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Passenger high on 'loveboat' shoots, kills driver on interstate, police say

Jacksonville, Florida, officers say a man was high on "loveboat" when he shot and killed a driver on I-95.

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Police said 32-year-old Tyrell Brown was sleeping in the passenger seat of 25-year-old Steven Shawn Grady's car as they drove through Jacksonville on Sunday.

The group was traveling from Orlando to North Carolina.

At one point, Brown woke up and shot Grady in the face, a witness told police.

The witness, who was in the backseat of the car, tried to gain control of the wheel. The car ran off the interstate and crashed near the Union Street exit around 3:15 a.m.

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Officials said Brown violently resisted officers when they got to the scene.

There was no indication of a prior altercation between Brown and Grady, officers said.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesperson said Brown smoked a cigarette dipped in formaldehyde and marijuana before the shooting.

He was taken to UF Health Jacksonville for his safety, officers said.

Brown is facing a murder charge. His next court date is Dec. 12.

Son likely killed parents, then himself in double murder-suicide, police say

A dentist in Washington state didn't show up for an appointment Saturday, so just after 7 p.m., a family member called the King County sheriff.

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What they found has devastated a family and touched people in Sammamish and Seattle, where he and his wife worked.

Dr. Rick Nicolini, his wife and adult son were all found dead inside their home in Sammamish's tony Broadmoore neighborhood.

It is a development where neighbors say they know each other by name.

But few people knew the Nicolinis well.

"They kind of kept to themselves," said neighbor Rick Willard. "I saw the kid when he was going to school."

And Willard said he saw nothing that foreshadowed this. 

"And you never heard, you never saw anything between, among them, that would make you say ..." he was asked. 

He interrupted the question and said, "Never heard them yelling or screaming. Nothing, yeah. Just heard them doing yard work."

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He said the entire neighborhood was surprised to see King County sheriff's deputies surrounding their home Saturday night. 

On Monday, investigators said all indications are that Richie Nicolini killed his parents, then took his own life. 

Nicolini and his wife, Mary Ellen, worked at his dental office on Olive Way near downtown Seattle.

KIRO-TV went to Sound Dentistry. 

"Hi there," said reporter Deborah Horne. "We're from KIRO 7."

But the receptionist said everyone was grieving too much to talk. No patients were waiting; the Nicolinis didn't work Mondays. 

Back at their home in Sammamish, a second car was parked in the driveway. The people in it said they had nothing to say. All of this is a sorrowful coda to three lives.

"Yeah, it's sad," said Willard. 

"Sad and, as you said, a surprise?" he was asked. 

"Yeah," he replied. "I don't know what would drive somebody to do that."

That is what detectives are trying to determine, too: why Richie Nicolini shot his parents and himself in the head.

The case remains an active investigation.

Facebook Live video shows men with guns making threats in Tennessee mall

Police are investigating a Facebook Live video that shows at least two men with guns inside a mall in Memphis, Tennessee.

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>> On Fox13Memphis.com: PHOTOS: Video shows men with guns in Oak Court Mall

The 39-minute video was broadcast live Saturday at the Oak Court Mall in East Memphis.

The video shows a man and several friends walking inside the mall. Several minutes into the video, he pulls out a gun. A few moments later, a second man pulls out another gun.

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The video has been viewed more than 7,000 times.

One of the suspects has been identified as 19-year-old Artavius Lynshun Lipsey, police said. He is wanted for questioning.

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He has two active felony warrants for domestic violence and failure to appear in a felony case.

WHBQ reached out to the Oak Court Mall. The mall said it will not be releasing a statement.

WATCH: LaVar Ball fires back at Trump in heated CNN interview

In a heated 20-minute interview, LaVar Ball told CNN host Chris Cuomo that he wouldn’t thank President Donald Trump for helping to bring back his son from China, ultimately coercing Cuomo into thanking him for appearing on CNN instead.

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Minutes before thanking Chinese President Xi for his role in freeing his son, Ball said he “doesn’t go around saying thank you,” contesting Trump’s role in freeing his son, LiAngelo, and other UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China, where UCLA was playing an exhibition game against Georgia Tech.

Trump has called Ball “very ungrateful” for refusing to thank him for his role in freeing LiAngelo and the others, and even said he should have “left them in jail.”

In one of the less contentious exchanges, Ball downplayed the seriousness of his son’s shoplifting charge, even though it could have earned prison time for his son in China.

>> Trump again lashes out at UCLA basketball dad LaVar Ball: 'Very ungrateful!'

“It wasn’t a big deal because being raised in South Central LA, I’ve seen harsher things — I’ve seen 16 and 17-year-old kids have to go to jail for life that were my friends, doing bad things, making bad decisions, I mean doing stuff that’s harming people,” Ball said. “The way I looked at it was, OK, he shoplifted, he wasn’t physical, we returned it, he fessed up to it. ... It was an impulse thing, a bad decision at a bad time. That’s all it was, for an 18-year-old who’s never done anything wrong, never been late to class, a 4.0 student.”

>> Trump fires back after LaVar Ball minimizes role in getting UCLA players released

He added that the crime was “victimless” and “not going without punishment.”

As the interview went on, and the more Cuomo pressed Ball to thank Trump on air, the more Ball resisted, leading to some combative exchanges between the two.

>> LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China could get 10 years in prison if convicted

“Were you there?” Ball asked about China.

“I was not there,” Cuomo said.

“I can’t hear you. OK then. Unless you were there, then you can talk to me,” Ball shot back. “I was there! I was there in China. I know you weren’t there, though.”

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Ball ultimately said, "There’s a lot of other matters to go around for the president to deal with,” asking Trump to “let me deal with my son.”

“Let’s stay in our lane,” Ball concluded.

Police officer appears to sleep in patrol car in viral photo

A photo circulating on social media appears to show a Memphis Police Department officer sleeping inside his patrol car.

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The photo was posted on Saturday, and several viewers sent it to WHBQ.

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Memphis police acknowledged the photo and issued the following statement:

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"The officer in question has been identified, and an administrative investigation is underway. This behavior will not be tolerated, and I can assure you that corrective actions will be taken," said Director Michael Rallings. "This type of behavior does not represent the hardworking men and women of the Memphis Police Department."

Woman jumps on hood as carjackers take car with baby brother inside

A 24-year-old woman was thrown from a car on Sunday after trying to save her baby brother from carjackers in DeKalb County, Georgia, police said.

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Two men, one of whom had a gun, forced the woman from her car and took off with the eight-month-old baby still in the back seat, according to WSB-TV.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she was strapping her brother into his car seat when two men approached them at an apartment complex. 

"This is very terrifying to watch a gun getting pointed in your face and watching your baby brother getting taken away and you can't do nothing," she said.

The woman risked her life to try and stop the suspects.

"She jumped on the vehicle and was holding on to vehicle,” DeKalb County police spokeswoman Officer Shiera Campbell said. 

When she couldn’t hold on any longer, the woman fell to the ground.

"All I could think about was my brother,” she said. “My brother is in that car. I don't care what they do with the car, just give me my brother."

An assistant store manager later found the child on the sidewalk of a Quik Trip convenience store off Wesley Chapel Road just before 10 p.m. 

The men ditched the baby a half-mile away at the convenience store, assistant store manager Alex Robles said. 

"He drops off the baby on the sidewalk, runs back into his car and just speeds off,” Robles said. “He hits a right on Rainbow and we don't see him again.”

Police are still searching for the stolen car and the armed suspects. 

Robles watched the store's surveillance video; he said they found the baby just before 10 p.m. Sunday.

"No parents, no nobody. I was in shock," Robles said. 

Minutes later, the baby was reunited with his family.

The woman said she or anybody in the area, including her baby brother, could have been shot. 

Police have not released a description of the stolen car, but said one of the men was wearing a red hoodie. 

The store clerk said the other man was wearing a white athletic jacket, but other than that, there was nothing identifiable about the suspects.

Scary dashcam video of suspected drunk driver who nearly kills five people

Five people, including three police officers, are lucky to be alive after a suspected drunk driver plowed into their stopped vehicles on the side of the road in Forest Hill, Texas.

Police officers had stopped to tend to a disabled car along Southeast Loop 820, according to the Star-Telegram. They were waiting for a tow truck, with full lights on, when the unthinkable happened. A car headed straight for them, and every terrifying second was caught on dashcam video.

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One officer is clearly the first to notice the speeding vehicle. He shoves everyone out of the way after drawing his gun. The out-of-control car barreled into one patrol car, sideswiped a second police car and narrowly missed the disabled car and everyone on the roadside. It then veered into traffic and swerved back onto the side of the road. Sparks flew as the car ground to a stop.

The driver of the speeding car, 26-year-old Cedric Keith Henson Jr., was detained at the scene and cited for driving while intoxicated. Police rushed to remove him from the car as soon as it stopped.

One patrol car was heavily damaged in the crash. Miraculously, no one was hurt and no other motorists were injured.

Police are using the footage to remind people about the dangers of drunk and impaired driving, according to WILX.

It’s a massive national problem. Someone dies in one of these crashes, on average, once every 51 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol-impaired driving deaths alone account for nearly one-third of all driving deaths nationwide, and kill over 10,000 people every year.

New letter from infamous hijacker D.B. Cooper leads to accusations of FBI cover-up

On Nov. 24, 1971, a man identified himself as “Dan Cooper” to an agent at the Northwest Orient Airlines counter in Portland International Airport. He boarded a flight to Seattle. Once on board, he claimed to have a bomb, hijacked the flight, freed the 36 passengers aboard, demanded a ransom of $200,000 and four parachutes, directed the plane to fly to Mexico and then parachuted out of the back of the plane somewhere over Washington.

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He’s never been found, nor has any of the money — save for $5800 in rotting $20 bills found by a child digging along the Columbia River in 1980. While law enforcement planes were following the plane he hijacked, no one even saw the jump.

His case — dubbed the D.B. Cooper case after a misspelling that stuck — has captivated the nation ever since.

The FBI called off the search for Cooper last year, reassigning the lone agent on the case, according to the New York Times. They say they did so because the decades-long investigation was taking “investigative resources and manpower” from “programs that more urgently need attention.” Effectively ending the investigation was “really an attempt by the bureau to spare the office from irritating calls, wacky emails and more,” said Geoffrey Gray, a journalist who’s written a book on the investigation.

>> Related: D.B. Cooper: Volunteer sleuths find potential evidence in unsolved 46-year-old hijacking

While the FBI would still follow a specific lead if one turned up, there is no longer a dedicated agent assigned to the crime.

Now, on the week of the 46th anniversary of the hijacking, a newly revealed letter from the infamous case is raising new questions about the unsolved mystery — and an eerie opening line is raising questions about an FBI cover-up from at least one Cooper sleuth.

The letter, which was mailed to the Washington Post, Seattle Times, New York Times and Los Angeles times in just weeks after the hijacking, opens with: “I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be caught.”

“I didn’t rob Northwest Orient because I thought it would be romantic, heroic or any of the other euphemisms that seem to attach themselves to situations of high risk,” the writer adds. “Unfortunately [I] do have only 14 months to live.”

He also lists a few “things working against the authorities,” including:

  • “I’m not a boasting man”
  • “I left no fingerprints”
  • “I wore a toupee”
  • “I wore putty make-up”

Finally, he offers clues to his trajectory — “I’ve come and gone on several airline flights already and am not holed up in some obscure backwoods town” — before signing off with “Thank you for your attention.”

That letter was part of a batch of court documents released in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Thomas and Dawna Colbert, two investigators who run a website dedicated to finding the answers to the mystery and who boast an investigative team of over 40 people.

>> Related: D.B. Cooper case no longer actively investigated by FBI

An excerpt from a FBI memo also from the FOIA release is proof of a conspiracy to hide the identity of D.B. Cooper and the FBI’s own management of the case, according to Thomas Colbert. The excerpt, published in the Daily Mail, ties a letter from the Airline Pilots Association to the just-revealed letter published in the FOIA release. That memo dates back to Dec. 29, 1971.

But FBI redcated the name of the individual who connected the Airline Pilots Association to the Cooper letter. And that, said Colbert, is everything — and combined with the FBI’s move to cease the investigation last year, proof of a cover-up, he said.

Batman fans are selecting some odd successors to Ben Affleck's cape

Ben Affleck’s relationship with Batman has been shaky, to say the least. To begin with, nerds across the globe had meltdowns when it was first announced that he would be inheriting the coveted cape and cowl from British actor Christian Bale, whose tenure in the role was acclaimed by fans and critics alike, despite that weird growling voice thing he used. Not only that, but the two movies in which Affleck has appeared as the Dark Knight have not been warmly received.

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Affleck is apparently signed on for five DC movies, but when asked by Extra TV if he intended to fulfill his contractual obligations, he un-enthusiastically responded with “I don’t know about that. We’ll see what the future holds.”

The actor got the rumor mill spinning even more when, in a recent USA Today profile, he revealed that he hasn’t actually committed to appearing in the upcoming standalone Batman movie, ingeniously titled “The Batman,” adding that he’s still contemplating if the movie is right for him. He also hinted that he’s considering going out with some dignity, despite only appearing as the caped crusader in two poorly received movies: “(It’s) something I’m contemplating,” Affleck said. “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it.”

So with rumors abounding that Affleck is about the hang up the cape for good, the internet’s greatest minds began speculating about who his successor will be. And boy, did they have some wacky suggestions:

“I wonder what that boring dude from ‘The Matrix’ would look like in a cowl,” said literally nobody ever aside from this Twitter user:

How about a womanizing advertising executive Batman? Or… who’s that other guy?

Michael Cera as Batman? Imagine it. Good thing Conner here is clearly trolling. Well-played, sir.

OK this one’s actually not so bad. We could live in a world where Idris Elba is Batman.

The kid at Meg’s pool has some lofty aspirations:

Curious about what Jake Gyllenhaal would look like in the cape and cowl? Well you’re in luck, because BossLogic did some mock-ups:

Not everyone is on board with Gyllenhaal as Batman though. Some people were baffled by the mere suggestion:

And this guy just really likes Oscar Isaac. Who doesn’t?!

Watch: The biggest spider you’ve ever seen and it’s in your car 

An Australian woman saw a horrifying sight Friday while driving home from work: a massive spider on the sun visor above her head.

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The spider was so huge it didn’t even look real, but it was.

Bianca Merrick of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, was so terrified she couldn’t even stop her car. Instead, she said she decided to keep driving for another 20 minutes with the huge arachnid perched over her head because she said she thought it was the better option, according to UPI.

"I was on my way home from work when I looked up and saw it staring at me," Merrick told UPI

"I considered stopping but I didn't know how I'd get it out of the car, so I thought the best option for me was to keep driving and pretend it wasn't there for the longest 20 minutes of my life."

 Merrick somehow managed to record the spider while she was driving.

 >> Related: Bitten by a tarantula hawk? Just ‘lie down and scream’ biologist says

She said when she got home, she jumped out of the car and locked the door, but when she went back in the morning to get the massive spider it, she said it had disappeared.

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