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Giant hammerhead worm invasion could pose threat to France

Five invasive worm species have been detected in parts of France and its territories, sometimes in groups of hundreds in a single location.

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That’s according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal PeerJ, which spans reports of sightings dating back to 1999.

Lead author Jean-Lou Justine of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris was stunned to see the first photo of the creatures, which he described as giant worms with a shovel-shaped head.

“We do not have that in France,” he told the Washington Post. The worms are actually native to Asia and its warmer weather.

At first, Justine thought the gardener who sent him the photo, Pierre Gros, was playing some kind of prank. But the two eventually paired up for the study and discovered several species of flatworm in metropolitan France.

They studied 111 records and observations of the worms from 1999 to 2017.

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“The invaders are giant hammerhead flatworms — brightly colored specimens that look like earthworms on steroids,” Live Science wrote about the species, two of which are part of the Diversibipalium genus. According to the study, these are probably newfound species.

The land flatworms, which produce unpleasant-tasting chemicals that keep predators at bay, can have an effect on soil ecology and plant life cycles by preying on organisms that live in soil.

The muscular worms measure about 1 foot or 40 centimeters in length and typically consume earthworms and other invertebrate prey.

“As invasive predators, [giant flatworms] are likely to be a threat to the abundance and biodiversity of the soil invertebrates,” Justine told Live Science. 

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While they’re not the most exciting worms creatures out there, flatworms are capable of regenerating, “even from snipped-off fragments that represent 1/300th of the worm’s body,” according to Live Science. They also reproduce asexually and can quickly produce many offspring.

The five non-native species identified in Justine’s study were distributed in mainland France, as well as the Caribbean French islands, French Polynesia and French Guiana.

According to entomologist Archie Murchie of Britain’s Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, who was not involved in the research, the worms are likely to continue to spread “with increased global trade,” he told the Washington Post. “The species are cryptic and soil-dwelling so can be easily overlooked, which often explains their inadvertent shipment round the world.”

>> Related: Woman says she found worm in fish bought at Costco

In Ireland and Scotland, Murchie said invasive New Zealand flatworms ate so many earthworms that it “yields of agricultural grass in affected areas shrank by about 6 percent,” the Post reported.

“The authors are rightly cautious about the potential impact of the hammerhead flatworms,” Murchie said.

Hurricane, tropical storm and tropical depression: What’s the difference?

There are a ton of weather terms that might be easy to confuse including hurricanes, tropical depressions and tropical storms. Here’s the difference.

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Tropical depressions form when a low-pressure area is accompanied by thunderstorms that produce maximum winds below 39 mph. 

As for tropical storms, those are more severe. Depressions become storms when winds reach between 39 and 73 mph. They also must follow a cyclone pattern to become a storm.

Hurricanes are a step up from a tropical storm, with winds of more than 74 mph. Hurricanes are further rated into five categories based on their wind speed:

Category 1: 74-95 mph

Category 2: 96-110 mph

Category 3: 111-129 mph

Category 4: 130-156 mph

Category 5: above 157 mph

However, all three types of storms are fueled by warm, moist air near oceans in tropical areas.

Sleeping in on the weekends could help you live longer, study suggests

Good news for Sunday snoozers: Sleeping in on your off-days might actually be beneficial to your health.

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In fact, new research from Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute found that compensating for missed sleep on the weekends really does work and can even lengthen your life. Previous sleep science research hasn’t fully examined the effects of weekend snoozing. 

Scientists examined more than 43,000 adults for the self-reported study, which was published Wednesday in the Journal of Sleep Research, and followed them for a span of 13 years. 

Between 1997 and 2010, 3,234 died. That’s a rate of about six deaths per 1,000 people per year. By 2010, the world mortality rate was about eight in 1,000.

>> Related: If you don’t get enough sleep, your brain could start eating itself 

The adults in the study were grouped by sleep duration. Short sleepers slept for less than five hours per night. Medium sleepers, about seven hours. Long sleepers slept for nine or more hours per night.

The groups were again divided and paired by weekday and weekend sleep habits.

Short sleepers under age 65 who snoozed for an average of five hours or fewer during the week and then slept for at least eight hours on the weekend didn’t have an increased risk of death compared to the adults who slept six to seven hours per night, researchers found.

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But without making up for lost sleep during the week, those only getting five hours of fewer during the week didn’t live as long as people who consistently slept seven hours each night.

Weekend snoozers, the data showed, lives just as long as those who slept enough during the week.

“The results imply that short (weekday) sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study. “This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality.”

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The researchers also found that people who slept for eight hours or more every day had a 25 percent higher mortality rate compared to those who managed six or seven hours a night.

But the data doesn’t show that short or long sleep is somehow responsible for higher mortality, lead author Torbjorn Akerstedt told the Washington Post.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends adults ages 18 to 60 sleep about seven hours per night.

"Sleeping less than 7 hours per night on a regular basis is associated with adverse health outcomes,” the academy wrote in a consensus statement.

>> Related: Can’t sleep at night? You could blame pollution, scientists say 

Self-reporting may be considered a limitation of the study, but researchers note it’s a practical way to accumulate large-scale data. They did account for other factors influencing sleep, such as alcohol and coffee consumption, smoking habits, shift work and more.

“The only thing that we don’t have control over is latent disease,” Akerstedt told the Post. Latent diseases go undetected.

2 police officers fired amid accusations they beat, kicked black man in face

Two Mississippi police officers have been fired -- and could face criminal charges -- following an investigation into claims that they beat a black man, kicking him in the face several times, after he turned around from a police checkpoint earlier this month and led them on a high-speed chase. 

James Barnett, 36, of Laurel, told WDAM in Moselle that he was injured so badly he cannot currently work and will require surgery to his eye. His nose was also broken. 

Photos taken by the news station show Barnett’s face bruised and battered, his right eye bloodshot. Click here to see the photos. Warning: The images may be too graphic for some readers. 

Barnett said he was driving early the morning of May 16 when he came upon a driver’s license checkpoint being conducted by the Laurel Police Department. He said he turned around because he was driving without a license. 

Two of the officers at the checkpoint followed him.  

Barnett admitted to leading the officers on a high-speed chase for about 20 miles before stopping. 

“As I was getting out, they had their guns drawn on me, telling me to get out with my hands out and get on the ground,” Barnett told the news station. “So, I laid flat on the ground, face-down (and) they came up continuously kicking me in my face.”

Barnett said the officers, both of whom are white, stopped kicking him only when a Jasper County sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene. He said the officers took him to a hospital, where they continued to taunt and harass him. 

At that point, four additional officers were there as well. All six stood around his bed, he said. 

“I (was) nervous because I’m thinking it’s going to be the end of my life in there,” Barnett said. “So, I played like I was asleep -- my eyes closed.”

Laurel police Capt. Tommy Cox, who held a brief news conference Monday with Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee, said supervisors realized quickly something about Barnett’s arrest was not right. 

“It became apparent to the supervisors on duty that there was a problem with the manner in which the arrest occurred,” Cox said at the news conference, streamed on Facebook by WDAM. “It has always been the policy of LPD that all use-of-force events are reviewed by several levels of supervisors and administration.”

An internal investigation began the morning of Barnett’s arrest and was completed the following day, Cox said. The findings of the investigation resulted in the firing of the two officers, whose names were not released. 

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is conducing an outside review of the case to determine if criminal charges are warranted, Cox said. Body camera and dashboard camera footage are being withheld until the investigation is complete. 

“The officers and administration of LPD take these kinds of allegations very seriously,” Cox said. “It should be noted that the internal investigation was initiated only hours after the incident, before any media attention, social media posts or even a formal complaint from the other individual involved.”

Barnett took to Facebook the day after his arrest, posting graphic photos of his injuries and demanding justice. He called the officers “low-life, sorry excuses for human beings” and said he was thankful God let him survive the beating. 

“I wouldn’t wish this on NOBODY,” Barnett wrote. “One even had the nerve to ask me, ‘How did those steel toes feel, boy,’ trying to get a rise out of me, but I just laid there and prayed.”

He wrote that he had never been so afraid in his life.

“I will not let this go. I don’t (want) this to happen to anyone else,” Barnett wrote

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Cox declined to say Monday if the department had received previous complaints about either officer. He also declined to speculate on why they decided to follow Barnett, whose name was not made public at the news conference, when he turned around at the checkpoint.  

Magee praised the department’s handling of the incident. 

“We have handled the situation as we do. It’s said that police can’t police themselves, but in certain instances, they can, and this is evidence of that,” the mayor said

Barnett pleaded guilty to resisting arrest in his first court appearance, WDAM reported. He is still scheduled to appear in court next month, at which time he said he plans to fight the charge. 

“I just want justice,” Barnett told the news station. “I want what’s right, done. They (did) me wrong, so something has to be done about that. 

“If you’re working for the law, do right by the law. Don’t uphold the law by trying to take the law into your own hands.”

Prince Harry called ex Chelsy Davy before royal wedding, sources say

Prince Harry reportedly called his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy ahead of his royal wedding to Meghan Markle last week.

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According to Vanity Fair, Davy was invited to the royal wedding but learned she wasn’t invited to the evening reception. 

A family friend told Vanity Fair that Harry called Davy out of courtesy and they shared a “tearful phone call.”

“It was their final call, a parting call in which they both acknowledged Harry was moving on,” the source told Vanity Fair. “Chelsy was quite emotional about it all, she was in tears and almost didn’t go to the wedding. In the end, she went and promised Harry she wouldn’t try and gate-crash the party.”

Harry and Davy dated for seven years, from 2004 to 2011, PEOPLE reports

Before their split, it was rumored that Davy was uncomfortable with being in the spotlight.

The pair are reportedly still friendly and have several mutual friends.

Davy, 32, was born in Zimbabwe. Her father, Charles Davy, is a safari farmer and her mother, Beverly Donald Davy, is a former Coca-Cola model and was Miss Rhodesia 1973, according to Elle Magazine

Davy studied economics and earned a law degree in 2009. She launched her own jewelry brand, Aya, in 2016. 

Davy wasn’t the only ex-girlfriend at the wedding.

Harry also invited Cressida Bonas, who he dated from 2012 to 2014.

Vanity Fair reports that Bonas, an English model and actress, was not invited to the exclusive evening reception, either. 

Morgan Freeman apologizes after 8 women accuse him of inappropriate behavior

Morgan Freeman issued an apology Thursday after eight women accused the Academy Award-winning actor of inappropriate behavior.

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"Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would willingly offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy," Freeman said in the statement. "I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected -- that was never my intent."

CNN reported Thursday that eight women had come forward to levy allegations of harassment against Freeman. The news network spoke with 16 people about Freeman’s alleged misconduct, which reportedly took place in public while Freeman was on production sets or promotional tours. At least one incident happened in front of Lori McCreary, the woman who in 1996 co-founded production company Revelations Entertainment with Freeman, CNN reported.

A majority of Freeman's accusers said he "repeatedly (behaved) in ways that made women feel uncomfortable at work." Two women told CNN that Freeman “subjected them to unwanted touching.” None of the incidents were reported because the women feared for their jobs, according to CNN.

A woman who worked in 2015 as a production assistant for the film "Going in Style," starring Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, told CNN that she was harassed for several months by Freeman. She said he tried multiple times to lift her skirt and asked whether she was wearing underwear. He stopped after Arkin made a comment about his behavior, the woman told CNN.

Another woman, who worked as a senior member of the production staff for "Now You See Me" in 2012, told CNN that Freeman sexually harassed her and her assistant, also a woman, with frequent comments about their bodies.

“We knew that if he was coming by ... not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that (were) fitted," she said.

CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas said she was also subject to Freeman’s inappropriate comments. She said she was six months pregnant when the actor told her that she looked “ripe” during an interview at a press junket for “Going in Style.” She said he took her hand to shake it and held it as he looked her up and down while telling her, “I wish I was there.”

Photos: Hawaii Kilauea volcano eruption

Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii has erupted. More than 1,500 residents have been evacuated.

Man going door to door asking to fingerprint children is ‘legitimate,’ Maine deputies say

A man going door to door asking to fingerprint children has alarmed families in Ellsworth, Maine.

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The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that the man works for a legitimate company, but did not have proper identification showing his name or what company he worked for. 

In the Facebook post, deputies said they have received several calls about the man.

WMTV reports that police were able to confirm his identity.

Hancock County officials reminded residents in the Facebook post that even though this man proved to be a legitimate worker, it is important to report any suspicious activity by calling police. 

President Donald Trump grants pardon to late boxer Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted late boxer Jack Johnson with a pardon more than 100 years after he was convicted by an all-white jury of taking a white woman across state lines.

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Several heavyweight boxing champions, both current and former, gathered at the White House on Thursday morning ahead of the expected announcement, The New York Times reported.

Trump noted Thursday that Johnson was convicted “during a period of tremendous racial tension in the United States,” and served 10 months in prison in what many considered to be a “racially motivated injustice.”

"I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history," Trump said.

Johnson was convicted in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, a law passed in 1910 that barred people from transporting women across state lines for “immoral” purposes. The woman, Belle Schreiber, worked as a prostitute and had been in a relationship with Johnson, according to the Times.

He was sentenced to serve a year in prison, the Times reported, but he fled the country. He served his sentence after he returned to the U.S. in 1920.

Original report: Prodded by actor Sylvester Stallone, President Donald Trump said he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion, more than 100 years after he was convicted by an all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines.

Jack Johnson, who died in 1946, was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes.

"His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon from Mar-a-Lago. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"

Johnson's family has tried to get a posthumous pardon for years. The tweet comes a week after Trump pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a top aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Trump: NFL players who kneel ‘maybe shouldn’t be in the country’

President Donald Trump said in an interview with “Fox and Friends” that football players in the National Football League (NFL) who take a knee during the national anthem “maybe” should not be in the United States.

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“I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms. But still, I think it’s good,” Trump said in the interview with “Fox and Friends.” “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.” 

Before the interview, the hosts of “Fox and Friends” said their conversation with Trump took place Wednesday, just minutes after the new NFL policy regarding players who kneel was publicly announced.

>>Read: NFL owners approve new national anthem policy, will fine teams that allow players to kneel

Trump told “Fox and Friends” that NFL owners “did the right thing.”

In the interview with Fox, Trump took credit for creating the issue, but said “the people” were the ones who “pushed it forward.”

The new NFL policy states that all players and officials on the field must stand during the national anthem, or choose to stay in the locker room while the song is played.

Any team that allows players to kneel on the field could face fines.

Controversy over NFL players who kneel during “The Star Spangled Banner” started in 2016, when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand in order to protest police brutality against minorities. 

The protests grew, prompting Trump to call the kneeling “disgraceful” in statements during a joint press conference with the Spanish prime minister in 2017.

NBA rookie player Sterling Brown arrest video released by Milwaukee police

Milwaukee police released the bodycam footage of the night a Taser was used on rookie NBA player Sterling Brown and he was arrested.

Brown, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, was arrested outside a Walgreens on Jan. 26 following a parking violation.

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In a police report, the officer said he repeatedly asked Brown to “step back” because he was standing so close to him. Brown refused and “became very aggressive,” WISN reported.

After police backup arrived, the incident turned physical when Brown allegedly “resisted being handcuffed.” A Taser was used on Brown during the incident.

He was evaluated at a local hospital before being booked into the Milwaukee County Jail.

He was released a few hours later and issued a parking ticket. The incident prompted an internal investigation.

In a statement, Brown said, “My experience in January with the Milwaukee Police Department was wrong and shouldn’t happen to anybody. What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and tased, and then unlawfully booked. This experience with the Milwaukee Police Department has forced me to stand up and tell my story so that I can help prevent these injustices from happening in the future.” He ended his statement by saying, “I will take legal action against the Milwaukee Police Department to continue forcing change in our community.”

After an internal investigation, the department released the arrest video and a statement, apologizing that the “incident escalated to this level.” Milwaukee Police Department Chief Alfonso Morales said, “When I took office, I vowed to rebuild trust between the Milwaukee Police Department and the community. We are doing that. I promised that when the department is involved in events of this nature, we will be honest about them. We are.”

Georgia teen killed on basketball court over football, police say

Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, are searching for the person who they say shot and killed a teenager on a basketball court, WSB reports.

Witnesses told investigators the argument started over a football when the suspect pulled out a gun, according to WSB

The teen suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and died on the way to the hospital.

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“I just heard gunshots and ran down, and it’s my friend on the ground,” Quentin Wearwood said.

Investigators with the Gwinnett County Police Department said the shooting happened Wednesday evening at the Smokecreek Mobile Home Park in unincorporated Snellville. 

Investigators said the suspect also pistol-whipped the victim's brother.

Witnesses said the suspect fled in a light blue Nissan Altima.

No parole for Georgia woman who raped, tortured, murdered girl in 1982

Judith Neelley, the youngest woman ever sentenced to be executed in the United States, will remain in prison for the 1982 murder of a 13-year-old Georgia girl, according to a decision reached by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles 18 years after the then-governor commuted her death sentence to life in prison.

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Neelley was 18 and a mother of three when she was sentenced to the electric chair for kidnapping, raping, torturing and killing Lisa Ann Millican. Neelley spotted Millican outside a mall in Rome, Georgia., then took the child to Alabama. Among other atrocities, she injected the child repeatedly with drain cleaner, shot her in the back and dumped the body over a cliff.

The Alabama parole board decided against Neelley in about a minute Wednesday after impassioned pleas from Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. The three-member board also heard from the man who prosecuted Neelley more than 3 1/2 decades ago, Millican’s family and the relatives of a Georgia woman whom Neelley murdered.

Ivey said in a statement earlier in the week that Neelley, now 53, should never be paroled. “Not now, and not ever. Her crimes … include acts of unspeakable brutality. And her character includes a disturbing tendency to manipulate others toward her own violent ends.”

This was the first time Neelley was considered for parole since then-Gov. Fob James commuted her death sentence to life on his last day in office — only three days before she was to be electrocuted. She will next be eligible for parole in 2023.

Neelley had told the parole board she wanted to waive consideration now, but leave open the option for parole later.

“Although I am grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate how much God has changed my heart and life over the past 36 years, I know that now is not the right time,” Neelley wrote in a letter reported by AL.com. “In order to spare the Millican family the pain and trauma of having to attend the hearing, I have agreed to waive my right to be considered for parole at this time. I will continue to pray daily for God’s forgiveness and for peace for the Millican family.”

The 13-year-old Millican was the first of two people Neelley admitted to killing in the fall of 1982. The child’s body was found Sept. 28, 1982, while 23-year-old Janice Chapman was killed in North Georgia on Oct. 4, 1982.

Neelley, looking for a young girl for her husband, saw Lisa outside Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia, where the teenager had gone for an outing with other adolescents from Ethel Harpst Home in Cedartown.

Judith Neelley and Alvin Neelley took the girl to a Scottsboro, Alabama motel, where they both sexually assaulted her over several days until they took her to the edge of Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, Alabama It was there that Judith Neelley injected Millican six times with Drano and Liquid Plumber and shot the still-conscious girl in the back. The Neelleys then dumped Millican’s body over the edge of an 80-foot cliff. Police found it on the canyon floor four days later.

The next week, the Neelleys were again in Rome, where they kidnapped Chapman and her fiance, John Hancock. They shot the couple, leaving them near a back road in Catoosa County in northwest Georgia.

Hancock survived and identified Judith Neelley, who was sentenced to life in prison in Georgia for kidnapping Chapman and Hancock.

Alvin Neelley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life for Chapman’s murder. Alvin Neelley died in a prison near Milledgeville in 2005.

Prosecutors and investigators described Millican’s murder as grisly, unspeakable and horrendous. But the lives of all involved were damaged long before the murders.

Millican, removed from her home in LaFayette because of allegations of neglect and abuse, was placed in four foster homes before entering a group home in Rome, and then one in Cedartown. She had a history of trouble, and it was initially assumed she had run away when she couldn’t be found at the mall.

Judith Neelley was 9 when her father, while drunk, died in a motorcycle crash. Neelley — once an eighth-grade cheerleader and a member of the 4-H Club and the Future Homemakers of America — met Alvin Neelley when he came to her house with a man visiting her mother. Alvin Neelley was 25 at the time and married with three children.

A few weeks later, Judith and Alvin ran away together, living in motel rooms and their car. She was pregnant with twins when she was 16. That’s when Alvin divorced his first wife so they could marry.

The Neelleys supported themselves by stealing, which led to both of them being locked up.

Judith Neelley was at a Macon Youth Development Campus when she delivered her twins. Her third child was born while she was in jail, awaiting trial for Millican’s murder.

Her defense at trial was that she killed Millican to keep her husband from beating her.

Years after she was convicted, with her execution scheduled, then-Gov. Fob James commuted her sentence. Four years later, the Alabama Legislature responded by passing a law that prohibits parole for any inmate whose death sentence was commuted to life. A federal judge ruled, however, that the law could not be applied retroactively to Neelley.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Border Patrol agent shoots, kills migrant woman in Texas

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a person who was in the country illegally Wednesday in Rio Bravo, Texas, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

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The agent, who was not identified, was investigating a report of unspecified illegal activity in Rio Bravo when he found a group of migrants who were in the country illegally, CBP officials said. The agent said the group attacked him, beating him with two-by-fours, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The officer fired at least one round from his service-issued firearm during the skirmish, hitting a female migrant in the head, according to the Times and authorities. Paramedics responded and officials attempted to administer first aid, but the woman died, according to CBP.

The woman was not identified. Officials said they apprehended three other migrants at the scene.

>> President Trump authorizes use of National Guard forces along the border with Mexico

The FBI and Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting. Rio Bravo is near the U.S.-Mexico border, about 170 miles southwest of San Antonio.

Authorities have said that assaults on Border Patrol agents have been on the rise, particularly in the Rio Grande area, according to The Arizona Republic. Vice President Mike Pence said earlier this year at a Homeland Security event that “attacks on our Border Patrol agents had increased by 73 percent” in the 2017 fiscal year.

However, The Intercept reported last month that the spike in reported assaults appeared to have been caused by a change in the way authorities counted incidents. An analysis by CNN found that “Border Patrol agents lead far safer work lives on average than most other law enforcement officers.” 

“The border crossers an agent apprehends -- an average of two people per month in fiscal year 2016 -- are less likely to be violent than those drawing the attention of local police,” the news network reported.

Ducklings fall into sewer, officer climbs in after them

A Pennsylvania police officer climbed down into a storm sewer to save ducklings that had fallen through the grate Wednesday.

RELATED: Turkey chicks rescued from Pittsburgh sewer

Officer Johnston used a net to scoop the ducklings up and reunited them with their mother, the Upper St. Clair Police Department posted on Facebook.

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“Well ... we do just about anything,” the post said. “Please call us for assistance, even if you think it's something the police won't do. We always try our best to serve the public ... and nature.”

Police officers rescue children from roof

Police officers jumped into action to save two children who were stranded on a roof. 

Police told WFOR that a woman was refusing to listen to officers when they arrived.

The woman was on the roof over a townhouse garage, 15 to 20 feet above the ground. The woman’s two children, a 1-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, were with her on the rain-slicked roof, WFOR reported

Police stood on the ground, on the ledge and inside the house. 

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As one officer held the woman, two others guided the children, walking them down the ledge to another officer waiting inside an adjacent townhouse.

The rescue was caught on the officers’ body cameras and posted by police to the department’s YouTube page.

Police said the woman was agitated because she had taken a party drug known as “Molly,” WFOR reported.

The woman was taken to a mental health facility and could face charges. The Department of Children and Families took custody of the children and is investigating, WFOR reported.

Amazon Alexa recorded private conversation, sent it to random contact, woman says

A Portland, Oregon, family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa – the voice-controlled smart speaker – and the recorded audio was sent to the phone of a random person in Seattle, who was in the family’s contact list.

>> Amazon announces kids-friendly version of Echo

"My husband and I would joke and say, 'I'd bet these devices are listening to what we're saying,'" said Danielle, who did not want KIRO-TV to use her last name.

Every room in her family home was wired with the Amazon devices to control her home's heat, lights and security system.

But Danielle said that two weeks ago, the family's love for Alexa changed with an alarming phone call. "The person on the other line said, 'Unplug your Alexa devices right now,'" she said. "'You're being hacked.'"

>> Amazon working on home robot, report says

That person was one of her husband's employees, calling from Seattle.

"We unplugged all of them and he proceeded to tell us that he had received audio files of recordings from inside our house," she said. "At first, my husband was, like, 'No, you didn't!' And the (recipient of the message) said, 'You sat there talking about hardwood floors.' And we said, 'Oh gosh, you really did hear us.'"

Danielle listened to the conversation when it was sent back to her, and she couldn't believe someone 176 miles away heard it, too.

"I felt invaded," she said. "A total privacy invasion. Immediately, I said, 'I'm never plugging that device in again because I can't trust it.'"

>> Amazon’s Alexa’s random laugh is creeping users out

Danielle says she unplugged all the devices, and she repeatedly called Amazon. She says an Alexa engineer investigated.

"They said, 'Our engineers went through your logs, and they saw exactly what you told us; they saw exactly what you said happened, and we're sorry.' He apologized like 15 times in a matter of 30 minutes, and he said, 'We really appreciate you bringing this to our attention; this is something we need to fix!'"

But Danielle says the engineer did not provide specifics about why it happened or if it's a widespread issue.

"He told us that the device just guessed what we were saying," she said. Danielle said the device did not audibly advise her it was preparing to send the recording, something it’s programmed to do.

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When KIRO-TV asked Amazon questions, the company sent this response:

“Amazon takes privacy very seriously. We investigated what happened and determined this was an extremely rare occurrence. We are taking steps to avoid this from happening in the future."

Amazon offered to “de-provision” Danielle’s Alexa communications so she could keep using its "Smart Home" features. But Danielle is hoping Amazon gives her a refund for her devices, which she said representatives have been unwilling to do. She says she’s curious to find out if anyone else has experienced the same issue.

"A husband and wife in the privacy of their home have conversations that they're not expecting to be sent to someone (in) their address book," she said.

Man delivers own baby on side of highway after wife goes into labor

A Lowell, Massachusetts, man had a special delivery to deal with on the highway: his own baby.

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Samuel Beyene's wife Rahel Estifanos called him at work Wednesday morning, saying she was having contractions.

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"We start driving, and all of a sudden, she says, 'Oh my God, something is pushing. Something is coming out,'" Beyene said. "I say, 'OK, we’re almost there. We have 10 minutes to go.' She says, 'No, no, no, Sammy, you don’t know there's something coming out.' And I look down and I see the head."

Before they could make it to the hospital, Beyene pulled over on the side of Route 93.

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Wilmington police dispatchers told Beyene on the phone that they were on their way, but their new baby, Lidya, was impatient.

"Slowly but surely, I pull the baby up," Beyene said. "All of a sudden, the baby is in my hand."

The mother and baby are happy and healthy, resting at Winchester Hospital. 

Now that the stress is over, Beyene can joke about the situation.

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"We're gonna give her a little nickname, 93, at the bottom," Beyene said. "Lidya 93, since she was on the highway."

Reports: North Korea demolishes nuclear test site

North Korea has announced it has demolished a nuclear test site, multiple media outlets are reporting.

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Explosions were set off over several hours in front of foreign journalists at what North Korea says was its nuclear test site in the mountains in the country’s northeast region, The Associated Press reported.

Sky News correspondent Tom Cheshire witnessed the explosion.

“They counted it down - three, two, one. There was a huge explosion, you could just feel it. Dust came at you, the heat came at you. It was extremely loud. It blew an observation cabin made out of wood to complete smithereens,” Cheshire reported.

The blasts were set off on three tunnels into the site and observation towers.

The closing of the testing site had been announced as a step leading up to the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, the AP reported.

Trump’s administration and the North Korean leader were scheduled to come to the table next month, but recently leaders have been verbally volleying shots at each other.

Recently, Vice President Mike Pence made comments during a Fox News interview that compared North Korea to Libya. Libya stopped its weapons program then shortly after it’s leader was overthrown and eventually killed, the AP reported.

North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs said that Pence’s comments were “ignorant” and “stupid.”

Choe Son Hui told North Korea’s state-run news agency “Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.”

Trump, during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in this week said that the summit could be delayed or canceled, the AP reported.

Trump appears on 'Fox and Friends,' talks MS-13, immigration, North Korea in taped interview

President Donald Trump discussed MS-13, immigration, North Korea and the NFL’s new policy on national anthem protests in an interview that aired this morning on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”

>> Jamie Dupree: Trump renews attacks on Russia probe as lawmakers see documents

Here are the latest updates:

Update 6:44 a.m. Thursday: 

  • On a possible summit with North Korea: “If that happens, it’ll be a great thing for North Korea. Most importantly, it would be a great thing for the world,” Trump said, adding that he’d like denuclearization to be “done immediately, but physically, a phase-in may be a little bit necessary.”

  • On former FBI Director James Comey: “I would actually say, how is he going to explain to his grandchildren all of the lies, the deceit, all of the problems he has caused this country,” Trump said, adding: “I’ve done a great service for this country by getting rid of [Comey], by firing him.”

Update 6:15 a.m. Thursday: 

  • On MS-13: Trump called members of MS-13 “stone cold killers” and said Democrats are “sticking up” for the gang.
  • On immigration: “The whole system is corrupt,” Trump said, adding that he would only approve a congressional plan to bring back DACA if “it includes a wall, a real wall.”   
  • On the economy: "We have a great economy – probably the best economy the country's ever had."
  • On NFL national anthem protests: “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Otherwise, you shouldn’t be playing; you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”

ORIGINAL STORY: President Donald Trump will discuss North Korea, immigration and the NFL's new policy on national anthem protests in an interview airing this morning on Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

>> PREVIOUSLY: Trump slams Comey, DOJ in wide-ranging 'Fox &amp; Friends' interview

Brian Kilmeade's interview with Trump was taped Wednesday in Bethpage, New York, after the president appeared at a forum about MS-13, The Hill reported

Trump tweeted about the interview Wednesday night.

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"Will be interviewed on @foxandfriends tomorrow morning at 6:00 A.M. Enjoy!" he wrote.

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