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Melania Trump, Sara Netanyahu visit African-American museum

MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — While President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu basked in their bromance Wednesday, their wives also appear to have a seemingly similar affinity for each other.

Following the joint Trump-Netanyahu press conference in the East Room of the White House, Melania Trump hosted Sara Netanyahu on a visit to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The wives were accompanied by museum director Lonnie Bunch and Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton.

After husbands’ joint news conference, Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu visited the National African American Museum https://t.co/ps01OZmFmz pic.twitter.com/oPzduBpsR1

— ABC News (@ABC) February 16, 2017

“Mrs Sara Netanyahu met at the White House with @FLOTUS Melania Trump, who surprised her with a visit to @NMAAHC,” read a tweet from Netanyahu’s office, along with a trio of photos of the leaders’ wives at the museum and the White House.

Mrs Sara Netanyahu met at the White House with @FLOTUS Melania Trump, who surprised her with a visit to @NMAAHC pic.twitter.com/c607mj9SBa

— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) February 15, 2017

The first lady reportedly said in a statement afterwards of the visit, “As we remember, with deep humility and reverence, the historic plight of slavery which the Jewish and African-American people have known all too well, we rededicate ourselves to those powerful words that both our nations hold dear: “NEVER AGAIN!”

Mrs. Trump also tweeted, “It was an honor to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History @NMAAHC.”

During their husbands’ press conference, President Trump gave Mrs. Netanyahu accolades, saying, “I also want to thank Sara, can you please stand up? You’re so lovely and you’ve been so nice to Melania, I appreciate it very much.”

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North Dakota governor issues emergency evacuation order for Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp

Scott Olson/Getty Images(BISMARCK, N.D.) — North Dakota governor Doug Burgum issued an emergency evacuation order Wednesday for the Oceti Sakowin protest camp — located on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation — where Dakota Access Pipeline opponents have spent several months expressing their disdain for the pipeline.

Gov. Burgam signed the order “out of concern for the safety of people who are residing on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) land in southern Morton County and to avoid an ecological disaster to
the Missouri River,” read a statement from the governor’s office.

Decreasing temperatures were cited as the impetus in speeding up the camp’s clean-up. “Warm temperatures have accelerated snowmelt in the area of the Oceti Sakowin protest camp, and the National
Weather Service reports that the Cannonball River should be on the watch for rising water levels and an increased risk of ice jams later this week,” reads the statement. “Due to these conditions,
the governor’s emergency order addresses safety concerns to human life as anyone in the floodplain is at risk for possible injury or death. The order also addresses the need to protect the Missouri
River from the waste that will flow into the Cannonball River and Lake Oahe if the camp is not cleared and the cleanup expedited.”

The Standing Rock Sioux began coordinating a cleanup in late January, but state officials say it isn’t happening fast enough.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered on Feb. 3 those camping on federal property to vacate to prevent injuries and significant environmental damage in the likely event of flooding in the area.

The Oceti Sakowin camp needs to be evacuated no later than Feb. 22 in order to allow private contractors to accelerate the removal of waste from the camp, the governor’s office said.

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Teen girls found dead on hike in Indiana investigated as double homicide

WRTV(TERRE HAUTE, Ind.) — The bodies of two teenage girls who went missing while hiking in Indiana were found Tuesday, and their deaths, which shook their community, are now being investigated as a
homicides, according to police.

State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said autopsies conducted in Terre Haute, Indiana helped to identify the girls as Liberty Rose Lynn German, 14, and Abigail Jay Williams, 13 of Carroll County.

German and Williams were found roughly three-quarters of a mile from an abandoned railroad bridge, near Delphi, where they were dropped off Monday to go hiking. It was unclear who dropped the girls
off.

Police said they are still collecting evidence at the scene of where the bodies were found.

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said authorities do not yet have a suspect or suspects in the girls’ deaths.

Police are not releasing a cause of death, and are not detailing any wounds or injuries the girls may have sustained.

“The investigation is still in its baby steps, so to speak, and we don’t want to put that information out yet,” Leazenby said.

Police urged the community to contact police with any tips they might have to help authorities in the investigation.

“We’re going to get to the bottom of this. We feel confident. And we’re going to do everything within our resources to reach justice in this situation,” Leazenby said.

Riley said that the deaths have sparked fear in the quiet, rural community.

“I feel safe for this community,” he said, and added that people should remain “alert and watchful.”

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Plane makes emergency return to airport after hitting deer during takeoff

Wavebreakmedia Ltd/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — An American Airlines flight bound for Gulfport, Mississippi, had to make an emergency landing in North Carolina on Wednesday after striking a deer upon takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The FAA said the crew aboard flight 5320, operated by PSA Airlines, reported striking the deer as it left Charlotte Douglas International Airport around 11:45 a.m. today.

The FAA said the plane landed safely at the Charlotte airport at 12:05 p.m. after declaring the emergency. The flight was headed to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Mississippi.

In a statement, American Airlines said the plane, a CRJ 700 aircraft, was carrying 44 passengers and four crew.

“The airplane came immediately back to the airport and landed safely. There was fuel leaking from the aircraft, so passengers deplaned on the runway and firetrucks did hose the plane down. The passengers have been bused back to the terminal and will get a new aircraft,” American Airlines said in its statement.

In October 2010, a US Airways jet arriving from Miami, Florida, plowed through a herd of deer shortly after landing at the same Charlotte airport. No injuries were reported on the plane.

According to ABC affiliate WSOC-TV, Wednesday’s incident occurred on runway 36 center — the same runway where the herd of deer was struck in 2010.

PHOTOS: A small plane declared an emergency after hitting deer while departing @CLTAirport, FAA says.
SLIDESHOW: https://t.co/imJsG4B2Uh pic.twitter.com/zbLKXXrDKy

— WSOCTV (@wsoctv) February 15, 2017

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Chicago man charged in murder of 11-year-old girl

samfotograf/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A Chicago man has been charged with murder for the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl in Chicago.

Takiyah Holmes was one of two girls, ages 11 and 12, who were both shot in the head in separate, unrelated shootings that took place within an hour of each other in Chicago this Saturday.

Nineteen-year-old Antwan Jones was tied to the scene of the crime through the use of surveillance video and help from the local community, police said.

In announcing his arrest, Chicago Police Supt Eddie Johnson noted that Jones has an extensive record and “has been known to the Chicago police for a long time.”

Johnson, while speaking to the press, took the opportunity to plead for stricter gun laws–words that have become a familiar refrain for anyone who has followed the city’s struggle to reduce gun
violence in recent years.

Johnson said that CPD has arrested twice as many gun offenders as last year but that the violence remains constant. The reason, he said, was that gang members don’t take the legal system seriously.

“[They] think the judicial system in Cook County is a joke. They just don’t fear it,” Johnson said.

Police have been searching for answers to violent crime in the city for a long time.

Violence in Chicago has garnered national attention, following a year that ended with a record number of shootings and the most homicides in two decades, according to police.

There were 3,550 shooting incidents and 762 murders last year, a total that works out to an average of more than two murders and nearly 10 shootings every single day.

The trend has continued this year, with 51 murders and nearly 300 shooting victims in January, according to Chicago Police crime statistics.

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NYPD launches investigation after video purportedly shows officer using stun gun on teen who says she is pregnant

moodboard/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The NYPD said it has launched an internal investigation after a video appeared online purporting to show a police officer using a stun gun on a 17-year-old who says she is pregnant.

Police arrested Dailene Rosario in the Bronx on Friday and charged her resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct in the form of fighting and violent behavior, the NYPD told ABC News. Rosario has said she is 14 weeks pregnant.

Rosario told ABC’s New York station, WABC that her boyfriend and her sister’s boyfriend were arguing about a video game when a neighbor alerted police officers to the commotion, which she said was already over by the time the officers arrived. The police officers were already in the building responding to a separate 911 call, she said.

Rosario said that the situation escalated when she requested a warrant from the officers before she allowed them to enter her home.

“He said, ‘Oh, you’re refusing,'” she told WABC. “Next thing I know, he grabbed my arm and pulled me into the crowd of cops.”

Rosario’s right hand was already in handcuffs when the stun gun was deployed and hit her in the torso, she said.

The video, which was taken in the hallway of the Bronx building, begins as officers attempt to restrain Rosario. As she struggles, she is heard on the video repeatedly saying, “Get off of me!” as she is surrounded by officers.

Rosario then informs officers that they are hurting her, and someone says into the camera several times, “She’s pregnant.”

Three uniformed officers are seen attempting to restrain a screaming Rosario.

The man seen holding the stun gun after it was deployed is a plainclothes police officer, WABC reported.

Dailene Rosario, 17, alleged that a NYPD police officer used a Taser on her while she was 14 weeks pregnant.

“I was screaming I was pregnant the whole time,” Rosario told WABC.

The teen said that “there was more than enough officers” to handle her and that “there was no need for the Taser.”

In a criminal complaint obtained by WABC, police said Rosario shoved an officer in the doorway of her apartment before she “threw herself on the floor, flailed her arms and sat on her hands, refusing to be handcuffed.”

“I didn’t do anything wrong, ” Rosario said.

Rosario was arraigned Saturday and she pleaded not guilty to the charges, said Patrice O’Shaughnessy, director of public information for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. It was unclear if she had retained an attorney.

The NYPD would not comment further on the incident, since it is under an internal review. The video was posted to YouTube by Photography is Not a Crime, an account that describes itself as “one of the leading independent news journals covering civil rights in the United States.”

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Utah teen gives chocolates to all 537 girls in school on Valentine’s Day

Creatas Images/iStock/Thinkstock(WEST HAVEN, Utah) — A Utah teen devised a Valentine’s Day plan to gift every girl in his school a sweet reminder that they are “special and unique.”

Tryston Brown, 14, was first inspired a couple of weeks ago when thinking up what he could do to boost his female friend’s experiences on the special holiday, his mother, Anissa Brown, told ABC
News.

From there, his plan transformed into a grand plot to ensure every girl in his junior high school felt loved on Valentine’s Day.

“It became more and more about him not wanting to leave anyone out,” Brown said.

The two have had “numerous conversations” on what a difficult time junior high is for teen girls, especially with the unrealistic body expectations that can be promoted on social media, Brown said.
Tryston, who has had struggled with depression in the past, has recently been researching the mental health condition and noticed these issues, she added.

“He’s just very attuned to that emotion,” Brown said.

Wanting to help girls feel more appreciated on Valentine’s Day, Tryston went to the principal’s office to how many girls were enrolled at his school, Rocky Mountain Jr. High School in West Haven.

“He came home and said, ‘I want to buy 537 chocolates,'” Brown said.

Impressed with her son’s generosity, Brown reached out to a Hershey distribution factory in nearby Ogden and inquired about the best place to buy chocolates in bulk.

When she shared what Tryston wanted to do with all that chocolate, the woman who Brown spoke to mentioned that she had a daughter in 8th grade who struggles from depression herself and offered to
gift the chocolates to them for free.

On Monday, Brown and Tryston picked up the complementary chocolate and even received help from factory general manager Ed Ehrenberger to help load the several boxes of candy into the car, Brown
said.

That night, Tryston stayed up until 2 a.m. to prepare the treats, he said.

“He couldn’t sleep,” Brown said. “It was like Christmas morning for him.”

On Valentine’s morning, Tryston spent the first period of classes handing out the chocolates, with the help of school aides he said. Throughout the day, his grateful classmates thanked him. He told
them, “It makes me happy to see you guys smiling.”

Rocky Mountain Jr. High School Principal Nicole Meibos said she noticed a positive reaction from her female students after Tryston’s thoughtful gesture. She said she saw the faces of several girls
light up and even overheard girls in the hallway talking about how “sweet” it was and “how good that made them feel.”

“I can’t tell you how amazing it was for these young ladies,” Meibos said, adding that she was “that girl” in junior high who never received a flower. “They’re at such a vulnerable age right now.”

Meibos even received an email from a mother whose daughter had been dreading coming to school on Valentine’s Day for a week because she “didn’t want to feel bad” if she didn’t get anything.

“I’m in tears…” the mother wrote, according to Meibos. “He doesn’t realize the impact he’s made on my daughter.”

Tryston hopes his good deed starts a “chain reaction” to inspire others.

“It means the world to me to know I’m doing the right thing,” he said.

The teen has already started plotting his next Valentine’s Day surprise.

“Maybe flowers next year,” he said.

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Former Dairy Queen manager charged with manslaughter in bullied teen’s suicide

iStock/Thinkstock(GLASGOW, Mo.) — A former Dairy Queen manager accused of bullying a Missouri teen to the point that he took his own life has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter, following the suicide of her former employee just days before Christmas, according to court documents.

Kenny Suttner, 17, died on Dec. 21, 2016 after he committed suicide outside of his home in Glasgow, Missouri. Earlier this month Harley Branham, 21, Suttner’s former manager from his part-time job at a local Dairy Queen, was charged with the felony of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Suttner’s death, the documents say.

The move comes after the Howard County Coroner’s Office performed an inquest into what caused the death of Suttner. The verdict of the inquest, filed Jan. 31 and released by the Howard County Coroner’s Office, found that Suttner had been harassed, “both at Dairy Queen and at school.”

The coroner’s jury of six people said that they found Branham, “was the principal in the cause of death.”

Branham, who made her first court appearance Tuesday, denied the bullying allegations brought against her.

“There’s a lot of people at Dairy Queen saying I was the reason,” Branham testified during the inquest, “but I don’t understand why it would be that way.”

Branham’s attorney, Jeff Hilbrenner, told to local ABC News affiliate KMIZ-TV in Columbia, Missouri, “We look forward to the opportunity to present additional evidence and reviewing the evidence that the state intends to present in court.”

Branham did not enter a plea Tuesday and is out on $25,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for May 25, 2017. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.

Dairy Queen’s corporate headquarters said in a statement that their Fayette, Missouri location “is independently owned and operated by a franchisee. American Dairy Queen Corporation does not employ the employees at the location and did not hire, employ or supervise the manager. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Suttner family. We are still in the process of gathering information but understand from the franchisee that the manager is no longer employed at this location.”

Suttner was a junior at Glasgow High School at the time of his death, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. The Glasgow School District, found negligent by the inquest’s six-person jury, said in response to the inquest that they were not permitted to fairly defend themselves at the hearing.

April Wilson, the special prosecutor who filed the charges against Branham, said that the inquest that generated the charges had about 20 witnesses, and that “each witness was able to testify to different and specific instances to which they had knowledge of Kenny being bullied,” in an interview with Good Morning America that aired Wednesday.

Wilson said that during Suttner’s time at Dairy Queen, “there is one specific time that Kenny is standing next to the fryers that have hot grease in them and a cheeseburger is thrown at him and there were some disparaging remarks made to him about do it right or get out, and of course it was much more harsh than that.”

She added that some witnesses testified that Suttner was also forced to lie on his stomach on the floor in order to clean “under machines that could be moved, but he was forced to do it on his stomach.”

Wilson added that despite the unusual charges, she is treating this case as she would any other. “In this case, I come into the picture really little too late. The one person I want to talk to in this case is Kenny Suttner, and I can’t talk to him,” Wilson said.

Mike and Angela Suttner, the parents of Kenny, said that they hoped this case would help enact change to prevent other cases of bullying.

“It is long overdue that the issue of bullying be brought to light so that we can all work together to make change,” Mike and Angela Suttner said in a statement.

Mike and Angela Suttner also expressed their appreciation to their community for the support during the difficult time for the family.

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Rumor the German Shepherd wins best in show at Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rumor has it — literally.

The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s Best in Show went to a female German Shepherd from the Herding Group named “Rumor.”

“It’s unbelievable,” Rumor’s owner, Kent Boyles, said Tuesday night just moments after the win was announced at Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan Tuesday night.

Rumor has it! #WKCDogShow pic.twitter.com/ijPtrrFwkV

— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 15, 2017

When asked what Rumor’s plans are, Boyles said, “She’s going to be relaxing for a while, and finding an appropriate husband. There will be puppies in the future.”

Rumor is a natural! #WKCDogShow pic.twitter.com/cGsf6cHawh

— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 15, 2017

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Oklahoma bill that would force women seeking abortions to get permission from baby’s father advances

iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The Oklahoma state legislature has advanced a bill that would require pregnant women seeking abortions to get permission from the baby’s father.

The Public Health Committee of the lower house of the state legislature approved the bill by 5-2, advancing it to the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The legislation would require women to get written consent from the baby’s father and to identify the father in writing to her physician before having an abortion. The measure would not apply in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is in danger.

If the person identified as the father wants to contest paternity, he can demand a DNA test, according to the bill summary.

The bill’s author, state Rep. Justin Humphrey, described pregnant women as “hosts” for fetuses in an interview with The Intercept, according to an article published Monday.

Humphrey told The Intercept that he wanted the father to have a say. “I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” he said.

As to women who want an abortion, Humphrey said, “I’m like, hey, your body is your body, and be responsible with it. But after you’re irresponsible then don’t claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you’re the host and you invited that in.”

Humphrey, a Republican, was elected in 2016. ABC News could not immediately reach Humphrey for comment.

The bill has faced wide criticism, including the charge that it is unconstitutional under the 1992 Supreme Court ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which held that a Pennsylvania’s spousal-notification provision imposed an undue burden on women seeking abortions and was therefore invalid.

Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, called Humphrey’s comments describing women as hosts “repugnant,” adding that although they are “indicative” of the “political and media climate in which we live,” it is “shocking” someone would feel comfortable “saying it out loud.”

“This is an outrageous affront to women, women’s autonomy and women’s decisionmaking capacity,” McQuade said of the bill.

McQuade contends the proposed law is unconstitutional under the 1992 court ruling. And he pointed to another Supreme Court decision last year in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which McQuade said “basically said that the state does not have the right to put in place barriers solely for the purpose of restricting abortion access.”

“If it is medically unnecessary, or if the intent of the law is solely to block the access to abortion, it is unconstitutional,” McQuade said.

Abortion rights organization NARAL Pro-Choice America called the Oklahoma bill a “dangerous escalation of efforts by a radical fringe to impose their rigid ideology on the rest of us.”

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