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Father and son swept away by high tide while fishing in Florida identified

The  bodies of a Florida father and son were identified by officials with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after the pair were swept away by a high tide while fishing Saturday at Ft. George Inlet.

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Eric Smart, a member of the U.S. Navy,  was found close to 10 p.m. Saturday, and crews located the body of his son, Derrick Smart, 7, on Sunday morning.

The boy's grandmother said Derrick was a good swimmer who loved the water. She is asking the community for prayers for her family. She said that Derrick was her daughter's only child. 

Family members said emergency crews searched for about an hour Sunday before recovering the little boy’s body.

Police were first called to the Nassau Sound Bridge Saturday just before 4:30 p.m. Officials said a father and his son were fishing when the tide swept them into the water.

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Police said the two were last seen in the water by a witness and that the father was holding his son, trying to swim back to shore.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department initially confirmed that crews are searching for two people in the water.

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Jet skis, boats and a helicopter were used by emergency crews searching the water. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also assisted in search efforts.

Patriots ban fan shown throwing beer in face of Chiefs player

The fan seen throwing beer on Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill moments after he scored his third touchdown against the Patriots during Sunday night’s overtime game has been banned from Gillette Stadium, team officials said. 

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It was clear through television replays that fans at Gillette Stadium were not saying nice things and were making obscene gestures to Hill, but it was also immediately clear one of them crossed the line by throwing beer directly into his face after his 75-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Hill made seven catches for 142 yards Sunday night, and the 75-yard catch tied the game at 40 with slightly more than three minutes remaining in regulation.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the Patriots organization said it had turned over the fan's identify to local law enforcement and issued "a letter of disinvite to all future events at Gillette Stadium."

The beer toss, along with several rude gestures made to Hill, were widely derided on social media Monday morning, but Hill later reportedly began exploring legal options against the fan. 

The Patriots (4-2) won 43-40 in overtime against the Chiefs (5-1).

White woman who blocked black man from entering his St. Louis apartment fired

A white woman shown on a viral video blocking a black man from entering a loft to his downtown St. Louis apartment was fired from her job Sunday, KMOV reported.

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In a cellphone video posted to his Facebook page, D’Arreon Toles documented a confrontation between himself and a female tenant at the Elder Shirt Lofts. Toles, 24, said he was returning from a late shift Friday when the woman, who was walking a dog on a leash, asked what unit he lives in, the Post-Dispatch reported.

In the video, Toles can be heard telling the woman, "You are blocking me into my building. This is my building as well. So, I need you to get out of my way."

“I’m uncomfortable," the woman says in the video.

"OK, you can be uncomfortable," Toles says in the video.

In the video, the woman follows Toles to the front door of his apartment, KSDK reported.

Thirty minutes later, St. Louis police appeared at his apartment, according to Toles’ Facebook post. No citations were issued.

A St. Louis police sergeant confirmed a 911 call was made to the building, but no report was written, KSDK reported.

"Did this really just happen to me? It happened to me. I am really taken away by the moment," Toles told KMOV. "I was kind of blown away, shocked and like ‘Wow.’ I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way."

“To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,” Toles wrote on Facebook.

Tribeca-STL, a luxury apartment company that says it is a minority-owned business, confirmed that the woman worked for the company, KMOV reported. In a statement, the company’s owners said they were “disturbed” by the video. The company also said in its statement that the property did not belong to Tribeca-STL and that the employee was interacting with Toles at her own private residence.

“We do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company, Tribeca-STL said in its statement.

The woman, who has not been identified publicly, did not respond to requests for comment by several news organizations.

"I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that, Toles told KMOV. “I wish her the best. I would still have a conversation with her.” 

US Embassy apologizes after photo of cat in Cookie Monster costume is emailed by mistake

The United States embassy in Canberra, Australia, is apologizing after it says the U.S. Department of State mistakenly sent out an email invitation to a meeting with a photo of a cat in a Cookie Monster costume.

The Australian Associated Press reported that the email, with the subject line, “meeting,” was sent because of a training error, according to U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counselor Gavin Sundwall. It contained a photo of a tabby cat in a Cookie Monster costume holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies. It also included the title, “cat pajama-jam.”

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The message also included Latin text and an RSVP option, BuzzFeed News reported.

“Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pajama-jam’ party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," he wrote in a follow-up email two days after the original. 

“It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.”

The BBC reported that Sundwall said there would be new controls implemented to prevent something similar happening again in the future.

Although the gaffe may be embarrassing, the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand tweeted amusement about it.

California woman dies when Santa Ana winds cause tree to topple onto car

A California woman was killed Monday when strong Santa Ana winds caused part of a large eucalyptus tree to fall onto her car, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Crews responded after receiving a report of a person in a vehicle that was stuck beneath a tree at an apartment complex in Tustin, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito told KTLA. The tree also damaged a carport, Bommarito told the television station.

The woman has not been identified, KTLA reported.

Because of offshore winds, warm temperatures and low humidity, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for possible fire danger across Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties, the Times reported.

The National Weather Service reported winds with gusts of up 75 mph in some parts of Orange County, KTLA reported.

DJ Khaled rents out Marlins stadium for son's 2nd birthday party

DJ Khaled sure knows how to throw a party for his son.

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The Miami music producer and his wife, Nicole Tuck, rented Marlins Park on Saturday for his son Asahd’s second birthday, and turned the 36,000-seat baseball stadium into a carnival. Instead of bases and a pitching mound, the stadium floor included a chair swing ride, a Ferris wheel, games and even a petting zoo, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Although his actual bday is OCT 23rd we started early,’’Khaled wrote on Twitter, including videos of the event at Marlins Park. “ASAHD had the whole stadium!!”

About 150 inner city kids and members of local Boys and Girls Clubs and Connecting Families joined the family at the party, EOnline reported. 

The party also served as the official launch for Asahd’s charity program, called Asahd’s Initiative -- which is part of Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.

Guests included Marlins owner Derek Jeter and Yo Gotti. Jeter presented a $100,000 check from the Marlins to Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.

It was a festive day for the Asahd and his family, and perked up the normally staid Marlins ballpark. The Marlins had the lowest average attendance in the major leagues in 2018, drawing 811,104 fans for an average of 10,013 per game, ESPN reported.

‘Pocahontas’: Elizabeth Warren’s DNA, what Trump said, and the limits of DNA tests

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test on Sunday which showed “strong evidence” that at least one ancestor was a Native American.

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The test was done after Warren’s claim to Native American ancestry had been derided by critics including President Donald Trump  who refers to her in campaign speeches as “Pocahontas.”

According to Warren’s test results her DNA shows a distant Native American ancestor dating back six and 10 generations.

Warren submitted her DNA material to Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor who won a MacArthur Scholarship for his work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis.

Warren provided the Globe with the results of Bustamante’s test in which he determined her DNA sample “strongly” supports her claim of Native American ancestry.

“We find strong evidence that a DNA sample of primarily European descent also contains Native American ancestry from an ancestor in the sample’s pedigree 6-10 generations ago. We find little or no evidence of African ancestry in this sample,” the report read.

The report from the DNA test was distributed by Warren's staff to reporters Monday morning along with a video on her childhood, according to the Washington Post.

Warren has said that she was told by her mother that her great-great-great-grandmother, OC Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American.

If the results are correct, it would mean Warren would be at least 1/32nd Native American. If the Native American ancestor in Warren’s family is from 10 generations back, that would mean she is 1/512th Native American.

Warren has faced criticism that she used a claim of Native American ancestry to advance her career. During the time Warren was a law professor at Harvard, she changed her ethnicity on personnel forms from “white” to “Native American.”

Warren told the Globe that she began to identify herself as a Native American in the late 1980s, when she felt her family heritage was as risk of being forgotten as the matriarchs of her family were dying.

The Guardian reported in September that Harvard officials denied the reason they hired Warren after she changed her ethnic status to “Native American” was to increase numbers of non-white faculty members at the college.

Warren’s claims about Native American heritage came to light during her 2012 run for the Senate. When she began to speak out against Trump as he campaigned for president, Trump began to attack her claims and dub her “Pocahontas.” At one time, Trump had promised to donate $1 million to the charity of her choice if Warren would take a DNA test and release its findings.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Warren called in the bet, telling Trump to pony-up the $1 million to charity.

“NIWRC is a nonprofit working to protect Native women from violence,” Warren tweeted. “More than half of all Native women have experienced sexual violence, and the majority of violent crimes against Native Americans are perpetrated by non-Natives. Send them your $1M check.”

Warren, 69, is seeking re-election in November and will face the winner of a Republican primary on Tuesday. 

The DNA test Warren took looks at a person’s genetic makeup and is able to match certain of their DNA markers to people in other groups with similar DNA markers. This process helps researchers determine where a person’s ancestors may be from based on DNA similarities.

Here’s how DNA testing works:

You may be familiar with the companies that offer DNA testing to help you get a better look at your ancestry.

Customers receive a packet, register it and mail in samples of their spit. After about two months, they receive reports on where their ancestors may have been from.

In Warren’s case, the majority of her DNA traced back to European groups. Some of her DNA, according to the results, has the same markers as people who are descended from Native Americans, indicating that at least some of her ancestors were Native American.

How is your DNA used to find out where you come from?

The saliva that is sent into DNA testing groups is separated and digitized into a series of letters – A, C, G and T -- that researchers then process. The letters correspond with four nucleobases – or substances that join together to form DNA. 

An algorithm, or a set of rules a computer uses when it is trying to achieve a set goal, is then used to decode the series of letters and spot patterns among them.

Researchers then use those patterns to compare the DNA sample to a large library of other DNA samples. When your DNA sample matches a group in one of those libraries, it means your ancestors and the ancestors of those in that group likely share a common heritage. 

For instance, if your DNA sample is collected, separated, analyzed then matched with a group of people whose DNA has been found to come from England, then it is likely that some of your ancestors came from England as well.

How do researchers know which country or region the DNA suggests people come from?

Researchers determine where DNA comes from in a couple of ways.

According to a story from Live Science, ancestry groups are made from a mix of self-reports (where people have been able to trace their ancestry back generations through family records or genealogy tools), and independent research.

Researchers have found that people who have ancestors from the same region share certain DNA matches.

How accurate are the tests?

The tests are as accurate as the algorithm used to match them to other samples and the libraries those samples are in.

Father unknowingly hits, kills 4-year-old son in driveway, police say

Authorities said a 4-year-old Georgia boy was killed Sunday afternoon when his father unknowingly backed over him in a driveway.

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Deputies with the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, medical personnel and Georgia State Patrol troopers were called to a home in Barnesville, Georgia, about 65 miles south of Atlanta.

The boy’s father, a 36-year-old man, was backing up in his Toyota pickup truck when the 4-year-old ran behind him, authorities said in an emailed statement to WSB. 

The incident is still under investigation. It does not appear alcohol was involved, according to WSB. 

State troopers, who are leading the investigation, have not said if the father will face charges in his son’s death.

Don't worry, be grumpy: It's National Grouch Day

Grouches of the world, be happy -- it’s National Grouch Day.

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Or more than likely, don’t worry, be grumpy. I know I complained when this story was assigned to me. But even a grump can revel in his or her own day.

According to Sesame Street Magazine -- which has Oscar the Grouch, a master in the art of grumbling -- the National Day Calendar added National Grouch Day in order for grouches worldwide to “celebrate their way of life.”

According to the Merriam-Webster website, a grouch is defined as “a fit of bad temper,” a “grudge” or “complaint,” or “a habitually irritable or complaining person.”

The National Calendar Day website said National Grouch Day has been celebrated since “at least 1976.”

Oscar the Grouch got ready for his day a few weeks ago, tweeting that “Frowning makes me happy. Can’t you tell?”

The Ornament Shop, on its website, listed its Top Five Grouches. Oscar won’t be happy -- he only ranked No. 3. Topping the list was Ebenezer Scrooge, followed by the Grinch. Rounding out the top five are the Wicked Witch of the West and comedian Groucho Marx -- who wore a “grouch bag” around his neck that contained his valuables and money. 

Here’s an honorable mention: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, who starred in the 1993 movie, “Grumpy Old Men.” And Grumpy, one of the Seven Dwarfs.You can commiserate with other grouches on Twitter by using the hashtag #NationalGrouchDay.

So, enjoy your day -- or, more in character -- be grouchy about it. 

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