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Woman who tried to jump White House fence dangles by shoelaces

A woman from Washington state was arrested Tuesday night when she was found by Secret Service agents dangling by her shoelaces from the White House fence, NBC News reported.

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Marci Anderson Wahl, of Everett, Washington, pleaded not guilty and was released on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful entry Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court, according to court records.

A Secret Service official told NBC News that a woman tried to jump over the southwest corner of the White House fence at about 10:45 p.m. ET Tuesday. 

"The individual became entangled in security features affixed to the top of the fence, suspending them in the air on the inside of the fence," the official said.

Wahl is facing an April 27 status hearing, according to court records.

Florida couple overdoses, passes out with toddlers in car

Tiffany Tapper and Matthew Anderson were on their way to the home of Tapper’s parent Thursday night in South Florida with their two toddlers in the backseat when the couple passed out from drugs, police said. 

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A passerby spotted Tapper, who was at the wheel, and Anderson unconscious in the car in Boynton Beach.

Anderson, 27, told police he passed out from taking suboxone, a drug he’s using to help wean himself off heroin and that Tapper, 25, also took the drug.

But police said when they searched the car — finding cockroaches and the children’s diapers soiled — they found a bag of white powder they identified as heroin and fentanyl, a much more potent and deadly drug, in Anderson’s wallet.

The two survived, and authorities placed the children with a grandparent, according to a police report.

Both face charges of child neglect. Tapper also faces a DUI charge, and Anderson drug possession charges.

The state Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident, a spokeswoman said.

The overdose problem is becoming a nationwide problem, and hearing about them has become a daily occurrence. And while not as common, authorities in the state and nation are reporting more adults found overdosed in cars with their children inside.

In January, a couple in Florida’s Sarasota County were found unconscious in their car at a gas station with their two children in the backseat. And in September, police in Ohio released a photo that went viral of a similar call. The photo showed two adults in the driver and passenger seats with a young boy in the back seat with his face blurred out.

Also in Ohio, a girl had to call 911 from the backseat of an SUV last Saturday in Cincinnati after her parents overdosed on heroin.

Indian politician banned after hitting flight attendant with slipper

An Indian politician was banned from flying on most of the country’s major airlines after admitting he used a slipper to hit an Air India steward, The Guardian reported.

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Ravindra Gaikwad, a member of India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, said the attendant had insulted him on the Pune to New Delhi flight.

“What did he say, that I hit him with my hand? I hit him 25 times with a slipper,” Gaikwad told ANI news agency in video footage it posted on Twitter.

He added that he “dare[d] the Delhi police to arrest me” over the attack and asked the Indian state airline for an apology.

“I am booked on a 4 p.m. flight to Pune,” he said Friday morning. “I will take that flight. How can they not let me travel when I have a booking and I am their passenger.”

But the airline said later in the day that it had canceled Gaikwad’s return flight, the Guardian reported. He had also been banned from flying on any member airlines of the Federation of Indian Airlines, the Press Trust of India reported.

The dispute appears to have been started after Gaikwad bought a business class ticket but was given an economy seat for the Thursday morning.

After first complaining to an air steward, Gaikwad got into a heated argument with the senior flight attendant, Shivkumar.

“[The steward] said ‘I will complain to [Indian prime minister Narendra] Modi’, so I hit him,” Gaikwad said. “Should I have to listen to this abuse?”

Shivkumar, 60, later said the MP had humiliated him in front of the crew. “He misbehaved with me, he even broke my glasses. I never expected this could happen ... God save our country if this is the culture and behavior of our MPs.”

Politicians from other parties condemned Gaikwad’s actions and the video was shared widely on social media.

Gaikwad took a train to Mumbai after being banned from the Indian airlines.

Missing Washington, D.C., teens: What to know

On March 24, a surge of photos posted by everyday people and celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson and LL Cool J on social media show images with text claiming that 14 girls have disappeared in the last 24 hours in Washington, D.C., and the images have continued to pick up steam.  

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WRC reported however, that the information in those images is not entirely true.

Here are things to know about the missing teens in Washington:

Police say that 14 teen girls have not disappeared from Washington in one day.

The girls pictured in the viral image went missing at different times. Relisha Tenau Rudd, pictured on the far left of the image, was last seen in Washington on March 1, 2014. Pheonix Coldon was last seen December 18, 2011 in St. Louis. Shaniah Boyd was last seen in Washington. Makayla Randall, pictured on the far right, has been missing since October 1, 2012 and was last seen in Oak Park, Missouri.

WRC reported that police have changed their method of communicating information about missing persons. There has been no increase in the number of missing people. 

The Metropolitan Police Department has changed how it shares information on missing persons.

“We've just been posting them on social media more often,” Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Rachel Reid said.

Chanel Dickerson, commander of the Washington police’s Youth and Family Services Division, told The Washington Post that the 211 people reported missing in January reflected  better reporting by families, not an increase in missing teens.

Many of the missing teens are black or Latino.

Outrage over the missing persons comes from a perception that people of color who are missing are not covered in the media as often as white missing persons.

Derrica Wilson, the co-founder and chief executive of the Black and Missing Foundation, which works to raise awareness of missing people of color, told The Huffington Post 40 percent of missing persons in the U.S. are people of color.

Police say there is not a known link between the missing persons and human trafficking.

Police spokeswoman Karimah Bilal told WRC the teens reported missing so far in 2017 left voluntarily. WUSA reported that since many teens left on their own, Amber Alerts have not been issued for them.

“Because of the number of releases, there have been concerns that young girls in the District of Columbia are victims of human trafficking or have been kidnapped,” Bilal said.

“We look at every case closely to make sure that doesn't happen, but to my knowledge, that hasn't been a factor in any of our missing person cases,” Bilal said. 

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and Washington police told WUSA they confirmed that there is no link between the missing persons and human trafficking.

Lawmakers are calling on the FBI to investigate many of the missing persons cases.

The Associated Press reported that Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia in Congress, sent a letter Tuesday that called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to devote time to investigating the number of missing children in Washington and “determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”

"Ten children of color went missing in our nation's capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That's deeply disturbing," the letter sent to the Justice Department said.

The number of missing persons in Washington changes daily.

The Metropolitan Police Department reports the number of open and closed missing person cases and has them broken down by year, critical and non-critical, and juvenile and adult. Recent data from the department shows a decrease in reported missing person cases from 2,433 in 2015 to 2,242 in 2016.

The regularly updated list of missing persons, including flyers of missing persons, are on the Metropolitan Police Department website

1 dead after plane crashes into home in Georgia

One person has died after a plane crashed into a home in a Marietta, Georgia, neighborhood Friday evening.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Cessna Citation I aircraft en route to the Fulton County Airport went down around 7:20 p.m.

The pilot was the only person on the plane and died in the crash.

Cobb County fire officials said the plane left from Wilmington, Delaware.

Fire officials said the plane landed in the home's front yard and sent the house up in flames. 

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"From what it looks like at this point, it came over from the top of the house and landed in the front yard," Danell Boyd with the Cobb County fire department said. 

The family was at church at the time of the crash and not at home. 

Witnesses said the plan spun out and nose-dived to the ground.

"I heard a swoosh and then a clap and an explosion and I pretty much knew before I looked outside that it was a plane crash," neighbor Joe Thomas said.

A few homes were evacuated while firefighters investigated. The neighborhood will be blocked off for a time as National Transportation Safety Board investigators look into the crash. 

"Seeing a plane on fire and a house starting to burn and wondering if your neighbors are OK -- it's not just something you hear on the news," neighbor Samantha Strickland said.

The FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine the cause of the crash.

 

Mother with cancer dies a day after delivering twins

A Fresno, California, mother died a day after welcoming newborn twins.

KGO-TV reported that Jamie Snider, 30, had been diagnosed with cervical cancer for the second time. She discovered the cancer returned when she learned she was pregnant.

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Throughout her pregnancy, Snider underwent intensive treatment that included chemotherapy.

“They couldn't give her too much chemo because it would affect the development of the babies,” Snider’s brother, Chris Snider, told KGO-TV.

Snider gave birth to twins Nico and Camilla on March 16 via cesarean section. Right after, she underwent surgery for a hysterectomy.

She died of heart failure a day after her surgery, on March 17.

“She made sure those babies would live,” her brother said. “She traded her life."

“What gives me peace in my heart is she got to see those babies and hold them, and be with them a little bit,” Snider's friend, Larina Campanile, told KGO-TV.

In addition to Camilla and Nico, Snider is survived by two older children, Aubrey and Maddie.

KGO-TV reported that three GoFundMe pages have been created to help Snider’s children and help with memorial costs.

Campanile set up a GoFundMe page for her friend to help the family with “any costs necessary in helping through this difficult time,” according to the page. It has surpassed its $6,000 goal.

Another GoFundMe page was created by Vanillape Crude. According to that page, the funds raised will help Jamie Snider’s partner and the twins’ father, Heath Coigny, with costs to care for the children. Coigny’s sister, Willow Coigny, and her husband, Kevin Smith, will be taking the family into their Pelham, New Hampshire, home. More than $36,000 of the page’s $80,000 goal has been raised. 

A third GoFundMe page was created to help with memorial costs. It has surpassed its $4,000 goal.

Snider’s memorial service will be held March 30 in Palo Alto, California. 

8-week-old boy found strapped to car seat in parking lot; parents arrested

A Texas couple was charged with child endangerment Thursday after a woman told Harris County sheriff’s deputies that she found their 8-week-old child in the middle of a parking lot, according to multiple reports.

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A woman called police Tuesday night after finding the baby boy strapped to a car seat in a parking space in a Katy strip mall, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The child was cold and fussy by the time the woman who called police, Dee Griffin-Stevens, found him, according to KHOU.

“I just pictured my own children when they were that little,” she told the news station. “I call him ‘baby love,’ because I don’t know his name and probably won’t ever know his name, but I loved him and took care of him.”

Authorities estimated that the child was left for at least 45 minutes before he was found.

An employee at a nearby pizzeria recognized the infant and called his parents, according to KHOU. 

Deputies arrested Sarah Shibley, 33, and Gary Collins, 39, on charges of child endangerment.

“Shibley, who works at the pizzeria, said she left the child in the parking lot where she works and thought his father placed him in a car,” KHOU reported.

Shilbey was released on $2,000 bond, according to the Chronicle. Collins remained jailed Friday.

Amy Schumer drops out of live-action ‘Barbie’ movie

According to a new report from Variety magazine, actress and comedian Amy Schumer will not appear in the live-action “Barbie” film, as previously planned. 

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News that Schumer would star in the production was announced in December

This week, Schumer announced that she would no longer be able to participate in the production due to scheduling issues. 

“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to ‘Barbie’ due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing ‘Barbie’ on the big screen.”

“We respect and support Amy’s decision,” a spokesperson for Sony said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing Barbie to the world and sharing updates on casting and filmmakers soon.”

Sony will more than likely have to stick with the previously planned June 29, 2018 release date since Mattel has already produced merchandise and plans with that date in mind. 

According to IMDb, the film is about a doll who sets off on an adventure in the real world after being expelled from ‘Barbieland’ for not being perfect enough.

Sony is still seeking a director for the comedy.

U-shaped skyscraper might be coming to America

 A unique U-shaped building that could be the longest in the world might be coming to the United States.

Plans for building “The Big Bend” could redefine the Manhattan skyline.

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“If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan,” design studio Oiio said in a news release.

The building, which at 4,000 feet long, would be more than 1,000 feet longer than any other building in the world if stretched out. Plans call for an elevator that would travel in curves, horizontally and continuous loops.

The world’s tallest building is currently the 2,722-foot-high Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates. The building's 163 floors went up in Dubai in 2010.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Man gives granddaughter notebooks filled with years of written memories

A grandfather’s gift to his granddaughter on her 16th birthday is melting hearts across the country.

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Lauren Blank and her grandfather have always had a special bond.

“He has been there for me and has been one of the most influential people in my life,” she told BuzzFeed News.

Blank celebrated her 16th birthday on Wednesday. Her grandfather decided the time was right to share a special gift with her: three notebooks filled with her grandfather’s writing, documenting all the time they spent together from the time Blank was 2 until she was 5.

He documented every encounter the two had together. 

“(Each) notebook is just filled with daily things that we did,” Blank told Buzzfeed. “We went to the zoo a lot, and flew kites, and throughout the notebooks he gave me advice.”

Blank’s grandfather had considered asking her mother to give her the notebooks after he died.

“He waited so long to give it to me because he just wanted me to understand and appreciate the moments that we had together when I was little,” Blank said.

Blank said she and other family members cried when she received the gift. 

“I truly don’t think that I will ever have a gift that is greater than this,” she said.

Blank’s tweet with images of the notebooks have garnered more than 500,000 likes.

People have responded to the post saying they want to get closer to their grandparents or hope to do a similar project for their future grandchildren.

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