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Young reporter killed in DC: Charnice Milton Killed

Young reporter killed in DC: Charnice Milton Killed, A local reporter in D.C. was shot and killed while returning home from an assignment Wednesday night.

Charnice Milton, 27, was found suffering from a gunshot wound in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road in Southeast, D.C. around 9:40 p.m. She was taken to the hospital where she died.

Milton was caught in a crossfire and was not the shooter’s intended target, D.C. police said.

She was an accomplished young woman and was well respected by her peers in her role as a reporter. She was also a beloved daughter.

“What does one feel but sadness and emptiness. You just lost the most precious cargo that Gods ever given you,” said Ken McClendon, the victim’s father.

McClendon and Milton’s mother, Francine, are devastated about the loss of their wonderful daughter.

“She had a condition of asbergers, and there were individuals who never thought she would get passed kindergarten,” said Francine. “But she graduated with honors and shes always been a miracle and blessing.”

Milton graduated both high school and college with honors, earning a masters in communications at Syracuse and sang in the church choir on Sunday mornings.

Writing is where Milton really found her voice. She reported for publications such as The Hillrag and Capital Community News.

“She was an excellent reporter and incredibly intrepid, she would go anywhere” Andrew Lightman, managing editor of CCN, told WUSA9.

D.C. police said they believe the shooter could have been on a dirt bike.

Police say there were witnesses near the shooting who could help provide information but have not come forward. They are pleading for anyone at the scene of Wednesday night’s shooting to contact them and any tips can be made anonymously.

New clues in Natalee Holloway case: Natalee Holloway

New clues in Natalee Holloway case: Natalee Holloway, It’s been 10 years since Natalee Holloway vanished while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, and after a decade of false hopes and dead ends, her father has never stopped looking for her.

Holloway was last seen leaving a nightclub with three men — two brothers and Joran van der Sloot, then 17.

At first, they told police they dropped Holloway off at her hotel. Then, the brothers said they took Holloway and van der Sloot to a different hotel. Van der Sloot said he left Holloway on the beach.

Hundreds of tourists and locals joined the search for Holloway. For months, international media covered the case.

Despite the effort and attention, the case went cold. Van der Sloot, now in a Peruvian prison after being convicted of murdering Stephany Flores in 2010, has never been charged in Holloway’s disappearance.

Dave Holloway believes his daughter was the victim of foul play, her body thrown in the ocean.

Holloway recently got a tip from a man claiming to have witnessed van der Sloot carrying Holloway’s body on the night she disappeared. Years ago, Dave Holloway received a call from the alleged witness, Jurrien de Jong, asserting his daughter was not in the ocean, but on land. Holloway originally brushed aside the call, one of many he received at the time from people claiming to know where his daughter was.

Holloway recently sat down with CNN’s Martin Savidge in Meridian, Mississippi, to talk about the latest development and his daughter. Below is a portion of that interview, edited for brevity and clarity.

Grotesque ‘gator terrifies: Alligator Missing Snout

Grotesque ‘gator terrifies: Alligator Missing Snout, A Florida woman spotted an alligator missing the top half of its snout in Lake Hancock near Tampa, Fla.

Myra Evans was biking on a trail on Monday when she noticed an alligator swimming without half its snout in the nearby marsh. Evans then captured a photograph of the alligator, with the creature’s bottom jaw and teeth peeking through the water.

“The alligator looked really horrible like he couldn’t eat anything,” Evers told ABC News. “I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about it.”

While the half-snout gator is certainly a strange sight, the injury itself isn’t that uncommon.

“This kind of injury usually happens when alligators fight with each other, mostly for territorial or cannibalistic reasons,” Gary Morse, a spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FCC), told ABC News. “They tend to get aggressive toward one another, particularly males during mating season, which runs from the end of March to the beginning of June.”

Morse said that Florida doesn’t provide any funding or facilities to rehabilitate alligators since the species isn’t endangered. Morse also noted that rescuing this alligator would be dangerous, and with injuries like this, there’s often not much that can be done to assist them.

“Injuries happen to all sorts of wildlife and when dealing with nature, the laws of nature are not always kind,” Morse said. “We can feel for these animals, but there are unfortunately times when there is nothing you can really do to help.”

Ben Stiller honors late mom: Ben Stiller Anne Meara

Ben Stiller honors late mom: Ben Stiller Anne Meara, Ben Stiller has paid tribute to his mother, the actress and comedian Anne Meara, who has died aged 85.

The New York-born star was known for her opposites-attract comedy routine with husband Jerry Stiller.

Her family said she died at the weekend but no details about the circumstances were given.

A statement said: “She is survived by her husband and partner in life Jerry Stiller. The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.”

In a tweet on Monday, Ben Stiller wrote: “Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne. All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her in our lives.”

Meara and Stiller, who met in 1953 at an agent’s office and married a few months later, worked together in the Compass Players comedy troupe, a precursor to the Second City organisation, before forming their own duo.

By the 1960s, they had become a popular comedy duo on American television, making 36 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Stiller and Meara were married for 61 years

Their act included skits such as an interview with the biblical Jonah after his encounter with the whale and parodies of TV commercials.

Much of their humour was marriage-based and focused on height – Stiller was 5ft 4 (1.62m), Meara was taller – and ethnicity – he was Jewish, she was of Irish heritage.

“Our marriage has lasted because we have the same feelings of insecurity about being an actor. We needed stability,” Stiller told the New York Daily News in 2012.

In the early 1970s, the pair began working separately.

She made the movies The Out-Of-Towners and Lovers And Other Strangers and had a one-year run starring on the television show Kate McShane.

She also appeared on television shows The King Of Queens and Sex And The City.

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Kendall dating British racing driver?: Kendall Jenner Lewis Hamilton

Kendall dating British racing driver?: Kendall Jenner Lewis Hamilton, New celeb couple alert – Kendall Jenner and Lewis Hamilton have been linked after hanging out together in Monaco.

The model was spotted wearing his gold chain, which is apparently code for the fact they are now getting it on.

Kendall, 19, is said to have been encouraged by her mum Kris Jenner to go after Lewis, 30, as she reckons he’ll be a ‘good influence’ on her daughter. Kris has recently spent time with Lewis getting to know him, and now sees him as a match for Kendall.

A source told The Sun: ‘[Kris] really wants Kendall to date him. Lewis and Kris have become friendly in recent months and she thinks he’s perfect for her daughter.’

Kendall is apparently always drawn to bad boys, so Lewis would be a positive change.

TV host slams President Obama: byron allen barack obama

TV host slams President Obama: byron allen barack obama, Byron Allen has branded President Barack Obama ‘a white president in blackface’. The comedian, who is also black, gave a rambling interview to TMZ about Obama’s description of rioters in Baltimore as ‘thugs’, which he said was unjustified.

He accused the president of not acting ‘like a black man’ and of failing to ‘stand up’ for the African American community, which is being ‘failed by the system’.

Black people, he concluded, have never been worse off, adding: ‘Black America would have done much better with a white president.’

Addressing the president directly, he says: ‘Remember who you are… It’s ok to be the president of the United States and also be a black man. It’s human. And guess what? People will respect you more if you stop acting like you’re not.’

His controversial words are nothing new for Obama, who has shouldered critique for decades.

At 28, after he was elected editor of the Harvard Review in 1990, he was condemned for failing to act as the voice of the school’s black community.

In his book, Dreams Of My Father, Obama addresses the backlash he faced, insisting his job was to represent every student on campus.

Twenty one years later, speaking to the NPR, he echoed that sentiment when asked about his responsibility to the nation’s African American community.

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Jury cries at mass-shooting trial: James Holmes Aurora Shooting

Jury cries at mass-shooting trial: James Holmes Aurora Shooting, Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case fought back tears as they looked at gruesome autopsy photos of a 6-year-old victim and were told how the bullets ripped through her tiny body.

Prosecutors used a mannequin on Thursday to explain the fatal gunshot wounds suffered by some of the 12 victims, allegedly killed by gunman James Holmes. The panel also heard a chilling 911 call that captured the chaos during the July 2012 shooting inside the Aurora cinema.

People in the audience sobbed and gasped as they listened to the grueling testimony about how the moviegoers died, the Denver Post reported.

The trial against Holmes wrapped up its fourth week Thursday. Holmes, 27, is accused of killing 12 people and injuring another 70 when he opened fire inside an Aurora theater playing “The Dark Knight Rises” in July 2012.

Man & missing dog reuinted: Florida Missing Dog Reunite Joshua Edwards

Man & missing dog reuinted: Florida Missing Dog Reunite Joshua Edwards, A South Florida man who was separated from his dog for eight years has been reunited with his pet.

Joshua Edwards’ Rottweiler puppy Duke disappeared from his South Florida home in 2007 when he was just a year and half old. Edwards searched for the puppy for six months but believed someone may have stolen him.

Last week, Maria Elena Cartaya spotted the now 9-year-old, 120-pound dog wandering the streets.

Cartaya took him to Tamiami Animal Hospital, where they checked the dog for a microchip. It linked back to Edwards.

The hospital notified Edwards, but he said he didn’t believe the news until he received a second phone call from Cartaya.

Edwards reunited with Duke at the hospital Tuesday and took him home to join his family’s three other dogs and meet his two young sons.

Aside from an eye infection, Edwards said Duke was in good condition.

Edwards said he wishes Duke could tell him where he has been, since he was obviously taken care of for most of his life.