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Woman delivers baby in hospital parking lot with help from a quick-thinking sheriff

A Florida woman is thanking a quick-thinking sheriff for helping her deliver her new baby in a parking lot right outside a Daytona Beach hospital. The baby decided it was time to make an appearance and she did.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood was in the lobby at Halifax Health Hospital when someone ran into the lobby yelling, “She’s having a baby!”

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A soon-to-be mother was in the car, and there was no time to make it inside the hospital. According to a post shared by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a nurse ran out to help Chitwood with several more on the way.

The sheriff and nurses successfully delivered the baby.

“Welcome to the world baby Heidi!” the sheriff department posted on its Facebook page.

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Some days you just walk up on the miracle of life. Today was one of those days for Sheriff Chitwood."I'm a nurse in...Posted by Volusia County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 23, 2017

20-year-old dies at Mississippi Mardi Gras parade after falling from truck onto rebar

A 20-year-old man died Tuesday afternoon after he fell from the back of a pickup truck and onto a piece of rebar while watching a Mardi Gras parade in Biloxi, Mississippi, according to multiple reports.

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The man, identified by Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove as Ocean Springs resident Braydon Hester, essentially impaled himself on the 5-foot-long rebar, the Sun Herald reported.

It was a devastating end to Fat Tuesday festivities in Biloxi this afternoon. https://t.co/TAVraOFdVx pic.twitter.com/gcIjk1FV9v— WXXV 25 (@WXXV25) March 1, 2017

According to the newspaper, the rebar was one of multiple pieces that officials used under the Interstate 110 overpass to hold up caution tape and discourage spectators from parking under the highway.

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney described the accident as "one of the worst things he's seen at a Mardi Gras parade," the Sun Herald reported.

"He didn't have a pulse at the scene," he told the newspaper. "(The rebar) went through by his rib cage and came out the other side of his torso."

Boney told WLOX that emergency responders had to use hydraulic rescue tools to cut the rebar and free Hester.

"He was in very bad shape when we got to him," he told the news station. "We had to use the (Jaws of Life) to cut the rebar to transport him."

The accident was reported around 3:45 p.m. as the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras parade rolled down the streets. The parade was halted so that an ambulance could reach Hester, The Associated Press reported.

How one family highlights the complex issue of immigration

When Sandra Perez hears President Donald Trump’s tough talk about deporting illegal immigrants, she thinks of the morning six years ago when immigration officers raided her West Palm Beach, Florida, home and seized her father.

Hearing a commotion, Perez walked in her family’s living room and saw her younger brother bleeding from a cut near his eye. An officer had bashed him with a rifle butt so forcefully that the boy, a freshman in high school, briefly lost consciousness. 

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Officers were there to seize Perez’s father, Hector Perez Mazariegos. An amiable Guatemalan with no history of violence or property crimes, Perez had lived in the United States illegally for two decades. He later died while attempting to illegally re-enter the country to visit his five children, who are U.S. citizens, and his wife, who is a legal permanent resident.

The Perez family’s plight illustrates the complexity of the immigration debate. It highlights the haphazard and dangerous nature of border crossings, which only have grown more treacherous as violent traffickers have seized control of the southern frontier. And it questions what is gained in separating families when undocumented but non-violent migrants are sent home.

Read the full story from The Palm Beach Post.

Deputies: Florida Walmart employee stabbed, killed at work by ex-coworker

An employee working at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Florida was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning by a 23-year-old former coworker, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

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The stabbing was reported shortly before 9 a.m. at the store on Lee Road east of Interstate 4, Orange County Deputy Rose Silva said.

The wounded man, a 25-year-old whose name was not released, was taken to Florida Hospital Orlando, where he died, Silva said.

Investigators said the man’s attacker, who wasn't publicly identified, fled the scene and remained at large Wednesday morning.

Update: Ex Wal-Mart employee fatally stabs current employee. @OrangeCoSheriff deputies searching for suspect. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/yMjDDowd2b— Roy Ramos (@RRamosWFTV) March 1, 2017

No other details were given.

Check WFTV.com for the latest on this developing story.

Barack, Michelle Obama sign multimillion-dollar book deal with Penguin Random House

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are back from vacation and ready to get to work.

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After announcing that they would be taking a break from responsibilities and social media and vacationing in the Virgin Islands with billionaire businessman Richard Branson, the former first couple resumed activity stateside. 

>> Barack Obama spends post-presidency hitting the waves

>> People love pictures of Barack Obama's backwards hat in the Virgin Islands

Michelle Obama visited a Washington, D.C., school on Tuesday, and the couple has detailed plans to develop the Obama Foundation, with plans to build the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side.

>> Barack, Michelle Obama discuss post-White House plans

In addition to that, the two will write books. They signed deals with publisher Penguin Random House this week.

>> Obama says he'll write a book and 'be quiet for a while' after White House exit

Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that it will publish and acquire world rights to the Obamas' forthcoming books.

"We are absolutely thrilled to continue our publishing partnership with President and Mrs. Obama," the publisher's CEO, Markus Dohle, said in a statement. "With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same. Now, we are very much looking forward to working together with President and Mrs. Obama to make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance."

The financial terms of the agreement are unclear, but according to the New York Times, "publishing industry executives with knowledge of the bidding process said it probably stretched well into eight figures." The Financial Times, citing people briefed on the auction, reported that the publisher will pay more than $65 million for the rights to two books.

According to the New York Times, opening offers for the former president's newest book alone ranged from $18 million to $20 million.

The Obamas plan to donate a "significant portion" of the proceeds from the book sales to charity, including the Obama Foundation, the Associated Press reported.

According to the Times, "Penguin Random House also plans to donate 1 million books in the Obama family's name to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides books to disadvantaged children, and Open eBooks, the Washington-based partner for the 2016 White House digital education initiative."

A publishing official told the AP that Barack Obama's book will be "a straightforward memoir about his presidency," while Michelle Obama's book will be an inspirational story that draws upon her life experiences.

Titles and release dates were not immediately available. 

In 2012, Crown published Michelle Obama's "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America." Barack Obama has had books published for over a decade, including "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance" and "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream."

Read more at the New York Times and the Associated Press.

DWTS Season 24 cast revealed

Who can believe it, but ABC's dance competition  show "Dancing with the Stars" has reached season 24. The show's producers made the big announcement as to which stars will be vying for this year's mirror ball trophy.

Take a look at this year's lineup and which pros they will be paired up with:

Bonner Bolton was the world's premiere bull rider. Within 14 months, he went from being number one to being temporarily paralyzed and then finding a new career as an international fashion model. He is paired with Sharna Burgess.

#DWTS Pair: @Bonnerblue & @SharnaBurgess! @DancingABC pic.twitter.com/0OdtdhXycg— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 1, 2017

Charo, a singer, guitarist, actress and comedienne will take the dance floor with Keo Motsepe.

#DWTS Pair: Charo & @keodancer! @DancingABC pic.twitter.com/p9Kd6QpP1S— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 1, 2017

Chris Kattan has the moves from Roxbury, and may be better known as Mango, but will that be enough for him to dominate DWTS? The former Saturday Night Live Star is paired up with Witney Carson.

Meet my new dancing partner!@WitneyCarson #WitneyCarson #DancingWiththeStars @DancingABC #Dance @nbcsnl #NewYork pic.twitter.com/rwuAXxUYtu— Chris Kattan (@ChrisKattan) March 1, 2017

David Ross has left the baseball diamond after winning two World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and the Chicago Cubs in 2016. After retirement, he is a special assistant for the Cubs and an analyst on ESPN.  He's partnered with Lindsay Arnold.

Ok @cubs you guys got me into this, now @lindsarnold and I need your support. Check out @dancingabc to see us crush it. We need a team name, comment below with ideas. #DWTS #GMA A post shared by David Ross (@grandparossy_3) on Mar 1, 2017 at 6:21am PST

Erika Jayne has dominated Billboard's dance club chart with nine #1's and has been a star on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." She's paired with Gleb Savchenko.

#DWTS just got real! @erikajayne and @Gleb_Savchenko are ready for this season of #DWTS! #DancingOnGMA pic.twitter.com/WYq4MNuLEc— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) March 1, 2017

Heather Morris has the pipes and moves after starring in Fox's hit show "Glee." She was also invited to be part of Beyonce's "I Am...Sasha Fierce" tour.  Morris is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy for DWTS.

We're gleeful to have @HeatherMorrisTV join @MaksimC this season on #DWTS! #DancingOnGMA pic.twitter.com/fTxLhKKqsM— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) March 1, 2017

Mr. T will "pity the fool" who beats him on the dance floor. Before becoming an actor, Mr. T was a doorman, military policeman, a bouncer in Chicago and celebrity bodyguard. He's paired with Kym Herjavec.

Now, if I just happen to win, I will cutoff my Mohawk to stand in solidarity with the children who are fighting cancer! GOD bless them!— Mr. T (@MrT) March 1, 2017

Nancy Kerrigan was a skating medal sweetheart in the '90's after becoming the United States Ladies Champion in 1993 and Olympic silver medal winner at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. She is paired with Artem Chigvintsev.

#DWTS Pair: @NancyAKerrigan & @artemchigvintse! @DancingABC pic.twitter.com/YGSGkPE6HM— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 1, 2017

Nick Viall is better known as "The Bachelor." Now the man who was looking for love on reality television is looking for a mirror ball. He's partnered with Peta Murgatroyd.

Bachelor Nation, are you ready to see@viallnicholas28 embark on a new journey with @PetaMurgatroyd to win the Mirrorball Trophy?#DWTS pic.twitter.com/H9wN1L72ep— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) March 1, 2017

Normani Kordei is one-fourth of the group Fifth Harmony. She's paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

@GMA Thank you all for making this big reveal so special it's always a pleasure coming to visit. I had the best time. LOVE YOU#DWTS— NormaniKordei (@NormaniKordei) March 1, 2017

Rashad Jennings is one of the top NFL safeties, staring every game in 2015 for the New York Giants. Before his career-setting year, he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders. He's partnered with Emma Slater.

#DWTS Pair: @RashadJennings & @EmmaSlaterDance! @DancingABC pic.twitter.com/Xri7hk4Qa8— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 1, 2017

Simone Biles already has gold and is one of the most decorated gymnasts in history. Now she's trying to vault over the competition and is paired with Sasha Farber.

#DWTS Pair: @Simone_Biles & @SashaFarber! @DancingABC @TeamUSA @USAGym #TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/lIeBiXNLRq— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 1, 2017

The show isn't only celebrating its 24th season, it will also mark its 400th episode when it premieres on March 20.

Deputy hits cow on highway during search for cow on highway

A sheriff's deputy who was searching for a cow that was spotted on a Minnesota roadway on Monday night unexpectedly found the animal when he hit it with his patrol car.

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Kanabec County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Steven Schulz, 30, was searching Minnesota Highway 23, just outside Mora, just after 10 p.m. when the cow dashed out from a ditch and into the road, according to an incident report from Minnesota State Patrol.

The airbags deployed in Schulz's squad car, the Pioneer Press reported, and he was taken to First Light Hospital in Mora with injuries that didn't appear to be life-threatening.

The cow, however, was killed. The Pioneer Press reported it had come from a nearby farm.

Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith told the newspaper that the squad car appeared to have been totaled by the collision. He added that it was not unusual for deputies to field similar calls in the rural county.

"I'd have to say this is the first time I've ever had them hit the animal they're looking for," he told the Pioneer Press. "But then again, that's exactly why we go look for them. I've been to too many serious accidents and even fatalities caused by livestock on the road."

Mora, a city with a population around 3,600, is about 70 miles north of Minneapolis.

27 pilots cited for air restriction violations during Trump Florida visits

No fewer than 27 aviators violated flight restriction zones during the first three weekends President Donald Trump was at his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago estate, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

After skipping a week, Trump is apparently returning to Palm Beach County for a fourth weekend, with flight restrictions again posted for Friday through Sunday. Before he lands, he’ll make a short stop Friday at Saint Andrew Catholic School in the Pine Hills neighborhood in Orlando for a "listening session on school choice," according to news reports.

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The FAA’s breakdown of violations for the first three stays: 10 violations on Feb. 3-5, three on Feb. 10-12, and 14 on Feb. 17-20, the long Presidents Day weekend.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command says at least seven aviators who broke the rules over the Presidents Day weekend, plus two or three more the first weekends, encountered military aircraft during their flights. At least four were intercepted by Air Force F-15s, and one, from the Wellington Aero Club was met by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

Trump also stayed at Mar-a-Lago over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays when he was president-elect. Violation figures for those visits were not available.

Related: Construction begins on Marine One helipad at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

 Any time the president is in town, the U.S. Secret Service implements a series of flight restrictions. They ban most operations at the Lantana Airport and impose strict limits at other Palm Beach County airports, which includes clearance requirements for small plane pilots flying in from other airports.

The restrictions have effectively shut down the Lantana airport's estimated 200 daily operations, and businesses have pleaded with the Secret Service to tweak the rules so they can, at least, partially operate when Trump is in town. The Secret Service said early on it would revisit the restrictions after it reviewing the operations for a few weekends went, but it hasn’t acted — or commented — since.

Trump’s visits to Palm Beach County also cost the county about $60,000 a day in overtime costs for sheriff’s deputies, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has estimated.

Related: What they are saying about Donald Trump's speech to Congress

When a Washington Examiner reporter asked White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday about whether Trump is taking any steps to ensure that taxpayers aren’t saddled with the costs of his travel habits, Spicer said, “The security for the President and the first family is set by the Secret Service. As you know, they determine the security measures that need to be taken to protect the President — frankly, any President. So I’m going to leave it up to the Secret Service to decide what security measures and steps are taken to protect the President.

Meanwhile, aviation and local leaders are lobbying the president and federal agencies to provide some relief to Palm Beach County, even as the county is conducting a review to get a better handle on the benefits, as well as the costs, of Trump’s frequent travel here.

In a letter sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly on Friday, the head of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association suggested that the Transportation Security Administration should set up an office at Lantana Airport where a TSA agent could screen crew, passengers and luggage.

Related: Here's why Democratic women wore white to Trump's joint address

The association, which represents 350,000 private pilots and airplane owners nationwide, has said that if Trump continues his pace, economic losses to Palm Beach County aviation could “eclipse” those at other places hit with flight restrictions over visits from past presidents.

Aviation firms at Lantana have also asked the Secret Service to allow a corridor to the west and south that would allow flight schools and other outfits limited operations during the restrictions.

Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s chief of staff met with state Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lake Worth, who had asked the Republican governor to lobby Trump to urge the Secret Service to modify the restrictions.

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At the request of U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner also wrote the Secret Service asking for tweaks. Frankel, Berman and Kerner gathered on Feb. 13 at Lantana Airport to hear business concerns about the estimated losses of a combined $15,000 a day every weekend when the president visits Mar-a-Lago.

 

Authorities also have set up no-boat zones around Mar-a-Lago. The Post asked the U.S. Coast Guard for the number of marine interdictions for violations of its zones, but, unlike the FAA, it said that information must go through a Freedom of Information Act request, a process that will take weeks or months.

Girl tells teacher about weed her dad grows in the backyard

Kids say the darndest things.

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Dax Holt, a former producer at TMZ, recorded a conversation he had with his daughter, Skylar, about an awkward exchange he had with her teacher.

“When I got to your school, your teacher said, ‘I heard you have a lot of weed at your house,'” Holt told Skylar. “Are we growing weed at our house?”

“Yeah,” said Skylar.

“A lot of it?” asks Holt, to which Skylar responds, “Yeah, just a little bit, but it’s going to grow a lot.”

“Do you want to show people what you’re talking about?” Holt asks.

Skylar then leads him to the backyard to point out the “weed.”

Watch the video below:

My child's teacher: "so Skylar tells me you guys have a ton of weed at home."Me: "umm"Teacher: "she said you're growing it"Me:Posted by Dax Holt on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Which Outback, Bonefish, Carrabba’s restaurants are closing?

Last month, Bloomin Brands, the company that owns Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Flemings Steakhouse restaurants, announced it would be closing 40 “underperforming” restaurants around the country.

The 40 restaurants are set to close by the end of the first quarter of 2017, according to reports. The company has not yet released a list of the restaurants slated for closing.

Here is a partial list of the restaurants that have closed, or those set to close. The list was compiled from stories posted by various media outlets.

Alabama 

Carrabba's in Montgomery  

Arizona

Outback Steakhouse in Chandler

California

Fleming’s in Beverly Hills

Connecticut 

Bonefish Grill in Newington 

Bonefish Grill in South Windsor

Carrabba's  in Manchester 

Florida

Carrabba’s in Jacksonville

Carrabba’s in South Miami

Illinois 

Carrabba's in Naperville 

Massachusetts

Bonefish Grill in Westwood

Carrabba's in Tyngsboro

Outback Steakhouse in Framingham

Outback Steakhouse in Westborough 

Michigan

Carrabba’s in Kentwood

Carrabba's in Grand Rapids

Outback Steakhouse in Rochester Hills

Minnesota 

Bonefish Grill in St. Louis Park

Missouri

Outback Steakhouse in Hazelwood

New Jersey 

Bonefish Grill in Middletown

Carrabba's in Egg Harbor Township

Carrabba's in Evesham

Carrabba's in Middletown

Outback Steakhouse in Lawrenceville

New York

Bonefish Grill in Colonie

North Carolina

Carrabba's in Charlotte 

Outback Steakhouse in Morehead City

South Carolina 

Carrabba's in Columbia 

Outback Steakhouse in Hilton Head 

Texas

Outback Steakhouse in Houston (2 locations)

Bonefish Grill in Webster 

Bonefish Grill in Katy 

How well do you know Dr. Seuss?

Theodore Geisel was a lifelong cartoonist.

In honor of Geisel's birthday, March 2, is the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, when children across the country take part in reading events.

Best known as Dr. Seuss and for his line of children’s books, Geisel inked thoughtful artwork from high school through college, while working in advertising in New York before World War II and as a political cartoonist for two years during the war.

Horton might hear a Who; The grouchy guy eventually eats green eggs and ham and star-bellied Sneetches are just as good as those with none, but how well do you know Dr. Seuss?

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Geisel's first book “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street,” was rejected by 27 publishers before it was printed by Vanguard Press. He eventually wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books.

Over the course of his career, Geisel spent 15 years creating advertising campaigns for Standard Oil.

He was editor of The Jack-O-Lantern, a humor magazine at Dartmouth College. When he was thrown off staff after getting caught throwing a party that served alcohol (during Prohibition) he developed the nom de plume “Seuss” and continued contributing to the magazine.

In addition to cartooning in various mediums, Geisel was an accomplished sculptor.

Geisel's definitive work, “The Cat in the Hat,” was created with the directive from publisher Houghton Mifflin to use 225 “new reader” vocabulary words.

 Among his accolades, Geisel was honored with a Pulitzer Prize, two Oscars, two Emmys and a Peabody award.

Hate-crime victim to defendants: 'Why you crying now?'

When Kayla Norton broke down in court on Monday, Melissa Alford felt a twinge of sympathy.

Norton, the mother of three children younger than 9, was facing so much prison time that her children would be different people when their mother got out. That was not lost on Alford, who works as a children's mental health advocate.

But then Alford thought of the reasons Norton was in court: the convoy of pickup trucks with Confederate flags, the vile racist epithets, the loaded shotgun leveled on her friends and family, the threats to blow children's heads off. Norton had chosen to ride along on that convoy's racist tear across two counties. Alford's sympathy evaporated.

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"When that gun was loaded, did you think about your children then?" Alford said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. "So, why you crying now?"

Kayla Rae Norton and her partner, Jose Ismael Torres, both wept copiously as Douglas County Judge William McClain passed sentence. The two were found guilty in February of street-gang terrorism for their roles in the pickup truck convoy, and on Monday McClain threw the book at them. He called their actions a hate crime and sentenced Torres to 20 years, with 13 to serve, and Norton to 13 years, six to serve.

Torres, 26, and Norton, 25, have three children between them. The two had been part of a group of 15 people calling itself "Respect the Flag." On July 24, on 2015, they began a rampage through neighboring Paulding County. With Confederate battle flags attached to their trucks, they threatened African-American motorists and shoppers at a local Walmart and convenience store.

>> Related: Couple sentenced to prison for hate crime involving Confederate flags, shotgun

They caused so much mayhem, McClain said, 911 call centers were flooded with calls. The next day they kept up their campaign and happened upon Alford's party for her 27-year-old son and her 8-year-old grandson. The yard was full of friends and family when Torres and their crew began hurling racial slurs at the party goers and threatening them.

Alford, 46, and other victims sat in the jury box on Monday through much of the sentencing hearing. Douglas County Assistant District Attorney David Emadi recounted the moment when Torres leveled a gun at birthday party guests in her front yard.

"'We're going to kill some (racial epithet)s today,'" Emadi said, quoting witnesses present during the standoff. "We'll blow the head off the little bastards. We'll kill all the little (racial epithet)s."

After frantic 911 calls, Douglasville police arrived and forced Torres, Norton and their group to leave. The memory of that day loomed large for Alford as she watched Torres weep as he realized he was going to be sentenced to a long prison term. She said she could see he was scared on Monday, but she also remembered his rage on that summer day nearly two years ago.

"If that trigger would have gone off there would have been dead bodies all over that yard," Alford said Tuesday evening in an interview with the AJC.

The display of the battle flag hadn't disturbed Alford all that much. She said she grew up seeing it all over the Alabama town where she was raised. She was even used to hearing the type of slurs hurled at her and her guests.

"I wasn't mad about them flying those flags," Alford said. "It was when they pulled them guns and said 'I'm gonna shoot the little bastards.'"

The children at the party heard and saw much of the altercation.

On Monday, Alford said, Kayla Norton's tears may have come from remorse. But Alford wasn't so sure.

"I think the tears were mainly because they got caught," Alford said.

Most of the flag group members were sentenced to misdemeanors or put into diversion programs. Two others, Thomas Charles Summers and Lacey Paul Henderson II, had pleaded guilty to terroristic threat and battery charges prior to Monday. Summers is serving four years in prison and Henderson is serving two.

Alford said Torres and Norton should have pleaded guilty. She's aware that some people have said the sentences were too harsh for the couple, especially since no one was physically injured. She doesn't buy that argument.

"They got what they got," she said. "… You didn't take a plea because you thought you were gonna get off. You gamble, you win or you lose."

What they are saying about Donald Trump's speech to Congress

President Donald Trump gave his first address to Congress Tuesday in a speech that called on Republicans and Democrats to put the needs of the country before politics.

The speech, which lasted a little bit more than an hour, received high marks from many quarters for Trump’s delivery and his “presidential” manner.

Here’s what media outlets are saying about the speech.

The backstory on the speech

Politico

“President Donald Trump sat in the White House Map Room Tuesday with a coterie of advisers, a black Sharpie, stacks of paper and a teleprompter. Beside him much of the day — the 40th day of his presidency — were Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller. Other aides frequently circled in, from Gary Cohn to Reince Priebus to Kellyanne Conway to Jared Kushner to Sean Spicer to Hope Hicks, suggesting language and offering advice.”

Immigration, health care and the budget

NBC News

“It was Donald Trump at his most presidential.

In his first address to Congress, President Trump defended controversial policies pushed by his administration and optimistically outlined a bold agenda highlighted by immigration reform, an expansive infrastructure program and reform of the nation's health care system.

While Trump advocated many of the hot-button issues he championed during the 2016 presidential campaign, he also struck a more conciliatory tone than the bombastic new president has done since entering the White House.”

Trump gives GOP leaders rallying cry 

The Associated Press

“President Donald Trump gave Republican congressional leaders a rallying cry and even a roadmap as they try to push through a sweeping and divisive agenda on health care, taxes and more. In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump said largely what GOP leaders were hoping to hear Tuesday night, staying on-message and talking in optimistic tones, even weighing in at one point to settle a brewing dispute over how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday morning that Trump showed Congress and the nation his "broad shoulders, big heart, reaching out, focusing on the future." Pence spoke on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." House Speaker Paul Ryan declared the speech a "home run," pointing to Trump's embrace for the first time of tax credits - a central element in the Republican plan to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.”

‘New chapter of American greatness’

Washington Post

“President Donald Trump sought to repackage his hardline campaign promises with a moderate sheen Tuesday night, declaring what he termed "a new chapter of American greatness" of economic renewal and military might in his first joint address to Congress. Seeking to steady his presidency after a tumultuous first 40 days, Trump had an air of seriousness and revealed flashes of compassion as he broadly outlined a sweeping agenda to rebuild a country he described as ravaged by crime and drugs, deteriorating infrastructure, and failing bureaucracies. Trump's 60-minute speech touched on his plans to overhaul the nation's health-care system and tax code, but it was short on specifics and heavy on lofty prose. Struggling to steer a bitterly divided nation with his job-approval ratings at historic lows, Trump effectively pleaded with the American people to give him a chance and to imagine what could be achieved during his presidency.”

Shifting his tone

CNN

“President Donald Trump reached for poetry and conjured a vision of common national purpose Tuesday during his first address to Congress, shifting his tone from the dark, searing approach of his previous big speeches to the nation.

Trump adopted a statesmanlike cadence, hitting notes of inspiration. For once, this most unorthodox of politicians struck a conventional presidential posture as he sought to stabilize his administration after a tumultuous five weeks in office.”

Setting aside disputes with Democrats

Reuters

“President Donald Trump told Congress on Tuesday he was open to immigration reform, shifting from his harsh rhetoric on illegal immigration in a speech that offered a more restrained tone than his election campaign and first month in the White House.

Trump, in a prime-time address to a country that remains divided over his leadership, set aside disputes with Democrats and the news media to deliver his most presidential performance to date, seeking to regain the confidence of Americans rattled by his leadership thus far.”

SeaWorld releases orphaned manatee in Florida

An orphaned manatee has been returned to Florida waters more than three years after she was rescued.

SeaWorld Orlando's Rescue Team returned the manatee known as Blanche to the waters off Port St. John, Florida on Tuesday. Blanche was the sixth rehabilitated manatee SeaWorld has returned to the wild this year.

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Blanche was believed to be only two weeks old when she was found in 2014 in the Indian River. She weighed only 48 pounds. She required round-the-clock care and got regular bottle feedings.

She weighed 775 pounds when she was released.

Police: Father overdoses with baby in car; mother overdoses at home with kids

An Ohio mother and father were arrested Monday after they overdosed with their children nearby, police say.

According to WJW, Lorain police found Nathan Carroll, 29, unconscious in a van with a baby in the backseat. When police went to Carroll's home, a child reportedly answered the door and led them to Carroll's wife, 24-year-old Samantha Schigel. Officers said Schigel "became unresponsive" multiple times while talking to them, WJW reported.

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Schigel told police that the couple had been snorting what they thought was heroin, WKYC reported. Tests later showed that the powder contained cocaine and fentanyl, police said.

Both Carroll and Schigel were given a heroin antidote multiple times, police said.

According to WKYC, Carroll was arrested on various charges, including operating a vehicle under the influence and child endangerment. Schigel also was arrested on child endangerment charges. Police said both will probably face drug charges, as well.

The baby and four children were placed in their grandparents' care, WKYC reported.

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Cancer risk: Colorectal cancer rates rising for millennials

Startling results are coming to light that more millennials are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer in recent years, and it has medical professionals worried.

Most cases of colorectal cancer are still being diagnosed in people over the age of 50.

But for those under the age of 50, the rate of diagnosis is increasing, The New York Times reported.

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The American Cancer Society said there will be approximately 13,500 cases diagnosed for people under 50 this year, but there will be more than 95,500 cases of colon cancer across all age groups and 40,000 cases of rectal cancer.

But what has experts on edge is that for people born in 1990, the risk of colon cancer is five per million people in that age group could develop the cancer. That's up from three per million for those born in 1950. The number for rectal cancer is four per million for those born in 1990. It's .9 per million for people born 40 years earlier.

In addition to the risk of cancer itself, younger patients can be diagnosed after the disease progresses. Doctors, according to the New York Times, don't think that younger patients are at risk of colorectal cancers since it is usually a disease of aging.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

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Here's the transcript of President Trump's speech to Congress

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America:

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms. ength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.

A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation.And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American Spirit.

Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead.

All the nations of the world — friend or foe — will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free.

In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding — 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.

It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.

But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year? What kind of country will we leave for our children?

I will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future.

For too long, we've watched our middle class shrink as we've exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries.

We've financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit — and so many other places throughout our land.

We've defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.

And we've spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.

Then, in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet. The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds -– families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.

But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus — as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.

Finally, the chorus became an earthquake – and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first ... because only then, can we truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

Dying industries will come roaring back to life. Heroic veterans will get the care they so desperately need.

Our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve.

Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land.

Our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately, stop.

And our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity.

Above all else, we will keep our promises to the American people.

It's been a little over a month since my inauguration, and I want to take this moment to update the Nation on the progress I've made in keeping those promises.

Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others, have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs.

The stock market has gained almost three trillion dollars in value since the election on November 8th, a record. We've saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter, and will be saving billions more dollars on contracts all across our Government. We have placed a hiring freeze on non-military and non-essential Federal workers.

We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a 5 year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials –- and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.

We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job-crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every Government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every 1 new regulation, 2 old regulations must be eliminated; and stopping a regulation that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.

We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines — thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs — and I've issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel.

We have withdrawn the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.

With the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we have formed a Council with our neighbors in Canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams.

To protect our citizens, I have directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime.

I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.

We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth — and we will expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted.

At the same time, my Administration has answered the pleas of the American people for immigration enforcement and border security. By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone. We want all Americans to succeed –- but that can't happen in an environment of lawless chaos. We must restore integrity and the rule of law to our borders.

For that reason, we will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.

As we speak, we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our communities and prey on our citizens. Bad ones are going out as I speak tonight and as I have promised.

To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this question: what would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or a loved one, because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?

Our obligation is to serve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States. We are also taking strong measures to protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.

According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We have seen the attacks at home -– from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, even the World Trade Center.

We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.

It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.

We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America — we cannot allow our Nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.

That is why my Administration has been working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our Nation safe — and to keep out those who would do us harm.

As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS — a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs. We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.

I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran's ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel.

Finally, I have kept my promise to appoint a Justice to the United States Supreme Court — from my list of 20 judges — who will defend our Constitution. I am honored to have Maureen Scalia with us in the gallery tonight. Her late, great husband, Antonin Scalia, will forever be a symbol of American justice. To fill his seat, we have chosen Judge Neil Gorsuch, a man of incredible skill, and deep devotion to the law. He was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals, and I am asking the Senate to swiftly approve his nomination.

Tonight, as I outline the next steps we must take as a country, we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we inherited.

Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.

Over 43 million people are now living in poverty, and over 43 million Americans are on food stamps.

More than 1 in 5 people in their prime working years are not working.

We have the worst financial recovery in 65 years.

In the last 8 years, the past Administration has put on more new debt than nearly all other Presidents combined.

We've lost more than one-fourth of our manufacturing jobs since NAFTA was approved, and we've lost 60,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

Our trade deficit in goods with the world last year was nearly $800 billion dollars.

And overseas, we have inherited a series of tragic foreign policy disasters.

Solving these, and so many other pressing problems, will require us to work past the differences of party. It will require us to tap into the American spirit that has overcome every challenge throughout our long and storied history.

But to accomplish our goals at home and abroad, we must restart the engine of the American economy — making it easier for companies to do business in the United States, and much harder for companies to leave.

Right now, American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world.

My economic team is developing historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone. At the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class.

We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.

Currently, when we ship products out of America, many other countries make us pay very high tariffs and taxes — but when foreign companies ship their products into America, we charge them almost nothing.

I just met with officials and workers from a great American company, Harley-Davidson. In fact, they proudly displayed five of their magnificent motorcycles, made in the USA, on the front lawn of the White House.

At our meeting, I asked them, how are you doing, how is business? They said that it's good. I asked them further how they are doing with other countries, mainly international sales. They told me — without even complaining because they have been mistreated for so long that they have become used to it — that it is very hard to do business with other countries because they tax our goods at such a high rate. They said that in one case another country taxed their motorcycles at 100 percent.

They weren't even asking for change. But I am.

I believe strongly in free trade but it also has to be FAIR TRADE.

The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, warned that the "abandonment of the protective policy by the American Government [will] produce want and ruin among our people."

Lincoln was right — and it is time we heeded his words. I am not going to let America and its great companies and workers, be taken advantage of anymore.

I am going to bring back millions of jobs. Protecting our workers also means reforming our system of legal immigration. The current, outdated system depresses wages for our poorest workers, and puts great pressure on taxpayers.

Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others –- have a merit-based immigration system. It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially. Yet, in America, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon. According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America's taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.

Switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system, will have many benefits: it will save countless dollars, raise workers' wages, and help struggling families –- including immigrant families –- enter the middle class.

I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation's security, and to restore respect for our laws.

If we are guided by the well-being of American citizens then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades.

Another Republican President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, initiated the last truly great national infrastructure program –- the building of the interstate highway system. The time has come for a new program of national rebuilding.

America has spent approximately six trillion dollars in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. With this six trillion dollars we could have rebuilt our country –- twice. And maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate.

To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital –- creating millions of new jobs.

This effort will be guided by two core principles: Buy American, and Hire American.

Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare.

Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do.

Obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits. As an example, Arizona went up 116 percent last year alone. Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky just said Obamacare is failing in his State — it is unsustainable and collapsing.

One third of counties have only one insurer on the exchanges –- leaving many Americans with no choice at all.

Remember when you were told that you could keep your doctor, and keep your plan?

We now know that all of those promises have been broken.

Obamacare is collapsing –- and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice –- it is a necessity.

So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.

Here are the principles that should guide the Congress as we move to create a better healthcare system for all Americans:

First, we should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges.

Secondly, we should help Americans purchase their own coverage, through the use of tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts –- but it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by the Government.

Thirdly, we should give our great State Governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.

Fourthly, we should implement legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up the price of insurance – and work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs and bring them down immediately.

Finally, the time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across State lines –- creating a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring cost way down and provide far better care.

Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every hurting family can find healing, and hope.

Our citizens deserve this, and so much more –- so why not join forces to finally get it done? On this and so many other things, Democrats and Republicans should get together and unite for the good of our country, and for the good of the American people.

My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make childcare accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women's health, and to promote clean air and clear water, and to rebuild our military and our infrastructure.

True love for our people requires us to find common ground, to advance the common good, and to cooperate on behalf of every American child who deserves a brighter future.

An incredible young woman is with us this evening who should serve as an inspiration to us all.

Today is Rare Disease day, and joining us in the gallery is a Rare Disease Survivor, Megan Crowley. Megan was diagnosed with Pompe Disease, a rare and serious illness, when she was 15 months old. She was not expected to live past 5.

On receiving this news, Megan's dad, John, fought with everything he had to save the life of his precious child. He founded a company to look for a cure, and helped develop the drug that saved Megan's life. Today she is 20 years old — and a sophomore at Notre Dame.

Megan's story is about the unbounded power of a father's love for a daughter.

But our slow and burdensome approval process at the Food and Drug Administration keeps too many advances, like the one that saved Megan's life, from reaching those in need.

If we slash the restraints, not just at the FDA but across our Government, then we will be blessed with far more miracles like Megan.

In fact, our children will grow up in a Nation of miracles.

But to achieve this future, we must enrich the mind –- and the souls –- of every American child.

Education is the civil rights issue of our time.

I am calling upon Members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children. These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them.

Joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman, Denisha Merriweather. As a young girl, Denisha struggled in school and failed third grade twice. But then she was able to enroll in a private center for learning, with the help of a tax credit scholarship program. Today, she is the first in her family to graduate, not just from high school, but from college. Later this year she will get her masters degree in social work.

We want all children to be able to break the cycle of poverty just like Denisha.

But to break the cycle of poverty, we must also break the cycle of violence.

The murder rate in 2015 experienced its largest single-year increase in nearly half a century.

In Chicago, more than 4,000 people were shot last year alone –- and the murder rate so far this year has been even higher.

This is not acceptable in our society.

Every American child should be able to grow up in a safe community, to attend a great school, and to have access to a high-paying job.

But to create this future, we must work with –- not against -– the men and women of law enforcement.

We must build bridges of cooperation and trust –- not drive the wedge of disunity and division.

Police and sheriffs are members of our community. They are friends and neighbors, they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters – and they leave behind loved ones every day who worry whether or not they'll come home safe and sound.

We must support the incredible men and women of law enforcement.

And we must support the victims of crime.

I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims. The office is called VOICE –- Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.

Joining us in the audience tonight are four very brave Americans whose government failed them.

Their names are Jamiel Shaw, Susan Oliver, Jenna Oliver, and Jessica Davis.

Jamiel's 17-year-old son was viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member, who had just been released from prison. Jamiel Shaw Jr. was an incredible young man, with unlimited potential who was getting ready to go to college where he would have excelled as a great quarterback. But he never got the chance. His father, who is in the audiencetonight, has become a good friend of mine.

Also with us are Susan Oliver and Jessica Davis. Their husbands –- Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver and Detective Michael Davis –- were slain in the line of duty in California. They were pillars of their community. These brave men were viciously gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record and two prior deportations.

Sitting with Susan is her daughter, Jenna. Jenna: I want you to know that your father was a hero, and that tonight you have the love of an entire country supporting you and praying for you.

To Jamiel, Jenna, Susan and Jessica: I want you to know –- we will never stop fighting for justice. Your loved ones will never be forgotten, we will always honor their memory.

Finally, to keep America Safe we must provide the men and women of the United States military with the tools they need to prevent war and –- if they must –- to fight and to win.

I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the Defense sequester, and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.

My budget will also increase funding for our veterans.

Our veterans have delivered for this Nation –- and now we must deliver for them.

The challenges we face as a Nation are great. But our people are even greater.

And none are greater or braver than those who fight for America in uniform.

We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.

I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, "Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies." Ryan's legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him.

To those allies who wonder what kind of friend America will be, look no further than the heroes who wear our uniform.

Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world. It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies across the globe.

We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism.

But our partners must meet their financial obligations.

And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.

We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific –- to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.

We will respect historic institutions, but we will also respect the sovereign rights of nations.

Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people –- and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict — not more.

We must learn from the mistakes of the past –- we have seen the war and destruction that have raged across our world.

The only long-term solution for these humanitarian disasters is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long process of rebuilding.

America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align. We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict.

We want peace, wherever peace can be found. America is friends today with former enemies. Some of our closest allies, decades ago, fought on the opposite side of these World Wars. This history should give us all faith in the possibilities for a better world.

Hopefully, the 250th year for America will see a world that is more peaceful, more just and more free.

On our 100th anniversary, in 1876, citizens from across our Nation came to Philadelphia to celebrate America's centennial. At that celebration, the country's builders and artists and inventors showed off their creations.

Alexander Graham Bell displayed his telephone for the first time.

Remington unveiled the first typewriter. An early attempt was made at electric light.

Thomas Edison showed an automatic telegraph and an electric pen.

Imagine the wonders our country could know in America's 250th year.

Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.

Cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope.

American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.

Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect.

And streets where mothers are safe from fear — schools where children learn in peace — and jobs where Americans prosper and grow — are not too much to ask.

When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before. For all Americans.

This is our vision. This is our mission.

But we can only get there together.

We are one people, with one destiny.

We all bleed the same blood.

We all salute the same flag.

And we are all made by the same God.

And when we fulfill this vision; when we celebrate our 250 years of glorious freedom, we will look back on tonight as when this new chapter of American Greatness began.

The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us.

We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts.

The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls.

And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action.

From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears –-

inspired by the future, not bound by the failures of the past –-

and guided by our vision, not blinded by our doubts.

I am asking all citizens to embrace this Renewal of the American Spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country. And I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and —

Believe in yourselves.

Believe in your future.

And believe, once more, in America.

Thank you, God bless you, and God Bless these United States.

'Body farm' to open in Florida

A grotesque farm of sorts is coming to central Florida.

An outdoor forensic anthropology research center, more commonly known as a body farm, will be established in Pasco County, Florida, north of Tampa, Forbes reported.

It will be called Florida Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactical Training, or FIRST, and will be the seventh body farm in the country.

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Once operational, bodies donated for research will be placed in different environments to determine rate of decomposition due to environmental variables.

The data will then be used by investigators to help determine time and place of death in future cases.

We're very excited for what this could mean to #Pasco! https://t.co/kFlSbwmdAE— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) February 28, 2017

Currently there are six other body farms: two in Texas and one in four other states: Tennessee, North Carolina, Illinois and Colorado.

Forbes reported that despite the similar climates between Florida and Texas, Florida is within 100 miles of water which can skew forensic results, making them different than Texas.

Florida currently has more than 16,000 cold cases and it is expected that the new facility will help crack some of the unsolved homicides and murders.

7 things to know now: Trump speech; Obama book deals; cancer in Millennials

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Address to Congress: President Donald Trump spoke for a little more than an hour Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress. He called on both parties to come together for the benefit of the country, and laid out his agenda for the coming months. Trump called for repair and rebuilding of the country’s infrastructure, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and building the wall along the country’s southern border.  Click here to read a full transcript of the speech.

2. Tornadoes kill two: Twenty-two tornadoes hit the Midwest overnight, killing two people, the National Weather Service said. Tornadoes were reported in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee. The threat continues today as the system moves east. Nearly 100 million people are at risk for severe weather through Wednesday afternoon, the NWS says.

3. Book deals: Both former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have signed book deals, Penguin Random House publishers announced Tuesday. How much the two will be paid to write about their time in the White House was not disclosed.

 4. Executive order: On Tuesday President Trump signed an executive order that calls on Congress to increase funding for historically black colleges and universities. The president has asked that $25 billion be spent on things such as financial aid programs and repairing failing infrastructure.

5. Officers shot: Law enforcement authorities are searching for a man who was involved in the shooting of two Houston police officers Tuesday. The officers were shot as they investigated a home burglary. One suspect was killed at the scene. One of the officers remains in critical condition.  

And one more

A  study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute says doctors are seeing an increase in the incidents of colon and rectal cancer in young and middle-age adults in the United States. According to research, a person born in 1990 has double the risk of colon cancer as someone born in 1950. “There are likely complex interactions going on between physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and excess body weight,” that has led to the increase in reported cases among members of Generation X and Millennials, researchers said.

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