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Couple surprises each other with marriage proposals on same day

What’s better than a surprise marriage proposal? A double engagement, of course. That’s what happened to Tori Monaco and Berkley Cade earlier this week, when the Texas couple discovered they both had been plotting to propose during their trip to Washington. 

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According to Buzzfeed, Cade, who is stationed in the Air Force in Texas, enlisted Monaco’s best friend to go ring shopping four months ago. Little did she know, Monaco, a University of Texas senior and New Braunfels native, called up Cade’s mom to say SHE had just bought a ring, too.

"[Cade’s mom] said she was planning a fun game night already, so I could do it then so Berk wouldn't be suspicious," Monaco told Buzzfeed. "I said great, I could incorporate it into charades, and she said how about Pictionary!"

Of course, the Pictionary-perfect proposals were caught on video: 

>> Related: Amy Schumer marries chef Chris Fischer in secret ceremony

Buzzfeed reports the couple is planning a wedding for Sept. 27, 2019.

Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz took Uber to the school, according to court records

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of going on a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, took an Uber to the school, according to court records released Thursday.

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The Associated Press reported Uber confirmed that Cruz used the service before the shooting. The company would not answer questions about if the Uber driver noticed strange behavior from Cruz, or whether he was carrying a gun.

The company said it is helping law enforcement with the investigation.

Related: Who is Nikolas Cruz, accused gunman in Florida high school attack?

According to the document charging Cruz with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a witness saw Cruz and recognized that he was a troubled student. He was wearing black pants, a black hat and a burgundy shirt. He carried a duffle bag and wore a black backpack. 

The minute the witness heard gunshots, a “code red” was called, the report said.

Cruz told police he was that gunman. 

Related: Who is Nikolas Cruz, accused gunman in Florida high school attack?

As students fled, Cruz said, he thought up a plan to discard the AR-15 rifle and the extra magazines he had in his backpack so he could slip out with the other students. Police found the items where Cruz said they would be.

Cruz remained in jail Thursday. A judge denied bond for the former high school student. He has been placed on a suicide watch.

Nikolas Cruz's social media pages had 'disturbing' material; have been deleted from Facebook, Instagram

Social media sites Facebook and Instagram issued a statement Thursday saying they had deleted the profile of accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz.

The 19-year-old gunman, who was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, had posted photos and at least one video that law enforcement officials called “very, very disturbing.”

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Cruz is charged with planning the attack on the school in Parkland, Florida. According to authorities, around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Cruz began shooting people outside of the school before putting on a gas mask, setting off smoke grenades, pulling a fire alarm and entering the school, firing an AR-15 rifle.

Cruz left the school after the shooting but was captured about an hour later. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel talked with reporters late Wednesday about what Cruz had posted online.

“We already began to dissect his websites and the things on social media that he was on and some of the things ... are very, very disturbing," he said.

According to some media outlets who were sent images from Cruz’s Instagram page, the account had photos of a young man posing with guns and knives, his head covered with a balaclava – a knit mask that covers most of the head and face. Cruz’s face was covered in most of the photos. The captions on some photos indicated he was feuding with others. One post about buying a gun read: “I plan on getting this but I need more information on it so if someone could give advice on how much I’m spending and background cheeks [sic] please to god let me know.” Another post showed a target that had been shot up. The caption read, “Group


Still another post offered a photo of the definition of the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” that included a Muslim slur. Allahu Akbar is Arabic for “God is great.”

Cruz also had a Facebook page that was taken down.

On Thursday, FBI officials said they had received a warning in September about a YouTube user named Nikolas Cruz who had commented on another person’s account

saying that he was “going to be a professional school shooter." 

FBI officials said they did not have enough information to track down Cruz, even though they had his correct name on the comment.

Severely burned victim sues Amazon after hoverboard fire destroys his home

Irvin R. Love was searching Amazon for the perfect Christmas gift for his girlfriend’s daughter when a hoverboard popped up at a bargain price.

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But the $264 hoverboard that was supposed to make Christmas 2015 special ended up torching Love’s Georgia home and leaving him so badly injured that doctors resorted to placing cadaver skin over his severe burns, according to a new lawsuit.

The hoverboard wasn’t even plugged in when it ignited, starting a fire so hot that it melted the gun safe inside Love’s home in Pooler, which is near Savannah.

His lawsuit claims Amazon knew that it was facilitating the shipment of poor-quality hoverboards from China that contained lithium-ion batteries that could be dangerous. Before Love’s house burned down, the lawsuit says, Amazon was aware of multiple instances of fires across the country caused by hoverboards sold through its website but did not warn customers who had purchased the boards.

Love suffered burns on his head, face, back and shoulders and has permanent scars, according to the lawsuit.

>> Related: Mail carrier called a hero after helping to save woman after fall 

Filed this month in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, Love’s case raises all sorts of consumer protection questions related to the one-click approach to shopping that many Americans now rely on.

Darren Penn, one of the attorneys representing Love, said shoppers may not realize what’s happening when online shopping and global production come together.

It’s basically an epidemic,” Penn said. “These Chinese manufacturers are so good at making knock-offs. Once they see a hot product and they know it’s going to be really good and very positive and consumers are going to want to buy it, they will manufacture a bunch of knock-offs very quickly and just flood the market with them.”

Hoverboards were one of the top items on Christmas lists when Love decided to buy one, and little companies with all sorts of names were popping up to sell them. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon was routinely selling hoverboards whose batteries did not comply with safety standards.

The issue of cheaply-made knock-off products “is a real consumer protection issue that needs to be addressed,” Penn said. “This goes way beyond just hoverboards – it could be any product,” he said.

>> Related: Man accused of shooting wife at Georgia nursing home captured in Texas 

Amazon declined to comment on the case when contacted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Penn said it’s difficult to pursue a case against a Chinese company. He said that Amazon makes that even more difficult by refusing to disclose information about the companies selling products on its site.

David Dreyer, another attorney representing Love, said most U.S. consumers rely on the nation’s product safety requirements and the ability to file a lawsuit in U.S. courts to be confident about the safety of the products they buy. But online shopping may expose consumers to risks they may not think about when they are shopping on a widely used site such as Amazon.

“People in China have been making a lot of bad stuff for a long time, the only difference is that Amazon now brings it to our front door,” Dreyer said. “But for that, people would not have rooted around the internet trying to find a manufacturer in China to get a hoverboard.”

>> Related: Classmate saves student when she starts choking on candy

Love’s lawsuit names a series of defendants involved in making and importing the hoverboard and its component parts – including the battery.

The suit accuses the companies of failing to warn consumers about the dangers of the product. It also says the companies failed to properly design, manufacture and test the hoverboards.

In recent years, fires have been associated with a variety of products that rely on lithium-ion batteries: hoverboards, laptops and even smart phones.

Love purchased the hoverboard in November 2015. Amazon pulled some hoverboards from its site in late December 2015, after safety concerns started to be raised.

In 2016, more than 500,000 hoverboards were recalled by 11 different companies, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The commission’s website says it is aware of more than 250 hoverboard incidents related to fires or overheating since 2015.

The commission says a consumer seeking to buy a hoverboard should check to make sure it meets safety standards.

But the commission cautions that even compliance with standards doesn’t guarantee that a hoverboard won’t catch fire.

Last year, a 2-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl died in a Pennsylvania house fire cause by hoverboard.

In 2016, a Nashville family sued Amazon, claiming a hoverboard burned their home down, and last year a California family sued Amazon, saying a hoverboard with a cheap battery caused a fire at their house that killed their two dogs.

The attorneys involved in Love’s case said consumers need to look beyond the Amazon name before buying a product.

>> Related: Man complains about Target security, returns to store to steal, police say

“My take away would be always make sure you read who the actual seller is and who the manufacturer is and verify this is actually what I am intending to buy,” Penn said.

Florida shooting survivor’s grandpa saw family slain in 1st US mass shooting

A 17-year-old survivor of Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school found herself mirroring the actions of her grandfather 69 years before, as he hid in a closet as a gun-toting killer opened fire.

Carly Novell, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, wrote on Twitter that her grandfather went through an oddly similar situation nearly seven decades ago. 

“This is my grandpa. When he was 12 years old, he hid in a closet while his family was murdered during the first mass shooting in America,” Novell wrote. “Almost 70 years later, I also hid in a closet from a murderer. These events shouldn’t be repetitive. Something has to change. #douglasstrong”

Novell survived uninjured, but 17 of her classmates and teachers were killed. The accused shooter, a 19-year-old former student, Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of murder. 

Novell said Thursday that her late grandfather, Charles Cohen, was living with his family in Camden, New Jersey, in 1949, when a 28-year-old man named Howard Unruh committed what is considered the first mass shooting in U.S. history. 

“I didn’t really go through the same thing, because he didn’t turn out as lucky,” Novell said. “But I wish he was still alive because I feel like he could understand how I feel right now.”

It was 3 a.m. on Sept. 6, 1949, when Unruh returned home from a movie to find that the gate on a new fence he’d constructed at the rear of his backyard was missing. According to Smithsonian Magazine, Unruh had erected the fence as part of a squabble with the Cohens, who lived next door and owned the drugstore below the apartment Unruh shared with his mother. 

Unruh, a World War II veteran who had been stewing for years over petty slights with several of his neighbors, went into his apartment and prepared his German Luger pistol and his ammunition, Smithsonian reported. After compiling a mental list of who he wanted dead, he slept for a few hours. 

When he awoke that Tuesday morning, Unruh unleashed what was later called his “Walk of Death” through the neighborhood, killing 13 people and wounding three more in the span of about 20 minutes. One of the dead was a 6-year-old boy getting a haircut in the neighborhood barbershop, according to the New York Times

Unruh targeted local business owners, but also fired at several people in the wrong place at the wrong time as he made his way back toward home. He then went after the Cohens, walking into the family’s drugstore and killing a customer. 

The Times reported that pharmacist Maurice Cohen -- Novell’s great-grandfather -- fled to the roof of the family’s apartment, which, like Unruh’s unit, was situated above the drugstore. The pharmacist’s wife, Rose Cohen, 38, hid in a closet after pushing 12-year-old Charles Cohen into another closet. 

Unruh shot Maurice Cohen, 40, in the back, causing him to fall to the street below, the Times said. Rose Cohen was shot and killed through the door of the closet in which she sought refuge. 

Maurice Cohen’s mother, Minnie Cohen, 63, was killed in a bedroom as she frantically tried to call police.

Unruh was eventually captured after barricading himself in his apartment and engaging in a shootout with about 50 police officers.

Charles Cohen recalled the rampage for the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2009, on the 60th anniversary of the massacre. He told the newspaper that he huddled in a closet after his mother yelled, “Hide, Charles! Hide!”

Then 72 years old, Cohen expressed disappointment that the man who killed his family was still alive, although Unruh was in poor physical health at the time. 

“You get through it, but you never get over it,” Cohen said his family’s deaths. “I think about my parents every day.”

Cohen died of a stroke just three days after giving that final interview. The Courier-Post, which serves Camden, reported that Cohen was buried 60 years to the day after his family was murdered. 

Cohen was the last survivor of Unruh’s “Walk of Death.”

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Unruh, 88, died a little over a month after Cohen at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, the Times reported. Diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia, he never stood trial.

He was instead confined to the hospital’s ward for the criminally insane until 1993, when he was moved to a geriatric unit on the grounds. 

During the rampage, as Unruh barricaded himself in his apartment, the assistant city editor of the Courier-Post called him and asked how many people he had killed, the Times said

“I don’t know, I haven’t counted,” Unruh said. “Looks like a pretty good score.”

“Why are you killing people?” the newspaper editor asked.

“I don’t know,” Unruh said

Kim Kardashian, Gabrielle Union, more celebs call for gun control after Florida school shooting

A 19-year-old gumnan killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14 just as students were being dismissed. Police have charged the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, of premeditated murder.

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As students, staff, family and friends continue to sort through loss and pain, some celebrities are expressing frustration and sadness. 

Many have called for an end to gun violence and better gun control measures, while others offered prayers and condolences.

Read some celebrity reactions to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting below.

Sexual misconduct allegations against Shaun White resurface in PyeongChang

Shaun White’s third run during Tuesday’s men’s halfpipe finals was historic.

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Through the eyes of snowboarding and Winter Games novices and pros alike, White achieved the impossible with a 97.75 score and earned his third goal medal at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

Fans in the United States and all over the world saw White break down in tears, struck by his accomplishment and near flawless performance. 

While nothing should take away from this moment, but the full picture of White needs to be addressed in light of the #MeToo movement.

The day of the halfpipe finals, a lawsuit filed in May 2016 by the former drummer of White’s band “Bad Things” that alleged several disgusting claims of sexual misconduct resurfaced along with the question, “Why has White been exempt from the #MeToo conversation?”

>> Related: Photos: 2018 Winter Olympics: Shaun White Wins Gold

For months, women and victims of sexual violence have come forward against celebrities in Hollywood, politicians, coaches, general managers and one disgraced Olympic team doctor alleging sexual misconduct and society has mostly listened and done due diligence to investigate.

But when it comes to star athletes, the rules appear to be different.

>> Related: Photos: 2018 Winter Olympics: Chloe Kim Wins Gold 

The lawsuit, which was settled, alleged White became hostile after the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and sent the former drummer pictures of male genitalia and several pornographic videos and referred to the victim as “bitch” regularly.

Many of the messages sent from White to the victim are on record and White has admitted to sending them.

The lawsuit also claims White forced the victim to drink vodka, to change clothes because they weren’t to his liking and stuck his hands in his pants and forced the victim to smell them among other claims.

>> Related: 2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Mirai Nagasu?

The alleged victim sought wages in the lawsuit that were withheld from her during her time with “Bad Things.” The lawsuit claimed all members had pay taken away to cut costs in January 2014, but all pay was restored to the male members shortly after. The victim, the only female member of the band at the time, did not have her pay restored by White. The lawsuit states White “believed she ‘did not need the money.’” 

White settled the lawsuit in May 2017.

After winning his third Olympic gold medal Tuesday, White attended a press conference where not one female reporter was called on by the U.S. Olympic Committee for the duration of White’s availability. 

>> Related: Finland snowboarding coach keeps calm by knitting during competition 

ABC News’ Matt Gutman who was called on asked White if he thought the allegations would tarnish his career. White brushed off the allegations from the lawsuit settled last May as “gossip”, even though— as stated above— he has admitted to sending lewd and suggestive items to the victim.

“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip,” White said. “I don’t think (the allegations will tarnish my career). I am who I am and I’m proud of who I am and my friends love me and vouch for me.”

Gutman asked if White thought the allegations were merely “gossip” as a follow up, the U.S. Olympic Committee moderator brushed off the question and asked reporters to only ask about White’s gold medal.

>> Related: Mikaela Shiffrin of Team USA wins Olympic gold medal in women's giant slalom

The encounter from White’s press conference and tweets from sports journalists can be seen below:

Man accused of shooting wife at Georgia nursing home captured in Texas

A man accused of fatally shooting his wife outside an Augusta nursing home was captured at a Texas airport, authorities said Thursday.

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On Thursday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said. Richard Lyle Timmons, 29, was apprehended in Fort Worth with help from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Authorities had been looking for Timmons since Friday, when he allegedly shot and killed 34-year-old Jazna O. Timmons outside the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home where she worked. According to a petition filed this month obtained by the Augusta Chronicle, the victim was in fear of Timmons and filed for divorce.

Officials said Timmons faces charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Classmate saves student when she starts choking on candy

An 8 -year-old boy is being called a hero when he noticed a classmate was choking on a piece of candy.

Andrew Ramirez knew just what to do when his friend Makayla Annis was in trouble.

“My desk partner made me laugh too hard when I ate a gummy bear and then I kind of tried to swallow it and I started choking,” Makayla told KFSN.

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Andrew said he saw her choking and grabbing at her neck so he gave her the Heimlich maneuver. 

But his dad didn’t believe the story that Andrew told him. His dad’s a doctor in the area and was surprised that not only was the story Andrew told him confirmed by Andrew’s mother, but also that the boy knew what to do.

Dr. Rene Ramirez said he didn’t realize that Andrew had practiced doing the Heimlich.

“If they’re choking you get them right around here and you just push back like you’re giving them a really big hug,” Andrew explained to KFSN.

And the medical knowledge Andrew already has may be the first step in a medical career.

“I would like to be a doctor very, very much,” Andrew told KFSN.

“I did let him know if he is to be an emergency doctor, he got his first save,” Rene Ramirez told KFSN.

'A kid that's 19 shouldn't have a gun:' Student at Florida school shooting recounts tense hours hiding in closet

The following account was shared by Sofie Whitney, 17, a senior at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland:

“We were in our fourth period, which is our drama class. We were all in there and were rehearsing. The fire alarm went off and we were kind of confused because we had a real fire drill earlier that day. So, we were a little hesitant to go outside. And then, we walked outside and we heard a couple gunshots.

“The building I was in was right across from the building that the shooting happened. So, it was very loud… We didn’t really know it was a gunshot because, in my head, gunshots are like one shot, but apparently he had an automatic weapon so it was just really loud bangs. When we went out there we saw administration and we saw people like freaking out. So we all, all of our instincts were just to run. And then, we saw people telling us ‘go back in the classroom,’ so we just ran back there instinctively.

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“There’s a pretty big closet in the back of the room, but there’s about 65 kids in that class, because we are like a production class that puts on shows, so we had a lot of kids. So we all went in the closet. It was really dark, but we all somehow fit in. And, our teacher (Melody Herzfeld) barricaded the door.

(The atmosphere) was really hostile, because drama kids have very big personalities and we were all just super scared and you could tell. And everyone was, like every time anyone would make a sound everyone would shush them. And, we could hear people crying. We were all trying to talk to our family on the phones. But not, like, talk. We were all trying to contact them over text or however we could.

“We all kind of knew (to stay quiet) because our school prepared us for this. But like, you can’t. I don’t know. We all just knew that making noise could only draw attention to our classroom, so we all were quiet.

“I eventually got (cellular) service, because I used my friend’s phone. I talked to my family. I was getting texts from people across the country that I know, telling me, asking if I was OK and that was when I realized that it was a lot worse than we all thought it was. 

“I started getting texts from people I haven’t spoken to in years that live in Pennsylvania and New York, saying, ‘Are you OK? I just heard about it on the news!’

I just was, like, ‘I need to stay calm,’ because freaking out isn’t going to help. But I, never in a million years, like, I was so confident that we were going to make it out alive. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I felt safe because I was with all of my friends, or my teacher. But, I guess, being in drama, I don’t know. I felt like I was in the safest place I could have been. Even though we were so close to the shooting, I don’t know. I never had a doubt that we (weren’t) going to die. People around me did. But, I just felt like we were going to be OK.

“I was with my best friend Dylan. I know there were 65 kids in there but I’m pretty sure it felt like we were the only two people in there, because I just… If she wasn’t it there, I don’t know what I would have done.

“We had a friend that was talking, because one of her family friends was, is a sheriff in Broward. So, he was giving us updates, saying that the SWAT team was coming, so that was, that’s all we heard until the SWAT team arrived. 

“Most of my friends are in drama. And everyone in drama survived. But a lot of people, none of my close friends passed away, but a lot of people I know did.

“I’d never heard of (Nikolas Cruz) in my life. We have so many kids in our school, I only know like 100 or 200 people.

“A kid that’s 19 shouldn’t have a gun.”

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