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Lady Gaga visits White House to discuss bullying

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By Lauren Regnier

The eccentric pop star, Lady Gaga, visited the White House Tuesday to discuss prevention of bullying in schools.

Gaga was welcomed by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett who praised her as "a source of strength for many young people who feel isolated and scared at their schools," reported the Washington Post.

She met with Obama administration staffers on the issue, but did not have a chance to meet with the President because he was traveling in Kansas for a speech on the economy, reported the Washington Post.

In a White House blog post Jarrett said, "Lady Gaga has described this cause as a personal one," reported ABC News. "She has said that as a child, she was often picked on for being different."

Gaga connected with the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University to start the Born This Way Foundation, which will promote child safety in schools, ABC News.

Jarrett said the administration was looking forward to supporting the foundation, reported Washington Post.

Georgia pediatrician charged with child porn

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By Lauren Regnier

A 41-year-old pediatrician was arrested Thursday and charged with possession and receipt of child pornography.

Yancy Craft, also known as Travis Mobley and formerly of Memphis, Tenn. was taken into custody for FBI agents in Columbus, Georgia, reported CNN.

According to the FBI, the investigation started by the FBI Memphis Crimes Against Children Task Force, but was transferred to Columbus when they discovered that Craft relocated to that area for an imminent job placement, reported ABC WKRN.

Craft could not be reached for comment and it is unknown whether or not he has an attorney, reported CNN.

He was scheduled to appear before a court magistrate Thursday afternoon, reported ABC WKRN.

By Lauren Regnier

Police are investigating whether the mother of a missing Washing toddler created a dating profile seeking a "sugar daddy."

Police contacted the owner of the dating website seekingarrangement.com, Brandon Wade, last week and asked for information about Julia Biryukova, the mother, reported Fox News. He gave police login information and messages on the account.

The free profile does not require proof of identity, reported CBS News">CBS News. The creator identified herself as "JB."

The page was created by someone in Washington in July and was last accessed on Oct. 26, reported Fox News.

According to the profile "JB" wants $3,001 - $5,000 per month, reported CBS News.

The profile contains nine pictures of Biryokova says she is a "mommy of two beautiful babies," reported CBS News.

Biryokova told police that her 2-year-old went missing on Nov. 6 after she left him in the car for an hour while her and her 4-year-old daughter went to get gas when they ran out, reported Fox News.

Police said the car started and ran fine when they took it for a test drive.

Police have recieved 900 tips about the missing toddler and have hundreds of investigators searching for him, reported CBS News. Police have reportedly said that suspect foul play in the boy's disappearance.

Trucker killed in intense fire after two tankers collide

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By Lauren Regnier

Two tanker trucks collided and burst into flames on a freeway near Phoenix Wednesday morning, killing one of the truck drivers and closing Interstate 10.

The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. when a milk truck rear-ended another tanker truck carrying 7,700 gallons of diesel gas byproduct, which caused an intense eruption of flames and billows of black smoke reported the Star Tribune.

The milk truck driver died, reported the Star Tribune. The driver of the petroleum tanker got out on his own, uninjured, Phoenix Fire Department pokesman Capt. Scott McDonald said.

City of Chandler police ordered evacuations and moved people from hotels, homes and business within a 1-mile radium east of the freeway, reported the Star Tribune. On the west side of I-10, residents were cautioned to stay in their homes.

Horizon Learning Center located just southeast of where the collision took place, was closed and evacuated, reported ABC 15.

Parents had to fight the traffic caused by backups from the crash, reported ABC 15. The school kept the children indoors and released them as their parents came to pick them up, which was a two-hour process.

Both I-10 lanes plan to be reopened by 5 a.m. Thursday.


Halloween shootings leave 2 dead, 13 hurt in New Orleans

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By Lauren Regnier

Two people were killed and 13 others were injured in a four different shootings in New Orleans early Tuesday morning.

The first shooting took place on Bourbon Street shortly after midnight, reported WAFB.

A 25-year-old man who was shot died at the hospital, reported CNN. Seven others were injured whose ages ranged from 19-50.

The second shooting broke out at near Canal Street shortly before 2 a.m., where two men and two women were shot and one died, reported WAFB.

Police caught a two men in a foot-pursuit after they heard gunshots and saw two males fleeing the scene, reported CNN. One of the them was released after questioning, but a 24-year-old faces charges of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder, police said.


McRib returns nationwide for the second year in a row

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By Lauren Regnier

McDonald's beloved boneless barbecue pork sandwich is back yet again.

McDonald's Corp. announced Monday that the McRib will be returning, this time nationwide through Nov. 14, reported the Star Tribune.

This is the second year in a row that the McRib has returned in all U.S. restaurants at the same time, reported the Orange County Register. They usually show up at randomly at restaurants at all different times of the year.

Sales usually spike when the McRib returns because of it's popular demand, reported the Orange County Register.

The sandwich came about in 1982, reported the Star Tribune. It's dressed with pickled, onions, and barbecue sauce.

One McRib lover created a website solely dedicated to finding McRib locations across the country, reported the Orange County Register.

So, why not offer it all the time?

"Bringing it back every so often adds to the excitement," said Marta Fearon, McDonald's U.S. marketing director, reported the Star Tribune.

By Lauren Regnier

The Senate blocked the Obama administration's attempt to limit the potato intake in school lunches Wednesday.

The Agricultural Department proposed limiting potatoes and other starchy vegetables to two servings a week in an attempt to reduce the amount of french fries served in schools, reported the Seattle Times.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who grew up harvesting potatoes objected, reported USA Today.

"The fact is that french fries are a problem, but potatoes are not," Collins said. They are a nutritious and cheap way to to feed the student when school budgets are tight, said Collins.

Her colleagues accepted her amendment preventing the USDA from putting limitations on these starchy vegetables, report USA Today.


By Lauren Regnier

An Illinois women ran the Chicago marathon while she was nearly 39 weeks pregnant on Sunday, just hours before giving birth to a healthy baby girl.

Amber Miller, 27, delivered her 7-pound, 13-ounce baby girl, June Audra Miller, approximately 7 hours after finishing the 26.2 mile race, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Miller ran all throughout her pregnancy without any implications, but played it safe on Sunday by walking and running in two-mile intervals, reported the Chicago Sun-Times. She finished in 6 hours and 25 minutes.

Miller has participated in eight marathons and this is the third time she has been pregnant, reported the Washington Post.

Medical experts don't advise women to start marathon training while pregnant, but they say that if a woman was a healthy runner before she got pregnant that running during pregnancy is fine, reported the Washington Post.

Miller is looking forward to returning home with her new daughter on Tuesday, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Couple arrested after locking 7-year-old in coffin

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By Lauren Regnier

Police arrested a northeastern Pennsylvania couple after a 7-year-old boy was found crying in a filthy basement where he claimed he was forced to sleep in a coffin.

The boy's mother Lori Gardner, 26, and his stepfather Brian Sleboda, 31, were arraigned on endangerment and unlawful restraint charges, reported the Star Tribune.

The boy told officers that he was sometimes tied up with duct tape and told that ghosts lived in the basement, reported WBFF FOX45.

Last week neighbors heard the boy crying and called police, reported WBFF FOX45. Upon their arrival the boy asked, "Are you here to help me?"

According to the Star Tribune, the bug-iridden home has been condemned, authorities said.

By Lauren Regnier

A murder-suicide took place Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Patriot High School in Southern California involving a school volunteer and her husband.

Maria Aguirre, 61, died at a local hospital after the shooting and her husband, Donaciano Aguirre, 64, died in the parking lot, reported the Star Tribune.

The shooting took place a little after 10:30 a.m. and the school was immediately placed on lockdown, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

All students were accounted for and they were released in phases throughout the day, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

Zachary Wisdom, 18, was one of the witnesses of the incident. He said he saw the man shoot the women twice in the car and then proceed to shoot her again when she fell out of the car, before shooting himself, reported the Star Tribune.

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