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Florence flooding threat still real: ‘Do not try to return home yet,’ North Carolina governor pleads

@FayettevillePD/Twitter(WILMINGTON, N.C.) — North Carolina’s governor on Tuesday pleaded with residents to remain in shelters until flooding from Florence recedes.”I know it was hard to leave home, and it’s even harder to wait and wonder whether you have a home to go back to,” Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference. “But please, for…read more »

Fraternity hazing might be involved in UC Riverside student’s death, police say

KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — Police said they are investigating whether hazing could have played a role in the sudden death of a 20-year-old University of California Riverside student this weekend.Tyler Hilliard died after going to a nearby mountain with other members and pledges of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, according to his mother, Myeasha Kimble.Kimble said…read more »

Doctor and woman accused of drugging, raping women and filming alleged incidents

Orange County District Attorney(LOS ANGELES) — An orthopedic surgeon who has appeared on a reality-TV dating show and his purported girlfriend have been accused of drugging and raping at least two women.Dr. Grant William Robicheaux, who has appeared on the Bravo series “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” and Cerissa Laura Riley were arrested…read more »

Navy officer found dead on court day for order of protection

WJXX-TV(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A 37-year-old Navy Chief Petty Officer in Florida was found dead on Monday — the same day she was to appear at a court hearing for an order of protection she sought against a man she claimed kicked her in the stomach and pulled a gun on her, authorities said.Andrea Washington’s body…read more »

Elizabeth Smart’s captor Wanda Barzee to be released from prison Wednesday

ABC News(SALT LAKE CITY) — Wanda Barzee, one of Elizabeth Smart’s former captors, is scheduled to be released from prison on Wednesday — much to Smart’s surprise and disappointment.Her release comes after the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole said it had miscalculated the time Barzee, 72, was supposed to serve in prison, the Associated…read more »

Florence dumped about 8.04 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina: National Weather Service

@FayettevillePD/Twitter(NEW YORK) — Florence, which made landfall as a hurricane Friday, dropped about 8.04 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina, the National Weather Service said Tuesday, citing “the unofficial, radar-estimated storm total rainfall.”At least 32 people are dead, including several young children, as a result of the storm, which brought unprecedented rainfall and flooding…read more »

Judge throws out lawsuit filed by horse against former owner

Animal Legal Defense Fund(WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oregon) — A horse is a horse, of course, of course — even when that horse is filing a lawsuit.A judge in Oregon tossed out a lawsuit filed by Justice — a horse — against his owner over allegations of animal neglect.Washington County Circuit Court Judge John Knowles issued his…read more »

Remnants of Florence set to soak Northeast

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Numerous flash flood watches have been issued across the Northeast on Tuesday as the remnants of Hurricane Florence make their way into the region.Flood watches stretch from Virginia all the way to Massachusetts on Tuesday morning, including Washington, D.C.; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Albany, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Boston.Remnants of Florence will continue…read more »