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Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

 

Birdwatchers and biologists have been on the lookout for a rare, yellow cardinal that’s been spotted around central Alabama in Shelby County in recent weeks, AL.com reported.

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The bird has been getting a lot of attention recently after  resident Charlie Stephenson first noticed it at her backyard feeder and posted a picture on social media.

The cardinal’s bright yellow feathers are a result of a genetic mutation, according to scientists, who say it’s the same species as the familiar vivid red cardinal, but carries a mutation that changes its coloring.

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The rare cardinal is a different species from the endangered South American yellow cardinal species.

The bird in Shelby County is an adult male and Auburn University biology professor and bird expert Geoffrey Hill told AL.com the mutation is so rare that even he’s never seen one in person.

"I've been birdwatching in the range of cardinals for 40 years and I've never seen a yellow bird in the wild," Hill said. He estimated that there are just a few of these yellow cardinals in the U.S. and Canada in any given year.

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"There are probably a million bird feeding stations in that area, so very very roughly, yellow cardinals are a one in a million mutation,” Hill said.

World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

Hartsfield-Jackson International announced it will soon begin restricting access to the airport between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

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Starting March 2, the world’s busiest airport said access to the terminals, parking decks, SkyTrain and rental car center during that overnight period will be restricted to ticketed airline passengers; people meeting, accompanying or assisting passengers; and “authorized personnel.”

While airport officials have taken steps before to ask overnight visitors to show their boarding passes, the new policy comes amid a growing issue of homeless people sleeping in the Atlanta airport’s domestic terminal overnight.

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Airport officials said the change is “a result of an increasing volume” of passengers and visitors, along with construction projects, and will allow overnight crews to thoroughly clean public areas.

Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune

Lisa Marie Presley is suing her former manager, Barry Siegel, for “reckless and negligent mismanagement” of her inherited estate, but her estranged husband was quick to call her so-called mountain of debt a lie.

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Presley inherited $100 million from her rock ‘n’ roll father Elvis Presley back in 1993. Today, she said she only has $14,000 left, alleging that Siegel’s poor investment decisions whittled down her cash reserves. He sold off 85 percent of her share in the Elvis Presley Enterprises company in 2005, saying it “cleared up over $20 million in debts she had incurred and netted her over $40 million cash and a multi-million dollar income stream.”

 

Presley, however, said she lost millions in the deal. Siegel has counter sued, claiming she is to blame for squandering much of her own fortune, and he’s demanding $800,000 in damages for non-payment.

Presley is now $16 million in debt amid her ongoing divorce from estranged husband Michael Lockwood. That figure was revealed after a judge ordered her to pay $50,000 of Lockwood’s  $450,000 in attorney’s fees, which she claimed she could not afford. Lockwood, however, claimed Presley isn’t being truthful about her debt.

According to Lockwood, Presley claimed to be making $104,000 per month in 2016 and that she owed the IRS $1.67 million, which Lockwood says would mean she owes more than she made in income that year. Additionally, Presley did fudge the numbers when it comes to the English manor she owns, according to documents obtained by TMZ. While she has claimed to be way behind on mortgage payments for the property, Lockwood believes it’s still worth something and accused her of leaving that out of her calculations.

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The pair married in 2006 and welcomed twin daughters two years later. In 2016, Presley filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences and claiming Lockwood was a bad father who “took advantage” of her financially.

House releases Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo on alleged government surveillance abuses

The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released the Democrats’ rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging the FBI and Department of Justice engaged in questionable tactics in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia. 

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>> Related: House Intelligence Committee votes to release Democrat’s rebuttal to Nunes memo

The 10-page memo, released two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked it and after wrangling between Democrats and DOJ officials, was authored by ranking Intelligence Committee Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) in response to one by House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and disputes allegations that illegal tactics were used to get warrants to surveil a former Trump campaign aide.

“The Democratic response memo released today should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC. Our extensive review of the initial FISA application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and instead revealed that both the FBI and DOJ made extensive showings to justify all four requests,” Schiff said in a statement Saturday after the release of the memo.

Trump tweeted a response to Schiff’s document release Saturday, calling the Democrats’ memo “a total political and legal bust.” He also repeated his claims that special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign is a “witch hunt.”

The president released the Nunes memo last month, which contained information purporting to show that the FBI and DOJ did not provide complete information when requesting a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to watch one-time Trump campaign member and foreign policy advisor Carter Page.

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The release of both memos came over the objections of investigators in the intelligence communities.

1 dead in double stabbing at Massachusetts library

A 22-year-old woman is dead after a double stabbing Saturday at a public library in Massachusetts.

Winchester police tell Boston 25 News they were called to the Winchester Public Library just after 10:30 a.m.

When police arrived, they found a female and an elderly man both suffering from stab wounds, Boston25News reported.

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Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says the 22-year-old female was in the library sitting at a table when the suspect,  24-year-old Jeffrey Yao, approached her from behind and stabbed her with a 10-inch hunting knife.

She suffered multiple stab wounds to the head and upper torso and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Several people in the library ran to help the woman, including a 77-year-old man who also sustained stab wounds, Boston25News reported. He was taken to the hospital. 

Yao was arrested in connection with the stabbing. He is being held without bail and is facing murder and assault with intent to murder with a dangerous weapon charges.

Officials did not say if the stabbing was random or if Yao knew the victim. They are still investigating the stabbing - including the motive. 

The victim has not been identified.

Florida man accused of burglary, sexual battery on sleeping woman, police say

Police arrested a Florida man Monday after he allegedly broke into a sleeping woman’s home and committed sexual battery.

Officers responded to an apartment in an undisclosed West Palm Beach neighborhood about 5 a.m.  Feb. 19 when a woman called and said she woke up to a man kneeling at the foot of her bed and touching her genital area, according to the arrest report.

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She told officers that she asked the man — who was later identified as 27-year-old Lamarsh Shelly — what he was doing in her house, and he said “your door was open,” the police report states.

According to the arrest report, Shelly then asked her if she wanted to have sex and asked her for a cigarette. She gave him a cigarette, and she demanded he leave the apartment. She told officers that she knew him from the neighborhood, and he went by the nickname “Honeycomb.”

The woman said Shelly was wearing a black shirt with tan pants, the Palm Beach Post reported. Officers then spoke to another witness who said that she saw Shelly outside of the apartment walking north while smoking a cigarette.

Officers located Shelly at 8th Street and Herietta Avenue, where he told officers, “I don’t burglarize and I don’t want sex,” the report states.

Shelly later admitted to officers that he walked into the apartment, opened the front door and saw the victim sleeping in her bed, the Palm Beach Post reported. He said that he made noises to wake her up to tell her that her front door was open, but did not mention touching her.

Police said children were sleeping in the apartment when the incident occurred.

Officers arrested Shelly on charges of sexual battery and burglary. He remains at the Palm Beach County jail on no bond, according to jail records.

Police: Teen mother arrested, accused of killing newborn baby

A Texas teenage mother was arrested Friday, accused of killing her newborn child earlier this month, police said.

Erica Gomez, 17, is accused of stabbing her newborn child, wrapping the infant girl in a bathrobe and hiding the body in a storage shed at a home in the El Paso area, police said. The infant's body was found Feb. 9 by authorities, the El Paso Times reported. 

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The infant had a stab wound and cuts to the neck and body, according to a news release from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Gomez was charged with capital murder and is being held on $800,000 bond, according to records from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews remove Jeep that fell through ice on New Hampshire lake

A driver was able to escape after his Jeep fell through thin ice in New Hampshire.

A Jeep Liberty fell through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee last weekend, Boston25News reported.

“I would have to say snowmobiles are probably one of the most common things we recover, but unfortunately, anything that doesn't float is susceptible to meeting me at the bottom of the lake," said Tim McDonald. 

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McDonald was called to remove the submerged Jeep, which had fallen 30 feet below the surface through a ridge or pressure reef in the ice. Those typically form after a cold spell ends and the ice warms and expands, creating weak spots.

"I will say no matter how many times you dive on something underwater, you know that's not supposed to be there is a certain level of eerie when you get down on top of it," said McDonald. 

McDonald wears a GoPro every time he makes a recovery, but this time, it was a bit more dangerous with ice 16 inches thick on the surface, Boston25News reported.

"So you're working under essentially a slate of concrete... so you have very limited access to the surface, you have to be very mindful of everything that goes on," said McDonald. 

It took McDonald and his team about half a day to get the Jeep up safely and there is a reason why they didn't wait for warmer weather. 

"We try to keep the time window as close as possible to when something actually goes into the lake to the time we can safely recover it, to limit the contamination to the water. Oils, gasoline anything like that. Modern vehicles are pretty good at retaining all of that, but we still don't like to run the risk," said McDonald.

The Jeep owner was not injured and even though it's his job, McDonald still considers a great day one where he doesn't get a call.

"A great day is the day I don't have to go out and help everybody that means everyone made it off the ice safely. At the end of the day, the Jeep’s replaceable; humans aren't," said McDonald. 

Deep pothole appears to be swallowing Michigan police officer

Heavy rainfall in Michigan has led to flooding and in some cases, dangerous road conditions.

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In Grand Blanc Township, a road was temporarily closed Friday due to a culvert washout. To demonstrate just how bad the road conditions were, an officer from the Grand Blanc Township Police Department stood in a deep pothole. The photo from the scene was posted on the police department's Facebook page. The police department noted that Officer Clark is 6 feet, 5 inches, to illustrate the depth of the pothole.

The city made temporary repairs Friday and the road was opened back up, according to the police department’s Facebook post.

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