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Congresswoman considering House Speaker bid once vouched for former Ohio judge accused of killing ex-wife

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge – who has said she’s considering a run for House Speaker – once defended the Cleveland judge accused of murdering his ex-wife. Former Judge Lance Mason, 51, was arrested Saturday in connection with the death of his former spouse, Aisha Fraser. After allegedly stabbing Fraser, Mason fled the scene and crashed his car into a police cruiser before being arrested, officials told Cleveland.com. In 2014, Mason pleaded guilty to charges of domestic violence and attempted felonious assault after he attacked Fraser. Police said he viciously chocked, punched, slammed and bit his wife – and in front of his two daughters. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, once vouched for the Ohio judge accused of murdering his former wife in a 2015 letter.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Fraser ...

House Democrats hope to change 181-year-old rule barring hats to include exemption for religious headwear

House Democrats, including Rep-elect Ilhan Omar, are hoping to amend the 181-year-old rule against wearing hats on the House floor to allow for religious headwear, including headscarves. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Since 1837, Congress hasn’t allowed hats on the House floor. But a group of Democrats are hoping to change that rule to ensure religious headwear is exempted. House Democrats unveiled a draft rules package Thursday detailing how they would govern the chamber when they take over the majority in Congress next year. Among them is a proposed clarification of a 181-year-old rule against wearing hats on the House floor to allow for religious headwear, including headscarves. The change was reportedly spearheaded by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; incoming Rules Committee Chairman Jim...

Groom opens up about tragic bachelor party rafting accident that left 4 dead, including his brother

A bachelor party’s doomed whitewater-rafting excursion in Costa Rica left four people dead. (GoFundMe) A trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica for an unforgettable bachelor party turned deadly for one group of friends. Last month, Luis Beltran and 13 of his close friends and family traveled from Florida to Costa Rica for his bachelor party. On Oct. 20, the last day of their trip, the men went on a whitewater-rafting excursion on the Naranjo River. “These people were all chosen because they all played a part in my life specifically,” Beltran told “Good Morning America.” However, all three rafts the men occupied capsized. Beltran’s brother, Sergio Lorenzo, and his friends Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso and Andres Denis were killed in the incident. A Costa Rican guide was also killed. Sean Estev...

Stan Lee’s company slams Bill Maher’s ‘disgusting’ comments about late Marvel giant

Stan Lee’s company POW! Entertainment released a statement slamming comedian Bill Maher’s “disgusting” comments about the late comic book mastermind. Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” wrote about the recent death of Lee on his blog. Lee died earlier this month at age 95. He was the mastermind behind superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk. Maher wrote that Lee inspired millions to “watch a movie.” His comments were immediately criticized by Lee’s fans. “The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” he wrote. BILL MAHER TRASHED BY COMIC BOOK FANS FOR CRITICIZING THOSE MOURNING STAN LEE’S DEATH Maher continue...

Florida Panthers’ Vincent Trocheck leaves game on stretcher after gruesome leg injury

Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck (21) is taken off the ice on a stretcher while taking on the Ottawa Senators during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck had to be carried off the ice during Monday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators after suffering a gruesome leg injury. Trocheck went down with a right leg injury after he appeared to twist it awkwardly against the boards in the first period. His condition wasn’t immediately clear. “We don’t know the extent of the injury. We know it’s not going to be a short-term thing,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said after the game, according to ESPN. “He’s going to be reassessed, but he’s coming back wi...

Amy Winehouse’s pal releases previously unseen photos of late singer: ‘They’ve been in my closet for almost a decade’

Photographer Blake Wood has released a new book dedicated to his friend, late singer Amy Winehouse. (Blake Wood) The world knew of Amy Winehouse’s tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, the Sid to her Nancy — but the British soul singer had a little-known relationship with another Blake. Blake Wood was a 22-year-old photographer from Vermont when he moved to London in 2008 and met the Grammy winner through mutual friend Kelly Osbourne. The two became inseparable until Winehouse’s death at age 27 in 2011 from alcohol poisoning. Earlier this year, Wood published a book simply titled “Amy Winehouse,” a collection of previously unseen personal photos taken during their time together in London, Paris and Saint Lucia. The rare images aim to capture a lighter side of Winehouse, who is often ...

Disney’s new ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ roller coaster will be a ‘storytelling’ ride, break records for size

The forthcoming Marvel adventure at Walt Disney World will be a “storytelling coaster,” meaning it’s more immersive than the average thrill ride. (Disney) Disney World is turning your idea of a roller coaster on its side — somewhat literally. Details revealed at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 confirm Disney’s new “Guardians of the Galaxy” coaster won’t just set Walt Disney World records for its size, but break innovative boundaries for all rides. Touted as a one-of-a-kind experience, the forthcoming Marvel adventure at Walt Disney World will be a “storytelling coaster.” That means it isn’t a thrill ride like Space Mountain or a dark ride like Frozen Ever After, but a hybrid of both. Each four-seat ride vehicle will be programmed to orientate riders towards differ...

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Base jumper falls 300 feet to his death after parachute fails to open

Pictured is the Praia do Norte in Nazare in Portugal where a German man died Monday base jumping after his parachute did not open. (Threeohsix, Wikimedia Commons) A thrill-seeker died on Monday after his parachute failed to open in time and he crashed to the ground. The base jumper’s friend landed safely moments after his pal – identified locally as a 50-year-old German – died instantly after hitting rocks at the back of the sandy beach. Distressing footage taken by an onlooker showed the horrific sequence of events leading up to Monday’s tragedy in the Portuguese fishing town of Nazare, famous as a surfing destination where world records have been broken. A man thought to be the third base jumper filmed standing by the pair that leapt off the edge of the cliff, could be ...

Girl, 6, allegedly choked 1-year-old brother after dad left them in car, dad charged: report

Adrian Middleton was charged Monday with child abandonment.  (Baytown Police Department) A Texas father was charged on Monday with child abandonment six months after police say his 6-year-old daughter strangled her 1-year-old brother to death in the back seat of the car while he was thrift shopping, The Houston Chronicle reported. Adrian Deshaun Middleton, 26, allegedly told authorities he left his two children in the car while he browsed a thrift shop near Houston. ARIZONA MAN GETS 35 YEARS IN PRISON IN CHILD ABUSE CASE THAT ‘SHOCKED THE SOUL’: REPORT When Middleton returned, his daughter was crying and said she’d done “something bad,” according to court documents. Middleton found his son unresponsive with a seat belt wrapped around his neck. Middleton called...

Colorblind California deputy sees ‘different world’ after receiving special glasses from fellow officer

A colorblind California sheriff’s deputy saw an “absolutely unbelievable” world when he was gifted a pair of glasses that allow him to see color. Jeff Dishmon, a correctional deputy with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, was ecstatic when he received the glasses, made by the company Enchroma, from Samantha Freese, a fellow correctional deputy. Freese, along with other deputies, pitched in to help pay for the glasses. “What do you see?” Freese asked in a video published to the sheriff’s office Facebook page on Wednesday, after she helped him put the special glasses on over his other glasses. “A different world,” Dishmon replied, crying as he saw a set of rainbow balloons. Dishmon, according to the Facebook post, has been colorblind h...

Chickenpox outbreak at North Carolina school with high anti-vaccination rate leaves dozens sick

At least 36 students at a North Carolina school with a heavy anti-vaccine population have been sickened after an outbreak of the chickenpox virus, health officials said.<br data-cke-eol=”1″> (iStock) At least 36 students at a North Carolina school with a heavy anti-vaccine population have been sickened following an outbreak of the chickenpox virus, health officials said. The outbreak, formerly known as varicella, hit Asheville Waldorf School in Ashville, according to a news release from Buncombe County Health & Human Services. NEWLYWED STRUCK BY POLIO-LIKE ILLNESS AFTER COMING DOWN WITH COLD ON HONEYMOON Health officials warned that the best way to prevent becoming infected with the virus is to be “fully immunized.” “We want to be clear: vaccination is the...

Multiple students sickened during Thanksgiving prayer in school gym, Florida fire officials say

A total of 27 people – 26 students and one adult – reportedly fell ill on Monday during a Thanksgiving prayer hosted in a Fort Lauderdale high school gym. It was not immediately clear what caused them to fall ill inside Cardinal Gibbons High School, but those most seriously sickened experienced seizures and passed out, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. COLORADO WOMAN CLAIMS HOSPITAL REMOVED HEALTHY KIDNEYS The affected victims reportedly fell ill after the prayer ended and students were dismissed to their classrooms. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told the news outlet that some students had seizures, while others had nosebleeds, shortness of breath and others passed out. Victims were transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Holy Cross Hospital. Ac...