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Thinking of snapping a voter selfie? Think again

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If you’re on social media, there's a good chance that some of your friends will post -- or try to post -- a photo of themselves voting. Or maybe you will.

But in some states, it could warrant a jail sentence. In others, like New York, there’s no law against it.

Florida law, for example, prohibits photography in the polling place and poll clerks will remind voters if they see them taking a picture, said Bill Cowles, supervisor of elections for Orange County.

Cowles said Orange County poll clerks have been trained to be on the look-out for voters snapping photos and will remind them not to do it again.

LINK: Read the law here

University of Central Florida student Ashlee Holloway waited until she was out of the voting booth and away from the polling site before she took a selfie with her "I Voted" sticker.

"I just wanted to prove to my mom that I voted. She was on me today like, 'Get up and vote,'" said Holloway.

Holloway said she didn't think it would be appropriate to take a photo while voting.

"It just seems like it's very roped off and it's very serious for a reason," said Central Florida student Joanna Gill.

News cameras are not allowed inside polling locations.

In New Hampshire, a law banning “ballot selfies” is being challenged by a lawsuit alleging that it compromises the right of free political speech in the state, according to Reuters.

#VoterSelfies have been big on social media on Election Day, but for now, be mindful that they’re not allowed inside a voting area in Florida. It could get you in trouble.

New Jersey teacher takes photo of shark a million times scarier than Jaws

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A New Jersey art teacher visiting South Africa snapped a once in a lifetime photo of a great white shark with its mouth wide open.

She has her GoPro camera to thank.

“I went with my GoPro camera in hand and one day it was the perfect storm,” Amanda Brewer told ABC News. “The shark came up out of the water and I got the shot.”

She says her students think it’s the best thing they’ve ever seen.

“They see the picture in the classroom and they’re all so excited about it,” she said. “It’s been an amazing experience to share with my students.”


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Two high school teachers accused of having threesome with student

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Two teachers at a Louisiana high school were arrested after allegedly having sex with a male student.

Shelley Dufresne, 32, and Rachel Respess, 24, are each charged with one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, according to the St. Charles Herald Guide.

Authorities say Dufresne and Respess had a sexual encounter with a student who was 16 at the time. According to WGNO-TV, the two teachers met the student after a Destrehan High School football game on Sept. 12 and drove to Respess' apartment in Kenner where the three had sex together.

WGNO reported that school officials began investigating after the student — who is now 17 — began "bragging to other students that he was having a sexual relationship with teachers." He reportedly told investigators the encounter was consensual

Former students told WGNO the student and two teachers had been involved in a relationship for some time, meeting for sex multiple times and documenting some of their encounters on video.

“Nothing surprises me anymore really, but I do believe it's lack of a better judgment. They should have known better," Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser said in a Wednesday press conference.

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Traffic tickets that will cost you the most

Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer advice expert

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Ever wonder exactly how much your auto insurance will go up after a speeding ticket? How about after 2 or 3 tickets? I have new numbers to share with you.Local governments have gone crazy with ticketing for everything because they're starved for revenue. You may recall that TomTom was busted in 2011 for selling database info to police departments so the police would know exactly where people were speeding and could ticket them. (The company has since discontinued this practice.)The calls I get about this kind of thing are usually about the frightful cost of tickets. But what I've not heard a lot about is what happens to your insurance premium when you get a ticket.

These traffic tickets will drive your car insurance premiums up!

The latest figures from suggest that less than one-third of drivers who got traffic tickets in the last 5 years are paying more for insurance. What really determines if you'll pay more is the type of ticket you get. For example, a ticket for DUI/DWI, reckless driving, or leaving the scene of an accident will eat you up beyond the has a new list of averages for what certain violations will cost you in auto insurance rates. Remember, these are averages, so your individual results may vary. But here's the scoop:

A single ticket going 1 to 15 miles over the limit will cause a 21% rise in your auto insurance costs. Going 16 miles over the speed limit will generally result in an insurance spike of just under 30%.

The best advice is stay 9 miles or less over the posted speed limit and you'll generally be safe. Particularly on freeways, those first 9 miles over the speed limit are like a gimme from police. Of course, this is not true everywhere; this is general advice, so use your discretion!What about reckless driving? A single ticket will raise your rates 82%! I had to do a double-take on that number when I first saw it! Similarly, a first-time offense for DUI or DWI will generally increase your premium by about the same amount.

Check out these ways to lower your auto insurance rates

Know that in some cases you can insulate yourself from higher rates by taking a driver safety course. These courses are often sponsored by the National Safety Council and run in 6-hour increments. Finally, don't forget there's really a world of possibility for reducing what you pay for auto insurance if you use a pay-as-you-drive insurer. A company like Progressive will offer you lower rates on insurance in exchange for giving them the right to spy on your driving habits. And they're just one of many doing this sort of thing.Looking for a list of the best and worst auto insurers? We've got it here for you. And don't forget about our list of the best and worst home insurers too.

Accused child killer: God never told me to stop

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A note left on the computer of the Florida woman accused of killing a 2-year-old girl offers a chilling reference from a previous day’s church service sermon and blames her former partner as the cause of her actions.

Kimberly Lucas, 40, also accused of attempting to kill the girl’s 10-year-0ld brother, was being held in Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday with no possibility of bond.

According to a police report, a pastor’s May 25 sermon covered Genesis 22 where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Issac, but then at the last minute stops Abraham from killing his son.

The note on the woman’s computer reads:

“In YOUR WORDS ‘WHEN YOU ARE LAYING IN BED AT NIGHT REMEMBER YOU (EXPLETIVE) DID THIS TO YOURSELF!’ Lea’s sermon really, really touched me yesterday but God never told me to stop.”

Police contacted Lucas’ pastor, Rev. Lea Brown, and determined that Lucas and 10-year-old Ethan Lucas-Jamason attended the Sunday church service at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach Gardens.

By her own and others’ accounts, Lucas was the children’s other mother, raising them from birth with her partner, Jacquelyn Jamason, from whom she’d recently separated. Jamason is the biological mother of Elliana Lucas-Jamason, who was found dead in a bathtub by police at Lucas’ Abacoa apartment Monday afternoon.

The note also implies that Jamason, who is a licensed mental health counselor, is to blame for the situation.

“Hell is what we (go) through on Earth. Enjoyed your life with possiblego (sic) out without us, he manage but give you finally what you what want because apparently over the past 20 years I was not able to. Love you Always Kimberly.”

Lucas, 40, allegedly gave anti-anxiety pills to both Ethan and Elliana, according to a probable cause affidavit. Lucas told the boy the pill would make him grow faster and gave it to him in a cup of coffee, the report said.

Lucas also allegedly tried to give half a pill to Elliana in a glass of water, but the toddler didn’t like the taste and refused to drink it.

Ethan felt dizzy and went to lay down, waking up next to Lucas, who was unresponsive, the report said.

During the alleged incident, Ethan reportedly tried to save his sister by performing CPR and calling police.

Vice Moderator of the church’s board of directors Brian Ladd said Lucas frequently attended the church in the past, but he hadn’t seen her in a long time before Sunday.

The church held a gathering Tuesday for people to pray and reflect on the tragedy. He said it was attended by 70 to 80 people and those gatherings are common for sudden deaths.

Ladd said the church plans to help the family with any needs.

“Our focus as a church is just to continue to minister to the family and to all of those affected by this tragedy,” he said.

Lucas initially was taken by authorities to the hospital in critical condition, but transferred to prison Tuesday afternoon.

After Lucas appeared Wednesday before a judge, her attorney Marc Shiner said: “The community and the family deserves answers, and we’re looking for those answers.”

Lucas is not permitted to contact Ethan Lucas-Jamason or Jacquelyn Jamason and can’t have weapons. She will be held in jail until a full bond hearing can be scheduled.

'Crack hoes' Facebook post puts heat on Florida official

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A top Florida prosecutor is under fire for controversial comments he made on Facebook about some of the people he works to put behind bars. Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis is one of Ninth Circuit State Attorney Jeff Ashton's top prosecutors. But Lewis is facing backlash over a controversial post on his personal Facebook page. The post reads "Happy mothers day to all the crack hoes out there.  It's never too late to tie your tubes, clean up your life and make difference to someone out there that deserves a better mother." Judicial watchdog Dana Jackson said she was shocked to read Lewis' comments. "Maybe Jeff Ashton can tie his tubes and get him to speak appropriately," said Jackson, who is with Justice for All Ministries. "He's a public official and he needs to be reminded of that. He's paid with the tax dollars and he's paid to prosecute and keep the evil off the streets not to degrade mothers." Lewis said he was too busy trying a case to do an interview, but he did confirm the Facebook post was his, saying, "It's an inspirational message to do the right thing." Criminal defense attorney Carlus Haynes doesn't see it that way. "I think that's a cop-out, a way of trying to save himself," said Haynes. Haynes said he wonders if criminal defendants and victims who fit Lewis' "crack hoe" description can get a fair trial. "I would think it would be impossible to at least continue in his position without being reprimanded by his employer," said Haynes. Ashton office released the following statement:

"I have been made aware of certain statements attributed to Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis on social media.  I do not agree with the political sentiments expressed by him and I find some of the words he chose to be both offensive and dehumanizing.  Political speech is protected by the first amendment of the United States Constitution and I do not police the private thoughts, views or expressions of those in my employ."

Condition updated for boys hurt in swept away bounce house

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Two boys seriously injured Monday when they fell out of a bouncy castle were reported to be in stable condition Wednesday morning.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reported on it website that police confirmed the condition of the boys who are at Albany Medical Center in upstate New York.

Police said the children’s bounce house was lifted at least 50 feet in the air by strong winds. The 5- and 6-year-old boys were airlifted to the medical center, where they were treated for serious injuries. (

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WNYT said parents told them one boy landed on a parked car and the other landed on asphalt. There was also a 10-year-old girl in the house when it went airborne, but she appeared to suffer minor injuries.

Police said the house was staked into the ground and several adults were present at the time.

The police investigation was ongoing Wednesday, but South Glens Falls Police Chief Kevin Judd told the Post-Star no criminal charges were expected.

According to media reports, the 10-by-10 "bounce house" flew several hundred yards away before it landed in a nearby school athletic field.

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