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Powerball jackpot tops $345 million; no one wins jackpot, but 5 players win $1 million

Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots, topping a billion in total combined winnings.

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: No one won the $345 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing, but five lucky players won a $1 million. The Powerball website said the winners were in Michigan and Nebraska.

Update 11:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The winning Powerball

numbers for the drawing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 are: 03-57-64-68-69 and the Powerball number was 15. The jackpot is $345 million.

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The Mega Millions jackpot has swollen to $900 million ahead of  Friday’s drawing. If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $513 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

The next Mega Millions drawing is set to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT.

Update 12:59 a.m. EDT Oct. 17: No tickets matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. Friday’s estimated jackpot has climbed to a record $868 million, with a cash payout of $494 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 16: Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were 69-45-61-3-49 and the Mega Ball was 9. It is not yet known if there is a winner.

Original report: If you have a few dollars and dreams of riches untold, the coming week could be a game-changer for you.

Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots this week, now topping a billion in total combined winnings.

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The Mega Millions drawing set for Tuesday has the second largest jackpot in the game’s history, worth $667 million (or $372 million with the cash option). That breaks the game’s previous record jackpot of $656 million.  

Related: 7 biggest lottery jackpots in US history

Add to that a hefty $345 million Powerball jackpot, and you’re looking at nearly a billion dollars in lottery money being up for grabs this week.

The Powerball jackpot is the 17th largest in the game’s history. The cash payout on the $345 million would be $199 million.

Related: 7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball

How did we get the chance to play for such jackpots? You can thank all those who played and didn’t hit the jackpot. The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.

The Powerball game has not seen a grand  prize winner since Aug. 11. 

The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 04-24-46-61-70. The Megaball was 07. The Megaplier was 3. 

Related: Which Powerball numbers have hit most often? Will choosing them improve your odds?

One ticket sold in Arkansas matched all five numbers, but did not match the Megaball number. That winning ticket is worth $3 million because the person who purchased the ticket purchased the “Multiplier” option which tripled the $1 million prize.

The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 11-14-32-43-65 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play was 3. Two players – one in Nebraska and one in Michigan – matched the five numbers, but not the Powerball number. Each of those tickets is worth $1 million.

Hurricane Michael crop damage estimates top well over $1 billion in Georgia

Cost estimates for the damage to Georgia Agriculture after Hurricane Michael are well over $1 billion, according to a new report from Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black.

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Hurricane Michael was the first major hurricane to hit Georgia since the 1800s. It moved through southwest Georgia last week after slamming into the Florida Panhandle.

It destroyed crops, in places ripping entire pecan trees out of the ground. Some South Georgia farmers lost their entire livelihoods in just one day.

Black called the losses unprecedented and said they will impact generations to come. 

“Unfortunately, our worst thoughts were realized. We saw months and sometimes years of work just laid over on the ground in a matter of seconds,” Black said. “These are generational losses that are unprecedented and it will take unprecedented ideas and actions to help our farm families and rural communities recover.”

On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence toured the damage, pledging support to help communities rebuild.

“It’s not going to go unnoticed in this administration and we’re going to make sure the people of this region will have the support to rebuild," Pence said.

Here’s the new breakdown of the devastation by crop release Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

COTTON: $300 MILLION to $800 MILLION -- Cotton was the second highest contributor to Georgia’s farmgate value last year, contributing just over 7 percent. The final loss estimate will be dependent on farmers’ ability to harvest what remains in the field. Georgia had the potential of record yields for this year, so this loss is even more devastating.

PECAN: $560 MILLION -- Pecan trees that were blown over or broken are a severe, generational loss for farmers. It takes about seven years for a tree to begin producing nuts, and there is 100 percent crop loss in Seminole County, 85 percent in Decatur County and 30 percent in Grady County. Pecan farmers will take a decade to recover from the loss of a mature tree, and many of these farmers were still recovering from Irma when Michael rolled through.

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VEGETABLES: $480 MILLION -- Vegetables affected include sweet corn, cucumbers, squash, peppers, peas and more. Georgia is home to a wide variety of produce, much of which was affected by the high winds and hard rains of Michael. After Hurricane Florence, prices were elevated so this enhanced the loss estimate because Georgia was in a very good position to supply the market prior to Hurricane Michael. This comes as a blow to growers who had a difficult spring harvest and were counting on the fall.

POULTRY: $25 MILLION -- Poultry is Georgia’s leading agricultural industry, contributing nearly 32 percent of the state’s 2018 farmgate value in broilers and an additional 5.62 percent in eggs. Michael will make a lasting impact on this poultry industry with the loss of 97 houses and well over 2 million chickens.

PEANUTS: $10 MILLION to $20 MILLION -- While peanuts fared better than many other crops, infrastructure loss remains uncertain. The final loss estimate will be impacted by the ability to get the remaining peanuts out of the field and into storage facilities. The grading and sorting of these peanuts will play a large part of determining the final loss. Peanuts contributed nearly 5 percent of Georgia’s 2018 farmgate value. 

AGRITOURISM: Fall is typically the most important season for many agritourism sites, as it includes activities like corn mazes and pumpkin patches that bring many families and school field trips to the farms. Multiple mazes have been destroyed in addition to other farm damage. The loss estimate will be difficult to determine, even after the season is over.

>> Related: Photos: Trumps tour hurricane-ravaged Florida Panhandle

TIMBER: $1 BILLION -- Approximately 1 million acres were destroyed, most belonging to small or private landowners.

Disturbing video shows mom dunking baby's head under water

A 5-month-old girl is fine after police said her mother recorded herself plunging the baby's head underwater.

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Laquanda Mosley faces charges including aggravated assault with intent to murder, first-degree child cruelty and terroristic threats after police said she recorded a video of herself holding her baby underwater. 

The baby’s father said he believes anger drove her to do it.

"That was a vindictive act," Kevin Dandridge said.

Dandridge said Mosley became upset and threatened to harm the child when he asked for custody. He said Mosley was angry at him and sent him the videos threatening to kill the child in retaliation.

He posted it on social media and it went viral. Dandridge, who lives out of state, said he posted it for one reason only.

"I just needed some help and I didn't know how to locate her," he explained.

He says a friend of Mosley's saw his post and told him where she lives, and that's how police found her.

Officers said the infant was taken to the hospital and was released.

Dandridge told Jones no father should have to see his child's life threatened like that.

"I guess she just went off the deep end. I don't understand," he said.

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Dandridge said Mosley was angry with him over money and the fact that he wanted custody of his child.

Police said when they arrived at her home she had the baby and two other children, 5 and 7-years-old.

All the children are in the custody of child protective services.

‘Golden Girls’- inspired cereal flying off store shelves, already hard to find

The Emmy Award-winning “Golden Girls” sitcom, featuring the adventures of four feisty older women, ran for seven seasons starting in the mid-1980s. More than 30 years later, the show is still airing on cable TV and its still-growing fan base spans the generations.

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Maybe that’s part of the reason Funko, known for its pop culture-themed products, just debuted a limited-edition “Golden Girls”-inspired tribute cereal.

The cereal just hit store shelves at select Target stores late last month, and it is already hard to find.

The multigrain cereal, based on the characters of Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia, is basically a monochrome version of Fruit Loops, with thick O’s in an unusual shade of blue, according to Parenting.com, and goes for an expensive $7.99 a box, if you can find it.

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Just one of the Golden Girls is still alive. Actress Betty White has outlived her co-stars by years, and at 96, she is still going strong in Hollywood.

 

Witnesses prevent suspect from kidnapping child at Orlando airport, police say

A Florida man is facing charges after police said he attempted to abduct a child Saturday at Orlando International Airport. 

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Kissimmee resident Alfredo Sanchez, 49, of walked up behind an 8-year-old girl, wrapped his arms around her waist and tried to walk away, authorities said.

Witnesses said the child started screaming and Sanchez yelled, “This is my girl.” 

Two of the witnesses knew something wasn’t right and held Sanchez to the ground until police arrived, according to a police report.

An officer at the airport heard the child’s screams and saw Transportation Security Administration agents yelling into their radios to respond to the B side exit. 

When the officer got to the scene, he saw Sanchez lying on the ground with his hands behind his back and two witnesses holding him down, according to the report. 

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Police said the child was not physically injured, but was “obviously traumatized by the suspect."

The officer called for backup and based on witness and the child’s mother’s statements, he believes that Sanchez tried to kidnap the child. 

Sanchez is jailed without bond on charges related to the incident.

California surgeon, girlfriend charged with rape in 5 more drugging and assault cases

Update 6:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: A California surgeon and his girlfriend are facing five additional charges of drugging and raping women, according to news reports.

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Reality TV star and celebrity orthopedic surgeon Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Riley, 31, are accused of “rape by drugs, kidnapping, oral copulation by anesthesia, assault with intent to commit sexual offenses and other crimes” in cases dating back to 2009, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Robicheaux was additionally charged with sexually assaulting five women and Riley was charged in connection with attacks on three women, according to the newspaper. The original charges involved attacks on two women.

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The pair pleaded not guilty during a court hearing Wednesday in Newport Beach, California, to a number of felony charges relating to the alleged drugging and raping of women, the Times reported.

A judge also increased Robichaeux’s bail to $1 million, the L.A. Times reported. If convicted on the charges, he faces more than 80 years in jail.

Riley is facing more than 60 years in prison if she’s convicted on the charges

Original story: A California surgeon who appeared on a reality TV show and a woman are accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least two women.

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Authorities said Grant W. Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, were taken into custody Sept. 12 on multiple charges, including “rape by use of drugs.”

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a news conference that the investigation into the pair began in October 2016.

Police were called to Robicheaux’s Newport apartment on Oct. 2, 2016, after a neighbor called 911 when he or she heard a woman screaming. The alleged victim said she was sexually assaulted by Robicheaux and Riley when they brought her to his home after meeting them at a bar, where she drank “until she was unconscious,” according to The Associated Press.

A 32-year-old woman claimed she was assaulted by the pair in April 2016 after meeting them at a local restaurant. She told police she “consumed large amounts of alcohol” before going to Robicheaux’s home for an after-party, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Prosecutors claim the woman was then drugged and sexually assaulted. The AP said “a forensic exam found multiple controlled substances” after she called police the day after the alleged incident.

On Jan. 9, 2018, authorities searched Robicheaux’s home and allegedly found unregistered firearms and large amounts of illegal drugs, including GHB, according Rackauckas. 

In a press conference, Rackauckas also said investigators were combing through “thousands and thousands of videos and images on Robicheaux’s phone, many also including Riley.”

Some videos reportedly show women who are inebriated and “barely responsive to the defendant’s sexual advances,” leading investigators to believe there are other victims.

Robicheaux, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, was featured on a 2014 reality dating show that aired on Bravo, “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.” Orange Coast Magazine also named him “Orange County’s Most Eligible Bachelor” in 2013, according to the LA Times.

High school dance team does 'Harry Potter' -inspired homecoming performance

An Arizona high school dance team is getting attention once again for an impressive performance.

USA Today reported Friday that Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, posted a video of a homecoming performance on Sept. 29.

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In the video, members the the PAC Dance Team and Advanced Dance perform a series of synchronized moves to “Hedwig's Theme” from the “Harry Potter” film series, complete with props, before moving into Flor Rida’s “My House” and Nicki Minaj’s “Chun-Li.”

The video has more than four million views, and it isn’t the first time the dance team has gone viral. The group’s “The Wizard of Oz”-themed homecoming routine in 2017 has more than three million views. In July, it competed on “America’s Got Talent” with the same “Oz” routine.

Watch the performance in the video below.

Diddy, Cassie split after years of dating, rep confirms

After more than a decade together, mogul and musician Sean “Diddy” Combs and singer Cassie are no longer together.

People reported that, according to an unnamed source, “the decision was amicable and they remain friends.”

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“They are indeed no longer together and haven’t been for months,” a representative for Cassie, whose full name is Cassie Ventura, told celebrity gossip site LoveBScott.

The news comes after LoveBScott reported that Combs is dating 26-year-old model Jocelyn Chew. According to the website, the two were seen in Miami in September and at a Drake concert Friday in Los Angeles.

After keeping their relationship private for years, Combs and Cassie went public with their relationship in 2012. The two collaborated on multiple songs together and first met when Cassie was signed to Combs’ Bad Boy Records.

The two have no children together. Combs is father to sons Quincy Brown, 27, Justin, 24, Christian, 20, twin girls D’Lila Star and Jessie James, 11, and daughter Chance, 11.

Reps for each had no comment to People about the reported breakup.

Pets rescued from South Georgia Hurricane Michael damage zone need new homes

Pets rescued from south Georgia following Hurricane Michael need new homes.

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The Atlanta Humane Society, as it often does following disasters, has taken in dogs and cats from the Albany area. Shelter facilities there were without power or water for days after the devastating storm. Last year the organization took in more than 1,000 animals from areas impacted by hurricane damage.

The Albany arrivals will be medically evaluated and then put up for adoption at the AHS’ two shelter locations. The main branch is at 981 Howell Mill Road in Midtown and the north Fulton one is at 1565 Mansell Road. Call 404-875-5331 or see atlantahumane.org for information.

Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle a week ago as a powerful Category 4 storm. The Alaqua Animal Refuge, about 70 miles from the coast, has launched a program to extend relief to animals and their owners in the hard- hit area.

The refuge’s structures and the 350 animals it houses came through the storm fine, with only minimal property damage, so it is now offering help. 

“We’re blessed, so we’re turning our focus to help others,” president and founder Laurie Hood said. “Losing a pet during this time adds more strain to people who are already over-stressed and have little or no resources.”

Alaqua is offering to help search for lost, abandoned and injured animals in addition to offering temporary refuge for pets, displaced horses and farm animals. The facility’s veterinary staff members are on stand-by to provide medical treatment.

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“We take the animals out, provide medical treatment and keep them safe, with the goal to eventually reunite them with their owners,” Hood said. “We work with appropriate agencies, manage the process in an organized manner, and know how to handle frightened and injured animals.”

Florida Panhandle pet or farm-animal owners can reach out by calling 850-880-6694 (leave a message) or by emailing LHood@alaqua.org. For full details see alaqua.org/michael.

Machine Gun Kelly’s entourage wanted following alleged attack

Three members of rapper Machine Gun Kelly’s entourage are wanted by police in connection with an alleged attack on an actor in Atlanta last month.

The Atlanta Police Department confirmed Wednesday that battery warrants were obtained for Brandon Allen, 28, John Cappellety, 24, and Lamar Reed, 42.

The men are accused of beating up Gabriel “G-Rod” Rodriguez on Sept. 13 in a hotel lobby.

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Surveillance video released by police appears to show the attack. In the video, one man in a gray shirt picks Rodriguez up and slams him to the ground, and the other men hit and kick him. The man who allegedly body-slammed the actor is believed to be Kelly’s personal bodyguard, according to police.

Rodriguez said the fight followed a heated exchange between Rodriguez and Kelly at a restaurant.

Related: Actor claims he was attacked by rapper Machine Gun Kelly’s entourage

Rodriguez told WSB in September that he had an issue with Kelly ever since the rapper called Eminem’s daughter “hot as (expletive)” in a tweet when she was just 16 years old. 

He told police he later crossed paths with the rapper’s entourage when he returned to an area hotel.

Related: Video shows actor allegedly being attacked by Machine Gun Kelly’s crew 

“He’s a coward for having his goons jump me,” Rodriguez, who was in Atlanta filming a television show at the time, said.

When officers arrived at the hotel, none of the alleged attackers were there. Police said Rodriguez suffered “major injuries to the right side of his face.”

It is unknown if Allen, Cappellety and Reed still work for Kelly, or if any of them live in Georgia.

Mom who killed 4 adopted children, self kept ‘loving home,’ sheriff says

Tennessee officials are struggling to explain why an apparently loving mother shot her four adopted children to death before taking her own life

Cynthia Collier’s adult biological son called 911 shortly after 6 p.m. Monday after he returned home from work and found Collier, 55, and his four youngest siblings dead of gunshot wounds in their Columbia home. Evidence found at the scene indicated Collier committed the killings, officials said Tuesday during a news conference

“There was some information that was left -- it was very brief and vague -- that would indicate that it would be murder-suicide,” Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland said

Rowland on Tuesday identified the dead children: Kaileigh Lin, 17, Lia Lin, 15, and 14-year-olds Meigan Lin and Bo Li. Court records indicate the children were adopted from China, The Tennessean reported.

Rowland did not specify where in the house the children were killed, but he said there were multiple crime scenes in the home. Investigators recovered two weapons believed to have been used in the slayings.

>> Related story: Mom, 4 children dead in apparent murder-suicide, deputies say 

The sheriff described Collier as a stay-at-home mother who homeschooled her adopted children. Fox17 in Nashville reported that Collier had properly registered with the state to teach her children and submitted curriculum and attendance records. 

The children did not participate in extracurricular activities in Maury County, and neighbors said the family kept to themselves, the news station said

Rowland said the motive for the shootings remained elusive. By all accounts, Collier was a “very loving mother, with the exception of this one incident.”

“This appears to be a loving home,” the sheriff said. “It’s an immaculate home and a very loving family, so a motive would be very important to know what would lead someone to do this to her loved ones.”

Watch Rowland’s entire news conference below.

Besides her adopted children, Collier had three adult biological children -- two sons and a daughter. The Tennessean reported that Collier and her long-estranged husband, Randall Collier Sr., began divorce proceedings in March after 36 years of marriage. 

They attempted to reconcile in May, according to court records obtained by the newspaper, but it was unclear how the reconciliation was going. Randall Collier did not live in the house where the homicides took place. 

In sworn statements the four youngest children gave during the divorce proceedings, they asked to continue living with their mother, The Tennessean reported. The teens said they barely knew their father. 

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The three biological Collier children also gave statements in which they said their relationship with their father had also been a strained one, including their interactions before Randall and Cynthia Collier’s 2007 separation, the court records said.  

Rowland said Randall Collier and other family members were interviewed during the investigation into the shootings, but the department has no evidence that the crime was anything other than a murder-suicide. His department had no record of any domestic calls to the home prior to the son’s 911 call Monday. 

The sheriff asked the public to keep the victims and their family in prayer, as well as the deputies and other first responders who witnessed the crime scenes in the Collier home. 

“We deal with difficult situations, we deal with carnage each and every day, but the magnitude of this, it was more than what we’re used to on a day-to-day basis,” Rowland said

Rowland said it is difficult for law enforcement agencies to deal with potential issues involving mental illness. He encouraged those in crisis to seek help.  

“Don’t be embarrassed,” the sheriff said. “Don’t hesitate. Always try to seek professional help any time that you feel a loved one or yourself may be suffering from that.”

Texas mom spanks teen son after he takes her BMW for ride

One teenage boy will probably reconsider taking his mother’s BMW for a ride again.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Liza Campero posted on Twitter that her 14-year-old brother Aaron Martinez sneaked out of the house Friday to pick up his best friend, Isaiah.

According to Campero, Aaron disconnected the Wi-Fi in the house, which cut off security cameras and kept their mother, Liza Martinez, from seeing him slip out while she was at work. 

But Isiah’s mother alerted Martinez to what he was doing.

Campero told KTRK she lives next door to her mother, so she checked to see if her car was there. It wasn’t.

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“She told me she was on her way home and to grab her belt,” Campero said.

Campero and her mother stopped by Aaron’s girlfriend’s house first.

“The girlfriend called his best friend and there was another girl with them,” Campero said. “The girl that was with them said that mom was looking for them.”

For Martinez, it was a matter of safety.

“She wanted to find him before he wrecked the car and before the police did,” Campero said.

Once Aaron was tracked down, Martinez got him to pull over. A video posted by Campero shows the mother driving alongside her son and screaming, “Pull over now!”

“My mom said once she opened the door, he had smirk on his face until she started spanking him,” Campero told the Houston Chronicle.

In a video Campero made with Aaron and posted online Monday, Campero said that her little brother has taken a car before

“What my mom did want to say is that it wasn’t Aaron’s first time taking a car,” Campero said. “The first time that he took a car, she talked to him.”

“I deserved it,” Aaron said. “It was a bad choice. I just can’t do it again. That’s what I have to learn.”

Aaron has since been grounded until further notice, KTRK reported. He will go the rest of the year without his cellphone, PlayStation 4, and without a door on his bedroom. He can only go to school or be with his mother.

“He was embarrassed at first, but he went back to school yesterday, and everybody tells him he’s like a legend,” she said.

Aaron and Campero spoke more about the experience on Campero’s YouTube channel.

Study: Hundreds of dietary supplements contain unapproved, potentially harmful ingredients

Some people use dietary supplements to lose weight or build muscle, but those pills may contain unapproved ingredients that may be harmful to the body, according to a new report

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Researchers from the California Department of Public Health Food and Drug Branch recently conducted a study, published in JAMA Network Open, to explore the ingredients found in dietary supplements commonly marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss or muscle building.

To do so, they reviewed the Food and Drug Administration's Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements_CDER database for 2007 through 2016. The information includes “potentially hazardous products with hidden ingredients marketed to consumers on the internet and in retail establishments,” FDA’s site reads.

After analyzing the results, they found nearly 800 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved drug ingredients. In fact, the report reveals more than one unapproved pharmaceutical ingredient was found in 20 percent of those supplements.

>> On MyAJC.com: Dietary Supplements: What we need to know

Of the unapproved products, nearly 46 percent were marketed for sexual performance, 41 percent for weight loss and 12 percent for building muscle.

“These products have the potential to cause severe adverse health effects owing to accidental misuse, overuse, or interaction with other medications, underlying health conditions, or other drugs within the same dietary supplement,” the authors wrote in a study.

The most common pharmaceutical ingredient found in the weight loss pills was sibutramine, a drug removed from the United States market in 2010 due to cardiovascular risks. Many of the muscle building products contained anabolic steroids, which can cause mental health problems as well as liver, kidney and heart issues if misused. The sexual enhancement capsules had active ingredients found in erectile dysfunction medications that lead to damage to the blood vessels if overused.

>> On AJC.com: The truth about the dangers of dietary supplements

While the FDA can notify companies about unapproved ingredients in a product, the agency sometimes “faces several challenges in deterring fraudulent marketing of these types of products,” according to CNN

That’s why the authors believe “it is essential to further address this significant public health issue as the dietary supplement industry continues to grow in the United States.”

Want to learn more about the study? Take a look at the full assessment here.

Duck boat operators cite 1851 law to limit liability in accident that killed 17

A woman who lost nine family members when a duck boat sank in inclement weather on a Missouri lake over the summer is calling a court filing from the companies involved in the incident callous and insulting.

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In a court filing Monday, attorneys for Ride the Ducks Branson and the company’s owner, Ripley Entertainment, cited an 1851 maritime law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages. They argued that the companies were not negligent during the incident, which left 17 people dead, and that if a court deemed otherwise, they have no liability because “the Vessel was a total loss and has no current value,” the Indianapolis Star reported.

Tia Coleman, who was with several of her family members on the Ride the Ducks Branson boat when it sank on July 19, slammed the court filing in a statement.

>> 9 members of one family among 17 killed in duck boat accident on lake in Branson, Missouri

Nine members of the Coleman family died in the incident on Table Rock Late, including Tia Coleman’s husband and three children between the ages of 1 and 9.

“Ripley’s legal claim that my husband and children are worthless is incredibly hurtful and insensitive,” Coleman said in a statement. “Anyone who cares about people or has any human decency should boycott Ripley and their attractions.”

>> 'I’m just lost': Relatives talk about losing 9 family members in duck boat accident

Coleman and several others have filed suit against Ride the Ducks Branson and Ripley Entertainment seeking damages in the wake of the deadly incident on Table Rock Lake. An attorney for Coleman, Robert Mongeluzzi, called Monday’s filing from Ripley an “inhuman legal ploy (that) will sink as fast as their death trap duck boat did.”

“We will legally and factually demolish this frivolous claim," he said.

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Ripley spokeswoman Suzanne Smagala-Potts said the type of filing made Monday is "common in claims related to maritime incidents." She said the goal is to delay the multiple court cases to give the parties time for mediation.

"We have reached out to those most impacted by the accident and offered to mediate their claims now," Smagala-Potts said in a statement. "Mediation often leads to faster resolution and allows those affected to avoid a lengthy process of litigation, and most importantly, begin the healing process."

>> Families sue after 17 killed in duck boat accident on Missouri's Table Rock Lake

Mongeluzzi said that, despite Ripley’s claim, “there have been no offers of settlement - none.”

“Ripley's claims of supporting these families are false,” he said.

At least 10 other lawsuits have been filed on behalf of other victims.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hillary Clinton unhurt in Jersey City parking garage crash

Hillary Clinton apparently suffered no injuries when the Secret Service vehicle she was riding in Monday night was involved in a crash, NJ.com reported.

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Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, was traveling to a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez in Jersey City, where she was the featured speaker. The Secret Service vehicle pulled into a parking garage, made a left turn and hit a concrete crossbeam, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

In its accident report, Jersey City police said the driver told them she drove into the garage and said the crossbeam was not marked with its height. All passengers refused medical attention, according to the AP.

The former first lady left the vehicle and walked to the fundraiser.

The Secret Service said no injuries were reported; the Jersey City Police Department is investigating, NJ.com reported.

Tennessee angler's catch certified as world record

A Tennessee man who reeled in a big fish learned that his catch was a world record, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

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Lionel Ferguson, of Philadelphia, Tennessee, hauled in a black crappie weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces, on May 15, the newspaper reported. The International Game Fish Association announced that Ferguson officially broke the previous world record of 5 pounds set in 200 by John R. Horstman.

Ferguson caught the fish at Richeison Pond in Loudon County, the News Sentinel reported. 

"When I caught the fish, I was hollering,” Ferguson told the newspaper. “Most people probably thought somebody shot me."

Ferguson already held the state record for the fish, as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency confirmed the fish’s size in June, WBIR reported. The previous mark had stood since 1985, when Clyde Freeman caught a 4-pound, 4-ounce black crappie, the television station reported.

A TWRA biologist sent a clipping of the fish’s fin for DNA testing to ensure it was not a hybrid, WBIR reported.

The IGFA receives 500 world record applications annually, and keeps 1,472 different species records internationally. 

Garth Brooks announces 2019 stadium tour

Country singer Garth Brooks announced a stadium tour for 2019, the Tennessean reported Wednesday.

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The singer made the announcement during a news conference at The Country Music Hall of Fame. Only two venues were revealed as tour stops -- St. Louis and Glendale, Arizona. Brooks said dates will be revealed later, adding that tickets for shows at five venues will be available by Christmas, the Tennessean reported.

Brooks said he planned to play 10 to 12 stadium concerts a year for the next three years, the newspaper reported. Many of the concerts will be held at college stadiums, he said.

"I can't think of how to make music more fun other than add sports to it," Brooks said at the news conference. “Our music was built for fun and the live stage."

In addition to the concert tour, Brooks announced a CBS special on Dec. 2 that will feature a one-night event this weekend at Notre Dame Stadium. Brooks will be the first singer to perform in the stadium, the Tennessean reported.

“After the sellout, I thought it could not get any more exciting than this,” Brooks said. “Then, CBS calls and in an instant, the show becomes bigger. This changes everything.” 

Indiana couple finds drunk man sleeping on downstairs couch 

An Indiana couple found an unwelcome visitor sleeping on their living room couch when they came downstairs one morning earlier this month, WXIN reported.

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The couple, from Lebanon, called 911 around 6:30 a.m. Oct. 3 and waited upstairs for police to arrive, the television station reported. 

A Boone County sheriff’s deputy found Seamus Lyles, 22, lying on the couch. Roused awake, Lyles told the deputy he believed he was in his own apartment, WXIN reported.

Lyles, who sported a black eye, told the deputy he had been out drinking the previous night and must have been involved in a fight, the television station reported.

A portable breathalyzer test showed Lyles’ blood alcohol concentration was at 0.12 percent, according to court documents. The legal limit in Indiana is .08.

Lyles was taken to the Boone County Jail and booked on a charge of residential entry, WXIN reported.

College freshman killed by alleged drunken driver was home for mother’s birthday, family says

A college freshman who was visiting her family was killed over the weekend in a wreck. The driver of the car that hit her has been charged with DUI.

Kennedy Segars, 18, was stopped at a light near her parents’ home in Lithonia, Georgia, on Sunday night when a driver rear-ended her going more than 70 mph, according to police.

“Till the day I die, it will still be a pain,” her father, Marvin Segars, said. “They took my baby at 18. This is just horrible. I don’t want nobody to feel this, at all.”

Kennedy Segars was a freshman at Alabama State University and an aspiring attorney. She was visiting family on her mom's birthday Saturday.

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The other driver, Reginald Stubbs, 57, survived the crash, but Kennedy Segars was pronounced dead Monday.

“I question that all the time. Why’d you have to take her?” Marvin Segars said.

Witnesses described the wreck as a horrific scene involving at least three other cars.

“By the time he's (Stubbs) coming to, he's waking, he's realizing, like, 'I know I just messed up,'” witness Brandon Parker told WSB

Parker said he was home around 8 p.m. and rushed to pull Kennedy Segars out of her car as smoke came out of it.

“I see she’s breathing, so I’m telling everybody we gotta get her out,” Parker said.

Paramedics rushed her to the hospital, but her brain injuries were too severe.

Her family believes the accused drunken driver made a choice that cannot be forgiven.

"We want him to stay behind bars forever. He took a life, so his freedom should be taken as well,” Marvin Segars said.

Stubbs is due in court Friday for an arraignment on charges of vehicular homicide, DUI and others. A judge denied him bond Monday. 

20-year-old charged in shooting death of NC state trooper

A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed early Wednesday while conducting a traffic stop in the southeastern part of the state, according to the Department of Public Safety.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker said the trooper, Kevin K. Conner, was shot just after midnight while conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 701 near Sellers Town Road in Columbus County.

Update 10:50 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: Authorities arrested 20-year-old Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis in connection with the murder of North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper Kevin K. Conner.

Conner was shot and killed early Wednesday while conducting a traffic stop in the southeastern part of the state, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Update 12:25 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: Following the shooting, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper shared a statement on the loss of Trooper Conner:

"The tragic loss of Trooper Kevin Conner of the NC State Highway Patrol weighs heavily on our hearts. We are forever grateful for his devoted service and selfless commitment to protecting the people of North Carolina. Our prayers are with his family and friends and his colleagues in law enforcement."

WRAL-TV reported that Conner was credited with helping save lives after a 2011 fiery head-on crash in Columbus County. The station reported Conner used an extinguisher to put out flames and that he and another trooper provided first aid while waiting for paramedics.

Update 9:50 a.m. EDT Oct. 17: Baker said that at around 12:15 a.m., Conner stopped a white GMC pickup truck for a speeding violation on rural U.S. 701. The driver of the truck pulled over onto the shoulder and fired several shots as the trooper approached, Baker said.

The suspect fled and Conner was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Baker said the driver then headed about 20 miles west to Fair Bluff, near the South Carolina state line, where he was pursued by police. The suspect’s truck became disabled on railroad tracks and the suspect fled on foot. Authorities said the suspect was arrested around 4 a.m. after an extensive search.

The suspect's name has not been released and charges are pending, authorities said.

“The Highway Patrol family is mourning the loss of a hero and will forever be changed by the tragic events that have occurred,” said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the state highway patrol. “We ask everyone to please keep Trooper Conner’s family and all who knew him in your thoughts and prayers.”

Conner was an 11-year veteran assigned to Troop B, District 5, in Columbus County.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to Trooper Conner’s family,” said Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks. “Trooper Conner was killed while protecting and serving his community. We mourn our loss and will continue to support his family. We are grateful for his service and honor the men and women who serve in harm’s way, each and every day.”

Condolences for the trooper poured out from a number of law enforcement agencies on social media. Baker said the patrol was asking that people keep the trooper, his family and the entire organization in their prayers.

"We are definitely grieving as a result of our loss," he said.

Original report: Authorities said the trooper, whose name has not been released, was shot just after midnight while conducting a traffic stop on U.S. 701 near Sellers Town Road in Columbus County, just south of Whiteville.

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The trooper was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

After an extensive search, authorities were able to find the suspect in nearby woods and take him into custody.

The suspect's name also has not been released.

– Visit WSOCTV.com for the latest on this developing story.

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