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    The Atlanta Falcons family is officially growning by at least two. Keanu Neal and Calvin Ridlet both announced this week that they got engaged. Here's what Ridley posted on his official Instagram page:         View this post on Instagram                   To my lover, my Bestfriend , my dawg, my headache lol, my world, and my Go To. You know I love you to death and I know the love we have is special. I know I have found the one for me and I want to keep building a bond that can’t be broken. This is only the beginning and I can’t wait for you to become Mrs.Ridley. Love you forever ❤️🤞🏽💍 A post shared by CALVIN RIDLEY CR1️⃣8️⃣ (@justdoit_cb3) on Feb 19, 2019 at 7:49am PST   Neal posted a photo of his fiance and the ring.         View this post on Instagram                   She said YES!! So blessed to have you. Words can’t describe how much of an impact you’ve had on my life up to this point. God blessed me with an amazing woman. Oh, and Happy Valentines Day! ❤️ A post shared by Keanu Neal (@keanu_neal) on Feb 14, 2019 at 5:42pm PST   The Falcons' official Twitter account also sent congratulations to Neal and Ridley. Shoutout to @Keanu_Neal and @CalvinRidley1 for getting engaged this past week. 🙌💍 pic.twitter.com/FEU8S5qpRj — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) February 19, 2019
  • After months of speculation that Khloé Kardashian and boyfriend Tristan Thompson had ended their relationship, rumors that he’d gotten too close to someone within her circle began circulating. TMZ and Hollywood Unlocked reported on Tuesday that they two had split after he cheated with her sister Kylie Jenner’s best friend, model Jordyn Woods. But within an hour, the Cleveland Cavaliers player tweeted and then deleted a post saying, “FAKE NEWS,” seemingly denying the report. Woods, 21, is also a member of the Good American squad, representing Kardashian’s clothing brand. Thompson, 27, was photographed partying in Los Angeles. last weekend without Kardashian, 34. A source tells PEOPLE that Thompson attended a house party Sunday and allegedly made out with another guest, though the source did not know if that person was Woods. The source says Kardashian heard about his behavior but doesn’t seem upset and is focusing on raising their daughter True, 10 months. Kardashian’s best friend Malika Haaq commented “STRONG FACTS” on Hollywood Unlocked’s post, as captured by The Shade Room. Kardashian herself commented a string of emojis of someone yelling, and sister Kim Kardashian liked the Instagram. View this post on Instagram Looks like the receipts came in. It’s true according to #Malika and #KhloeKardashian ‘s comments ???? #SWIPE via @hollywoodunlocked A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Feb 19, 2019 at 2:15pm PST Kardashian and Thompson haven’t been photographed together since Jan. 13, when they stepped out for dinner at Craig’s in West Hollywood following the Cavaliers’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The pair welcomed baby girl True in April 2018. But in the weeks leading up to the reality star giving birth to her first child, videos leaked of the NBA star getting close to other women. They stayed together despite the cheating scandal, with sources saying Kardashian wanted to focus on motherhood. RELATED VIDEO: Tristan Thompson Jokes Christmas Will Be a ‘Little More Expensive’ with 2 Kids Kardashian and Thompson spent the summer in Los Angeles working to rebuild their relationship — but by the fall, sources revealed they had hit another rough patch as Kardashian decided to put her and True’s move back to Cleveland, where Thompson lives during his basketball season, on hold indefinitely. “Khloé and True are happy in Los Angeles. They spend very little time in Cleveland, where Tristan is,” a source said. “She very much acts like a single mom.” They didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day together Thursday, though he sent Kardashian flowers.
  • Wedding bells almost rang once before for Brendan McLoughlin, the New York City policeman whom Miranda Lambert secretly married last month. The NYPD officer, 27, had been engaged to another woman — fellow Staten Island native Jackie Bruno — until just months before marrying Lambert, PEOPLE confirms. He proposed to his now ex-fiancée with a 1.21-carat, round, brilliant cut diamond ring, set in an 18-carat white gold band, a source close to McLoughlin tells PEOPLE. The ring and matching wedding band were worth approximately $15,000, according to documents viewed by PEOPLE. RELATED: Jake Owen, Little Big Town & More Congratulate Miranda Lambert on Her Surprise Wedding McLoughlin and Bruno’s relationship ended when Kaihla Rettinger, the mother of McLoughlin’s son, messaged his former fiancée to let Bruno know Rettinger was seven months pregnant with the police officer‘s child and had been living with him and his family, the source reveals. McLoughlin’s son was born on Nov. 5, three days after he met Lambert, 35. Rettinger had no comment when reached by PEOPLE. RELATED VIDEO: Miranda Lambert and Evan Felker Split Because He ‘Broke Her Rules’: Source PEOPLE has learned McLoughlin then spent Thanksgiving with Rettinger and his newborn son. It is unclear if he and Rettinger were still romantically involved at that time, but the source close to McLoughlin believes there was “overlap” between Rettinger and Lambert, as the source claims he “had a history of cheating.” A rep for Lambert had no comment. RELATED: Blake Shelton Isn’t Fazed by Miranda Lambert’s Marriage: ‘He Put Her in His Rear View Mirror’ McLoughlin and the “Tin Man” singer tied the knot on Jan. 26. The newlyweds kept their marriage under wraps for three weeks before Lambert, who wore a Lela Rose gown for the wedding, shared the milestone on Instagram on Saturday. “I met the love of my life. And we got hitched!” the country star, who split from her latest boyfriend, Turnpike Troubadours singer Evan Felker in late August, captioned a shot from the big day. “My heart is full. Thank you Brendan McLoughlin for loving me for…. me. #theone” View this post on Instagram In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for.... me. ?? #theone A post shared by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Feb 16, 2019 at 2:41pm PST Lambert and her new husband stepped out together on Saturday in N.Y.C., where their wedding bands were on full display. “They looked happy and natural holding hands and strolling on the sidewalk,” an onlooker told PEOPLE. “She was beaming and protectively holding her ring finger,” added the onlooker.
  • The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo to a three-year contract extension. The team announced the deal on Tuesday but financial terms were not released. Sambrailo is entering his third season with the Falcons and fifth overall. He started the final four games at right tackle last year after Ryan Schraeder struggled. Quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked 42 times and hit a career-high 108 times last season as Atlanta lost starting guards Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco to season-ending injuries. Sambrailo, a second-round draft pick for Denver out of Colorado State, was traded to the Falcons before the start of 2017 for a fifth-round pick. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon. SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft — dubbed 'Beresheet,' or Genesis — will take off from Florida, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon rocket on its weekslong voyage to the moon. The launch is scheduled late Thursday in the United States, early Friday in Israel. It had been originally slated for last December. SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby and Opher Doron, general manager of the IAI's space division, said the spacecraft will slingshot around the Earth at least six times in order to reach the moon and land on its surface on April 11. If the SpaceIL mission is successful, Israel will become the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon, after the Soviet Union, United States and China. SpaceIL has attempted to drum up public excitement for the lunar mission in Israel in recent months, visiting classrooms around the country and sponsoring television advertisements that put Israel on par with global powers. The small craft, roughly the size of a washing machine, is equipped with instruments to measure the moon's magnetic field, as well as a copy of the Bible microscopically etched on a small metal disc. Israel's space program chief Avi Blasberger said he hopes SpaceIL will create a 'Beresheet effect' in Israel, akin to the Apollo effect, to promote science among a new generation. SpaceIL was founded in 2011 and originally competed for Google's Lunar Xprize, which challenged private companies to try to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon. But the $20 million competition was scrapped by the tech giant last year when it became clear none of the five companies would meet a preset deadline. The SpaceIL project has ballooned in cost over the years to around $100 million, financed largely by South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn and other donors from around the world. Kahn said he believes that 'every Jew, not only every Israeli, will remember where he was when Israel landed on the moon.
  • The defense for an Atlanta teen argues cellphone use did not factor into a deadly 2017 accident, and they believe the fact that she’s been charged in the reopened case could be politically motivated. Zoe Reardon, 18, was back in court Friday for a pretrial hearing tied to the deadly crash. In early September 2017, a then-17-year-old Reardon hit Kaitlin Hunt, her 3-month old daughter Riley and a family friend, 61-year-old Kathy Deming. The group was walking to a concert at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheatre in Woodstock when Reardon struck them around 8:15 p.m. Hunt, a Hurricane Irma evacuee from Florida, was holding her infant, and they had family walking ahead of them. Reardon, who was leaving the Falcon-Ridge horse stables, was driving a silver Jeep along Arnold Mill Road. Phone records show her final text to her father was sent more than two minutes ahead of the crash. It was a discussion regarding dinner. TRENDING STORIES: Rain, rain and more rain! You could see 1/2-foot of rain over the next week VIDEO: Fight breaks out as thieves steal 2 Super Bowl tickets worth $5K Day 10: Family, community using ATVs, boats to search for missing grandfather “She sent a text message two minutes and 40 seconds prior to the accident when she was stopped,” defense attorney Manny Arora said. “There’s no other issue on the phone. … Nothing else that was touched on that phone. It’s just a red herring to try and poison the jury, in my opinion.” An initial investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office concluded Reardon was not texting and driving at the time of accident. There were no streetlights or crosswalks, and Reardon was driving between 28 and 36 miles per hour in the 35 mph zone. The report also noted the victims were wearing dark clothing. Reardon and her parents spoke to Channel 2 last year, maintaining that she was focused while driving . “Sometimes an accident is just an accident and you don’t need to try and force blame on somebody,” Arora said outside of court. According to testimony offered by Deputy Jason Lubo, Reardon admitted to putting her phone in a bag, at some point around an aquatic center, which would have been close to the crash site. In the first interview, Reardon told investigators her bag was in the passenger seat. In a second interview, the deputy says she’d mentioned it being on a floorboard. Lubo later wrote that the accident was “unavoidable.” The case was closed without charges four months later.  About a month later, Riley’s father filed a lawsuit against the City of Woodstock, alleging negligence in failing to provide a proper pedestrian crossing at the site of the accident. At the same time, the case took a turn. “Next thing I know, the D.A.’s office is asking to reopen the case and another officer comes through and looks at it and comes to a different conclusion of the exact same evidence,” Arora told Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr. By May, Reardon was bonding out of jail on vehicular homicide and distracted driving-related charges. She is currently in Texas attending college as she awaits trial. “And the idea is that if Ms. Reardon is convicted, then the city arguably avoids liability and they can blame her for being at fault,” he continued. An attorney representing the City of Woodstock in that civil matter declined to comment on the theory. On Friday, the defense argued against the language in the charges, as well as the analysis of the second Cherokee Sheriff’s Office investigator who reconstructed the site. The argument was to dismiss his witness statements “due to his lack of expertise and training in twilight illumination and incomplete investigation and assessment of the incident.' The analysis was was evaluated differently by the defense’s independent reconstructionist, a former Fulton County and Sandy Springs police officer who was brought to the stand Friday. One of Reardon’s nine misdemeanor charges includes noting her failure to warn the pedestrians by honking her horn. “You have to realize there’s a reason to do it and then not honk,” defense attorney Scott Poole said, countering that the charge, according to the evidence and Reardon’s statements, doesn’t make sense. The remaining charges revolve around vehicular homicide and distracted driving, the latter lacking specific details, according to the defense. “The prejudicial evidence, spillover, etc. that would be generated by the state in trying to prove the unsevered count is obvious,” the motion reads. “As the accusation currently stands, there would be nothing fair about the trial. As the gatekeeper, we ask this court to correct the error of joining count 9 (text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle ) to this accusation and allow Ms. Reardon to have a fair, just and equitable trial. At that point, the chips can fairly fall where they may.' Prosecutors maintain the charge arguments should be reserved for trial, and also asked that the trial be pushed back for the victims’ sake. It’s scheduled for the week of March 10, which would have been Kaitlin Hunt’s 30th birthday. It is also when her sister is set to give birth to her first child. Hunt’s parents don’t want to have to grapple with choosing where to be at that time, a prosecutor and family spokeswoman said. The victims’ family declined comment Friday, through that spokeswoman. Judge Alan Jordan said between the civil calendar and attorney leave, that may mean pushing back the trial to May. “This isn’t Fulton County. We do try cases here,” Jordan said, referencing an earlier comment by a witness that she rarely got to testify in Fulton County trials. “I also know closure is very big thing. Jordan will rule on the motions Tuesday.
  • A Paulding County grand jury has indicted a former sheriff’s deputy accused of causing a crash that killed an elementary school teacher.  Joshua Powell, who had not previously been charged in the May 2018 wreck, was indicted Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide in the second degree and failure to maintain lane. Both charges are misdemeanors.  According to the Georgia State Patrol, Emily Howell was driving northbound on Dallas Acworth Highway in a Ford Mustang when she was struck by Powell. Powell was traveling southbound in a Jeep Wrangler when he crossed the center line and struck the Mustang head-on at approximately 7 a.m. on May 15, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.  Howell, 32, of Dallas, died at the scene of the wreck. Powell was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for treatment. At the time of the crash, Howell was about 3 miles from Russom Elementary School, where she taught fourth grade. Howell began teaching at the school in 2015, the school district said. She is survived by her husband, parents and siblings.  “Emily lived a short but full life,” her obituary stated. “Her students were her first priority; however, in her free time, she enjoyed cooking, entertaining, watching her Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons, traveling to Ormond Beach, taking cruises, spending time with family, friends and her boxer, Bailey.” Powell had been employed as a Cherokee County deputy for two weeks at the time of the crash. He had just finished a 12-hour shift and was off duty when the crash occurred. Powell resigned from his job in August in lieu of termination, the Sheriff’s Office said this week. 
  • Before Jeannie Mai chose to healthfully gain 20 lbs. last year, she struggled with disordered eating. “I was low-key abusing myself,” says The Real co-anchor on Thursday’s debut episode of her web series on Kin Network, Hello Hunnay. “The idea of being skinny became something that was most appealing to me. Even if you watch The Real, from season 1 to season 4, I was always 100 lbs. I started to really work hard to stay petite and to not gain weight and to stay sample size.” Mai, 40, gets candid about how she felt compelled to control her eating habits to maintain her desired weight. “I realized that I had an eating disorder in which I controlled myself to a point that I would not let myself enjoy what I wanted to eat or eat what I needed to eat, all to stay a certain size,” Mai admits, adding that she wouldn’t eat past 7 p.m. and “always ordered food to share.” It took seeing an unflattering photo of herself to make a change. “I didn’t realize that until I saw a picture of myself where my knees were really pointy and my shoulders were pointy,” Mai says. “I looked weak.” View this post on Instagram On the left is the first time I tried on this dress, at a weight I've kept for 12 years, 103 lbs. Staying 103 came from my self control to lose 'chubby' teenage weight and a stressful idea that my body was built to look best 'thin'. As I'm nearing my 40s, I realize that I've been thru so much shit mentally and emotionally, why the hell should my body be forced to suffer (from my over controlling ways) too? So 3 months ago I started a new eating plan and training program and gained 17 lbs. I don't have a weight goal..just a promise to be as physically Strong as I am mentally Indestructable ???????? So far I'm 3 months of eating more, (clean protein and saying Yes to carbs!!), lifting heavy weights (best therapy ever!!) and truly loving all of Me. Not sure where I'm headed but I know I'm gonna look the best I've ever looked because Im spending quality time on ME. Here's to Mai first #transformationTuesday. What tips you want me to share in my journey? Cuz I'm def learning now that a figure with curves offers interesting angles ???? #summerbodyhereIcome #leanmuscle #StrongisthenewSexy A post shared by Jeannie Mai (@thejeanniemai) on May 1, 2018 at 10:16pm PDT A friend helped Mai establish a healthy nutrition plan, which included grains, whole foods and healthy fats. The TV personality also started hitting the gym, and has since gained 20 lbs. “Now I’ve totally got a new perspective on body,” she says. “I love how it feels to go into the gym, crank all my favorite music and literally sweat out all of the things that stress me out.” RELATED VIDEO: The Real‘s Jeannie Mai Divorcing Husband After 10 Years of Marriage She shares some of those personal stressors on the series, including the need to update her Los Angeles home, which she once shared with her ex-husband Freddy Harteis. The two divorced in 2017. “Now that that has changed, this house, it needs an upgrade,” Mai continues. “I hate this couch,” she says, adding that it brings up bad memories. “This is a couch where all the conversations happen in the house. All the fights that have been had in this house.” Throughout her Kin series, Mai will look to upgrade her home, as well as share her experience with sex and dating post-divorce. Hello Hunnay is available on Kin Network, which is accessible on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Amazon.
  • (Caution: This story reveals a plot point late in the movie.) Melissa McCarthy delivered both hilarious and heartbreaking moments in her Oscar-nominated performance as author and literary forger Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? But she considers one of the film’s more sentimental scenes her favorite. “My favorite moment, which was the hardest moment, was our last scene,” the actress, 48, says in PEOPLE’s Oscar Portfolio in this week’s issue. “The lovely Richard E. Grant, when you know he’s dying of AIDS, that whole scene, when we kind of rekindle as best as we can what our friendship was, and he says, ‘Make me 29 and don’t make me stupid.’ And I’m probably ruining the quote, but I can never get through it.” Grant, 61, also earned an Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor, for playing one of Israel’s partner in crime and one of her only friends. His quote refers to how his character wants to be portrayed in Israel’s memoir, on which the movie is based. “He was so beautiful in that,” McCarthy says of Grant’s heartfelt performance. “That was the moment for me where I just thought, oh, he’s amazing.” McCarthy also appreciates the work of her fellow best actress nominee, The Wife star Glenn Close. RELATED VIDEO: Melissa McCarthy On Why She Fell in Love With Her Character in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ “One of my favorite moments in the world is Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons, when she’s shamed at the end and people turn on her,” McCarthy reveals, referring to the 1989 drama also starring John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer. “And you watch her in the movie completely flush red. There’s no CGI. It’s just her feeling it and her body reacting, and I literally remember being like, did everyone freak out? When that happened, and they got it on film, they must have just lost their minds. It still gives me chills to think about.” For more from PEOPLE’s 2019 Oscar Portfolio, pick up the latest issue on stands Friday—and watch more videos from this year’s amazing women at PEOPLE.com/oscarportfolio2019. McCarthy and Close, 71, are up against Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born). The 91st Academy Awards take place on Feb. 24 and air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Defensive end Steven Means has signed a one-year contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons after making four starts in 2018. Means had one sack and 14 tackles in eight games last season, his first with Atlanta. He had three tackles for losses. Means began his NFL career with Tampa Bay, where he was a fifth-round draft pick from Buffalo in 2013. He signed with the Falcons following three seasons with Philadelphia. He also has spent time on the Ravens and Texans practice squads. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

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  • Measles outbreaks are occurring around the world.  >> Read more trending news  More than 130 people — about half of them ages 1-4 — have died in the Philippines, and 8,443 others having contracted the disease. Officials blame the outbreak on a fear of vaccinations. Despite being declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, there have been five outbreaks already this year, including in Washington state. Three cases have been confirmed in Georgia, all in the same Atlanta family.  Every state has vaccinations requirements for children to attend school, but 47 states offer exemptions on religious grounds. Seventeen of those states also allow parents to opt out of vaccinations for “personal, moral or other beliefs.” That doesn’t sit well with the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. >> Related: Unvaccinated kids now seeking out vaccines 'Some states are engaging in such wide exemptions that they're creating the opportunity for outbreaks on a scale that is going to have national implications,' Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday in an interview with CNN. 'It's an avoidable tragedy,' Gottlieb told Axios. 'Too many states have lax laws.' If states don’t strengthen their their requirements, Gottlieb said, “… I think they're going to force the hand of the federal health agencies.' Gottlieb offered no specifics as to how the FDA would intervene, but he told CNN he hoped recent outbreaks would make state officials realize the need for vaccinations. Reports of measles have made some people rethink the anti-vaccine stance.  “Internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents’ decisions in a digital health reawakening — and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance,” the Washington Post reported. >> Related: What is measles and how can you prevent it? For a child to be exempt from immunization on religious grounds in Georgia, for example, “the parent or guardian must first furnish the responsible official of the school or facility an affidavit in which the parent or guardian swears or affirms that the immunization required conflicts with the religious beliefs of the parent or guardian.” Georgia does not allow exemption for philosophical reasons.
  • A Wisconsin man is facing charges after his arrest for allegedly driving away from a Manitowac gas station without paying for his fuel for the 23rd time. >> Read more trending news  During the latest incident involving Karl Kinyon, 37, he told police officers he was in a hurry Monday and that he has a “layaway system” with the Kwik Trip gas station and always pays for the gas “eventually,” WLUK-TV reported. The gas station said Kinyon still owes more than $800 for 14 drive-offs he hasn’t paid for yet, according to WLUK. >> Trending: 3,000 turkey fryers recalled over potential fire hazard He’s facing charges of retail theft and bail jumping related to charges from other retail theft cases.
  • Newly released jailhouse phone calls provide insight into how a woman arrested in connection with the death of her 2-year-old son was adjusting to life at the Orange County Jail in Florida. >> Read more trending news In July, Johnathan Pursglove beat Jayce Martin to death in what was described by detectives as a case of torture, police said. Pursglove and Victoria Toth, his girlfriend and Martin's mother, face manslaughter charges in connection with the boy's death. In the newly released calls with Toth's parents, she did not mention Martin while listing what was wrong with her life since her arrest. 'I'm confused. I miss you guys. I miss my bed. I miss Johnathan. I miss food,' she said. 'I haven't even been able to eat. I've had a couple of pieces of bread in the four days I've been here. And some water.' Toth told her parents that her case was drawing comparisons to another case involving an Orange County woman who had been charged in connection with the death of her child. 'The officers are comparing me to Casey Anthony,' she said. 'Don't listen to them,' her mother said. 'Don't you listen to them.' In another phone call after Toth's arrest, her lawyer and her parents urged her to not communicate with Pursglove. 'Do not have contact with anyone in his family,' her father said. 'I know it's difficult to hear that, but it's a harsh reality right now. And it's going to mean the difference -- it can alter the outcome of this entire thing.' 'Yeah, I can't talk to Johnathan,' Toth said. 'Or his family. Nobody,' her mother said. 'If you do, Tori, you're done.' During that hearing, Judge Gail Adams learned that Toth had moved in with Pursglove's sister. 'What I've heard today could in fact be in violation of her bond,' Adams said. Visitation logs also show Toth returned to the jail to visit Pursglove at least 10 times. A court hearing is scheduled for Friday to determine if adjustments should be made to Toth's bond conditions, because of the revelations of Pursglove's last hearing.
  • A Texas man was arrested for allegedly slapping a 12-year-old Deer Park boy accused of bullying his stepdaughter in an incident that was caught on surveillance tape, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  James Olander Peace is facing a felony injury to a child charge, but his wife told KTRK-TV that the court records don’t tell the whole story.  She wanted to remain anonymous but said her daughter was being bullied by two classmates and that her husband was just sticking up for the girl.  They said “that her body was ugly, said that she was a transvestite, started throwing ice cream at her and then they picked up the rocks,' the woman said, according to KTRK. The girl called her parents for a ride, and after Peace picked her up, they saw the two boys, authorities said. 'On the drive home, they happened to see the suspect juvenile walking and that's when the stepdad decided to stop and confront the kid,' Deer Park police Lt. Chris Brown said. The confrontation was caught on a surveillance camera, and Peace was seen shouting and hitting the boy, Brown said. 'He was slapped across the face with an open hand, had red marks and swelling to his cheek and upper jaw,' Brown said. >> Trending: School bus driver on heroin revived with Narcan after crash, police say The news station also reported that court records indicate Peace told the boy not to tell police or he’d beat him up. The boy did tell a teacher about the incident the next day, and Peace was arrested. He’s free on a $15,000 bond.
  • Police continue to investigate the reported attack against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who told authorities he was assaulted in the predawn hours Jan. 29 by a pair of men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him. >> Read more trending news Update 8:50 p.m. EST Feb. 20: Smollett’s Chicago attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, released a statement following the indictment: “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.” Update 7:44 p.m. EST Feb. 20: The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Jussie Smollett has been charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report on Jan.29. The charge is a Class 4 felony that carries a possible prison sentence of 1-3 years, but he could also receive probation. The bond hearing has been set for 1:30pm Thursday according to WLS-TV. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that detectives will make contact with his attorneys and negotiate a surrender for his arrest. Update 5:30 p.m. EST Feb. 20:  “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is now considered a suspect and detectives are presenting case to grand jury according to the Chief Communications Officer for Chicago Police Department. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted the news on Wednesday after Smollett’s attorneys met with prosecutors and detectives. Update 4:30 p.m. EST Feb. 20: A police official said lawyers for Jussie Smollett are meeting with prosecutors and police investigators about the reported attack on the “Empire” actor.  Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Associated Press the meeting was taking place Wednesday afternoon. He declined to confirm reports that subpoenas had been issued for Smollett’s phone and bank records. Update 2:20 p.m. EST Feb. 20: Officials with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment on Wednesday denied reports Smollett was being written out of “Empire” in a statement released to WBBM-TV. “Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show,” the statement said. The comment followed reports that Smollett's role on the show was being slashed amid investigations into the actor's report that he was attacked in Chicago last month. Authorities continue to investigate. Update 9:30 a.m. EST Feb. 20: Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself Monday from the investigation into the reported attack against Smollett, according to WMAQ-TV. In a statement emailed to the station, a spokesperson for Foxx’s office said First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats would instead serve as acting state’s attorney in the case. “Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case,” the statement said, according to WMAQ-TV. No further information was provided on the reason behind for the recusal. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Tuesday that authorities determined a tip they were investigating about a possible sighting of Smollett and the brothers who were previously suspected in the attack were unfounded. “It was not supported by video evidence obtained by detectives,” Guglielmi said. Original report: Authorities are investigating a tip that Smollett was seen in an elevator in his apartment building with two men who have since been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack in downtown Chicago, and were subsequently released without charges, police told The Associated Press. The men, who were identified by attorney Gloria Schmidt as brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, were released without charges Friday after police said new evidence surfaced in the case, according to CNN and police.  >> 'I will only stand for love': 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett performs in California after attack Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Associated Press a person who lives in the building or who was visiting someone there reported seeing the Osundairo brothers with Smollett on the night he was attacked. Guglielmi told the AP that as of Tuesday, officers had yet to confirm the account. Smollett told officers he was attacked around 2 a.m. Jan. 29, as he was walking downtown near the Chicago River. He said two men yelled that he was in “MAGA country” -- an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make American Great Again” -- and that they hit him in the face, poured an “unknown substance” on him and wrapped a rope around his neck, The Associated Press reported. >> Jussie Smollett's attorneys say he will not meet with investigators, despite reports Guglielmi told the AP that Smollett still had a rope around his neck when officers first made contact with him after the alleged attack. Last week, police announced that the 'investigation had shifted' following interviews with the brothers and their release from custody without charges. Police have requested another interview with Smollett. They have declined to comment on reports that the attack was a hoax, a claim Smollett’s attorneys have denied. 'Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,' Smollett’s attorneys said in a statement late Saturday. Authorities continue to investigate. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Tuesday about new businesses offering blood transfusions from young donors. >> Read more trending news  Some companies, according to Yahoo News, “charge thousands of dollars to inject older patients with infusions of blood plasma from young donors.” In December, the Huffington Post detailed how one such company claimed these transfusions could reverse aging and provide something “pretty close” to immortality. None of those claims had any proof. “Simply put, we’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies,” the FDA said. “Such treatments have no proven clinical benefits for the uses for which these clinics are advertising them and are potentially harmful.”  >> Related: Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease The FDA statement, which is credited to Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and FDA director Peter Marks, warns consumers these treatments have not been tested to show they actually help patients. In fact, the FDA says, the transfusions may hurt the recipient. “Plasma administration is not without risks,” the men wrote. “The more common risks are allergic reactions and transfusion-associated circulatory overload.” Less common risks include acute lung injury, infectious disease transmission or circulatory overload, the FDA warned. Plasma is the liquid part of blood, containing blood-clotting proteins. The FDA said there are a few instances where a plasma transfer has proved to be safe and useful. For example, patients whose blood is unable to clot because of illness or medication might receive a plasma transfer. In such a case, the benefits (helps the patient’s blood to clot) outweigh the risks (allergic reactions, etc.). However, even then, the patient still faces the same risks inherent to transfusions. >> Related: Feeling stressed? Thinking of your romantic partner can help lower blood pressure, study says “As a general matter, we will consider taking regulatory and enforcement actions against companies that abuse the trust of patients and endanger their health with uncontrolled manufacturing conditions or by promoting so-called ‘treatments’ that haven’t been proven safe or effective for any use,” the FDA said.