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Transgender woman says CVS pharmacist refused to fill hormone prescriptions

A transgender woman in Phoenix has filed a formal complaint against CVS with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, after she said a pharmacist refused to fill her hormone prescriptions and humiliated her in front of other customers.

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In a blog on the ACLU of Arizona website, Hilde Hall said it was the first time she filled the prescription for hormone therapy.

“I was finally going to start seeing my body reflect my gender identity and the woman I’ve always known myself to be,” Hall said.

Hall said the pharmacist loudly questioned her need for the medication and wouldn’t give her a clear reason why he wouldn’t fill the prescription, KSAZ reports.

“I nearly started crying in the middle of the store. I didn’t want to answer why I had been prescribed this hormone therapy combination by my doctor,” Hall wrote. “I felt like the pharmacist was trying to out me as transgender in front of strangers. I just froze and worked on holding back the tears.”

Hall also said the pharmacist refused to give her back the doctor’s note so that she could go to another pharmacy. 

Hall said she called the CVS customer service complaint line twice, and when she didn’t hear back, she filed a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

CVS said in a statement to CNN the pharmacist violated company policy and has been fired. 

Steve Kilar, communications director with the ACLU of Arizona, said CVS spoke with Hilde over the phone on Friday after the incident.

The ACLU of Arizona issued the following statement:

“Hilde appreciates that CVS took her experience seriously. She spoke with a CVS representative today who offered a sincere apology on behalf the company and said that the pharmacist who mistreated Hilde acted outside of the company’s guidelines. Hilde hopes that CVS will make its nondiscrimination policies public, so that transgender and non-binary customers have some assurance the corporation will take appropriate action if similar discrimination occurs in the future.”

911 call released in high school football player's death: ‘I just shot my friend’

Police have released the heartbreaking 911 call a Charlotte teenager made after authorities said he shot and killed his friend, WSOC reports

“I just, I just shot my friend,” Jermarion Worthy can be heard telling the dispatcher. “Somebody just shot through the house.”

“Is anyone injured?” the dispatcher asked.

“He's shot in the head. Someone shot through the house,” Worthy replied.

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Police said Worthy shot his friend Jamie Bright on Sunday inside Bright's home on Clanton Road.

Worthy now faces murder charges in Bright’s death.

Family members said Bright, 18, was a football player for Harding University High School.

He was also a member of the Y-Achiever and Level Up program at the Stratford Richardson YMCA. 

“Jamie was a great young man,” said YMCA executive director Victor Nicholson. “Very respectful young man. Full of energy. Laughing and joking.”

Investigators have not released a motive but said Worthy, 17, stayed on the scene after the shooting and was arrested.

Worthy told police he and Bright were best friends.

Investigators have not said much about what led up to the shooting but confirmed the two teenagers knew each other. 

Bright’s sisters said they were close.

“My brother wanted to go to prom with me last year for my senior year and I went by myself,” sister Tynisha Bright said. “If I knew my brother was never going to go to prom, I would've took my brother with me.”

Friends and family attended a visitation Friday for Bright at Boston's Mortuary on Statesville Road.

Bright’s sister wore a shirt Friday with his picture on it. She and other family members are trying to forgive Worthy for what happened.

“I definitely can forgive him because my family is all about forgiving,” said his sister, Mardesha Bright.

No winner in Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot; prize skyrockets to $493 million

No winners in Friday’s Mega Millions means the jackpot keeps rising -- Tuesday’s drawing has topped $493 million.

It’s possible that the prize could surge over the half-billion mark based on ticket sales, lottery officials state.

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Tuesday’s jackpot of $493 million will be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history.

If there is a winner and they choose the cash payout, they will take home $296 million.

Friday’s winning numbers were 44-14-30-62-1, with a Mega Ball of 1.

While no one took home the big prize, there were two $1 million ticket winners, in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

There were over 1.8 million winning tickets in Friday’s drawing at all levels, with 47 ticket winners of $10,000.

Tuesday night’s drawing will take place July 24 at 11 p.m. ET.

Rapper Offset, of trio Migos, arrested in metro Atlanta on weapon, drug charges

Rapper Offset, of the trio Migos, was arrested Friday on weapon and drug charges in Georgia, WSB reports

Clayton County police said the rapper, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, and his bodyguard, Senay Gezahgn, were traveling in Jonesboro, just outside Atlanta, when the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera that Offset was driving was pulled over after an improper lane change. 

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During a search, officers found three handguns, less than 1 ounce of marijuana and more than $107,000 in cash.

Offset was charged with improper lane change; possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce; possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Gezahgn was charged with possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

This is not Offset’s first run-in with the law.

He was arrested in 2016 for driving with a suspended license. In 2015, all three members of Migos were arrested for drug and gun charges during a concert at Georgia Southern University, Billboard reported.

Offset and his wife, rapper Cardi B, just welcomed their first child together last week.

>>Related: Cardi B, Offset welcome baby girl

This video of a chimp seeing its foster parents again is the best thing you'll see all day

We can't stop watching.

The precious video of a chimp reuniting with its foster parents is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

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The Zoological Wildlife Foundation in Miami posted the video of Limbani on its Instagram and Facebook page.

They said Limbani was born with pneumonia and was rejected by his mother.

Tania Sanchez and her husband, Jorge, jumped in to help. The couple took on full around the clock care for Limbani for the first few months of his life.

And you can tell by watching the video, the bond between them is strong.

When he sees them coming, Limbani jumps into Jorge's arms and wraps him in a hug.

(Also, side note -- are these the best hugs you've ever seen? I think we'll go adopt a chimp now.)

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Deputies shoot armed man in Florida who punched dog in head multiple times

Deputies shot an armed man Friday evening in The Villages near Lady Lake, Florida, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said.

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Deputies were called shortly before 6:30 p.m after a report of a domestic disturbance, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Keszey said.

"The victim met deputies at a nearby church where she stated the suspect punched her dog in the face three times," Keszey said. "An argument ensued (in which) the suspect then pushed the victim. The victim fled the scene with her children and contacted law enforcement."

Investigators said they heard gunfire nearby while interviewing the victim.

"While deputies were confronting the suspect, the suspect refused to comply with deputies' commands," Keszey said. "The suspect then raised his firearm at deputies. Two deputies fired shots, striking the suspect."

The man was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center under a trauma alert status.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

No other details were given.

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $433M for Friday’s drawing

UPDATE: The winning numbers for Friday, July 20 were: 01-14-30-44-62

Mega Ball: 01

Megaplier: 2

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The Mega Millions jackpot reached $433 million ahead of Friday night’s drawing.

It is the sixth-largest prize in the game’s history, lottery officials said in a news release.

It is also the seventh time the jackpot has exceeded $400 million.

While the top prize is still up for grabs, there were some big winners in Tuesday night’s drawing.

Three $1 million tickets were sold in Florida, New Jersey and Oklahoma, according to lotto officials

2018 seems to be a lucky year for lotto players. Since the last jackpot was won in May, there have been more than 12.4 million winning tickets at all prize levels, according to lotto officials.

A 20-year-old in Florida won a $451 million prize in January, and a food production manager from New Jersey won $533 million in April.

The record for the highest Mega Millions jackpot was set in 2012 when three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split a $656 million prize.

Friday night’s drawing will take place at 11 p.m. ET.

Former Georgia Tech frat president admits raping ex-girlfriend, sentenced to 20 years

A former Georgia Tech fraternity president pleaded guilty to rape Friday, more than two years after police say he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend on her 21st birthday, The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a release detailing the sex crime. 

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Christian Kahf’s ex-girlfriend told police he raped her at least seven times over the course of their relationship, Fulton district attorney spokesman Chris Hopper said in the release. Kahf was sentenced to 20 years in prison with seven years to serve and the remaining 13 years on probation in the Jan. 30, 2016 sexual assault case. He must also complete community service. 

Charges against Kahf, 23, were filed late last year after he told his fraternity brothers he was a “monster ... a rapist ... and a pedophile,” Hopper said. He then “became emotional and abruptly left,” according to the release. Two of his fraternity brothers also told police Kahf admitted “acting inappropriately” with a 7-year-old girl. It was not immediately clear if those allegations were investigated. 

The men reported Kahf’s confession to Georgia Tech police, who interviewed the victim about the allegations. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not publish the names of sexual assault victims.

She told police Kahf first raped her in May 2014 when she was studying abroad in France. Kahf went to visit the woman, who said she was deeply religious and saving her virginity for the man she married. 

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“The victim said one night while she was sleeping she awoke to a pain in her lower pelvic area and abdomen,” Hopper said. “She realized Kahf was having sex with her, and when she told him to stop, he refused and told her to stay quiet.”

The woman confronted Kahf the next morning and said he admitted having sex with her that night. She told police she remained in a relationship due to her religious beliefs and her “devotion to marrying the man she lost her virginity to.” No charges were filed in the incident. 

Roughly two years later, Kahf raped the victim after she celebrated her 21st birthday, Hopper said. The woman was out with her friends going to Atlanta clubs and drinking with Kahf as their designated driver. 

The group later went to Kahf’s fraternity house on Georgia Tech’s campus, where the victim found a place to sleep, Hopper said. The name of the fraternity was not provided.

The woman told police she didn’t recall that night but woke up the next morning and “felt like she had sex,” according to authorities. She confronted Kahf, who she said again admitted to raping her.

Authorities arrested Kahf in November after he admitted to the victim, who was wearing a digital recording device, that “what happened was not consensual that night. I raped you more than once, and I wish I never had.” 

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The woman told police she never reported the rapes out of fear they wouldn’t believe her. 

As part of his sentencing, Kahf was ordered not to contact the victim or her family. He will also be placed on the sex offender registry. 

Moderate alcohol consumption could help boost male fertility, study finds

A healthy diet and lifestyle can help boost male fertility and drinking alcohol could also be effective, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from health institutions in Italy recently conducted a study, published in the Andrology journal, to determine the association between alcohol intake and male reproductive function. 

To do so, they assessed 323 men eligible for assisted reproductive techniques, treatments used to assist people with achieving pregnancy. Nearly 10 percent of the patients were abstainers, 30 percent drank one to three units of alcoholic beverages weekly, 30 percent drank four to seven, and 30 percent drank more than eight.

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In this assessment, consuming four to seven units per week was considered moderate, and one unit is about 125 mL of wine or 330 mL of beer.

The analysts examined the subjects’ semen samples over the course of two years. They also interviewed the men, asking them questions about their physical activity and whether or not they smoked and drank caffeine. 

After analyzing the results, they found those who drank four to seven units of alcohol a week had higher sperm counts and semen volume, compared to the other groups. 

“The question of whether alcohol intake affects male reproductive function is controversial,” the team wrote in the analysis. But in this trial, “(m)oderate alcohol intake appears positively associated to semen quality in male partners.”

>> Related: Just one drink a day can increase your risk of cancer, study finds 

They said the different categorization of alcohol consumption and the different drinking habits of the populations studied may have contributed to the inconsistency between their findings and previous experiments. 

While the scientists are unclear why there could be a relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and male fertility, they believe some drinks have ingredients that promote fertility.

The authors noted that beer and wine contain polyphenols, chemical compounds that have been linked to “strong therapeutic and cell protective potential.”

Despite the findings, the researchers said there were limitations in their study. The data they collected was self-reported, and they did not analyze the role of heavy or binge drinking. Therefore, they believe more research is needed. 

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“As this study has not addressed all concerns regarding the effect of male drinking on reproduction and fertility,” they said, “other domains of reproductive outcomes need further investigation.”

Tourist attraction in Georgia suspends duck boats after Missouri tragedy

Stone Mountain Park in DeKalb County, Georgia, canceled duck boat rides for Friday and Saturday in light of the tragedy in Missouri on Thursday.

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The accident that killed 17 people on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, prompted the metro Atlanta attraction to pause letting visitors ride.

“All of us at Stone Mountain Park are heartbroken about the accident that happened last evening on Ride the Ducks in Branson, Missouri,” the park said in a statement Friday. “As always safety is our top priority here at Stone Mountain Park. Therefore, we have suspended our Ride the Ducks operation until more information about the Branson tragedy becomes available.”

DUKW, known as duck boats, are six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicles that were used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War. 

Since then, duck boat tours have become popular and are offered on lakes and rivers around the United States, including in Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Alabama.

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