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Uber-style service delivers hot meals to inmates at Georgia county jail

A Georgia sheriff says that he runs the toughest jail in the area, but some residents question how tough Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill’s jail really is.

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A company called Outside Inside Connection allows families to send inmates hot, gourmet meals to the jail. Items on the menu include jalapeno burgers, beefy nachos and Philly cheesesteaks.

"They're still human. Why do they have to eat slop," one visitor said.

But a former inmate said the service isn't always reliable.

"You pay for it (but) you don't get it. They go and tell you they're going to go get it and they never bring it back, Angel Land said.

Land said that has happened to other inmates as well and that it's a risk to use the service.

"Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't," she said.

The meals are prepared at the jail. Inmates can receive the meals only on Fridays.

Hill did not respond to a request for a comment.

His website says the meals can be withheld for disciplinary reasons.

Southwest passengers shown wearing oxygen masks incorrectly

It’s a ritual most passengers on an airline flight either ignore or take for granted. Pre-flight demonstrations by attendants show the proper way to cover their noses and mouths with drop-down masks in the event the cabin loses pressure.

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Southwest Airlines’ attendants are particularly adept at making the presentations humorous so passengers pay attention, but the safety warnings are clear.

>> Who is Tammie Jo Shults, pilot of Southwest flight?

That came into play Tuesday during the terrifying moments when Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 had to make an emergency landing. Viral images and videos of the scene on board the plane revealed panicking passengers putting their oxygen masks on incorrectly, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Many of the photographs showed passengers wearing the drop-down masks, but only covering their mouths. The proper way to wear the masks is to cover both the nose and mouth.

Flight 1380 saw the first fatality on an American passenger airline since 2009.

According to the FAA, the masks provide “phase-sequential continuous flow” that can prevent oxygen deficiencies up to 40,000 feet, the Chronicle reported.

>> Who was Jennifer Riordan, the passenger killed on a Southwest flight?

The Southwest Airlines Boeing 373 blew an engine at about 30,000 feet, forcing an emergency landing in Philadelphia moments after the plane took off from New York.

Charlotte city councilwoman won't resign after Facebook post questioning 9/11

A Charlotte, North Carolina, city councilwoman is under fire after a Facebook post that questioned the validity of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center.

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On her personal Facebook page, LaWana Mayfield publicly shared a fake news article claiming a scientific journal determined the collapse of the Twin Towers was a controlled demolition.

Mayfield wrote on Facebook, “I am still waiting for someone to produce pieces of the alleged plane that opened the doors for US Citizens to loose (sic) all privacy rights (from the conspiracy theorist in me).”

According to The Associated Press, Mayfield told WFAE-FM that she thought the attacks were used “to not only create a way through government to spy on the American people, but also to privatize a lot of the work that is happening on the ground.”

Overnight, Mayfield edited her post. She didn't apologize but, instead, defended herself and doubled down on a conspiracy theory that has already been debunked.

After the post garnered attention on social media, and national newspapers started reporting on it, Mayfield edited her post to say she didn't want to cause controversy but didn't want to delete it. She also emphasized the rights she and others have to freedom of speech.

People around the country are calling Mayfield's post embarrassing to Charlotte, and there is now an online petition calling for her resignation.

"People lost loved ones," said Charlotte resident Brent Watkins. "Hundreds of people lost loves ones in that crash, so it's almost offensive."

A city spokesman says Mayfield is not a 9/11 truther and that she was just asking a question.

This isn’t Mayfield’s first controversial post.

Last year, the Democratic District 3 representative sparked a controversy after she sent a tweet comparing President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.

Mayfield later apologized for the tweet. In a statement, Mayfield does not apologize for her 9/11 comments and said she will not resign.

The online petition calling for Mayfield to resign had gained 430 signatures as of Wednesday evening.

People who were personally affected by 9/11 are calling Mayfield’s comments hurtful and offensive.

Peter Blaich, who is now a volunteer firefighter in Cornelius, was working for the New York Fire Department on 9/11 in Lower Manhattan.

“9/11 is still like it happened yesterday,” he said.

Blaich witnessed the plane hit the north tower and ran toward the chaos to save lives before being dispatched.

“I buried 43 of my closest friends,” he said. “With comments like that, you need to maybe educate yourself more. But more than that, I think the simplest thing to do is reach out to people who were actually there during the event.”

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting that someone in public office would make a comment like that,” Edmund Walker said.

Walker, who lives in Union County, lost his brother-in-law Steven, who was killed while he climbed up the Twin Towers to save lives.

Walker’s family started the Firefighter Steven Coakley Foundation, which places thousands of flags in Romare Bearden Park every September -- one for every person who died in the terrorist attack.

Walker called Mayfield’s comments incredibly offensive and thinks she should resign.

“Someone in our leadership that clearly doesn’t believe basic American history is now making decisions for a lot of Charlotteans,” Walker said.

Councilman Braxton Winston said everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there are repercussions.

Councilman Tariq Bakhari posted on Twitter: “We have a lot of critical and challenging work on our plate right now, and I don’t have a spare second to be distracted with things that don’t make sense.”

Starbucks founder Howard Schultz speaks for first time since arrest of 2 black men

Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz publicly apologized on television Wednesday morning for the arrest of two black men at one their stores.

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The arrest caused an uproar that led to the company’s decision to close its more than 8,000 U.S. stores for an afternoon of racial bias training for employees.

"I'm embarrassed, ashamed. I think what occurred is reprehensible at every level. I take it personally, and we're committed to making it right. The announcement we made yesterday to do significant training is just the beginning,” Schultz told “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King.

The incident happened last Thursday when a manager at a Philadelphia Starbucks called 911 on two black men who were waiting for a friend.

The manager said the men asked to use the bathroom, didn't buy anything and refused to leave.

They were arrested but later released without charges.

On “CBS This Morning,” Schultz was asked about the Starbucks manager who called police.

“I spent time yesterday with the white manager who made the call,” said Schultz.

He said though the woman is no longer with the company, he wants her to sit down with the two young men and have a conversation.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has already met face to face with the two men involved in the incident.

King asked Schultz about the estimated loss of revenue for the company for the planned partial closure next month.

"It will cost millions of dollars, but I’ve always viewed this not as an expense but an investment in our company,” Schultz said.

Burglary suspect tries to disguise face with plastic water-bottle case wrapper

Police in Georgia have identified the suspect who burglarized a game store using an unusual disguise. 

The St. Marys Police Department said they have obtained an arrest warrant for 22-year-old Kerry Dean Hammond, Jr.

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According to police, surveillance video shows him running around the store with the plastic wrapper from a package of bottled water over his head. 

The break-in happened on April 13 around 1:30 a.m. 

The St. Marys Police Department shared the video to its Facebook page and said the “craftily disguised gent decided to burglarize GameStop.” 

The video has been viewed more than 17,000 times. 

Charges could be announced in Prince opioid investigation two years after his death

Authorities in Carver County, Minnesota, could announce charges Thursday in the investigation into the opioid-related death of legendary entertainer Prince two years after he died, according to news outlets.

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Prince was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016, and was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy report by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office was released two months later and called Prince’s death “accidental.” The cause was listed as “fentanyl toxicity,” according to Entertainment Tonight, and the drug was “self-administered.”

According to news reports at the time, prescription drugs were found at the musician’s Paisley Park home and in his possession when he died.

Some of the bottles of prescription painkillers found at Paisley Park were in the name of a longtime friend of Prince and were prescribed by a doctor the “Purple Rain” singer saw before he died.

>> Related: Remembering Prince: 5 most memorable tributes

It’s unclear if anyone is facing charges at this point.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz is holding a press conference Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to further discuss whether investigators are charging anyone in connection with the musician’s death.

Police: Hidden camera filmed Starbucks customers in bathroom

Police in an Atlanta suburb are investigating after a woman discovered a hidden camera in a bathroom stall at a Starbucks in North Fulton County .

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Officers with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety confiscated the camera and detectives are now looking into the case.

According to the police report, the camera had about 25 videos stored on it, and “several” of those videos showed people using the restroom.

25-year-old woman discovered the camera around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police said. The camera was taped under the baby changing station in the women’s bathroom.

>> Related: Starbucks closing over 8,000 stores for racial-bias training after controversial arrest

“We were quite concerned to learn this and are grateful to our customers and partners who took action to involve local authorities,” a spokesperson for Starbucks wrote in an email. “We will continue to support them in any way we can.”

Police said the woman removed the camera and notified the manager on-duty. According to the police report, the woman gave the camera to the manager who said he would notify Starbucks’ corporate office, but she pushed him to call 911.

Police arrived after the manager filed a report with the corporate office. The manager gave police the camera, its battery pack and a USB cord. Police then reviewed the camera and found the videos.

No suspects have yet been identified, but the person responsible for the camera would at least face the charge of eavesdropping, which is a felony, police said.

>> Related: Starbucks CEO meets with 2 black men arrested in Philadelphia store

This incident comes as the company is facing backlash after two black men were arrested at one of its locations in Philadelphia last week. The company plans to close 8,000  stores for a day next month for company-wide racial bias training.

Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, has died

The wife of San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich, Erin Popovich, has died, according to a statement from the Spurs. 

She was 67.

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She died early Wednesday, news outlets reported, after a long illness.

“We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs General Manager RC Buford said.

“She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”

The Popoviches were married for four decades.

Erin Popovich is survived by her husband, Gregg,  two children and two grandchildren.

The Popoviches met at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin's father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force's head athletic trainer.

Gregg Popovich has coached the Spurs since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles.

>> Relatged: Former first lady Barbara Bush has died at her home in Texas at the age of 92

San Antonio will face the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

The Warriors lead the series 2-0.

The Austin American-Statesman contributed to this report.

Who is Karen McDougal? 6 things to know about the woman who says she was Trump’s mistress

A former Playboy model, who said she had an affair with President Donald Trump and was paid to keep quiet about it, settled a lawsuit Wednesday with the parent company of the National Enquirer.

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Karen McDougal said the settlement with American Media Inc. “restores to me the rights to my life story and frees me from this contract that I was misled into signing nearly two years ago," she said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

Here are six things to know about McDougal and the settlement.

1- McDougal alleges she had a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007 after he married Melania Trump, according to McDougal’s lawyers.

2- She sued American Media Inc., which bought her story for $150,000, then killed it. In a report by The New York Times, which reviewed the legal documents, her lawyers said she decided to pursue the lawsuit at the time because “she has become aware of the broad effort to silence and intimidate her and others.”

>> Related: Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal files lawsuit to speak about alleged Trump affair

3- McDougal made the original deal with AMI in 2016 to keep quiet about the alleged Trump affair after Trump became the Republican presidential nominee.

4- The settlement Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court gives McDougal back the right to her story, but allows AMI to collect up to $75,000 from any future profits she makes on the story about her and Trump.

5- Trump has denied having an affair with McDougal, even though during a recent interview with CNN, McDougal revealed intimate information about their time together, including what she saw during a tour of Trump’s New York Trump Tower penthouse and about events where she met members of the Trump family.

>> Related: Trump says he didn't know about Stormy Daniels payment

6- McDougal is 47 years old. She was a Playboy Playmate in her late 20s, a Playmate of the month in 1997 and Playmate of the Year in 1998.

Billboards seek ‘Losing Streak Lois,’ killer grandma wanted in 2 slayings

U.S. marshals have erected billboards in multiple states as they continue to search for a Minnesota grandmother, gambling addict and alleged killer who is suspected in two homicides, including that of a woman she allegedly killed to assume her identity. 

Lois Riess, 56, was last seen April 8 in the area of Corpus Christi, Texas, following what is believed to be a multistate homicide case. She is sought on murder and theft charges in the slaying of Pamela Hutchinson, of Bradenton, who was found shot to death April 9 in a condominium in which she was staying in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. 

Riess, who Minnesota law enforcement officers dubbed “Losing Streak Lois” for her penchant for gambling, is also a person of interest in the killing of her husband, David Riess, who was found shot to death March 23 on the couple’s worm farm in Blooming Prairie.

In each shooting, the victim had been dead for several days when the body was found. Authorities also believe Lois Riess used the same weapon in both cases.

>> Related story: Minnesota grandma sought in deaths of husband, Florida ‘lookalike’ killed for ID

The U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday updated the search for Riess to major status and announced a $5,000 reward for her capture. Another $1,000 in reward money is being made available by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.  

John Kinsey, a deputy U.S. marshal in Florida, told the Star Tribune in Minneapolis that the billboards are going up in Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona. 

“Unfortunately, there have been no further sightings,” Kinsey told the Star Tribune. “She blends in real well. She is an average, 56-year-old white female walking around, and that is part of the problem.”

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Florida investigators have said Riess killed Hutchinson, 59, for her identity. The women, who were strangers before Riess befriended Hutchinson, bore a striking resemblance to one another. 

Surveillance footage from the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, located two blocks from Hutchinson’ condo at the Marina Village at Snug Harbor, shows Riess smiling and chatting with a blonde woman in a hat who Lee County Sheriff’s Office detectives have identified as Hutchinson. 

Hutchinson’s cousin on Monday posted an image from the surveillance footage to Facebook, side by side with an undated image of Hutchinson wearing that same hat as in the footage. 

Officials with the U.S. Marshals Service said investigators believe Hutchinson was killed on or around April 5, when the surveillance footage at the bar was shot. 

Lee County officials also on Tuesday released several snippets of surveillance video, including one piece that shows Riess, wearing the same blue shirt seen in the bar video, calmly walking away from Marina Village toward the parking lot. She is seen on another video driving away in Hutchinson’s white 2005 Acura TL.

Hutchinson’s keys, identification, cash and credit cards were also missing when her body was found.

The News-Press in Fort Myers reported Tuesday that sometime after Hutchinson’s death, Riess went to a Wells Fargo branch there and used Hutchinson’s identification to withdraw $5,000 from the slain woman’s account. 

See the original footage of Riess chatting with Pamela Hutchinson, obtained by the News-Press, below.

Riess was next spotted in Ocala, about 215 miles north of Fort Myers, where more surveillance footage released Tuesday shows her driving up to a Hilton hotel in Hutchinson’s stolen car and checking in as a guest. Again, she is wearing the blue top seen in previous videos, as well as a light-colored fedora-style hat with a black band.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office officials told the News-Press that Riess stayed in the hotel the nights of April 6 and 7. 

Riess used Hutchinson’s identity to check into the hotel around 8 p.m. on April 6. She also used the victim’s identification to withdraw another $500 from Hutchinson’s bank account at an Ocala bank. 

“She’s confident, doesn’t look over her shoulder, like she’s not hiding anything,” Kinsey told the Star Tribune of Riess’ demeanor in the videos. “She was very nonchalant.”

>> Related story: New footage released of ‘killer grandma’ suspected in 2 homicides; $6,000 reward offered for capture

The fugitive was next spotted in the stolen Acura in Louisiana, where an attempt to get $200 at a gas station failed, the News-Press said

Kinsey said Riess was also spotted on surveillance images April 7 and 8 in casinos in Louisiana. 

“She went from casino to casino to make money, or because she is addicted to it,” Kinsey said. “She is consumed by it.”

The final definite sighting of Riess was the following day, April 8 in Refugio, Texas, about 40 miles north of Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi is about 150 miles from the Mexico border. 

Mexican authorities are aware of the search for Riess and are keeping an eye out for her, or anyone using Hutchinson’s identification, at the border, the News-Press reported. A Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said she would have to show identification to cross, but there is no guarantee she would not be able to slip through.

The last confirmed sighting of Riess or the stolen car was the day before Hutchinson’s body was found -- and before she was even linked to that homicide. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which has been searching for Riess since late last month, describes her as a white woman with brown eyes and pale blonde hair. She is about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. 

The white Acura she is accused of stealing from Hutchinson has Florida license plate number Y37TAA. 

Riess has been on the run since mid-March, when she is suspected of gunning down her husband, David Riess, on their rural worm farm before stealing $11,000 from his personal and business accounts. Deputies with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office found him after his business partner reported that he had not been seen or heard from in several weeks.  

Lois Riess was nowhere to be found, but investigators learned she visited a casino in Iowa on her way out of the Midwest, investigators said. She is charged with grand theft in connection with her husband’s slaying. 

Dodge County investigators are also anticipated to file murder charges against her sometime this week. 

Riess was initially linked to Hutchinson’s slaying, in part, because her family’s white Cadillac Escalade, which she was believed to be driving after her husband’s murder, was found abandoned in a county park in Fort Myers Beach, the News-Press reported

Court records in Minnesota also show that Riess, who was named guardian of her disabled sister in 2012, stole more than $78,000 from her before being caught three years later. 

Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno described Riess to NBC News earlier this week as a “stone-cold killer” who authorities fear might kill again when she runs out of resources. 

“She smiles and looks like anyone’s mother or grandmother,” Marceno said. “And yet she’s calculated, she’s targeted and an absolute cold-blooded killer.”

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