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Abducted baby abandoned under overpass, saved by homeless man: reports

A homeless man’s call to police on Monday morning ended an hours-long search for a Louisiana infant who was kidnapped and then abandoned underneath a highway overpass, according to multiple reports.

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Authorities in Shreveport were called Monday morning by a homeless man who said that another man told him he had left a baby under a bridge in Minden, about 30 miles east of Shreveport, KTBS reported.

The child and a man identified by authorities as 25-year-old Kyshaun Wilson had been reported missing around 3:30 a.m. Monday after Wilson left a home in Minden with the 2 1/2-month-old boy, according to the news station. KTBS described Wilson as a friend of the family who lived at the home on Columbia Street, but KSLA reported that he was not a blood relative to the boy.

He was visiting the home on Sunday night and got up around midnight Monday to get the infant a bottle, according to KTBS.

“For some reason unknown at this time, he walks out with the baby,” Minden police Chief Steve Cropper told the news station.

Investigators told KSLA that Wilson walked for miles before he left the baby under an overpass on Interstate 20 around 3 a.m. He got a ride to Shreveport and went to Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, where he met a homeless man and confessed to leaving the infant, the news station reported.

The homeless man, who was not identified, called police, who were able to find Wilson.

Wilson initially denied any knowledge of the missing child, but later admitted that he had left him under the overpass, the Minden Press-Herald reported.

Police found the child wrapped in a blanket and sleeping underneath the Sibley exit bridge, according to KTBS and The Press-Herald.

“The scariest thing about it -- if he were able to roll off that ledge, he would have hit that concrete retaining ledge and probably would have rolled right out into interstate,” Cropper told the Press-Herald.

However, he told KTBS, “the child was fine. He had only a few minor abrasions.”

The baby has since been released to his mother.

Cropper told the Press-Herald that Wilson was arrested on one count of aggravated kidnapping.

As authorities took him to police headquarters, Wilson said that “God told me to do it,” according to the Press-Herald.

Police: Couple tried using tubs of chemicals to cover up killings

A Montana couple is facing homicide charges after they allegedly killed a man and woman then hid their remains inside plastic tubs filled with chemicals. 

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The suspects, identified as Tiffanie R. Pierce, 23, and Augustus S. Standingrock, 26, were arrested Friday morning and and jailed on separate $2 million bonds, the Missoulian reported

Pierce’s roommate said he woke up to people screaming on Thursday inside their Missoula home and then found the couple washing off blood in the shower, according to the Missoulian

Pierce allegedly told the roommate that she and Standingrock brought two people home and attacked them, and that their bodies were in the basement. 

When police investigated, they “found the bodies in plastic tubs filled with chemicals, and found knives and an ax covered in blood and human tissue,” the newspaper reported.

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Authorities had not identified the victims as of Tuesday morning. 

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Here’s a humorous list of things more likely to happen than you winning the Powerball

Your chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are so slim that they may as well be nonexistent. According to Powerball.com, the odds of winning are 1 in 292 million (or 1 in 292,201,338, to be precise.)

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The smart folks over at Business Insider ran the numbers, and they ain’t pretty. Buying lottery tickets is such a colossal waste of time that you may as well just burn the cash at home instead of heading to the store to buy them — it would be quicker.

But, as the saying goes, you can’t win if you don’t play. Here’s a list of events (that we definitely didn’t make up) that are more likely to happen than winning the Powerball.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

  • Have an IQ higher than a really smart guy like Stephen Hawking or someone like that – (1 out of 107 million)
  • Give birth to an octopus, even without the help of fertility treatments – (1 in 729,000)
  • Be killed by an asteroid strike because Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck failed to blow it up before it collided with Earth – (1 in 700,000)
  • Becoming a billionaire, playboy-philanthropist who is also an alcoholic like Tony Stark from the Marvel movies – (1 in 575,097)
  • Be killed by a lightning strike and then get super electric powers – (1 in 164,968)
  • Die by drowning before Aquaman can rescue you – (1 in 1,113)
  • Be struck by lightning, while drowning – (1 in 183 million)

Seniors playing cards shot, killed in home invasion, police say

Authorities are searching for suspects in the brutal home invasion and killing of four senior citizens at a home in north central North Carolina near Roanoke Rapids.

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Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp told local media on Monday that a family member found the bodies after checking on the home in the Glenview community, just off Interstate 95 north of Rocky Mount.

The home invasion and killings happened sometime between Sunday and Monday morning, and some items are missing, but there were no signs of a struggle, Tripp said.

The names of the victims have not been released, but the sheriff confirmed the victims are two married couples. The four were shot and killed while sitting at the kitchen table playing cards, he said.

"It's very much upsetting. I knew two of these people personally," Tripp said during a news conference on Monday.

>> Related: Elderly woman murdered over $70 for drugs, police say

Two of the victims loved at the residence where the fatal shootings occurred, while the other two victims were visiting.

No arrests have been made as the investigation continues.

Jerry Seinfeld has new comedy special coming to Netflix

Jerry Seinfeld will be returning to Netflix with a new hour-long special that promises to “go back to where it all began,” as it will be recorded at the Comic Strip in New York City — the club where Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy career began.

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Netflix announced the news — rather creatively — with a photo collage via their Instagram account.

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The new special is part of a lucrative contract he signed with the streaming giants that also involves new episodes of his web show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” as well as another special at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Treasury secretary's wife mocks 'adorably out of touch' critic on Instagram

Scottish actress Louise Linton, wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, lashed out at a critic on Instagram Monday, calling the critic “adorably out of touch” after posting an image in which she tagged various designers she was wearing as she disembarked a government plane.

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Linton posted the photo of her and her husband after a brief trip to Kentucky on Monday. The Associated Press reported that Mnuchin visited the state to see the gold bars kept in the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.

"Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!" Linton wrote, adding hashtags to compliment the people of Kentucky and the countryside. She also added hashtags to shout out the designers whose clothing she wore, including #hermesscarf, #valentino and #tomford.

"Glad we could pay for your little getaway," Instagram user @jennimiller29 wrote in response to the photo, along with the hashtag #deplorable.

Linton, whose Instagram account was public at the time of the post, shot back at the critic.

“Aww!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!” Linton wrote. “Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours."

She went on to call the critic “adorably out of touch.”

“Thanks for the passive aggressive nasty comment,” Linton wrote. “Your kids look very cute. Your life looks cute.’

The critic, an Oregon mother of three named Jenni Miller, told The New York Times that she was shocked by Linton’s response.

“I think my post was just five or six words, and she had to go on basically a rant about it to make herself look more important and look smarter, better, richer — all those things,” Miller told the newspaper. “It just seemed wholly inappropriate.”

Linton made her Instagram account private shortly after the exchange, though screenshots of the comments went viral on Twitter.

A Treasury Department spokesperson told the AP that Mnuchin and Linton are reimbursing the government for the cost of Linton’s travel and added that she was not given compensation for mentioning the high-end designers on Instagram.

Blue Angels pilot surprises crowd in sneaky flyby

Chicago got itself a treat over the weekend at the 59th Chicago Air & Water Show with an aerial spectacle to remember, courtesy of the Blue Angels.

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One video from Saturday stood out from the rest, as Blue Angel no. 5 flew over the unsuspecting crowd a mere 100 feet above them.

Brendan Peterson filmed and uploaded the video to YouTube. At the time of this writing, the video has been viewed more than 500,000 times.

“Got the same video as the one on Saturday but with the added bonus of Blue Angel #5 being at least 100 feet closer to our location which made for even better reactions,” he wrote there. “Also the same pass is in the video posted before this one that I got on my phone so check that out too!”

>> RELATED: Another view of the Blue Angels crash that left a hero dead has emerged, and it’s terribly sad

Getting buzzed by the the jet created quite a buzz among the crowd.

People who witnessed the flyover were mesmerized, and it’s not hard to see why.

Rick Weber looked on with his family and told CBS Chicago that it really made him appreciate the talent required to put on a show like this.

“I hope they get a deeper appreciation for aviation and some respect for the level of talent that’s out here,” he said. “Hopefully when they get older they remember what they saw.”

For more information on the Blue Angels, and their shows check out their page here.

Teens show up to historically black Howard University wearing MAGA hats

Two Pennsylvania teenagers received a sharp reception from one of American’s most prominent HCBUs after they wore “Make America Great Again” hats on campus.  

Allie Vandee and Sarah Applequist, both 16, were part of a Union City High School tour of Washington, D.C., with 28 other teens. As part of the tour, the group visited Howard University, an HBCU, or historically black college and university. Around lunchtime, the two girls entered the dining hall wearing the “Make America Great Again” hats.  

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After spotting the girls, Howard student Essence Dalton tweeted a picture of them, saying, “Who told these lil yt girls they could come to THE HU like it was about to be some joke.” Another student grabbed their hats, another one shouted an expletive at them, Buzzfeed News reported.   

Dalton’s tweet was followed by a tweet from Howard Dining saying, “We will take any action necessary to ensure that HU students feel safe & comfortable in our dining spaces. This group is no longer on campus.” 

Whether the girls understood they were visiting an historically black university -- and whether they knew that wearing the hats would be provocative -- is unclear. Buzzfeed News reported that the school had been listed on the tour group’s itinerary, but Vandee said she didn’t know the school was an HBCU.  

Applequist said she bought the MAGA hat at the mall the day before visiting Howard. She said she didn’t know Howard’s history before the tour, and that if she had, she would not have worn the hat. 

Dalton told BuzzFeed News she blames the chaperones. 

“My personal concern isn’t the young girls, it’s the adults who should have better informed the girls of the history of our university and why the Trump paraphernalia might be inappropriate in light of recent racial tensions especially coming from non POCs (people of color),” she said.

After the visit, Vandee tweeted, “#noshame #MAGA,” along with a screenshot of a longer response in which she said in part, “It’s unfortunate that more Trump supporters have to fear going places than others. I will never be embarrassed for supporting Donald Trump. I will always support OUR president when, and wherever, I please,” Essence Magazine reported

The university released a statement about the incident on Twitter:

“Today, there were visitors on our campus who were wearing paraphernalia that showcased their political support. This occurrence and the responses on social media that followed emphasize the need for and importance of human interaction. The recent events in Charlottesville are the latest examples of the deep divisions that exist in our country. 

“Though this is an institution where freedom of thought, choice, and expression are ever-present, we will never compromise our values or allow others to convince us to do so. We will remain committed to truth and service and boldly affirm who we are and what we stand for. Our campus is a space for educational engagement to occur between both those who do and do not share our values. Thankfully, when visitors set foot on our campus they are met with some of the brightest and best students in our nation. Howard students are not simply academically advanced, political activists, leaders, and mentors. Howard students represent all that is right about America.” 

Woman’s headless torso discovered in Copenhagen could be missing journalist

Swedish journalist who disappeared almost two weeks ago after what was supposed to be a short ride on a private submarine in the waters off Copenhagen is dead, according to the sub’s owner.

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Suspect and Danish inventor Peter Madsen, 46, told a court in Denmark Monday that Kim Wall, 30, died in an accident and was buried at sea, CNN reported. After his arrest, Madsen first told authorities he dropped the journalist off alive on an island.

Wall, a Columbia University graduate and freelance journalist, was working on a story about Madsen’s 60-foot, privately built submarine and boarded the vessel on Aug. 10. She was never seen again.

The submarine, named the UC3 Nautilus, sank last Friday as Madsen was returning to Copenhagen. He was rescued and later arrested in Wall’s disappearance.

woman’s headless torso was found on Monday in Copenhagen, The Associated Press reported, but investigators said it was too soon to tell whether it was Wall.

Wall’s family talked with AP reporters and said while the journalist had worked in many dangerous places around the world, it was stunning that "something could happen ... just a few miles from the childhood home." 

Officials with the International Women’s Media Foundation at Columbia said on the foundations’s website that they were “heartbroken” over the death of Wall.

“Kim Wall was a dedicated journalist ... (who) was dogged in her pursuit of important and sometimes quirky stories. She was adored by those who knew her,” IWMF executive director Elisa Lees said.

Fellow Columbia classmate Valerie Hopkins said Wall had an exuberance that was contagious.

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“I have followed her work and marveled and how she was able to write stories from so many countries - from an in-depth look at voodoo in Haiti, to tourism in North Korea, to Idi Amin's legacy in Uganda. It shocks me that it was in Denmark, and not in any of those other places, that she met her end,” Hopkins said.

Wall wrote for many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian and Time.

Why did the chicken wear a reflective vest? To cross the road of course

The old joke has gotten a rewrite.

So why did the chicken wear a reflective vest?

A flock of chickens, which roost at a Scottish bed and breakfast, have been outfitted with the reflective safety vests so they don’t get tenderized by a car as the fowl cross the road, Inside Edition reported.

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Owners of Glenshieling House put the vests on their chicken residents to keep them safe. Now people are flocking to the internet to see the sight of the dressed chickens.

Louise Lennox told Inside Edition that she found the chicken-specific wardrobe online for her Glenshieling Girls.

The chickens were brought to the property when Lennox and her husband decided to build a coop so their bed and breakfast guests can have fresh eggs, Inside Edition reported. The chickens then became one of the amenities of the property as they’ve adjusted to the guests and the guests have adjusted to the feathered friends.

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