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Fargo school board votes to stop saying Pledge of Allegiance at meetings

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The Fargo, North Dakota, board of education voted to no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance before board meetings, which they had been doing since March.
Seth Holden, board vice president, argued against saying the Pledge of Allegiance, saying it ran counter to the district’s philosophy.
“Given that the word ‘God’ in the text of the Pledge of Allegiance is capitalized… the text is clearly referring to the Judeo-Christian God, and therefore, it does not include any other faiths such as Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism,” Holden said, adding that this made the pledge of allegiance a “non-inclusionary act.”
Beginning each meeting with a “non-inclusionary act,” Holden argued, ran contrary to the diversity, equity and inclusion priorities of the school district.
Holden also argued there was text within the pledge of allegiance that is “simply not true.”
“The statement that we are ‘one nation under God,’ is the Judeo-Christian God… is simply an untrue statement. We are one nation under many or no gods,” Holden added, citing the practice of many different religions in the U.S
He also said it was an “indisputable fact” that “not all U.S. citizens have liberty and justice… therefore making the line ‘one nation with liberty and justice for all’ an untrue statement.”
Holden said the board could not adhere to board policy that they should be honest while simultaneously reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Holden said he understands what the Pledge of Allegiance means for many people, but also acknowledges that “for many others, it’s a constant reminder of a lack of liberty… and a constant feeling of exclusion.”
Board member Robin Nelson spoke in favor of continuing to say the Pledge of Allegiance, calling discussion of the motion a “distraction” and encouraging the board to stay focused on students.
Another board member, Nyamal Dei, who came to the U.S. at the age of 10, emphasized the diversity of the community. “We live in a diverse community, and that is what matters,” she said.
Dr. Tracie Newman, president of the board, said that given how “politically charged and divisive” the issue was, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance may not be a “useful” way to begin the school board meetings. She suggested beginning each board meeting with a shared statement of purpose in order to begin each meeting saying something “unifying.”
The board voted 7-2 to discontinue the practice of saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of meetings. The vote had no impact on the Pledge of Allegiance being said in the public schools

Britney Spears poses free in bed

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It’s Britney Spears
The pop star took to social media once again on to share a series of pics of herself posing nude in her London hotel room.


In one of the hot snaps shared to Instagram, Spears, 40, grabbed her cheeks as she showed off her backside – using different emojis to keep the photos PG.


“Heart or flower???,” she asked her followers, referencing the emoticons used to blur her assets.
Britney Spears naked in bed.


In more photos, the “Toxic” singer cupped her breasts with her hands as she struck sultry poses on her plush bed. She wore nothing but a necklace and a turquoise leopard-print thong, which she apparently purchased in Mexico.


Waking up in London with my Cabo thong !!!” she captioned a second post, where she also shared a snap of herself lying on her belly with her back tattoo on full display.
“ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT,” she wrote in another.
In a similar photo, she wore the same wild underwear as she covered her chest with her hands, but let her nipple slip out and censored it with a red heart emoji.
Not sure … tea or coffee ????” she captioned the racy post.


The pop star also made a joke about the lengths she went to to capture her photo shoot.
“I held my phone up with a book and a remote control to shoot this.. Spears shared.
The singer shared her revealing photo series just days after singing a new, edgier rendition of her 1998 hit, “…Baby One More Time.”


Spears has been speaking more freely and posting wild snaps to her social media pages after her nearly 14-year conservatorship was terminated in November 2021.


She posted photos of herself swimming in the buff earlier this month and posed topless in May after announcing that she had suffered a miscarriage.
Spears has been living her best life since tying the knot with Sam Asghari in June. At the wedding, she danced in a diamond thong.


The couple met in October 2016 on the set of her music video for “Slumber Party.” They took their love public in January 2017 and got engaged in September 2021.

1 killed, multiple injured when double decker bus rolls over on New Jersey Turnpike

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one person was killed and multiple passengers injured when a double-decker bus overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The accident happened on the entrance ramp to the Thomas Edison Service Area in Woodbridge, according to the New Jersey State Police.
At least 20 people were injured, some seriously, according to The Lakewood Scoop.
The ramp and outer roadway were closed while police investigated, officials said.

Plane makes dramatic crash landing on California highway before bursting into flames

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A small plane made a dramatic crash landing on a California highway, hitting a truck full of people before bursting into flames.


The plane crashed into the eastbound lanes of the freeway of the 91 Freeway in Riverside County near Lincoln Avenue just after 12:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said
Heart-stopping footage obtained by the outlet shows the plane drop out of the sky and touch down in the middle of traffic before skidding off towards the shoulder,

leaving behind a trail of burning jet fuel.


The pilot and passenger onboard were both able to get themselves out of the plane safely CHP said. The plane also crashed into a truck with three people inside, who were also fortunately unharmed.


Heart-stopping footage obtained by the outlet shows the plane drop out of the sky and touch down in the middle of traffic before skidding off towards the shoulder, leaving behind a trail of burning jet fuel.
The pilot and passenger onboard were both able to get themselves out of the plane safely CHP said. The plane also crashed into a truck with three people inside, who were also fortunately unharmed.


We’re) very fortunate today that the traffic was light, and the pilot appears to have made some good landing navigation that avoided what could have been a very bad tragedy,” CHP Capt Levi Miller told KTLA.


Video released by the Corona Fire Department shows the plane engulfed in flames and emitting massive plumes of smoke before a firefighter douses the aircraft with a water. Another photo from the department shows the charred remains of the plane on the highway.


The eastbound lane of the highway was shut down for several hours as authorities investigated the crash and removed debris, causing major traffic delays.

West Virginia man dead on vacation with family after offering to give stranger a ride

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A West Virginia man was killed while on vacation with his family after he offered to give a stranger a ride home, his family says.


Josh Wilson, 40, was driving back to his hotel with his wife and son when he stopped at a gas station in Myrtle Beach, SC. While filling up, a man approached and asked for a ride. Josh agreed to pick him up after he’d dropped off his family at the hotel.
“I didn’t think anything of it because he does it all the time,” his wife, Staci Wilson, told The Sun News. “He was always kind to everybody. It didn’t matter if you were homeless, a struggling addict, if you was rich. He was nice and he tried to help out everybody and that’s how we got in this situation.”
Staci says Wilson left shortly after dropping her off at the hotel, but never returned. Police say Wilson’s passenger allegedly shot him, causing him to crash the vehicle.


Police found Wilson inside his vehicle at roughly 1 a.m. Sunday after responding to reports of gunfire. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support, but died
Police have not announced any suspects in the shooting, and say there was no sign of the passenger when they found Wilson’s vehicle.
“I am trying to stay strong for the kids,” Staci told the Sun. “I went to the beach with my husband and came back alone. He died a day before my birthday. People were telling me happy birthday, but I don’t care. I honestly never want to celebrate it again.”
Staci and Wilson were set to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary on October 16, according to the Sun.


“I laid my head on his chest until his heart stopped,” Staci said. “Nobody deserves to be taken away from their nephews, their kids, their wife, who all really loved him and knew him as a person. He didn’t deserve that. We were supposed to leave as a family on the sixth. We were supposed to go back to work on the seventh. … He said he wanted to grow old with me, sit on porch swings and watch the grandkids.”

Trump says FBI searched estate in major escalation of probe

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said, a move that represents a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of law enforcement scrutiny of the former president.
Trump, disclosing the search in a lengthy statement, asserted that agents had opened up a safe at his home and described their work as an “unannounced raid” that he likened to “prosecutorial misconduct.”
The search intensifies the months-long probe into how classified documents ended up in boxes of White House records located at Mar-a-Lago earlier this year. It occurs amid a separate grand jury investigation into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and adds to the potential legal peril for Trump as he lays the groundwork for another run.
Familiar battle lines, forged during a a four-year presidency shadowed by FBI and congressional investigations, quickly took shape again Monday night. Trump and his allies sought to cast the search as a weaponization of the criminal justice system and a Democratic-driven effort to keep him from winning another term in 2024 — even though the Biden White House said it had no prior knowledge of it, and the current FBI director, Christopher Wray, was appointed by Trump five years ago and served as a high-ranking official in a Republican-led Justice Department.
These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump wrote. “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”
“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said in his statement.
Justice Department spokesperson Dena Iverson declined to comment on the search, including about whether Attorney General Merrick Garland had personally authorized it.
Trump did not elaborate on the basis for the search, but the Justice Department has been investigating the potential mishandling of classified information after the National Archives and Records Administration said it had received from Mar-a-Lago 15 boxes of White House records, including documents containing classified information, earlier this year. The National Archives said Trump

should have turned over that material upon leaving office, and it asked the Justice Department to investigate.
There are multiple federal laws governing the handling of classified records and sensitive government documents, including statutes that make it a crime to remove such material and retain it at an unauthorized location. Though a search warrant does not suggest that criminal charges are near or even expected, federal officials looking to obtain one must first demonstrate to a judge that they have probable cause that a crime occurred.
Two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the search happened earlier Monday and was related to the records probe. Agents were also looking to see if Trump had additional presidential records or any classified documents at the estate.
Trump has previously maintained that presidential records were turned over “in an ordinary and routine process.” His son Eric said on Fox News on Monday night that he had spent the day with his father and that the search happened because “the National Archives wanted to corroborate whether or not Donald Trump had any documents in his possession.”
Asked how the documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago, Eric Trump said the boxes were among items that got moved out of the White House during “six hours” on Inauguration Day, as the Bidens prepared to move into the building.

“My father always kept press clippings,” Eric Trump said. “He had boxes, when he moved out of the White House.”
Trump emerged from Trump Tower in New York City shortly before 8 p.m. and waved to bystanders before being driven away in an SUV.
In his first public remarks since news of the search surfaced, Trump made no mention of it during a tele-town hall on behalf of Leora Levy, the Connecticut Republican he has endorsed in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary to pick a general election opponent against Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Trump gave his public backing to Levy late last week, calling her on Monday the best pick “to replace Connecticut’s joke of a senator.”


But in a social media post Monday night, he was much more unguarded, calling the search a “weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.”
Other Republicans echoed that message. GOP National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel denouncing the search as “outrageous” and said it was a reason for voters to turn out in November.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican who is considered a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said in a statement on Twitter that it was “an escalation in the weaponization” of U.S. government agencies. Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, said in a tweet that the Justice Department “has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization” and said that if Republicans win control of the U.S. House, they will investigate the department.
That Trump would become entangled in a probe into the handling of classified information is all the more striking given how he tried during the 2016 presidential election to exploit an FBI investigation into his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, over whether she mishandled classified information via a private email server she used as secretary of state. Then-FBI Director James Comey concluded that Clinton had sent and received classified information but the FBI did not recommend criminal charges because it determined that Clinton had not intended to break the law.
Trump lambasted that decision and then stepped up his criticism of the FBI as agents began investigating whether his campaign had colluded with Russia to tip the 2016 election. He fired Comey during that probe, and though he appointed Wray months later, he repeatedly criticized him too as president.
Thomas Schwartz, a Vanderbilt University history professor who studies and writes about the presidency, said there is no precedent for a former president facing an FBI raid — even going back to Watergate. President Richard Nixon wasn’t allowed to take tapes or other materials from the White House when he resigned in 1974, Schwartz noted, and many of his papers remained in Washington for years before being transferred to his presidential library in California.
This is different and it is a sign of how unique the Trump period was,” said Schwartz, author of “Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography.” “How his behavior was so unusual.”
The probe is hardly the only legal headache confronting Trump. A separate investigation related to efforts by Trump and his allies to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election — which led to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol — has also been intensifying in Washington. Several former White House officials have received grand jury subpoenas.
And a district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, is investigating whether Trump and his close associates sought to interfere in that state’s election, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump says Mar-a-Lago home in Florida ‘under siege’ by FBI agents

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Former President Trump said that his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida is “under siege” by a “large group” of FBI agents.


“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said. “It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections.”


rump leaving NYC post FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago (Fox News)
“Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before,” Trump said, alleging that the FBI agents broke into his safe.


“What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee?” he said. “Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”


Multiple sources tell Fox News the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago is related to the materials Trump allegedly brought to his private residence after his presidency concluded.

That matter was referred to the Justice Department by the National Archives and Records Administration, which said it found classified material in 15 boxes at the residence
Federal law bars the removal of classified documents to unauthorized locations, though it is possible that Trump could try to argue that, as president, he was the ultimate declassification authority.


A source familiar told Fox News that FBI agents went to Mar-a-Lago and looked in every single office, safe, and grabbed documents and boxes without going through them on the property. They took boxes and documents to go through them later.
“They were not being judicious about what they took,” the source told Fox News.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, one of many criticizing the raid, called it “an unprecedented political weaponization of the Justice Department.”
They’ve been after President Trump as a candidate, as President, and now as a former President,” Noem tweeted. “Using the criminal justice system in this manner is un-American.”
Trump was in New York City when the raid was carried out and is now headed to Florida, Fox News has learned. An FBI source confirmed that FBI agents from Washington, D.C. who are on the bureau’s Evidence Response Team conducted the raid and notified the Miami Field Office just before.
Per standard protocol, FBI Director Wray and Attorney General Garland were aware of the raid even if shortly before and would have been fully briefed.


A White House official told Fox News it did not have any notice of the reported action and referred all additional questions to the DOJ.
A separate investigation into efforts by Trump allies to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol has intensified in Washington in recent weeks, particularly with the January 6 congressional committee holding hearings to reveal its findings.
Per sources familiar with the matter, the FBI raid is related to the alleged taking of potential classified information upon leaving Washington on January 2021 – not the January 6th investigation.

Olivia Newton-John, who played Sandy in ‘Grease,’ dies at 73

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NEW YORK (AP) — Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with such hits as “Physical” and “You’re the One That I Want” and won countless hearts as everyone’s favorite Sandy in the blockbuster film version of “Grease,” has died. She was 73.
Newton-John, a longtime resident of Australia whose sales topped 100 million records, died at her southern California ranch, John Easterling, her husband, wrote on Instagram and Facebook.
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” he wrote. “We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”
From 1973-83, Newton-John was among the world’s most popular entertainers. She had 14 top 10 singles just in the U.S., won four Grammys, starred with John Travolta in “Grease” and with Gene Kelly in “Xanadu.” The fast-stepping Travolta-Newton-John duet, “You’re the One That I Want,” was one of the era’s biggest songs and has sold more than 15 million copies.
“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” Travolta wrote in an online post. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

Physical,” the bouncy, R-rated smash released in 1981, was No. 1 for 10 weeks and was named Billboard’s song of the year despite being banned by some radio stations. An aerobics-friendly promotional clip, filmed in the early years of MTV, won a Grammy for best video.


Both musically and image-wise, she reinvented herself during those years. The blonde, ever-smiling Newton-John initially favored mild pop-country songs such as “Please Mr. Please” and “Have You Never Been Mellow” and soft-breathing ballads like “I Honestly Love You,” which in 1975 won Grammys for best female pop vocal and record of the year. But she picked up the tempo in “Grease,” especially after Sandy ditched her white sweaters and blouses for waist-high, black leather pants. “Physical” even made Newton-John blush as she told her would-be lover “There’s nothing left to talk about/Unless it’s horizontally” and finally called out “Let’s get animal! Animal!”
“I recorded it and then suddenly thought, ‘Goodness, maybe I’ve gone too far!’” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2017, recalling how the song had been suggested by manager Roger Davies. “I called Roger and said, ‘We’ve got to pull this song!’ He said, ‘It’s too late. It’s already gone to radio and it’s running up the charts.’ I was horrified!
Fans flooded social media to mourn her death. “Farewell with love to the legend who will forever be my first crush,” wrote actor Daniel Dae Kim. Added Tracie Thoms: “Olivia Newton-John is an icon. We will miss her dearly.” Gabrielle Union said she and her sister watched “Xanadu” “more times than I could count.”
She had a few hits after “Physical,” but her career declined and Newton-John became more likely to make news because of her private life. In 1992, as she was preparing a concert tour, her father died and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her marriage to actor Matt Lattanzi, with whom she had a daughter, actor-singer Chloe Lattanzi, broke up in 1995 and a years-long relationship with cameraman Patrick McDermott ended mysteriously. McDermott went missing during a 2005 fishing trip in California and his fate remained unknown years later. Numerous reports alleged that he was living in Mexico, with a new girlfriend.
“He was lost at sea, and nobody really knows what happened,” Newton-John told Australia’s “60 Minutes” in 2016. “It’s human to wonder. But you know, those are the things in life you have to accept and let go. Because whenever you go through difficult times, there’s always those concerns.”
Newton-John’s recent albums included “Stronger Than Before”; a holiday collaboration with Travolta, “This Christmas,” and the autobiographical “Gaia: One Woman’s Journey,” inspired by her battle with cancer and by the loss of her father.
Dionne Warwick, who featured Newton-John on her 2006 album “My Friends and Me,” wrote online that “another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir.” And Lea Salonga wrote: “Rest In Peace, Olivia Newton-John. Hers was one of the voices of my childhood.”
Newton-John married John Easterling, founder of the Amazon Herb Company, in 2008. She was involved in numerous charitable causes, serving as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme and as national spokeswoman for the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition. She also founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Newton-John was the daughter of German literature professor Brin Newton-John and Irene Born, whose father was Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born. The Newton-Johns moved to Australia when Olivia was 5, but she returned to England in her teens and lived with her mother after her parents broke up. She had early dreams of becoming a veterinarian but was winning singing contests in high school and before age 20 had toured army bases and clubs and recorded her first single, “Till You Say You’ll Be Mine.” In 1971, she covered Bob Dylan’s “If Not for You” and began a close partnership with a friend from Australia, John Farrar, who produced the song and later wrote “You’re the One That I Want,” “Magic” and several other hits for her.
She had loved country music, especially the records of “Tennessee” Ernie Ford, since childhood, but her early success didn’t impress critics or some fellow musicians. A Village Voice review likened her to a geisha who “makes her voice smaller than it really is just to please men.” When Newton-John beat out Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn for the Country Music Association’s top artist of 1973, Tammy Wynette helped found the Association of Country Entertainers, a club designed to exclude Newton-John and other crossover performers.
But Newton-John had a show business admirer who with her became one of movies’ most unforgettable teams. Travolta had starred in the stage version of “Grease” and for the planned film thought Newton-John would be the “ultimate” Sandy, the nice girl who gets tough in the final act and gets her man.
I worried that at 29 I was too old to play a high school girl,” Newton-John, who insisted on taking a screen test before accepting the part, told The Telegraph in 2017. “Everything about making the film was fun, but if I had to pick a favorite moment, it was the transformation from what I call Sandy 1 to Sandy 2. I got to play a different character and wear different clothes, and when I put on that tight black outfit to sing ‘You’re the One That I Want,’ I got a very different reaction from the guys on the set.”
She is survived by her husband; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; and several nieces and nephews.

Texas teen killed, father injured after suspected drunk driver crashes into home

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A Texas teen was killed and her father was seriously injured after a suspected drunk driver lost control of his pickup and crashed into the family’s home, authorities said.


Officers responded to the deadly crash at 6:17 p.m. in the 9300 block of Jason Court in White Settlement, White Settlement Police said.
The adult male driver of the pickup truck was hauling a flatbed trailer when he lost control and went off the roadway, police said. The vehicle plowed through a neighbor’s fence and trees before careening across the street and crashing into the home.


The vehicle smashed into a bedroom and another part of the home, FOX4 Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
Police said the teen daughter was pronounced dead at the scene. Her father was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the station, and her mother suffered minor injuries
The driver was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. It was unclear whether the driver was injured.


A woman who was in the passenger seat was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and was cooperating with investigators.
Police did not immediately release the identities of the victims or those in the pickup truck.

Six people shot at Atlanta park; one dead, 6-year-old critically injured

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One person was killed and a 6-year-old child was left in critical condition after a gunman opened fire inside an Atlanta park.


A man in his 30s was fatally shot and five others, including the child, were struck by gunfire during the 7 p.m. shooting.
The shooting was sparked by an argument during a baseball or softball game that was being played inside Rosa L. Burney park.
“As we’ve said countless times, we’re just asking the citizens just to find a way to resolve conflict without weapons,” Atlanta PD Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. told NBC affiliate 11Alive News.
“We’re just asking people to, you know, step away. We’re asking people just to let bygones be bygones.”


The man in his 30s was rushed to Grady Hospital, but couldn’t be saved, according to the local news station.
The 6-year-old is currently in critical condition at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Egleston Hospital, the outlet reported.
The suspect remains at large, police said.
The Atlanta Police Department is asking anyone with information to reach out to their office at 404-614-6544. To remain anonymous, submit tips to Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com.

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