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    Semaj Crosby, the 16-month-old missing daughter of Sheri Gordon, was found dead in Joliet Township early Thursday, NBC News reported. >> Read more trending news The girl was reported missing by her mother, Tuesday evening after the toddler was reportedly left outside playing with her cousins. A search party went out and Semaj’s body was found in a house near the center of the search area. >> RELATED: After one Chicago woman passed on, her husband of 69 years joined her 40 minutes later After the police located the body of the young girl, the Department of Child and Family services launched an investigation into the case concerning possible neglect by the mother. DCFS was reported to have had contact with the family in six prior cases of neglect, according to NBC. While four of the six neglect cases were ruled unfounded and two were prior pending investigations opened in March. As a result, DCFS was already in touch with the family and, hours before Semaji’s disappearance, a DCFS investigator was at the family’s house. The caseworker reported there was nothing in the home to endanger the child and Veronica Resa, deputy director of communications for DCFS, confirmed. >> RELATED: Verdict in for a Chicago man accused of luring an off-duty cop into an alley and shooting him “There were no obvious hazards or safety concerns at that time. DCFS has been working with the family, offering services since September 2016,” Resa told NBC. Authorities have recently confirmed the speculation that Semaj’s body was found in her own home, according to WGN News. NBC also confirmed that Gordon hired an attorney who reportedly helped police obtain permission to search the house in which Semaj was eventually found. With the body found under these circumstances, an autopsy will be performed to determine the young girl’s cause of death.
  • There are rumors that Fox News co-president Bill Shine’s future with the network is rocky, according to New York Magazine. >> Read more trending news  Shine’s name has appeared during dark times at the network, notably as an ally to former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes amid various sexual harassment lawsuits. >> RELATED: When asked about Bill O’Reilly, the president of another network had thoughts about the Fox News’ “culture” Fox News’ Sean Hannity took to Twitter to voice his concerns about the rumors and what it meant for the network: “Gäbe i pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it,” he wrote. Hannity also said that he knew someone was trying to get Shine fired: “Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired. And Gabe I KNOW WHO it is,” he added.
  • An Arkansas family is grieving over the death of their 23-year-old son, and wanted his obituary to send a message about the 'demon and disease' of drug addiction. >> Read more trending news Suzanne and Rory Tipton told KTHV that on the outside, their son, Nicholas Kellar, appeared to have it all. He was smart, handsome, funny and caring. But as a teenager, Nicholas was diagnosed with an immune disorder that required repeated treatments and caused pain, fatigue and depression. It was around that time that his opiate addiction began. The Tiptons supported all forms substance abuse treatment that Nicholas sought, and said that Nicholas had been clean for about two years before his accidental overdose death on April 14. The Tiptons revealed these details in the personal, touching obituary, in hopes of helping other families who are battling addiction. They said that they wanted to share their son's long battle with drug addiction 'not to dishonor his memory, but to shine a light on this epidemic that is ruining so many young adult lives.
  • Someone beat up and killed a man who won thousands from a scratch-off lottery ticket. >> Read more trending news Police aren't saying much about this case but the victim's family told WSB-TV that Charles Barrett’s debit card was stolen and used. They say 59-year-old Barrett had deposited a $17,000 check for his winnings from a $2 lottery scratch-off a little over a week ago and that whoever attacked him must have known he had those winnings in his account. 'It's very, very sad,” witness Taylor Smith said. Smith, a waitress at a nearby restaurant, said police swarmed Highway 9 in Cumming late Saturday night after finding Barrett badly injured on the side of the road.
  • A nationally known televangelist who came to prominence in Florida has become the target of a federal warrant. >> Read more trending news Federal agents on Wednesday raided the offices of Benny Hinn near Dallas. The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hinn's headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine, near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. According to Hinn's website, he was in Paris. Cameras caught IRS and postal inspectors walking in and out of his Texas office building. An agent would not go into specifics, but said his division investigated financial crimes against the government, including tax evasion. Hinn was one of six television evangelists investigated by the Senate Finance Committee in 2007. After three years, the committee made no definitive findings of wrongdoing. Hinn first gained notoriety in Florida in the 1990s, when he was the pastor of a church called the World Outreach Center. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • Police said an Albuquerque man who had a warrant out for his arrest gave his brother's name to authorities, but his plan to avoid capture backfired.His brother also had an active arrest warrant, Albuquerque Police told KRQE. >> Read more trending news Charles Gardner, 30, was being questioned by authorities Saturday night after he was caught sleeping in a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot. Knowing that he had an outstanding warrant, Gardner gave police his brother's name. When authorities checked records, they found an outstanding warrant for his brother.Gardner resisted arrest and an officer used a Taser on him, police said. Gardner is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, according to police records.
  • First daughter Ivanka Trump faced a number of critics this week after taking her first official international trip. German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited her to Woman 20 or W-20, an international pro-woman summit that attracted women from the G-20 countries. >> Read more trending news Trump faced a crowd of booers and questions about her role in the White House, but her most recent criticism came from an unlikely source. InfoWars site operator, radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones accused the first daughter of having policies similar to those of former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. >> RELATED: Alex Jones’ lawyer has a big revelation about his radio persona “Ivanka Trump’s policies are sounding a lot like Hillary Clinton, and we didn’t want Clinton in the White House,” he wrote on a blog post entitled “ALEX JONES: WE DID NOT ELECT IVANKA AS PRESIDENT.” “We didn’t elect her,” Jones said in a video that is posted on the site. He criticized Trump for meeting with Merkel and saying that the United States needed to consider helping Syrian refugees. The day before Jones’ comments were made, Trump had set her critics straight about the nature and importance of her trip.
  • Amid reports that Whole Foods Market could be the target of a takeover bid by supermarket chain Albertsons, another big investor in the Austin-based company is calling on management to consider a sale. >> Read more trending news Mutual-fund manager Neuberger Berman, which owns a 2.7 percent stake in Whole Foods, wrote to the company’s board this week calling on it to “immediately engage advisors” to review options -- including a sale or joint venture. The letter from Neuberger Berman was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Whole Foods’ shares were up 44 cents, or about 1.2 percent, shortly before 1 p.m. Central time on Thursday. Neuberger Berman’s call for Whole Foods to consider a sale comes less than a week after reports surfaced from the Financial Times that Albertsons, which operates about 2,200 stores, is considering making a takeover bid for Whole Foods. And it comes less than a month after investment group Jana Partners revealed it had built a 9 percent stake in Whole Foods and raised the possibility of either a management shakeup or even a sale for the company. Whole Foods has a current market value of about $11 billion. Neuberger and Jana Partners aren’t working together to put pressure on Whole Foods’ leadership, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. A Whole Foods spokeswoman said the company welcomes shareholder input. “We remain committed to continuing to take actions to drive shareholder value and position Whole Foods Market for the future,” she told the Wall Street Journal. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Neuberger portfolio managers Charles Kantor and Marc Regenbaum said Whole Foods’ has a valuable brand and a dominant prepared-foods business that set it apart from its rivals. Yet they said the company has fallen behind rivals in adopting new retail technology that could help it increase sales and profit margins. A number of factors, including intensified competition, have hit Whole Foods hard, leading to struggles in recent quarters. A March report from a Barclays analyst, for instance, suggested Whole Foods had lost 14 million customers since 2015 -- many of them to Kroger, which has stepped up its organic offerings. Kroger has also been rumored to be interested in Whole Foods, according to published reports. So has Florida-based supermarket chain Publix. Online retail giant Amazon last year considered making a takeover bid for Whole Foods as a way to boost its grocery operation, but decided not to pursue a deal, Bloomberg news service reported last week. Founded in Austin in 1978, Whole Foods has 462 stores worldwide and 87,000 employees. In its fiscal first quarter, Whole Foods recorded record sales of $4.9 billion, but saw its net income decline and also lowered its earnings projections for the year.
  • In March, Waffle House co-founder Joe Rogers Sr. died at age 97, leaving his 99-year-old partner Tom Forkner behind.  Now, Forkner has died, the Atlanta-based company confirmed Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Details on the death weren’t immediately released. The partners, who were neighbors, founded Waffle House in 1955 in Avondale Estates, Georgia. The pair had met when Rogers bought a house from Forkner, who was in the real estate business.  They decided the DeKalb County city needed a 24-hour restaurant. It launched Labor Day. Forkner stuck with the business side of the company as it grew into a southern icon, leaving Rogers to customer relations. The two largely phased themselves out of the day-to-day in the 1970s. They still spent time at the corporate headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, even in their mid-80s.  Look for updates at AJC.com.
  • Caitlyn Jenner claims she hasn’t spoken to her stepdaughter Khloé Kardashian in nearly two years. >> Read more trending news The former Olympian opened up to Andy Cohen on his “Radio Andy” show on SiriusXM. “She doesn’t want to talk to me,” Jenner said. “She hasn’t talked to me in, like, two years.” She continued, “That’s sad. I was very, very close to Khloé. I mean, I had 23 years of raising her. I met Khloé. when she was 5 years old.” Cohen then asked if Jenner was hurt by Kardashian’s actions and she replied, “Of course it hurts. Cause she was on ‘Howard Stern’ and called me a liar. And that kind of pissed me off too, cause I never lied to her, you know, if I didn’t tell her everything. First of all, she never asked.” >> RELATED: Nick Cannon dished on his ex-wife Mariah Carey’s most “diva” moment, and it is totally over the top Caitlyn Jenner has been feeling some backlash surrounding the release of her new memoir, “The Secrets of My Life” and said she stands by her work, even though her ex-wife Kris Jenner told her she “never wanted to talk to [Jenner] again.” “My book is honest, and it’s my story, and I’m sorry she feels that way,” Caitlyn Jenner said. “And I just don’t want her to alienate me from my children.” As for what she thinks will happen next, Caitlyn Jenner said she’s unsure what the future holds. “I don’t know, we’ll see how that goes off in the future,” she said. (H/T US Weekly)

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  • As if traffic on I-4 near the attractions isn't enough on it's own, a depression opened up in the median near World Drive Thursday, causing additional slow downs.   As emergency personnel arrived to investigated the incident, drivers slowed down to get a better look as well.   The depression, which is about 15 feet wide and 10 feet deep, was reported just before 5 p.m. rush.   The Florida Department of Transportation was evaluating the situation and had not released any information on what would be done to mitigate the depression.   No other details were immediately released.
  • Prosecutors are building a money trail of deposits, withdrawals, and lavish spending allegedly benefiting former Congresswoman Corrine Brown, through the testimony of an FBI Special Agent. But Brown’s defense says, at no time, did she have control of the account in question. Deputy Chief of the Department of Justice Public Integrity Section Criminal Division Eric Olshan’s questioning of FBI Special Agent Vanessa Stelly has spanned two days of Brown’s federal fraud trial. Stelly was assigned to this investigation as part of her work in the white collar crime division. She told the court she had worked through bank and business records for Brown, as well as the alleged sham charity One Door For Education, which Brown and a few others are accused of funneling money through. Stelly confirmed that at no time was One Door registered in either Virginia- where it was incorporated as a business- or Florida to solicit charitable donations as a 501(c)(3) organization. One Door’s President, Carla Wiley, opened a bank account for the organization in 2011, but it closed about a year later because of a negative balance. Wiley opened another account with a $250 initial deposit, and there was no activity until August 2012, when Stelly says there was a $25,000 check deposited by a Political Action Committee based in Virginia. That PAC is backed by a lobbying firm where Brown’s daughter, Shantrel Brown, works. Corrine and Shantrel Brown share a home in Virginia. One of the points that prosecutors are trying to hammer in is that there was a habit of using One Door donations for the personal expenses of Brown and a few others. To do that, Olshan first walked Stelly through repeated instances where bank records show hundreds of dollars at a time being taken from the One Door account at an ATM near the home of Brown’s Chief of Staff Ronnie Simmons, with a like sum soon after deposited in one of Brown’s accounts- also in Laurel, Maryland, where Simmons lived. Prosecutors further showed surveillance of Simmons making at least one withdrawal and deposit. Prosecutors alleged Simmons would sometimes withdraw the cash and give it directly to Brown, and there was a surveillance photo of Brown herself making one deposit. Another focus is a trip by Brown and her daughter to the Bahamas, and later Los Angeles. A July 2013 check for $3,000 from the One Door account made out to a specific Bank of America bank account said in the memo line that it was for children’s summer camps. Stelly says bank records show $3,000 being deposited around the same time in to Shantrel Brown’s bank account, and $1,000 being transferred from Shantrel Brown’s account to that of her mother. At the same time, Stelly says bank records show several cash withdrawals from One Door’s account in Simmons’ city of residence amounting to $3,000, the same sum which was then deposited in to Brown’s account as well. This all happened as Brown and her daughter first spent time at a resort in the Bahamas and then traveled to the Los Angeles-area, where they did a significant amount of shopping, according to Stelly’s analysis. When Stelly’s testimony resumed Thursday, the focus turned to more than $330,000 in One Door funds that the US Attorney’s Office says funded events hosted by Brown or in Brown’s honor which didn’t actually result in any kind of scholarship fundraising. There were several events Stelly says were represented as being paid for by another group, like Friends of Corrine Brown, but actually had at least some One Door dollars. Still other events were almost entirely funded by One Door, but raised no scholarship dollars. Brown’s attorney, James Smith III, led questioning where Stelly admitted that at no time did One Door apparently solicit donations claiming it would only be for scholarships. He added that some of those events, including an annual reception held in DC, could provide for good networking opportunities with lawmakers and other important parties. Additionally, Stelly confirmed that Brown herself did not have control over the One Door accounts and was not ever formally affiliated with the organization. This is a developing story that will be updated as testimony continued in to the afternoon. WOKV is inside of the federal courtroom and will bring you new information as it comes in.
  • A pair of protective hawks has residents in one central Florida neighborhood ducking and running for cover this week. The birds are attacking people who get too near their nests in Oviedo in suburban Orlando, local news outlets reported. >> Read more trending news It hits me on the side of the head, not just hit, but grabbed, knocked me to the ground. I had to kind of shake my head loose,' resident Beverly Bonadonna told WPLG-TV.  'At that point, I started screaming for my husband ... then it flew away, it finally let go. >> Related: Man allegedly stuffed puppies into pillow cases, left them in drain Bonadonna had to go to the hospital for treatment of puncture wounds and a tetanus shot, but she said more than anything she was terrified during the attack. 'I have never been attacked by one; never even considered that I could be. I have never, I mean, they swoop real low over our head but never considered it was really a possibility,' she told WPLG. Bonadonna isn’t the only victim. Another resident in the same neighborhood, Don Cochran, has a hawk nest in tree next to his house and has been attacked twice. 'He scratched me right in the back of the head, but if you weren't thinking about him, he could have knocked you down because he weighs about 5, 6 pounds,' Cochran said.' >> Related: Florida Fish and Wildlife searches for monkey on the loose Cochran says he now uses an umbrella to go to the mailbox and hasn’t been attacked since. Hawks and their nests are protected under Florida law and can’t be moved or harmed.  Sarah Elsesser contributed to this story.
  • A wildfire has grown to 250 acres this afternoon in Volusia County, crossing State Road 44 after the wind shifted. Called the Damascus Fire, it forced the Florida Highway Patrol to close a section of the road between DeLand and Samsula, so fire plows could safely work in the area. Julie Allen with the Florida Forest Service said 14 tractor plows are trying to keep the flames from spreading further, with assistance from local fire departments. Federal personnel are also on the scene. “We had a sudden wind shift in the midst of the battle, and it caused a little bit of an issue with spotting over,” she explained. Cause of the fire is not known, but gusty winds help it to spread in the mostly rural area.
  • Its not clear why he went up there, but a naked man spent hours on a 140-foot utility tower in New Orleans East. Firefighters were able to raise a ladder and rescue him about 3 p.m. He was seen being placed in ambulance. Power was cut off to prevent him being electrocuted during the rescue.  The tower is near a Luzianne plant, but on Entergy property.