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Reports: Atlanta rapper T.I.’s sister, Precious Harris, has died

Precious Harris, sister of Atlanta rapper T.I., has died.

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TMZ reported that sources close to the family said Precious Harris had been on life support since the accident and was never responsive. 

Earlier this week, Harris “hit a pole, which triggered an asthma attack. The 66-year-old — who often appears on the show — was taken to a hospital.

T.I. and Tiny “were devastated,” TMZ reported

Precious Harris’ daughter, Kamaya Harris, posted a tribute to her mother on Instagram.

Fans of the family were quick to offer sympathy on social media.

T.I. and Tiny had reportedly halted production on their VH1 reality show, “Family Hustle,” while the rapper’s sister, Precious Harris, was in the hospital, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Tameka “Tiny” Cottle posted a photo with her sister-in-law on Instagram, asking for prayers, as did Precious Harris’ daughter, Kamaya. 

The Atlanta couple, who had been having marital trouble the past couple of years but appear to be back together, took time out of their worry to celebrate Valentine’s Day. T.I. gifted his wife a canary yellow diamond ring.

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Man released from jail arrested after stealing Sheriff’s Office golf cart

A man recently released from jail was re-arrested after taking a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office golf cart, investigators said. 

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Christopher David Whittle, 35, was released from jail Feb. 14, KOB reported

He said he was cold and asked a maintenance worker for a ride in a golf cart. When the worker left, Whittle took off in the golf cart, driving it to a tire shop about 30 minutes north of the jail, KOB reported

Whittle told police he was going to get the golf cart fixed and return it. 

He was arrested and charged with grand theft.

Breakdancing to be considered for 2024 Olympics

The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris may see breakdancing added to the official events, alongside favorites like gymnastics, track and swimming.

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Olympic organizers have formally submitted breakdancing as a suggested event, but a final decision won’t be made by the International Olympic Committee until after the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, The Associated Press reported.

The dance sport beat out other events, like karate and squash, to be submitted to the IOC. Other suggested events included climbing, surfing and skateboarding -- all of which will debut at the 2020 Olympics.

"It's a victory for us. Even if it goes no further, we'll still have won," said Mounir Biba, a famous breakdancer in France, where the sport is especially popular.

Breakdancing began in the 1970s in the Bronx as part of hip-hop culture, Sports Illustrated reported. It requires dancers, known as “breakers,” to go head-to-head in “battles” as individuals or teams. The breaker improvises acrobatic moves to DJ beats, according to the AP. Judges watch and declare a winner.

"There's simply no doubt about the athletic aspects of the discipline," Biba said.

Breakdancing was featured at last year’s Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tony Estanguet, head of the Paris 2024 organizing committee, told the BBC that the addition of new sports would make the Olympics  more urban and artistic.

Driver arrested in car with no steering wheel, police say

A Colorado police officer pulled over a slow-moving vehicle Friday morning to find a driver operating the vehicle with hand tools. 

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Pueblo police Capt. Tom Rummel saw the vehicle around 4 a.m. with its headlights flickering and pulled over, thinking the driver was in distress. 

“The driver had the steering wheel in his lap,” Rummel said. “He was trying to drive the car with a pair of vise-grips and appeared to be under the influence of something.”

Other officers arrived and asked the driver if he had any weapons. The driver replied, “I might.”

That is when officers used a stun gun to subdue the man. 

He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a revoked driver’s license and resisting arrest. 

Mueller investigation: Prosecutors to file sentencing memo in Paul Manafort case

Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office have until midnight Friday to make recommendations about the sentencing for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who pleaded guilty to several charges last year.

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Prosecutors are expected to file the sentencing memo in federal court in Washington, where Manafort pleaded guilty in September to charges including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice through witness tampering.

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Manafort agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller’s team as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors; however, authorities later said Manafort lied to investigators. Prosecutors are not expected to recommend leniency for him.

Manafort’s attorneys will have until midnight Monday to file their own sentencing memo. A judge is expected to hand down Manafort’s sentence March 13 at a 9:30 a.m. hearing before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

>> Judge rules Paul Manafort intentionally lied after agreeing to cooperate

In a separate case that also stemmed from Mueller’s investigation, a jury in Virginia found Manafort guilty last summer of tax and bank fraud charges in a case related to work he and an associate did for pro-Russia political forces in Ukraine. Prosecutors last week recommended Manafort serve between 19.5 and 24.5 years in prison and be fined as much as $24 million for those crimes.

Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced in that case during a 9 a.m. hearing March 8 before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, according to a court filing.

>> Mueller recommends Paul Manafort be sentenced to 19.5-24.5 years in prison and $24M fine

Last month, defense attorneys said Manafort has been kept in solitary confinement for his own safety. He’s had severe gout for several months of his incarceration, according to his attorneys, and it’s sometimes been severe enough to require him to use a wheelchair.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

What happens after Robert Mueller finishes his investigation?

The Washington Post has reported that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is close to ending its 19-month-long investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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While critics of President Donald Trump are hoping for a comprehensive condemnation of his actions before, during and after the election, the man who crafted the regulations that Mueller must follow as special counsel says what is released may be a letdown for some.

Neal Katyal, who was acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama and was the author of the special counsel regulations, wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times that he does not believe the report will be “a dictionary-thick tome,” but warned that “such brevity is not necessarily good news for the president. In fact, quite the opposite.”

Katyal said in the piece that Muller’s work may serve more like a “road map” to “investigation for the Democratic House of Representatives — and it might also lead to further criminal investigation by other prosecutors. A short Mueller report would mark the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end.”

Here's a look at what will likely happen after Mueller finishes his investigation.

What is Mueller required to do?

Mueller operates under a set of regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations. Under those regulations, he must submit to Attorney General William Barr a report that contains an explanation as to why he investigated the people his office investigated, why he decided to charge certain individuals and perhaps why he decided not to charge others.

According to the CFR, Mueller must “At the conclusion of the Special Counsel's work, … provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.”

Once the attorney general gets the report, here’s what happens:

The attorney general will notify the chairman and ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committees of the House and Senate with, “to the extent consistent with applicable law, a description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.”

He must let members of Congress know if any request Mueller made to the Department of Justice was denied and for what reason. For example, if Mueller asked the DOJ to subpoena someone and was denied that authorization.

Will the public hear the contents of the report?

Many Democratic lawmakers have called for Barr to make all of Mueller’s report public. Barr has not commented on how much if any of the report he will make available to the public.

Barr has said that he would follow Justice Department practices that insist on not revealing conduct that did not result in charges.

According to the CFR, “The Attorney General may determine that public release of these reports would be in the public interest, to the extent that release would comply with applicable legal restrictions.”

In other words, it’s up to Barr to decide if and what the public will hear from the report at this time.

2 children die from flu-like symptoms; one, hours after diagnosis

An 8-year-old from Texas and a 10-year-old from Ohio died after suffering from flu-like symptoms. 

Martin Ray Campbell, Jr., 8, was from Corpus Christi, Texas. He was diagnosed with the flu on Sunday. His family took him to the emergency room twice, but he died on Monday, KRIS reported. He would have been 9 on Sunday. The family still plans to hold the party they had planned for him. He’ll be laid to rest next week, KRIS reported.

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As a family in Texas mourns the death of a child, another family, this time in Ohio, is also mourning the loss of a child from the flu.

A southwest Warren County fourth-grader died Wednesday of cardiac arrest stemming from strep throat and flu. 

Mason City Schools spokeswoman Tracey Carson told parents about the death of  Western Row Elementary School student Sable Gibson, 10, in a written message to parents. 

The fourth-grader died this week of cardiac arrest stemming from strep throat and flu.

Western Row brought in counselors to help the child’s friends and classmates deal with the news of her death.

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Convenience store employees paid people to steal baby formula in scheme to resell it, feds say

Three Butler County men were arrested and charged in a stolen baby formula conspiracy case.

UPDATE at 10:31 a.m.

FBI agents Friday are searching a Liberty Township home in connection to that investigation, said a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cincinnati. The men were identified as Khalil Yacub, 44, of Liberty Township.; Khalil Jaghama of West Chester Township; and Jasser Saleh, 41, of Liberty Township.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Yacub’s family owns and operates the Pit Stop, a convenience store in Colerain Township.

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Employees of the Pit Stop, including Yacub, Jaghama and Saleh, would allegedly pay individuals, many of them drug addicts, to work as “boosters” to steal baby formula.

The defendants would pay boosters with cash from the convenience store register for the stolen formula. For example, boosters might sell cans of stolen baby formula to the Pit Stop for $5 per can. On June 30, 2018, alone, one woman brought 40 cans of baby formula to the Pit Stop to be sold.

Before the defendants would purchase the stolen baby formula from boosters, they would often take a photo of the booster driver’s license or state ID in order to prevent the boosters from reporting co-conspirators to the police, officials said. Defendants also allegedly brandished a handgun and used a taser to intimidate and control buyers.

It is alleged that between 2017 and January 2019, the defendants stored and shipped hundreds of cans of baby formula for resale to other parts of the country. The defendants used a storage facility to warehouse the stolen goods. A GPS monitor placed on an Enfamil can in the storage facility showed that the product was transported interstate to the west coast.

The defendants are charged with conspiring to transport and transporting stolen goods. The transporting of stolen goods is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Conspiracy to commit the crime is punishable by up to five years in prison. The defendants are also charged with unlawful possession of a means of identification, which carries a potential maximum sentence of five years in prison.


The FBI is serving a search warrant at a Liberty Twp. home this morning, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office is assisting with the serving of the warrant, which is happening at a home on Peakview Court.

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