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Memphis funeral home hit by lightning, burns down moments before service

Tennessee funeral home burst into flames after it was hit by lightning, moments before a service Saturday morning.

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Storms blew through Memphis on Saturday, bringing strong winds and dangerous lightning. Around 8:30 a.m., lightning hit the Forest Hill Funeral Home.

Relatives and friends had gathered for the funeral of Crystal Hudson, 39, who died from pneumonia on June 18.

“I prayed to God, please do not make me have to bury her in the rain. I told him, I didn’t care how we did it, just please don’t make us bury her in the rain,” said Yolanda Griffin, Hudson’s mother.

Hudson was described as an amazing mother and the life of the party.

“She’s missed, I’m telling you, she’s left a huge hole in our lives," Griffin said.

Hudson’s funeral was set for 10 a.m. Saturday.

“When we arrived at the funeral home, it was on fire, up in blazes; luckily, they were able to get her body out, so we’re grateful for that," Murray Jividen said.

NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini hit by car while jogging

NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini suffered a skull fracture and concussion Saturday after she was hit by a car while jogging in Novato, California, according to a news release from Venturini Racing.

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Venturini, 39, was in California to cover Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup race in Sonoma. She will remain in the hospital for several days, the news release said.

“She’s completely coherent and conversational, and I have talked to her on two occasions today," said Doug Rice, president and general manager of Performance Racing Network. "They told her she would have a really good headache for a couple of days.”

Venturini's father, Bill, is a two-time Auto Racing Club of America champion who founded Venturini Motorsports in 1982, The Sporting News reported.

Political ad by Texas war hero running for Congress goes viral

A decorated Air Force veteran is running for Congress, and the Texas Democrat released a political video that went viral since its release Thursday, USA Today reported.

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Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, who won a Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in Afghanistan, is running for the District 31 seat held by eight-term Republican John Carter. Her ad, called “Doors,” traces a life that included fleeing domestic abuse and helping her unit escape capture from the Taliban after their medevac helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, USA Today reported.

“Doors,” recorded against a backdrop of the Rolling Stones’ hit “Gimme Shelter,” describes Hegar’s “opening, pushing, and sometimes kicking through every door in my way.”

The mother of two from Round Rock, Texas, later challenged the Pentagon’s policy that excluded women from ground combat.

Hegar’s ad ends with a promise to “show the door” to Carter, whom she describes as a Tea Party Republican.

Hegar published a memoir of her time in the military, “Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front,” in 2017.

Texas veteran, 79, evicted for failing to pay taxes on home

A veteran who has lived in a Texas home for decades is homeless after he was unable to pay back taxes and the house was sold at public auction, WFAA reported.

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Billie McGruder turns 80 next month. He has lived in the house his parents bought in the 1930s for decades, but he was evicted Friday, the television station reported. McGruder’s possessions, including furniture, clothes and photographs were scattered on the front yard.

"Your neighbors see you get put outdoors in the middle of the morning," McGruder told WFAA. "It's mind-boggling."

Records show Tarrant County officials seized his home over nearly $6,000 in unpaid taxes and then auctioned it off to a real estate company for $38,000, KTVT reported.

Anthony Drake Jr., a neighbor, said he is storing some of McGruder’s prized possessions. He told WFAA that he grew up on the street where McGruder lived and that it is tough to see him evicted.

"As long as he don't have a home, he has one here," Drake told WFAA. "This is the only grandfather I know. Yeah, it's hard."

McGruder’s home was sold on Jan. 2, 2017, at auction. Tarrant County Precinct 8 Constable Michael Campbell told WFAA that McGruder had a chance to contest the eviction.

"He had an opportunity to file a legal challenge to the writ," Campbell told the television station.

Neighbors said McGruder gets easily confused. When a KTVT reporter asked his age, McGruder said he was 68.

Yamal Mulid, who bought the house at auction, told WFAA he was unaware about McGruder’s situation.

"If I knew this was going to happen or the old man is in the house, I would never have bought the house," he said. 

Mulid said he was willing to rent the house to McGruder at a discounted rate. He added that he would be willing to sell it back to McGruder for the auction price.

"If they want the house back, they can have it," Mulid told WFAA. "I wish they could come up with the money and they can buy the house back from me."

GoFundMe page with a goal set at $38,000 has been started for McGruder.

WATCH: 'Permit Patty' appears to call police on girl selling bottled water in viral video

A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.

>> Huge cookout held at Oakland park where cops called on black family's barbecue

According to USA Today, the girl's mother, Erin Austin, captured the alleged phone call on video, which has been viewed millions of times since it was posted Saturday. She said the incident occurred outside her apartment near AT&T Stadium in San Francisco.

"This woman don't want to let a little girl sell some water," Austin says in the 15-second clip, focusing the camera on a woman holding a phone. "She's calling the police on a 8-year-old little girl."

As the woman, identified by HuffPost as Alison Ettel, crouches behind a concrete wall, Austin adds: "You can hide all you want; the whole world's gonna see you, boo."

"And illegally selling water without a permit? Yeah," Ettel says, pointing to her phone.

"On my property," Austin interjects.

"It's not your property," Ettel replies.

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Austin and the girl's cousin, Raje Leeshared the footage with the hashtag #PermitPatty, USA Today reported.

"Make this [expletive] go viral like #bbqbecky," Austin captioned the video, referring to the hashtag used after a different woman was recorded calling the police on a black family for using a charcoal grill at an Oakland park. "She's #permitpatty."

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The posts sparked a debate about whether Ettel's actions were racist.

"For all of you saying it's not about race why didn't she stop to harass the white [men] that [were] selling tickets and teeshirts but thought calling the police on a child was okay?" Lee tweeted. "Don't answer. Just ask yourself that."

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"I didn't think in San Francisco my biracial child would have to go through something like this," Austin told KNTV.

Ettel told HuffPost that race had nothing to do with it, adding that she didn't really call the police. 

"They were screaming about what they were selling," Ettel said, claiming she had no problem with the girl, only Austin. "It was literally nonstop."

She added: "I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her."

The drama seemed to have a happy ending for Austin's daughter, who received four free tickets to Disneyland from a Twitter user who saw the video, Lee tweeted.

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Naked man claiming he 'may be Jesus' arrested after trying to start fire 

An Indiana man was arrested after he was found naked in the backyard of a Kentucky home after allegedly attempting to start a fire, claiming he “may be Jesus,” Kentucky New Era reported.

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Austin Michael Johnson, 31, was arrested June 18 by Magoffin County Sheriff’s deputies in Johnson Fork, where he was reportedly naked and lying in the grass. Originally, Johnson would not give deputies his name but told them he “may be Jesus.”

Police said Johnson was behind a residence and had poured gasoline around the house. He then grabbed a service wire that provided electricity to an outbuilding on the property and attempted to start a fire, Kentucky New Era reported.

When chased away by the homeowner, Johnson got into a car in front of the house before exiting the vehicle and walking down the road. Deputies found him approximately 75 feet from the front gate of the home, Kentucky New Era reported.

Johnson was charged with third-degree burglary; first-degree indecent exposure, first offense; third-degree criminal trespassing; second-degree criminal mischief; giving an officer false identifying information; and public intoxication – controlled substance (excludes alcohol). 

A court date has not been scheduled, Kentucky New Era reported.

German explosion: 25 hurt, 4 seriously, in Wuppertal blast

At least 25 people were hurt in an explosion in Wuppertal, Germany, police said Sunday.

According to The Associated Press, four victims were hurt "severely" in the blast and ensuing fire late Saturday at a "several-story building." The other victims suffered slight injuries, the AP reported

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"It can currently not be ruled out that there are still other people in the building," police said Sunday, according to Deutsche Welle. "The rescue efforts are ongoing."

Authorities are looking into what caused the blast, the AP reported.

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'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines welcome baby boy, reveal his name

The latest addition to Chip and Joanna Gaines' family has arrived.

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The "Fixer Upper" stars took to social media Saturday to announce the birth of their fifth child, sharing a photo of the baby boy and revealing his name.

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"Our baby boy, Crew Gaines, is here and we couldn’t be more in love," Joanna wrote Saturday night on Instagram. "He made an unexpected (and speedy) entrance into the world two and a half weeks early – which is fitting given he was a sweet surprise from day one. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We are so grateful."

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Earlier in the day, Chip tweeted: "And then there were 5.. The Gaines crew is now 1 stronger! 10 beautiful toes and 10 beautiful fingers all accounted for, and big momma is doing great!" He added the hashtag "#blessedBeyondBelief."

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According to Country Living, the couple have two other sons, Drake and Duke, and two daughters, Ella and Emmie.

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San Diego police shooting: 2 officers injured, suspect dead

Two police officers reportedly were shot and injured late Saturday in San Diego, California. 

Here is the latest information:

Update 12:24 p.m. PDT June 24: Homicide Capt. Mike Hastings said at a news conference that investigators were waiting for a search warrant so they could enter the condominium where the shooting occurred, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. 

The names of the officers injured have not been released. Investigators also have not released the name of the suspect who was killed, the Union-Tribune reported. Police also did not confirm whether the man was a resident of the unit.

Update 1:43 a.m. PDT June 24: KNSD’s Omari Fleming reports that investigators are unsure whether the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or was killed by officers. 

KSWB’s Andrew Luria tweeted that “hundreds of rounds may have been fired” in the shootout.

Update 1:07 a.m. PDT June 24: The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the suspect is dead. According to the newspaper, “a police dog went in and bit the suspect on the leg” after a robot searched the apartment. 

“After getting no response from the man, police determined he was dead shortly before 1 a.m.,” the Union-Tribune reported.

Update 1 a.m. PDT June 24: According to KSWB’s Andrew Luria, one of the wounded San Diego police officers “is currently in surgery with a life-threatening injury” after being shot in the chest. The second officer suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder but is “expected to be OK,” Luria tweeted.

Update 12:26 a.m. PDT June 24: According to KFMB reporter Steve Price, the shooting suspect “appears to be down” and has “head trauma.”

KSWB’s Andrew Luria reported that the suspect had been “wearing body armor.” Officers sent a robot into the apartment where he had been hiding, police said.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the suspect was “possibly deceased.”

The wounded San Diego police officers’ condition was not yet known, Price tweeted.

Update 12:01 a.m. PDT June 24: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, police said a gunman shot at officers through a wall at an apartment complex off Rolando Court. A SWAT team was at the scene, where the suspected shooter was still inside the building, police said.

The newspaper reported that officers had taken another man into custody about 11:20 p.m. PDT but “ascertained within moments that he was not the shooter.”

Emergency personnel rescued a firefighter from the building after the two wounded police officers “and at least one firefighter were pulled out of the building on a ladder,” the Union-Tribune reported.

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World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California.

>> PHOTOS: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest

According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize.

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According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa "was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri, and instead of placing her in a loving home at her end of breeding, she was put in a dog auction." After Underdog Rescue saved the uncomely canine, current owner Megan Brainard found her on Petfinder and adopted her.

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Check out some memorable moments from this year's contest below:

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