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Man accused of raping, killing North Carolina teen could face death penalty

The man accused of raping and murdering 13-year-old Hania Aguilar appeared Monday morning in front of a North Carolina judge

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Officials said during the short appearance, the judge revoked 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan's bond and said he could face the death penalty in the case.According to officials, McLellan is due in court again later in the day regarding a different criminal case he faces.

>> FBI: Man charged in connection with Hania Aguilar’s murder

After following more than 850 leads and conducting nearly 500 interviews, the FBI and the Lumberton police arrested and charged McLellan in connection with Aguilar's abduction and death.Agents announced early Saturday morning that McLellan had been charged and was being held at the time of his arrest in law enforcement custody on charges unrelated to Aguilar's case.

'Baby, It’s Cold Outside' returns to Bay Area radio station’s playlist after complaints

The annual "Baby It's Cold Outside" controversy didn’t last for too long at a Bay Area radio station.

KGO reported that adult contemporary radio station 96.5 KOIT in the San Francisco Bay Area removed the 1944 song from its rotation on Dec. 4. Written by the late “Guys and Dolls” writer Frank Loesser, the duet, typically performed by a male and female singer, contains lyrics like, “Say, what’s in this drink?” and “I simply must go,” followed by the woman singing “The answer is no.”

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The decision followed that of WDOK in Cleveland, which announced  Nov. 27 it was no longer playing the song.

“I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong,” station host Glenn Anderson said in a blog post. “The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.”

Related: ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ removed from radio station’s playlist

KOIT’s decision wasn’t final, however. The same day the song was pulled, the station invited listeners to weigh in on the change via a poll on its website.

“We received more complaints on the song than any other song ever played in the history of the radio station,” KOIT program director Brian Figula told KGO Dec. 4.

Related: 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' writer's daughter says song isn't about date rape

Listener response led the station to put “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” back in rotation.

“KOIT’s listeners have spoken, and the overwhelming message is they do want to hear ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ on our station, as they have throughout the years,” Figula said in a statement Monday. “More than seven out of every 10 listeners who responded said although some lyrics of the song may reflect a different era and a different sensibility than today, still they love the tradition and history of the song, and want to hear it as part of their holiday season.

“At KOIT, we always listen carefully when our listeners take time to comment. In this case, it was very obvious what they wanted us to do.”

According to Loesser’s daughter Susan Loesser, the song, taken in the context of the time it was written, does not imply date rape.

“I think my father would be furious at that,” she told NBC News. “People used to say, ‘What’s in this drink?’ as a joke. You know, this drink is going straight to my head so what’s in this drink? Back then it didn’t mean, ‘You drugged me.’”

Officials want answers after video shows police taking baby from mom's arms

A disturbing video of a tussle between police and a New York woman trying to hold onto her 1-year-old baby as she sat on the floor at a Brooklyn food assistance center, WPIX reported.

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The Friday arrest of Jazmine Headley, 23, caught on cellphone video, has sparked anger and calls for an investigation, while officials with the New York Police Department are calling the video “troubling,” WABC reported.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called for all charges against Headley to be dropped, the television station reported.

“The department endangered the child, not the mother,” Adams said at a news conference Monday. “Clearly our police department, the most well-trained department in the country, should be able to de-escalate a situation with a baby and the mother. I think the best way of telling her she could not sit on the floor was to get her a chair.”

Headley remains in custody and faces charges that include acting in a manner injurious to a child and resisting arrest. The child is in the care of a family member, WCBS reported.

According to Headley’s mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, her daughter went to the Human Resources Administration building in Brooklyn. Jenkins said Headley was going to ask for day care vouchers for her son so she could work as a cleaner, WABC reported.

The building was crowded and there were no chairs, so Headley sat on the floor with her son, WPIX reported.

Officers were called after Headley allegedly refused to leave, despite requests from HRA peace officers, police said.

Headley "was then informed by police numerous times to leave the location, and she refused," WPIX reported.

Officers forcibly removed Headley’s baby and handcuffed her, according to the video.

The footage is "hard to watch,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told WPIX.

"I was devastated to see something like that happen to my daughter and grandson, and how this officer yanking on my grandson to get him out of my daughter's arms," Jenkins told WABC.

Police: Trout poacher planned to let fish die before throwing them back into water

A California man is accused of catching 19 trout he planned to let die on the grass before tossing them back into a Sacramento pond, KCRA reported.

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Igor Gasur, who has a lifetime fishing license ban, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of poaching, probation violation and various Fish and Wildlife violations, according to the Fulton El Camino Park Police Department.

"Just for clarification, he wasn't catching to keep or eat. Per his own statement, he was catching them, letting them die in the grass and planned to throw the dead fish back in the pond," KCRA reported, citing a statement from park police.

Gasur was spotted by authorities fishing at the Howe Park Community Pond after hours, the television station reported. Authorities said they found the fish in his possession.

Gasur is on probation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, KCRA reported. He is barred from owning or possessing fishing equipment, authorities said.

Drunk liquor store owner arrested after trashing own business, police say

Police arrested the owner of a liquor store in Memphis, Tennessee, after he had too much to drink, according to court records

According to the arrest affidavit, Richard Coda, who is the owner of Coda’s Liquor, was drunk and irate inside his business on Dec. 9. 

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When officers with the Memphis Police Department arrived, they found him behind the counter. Officers said he was shirtless, had slurred speech and could barely stand on his feet. They could also smell alcohol on his breath. 

While inside, officers said they saw multiple broken bottles. 

For Coda’s safety, police took him to the Memphis Mental Health Institute to detox, however, he was so irate that a nurse refused to treat him, according to the affidavit.

Coda was booked into jail and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones celebrates Kirk Douglas' 102nd birthday with moving tribute

Iconic actor Kirk Douglas celebrated his 102nd birthday Sunday, and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones paid homage with a moving tribute, ETonline reported.

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Jones, who is married to Douglas’ son, Michael Douglas, posted a black-and-white video on Instagram that showed the 49-year-old actress’ daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas, playing the piano as a young child (she is now 15) and singing Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” ETonline reported. The video included black-and-white photos and videos of Douglas, highlighting his life, People reported.

"Happy 102nd birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk," Zeta-Jones wrote on Instagram.

Carys also posted on Instagram, posting a photo of her grandfather and writing that “I can’t put into words how much you mean to me.”

Another grandchild, Dylan Douglas, posted a photo on Instagram of Douglas in a boxing pose and wrote, “Happy birthday Pappy 102 years!!! Though you are adored by millions, my love for you is by far the greatest. Love you forever and always,” he wrote.

Jacquees gets dragged on social media for calling himself 'king of R&B'

R&B singer Jacquees has had a year full of buzz -- from his unauthorized but popular remake of Ella Mai’s “Trip” to the release of his debut album “4275.” Though he has attracted a legion of fans, some R&B music lovers have knocked the 24-year-old down a peg after his boastful comments on Instagram over the weekend.

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The Shade Room reported that Jacquees, whose real name Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax, shared a message with his Instagram followers about his dominance of the R&B genre, especially for the folks in “this generation.”

“I just want to let everybody know that I’m the king of R&B right now -- for this generation,” he said in the Sunday post. “I understand who done came and who done did that and that and that, but now it’s my time. Jacquees the king of R&B. I just heard them say it and I been feeling like that.”

The 24-year-old has not made it to the Billboard chart’s top 40 in 2018, but his 2016 single “B.E.D.” spent seven weeks on the charts, peaking at No. 30 on the R&B and hip-hop charts. His most notable song this year has been a remix of Ella Mai’s “Trip,” but the team behind Ella Mai ripped the track from Soundcloud, reportedly due to the singer-songwriter publishing an unauthorized version of the song.

Jacquees’ sentiment on his R&B royalty status was not well-received for the most part on social media Monday, with many pointing out the singer had little evidence of his dominance, especially when compared to singers like Chris Brown. 

It wasn’t just music fans who took issue with the singer’s declaration. Actor and singer Tyrese also chimed in. On Instagram Monday, Tyrese called Jacquees out for “trolling” social media users. He cited Chris Brown and Trey Songz as current contenders for the “king” title.

Though the reception was mainly negative, Jacquees’ comments did get support from those who applauded his confidence.

Roger the ripped kangaroo dies at 12 

Roger the ripped kangaroo, a kickboxing marsupial who sprang into the public consciousness when a 2015 photo of him crushing a metal bucket went viral, has died, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. He was 12. 

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The kangaroo died of natural causes at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia.

"We have lost our beautiful boy," Chris Barns, the owner of the wildlife sanctuary, said in a statement. "He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions around the world."

Roger stood 6-foot-7 and weighed nearly 200 pounds.

He was rescued as a 5-month-old joey in 2007 after his mother was killed in a car accident, the BBC reported. Barns removed Roger from his mother’s pouch.

"I rescued him out of his dead mother, 25 kilometers north of Alice Springs, when I was out patrolling the roads checking roadkill," Barns told ABC. "I used to call him Roger Rabbit because he looked like Roger Rabbit with these big ears that flopped over the top. And then that just became Roger as he got older.”

Roger became an internet sensation when images of him crushing a metal bucket between his paws like it was a piece of paper went viral, the BBC reported.

"Roger was as muscular as they come," Barns told the network. "Ever since he was featured on TV and clips went viral, there's been a lot of love and attention for him.”

Roger was buried at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, ABC reported.

2 middle school students charged in school shooting hoax, police in Maryland say

Police have charged a pair of middle school students in connection with a false school shooting threat made last week in Maryland, authorities said.

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A parent called officials at Aberdeen Middle School on Dec. 3 after seeing a post on social media warning students not to go to school the next day because a student had threatened to shoot it up, police said.

Investigators later determined the threat was not credible and that the student blamed for it never made the threat, officials said.

Police charged an eighth-grade student with making a false statement to a peace officer and charged another with disturbing school operations in connection with the threat, officials said.

“The Aberdeen Police Department encourages students and parents to report threats of violence to our children and schools, as safety is our main concern, however at the same time, false reports or the posting/reposting (of) threats on social media will not be tolerated,” police said in a statement.

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