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Georgia man head-butted infant daughter: investigators – Arizona parents accused of murder after son, 2, shot older brother


A Coweta County man is accused of head-butting his 3-month-old baby, fracturing his daughter’s skull.

Corey Allen Booth remains in the Coweta County Jail without bond facing numerous charges for what investigators said is a most unusual head injury to such a young child.

Deputies arrested the Booth this past weekend after he and his wife brought their infant daughter to a Newnan pediatrician.

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According to an arrest report obtained by FOX 5 News, the pediatrician found evidence of far more severe injuries than just flu symptoms. The doctor told the parents to take the baby to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and alerted authorities.

The report said X-rays conducted at the hospital revealed “healing fractures: of the 4th rib, the 7th rib, the proximal humerus, and right parietal skull.”

Investigators said Booth admitted hurting the child including head-butting the baby, which is to use one’s own forehead to strike the forehead of another.

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Texas judge sued for beginning courtroom sessions with prayer


A Texas judge is being sued in federal court by the nation’s leading secularist legal organization because of his courtroom tradition of having guest pastors and chaplains offer an invocation before each session.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for a strict separation of church and state, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack that argues that he has repeatedly violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by holding Christian prayers at the beginning of each session.

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The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three plaintiffs directly affected by Mack’s courtroom prayer tradition and was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston.

According to the lawsuit, Mack vowed to institute “religious values within the office” during his 2014 Republican primary campaign for his position as Justice of the Peace for Montgomery County Precinct 1. He also said that he would implement a “chaplaincy program.”

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“Shortly after assuming the office of Justice of the Peace on May 1, 2014, Judge Mack implemented the practice of opening each court session with a prayer delivered by a guest chaplain,” the lawsuit explains.

In August 2014, one of the plaintiffs appeared in Mack’s courtroom and quoted Mack as telling the crowd that if they are offended by the prayer, “you can leave into the hallway and your case will not be affected.”

“The guest chaplain then stood and read from the Christian Bible for five to eight minutes, directing the reading to those present in the courtroom,” the lawsuit claims. “After the five-to eight-minute sermon, the guest chaplain asked everyone to bow their heads for a prayer. During the prayer, Judge Mack did not bow his head, but observed those in the courtroom.”

The lawsuit further explains that the plaintiff felt as though “the outcome of her case would be affected by how she chose to react.”

Commenting on FFRF’s lawsuit filed Tuesday, First Liberty CEO and President Kelly Shackelford called Mack’s prayer practice a “settled issue.”

“Judge Mack’s program is an excellent idea and a great way to serve the community,” Shackelford said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. “It has already been upheld by both The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct and the Texas Attorney General.”

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Are you cooking steak wrong?


Unless you’re a cowgirl or rancher, steak night at home is probably a special, once-in-a-while occasion. So you definitely don’t want to screw it up.   

Cooking a great steak seems like it should be easy. After all, you only need a few ingredients. And the basic steps couldn’t be simpler: Just toss the meat in the pan, flip it once, cook it until it reaches your desired doneness, and viola! Your tender, juicy, succulent dinner is served. (Stop dieting and enjoy that meal. Here’s how you can naturally retrain your fat cells to lose weight for good.) 

That’s what’s supposed to happen, anyway. In reality, home-cooked steak often ends up tough, bland, or both. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Steer clear of these common mishaps, and you’ll be rewarded with a delicious steak every time.

You bought the lean steak.

There’s a time and a place for tough, lean cuts of meat like chuck roast or top or bottom round. (We’re looking at you, beef stew.) But when steak is the shining star of the meal, it’s worth splurging on tender cuts with a good amount of fat marbling, like filet mignon, New York strip, T-bone, or rib eye. That way, your steak will be moist and flavorful, not tough or dry.  

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You didn’t season your steak in advance.

Adding a generous sprinkle of salt and fresh cracked pepper to both sides of your steak 30 to 40 minutes before cooking gives the seasoning a chance to get absorbed into the meat, resulting in juicier, more flavorful meat. But if you wait until the end to add salt or pepper, all you’ll taste is, well, salt and pepper.

You didn’t blot the raw steak.

The wetter the surface of your steak, the more likely it is to steam when it hits the hot pan. (Uh, yuck.) So take a paper towel and give both sides a quick pat before tossing it in the pan. That’ll get rid of any residual moisture, ensuring that the outside of your steak gets crisp and caramelized. (You also need to pat fish dry before cooking. Avoid these 7 mistakes that will ruin your fillets.)

You used the wrong pan.

Save the lightweight, nonstick skillet for your scrambled eggs. Steak needs a heavy-duty pan that will retain plenty of heat and help the meat form a deliciously crisp outer crust. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is the best tool for the job.

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You didn’t let the pan get hot enough.

We said the pan needs to retain plenty of heat, and we weren’t kidding. A screaming hot cook surface is non-negotiable in order to achieve a crisp, caramelized crust—anything cooler means the steak will steam instead of sear. You’ll know you’ve reached the magic temperature when the pan just starts to smoke.  

You didn’t use a meat thermometer.

Unless you’re a seasoned pro, it can be tough to tell whether a steak is done just by looking at it. So forego the visual cues in favor of a simple meat thermometer. (Cook your steak to 140°F for medium-rare, 155°F for medium, and 165°F for well done. It’ll continue cooking and reach its recommended final cook temperature while it rests.) It’s quick, easy, and always accurate. (Burger night? Here’s how to build the burger of your dreams.)

You sliced into it ASAP.

Muster all your self-control here, people. Tearing into your meat the minute you pull it off the pan will result in all of those flavorful juices spilling out of your steak and onto the plate—leaving you with a sad, dry piece of meat. But when you let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes, those juices will make their way back to the center of the meat. And you’ll be rewarded with a moist, mouthwatering steak.  

This article originally appeared on Prevention.com.



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'Stranger Things' romance?


“Stranger Things” co-stars Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton have long been dodging rumors that they are dating.

And when TMZ caught up with the stars, their lips remained sealed.

Dyer gave a somewhat incoherant answer after she was asked what it’s like when co-stars date.

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“Whether people are dating or hanging out, I think that our cast just is cool with each other. I mean, I won’t speak for anybody else but it’s been you know. We’re all one big family,” she told TMZ.

As for Heaton, he said, “Some people like to read into certain things.”

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Naked man arrested in minivan rap battle killings


Authorities say a Kansas City man who was naked when he was arrested has been charged with fatally shooting two people and wounding a third after a rap battle erupted inside a minivan.

Thirty-year-old Robert Townsend is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 33-year-old Marquis Clark and 37-year-old Shakeisha Urassa.

He also is charged with first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

After Monday’s shooting, the surviving gunshot victim walked into a hotel and collapsed. Court records say he told police that Townsend started shooting after an argument about rap and that “everyone was dead.” Townsend told investigators he heard shots before opening fire, but investigators found no evidence to support his claim.

 



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First sex reassignment inmate calls women's prison 'torture'


The first U.S. inmate to have taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery says she’s been mistreated since being transferred to a California women’s prison, where she now has a beard and mustache because officials have denied her a razor.

In a hand-written federal court filing, convicted killer Shiloh Heavenly Quine called her new housing at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla a “torture unit.”  She said she’s unnecessarily isolated from other inmates and denied basic items.

State officials say she’s being treated like other female inmates. All initially are denied privileges like razors and TVs as they are evaluated.

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Quine, 57, had the surgery she had long sought in January and was moved from a men’s prison last month. She said she is being treated as if she’s a newly arrived inmate and denied rehabilitation programs and privileges even though she’s been serving a life sentence since 1981.

Quine is housed alone in a cell but said she still has no privacy to perform required intimate post-operative procedures and is enduring “a restrictive isolation” that is pushing her toward anxiety, depression and sadness.

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Her beard and mustache are having a “huge impact on day to day life” and are making the transition to life as a woman more difficult, she wrote in a filing received Friday at the court.

The department has “no legitimate penological objective but harassment” in denying shaving access, she wrote. Quine asked the federal judge overseeing her lawsuit to order prison officials to provide electrolysis to remove her facial hair, or at least a razor.

Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said all female reception center inmates are routinely denied razors and televisions along with other privileges while they are evaluated. Inmates can’t have razors until officials are confident they won’t harm themselves or others.

Quine said the restrictions could last a year, but Thornton said 45 days is typical and Quine is nearly finished with the process that will determine where she is permanently housed, the programs she is assigned, and whether she needs mental health or substance abuse treatment, for instance.

“It’s a very thorough process, which is why it can take a while. But it’s a process every inmate goes through,” Thornton said. “There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to male and female inmates.”

Quine’s attorneys at the nonprofit Transgender Law Center did not respond to repeated calls and emails over two days.

Quine was known as Rodney James Quine when she and an accomplice kidnapped and fatally shot 33-year-old Shahid Ali Baig, a father of three, in downtown Los Angeles in 1980, stealing $80 and his car during a drug- and alcohol-fueled rampage.

Baig’s daughter, Farida, tried unsuccessfully in court to block Quine’s surgery. She objected to inmates getting taxpayer-funded surgery that is not readily available to non-criminals.

“My dad begged for his life,” she said in January. “It just made me dizzy and sick. I’m helping pay for his surgery; I live in California. It’s kind of like a slap in the face.”

Quine had been housed in men’s prisons for 36 years despite living as a woman since 2009.

California settled her lawsuit in 2015 by agreeing to provide the surgery. The state then became the first to set standards for other transgender inmates to undergo the operation.

Her lawsuit also led a federal magistrate to provide transgender female inmates housed in men’s facilities with items such as nightgowns, scarves and necklaces, though Quine’s attorneys are still sparring with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation over the details.



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Chicago cop faces new charges in shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald


A grand jury added 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm to the first-degree murder charges against a white Chicago police officer accused in the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old.

A special prosecutor and attorneys for former Officer Jason Van Dyke didn’t discuss the new indictment announced during at a Thursday hearing.

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Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014.

The new indictment brings to 23 the number of felony counts against Van Dyke. He faces six counts of first-degree murder, one count of official misconduct and now 16 aggravated battery counts.

Van Dyke was charged in 2015 at the same time the city — on a judge’s orders — released video of the shooting.



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Six teen girls to be charged after fight ended with victim's hair on fire


A fight between two groups of teenage girls led to a 16-year-old being sent to the hospital with her hair set on fire — and now six other girls are going to be charged.

Police in West Philadelphia say they broke up the fight between rival cliques at about 6:45pm Wednesday. SKYFOX was over the scene at 47th and Chestnut streets.

They say the victim told them a group of girls assaulted her and tried to set her hair on fire. She was pushed to the ground and punched by several attackers.

One, wearing a gray sweatshirt, was seen “using what appeared to be a torch attempting to light the victim’s hair on fire.”

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The victim was treated for burns on the back of her neck and released from the hospital.

Police say a second victim, just 13, “was pushed and poked from behind with a knife, causing tearing to her jacket; however, the victim did not sustain any injuries.”

Then, investigators said a second brawl broke out a short time later near a SEPTA station.

Police said both groups of girls go to a transitional school called Camelot Academy in Philadelphia. They are all between 13 and 16 years old.

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Chiropractor conned Medicare, private insurers in $10 million scheme, feds say


A Chicago chiropractor has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly submitting at least $10 million in non-existent treatments and claims to Medicare and private insurers.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said in a news release that Henry Posada, 54, submitted the claims for physical therapy and chiropractic services that never happened. From 2008 to 2016, Posada submitted at least $10 million in fraudulent claims. About $5.1 million was paid to his clinic, Spine Clinics of America S.C., which focuses on chiropractic care and rehabilitation.

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According to the indictment, during the dates he claimed to have provided the chiropractic services, Posada was out of the state. In other instances, he used his patients’ names without their knowledge or permission to create fictitious claim forms.

Posada was charged with 18 counts of health care fraud. His indictment seeks forfeiture of the $5.1 million, $850,000 in cashier checks, a car and a property owned by Posada. Health care fraud is punishable by up to ten years in prison. 

Posada could not be reached for comment.

Posada pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. A status hearing is scheduled for May 30, 2017. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.



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FOX NEWS INSIDER: Companies are bidding for contracts to build Trump's border wall


Companies are now submitting proposals to construct President Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border. 

About 500 companies signed up to bid and designs are due to the Department of Homeland Security by next week, William La Jeunesse reported. 

The White House has released preliminary guidelines for the wall, which must be 30 feet high while looking imposing from the Mexican side and aesthetically pleasing from the U.S. 

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There’s already a backlash from California, with a San Francisco lawmaker proposing a bill that would prohibit the city from doing business with companies working on the wall. 

La Jeunesse said the president is asking for $3 billion to start the project, with estimates for the project at around $10 billion.

The schedule laid out by the administration calls for contracts to be awarded at the end of May, with construction beginning in San Diego the following month. 

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