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Florida deputy accused of trying to kill elderly woman, sell her dog

A Florida deputy is accused of attempting to kill an elderly woman he had been defrauding, according to the Miami Herald.

Deputy Frankie Eugene Bybee, 46, had befriended the 79-year-old woman in October after responding to a service call.

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The Herald reported that things got dicey when Bybee resold the woman's dog, named JJ, on Craigslist after she asked him to care for it while she was hospitalized.

During this time, Bybee continued to visit the woman in the hospital "to further his relationship with her" and asked about her financial information, WTSP reported

On Jan. 9, Bybee was placed on administrative leave after receiving checks totaling $65,000, which the woman claimed were fraudulently signed, CBS News reported.

WTVT reported that forensic analysis of the checks showed that the woman's fingerprints weren't on any of them, but Bybee's were. 

The Herald reported that three days later, Bybee retaliated by breaking into the woman's house and forcing sleeping pills down her throat. The woman woke up later in the garage with her car engine running.

"Our investigation revealed that Bybee attempted to kill the victim and make it appear to be a suicide," Sarasota County Sheriff Thomas Knight told the Miami Herald. 

Bybee now faces charges of larceny, exploitation of the elderly of $50,000 or more, forgery, burglary of an occupied dwelling, battery on a person 65 or older and attempted murder. 

The Sheriff's Office said in a tweet Tuesday that the woman's dog had been located and reunited with its owner.

"It is beyond unacceptable an individual who works in a postilion of trust and guardianship to their community and is capable of the heinous crimes like Frankie Bybee committed. It is a disgrace to this agency and to the law enforcement profession," Sheriff Knight told CBS News. 

Read more at the Miami Herald

Kansas man chooses jail over wife, robbing a bank to get away from her

A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Kansas City bank last fall, in a strange case that has left authorities scratching their heads.

Lawrence John Ripple, 70, told investigators that he robbed the bank, which is just a block away from police headquarters, after an argument with his wife because he “no longer wanted to be in that situation,” The Kansas City Star reported.

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Ripple was caught on surveillance video handing a bank teller a note at the Bank of Labor last September. When the teller handed over $2,900, Ripple remained in the bank lobby waiting to be arrested.

Ripple wrote the note in front of his wife and said he’s rather be in jail then home with her, according to news reports.

A sentencing date is still pending in the case.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton reveals prostate cancer: What is it, can it be cured?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton told a group of reporters Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with  prostate cancer, a day after he fainted while delivering his State of the State address in front of the Minnesota Legislature.

Dayton said he was diagnosed with the disease last week, but doctors told him it did not appear that the cancer had spread past his prostate. "I don't expect it to impede my performance or responsibilities, but I'll know more next week," the governor said. 

As for Monday's fainting spell, Dayton said he believes “they're two separate issues. I'm not a doctor but I don't believe there's any connection (between the cancer and the fainting)."

So what are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer and what can be done about it?

Here is a look at the disease and its treatment.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a gland located between a man’s bladder and his penis. It is located in front of the rectum, and it is about the size of a walnut.

The urethra runs through the prostate.

What does it do?

The prostate secretes a fluid that protects and transports sperm.

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is a disease in which cells in the prostate gland become abnormal and start to grow uncontrollably, forming tumors.

Does it spread to other parts of the body?

It can spread to any part of the body. When it does spread, it generally spreads to the lymph nodes and the bones, according to the Mayo Clinic. 

How many men get this cancer?

There are more than 200,000 cases diagnosed each year in the United States. It is mainly a disease of older men, though it can affect men in their 20s, 30s and 40s also. 

What are the symptoms?

Often there are no symptoms early in the disease progression. Some later symptoms include pain in the bones; difficulty with starting and maintaining a steady stream of urine, dribbling of urine, excessive urination at night, frequent urination, urge to urinate and leaking, urinary retention, or weak urinary stream; men can also suffer from erectile dysfunction when they have prostate cancer..

How deadly is it?

It depends on the cancer. Some types of prostate cancer grow slowly, other types are aggressive. Nearly 30,000 Americans will die from prostate cancer each year in the United States.

What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?

The risks associated with a prostate cancer diagnosis include race, age and family history. Behind skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. According to WebMD, “in other parts of the world – notably Asia, Africa, and Latin America – prostate cancer is rare.”

When should men get screened for prostate cancer?

The American Cancer Society suggests that men at higher risk for developing prostate cancer should begin screenings at age 40. Men at average risk for the disease should consider screenings beginning at age 50. African-American men and men who have a first-degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer are considered high risk.

How are men screened for prostate cancer?

There are two ways – one is a test that looks for a prostate specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. Men with prostate cancer will have higher levels of the antigen in their blood.

The second way to screen is a doctor’s digital examination of the prostate through the rectum.

What about the outcome?

Prostate cancer in its early stages – before it has spread beyond the prostate – can be and often is cured. The majority of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are in that category.

Cancer that has spread beyond the prostate is not curable, but treatment can control it for many years. Even men with advance cases often die of some disease other then prostate cancer.

What are the treatments?

It depends on the stage of the cancer. If it is contained – not spread – watchful waiting is often what is done. Other options for more advance cancers include surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy and biologic therapy – using the body’s immune system to fight the cancer.

Sources: WebMD; Mayo Clinic; Associated Press; American Cancer Society

Charlotte attorney disbarred after being accused of having sex with clients

A Charlotte, North Carolina, attorney accused of having sex with several of his immigration clients has been disbarred, officials said.

Court documents show the clients he targeted were "especially vulnerable."

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According to the court filing, attorney Chris Greene voluntarily surrendered his license after he agreed that he could not defend the charges against him and that he had inappropriate contact with some of his clients.

Greene's clients, most of them Latinos, have walked up to Greene's office off Albemarle Road daily for the last few weeks, only to find it closed. 

"Yesterday, a guy and his wife came (to the office)," Shonda Davis, who works in an office down the hall, said. "They were asking about him and I said, 'That guy hasn't been here in about three months.'"

A court filing said that starting in 2011, Greene sent electronic messages to clients containing sexual subject matter and had sexual relations with some of them.

All the clients were immigration clients and were especially vulnerable, investigators said.

"They are probably the most vulnerable individuals in our society right now," said Jose Hernandez-Paris, who heads the Latin-American Coalition.

Latinos, many of them desperate and many of them women, seek help from the coalition in finding lawyers to represent them in immigration cases, Hernandez-Paris said,adding that it might explain why they would go along with anything that an attorney suggests.

"The prospect of having to go back to the situation they left is very scary, and most of them are willing to do whatever they need to do to stay in this country," Hernandez-Paris said.

Greene is not under criminal investigation. His attorney wouldn't comment on the case. 

Ciara treats patients at children's hospital to makeovers

Ciara treated patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital Monday to complimentary makeovers.

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Instagram posts from the singer-actress Ciara show her and children getting their makeovers and celebrating together.

“Jackie, Daisy, Madison, Fiona, Massey, Haylee, Amy, Alexis, and Kailyn Are All Super Heroes Of Today,” Ciara wrote. “#StrongAgainstCancer.”

“Every time I visit Seattle Children’s, I see how strong these children are who are going through such difficult battles,” said Ciara in a release on the Seattle Children’s website. “I wanted to help make them feel as strong and beautiful as they are to me, and to let them know I’m thinking about them. I often hear that I inspire these kids, but they’re really the ones that inspire me. They are the real superheroes of today.”

A 17-year-old patient named Madisen Rodriguez was happy to be involved in the makeovers. Rodriguez relapsed with a cancer of the lymph system in 2016, but she’s nearing the end of treatment.

“It’s fun to have an appointment that’s not with a doctor,” Rodriguez said in the Seattle Children’s release. “It was cool to get to talk about hair and make up. That’s everything I love! It made me feel really special and happy.”

Scroll down to see embedded photographs from the special day.

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Does White House press secretary Sean Spicer have a vendetta against Dippin' Dots?

Former chief strategist and communications director of the Republican National Committee Sean Spicer doesn't seem to have an affinity for Dippin' Dots ice cream.

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The current White House press secretary has taken to Twitter on numerous occasions to express his distaste for the self-proclaimed "ice cream of the future."

On one occasion, he called out the ice cream company after it filed for bankrupcy. On another, he seemed to have been disappointed to find that there was none of the futuristic frozen treat left at a baseball game. 

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The dates between his tweets critical of Dippin' Dots span more than five years.

It's unclear why Spicer has such strong opposition for the ice cream company, but Dippin' Dots CEO Scott Fischer set out to make ameds with the White House official by posting an open letter to Spicer. 

Here's the letter, published on the company's website Monday, in full: 

Dear Sean, We understand that ice cream is a serious matter. And running out of your favorite flavor can feel like a national emergency! We've seen your tweets and would like to be friends rather than foes. After all, we believe in connecting the dots. As you may or may not know, Dippin' Dots are made in Kentucky by hundreds of hard working Americans in the heartland of our great country. As a company, we're doing great. We've enjoyed double-digit growth in sales for the past three years. That means we're creating jobs and opportunities. We hear that's on your agenda too. We can even afford to treat the White House and press corps to an ice cream social. What do you say? We'll make sure there's plenty of all your favorite flavors. Yours,Scott, CEO of Dippin' Dots

Spicer responded Monday night saying, "How about we do something great for the those who have served (our) nation & 1st responders."

He didn't include further details about a potential ice cream social.

Sorry for the delay How about we do something great for the those who have served out nation & 1st responders https://t.co/G9BPmVAXKS— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 24, 2017

"Ice cream is probably the least political of things you can find," Dippin' Dots marketing executive Shama Hyder told NPR.

"We're ice cream," Dippin' Dots media relations manager told The New York Times. "We're all about fun and fun experiences, and our response in this situation or any other should remain true to who we are."

Dippin' Dots recently transitioned from its "Ice Cream of the Future" marketing slogan to "Taste the Fun."

WikiLeaks wants to release Donald Trump's tax returns

WikiLeaks is asking for anyone with access to President Donald Trump's tax documents to send them to the nonprofit for publishing.

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The request was made after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that the president would not release his tax returns.

"We litigated this all through the election," Conway said on ABC's "This Week." "People didn't care. They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans ... are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like."

She later walked the comment back, writing Monday that Trump "is under audit and will not release (his taxes) until that is completed."

On taxes, answers (& repeated questions) are same from campaign: POTUS is under audit and will not release until that is completed. #nonews— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) January 23, 2017

WikiLeaks, the nonprofit organization that specializes in sharing classified and secret information, asked Sunday for anyone with Trump's returns to send them along.

Trump Counselor Kellyanne Conway stated today that Trump will not release his tax returns. Send them to: https://t.co/cLRcuIiQXz so we can.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 22, 2017

In the runup to November's election, WikiLeaks shared thousands of documents taken from the hacked, personal email of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The emails included the transcripts of speeches made by Clinton to Goldman Sachs. Her ties to the financial giant had been frequently criticized by Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

However, WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter, "Trump's breach of promise over the release of his tax returns is even more gratuitous than Clinton concealing her Goldman Sachs transcripts."

Trump's breach of promise over the release of his tax returns is even more gratuitous than Clinton concealing her Goldman Sachs transcripts.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 22, 2017

There is no rule barring Trump from releasing his tax returns while he is under audit. It is not clear whether the documents will be released.

Sales of George Orwell's '1984' surge after Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts' comments

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

During an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC's "Meet the Press," counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said White House press secretary Sean Spicer's comments about the size of the crowd that attended the inauguration of Donald Trump were "alternative facts." 

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People quickly pointed out the problematic language, and Merriam-Webster issued a tweet to clarify the definition of the word "fact."

Many criticized the term "alternative facts," comparing it to the government propagandized "newspeak" language found in George Orwell's popular dystopian novel "1984."

According to SparkNotes, "Newspeak is engineered to remove even the possibility of rebellious thoughts -- the words by which such thoughts might be articulated have been eliminated from the language."

Orwell wrote that it "means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously and accepting both of them."

The novel focuses on omnipresent government surveillance, propaganda and public manipulation.

As of Tuesday afternoon, sales of "1984" had increased dramatically on Amazon's bestseller list, placing the book as the No. 3 bestseller. 

It surged nearly 20 spots to No. 31 on Barnes & Noble's Top 100 book bestsellers list Tuesday afternoon.

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According to CNN, sales of "1984" also saw a sales spike in 2013 when Edward Snowden revealed details of the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

Similar news was made in August after Gold Star family member Khizr Khan, the father of the late American Muslim soldier Humayun Khan, asked Trump if he had ever read the Constitution.

Khan held up the document while speaking at the Democratic National Convention, saying that he would lend Trump his copy.

Sales of the U.S. Constitution skyrocketed after Khan's speech.

Tom Brady wonders why people care about his friendship with Donald Trump

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn't understand why anyone cares about his longstanding friendship with President Donald Trump.

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"Why does everybody make such a big deal? I don't understand it," he said Monday in an interview with WEEI.

Trump told a crowd the night before Friday's inauguration that Brady called to congratulate him, The Associated Press reported. Among those gathered to watch his speech was Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

"I have called him, yes, in the past. Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call," Brady told WEEI. "But again, that's been someone I've known. I always try to keep it in context, because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in. He's been very supportive of me for a long time. It's just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people."

He said his friendship with the 45th president doesn't mean that they see eye to eye on everything.

"I don't want to get into it, but if you know someone, it doesn't mean you agree with everything they say or they do. You have a lot of friends in your life," Brady said. "I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing, because you have personal experiences."

Brady and the Patriots will face off Feb. 5 with the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

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