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Couple ties knot in vandalized hotel amid Charlotte protests

A Charlotte couple refused to let the ongoing state of emergency brought about by the police-involved shooting death of Keith Scott ruin their wedding, so they married Saturday in a boarded-up hotel, surrounded by National Guard troops.

Jenelle Davis and Deatric Smith had long planned their wedding at the Hyatt House, located in the heart of protests in uptown Charlotte, according to WSOC-TV. Their plans were put in jeopardy, however, when the hotel was vandalized in the protests that followed Scott’s slaying. The National Guard was called in to maintain order on Thursday, a day after more than 40 demonstrators were arrested.

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Crystal McCorkle, the couple’s wedding planner, told the news station that they weighed their options, including moving the wedding to a new venue, but ultimately decided against it. Surprisingly, despite the entire hotel being boarded up, only three guests failed to show up.

The only hitch during the wedding was a problem with the hotel’s sound system, McCorkle said. The couple is now on a Caribbean honeymoon. 

Two parts iced tea, one part lemonade, all Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer’s name is synonymous with golf and refreshment.

The legendary duffer lent his name to his signature beverage after drinking the combination of iced tea and lemonade for years after hot days on the golf course in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, according to Palmer’s website.

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After a day in the late 1960s that Palmer spent designing a course in Palm Springs, California, that the drink became ensconced in popular culture.

A woman seated near Palmer asked for one after hearing him order the drink.

“The lady at the table said, ‘I want an Arnold Palmer,’” Palmer told ESPN. “All of us turned our heads. What is she talking about? She said, ‘I want what he ordered.’ And she called it an Arnold Palmer. And from that day on it spread like wildfire.”

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However, Palmer rarely ordered the drink by name.

“I was embarrassed to ask for an Arnold Palmer,” he said. “I always asked, ‘Can I have an iced tea and put about a third of it in lemonade?’ And they would say ‘Oh, you want an Arnold Palmer.’”

In addition to a documentary, the famed drink was also the basis of an ESPN commercial.

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The Arizona Beverage Co. started selling cans of the drink with Palmer’s name and image on them in 2001.

The can says it is a half-and-half mix of iced tea and lemonade. Palmer’s recipe calls for a majority of tea with about one-quarter to one-third lemonade.

“Iced tea has the dominant side; that dominates the drink. And if it doesn’t, it isn’t really right,” Palmer said.

 While there are some variations on the recipe, adding vodka to the beverage gives it another golfer’s name: John Daly.

The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump

It’s one of the most anticipated events in American political history – the first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The two will meet at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y., Monday night at 9 p.m. (ET). The debate will last for 90 minutes, un-interrupted by commercials.

More than 100 million people could be tuning in tonight to watch as the candidates answer questions posed by NBC News’ Lester Holt.

The first debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

As the debate gets underway, the candidates are in a virtual dead heat as far as support goes, despite the fact that both are viewed negatively by nearly 60 percent in recent polls.

Here's what's happening now.

Live updates

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Low-THC cannabis oil on sale in Florida for some patients of seizure disorders

Patients who suffer from seizure disorders may have another treatment available to them. 

Some medical cannabis providers started selling a type of low-THC cannabis oil called "Haleigh's Hope" on Monday, WFOR reported.

It is a type of anti-seizure treatment named after Haliegh Cox, a child from Georgia who suffers from Lennon-Gastaut syndrome.

Haliegh had suffered from hundreds of seizures a day and was being treated by five different medications, CNN reported.

That was until her parents found out about a form of medical marijuana used to treat her condition. She started a treatment of cannabis oil, four times a day and once at night.

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Five companies in Florida have been given permission by the state to grow medical marijuana last year, but only one, Costa Farms, is the only one allowed to manufacture "Haleigh's Hope," WFOR reported.

Meanwhile, Florida residents will vote on an amendment to use marijuana for more medical issues in November.

Homeless man called 'hero' for finding NJ bombs rewarded with home, job prospect

One of the homeless men called a hero for finding and reporting a backpack that held multiple bombs has been rewarded with a new home and job prospect.

Lee Parker and Ivan White spotted a brand new backpack near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey last weekend. According to the Independent, Parker had needed a backpack for an upcoming job interview. He had been homeless for several years and carried his belongings in a plastic bag.

When Parker and White picked up the backpack and looked inside, they found something suspicious.

>> Read more trending stories  "I said, 'We need to go to the police station right now because this is a bomb,'" Parker told WABC. "It wasn't the cartoon bomb with a tick-tock tick-tock clock but it had wires. I had seen enough pictures of pipe bombs and different devices in books, magazines. I knew what I was looking at as soon as I saw it."

When the F.B.I. sent in a pair a robots, they determined the backpack held five bombs. Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was ultimately arrested in connection with the bombs, along with the bombings in Manhattan and Seaside Park, New Jersey.

When commended for their actions in finding and reporting the backpack, Parker and White say they were just looking out for their community, just like any other citizen would.

"Hero? No. I wouldn't go that far. I was doing the right thing," said Parker.

According to the Independent, Parker never made his job interview that day because he was being questioned by police. Fortunately, the Independent reports that Parker has been contacted by a large food company based in Elizabeth about a possible job offer.

Local Elizabeth resident Donald Goncalves has reportedly become a spokesperson for both Parker and White, starting a GoFundMe page that has already tripled its $10,000 goal. According to the GoFundMe page, the money raised will be split three ways between Parker, White and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.

According to the GoFundMe, the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless has already helped Parker find a temporary home. Now, they're working on permanent housing for him.

Woman accused of pulling EMT from ambulance, assaulting her

A Pittsburgh-area woman accused of punching an EMT in North Versailles, Pennsylvania, was facing charges Monday.

According to a criminal complaint, Patricia Thompson of Wilkinsburg motioned the ambulance to pull over Saturday on Brinton Road near Lincoln Highway.

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Police said Thompson accused the EMT of hitting her car without stopping.

The EMT, who works for Amserv, LTD Dusan Ambulance in Dubois, told police that Thompson pulled her from the ambulance and began punching her.

Video recorded by a witness and posted on YouTube appears to show part of the altercation.

Thompson faces assault charges.

Shooter injures multiple people in Houston; suspect dead

A suspected gunman died Monday morning after injuring several people at a southwest Houston strip mall.

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Police confirmed that the gunman, whose name has not been released, was shot and killed by officers. Authorities believe he was the lone shooter.

Interim Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo said the gunman was a lawyer who lived in the area, "and there were issues concerning his law firm."

She declined to further discuss possible motives behind the shooting.

Speaking with KTRK, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner described the gunman as a "disgruntled lawyer."

Three people were treated for their injuries and released at the scene. Authorities took six other people to local hospitals for treatment. Of those, one person was in critical condition on Monday morning. One person was in serious condition, Montalvo said.

Firefighters responded within minutes of receiving a call about a discharged firearm around 6:30 a.m. Monday. It wasn't until after they arrived that they learned the shooting was ongoing, said Houston Assistant Fire Chief Richard Mann. They took cover and called for backup.

No firefighters were injured.

Mann said at least six of the victims were shot while inside cars.

Witnesses reported hearing more than two dozen gunshots over the course of at least 15 minutes, KPRC reported.

Over police scanners, authorities said a black man was firing a revolver at vehicles, according to KTRK. A vehicle suspected to be the shooter's has been identified, Mann said. Authorities recovered multiple firearms from the vehicle, Montalvo said.

"We encourage everybody to avoid this entire area," Mann said. "This is obviously going to be an extended incident."

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Isaiah Washington calls for African Americans to boycott school, work on Monday

Actor Isaiah Washington is calling for African Americans to stay home from work and school on Monday to protest “America’s broken judicial system that is oppressing us.”

The actor, who once starred on “Grey’s Anatomy,” called for the boycott on his Facebook page.

"No work. No school. No shopping for 24 hours. Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted, would pick ONE DAY to simply 'stay at home' from every single job, work site, sports arena and government office in the United States of America. I'm very sure that within 72 hours from Wall Street to the NFL...Black Lives Would Matter. September 26, 2016 is THE DAY."

Washington referenced Terence Crutcher, the man shot and killed by a police officer in Tulsa last week, in his Facebook post. The officer who shot Crutcher was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Washington says the idea for the boycott is to "maintain the safety of our people, while significantly impacting America's broken judicial system that is oppressing us by removing our labor, our bodies and our money from it...for 24 hours."

People have begun to show support for the boycott on social media.

And others are questioning it.

 Washington was a breakout star on “Gray’s Anatomy,” when his contract with the show was canceled after the third season. Allegedly, Washington insulted co-star T. R. Knight on set with a homophobic slur. He now stars on The CW's The 100.

Man shot while practicing self defense drills with loaded gun

A practice in self defense went tragically wrong and now one Memphis man is facing charges.

Melvin Parker and Alvis Sharp were practicing how to disarm someone holding a 9mm pistol.

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Police said, during the drills, Parker did not check if the gun was unloaded, and the gun went off. 

The bullet struck Sharp in the chest.

According to police, the two know each other. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. 

Parker admitted to participating in the drills. 

He is charged with reckless endangerment, being held on $10,000 bond.

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