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Emily Gipson, 16, who recorded a classroom anti-bullying video critical of her peers that drew more than 600,000 views on YouTube, got two days of in-school suspension when administrators at her high school in Lebanon, Tenn., accused her of “trying to incite violence.”
Michael Moffett, a state lawmaker from Loudon, N.H., said a constituent’s frustration with a neighbor’s ducks prompted him to introduce legislation to make the owners of domestic ducks or chickens subject to prosecution for trespassing if their birds damage a neighbor’s property.
Haley Barbour, the former Republican governor of Mississippi, said he will pay a fine, which starts at $3,920, after being arrested on Jan. 2 for having a loaded handgun in his briefcase as he went through an airport security checkpoint in Jackson.
Mike Parson, Missouri’s Republican lieutenant governor who was reimbursed $4,622 for travel expenses in 2017, is asking the state Legislature to approve an extra $50,000 for his office budget so he can have a personal driver when he travels on state business.
Victoriano Zamora-Jasso, 51, a Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally, faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to paying four American soldiers based at Fort Hood, Texas, to smuggle illegal aliens through a border checkpoint in 2014.
Althea Newell said a storm-toppled sign that was first put up by her late husband along an interstate near Prattville, Ala., depicting a red-tailed Satan with the message, “Go To Church or the Devil Will Get You!” has been salvaged and will be re-erected when work crews become available.
James Garrett, a deputy fire chief in Kansas City, Mo., said fire crews knocked out a window to rescue a 4-yearold boy in a submerged car that was left running and rolled into a creek in near freezing weather.
Alexis Vlachos, 41, of Montreal, pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court in Burlington, Vt., to smuggling handguns from the United States into Canada, including several that were left in a library that straddles the border between Vermont and Canada.
Jean-Claude Demars, 51, and his wife, Charlotte, 48, of Ovilla, Texas, are accused of kidnapping after, police said, they kept a woman chained next to a bed for nearly two weeks and only occasionally released her to pick up dog feces and do other chores.