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Rapper Offset, of trio Migos, arrested in metro Atlanta on weapon, drug charges

Rapper Offset, of the trio Migos, was arrested Friday on weapon and drug charges in Georgia, WSB reports

Clayton County police said the rapper, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, and his bodyguard, Senay Gezahgn, were traveling in Jonesboro, just outside Atlanta, when the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera that Offset was driving was pulled over after an improper lane change. 

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During a search, officers found three handguns, less than 1 ounce of marijuana and more than $107,000 in cash.

Offset was charged with improper lane change; possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce; possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Gezahgn was charged with possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

This is not Offset’s first run-in with the law.

He was arrested in 2016 for driving with a suspended license. In 2015, all three members of Migos were arrested for drug and gun charges during a concert at Georgia Southern University, Billboard reported.

Offset and his wife, rapper Cardi B, just welcomed their first child together last week.

>>Related: Cardi B, Offset welcome baby girl

This video of a chimp seeing its foster parents again is the best thing you'll see all day

We can't stop watching.

The precious video of a chimp reuniting with its foster parents is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

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The Zoological Wildlife Foundation in Miami posted the video of Limbani on its Instagram and Facebook page.

They said Limbani was born with pneumonia and was rejected by his mother.

Tania Sanchez and her husband, Jorge, jumped in to help. The couple took on full around the clock care for Limbani for the first few months of his life.

And you can tell by watching the video, the bond between them is strong.

When he sees them coming, Limbani jumps into Jorge's arms and wraps him in a hug.

(Also, side note -- are these the best hugs you've ever seen? I think we'll go adopt a chimp now.)

SHARE this sweet video with your friends on Facebook.

Deputies shoot armed man in Florida who punched dog in head multiple times

Deputies shot an armed man Friday evening in The Villages near Lady Lake, Florida, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said.

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Deputies were called shortly before 6:30 p.m after a report of a domestic disturbance, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Keszey said.

"The victim met deputies at a nearby church where she stated the suspect punched her dog in the face three times," Keszey said. "An argument ensued (in which) the suspect then pushed the victim. The victim fled the scene with her children and contacted law enforcement."

Investigators said they heard gunfire nearby while interviewing the victim.

"While deputies were confronting the suspect, the suspect refused to comply with deputies' commands," Keszey said. "The suspect then raised his firearm at deputies. Two deputies fired shots, striking the suspect."

The man was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center under a trauma alert status.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

No other details were given.

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $433M for Friday’s drawing

UPDATE: The winning numbers for Friday, July 20 were: 01-14-30-44-62

Mega Ball: 01

Megaplier: 2

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The Mega Millions jackpot reached $433 million ahead of Friday night’s drawing.

It is the sixth-largest prize in the game’s history, lottery officials said in a news release.

It is also the seventh time the jackpot has exceeded $400 million.

While the top prize is still up for grabs, there were some big winners in Tuesday night’s drawing.

Three $1 million tickets were sold in Florida, New Jersey and Oklahoma, according to lotto officials

2018 seems to be a lucky year for lotto players. Since the last jackpot was won in May, there have been more than 12.4 million winning tickets at all prize levels, according to lotto officials.

A 20-year-old in Florida won a $451 million prize in January, and a food production manager from New Jersey won $533 million in April.

The record for the highest Mega Millions jackpot was set in 2012 when three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split a $656 million prize.

Friday night’s drawing will take place at 11 p.m. ET.

Former Georgia Tech frat president admits raping ex-girlfriend, sentenced to 20 years

A former Georgia Tech fraternity president pleaded guilty to rape Friday, more than two years after police say he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend on her 21st birthday, The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a release detailing the sex crime. 

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Christian Kahf’s ex-girlfriend told police he raped her at least seven times over the course of their relationship, Fulton district attorney spokesman Chris Hopper said in the release. Kahf was sentenced to 20 years in prison with seven years to serve and the remaining 13 years on probation in the Jan. 30, 2016 sexual assault case. He must also complete community service. 

Charges against Kahf, 23, were filed late last year after he told his fraternity brothers he was a “monster ... a rapist ... and a pedophile,” Hopper said. He then “became emotional and abruptly left,” according to the release. Two of his fraternity brothers also told police Kahf admitted “acting inappropriately” with a 7-year-old girl. It was not immediately clear if those allegations were investigated. 

The men reported Kahf’s confession to Georgia Tech police, who interviewed the victim about the allegations. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not publish the names of sexual assault victims.

She told police Kahf first raped her in May 2014 when she was studying abroad in France. Kahf went to visit the woman, who said she was deeply religious and saving her virginity for the man she married. 

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“The victim said one night while she was sleeping she awoke to a pain in her lower pelvic area and abdomen,” Hopper said. “She realized Kahf was having sex with her, and when she told him to stop, he refused and told her to stay quiet.”

The woman confronted Kahf the next morning and said he admitted having sex with her that night. She told police she remained in a relationship due to her religious beliefs and her “devotion to marrying the man she lost her virginity to.” No charges were filed in the incident. 

Roughly two years later, Kahf raped the victim after she celebrated her 21st birthday, Hopper said. The woman was out with her friends going to Atlanta clubs and drinking with Kahf as their designated driver. 

The group later went to Kahf’s fraternity house on Georgia Tech’s campus, where the victim found a place to sleep, Hopper said. The name of the fraternity was not provided.

The woman told police she didn’t recall that night but woke up the next morning and “felt like she had sex,” according to authorities. She confronted Kahf, who she said again admitted to raping her.

Authorities arrested Kahf in November after he admitted to the victim, who was wearing a digital recording device, that “what happened was not consensual that night. I raped you more than once, and I wish I never had.” 

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The woman told police she never reported the rapes out of fear they wouldn’t believe her. 

As part of his sentencing, Kahf was ordered not to contact the victim or her family. He will also be placed on the sex offender registry. 

Moderate alcohol consumption could help boost male fertility, study finds

A healthy diet and lifestyle can help boost male fertility and drinking alcohol could also be effective, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from health institutions in Italy recently conducted a study, published in the Andrology journal, to determine the association between alcohol intake and male reproductive function. 

To do so, they assessed 323 men eligible for assisted reproductive techniques, treatments used to assist people with achieving pregnancy. Nearly 10 percent of the patients were abstainers, 30 percent drank one to three units of alcoholic beverages weekly, 30 percent drank four to seven, and 30 percent drank more than eight.

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In this assessment, consuming four to seven units per week was considered moderate, and one unit is about 125 mL of wine or 330 mL of beer.

The analysts examined the subjects’ semen samples over the course of two years. They also interviewed the men, asking them questions about their physical activity and whether or not they smoked and drank caffeine. 

After analyzing the results, they found those who drank four to seven units of alcohol a week had higher sperm counts and semen volume, compared to the other groups. 

“The question of whether alcohol intake affects male reproductive function is controversial,” the team wrote in the analysis. But in this trial, “(m)oderate alcohol intake appears positively associated to semen quality in male partners.”

>> Related: Just one drink a day can increase your risk of cancer, study finds 

They said the different categorization of alcohol consumption and the different drinking habits of the populations studied may have contributed to the inconsistency between their findings and previous experiments. 

While the scientists are unclear why there could be a relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and male fertility, they believe some drinks have ingredients that promote fertility.

The authors noted that beer and wine contain polyphenols, chemical compounds that have been linked to “strong therapeutic and cell protective potential.”

Despite the findings, the researchers said there were limitations in their study. The data they collected was self-reported, and they did not analyze the role of heavy or binge drinking. Therefore, they believe more research is needed. 

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“As this study has not addressed all concerns regarding the effect of male drinking on reproduction and fertility,” they said, “other domains of reproductive outcomes need further investigation.”

Tourist attraction in Georgia suspends duck boats after Missouri tragedy

Stone Mountain Park in DeKalb County, Georgia, canceled duck boat rides for Friday and Saturday in light of the tragedy in Missouri on Thursday.

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The accident that killed 17 people on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, prompted the metro Atlanta attraction to pause letting visitors ride.

“All of us at Stone Mountain Park are heartbroken about the accident that happened last evening on Ride the Ducks in Branson, Missouri,” the park said in a statement Friday. “As always safety is our top priority here at Stone Mountain Park. Therefore, we have suspended our Ride the Ducks operation until more information about the Branson tragedy becomes available.”

DUKW, known as duck boats, are six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicles that were used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War. 

Since then, duck boat tours have become popular and are offered on lakes and rivers around the United States, including in Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Alabama.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn fired over offensive tweets

The director of the successful “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, James Gunn, has been fired from the franchise’s third installment over offensive tweets about pedophilia and rape.

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The shocking tweets, which had been taken down, aren’t new and Gunn had apologized for them in the past, but conservative media personalities resurfaced the posts from 2008 - 2011 this week, causing a backlash against Gunn, who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.

"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gunn also issued a statement Friday, saying he’s a “very, very different” person than he was a few years ago and that he’s “developed as a person” since he posted the offensive tweets.

"My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative," he said. "I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time."

“I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore,” he said.

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Gunn was fired before a scheduled appearance Friday at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

He was still writing the script for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and was expected to start shooting the movie this fall in Atlanta.

Disney and Marvel Studios saw huge successes with the “Guardian” movies, with the first one making more than $773 million and the second raking in $863, according to THR.

 

Michael Cohen secretly taped Donald Trump in 2016, attorney confirms

Update 7:00 p.m. EDT July 20: An attorney for 

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime former attorney, has confirmed that Cohen secretly recorded conversations with Trump and that he does have a recording made in 2016 before the presidential election about a former Playboy Playmate who claims that she had a year-long affair with Trump in 2006.

Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis denied that the tape would help Trump, as a Trump attorney claimed.

“Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation, and we are sensitive to that. But suffice it to say that when the recording is heard, it will not hurt Michael Cohen. Any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape,” Davis posted on Twitter.

>> Jamie Dupree: Cohen’s lawyer confirms existence of Trump tape 

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Recordings that attorney Michael Cohen secretly made of his longtime client, President Donald Trump, were seized earlier this year when FBI agents raided Cohen’s office, The New York Times reported Friday.

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According to the newspaper, Cohen recorded a conversation he had with Trump two months before the 2016 presidential election, in which they talked about possibly paying Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Playmate who claims that she had a year-long affair with Trump in 2006.

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

Trump and Cohen discussed buying the rights to McDougal's story about one month after the publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc., paid her $150,000, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The recording obtained by authorities was less than two minutes long, according to the Journal. It cut off while the conversation was ongoing, the newspaper reported.

Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed the existence of the recording to the Times, but he said it lasted less than two minutes and that no payment was ultimately made to McDougal.

“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,” Giuliani told the newspaper.

He confirmed to CNN that Cohen also made other recordings, which he described as “mundane discussions.”

The recordings were among the things seized in April by federal agents who raided Cohen’s hotel and office, according to the Times. Other items seized included Cohen’s computer, his phone and several records, The Washington Post reported.

>> Trump allies fear investigators seized Cohen recordings in raid: reports

Trump allies worried after the FBI raid on Cohen was made public earlier this year that recordings might have been among the items seized, as Cohen was known to sometimes tape conversations he had with associates. He kept the recordings as digital files that he would replay for colleagues, the Post reported, citing unidentified sources.

Authorities sought details on Cohen’s efforts to stave off negative publicity of Trump, CBS News and the Times reported. Among other things, authorities sought information on the release of an infamous tape in which the president could be heard on a hot mic making derogatory comments about women and payments Cohen made to a pair of women who claim they had sexual relationships with Trump, including McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels, according to the Times.

>> Trump says he may sue over 'illegal' 2005 'Access Hollywood' videoDaniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, called for the release of what he called the “Trump tapes” on Friday.

"If Michael Cohen is a patriot, then ALL of the tapes should be released to the American people," Avenatti wrote on Twitter. "Now. Too much is at stake."

During the April raid, officials also sought details on the role AMI played in keeping McDougal’s and Daniels’ stories from going public, according to the Times

Just before voters went to polls in the 2016 presidential election, the Journal reported that the company agreed to pay McDougal $150,000 for her story about her affair with Trump. The tabloid never published a story on the alleged affair, which McDougal claims took place in 2006, while Trump was married to his current wife, Melania.

>> National Enquirer paid Trump doorman $30K to spike unproven 'illegitimate child' rumor: AP report

The publisher has denied accusations that McDougal’s story was bought in order to “catch and kill” it in an effort to shield Trump from bad publicity in the run-up to the 2016 election. In a statement, company officials told the Journal that the payment to McDougal was for “two years’ worth of her fitness columns and magazine covers as well as exclusive life rights to any relationship she has had with a then-married man.”

Then-Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied that McDougal and Trump had an affair and told the Journal that campaign officials had “no knowledge” of the agreement between AMI and McDougal.

Man kidnapped, tortured by fake police officers in Tennessee

A man in Memphis, Tennessee, was kidnapped and brutally beaten by a man and a woman who posed as police officers during the attack. An arrest affidavit detailed the horrific crimes, which occurred on July 13. 

PHOTOS: Man kidnapped, tortured by fake police officer in Memphis (WHBQ-TV)

Police said the victim had just gotten into his car to drive to work when a Ford Taurus pulled up behind him with flashing lights. Two people got out of the car wearing vests that read “Police.”

They forced the victim to the ground and took the keys to two of his vehicles. He was placed in handcuffs, a black mask was placed over his head, and he was put in the back of the Taurus.

The victim was then taken to the 7600 block of Reese Road where the brutal torture would start to unfold, according to the arrest affidavit.

The suspects held hot objects to his body, burning his face, neck, and arms. They forced a sock into his mouth and tried to force him to tell them “Where's the money at?” 

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Eventually, the man gave in to the suspects' demands and told them the information to a storage unit including the code to get inside, police said.

The suspects continued to say he was not telling them the truth and threatened to cut off his fingers and toes with saws and pliers, the affidavit states.

When the suspects went into the kitchen, the victim ran out of the room and dove head-first into a window, all while still being handcuffed and with a mask covering his face. 

People who were driving by saw the victim on the ground and were able to help by flagging down officers. Emergency responders made the scene and started to treat the victim, who was covered in second and third-degree burns. 

Police took fingerprints off the Ford Taurus, which was a rental from Avis. Stolen City of Memphis Government tags were also on the car. 

The prints belonged to Anthony Davis, police said.

Detectives said Yolanda Marin was the person who rented the car. 

The victim also identified Davis as someone he spent time in prison with. 

Davis was arrested when he went to meet with his parole officer. Investigators went to his home, and found Martin in the master bedroom.

Davis and Martin are both charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated robbery, possession of a deadly weapon during offense and criminal impersonation.

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