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Comey memos: What is in them, how does President Trump respond

Now that Washington watchers have had time to digest the memos written by former FBI director James Comey, what do the written notes say about the relationship between the former director and President Donald Trump?

Comey gave the memos to Congress Thursday. They describe conversations between the president and himself from Jan. 7, 2017 through April 11, 2017, CNN reported.

The memos are what led to Robert Mueller’s appointment to special counsel investigating Russia’s ties to influence the 2016 presidential election, CNN reported.

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The New York Times reported that the memorandums show Comey saying Trump was distracted by focusing on political rivals and that he was afraid that bureaucrats and government officials were trying to undermine him.

Click here to read the memos, via the Washington Post.

>>Read from our Washington Insider Jamie Dupree: Trump denounces Comey, Russia probe, after release of Comey memos

Some of the highlights from the memos according to CNN:

  • Jan. 7: Trump was adamant that “There were no prostitutes; there were never prostitutes” during a 2013 trip to Moscow.
  • Jan. 27: Trump tells Comey that “The hookers thing is nonsense,” but later “Putin had told him, ‘We have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world.’” Trump also told Comey during the same day that he had “serious reservations” about Flynn’s judgement.
  • Feb. 8: Comey wrote about a meeting with Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff at the time, who asked Comey if the discussion was a “private conversation” then asked Comey, “Do you have a FISA order on Mike Flynn?”
  • March 30: Trump said he would have won Obamacare repeal if there wasn’t a cloud of the Russian investigation.
  • April 11: Trump tells Comey that he has been loyal to the former FBI director, “I have been very loyal to you, very loyal, we had that thing, you know.” CNN reported that the conversation about loyalty was in reference to his request for loyalty from those under him that he requested before the inauguration. Comey told the then president-elect that he would give “honesty.” Trump responded “honest loyalty.”

In another memo, one from Jan. 28, Comey said that Trump reprimanded Flynn for not scheduling a return call from a head of state who was offering congratulations for his election win. “In telling the story, the President pointed his fingers at his head and said, ‘the guy has serious judgment issues,’” Comey wrote in the memo, but Comey admitted he did not say anything at the time of Trump’s statement, the Washington Post reported.

>>Read more from Jamie Dupree: Instant leaks as feds deliver Comey memos to Congress

Trump disagrees with Comey’s recount of what was discussed, and outlined, in the memos. He took to his usual platform of Twitter to state his displeasure with the memos, continuing to call the Mueller investigation a “witch hunt.”

He also attacked Comey over the director’s recently published book.

Police: Mother facing charges after student, 7, attends school with cocaine in system 

An Ohio woman is facing charges after her 7-year-old child allegedly was high on cocaine while attending class Monday, police said.

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The child is a student at North Elementary School in Urbana, one of the district’s kindergarten and first-grade schools, and was acting very unusual in the late morning, police and school officials said.

“The student was drowsy, groggy and they thought there might be a blood sugar question,” Urbana Superintendent Charles Thiel said.

Thiel said the student’s classroom was quarantined and administrators called 911.

The student was taken to Urbana Mercy Health Hospital, where it was determined the substance in the student’s system was cocaine.

The child received treatment and was later released, but it’s not known whether the student has returned to school after the incident.

“It’s a terrible situation for one of our youngest students to have to be in an environment in which the ingestion of an illegal substance occurs,” Thiel said.

The child’s mother appeared to be under the influence of multiple drugs, including cocaine and fentanyl, when she showed up at the hospital, according to police.

Police said it’s likely the student inhaled the drug prior to the start of the school day while staying at a Springfield home.

The mother is currently being held at Tri-County Jail and is facing multiple felony drug abuse charges, police said.

Tammy Duckworth makes Senate history, votes with infant daughter in her arms 

Maile Pearl Bowlsbey doesn’t know it, but the 10-day-old infant made history Thursday at the U.S. Senate.

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Her mother, Tammy Duckworth, became the first person to cast a vote on the Senate floor with her newborn in her arms, The New York Times reported.

The Democrat from Illinois participated in Thursday’s vote on the confirmation of Republican Rep. James Bridenstine as NASA’s new administrator. Duckworth voted against confirmation, but the Senate approved Bridenstine by a 50-49 vote, CNN reported.

Duckworth, who already made history as the first U.S. senator to give birth, was elated about another groundbreaking day.

"It feels great," Duckworth said. "It is about time, huh?"

>> Tammy Duckworth becomes 1st senator to give birth while in office

Wednesday, the Senate changed a longtime rule to allow newborns on the Senate floor during voting, CNN reported. The vote passed by unanimous consent and allows senators with infants under 1 year old to bring the child onto the Senate field and even breastfeed during the voting, CNN reported.

"I think it's historic, I think it's amazing," Duckworth told reporters.

Duckworth led the charge for the rule change.

Before Thursday’s vote, she tweeted: "May have to vote today. Maile's outfit is prepped. Made sure she has a jacket so she doesn't violate the Senate floor dress code requiring blazers. Not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies but I think we're ready."

The tweet referenced Capitol Hill's previous rule, which required women -- reporters and lawmakers -- to wear dresses and blouses with sleeves, CNN reported.

The infant brought a more gentle atmosphere to the Senate.

“She’s so beautiful,” New York Democrat Chuck Schumer said. 

When reporters responded with an “awwww,” Schumer cracked that “The press is finally interested in something worthwhile,” the Times reported.

Bake off star recounts being detained for taking baggies of powder through airport security

She looks like the grandma who has to cook for everyone, but Mary Berry, star of “The Great British Bake Off,” has a dark past.

Berry recently recounted the time that airport security detained her for taking bags of powder through airport security, Metro reported.

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Berry told Graham Norton, “I was arrested 25 years ago. I was going to the US to do some cookery demonstrations and was worried that there might be problems so I weighed out all the ingredients - flour, sugar - and put them all in little plastic bags.”

You can imagine what came next.

The K-9’s zeroed in on her bags, Independent reported.

“Suddenly I was surrounded by uniformed people and my assistant and I were put in separate cells. It was alarming. When I was asked if I was going to make money from the stuff, I said, ‘I do and my fee has already been agreed,’” Berry told Norton.

Berry was on “The Graham Norton Show” to promote her new BBC series, “Britain’s Best Home Cook.”

Family returning from Disney desperate to find lost teddy bear along I-77

A family from New York driving home from a trip to Disney World is desperate to find their little girl's teddy bear, and think it may have been lost in the Charlotte area.

The family was driving along Interstate 77 in Rock Hill on April 13 when they think the stuffed animal fell out the window.

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The girl’s mother, Amy Earley, said in a Facebook post that the bear means the world to her. That post has been shared hundreds of times and has dozens of comments.

Earley said her 3-year-old daughter has never gone a day without the bear and is completely heartbroken.

The family went on a Disney vacation in Orlando, and in photographs from the trip, the little girl is seen holding the bear everywhere the family went.

The family stopped in Rock Hill on the way home and stayed at a Comfort Suites. They think the bear may have fallen out the window of their car on I-77 northbound, between the hotel and exit 30 in Davidson.

Earley is pleading for help and has offered a $500 reward.

Judge forces David Copperfield to reveal 'Lucky #13' magic trick

David Copperfield was forced to shatter his most famous illusion.

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The famed magician was ordered in court Tuesday to break the Magicians Oath in court Tuesday, the BBC reported. A judge ordered Copperfield to explain one of his most famous tricks -- the Lucky #13 -- during a trial involving a man who claimed he was injured during the stunt.

British tourist Gavin Cox, 58, filed a negligence lawsuit against the illusionist, Time reported. Cox claimed he fell while participating in the Lucky #13 trick at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 2013, the BBC reported. In the trick, Copperfield makes 13 audience members, chosen at random, disappear on stage and then reappear at the back of the room, the BBC reported. 

Cox told NBC News that he has suffered chronic pain and brain injury and has spent more than $400,000 on medical bills.

Copperfield’s attorney argued that revealing the secret would be financially detrimental, but a Las Vegas district court ruled against the magician

A Las Vegas district court rejected Copperfield’s defense, which argued that disclosing the secret behind the trick would be financially detrimental to him. He was ordered to explain how the trick was done.

Spoiler alert: Copperfield’s executive producer testified that when the curtain falls, the 13 volunteers are taken through passageways that circle the MGM building. They exit the building and then re-enter at the back of the theater, Time reported.

“There was a duty by the defendants to provide a safe environment to the audience participants,” Cox’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said in the opening statements.

What does '420' mean? Here are 10 things you may not know about the term

You may not realize it, but Friday is a holiday, of sorts.On April 20 – or 4/20 – marijuana advocates around the world gather to celebrate, in a variety of ways, the cannabis plant. Last year, thousands gathered in cities across the United States to consume marijuana in places where it is legal to do so, as well as places where it isn’t.

If you are not familiar with the term “420” as it is used in the marijuana culture, here’s a look at its origins and its meaning.

1. The term “420” was first associated with marijuana use in 1971.

2. It was the time of day when a group of California high school students who called themselves the “Waldos” decided to meet to hunt for a rumored abandoned stash of cannabis. The students would meet at 4:20 p.m. near a statue of Louis Pasteur on the grounds of San Rafael High School to go to search for the crop. If one of the Waldos called for a “4:20 Louis” it meant that everyone was to meet at the statue to search for the marijuana.

3. Eventually, “4:20 Louis” became just “4:20,” and the number was recognized not as a call to hunt for the abandoned cannabis, but as a code word for smoking pot.

4. The members of the band the Grateful Dead moved to the San Rafael area from San Francisco in 1970. They had connections to some of the parents of the Waldos, and eventually picked up the phrase and began using it.

5. The term spread past San Rafael with the help of the Grateful Dead and after a story about the Waldos appeared in “High Times.” Another story in the magazine suggested that 4:20 was an “accepted” hour to use cannabis.

6. April 20 is observed around the country and around the world as a time to gather together to smoke pot. In places where it is illegal to sell it, it is often given away on that day.

7. Some believe that the number 420 refers to the anniversary of the deaths of Bob Marley or Jimi Hendrix. It does not. Neither died on April 20.

8. It is not a police code for someone smoking marijuana, either.

9. Snapchat may allow users to display a 420 graphic on Friday.

10. Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream and Sour Patch Kids candy were the top two requested “munchies” delivered by goPuff in 2016. The on-demand delivery company saw an 80 percent increase in orders for food such as chips, cookies, candy and beef jerky on April 20, 2016, according to company officials. 

Oh, boy! Michigan couple with 13 sons adds No. 14

A Michigan couple with 13 sons just added another child into the family -- and yes, it was another boy.

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Jay and Kateri Schwandt of Rockford welcomed an 8-pound, 4-ounce boy Wednesday night, WOOD-TV reported. The boy was born at 5:56 p.m. and measured 21 inches long. He also was five days early, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

The Schwandts’ other boys range in age from 2 to 25. 

When the couple was expecting their 13th child, a genetics counselor calculated the chances of giving birth to 12 boys consecutively at .02 percent, the Press reported.

Kateri Schwandt also came from a family of 14 children. The couple decided against learning the baby’s sex before the birth, The Detroit Free Press reported.

"That's like opening your Christmas presents on Thanksgiving,” Jay Schwandt told Yahoo! News.

He also said this child would be the couple’s final one -- but Kateri said her husband said that after the 13th child was born.

He also said child No. 14 would be the last — but his wife noted he also said that after No. 13, WOOD-TV reported..

’Break out the Kleenex': Family shares cartoon of Barbara Bush, late daughter

Family members of Barbara Bush were touched by a cartoon that shows the former first lady greeting her late daughter in heaven.

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Marshall Ramsey of the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, drew the cartoon of Bush, who died Tuesday at 92, reuniting with daughter Pauline Robinson Bush -- known as Robin -- who died of leukemia in October 1953 when she was 3.

“I came at it from a different angle,” Ramsey wrote Thursday in the Clarion Ledger. “Obituary cartoons are tough. Who do you draw one for? What can you say that won't be said 1,000 times by other cartoonists? A scene at the Pearly Gates is always a popular theme.”

Ramsey said he remembered reading the story about the Bush family’s third child, Robin, and he began to sketch. He considered several ideas, but then decided to go with his first choice.

>> Barbara Bush funeral set to begin Friday in Houston

“Once a cartoon leaves the drawing board, it takes on a life of its own,” Ramsey wrote. 

Did it ever.

Jeb Bush Jr. shared the cartoon, tweeting “Break out the #Kleenex.” Barbara Bush’s granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, shared the cartoon on Instagram, writing that “I don’t know the artist but I love him.”

>> Photos: Barbara Bush through the years

Ramsey admits the reaction has been overwhelming.

“My phone is still dinging like a slot machine,” he wrote.

The reaction has extended beyond the Bush family. Ramsey wrote that he also heard from parents who also had lost young children.

“Cartoons take on a life of their own once they leave the drawing board,” Marshall wrote. “This one has taken on a life more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.”

LA Fitness apologizes for racial profiling incident at New Jersey club

LA Fitness issued an apology after two black patrons were wrongly accused of not paying at a New Jersey club and were asked to leave, CNN reported.

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Tshyrad Oates posted videos of the encounter, which occurred Sunday in Secaucus, New Jersey, on Facebook. Oates said he had a guest pass and his friend was a current member. Oates said in his Facebook post that a manager told them they were banned and his friend’s membership was revoked “immediately.”

Police were called to the fitness club, but no arrests were made, CNN reported.

The incident comes a week after two men were handcuffed at a Philadelphia Starbucks after the store manager called police because the men hadn't ordered anything.

LA Fitness, in a statement Thursday, said there was confusion among the employees at the club. 

>> Video of arrest of two black men at Starbucks causes outrage

"Clearly, (Oates’ workout partner) is a long-time member, with a current, valid membership. We want to clarify that no membership was canceled and no one, including the member's guest, was banned from the club."

A spokeswoman for Fitness International, the parent company of LA Fitness, said the three employees involved in the incident are no longer with the company, according to The Associated Press.

>> Starbucks CEO meets with 2 black men arrested in Philadelphia

LA Fitness said it has apologized to the current member, assuring him that "he and his guests are welcome in our clubs at all times."

"We are currently exploring potential training content and opportunities to better train our staff," the company said.

Parents file $750,000 lawsuit against Tennessee trampoline park

A Tennessee family filed a $750,000 lawsuit against Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Cordova. 

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Two parents filed the lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court last week on behalf of their son, who was injured on a rope course at the park in September 2017. 

“He was given a harness by an employee, and after he had the harness on he was told he was ready to go,” the family claims in the complaint. 

“(The child) was going up the climbing pole to the top, he fell off, landing on the ground below sustaining serious injury to his legs,” the lawsuit continues. “Employees failed to secure the lanyard rope, which was designed to prevent patrons from falling.”

The child fell 12 to 15 feet. According to the complaint, he is “permanently disabled.”

A spokesman for Urban Air Trampoline provided a statement in a voicemail. 

“Urban Air is committed to ensuring the highest levels of safety to our guests and employees,” the spokesman said. “We focus on meeting and exceeding industry standards in our training and operating procedures."

Urban Air representatives would not discuss the specifics of the lawsuit, but did say the family signed a waiver. 

The waiver warns parents of potential risks that can result in injury, including minor injuries, serious injuries, and “catastrophic injuries.”

After signing the waiver, parents also acknowledge Urban Air will not pay for medical expenses.

“Participant acknowledges that the protected parties will not pay for any cost or expenses incurred by participant if participant is injured,” the waiver says. 

Neither the family nor their attorney have returned messages requesting additional comment.

The family claims Urban Air employees failed to do their jobs, and Urban Air failed to adequately train employees on safety precautions, among other allegations.

The family is suing the adventure park for $750,000 in damages to cover “all past, present and future medical expenses associated with treatment of his medical condition.”

The money would also cover lost wages, since the parents said they “lost time from work” because of the fall.

Nationally, injuries at trampoline parks are an “emerging concern,” according to a study published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study found a “significant” increase in patients visiting emergency departments due to injuries at trampoline parks, as the recreational trend becomes more popular in cities across the U.S.

“Additional investigation and strategies are need to prevent injury at trampoline parks,” the study concluded. 

Tim Ware, a parent in Shelby County, said employees at the indoor parks need to remain focused. 

“I want every employee looking at my daughter the same way they would look at a family member of theirs,” Ware said. “Say, ‘Hey, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to make sure this kid is safe.’”

Texas schoolwork asking for 'positive aspects' of slave life 'unacceptable'

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, took to Twitter on Thursday to call out a San Antonio school assignment about slavery that he called “unacceptable.” 

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Castro tweeted an image of the assignment, which asked students to list both positive and negative aspects to living as a slave. 

The charter school where the assignment came from, Great Hearts, has since responded in a statement on Facebook saying that it would conduct an audit of the textbook the assignment at its Monte Vista North campus came from and decide whether or not to use the textbook in the future. The statement also said that the assignment had only been used by one teacher, at one campus: 

"We fully intend to make sure something like this does not happen again and will keep parents posted as we address this issue further," Great Hearts said of the incident.

Southwest Airlines reportedly gives $5,000 checks to passengers from Flight 1380

At least three passengers who were aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 received a $5,000 check in a letter from the airline, CNN reported Friday.

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One passenger, 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died after debris from the plane’s engine blew out a window. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, where Riordan died at a hospital. 

>> Blown engine shows evidence of ‘metal fatigue’

In a letter to passengers, Southwest expressed "sincere apologies" for the incident and included the check, Kamau Siwatu, who was aboard the flight, told CNN. 

"We value you as our customer and hope you will allow us another opportunity to restore your confidence in Southwest as the airline you can count on for your travel needs," Siwatu's letter said. "In this spirit, we are sending you a check in the amount of $5,000 to cover any of your immediate financial needs."

>> Who was Jennifer Riordan, the passenger killed?

The letter also promised passengers a $1,000 travel voucher, CNN reported.

Police: Man stays at bar for 30 minutes after being stabbed

A man who was stabbed early Thursday morning while at a Pittsburgh bar remained at the establishment for 30 minutes before leaving, investigators said.

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Police were called about 2 a.m. to a residential area near Pollock’s Cafe.

Investigators said the 40-year-old victim was stabbed in the shoulder after he apparently got into a fight with another person.

The man did not seek medical attention and stayed in the bar for about 30 minutes after he was stabbed before going to the residential area, police said.

The man was taken to a hospital, police said.

 

Arizona teachers approve strike, will walk out next Thursday

Arizona teachers voted in favor of a strike Thursday night as the educators demanded higher wages and better classroom conditions, KTAR reported. The walkout is scheduled for next Thursday.

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“Seventy-eight percent of the school employees in this state said yes,” Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association said during a news conference.

Next week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be “walk-in” days -- statewide protests held before school -- with Thursday to be the first official walkout day, KTAR reported.

The vote began Tuesday, and 57,000 teachers participated.

Educators have been pressuring Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to increase their wages by 20 percent. Last week, Ducey announced a 20 percent pay raise and pledged $371 million in funding for improvement projects, The Arizona Republic reported.

But teachers said Ducey’s proposal did not meet their demands, adding there was no “sustainable revenue” to fund the project, KTAR reported

Ducey tweeted that “no one wants” to see teachers strike.

“If schools shut down, our kids are the ones who lose out,” the governor wrote on Twitter.

2 Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant

Two Florida sheriff’s deputies were killed Thursday, shot through the window of a Chinese restaurant as they shared a meal, The Gainesville Sun reported. The man who allegedly shot the Gilchrist County deputies was found dead in a car outside the restaurant, authorities said.

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Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, were eating at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton at 3 p.m. when they were shot, according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the shooter as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Florida. Deputies responding to the shooting found Highnote dead from a gunshot wound, the statement said.

Ramirez was a seven-year veteran and was married with two children, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said.

Schultz called the shooter “a coward,” while Bill Cervone, state attorney for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit, called the act “inexplicable.”

"It appears (the shooter) just walked up and shot them, then went to his car and shot himself. It’s inexplicable ... people will want to know why and we may never have an answer for them," Cervone told the Sun.

“Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsay were the best of the best,” Schultz said at a news conference. “They’re men of integrity, they’re men of loyalty, they are God-fearing and they loved what they did. We are very proud of them.”

Schultz added that he did not want to make his remarks political, but said “What do you expect when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it has been demonized?”

The shooting was not prompted by any incident in the restaurant, the Sun reported.

In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was “heartbroken.”

"It is true evil for anyone to hurt a law enforcement officer, and in Florida, we have zero tolerance for violence, especially against the police," Scott said.

President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted their condolences.

‘Losing Streak Lois,’ killer grandma wanted in 2 slayings nabbed near U.S.-Mexico border

U.S. marshals caught the woman dubbed “Losing Streak Lois” in Texas near the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday after a multi-state crime spree, authorities said Thursday.

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Lois Riess, 56, was alone when she was captured in a restaurant on South Padre Island around 8:30 p.m. local time, the Lee County Sheriff's Office told CNN.

Reiss was wanted in connection in two murders, including the murder of her husband in Minnesota.

"I promised all along that Lois Riess would end up in a pair of handcuffs," Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said in a statement. "Tonight, she sits in a jail cell in Texas. We are working as expeditiously as possible to bring her back to Lee County to face murder charges."

Riess was last seen April 8 in the area of Corpus Christi, Texas, following what is believed to be a multistate homicide case. She was sought on murder and theft charges in the slaying of Pamela Hutchinson, of Bradenton, Florida, who was found shot to death April 9 in a condominium in which she was staying in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. 

Riess, who got her nickname from Minnesota law enforcement officers  for her penchant for gambling, is also a person of interest in the killing of her husband, David Riess, who was found shot to death March 23 on the couple’s worm farm in Blooming Prairie. 

In each shooting, the victim had been dead for several days when the body was found. Authorities also believe Lois Riess used the same weapon in both cases. 

>> Related story: Minnesota grandma sought in deaths of husband, Florida ‘lookalike’ killed for ID

The U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday had updated the search for Riess to major status and announced a $5,000 reward for her capture. Another $1,000 in reward money was made available by Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.  

Florida investigators said Riess killed Hutchinson, 59, for her identity. The women, who were strangers before Riess befriended Hutchinson, bore a striking resemblance to one another. 

Surveillance footage from the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, located two blocks from Hutchinson’s condo at the Marina Village at Snug Harbor, shows Riess smiling and chatting with a blonde woman in a hat who Lee County Sheriff’s Office detectives have identified as Hutchinson. 

Hutchinson’s cousin on Monday posted an image from the surveillance footage to Facebook, side by side with an undated image of Hutchinson wearing that same hat as in the footage. 

Officials with the U.S. Marshals Service said investigators believe Hutchinson was killed on or around April 5, when the surveillance footage at the bar was shot. 

Lee County officials also on Tuesday released several snippets of surveillance video, including one piece that shows Riess, wearing the same blue shirt seen in the bar video, calmly walking away from Marina Village toward the parking lot. She is seen on another video driving away in Hutchinson’s white 2005 Acura TL.

Hutchinson’s keys, identification, cash and credit cards were also missing when her body was found.

The News-Press in Fort Myers reported Tuesday that sometime after Hutchinson’s death, Riess went to a Wells Fargo branch there and used Hutchinson’s identification to withdraw $5,000 from the slain woman’s account. 

See the original footage of Riess chatting with Pamela Hutchinson, obtained by the News-Press, below. 

Riess was next spotted in Ocala, about 215 miles north of Fort Myers, where more surveillance footage released Tuesday shows her driving up to a Hilton hotel in Hutchinson’s stolen car and checking in as a guest. Again, she is wearing the blue top seen in previous videos, as well as a light-colored fedora-style hat with a black band.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office officials told the News-Press that Riess stayed in the hotel the nights of April 6 and 7.  

Riess used Hutchinson’s identity to check into the hotel around 8 p.m. on April 6. She also used the victim’s identification to withdraw another $500 from Hutchinson’s bank account at an Ocala bank.  

“She’s confident, doesn’t look over her shoulder, like she’s not hiding anything,” Kinsey told the Star Tribune of Riess’ demeanor in the videos. “She was very nonchalant.”

>> Related story: New footage released of ‘killer grandma’ suspected in 2 homicides; $6,000 reward offered for capture

The fugitive was next spotted in the stolen Acura in Louisiana, where an attempt to get $200 at a gas station failed, the News-Press said

Kinsey said Riess was also spotted on surveillance images April 7 and 8 in casinos in Louisiana. 

“She went from casino to casino to make money, or because she is addicted to it,” Kinsey said. “She is consumed by it.”

The final definite sighting of Riess was the following day, April 8 in Refugio, Texas, about 40 miles north of Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi is about 150 miles from the Mexico border. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which has been searching for Riess since late last month, described her as a white woman with brown eyes and pale blonde hair. She is about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. 

Riess has been on the run since mid-March, when she is suspected of gunning down her husband, David Riess, on their rural worm farm before stealing $11,000 from his personal and business accounts. Deputies with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office found him after his business partner reported that he had not been seen or heard from in several weeks.  

Lois Riess was nowhere to be found, but investigators learned she visited a casino in Iowa on her way out of the Midwest, investigators said. She is charged with grand theft in connection with her husband’s slaying. 

Dodge County investigators are also anticipated to file murder charges against her sometime this week. 

Riess was initially linked to Hutchinson’s slaying, in part, because her family’s white Cadillac Escalade, which she was believed to be driving after her husband’s murder, was found abandoned in a county park in Fort Myers Beach, the News-Press reported

Court records in Minnesota also show that Riess, who was named guardian of her disabled sister in 2012, stole more than $78,000 from her before being caught three years later. 

Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno described Riess to NBC News earlier this week as a “stone-cold killer” who authorities fear might kill again when she runs out of resources. 

“She smiles and looks like anyone’s mother or grandmother,” Marceno said. “And yet she’s calculated, she’s targeted and an absolute cold-blooded killer.”

New NASA head Rep. Jim Bridenstine narrowly wins confirmation, says he’s ‘tickled,’ ‘excited’ 

The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine as NASA’s new chief in a narrow 50-49 vote Thursday afternoon after a lengthy six-month nomination process.

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While that may not be a resounding mandate, Bridenstine told KRMG in an exclusive interview that he’ll focus on doing the best job he can - and he’s confident that even those who voted “no” will support him in his new role. 

KRMG spoke with him by phone about an hour after the Senate’s narrow confirmation vote.

“We are in a very exciting time when it comes to space in the United States of America,” he said, “and I am just tickled, I’m thrilled, I’m grateful that I have this opportunity to lead the world’s best space agency.”

Asked about the narrow margin of victory, he admitted he was a bit nervous at times, but now he’s ready to get to work.

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“While I didn’t earn all the votes in the Senate, my number one objective is to serve this country in a way that makes all of them proud,” Bridenstine told KRMG. “and certainly to get to know all of those senators very well, and to convince them that while some of them may not have voted for me, I want them to understand my passion, my desire for our country, and earn their support. And I think that’s going to happen. I think people are going to say OK, now that he’s in there, we’re going to support him and we’re going to get this country headed in the right direction as it comes to space.’”

He did get a little emotional toward the end of the discussion, talking about the people of the 1st Congressional District who sent him to office in 2012.

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“This opportunity’s available to me because the constituents in the 1st District of Oklahoma trusted me with an office in Congress,” he said, “and I did the absolute best I could to be as effective as possible on behalf of our entire country. And I want to express - just, just ultimate gratitude for having that opportunity, which ultimately resulted in this opportunity. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart, to all of my constituents.”

As soon as President Donald Trump signs what’s called a “warrant” confirming the Senate vote, Bridenstine will officially end his term in Congress.

His office will remain open, however, and his staff will continue to be available to constituents who have issues with which they need help or have concerns.

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His successor will be chosen during the general election in November, and will take office immediately upon being elected.

3.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Detroit and parts of Canada

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Detroit and parts of Canada onThursday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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The quake struck around 8 p.m., the US.GS reported, and was centered in Amherstburg, Canada, directly across the Detroit River south of the city.

“They happen from time to time, right in that magnitude" in southeast Michigan, David Gurney, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake, told the Detroit Free Press. "They are rare, but not unheard of."

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

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The earthquake was the strongest tremor to strike the region since 2015, when a 4.2 magnitude quake struck near Kalamazoo.

Boston, D.C. top contenders for Amazon's second headquarters, report says 

A new report says Boston is one of the top two finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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Twenty cities have been competing to become the location for the company’s second headquarters, and one study predicts two cities are better suited than the rest – and Boston is one of them.

The new study was conducted by an organization called The Conference Board.

It believes Washington, D.C., and Boston are most likely to beat out the competition.

The company analyzed the 20 cities vying to land HQ2.

The group studied the four job types most common in Amazon’s existing headquarters in Seattle, then looked at “real-time labor demand” and “online job vacancies” in all 20 cities vying for the headquarters.

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It found Boston and Washington, D.C. were most compatible.

Something else that was in the report but needs to be considered – Amazon already likes Boston.

The company is seeking up to 1 million square feet of office space in the Seaport. Amazon could hire up to 4,000 workers for two future offices separate from the second headquarters.

Landing HQ2 could mean 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment in the city, but that doesn’t appear to have people in Boston too excited.

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According to a recent poll by Elon University, only 34 percent of Bostonians strongly support the bid for the new headquarters. That’s the lowest among the finalist cities.

Amazon expects to make a decision sometime this year.

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