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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...

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...

Police officer frees bear cub from garbage bin

TRUCKEE, Calif. – A bear cub has been reunited with its mother thanks to a police officer in Northern California who colleagues are calling a “bear whisperer.” Truckee Police Sgt. Mon Pere responded to a report of the momma bear trying to free her cub from a garbage container. Police video shows Pere calling out to momma bear that he was going to help baby bear. The officer climbed on another container and told the cub he was a friend as he lifted the lid. The cub scampered out and ran to its mother, who was watching up a hill. Police say the sergeant has had two bear rescues in recent weeks.

The Latest: California wildfire death toll rises to 77

Sisters Alli Benefield, left, and Kassy Parish embrace during a vigil for the lives and community lost to the Camp Fire on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at the First Christian Church of Chico in Chico, Calif. More than 50 people gathered at the memorial for the victims. People hugged and shed tears as Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for first responders. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Pool) CHICO, Calif. – The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. A Northern California sheriff says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has dropped to around 1,000. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says that’s about 300 less than what was posted at the start of Sunday. Authorities stressed that many of the people on the list may be safe and unaware they have...

Arizona bird rescue searching for owner of mysterious bedazzled pigeon

Fallen Feathers bird rescue is searching for the owner of a bedazzled pigeon in Arizona.<br data-cke-eol=”1″> (Courtesy of Fallen Feathers) An animal rescue in Arizona is searching for the owner of a bedazzled pigeon that was found last week. The bird — dubbed “rhinestone pigeon” — was found by a woman on the back porch of her home in Glendale, roughly 10 miles northwest of Phoenix, KTVK reported. ELEPHANT FOUND ROAMING IN NEW YORK TOWN The woman turned it over to the Fallen Feathers bird rescue in Peoria on Nov. 11, the nonprofit wrote on Facebook. The organization said the bird was “wearing the flight suit with rhinestones,” and added: “If you know the owner we have your friend here waiting.” The rescue’s owner, Judy Kieran, tol...

Rhodes scholar class features plenty of women, immigrants

This September 2018 photo provided by Louis-Henri Merino shows Alaleh Azhir in Los Angeles. Azhir, a 21-year old senior at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, is among the latest crop of American Rhodes scholars, which has more women than any other single class. The New York City resident who emigrated from Iran when she was 14 years old, hopes to eventually become a doctor and will be studying women’s and reproductive health at Oxford. (Louis-Henri Merino via AP) BOSTON – The latest crop of U.S. Rhodes scholars has more women than any other single class, and almost half of this year’s recipients of the prestigious scholarship to Oxford University in England are either immigrants or first-generation Americans, the Rhodes Trust announced Sunday. Among the 32 winners is Harvard...

Camp Fire death toll rises to 76, sheriff says

Five more sets of human remains were discovered in the Camp Fire area in Northern California, raising the death toll to 76, authorities said Saturday. Of the newly discovered remains, one body was found in Concow, while the other four were located in Paradise, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. Paradise, a town of about 27,000 residents, has been devastated as a result of the blaze that’s been ongoing since Nov. 8. A vigil for the victims from Paradise was being planned for Sunday afternoon at a church in Chico, about 14.5 miles west of Paradise. Sixty-three of the 76 known fatalities from the fire have been “tentatively identified,” Honea said. The tally of unaccounted-for individuals rose to 1,276, Honea said, while asking the public to check the list to see if their names are on it. ...

California woman loses home to wildfire after surviving Thousand Oaks bar massacre: report

A woman in California reportedly endured back-to-back traumatic ordeals last week – first, living through the deadly Thousand Oaks shooting and then having to abandon her home due to a wildfire. Deseriee Edman is attempting to remain optimistic considering all that’s happened but told KCBS-TV of Los Angeles on Thursday that she endured “two-near death experiences that you just don’t expect.” PRESIDENT TRUMP ARRIVES IN CALIFORNIA TO SURVEY WILDFIRE DAMAGE AFTER HAMMERING ‘POOR’ FOREST MANAGEMENT “I’m trying to stay strong as possible for my family and my friends,” she told the outlet. “And I’m trying to look at everything as positive as I can in these types of situations.” Deseriee reportedly managed to escape the Borderline Bar & Grill on Nov. 7 after a gunman opened fire and killed 12...

Florida woman cheers as police pull over drivers who speed past stopped school bus

A woman in Florida has gone viral after posting a video where she can be heard cheering and yelling as local sheriff’s deputies pulled over several drivers who sped past a stopped school bus this week. Monica Douglas, of Hudson, was concerned for the safety of school children, as many drivers have continued to barrel past a stopped school bus on busy U.S. Highway 19. Hoping to make a difference, Douglas began taking videos of the event and then sending them to officials with Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Fox 13 reported. Earlier this week, sheriff’s deputies took action — waiting for the speeding drivers at the next intersection. ARIZONA STATE LAWMAKER BRAGS ABOUT SPEEDING, CLAIMS IMMUNITY: VIDEO “Go get ‘em boys!” Douglas yells in the video. “Enjoy those tickets!” “Thank you so muc...

‘Extreme psychological abuse’ led father, 92, to fatally shoot son, 51, as he slept, defense argues

A 92-year-old former lawyer in Southern California is accused of killing his son with a shotgun while he slept, according to reports.<br> A 92-year-old former lawyer in Southern California is accused of killing his son with a shotgun while he slept, but a defense attorney said in court Friday that the incident was provoked by “extreme psychological abuse,” according to reports. Richard Landis Peck allegedly shot his son Robert Landis Peck, 51, at their San Diego home, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. San Diego police said Richard came out of his house around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, called for help and said he’d just shot his son, after which responding officers found the son dead, the paper reported. Richard pleaded not guilty to murder, Fox 5 San Diego reported. ...

Driver, 28, with history of DWI gets 20 years for crash that killed father of 7

Olivia Matte, 28, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for a fatal DWI crash that killed a Mississippi man.  A Louisiana woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison this week after pleading guilty in connection with a fatal drunken driving crash that killed a married Mississippi man who was the father of seven children. The crash was the third driving-while-intoxicated (DWI) incident for defendant Olivia Matte, 28, in nine months, reports said. James Blackmond, 37, died when Matte’s vehicle rear-ended his truck on Lousiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway on March 23, 2017, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. An aluminum guard rail smashed through the truck’s rear window and impailed Blackmond, the report said. His passenger, Kelly Johnson, was injured in the cras...