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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at 65 from cancer

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died from cancer Monday at the age of 65, according to a statement from his family and Microsoft.

>> Read more trending news The Seattle and Portland sports teams owner and billionaire philanthropist died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his family confirmed through Allen’s Vulcan Inc.

“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” his sister, Jody Allen, said in a statement

“Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry and our community are indispensable,”  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said. 

“As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world,” Nadella said.

Seattle-based Vulcan Inc., Allen’s company for his network of organizations and initiatives, also released a statement on Allen’s passing.

“Millions of people were touched by his generosity, his persistence in pursuit of a better world, and his drive to accomplish as much as he could with the time and resources at his disposal,” Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf said.

“Paul’s life was diverse and lived with gusto. It reflected his myriad interests in technology, music and the arts, biosciences and artificial intelligence, conservation and in the power of shared experience – in a stadium or a neighborhood – to transform individual lives and whole communities,” Hilf said. 

Allen, in a final social media post, had a message for the world.

“As long as we work together - with both urgency and determination - there are no limits to what we can achieve,” he posted.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.

Original story: Microsoft co-founder and business entrepreneur Paul Allen’s cancer has returned. 

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Allen announced on social media Monday that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he was diagnosed with in 2009 - and that he beat - has returned.

“I’ve begun treatment and my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result,” Allen said in a post on Twitter.

Allen, one of the wealthiest people in the U.S., with a fortune estimated at $20 billion, according to his biography, was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1983, which prompted him to resign from Microsoft to battle the disease.

He first met Bill Gates when Gates was 12 and he was 14 when the two went to the same school in Seattle. By 1975, the two college dropouts founded Microsoft together.

>> Related: Study: Obesity linked to 11 types of cancer as overweight population grows

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or NHL, is a cancer of the white blood cells, which help the body fight off infection, and usually starts in the lymph nodes or other lymph tissue, according to the American Cancer Society. It mostly affects adults, but children can get it, too.

Last runaway cow from Georgia interstate crash caught

Two weeks after a trailer hauling 89 cows tipped over on I-285 in suburban Atlanta, the last runaway calf has been caught, the Georgia Department of Transportation said Monday.

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GDOT crews had been working to get the cow “out of harm’s way” Monday morning, according to a tweet from the agency’s metro Atlanta district. The tweet showed the animal in a wooded area.

The cow was near Cobb Parkway at the I-285 and I-75 exchange, GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale told

>> 11 cows killed, 78 rescued after crash

It was rescued by authorities just after 2 p.m. Monday

The cow was one of several calves that roamed free near the interstate on Oct. 1 after the trailer crashed shortly before 4 a.m. on the I-285 East ramp at the I-75 interchange, causing a traffic nightmare that lasted much of the day. Eleven cows were killed in the crash.

Crews spent nearly all day rounding up the cows, several of which made their way onto interstate highways and nearby roads and parks.

Woman bit officer at oyster festival in New York, police say

A New York woman was arrested Sunday for allegedly biting a police officer at an oyster festival, News12 Long Island reported.

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Molly Dutrow, 24, was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree identity theft, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, four counts of petty larceny, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with an injury and unlawful possession of marijuana.

According to Nassau County police, Dutrow refused to pay the $10 parking fee at the Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay as she was leaving the lot at 5:15 p.m., Newsday reported.

As Dutrow pulled away, her vehicle brushed against the parking attendant and knocked her down, the newspaper reported. The attendant suffered minor injuries to her leg, police said.

An officer spotted Dutrow's Dodge Dart a short distance from the parking lot and tried to arrest her, Newsday reported

Dutrow then allegedly bit an officer on the hand and resisted arrest, News12 Long Island reported.

"When the officer came, she ran and they chased her and captured her," police spokesman Detective Vincent Garcia said. "She bit the officer in the left hand." 

Police said Dutrow was driving on a suspended license and had two marijuana joints in her pocket, Newsday reported. While in the back seat of the police cruiser, officer noticed Dutrow “wriggling about” and found a small bag of marijuana that had not been there before, police said.

Hurricane Michael aftermath: Waffle House opens food truck in Panama City 

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, Waffle House has opened a food truck in Panama CIty, Florida, to distribute free food to the victims of the storm.

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The restaurant chain posted the news on its Twitter feed Monday.

>> Waffle House in Panama City closes ahead of storm

The food truck is set up at 631 W. 15th St. in Panama City, Waffle House tweeted. Food will be available at the truck until 6 p.m. local time.

Waffle House used the #ScatteredSmotheredandRecover hashtag in its tweet. The company included a photograph of the food truck set up below a damaged Waffle House sign.

Father and son swept away by high tide while fishing in Florida identified

The  bodies of a Florida father and son were identified by officials with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after the pair were swept away by a high tide while fishing Saturday at Ft. George Inlet.

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Eric Smart, a member of the U.S. Navy,  was found close to 10 p.m. Saturday, and crews located the body of his son, Derrick Smart, 7, on Sunday morning.

The boy's grandmother said Derrick was a good swimmer who loved the water. She is asking the community for prayers for her family. She said that Derrick was her daughter's only child. 

Family members said emergency crews searched for about an hour Sunday before recovering the little boy’s body.

Police were first called to the Nassau Sound Bridge Saturday just before 4:30 p.m. Officials said a father and his son were fishing when the tide swept them into the water.

>> Trending: Trump, first lady set to tour Hurricane Michael damage in Florida Panhandle, Georgia

Police said the two were last seen in the water by a witness and that the father was holding his son, trying to swim back to shore.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department initially confirmed that crews are searching for two people in the water.

>> Trending: Kennel worker fired after video allegedly shows him kneeing dog in throat

Jet skis, boats and a helicopter were used by emergency crews searching the water. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also assisted in search efforts.

Patriots ban fan shown throwing beer in face of Chiefs player

The fan seen throwing beer on Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill moments after he scored his third touchdown against the Patriots during Sunday night’s overtime game has been banned from Gillette Stadium, team officials said. 

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It was clear through television replays that fans at Gillette Stadium were not saying nice things and were making obscene gestures to Hill, but it was also immediately clear one of them crossed the line by throwing beer directly into his face after his 75-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Hill made seven catches for 142 yards Sunday night, and the 75-yard catch tied the game at 40 with slightly more than three minutes remaining in regulation.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the Patriots organization said it had turned over the fan's identify to local law enforcement and issued "a letter of disinvite to all future events at Gillette Stadium."

The beer toss, along with several rude gestures made to Hill, were widely derided on social media Monday morning, but Hill later reportedly began exploring legal options against the fan. 

The Patriots (4-2) won 43-40 in overtime against the Chiefs (5-1).

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White woman who blocked black man from entering his St. Louis apartment fired

A white woman shown on a viral video blocking a black man from entering a loft to his downtown St. Louis apartment was fired from her job Sunday, KMOV reported.

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In a cellphone video posted to his Facebook page, D’Arreon Toles documented a confrontation between himself and a female tenant at the Elder Shirt Lofts. Toles, 24, said he was returning from a late shift Friday when the woman, who was walking a dog on a leash, asked what unit he lives in, the Post-Dispatch reported.

In the video, Toles can be heard telling the woman, "You are blocking me into my building. This is my building as well. So, I need you to get out of my way."

“I’m uncomfortable," the woman says in the video.

"OK, you can be uncomfortable," Toles says in the video.

In the video, the woman follows Toles to the front door of his apartment, KSDK reported.

Thirty minutes later, St. Louis police appeared at his apartment, according to Toles’ Facebook post. No citations were issued.

A St. Louis police sergeant confirmed a 911 call was made to the building, but no report was written, KSDK reported.

"Did this really just happen to me? It happened to me. I am really taken away by the moment," Toles told KMOV. "I was kind of blown away, shocked and like ‘Wow.’ I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way."

“To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,” Toles wrote on Facebook.

Tribeca-STL, a luxury apartment company that says it is a minority-owned business, confirmed that the woman worked for the company, KMOV reported. In a statement, the company’s owners said they were “disturbed” by the video. The company also said in its statement that the property did not belong to Tribeca-STL and that the employee was interacting with Toles at her own private residence.

“We do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company, Tribeca-STL said in its statement. 

The woman, who has not been identified publicly, did not respond to requests for comment by several news organizations.

"I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that, Toles told KMOV. “I wish her the best. I would still have a conversation with her.” 

US Embassy apologizes after photo of cat in Cookie Monster costume is emailed by mistake

The United States embassy in Canberra, Australia, is apologizing after it says the U.S. Department of State mistakenly sent out an email invitation to a meeting with a photo of a cat in a Cookie Monster costume.

The Australian Associated Press reported that the email, with the subject line, “meeting,” was sent because of a training error, according to U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counselor Gavin Sundwall. It contained a photo of a tabby cat in a Cookie Monster costume holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies. It also included the title, “cat pajama-jam.”

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The message also included Latin text and an RSVP option, BuzzFeed News reported.

“Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pajama-jam’ party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," he wrote in a follow-up email two days after the original. 

“It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.”

The BBC reported that Sundwall said there would be new controls implemented to prevent something similar happening again in the future.

Although the gaffe may be embarrassing, the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand tweeted amusement about it.

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