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'Cold medicine' killing: Suspect in wife's death obsessed with 'American Psycho,' warrants say

An aspiring North Carolina pastor charged with first-degree murder in his wife's stabbing death was "obsessed" with "American Psycho," search warrants say.

>> Wife stabbed 123 times in alleged 'cold medicine' killing, autopsy shows

Last fall, Matthew Phelps, 29, of Raleigh, told authorities that he might have fatally stabbed his wife, Lauren, also 29, after he took more than the recommended dose of cough medicine, according to USA Today. In a Sept. 1 call to 911, Phelps reportedly said he woke up after a bad dream to find his wife dead and covered in blood.

>> Man claims cold medicine caused fatal stabbing of wife

An autopsy later found 123 stab wounds and cuts on Lauren's body.

According to warrants unsealed this week, Phelps posted images from a popular film about a serial killer to his Instagram account.

"It was learned that Matthew Phelps was obsessed with the movie 'American Psycho,' and this Instagram account shows numerous photographs of scenes from the movie and Phelps dressed as the main character," the warrant said, according to The News & Observer. "The movie is about a serial killer, and Phelps expressed interest to a friend regarding what it would be like to kill someone."

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The warrants also said Phelps often argued with Lauren, who was "preparing to end the relationship," The News & Observer reported.

Read more here and here.

Parents find long-lost daughter after 24-year search

A couple in southwest China recently found their missing daughter after searching for 24 years.

>> Watch the video here

According to the BBC, Wang Mingqing and Liu Dengying of Chengdu lost their 3-year-old daughter, Qifeng, in 1994 after Wang left the family's fruit stand to get some change. Although the parents launched what would become a decades-long search, buying newspaper ads, posting descriptions online and scouring the city, police could not find the girl.

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But things started to change in 2015, when Wang started working as a taxi driver to expand his search. He put a sign on his car and handed out flyers to his passengers. Chinese media outlets learned of his efforts and shared his story. 

Two years later, a police sketch artist who had heard about Wang's search drew an age-progressed picture of Qifeng. Last month, 27-year-old Kang Ying, who lives 1,700 miles away in the northeastern province of Jilin, saw the image and thought it looked a lot like her, the Global Times reported. Kang, who was adopted and grew up just 12 miles from Chengdu, tracked down Wang on social media and took a DNA test, which confirmed that she was his missing daughter.

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The family had an emotional reunion Tuesday in Chengdu.

"The whole world told me I didn't have a mother, but I do," Kang told thecover.cnaccording to the BBC.

And Wang was finally able to give his daughter a hug again.

"Daddy loves you," he said.

Who was Nasim Najafi Aghdam, YouTube shooting suspect?

Police have identified the woman they say shot and injured three people before killing herself Tuesday at YouTube's San Bruno, California, headquarters.

Here's what we know about Nasim Najafi Aghdam, 39, of Southern California:

>> RELATED STORY: Female suspect identified in shooting of three people at YouTube’s California headquarters

1. Aghdam, a San Diego resident, was a longtime user of the video platform. According to NBC News, she had channels in several languages, including Farsi, Turkish and English. Her most popular channel had 5,000 subscribers, KGO reported

2. She described herself on YouTube as a "vegan bodybuilder" and "animal rights activist promoting healthy and humane living." NBC News reported that many of her videos "focused on animal rights and veganism, mixed in with bizarre musical parodies." On her website, Aghdam claimed that she created "the very first Persian vegan TV commercial and vegan music video" in 2010.

>> YouTube shooting: Where is YouTube's headquarters and how big is the campus?

3. She believed that YouTube was trying to reduce her video views and suppress her content. "She was always complaining that YouTube ruined her life," her brother, Shahran, told the Mercury News.

"She was angry," added her father, Ismail.

Aghdam slammed YouTube on her website, saying one of her workout videos "got age restricted after new close-minded youtube [sic] employees, got control of my farsi youtube channel last year 2016 & began filtering my videos to reduce views & suppress & diacaurage [sic] me from making videos!" 

She added: "There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos!"

4. Her father said he reported Aghdam missing before the shooting and warned police that she was angry with YouTube. According to the Mercury News, police in Mountain View found her sleeping in her car and called him early Tuesday. He said officers told him that the situation was "under control."

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5. San Bruno police said there's "no evidence" that Aghdam knew the victims "or that individuals were specifically targeted." According to The Associated Press, the injured include a man, 36, in critical condition; a woman, 32, in serious condition; and another woman, 27, in fair condition.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive.

Boy bullied for having different-colored eyes, cleft lip adopts cat that looks like him

A bullied Oklahoma boy and his adorable new best friend look like they could be twins — well, almost.

According to "Today," Madden Humphreys, 7, of Owasso started feeling sad after other children made fun of his cleft lip and different-colored eyes, also known as heterochromia iridium.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

“He wasn’t (insecure) until other kids started pointing it out to him and then saying not nice things to him,” his mother, Christina Humphreys, told "Today." 

But Christina soon found something she knew would cheer him up — a rescue cat that looked like her son.

“Last week, a friend posted an image of the cat in our cleft moms group," she wrote in a now-viral post for Love What Matters. "This kitty was taken in by a rescue group in Minnesota. We knew immediately that this kitty was meant to be part of our family. Not only does he have a cleft lip like our 7-year-old son Madden, he also has complete heterochromia iridum, like Madden. They were destined to be best friends. Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone."

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Although money was tight, friends helped the family fund the road trip to Minnesota. There, they adopted the cat, Moon.

“We’re usually not spontaneous people, but we knew that we were meant to love this kitty," she wrote for Love What Matters. "Moon, the kitty, and Madden are the perfect companions for each other. In a word full of bullies and hateful words, we will choose to chase love. I think it’s safe to say that this kitty is love, and was certainly meant to be part of our journey and Madden’s journey."

You can follow Madden and Moon on Instagram at @maddenandmoon.

Read more here and here.

Channing Tatum, wife Jenna Dewan Tatum separate; internet declares, 'Love is dead'

Actors Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan Tatum are separating, the couple tweeted Monday night.

>> PHOTOS: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum through the years

>> RELATED STORY: Chris Pratt, Anna Faris announce separation

"We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple," their joint statement read. "We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision – just two best friends realizing it's time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible."

>> Read the full statement here

According to The Associated Press, the pair, who met during filming of the 2006 movie "Step Up," were married for almost nine years and have one daughter, 4-year-old Everly.

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Distressed fans flocked to Twitter to mourn the couple's split.

Read more here.

Pippa Middleton's father-in-law arrested, charged with raping a minor

The millionaire father-in-law of "almost royal" Pippa Middleton, sister of Britain's Duchess Catherine, has been charged with raping a minor.

>> Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews in 'almost royal' wedding

According to the Daily Beast, 74-year-old David Matthews — whose son, James, is married to Middleton — was arrested in Paris last week and charged with "rape of a minor by a person having authority over her." He was questioned and released but is "under formal investigation by a magistrate," the Telegraph reported.

The alleged victim reported the incident, which reportedly occurred in 1998 or 1999, last year, according to the Telegraph.

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Matthews has denied the allegations, the Telegraph reported. Representatives for the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, have not commented.

Read more here or here.

5 ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Rejoice, PB&J lovers: Now you have the perfect excuse to enjoy your favorite treat.

According to NationalDayCalendar.com, April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate:

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1. Make a PB&J. (Yes, this one is pretty obvious.) According to the New York Daily News, a 2016 survey by Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter found that the average American will eat nearly 3,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during his or her lifetime. Read more here.

2. Try something a little more adventurous. Is the traditional PB&J not really your thing? If you’re feeling brave, check out this recipe for Spicy Peanut Butter & Jelly Ramen:

3. Eat like the “King.” According to Elaine Dundy's book "Elvis and Gladys," Elvis Presley would eat "sandwich after sandwich of his favorite – peanut butter, sliced bananas and crisp bacon." Get the book here. 

4. Bake a cake. HuffPost raves about the School-Lunch Cake from Caroline Wright’s “Cake Magic!” cookbook. Check out the recipe here.

5. Help us settle the great debate. Which style of peanut butter better – crunchy or creamy? "Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky," the National Peanut Board says on its website. There's also a geographic divide: East Coast residents tend to like smooth peanut butter, while West Coasters like theirs crunchy, according to the site.

What do you think? Weigh in with our poll:

Frank Stallone apologizes to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for profane Twitter rant

Actor and musician Frank Stallone took to Twitter on Sunday to apologize for an expletive-filled rant mocking David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Frank Stallone slams Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg in expletive-laden tweet

"To everyone and to David Hogg especially," Stallone began. "I want to deeply apologize for my irresponsible words. I would never in a million years wish or promote violence to anyone anywhere on this planet. After what these kids went through I'm deeply ashamed. Please accept my apology. Frank."

>> See the tweet here

The apology came one day after Stallone, the younger brother of actor Sylvester Stallone, slammed Hogg in a profane tweet.

>> Laura Ingraham takes week off from show amid David Hogg-led ad boycott

"This David Hogg [expletive] is getting a little big for his britches," Stallone wrote Saturday in the now-deleted tweet, according to Newsweek. "I'm sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little [expletive]. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He's the worst rep for today's youth headline grabbing punk."

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

Hogg recently made news after organizing an advertiser boycott against conservative TV host Laura Ingraham when she mocked him over his college rejections.

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Stallone's tweet quickly sparked backlash as celebrities and other social media users defended Hogg while taking jabs at Stallone's career.

Stallone made his Twitter account private after the backlash.

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

"Hi I just made my account private so I don't have to listen to a bunch of computer hero's [sic] telling me how tough they [are] and I'm not," Stallone explained in a tweet Saturday afternoon. "In this country you can choose your company."

>> See the tweet here

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His Twitter account was made public again Sunday.

Texas teen accepted to 20 top-tier colleges, gets full-ride scholarships to all of them

A Texas teen has a big decision to make after he was accepted to 20 top-tier colleges – and scored a full-ride scholarship to each one.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

According to CNN, Micheal Brown, a senior at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in Houston, wowed admissions offices at every elite school he applied to, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown and Vanderbilt. 

>> Watch his reaction to getting accepted to Stanford

The 17-year-old – who has a 4.68 grade-point average, 1540 SAT score and 34 ACT score – won "a combination of merit- and financial-based scholarships and grants" to the schools, the New York Times reported. He also earned other scholarships totaling $260,000, according to CNN.

"It's something I'm proud of because I see my hard work paying off, determination paying off, sacrifices paying off," he told CNN.

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Brown – who participated in his high school's student government, Key Club, debate team and mock trial – said he plans to major in political science and possibly economics, CNN and the New York Times reported.

He plans to select a school May 1.

Read more here or here.

WATCH: Pope Francis delivers Easter message after Mass at the Vatican

Pope Francis delivered his annual Easter message Sunday after leading Mass at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

>> Watch the Mass here

>> PHOTOS: Pope Francis leads Easter Mass at the Vatican

In his “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the city and the world”) message, the pope asked for prayers for Syria; the Holy Land, Yemen and the Middle East; Africa; North and South Korea; Ukraine; and Venezuela.

>> Click here to watch

>> What is Easter Monday and how is it celebrated?

The pope also prayed for children who “grow up without hope, lacking education and health care” and elderly people “who are cast off by a selfish culture,” according to Catholic news site Crux.

>> Read more trending news 

See more at the Vatican's website here.

Frank Stallone slams Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg in expletive-laden tweet

Actor and musician Frank Stallone is facing backlash after he reportedly slammed David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

>> UPDATE: Frank Stallone apologizes to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for profane Twitter rant

>> Laura Ingraham takes week off from show amid David Hogg-led ad boycott

"This David Hogg [expletive] is getting a little big for his britches," Stallone wrote Saturday in a now-deleted tweet, according to Newsweek. "I'm sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little [expletive]. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He's the worst rep for today's youth headline grabbing punk."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Hogg recently made news after organizing an advertiser boycott against conservative TV host Laura Ingraham when she mocked him over his college rejections.

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

The tweet by Stallone, who is Sylvester Stallone's younger brother, quickly sparked backlash. Here's what people were saying:

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Stallone has since made his Twitter account private.

Read more here.

Laura Ingraham takes week off from Fox News show after David Hogg-led ad boycott

Fox News host Laura Ingraham is taking a week off from her Fox News show, "The Ingraham Angle," amid an advertiser boycott led by David Hogg, a survivor of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

>> Advertisers abandon Laura Ingraham’s Fox show after she mocks Parkland survivor

"A blessed Good Friday and Passover to all of you," she said Friday on her show. "I'll be off next week for Easter break with my kids, but fear not: We've got a great lineup of guest hosts to fill in for me."

>> See the clip here

According to the New York Times, Fox News said Ingraham's time off is for a "preplanned" family vacation.

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

The news came after at least 11 advertisers announced they would no longer advertise on Ingraham's show following backlash over a tweet she posted mocking Hogg's college rejections.

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

"David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it," she wrote, adding that he was "dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA ... totally predictable given acceptance rates."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Hogg responded by asking Ingraham who her biggest advertisers are and organized a boycott. Wayfair, Nestle, Hulu, TripAdvisor and other companies soon pulled their ads from the show.

>> School district arms students, teachers with rocks in case of school shooting

Ingraham issued an apology Thursday, saying she was sorry "for any upset or hurt my tweet caused [Hogg] or any of the brave victims of Parkland."

Hogg replied that he would accept Ingraham's apology "only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight," adding, "It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children."

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After learning of Ingraham's weeklong break, Hogg tweeted: "Have some healthy reflections this Holy Week."

Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

Musician Ted Nugent is facing backlash after he reportedly said survivors of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting who are pushing for tougher gun laws "have no soul."

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

According to The Associated Press, Nugent, a National Rifle Association board member, called the teens who have attacked the NRA "mushy brained children" Friday on "The Joe Pags Show."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies," Nugent said. "I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless. To attack the good, law-abiding families of America when well-known, predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless. These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable: They have no soul."

>> Who are the Top 10 recipients of NRA money?

Responding to a video that showed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez criticizing politicians for taking "blood money" donations from the NRA, Nugent added:

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"The level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity. Again, the National Rifle Association are a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. We have no blood on our hands. No NRA member has ever been involved in any mass shootings at all; in fact, the National Rifle Association is the lone organization that has taught firearm safety in schools, and for law enforcement, and for military, and for children's organizations and family organizations around the country for 100 years. So once again, this poor, pathetic individual is a liar."

>> School district arms students, teachers with rocks in case of school shooting

Stoneman Douglas students and their supporters flocked to Twitter to slam Nugent's comments:

Read more here.

Caroline Sunshine, ex-Disney Channel star, joins Trump White House as press assistant

A former Disney Channel actress is shaking things up with the latest addition to her résumé.

>> Trump replacing VA Sec. David Shulkin with his personal physician Ronny L. Jackson

According to CNN, 22-year-old Caroline Sunshine, who starred in the Disney Channel show "Shake It Up" from 2010 to 2013, was recently hired as a White House press assistant. 

>> Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

A White House spokeswoman issued the following statement Wednesday to CNN:

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"Caroline Sunshine was a White House intern. In college, she was involved with the American Enterprise Institute and an active member of her school's Model United Nations team. Prior to her internship at the White House, Caroline interned for the Office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the College Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party."

Read more here.

NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Donations to the National Rifle Association reportedly tripled in February, increasing dramatically after the deadly Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

According to CNN, the NRA Political Victory Fund, a political action committee, received $779,063 in donations last month, compared with $247,985 in January, Federal Election Commission filings show.

>> Fake photo of Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez tearing Constitution stirs controversy

Additionally, the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that monitors political contributions, reported that the NRA's PAC collected $70,870 from individuals who donated $200 or more from Feb. 15 to 28, up from $27,100 from Jan. 31 to Feb. 13.

Read more here and here.

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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $502 million

Ever dream of becoming a billionaire? If you win Friday's Mega Millions jackpot, you'll be halfway there.

According to the Mega Millions website, nobody matched all six numbers – 7, 25, 43, 56, 59 and Mega Ball 13 – in Tuesday's drawing, so Friday's jackpot has soared to $502 million.

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Two tickets – one sold in Illinois and another in New Jersey – matched five numbers to win $1 million, the lottery said.

Friday's jackpot is the 10th largest in U.S. history, the lottery said.

Read more here.

Ex-clown runs for Congress in South Carolina

Steve Lough wasn't clowning around when he launched a bid for Congress in South Carolina.

>> Watch a video of Lough here

According to The Associated Press, the Democrat and former circus clown is vying to represent the state's 5th Congressional District. Republican Rep. Ralph Norman currently holds the seat.

The Dartmouth and Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College alum supports universal health care and believes "assault weapons have no place in civilian hands," according to his campaign websiteClownForCongress.com.

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Lough, originally from Camden, will face off against four other candidates in the Democratic primary June 12.

Read more here.

Planned Parenthood branch deletes tweet calling for Disney princess who has had an abortion

A Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood branch stirred controversy on social media Tuesday after tweeting that Disney should have a "princess who's had an abortion."

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According to USA Today, Planned Parenthood Keystone in Lehigh County posted the following now-deleted tweet to its official account

"We need a disney [sic] princess who's had an abortion," the tweet read. "We need a disney [sic] princess who's pro-choice. We need a disney [sic] princess who's an undocumented immigrant. We need a disney [sic] princess who's actually a union worker. We need a disney [sic] princess who's trans.”

>> See a screenshot of the tweet here

The tweet immediately drew criticism from anti-abortion activists.

Planned Parenthood President and CEO Melissa Reed issued the following statement in response to the backlash, according to USA Today:

“Today, we joined an ongoing Twitter conversation about the kinds of princesses people want to see in an attempt to make a point about the importance of telling stories that challenge stigma and championing stories that too often don’t get told," Reed said. "Upon reflection, we decided that the seriousness of the point we were trying to make was not appropriate for the subject matter or context, and we removed the tweet.”

Read more here.

Parents charged with murder in death of 2-month-old baby

A Texas couple is facing capital murder charges after their 2-month-old baby died.

MORE CRIME NEWS: Police: Newborn baby starved by parentsPastor who starved toddler to death to ‘exorcise demon’ gets 99 years

According to KGBT, 21-year-old Beverly Garcia of Elsa and 23-year-old Braulio Villegas of Mercedes were arraigned Monday, one week after the baby was brought to a Weslaco hospital with a skull fracture and multiple bruises, authorities said. The infant, who was unresponsive, died after being removed from life support Saturday, the Monitor reported.

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A Child Protective Services investigation found evidence of foul play, KGBT reported.

Read more here or here

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