Day: May 5, 2017


Midwest rivers receding after heavy rains, but Mississippi River still a threat – Torrential rain crushes NYC

Swollen rivers in the Midwest are starting to recede following days of heavy rain this week, but the Mississippi River in St. Louis and north of the city is expected to crest within the next few days.

The Black River in Missouri and Arkansas and the Meramec River in St. Louis are all receding after heavy rains made the rivers swell.


A 14.5-mile stretch of the Mississippi River in St. Louis is still closed after the U.S. Coast Guard shut it on Tuesday due to high water levels and a fast current, according to Fox2now.

Volunteers are creating sandbags in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to prevent floodwaters from damaging homes in the area.

A bridge in Chester, Illinois, was closed Thursday due to the rising water and will reopen when the water diminishes, according to WSIL 3.


At least nine deaths have been blamed on the flooding in the Midwest and an 18-month old is presumed dead after being swept away by floodwater.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Aaron Hernandez's final letter to fiancee before his suicide released

The last note that former NFL star Aaron Hernandez and convicted killer left for his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, before he killed himself in his prison cell last month, was released Friday. 

The note was one of the three left in Hernandez’s cell. In part of the letter, Hernandez called Jenkins his “soul-mate” he would always love, NBC Boston reported. 

The note read: “Shay, you have always been my soul-mate and i want you to live life and know I’m always with you. I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel – literally! We split into two to come change the world! Your characteristics [sic] is that of a true angel and the definition of God’s love! Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the Supreme’s, the Almighty’s plan, not mine! I love you! Let (redacted) know how much I love her! Look after (redacted) and (redacted) for me – those are my boys. (YOU’RE RICH) I knew I loved you = Savage Garden.” 

“I knew I Loved You” is a reference to the 1999 song by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. 

The note was released ahead of next Tuesday’s court hearing during which a judge is set to determine whether the ex-New England Patriot’s 2015 murder conviction should be erased. 

Under a long-standing Massachusetts legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard, according to the Associated Press. 

“For all intent and practical purposes, Aaron Hernandez will die an innocent man, but the court of public opinion may think differently,” Martin Healy, chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association, said. 


Corrections officers found Hernandez hanging from a bedsheet in his cell at Souza Baranowski Correctional Center just after 3 a.m. on April 19. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His cause of death was asphyxia by hanging, the state medical examiner’s office said. The manner of death was suicide. 

Investigators found the words “John: 3:16” written on his forehead with ink and on the wall of the cell in a substance “consistant with blood,” Fox 25 Boston reported.

A Bible was left open to the verse, which reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


Hernandez left handwritten notes in his prison cell, one addressed to Jenkins Hernandez and the other to their 4-year-old daughter, according to NBC Boston. The third note was allegedly addressed to another inmate. 

The disgraced football star died five days after a jury acquitted him in the 2012 shooting deaths of two men. Prosecutors claimed Hernandez fatally shot the men after one accidentally spilled a drink on him at a Boston nightclub. He was already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Jenkins.

Defense attorney Jose Baez said after Hernandez’s death that his client never showed signs that he was suicidal. 

“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible,” Baez said. “Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death.”

Officials at the prison also said there was no indication he was considering suicide — otherwise, they said they would have transferred him to a mental health unit. 

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Sunscreen SPF a lie?

It seems like such a straightforward question: How high an SPF do you actually need when it comes to sunscreen? But the answer is more complicated than you might expect. 

Here’s why: “Most people don’t put on enough sunscreen to get the full SPF listed on the label,” said Adam Friedman, MD, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington University. So while the listed SPF is 30 or 50, chances are, you only end up getting about half that level of protection. 

To get all the sun-blocking power your sunscreen promises, you need to apply roughly a shot glass’s worth to your whole body, Friedman says. “You don’t have to look like you’re wearing Kabuki makeup, but you should be spreading a good amount on to ensure proper coverage.” If you’re at the beach on vacation, you should be going through a full bottle of sunscreen every two or three days, he says. (Check out these sunscreen mistakes — caught on camera.)

Also, you need to stick with actual lotion-based sunscreens — not aerosolized sprays. “The sprays are notorious for not providing the SPF number listed on the label,” said Samantha Conrad, MD, a dermatologist with Northwestern Medical Group. “Most of the sunscreen is being blown away, so it’s not very effective in terms of protection.”

Assuming you’re spreading on a lotion — and in adequate amounts to actually get the labeled sun protection factor — you can feel good buying SPF 30, Conrad and Friedman agreed. (Learn what to eat for more radiant skin — and lose up to 25 pounds in two months — with Prevention‘s new Younger In 8 Weeks plan!) 

“SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of ultraviolet light, while SPF 50 blocks 98.5 percent” Friedman explained. So yeah, that’s pretty darn close.

The higher the SPF, the greasier the sunscreen may feel on your skin, Conrad added. “The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens are by their nature very oily and greasy, which most people don’t like,” she said. “So from a compliance standpoint, people may be more likely to actually apply and reapply 30.”

Shannon Trotter, DO, a dermatology specialist at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer center, also supports the SPF-30 pick. Just don’t forget to hit your lips, she said. “Skin cancer on the lips can be difficult to treat and can be more aggressive,” she explained. 

Keep reading for more need-to-know info about proper sun protection:

Always buy “broad spectrum.”
While UVB rays are the type that cause redness and sunburns, UVA rays may cause even more damage — the type deep in your skin that may fuel cancers and ugly age spots, Friedman explained. (Check out the 9 ways to prevent and remove age spots here.) 

To get protection from both UVA and UVB rays, you need a “broad spectrum” sunscreen, he said. Just check the label for that exact phrase, which the FDA regulates.

Also, you need to apply that broad spectrum sunscreen even on cloudy days. “Clouds don’t block UVA rays, so your skin is still being damaged even if you’re not burning,” Friedman said. “There’s no way to feel or see UVA damage.”

Consider physical sunscreens.
There are two overriding types of sunscreen: chemical and physical.

“Chemical-based sunscreens absorb UV light and turn it into heat that comes off the skin,” Conrad explained. “Physical sunscreens contain tiny bits of metal or minerals that actually reflect the light.”

While both are effective, they have some key differences. For one thing, chemical sunscreens need a little time — 15 to 30 minutes — to “set up shop” and start protecting your hide from UV light, Conrad explained. “Physical sunscreens start working immediately,” she said. Your skin will burn in just 10 minutes if exposed to bright, direct sunlight, so it’s helpful to get that immediate protection if you’re not the type to plan ahead.

Prevention Premium: 5 new sunscreen rules you should be following

Reapply, reapply, reapply.
This is another guideline most people ignore, Friedman said. “You need to reapply at minimum every two hours to get adequate protection,” he said. Also, always reapply if you’ve been swimming, sweating or wiping your skin with a towels.

Your lips may need more frequent sunscreen re-application. “They’re more delicate than normal skin, and don’t have the same photo-protective elements,” he said. If you’re eating, drinking, or licking your lips, you need to put more sunscreen on them. (Prevention Premium shows you how to make your own natural lip balm.) 

Sometimes, sunscreen isn’t enough.
“Sunscreens are good, but if you’re outside in peak sun in the middle of the day, you’re not going to be totally protected,” Conrad said. “Sunscreens just aren’t that good.”

Both she and Friedman recommend staying out of the sun during the middle of the day, when the sun’s rays are strongest.

Both also recommend sun-protective clothing, hats, and umbrellas — anything you can put between your skin and the sun. 

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Grateful Dead guitar for sale

Jerry Garcia’s custom-made guitar named Wolf is headed to auction.

Guernsey’s auction house in New York City announced on Friday that the Grateful Dead frontman’s guitar will be offered on May 31 at Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley, restaurant and music venue.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1971 that serves to “combat hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation.”


The guitar is being sold by devoted Deadhead Daniel Pritzker. The philanthropist, musician and film director first purchased the guitar in 2002 at Guernsey’s for $790,000. It could exceed $1 million this time.

The auctioneer said Wolf first appeared in a 1973 performance the Grateful Dead gave for the Hells Angels in New York.

Garcia played Wolf everywhere, including San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, New York’s Palladium and Egypt’s Great Pyramids.


The 1977 film, titled “The Grateful Dead Movie,” was directed by Garcia and featured Wolf.

Garcia, an icon of the 1960s psychedelic music scene, died in 1995 at age 53 from a heart attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Autistic man's movie surprise

When a 20-year-old man with autism discovered his favorite Blockbuster store was closing, his parents took matters into their own hands. Hector Zuniga’s parents purchased materials from the soon-to-be shuttered store and built him his very own Blockbuster in their living room.

Zuniga, of Sharyland, Texas, had gotten into the routine of visiting the store twice a week to rent his favorite movies. His father, Hector Zuniga Sr., brought him to the store for closure on April 23, and when they got home, he walked into his living room to find his very own Blockbuster display case full of his favorite DVDs.

“My son was pointing at the [shelf of movies], and his eyes were big and round,” Zuniga Sr., told CBS DFW. “It was almost as if was afraid to touch it because he thought he was imaging things.”

Once reality set in, Hector began rearranging the movies from memory to match the display in his beloved store.


His younger brother, Javier, captured the special moment and shared it with his Twitter followers. As of Friday morning, it had been retweeted 35,000 times and received more than 132,000 favorites.

“It wasn’t my wife and I, we didn’t really do much,” Zuniga Sr., told CBS DFW. “We just did what we felt was necessary. But the takeaway here is that his baby brother is so happy and he loves his older brother. He tweeted it because he’s proud of his older brother, he’s proud of his autism, he’s proud to have him in his life. And he just put it out there and it took on a life of his own.” 

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Country star's serious injury

Country star's serious injury

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Alex Deaton indicted on multiple charges in murder, multi-state manhunt

A murder suspect who led police on a nationwide manhunt is facing more jail time in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend. Grand jurors in Rankin County, Miss. indicted Alex Deaton on three charges including first-degree murder.

Deaton allegedly led police on a manhunt across state lines from late February to early March. According to police, Deaton strangled his ex-girlfriend, stole her car and shot a jogger in Rankin County.

The suspect is facing attempted murder, aggravated robbery, theft and attempting to flee police when he allegedly held a store clerk at gunpoint, stole the clerk’s keys and shot him, according to the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say he also might be involved with the murder of a woman in a church in Neshoba County, Miss. In addition, he is accused of carjacking a couple in New Mexico before driving to Kansas.

Rankin and Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest says Deaton faces up to life in prison plus 40 years as well as a $30,000 fine. Deaton will face trial in Kansas first before being extradited to Mississippi.

“We’ve been told that their trial may occur sometime this fall,” Guest said. “So our hope is that maybe September or October Kansas will be done with their prosecution. Following that he would then be returned to Mississippi.”

A preliminary hearing will be held in Kansas on June 3. Deaton is currently being held on $5,000,000 bond at the Pratt County Jail.

Willie James Inman is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Jackson, Mississippi. Follow him on twitter: @WillieJames

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Hough loopy in new video

For flashback Friday, Julianne Hough got really personal.

The 28-year-old dancer and actress shared a video on Friday via Instagram where she’s spotted getting her wisdom teeth taken out. Hough revealed that the procedure took place in December 2016.


She also joked with fans that the look would have been perfect for the Met Gala, which recently took place on May 1 in New York City.

The annual event stirred headlines for celebrities, like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, showing plenty of skin to photographers in attendance.

Other stars, like Madonna, Rihanna and Katy Perry also failed to impress with their over-the-top ensembles.


This isn’t the first time Hough has opened up to fans about keeping her pearly whites in check. In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted about her visits to the dentist.

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British man who tried to kill Trump released from prison, deported to UK

A British national who was jailed for attempting to steal a police officer’s gun in an effort to shoot Donald Trump at a Las Vegas rally was released from prison and deported to the United Kingdom on Wednesday, authorities said.

Michael Steven Sandford, 21, arrived in London on Thursday after a flight from Seattle, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice told the Associated Press. He was being held at a federal prison near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

He served less than five months of his sentence, but was in U.S. custody for nearly 11 months. 


In December, Sandford was sentenced to a year in prison after he pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function, the Guardian reported. 

“I tried to take a gun from a policeman to shoot someone with, and I’m pleading guilty,” Sandford told the judge during his hearing last September. 

He was in the U.S. illegally after overstaying his visa by 90 days. A federal judge acknowledged in December that Sandford was diagnosed with psychotic mental illness.  

Sanford was arrested on June 18, 2016 after he lunged for an officer’s gun inside the Treasure Island hotel-casino during a campaign rally for Trump, who was the U.S. Republican presidential candidate at the time. He asked for the officer if he could get an autograph from Trump, court documents showed. 


He later admitted to police he traveled from California to Las Vegas with the intention of assassinating Trump, according to court documents. he rented a 9 mm pistol and practiced firing it at a gun range the day before the incident. 

Sandford could have faced up to 20 years in a U.S. prison if he was convicted. The plea agreement, though, called for 18 to 27 months in prison for the offenses. It also said “it is almost certain that [Sandford] will be permanently removed” from the U.S. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Teenager recovering after snake bites him at school

A Florida middle school student is recovering days after being bitten by a snake while walking on school grounds.

Devin Waxman, who attends Markham Woods Middle School in Mary Lake, said he didn’t spot the slithering reptile when it bit him in the ankle on Monday.


“I was talking from 3rd period and was throwing my water bottle away, and it made a sound and it bit me!” the 14-year-old told Fox 35 Orlando, adding that the snake looked like a cottonmouth viper. “It latched onto my leg, and I had to kick it off and run.”

He said Thursday it still stings on and off.

“It’s sore. I don’t know when the pain is going to stop,” Waxman added.

Cottonmouths are common in Central Florida and their venom is potent. The teenager, who got two fang marks on his ankle, said he considers himself very lucky because his bite was dry – meaning no venom was injected.

“I’m very grateful for that,” Waxman said. “That could have been very bad if it went the other way.”


Seminole County School District has sent warning to parents and students to be on alert for other snakes.

Animal expert Bob Cross said drought plaguing Central Florida is pushing cottonmouths from their normal habitats.

“I mean, if the swamps are drying up, cotton mouths are just like alligators, they’re going to go to the next water hole,” he told Fox 35 Orlando.

Read more news at Fox 35 Orlando.

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