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Madison police officer resigns after being caught with woman

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin police lieutenant has resigned after being recorded engaging in sexual activity with a woman in a police car that belonged to the Madison Police Department.

The department announced the resignation of Lt. Reginald Patterson as it concluded an investigation into the incident, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. A bystander in September had caught Patterson on camera with the woman in the back of a squad car that was parked outside of a Madison Farm and Fleet store.

The department moved to dismiss Patterson after finding he had violated multiple department policies.

“The recent actions of Lt. Patterson do not align with the mission of the Madison Police Department,” the department said in a statement.

Video of the squad car incident circulated on social media and Patterson was placed on administrative leave.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the incident, referred no criminal charges, according to the statement.

A Wisconsin police officer resigned after a recording surfaced that showed him engaging in sexual activity with a woman in his department vehicle.

The Madison Police Department investigated incident and concluded that Lt. Reginald Patterson violated multiple department policies. Patterson resigned after the department decided “a separation from service” was the most appropriate response.

“The recent actions of Lt. Patterson do not align with the mission of the Madison Police Department,” the department said in a statement.

The department placed Patterson on administrative leave for two months and did not name the officer involved in the incident, but local media confirmed and named Patterson.

The department had prepared to fire Patterson, a 15-year veteran of the department. Patterson apologized for the incident when he resigned.

Marcel Scott, a bystander, recorded the incident in the parking lot of a Farm and Fleet, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Video of the officer and the woman circulated on social media and Patterson was placed on administrative leave.

The woman involved was not a prostitute, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office conducted a second investigation and determined no action rose to the level of criminal charges

NBA fines LeBron James $15,000 for obscene gesture, warned for language

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NEW YORK — LeBron James was fined $15,000 for an obscene gesture by the NBA, which also warned the Lakers superstar about using profane language.

James made the gesture after making a shot late in Los Angeles’ 124-116 overtime victory in Indiana on night.

He had missed a loss at New York a night earlier after he was suspended one game for hitting Detroit center Isaiah Stewart in the face and drawing blood.

He used profanity in his postgame interview after the victory in Indiana when discussing the suspension.

Also Friday, the NBA fined Portland’s Robert Covington $15,000 for throwing his facemask at a referee.

He was given a technical foul and ejected for that action, with 49 seconds left in the second quarter of the Trail Blazers’ 125-121 loss at Sacramento.

Kanye West says presidential bid strained his marriage to Kim Kardashian in Thanksgiving prayer

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Kanye West posted a five-minute-long “Thanksgiving Prayer” to social media in which he opened up about his desire to reunite with Kim Kardashian and how his 2020 presidential campaign put a strain on their marriage

The 44-year-old rapper, who recently changed his name to “Ye,” shared the video of his prayer to Instagram. In it, he discusses the importance of taking accountability for his actions and declared that he thinks daily about “how I get my family back together and how I heal the pain that I’ve caused.”

“I take accountability for my actions. New word alert: misactions. The one thing that all my successes and failures have in common is me,” West begins.

The Yeezy founder opens up about drinking alcohol, saying: “I would drink to take the stress away and knock the edge off. Drinking affected my health and the health of people around me because I already had a hair trigger temper and this just heightened it.”

He also discussed going into “a manic episode” in 2016. Going “on and off medication” left him “susceptible to other episodes, which my wife and family and fans have had to endure,” he said.

After calling himself out for his ego and temper, West moved on to politics. The rapper ran for president in 2020. Prior to that, he was known for voicing support for President Trump and wearing a MAGA hat.

“Good lord my wife did not like me wearing the red hat,” West says in the audio. “Being a good wife she just wanted to protect me and our family. I made me and our family a target by not aligning with Hollywood’s political stance and that was hard for our marriage.”

West also discussed the press conference he gave early on in his bid for president when he revealed he and Kardashian contemplated aborting their first child.

“Then I ran for president without proper preparation and no allies on either side. I embarrassed my wife in the way I presented information about our family during the one and thank God only press conference. All my dad had to say afterwards was, ‘Write your speech next time, son.’”

The rapper also confessed to spending “money like crazy” and becoming a “self righteous Christian.”

“Mix that with being rich and famous and very very very very very very attractive and you got a Molotov cocktail ready to be thrown through the window of anyone who ever disagreed with me. I was arrogant with my Jesus like I just got me some Jesus at the Gucci store with a stimulus check,” he said.

West concluded by thanking Kardashian for giving him his family, and also expressed his gratefulness for “the life that God has given me.”

“I’m thankful for your time, attention, and patience,” he concluded.

West’s Thanksgiving prayer came shortly after he claimed on social media that God will bring him and Kardashian back together despite their pending divorce. He shared a black and white photo of him kissing Kardashian to his Instagram story Friday along with a TMZ story. “Kanye West Says God Will Bring Kim and Him Back Together, Inspire Millions,” the headline stated.

West also discussed the possibility of uniting with his estranged wife during a visit to Skid Row on Thanksgiving. “The narrative God wants is to see that we can be redeemed in all these relationships,” West said via Yahoo!.

“We’ve made mistakes. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve publicly done things that were not acceptable as a husband, but right now today, for whatever reason — I didn’t know I was going to be in front of this mic — but I’m here to change the narrative.”

The “All of the Lights” rapper went on to say God’s facilitation of his and Kardashian’s reconciliation would inspire other families.

Despite West’s desire to be back together with Kardashian, the reality TV star has seemingly moved on with comedian Pete Davidson. The two have been spending more time together and were recently spotted holding hands during a walk after celebrating Davidson’s birthday together.

Kardashian has been single since filing for divorce from West in February. They share four children: North, 8, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 2.

She later addressed the divorce during a “Keeping up with the Kardashians” reunion in June.

“I honestly don’t think I would even say it here on TV, but it was not one specific thing that happened on either part. I think it was just a general difference of opinions on a few things that led to this decision,” Kardashian told host Andy Cohen at the time.

At least 3 hurt, gunman wounded in bus station shooting

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — At least three people have been hurt after a man fired shots at a city bus station in southwestern Michigan.

The gunman also was shot and wounded by officers at morning at the Kalamazoo Transportation Center in Kalamazoo, police said.

Shots were reported about 9:15 a.m. and arriving officers found multiple victims. They were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The gunman also was hospitalized. His condition was not immediately available.

Further details of the shooting also were not immediately available Saturday afternoon.

Kalamazoo is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Detroit.

10-year-old among six injured in Durham, N.C., mall shooting

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(UPI) — A shooting at a Durham, N.C., shopping mall left six people injured, three with gunshot wounds, police said.
Durham police Chief Patrice Andrews said the shooting began around 3:23 p.m. on the second floor of The Streets of Southpoint Mall.
Three people were injured by the gunshots, including a 10-year-old struck by a bullet ricochet. The Durham Police Department said the child’s injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening.
Leonardo Williams, city council member-elect, told WNCN-TV in Raleigh, N.C., that a second person was hospitalized in critical condition and the third has non-life-threatening injuries. Police said three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the evacuation of the mall, but not by bullets.
Andrews said the shooting involved two groups of people who knew each other, according to The Herald Sun in Durham. Officers detained one person.
“We will be making several arrests, I’m certain, during the course of this investigation,” Andrews said.
The police chief called for an end to gun violence.
“We have worked with all of our federal partners to identify these individuals that are bent on coming to our community and wreaking havoc, we will be sending them to federal prison,” she said during a news conference.

Three people were shot and wounded during an apparent fight between two groups at a North Carolina mall crowded with shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving, the police chief said.
Authorities said in the late afternoon that one person was detained and there was no further threat to the public. A bystander described “mass hysteria” on one of the busiest shopping days of the year as shoppers ducked into stores for cover or ran for the exits.
Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews told reporters the shooting happened around 3:20 p.m. inside The Streets at Southpoint mall during a fight between two groups who knew each other. She said one of the victims was a 10-year-old child hit when a bullet ricocheted. Police said the child’s wound did not appear life-threatening. Police did not immediately release further information on the conditions of the other two who were shot.
Andrews said another three people were injured as shoppers rushed for exits following the shooting. In a news release, police said their injuries were not life-threatening.
She said those involved in the fight that led to the shooting fled, but she vowed more arrests. She said there was no further threat to the public.
“This is not a situation where someone came into the mall and indiscriminately began firing,” Andrews said.
WRAL-TV showed traffic snarled around the mall for more than an hour after the shooting, with lines of cars trying to exit the parking lot, and numerous police cars with lights flashing outside a department store.
Shoppers described a chaotic scene after the shots echoed through the mall, with some people taking cover in stores and others rushing for the exits.
Angela Lloyd had gone to Southpoint with family members to start her Christmas shopping. She said she was walking out of a store when the chaos erupted.
“I just hear shots firing, and as soon as that happened, everybody just kind of turned around and started running and screaming,” she said in a phone interview. “Some people were running into stores, some people were almost crawling into stores. Just like mass hysteria.
She took cover in a store herself, and she and others were directed to the dressing rooms in the back. One customer played a police scanner on his cellphone and kept people updated on what he heard, she said.
Her husband, Craig Lloyd, had just left the mall and was heading home to the town of Efland about 20 miles (33 kilometers) away when his wife called him from the dressing room.
“She said ‘There’s gunshots. They’ve got us locked in the store,’” Craig Lloyd said in a phone interview. “I turned around and went back to the mall.”
When he got back to the shopping center, Craig Lloyd said he observed a chaotic scene with some exiting the mall with their hands up and others like him trying to find loved ones. His wife was allowed to leave the mall more than an hour later

3 shot in fight at North Carolina mall

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Three people were shot and wounded during an apparent fight between two groups at a North Carolina mall crowded with shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving, the police chief said.
Authorities said in the late afternoon that one person was detained and there was no further threat to the public. A bystander described “mass hysteria” on one of the busiest shopping days of the year as shoppers ducked into stores for cover or ran for the exits.
Durham Police Chief Patrice Andrews told reporters the shooting happened around 3:20 p.m. inside The Streets at Southpoint mall during a fight between two groups who knew each other. She said one of the victims was a 10-year-old child hit when a bullet ricocheted. Police said the child’s wound did not appear life-threatening. Police did not immediately release further information on the conditions of the other two who were shot.
Andrews said another three people were injured as shoppers rushed for exits following the shooting. In a news release, police said their injuries were not life-threatening.
She said those involved in the fight that led to the shooting fled, but she vowed more arrests. She said there was no further threat to the public.
“This is not a situation where someone came into the mall and indiscriminately began firing,” Andrews said.
WRAL-TV showed traffic snarled around the mall for more than an hour after the shooting, with lines of cars trying to exit the parking lot, and numerous police cars with lights flashing outside a department store.
Shoppers described a chaotic scene after the shots echoed through the mall, with some people taking cover in stores and others rushing for the exits.
Angela Lloyd had gone to Southpoint with family members to start her Christmas shopping. She said she was walking out of a store when the chaos erupted.
“I just hear shots firing, and as soon as that happened, everybody just kind of turned around and started running and screaming,” she said in a phone interview. “Some people were running into stores, some people were almost crawling into stores. Just like mass hysteria.
She took cover in a store herself, and she and others were directed to the dressing rooms in the back. One customer played a police scanner on his cellphone and kept people updated on what he heard, she said.

Her husband, Craig Lloyd, had just left the mall and was heading home to the town of Efland about 20 miles (33 kilometers) away when his wife called him from the dressing room.

“She said ‘There’s gunshots. They’ve got us locked in the store,’” Craig Lloyd said in a phone interview. “I turned around and went back to the mall.”
When he got back to the shopping center, Craig Lloyd said he observed a chaotic scene with some exiting the mall with their hands up and others like him trying to find loved ones. His wife was allowed to leave the mall more than an hour later

Boebert apologizes to Muslim community after Ilhan Omar comments: ‘I have reached out to her’

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., apologized to the Muslim community for comments she made about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that many deemed Islamophobic.

“I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” Boebert said in a statement shared with Fox News Digital. “I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.”

Boebert sparked criticism over Thanksgiving after she was filmed telling supporters in Colorado that she recently had a run-in with Omar in a Capitol building elevator. She said as she was getting in the elevator with a staffer when she saw a Capitol police officer running toward them “with fret all over his face” in an effort to stop the elevator door from closing.

“I look to my left and there she is: Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,’” Boebert said, sparking cheers. “I looked over and I said, ‘Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.’

“Don’t worry, it’s just her staffers on Twitter that talk for her. She’s not tough in person,” she added.

Some of Boebert’s critics called for her to be removed from her committee assignments. Omar, meanwhile, said the encounter didn’t even happen.

“Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up,” Omar tweeted Thanksgiving evening. “Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout.”

“Anti-Muslim bigotry isn’t funny & shouldn’t be normalized,” the congresswoman added. “Congress can’t be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., also weighed in, tweeting: “These pathetic racist lies will not only endanger the life of @IlhanMN, but will increase hate crimes towards Muslims. The continued silence & inaction towards this hate-filled colleague and others is enabling violence. It must stop.”

“Shameful, deeply offensive & dangerous,” tweeted Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. “Yet another blatant display of Islamophobia targeting @IlhanMN. These comments are personally hurtful, legitimately endanger her & the broader Muslim community. Rhetoric like this must be denounced & anyone spewing it held to account.”

“Capitol Hill is a toxic work environment for Muslim members and staff when bigots routinely spew racist, Islamophobic vitriol unchecked and with no consequence,” tweeted Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo. “Congresswoman @IlhanMN, we love you, and we pray for your well-being and protection from this despicable abuse.”

Omar’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s inquiry on whether the congresswoman spoke with Boebert or accepted the apology.

19 dead, 32 injured in Mexico pilgrimage bus crash

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nineteen people died and 32 more were injured after a bus apparently carrying pilgrims to a religious site in central Mexico crashed.
State officials said the bus apparently lost its brakes and slammed into a building in the State of Mexico.
Six of the victims suffered injuries so severe they were flown to hospital in Toluca, the state capital.
Ricardo de la Cruz, the assistant state interior secretary, said the accident occurred in the township of Joquicingo, southwest of Mexico City.
The bus was heading from the western state of Michoacan to Chalma, a town that has been visited by Roman Catholic pilgrims for centuries.
There was no immediate information on the condition of the injured passengers. Many Mexicans go on religious pilgrimages as Dec. 12, the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, approaches.
Because they often walk or bike on narrow roads or travel in aging buses, accidents are not uncommon.
Mexico State borders Mexico City on three sides, and includes both remote rural villages and crowded suburbs of the capital.
Chalma was a site sacred in pre-Hispanic times before the 1521 conquest. After the Spanish came, believers say, a cross miraculously appeared in a cave that had been dedicated to an Aztec god, making Chalma a Christian pilgrimage site.

US to restrict travel from South Africa, seven other nations amid Omicron COVID variant

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People line up to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

President Biden will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting as a new coronavirus variant has emerged, administration officials said

Acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

Officials, who are still learning more about the variant, said the policy was implemented out of an abundance of caution given the World Health Organization has now identified this as a variant of concern.

“Our scientists and public health officials are working quickly to learn more about this variant,” one official said. 

This does not apply to American citizens and lawful permanent residents. As with all international travelers, they must still test negative prior to travel.

The discovery of a new Covid-19 variant first detected in South Africa prompted multiple countries to impose travel restrictions on at least six African nations.

Currently known as B.1.1.529, the newly identified variant appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of South Africa, and scientists are concerned that its unusually high number of mutations could make it more transmissible and result in immune evasion. The World Health Organization classified it as a “variant of concern” on Friday.

These are the countries that have announced restrictions so far:

•           Austria

•           Dubai

•           France

•           Greece

•           Guatemala

•           Italy

•           Japan

•           Jordan

•           Malta

•           Malaysia

•           Morocco

•           Netherlands

•           Philippines

•           Singapore

•           Switzerl

•           Turkeyand

•           United Kingdom

•           United States

While only dozens of cases of the new strain have been identified so far, they have been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium.

The cascade of closures began late Thursday as the UK announced it would be temporarily suspending flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

Japan has tightened border controls for travelers from the same six countries, bringing in a 10-day quarantine beginning 12 a.m. on Nov. 27.

Fellow EU nations Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Malta have all announced imminent entry bans to all travelers who’ve entered South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini in the past two weeks.

Singapore has opted to ban all non-residents from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe from entering, while nationals and permanent residents returning from any of these countries will be required to serve a 10-day stay home notice (SHN). Malaysia has also taken similar steps.

Meanwhile, Germany plans to declare South Africa a “virus variant area” from Friday night, which will mean that airlines may only enter from the country to repatriate German citizen5.

Starting Monday, Dubai will restrict travelers from seven African countries— including South Africa — according to Emirates, citing the country’s Covid-19 Command and Control Centre.

Jordan has announced any Jordanians arriving from several countries — including South Africa — will have to quarantine for 14 days, according to a report from Jordanian public broadcaster Al-Mamlaka on Friday. Non-Jordanians traveling from South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Botswana will only be allowed entry if they spend 14 days outside those countries in a third country, according to Al-Mamlaka, citing the country’s Interior Ministry. The new measure will go into effect November l.

President Biden announced that the United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged, administration officials tell CNN. Acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. Officials, who are still learning more about the variant, said the policy was implemented out of an abundance of caution given the WHO has now identified this as a “variant of concern.”

Switzerland has banned all direct flights from the region of southern Africa as well. According to a government statement published Friday, all flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa are forbidden from 8 p.m. local time for an indefinite period. Special government permits will be issued to repatriate Swiss citizens and residents. All people entering Switzerland from this region — as well as Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium — must present a negative Covid-19 test and quarantine for 10 days.

Greece will allow only essential travel from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi, the country’s health ministry said Friday in a statement. Travelers will have to obtain a special permit from the local Greek embassies and diplomatic missions to travel, the ministry said, adding that on arrival they will be tested and put in quarantine hotels for 10 days, after which they’ll be tested again. The new measures take effect Saturday at 6 a.m. local time (midnight EtTurkey issued a travel ban from five African countries — Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe — through land, air, sea and rail border crossings starting Friday night, according to a tweet from Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.:

2 Louisiana wrecks kill 7 in 24 hours; 5 not belted in

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RACELAND, La. (AP) — Two wrecks in 24 hours have killed seven people, including five who weren’t belted in and were ejected from vehicles, Louisiana State Police said.

Four people died and two were injured when a Mississippi woman failed to yield to oncoming traffic and a pickup truck hit her car and overturned about 5 p.m, Louisiana State Police said.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, two adults and a baby were thrown from a compact car that crossed a median and collided with an SUV and a pickup truck.

Two occupants of the Ford F-250 that hit the Mississippi woman’s Kia Optima were ejected when the truck flipped over about 5 p.m. Thursday just east of Raceland, a news release said.

Those killed in that crash were identified as Barbara Guidry, 54, and Catlin Leboeuf, 35, both of Wiggins, Mississippi, and Dustin Moore, 31, and Michelle Moore, 30, both of Raceland.

Guidry had stopped at a stop sign on Louisiana Highway 182 but then failed to yield to the truck coming down U.S. 90, police said. She and Leboeuf were wearing seat belts.

A front passenger in the Kia suffered moderate injuries and a rear passenger in the Ford suffered minor injuries, Trooper Ross Brennan said in an email. Both were properly restrained, the news release said.

Police said Angela Wilkins, 52, and Keayette Wilkens, 31; and 10-month-old Jacon Wilkens, all of LaPlace, died Wednesday on U.S. 61 near Gramercy.

State police said Keayette Wilkens was driving south when her Chevrolet Cruze crossed the median, hit a Kia Telluride SUV and was hit by a Toyota Tacoma.

Police said the other two drivers were properly restrained and suffered minor injuries.

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