Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sushi-making co-pilot, Nazarene pastors among Cuba victims

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The co-pilot who loved to cook and was fond of inviting his colleagues over for sushi. An Argentine couple who had dreamed of vacationing in Cuba in their retirement. Evangelical pastors returning from a conference.

Officials say 113 people were on a charter passenger jet hired by Cuba’s state-run airline, Cubana de Aviacion, when it crashed Friday in the rural outskirts of Havana killing all but three aboard. Here are some of their stories:

THE FLIGHT CREW

Capt. Jorge Luis Nunez was married with an adult daughter and was an experienced and highly professional airman who “loved his job.”

That’s according to former flight attendant Ana Marlen Covarrubias, who worked with Mexican charter company Global Air for seven years before leaving in 2016 and considered Nunez a close friend.

“It was an incredible experience flying with him,” Covarrubias told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “He was a cheerful man, always happy.”

Covarrubias also knew others from the six-person flight crew, all of whom perished in the crash.

First officer Miguel Angel Arreola, who did not have children, enjoyed cooking and would invite colleagues over for homemade sushi.

“He was a great host,” Covarrubias said.

She affectionately recalled spending time with the two at Havana’s Hotel Panorama.

“We were like a family, very close,” Covarrubias said. “I met Jorge 20 years ago, and I introduced Miguel Angel to his current partner.”

Covarrubias said she believed flight attendant Daniela Rios was in her 20s and recalled her as “serious, and of good character.”

Two other Global Air flight attendants, Abigail Hernandez and Beatriz Limon, and maintenance worker Marco Antonio Lopez Perez also died.

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THE CUBAN PASTORS

Ten marriages of Cuban evangelical pastors were returning home to Holguin from a national conference when their plane went down Friday on the outskirts of Havana. All died.

“They were men and women faithful to God, to their families, to their neighbors and to the people,” said Rev. Leonel Lopez, the head of Cuba’s Nazarene church.

Lopez said that before leaving on a bus for Havana’s airport the group had been animated, singing and praying. Some already had children.

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THE TWO ARGENTINES

Oscar Hugo Almaras and Dora Beatriz Cifuentes had long planned for a dream vacation in Cuba in their retirement.

The couple was from Mar del Plata, Argentina, a beach resort 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of the capital, Buenos Aires.  

Almaras, 63, had worked at Citibank, was a fan of Argentina’s Estudiantes soccer team and enjoyed exploring new destinations, according to Argentine newspaper La Nacion.

 Cifuentes worked as a nurse in the neonatal unit of the 25 de Mayo hospital, where she was fondly remembered by her former colleagues, with one telling La Nacion “she taught me the ABCs of neonatology.”

“They were excellent people and recently came to visit us in the south,” nephew Andres Cifuentes told La Capital del Mar de Plata newspaper.

Cifuentes posted on social media: “RIP Uncle Oscar and Aunt Beatriz … Thanks for your last hug.”

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SURVIVOR EMILEY SANCHEZ

Emiley Sanchez miraculously survived Friday’s plane crash on the outskirts of Havana and though in critical condition in Calixto Garcia hospital, she is conscious and can communicate.

“She knows that I am here, that her son is here, she asked for water,” said her weeping mother, Esther de la O, who traveled from Holguin to be with her 39-year-old daughter.

Sanchez had been in Havana on vacation.

Ohio man calls police to report he's being followed by a pig

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Police officers in Ohio were convinced a man who called 911 about a pig following him was drunk and hallucinating — but turns out the caller was telling the truth, and “very sober.”

North Ridgeville police officers received a call just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday from a man who said a pig was following him while he was walking home from the Amtrak train station in Elyria, located about 30 miles west of Cleveland. The caller added that he “didn’t know what to do,” the department wrote in a Facebook post. 

Police officers were skeptical to believe the man and thought he was intoxicated and walking home from the bar.

“Night shift responded to the obviously drunk guy walking home from the bar at 5:26 in the morning. He was at least drunk enough to call the police on himself while hallucinating,” the police department said. 

But the officers’ theory was actually wrong. Not only was the man very sober and walking home from the train station (like he said), a pig was actually following him.

“Yes, a pig,” the department added.

ARIZONA OFFICER’S BELT STOPS BULLET IN ‘WAY TOO CLOSE A CALL’ ENCOUNTER

One of the officers managed to get the pig into the police cruiser and take him to the city’s dog kennel — that doubled as a pig pen for a few hours.

By 8:23 a.m. Saturday, the pig was returned to its owner, whose identity was not revealed, police said. 

“You’d have thought we would have learned our lesson after the kangaroo incident,” the police department said, referencing to a 2015 incident when a “runaway kangaroo” was located in the town.

The police department posted a photo of the pig in the police cruiser on Facebook, which received more than 21,000 reactions, 11,500 shares and more than 2,000 comments as of Sunday morning.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Spanish boats pick up 162 migrants crossing Mediterranean

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Spain’s maritime rescue service says it picked up 162 migrants who were attempting to make the perilous trip across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this weekend.

The service said its rescue craft intercepted 121 people traveling in three separate boats on Saturday and pulled another 41 passengers from a fourth boat on Sunday.

Each year, tens of thousands of migrants attempt to reach Spain and other southern European countries by crossing the Mediterranean in smugglers’ boats. Most of the vessels are unfit for open water, and thousands of people drown each year.

The United Nations says 615 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean so far this year. A total of 22,439 travelers reached European shores, 4,409 of them arriving in Spain, during the first four months of 2018.

New NRA leader Oliver North on school shootings: 'Disease isn’t the Second Amendment'

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New NRA President Oliver North said Sunday, in the aftermath of the deadly Texas school shooting, that students “shouldn’t be afraid” to attend class but made clear that his gun-rights advocacy group still doesn’t think the solution is limiting Second Amendment rights.

“I believe that we can make sure kids are protected without taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens,” North, a former Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, told “Fox News Sunday.”

North called for metal detectors in schools and pushed the National Rifle Association’s “school shield” agenda, which he said offers school’s a free security assessment that includes looking at how people enter and exit buildings.

He spoke two days after a 17-year-old opened fire at a Houston-area high school, killing 10 people and injuring 13. It was the 16th school shooting this year and the deadliest one since the massacre in Parkland, Fla., in February that gave rise to a campaign by teens for gun control. Seventeen people were killed in the Florida massacre.

The suspected shooter in last week’s attack is in custody on murder charges. He reportedly used his father’s rifle and pistol in the attack. The suspect is being identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who appeared to have no prior arrests or confrontations with law enforcement. Pagourtzis also had explosive devices that were found in the school and nearby, said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

North on Sunday also suggested that much or at least part of the problem with school shootings is young people, mostly males, being exposed to a culture of violence and being on Ritalin, a medication prescribed largely to help with attention deficit disorder, or ADD.

“We are trying like the dickens to treat the symptoms, not the disease,” he said. “The disease isn’t the Second Amendment.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

South Carolina inmates, including 2 charged with murder, escape prison, officials say

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Authorities launched a dragnet Sunday for three South Carolina inmates, including two who were charged with murder, after they escaped prison, the sheriff’s office said.

Tyshon Demontrea Johnson, 27, Curtis Ray Green, 20, and Christopher Shannon Boltin, 27, escaped from Orangeburg County Detention Center Saturday night, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Investigators discovered they were missing after they were notified of a possible escape attempt just before 10 p.m.

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From left to right, Curtis Ray Green, 20, Tyshon Demontrea Johnson, 27, and Christopher Shannon Boltin, 27, are being sought after escaping from Orangeburg County Detention Center.  (Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities said the three inmates are considered dangerous. Johnson and Green were charged with murder while Boltin faces carjacking and grand larceny charges.

Other inmates who possibly helped the inmates escape are being questioned.

The sheriff’s office urged anyone with information on the suspects or incidents to call Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Kensington Palace releases details, sketches of Meghan Markle's wedding dress

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As the world still reels from the elegant royal wedding, Kensington Palace has released concept sketches and a slew of details about Meghan Markle’s elaborate dress from the big day.

As the couple begins their new life together, fans of all things royal wedding can continue to whet their appetite for all things royal wedding by exploring the below sketches of her opulent dress that billions of people saw during the ceremony.

The palace noted that the Duchess of Sussex’s dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller after Markle personally selected her for her “timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring and relaxed demeanour.”

Clare Waight Keller, designer at Givenchy, holds sketches as she gives an interview the day after Meghan Markle walked down the aisle of St George's Chapel in Windsor and married Prince Harry wearing the dress that she created, in Kensington Palace, London, Britain, May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RC13337DF0E0

Clare Waight Keller designed Meghan Markle’s royal wedding dress.  (Reuters)

The sketches mostly detail the dress and its long trail.

“True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist,” a release from Kensington Palace reads. “The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.”

However, perhaps the most work went into Markle’s veil, which she reportedly insisted should incorporate all 53 countries of the Commonwealth so she could represent them at the royal occasion. The veil represents the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country by meticulously weaving their designs into the fabric.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding Windsor, Britain May 19, 2018. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERS - RC1A3124B230

Meghan Markle’s long, elegant wedding dress.  (Reuters)

She reportedly asked for two of her favorite flowers to be included in the veil as well to show off her two sides. The first was Wintersweet, which reportedly grows on the grounds of Kensington Palace as well as the California Poppy, her home state’s signature flower.

The entire wedding look was seen by the 600 guests in attendance at St. George’s Chapel as well as by the 100,000 people who came out to watch them during their procession through Windsor. An estimated 2 billion people saw the dress by way of the televised ceremony as well.

Saudi Arabia cracks down on feminists, branding them 'traitors' weeks before driving ban is lifted

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In a development that human rights observers have called “chilling,” Saudi Arabia arrested a group of prominent women’s rights advocates on Saturday and subjected them to a “smear campaign” in pro-government newspapers.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, has branded himself as a reformer, pushing to loosen or lift the conservative kingdom’s restrictions on women’s clothing, their right to drive, their ability to launch a business and their ability to attend sporting events. He’s even said that women are “absolutely” equal to men.

However, international observers are baffled by the timing of the recent crackdown against female activists, coming just weeks before the driving ban is set to be lifted, who have called for more equality with men.

Saudis have also noted that the activists saw their pictures circulated in government-friendly media outlets and on social media along with the word “traitor.”

According to Amnesty International, the six activists and one other individual were accused of forming a “cell,” and posing a threat to national security for their “contact with foreign entities with the aim of undermining the country’s stability and social fabric.”

Each of the activists was pushing for modernization and gender equality in the kingdom. One of the arrested activists, Aziza al-Yousef, had campaigned to end the country’s male guardianship system. Another, Loujain al-Hathloul, fought to have the driving ban on women lifted. Another, Mohammad al-Rabea, started a literary salon for young men and women in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh.

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE SAYS WOMEN ARE ‘ABSOLUTELY’ EQUAL TO MEN, CONTINUES MODERNIZATION PUSH

“This chilling smear campaign is an extremely worrying development for women human rights defenders and activists in Saudi Arabia. Such blatant intimidation tactics are entirely unjustifiable,” Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Campaigns, said in a statement.

The recent detentions do fit a pattern that has played out over the last year: as the crown prince has asserted his rule, a wide range of businessmen, activists, clerics and princes have been rounded up and arrested. Some of those swept up in the original crackdown were released. 

“Saudi Arabia cannot continue to publicly proclaim support for women’s rights and other reforms, while targeting women human rights defenders and activists for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly,” Hadid added.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com or on Twitter @christocarbone.

Spanish police arrest 12 from alleged hash smuggling ring

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Spanish authorities say they have broken up an alleged drug ring that smuggled hashish from Morocco to Europe.

Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Sunday that Spanish police 12 alleged smugglers and confiscated nearly 190,000 euros ($224,000.)

Zoido said in a Twitter post: “We have declared war on those who deal drugs.”

The arrests mark the second major bust of alleged drug smugglers in the province of Cadiz in southern Spain this month. Two weeks ago, police arrested 14 suspected smugglers and confiscated drugs and boats allegedly used to run stashes across the Strait of Gibraltar.

Spain’s Interior Ministry says Cadiz province, which is located 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) from the coast of North Africa, is the entry point for 40 percent of the drugs smuggled into Spain.

Trump warns extended Russia probe will 'put some hurt' on Republicans during midterms

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President Trump on Sunday expressed his frustration with the ongoing and wide-ranging Russia collusion investigation, suggesting that federal investigators could “easily” extend the “witch hunt” through the critical midterm elections to “put some hurt on the Republican Party.”

The investigation into whether the 2016 Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia is now more than a year old. And Trump appears increasingly eager to conclude the probe, which has put a huge cloud over his political agenda and expected re-election bid.

“Now that the Witch Hunt has given up on Russia and is looking at the rest of the World, they should easily be able to take it into the Mid-Term Elections where they can put some hurt on the Republican Party,” Trump said in one of six tweets Sunday morning.

In two tweets, Trump listed several issues concerning possible illegal or unethical behavior by Democrats related to the Russia probe or to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign. They include the potential misuse of the FISA court, the loosely-vetted dossier on Trump and potentially missing emails related to Clinton.

“In the Hillary Clinton Campaign where she deleted 33,000 Emails, got $145,000,000 while Secretary of State, paid McCabe’s wife $700,000 (and got off the FBI hook along with Terry M) and so much more. Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam,” Trump said in his second tweet, referring to fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton family friend and former Virginia governor.

“At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion [sic] with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption,” Trump also tweeted Sunday.

Virginia boy, 9, crushed by motorized room partition at elementary school

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A 9-year-old boy died after he was crushed by a motorized room partition at an elementary school outside the nation’s capital on Friday, officials said.

The Fairfax County Police Department said in a news release the boy, who was in the School Age Child Care program at the Franconia Elementary School in Alexandria, was in the gym when he and a teacher both simultaneously pressed a button to open a large, motorized room partition that splits in the middle.

The child, identified as Wesley Lipicky, then became caught between the partition and the wall, and suffered “traumatic head injuries,” according to police.

Authorities said the 9-year-old was then pounced dead at the hospital on Friday night.

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Fairfax County Police said the boy and teacher both simultaneously pressed a button to open a large, motorized room partition that splits in the middle.  (FOX5)

Investigators said Saturday that an autopsy found the child’s death to be accidental.

“No charges are expected in this tragic case,” Fairfax Police said.

PLEA FOR HELP FROM OHIO TEEN CRUSHED IN MINIVAN NEVER HEARD BECAUSE OF 911 GREETING, REPORT SAYS

In a letter sent to parents obtained by FOX5, Franconia Elementary Principal Terri Edmunds-Heard said she was “deeply saddened” by Wesley’s death.

“We will miss Wesley very much,” she wrote. “He was an endearing child whose bright smile and enthusiasm for school inspired the love of all who knew him.

Edmunds-Heard said there will be counselors at Franconia to support students, staff, and parents in the days ahead. “The team will help our classroom teachers talk with students and handle their questions and reactions.”

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand said in a statement to FOX5 that the school district is “working closely” with law enforcement to review the accident, and “to review safety protocols and procedures.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

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Malaysia’s national news agency is reporting that former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is under investigation for a massive corruption scandal, has sought police protection over concern about his family’s safety.

Najib’s long-ruling coalition suffered a shocking defeat in May 9 elections amid anger over at least $4.5 billion that investigators say was looted and laundered by Najib’s associates from a state investment fund he set up.

The new government has reopened an investigation into the case, with police raiding Najib’s properties and seizing cash, jewelry and other valuables.

A spokesman for Najib told the Bernama news agency Sunday that Najib had asked “for protection for himself and his family as they fear for their safety.” He didn’t give details.

Najib’s main aide said he couldn’t immediately comment.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry begin life as married couple

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are starting their life as a married couple after a night of celebrating their royal wedding with friends and family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent Saturday night at Windsor Castle after attending a reception at Frogmore House hosted by Prince Charles. The couple is expected to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip before they head to their home in Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, Sky News reported.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves Windsor Castle the day after her grandson Prince Harry married Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in Windsor, Britain May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez - RC156FF5CEE0

The queen was pictured Sunday morning heading to church a day after the royal wedding.  (Reuters)

The queen was photographed heading to church Sunday morning.

The newlyweds are breaking tradition and delaying their honeymoon. Harry and Markle will attend their first royal engagement as a married couple on Tuesday and are attending a garden party to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th birthday and charity work.

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS - RC1B53A1F450

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry heading to the evening reception.  (WPA Rota)

MEGHAN MARKLE WEARS PRINCESS DIANA’S AQUAMARINE RING TO WEDDING RECEPTION

The palace hasn’t released details about Harry and Markle’s honeymoon, but the couple are expected to head to Namibia or Botswana in southern Africa.

The royal family thanked everyone Saturday night for celebrating Harry and Markle’s big day.

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan wave as they ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RC1E8A85A630

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during the carriage procession after saying “I do.”  (Reuters)

“Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding,” the royal family tweeted.

MEGHAN MARKLE ‘LOOKED ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL’ IN GOWN, PRINCESS DIANA’S DRESS DESIGNER REPORTEDLY SAYS

Markle previously said she wants to “hit the ground running” after getting married to become a full-time member of the royal family. The couple exchanged vows in front of 600 guests, which included members of the royal family and celebrities, at St. George’s Chapel Saturday morning. About 100,000 people also came out to watch Harry and Markle during the carriage procession through Windsor.

An estimated 2 billion people also tuned in to watch the wedding ceremony on television.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Terry Crews recounts life with abusive father

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Terry Crews brought the crowd to tears when he was honored at Safe Horizon’s Champion Awards by remembering his childhood with his abusive father.

“One of my earliest memories . . . I was like 4 or 5 years old, my father [hit] my mother in the face as hard as he could, and she gets knocked out, and I remember seeing her on the floor and then looking at him, this giant of a man, [and] I thought, ‘My God, he said he loves her’ . . . And all I could think was how I wanted to protect her. And how wrong it was.”

The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star recalled, “I said, ‘I gotta be strong’ and, ‘I got to get straight so I can protect her.’ And every time he came home, we were scared.”

As a result: “I literally wet the bed until I was 14 years old, because I didn’t know what was going to happen . . . We lived a nightmare for years.”

Also at the ceremony, Tamron Hall presented an award to #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, and the news anchor was emotional when talking about what the movement would have meant to her beloved sister, Renate, who was in abusive relationships and was murdered in a case that has gone unsolved.

Sunny Hostin, Dave Navarro and Henry Schleiff also attended.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hospitalized with fever

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A Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized with fever.

The aide to Abbas, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with protocol, said the 83-year-old Palestinian leader was diagnosed with a fever on Sunday. Abbas had an ear operation last week, and had returned to the hospital late Saturday for a follow-up.

The Palestinian state news agency quoted the hospital director as saying tests results are “good” without providing further details.

Abbas, a heavy smoker, has a long history of health issues, ranging from heart trouble to a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago.

Abbas has not designated a successor, and the Palestinians have not held presidential elections since 2005 because of the split between Abbas’ Fatah party and the Islamic militant Hamas, which rules Gaza.

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

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Court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved after being discovered in an Alabama courthouse.

Archivists at historically black Alabama State University are cataloguing and flattening dozens of documents found at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Circuit Clerk Tiffany McCord hopes electronic versions will be available for viewing as early as late June.

Once the records are added to Alabama’s online court system, historians and others will be able to read the original pleadings filed by Parks’ attorneys following her refusal to give her seat to a white man on a Montgomery city bus in 1955.

Parks’ arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which launched a young King to prominence.

The three things I wish someone had the guts to tell me when I graduated from college

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Millions graduate from colleges and universities across America in the months of May and June, and most of these graduates are under 25 years of age. This year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 1.0 million people will graduate with an associate’s degree, 1.9 million with a bachelor’s degree, 790,000 with a master’s degree, and 183,000 with a doctor’s degree. Years ago, I was one of these graduates, earning a bachelor’s degree in Design and then a master’s degree in Architecture. I made many decisions along the way as I earned these degrees, but I had no idea that the most important choices I would ever make – “trajectory decisions,” as I like to call them – were still ahead of me, the least of which was my choice of career.

As someone who now teaches regularly at a university and mentors students at Summit Worldview and Rethink Student Conferences, I’ve been sharing three things I wish someone had the guts to tell me when I graduated from college:

Choose the Right View: A “worldview” is “a mental model of reality – a comprehensive framework of ideas and attitudes about the world, ourselves, and life.” The way we view the world shapes the way we answer the most important questions of life: “How did we get here?”, “Why is everything so ‘messed-up?”, “How can we fix it?”, and “What is the purpose of life?” These questions are critical, and every college graduate should take the time to consider their worldview prior to making any other decision.

Are we simply the product of unguided evolutionary processes and natural selection, or were we created for a purpose? Are moral truths merely a matter of opinion and cultural consensus, or are they grounded in the mind of a transcendent, objective, moral Being? Is meaning and purpose purely a matter of personal preference, or are there ultimate (and even eternal) consequences related to such choices? These kinds of questions (and the answers they provoke) help us form the foundation for our decision making, even before we choose a career. They point us toward ourselves or toward our Creator. Choosing the right worldview is an important trajectory decision.

Choose the Right Person: I encourage students to be as intentional about their selection of mate as they are about their selection of education or career. I’ve known many educated, successful professionals who were derailed by bad relationships. On the other hand, I’ve also known many contented, happily married couples who were not particularly well educated nor successful as professionals. As a homicide detective, I’ve never heard anyone say they wish they had accomplished more at work or school when lying on their deathbed. Instead, they often wish they had spent more time with those they love. When push comes to shove, relationships are more important than accomplishments.

As I began to rethink my understanding of the world around me, I embraced the notion that I had been created for a purpose and called to a vocation.

Marriage is the most significant relationship we will ever have. Studies continue to find, for example, that married men are happier than single men and that married people are healthier, wealthier, and more satisfied. One study even found that married people have lower cortisol levels (a stress hormone), and therefore are less likely to have heart problems, decreased immunity, diabetes, or cancer. Married people are even more likely to survive cancer. Picking the right spouse is critical to marital success. The better the relationship between spouses, the happier and more satisfying the results. That’s why it’s important to identify and select your worldview before choosing a spouse who shares a similar view of the world.

Choosing the Right Mission: I earned two degrees in fine arts and took a position at a local architectural firm prior to changing course and entering the police academy. I considered my position as an architect to be a career, but my position as a police officer to be a calling. The difference between these two ways of looking at employment was largely the product of how I saw the world and understood my place in it, and that’s why worldview choices ought to come before career choices.

As I began to rethink my understanding of the world around me, I embraced the notion that I had been created for a purpose and called to a vocation. Because I saw my vocation in this way, I was able to endure the difficulties I encountered as a police officer without becoming bitter or disillusioned. It didn’t matter that I was underpaid – I didn’t become a police officer for the money. My difficult schedule wasn’t a problem either – I knew important missions often required extraordinary sacrifice. The daily danger wasn’t a deterrent – I embraced a view of life and mission that transcended my earthly existence. I didn’t choose a job or career when I decided to become a police officer (and ultimately a cold-case detective). Instead, I chose a mission that just happened to be served by my career choice.

I wish someone would have told me about the importance of these three decisions while I was still in college. Trajectory decisions are important, and they must be made early. If you’re guiding a rocket to the moon, a two-degree mistake a mile from the destination won’t prevent you from landing, but a two degree mistake a mile from your starting point will cause you to miss the moon by thousands of miles. That’s why it’s important for every graduate to make wise decisions early, especially when they are related to worldview, marriage and mission.

Pope: Holy Land needs “gestures of dialogue, reconciliation”

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Pope Francis says “gestures of dialogue and reconciliation” are needed for the Holy Land and all the Middle East.

He told faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday he had “united himself spiritually” to a prayer vigil held Saturday in Jerusalem, which, he noted, is holy for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Earlier, during Mass Sunday, Francis, citing the “heartrending’ situation in Gaza and prayed that hearts be changed so peace arrives.

Palestinian authorities say more than 110 Palestinians have been killed by live fire during violence across the border between Gaza and Israeli since late March. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, says it aims to relax an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the Palestinian territory through the protests.

The U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem has also fueled tensions.

Meghan Markle wears Princess Diana's aquamarine ring to wedding reception

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Meghan Markle remembered the late Princess Diana on Saturday with her “something blue” on her wedding day.

The Duchess of Sussex wore an emerald-cut aquamarine ring that belonged to Prince Harry’s mother on her right finger as she left Windsor Castle for the evening reception at Frogmore House. Diana often wore the ring before her death in 1997. She was pictured with the jewelry at a gala dinner in Australia in 1996 and at an auction at Christie’s in 1997, People reported.

This May 19, 2018 photo shows a close up of the ring worn by the newly married Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle leaving Windsor Castle with Prince Harry after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. The bride wore a ring which belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

Meghan Markle wore Princess Diana’s emerald-cut aquamarine ring to the wedding reception. (  (AP)

The ring also has a matching aquamarine bracelet.  

Markle swapped her Givenchy wedding dress for a white Stella McCartney halter neck gown when heading to the evening reception hosted by Prince Charles. Harry, wearing a tightly fitted tuxedo, and Meghan arrived at the reception in a 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero that has since been converted to electric power.

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leave Windsor Castle in a convertible car after their wedding in Windsor, England, to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Steve Parsons/pool photo via AP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave for the reception hosted by Prince Charles.  (AP)

HARRY AND MEGHAN’S BLUE JAGUAR IS A $500,000 GREEN MACHINE

The happy couple, who said “I do” Saturday morning at St. George’s Chapel, continued to celebrate the day with about 200 friends and family at night.

There were also sweet tributes to Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris, during the wedding ceremony. Markle’s bouquet included Diana’s favorite flowers, Forget-Me-Nots, that were handpicked by Harry before the ceremony. The flower arrangements at St. George’s Chapel also included some of Diana’s favorite white flowers.

MEGHAN MARKLE ‘LOOKED ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL’ IN GOWN, PRINCESS DIANA’S DRESS DESIGNER REPORTEDLY SAYS

The royal family thanked fans late Saturday night for watching Harry and Markle’s wedding.

“Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the royal family tweeted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Arizona officer's belt stops bullet in 'way too close a call' encounter

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An Arizona police officer narrowly escaped injury while responding to a domestic violence incident on Friday when a man opened fire and a bullet hit the cop’s belt, officials said.

The Tucson Police Department said in a news release that two officers, Nathan Stout and Steven Clark, were shot at when responding to the home just before 10 p.m. 

“Thankfully, no injuries,” Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said on Twitter. “Way, way, way too close a call. This takes ‘high risk’ to a whole other level.” 

Officers had received a 911 call from a man at a bar who stated his stepfather, 51-year-old Roy King, pulled out a handgun and threatened him and a friend. King then left the bar and drove to a home, according to police. 

When officers found King’s vehicle in the driveway, they heard the 51-year-old shouting from his backyard before he fired a handgun at the two police officers, officials said. One of the rounds struck Officer Stout’s duty belt, which stopped the bullet from injuring him.

https://twitter.com/ChiefCMagnus/status/997844041940127749  (Tuscon Police)

Officers returned fire on King, who retreated into his home before he was eventually talked into surrendering and arrested, Tucson police said.

INDIANA POLICE AMBUSH BY GUNMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED NEIGHBOR SHOWN IN DRAMATIC VIDEO

King was booked into the Pima County Jail on two counts of assault with a deadly incident for the incident at the bar, and two additional counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the shooting at the home. Tucson police said both officers have been with the department for a year and a half. The incident remains under investigation.

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The two officers were shot at Friday while responding to a domestic incident. One officer was struck by gunfire which hit his duty belt.  (Tuscon Police Department)

“We could be investigating the death of an officer out here,” Tucson Sgt. Pete Dugan told Tucson News Now. “These are extremely serious and sometimes…people don’t know exactly what we have to respond to and this was one of those situations.”

OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 2018

While no members of law enforcement were injured or killed in Friday’s shooting in Arizona, at least 36 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty since the start of 2018, with 24 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News found. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren’t much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those were caused by gunfire.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Town Hall Meeting on Brandywine Valley SPCA Proposed Purchase of Safe Haven Facility

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The Brandywine Valley SPCA is looking to purchase the former Safe Haven Facility in Georgetown.  Two Town Hall meetings will be held this week to get your input on the SPCA’s intended purchase and plans for the unused shelter to become a Rescue & Rehab Center for dogs and cats. The first Town Hall meeting is Monday at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center on Adams Avenue in Lewes beginning at 5:30.  The second is at the Georgetown Public Library on Tuesday at 4pm.  You’ll find more information at the WGMD Community Calendar.


 

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

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A veteran Sherpa guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time this past week has returned from the mountain and says he’s already planning his next trip.

Kami Rita flew back to Kathmandu by helicopter on Sunday, saying he’s not ready to retire and plans to continue to guide on Everest next year.

Friends and supporters welcomed the 48-year-old at Kathmandu’s airport with bouquets and traditional ceremonial scarves.

Two other Sherpa guides have climbed Everest 21 times, and both have already retired.

Kami Rita first scaled the world’s highest peak at age 24 and has made the climb to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit almost every year since then.

Public Workshop Monday on Proposed Lewes-Rehoboth Bridge Rehab in Rehoboth

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DelDOT wants to hear your comments Monday afternoon on the proposed rehabilitation of the Bridges over the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal on Route 1 west of Rehoboth.  Construction is expected to begin in November of 2019.  A public workshop will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center from 4 to 7pm.  Officials from DelDOT will be on hand to hear your comments – or you will also be able to submit written comment.  The Virtual Workshop will be available online beginning on Monday – and will be accessible for at least 30 days.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Comments will be received during the Public Workshop/Virtual Workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, ATTN: Assistant Director Jason Hastings-Bridge Management, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or sent via email to dotpr@state.de.us or by fax at (302) 739-2092.


 

The Latest: Pope Francis prays for Venezuelans

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The Latest on Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela (all times local):

8:09 a.m.

Pope Francis is praying that “beloved” Venezuela’s people and rulers will wisely choose peace and unity as the nation elects a new president.

Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, asked that the “Holy Spirit give all the Venezuelan people, everyone, leaders, people, the wisdom to find the path of peace and unity.”

He also prayed for prison inmates who died Saturday. Human rights advocates say 11 people were killed in a Venezuelan prison riot last week sparked by inmates who wrestled a gun from jailers.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second term in the election, despite food shortages and soaring inflation. His main rivals are boycotting due to distrust of the electoral council, which is controlled by government loyalists.

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7 a.m.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cast his ballot in Caracas shortly after fireworks and loud speakers blasting a military hymn roused Venezuelans from sleep around 5 a.m. local time.

He said Venezuelans would provide an example of democracy to the world and brushed back suggestions he was taking the country down an authoritarian path.

“It’s offensive when they say the Venezuelan people are falling under dictatorship,” he said after voting, adding that if he were to win the election he would seek an understanding with his opponents on a way forward for the crisis-wracked country. “I’m going to stubbornly and obsessively insist in dialogue for peace.”

Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday’s election, despite a deepening crisis that’s made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.

Erdogan in Sarajevo to rally European Turks for re-election

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Turkey’s president has arrived in the Bosnian capital to address supporters living in Europe, ahead of snap elections in his country.

Thousands of Turks are expected to attend President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Sarajevo rally on Sunday after he meets with his Bosnian Muslim counterpart. It’s the only campaign stop Erdogan will be making in Europe, after Austria, Germany and the Netherlands announced they would not allow election rallies.

Turkey will vote on June 24 —more than a year earlier than scheduled— in parliamentary and presidential elections, ushering in a new system of governance.

The executive presidency, which narrowly passed in a referendum in April 2017, will concentrate more powers in the president’s hands and abolish the office of the prime minister.

More than 3 million Turks living abroad are eligible to vote from June 7.

Golf Cart DUI Crash Near Dagsboro Injures 2

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Police Line At Night © Copyright BestGreenScreen/Shutterstock

Delaware State Police say just after 8pm a Pennsylvania man lost control of a golf cart he was driving at the Tuckahoe Acres Camping Resort near Dagsboro.  Police say 47 year old Thomas Rivera and a 47 year old female passenger were ejected and thrown to the roadway.  The passenger suffered serious injuries and was flown to PRMC in Salisbury.  Rivera was treated for minor injuries at PRMC and charged with DUI.