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Woman on porn site turns in S. Florida man for child porn

A South Florida man was caught sharing child pornography after a woman he paid to communicate with on a pornographic website turned him in, according to authorities.

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Daniel Rodriguez of suburban Boca Raton faces charges of possession of child pornography and sharing it. He remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Friday with his bail set at $30,000, according to jail records.

In August, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children got a tip from a woman who works as a model for an undisclosed website that allows people to pay to see models undress and perform sexual acts as well as live chat with them. The woman, whose identity was redacted from the report, told investigators she has her fans follow her on Skype, a video chatting application, for further interactions.

One of her fans, Daniel Rodriguez, asked her if she liked taboo things, but more specifically if she liked kids. When she said no, the conversation moved on, she told investigators. When they communicated again days later, Rodriguez told the woman of his interest in children. In one conversation, he told her how he had molested a child before and drugged a girl and allowed a friend to molest her, according to the report.

After, she said Rodriguez live-streamed videos of girls, from as young as infants and no older than 8 years old, engaged in sexual acts, the sheriff’s office said.

The woman went to police with the information, but they told her if they didn’t have photographic evidence the couldn’t do anything at the time. The next time Rodriguez contacted her, she used her cellphone to discreetly to take photos of the man as he shared the child pornography from his Skype profile, “ITSTHEBIGGEST.”

In September, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies went to speak with Rodriguez, who admitted to “fantasy role playing” but said he never molested any children. A week later, investigators got a search warrant for his suburban Boca Raton home and his electronic equipment. At the scene, Rodriguez said, “You are not going to find anything on it.”

Investigators did find evidence he possessed and transmitted the videos, according to the report.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty to DUI in 2012 but does not appear to have any other criminal history in Palm Beach County, according to court records.

DNC takes RNC to court over Trump rigged claims

This year's presidential election is now heading to the courts.

The Democratic National Committee is asking a judge to stop Republicans from recruiting polling place watchers, Bloomberg reported.

DNC officials say the Republican National Committee is violating a court order from 35 years ago.

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The DNC says that poll watchers would equate to voter intimidation, USA Today reported.

The DNC wants to enforce a consent agreement between both sides reached in 1981. In that case, armed off-duty police and sheriff's deputies wore "Ballot Security Task Force" arm bands during the New Jersey gubernatorial race. They were stationed outside polls in predominantly minority areas, USA Today reported.

The suit claims the RNC has not sufficiently denied Donald Trump's claims that the election is rigged, CNN reported.

"Trump has falsely and repeatedly told his supporters that the November 8 election will be 'rigged' based upon fabricated claims of voter fraud in 'certain areas' or 'certain sections' of key states," DNC attorneys wrote in the complaint. "Unsurprisingly, those 'certain areas' are exclusively communities in which large minority voting populations reside."

The DNC is asking the courts to issue sanctions against the RNC, CNN reported.

The RNC has not responded to the suit.

7 things to know now: Pence's plane; Gary Condit and Chandra Levy; 'Bill Clinton Inc.'

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Pence's plane: The plane carrying vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday night. There were no injuries reported as the 737 landed in the rain a little before 8 p.m. The airport was closed for an hour or so, then opened to limited air traffic. Pence tweeted that he will be back on the campaign trail on Friday and that he is "So thankful everyone on our plane is safe. Grateful for our first responders & the concern & prayers of so many." 

2. Bundys acquitted: Chaos erupted in an Oregon courtroom Thursday when a jury acquitted Ammon Bundy and several others for their roles in a 41-day standoff at a wildlife refuge in rural Oregon. After the verdicts were announced, Bundy’s attorney began yelling at the judge, demanding that Bundy be released. When he continued, U.S. marshals tackled him then used a stun gun on him several times before he was arrested. Bundy was not immediately released because he faces charges in Nevada from an armed standoff there two years ago. 

3. McQueary wins suit: Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary was awarded $7.3 million in damages Thursday in a defamation suit filed against the school. McQueary, who in 2001 reported to authorities that he witnessed then-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a campus facility, brought the suit against the school saying the school’s unwillingness to act brought "irreparable harm to his ability to earn a living, especially in his chosen profession of coaching football.” He claimed he was painted as a scapegoat by the school and that his firing was a direct result of his cooperation with investigators in the Sandusky abuse case.

4. Bill Clinton Inc.: A memo from longtime Bill Clinton aide Doug Band released by WikiLeaks Thursday describes how Band worked to provide the former president and his family with free travel and vacations as he melded business ventures with fundraising for the Clinton Foundation. Band said in the email hacked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s email account that he managed “Bill Clinton Inc.” as he secured speaking engagements and consulting fees that brought in tens of millions for Clinton at the same time he raised funds for the Clinton Foundation. The free travel and vacations for the Clintons came at a time when Hillary Clinton was in charge of the State Department.

5. Condit and Levy: Gary Condit, the former congressman who was suspected in the disappearance of Washington D.C. intern Chandra Levy, has written a book about the case. Condit was a guest on the “Dr. Phil” show Thursday. He said his political career ended after he was suspected of having something to do with Levy’s disappearance and murder. The two had a relationship, Condit said, but he has never admitted to a sexual relationship with Levy. Her body was found in a D.C. area park and another man was convicted of her murder. Earlier this year, that conviction was dismissed.

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Tonight the city of Chicago will see something they have seen in decades. They’ll see their Cubs in a World Series game played in Chicago. The Cubs take on the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the 2016 series. Fans in Chicago are shelling out hundreds of dollars for tickets not to see the game in person, but to watch it in venues near the stadium. If you want to get tickets for the game at Wrigley Field, it’ll cost about $3,000 a pop.

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Report: Hillary Clinton eyeing Joe Biden for secretary of state

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wants vice president Joe Biden as her secretary of state if she wins the election, according to Politico.

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The 73-year-old, who ran against Clinton in the 2008 presidential primaries, is at the top of the Clinton campaign’s internal short list for the job, but hasn’t been informed yet, Politico reports, citing “a source familiar with the planning.”

According to Politico, the Clinton campaign and Obama administration alike are concerned that Republican nominee Donald Trump has “created lasting damage to America’s relationships around the world.”

Biden, Clinton believes, is the man to mitigate that damage.

He has been outspoken in his campaigning against the part-time Palm Beach resident and former reality TV star, calling Trump “totally unqualified” to be president and “dangerously uninformed.”

He also has a reputation for speaking his mind. At a rally in Pennsylvania earlier this month, while discussing recent allegations of sexual assault against Trump, Biden said he wishes he could “take him behind the gym.”

The former attorney spent 36 years representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate, and chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before becoming Barack Obama’s vice president in 2009.

Ghost story: Ma Barker does not want her house moved

Just before the home of gangster Ma Barker was being towed on a barge across Lake Weir in Central Florida to a new location, a man called the Tampa Bay Times newsroom with a warning: They can't move that house.

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"I'm worried something terrible is going to happen," said Donald J. Weiss, a retired police patrolman from upstate New York. "I have to warn somebody."

Weiss, 63, moved to the Ocala area several years ago. He visited the house where Barker had been killed — the site of the longest shootout in FBI history, lasting more than four hours. He said when he wandered beneath the live oaks on the property, a voice growled, “Get out of here, lawman!”

When he took a photo of the front porch, a shadowy figure appeared.

"That woman is still in that house," Weiss told the Times. "And she's pissed."

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Weiss said he gave the photo to the Marion County Sheriff's Office because he wanted to enter it into evidence. Also, because bad things started happening as soon as he had blown up the print. "I had a heart attack," he said. "You think that's a coincidence?"

The Times had done a story on the house in 2012, when it was put up for sale. Reporter Lane DeGregory and photographer John Pendygraft had visited the estate. A Realtor showed them the house and said “I get the weirdest feeling when I’m in here.”

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Pendygraft had gone alone into the front bedroom to take pictures through the window. He soon exited quickly, saying he heard and then saw the mattress fall through the bed frame. He claimed he hadn’t touched the mattress.

The photographer took some pictures of the house, and the next day when he was editing images he saw a strange sight: the silhouette of a stout woman with a bun, who looked like she was holding a machine gun.

On Jan. 16, 1935, a dozen officers pointed their guns at the upstairs windows.

When the gun battle was over, officers found Barker’s 32-year-old son Freddie shot in the back of his head. Ma, 63, was curled on the floor, cradling her Tommy gun.

For nine months, the corpses lay unclaimed. Finally, a relative moved them closer to home.

But some say Barker still inhabits that two-story, cream-colored house with forest green shutters.

Before the new owner closes on the land, the tax collector plans to bring in a team with ground-penetrating radar to scan the soil.

"Let's hope she's a friendly ghost," he said.

Florida sheriffs: Edible marijuana could be Halloween threat

The Florida Sheriffs Association put out a warning for parents for this Halloween, asking them to watch out for marijuana-laced candy. The sheriffs say it could get mixed-in with traditional candy this Halloween.

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On their Facebook page, the association said packages that look appealing to children could be distributed with names similar to legitimate products, like “Pot-Tarts” instead of Pop-Tarts, or “Nugella” instead of Nutella.

Monday’s news conference was hosted by the anti-medical-marijuana group Don't Let Florida Go to Pot. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, the president of the Florida Sheriffs Association, presided over the news conference.

"We are certainly concerned about trick-or-treating this year," he said. "Even though the potential for the marijuana edibles appearing this year may be somewhat minimal, it is still a threat in our community."

The warning comes less than two weeks before Florida voters go to polls, where Amendment 2 — the legalization of medical marijuana — is on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election.

Supporters of the medical marijuana amendment say the warning is a scare tactic to keep people from voting for Amendment 2, which needs approval from 60 percent of Florida voters to pass.

Demings cited Colorado as a place where kids could get the drug via trick-or-treating.

But The Associated Press reported in 2014 that there have been no such incidents in Colorado. Voters in the state approved an amendment that made it legal as of December 2012 for anyone 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for any purpose.

United For Care, the pro-medical-marijuana group funded by Orlando attorney John Morgan, pushed to get the issue on the Florida ballot. On its website, United For Care cited a new poll that showed that Amendment 2 has a 74 percent approval rating. The telephone survey of 800 likely Florida voters was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research between Oct. 17-20.

As always, the best advice for parents is to remain vigilant about the candy their children might receive on Halloween night.

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Infamous ‘Ma Barker house' floats on lake to new home

Engineers floated the historic Ma Barker house on a barge Thursday morning across a Central Florida lake.

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The house was floated two miles across Lake Weir to its new resting place in the Carney Island Recreation and Conservation area in Ocklawaha.

The Marion County home is where Kate "Ma" Barker and her son, Fred, took part in the longest shootout in FBI history in 1935.

Barker ran the "Barker Gang" and rented the house to use as a hideout.

After thousands of bullets were fired in and out of the home, the Barkers were found dead inside.

Marion County Parks and Recreation spokesman Jim Couillard said the process was expected to take about 20 to 30 minutes and the home was anchored "down right in place."

Getting the two-story house across the lake cost upward of $235,000, officials said.

"It's a pretty big deal. It's an icon," said neighbor Ivonne Schlachter said.

Along with moving the building, plans were in motion to restore the home and open it to visitors, who will be able to see the original bullet holes in the furniture and walls from the four-hour shootout.

"It's pretty neat," Ocala resident Jeray Norman said. "There's a lot of our history that's being destroyed and (the house) just seems to be falling down and the fact that they are willing to take the time to move this house, I like it. It's pretty cool the fact that they are trying to preserve a little bit of local history."

Ocala contractor Paul Stentiford of Stentiford Construction Services said the total weight of the barges, the house and the loader was 188 tons, and only eight crew members were used to guide the home to shore.

Stentiford said it took two weeks and three days to get the home from its original site and onto the barges. The house was moved with the original furniture, minus one china cabinet, inside.

"Everything is just like it stopped in time, and it's neat to have our hands in the mix and be a part of it," Stentiford said.

Crews overcame the largest hurdle of getting the home to the shore. They're building a bridge to get it onto the foundation, and after that the restoration begins.

Crews said that moving it on water was the cheapest option and the most practical.

If done on land they would have had to cut down low-hanging oak trees and move power lines.

Olympic champion Michael Phelps married girlfriend in June

Swimmer Michael Phelps is synonymous with Olympic gold. He earned five gold medals and a silver during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Phelps apparently also grabbed more gold this summer — a wedding ring.

People magazine reported that Phelps and his girlfriend Nicole Johnson are now married. The couple announced their engagement in February 2015.

TMZ obtained a copy of the couple’s marriage record. It shows that they applied for the license on June 9 and were married June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Phelps' agent, Peter Carlisle, was listed as the person who performed the ceremony, People reported.

Jury awards more than $70M to California woman in baby powder lawsuit

A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, The Associated Press reported.

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The decision by the jury in the St. Louis Circuit Court case ended the trial that began Sept. 26 in the case brought by Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The suit accused Johnson & Johnson of "negligent conduct" in making and marketing its baby powder.

It is the third jury to award damages over claims that are the basis of about 2,000 pending state and federal lawsuits, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

"We are pleased the jury did the right thing. They once again reaffirmed the need for Johnson & Johnson to warn the public of the ovarian cancer risk associated with its product," Jim Onder, an attorney for the plaintiff, told the AP.

"We deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer," Carol Goodrich, a spokeswoman with Johnson & Johnson, said in a statement. "We will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder."

Johnson & Johnson is accused by more than 1,200 plaintiffs in state and federal courts of ignoring studies linking its Shower-to-Shower product and Johnson’s Baby Powder to ovarian cancer, the Post-Dispatch reported. A St. Louis jury on Monday ordered the company to pay $55 million to a survivor of the disease in South Dakota. In February, another local jury awarded $72 million to relatives of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer.

Two other cases in New Jersey were thrown out by a judge who said there wasn't reliable evidence that talc leads to ovarian cancer, an often fatal but relatively rare form of cancer. Ovarian cancer accounts for about 22,000 of the 1.7 million new cases of cancer expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year.

Much research has found no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and using baby powder for feminine hygiene, and most major health groups have declared talc harmless. Johnson & Johnson, whose baby powder dominates the market, maintains it's perfectly safe.

But Jim Onder of the Onder Law Firm in suburban St. Louis, which represented plaintiffs in all three St. Louis cases, cited other research that began connecting talcum powder to ovarian cancer in the 1970s. He said case studies have indicated that women who regularly use talc on their genitals face up to a 40 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Onder has accused Johnson & Johnson of marketing toward overweight women, blacks and Hispanics — the very same women most at-risk for ovarian cancer, he said.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies genital use of talc as "possibly carcinogenic." The National Toxicology Program, made up of parts of several different government agencies, has not fully reviewed talc.

Talc is a mineral that is mined from deposits around the world, including the U.S. The softest of minerals, it's crushed into a white powder. It's been widely used in cosmetics and other personal care products to absorb moisture since at least 1894, when Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder was launched. But it's mainly used in a variety of other products, including paint and plastics.

The two St. Louis verdicts were the first talcum powder cases in which money was awarded. A federal jury in 2013 sided with another South Dakota woman, but it ordered no damages, a spokeswoman for Onder's firm said.

Nebraska couple creates Halloween light show to honor Cubs

The excitement over the Cubs reaching the World Series for the first time since 1945 has reached a fever pitch, and a sellout crowd is expected when Wrigley Field hosts Game 3 on Friday night.

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Already, television ratings for the first two games are the highest since 2009, CBS Sports reported.

While Cubs fans in the Chicago area have shown plenty of love for their team, a Nebraska couple decided to mix Halloween with the World Series.

Sabrina Faire and her husband created a Halloween-themed light show that goes along with the Cubs fight song, “Go, Cubs, Go,” WGN-TV reported.

“We have a Halloween light show on our house every year and since this year the Cubs are in the World Series, we decided to do a special song just for them,” the couple said on their YouTube channel page.

This isn’t the first time the couple has created a Halloween light show. For the last few years they have created light shows and uploaded them to their YouTube channel.

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