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Ohio teen calls 911: 'I just shot my dad'

A 14-year-old Ohio girl who called 911 to say she had shot her father was arrested and charged with aggravated murder, WLWT reported.

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“Can someone put me in handcuffs?” the girl sobs as she talks to a 911 dispatcher. “I just shot my dad.”

Hamilton police identified the victim as 71-year-old James Allen Ponder. The 71-year-old was shot in the face inside the family’s home early Thursday and later died at a hospital, WLWT reported.

Police called the shooting an "isolated domestic incident" but did not say what led to it, WLWT reported.

"It's a terrible feeling as a parent and a grandmother to know that someone has shot and killed one of their parents,” neighbor Rhonda Campos said.

The girl told authorities no one else was home when she shot her father. According to the police report, the murder was premeditated, WLWT reported.

“I just hope the girl's OK, I hope the family is OK and they come together as a family and that people will be there for them because nobody knows the situation,” Campos told WLWT.

The teen is being held at a juvenile detention center and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Pope: Atheists better than greedy Christians

Pope Francis called out Christians in a sermon Thursday, suggesting it would be better to be an atheist than to lead a double life, exploit people or manage a greedy business.

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"So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others," Francis said during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, CNN reported, quoting Vatican Radio. "How many times have we heard — all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere — 'But to be a Catholic like that, it's better to be an atheist.' It is that: scandal."

"But what is scandal? Scandal is saying one thing and doing another."

The Vatican later issued a note clarifying that the pontiff was simply saying that God's grace is free to all, even atheists, CNN reported.

Francis' sermon was an extension of Thursday’s Mass readings, which include a passage from the Gospel of Mark. In it, Jesus says it is better to be drowned than to cause others to sin.

Drawing on that passage, Francis gave a blunt example.

He said he imagined a wealthy Christian knocking at the gates of heaven and saying, "Here I am, Lord! ... I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this ... Don't you remember all the offerings I made?"

To which Jesus may reply, according to Francis:

"Yes, I remember. The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don't know you.' That will be Jesus' response to these scandalous people who live a double life."

It is not the first time Francis has referenced atheists. In 2013, he said that heaven is open, potentially, to all people.

"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone,” he said. "'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!"

Amber Alert issued for missing Connecticut girl

Connecticut State Police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing 6-year-old girl.

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Few details were released from Connecticut State Police, but they said Aylin Sofia Hernandez was reported missing from her Bridgeport home early Friday morning.

She is described as a white/Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She is 4 feet tall and weighs 55 pounds.

State and local police said they were looking for a grey Hyundai Elantra with an unknown New York registration being driven by Oscar Hernandez.

Police did not have a description of her clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Bridgeport Police Department at 203-576-7671.

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What time does President Trump speak at CPAC? What channel?

President Donald Trump will address an audience at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Friday.

Trump is scheduled to begin speaking around 10:10 a.m. ET at the gathering of conservative activists being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington D.C.

Trump was to address the group during last year’s conference, but pulled out at the last minute, leaving other candidates for the GOP presidential nomination to criticize him. He did speak at CPAC before – at the conferences held in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The speech will be carried live on cable news channels, including CSPAN.  

Bees create buzz by learning to play golf

Bumblebees playing an improvised game of golf are creating quite a buzz among scientists.

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The bees have learned to push a ball into a hole to receive a reward, New Scientist reported.

Scientists know that bees can learn to pull a string to reach an artificial flower containing sugar solution. Bees sometimes have to pull parts of flowers to access nectar, so this isn’t a difficult concept to learn. So Olli Loukola at London’s Queen Mary University tried a more complex task.

Loukola wanted to see if bees could learn to move an object that was not attached to a reward, New Scientist reported. His team built a circular platform with a small hole in the center that was filled with a sugar solution. A researcher showed the bees how to “putt” a ball across the “green,” using a plastic bee on a stick that demonstrated how to move the round object.

The researchers trained three groups  bees differently, New Scientist reported. One group watched a previously trained bee solving the task; another was shown the ball moving into the hole, pulled by a hidden magnet; and a third group was given no demonstration, but was shown the ball already in the hole containing the reward.

The researchers then let the bees do the task on their own. The bees that watched others move the ball were the most successful and took less time to solve the task. Bees that saw the magnetic demonstration also were more successful than those that did not view it.

When the bees were trained with three balls placed at different distances from the hole, most of the successful bees moved the one closest to the hole. This showed that they were able to make generalizations to solve the task more easily, rather than copying exactly what they had seen, New Scientist reported. They also succeeded when faced with a black ball after being trained with a yellow one, showing they weren’t just attracted to the specific color.

“They don’t just blindly copy the demonstrator; they can improve on what they learned,” Loukola said. He thinks this cognitive flexibility could help the bees forage successfully in changing natural environments. “This ability to copy others and improve upon what they observe, I think that’s really important.”

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7 things to know now: Trump at CPAC; FBI on Russia; Alan Colmes dies; Oscars

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Asking the FBI for help: White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign staffers had contact with Russian intelligence agencies during the presidential election. According to The Associated Press, Priebus' request came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times story describing those contacts was not accurate. So far, the FBI has not said anything publicly about the report.

2. No mass deportations: John Kelly, secretary of Homeland Security, said Thursday that the United States has not planned any mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, and would not enlist the military to enforce immigration laws. According to the AP, Kelly said any deportations would comply with existing U.S. law and human rights requirements.

3. Trump to speak at CPAC: President Trump will be speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday morning. He is expected to express his appreciation for the support he received from conservatives during the election, according to top aide Steve Bannon who spoke Thursday at the conference being held near Washington D.C.

4. Another vacancy on the court: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he thinks, “the odds are very good" that a seat on the Supreme Court will become vacant this year. Cruz, in an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, said he has no “inside information” about one of the eight current justices deciding to leave, but "that most of my professional career has been as a Supreme Court litigator and I know the Court well." Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last year at the age of 79. His confirmation hearings are set to begin next month.

5. Colmes dies: Fox News commentator Alan Colmes died Thursday after a brief illness. Colmes, a liberal, was paired with Sean Hannity, a staunch conservative, for a nightly show that ran from 1996 to 2009. In a statement Thursday, Hannity called Alan Colmes "one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people you'd ever want to meet."

And one more

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the Oscar Awards on Sunday as Hollywood honors its own. “La La Land” is expected to be a big winner going into the show with 14 nominations. The ceremony starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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Bond set for protester who made grab for Confederate flag

Bond was set Thursday for a protester who jumped a barricade and attempted to snatch a Confederate flag away from a member of the South Carolina Secessionist Party, WSCS reported.

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Muhiyidin Moye, the leader of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Charleston, is charged with disorderly conduct stemming from Wednesday’s incident. A judge set a personal recognizance bond of $2,382 for Moye, 31, WCSC reported.

Moye’s leap was caught on live television as he ran across the street, jumped police tape and tried to take away a Confederate flag from another man. Members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party were among several groups gathered outside Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston to protest an event featuring African-American activist and filmmaker Brittany “Bree” Newsome. 

 “It’s a soldier’s flag and South Carolina lost a quarter of our male population, that’s what that flag represents to us. Black, white, Hispanic, all colors served under that flag so to make it a racial thing is ingenuous," said James Bessinger, who was holding the Confederate flag.

Newsome climbed a 30-foot flagpole and temporarily removed the South Carolina State House's Confederate flag in 2015. She was one of two people arrested after the June 27, 2015, flagpole incident and charged with defacing state property. Newsome said the charges have since been dropped and the case was dismissed. 

Her visit to speak at the College of Charleston is what prompted the Secessionist Party to show resistance. In a discussion called "Tearing Hatred from the Sky," Newsome spoke about her State House Confederate flag protest and other demonstrations she's participated in.

“To bring a woman in like this for a platform like this, it legitimizes that type of behavior. It really validates vandalism and criminal violence," Bessinger said.

"Bree’s intention was to create a new image, a new symbol and a new consciousness of the power inherent in direct action," an event description on the College of Charleston website read.

Last week, a woman posted on Facebook that the college’s decision to host Newsome was “a sure-fire mistake.”

“As long as a person of her nature is put on a pedestal all of this unnecessary bickering, violence, protesting, and vandalism will never stop,” Crystal Branham posted on Feb. 16.

Protester jumps barricade and attempts to get Confederate flag from man #chsnews pic.twitter.com/hTBql8qS9Z — Ray Rivera (@RayRiveraLive5) February 22, 2017

Florida woman charged with shooting up heroin in 7-Eleven bathroom

A Florida woman was arrested Wednesday after reportedly shooting up heroin in a 7-Eleven bathroom, Port St. Lucie police said.

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Amanda Bello, 37, was arrested and faces heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia charges, police said.

Late Wednesday an officer was at the 7-Eleven and heard groaning from the women’s bathroom. Someone was banging on the walls, the officer said.

The officer knocked on the door and asked the person to come outside. Bello came out of the bathroom, was incoherent and “moving erratically,” according to police records.

Bello left an empty syringe behind the toilet, police said. Another woman, Alexandra Graham, 26, led officers to the car Bello had driven them in. The report identifies Graham as Bello’s partner.

Police found two bags of heroin, cocaine, glass pipes, a spoon with dried heroin, needles and other paraphernalia in the car, records state.

Graham also faces charges of heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia charges. 

S.C. chef creates sushi doughnuts

You’ve heard of jelly roll doughnuts. A South Carolina chef has introduced sushi doughnuts to the Southeast.

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Will Bates, a sushi chef at Oktopi in Pawleys Island, told USA Today he was inspired to create a sushi-shaped doughnut after watching an online video that showed a similar creation. He said he created two patties made out of rice and spread avocado puree and spicy crab in the center. Bates then molded the patties into the shape of a doughnut, cut a hole in the center and layered fish on top of it.

"The variety is endless, you can put whatever you want on it," Bates told USA Today. "It's just like a roll in the shape of a circle, but you'll need a knife and fork or chopsticks to eat it."

A doughnut shape is not Bates’ first venture into imaginative sushi. He also has created sushi burritos and sushi corndogs. Other sushi lovers have created similar sushi doughnut concoctions, even sharing their methods on video.

"People jump on it because it's colorful, fun and different," Bates said.

can we talk about sushi donuts for a sec pic.twitter.com/cRRBuITbeS — sriracha papí (@1800SADDAD) February 22, 2017

Snowboarder safe after spending freezing night on mountain

A California snowboarder who spent the night on a mountain in freezing weather was rescued early Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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The 32-year-old man from Los Angeles apparently got lost Tuesday after skiing out of bounds at the Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort, the Bee reported. A helicopter crew from the California Highway Patrol’s Valley Division Air Operations department helped locate the man and hoist him to safety.

The man was taken to the CHP post in South Lake Tahoe and then to a hospital for treatment of cold-related injuries, according to a CHP news release.

The CHP cited the incident as a reminder for skiers and snowboarders to obey out-of-bound markers in ski areas.

“With the large amount of snow that has fallen this year, it is very easy to become trapped in deep snow and possible to freeze to death,” the Bee reported, citing the CHP news release.

 

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