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Updated: December 25, 2022 @ 1:10 am
December 25, 2022
Frigid weather doesn’t stop Santas surfing off Florida coast
COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For the surfing Santas off Florida’s central coast, the Atlantic Ocean felt more like the North Pole than the Sunshine State as temperatures plunged to around freezing, while freeze warnings were in place for at least half of the state. Parts of the Florida Panhandle had wind chills that dipped into the single digits on Saturday morning, and interior parts of central Florida had temperatures plunging as low as 27 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the frigid temperature, the 14th annual Christmas Eve Surfing Santas festival was held Saturday morning at Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Space Coast.
Actor Orlando Brown pleads not guilty to assault charges
NEW YORK (AP) — Former child star Orlando Brown has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an alleged altercation in Lima, Ohio. According to Allen County Sheriff’s Office records, the 35-year-old Brown was taken into custody Thursday morning and held on a $25,000 bond. The Los Angeles Times reports that he was arraigned Friday in Lima Municipal Court and charged with aggravated menacing. Police told the Times that they had been summoned to a home in Lima and witnessed a fierce verbal argument. Brown is best known for the Disney Channel series “That’s So Raven.” He has had numerous legal and other personal troubles.
Maxi Jazz, front man for British band Faithless, dead at 65
NEW YORK (AP) — Maxi Jazz, a DJ and singer who fronted the eclectic British dance band Faithless known for such hits as “Insomnia” and “We Come 1,” has died. He was 65. Faithless announced his death on social media Saturday, saying he “died peacefully in his sleep last night.” Maxi Jazz emerged in the British club scene in the 1980s as a DJ on the pirate station Reach FM London and founder of the Soul Food Cafe System. He later formed Faithless along with producer-instrumentalist-DJ Rollo Armstrong, keyboardist-DJ Sister Bliss and singer-songwriter Jamie Cotto.
Editions of Jan. 6 report already on Amazon best seller list
NEW YORK (AP) — It took less than a day for the Jan. 6 report to go from public unveiling to the bestseller list on Amazon.com. By late Friday, three editions of the Congressional probe of the 2021 siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump were in the top 30 on Amazon. The 814-page document, released late Thursday, is not copyrighted. It can be published by anyone and is otherwise available for free on various government and media web sites. Previous government publications have been bestsellers, including the Sept. 11 report.
Trial in shooting of Megan Thee Stallion exposes misogynoir
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Megan Thee Stallion is a three-time Grammy winner and hip-hop superstar, but her success wasn’t enough to shield the 27-year-old artist from misinformation and social media vitriol leveled against her after she was shot in 2020. The Houston-born rapper was shot multiple times in both feet after leaving a Hollywood Hills party in 2020 with rapper Tory Lanez and former assistant Kelsey Harris. Megan needed surgery to remove bullet fragments from her feet. She accused Lanez of wielding the gun. Experts say online criticism of Megan stems from a specific type of misogyny experienced by Black women known as misogynoir.
NYC robbery crews drug unsuspecting men, some fatally
NEW YORK (AP) — Multiple people have been fatally poisoned with narcotics in New York City in what investigators say are schemes by criminal crews to incapacitate and rob people at bars and nightclubs. Police say at least five people have been killed. Police and prosecutors say the killings stretch back months. They appear to be the work of different groups that operate independently from each other, but use similar tactics. Men surreptitiously slip revelers dangerous levels of drugs to knock them out, and then take their wallets and phones. The men sometimes use their victims’ digital banking info to drain their accounts.
Judge orders paternity test for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
DALLAS (AP) — A judge has ordered Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to take a paternity test as part of a legal dispute with a 26-year-old woman who claims the billionaire is her biological father. A Texas judge issued the order for genetic testing Thursday in a paternity case brought by Alexandra Davis. She previously alleged in a separate lawsuit she was conceived from a relationship Jones had with her mother in the mid-1990s. Attorneys for Jones did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday, but said in court filings that they intend to appeal the decision.
New mural painted in memory of LA’s famed mountain lion
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An artist has devoted a sweeping new street mural to the memory of one of Los Angeles’ most famous residents: P-22, the celebrated mountain lion who lived in the city and was recently euthanized amid worsening health and injuries likely caused by a car. It’s the second mural street artist Corie Mattie tells KABC-TV she has painted of the beloved big cat. On this one, P-22 is seen wearing a crown with the words “Long Live the King.” P-22 became the face of a campaign to build a wildlife crossing over a Los Angeles-area freeway to give animals a safe path to the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.
US: Jan. 6 participant arrested after California standoff
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal agents have taken a participant in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol into custody for his alleged role in the insurrection after an hours-long standoff. An FBI spokesperson says Eric Christie was arrested Thursday in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley. The FBI says Christie initially refused to comply with federal agents’ orders but surrendered without incident after three hours of negotiations. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon. Christie’s attorney says his client believes his actions are protected by the First Amendment. Christie’s arrest came the same day as the House Jan. 6 committee released its final report.
Adnan Syed hired by Georgetown’s prison reform initiative
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Adnan Syed, who was released from a Maryland prison this year after his case was the focus of the true-crime podcast “Serial,” has been hired by Georgetown University as a program associate for the university’s Prisons and Justice Initiative. The university says Syed started working this month for the initiative. In his new role, Syed will support Georgetown’s “Making an Exoneree” class. The university wrote in an online announcement that students in the class reinvestigate decades-old wrongful convictions, create short documentaries about the cases and work to help bring innocent people home from prison.
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