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Woman escorted off plane after berating Trump supporter

Airline officials escorted a woman and her husband from a Seattle-bound flight over the weekend after she was filmed castigating a fellow passenger who supports President Donald Trump.

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Officials from Alaska Airlines confirmed to BuzzFeed News that a disruptive woman was taken off Alaska Airlines Flight 761 before it left Baltimore.

"The female passenger was insulting passengers in the boarding area and then on board the aircraft," airline officials told the news website. "Several passengers expressed concerns about her behavior. We stand by our employees' decision to remove the disruptive passenger."

Trump supporter Scott Koteskey captured part of the exchange on camera and shared a video of the unidentified woman Saturday on Facebook. He said the woman was seated next to him on an Alaska Airlines flight from Baltimore when she confronted him.

In the video, Koteskey remained calm as airline officials spoke to him and the unidentified woman.

Posted by Scott Koteskey on Saturday, January 21, 2017

"She has called me names and insulted me just for sitting down in the seat, saying I came to celebrate today," he said in the video.

The woman asks the flight attendant to move Kotesky and seat her next to someone who did not vote for Trump.

"Well, you don't have that right," the attendant answered.

After the attendant left to call over another airline official, the woman turned to Kotesky and continued to vent.

"You pretend you have the moral high ground but you put that man's finger on the nuclear button. That man doesn't believe in climate change," she said, holding her hands up in sarcastic air quotes around the word "believe."

"Do you believe in gravity? Did you know gravity is just a theory?" she asked.

Another flight attendant arrived to tell her to grab her belongings and follow him off the plane. She refused, arguing that she paid for her seat and "(Kotesky) is in my space."

The attendant warned her that she would be escorted from the plane by transportation police if she refused to leave willingly.

"Fine," she said. "I'll be quiet. I'll just drink."

The attendant told her that she wouldn't be allowed to stay on the plane.

"My husband lost his mother. Have some respect," the woman said.

"And I'm terribly sorry for that, but that does not give you the right to treat people the way you've been treating them," the attendant said.

In a subsequent video posted by Kotesky, the woman can be seen getting off the flight to cheers from fellow passengers.

Here's the video (sorry for the low quality) of the lady being ejected off the plane. Pretty inaudible, but you can see her sneers and make snide remarks as she's escorted by police.Posted by Scott Koteskey on Saturday, January 21, 2017

"As the lady was removed, I saw that I was surrounded by black, Latinos, Asians and white, all who had chimed in asking her to be removed and who had defended me," he wrote. "I was touched and moved, knowing later that not all these people were Trump supporters. The black man who took the seat next to me was a registered Democrat, and he and I had a very good discussion about the beauty of free speech and coming together when people insult and commit acts of violence just for having differing views.

"It truly was a great demonstration of America and its people coming together and standing up for one another."

A representative of Alaska Airlines told CBS News that the unruly passenger and her husband were given a refund. They were not rescheduled to take a later flight and will be allowed to book future trips.

What is TPP, and why is it important?

Donald Trump signed a notice Monday starting the United States’ withdrawal from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The trade deal, signed by 12 countries last February, must be ratified by all 12 members to go into effect. It aims to slash tariffs and boost trade among Pacific Rim nation members.

Here’s a quick look at the TPP.

What is it?

Twelve member countries -- the U.S., Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru -- formed a pact that would foster trade among the countries. The partnership covers 40 percent of the world’s economy and would, according to proponents, grow jobs and slash tariffs, which are taxes on imported items.

China is not included in the partnership.

Opponents say they can’t tell what TPP would do since not all details of the deal have been released. Another complaint is that the agreement was designed to eventually create a new single market -- something like the European Union.

Does the partnership include all goods traded between the countries?

Not all, but most goods traded between the members are included in the deal. Tariffs on some goods would not be removed, and some tariffs would take longer than others to be removed. For example, tariffs on U.S. manufactured goods and almost all U.S. farm products would be lifted almost immediately. There are some 18,000 taxes the member countries put on American-made products imported into those countries.

What do proponents of TPP like about it?

One thing they like about the deal would be the expectation that China’s neighbors would come to appreciate being a trading partner with the United States and having access to goods and services provided by American workers. In turn, they would turn away from trading with China.

Supporters also say TPP would offer greater access to more and different goods and services.

What about those opposed to the deal?

Those against TPP mainly cite job losses as their major concern. If trade is freer and companies are allowed to move factories to other member nations, U.S. jobs could be lost, they say.

Another criticism is that the negotiations took place in secret and no one knows what is in the agreement. Those negotiating say nothing was said publicly earlier in the process because the deal had not been made.  

What happens next?

The United States signed the deal at the end of 2015. However, the deal has not been ratified -- something that requires congressional action.

Trump said during the campaign that on day one he would issue a notification of intent to withdraw from TPP, and that is what he did Monday.

So what happens going forward? What, if anything, would take its place?

"Instead we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores,” Trump said in November.

For more information on TPP, click here. 

Former Spice Girl Geri Horner welcomes second child

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Geri Halliwell, also known as "Ginger Spice," gave birth to her first son on Saturday.

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Halliwell, 44, announced the arrival of her first child with her husband on Twitter. 

Christian and I are delighted to announce our baby boy was born this morning weighing 7lbs 8oz— Geri Horner (@GeriHalliwell) January 21, 2017

"Christian and I are delighted to announce our baby boy was born this morning weight 7lbs 8oz," she wrote.

The boy was named Montague George Hector Horner. 

Montague George Hector Horner arrived this morning, a beautiful little brother for Bluebell and Olivia #amazing-day #grateful #monty A photo posted by Geri Horner (@therealgerihalliwell) on Jan 21, 2017 at 7:15am PST

This is Halliwell's second child. She also has a daughter, Bluebell Madonna, 10, with her ex-partner, screenwriter Sacha Gervasi. Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) and Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) are Bluebell's godmothers, according to the Los Angeles Times

Halliwell's husband, Christian Horner, also has a daughter from a previous relationship, Olivia.

Hello. A photo posted by Geri Horner (@therealgerihalliwell) on Jan 20, 2017 at 12:43pm PST

Lock down lifted at Air Force base after reports of 'gunshot sounds'

A lock down order has been lifted at a U.S. Air Force base in Arizona after officials got reports of "gunshot wounds" on Monday morning.

The lock down was lifted around 11:40 a.m. MST, about an hour and a half after officials at Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base warned people to take shelter.

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All clear, the lockdown has been lifted. Base personal are free to resume all normal operations. We will continue with updates as available— Davis-Monthan AFB (@DMAFB) January 23, 2017

The base is currently on lock down. There are unconfirmed reports of gun shot sounds. Seek shelter immediately. More updates will come once they are available.Posted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Monday, January 23, 2017

Officials with the Tucson Police Department and Pima County Sheriff's Office told the Arizona Daily Star that they had officers watching the situation but they were not asked to assist.

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Elk walks into gift shop, stays 45 minutes

A Colorado gift shop owner got a surprise over the weekend when an elk decided to do some window shopping in his store.

Pratek Fhakya, owner of Water Wheel Gift Corner in Estes Park, told Fox 31 in Denver that he had the front doors propped open for customers on Saturday when he saw the large bull elk standing in the doorway. He was set to call 911 when he saw police officers already outside, trying to lure the elk away with some apples.

The plan worked -- initially. The elk came back a few minutes later and stuck around for 45 minutes. Video that Fhakya shot of the elk shows him standing around in the store among the hats, sunglasses, stuffed animals and other trinkets.

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Fhakya told Fox 13 that he was worried about whether his insurance company would cover acts of elk, but that worry was for naught. The elk remained calm the entire time and did not mess up the store.

The store owner did say he would no longer keep his doors propped open for his human customers, the news station reported. 

NC pastor, wife expecting twins after losing sons in deadly crash

A Charlotte couple who lost both of their children in a crash in 2015 is expecting twins.

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Hadley and Gentry Eddings made the announcement Sunday on the Prayers for the Eddings Family Facebook page.

Gentry, who is a pastor at Forest Hill Church, and his wife Hadley, who teaches 4-year-olds at the church, expressed their gratitude to the community, which has supported them since the Memorial Day weekend accident.

"Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful," the post reads. "Now we ask you to add two more (Eddingses) to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!" 

Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful! Now we ask you to add two more Eddings to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!Posted by Hadley Eddings on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Matthew Deans, 28, was sentenced to 27 to 32 months in prison after the truck he was driving rear-ended Hadley's car on Highway 17. The family was returning from Gentry's sister's wedding on Memorial Day weekend when Deans crashed a box truck into the family's cars at a red light near Wilmington, North Carolina.

Dobbs Eddings, 2, was killed immediately. Reed Eddings, who had not yet been born, was delivered by emergency C-section but died at a hospital. Hadley Eddings was eight months pregnant.

Posted by Hadley Eddings on Thursday, May 28, 2015

"The Lord has not left us for one second in our grief of losing our two boys almost 2 years ago," the couple said in a statement. "God is a redeemer and a restorer! God blesses us beyond what we deserve or could ever imagine. We are excited that Dobbs and Reed are going to be big brothers to twins! We are so thankful for our family and so many friends who have prayed for us and cheered us on our way. We're rejoicing, and thank Jesus for these two precious little ones."

Deans pleaded guilty and apologized to the Eddingses in an emotional court hearing in September 2015.

The couple publicly announced that they forgave Deans.

"We are thankful that Matthew Deans was willing to accept responsibility for what has happened. We believe he was sincere in his apology. Our hearts still have compassion for him, and we were glad to have the opportunity to express our forgiveness to him directly. Our hope and prayer is that he would be restored and live a good life," the Eddingses said in a statement.

Merriam-Webster says Kellyanne Conway described false statements as 'alternative facts'

Frank Luna contributed to this report.

During a interview Sunday with Kellyanne Conway, NBC's Chuck Todd asked the counselor to the president why the new White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, "(uttered) a provable falsehood" when talking about the size of the crowd that attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday.

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During his first official press conference, Spicer scolded the media for its reporting on the size of the crowd at Friday's inauguration.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer said, contradicting all available data.

Barack Obama's first inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, attracted the largest crowd of people on record, with an estimated 1.8 million attendees.

>> A look back at presidential inaugurations: Past performers, attendance numbers

Official estimates of attendees at the inauguration of Donald Trump have not been recorded, but preliminary estimates said 700,000 to 900,000 people were expected to attend the event on Friday.

>> Whose inauguration crowd was bigger, Trump or Obama?

Conway, on NBC's "Meet the Press," defended Spicer by suggesting he was putting forth "alternate facts" in reference to the crowd size.

"Why (did) the president ask the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood?" Todd asked. "It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one."

"No it doesn't. Don't be so overly dramatic about it," Conway said. "You're saying it's a falsehood … and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts."

"Wait a minute, alternative facts?" Todd said. "Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods."

>> #AlternativeFacts: Twitter trolls Trump team over Conway, Spicer comments

 

 

Merriam-Webster, known for publishing dictionaries, took to Twitter Sunday after the interview to clarify the definition of "fact."

"A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality," the tweet said. 

The tweet was liked more than 40,000 times.

A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017

Merriam-Webster said that "lookups for 'fact' spiked after Kellyanne Conway described false statements as 'alternative facts.'"

"In contemporary use, fact is generally understood to refer to something with actual existence, or presented as having objective reality," the listed definition explained.

Lauren Naturale, Merriam-Webster's social media manager, is known for posting sarcastic messages on the company's social media platforms.

Maverick, golden retriever who won hearts while battling cancer, dies

A 9-year-old golden retriever who won thousands of hearts with his sweet wagon rides throughout his Florida community as he battled cancer, has died, his owners announced Sunday.

Maverick died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night, owners Joey and Allison Maxwell, announced on his Facebook page, Everybody Loves Maverick.

“He gave no signs of being ill, and didn’t suffer at all. He simply went to sleep after dinner,” Joey Maxwell, of DeLand, wrote on the page. “Allison and I are absolutely heartbroken, yet we are at peace knowing that Maverick is now at rest.”

Maverick began making national headlines in October after workers at Maxwell’s local Lowe’s store helped make a wish for Maverick come true. Maxwell, who knew that his beloved dog’s time was short, wanted to take him on a wagon ride through town to visit friends, but could not find a wagon.

The staff at Lowe’s called area stores until they found a wagon for Maverick, who was unable to walk because of his illness. They had it sent to the store and put it together for him.

"Dear Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowe's, I cannot thank you enough for making this picture possible. Let me...Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Maverick’s joyful rides through DeLand, during which he made many new friends, didn’t just bring him a following of nearly 14,000 people on Facebook. They also helped him pull off a brief remission of his cancer, including regaining some movement in his hind legs.

He had a good checkup at the vet as recently as Jan. 10. Photos and videos on Maverick’s Facebook page showed him eating, relaxing and playing with his toys.

The final video that Maxwell posted of Maverick was of him enjoying his breakfast on the morning of the day he died.

Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Saturday, January 21, 2017

Maxwell thanked Maverick’s followers for their love, kindness and support.

“You have all loved Maverick as though he were your own, and we know that ours are not the only hearts breaking today,” Maxwell wrote. “Please know that Maverick heard and felt all of your comments, well wishes and love. We read him every one we could and gave him every hug and kiss you sent his way.

“Today is going to be hard for all of us. Allison and I are thoroughly convinced that Maverick more than served his purpose during his brief time with us, and know that his legacy will live on.”

Good morning everyone. We are so incredibly sorry to have to share bad news with you all this morning. Last night at...Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Man's ear bitten off during fight about President Trump, police say

Pittsburgh police were called Monday morning to a gas station on Baum Boulevard in East Liberty for a report of a man who had been assaulted.

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According to police, the 30-year-old victim told officers he had been assaulted in his apartment on Amber Street when an argument about President Donald Trump turned physical.

The man told investigators that his right ear was bitten off, and he ran to the gas station for help. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Officers recovered the ear in the apartment. 

No arrests were immediately made.

At least 15 dead in severe storms across Georgia

At least 15 people died in Georgia as two rounds of severe weather swept through over the weekend.

North Georgia avoided the deadly storms and tornadoes that hit South Georgia on Sunday afternoon, but did have a few severe storms move through.

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In Gordon County, strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, closing several roads. There was also widespread flooding in the county. Gordon County Schools decided to close on Monday because of the damage and closed roads.

Albany's fire chief confirmed a tornado touched down around 3 p.m. Sunday. The same tornado also hit East Albany, leaving significant damage.

At least four people died in the area, bringing the overall toll to at least 19 people killed over the weekend by a severe weather system sweeping the Southeast.

>> Related: Severe weather kills 19 in Georgia and Mississippi; death toll could rise

Local officials say search and rescue operations are underway after a reported tornado caused widespread destruction in the county Sunday evening.

Before the three latest deaths were confirmed, Georgia officials had reported 12 deaths statewide.

Four died Saturday in Mississippi.

During a news conference Sunday afternoon, President Donald Trump promised federal help for Georgia communities hit by the storms.

11 killed in first round of severe storms

Eleven people were killed and 23 injured after strong storms moved through Georgia Saturday night into Sunday morning. 

Following the storm, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for seven south-central Georgia counties: Atkinson, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes and Thomas. 

Seven of the 11 people who died in the tornadoes were killed at a mobile home park in Cook County, Coroner Tim Purvis said. 

"All you hear is people screaming, 'Help me, help me,'" said AJ Miley, who lives in the Sunshine Mobile Home Park.

Devocheo Williams said he walked out of his mangled trailer to see his neighborhood and neighbors being tossed through the air.

"All I saw was a little girl flown up and thrown in a ditch. Three seconds later, the trailer got picked up off the ground and landed on top of the mother and son," Williams said. 

The trailer park is located on Callie Harris Road, south of Adel. Most of the 40 homes in the park were either damaged or wiped out altogether.

"It's heartbreaking," said Edward Allen, who spent the day looking for survivors and clearing debris. "It's really affected our community."

Authorities told Thomas that about two dozen people were hurt in the county, some very seriously. They said the number of deaths could rise.

Two people died in Brooks County, Sheriff Mike Dewey said. Both were in the same home in Barney that was displaced into Highway 122. 

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office also confirmed that at least two people died during the storm.

Berrien County Coroner Robert S. Lovein Jr. said the damage is extensive and "terrible."

At least three more injuries were confirmed in Thomas County.

The Sheriff's Office said a mobile home at Airline and Centennial roads was destroyed while a man was still inside.

This is believed to be the deadliest storm since the April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak in Ringgold and Cedartown that killed 15 people. It is also the second major storm to rip through South Georgia this month.

Other killer storms in recent years:

  • March 27, 1994: 18 were killed on Palm Sunday in the Floyd County area.
  • March 20, 1998: 14 were killed in Hall and White counties.
  • April 8, 1998: Seven were killed in and around Dunwoody city in DeKalb, and in Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.
  • Feb. 14, 2000: 19 were killed in Southwest Georgia/Mitchell County,Grady County, Colquitt County.
  • March 20, 2003: Six were killed in southwestern Georgia.
  • March 1, 2007: Six were killed in Newton.
  • March 14, 2008: One was killed in Atlanta.
  • April 27, 2011: Ringgold and Cedartown reported 15 deaths.
  • January 2013: One was killed in Adairsville.
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