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    Amazon said Saturday it will open another massive warehouse in metro Atlanta that will create 500 new jobs, part of an ongoing courtship of the e-commerce giant that spun out of Georgia’s attempt to land the company’s second headquarters. The company said Saturday that the 1-million-square-foot facility — roughly the size of an average mall — will be built at the Cubes of Bridgeport site in Newnan. The facility’s employees will pack and ship customer orders for Amazon, the world’s largest retailer. Gov. Brian Kemp said Amazon’s announcement was a testament to Georgia’s “logistics infrastructure, top-ranked workforce and nationally recognized business climate.” The firm did not say when it expected the construction to be complete. It’s the second major Amazon project for metro Atlanta in the past year. The company announced in July it would build a warehouse in Gwinnett County that would eventually employ 1,000 people, and construction is well underway. The warehouse is part of a construction spree by Amazon to expand its shipping footprint. The company now operates more than 75 fulfillment centers in North America that employ more than 125,000 staffers, including 3,500 in Georgia. State economic officials have grown familiar with the company after years of recruiting. Georgia offered billions in incentives and Atlanta made the short list for Amazon’s massive second headquarters before losing out to New York and Northern Virginia in November 2018. Documents released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed that the state offered more than $2 billion worth of publicly funded incentives to lure the corporate campus, including an academy to train its employees and an exclusive lounge at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Also in 2018, Amazon picked Nashville, Tennessee, for a new operations office where it plans to hire 5,000 workers. The company later scuttled its New York plans, briefly raising speculation that the Big Apple’s loss could be Georgia’s gain. But economic development officials were also focused on enticing the company to bring smaller projects to Georgia. Amazon operates several other fulfillment centers and warehouses in metro Atlanta, including East Point and Lithia Springs, and in other parts of Georgia, including Macon. The warehouse project will make Amazon one of Coweta County’s largest private employers, joining other major firms such as Yamaha Motors and PetSmart, which also has a distribution center that employs about 500 people. It’s not immediately clear what incentives were offered to Amazon to lure the project. An AJC review showed that nearly $20 million in tax breaks and infrastructure improvements were required to secure the Gwinnett project. The company also did not immediately say how much it will spend on the site. Trae Westmoreland, head of the Coweta County Development Authority, said the “significant capital investment” will strengthen the local economy and help other firms bring in new business.
  • Atlantans often like to remind out-of-towners that “nobody calls it Hotlanta.” Well, turns out Atlanta rapper Future might. Or at least when he’s in the restaurant business. For this weekend only, Future, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, has transformed the Mrs. Winner’s at 4350 Fulton Industrial Blvd. SW into a pop-up restaurant, Hotlanta’s. It’s an effort by the Atlanta native to promote his new song with Drake, “Life is Good,” which was released on Jan. 10. Parts of the music video were filmed at the location, disguised as the fictional Hotlanta’s restaurant. But now, it has come to life. However, if you want to see it, you have to act quick. The pop-up opened on Friday and will remain open from 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. today and tomorrow. A video posted by Epic Records on Twitter shows the restaurant being transformed, including signage being changed out, “Life is Good” window decals and neon signs being installed and even an “employees of the month” poster featuring Future and Drake. The exact menu is not posted, but a sign in the window promotes a Hotlanta’s chicken sandwich and the video shows burgers and fries on the tables. Advertiser Content Crohn’s Can Cause Inflammation in More Places Than... By AbbVie For this weekend only, Future, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, has transformed the Mrs. Winner’s at 4350 Fulton Industrial Blvd. SW into a pop-up restaurant, Hotlanta’s. It’s an effort by the Atlanta native to promote his new song with Drake, “Life is Good,” which was released on Jan. 10. ADVERTISING Ads by Teads Parts of the music video were filmed at the location, disguised as the fictional Hotlanta’s restaurant. But now, it has come to life. However, if you want to see it, you have to act quick. The pop-up opened on Friday and will remain open from 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. today and tomorrow. A video posted by Epic Records on Twitter shows the restaurant being transformed, including signage being changed out, “Life is Good” window decals and neon signs being installed and even an “employees of the month” poster featuring Future and Drake. The exact menu is not posted, but a sign in the window promotes a Hotlanta’s chicken sandwich and the video shows burgers and fries on the tables. A screen grab of Future’s Instagram story promoting pop-up restaurant Hotlanta’s, open this weekend only. Future opens Hotlanta popup restaurant The rapper is promoting a new single. And that's not all he has planned for hometown fans this weekend. Future and Lil Baby, who collaborated on “On the Mud” last summer, have the shared history of a hometown, and on Sunday night the Atlanta rappers will share a bill as well. Dubbed “No Place Like Home,” the show takes place at the Coca-Cola Roxy.
  • Are you hitting the gym more in the new year? Beware of thieves. Police say gym-goers need to be on the lookout for two teens accused of dressing as women and stealing from people as they work out. Police say Tarquinnious Mack and Dequavis Smith have hit gyms in at least 7 metro Atlanta counties since November. The pair act like they are seeking gym memberships, then go into locker rooms and steal car keys, then the cars, police say. They have also used stolen credit cards. Detectives have felony warrants against Mack and Smith but so far, they have not been caught. Police say the teens have targeted gyms in Cobb, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Athens-Clarke, Dekalb, Newton and Cherokee counties. Gwinnett detectives believe others may be involved in the metro-wide ring. Last week, Channel 2′s Sophia Choi talked to Covington police capt. Ken Malcolm, who said Mack was spotted on surveillance video at a Planet Fitness wearing a wig. Malcolm said the thief gets in by lying to employees and saying that he lost his membership card. 'He's now approaching the clerk here,' Malcolm said, pointing to the video. 'He's negotiating, trying to get into the facility. And he's able to get in.' The surveillance video then shows Mack leaving the locker area, where police believe he stole credit cards and keys. More surveillance video at Kroger shows him buying gift cards with stolen credit cards and leaving in a stolen brown F-150 that belonged to a gym member. “He’s looking for crimes of opportunity,” Malcolm said. “And so far, he’s been successful now in five different areas.” Choi talked to Jazzmon Sanders, who just joined Planet Fitness this week. She said she keeps her things close by and makes sure to take the proper precautions. 'We live in a world where crazy stuff happens. So when you're in a situation like that, you just have to take precautions,' Sanders said. 'I just keep everything on me. If you can't have it on you, then you probably shouldn't bring it in.' Police also recommend bringing your own lock if you use a locker.
  • An infant at the center of an Amber Alert Saturday morning has been found safe, and his father is in jail. Americus police said it all started when they responded to a shooting in the 100 block of Carter Street in Americus at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim, identified as La’Warrior Gardener, 21, was taken to a hospital and later died. The suspect, Demonte Everett Mayes Jr., 23, of Arlington, Texas, abducted his 2-month-old biological child and left the scene. Detectives and the GBI issued an Amber Alert for the child. Mayes’ car was seem on U.S. Highway 80 between Montgomery and Selma, Alabama by Alabama State troopers. Police said Mayes was taken into custody and the child was found. Mayes is being charged with murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault and kidnapping. Additional charges may be added as the investigation continues, police said. Anyone with any information about the case should call the Americus Police Department Tip Line 229-924-4102, or the Americus Criminal Investigation Division at 229-924-4550. Demonte Everett Mayes Jr. and Draco Leigh Mayes Demonte Everett Mayes Jr. and Draco Leigh Mayes
  • A cold front moving into Atlanta will cause temperatures to plummet Saturday night. Temperatures are expected to drop to the 30s with wind chills in the 20s by Sunday morning. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls says showers and chilly temperatures will continue across north Georgia as a cold front moves in. When the cold front arrives, it will be some of the coldest air of the season. Showers and chilly temperatures continue across most of North GA. The cold front is still to our northwest. I'm tracking it and some of the COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON on the way - at 6 on Ch. 2. pic.twitter.com/bViEbrM91l — Katie Walls (@KatieWallsWSB) January 18, 2020 How long the winter cold will stick around, on Channel 2 Action News. [Download the free Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts as rain moves through] The last time we had temperatures in the 20s was in November.
  • Atlanta police are searching for a barefoot burglar who broke into a family’s home while they were fast asleep. The brazen break-in happened just before 6 a.m. Jan. 5, right off Peachtree-Dunwoody Road near Little Nancy Creek Park. A wife and mother who did not want to be identified said her family just moved into their Buckhead home last month. They decided to rent until they figure out where they want to live. They should be searching for new homes. Instead, they are installing new security measures. “He came up these three flights of stairs,” the woman said. Frightened but uninjured, the woman showed Channel 2′s Michael Seiden the staircase the burglar used to climb through her kitchen window while she and her husband, along with their three young kids, were fast asleep. The woman said the intruder’s hand print is still on the glass. “It’s absolutely nuts,' she said. “I woke up to seeing a person leaving my room and I had assumed it was my husband. I had turned over and my husband was in bed with me,' she said. She said she and her husband chased after the intruder, who was wearing dark clothing and a beanie and was barefoot. “My husband calmly said to him, ‘Sir, this is our home. You need to leave now!' I was even, like, ‘That’s the door. Just walk out straight,'' she said. Surprisingly, the intruder left without saying a word. But as soon as he got outside to the driveway, he took off in the family’s minivan. Police recovered it earlier this week and didn’t find any damage. Now, this family has taken new security measures, including a doorbell camera. 'I’m sad that it happened, but I’m grateful that it had the ending that it did because one misstep, one change of intention, one thing could’ve ended very, very differently,” she said. The family believes the burglar was homeless.
  • A woman and her brave dog stopped a man going on a rampage with a golf club. Pictures show the damage at an apartment complex in Marietta after the man smashed out several car and apartment windows. That’s when Rachel Konke and her dog named Glen got involved. “He’s been trained to alert if someone enters my surroundings quickly,” Konke said. “He immediately could tell the person was a threat.” The two were on their nightly walk Wednesday near their condo on Wynnes Ridge Circle when they heard the sound of glass shattering. “We both kind of looked up and he alerted to that,” Konke said. Konke said an intruder once broke her into her home and she wanted to make sure this person was not trying to hurt anyone. TRENDING STORIES: SURPRISE: Army sergeant shows up to mom’s job after serving 2 years overseas 3 ‘racially motivated, violent extremists’ arrested after police bust Floyd Co. neo-Nazi training camp ’Driving half lit is not very bright’ -- GDOT unveils new safety sign messages for drivers “I had my fanny pack with a firearm, bear Mace and a Taser in it, but thankfully, I didn’t have to use any of that,” Konke said. She said Glen sprung into action and started barking at the stranger. “(The stranger) was just kind of screaming, ‘I don’t like that dog. I don’t like that dog,'” Konke said. Then, the man dropped the golf clubs he stole from a patio. “He stopped breaking into the cars and just ran right up there and we just kind of stood right over there and made sure he didn’t go any further,” Konke said. Police arrived within minutes and arrested Sean Maurice Scott. Cobb police said Scott shattered five car windows and windows at one home, causing more than $2,000 of damage. Konke is glad that Glen was enough to end a tense situation. “He did a really great job. I felt safe the entire time,” Konke said.
  • Four teachers have filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines for dumping jet fuel over the school where they work. In the incident Tuesday, Delta Flight 89 from Los Angeles to Shanghai had an engine issue shortly after takeoff that required a quick return to Los Angeles International Airport. The plane released fuel to reach a safe landing weight, exposing children in school and adults on the ground to the fuel vapor before the plane landed safely back at LAX. The plaintiffs — Lisette Barajas, Laura Guzman, Mariana de la Torre and Anabel Samperio — are teachers who work at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, Calif., about 15 miles east of LAX. Represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, the teachers allege in the suit that they were taking students to the playground for P.E. and “were coated with jet fuel dumped from Flight 89.” Aircraft Fuel Dump Attorney Gloria Allred, lower left, listens as one of four Park Avenue Elementary School teachers talks about her experiences when a Delta Airlines jet dumped fuel over their school Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at a Los Angeles news conference Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The four plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Delta - Lisette Barajas, Laura Guzman, Mariana De La Torre and Anabel Samperio - appeared at the news conference but declined to be identified individually when they spoke. The teachers plan to file a lawsuit after a commercial airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel over a densely populated area. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio) “The plaintiffs could feel the fuel on their clothes, flesh, eyes and skin,” says the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. “Fuel penetrated their mouths and noses as well, producing a lasting and severe irritation, and a lasting and noxious taste and smell. The coating of fuel caused them to feel sick, dizzy, and nauseated” and caused breathing difficulties and emotional distress, the suit alleges. TRENDING STORIES: SURPRISE: Army sergeant shows up to mom’s job after serving 2 years overseas 3 ‘racially motivated, violent extremists’ arrested after police bust Floyd Co. neo-Nazi training camp ’Driving half lit is not very bright’ -- GDOT unveils new safety sign messages for drivers “They immediately rushed their students indoors and did their best to decontaminate the children who were screaming and crying,” Allred said in a written statement. “Their severe emotional distress includes the reasonable fear that the exposure to and ingestion of jet fuel might produce serious health consequences in the future.” Delta declined to comment in response to the lawsuit. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. Aircraft Fuel Dump Children evacuate the Park Avenue Elementary school in Cudahy, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the aircraft returning to LAX fell onto the school's playground. A fire department tweet says firefighters are assessing 'multiple patients' at the school in the suburban city of Cudahy, Calif. The flight tracking website FlightAware shows that Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China, departed LAX, circled back over Southern California and returned to the airport. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) The lawsuit alleges negligence and seeks an unspecified amount of damages and legal expenses. It alleges Delta had a duty to train and supervise pilots on safe procedures for dumping fuel to avoid harm to those on the ground and that pilots “were under a duty to avoid dumping jet fuel from aircraft in flight over populated areas…especially when schools were located in those areas.” The plane was at an altitude low enough that the fuel did not have time to evaporate before hitting the ground. The suit also alleges that the engine problem was detected before the flight took off “and should have resulted in a decision for the plane not to take off at all.” The lawsuit was filed on the same day as a town hall meeting scheduled in Cudahy on the jet fuel dump.
  • It could soon become easier and less expensive to adopt children in Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp laid out his plans during his State of the State address Thursday that includes lowering the adopting age to 21 and bigger tax breaks for adopting parents. Governor lays out plan for easier adoptions in Georgia Channel 2 political reporter Richard Elliot learned Friday that not everyone is happy about the plan. Kemp wants to triple the tax benefits for adoptive parents and create a commission to study foster care. But one lawmaker isn’t sure he likes that idea. The governor’s plan would lower the adoption age from 25 to 21, so more people can adopt children in Georgia. TRENDING STORIES: SURPRISE: Army sergeant shows up to mom’s job after serving 2 years overseas 3 ‘racially motivated, violent extremists’ arrested after police bust Floyd Co. neo-Nazi training camp ’Driving half lit is not very bright’ -- GDOT unveils new safety sign messages for drivers He also wants to let adopters keep more of their own money because adoptions are so expensive. “First, we will triple the adoption tax credit from $2,000 to $6,000 to help new parents offset the incredible costs of adoption,” Kemp said during his speech Thursday. “I like those proposals,” House Speaker David Ralston said. Ralston made reforming Georgia’s antiquated adoption system a top priority last year. The reforms should make it easier and quicker to adopt. Ralston told Elliot on Friday that he isn’t so sure about Kemp’s plans for Georgia’s foster care system. The opioid crisis has really put a burden on the foster care system as more children than ever are in it. Kemp wants the state to study that problem and come up with a solution. “We will launch the Families First Commission so we can begin to change the way our state’s foster care system operates and serves the most vulnerable among us,” Kemp said. Ralston isn’t so sure about that plan. He said sometimes commissions can do more harm than good. “We create a lot of commissions in the state that seemingly don’t get things accomplished, and sometimes they become an agent for special interests,” Ralston said. Ralston told Elliot he’ll keep an open mind on the governor’s proposed legislation once he sees the fine print.
  • Channel 2 Action News is digging deeper into a police shooting that killed a teenager in Cobb County. Channel 2′s Cobb County Bureau Chief Chris Jose learned that officers were initially preparing to serve a warrant Thursday to search the home and car belonging to a murder suspect identified as 19-year-old Samuel David Mallard. The GBI said officers found Mallard driving his car in the 1400 block of Chaseway Circle when he tried “to elude officers in his vehicle, but his car was stopped by CCPD vehicles.” [READ MORE: Cobb County officers shoot, kill murder suspect ] During the encounter, officers fired their weapons, striking the suspect. Mallard was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said before Mallard’s death, he along with Damion Shropshire and Elijah Bailey, both 16, were involved in a serious crime. Jose learned that Shropshire recently got out of jail after a Cobb County judge gave a $25,000 bond last month. Since his release, Shropshire has been accused of armed robbery and a deadly home invasion. According to arrest warrants, Shropshire and Bailey are accused of shooting and killing Daquan Murphy Tuesday morning inside an apartment on Anderson Mill Road after trying to rob him. Jose confirmed through court records that Mallard is also tied to the deadly home invasion. Jose knocked on the door of Mallard’s grandmother’s home Friday. She would only tell him: “I don’t have much to say. My grandson is dead.” In November, Shropshire also allegedly had a gun and robbed a 14-year old in broad daylight.

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  • Portland police already realize the irony. A bike was stolen Thursday from Officer Dave Sanders who has worked for years with the Portland Police Bike Theft Task Force to prevent such crimes, KPTV reported. “Well, this oughta be good for some comments at least... ‘Please help Bike Theft Task Force Officer Sanders find his stolen bike,’” the department posted on social media. “Going out on a limb here, but this may support the argument that we still have a slight bike theft problem in the city.” Sanders was running late for a grand jury and locked his blue Marin Nail Trail bike with a pair of handcuffs to a rack out front of the Multnomah County Courthouse, KPTV reported. When he returned about 90 minutes later, the cuffs were hanging on the rack and the bike was gone. The bike, which had a “Police” logo velcroed on it, is registered with serial No. 091712249. The theft was caught on camera. “You can see him walk by and check out the bike. Then he gets to the end of the block and pauses, like, ‘Hey, I think I’ll do it!’ Then he turns around and goes for it. It’s just bizarre,” Sanders told Bike Portland. “These thieves have become so brazen.” About 27 bikes a day are stolen in Portland, with only about 10% recovered. The chances increase if it’s registered. Sanders recommends using a U-lock and securing the frame of the bike to a rack. “It’s discouraging that we’ve reached this level that somebody feels so empowered that they can get away with it that they’ll try something like this. That’s discouraging that our bike theft problem is that bad,' Sanders told KPTV. “But it also motivates me. It’s kind of a motivator to say, ‘Hey, let’s do more, let’s see what we can do better to prevent this from happening.’”
  • A Boston bartender might have gotten his biggest tip yet — for performing a lifesaving technique on a man choking. While behind the bar at Silvertone Bar & Grill on Bromfield Street, Oscar Simoza saw a customer suddenly start to choke Thursday night. “At one point, he’s grabbing his friend’s shoulder, and he has, like, a face like he’s laughing, and then I realize his face turns red,” Simoza told WFXT. Simoza ran out from behind the bar to the stool where the man was sitting, surveillance video of the incident shows. He immediately began performing the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the blockage from the man’s throat. “Yeah, I moved,” Simoza told WFXT. “I was surprised. I haven’t played rugby in a while, so it’s pretty funny I can actually run this way still. We got there fast enough.” Simoza was able to dislodge a steak tip the man was choking on. “I was like: ‘I’m doing the Heimlich. I’ve never done this before,’” Simoza said. The man was OK, and customers gave Simoza a big round of applause. “(The choking patron) probably gave me the best tip,' Simoza told WFXT. “Like I say, the best tip ever given to me, ‘Thank you for saving my life.'” When asked how he learned the Heimlich, Simoza replied:, “I learned it from watching ’Baywatch.'”
  • The father of the Florida man accused of killing his wife, three children and family dog, also had a history of violence, according to court records dating back 40 years. Robert Todt was convicted by a jury in 1980 for a murder-to-hire plot. It bears an eerie parallel to this week, when his son, Anthony Todt, told Osceola County detectives that he killed his wife, three children and family dog at their Celebration home, WFTV reported. Alan Rubenstein is now a judge in the same Pennsylvania community where he was an assistant district attorney in 1980, and prosecuted Robert Todt’s case. He said the Todts appeared to have a picturesque life. Neighbors had great things to say about Robert Todt, who was a special education teacher and wrestling coach at a Pennsylvania high school. Then, he was arrested for hiring one of his students to kill his wife, Loretta Todt, on March 19, 1980, at their Bensalem home, People reported. The student, John Chairmonte, pleaded guilty to his involvement, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in 1980. At the time, Chairmonte was characterized as a “burglar and a drug addict,” the newspaper reported in a Dec. 13, 1980, Inquirer story. “Who do you expect Bob Todt to hire to kill his wife, Donny Osmond?' Rubenstein told the newspaper. “A shot was fired right into her skull,” Rubenstein told WFTV on Friday. “It landed through her left eye and blinded her. She should’ve died, but, amazingly, she survived.” What originally seemed like a home invasion didn’t add up, Rubenstein said. “Then we did some background checking on (Robert) Todt,” Rubenstein told WFTV. “We found out about his being engaged to this woman while he was married, about his various girlfriends, the fact that he was having a relationship with one of his students.” When Robert Todt was convicted in 1981, “everybody was wailing, especially his family members and Loretta,” Rubenstein recalled. “The calmest person in the courtroom was Robert Todt.” Robert Todt served about 10 years in prison. Investigators said Anthony Todt was in the home when his mother was shot. A local newspaper reported he woke up to his mother’s screams. Many have described Anthony Todt as a loving father and husband, devoted physical therapist and soccer coach to neighborhood kids. Investigators said they found Anthony Todt’s family’s bodies Monday, but believe Todt killed them weeks earlier. The FBI is also investigating Todt for Medicaid fraud, and records show he was being evicted from their Celebration home.
  • Will moviegoers finally find out what’s on Page 47? That’s a possibility as reports of a “National Treasure 3” movie are beginning to circulate. Chris Bremner, who was tapped to write a “Bad Boys 4” movie, told The Hollywood Reporter he would be writing the screenplay for “National Treasure 3.” “National Treasure,” released in 2004, starred Nicolas Cage an amateur cryptologist Benjamin Franklin Gates. The movie pulled in $247 million worldwide for Disney, Variety reported. The cast, including Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel and Armando Riesc, returned for the 2007 sequel, “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.' That film made $457 worldwide, Variety reported. The sequel ended with the characters looking at 'Page 47” of a secret book owned by the president of the United States, but no explanation was given. Jerry Bruckheimer is reportedly producing the upcoming film, People reported. Jon Turtletaub directed the first two films. A Disney spokesman did not respond to the magazine’s request for comment.
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer working members of the Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth II announced Saturday in a statement. The Queen said the Sussexes “will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.” The couple also will no longer formally represent the Queen, the statement said. 'Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family, the Queen wrote. “I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.” The couple will forgo state funding and repay millions of taxpayer dollars used to refurbish their official residence in Windsor, The New York Times reported. The agreement will go into effect later this spring and will be reviewed by the palace after a year, the newspaper reported. “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family,” according to the statement from Buckingham Palace. The agreement was made to end the crisis that began 10 days ago when the couple announced plans to step back from their royal duties and spend time in North America, the Times reported.
  • Odell Beckham Jr.'s legal problems might be behind him. The Superdome officer who was slapped on the rear by the Cleveland Browns wide receiver after LSU’s championship victory Monday has decided not to press charges, NOLA.com reported. A video of the encounter has gone viral. The website, citing several anonymous sources, said the 48-year-old officer had signed an affidavit saying he did not want to pursue legal action against Beckham, 27, who is from New Orleans and played for LSU. The New Orleans Police Department had obtained a warrant for Beckham’s arrest on a count of simple battery, WAFB reported. New Orleans police could rescind the warrant or continue to pursue it, NOLA.com reported. According to the website, the officer had ordered LSU players to put out celebratory cigars lit in the locker room. While talking with one player, the lieutenant said he was struck in the rear by a man who was identified as Beckham. The Browns issued a statement Thursday and said Beckham’s representatives “are cooperating with authorities to appropriately address the situation,” WAFB reported. Beckham has already come under scrutiny for reportedly throwing cash at players after the Tigers’ 42-25 victory against Clemson, potentially violating NCAA rules.