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Minnesota couple moves up wedding so bride’s mom with Alzheimer’s can attend

A Minnesota couple moved up their wedding one year so the bride’s mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, could enjoy the ceremony.

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Days after their engagement this summer, Stephanie Gefroh and Bryan Fish were married in a backyard ceremony at her mother’s residence in Devil’s Lake , North Dakota. Gefroh’s mother Susan -- a onetime day care provider and artist -- began showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s 10 years ago, KARE reported.

Gefroh and Fish, who live in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth, were united in their decision to move the wedding date up.

“I love her. She’s my mom. She’s still my mom. She’s in there somewhere,” Gefroh told KARE. 

“I mean, I love that woman,” Fish  told KARE. “So if she wants to move it up a year, move it up a year. If she wants to do it in her mom’s backyard, I totally understand.”

Within 25 days, the couple made all the wedding arrangements. Despite the short notice, their friends and family members were able to attend the ceremony.

Gefroh’s mother sat silently during the ceremony, KARE reported. But she laughed during the reception.

Two weeks after the wedding, Susan was moved from her home to a memory care facility, KARE reported.

“I never thought I would have my mom at my wedding,” Gefroh said. “So it was a treasure to have her with us for the day.”

On Sept. 9, the newly married couple will participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Justin Bieber banned in Beijing

Pop singer Justin Bieber is now banned in Beijing.

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Bieber won’t be performing in the Chinese capital due to “bad behavior,” according to a statement from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture.

“His series of misbehaviors while living abroad and during his performances in China has caused public resentment,” said the statement, which was dated July 18. “To regulate the domestic entertainment market and purify its environment, we find it inappropriate to bring in performers with bad behaviors.”

The 23-year-old Canadian is currently on a world tour, CNN reported.  He has dates scheduled in Japan, the Philippines, India, Singapore and Indonesia. Bieber’s website does list a show in Hong Kong on Sept. 27. It does not show any scheduled dates for mainland China.

Bieber joins a list of musicians allegedly blacklisted by China, CNN reported, including Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Linkin Park, Bjork, Bon Jovi and Maroon 5.

Police: Man shoots Facebook Live while recklessly driving on Florida beach

Police arrested a 27-year-old man after they said he drove recklessly on a stretch of beach on the west coast of Florida and streamed it on Facebook Live, WFTS reported.

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Clearwater police arrested Ryan Stiles after he allegedly drove on the beach from Clearwater to Caladesi Island.

A Facebook Live video shows Stiles driving a Jeep and drinking what appears to be alcohol, WFTS reported. The video also shows Stiles came close to hitting several beachgoers.

Stiles was charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash involving property, flee and elude with high/speed wanton disregard, driving with a suspended license, threatening a public servant and obstructing or resisting an officer without violence, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office booking records show. 

“We were very, extremely fortunate that we didn’t lose any officers, nor did we lose any civilians,” Pinellas County Deputy Chief Donald Hall said.

Georgia woman ignored 911 orders, drove away after being shot outside Starbucks

Georgia authorities are trying to piece together what led to a shooting that injured a woman Thursday afternoon. 

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About 2:30 p.m., a woman walked into a Starbucks in Atlanta and said she had been shot, Cobb County Police Officer Alicia Chilton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Witnesses told WSB the woman burst through the door, yelled she’d been shot and left the scene. 

Police said the woman then drove toward Atlanta and called 911, but Chilton said she refused “the dispatcher's orders to pull over so (Cobb police) could help her.”

The Starbucks is located in a part of Atlanta sits in Cobb County, Chilton said. 

“Our units located her in the City of Atlanta and are investigating the incident,” she said. “It is undetermined at this time where the shooting occurred.” 

Witnesses said the alleged gunman jumped over some bushes and ran to a white pickup truck and drove away, WSB reported.

The woman had been shot in the side, WSB reported. Her condition was unknown. 

No suspects have been identified in the case. 

NY to DC in 29 minutes? Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build Hyperloop

A train ride from New York to Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes? Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said it’s possible, and added that a plan to build a Hyperloop One underground tube train has been given “verbal (government) approval,” NPR reported.

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Musk said that the Hyperloop’s planned route would run from New York and include stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. The train would run from city center to city center, NPR reported.

The stations would have “up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators” in each city, Musk said.

"With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube," the company says. "The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag."

Musk tweeted that the government had given verbal approval to build the Hyperloop, but added a clarification that there is “a lot of work needed” to get the final OK.

The Hyperloop had its first public test last summer, with a successful run in the Nevada desert. Last week, it completed its first full systems test in a vacuum environment, NPR reported.

‘I was just tired’: Man admits to throwing, killing 3-month-old son

A Kentucky man, claiming he was “just tired” when his 3-month-old son would not stop crying, admitting to throwing and killing the boy, WLKY reported.

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Cody Bates, of Louisville, is charged with the June death of the baby.  He is at Metro Corrections on a $1 million bond.

Bates originally told police that the boy fell off the couch when he was sleeping with him at home. When investigators told him that his story was not consistent with skull fractures they found on the child, Bates changed his story, WLKY reported.

“I was standing right about the middle of the table. I flung him over and he missed this thing and actually hit the floor right there with his head up,” Bates told police. “I was just tired. I over-slung my son.”

Bates is not allowed to have any contact with the family of his son’s mother. WLKY reported.

Chick-fil-A employee saves co-worker from choking

A fast-thinking employee at a Colorado Chick-fil-A restaurant saved a co-worker who was choking, ABC News reported.

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Andrew Myrant was on his break at the restaurant in Highlands Ranch when a co-worker signaled he was choking, ABC News reported. A video captured Myrant quickly coming to his co-worker’s aid and performing the Heimlich maneuver. After the co-worker was safe, Myrant sat down to finish his meal.

“I mean, it makes me feel pretty awkward because I don’t feel like it, but they say ‘hero’ a lot, and one of my managers bought me a sandwich for the other day, so that was nice,” Myrant told ABC News.

The co-worker was able to resume his duties. Myrant, a college student, said he learned the Heimlich maneuver while in high school.

Disney building the world's first Marvel hotel

It’s a hotel that Disney is hoping guests will marvel at.

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Disney’s Hotel New York, a 565-room property near Disneyland Paris’ Disneytown. will be renovated to feature the props, drawings and costumes from Marvel films, television shows and comic books, Travel & Leisure reported.

The Art of Marvel will be the first Marvel Comics hotel. It will boast a skyscraper facade and likely will include Stark Tower, Travel & Leisure reported, continuing Marvel’s expanded presence among Disney properties. 

The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, and has opened two attractions -- Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout! at Disney’s California Adventure; and Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland. Walt Disney World’s Epcot park in Florida will be opening a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster soon, while Avengers attractions are being proposed for the Disney California Adventure park, Travel & Leisure reported.

Michigan man says he killed stepdaughter because 'it wasn't dinnertime'

A Michigan man on trial for the murder of his 5-year-old stepdaughter said he killed the girl because “it wasn’t dinnertime.”

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Thomas McClellan, 25, already had admitted to the stabbing death of Luna Younger, the Lansing State Journal reported. During a recorded interview, Detective Charles Buckland pressed McClellan for the reason behind the girl’s death.

The interview was recorded when McClellan turned himself in, hours after the girl’s burned body was found by firefighters inside an apartment in Holt. 

The recording was played during McClellan’s murder trial in Ingham County’s 30th Circuit Court. Arguments and testimony ended in the three-day trial on Thursday. McClellan faces charges of open murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson, the State Journal reported.

In the interview, McClelland said he was at home with the child and was taking a nap, the State Journal reported. The girl knocked on his door around 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2016, and told McClellan she was hungry. 

“What was so awful about Luna today that you had to kill her,” Buckland asked. “I don’t want to guess something, Tom. I want to hear it from you.”

After a long silence, McClellan said “I told her it wasn’t dinnertime.”

McClellan said he tried to shoo the girl out of his room, but she resisted.

"It tipped me over the edge," McClellan said. "She gave me more attitude."

He said he then grabbed the kindergartner by the shoulder and pulled her onto the floor. Then he sat on her torso and stabbed her in the chest with a pocket knife several times, the State Journal reported.

McClellan’s attorney, Patrick Crowley, said his client was guilty of second-degree murder and arson. 

“I found myself in a difficult position as an attorney before you today,” Crowley told Judge Joyce Draganchuk. “I really am not going to take a position with regard to second-degree murder or arson.

“I believe the evidence stands for what it is.”A verdict is expected on Friday.

Reports: Trump’s lawyers probe conflict of interest among Mueller’s investigators 

President Donald Trump’s legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among the investigators hired by special counsel Robert S. Mueller, according to several reports.

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The New York Times reported that the president’s lawyers are digging into the professional and political backgrounds of Mueller’s team members, seeking information they could use to discredit the probe. The Times, quoting three unnamed sources, said the background checks could even be used to fire Mueller or get some members of his team recused.

The Washington Post, also citing anonymous sources, said Trump’s lawyers are discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons. One source said Trump asked about his power to pardon aides, family members or even himself.

Trump’s lawyers refused to comment on the issue, the Post reported. However, one adviser said the president was simply trying to understand the breadth of his pardoning authority, along with the limits of Mueller’s investigation.

“This is not in the context of ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’” the Post reported, citing a close adviser.

A conflict of interest is one instance that an attorney can cite to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department rules, the Post reported.

Mueller’s team has begun examining financial records and has requested documents from the Internal Revenue Service related to Paul J. Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, the Times reported. The records are from a criminal investigation that took place before Trump’s campaign began, and Manafort was not charged in that case, the Times reported.

Meanwhile, Trump is reshuffling his legal team, CNN reported.

Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s longtime personal attorney, will see his role diminished, CNN reported. John Dowd, along with Jay Sekolow, will take over as the president’s personal attorneys for the investigation, CNN reported. Dowd will be the lead attorney.

Reuters reported early Friday that Trump’s outside legal team spokesman, Mark Corallo, has resigned.

Corallo, in an emailed statement Thursday, gave no other details about his departure.

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