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Pregnant woman killed, infant injured in Florida triple shooting, deputies say

A pregnant woman, an infant and a 13-year-old were shot in Pine Hills, Florida, on Monday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies responded to Gamble and Dunsford drives about 2:40 p.m. for a report of a shooting. 

A 21-year-old pregnant woman was killed, a 10-month-old was grazed by a bullet and a 13-year-old was shot in the arm, deputies said. 

Deputies said the victims were shot while in a car. The 13-year-old was hit in the arm and the 10-month-old was struck on the side. The woman died at a hospital, deputies said. The 10-month-old remains in the hospital and the 13-year-old is expected to survive, deputies said. 

A total of six people were inside the vehicle. 

Investigators said they’re talking to the woman’s boyfriend, who was also in the car and is the father of the 10-month-old. 

No other details were released. 

California gas station clerk rescues woman from kidnappers 

Fast thinking by a clerk at a northern California gas station helped police rescue a woman who had walked into the store to hide from men she said had kidnapped her, KFNS reported.

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Surveillance video showed the woman walking into the Triple R Gas and Mart in Waterford around 3 p.m. Wednesday and speaking to Savannah Pritchett, a clerk at the store, KCRA reported. The woman, who said she had been abducted in Fresno, had told her alleged captors that she needed to use a restroom.

“The first thing she did tell me was, ‘I was kidnapped, and they do have guns. Please, lock the door, they will kill us, or kill me,’” Pritchett told KCRA.

Pritchett locked the store’s front door and escorted the woman to the restroom, giving her a cellphone and instructing her to call 911, KFNS reported. Pritchett then allowed the alleged kidnappers into the store.

"I knew that if I left the door locked they would have caught on to something and probably took off,” Pritchett told KFNS. “So I went back up there and I unlocked the door. They seriously had no idea that I knew anything.”

Moments later, police responding to the 911 call entered the store and arrested Anthony Sandoval, 18, and eventually, three juvenile suspects, KNFS said.

“Her being able to get this victim into a secured restroom with a phone and being able to contact law enforcement very well may have saved her life,” Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Tom Letras told KCRA.

“The one thing that keeps replaying in my head,  ‘If I wouldn’t have believed her, what would have happened to her?’” Pritchett told KCRA.

Amazon glitch: Here's how to get on the Amazon Prime sale

Amazon’s website suffered a glitch at the beginning of its much-hyped Prime Day sale.

Here is a workaround that will allow you to get to the Prime Day Deals.

1. Click onto the Prime Day link on Amazon.

2. Go to the filter area at the top of the  page next to the words “Amazon Prime,” and click on “Prime Day” instead of “All.”

Amazon Prime Day 2018 starts with some glitches

Amazon Prime Day started at 3 p.m. Eastern time today, but not without some glitches.

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CNBC reported that customers complained of errors on desktop and mobile. According to the outlet, some customers got an error page featuring “dogs of Amazon.” On those pages, a photo of a dog appears with the text, “Sorry. Something went wrong on our end,” “Sorry. We couldn’t find that page,” or a similar error message. The dog photo changes with each refresh. There are more than a dozen dog images.

Visiting Amazon.com, navigating to the Prime Day page and clicking on “shop all deals,” or “shop deals by interest” led some users to a redirect loop to the “shop all deals” page.

Related: Amazon glitch: Here's how to get on the Amazon Prime site

According to Tech Crunch, direct links to product pages work fine, including direct links to specific products on the Prime Day page. 

Amazon has not commented on the reports about Prime Day site glitches. The Associated Press reported that the extent of the outage is not clear.

Man charged with peeking at girl, 12, at New Hampshire outlet mall dressing room

A Massachusetts man was arrested and charged for  looking at a 12-year-old girl over the wall of a dressing room at a store in a New Hampshire outlet mall, WMUR reported.

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Police in Tilton were called to the Tanger Outlet Mall after Eric Muldowney, 30, of Somerville, Massachusetts, was accused of climbing up a wall to look at the girl, who was changing, WMUR reported.

The girl’s mother confronted Muldowney and attempted to prevent him from leaving, but he pushed the woman away and fled in a red Toyota that had a Rhode Island license plate, police said.

A police officer near I-93 saw a vehicle matching that description and pulled it over. He arrested Muldowney, who was charged with violation of privacy and simple assault, WMUR reported.

Muldowney was released on a $6,000 personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 20, the television station reported.

Texas woman sentenced to 40 years for trying to sell 2-year-old for sex

A Texas woman was sentenced last week to 40 years in prison for trying to sell her 2-year-old daughter for sex. 

Sarah Marie Peters, 25, of Houston, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted human trafficking, promotion of prostitution of a child and sexual performance of a child, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. She received a 40-year sentence on the sexual performance charge and 20-year sentences on each of the two other charges. 

All three charges are to run concurrently, a news release from the district attorney’s office said. Peters will not be eligible for parole until 2038. 

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The Houston Chronicle reported that court documents said the investigation, completed by the Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, began when a detective on the task force received information about a woman who was “into incest.” The detective made contact with the woman, later identified as Peters, through a social media website. 

Investigators said that Peters sent the undercover investigator inappropriate photos of naked young girls and, according to court documents, sent a message to the detective asking, “Know of any guys that would pay to have fun with (her daughter)?”

“The detective advised they would pay $1,200 for Peters to travel to Conroe with the child for an alleged sexual encounter,” Peters’ arrest report said, according to the Chronicle

Peters agreed.

Task force members followed her Feb. 22 to the Greyhound bus station in Houston, where they watched her get onto a bus with her daughter, the newspaper reported. They tailed the bus to Conroe, where Peters and her daughter got off the bus. 

Peters was arrested, and her daughter was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. 

“The events of this case are hard to believe -- that a mom would willingly expose her own daughter to this type of danger,” Tyler Dunman, chief of the district attorney’s Special Crimes Bureau, said in a statement

Without the proactive work of the task force investigators, the child “would have become a victim (of) the worst type of abuse,” Dunman said

He urged members of the community to be vigilant and report to police any activity they see or hear about that could put a child in danger of sexual abuse or exploitation.

Woman vows to sue nephew over $1.2 million lottery prize

A lottery jackpot check presentation turned into a family feud when the woman who put her nephew’s name on the winning ticket refused to split the prize and vowed to sue for the remaining portion. 

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Barbara Reddick gave her nephew Tyrone MacInnes $100 to buy tickets for Chase the Ace, a lottery with a jackpot that had reached $1.2 million, and told him to put his name on the ticket as well, for good luck, the CBC reported she said.

“He’s always lucky with his draws, right?” Reddick, of Guysborough, Nova Scotia, told The Province. “I said ‘Well, put your name on the ticket and you’ll be my good luck charm.’ I didn’t say split. I never mentioned money at all.”

When their card was picked, it was Tyrone, who lives in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, whose contact information was on the ticket, who was called, according to the CBC. They found out they won and Tyrone wanted half, she told The Province

“I would have given him $150,000,” she said. “Listen, Tyrone was the son that I never had. Me and Tyrone -- ask anybody -- we’re very very close … . Tyrone is getting nothing from me. It’s just for the principle. We were so close. He broke my heart. He broke it. … People go crazy when it comes to money.”

At a check-presentation ceremony Thursday, Reddick was visibly distraught and as the cameras clicked, she quickly told her nephew that she would see him in court. 

"I'm taking him to court. I'm getting a lawyer tomorrow,” she told the CBC.

Lottery officials were dismayed with the way the presentation devolved.

"I can't really explain it. I didn't expect anything like that to happen. I just came to deliver the checks and present them to the winners,” Bernice Curley, chair of the Chase the Ace lottery, told the CBC. “I'm a little bit disappointed that happened at the end."

Florida suspends payment to toll contractor until system is fixed

Payments to the contractor of Florida’s electronic toll system was suspended Monday until the tolls system is fixed, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

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The Tampa Bay Times reported that FDOT secretary Mike Dew sent a letter to Conduent State & Local Solutions, Inc., which oversees the SunPass toll system in Florida. Dew said that while the vendor has made improvements in processing transactions, it is not enough to fulfill the original performance-based contract both parties signed in 2015.

"Because this is an absolutely critical service, the Department will not deem the assurances Conduent provided in your July 10 letter to be adequate," Dew wrote.

In that July 10 letter, David Amorielli, president of Conduent, did not set a timeline for fixing the problems that have plagued the tolling system since June 1, the Times reported.

SunPass is Florida’s prepaid toll program and is used on the Florida Turnpike, most toll bridges in the state and on other toll roads. A transponder is used to track customer tolls.

Florida transportation officials said Conduent is expected to process at least 8 million backlogged charges each day, but that goal has not been reached, the Times reported. In a July 11 news release, the FDOT said 28 million transactions had been processed. Since then, only 4 million backlogged transactions were processed, the Times said.

Trump Putin summit: Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, John McCain react

Response to President Donald Trump’s comment at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin that he doubted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was swift and pointed Monday.

Reaction ranged from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper calling the president’s performance “disgraceful” to retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (California) defending the president’s comments.

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Trump and Putin “spent a great deal of time” discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the U.S. president said. 

Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election, instead complaining about a Democratic National Committee computer server and Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. 

“They said they think it’s Russia; I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. 

“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that was responsible for the election hacking. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

Here are some of the comments made just after the summit ended.

‘Come on grandpa,' deputy jokes as he escorts tortoise strolling on Marion County road

A Florida deputy gave a unique escort over the weekend when he spotted a creature walking down a road.

A tortoise was taking a stroll down a road when Marion County Deputy Bryan Bowman drove up to it.

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Bowman said he was concerned that other drivers wouldn't stop for the tortoise, so, he turned around, flipped on his lights and slowed traffic to keep the little guy safe.

Bowman followed the wandering tortoise for about 20 minutes until it crawled off the road and into the woods.

The deputy joked about the pace of the tortoise, saying, "Guy's easily 100. I tried to talk to him, he snapped at me. Come on grandpa. I got places to be."

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