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Donald Trump joins ranks of politicians with stuff thrown at them

Call it an attack or call it a juvenile prank: Either way, the actions of a middle-school student Friday evening made international headlines after the youth threw a block of wood at President Donald Trump's motorcade as it drove from Palm Beach International Airport to Mar-a-Lago.

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Once the president was safely inside his Palm Beach estate, members of the motorcade returned to the scene on Southern Boulevard between Parker and Lake avenues, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Saturday. The student eventually confessed, and implicated four other kids in the act.

Neither the student nor the other kids have been identified. PBSO said the State Attorney's Office will decide whether any charges will be filed in the case.

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It's not the first time someone has chucked something at a president, whether in a motorcade or otherwise. And the penalties that go along with such an act can be stiff: A man who rode a rented bicycle near President Barack Obama's motorcade last year in New York City was thrown to the ground by police officers, briefly detained at the scene and issued a notice to appear for disorderly conduct, the New York Daily News reported.

Here's a look at some of the most notorious close calls for presidents and presidential candidates.

President George W. Bush and the shoes

On a 2008 visit to Iraq, a local journalist heaved his shoes at President George W. Bush as the head of state spoke at a news conference with the Iraqi prime minister — who tried to intercept the journalist's second shoe.

Muntader al-Zaidi yelled, "This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!" before sending his shoes flying through the air one-by-one at the president. Al-Zaidi was arrested and sentenced to three years in jail, of which he served nine months.

The shoe-thrower became a bit of a folk hero in the Middle East, with one artist crafting a massive sculpture of one of al-Zaidi's shoes outside an Iraqi orphanage.

President Bill Clinton and the egg

While on a tour of Europe in 2001, former President Bill Clinton was hit in the arm by a raw egg thrown by a protester in Poland. A spokeswoman for Clinton told ABC News that he "laughed off the matter saying 'it was good for young people to be angry about something.'"

Sarah Palin and the tomatoes

The former vice presidential candidate was signing copies of her book, "Going Rogue," at the Mall of America in Minnesota in 2009 when a man threw a tomato at her — missing by a pretty wide margin. CBS News reports the tomato splatted onto the stage about 10 feet from Palin, with red, pulpy pieces splashing onto two nearby police officers.

The tomato tosser, Jeremy Paul Olson, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. When police took him into custody, they found two more tomatoes, according to CBS News.

President Barack Obama and the book

A book thrown at President Barack Obama at a 2010 campaign rally seemed to barely draw the president's attention. Video from the event shows the book sailing through the air several feet from Obama — while he carries on waving to the crowd. No one was arrested in the incident.

Hillary Clinton and more tomatoes, and more shoes

While visiting Egypt in 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade was pelted with shoes and tomatoes. One tomato hit an Egyptian official in the face, as protesters chanted "Monica, Monica" and "leave, Clinton" at the passing vehicles, Reuters reports. The armored vehicle in which Clinton was riding was out of range by the time protesters began lobbing veggies at the motorcade, with a U.S. official telling Reuters she was around the corner from the incident.

4 Americans among 5 killed when charter plane crashes into Australian mall

Four tourists, including three from Texas, and a pilot were killed when their small charter plane crashed into a shopping mall in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday.

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Greg DeHaven of Spicewood, bankruptcy lawyer Russell Munsch of Austin, and retired Austin executive Glenn Garland have been identified by relatives on social media and Australian media reports as three of the victims.

The Australian pilot, Max Quartermain, and owner of the charter service that was ferrying the tourists on their golfing vacation, also was killed.

The U.S. Embassy in the Australian capital of Canberra confirmed that four victims were American citizens, but the fourth victim has not yet been identified.

The twin-propeller Beechcraft Super King Air was supposed to carry the four tourists from Melbourne, on Australia's southern coast, about 150 miles offshore to King Island, just north of Tasmania.

But shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed into an outlet mall near the airport in suburban Essendon about 45 minutes before shops were to open, Melbourne Police Minister Lisa Neville told the Associated Press.

The pilot reported a "catastrophic engine failure" moments before the plane crashed into a storage area at the rear of the mall, police said.

No one outside the plane was injured, Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said.

Munsch, who was an undergraduate at the University of Texas, was a founding partner of the Texas commercial law firm Munsch, Hardt, Kopf and Harr, which has offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin.

Garland was a former CEO at Austin-based CLEAResult Consulting, which designs energy-efficiency programs and strategies for utilities and businesses.

De Haven, whose sister Denelle Wicht posted on Facebook that her 70-year-old brother had been killed "on a once in a lifetime trip to Australia" with friends, is listed as a professional golfer on his LinkedIn profile, with a skill in golf instruction.

RIP GREG REYNOLDS DE HAVEN.  1946 -2017Dear friends and family, my handsome athletic big brother was killed today in a...Posted by Denelle Wicht on Monday, February 20, 2017

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Motorcyclist walks away from 90 mph head-on crash with SUV

Witnesses said a speeding motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet when he slammed into an SUV on Monday night, causing him to be thrown at least 20 feet before he got up, got into a waiting car and went to an Ohio hospital with minor injuries, police in Dayton said.

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"Miraculously, witnesses said he got up, walked to a car that had stopped to see if he was OK, and (then) that vehicle transported him to Good Samaritan Hospital," Sgt. Ryan Halburnt said.

The motorcyclist was treated for minor injuries and was expected to be released Tuesday. The slight injuries were a result of "good luck -- and some people say miracles happen," Halburnt said.

The driver of the SUV was a shaken up, "but everybody's going home in one piece," he said.

The crash, reported around 9:40 p.m. in the 1800 block of North Gettysburg Avenue, caused police to shut down the road from Cornell Drive to North James H. McGee Boulevard.

According to a preliminary investigation, witnesses told police the motorcycle was headed north on Gettysburg Avenue when it went left of center and into the path of the SUV. Investigators estimated the motorcyclist was traveling at a minimum of 90 mph on impact.

The debris field left by the crash was so large that police officers used the rooftops of several nearby buildings to search for victims. The motorcyclist's keys and wallet were found approximately 100 feet from where the collision occurred.

Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

Police said the motorcyclist, who was not identified, will likely be cited for failure to control his vehicle, speeding and reckless operation of a vehicle. The charges will be determined by police department traffic accident investigators.

Authorities continue to investigate.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

'Today' show host Hoda Kotb announces adoption of baby girl

Nicole Moschella contributed to this report.

Hoda Kotb is really good at keeping a secret.

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In an emotional phone call Tuesday with her co-anchors, Hoda announced on air on the "Today" show that she has adopted a baby girl. 

Most of her co-anchors, aside from Matt Lauer and Kathie Lee Gifford, were surprised by the news.

Jenna Bush Hager and Gifford cried when Kotb called in to share the news on air.

“I’ve got the biggest mouth in the world and I’ve said zilch,” said Gifford.

WATCH: "You were made to be a mom." @kathielgifford told @hodakotb— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 21, 2017

Kotb has been absent from the “Today” show for a few weeks. Now her fans finally know why.

Baby Haley was born on Valentine’s Day.

“This is such fantastic news. This little girl, Haley, is the luckiest girl on the planet,” said Lauer. “You are going to be one of the most fantastic moms I can ever imagine.”

Kotb said Tuesday that her daughter’s name was inspired by Halley’s comet, which can be seen from Earth every 75 to 76 years. 

“It was one of those things. I just picture her sailing through the sky,” she said. 

As for the middle name, Kotb said “Joy” was in honor of the emotions she and boyfriend Joel Schiffman feel for their baby girl.

“She brings us joy,” she said. “She’s got a beautiful way about her.”

Kotb shared more of her joyful feelings on social media with a post of a feel-good quote.

“And then my soul saw you, and it kind of went, ‘Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you,’” the image reads, with a photo of a small baby’s hand wrapped around an adult’s finger.— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) February 21, 2017

Kotb and Schiffman have been dating since June 2013. She has no biological children and often shares her love of children on air. She is the proud aunt of her nieces Hannah and Ella.

Happy Saturday ! Xoxo A post shared by Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) on Nov 26, 2016 at 9:10am PST

She said she’s excited to embark on this new journey. 

My girl#haleyjoy— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) February 21, 2017

Burger King owner buys Popeyes restaurants

The owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons restaurants has purchased Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, according to the company’s website.

Restaurant Brands International paid $1.8 billion for  Popeyes, according to a press release. Popeyes is known for its Louisiana-style offerings, particularly chicken and red beans and rice.

Daniel Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RBI, said in a statement, "Popeyes is a powerful brand with a rich Louisiana heritage that resonates with guests around the world. With this transaction, RBI is adding a brand that has a distinctive position within a compelling segment and strong U.S. and international prospects for growth."

According to RBI, Popeyes will continue to be managed independently in the United States. Popeyes began 45 years ago as a Southern-themed "Chicken on the Run" restaurant in a New Orleans suburb. It has since expanded to 2,600 restaurants in the United States and abroad. 

British Muslim teacher denied entry to U.S. during school trip

A British Muslim teacher says he was denied entry to the United States last week during a school trip.

According to the BBC, Juhel Miah of Neath Port Talbot, Wales, was in Reykjavik, Iceland, with students and colleagues from Llangatwg Community School on Thursday when the group boarded a flight to New York. 

British Muslim teacher denied entry to US on school trip— Athar Ahmad (@AtharAhmadBBC) February 21, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

But Miah didn't end up making the trip. Authorities stopped him from taking the flight, even though the Neath Port Talbot council said he had a valid visa and British passport, the BBC reported.

“Everyone was looking at me,” Miah told the Guardian. “As I was getting my luggage, the teachers and kids were confused. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I was being escorted out. It made me feel like a criminal. I couldn’t speak; I was lost for words."

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In a letter to the U.S. Embassy in London, the Neath Port Talbot council said Miah tried to visit the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik "but was denied access to the building." Miah, who was taken to a hotel, returned to the United Kingdom the following day, the Guardian reported.

The U.S. Embassy in London did not respond to the Guardian's request for a comment.

"No satisfactory reason has been provided for refusing entry to the United States," the council said, adding that Miah "feels belittled and upset at what appears to be an unjustified act of discrimination."

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a controversial travel ban in January halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, but federal courts suspended the executive order earlier this month.

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7 things to know now: McMaster is security adviser; David Cassidy has dementia; Powerball

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

What to know now:

1. McMaster is security adviser: Army Gen. H.R. McMaster has accepted the job of national security adviser, one week after Michael Flynn left the job. McMaster is known as a creative thinker, according to The Associated Press,  and was  described by President Donald Trump as "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience." McMaster said he looks forward to "doing everything that I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people."

2. But, what did it costs: The AP, Vice Media LLC and Gannett, have asked a judge to force the federal government to divulge how much it paid for an electronic tool to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist. The three news gathering organizations argued that there was “no adequate justification,” to refuse to reveal the cost of the tool the FBI purchased in order to hack into the phone to gather information.

3. Russian ambassador dies: Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, fell ill suddenly on Monday and died. Churkin collapsed while at work at the Russian mission to the United Nations, was transported to a nearby hospital and died soon after. He was one day short of his 65th birthday. A heart issue is suspected in his death.

4. Journalist Buttner dies: Brenda Buttner, host of the Fox News’ Bulls and Bears, died after a battle with cancer. Fox commentator Neil Cavuto, Buttner’s colleague, offered a tribute to her Monday on his show, “Your World.” “She took stock of life much more than any stock in life. It’s what separated her from everyone else in this business. Not just dollars, you see, Brenda had depth,” Cavuto said. Buttner was 55.

5. Cassidy has dementia: David Cassidy, the former star of the 70's hit TV show “The Partridge Family,” revealed Monday that he is suffering from dementia. Cassidy, 66, has a family history of the disorder. Cassidy said in an interview that both his grandfather and mother suffered from the disease. "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," he told People magazine. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” Cassidy said in the interview. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

And one more

Get your numbers ready, the jackpot for the Powerball lottery has grown to $403 million dollars. No one matched all six numbers Saturday. For the next drawing on Wednesday, the one-time cash payoff is estimated to be at $243.9 million. The $403 million jackpot is the 10th largest in the history of the game. The highest the jackpot ever got was $1.6 billion in January 2016. 

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What is the Powerball jackpot; where can you play?

The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball lottery grew to $403 million dollars after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

For the next drawing, on Wednesday, the one-time cash payoff is estimated to be at $243.9 million. The $403 million jackpot is the 10th largest in the history of the game.

The jackpot soared when no one matched the six numbers drawn Saturday night — 3, 7, 9, 31, 33, and the Powerball, 20. 

The game, played in 44 states, cost $2 for a ticket. You can purchase a ticket for $3 that allows you the chance to win an extra $1 million or $2 million prize. Players choose the five numbers from a set of 69 white balls and the Powerball number from a set of 26 red balls.

You can win prizes if you match various combinations of the numbers. To win the jackpot, your ticket must match all five white ball numbers drawn, in addition to the red Powerball.

Click here for a list of retailers selling Powerball tickets.

Man allegedly breaks into home, takes shower, puts on Betty Boop pajama bottoms

Talk about slipping into something more comfortable.

According to the Times Record News, a Texas man recently broke into a Wichita Falls home, took a shower and put on a pair of Betty Boop pajama bottoms, police said.

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In a Facebook post, the Wichita Falls Police Department said officers responded about 5 p.m. Sunday after the homeowners came home and heard someone taking a shower in their bathroom. Police found Brad Vaughan, 37, in a bedroom wearing nothing but the pajama bottoms.

"The victims did not know Vaughan, nor did he have permission to be there," the department wrote on Facebook.

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Vaughan, of Burkburnett, was arrested on a burglary charge and is being held on $10,000 bail, the Times Record News reported.

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Cops: Burglar in shower wore Betty Boop panties.— Times Record News (@timesrecordnews) February 20, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Walmart cashier helps struggling family pay for groceries

A South Carolina Walmart cashier's heartwarming act of kindness for a struggling family of five has gone viral.

According to WGHP, Ashley Jordan; her husband, Michael; and their youngest daughter went to a Columbia Walmart on Saturday to buy groceries.

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"We literally dread going to Walmart and buying groceries, period, because my husband's whole check goes to food for our family," Jordan, a stay-at-home mom, wrote on Facebook. "I will say that I'm not a fan of shopping at Walmart because of how rude some of the people can be. But after tonight, my whole perspective has changed."

That's because of cashier Sharnique Dasant. As the Jordans started to unload two carts of groceries while trying to soothe their fussy daughter, Dasant knew she had to help.

"As we're scanning and scanning, she got in front of me, and it's like I saw a different face on her," Dasant told WLTX. "And I just had ... a little man on my shoulder that was like, 'Give her $100, give her $100.'"

Dasant said she told Jordan, "God told me to give you $100," walked to the other side of the register and slid her own card to pay half of the family's grocery bill. 

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"This sweet woman whom I never met in my life paid for half of my groceries! I was in complete shock because I never expected anything like that to ever happen," Jordan wrote on Facebook.

After the Jordans got back into their car, "we just looked at each other and smiled, and at that moment, we both knew things were going to be OK because there truly are good people out there," Jordan wrote. "Thank you so much, Sharnique Dasant. You truly are a blessing and you will never realize how much you helped us out and how much faith you have put back into our hearts."

Jordan's post quickly went viral, garnering more than 27,000 likes and 6,600 shares.

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