shining, SAW, American Horror Story, Blumhouse and Ash vs Evil Dead) and four original concept mazes (Dead Waters, The Fallen, Scarecrow: The Reaping and The Hive).

icFlorida has chosen GHOULS as our unit of measure for ranking the mazes. Five ghouls being the best, and one ghoul being the lowest. When reading our reviews, you should keep in mind that the rankings are entirely subjective as everyone has their own unique likes and dislikes when it comes to scare tactics and maze themes. While some people enjoy sudden jump scares, others are there to be completely creeped out by visual or auditory stimulation. And some enjoy original storylines and others prefer recreations of classic or contemporary horror films. All of which remain in abundance at Halloween Horror Nights 27.

Without any further ado, we present icFlorida’s 2017 Halloween Horror Nights maze reviews:

The Shining 

Without a doubt The Shining has been the most talked about and highly-anticipated maze of HHN 27. If there is one thing that the Universal team has perfected over the years it is the ability to adapt what one sees on film into a tangible, real life recreation. Film director Stanley Kubrick created several eerily unforgettable visuals in his 1980 thriller that still resonate nearly 40 years later. Upon entering the The Shining maze, guests are transplanted into an incredibly realistic version of the Overlook Hotel where Jack, Wendy, Danny, the Grady twins and so many iconic moments are brought to spectacular life. Complete with an ax-wielding Jack, an elevator pooling with blood and plenty of REDRUM, The Shining house gets our nod for the best maze of HHN 27.

PHOTOSInside the Shining Maze

Saw: The Games of Jigsaw 

Utterly insidious games of physical and psychological torture play out before your eyes as the Jigsaw Killer “tests” his victims with a variety of maniacal mechanical traps inherently designed not to end well. While walking through the maze, guests will find spine-tingling recreations of fan-favorite scenes from the seven feature films of the Saw series. How does the reverse bear trap sound, for example? Get ready for crazy trek through this maze, with creepy-looking people in pig masks, diabolical scenes of death and despair, and a whole lot of laughter and fun. We thought this maze really captured the essence of how frightening and fun coexist at HHN.

PHOTOSInside the Saw Maze

American Horror Story: Volume 2 

It would be a good idea for you to pace yourself when traipsing through this depiction of the second season of the hit FX television series, as it is easily the longest maze of HHN 27. Guests are greeted by statuesque angles crying tears of black before stepping into Briarcliff Manor mental institution where popular scenes and characters from the series wait at every turn. Fans of the series will notice Raspers and Bloody Face from Asylum, Salem witches from Coven and the ghosts of the blood moon in Roanoke. This maze was full of horrifying visuals that were often so bizarre in nature that they did not seem to make sense to your brain. I exited the house believing that this might have been a near perfect HHN maze.

PHOTOSInside the American Horror Story Maze

The Horrors of Blumhouse 

Three cult-favorite, low-budget horror films go from the big screen to before your eyes with this maze’s portrayals of InsidiousSinister and The Purge, all of which are Blumhouse Productions films. This maze featured some of the best jump scares of the night, along with accurate depictions of well-known characters and scenes from the films. One unique aspect of this maze is that its creators worked with Blumhouse Productions to include a tease to their upcoming film Insidious: The Last Key, set for release in January of 2018. The only critique of the maze is that it left us wanting to see a little bit more of each one of the themes. I guess it’s time to go back and watch the films again.

PHOTOSInside The Horrors of Blumhouse Maze

Ash vs Evil Dead 

With its horror film history dating back to 1981, this maze is an absolute treat for both fans of creator Sam Raimi’s trilogy that includes The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, and also for new fans of the subsequent television series reboot, Ash vs Evil Dead. Keeping true to its roots, this maze combines classic horror film elements of thrills, suspense, and gore with just the right amount of comedy and campiness. Hardcore fans of the Ash vs Evil Dead storyline will appreciate the depiction of key moments from the television series and, of course, the presence, attitude and unmatched comedic timing of protagonist Ashley J. “Ash” Williams.

PHOTOSInside the Ash vs Evil Dead Maze

Dead Waters 

Immediately upon entering this maze you notice something is different. You think to yourself, “I don’t think I’m inebriated,” but you’re fairly certain that your equilibrium is off. As it turns out, Universal’s HHN designers are up to their old tricks again, toying with your senses and physical abilities in ways you do not expect. Upon entering an old, decrepit, abandoned paddle boat that is lodged in a ghostly bayou, guests will encounter uneven walkways and voodoo themed characters. This maze is short but sweet, containing excellent visuals, above average jump scares and a fun, original storyline complete with a hellish Voodoo Queen.

PHOTOSInside the Dead Waters Maze

The Fallen 

For Halloween Horror Nights fans who have a particular liking for dark and demonic imagery, this maze is likely to have you applauding its designers and getting back in line for another go. Being an original content maze, we were thoroughly impressed with the remarkably creative and otherworldly characters that perfectly compliment the supernatural scenery. The Fallen is without a doubt one of the more unique and pleasing mazes at HHN 27.

PHOTOSInside The Fallen Maze 

Scarecrow: The Reaping 

I have to confess, ever since seeing the film Children of the Corn in 1984 I have always associated corn fields with sinister happenings. I’m fairly certain that many people share that sentiment, and can probably safely assume that was exactly what the maze designers had in mind when they came up with Scarecrow: The Reaping. This maze is another great example of how HHN designers create a multisensory experience in order to evoke fear, and it’s really quite brilliant. Darkly lit walkways play off the dusky scenes where imposing characters (all actors in this maze stand at least 6’ 2’’) deliver frequent scares while the unnerving calls of flocks of birds sends chills up your spine. So creepy cool.

PHOTOSInside the Scarecrow - The Reaping Maze

The Hive 

Halloween just would not be complete without some sort of portrayal of vampires, and The Hive maze takes care of that but not necessarily in the manner you might expect. Playing on stimulating unsuspecting senses yet again, the first thing you might notice in this maze is a distinct but difficult to identify aroma. The most refreshing aspect of The Hive is that these are not your modern day, good-looking, partying, sweep you off your feet vampires. No, these are much more reminiscent of the Nosferatu-style vampire and they are wonderfully freaky and frightening. This is one of the longer mazes that you will encounter at HHN 27, and the designers take advantage of its length by packing it full of blood curdling scares.

PHOTOSInside The Hive Maze

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure – Farewell Tour

We want to give a big shout out to the actors, dancers, set designers, stage crew, writers and producers of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure who have been making us cringe, shake our heads and laugh out loud for the past 26 years. The annual Halloween Horror Nights fan-favorite announced that 2017 will be the final year of the annual live production that parodies pop culture and current events. Aside from the subject matter changing from year to year, the show itself has not evolved much and that is the beauty of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. We highly recommend that you take in the show one last time and relish in the campy writing, digs at the other theme parks, scantily clad dancers, loud pyrotechnics and smart pop culture references. So long, dudes!

World's biggest Chick-fil-A with 5 floors, rooftop deck to open in 2018

Popular chicken chain Chick-fil-A will open its largest location, a five-story restaurant with a rooftop terrace, in early 2018, Chick-fil-A announced Monday.

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But hungry Southerners hoping to eat at the massive restaurant, a 12,000 square-foot space, will have to travel to lower Manhattan’s Financial District.

It will be the third Chick-fil-A location in New York City.

In a press release, Nathaniel Cates, design manager for restaurant development at Chick-fil-A, said the new location will have floor to ceiling windows and will allow lots of natural light. Visitors dining on the rooftop deck will have views of the Freedom Tower. A “monumental” staircase will connect the five stories.

The restaurant, located less than half a mile from Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial, will seat 140 guests across three levels. Two levels will house kitchen space. A semi-private multi-purpose space will feature white boards and cork boards for group trainings or meetings, according to the release.

“We are always thinking about how to make the dining experience feel as comfortable as possible for our customers,” Cates said

There is no opening date for the restaurant yet.

See illustrative designs of the restaurant below.

Who is Oleg Deripaska, the man who Paul Manafort offered 'private meetings' to during the campaign?

Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, said in an email exchanged with a former employee that he was willing to meet with a Russian billionaire to give him “private briefings,” according to a story from The Associated Press.

Manafort offered to meet with Oleg Deripaska, a close friend and financial backer of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The offer was made in July 2016 while Manafort was Trump’s campaign chair.

According to a spokesman for Manafort, no briefings ever occurred.

Who is Deripaska and what is his connection to Manafort? Here are some quick facts about Deripaska.

  • Deripaska is one of Russia’s wealthiest men. He heads Basic Element, an aluminum firm.  His net worth is estimated at $6.6 billion.
  • He is a friend of Putin. He has worked with Putin on many projects, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is one.
  • Manafort did investment consulting work for Deripaska. Three years ago, Deripaska accused Manafort of failing to account for or return $19 million he paid him to invest, according to The Washington Post.
  • In 2008, Deripaska met with Sen. John McCain. McCain was running for president at the time. The meeting was arranged by Manafort’s business partner, Rick Davis, according to the Washington Post.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that he may have ties to organized crime in Russia, making it difficult for him to travel in the United States. 

What is the Iran nuclear agreement and will the U.S. back out of it?

The Trump administration will seek to revisit the nuclear agreement with Iran, The New York Times is reporting, instead of scrapping the deal that limits Irans’s development of ballistic weapons.

According to the story, President Donald Trump hopes to tighten sanctions instead of abandoning the agreement hammered out two years ago.

The news comes after Trump suggested that Iran is not complying with the agreement while speaking to the United Nations General Assembly. When asked if he planned to back out to the deal he has said is an “embarrassment to the United States,” Trump told reporters, “I have decided. “I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know.”

Trump’s actions have a timetable – the United States has until Oct. 15 to certify whether Iran is meeting the terms of the Vienna agreement.

What’s in the agreement and why does it matter? Here’s a look at the Iranian nuclear deal.

Under the agreement, what must Iran do?

1. All but 6,000 of the country’s 19,500 centrifuges – machines used to separate U-235, an isotope that can be used to make bombs, from mined uranium – are to be placed in storage. Mothballing the centrifuges leads to a loss of two-thirds of Iran’s ability to enrich uranium. Enriched uranium is a component of a nuclear bomb.

2. Iran will export all but 661 pounds of its 8 tons of low-enriched uranium. Low-enriched uranium is uranium with a lower concentration of U-235.

3. Storing the centrifuges and exporting the uranium would delay from three or four months to at least 12 months Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon.

4. A secret plant built into a mountain – the Fordow enrichment plant—will be converted to a research center. The majority of centrifuges there will be removed, with an agreement that the remaining will not be used to enrich uranium.

5. A heavy water plant at Arak will be altered so it is unable to produce plutonium. Plutonium can be used in nuclear weapons.

6. IAEA inspectors have more access to nuclear plants in Iran.

What does the United States do?

1. If Iran completes the actions required, the United States, along with Britain, China, France, ­Germany, and Russia, will lift economic sanctions put into place after the discovery of the nuclear program. The sanctions account for about $100 billion.2. The U.S. and the other countries will also recognize the country’s right to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes.3. Under the agreement, Iran will remain under a UN arms embargo for five years, while the restrictions on its nuclear weapons program will stay in place for eight years.

Sources: The Associated Press; The Telegraph;  the Iran nuclear deal

Utility worker dies in fall while restoring power after Hurricane Irma

A utility employee working to restore power in South Florida after Hurricane Irma battered the state died early Sunday after he fell from the fifth floor of a parking garage, according to police.

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Scott Christopher Reid Jr., 26, fell from the garage at the Westin Hotel in Fort Lauderdale around 5:25 a.m. Sunday, WTVJ reported. He worked for T&D Solutions, a utility services company, according to the Highlands News-Sun.

Police are investigating his death.

In an obituary published by Florida’s Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Reid was described as a “jokester” who liked to fish, ride 4-wheelers and root for the Florida Gators.

“He loved line work and his job,” the obituary said. “Chris also loved spending time with his family, especially his daughters.”

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Texas doughnut shop offering 'scary clown deliveries'

A doughnut shop in Texas is offering an unusual delivery service, for those brave enough to accept.

Hurts Donut Company in Frisco is offering "scary clown deliveries" for a limited time. If the service is popular, the company may expand to surrounding areas, according to its Facebook post.

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The creepy clown holding a box of doughnuts and red balloons is inspired by Pennywise, the terrifying star of “It,” the movie based upon Stephen King’s epic novel. The movie was released this month and is the book’s second film adaptation. 

Other Pennywise “sightings” have been spotted across the country, including in one Pennsylvania town, where a prankster tied red balloons to sewer grates.

Tom Cruise partially at fault for two pilots' deaths, families say

Tom Cruise is partially to blame for the 2015 plane crash that killed two men during the filming of the action movie “American Made,” the families of the deceased say.

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According to new court documents obtained by The Blast and provided to People magazine, the estates of Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl claim that Cruise and director Doug Liman’s desire to film a “high-risk, action-packed motion picture” contributed to the circumstances that led to the accident.

A twin-engine Piper Smith Aerostar 600 carrying three of the pilots helping with the movie crashed in the mountains. Purwin and Berl died on the scene, and the third pilot, Jimmy Lee Garland, lost feeling in the lower half of his body.

“The demands of filming in Colombia, together with Cruise’s and director Doug Liman’s enthusiasm for multiple takes of lavish flying sequences, added hours to every filming day and added days to the schedule,” the documents state.

RELATED: New details on the extent of Tom Cruise’s injuries after a failed stunt attempt on “Mission Impossible 6”

The families of Purwin and Berl are both suing the producers of Imagine Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment and Cross Creek Pictures for wrongful death and damages, People magazine reported.

“Lapses in planning, coordinating, scheduling and flight safety that were the defendants’ responsibility resulted in an unqualified and unprepared pilot being pressed into service for a dangerous flight in a vintage aircraft across an unfamiliar mountain pass in bad weather,” the documents state.

Cruise and Liman are not named as defendants in the lawsuit, but the families say the two men were “negligent” for having the flight go forward, given the conditions of the weather and crew.

The families also claim that Cruise could have piloted the plane himself, arguing that the star is “a well-qualified pilot very familiar with the Aerostar and the routing.”

Disaster declared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastates island

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a federal disaster in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria brought pounding rain and punishing winds to the island, knocking out power and causing widespread flooding and landslides.

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The declaration allows for federal resources to be used for Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts.

The island is reeling after Maria made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane. With maximum sustained winds measured at 155 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years.

"Months and months and months and months are going to pass before we can recover from this," Felix Delgado, mayor of the northern coastal city of Catano, told The Associated Press.

Videos posted on social media showed swift floodwaters and powerful winds brought to Puerto Rico by Maria.

Maria knocked out power to the entire island and its 3.4 million residents, officials said Wednesday.

Ricardo Ramos, CEO of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, told CNN that it could be as long as six months before power is restored.

“The system has been basically destroyed,” he said.

Maria continued to churn over the Atlantic Ocean as a major Category 3 hurricane on Thursday afternoon with maximum sustained winds measured at 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 a.m. advisory. Officials warned that the storm, which is expected to turn to the north early Friday, could still strengthen over the next day or two.

Facebook follow me hoax making rounds again

Another day, another Facebook Hoax. 

This time you may have seen people warning you on your Facebook feed that there’s a secret list of people following your posts. They’re supposedly not your friends, but complete strangers. 

The posts then direct you to search “Following Me” in your Facebook account and there will be a list of names you won’t recognize, The Times Union reported.

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The problem is, it is all a hoax that your Facebook friends are unknowingly perpetuating.

This isn’t the first time a following hoax took root on social media. Snopes investigated a similar claim in January that people from “Facebook security” were paid to watch people on the platform. 

Both are untrue, according to Snopes.

So how can you find out how who really is following you?

According to Facebook’s Help Center, you go to the right corner and select settings, then click public posts, then select friends or public next to who can follow me. 

Salma Hayek pledges $100,000 donation to Mexican earthquake victims

Actress Salma Hayek is giving back to her home country of Mexico in a big way.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard” star, 51, shared a video on Instagram Wednesday encouraging people to donate money toward relief efforts in Mexico City and surrounding areas after they were devastated by a huge earthquake on Tuesday. She also revealed that she has survived a previous natural disaster.

RELATED: Actress Salma Hayek thinks America can learn from and come together during Trump’s presidency

“After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, I was evacuated from my building,” Hayek said in the video. “A lot of friends died, including an uncle that was very, very close to me.”

“I have lived through the aftermath of a disaster of this magnitude, and it’s horrific,” she continued. “I am starting a Crowdrise to try to raise money to help families who are going through this nightmare right now in Mexico.

“I implore to your hearts ... to your compassion to help,” she added. “Anything that you can give will make a big difference. I will match the first $100,000 that are donated.”

Hayek wrote on Instagram that her donated funds are going to UNICEF.

‘He can’t hear you’: Police officer shoots deaf man as neighbors scream warning

An Oklahoma City police officer fatally shot a deaf man Tuesday night as the man’s neighbors screamed warnings that the man could not hear them.

Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene in his front yard, according to police officials. Sanchez, who authorities confirm had no criminal record, was a resident alien from Mexico who had lived in his home for about five years, a neighbor told the Oklahoman

The neighbor, Julio Rayos, witnessed Sanchez’ death. He told the newspaper he does not believe the shooting was justified. 

“I don’t think they had to shoot him,” Rayos said of the officers, both of whom are white. 

Capt. Bo Mathews, a police department spokesman, confirmed witnesses’ statements that they tried to tell the officers that Sanchez could not hear them demanding he drop the metal pipe he held in his hand. 

“The witnesses did hear the officers giving the verbal commands, but they were also yelling, ‘He can’t hear you,’” Mathews said.  

Mathews said it is possible that the officers did not hear the witnesses’ screams. 

“In those situations, very volatile situations, when you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision or you can really lock into just the person that has the weapon that'd be the threat against you,” Mathews told reporters at a news conference Wednesday morning. “I don't know exactly what the officers were thinking at that point, because I was not there. But they very well could not have heard, you know, everybody yelling, everybody yelling around them.”

Watch the entire news conference below.

Mathews said that officers were working a hit-and-run accident just after 8 p.m. Tuesday when a witness told them they could find the green truck involved in the crash at a nearby house, which turned out to be Sanchez’s home. When Lt. Matthew Lindsey arrived at the scene, Sanchez was on the porch with what was first described as a large stick. 

Mathews said the item turned out to be a two-foot-long metal pipe wrapped in material, with a leather loop at the end.

“He had this in his right hand and he was holding it up,” Mathews said of Sanchez. 

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Mathews said when Sanchez advanced toward Lindsey, the officer, who had pulled his Taser, called for backup. That backup arrived in the form of Sgt. Christopher Barnes, who pulled his duty weapon.

Both officers yelled commands for Sanchez to drop his weapon, Mathews said. 

“The witnesses also were yelling that this person, Mr. Sanchez, was deaf and could not hear,” Mathews said. “The officers didn't know this at the time.”

Lindsey deployed his Taser and Barnes simultaneously fired multiple shots at Sanchez, striking him as he stood about 15 feet from the officers, Mathews said. They provided medical attention until emergency medical personnel arrived, but Sanchez died in his yard.

It was later determined that Sanchez’s father was the driver involved in the hit-and-run accident. Sanchez was not in the vehicle, Mathews said.

Barnes was placed on paid administrative leave, though Lindsey remains on active duty, Mathews said. The shooting is being investigated by the department’s homicide unit, as all officer-involved slayings are. 

The information from the investigation will be turned over to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, where prosecutors will determine if the killing was justified, he said. Once that determination is made, the department will conduct an internal investigation into Barnes’ actions. 

When asked if any of the officers involved were wearing body cameras, Mathews said that officers responding to the shooting wore cameras, but Lindsey and Barnes did not. 

Rayos told the Oklahoman that besides being deaf, Sanchez also had developmental disabilities and was non-verbal.

“The guy does movements,” Rayos told the newspaper. “He don’t speak, he don’t hear, mainly it is hand movements. That’s how he communicates.”

Rayos said he believes Sanchez was frustrated as he tried to communicate with the officers. 

NPR reported that another neighbor, Jolie Guebara, said Sanchez often carried the pipe when walking through his neighborhood. He used the pipe as protection from a number of stray dogs that roamed the area, she said. 

Girl dies after shooting herself when she reached into grandmother’s purse for candy

A 4-year-old was buried this week after she accidentally shot herself when she reached inside her grandmother’s purse for a piece of candy.

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Police said that Yanelly Zoller, nicknamed Nelly, accidentally pulled the trigger of a gun and shot herself in the chest, The Tampa Bay Times reported. She died last week and was buried Wednesday.

“I was driving to pick her up with her bathing suit in my car to take her to the splash pads. When I pulled up, that’s when I saw all the police lights,” Nelly’s father, Shane Zoller, told the newspaper.

Zoller told the Times that he was in high school when Nelly was born. If his parents hadn’t helped him then taking care of his daughter, he would have dropped out of school. 

“She was extremely close to them and would get so excited when she got to stay at her nana’s house. She was attached to her nana’s hip,” Zoller said.

$338M Powerball winner accused of child sex abuse

A New Jersey man who made headlines in 2013 when he won a $338 million Powerball jackpot has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual assault, according to multiple reports.

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Pedro Quezada, 49, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl over the course of three years, starting when she was 11 years old, NJ.com reported. He faces charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said.

It was not immediately clear when the sexual abuse was alleged to have occurred.

A judge ordered Quezada held without bail Wednesday, according to The Record. His attorney, Steve Wukovits, told the newspaper that his client was targeted.

“He has money,” Wukovits told The Record. “That’s why he’s being targeted in this case.”

Quezada won a $338 million Powerball jackpot in 2013 and took his winnings in a lump-sum payout that amounted to $152 million after taxes, NJ.com reported.

“My life will change because of it – so much money – but it will not change my heart,” Quezada said after his win.

Quezada is scheduled to appear in court for a detention hearing Sept. 25.

Armed jogger stopped sex assault on fellow runner, police say

Court paperwork filed Tuesday said an armed good Samaritan stopped an attack on a runner on a popular trail in Austin, Texas, last week.

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Police have accused Richard Jordon McEachern, 22, of forcing a runner to the ground Friday and sexually assaulting her on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Friday around 5:46 a.m.

Police who responded to the incident found a woman on the trail with no shorts or shoes but being tended to by other runners. News of the attack had sparked fear and anger this week among Austin runners.

McEachern was found Monday and booked the next day into the Travis County Jail and charged with felony sexual assault, which is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

According to an arrest affidavit filed against McEachern, the woman told police she was headed east on the trail early Friday when she heard loud steps approaching behind her.

“The victim was grabbed behind by the suspect with both the suspect’s arms, (bear hug),” the affidavit said. “The victim said they fell to the ground and she was on her back and the suspect was on top of her.”

READ MORE: Runners on edge after second attack on popular Austin trails

The document said the woman reported that the attacker put his hand over her mouth and kept saying, “Shh, it’s me baby, it’s me” as she struggled to scream and use a whistle she carried to call for help.

As the assault continued, the man told the victim that he was a virgin, and this was his first time, according to the report.

Another jogger who was carrying a flashlight and a handgun heard the victim scream and ran over to help.

The affidavit said the jogger told police he shined his light in the direction of the screams and saw the victim on her back and the attacker on his left side on top of the victim.

The jogger pointed his gun at the suspect and demanded he get off the victim. The attacker stood up and was naked from the waist down, the affidavit said.

The woman got up and started walking to the jogger to get away from the attacker.

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The affidavit said she did not know the jogger had a gun because she’d been blinded by his flashlight.

The attacker took off with the woman’s shoes and shorts when she walked in front of the jogger’s line of fire, the affidavit said.

Investigators found video of a possible suspect later in the day. Then on Monday, they found McEachern sleeping just off the trail in the area of the attack. The affidavit said he was naked from the waist down.

Two people picked McEachern out of a photo lineup after he was taken into custody, police said.

Police have not said whether McEachern has been tied to any other attacks in the area, including another on a jogger at the Austin High School track on Aug. 22.

During that attack, a man with a similar description grabbed a jogger from behind and tried to cover her mouth, according to police.

Budweiser, Lyft team up to give free rides starting this weekend

In an effort to fight drunken driving, Budweiser is teaming up with ride-sharing company Lyft to offer 150,000 free rides in nine states beginning today.

Budweiser will release special promo codes each weekend on its Facebook and Instagram pages, Fortune reported.

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It’s part of the “Give A Damn” campaign - 10,000 rides will be offered each weekend through Dec. 31. Promo codes will be released at 2 p.m. every Thursday, The Washington Post reported.

The first 10,000 new or established Lyft users will get two $20 ride credits. They’re valid for three days and can be used from 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. But the time is ticking on the credits. If not used by Sunday morning, they go away. 

A pilot program was tested last year in New York, Colorado, Illinois and Florida, the Post reported.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Passengers upset after flight minutes from landing returns to departure airport

Passengers on a late night flight to Santa Fe Tuesday were confused when the plane, just minutes from landing, instead returned to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Passengers and those waiting at the airport for loved ones to arrive told KRQE that it was a clear, calm night. After the flight's captain told passengers they were returning to DFW but didn't give a clear reason why, passenger Leighann Gagnon said other staff told her it was because there was no one in the control tower at Santa Fe's Municipal Airport.

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While the airport's control tower is unstaffed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., flights can still land, and do so on a regular basis, KRQE reported.

American Airlines and airport staff clarified to KRQE that it was due to a technical malfunction at the National Weather Service, which could not provide a wind speed reading to the pilot. A wind speed reading is require by law in order to land, KRQE reported. 

Passengers were miffed that American Airlines didn't land in Albuquerque, but American officials said they don't operate out of Sunport International Airport, so that's why the flight returned to DFW.

When passengers arrived back at DFW at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday, everything was closed and passengers were not offered a voucher for a hotel or a meal, KRQE reported. Passengers couldn't access their luggage because airport staff were not available. American Airlines officials said since it was not at fault, it could not issue vouchers per company policy.

Passengers took off for Santa Fe at 7 a.m. Wednesday. This time, the flight landed successfully at Santa Fe's Municipal Airport.

Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Hurricane Maria is bearing down on the Caribbean and is set to pass over much the same area devastated by Hurricane Irma nearly two weeks ago.

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