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Anti, pro-Trump rallies held in Atlanta over President's Day weekend

Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump are holding competing rallies across Georgia as President's Day approaches.

 One local militia group carried their weapons in plain view outside Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta at a pro-Trump rally on Saturday.

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A few members of a militia group called the III% Security Force held signs and openly carried handguns and a few military-type rifles and shotguns, saying they were there to keep the peace and protect their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

"We want to make sure the people who come out here prior to President’s Day can show their support for President Trump without being assaulted by any counter-protesters,” militia group member Chris Hill said.

Anti-Trump organizers are planning a "peach-ful" march on Monday in Atlanta that hundreds of demonstrators have signed up for on Facebook.

They are planning to gather for a march they're calling "Not My President's Day." 

Trump says 'A star is born' of Florida man at rally

The man President Donald Trump summoned from the crowd at his Saturday speech and rally is a Boynton Beach car salesman who keeps a life-size cardboard cutout of Trump at his house and regularly praises Trump on social media.

Gene Huber, 47, became an instant political everyman celebrity Saturday when Trump spotted him in the crowd and, saying he recognized him from a TV interview, asked him to come on stage and speak to the estimated 9,000 people in a hangar at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport.

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After Secret Service agents were told by the president to let him on stage, Huber bounded up and hugged the president, who encouraged him to say a few words.

“Mr. President, thank you, sir. We the people, our movement, is the reason why our president of the United States is standing in front of us today. When President Trump during the election promised all these things that he was going to do for us, I knew he was going to do this for us,” Huber said.

 “A star is born,” Trump said as Huber left the stage and the crowd chanted “U.S.A! U.S.A!”

Gene from Pompano Beach is 1st in line; arrived at the airport at 4am for @POTUS campaign event— Christopher Heath (@CHeathWFTV) February 18, 2017

Huber had done TV interviews earlier Saturday proclaiming his support for Trump after showing up at 4 a.m. to be first in line for the 5 p.m. rally.

He also did several interviews on cable news channels on Sunday morning.

Woman does cartwheels during field sobriety test

It was a move worthy of praise from the U.S. gymnastics team’s “Final Five.” Instead, it vaulted a New Mexico woman into jail.

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Police in Albuquerque said the woman, who was passed out in the driver’s seat of her car on Friday night, did a series of cartwheels during a field sobriety test Friday, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

But the athletic moves did not convince the police officer that 23-year-old Bryelle N. Marshall was sober, and she was arrested on charges of aggravated drunken driving and battery, the Journal reported.

The officer wrote in the criminal complaint, which was filed in Metropolitan Court, that once outside the vehicle, Marshall had a hard time standing and was swaying from side to side. She also smelled like alcohol and had a hard time balancing, according to the complaint.

The officer tired to give her field sobriety tests but she wouldn’t listen to instructions, according to the complaint.

“Bryelle put her hands in the air and completed two cartwheels while I was attempting to demonstrate and instruct the field sobriety test,” the officer wrote.

The officer warned Marshall that if she did another cartwheel, she would be arrested, the Journal reported. The officer put her in a position to do the field sobriety test, and Marshall struck a gymnastic pose.

“While facing the wrong direction, as she had done prior, Bryelle again raised her hands up and while I was instructing she again did a cartwheel and fell to the ground,” the officer wrote.

Marshall was arrested and taken to the Prisoner Transport Center in Downtown Albuquerque, where she allegedly tried to kick the officer in the genitals, according to the complaint.

Man shot outside WWE facilities rants at judge while asking for bond

A Florida man shot by an Orange County deputy outside the World Wrestling Entertainment facilities tried Friday to persuade a judge to grant him bond.

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But his outbursts in court prompted the judge to deny the motion.

Armando Montalvo originally got bond until he was picked up by authorities again.

In August 2015, video captured Montalvo outside the WWE facilities trying to find a female wrestler on whom he was fixated, investigators said.

He banged on the glass door and rolled on the ground, they said.

The video shows him running toward responding deputies, who opened fire, hitting Montalvo.

He was charged with aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer and trespassing.

Montalvo spent six weeks in jail before posting bond Oct. 6.

In court Friday, he had a few outbursts while trying to make his case for bond, blaming deputies for shooting him.

“I’m the victim here. I was shot by police,” Montalvo said.

Montalvo’s father testified that Montalvo is mentally ill.

He said Montalvo has borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia, and without his medication, he tends to have outbursts.

But the state gave those same reasons to argue that Montalvo should stay in jail, and the judge agreed.

Since the incident at WWE, Montalvo has been charged again with battery.

Montalvo was arrested again last month outside the Independent Bar in downtown Orlando.

He was charged with violating his bond conditions when he took a vacuum hose and put one end in his pants and the other up a woman’s skirt.

The violation landed him behind bars with no bond, and he must stay in jail until his trial.

Trump's comments about Sweden confuse Swedes

During a speech at Saturday night’s rally in Florida, President Donald Trump mentioned several countries that were having security issues — including Sweden, which apparently surprised the Swedes, BuzzFeed reported.

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Speaking before a raucous, enthusiastic and cheering crowd in Melbourne, Trump said “we’ve got to keep our country safe.”

“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible,” Trump said. “You look at what’s happening in Brussels, you look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice, take a look at Paris.”

On Twitter, Swedes seemed confused.

“Ask your president what happened in Sweden yesterday,” Jens Lennarttson tweeted. “We missed it.”

Soon, #LastNightInSweden and #swedenincident began to trend on Twitter. People started tweeting to @Sweden, which is run by a different citizen each week, for answers. School librarian Emma Johansson was at the controls during Trump’s speech, and she assured tweeters that all was well in Sweden.

Trump, discussing terror, seamlessly mentions incident "last night in Sweden".There was NO "incident" in Sweden last night.— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not ben any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest. ->— @sweden / Emma (@sweden) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

-> What Trump might be referring to is an interview done in Foxe News where a documentary film maker, Ami Horowitz, talks about Sweden ->— @sweden / Emma (@sweden) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

-> and he to missunderstanding how things work here. So it's incorrect information on top of incorrect information.— @sweden / Emma (@sweden) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Johansson was referencing an interview that Fox News host Tucker Carlson ran on Friday night's broadcast of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" with documentarian and media personality Ami Horowitz, who presented a clip from a new film documenting alleged violence committed by refugees in Sweden. The segment went on extensively about a supposed crime surge in Sweden and its links to immigrant populations, Business Insider reported.

Johansson later said she compiled several tweets and provided a link to them.

I repeat, please read this tweets I made on it, they're linked:— @sweden / Emma (@sweden) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Terrible news about the events in the #swedenincident. Really hope the country pulls together in this difficult time #areABBAsafe— Paul (@paul_jenkins) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Hello USA. We are a little confused over here in Sweden. Ask your president what happened in Sweden yesterday? We missed it.— Jens Lennartsson (@JensLennartsson) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

As night turned to morning in Scandanavia, some Swedes used sarcasm to assure the rest of the world that all was well in their country.

#lastnightinsweden the king had to personally ride in on his noble steed to save us all!— Sarah Stardust (@SillySarahbelle) February 19, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Heavy rains could impact Oroville Dam on Sunday night

As spillway repairs continue at the Oroville Dam, area residents are bracing for a storm Sunday that will put more stress on the California dam, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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“It looks like it’s going to be a pretty good rainmaker,” said meteorologist Mike Smith of the National Weather Service. “You’re looking at 10 inches from Sunday night to Monday night.”

The storm is expected to impact the Oroville and the Feather River basin areas Sunday night, the Times reported. Much of the water falling across the local mountains and foothills is expected to flow directly into the reservoir. Lake Oroville is currently at 88 percent capacity.

The Department of Water Resources hopes to drain up to a third of the lake to make room for rain and has been sending water down its damaged main spillway and into the Feather River at a rate of 100,000 cubic feet per second, the Times reported.

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‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, whose 20-second drum break to open James Brown’s 1970 single “Funky Drummer” became one of hip-hop’s most popular samples, died Saturday, Rolling Stone reported. He was 73.

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His wife, Jody Hannon, told The Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and had been hospitalized for a few days, she said.

Stubblefield performed on several of Brown's hits in the 1960s and early 1970s, including "Cold Sweat," ''Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud," ''I've Got the Feelin'," and the album "Sex Machine."

But he was best known for his solo on "Funky Drummer." Rolling Stone said it was sampled on more than 1,000 songs and served as the backbeat for countless hip-hop tracks, including Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride," LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" and Run-D.M.C.'s "Run's House." It even turned up on Ed Sheeran's "Shirtsleeves" and George Michael's "Freedom '90," the magazine said.

"We were sitting up in the studio, getting ready for a session, and I guess when I got set up I just started playing a pattern. Started playing something," Stubblefield told Rolling Stone. "The bassline came in and the guitar came in and we just had a rhythm going, and if Brown liked it, I just said, 'Well, I'll put something with it.'"

Stubblefield was not listed as a songwriter on the track and therefore didn't see many royalties from the decades of sampling.

"All the drum patterns I played with Brown was my own; he never told me how to play or what to play," Stubblefield told SF Weekly in 2012. "I just played my own patterns, and the hip-hoppers and whatever, the people that used the material probably paid him, maybe. But we got nothing. I got none of it. It was all my drum product."

"People use my drum patterns on a lot of these songs,” Stubblefield told the New York Times in 2011. They never gave me credit, never paid me. It didn't bug me or disturb me, but I think it’s disrespectful not to pay people for what they use."

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1943, Stubblefield served as a session musician and toured under Otis Redding before becoming Brown's drummer from 1965 to 1971, Rolling Stone reported. He had lived in Madison, his wife's hometown, since the early 1970s, she told the AP.

When Prince heard in 2000 that Stubblefield was suffering from bladder cancer and was deep in debt with medical bills, he paid $90,000 to cover his chemotherapy expenses, Hannon told the AP. In 2002, he had a kidney removed, and he suffered from end-stage renal disease over the last decade, Rolling Stone reported. 

"We lost another Pillar Stone that held up the Foundation of Funk," Bootsy Collins, who performed with Stubblefield on “Sex Machine,” wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. "Mr. Clyde Stubblefield has left our frequency.”

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Oklahoma restaurant fires 12 employees who participated in protest

An Oklahoma restaurant stirred up a heated debate when the owner fired a dozen employees who participated in the Day Without Immigrants protest.

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The nationwide protest was organized Thursday in response to President Donald Trump’s goal of increasing the deportation of illegal immigrants. The strike was held to show how important immigrants are to businesses.

Some say the employees of the I Don’t Care Bar and Grill in Catoosa were treated too harshly, but others believed consequences were necessary for missing work.

“If you have 12 people who feel strongly and want to make a stand, I think management should have taken a look at that and at least stood by them or give them some time,” Broken Arrow resident Catherine Bishop said.

The restaurant’s managers would only confirm that 12 people were fired for not showing up to work and not calling beforehand.

The restaurant posted to its Facebook page that it was now hiring. Some in the comments say they don’t plan to return, but others support management’s decision.

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Middle school student threw wood at Trump’s motorcade

The person who threw a block of wood at President Donald Trump’s motorcade in South Florida on Friday was identified as a middle school student, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday.

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The State Attorney’s Office will decide whether any charges are filed in the case, according to the press release from the sheriff’s office. 

On Friday as the president and his motorcade drove from Palm Beach International Airport to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s part-time residence and Winter White House, someone threw a small hard object at one of the passing vehicles, the release said.

Once the president had been safely escorted to his home, several members of the motorcade returned to the area look for the object and witnesses. They found a wood block measuring about 2 inches by 4 inches, according to the sheriff’s office. 

A middle school student confessed to throwing the block and implicated four other students, the sheriff’s office said.

McCain defends media: 'That’s how dictators get started'

Sen. John McCain is defending the media after President Donald Trump tweeted that certain newsgroups are “the enemy of the American People.” An adversarial, free press is a fundamental part of democracy, McCain said. >> Read more trending news  "I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time (without a free press),” McCain said in an interview with "Meet the Press" that airs Sunday. “That's how dictators get started." "When you look at history," McCain continued, "the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history." The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script> McCain clarified that he was not calling Trump a dictator, but said suppressing a free press is one of the first thing an autocratic administration attempts. "A fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press, McCain said jokingly. “I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you." <iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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