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Police try to use dead man’s fingerprint to unlock phone

Police in Florida tried an unusual means recently to unlock a cellphone.

They visited a funeral home in Clearwater to use a dead man’s finger to open his phone as part of the investigation into his death, as well as another case they were working on, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

But while legal, not everyone is agreeing that they should have used Linus Phillip’s body to try to open the phone.

Phillip’s finncée, Victoria Armstrong, told the Times, “I just felt so disrespected and violated.”

She was at the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home on the same day that the detectives came to the mortuary to use his fingers to unlock the phone.

It didn’t work. 

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Lt. Randall Chaney said the detectives were trying to not only get access to the data the device held, but also preserve it, using the information in the investigation into Philip’s death last month, as well as a drug investigation, police said also involved Phillip, the Times reported.

Chaney said that detectives didn’t think they needed a warrant because of his death and no expectation of privacy when dead. Legal experts for the Times agreed with the detective’s assertion.

But his family, as well as a law professor, do not.

“While the deceased person doesn’t have a vested interest in the remains of their body, the family sure does, so it really doesn’t pass the smell test,” Charles Rose, a professor at Stetson University College of Law, told the Times. “There’s a ghoulish component to it that’s troubling to most people.”

The director of the funeral home directed questions to the company’s corporate offices.

A Largo police officer shot and killed Phillip in March after police said he tried to drive away when an officer was going to search him, the Times reported.

Beyoncé, Google announce more HBCU scholarships 

Beyoncé has partnered with Google to give more scholarships this year.

The singer’s BeyGOOD initiative initially announced a $100,000 donation to four historically black colleges April 16, just after Beyonce’s Coachella headlining set.

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The announcement last week said that $25,000 each will go to Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama; Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida; Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans; and Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, as part of the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 school year.

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On Monday, BeyGOOD announced that Google.org will match Beyoncé’ original $100,000 grant with scholarships to benefit HBCUs at Texas Southern University in Houston; Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; Morehouse College in Atlanta; and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

Related: Beyoncé donates $100,000 to historically black colleges in four states

Texas Southern is in Beyoncé’s hometown, and Fisk University of the alma mater of her father, Mathew Knowles. Knowles is also a professor at Texas Southern’s School of Communication.

Dodgeball tournament raises money to fight leukemia

University students, faculty and community members in Pennsylvania teamed up for a glow-in-the-dark dodgeball tournament Friday night that raised funds for blood cancer awareness and research for cures.

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Robert Morris University was picked by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to be the first college to pilot "Dodge The Dark."

"We wanted to find a way where college students could become engaged in something they are passionate about and also in a way that they could feel like they were having a lot of fun," said LLS national director Kristen Ricks. "We feel when someone is diagnosed with cancer, it's the darkest day in their life, and our goal is to bring light to the darkness of cancer."

Fifteen teams of eight to 10 people, such as "Underdodge" and "Dodgefathers," played by the colorful lights of disco strobes in an otherwise dark gymnasium at RMU's North Athletic Complex. They donned glow sticks and stickers: red for his or her support of a friend, black for survivors and gold if he or she was "dodging" in memory of someone.

RMU student Ian Morrison was at the event, dodging in memory of his best friend friend who died from leukemia while they were both seniors in high school in 2014.

"The high energy of the place makes it really fun," said Morrison, who also participates in Light The Night walks. "It's a great way to raise funds."

Houston woman arrested for allegedly setting fire to car with 3 kids inside

A Texas woman was arrested after allegedly setting a car on fire while sitting inside it with her children, KTRK said.

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According to Houston police, witnesses reported seeing the woman revving up her engine until it caught fire. The woman’s three children -- ages 9, 11 and 13 -- were inside the car, KTRK reported.

A witness intervened and the woman fled on foot her with her children, according to Houston police.

Police said the woman told them that “We are going to see Jesus,” KTRK reported.

The children were unharmed. The woman was put into custody and a mental health evaluation has been ordered, KTRK reported.

What will royal baby be named?

Now that the latest royal baby’s been born, what will his name be?

The royal parents, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, may already know, but the rest of us don’t, yet.

At it will probably be a few days until they make the official royal proclamation, CNN reported.

Bookmakers say that the favorites for a boy were Arthur, Albert or James.

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Albert could be a shoo-in because it would not only a tribute to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, but also a way of honoring the royal newborn’s great grandfather and Queen Elizabeth II’s father. He was called Albert until he became king and took the reign name of King George VI, CNN and BBC reported

Many believe, no matter what name is chosen, it will be traditional. 

>>Read: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to baby boy

“George and Charlotte are very traditional, historic, English names,” royal commentator Kate Williams told CNN.

The new baby is fifth in line to the throne, behind his grandfather, Prince Charles, his father, Prince William, and even his brother and sister.

>>Photos: Royal baby born: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomes third child

The queen may not have full final decision on the name, but she will be consulted, CNN reported. She will also bequeath a title on the royal baby.

NRA: Yeti won't do business with us

Add Austin-based Yeti to the list of companies severing ties with the National Rifle Association.

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According to published reports, the NRA sent an email to its members over the weekend claiming that the maker of coolers and thermal mugs had “suddenly, without prior notice” indicated it no longer wished to do business with the NRA Foundation.

“That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike,” the email read, in part. “In fact, Yeti should be ashamed. They have declined to continue helping America’s young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities. These activities enable them to appreciate America and enjoy our natural resources with wholesome and healthy outdoor recreational and educational programs.”

Yeti has not yet released a statement regarding its decision, but NRA backers have taken to the Yeti Facebook page to voice their displeasure.

“As a lifetime NRA member the Yeti products I have will be trashed and I can assure you I will no longer support via purchasing/owning any Yeti products,” one poster wrote. “You have turned your back a large percentage of those who supported your brand and helped build it.”

In the wake of a Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead, a number of businesses have ended their relationships with the NRA, including Delta Air Lines and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Steel rods to blame for flat tires to 30 cars on Florida highway

A truck and trailer dropped steel rods onto Interstate 95 in South Florida early Monday, causing flat tires to 30 vehicles, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Crews have removed debris from the roadway and troopers are looking on the shoulders of the highway to make sure all of the rods have been collected, said Lt. Alvaro A. Feola, a FHP spokesman.

No one was injured, Feola said. A few cars also sustained damage to the rims of their tires. 

Elderly woman found pushing dead body in shopping cart, Chicago police say

Chicago police found an elderly woman pushing a shopping cart with a dead body inside it Saturday night, WGN reported.

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Police said they received a call around 8 p.m. for a well-being check, The Chicago Tribune reported.

When they arrived at the scene, police said they saw a woman pushing a shopping cart that contained the body of a black woman, WGN reported. 

Police called the woman elderly but did not provide her age, the Tribune reported. No cause of death was given for the woman in the shopping cart.

Victim knocked unconscious after offering to pay for man’s beer, police say

A man was punched unconscious after he offered to pay for the beer of a customer who was ahead of him in line at a gas station convenience store, police said

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Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department recently released surveillance images that show the suspect and another man walking into the Valero gas station at 1:55 a.m. March 24 to buy beer. 

When the victim offered to pay for the suspect’s beer, he was punched in the face and lost consciousness for eight minutes, according to police. The suspect, a Hispanic male between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and who weighs 200 pounds, then took money from the victim’s wallet and left the store, investigators said.

"Something like this is extremely disturbing," Sgt. Shaun Hampton, with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, told KTXL. "For someone to be knocked unconscious by simply offering to assist someone is something we look at as extremely egregious. Of course, we are doing our best to investigate."

'The excitement faded away,' Florida school shooter says 

Police in Florida plan to have a school resource officer at every school in Ocala as students return to class for the first time since a gunman opened fire inside a school Friday morning, injuring a student.

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Deputies said 19-year old Sky Bouche carried a sawed-off shotgun in a guitar case into Forest High School and opened fire through a door. 

In a jailhouse interview with ABC News, Bouche said he carried the gun on campus because he wanted to go to jail and that he never wanted to hurt anyone. 

Investigators said he fired one shot through a classroom door, striking a student in the ankle. 

>> 1 injured in shooting at Florida high school

Students and teachers created barricades with desks for their protection. 

Senior Abigail Thompson was in a nearby classroom and heard the commotion.

"And then it was like, 'ahhhh!'" she said. 

Her younger brother, Ethan, was also nearby. He said his teacher walked into the hallway to find Bouche, a former student, with his hands in the air and the shotgun on the floor. 

She coaxed Bouche into her classroom, where he took a seat. 

"He unloaded all his ammo from, like, (the) bulletproof vest he was wearing," Ethan said. "He was talking about how he was abused as a child and how he just wanted to get away from his abusive parents so he just wanted to get inside police custody so he didn't have to be by them anymore."

>> ‘Sorry,’ says man, 19, who opened fire at Florida school

In the interview, Bouche talked about the moments leading up to the shooting

“A girl passed right by me. I just didn't want to shoot or kill people, because at that point, the adrenaline, the excitement kind of just faded immediately,” he said. 

The injured 17-year-old is expected to be in the hospital for several days, according to a social media post.

Bouche is being held without bond on several charges including terrorism, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm on school property.

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