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    The endorsement of Donald Trump by the Fraternal Order of Police appears to have driven a wedge between many black cops and their white brothers in blue.

    And nowhere is the split more visible than in Philadelphia, where the local FOP chapter has fallen in line and also endorsed the Republican presidential candidate — over the objections of a group that represents some 2,500 African-American officers in the city and which has branded Trump an "outrageous bigot."

    "Our Local FOP is saying that our people have to follow the national lead," Rochelle Bilal, head of the Philadelphia Guardian Civic League, told NBC News. "We are saying you don't have to vote for Donald Trump and the national FOP should have stayed out of this election."

    Bilal, a former Philadelphia cop who retired after 27 years on the force, said "those of us in law enforcement who are people of color are constantly trying to build bridges to the community, we're trying to build trust in law enforcement."

    But "the Trump campaign is racist, sexist, anti-gay. It's a divisive campaign that's now dividing law enforcement," she said.



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    Alleged bomber Ahmad Rahami was more seriously injured in the shootout with police than initially reported, law enforcement officials say. 

    Officials say Rahami, the 28-year-old naturalized citizen from Afghanistan, was shot at least 11 times in Monday's confrontation with Linden police that led to his capture. At least one bullet narrowly missed vital organs, officials said. 

    Rahami is sedated and intubated at a hospital in New Jersey, where he is being held on state charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. He also faces federal terror-related charges, but will not be arraigned on those until he is transported to New York. Despite new reports of more serious injuries, officials say Rahami is still expected to survive.

    On Wednesday, authorities released an image of Rahami's blood-stained journal, a bullet hole piercing the small booklet that was found in the alleged bomber's possession when he was captured after the shootout. The journal paints a chilling picture of a man rife with anti-U.S. sentiment who praised leaders of terror groups and wanted to make a martyr of himself.

    Authorities have said Rahami had a gun and extra ammunition on him when police encountered him sleeping in the doorway of a bar in Linden Monday. Federal officials said Thursday the weapon was bought in Virginia. They say Rahami has a younger brother in the Roanoke area and bought the gun during a visit. 

    The federal complaint filed against Rahami in lower Manhattan court this week charges him with the use of weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, among other crimes. He allegedly planted the pressure cooker device that blew up on 23rd Street in Chelsea Saturday, injuring 31 people, and another device that exploded in a trash bin along a Marine 5K race route in New Jersey hours earlier. Officials allege Rahami is behind the cluster of pipe bombs found near a commuter rail station in his hometown of Elizabeth, N.J., late Sunday, and an unexploded pressure cooker on 27th Street, blocks from the blast site that rocked the city on a warm summer night.

    Surveillance video captures Rahami at both Manhattan scenes, officials have said. One video exclusively obtained by NBC 4 New York shows him wheeling a piece of luggage to the 27th Street site, presumably with the bomb inside. The pressure cooker on 27th Street had 12 of Rahami's fingerprints on it, according to law enforcement officials, but other fingerprints were on the device as well. That's one reason the FBI and NYPD want to find the two men who walked away with the luggage the bomb had been in, leaving the device behind.

    Officials want to see if any of the additional fingerprints on the device belonged to either or both of the men; they also want to recover the luggage. Authorities released a photo of the men Wednesday. They said they are being considered witnesses in the case.



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    A child abuse allegation against Brad Pitt has triggered a "routine" investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County, a source close to the agency told NBC News Thursday.

    The investigation stems from a recent incident with a child on board a private plane flying from Europe to Los Angeles, the source said. The incident was anonymously reported to authorities several days later. Pitt has six children with actress Angelina Jolie, who filed for divorce from the actor on Monday.

    According to the DCFS source, Pitt is not allowed to have contact with the child, which is usual in such cases, while the investigation is ongoing.

    The Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI have not launched an investigation.

    Citing irreconcilable differences, Jolie filed for divorce "for the health of the family," her lawyer Robert Offer told The Associated Press. Jolie is asking for physical custody of their six children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8. The couple married on August 14, 2014 after a 12-year relationship.

    "Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest to protect her children," her manager Geyer Kosinski told E! News in a statement. "She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."

    In a statement released to People Magazine, Pitt said his focus is also on the "well-being of our kids," adding that he is saddened by divorce and asking "the press to give [the children] the space they deserve during this challenging time."

    Pitt was previously married to actress Jennifer Aniston in 2000, divorcing in 2005. This was the third marriage for Jolie, having previously been wed to Jonny Lee Miller in 1996 and Billy Bob Thornton in 2000.

    The divorce was first reported by TMZ.



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    In this file photo, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, were married in France on August 23, 2014, after nine years of dating. The two have been engaged since 2012 and have six children.In this file photo, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, were married in France on August 23, 2014, after nine years of dating. The two have been engaged since 2012 and have six children.

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    Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf stepped down from his position on the Federal Reserve Advisory Council Thursday, according to a statement from the San Francisco Federal Reserve.

    Wells Fargo told CNBC that Stumpf “made a personal decision to resign” as the council’s Twelfth District's representative.

    “His top priority is leading Wells Fargo,” the company said.

    Earlier this week, Stumpf appeared before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Wells Fargo's sales practices and the roughly 2 million accounts the bank opened without customer authorization. The CEO said on Tuesday he is "deeply sorry" for conduct that "failed to fulfill our responsibilities to our customers, our team members and the American public."



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    In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee.In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee.

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    Editor's note: Emanuel's speech will be livestreamed here at 6 p.m. CST.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to deliver what could be one of the most important speeches of his career Thursday as he lays out his comprehensive plan for fighting Chicago’s ever-prominent crime.

    After four people were killed and 12 others wounded Wednesday amid a spike in gun violence making national headlines, the mayor’s speech comes at a critical time in the city.

    The plan is expected to include the addition of 970 sworn police positions within two years and the hiring of 500 new officers, a plan that could cost the city up to $50 million.

    Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson says more officers are necessary at a time like this in Chicago.

    “There are more guns than ever before, the gangs have been split up and weakened, but in some ways that makes them less stable and predictable,” he said. “It seems like they’re younger and crazier than they’ve ever been.”

    Emanuel’s speech will also hinge on other ways of fighting crime, focusing on mentorship and job creation. He is expected to announce new plans for teen mentoring programs, after school programs and summer job programs.

    The mayor is also set to challenge fathers and other role models to play a bigger role in their children’s lives.

    “There’s a significance, our kids have the right kind of role models and values in their lives, so they can make decisions today that will impact their lives,” Emanuel has said.

    The speech will be delivered at Malcom X College and will include recent crime victim Rhymefest among the guest list.



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    After a man threw urine on a California McDonald's employee because he was angry about his order, police asked for the public's help to identify the man Thursday.

    Around midnight on July 26, two men and a woman ordered bundt cakes at a McDonald's drive-thru at the intersection of Mariposa and Bear Valley roads in Victorville, said Det. Mike Mason of the Victorville Police Department.

    A man sitting in the back seat of the car became angry and started arguing with the woman working at the window because she had their order wrong, and told the customers their total would cost a dollar more than the previous amount.

    Mason said they still purchased the cakes.

    About 10 minutes later, the man came back to the McDonald's, parked, and walked up the the drive-thru window and peeked in, Mason said.

    When the woman working walked back toward the window, the man started screaming at her and threw a large cup of liquid at her, police said. The liquid, later identified as urine, covered her head, face, body, and entered her mouth.

    He left in what police described as a small, compact, four door vehicle.

    Although they purchased the order with a credit card, it was a prepaid card, Mason said.

    Anyone who may have information about the incident, or recognizes the man was asked to call Det. Mason at 760-241-2911.



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    Police are asking for the public's help to identify this man who threw a cup of urine on a McDonald's employee on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, because he was angry about his order.Police are asking for the public's help to identify this man who threw a cup of urine on a McDonald's employee on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, because he was angry about his order.

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    Exclusive new surveillance video shows suspected bomber Ahmad Rahami dumping luggage allegedly containing a pressure-cooker bomb on a Manhattan street Saturday night, and the heartstopping moments in which multiple passersby fiddle with and even kick the explosive device over the next hour. 

    NBC 4 New York obtained the video Thursday, a day after getting exclusive surveillance video of the suspect wheeling the alleged bomb luggage down the street.

    The beginning of the video shows Rahami walking into the frame with a piece of roller luggage in tow. He props the bag up, turns around and walks away, leaving the bag behind -- directly across a hotel with dozens of windows and people dining out on West 27th Street in Chelsea. 

    Moments later, two men spot the bag and open it, inspecting what's inside. They remove a white trash bag, allegedly with the pressure cooker bomb inside. They take the device out of the bag, set it on the sidewalk and then examine the top and bottom. The men leave the device behind and walk away with the bag toward Sixth Avenue. 

    Police have stressed the men are witnesses and not connected to Rahami. Law enforcement sources said they do not believe the men knew they were handling a potential explosive. 

    Time goes by and so do dozens of people, video shows. Three men walk up to the bomb, not knowing what's there, and one of them actually kicks it. 

    The minutes tick, more people go by. One man on a bicycle kicks the pressure cooker, too. 

    Finally, a woman notices the object, turns around and goes back for a closer look and calls police. 

    Two responding state troopers step up to the device, snap a photo and call for backup, video shows. Moments later, the NYPD bomb squad and their robot arrive and remove the device. 

    The woman who called police, Jane Schreibman, spoke to NBC 4 New York Sunday.

    "I looked at it and said, 'That looks like a child's science equipment, they must have thrown it out in the garbage,'" she said. "I realize there was no garbage because it's not garbage day."



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    Bomb suspect Ahmad Rahami wheels leaves a bag on a New York City street Saturday night, exclusively obtained video shows.Bomb suspect Ahmad Rahami wheels leaves a bag on a New York City street Saturday night, exclusively obtained video shows.

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    Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson scuffled with a protester armed with a pie Wednesday night, according to a spokeswoman for the mayor's office.

    "He was defending himself," said spokeswoman Crystal Strait, who was attending the same dinner event where the attack occurred. "The man came up to him and grabbed his arm and basically punched him with a pie. The mayor was defending himself and his family. He felt threatened."

    After the protester, identified as 32-year-old Sean Thompson, threw a store-bought pie in the mayor's face, he said something to Johnson, which prompted the mayor to tackle Thompson and strike him, Strait said.

    The incident prompted calls for ambulances and the fire department to the scene.

    Erika Bjork, a witness, said the former NBA star was standing near her at Wednesday night's outdoor event at Sacramento Charter High School when he was hit.

    Bjork said the mayor looked shocked and swung at the man multiple times, but she didn't see him land any punches. She said Johnson then wrestled the man to the ground, and mayoral staff and a police officer pinned him down.

    A Sacramento police officer assigned to the mayor’s security detail called for additional assistance and was able to restrain the assailant without incident, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

    Thompson sustained a minor injury and was transported by the Sacramento Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

    Johnson sent a tweet at 10:12 p.m. saying, "Appreciate everyone. I'm doing fine. Thank you to Sac PD for being there. Be safe everyone."

    Thompson was arrested on a felony charge of assaulting a public official and will be booked into the Sacramento County Jail.

    He was not immediately available for comment and it was not clear if he had a lawyer.

    There were nearly 200 people, including high school students, attending the  event.



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    Sean ThompsonSean Thompson

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    The world was horrified by images of a wounded Syrian child sitting dazed and bloodied in an ambulance after an airstrike in Aleppo last month, and now a 6-year-old from New York is offering the boy a home. 

    The White House posted a copy Wednesday night of the handwritten letter from "Alex" to President Barack Obama. Alex asks the president to bring the boy, identified as Omran Daqneesh, "who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria" to his home in Scarsdale.

    "Can you please go get him and bring him," he wrote. "We'll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother."

    The administration also released a video of Alex reading his letter, along with footage of Obama sharing it at a United Nations refugee summit in New York City this week. Obama told world leaders that the letter was from a child "who hasn't learned to be cynical, or suspicious, or fearful of other people because of where they’re from, or how they look, or how they pray, and who just understands the notion of treating somebody that is like him with compassion, with kindness."

    "We can all learn from Alex," the president noted.

    As of Thursday morning, the video had been viewed more than 4 million times and shared more than 82,000 times on Facebook. 

    The Syrian boy's three siblings and parents were also rescued from the rubble after their building in Aleppo was bombed. His 10-year-old brother died as a result of injuries. One of the cameramen who filmed him said he had never seen such a look of shock on a child's face. 

    The image of the stunned and weary looking boy, sitting in an orange chair inside an ambulance covered in dust and with blood on his face, encapsulated the horrors inflicted on the war-ravaged northern city and was widely shared on social media.



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    Alex, a six-year-old boy from Scarsdale, N.Y., is seen reading a letter he wrote to President Obama about a Syrian refugee.Alex, a six-year-old boy from Scarsdale, N.Y., is seen reading a letter he wrote to President Obama about a Syrian refugee.

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  • 09/22/16--05:55: Video Shows Apparent OD

  • Shocking video emerged Wednesday of a mother passed out from an apparent overdose as her young daughter watched in horror.

    Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts, released the video, which shows the mother on the floor of a Family Dollar as her daughter desperately tries to wake her up.

    "It's heartbreaking. This is definitely evidence that shows what addiction can do to someone and what happens when they use these types of narcotics," Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said. 

    Officers found residue and paraphernalia consistent with either fentanyl or heroin in the mother's bag, according to Fitzpatrick. She was revived with Narcan and then transported to Lawrence General Hospital. Police said she will be charged with child endangerment.

    "You see someone in the throes of addiction like that, what they're willing to sacrifice," Fitzpatrick said. "I don't know if they have that thought process about what they're sacrificing to feed their addiction."

    Overdose cases involving children only account for about 10 percent of the overdoses police respond to in Lawrence. However, it's become part of a much bigger problem.

    "I think it's indicative of so many things going on in our society now," said Deanna Cruz, who helps run an opioid prevention program for Merrimack Valley.

    Cruz did not watch the video out of respect for the family involved. She also questioned why someone would film the incident, rather than step in to assist.

    "Why not help a crying child whose mother is laying there? I like to see her as a person who happens to have an addiction issue," she explained.

    Through her work, she hopes to create better collaboration between police, health officials and the public when it comes to addressing addiction.

    "We know in order to get addiction under control people need resources. People need long term sustained resources to get their addiction under control," Cruz said. "And that's what we don't have."

    Following Sunday's incident, the 2-year-old was taken into "emergency custody" by the Department of Children and Families.

    Although necn reached out to the mother involved, she had no comment on the incident.

    "We are all impacted by this epidemic. If not personally, you or a loved one," Cruz said. "If you are out in society today, you are potentially going to be exposed to an overdose."



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  • 09/23/16--03:48: Oldest Park Ranger Turns 95

  • If given the chance, not many people might choose to work on their 95th birthday — but National Park Service Ranger Betty Soskin sees her work as an opportunity to share her wisdom.

    Soskin, the oldest park ranger for the country, is in Washington, D.C., to help celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    "I know how my generation met the threat of its day," Soskin told a group of local students on Thursday.

    Soskin met with the local students to share her experience growing up during World War II and what is was like for women and minorities like herself during the civil rights era.

    "We have no nostalgia for that period. That is a painful period of rejection," Soskin told News4.

    Sharing her story is Soskin's full-time job back in her home state of California, where she works at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond.

    She didn't become a park ranger until she was 85 years old.

    Soskin said touring the new African American museum brought memories of the days during her childhood when she traveled with relatives from California to Louisiana.

    "When we got to El Paso, Texas, we would have to go into the Jim Crow car," Soskin said.

    Recently, she made national headlines after someone broke into her home and brutally attacked her, stealing the presidential coin she received after lighting the national Christmas tree last December. In July, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell gave Soskin a replacement coin during a surprise ceremony.

    Jewell asked Soskin to go with her to the grand opening of the African American museum on Saturday.

    As Soskin says in her blog, "this 'lil ole lady ranger will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Laura Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Willie Brown, General Colin Powell, etc., and we may all be wondering just how on earth she ever got on the A-List!"


    Bett Soskin, the oldest ranger for the National Park Service, is visiting D.C. for the grand opening of the new African American museum.Bett Soskin, the oldest ranger for the National Park Service, is visiting D.C. for the grand opening of the new African American museum.

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    A Trump campaign chair in Ohio resigned Thursday after she made several racially insensitive comments in an on-camera interview, including a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement as “a stupid waste of time,” NBC News reports. 

    Kathy Miller, a volunteer chair, made a variety of comments to The Guardian newspaper, which published the interview Thursday. Miller told the publication, “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected.”

    The video was posted Thursday morning, after the second night of protests in Charlotte, N.C., that were organized in response to the fatal shooting of a black man by Charlotte police.

    The Trump campaign in Ohio released a statement Thursday confirming that they’d accepted Miller’s resignation and calling her comments “inappropriate.”



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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    When Dawn Jones realized she'd just hit the lottery, it was definitely a moment. She picked up the phone and called a fellow nurse.

    "My heart feels like it's coming out of my chest, I may be having a heart attack," she told him.

    "Just breathe," he chuckled.

    The Trenton nurse and mother is probably breathing a lot easier after claiming her cash.

    Jones won New Jersey's CASH4LIFE lottery, which pays $1,000 a day for the rest of your life. She opted to take the money up front, which amounts to $7 million before taxes.

    Every Monday, Jones buys lottery tickets for five different games. She plays the very same numbers for each game because they're personally significant.

    That's how Jones knew without even checking that she had the winning ticket for the Aug. 8 drawing. But just to be sure she grabbed the ticket and asked her daughter to come over and read the numbers out loud.

    "Then came the silent scream," said Jones, who plans to pay off her student loans, help put her daughters through college and then get started on her bucket list.

    Oh, and work? Jones is still providing long-term acute care at two different facilities in New Jersey. She didn't even take the next day off to savor her new multi-millionaire status.

    "I thought about calling out rich," Jones said, "But I know that a lot of people depend on me, so I went to work."



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    Sept. 22, 2016: Dawn Jones (center) buys lottery tickets every Monday. Last month the Trenton nurse hit the jackpot with CASH4LIFE, winning $1,000 a day for the rest of her life.Sept. 22, 2016: Dawn Jones (center) buys lottery tickets every Monday. Last month the Trenton nurse hit the jackpot with CASH4LIFE, winning $1,000 a day for the rest of her life.

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    The Marriott International brand has become the largest hotel chain in the world, after its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide closed on Friday morning.

    The new deal means changes for how 78 million loyal customers of both Marriott and Starwood will manage their reward programs.

    Beginning Friday, members of Marriott and Starwood loyalty programs will be able to link their accounts together, The Associated Press reported. Platinum and gold statuses will be interchangeable between the two companies. Marriot silver members will be the equivalent of Starwood's lowest category, Preferred Plus.

    In addition, the merger comes with a 3-to-1 exchange rate that has been deemed equal; every Starwood point is worth three Marriott Rewards points.

    Points can be used by members for free nights, sporting or entertainment events, shopping on the company’s online mall, among other exclusive experiences. By linking the rewards programs together, members now have a wider variety of locations they can stay in.

    While the accounts can be linked, the loyalty programs will remain separate for the time being, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson confirmed to the AP. Marriott has partnerships with Chase and United Airlines, while Starwood has partnerships with American Express, Delta Air Lines and Uber. Marriott plans to keep operating both programs for the next two years until eventually phasing out the Starwood Preferred Guest program.

    “Nothing changes immediately,” Sorenson said. “We have to see how those partnerships evolve.”

    The new company will encompass 30 hotel brands with more than 5,700 properties across more than 110 countries, the AP reported. 



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    The Marriott sign glows outside the hotel Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, in Salt Lake City, file photo. The Marriott and Starwood merger closed Friday morning.The Marriott sign glows outside the hotel Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, in Salt Lake City, file photo. The Marriott and Starwood merger closed Friday morning.

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    World leaders are making remarks at the opening session of the UN General Assembly.

    Check here for a live stream.



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    A South Florida woman was charged with extortion after she had sex with a man suffering from Stage 4 cancer that she met on Craigslist, and then claimed to be underage, threatening to turn him in to police if he didn’t give her thousands of dollars, police said.

    The 67-year-old victim told detectives he met Vanessa Lateisha Hall, 28, on the online classifieds website after posting an ad seeking someone "to keep him company."

    Hall agreed to meet the victim and told him she did not want money, “just fun for the both of us,” according to a Delray Beach Police arrest report.

    On August 10, Hall went to the victim's home and they had sex, the report said. Hall then told him she was only 17 years old and threatened to report him to the police and tell her father unless he took her shopping and gave her money.

    The victim took Hall to the mall and spent more than $7,300 on purchases, the report said. Hall called the man several days later and demanded another $3,500 for a down payment on a car. She alleged to have taken photos of the victim while they were having sex and said she would go to the police if he didn't give her the money.

    When the man refused she told him he would need to come up with $8,000, if not more, to pay for a lawyer "because she was turning him in," the report said. He stopped replying to her messages and went to police. According to the report, the victim told police the stress from Halls threats were going to give him a heart attack.

    Detectives were able to track down Hall from the phone number she used to contact the man and a receipt from a Sprint store where the victim made a purchase during her shopping spree, police said. They then discovered she was actually 28 years old, the report said.

    Hall was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Palm Beach County jail where she remained on $10,000 bond Thursday, records showed. It was unknown if she's hired an attorney.



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    Vanessa Lateisha Hall, 28.Vanessa Lateisha Hall, 28.

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    Thursday's news that Yahoo suffered a hack of 500 million of its user accounts may have many people taking a new look at how to keep their own email accounts and personal information secure. One easy way to protect yourself from hackers is by regularly updating your software. "Hackers are always finding new vulnerabilities to exploit," said Consumer Reports Editor Jerry Beilinson.

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    Delivering his law-and-order message at a rally in Chester Township, Pennsylvania, saying that "The main victims of these violent demonstrations are law abiding African-Americans who live in these communities and only want to raise their children in safety and peace and with a good education." He also criticized Hillary Clinton, saying that "The job of a leader is to stand in someone else's shoes and see things from their perspective. You have to be able to do that."

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    A New York Islamic group is suing the City of Yonkers for landmarking a house in, what they claim, is an alleged attempt to stop it from being converted to a mosque, NBC News reported.

    The Islamic Community Center for Mid Westchester accuses the city of religious discrimination and constitutional violations for landmarking a 108-year-old mansion in June, after the group purchased it last year. 

    "The landmark designation denies [the center] the right to have a house of worship bearing all relevant Islamic characteristics,” the lawsuit reads.

    The Islamic group wants the court to block the City of Yonkers from enforcing the landmark designation, and to award attorneys' fees as well as compensatory damages no less than $25 million.



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    A Muslim group is suing the city of Yonkers over a house that received landmark designation that it had purchased to turn into a mosque.A Muslim group is suing the city of Yonkers over a house that received landmark designation that it had purchased to turn into a mosque.

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    A North Carolina congressman has apologized for saying the violent demonstrations that have rattled Charlotte stems from protestors who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” NBC News reported.

    During an interview with the BBC broadcast in the United Kingdom late Thursday, Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican, said: “The grievance in their mind, the animus, the anger — they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.” [[394558011, C]]

    In a series of tweets two hours after giving the interview, Pittenger apologized "to those I offended" and said the anguish he feels over what is taking place in his hometown "led me to respond to a reporter's question in a way that I regret."

    He claimed he was "quoting statements made by angry protesters last night on national TV" and that his "intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African-Americans because of failed policies." [[394560591, C]]



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    In this file photo, U.S. Representatives Robert Pittenger talks to reporters at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.In this file photo, U.S. Representatives Robert Pittenger talks to reporters at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.

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