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Woman says ‘Don’t worry about it’ when police find boyfriend’s body 

A Florida woman told authorities “Don’t worry about it” when police arrived to investigate a fatal shooting this week at an apartment building in Orlando.

Paula Hobbs, 51, is accused in the shooting death of her 63-year-old live-in boyfriend Tuesday night.

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When police arrived at the scene at the Rosemont Country Club Apartments they found an unresponsive man and Hobbs standing in a stairwell, Orlando police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said.

When the officer asked Hobbs what was going on, she said, “Don’t worry about it,” then locked herself in the apartment, according to a police report on the incident.

Investigators said officers were eventually able to convince Hobbs to give herself up.

Detectives searching the apartment for evidence found splattered blood and a .22-caliber revolver in the bottom drawer of a bedroom dresser, the arrest affidavit said.

Investigators said they determined that five of the gun’s nine rounds had been fired.

If you tell me he is dead, I will tell you why I did it,” Hobbs told police at the scene, the report said.

Hobbs was booked into the Orange County Jail on a first-degree murder charges.

Shots fired near U.S. Capitol after woman flees traffic stop, police say

Officers opened fire on a woman on U.S. Capitol grounds Wednesday morning after she nearly ran over multiple U.S. Capitol Police officers while fleeing from a traffic stop, authorities said.

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No injuries were reported.

Officers spotted a woman driving erratically around 9 a.m. on Independence Avenue and attempted to stop her car, Capitol police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said. The unidentified woman made a U-turn and fled.

She stopped the sedan near the intersection of Washington and Independence avenues, where authorities apparently fired shots at the woman. Malecki declined to say where the bullets landed or how many shots were fired.

The incident did not appear to be related to terrorism.

“This appears to be criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism,” Malecki said.

Community mourns loss of father, son, both firefighters

A community is mourning the loss of a man and his son, both firefighters, in Caldwell County, South Carolina.

Chris Gragg, 53, and Cody Gragg, 23, died Saturday in a crash on I-77 in Chester County.

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The flag at Collettsville Fire and Rescue is flying at half-staff in honor of the Graggs, who volunteered there. The Collettsville Fire and Rescue also put a picture on its Facebook page showing the Graggs’ gear on top of a fire truck.

"Everybody knew of them," community member Terry Cooke said.

Those who didn't know the two men teared up at the mention of their deaths.

"They're a pillar of the community," Donna Fillers, a community resident, said.

WSOC-TV was told that the Graggs were on their way to a motocross race in Georgia when a tire blew on their recreational vehicle and they ran off the road. The vehicle went down an embankment, and the RV caught fire.

Troopers said the driver and the passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors said the family's shrubbery business is well known in the area, along with Cody Gragg's love of racing.

"Everybody knew that the little guy raced, and he was really great at it," Fillers said. "I can only imagine what the family is going through."

Collettsville fire Chief Larry Price worked alongside Chris Gragg, a lieutenant in the department, for years.

"They're like brothers to us all. We're devastated," Price said.

Price said the father and son gave hours of their time to serve their community, often together.

"They were really close all the time," Price said. "They went racing all the time. When they were here at the Fire Department, Cody was with his dad on calls. You'd see them riding around together, show up together.

"They were fantastic people. Cody, he drove hard, he never gave up. Chris, he was a joker, a lighthearted person, (a) wonderful person."

What is a baby box and why are some states giving them to new parents?

This week, Alabama will join two other U.S. states — Ohio and New Jersey — in launching a program that offers free baby boxes to families of newborns in the state.

Here’s what you should know about the boxes, their origin and why states are adopting the program:

What is a baby box and where did the idea come from?

The idea originates from 1930s Finland, when nearly one out of 10 infants died in their first year, according to the New York Times.

The Finnish boxes — which include bedding and nearly 50 other items — are given as an incentive for mothers to see a doctor during pregnancy; to obtain one, expecting mothers had to undergo a medical exam during the first four months.

An average of 40,000 boxes are given to Finland’s mothers-to-be every year.

Today, Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world — 2.5 for every 1,000 births, according to the Central Intelligence Agency.

Why are U.S. states adopting baby box programs?

The U.S. infant mortality rate — 5.8 for every 1,000 births — is more than double that of Finland.

And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 3,700 U.S. newborns suffered sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs) in 2015.

One of the big risk factors associated with SUIDs is bed sharing.

When mothers can’t afford cribs, it’s not uncommon for bed sharing to occur.

With the high U.S. infant mortality rate and SUIDs statistics, some states are offering baby boxes to encourage postpartum safe sleep.

Which U.S. states have adopted baby boxes?

New Jersey became the first state to distribute baby boxes to prevent newborn deaths, followed by Ohio and now, Alabama.

California-based Baby Box Co. teamed up with state hospitals, child fatality organizations and other nonprofits to produce and distribute bassinet-sized boxes. According to NPR, New Jersey plans to distribute 105,000 boxes; Ohio, 140,000; Alabama, 60,000. 

What exactly is included in a U.S. baby box?

Though the details may differ across states and countries, the laminated cardboard boxes are usually well-built, mobile and come with a foam mattress and fitted sheet.

Often, the boxes will also include a onesie, diapers, wipes and breastfeeding accessories.

While the Finnish boxes were given to expecting mothers if and only if they underwent a medical exam during the first four months, the boxes in the three states are given away for free to families of newborns.

As part of the U.S. program, parents are expected to educate themselves by watching online videos about SIDs and safe sleep and test their knowledge through a short quiz.

"Through education and awareness, people can make better choices and hopefully we can see fewer children dying," Dr. Kathryn McCans, chair of New Jersey's Child Fatality and Near Fatality review board, told NPR.

Is a Safe Haven Baby Box the same as a baby box?

No. The Safe Haven Baby Box refers to a heated and padded incubator that allows new moms a safe way to give up their babies, rather than simply abandoning them.

In 2016, Indiana installed two boxes at fire stations as an extension of the state’s Safe Haven law, which offers parents complete anonymity when giving up an unwanted newborn younger than 45 days without being arrested or prosecuted, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last year.

Learn more about the new baby boxes at NPR.org.

Dog found starved, dehydrated in abandoned trailer

A Washington County, Pennsylvania, shelter is caring for a dog found abandoned in a trailer. 

According to a post on the Washington Area Humane Society Facebook page, the dog was rescued from a trailer in Coal Center.

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They’re calling her Faith. She’s a lab/terrier mix and weighs just 20 pounds. She was very thin and dehydrated, the post said. 

Humane officers said the dog was found in a crate filled with animal waste. 

Veterinarians have given her fluids and a feeding tube. 

A humane officer is investigating who left Faith in the trailer.  

To learn more about Faith or donate to help cover the costs of her care, CLICK HERE.

Donations needed to complete home for girl who survived liver transplant

A little girl who survived a liver transplant needs help so she can move into her forever home.

WPXI.com has been following Jamie’s journey since 2015 when she was at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh in desperate need of a liver. 

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A complete stranger stepped in and donated part of his liver to save her life.

“We got her through the worst of it with the liver transplant. We just want to move on and get them a forever home,” said Marilyn Pape, who works for Trumbull County Children’s Services.

Jamie is healthy and thriving and has a family that wants to adopt her and her biological siblings -- 8-year-old Jeremiah, 4-year-old Norriah and 1-year-old Renee. 

The family must add on to their home to make it big enough for all the children. 

Trumbull County Children’s Services partnered with Homes For Kids, a nonprofit group, to launch a campaign to expand the family’s home. Materials and time worth $40,000 have been pledged, but another $50,000 in money and labor is needed by June 1. 

“They are committing the rest of their lives to raising these kids and not knowing what their future holds,” Pape said. 

Donations can be made payable to Homes For Kids and mailed to 165 East Park Ave., P.O .Box 683, Niles, OH 44446, with “A Home For Jamie and Her Siblings” in the memo line.  

Donations can also be made online at youcaring.com

Individuals who would like more information or businesses who are interested in supporting this project should contact Claire Gysegem, with Trumbull County CSB, at 330-372-2010 x 1207, or email Claire.Gysegem@jfs.ohio.gov, or Danette Palmer, with Homes For Kids/Child and Family Solutions at 330-544-8005 x534 or email danette@hfk.org.

Was an 8-hour plane flight worth seeing this? More than 100 people thought so

More than 100 people spent eight hours aboard a plane to witness something very few will ever see – the Aurora Australis.

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The Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, is the counterpart to the Northern Lights, but less often viewed because there isn’t much dry ground to perch on for a peek.

But, the Associated Press, reports a charter plane from New Zealand flew close enough to the Antarctic Circle on March 23 to give everyone a shot at the phenomenal light show.

Charter passenger Nick Wong, told the AP that he signed up for the flight after seeing the idea on social media.

“I didn’t think we would actually see such a spectacular display, even by the naked eye,” Wong told AP. “It was really great to be a part of an adventure with like-minded people who were equally or more excited at viewing this phenomena as I was.”

Sean Spicer gets spicy with reporter April Ryan: 'Stop shaking your head'

Any hope Sean Spicer had of going through Tuesday without incident quickly disappeared during his daily press briefing.

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April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks was asking the White House press secretary a question about Russia when it became clear that Spicer was upset over the topic being discussed.

"If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection," Spicer said tersely, then later demanded that Ryan stop shaking her head.

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People quickly called out Spicer’s treatment of Ryan:

Ryan responded later on Twitter:

This is not the first time the administration responded to Ryan in a way that sparked controversy.

In February, Ryan asked President Donald Trump if he would consult the Congressional Black Caucus before signing legislation that would affect historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Trump responded by asking her if she was friends with the members of the caucus and if she was willing to set up a meeting.

As it turned out, the CBC had already reached out to Trump nearly a month before:

Security changes coming to Magic Kingdom

Security changes coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom may affect how long guests spend in the security line.

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The theme park is moving the lines to outside the transportation and ticket center, where guests will be screened as soon as they get off the tram coming from the parking lot.

Security barricades are already in the ground and tents are up, but it’s still not clear when the area will be operational.

"Everyone at the transportation and ticket center will be screened there before they get on a ferry boat or a monorail, which will alleviate a lot of the hustle and bustle and craziness of that front area of the Magic Kingdom,” said Tom Corless of WDW News Today.

It also means guests will be screened prior to getting on the monorail or ferry, increasing security beforehand.

“Mass transportation is definitely always a target in any big city,” Corless said. “And certainly, at Disney World, the monorail handles thousands and thousands of guests at a time.”

Corless said eventually, guests going to a monorail from a Disney hotel will be screened from there.

There will still be a security checkpoint outside the train station at the Magic Kingdom, but it will be smaller, primarily for guests coming from the buses or water taxi.

The new security area appears to be much larger, with the option to add more personnel.

“The staffing will have to be in place, but regardless, it should just be a better experience for people,” Corless said.

A Disney World spokesperson said in a statement, "As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the arrival experience for guests at the entrance to Magic Kingdom park, we have relocated some of our bag checks and metal detectors to the transportation and ticket center, and the monorail stations at Disney's Contemporary resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Village resort.”

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