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Tangipahoa deputies working a case of selfie incrimination

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 08:48 PM PST

ROSELAND, LA -- Tangipahoa Parish deputies are trying to solve a case of selfie incrimination.  The case is the latest one to roll on the Wheel of Justice.

According to deputies, on October 24, a high-dollar wildlife camera was stolen from property on Holloway Road in Roseland.

Deputies say the camera was equipped with its own cellular connection and was able to send photos back to its owner.

They say the camera sent at least two photos to its owner of the suspect who deputies believe stole the camera.  The suspect may have been aiming the camera at himself intentionally but was unaware that the photos could be sent back to its owner.

If you know anything about this case, there could be a cash reward waiting for you.  And you don't have to testify in court to collect it.

Just call Tangipahoa Parish Crime Stoppers at 800-554-JAIL (5245).

To watch the latest Wheel of Justice report, click on the video button at the top of this page.  The story includes two photos of the suspect that were provided by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.

So far, more than 363 people have been booked after their cases rolled on the Wheel of Justice.

Wheel of Justice hits 363 arrests

Woman gets tattoo that plays voicemail from late grandmother

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 08:36 PM PST

CHICAGO, Ill. – A Chicago singer is using technology – both new and old – to hear her late grandmother’s voice whenever she wants.

Sakyrah Angelique got a tattoo under her left collar bone that an app can read using her cellphone’s camera.

Angelique tweeted a video Tuesday night of her listening to a voicemail from her grandmother.

Her grandmother made the phone call a month before she passed away, wishing her granddaughter a happy birthday.

Angelique said she was holding onto her grandmother’s voicemail for almost three years, not sure what to do with it.

Then, she discovered Skin Motion’s technology that enabled her to hear her grandmother’s voice. Whether it be a song, a bark of an old dog or a past loved one’s voice, a Skin Motion user can upload an audio file, tattoo the resulting “Soundwave” pattern and play the audio whenever they like by scanning the ink with an app.




Homeless ‘hero’ admits to robbing victims of Ariana Grande concert attack

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:51 PM PST

MANCHESTER, England – “Instead of running away, my gut instinct was to run back and try and help,” Chris Parker told reporters following the deadly bombing of an Ariana Grande concert last year in Manchester.

The 33-year-old homeless man said he rescued a young girl whose mother was killed and had another woman die in his arms. On Wednesday, Parker pleaded guilty to robbing the victims he claimed he was helping, AFP reports.

He was accused of stealing a cellphone from a teen girl, and security footage shows him taking a purse from a woman whose granddaughter was dying nearby. Prosecutors say Parker later used the woman’s bank card to buy food at McDonald’s. While pleading guilty to those two thefts, Parker pleaded not guilty to additional charges of attempting to steal a coat and bag following the attack, according to the BBC.

Prosecutors say that while Parker did give “some limited assistance” to victims, he “equally” used the chaos following the attack to rob them. Parker’s attorney says his client apologizes “for his appalling behavior.”

Parker was hailed as a hero following the attack—he says he was begging outside the venue when the bomb went off—and a GoFundMe created for him raised more than $70,000 from thousands of donors. The Guardian reports none of that money has yet gone to Parker, and a GoFundMe spokesperson says it “will be refunded.”

Parker was arrested Tuesday after failing to appear in court. He has reportedly received death threats following his arrest. He has previous convictions for burglary and shoplifting.

This article originally appeared on Newser: Homeless Man Robbed Victims He Was Praised for Helping

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Jefferson Parish public schools closed Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 04:58 PM PST

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — Students in Jefferson Parish will get an extra day of winter vacation thanks to freezing temperatures.

The Jefferson Parish Public School System announced that all public schools in Jefferson Parish will be closed Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, due to  several consecutive days of freezing temperatures in Jefferson Parish that have taxed the heating systems in its school buildings.

“The concern is the safety of students who, in the early morning hours, will be exposed to frigid temperatures while waiting for the bus,” officials said.

According to the National Weather Service, frigid temperatures are expected overnight and well into Thursday morning almost to midday.

Hundreds of people trash home after Airbnb guest throws ‘New Year’s Banger’

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 04:38 PM PST

**Warning: Some of the language in the video, above, is offensive**

SEVEN HILLS, Ohio – It took officers from five area police departments to shut down a New Year's party at an Airbnb rental in Seven Hills, Ohio this weekend.

Officers were called to the home on Shelley Drive shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday for a noise complaint, cars parking in the street and vehicles blocking driveways during the snow ban, according to WJW.

Police say the man who threw the party was renting a room at the house through Airbnb for $40 a night. The 28-year-old homeowner had a few rules for his guest. He couldn't have a party and there were temporary barriers to block certain rooms.

The suspect advertised the "New Year's Banger" on Twitter and charged $5 a person, according to the police report. When the homeowner realized he couldn't control it, he locked himself in his bedroom and eventually called police after five men threatened him.

At first, officers couldn't get into the development because of the snow. When they later walked up to the house, they could hear music from more than 100 yards away, and there were about 30 people coming and going.

"I observed several hundred people packed so tightly in each of the rooms and up the stairwell, it did not appear there was space for anyone to extend their arms," an officer wrote in the police report.

About 250 people were crammed inside. Seven Hills police said they told people to leave and that's when party-goers started shouting anti-police comments.

Those officers, who realized they were outnumbered, left to call in assistance. Seven Hills police had Broadview Heights officers block cars from coming into the neighborhood. They turned away more than 50 cars, while about 50 more vehicles tried to leave.

Seven Hills, Parma, Brooklyn Heights and Independence police entered through the garage, where they were greeted by the smell of marijuana and alcohol.

"I observed several people throwing up where they stood and heavy damage to the home. People broke open the front windows and began pulling out the windows, as police entered the basement several people broke out a basement window and exited through the window," the police report said.

It took about an hour to get people to clear out of the house and leave the neighborhood. Police waited with some partiers for their Uber rides to arrive.

The homeowner, who was cited for a noise disturbance, told police that his entire house was damaged. He filed a claim through Airbnb. Officers returned the next day to find broken glass and trash scattered across the front lawn. When WJW went to the home on Wednesday, there were not obvious signs of damage, other than window screens in the yard.

One neighbor, whose home was also damaged by party-goers, said she was fearful for the safety of officers and described the scene as a "mob."

As for the man who threw the party, he's facing charges of disorderly conduct for unreasonable noise and hindering movement on public streets, furnishing alcohol to minors, alcohol activities without a permit and criminal damaging. He has not been arrested.

Airbnb sent a statement to WJW about the incident:

There have been over 260 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings to date, including nearly 3 million on New Year's Eve, and incidents like this are incredibly rare. We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior and have permanently banned this individual from our platform and are fully supporting our host under the Airbnb Host Guarantee program. Our team is also reaching out to law enforcement to offer them our assistance with their investigation. The safety of our community is the most important thing we work on every day.

Airbnb also sent along a set of tips for hosts:

Set Clear Expectations: Your listing description should let potential guests know about the unique features and amenities of your home. Even small details like the number of flights of stairs to your front door can help make sure guests enjoy their time with you. As a host, you can also outline specific expectations (like quiet hours) in your house rules.

Set Guest Requirements: Every guest is asked to provide their full name, date of birth, photo, phone number, email address, and payment information to Airbnb before booking. Home hosts also have the option to require guests to provide Airbnb with a government ID before booking their listing.

Read Profiles & Reviews: If you want to know more about a guest before accepting their reservation request, check out their profile or read reviews from past hosts. Hosts and guests can only review each other after a reservation is complete, so you know the feedback you're reading is based on actual experiences.

Get to Know Your Guest in Advance: Our secure messaging tool gives you the chance to get to know guests and answer or ask any questions that come up before or during the trip. Messaging is also a great place to coordinate things like check-in or provide local recommendations.

Keep Safety Info & Equipment Handy: It's important to equip your home and your guests with the safety essentials they might need during their trip. This includes things like a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, and a fully completed online safety card.

If Anything Isn't Right, Reach Out: In the rare event that an issue should arise, our team is available 24/7 in 11 languages to support you and your guests—all you have to do is reach out. We offer things like rebooking assistance, refunds, reimbursements, our $1 million Host Guarantee, and Host Protection Insurance program to help make things right.

Three sign up for Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s race on Day 1

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 04:34 PM PST

METAIRIE, La. -- Three candidates signed up to run for Jefferson Parish sheriff on Day 1 of qualifying.

Those candidates are interim Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph "Joe" Lopinto, former longtime Sheriff's Office Commander John "Johnny" Fortunato, and Anthony Bloise. All three are registered Republicans.

The March 24 election will decide who's replacing former Sheriff Newell Normand, who stepped down in August to replace Garland Robinette as a talk radio host on WWL.

Normand had been sheriff since Harry Lee's death in 2007, and he handpicked Lopinto as his preferred replacement.

Normand's full-fledged support of Lopinto prompted Fortunato to retire from the Sheriff's Office after 46 years and make his own run for sheriff.

The two had this to say about each other when they qualified:

"The 46 years that I have worked here in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office far exceeds the 7 years that he's worked in the JPSO," Fortunato said. "I stood shoulder to shoulder with one of the greatest sheriffs that ever lived in Jefferson Parish -- Sheriff Harry Lee -- I attended Chiefs' meetings, involved in the day-to-day operations with what went on in the Sheriff's Department. There was never a major crime that occurred in Jefferson Parish that I was not on the scene."

"When someone says they have experience, make them prove it," Lopinto said. "When was the last time made an arrest? When was the last time he wrote a report? The 1970s. The 1970s? Law enforcement has changed tremendously since then. He served under three different sheriffs. And none of them recognized him to be the person to lead us into the future."

It’s berry, berry cold for local strawberry farms

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 03:57 PM PST

PONCHATOULA, La. -- With unusually cold temperatures, local farmers are taking extra precaution when it comes to their crop by putting it in a brief hibernation.

Ponchatoula strawberry farmer William Fletcher is making sure his crop is nice and snug this winter.

"What you see are row covers that are currently stretched over and protecting the strawberry plants.  It is water, sunlight, and air permeable, and it will protect down to about 26 degrees," says Fletcher.

Venturing up to Ponchatoula to see the plants first hand, I noticed how the plants look like they are covered with giant blankets.

"What we are looking to protect primarily are the blooms, the berries, and the red fruit that's on them.  The plants themselves are pretty hardy," says Fletcher.

Fletcher seems light-hearted and not too worried about the winter freeze.

We even share a few jokes.

Insert the puns.

"The strawberries can't bear this cold weather!"

"They are berry berry cold!"

Fletcher says the blooms are the berries of the future.

Therefore, with cold weather, it slows down their growth significantly or ruins their chances.

"The blooms we are trying to save today are most likely our Valentine's day berries," says Fletcher.

If successful, the fields at Fletcher Strawberry Farm will harvest up to 85,400 strawberry plants!

Right around the corner, you might just see these gorgeous berries at the annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.

The festival kicks off April 13th.

"It's kind of a source of civic pride that we are able to host so many folks from so many places and show them such a good time.  We of course want to be able to send them home with our trademark item, the trademark souvenir which is a nice flat and a beautiful Ponchatoula Strawberry."

Fletcher says the farmland has been in his family for five generations.

Overlooking his covered crop, he says it's a family heirloom he will cherish for a lifetime.

"You know there is a sense of tradition there's a sense of continuation, there is a sense of you know, having something to hand down to my boys and if they show any interest in farming or want to continue any of this on there will be something up and running for them to kind of take over and give the old man a break one day," says Fletcher.

A resolution that could change your life at YEP

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 03:49 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- Of all the resolutions folks are making for the new year, the choice to get back in school and continue your education is an important one, and a big decision.

The folks at the Youth Empowerment Project are here to help.

Jessica Irving-Marin is program director of the local nonprofit that works with under-served kids and teens through community education.

"At the beginning of this new year, we're trying to get the word out and encourage anyone whose interested in coming back to school and and getting their high school equivalency and finishing that credential to come on by and get to know us, hopefully sign up for an orientation and turn over this new page in this new year," Irving-Marin told us.

According to the numbers from the state Department of Education, the graduation rate in our state was 77 percent in 2016.  Almost a quarter of our kids are not graduating, but YEP's programs aim to reduce that number.

Laci Hargrove is one of the those students working to change her life for the better.

"I come here actually to get my HiSET because when I was 16 I dropped out of school because I got pregnant with my 1-year-old son. I graduate in May and I'm going to Delgado for pharmacology classes and Xavier," Hargrove said.

The Youth Empowerment Project is holding two separate open houses next week, and the goal is to help everyone who has the desire to move forward.

"All of our services are free of charge, and anybody 16 or over that's interested in working on their high school equivalency just needs to come on by, and we'll take it from there," said  Irving-Marin.

The YEP Adult Education open house is next Tuesday, January 9th, at the YEP Center at 139 S. Broad St., and Thursday, January 11th, at 1111 Newton St. In Algiers.

Three booked for Marrero shooting death after body found in Gonzales

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 03:40 PM PST

MARRERO, La. — Three people have been arrested on murder charges after a 20-year-old man was shot dead early Tuesday morning in Marrero.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Francisco Nieves of Gretna was shot to death about 12:15 a.m. Jan. 2 in the  1500 block of Avenue A in Marrero.

While conducting their investigation, JPSO Detectives were made aware that members of the Gonzales Police Department discovered the body of an apparent homicide victim who had been shot several times. The members of the two agencies determined that the body was that of Francisco Nieves, and the homicide had indeed occurred in Jefferson Parish.

Charges for those arrested include:

-Archie Armstrong: charged with Second Degree Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen firearm and Possession of Marijuana;

-Vernell Wilson: charged with Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder, Obstruction of Justice to Second Degree Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of a Stolen firearm;

-Stefanie Enciso: charged with Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice to Second Degree Murder.

All three have been arrested and booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail.

Smells like? Like Mardi Gras. Just don’t ask what’s in the king cake. It’s top secret.

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 03:35 PM PST

METAIRIE, La. --  Mardi Gras is early this year.

It's Tuesday (of course) February 13.

And that means it's fewer than six weeks away!

Hard to believe, huh?

WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood says you can already smell the season.

That's why folks are lining up at Manny Randazzo King Cakes, 3515 N. Hullen Street in Metairie, Louisiana.

Manny's got the right recipe.

Manny Randazzo got the right recipe from the right person. That's his dad, Manuel Randazzo, Senior.

And it's the recipe that's made the Randazzo family famous for the king cakes that they make every year about this time.

The Randazzo king cake legacy started back in 1965.

In 1992, Manny (the second Manny in the Randazzo family line) opened his own bakery.  His dad was right there guiding him and making sure Manny was measuring up and measuring all the king cake ingredients exactly the way he should to create king cake perfection.

The king cakes from Manny Randazzo turned out to be such a hit, to be so popular, Manny made a big decision when it came to his bakery business and the menu his customers had come to love.

Manny decided he would make and bake and sell king cakes.  Only king cakes.  That's it.  That's all there is. That's all that's needed.

It turned out to be a good decision for Manny back in 1995.  That's because the demand for his king cakes is not just local.  It's global.

If you want an original Manny Randazzo King Cake, please click right here to have it shipped right to your house.

Just don't ask what's in the king cakes.

It's top secret.

Who Dat guess the Saints would go 11-5? New Orleans Baby Cakes’ general manager sure did!

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 03:24 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS– At the beginning of the season, News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez asked local celebrities to predict what the Saints record would be for the season?  Take a look at what they said:

Well now, only one guessed correctly, and that is Cookie Rojas, the general manager of the New Orleans Baby Cakes.  He guessed the Saints would go 11-5, and they did.  Listen to what he said on how he predicted the Saints winning season.

"I think I've been connected to Dionne Warwick's Psychic Hotline for quite some time.  I think they still  have my credit card information," Rojas jokingly said.

"Well I was shocked that I was actually accurate.  I was very excited to see that I was able to predict their record.  For me it really was all about the running game.  I thought they'd be able to run the ball this year," he said.

Rojas proved he is a psychic powerhouse when it comes to the Saints.   The last time the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2009, Rojas bet that they would win and won some money in Las Vegas.

So we just had to ask Rojas what his prediction is for the Saints and the Super Bowl.

"I think they'll make it to the Super Bowl.  I feel like they will be playing the New England Patriots, but I do think the Patriots will win 27-23.

Let's hope that prediction of the Patriots beating the Saints doesn't come true!

Rojas also said in the past many of his other predictions have come true.  He predicted that he'd have a career in professional sports.  He also predicted that the New Orleans Baby Cakes' logo would be Logo Mania's #1 log in baseball.

For more information about the New Orleans Baby Cakes, click HERE.




Woman’s body found in food court of Georgia mall

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 03:21 PM PST

GWINNETT, Ga. – Investigators hope someone can help them identify a body found before Christmas in the food court of a Georgia mall.

Authorities say the body of an Asian woman, possibly in her 20s, was found Dec. 21 in an unoccupied vendor booth at the Gwinnett Place Mall, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Police say a maintenance worker found the body after hopping over the counter and entering a back room while inspecting the vacant space.

The woman, estimated to be about 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, had black hair and was dressed in a "black mesh style" jumpsuit with a pair of black sneakers next to her feet, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Authorities said the woman didn't appear to have any obvious signs of trauma and early evidence isn't consistent with a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-8477.

Hey President Trump, please don’t stop tweeting

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 02:55 PM PST

President Trump, if you are reading this in between chugging your beloved Diet Cokes or hitting a seven iron at your private country club, please ignore those voices that tell you to rein in your tweets.

Instead, please keep giving us 16 tweets on an amazing range of topics like you did Tuesday — from bragging that your “nuclear button” is bigger than North Korean leader’s Kim Jong Un’s to announcing an awards show for the best of “fake news.” (Here’s hoping I win at least one award!)

As the saying goes, “Dance with the one what brung ya” and that “one” was Twitter.

There was a time that I was part of the nearly 60% of Americans who hoped that Donald Trump would stop tweeting everything that popped into his head and act “presidential.” And I had pleaded with members of the media to stop covering every single Trump tweet like it was “The Gettysburg Address.” But those days are gone.

Now I want Trump to keep tweeting. OK, to be honest, my rationale for that is not to help the President. Trump’s nonstop and erratic tweeting is hurting Trump politically and offers Democrats a huge opportunity in the midterm elections.

How? First, Trump’s tweets often start a conversation in the media on an issue that doesn’t help him. One of the most glaring examples was in November when we were learning about allegations against then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, that he had forcibly kissed a woman and posed in a photo of her when she was sleeping that showed him seeming to touch her breasts.

Trump, being Trump, couldn’t sit this one out, so he tweeted, “The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? ….” What happened next? Well in the midst of the #MeToo revolution, Trump revived a conversation about his own history of alleged sexual misconduct. This also caused a rehashing of Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” tape where he bragged about grabbing women by the genitals without their consent.

Another example was when Trump tweeted his support for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie by invoking the Confederate statues: “Ed Gillespie will turn the really bad Virginia economy #’s around, and fast. Strong on crime, he might even save our great statues/heritage!” The reaction? Trump’s praising of Confederate statues caused the media to again remind us of one of Trump’s most vile moments as President, when he said those marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the side of white supremacists included “very fine people.”

If that weren’t bad enough, Trump’s tweeting addiction has caused fact-checking of each tweet. And fact-checking and Trump are not a good combination — at least if you care about the truth. The result is that Trump’s tweets gives us a frequent reminder of his penchant for lying.

The nonpartisan site Politifact.com has documented Trump’s “pants on fire” and false tweets spanning a range of topics, from Trump falsely claiming Amazon doesn’t pay taxes to his dishonest allegation that Republican Sen. Bob Corker — with whom Trump has publicly clashed — “gave us the Iran deal.”

And the Washington Post fact-checks Trump’s tweets daily, calling out his false statements as it did with several of Trump’s comments from Tuesday’s tweet storm. All this furthers the view held by over 60% of Americans that Trump is not honest and trustworthy.

Finally, Trump’s tweets distract from his own message. This week Trump should have used Twitter to get the media to focus on the passing of his tax cuts and the bonuses certain companies have offered employees in response — as well as his legislative agenda for 2018, including his long-awaited plan for strengthening America’s infrastructure. Instead, we are having discussions about the size of Trump’s “button” and whether Trump is mentally fit to be President.

On some level, it seems that Trump is trying to tweet us into submission. But that’s not working, as I’ve heard firsthand from those who oppose Trump and call my SiriusXM radio show. It’s just making them more worked up to vote in this November’s midterm elections against Republicans to send a message to Trump they don’t like what they’ve been seeing.

So, Trump, tweet away! You are doing more to help make the Democratic Party great again than it could have ever hoped to do for itself.

A record-breaking 22 women are now serving in US Senate

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 02:33 PM PST

Washington, D.C.– The number of women currently serving in the US Senate reached a new high of 22 on Wednesday.

Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota was sworn into office at noon following Al Franken’s resignation amid allegations that he touched women inappropriately.

There are currently 17 Democratic women and 5 Republican women serving in the Senate. The previous high was set last January, when the number of women grew from 20 to 21.

That’s according to a CNN analysis of numbers from The Brookings Institution and the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics.

“Though I never anticipated this moment,” Smith said last month when Gov. Mark Dayton announced her appointment, “I am resolved to do everything I can to move Minnesota forward. … This is a difficult moment for us. But even now, I am filled with optimism for Minnesota.”

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who defeated Republican Roy Moore in an upset in deep red Alabama last month, was also sworn into office Wednesday by Vice President Mike Pence.

Four states — California, New Hampshire, Washington and, now, Minnesota — have women serving as both sitting senators. Smith is the 51st woman to ever serve in the Senate, according to the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics.

The Senate had two or fewer members who were women until 1993. The number of women in the chamber has increased tenfold since then, eventually hitting double digits in 2001.

There are 106 women serving in all of Congress, making up just less than 20% of all 535 seats in the House and Senate, according to the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics.

The 2017 global average of seats held by women in parliaments around the world was 24%, according to data from the World Bank.

The US stands at 102nd in female representation among the nations tracked by the World Bank — lower than countries like China, Iraq and Pakistan. Rwanda and Bolivia are the only countries with majority-female legislatures.

ABC staging ‘Scandal,’ ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ crossover episodes

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 02:17 PM PST

Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope are women who have blazed their own paths, but those paths are now going to collide.

ABC confirmed Wednesday that “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” will stage crossover episodes that will see the characters played by Viola Davis and Kerry Washington share the small screen for the first time.

There is currently no air date for the episodes.

Washington and Davis first broke the news on their verified social media accounts, posting photos from the sets of the shows they are visiting.

Davis shared a photo of herself on the White House set of “Scandal” and Washington from a court house corridor featured on “How To Get Away with Murder.”

“This spot look familiar?!” Washington wrote in her photo caption, directed at Davis.

“Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, meanwhile, shared a small sneak peek of the script, featuring the moment when the two main characters first come face to face.

“Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” return with new episodes January 18.

Internet teases panicked Oregonians after self-serve gas law takes effect

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 01:37 PM PST

OREGON – Just the thought of pumping their own gas has sent some Oregonians into full freakout mode.

Thanks to a new law that took effect Monday, residents in some rural Oregon counties will soon be allowed to pump their own gas. Aside from that exception, Oregon and New Jersey are the only states that do not allow drivers to fill up their own tanks.

Oregon House Bill 2482 was passed in May and allows people living in Oregon counties with 40,000 residents or less to pump their own petrol.

It wasn't until Medford, Oregon TV station KTVL posted about the new law on social media that the rest of the country learned just how freaked out some Oregonians are at the mere thought of pumping gas.

Here's a sampling of the panicked comments:

Others had some fun in the comments after the Dec. 29 post went viral:

Some gas station managers told The Bend Bulletin that employees would continue delivering the same full-service treatment that customers have come to expect since self-service gas was banned in 1951.

"Our regular, longtime customers love coming here and talking to us while we pump their gas," Shelby Perkins, a cashier at a 76 gas station in Prineville, told the paper.

Perkins told the Bulletin it was quite possible that the local drivers had no idea how to use a gas pump.

Other managers said they would have employees on hand to teach drivers how to pump their gas.

Saints’ Zach Strief releases new ‘Sean Payton Blonde Ale’

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 01:30 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- "Coach came to me last year and said, 'I heard you're opening a brewery, I want a beer.'"

"He took a chance on me in the 2006 draft, the least I could do was give him a cold one," Zach Strief said with a laugh.

Strief opened up Port Orleans last summer in hopes of bringing more jobs to the city he now calls home.

For Strief, leaving New Orleans was "never an option," and now he's here to entertain on game day with a brew dedicated to the man who has brought the Saints their success, Coach Sean Payton.

"I knew it had to be the kind of beer that Sean would want to drink. That meant an easy-drinking beer. One to enjoy with friends on the beach, or as I'm looking forward to, one to enjoy while watching the game. Sean Gave me the biggest opportunity of my life; the least I can do is give him a cold one with his name on it. Here's to you coach!"

Massive sinkhole opens up on West Napoleon after waterline break

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 01:04 PM PST

METAIRIE - A massive muddy sinkhole opened on West Napoleon Avenue this afternoon after a waterline broke beneath the street.

Photo courtesy Jefferson Parish

West Napoleon between Haring Road and Kent Avenue has been closed so crews could begin emergency repairs, according to Jefferson Parish officials.

Repairs should be completed by midnight.

Fleming Construction Company has been hired to complete the work for an estimated cost of $10,000, according to the parish.

Mom pleads no contest in toddler daughter’s ‘torture’ death

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 01:00 PM PST

Cincinnati, Ohio (WCPO) — Andrea Bradley pleaded no contest in court Wednesday to three charges related to the 2015 death of her toddler daughter.

Bradley is charged with aggravated murder, endangering children and murder as a special felony in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Glenara Bates.

Hamilton County officials say Bradley and Glen Bates — the girl’s father — tortured and neglected the 2-year-old girl so severely she died.

Bradley’s plea of no contest is an alternative to a guilty or not guilty plea: A defendant who pleads “no contest” does not admit guilt, but does admit the information in the indictment is accurate, according to the Ohio Bar Association.

Bradley has been in and out of court for two years. She rejected multiple plea deals that would have reduced her sentence to 15 years.

After her attorneys asked for a continuance following her second plea deal rejection, Bradley blurted out — in open court — that she didn’t care about a deal.

“It don’t matter what I want,” Bradley said. “Give the world what they want. If they want the death penalty, give it to ’em. I don’t care.”

However, Bradley can’t get the death penalty. Tests show that she has an IQ of 67, which is below the threshold for the death penalty.

The jury in Glen Bates’ case said it found he was “the principal offender” in Glenara’s torture. He was sentenced to death in October 2016.

The deputy coroner who performed the toddler’s autopsy testified during Glen Bates’ trial in September called Glenara’s death “one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Hamilton County Deputy Coroner Dr. Jennifer Schott said Glenara Bates weighed only 13 pounds when she died, less than half the average weight of a 2-year-old. Schott also testified that Glenara was covered in “C-shaped scars,” determined to be bite marks.

Schott also highlighted severe diaper rash that extended from Glenara’s lower back to her thighs. During Bates’ taped interrogation, he said Glenara was often made to sleep in a downstairs bathtub because of a bed-wetting problem. Prosecutors said the tub was filled with feces.

The deputy coroner said she believes Glenara could have survived had she been taken to a hospital.

Winter storm threatens East Coast, bringing temps colder than Mars

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 12:52 PM PST

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A massive “bombogenesis” — an area of rapidly declining low pressure — will wreak havoc on the Northeast this week, threatening hurricane-force winter wind gusts and blinding snow.

The bombogenesis will result in what’s known as a “bomb cyclone.” And the bomb cyclone, expected to strike Thursday, will likely dump 6 to 12 inches of snow in New England and hurl 40- to 60-mph gusts.

By the end of this week, parts of the Northeast will be colder than Mars.

At Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, the temperature will plunge to minus 35 degrees Friday night into Saturday, weather observer Taylor Regan said. At last check several days ago, the high temperature on Mars was minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit.

But it’s not just New England suffering winter’s wrath. Freezing rain, sleet and snow are smothering parts of the Southeast on Wednesday.

Florida gets walloped with snow

From Maine to Florida, every East Coast state has at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. That’s 1,500 miles of severe weather alerts.

In Tallahassee, Florida, Ernst Beliard said he’s never seen snow in his 21 years there.

“Yo its actually snowing in Tallahassee,” he tweeted.

Indeed, Tallahassee had not seen measurable snowfall since 1989, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

The unusually frigid conditions sweeping Florida led to the closures of Florida State University and Florida A&M University on Wednesday.

They also forced the temporary closures of Orlando water parks and prompted authorities to open dozens of emergency shelters.

Deep freeze across South Carolina

In the Palmetto State, palm trees will likely be covered in ice and snow — and could knock down power lines, the National Weather Service in Charleston said.

“Forecasters expect below freezing temperatures to last for much of the week throughout the entire state,” South Carolina Emergency Management said.

Charleston is slated to get 4 inches of snow late Wednesday. That would be the most in one day since 1989, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

Runways at Charleston International Airport closed Wednesday, and South Carolina Highway Patrol reported dozens of accidents as snow fell.

Authorities urged people to stay off the streets as 1,000 snow plows and salt trucks treated roads and bridges, the state’s department of transportation said.

State of emergency in Georgia

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency Tuesday for 28 coastal counties ahead of the storm.

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport — typically booming with tourists this time of year — closed Wednesday “due to severe winter weather conditions,” the airport said.

But the entire state is suffering bitter conditions. In the south-central city of Tifton, Matthew Stuart Reid shot drone footage of the snowfall, set to the music of “Winter Wonderland.”


Deadly freeze

At least 12 people in the US have died this week in cold-related deaths, officials said.

Six deaths were reported in Wisconsin, four in Texas, one in North Dakota and one in Missouri.

The Texas deaths included two homeless people in Houston who were exposed to freezing conditions, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted.

Bone-chilling cold, intense snow in Northeast

New York City hasn’t warmed up above freezing since Christmas — and the deep freeze will just get worse.

The bombogenesis will usher in another round of single-digit or sub-zero temperatures to the Northeast.

New York City and Philadelphia will dip to 3 degrees this weekend, Miller said. Boston will plunge to minus 7.

And with 4-6 inches of snowfall expected in New York, sanitation workers are getting ready to deploy 2,200 plows to help clear the streets.

That snow, combined with “exceptionally strong winds,” means crews will be working in near-whiteout conditions, New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said.

But despite the extreme cold in the eastern US, there have been more record highs set (381) than record lows (353) over the past week, Miller said.

Some of the cities breaking record-high temps include Los Angeles (85 degrees last Friday) and Fort Collins, Colorado (68 degrees last Friday).