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The Inquisitr offers a constantly updated mix of the latest stories to hit the web, covering news, entertainment, technology, news, sport, health and everything else.
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sign

    The family of a Georgia man employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is worried that he was the victim of foul play. Dr. Timothy J. Cunningham left work early on Feb. 12 after taking ill and has not been seen since. His brother insists that Cunningham wouldn’t just walk away from his life on his own.

    The 35-year-old epidemiologist at the CDC in Chamblee is a graduate of both Morehouse and Harvard Universities. He has an accomplished career thus far fresh off a promotion to commander in the U.S. Health Services Corps. His brother, Anterio Cunningham, told Fox 5 Atlanta on Monday that Timothy wouldn’t just disappear because he has a great life.

    “My first mind is that something has happened especially considering the length of time he’s been gone,” Anterio told the news outlet. “Not having his phone, leaving his dog Bo alone, he just wouldn’t voluntarily check out like that.”

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    NRA Accused Of 'Undermining American Freedom' Over Allegation It Illegally Took Russian Money To Elect Trump

    The National Rifle Association claims it exists to protect the freedom of Americans, but critics say it directly violated that principle if allegations are true that it accepted illegal funding from Russia to help elect Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

    The NRA is under increasing pressure after its response to the school shooting in Florida, with activists taking on the massive lobbying organization for standing in the way of stricter gun control measures. There is an active campaign, led mostly by the student survivors of last week’s shooting, to lead a boycott of companies and organizations that support the NRA.

    This comes amid a growing investigation into the NRA’s funding. As McClatchy reported, the organization is facing a federal investigation over whether a top banker with close ties to the Kremlin illegally sent money through the NRA to help Trump win the presidency.

    The report noted that the FBI has focused on Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank.

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    In this Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, photo, people use the Bitcoin ATM in Hong Kong.

    A bipartisan push by U.S. lawmakers in both the Senate and House of Representatives may soon see the implementation of new rules that could impose stricter federal oversight on Bitcoin, a type of cryptocurrency that, in recent months, has seen a surge in investor interest.

    According to Reuters, the reason for this latest development is to address the risks posed by virtual currencies to investors as well as the financial system.

    Republicans are advocates of the free market, but in this instance, they are preferring to have some level of government regulation on Bitcoin. In other words, they do not want cryptocurrencies to threaten in any way the U.S economy.

    “There’s no question about the fact that there is a need for a regulatory framework,” said Republican Senator Mike Rounds, a Senate Banking Committee member.

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    Four Sheriff Deputies Hid Behind Cars During School Shooting Instead Of Confronting Shooter, 'CNN' Reports

    Four sheriff’s deputies had a chance to confront the gunman killing students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week but instead hid behind their cars, a new report claims.

    This week, new details have been emerging about the February 14 shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people, including the opportunities law enforcement officers may have had to bring an early end to the massacre. On Friday, sources at the Carol Springs Police Department told CNN that their officers came onto the scene last Thursday to find that there were three deputies hiding behind cars, joining the school’s resource officer who also remained outside during the massacre.

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    Miami-Dade Police Squad Car

    Ever since the Parkland school shooting, parents across the nation have been on high alert to ensure the safety of their children. But one Miami father has taken his efforts a step further. When he found pictures and social media posts of his 18-year-old son, Sean Mesa, posing with guns, he turned the teen’s cell phones over to the police.

    Mesa’s Instagram and Snapchat posts were already disturbing, but what police discovered saved on those two phones was arguably worse. The teen had child pornography saved on the devices and now he has been arrested. Mesa faces charges of child pornography and improper display of a firearm.

    The U.S. Secret Service probed the teen’s phones. According to the arrest warrant, video footage of a child under the age of 10 appeared to be sexually abused. The Miami Herald reported that Mesa had shared the video with two other people in a group chat.

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    will fedex cut their support to the nra

    Companies have started boycotting the NRA by cutting ties with the organization. NRA used to have discounts and other privileges with particular companies, but in light of the latest school shooting at Stoneman Douglas and the government’s response to the crisis, these companies took a stand and people are celebrating them for it.

    According to the Washington Post, Hertz and Avis are the largest companies to join the boycott. Other companies such as Enterprise Holdings, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec, Wyndham, Metlife, Best Western, Alamo, National, Chubb, and SIRVA have cut ties with the NRA as well.

    One of America’s largest privately held banks, First National Bank of Omaha used to be known as the “Official Credit Card of the NRA.” They used to offer 5 percent rebate on gas and other sporting purchases as well as $40 bonus card for NRA members.

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    NRA Reponds to Sherrif Israel

    The NRA has been under fire since the Stoneman Douglas shooting, and this time, they’re being targeted by the police authority present during the shooting.

    A CNN-hosted town hall meeting prompted victims and the sheriff’s office to create a statement regarding the government’s response on how to counter gun violence. During the town hall meeting, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel called out to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and said he understands what Loesch’s job entails, according to Hello Giggles.

    “I understand you’re standing up for the NRA and I understand that’s what you’re supposed to do. But you just told this group of people that you are standing up for them,” he said.

    “You are not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.'”

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    Nanette Fabray Portrait

    Emmy Award and Tony winner Nanette Fabray, known for her roles as Bonnie Franklin’s mother on One Day at a Time, Mary Tyler Moore’s mother on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the mother of Shelley Fabares’ character (who was also her niece in real life) on Coach, has passed away at the age of 97 in her home in Palos Verdes, California. According to her son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, Fabray died of old age.

    Born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares on Oct. 27, 1920, in San Diego, Fabray was only three when her career began. She became a Vaudeville singer and dancer known as Baby Nanette. She took to Broadway next in a steady stream of musicals, including Bloomer Girl, High Button Shoes, and Mr. President. But it was her role in the television series, Caesar’s Hour, that brought her three Emmy awards and a large audience of fans.

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    Colton haab family doctored email CNN scripted question

    After Colton Haab’s claim that CNN provided him with scripted questions, the media network responded in a statement denying scripting questions and subsequently releasing an email exchange with the Haab Family to Business Insider.

    The 17-year-old junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight where he told the host that CNN executive producer Carrie Stevenson rewrote a question for him at the town hall-style event on Wednesday.

    President Donald Trump tweeted about the Tucker Carlson interview and called CNN “fake news.”

    CNN denied Haab’s claim in a tweet which stated the following, “CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever.”

    The news network subsequently released the emails between Haab’s family and CNN. According to Business Insider, the family of Colton Haab provided a doctored email to support Colton’s claim that CNN provided scripted questions.

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    Study Suggests Rhesus Macaques Prefer Brands That Exude Sex Appeal, Promote Social Status

    It may seem like a very human trait to gravitate toward a brand or a product that’s being promoted by someone who’s physically attractive. But such a trait isn’t unique in the animal kingdom, according to the results of a new study on rhesus macaques and their reaction to specific types of advertisements.

    In a paper published this week in the journal PLOS One, a team of scientists explained how they looked into the possibility of monkeys being able to form similar links between sex appeal and the desire to buy a certain product. A total of 10 adult rhesus macaques were trained on how to use touchscreen monitors, then put through a series of tests where the researchers paired specific brand logos with three images of monkeys — a dominant male’s face, a subordinate male’s face, and a female’s hindquarters – to create a simulated advertising campaign. The team also included some scrambled images to pair with the brand logos.

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    Image of a female northern cardinal perched on a tree branch.

    Northern cardinals are famous for their trademark bright red plumes. This is why there’s no surprise that the unexpected sighting of a yellow cardinal in Alabaster, Alabama, has turned into a full-blown ornithological event. According to AL.com, birdwatchers and biologists have taken the city by storm over the last few days trying to catch a glimpse of the unusual golden songbird.

    Stunning images of the incredibly rare yellow cardinal, taken by professional photographer Jeremy Black, have been circling the internet since Monday (February 19). But it was Black’s friend, birdwatcher Charlie Stephenson, who initially spotted the uncommon flier back in late January, National Geographicreports.

    “I thought ‘well there’s a bird I’ve never seen before.’ Then I realized it was a cardinal, and it was a yellow cardinal,” Stephenson said in a statement.

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    Facebook slammed for offering first-person shooter game at CPAC.

    An embattled Facebook finds itself embroiled in another controversy of their own making just one week after the Parkland shooting, reports Variety.

    Last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School, in which 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 students and teachers, has reignited the debate surrounding gun reform in America. Survivors of the attack have called for a national boycott of the National Rifle Association and are in the midst of planning the largest student protest in modern U.S. history next month. During a town hall meeting hosted by CNN, surviving members of the Parkland shooting grilled NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, not mincing words in their denunciation of the pro-gun group and its role in the mass shootings.

    In response to the boycott, several leading advertisers pulled out of their sponsorship of the NRA, provoking strong comments from its executive vice president Wayne La Pierre at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a confluence of conservative activists, NRA donors, and gun enthusiasts.

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    Lovily Johnson: Mother Allegedly Left Infant Alone In Carseat For Days To Die, Claimed She Was 'Just Too Busy'

    Lovily Johnson allegedly left her 6-month-old son alone in a car seat in a hot room for days while she smoked weed with friends and ran errands.

    By the time the 23-year-old woman grew concerned that the boy was unresponsive and called a friend for help, officials say the infant was dead and already in an advanced state of decomposition. The gruesome case is gaining national attention this week as Johnson is in court facing murder charges.

    As the Miami Herald reported, police and medical examiners have testified about the several days last July that Johnson is accused of leaving her son, Noah, alone in a room that had no air conditioning. Police said it was over 90 degrees when they entered later the woman’s apartment.

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    Joy Reid favored by Russian trolls

    Joy Reid was apparently the favorite pundit of the Russian trolls who are now under a federal indictment. An anti-Trump liberal/progressive pundit who has regularly denounced alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Reid hosts the political talk show AM Joy on MSNBC which airs on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Eastern time.

    In an analysis of the information in the recent 37-page indictment filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Russian operatives, the Law & Crime website revealed the trolls’ apparent joy for Reid, who is also a Bernie Sanders critic.

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    #MeToo victim gets abuse after sharing his experience.

    The #MeToo movement has allowed thousands of sexual assault victims to share their traumatic stories of abuse on social media, often helping them mitigate the pain through collective bonding. But for Brandon Cook, it did not quite turn out that way.

    Inspired by #MeToo, Brandon decided it was finally time for him to share his story. Just like other victims, Brandon was concerned about whether or not he would be believed. First of all, he is a man, and we have all seen how male victims who have spoken since the #MeToo movement burst to life have been treated (see Terry Crews). Second, he is gay, which was sure to bring him more marginalization if and when he spoke out against the man responsible for abusing him. And third, his alleged abuser was a powerful man capable of seriously damaging Brandon’s career as a photographer in Melbourne.

    But when the time is ripe, nothing can stop one from speaking out.

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    Zion Shockley: Father Upset Over 'Call Of Duty' Loss Allegedly Takes Out Anger By Beating Infant Girl To Death

    Zion Shockley was so upset over losing at Call of Duty and being mocked by other players that he turned off his gaming console and beat his infant daughter to death, police claim.

    The 18-year-old Pennsylvania father is being accused of launching a horrific attack against his 5-month-old daughter that led to her death, the Miami Herald reported. The report claimed that the teenager was angry over other Call of Duty players mocking him for losing the game, with one calling him a “failure.”

    As the Associated Press reported, Shockley later told police that he violently shook the infant girl after losing at the game, showing them on a doll during an interrogation how he threw her up in the air and purposely failed to catch her. He also violently shook the baby for a full minute before leaving her alone to get a drink of water.

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    Brad Pitt’s mom, Jane Pitt, is begging her son to reunite with his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston. That’s according to an article in Radar Online where an alleged insider source claims that Jane wants Brad to get back with Jennifer now that her relationship with Justin Theroux is over.

    “Jane and the whole Missouri-based Pitt family haven’t been disrespectful about Jen and Justin’s marriage, but once it became apparent things wouldn’t work out they actively pushed Brad to get back in touch,” the source said to Radar. “Now they’re determined to see them back together for a second chance.”

    But celebrity rumor watchdog, Gossip Cop, is saying that the story is false based on their research. They confirmed that the two exes communicate sometimes via text but they haven’t seen each other in a long time. There was also no contact between them during the week since Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced their divorce.

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    Photo of Delta Airlines 767-300ER

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) backlash continues to grow in the wake of the nation’s deadliest high school shooting in history. The latest companies to sever ties with the pro-guns group include Delta and United. Of course, this doesn’t mean members of the NRA can’t fly via these airlines, but they will no longer be eligible for group discounts.

    Prior to this decision, card-holding NRA members received up to 10 percent off on all United and Delta flights. Per the Independent, Delta has also asked the NRA to scrub any mention of their airline or the previously offered discount from the group’s website.

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    The two are not together

    Rumors continue to swirl that co-stars Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner are involved in a secretive romance. The latest tales ignited by OK! suggests that it is Josh who is opting to hide his relationship with Ben Affleck’s estranged wife.

    The rumor began about Garner and Duhamel in early January as the two prepared to begin promoting the film within which they co-star, Love, Simon. However, the claims were immediately debunked by reliable sources who insisted that Jen and Josh had wrapped filming in spring of 2017 and had not seen each other since that point.

    This did not stop the fabrications from continuing, with OK! fueling the fire, quoting a source who claims that Fergie’s ex-husband has met Jen’s kids and has been to their California home on numerous occasions. Gossip Cop reminded readers how “Their purported relationship was upgraded from ‘secret romance’ to ‘red hot romance.’ The allegations, however, were just as false as ever.”

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    Parkland shooting was an epic intelligence failure

    The horrific Parkland massacre that rocked Florida last week has prompted a lot of discussion on what lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and civilians could have done to prevent the shooting.

    The shooting has led to a spirited debate on gun reform, with student survivors of the tragedy calling on lawmakers and sponsors to boycott the NRA, the pro-gun group which funds several elected officials in their campaigns. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, has proposed training teachers in the use of weapons as a measure to prevent school shootings. He also came down heavily on the FBI, which confessed to having been tipped about the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, at least a couple of times in the past.

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