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Pittsburgh police preparing for protest if president fires Robert Mueller

Pittsburgh police officers are preparing for a potential protest in the city in the event that President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller.

“We have received information of a potential large scale protest in the Central Business District,” an email sent to Pittsburgh officers said.

If Mueller is fired, it could result in “a large protest within 24 hours of the firing,” the email said. “The protest would be semi-spontaneous and more than likely happen on short notice.”

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Beginning Thursday, all Major Crimes detectives will be required to have a full uniform and any issued protective equipment, like riot gear, until further notice, the email said.

A bipartisan effort to protect Mueller’s job has been thwarted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

According to The Associated Press, McConnell said Tuesday that the bill is unnecessary because Trump will not fire Mueller.

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'U SUCK' appears on I-5 traffic sign in Washington

A training error caused an unusual message to appear Tuesday on a traffic sign on Interstate 5 in Washington, officials with the state Department of Transportation said.

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Reddit user Bruceinc posted a photo of the sign, which said "U SUCK," on the social media site Tuesday.

“If I had to take a guess it’s probably a worker messing around while doing maintenance on the sign,” he wrote. “You can see the work trucks to the right of the sign in the photo.”

The message appeared on a traffic sign on I-5 approaching Washington State Route 518 near SeaTac.

After the post caused a flurry of comments on Reddit, WSDOT responded, apologizing for the "inappropriate message." Officials said it was “clearly a mistake” and that they are taking steps to ensure the situation doesn’t happen again.

Barbara Bush death: World War II love letter between presidential couple shows their long connection

They met when they were teens, not knowing where life would lead them. But one thing that never waned between former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush was their love.

Hours after news of the death of Barbara Bush spread, a simple love note between a Navy flyer and his fiancée is now going viral nearly 75 years after it was written, Fox News reported.

The letter starts with the future president writing “My darling Bar.”

He then recounts how he was happy to read their engagement announcement in the newspaper, Fox News reported.

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“I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life. How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours someday. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you,” he continued.

Bush also wrote, “This may sound melodramatic, but if it does it is only my inadequacy to say what I mean. Bar, you have made my life full of everything I could ever dream of -- my complete happiness should be a token of my love for you.”

The presidential couple met at a Christmas dance when she was 17, known as Barbara Pierce, and he was 18, and a naval aviator in training.

They were married Jan. 6, 1945. It was only four months after Bush was shot down over the Pacific. He named his Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber “Barbara” and was the youngest aviator when he earned his wings.

Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92. She will lay in repose from noon to midnight Friday at St. Martin’s Church in Houston, CBS News reported. The public is invited to pay respects during that time. The funeral service will be by invitation only on Saturday.

She will be interred at the Bush family gravesite at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas. The site will be open the day after her interment for visitors.

She was a big supporter of literacy. Instead of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy at http://barbarabush.org/

Publix recalls eggs amid fears of salmonella contamination

Officials with egg production company Cal-Maine Foods Inc. announced on Tuesday a recall of 23,400 egg packages sold under the Publix store brand amid concerns about a possible salmonella contamination. 

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The recall was announced days after Rose Acre Farms issued a voluntary recall for more than 200,000 eggs distributed in nine states.

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The recall includes Publix store brand 18-pack packages of Grade A Extra Large eggs, which were distributed between Jan. 11 and April 12 from a Rose Acre Farms facility in North Carolina. The eggs were repackaged by Cal-Maine Foods Inc. 

Health officials warned that the eggs could have been contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup.

“Through an abundance of caution, Cal-Maine Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling one load, or 23,400 dozen eggs, purchased from Rose Acre Farms,” officials said in a recall notice.

The affected eggs have the UPC code 41415 00966 and package lot codes of P1359D 048A and P1359D 049A, officials said. The eggs have best before dates of April 2 and April 3.

People who have bought eggs that fall under the recall are asked not to eat them and to instead return the packages to their local stores. Publix is offering full refunds for the eggs.

Florida issues Missing Child Alert for 4-month-old boy

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a Florida Missing Child Alert for Kaiden Nelis, a 4-month-old boy from Leesburg.

Kaiden is with his mother, Jennifer Nelis, according to a release from the Leesburg Police Department. 

Kaiden has brown hair, hazel/brown eyes and is approximately 13 pounds. He was born premature, so he is smaller than an average 4-month-old. He was born with a partial club foot on his left foot, so it tends to turn inward, police said.

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Nelis, who also goes by the name Jennifer Sutton, is 29 years old, is 5 feet 1 inches to 5 feet 2 inches, has hazel eyes, blonde hair with dark roots, and has a nose and an eyebrow piercing.

She has a tattoo that says "Jimmy" on the left side of her neck, a tattoo of four stars on her right shoulder blade and a floral tattoo on her left forearm.

Police received a missing person report on Tuesday for Nelis, whose last known location was the Rodeway Inn on West North Boulevard in Leesburg, police said. Her room was found to be empty. Police said Nelis' husband pinged her phone and her last known location was the Buck N Doe area in Marion County.

They may be traveling in a 2008 white Dodge Avenger with a Florida temporary tag number CDW8858.

Anyone with any information on Kaiden's and Nelis' location is asked to contact the Leesburg Police Department at (352) 787-2121.

SpaceX to launch NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft

NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft is scheduled to launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesday evening.

The rocket had originally been scheduled to blast off Monday evening, but the launch was scrubbed because SpaceX needed more time to check the rocket that will carry the satellite into orbit. 

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Wednesday's launch is scheduled for 6:51 p.m. It will be streamed live on SpaceX’s website and on NASA TV. 

SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket on the droneship named “Of Course I Still Love You,” which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The second drone ship is named “Just Read the Instructions.” The names were chosen by SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk to honor the sci-fi author Iain M. Banks.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is on a two-year mission. TESS will look for planets smaller than Earth all the way to gas giants. It will do this by monitoring more than 200,000 bright host stars.

Worlds orbiting other stars are called “exoplanets.”

Thousands of exoplanets have already been discovered. In 2016, NASA developed a unique way to introduce some of them to the public with a whimsical vacation planning guide.

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Mother vows to end hazing on college campuses after her son's death

A local mother wants to end hazing on college campuses after it killed her son.

Max Gruver was just 18-years-old and a freshman at Louisiana State University when he died last September.

A group of family and friends came together to paint in Gruver's memory at a Painting with a Twist location.

With each brush stroke, they created a memory for a young man whose life was cut too short.

"At his funeral, when we were laying him to rest, a beautiful butterfly flew over," his mother, Rae Ann Gruver said.

It was the first time she opened up about losing her son and the mission of the painting party, which was a fundraiser for a bigger cause.

“Hazing needs to change. It’s so pointless and so senseless. It is not what makes you a brother to somebody,” she said.

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Her desire to end hazing comes after Gruver's death following an apparent hazing incident during a night of heavy drinking at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at LSU

"Those boys killed him, they fed him too much alcohol. They forced him to do it. Taking 190 proof alcohol shots. When he was down, no one did anything to help him," she said. 

According to court documents, Max and other pledges participated in a game dubbed “Bible Study,” where pledges were asked questions about the fraternity and ordered to drink alcohol if they answered the questions incorrectly.

Max died the next day.

Ten students have been arrested in connection with his death. Of those ten, four have been indicted, one has been charged with negligent homicide. The other three for hazing. 

They will all be arraigned on Thursday in Louisiana.

His parents say, an autopsy revealed he had “a highly elevated blood alcohol level plus the presence of THC.”

"I never want to see a family have to go through this," Rae Ann Gruver said.

Since she knows she cannot bring her son back, she has started the Max Gruver Foundation.

Sandy Hook parents accuse Alex Jones, InfoWars of defamation, seek damages

The parents of children who died in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, have accused conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars of defamation and seek damages in excess of $1 million.

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Two lawsuits filed on behalf of Neil Heslin, Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa allege that Jones and his media organization spread false information related to the tragedy.

One of the suits also names Jones’ employee, Owen Shroyer, as a defendant.

Heslin’s suit arose from accusations InfoWars made in 2017 that Heslin was lying about holding his son’s body and seeing a bullet hole in the child’s head.

“This heartless and vile act of defamation re-ignited the Sandy Hook ‘false flag’ conspiracy and tore open the emotional wounds that (Heslin) has tried so desperately to heal,” a petition filed in Travis County District Court said.

>> Related: Man sues Alex Jones, InfoWars for $1 million, says they defamed him in Fla. shooting

The second suit was filed after InfoWars aired programming that claimed an interview De La Rosa did with CNN was faked, and pushed it as “evidence” of a government cover-up.

“Those statements in 2017 were part of a long history of lies peddled by Jones,” said Mark Bankston, the attorney representing the plaintiffs. “Our clients have been tormented for five years by Mr. Jones’ ghoulish accusations that they are actors who faked their children’s deaths as part of a fraud on the American people. Enough is enough.”

The pair of lawsuits marks the third to be filed against Jones and his company in recent weeks.

>> Related: Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones apologizes for spreading fake 'Pizzagate' story

Marcel Fontaine is suing Jones for more than $1 million after he used an image of Fontaine that portrayed him as the shooter who killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February.

Fontaine is a Massachusetts resident with no ties to the deadly shooting.

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