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Tennessee bills dead teen $3K to replace guardrail that killed her

Hannah Eimers, 17, was driving her father’s car in November when she lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a guardrail on the driver’s side, killing her. Months later, Eimers’ father received a bill from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to replace the guardrail.

According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Steven Eimers got the $3,000 bill four months after Hannah’s death but refused to pay it and called the model of the guardrail “horribly designed.” He told the News-Sentinel that he couldn't believe that the state would “bill my daughter for the defective device that killed her.”

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Rather than deflecting the car or absorbing its impact, the guardrail, which was removed from the department’s list of approved products a week before the crash, reportedly impaled the vehicle and struck Hannah in the head and chest, killing her instantly.

“I’m shocked,” Eimers told the News-Sentinel. “The audacity. What bothers me is that they’re playing Russian roulette with people’s lives. They know these devices do not perform at high speeds and in situations like my daughter’s accident, but leave them in place.”

Mark Nagi, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, insisted that the bill was sent as a result of a “mistake somewhere in processing" and apologized. He also said Eimers will not have to pay the bill, which covered both the cost of labor and materials.

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Woman arrested after scaling White House fence third time

The third time was not the charm for a woman who has again tried to scale the White House fence. 

Marcia Wahl, 38, of Everett Washington, attempted to scale the wrought iron fence around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, according to The Washington Post

She was arrested and charged with unlawful entry and contempt of court, the Secret Service said. 

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This is the third time within a week Wahl has tried hopping the fence.

Her first attempt was last Tuesday when she tried to scale the south fence. At the time she said she wanted to speak with President Donald Trump. She was charged with unlawful entry and told to stay away from the White House. 

She again tried to scale the fence Friday. She was charged with contempt of court for violating the court order.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones apologizes for spreading fake 'Pizzagate' story

 Alex Jones has apologized to the owner of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria for spreading the fake story last year that linked the restaurant to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and human trafficking. 

Jones, as the Austin-based host of Infowars.com, has a long history of pushing wild conspiracy theories, such as how the U.S. government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks or how the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax. 

But in a rare backtracking mea culpa, Jones apologized Friday for his role in promoting the baseless “Pizzagate” story that went viral among right-wing bloggers and media sites during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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The gist of the fake story accused Clinton and her presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, of running a child sex abuse ring through the Comet Ping Pong restaurant owned by James Alefantis. Podesta’s comments about the pizzeria — made in Democratic Party emails exposed by WikiLeaks — became fodder for fake news web portals as well as popular user-generated content sites like Reddit and 4chan. 

Jones, in a statement he read aloud for his online audience, tried to put some distance between himself and the fake story and blamed “scores of media outlets,” “third-party accounts of alleged activities” and “accounts of (Infowars) reporters who are no longer with us” for the “incorrect narrative” he discussed several times on his program. 

“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones said. 

In language that was clearly sculpted by a legal mind hoping to avoid possible litigation, Jones added: “To my knowledge today, neither Mr. Alefantis nor his restaurant Comet Ping Pong, were involved in any human trafficking as was part of the theories about Pizzagate.” 

For many people, the Pizzagate conspiracy theory became part of the mainstream political discussion only in December, after 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of North Carolina brought a gun into a Comet Ping Pong packed with customers, and pointed it at an employee in hopes of finding proof of “Pizzagate.” 

Welch surrendered to police when he found no evidence that children were being harbored there, District of Columbia police said at the time.

School burglar caught with his pants down

One man will likely think twice about his plans for the day before putting on a pair of baggy pants.

Things didn’t work out so well for the unidentified man who tried to climb over a fence Friday after allegedly attempting to break into some classrooms at Miles-Exploratory Learning Center in Tucson, Arizona, according to KOLD.

According to a locksmith at the school, the man had tried to get inside some classrooms.

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When the man realized he had been spotted, he tried to get away, but his baggy pants got caught on the spike on top of the iron fence, leaving him literally caught with his pants down.

As he hung there, a couple of passersby couldn’t resist taking pictures of the man hanging upside-down.

“I was going to help him off the fence, but by the time I got back around the block the cops were rolling up two cars deep,” Jesse Sensibar told ABC 15. “I don’t know what his story was, but it must not have been good enough. Fifteen minutes later when I went back by the other direction going home, he was cuffed up in the backseat. He smiled for the camera.”

Tucson police said they have no record of the incident.

United Airlines kicks two girls off flight for wearing leggings

United Airlines agents forbade two teenage girls from boarding a flight to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings, according to witnesses and The Washington Post.

A third girl would have been kept off the plane as well, but she put a dress on over her leggings and was then allowed to board.

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The three teens were traveling on a United Airlines employee pass. The airline said it has a no-leggings policy for employees using their benefits to fly. A spokesman for United Airlines contacted by The Washington Post told the paper that the girls in question were “not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel.”

The spokesman says leggings are prohibited clothing for those flyers using the employee travel benefit, but did not clarify further.

Another passenger aboard the flight tweeted United about the incident.

The post has gone viral, with many on social media critical of the policy, saying its wrong to police the teen’s attire and that leggings are comfortable travel wear.

Gator eats golfer’s ball on Florida course

Gator sightings on Florida golf courses are fairly common for most residents, but one golfer didn’t intend on his golf ball becoming a snack for one.

Daniel McNamara caught the alligator eating his golf ball Saturday, news partner WPTV Channel 5 reports.

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McNamara told WPTV he was on his third hole at Long Marsh Golf Course in Rotonda West, Florida, when his ball hit a gator sitting on the shoreline of a lake.

Instead of turning away, the reptile walks up to the ball, takes it in his mouth and slowly backs into the pond.McNamara did not mention if he took the penalty or not. 

Infowars' Alex Jones apologizes for spreading fake 'Pizzagate' story

Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria for spreading the fake story last year that linked the restaurant to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and human trafficking.

Jones, as the Austin, Texas-based host of Infowars.com, has a long history of pushing wild and false conspiracy theories, such as claiming that the U.S. government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks or the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax.

But in a rare backtracking mea culpa, Jones apologized for his role in promoting the baseless “Pizzagate” story that went viral among right-wing bloggers and media sites during the 2016 presidential campaign.

>> Watch the clip here

The gist of the fake story accused Hillary Clinton and her presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, of running a child sex abuse ring through the Comet Ping Pong restaurant owned by James Alefantis. Podesta’s comments about the pizzeria — made in Democratic Party emails exposed by WikiLeaks — became fodder for fake news web portals as well as popular user-generated content sites like Reddit and 4chan.

Jones, in a statement he read aloud for his online audience, tried to put some distance between himself and the fake story and blamed “scores of media outlets,” “third-party accounts of alleged activities” and “accounts of (Infowars) reporters who are no longer with us” for the “incorrect narrative” he discussed several times on his program.

>> Read more trending news

“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones said.

In language that was clearly sculpted by a legal mind hoping to avoid possible litigation, Jones added: “To my knowledge today, neither Mr. Alefantis nor his restaurant Comet Ping Pong, were involved in any human trafficking as was part of the theories about Pizzagate.”

For many people, the Pizzagate conspiracy theory became part of the mainstream political discussion only in December, after 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of North Carolina reportedly brought a gun into a Comet Ping Pong packed with customers, and pointed it at an employee in hopes of finding proof of “Pizzagate.”

Welch surrendered to police when he found no evidence that children were being harbored there, D.C. police said at the time. He pleaded guilty to weapons and assault charges Friday, CNN reported.

Miffed neighbors say Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner have 'ruined the neighborhood'

Neighbors of first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, held a meeting last week to complain that the new arrivals in D.C. weren’t doing their part to make things livable for others in the neighborhood.

Even though former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama live a short distance away, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also lives nearby, neighbors recently complained about the Trump and Kushner household at a recent meeting. Among those reportedly in attendance was Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.

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Problems ranging from lack of parking near their home and improper trash removal have neighbors up in arms.

“They’ve completely ruined the neighborhood,” one neighbor told The Associated Press. Another noted that some of the ire may be due to the couple’s politics. 

Trump has been made aware of the issues, although she didn’t directly reference them in a statement to the AP.

“We love the neighborhood, and our family has received an incredibly gracious welcome from our neighbors," she said in the statement.

Gym owner Anne Mulhman requested a private meeting with Trump after she discovered she had attended one of her SolidCore workout classes. Muhlman wrote a note to other members saying that Trump's father was “threatening the rights of many of my beloved clients and coaches.” She later apologized for her comments.

Boy, 9, raises nearly $30K at lemonade stand for grandfather with cancer

When Angel Sanchez’ grandfather was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in December, the boy decided he would try to raise $100 to help. 

With help from his mother, Sanchez, 9, built a yellow lemonade stand. 

Through support from the community, he has been able to raise $6,700 through a GoFundMe and another $21,766 while the stand was open Saturday, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

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“If you build it they will come,” his mother Chastity Sanchez told the Sun-News. “The response from the community, I can't believe this, I really can't believe it. It doesn't feel real, but I'm so humbled.”

Hundreds of residents lined up for a cup with one thirsty and generous drinker plunking down $250 to help Sanchez.

“He understands that people are helping him to help his grandfather. But he is also just a boy and it can be hard,” Chastity Sanchez said. “He doesn't really understand what $100 is, which was his goal. What he's wanted is to just help his grandpa not have to worry.”

Woman has 70-pound ovarian cyst removed

A woman had surgery to remove a 70-pound ovarian cyst after she began to have trouble walking, breathing and eating.

It is believed to be the largest ever removed whole.

The 24-year-old woman from Mexico, who did not want to be identified, noticed she had put on about 56 pounds although she was dieting, according to the Sun. It turned out the weight gain was because of an ovarian cyst that expanded to 73 pounds over 11 months.

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“From all the research I’ve found, it’s believed that this is the largest ovarian cyst ever to be removed whole, without draining it first or spilling it,” Dr. Erik Hanson Viana, the Mexico General Hospital surgeon who performed the operation about six months ago, told the Sun. “It’s really rare to operate on a cyst this big, it measured (a foot and a half) in diameter and the circumference was (around 5 feet).”

Viana, 27, said the cyst was crushing her lungs and would have gotten worse.

“If we hadn’t operated, it would have gotten to the point where she wouldn’t have been able to walk, would be severely malnourished and unable to eat,” Viana said.

She walked out of the hospital two days after the surgery, Viana said. 

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