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Off-duty Uber driver kidnapped woman, touched her inappropriately, police say

An off-duty Uber driver is accused of kidnapping a passenger in Pennsylvania.

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The woman was standing at Seventh and Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday night, waiting for an Uber she had requested.

A car pulled up with an Uber sticker on it so she got in, but not with the driver she was expecting.

Police in West View say Soumana Dao picked her up even though he wasn't on-duty and wasn't her assigned Uber driver.

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Dao started driving north on Interstate 279 toward his home on Center Avenue in West View, according to police, not toward hers in the South Hills.

Police say he also started touching her inappropriately.

A neighbor heard the woman in distress and stepped in to help her, according to police.

A representative for Uber told WPXI that Dao is a driver but wasn't on a trip that night and has since been removed from the app.

The ride-sharing company also advises paying attention to who is picking you up and what car they'll be in.

'Free heroin' sign at Speedway gas station stirs controversy

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m. ET Tuesday: A customer rearranged the letters on the sign outside a Dayton, Ohio, Speedway gas station to say "Free heroin w/ Speedy Rewards,” a company spokeswoman said.

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“After approximately 15 minutes, we became aware of the message and removed it immediately,” Speedway communications manager Stefanie Griffith said.

Someone – possibly another customer – notified the clerk about the sign, she said.

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The sign originally read:

3¢ OFF PER GALLON W/ SPEEDY REWARDS 

$I OFF NEXT 2PK NEWPORT PURCH

Griffith said the incident was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras, but that it’s against company policy to release it. She did not rule out pursuing charges.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A sign reading “Free heroin w/ Speedy Rewards” at a Dayton Speedway store has prompted the company to investigate the incident.

“It was found on Saturday, Oct. 14, and was immediately removed,” said Speedway spokeswoman Stefanie Griffith. “We apologize to those who may have seen this sign and are currently investigating how this occurred.”

The photo was taken of the sign at the station on the corner of Smithville Road and Huffman Avenue.

Preliminary reports from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office indicated there have been 512 accidental overdose deaths so far in 2017. It’s not clear how many of those accidental overdose deaths are directly contributed to heroin.

Dayton and Montgomery County have been plagued by heroin-related deaths for several years.

Video showing high school cheerleaders yelling racial slur prompts investigation

Administrators in a Utah school district are investigating a disturbing video that appears to show a group of cheerleaders shouting a racial slurKSTU reports. The 10-second recording, which was posted to Instagram, features a group of teenage girls who individually and as a group repeatedly yell a profane phrase with the N-word while laughing.

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“We are shocked by the conduct of these students and the contents of the video,” read a statement from the Weber School District. “School officials have started an investigation and the matter is being taken very seriously. We are trying to determine when the video was made, where it was filmed, why the students would engage in such conduct, and how the clip ended up on social media.”

School officials first became aware of the footage on Monday after it began making rounds on social media. While they confirmed three of the girls in the video are cheerleaders, there is no indication the footage was filmed during extra-curricular activities. The IT department has been instructed to look into whether the clip was created with a video-editing app capable of generating the offensive phrase.

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“The video was then possibly uploaded into an app that plays it backwards, producing an entirely different-sounding phrase. In this case, a very derogatory, offensive racial slur,” the district explained, adding that the girls may have actually been saying the phrase “surgeon cuff” and playing it backwards.

Other students were quick to point out that, forwards or backwards, the intent was the same.

Weber School District spokesman Lane Findlay told the Desert News that the students could be expelled or kicked off the cheerleading squad, saying, “All of those things would be on the table. Obviously, they knew what they were doing. It’s just completely inappropriate.”

Embracing bodies found in national park believed to be missing hikers

Search and rescue efforts in California's Joshua Tree National Park led to the discovery of two bodies embracing one another. They are believed to be Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20.

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According to KESQ and KABC, the couple was last heard from in late July, and search teams later located their car near the beginning of one of the park’s trails. Their last known contact was a cellphone ping in the area, and their belongings were found still inside the Airbnb they were renting, as they never checked out.

>> On Rare.us: Watch the amazing moment hikers lost in the wilderness are found by a drone hovering high above the trees

Orbeso’s father, Gilbert, and a group of search and rescue workers launched a months-long search for the hikers, making a huge breakthrough on Sunday as they scaled 30-foot cliffs and covered new ground. Clothing, food wrappers and water bottles led them to the bodies, which were picked up by a helicopter and sent to a coroner’s office to confirm the identities. Orbeso’s father, however, is certain that the remains belong to his son and his son’s girlfriend.

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“A sense of relief that we have found them after going a long time on these hikes. I feel like we have closure. We know we found them. That was our main goal, to find them. And I’m glad we did that,” he said, according to KESQ.

"Hope they can rest in peace now," he added, KABC reported.

Official identification of the remains is pending and will follow completed autopsies.

Kevin James explains why his 'Kevin Can Wait' TV wife was killed off

"Kevin Can Wait" star Kevin James is finally talking about what led to the sudden death of Erinn Hayes’ character, Donna.

James told the New York Daily News that the decision did not have anything to do with Hayes, but because they were out of story ideas.

“I get that people are like, ‘Whoa, why would you do this?’ But it really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward,” he said.

>> Leah Remini’s arrival on 'Kevin Can Wait' leaves fans cold

According to James, the show was initially meant to portray him as a single father, but he and producers decided to write in a wife and three children. For the show to live beyond the first two seasons, things apparently needed to change.

>> On Rare.us: Leah Remini says the Church of Scientology wanted her to convert Kevin James

“The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive,” James said. “If we got through a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting through a third one. We were literally just running out of ideas.”

James’ former TV wife from “King of Queens,” Leah Remini, has since signed on as a series regular.

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After Remini’s character was announced, Hayes took to Twitter to let fans know that she was out.

“True, I’ve been let go from the show,” she wrote. “Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”

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911 call: Mom accused in sons' oven deaths says, 'I don't want to get locked up'

In newly released 911 audio, the Atlanta mother accused of killing two young boys tells a dispatcher she isn’t to blame in their deaths and is frightened she could go to jail.

>> Father of slain toddlers says mother shared live video of crime scene

Lamora Williams faces two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of her 1- and 2-year-old boys. The mother of four allegedly killed them “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant. 

>> Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

“Ma’am, I have a question,” Williams begins after the 911 call was answered about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

More than two minutes and 20 seconds pass before she tells the dispatcher where she is located.

>> Mother accused of killing toddler sons has history of mental illness, family says

She repeats several times that she was at work and had left her three sons with a cousin, who left them all alone at the Oakland City West End apartment on Howell Place.

“This is so serious; I’m so scared,” Williams, 24, tells the dispatcher. “I don’t want to get locked up because I was at work.”

>> 2 children found dead in Atlanta apartment; mother charged

The dispatcher tries to calm Williams and promises to send help, but Williams repeats herself.

“This is not my fault; I just came home from work,” she says.

As soon as the address is revealed, the dispatcher calls police and fire.

Williams thanks them and the line goes dead.

>> On AJC.com: Funeral home donates services for boys allegedly killed in oven

When officials arrived, Ja’Karter and Ke’Younte were dead. 

Police say they do not believe the children's mother left them with a caregiver, as she had said.

The mother of four allegedly killed them “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant. 

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Williams was charged and booked into the Fulton County jail, where she remains without bond.

The boys’ father also called 911.

“I just received a call from my child’s mother that my … two of my … two dead babies; my sons are dead in an apartment,” Jameel Penn tells 911. 

“She video called me and I seen it,” Penn says. “I really think they are dead.”

President Trump calls widow of fallen soldier, reportedly tells her he knew ‘what he signed up for’

President Donald Trump reportedly told the pregnant widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson that “he knew what he signed up for...” in a call Tuesday afternoon according to WPLG.

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Johnson’s body, one of the four Army servicemen killed in action in Niger on Oct. 4, returned to the United States Tuesday. The flight bearing Johnson’s remains landed at Miami International Airport, according to WPLG.

The plane was met by Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child. Also present was an honor guard and local politicians.

Trump called Johnson to offer his condolences, telling her that her fallen husband “knew what he signed up for,” adding that “when it happens it hurts anyway,” a congresswoman who said she was present for the call said.

That response is generating some controversy, with some saying the president was unnecessarily callous and blunt. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said she heard the call with Trump and couldn’t believe her ears.

“It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it,” she said.

Also killed in action on Oct. 4 were Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and four soldiers from Niger, according to the New York Daily News. Two other Americans were wounded.

Police Called After Woman Allegedly Slaps Boyfriend with Package of Bacon

Police Called After Woman Allegedly Slaps Boyfriend with Package of Bacon

Texas couple stranded in remote Utah desert for six days

Helena and Gerald Byler, both in their seventies, made a narrow escape from a bad end after being stranded in the Utah desert for six days.

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According to Utah news outlet the Deseret News, if the couple had been subjected to the desert environment for even one more day, they might not have made it out.

“It’s totally unbelievable. So many things seem to have fallen in place on their behalf,” said Kane County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Alan Alldredge in an interview. “Many little things fell into place that allowed the Bylers to be located alive.”

What was supposed to be a day trip turned bad when the Bylers’ car was disabled on rough terrain far off the main road. They tried to get back on foot, spending the first night walking through rain.

When her husband couldn’t walk any further after that night, Helena left him their remaining food — a few pecans — and continued walking on her own. She ended up wandering the desert for another five days. She slept wherever she could, made an “SOS” sign in the road, and suffered hallucinations from the physical strain.

She was eventually found on Oct. 2, seemingly out of sheer luck, by Dell LeFevre, of Panguitch, Utah. LeFevre was checking on the cattle he keeps on the Grand Staircase Monument’s land when he found Helena lying in the road, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. He got her into his vehicle, gave her water, and contacted the police.

Gerald was found later, having taken shelter in a group of old trailers, and evacuated by helicopter to Dixie Regional Medical Center. One of the trailers near his showed signs that Helena may have sheltered there, not knowing Gerald was so close. Her ‘SOS’ sign was only 3 miles from their abandoned car.

Both of the Bylers recovering well and expected to return home soon.

“I’m a firm believer in God. He’s pulled me out of quite a few messes in my life,” LeFevre said in an interview regarding the rescue. “If she had gone off the road, no one ever would have found them.”

325-Pound Florida Woman Accused Of Killing Child By Sitting On Her

325-Pound Florida Woman Accused Of Killing Child By Sitting On Her
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