Vehicle runs into New Orleans parade crowd, police say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — A pickup truck plowed into a crowd of people watching a parade in New Orleans, injuring more than 20 people, officials said Saturday.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton Avenue, where people were watching the Krewe of Endymion parade.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said one person is in custody and he is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, according to ABC affiliate WGNO-TV. He said police do not not suspect terrorism.

“We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated,” Harrison said. “He is in custody. He is being investigated right now and is at our DWI office.”

Leslie Capo, a spokesperson at LSU Health New Orleans, said that New Orleans EMS said they transported 21 patients to 10 hospitals, and seven people declined treatment.

Among the injured was a cop, the police chief said.

“One police officer was struck by a vehicle,” Harrison said. “The mayor and I have gone to one hospital, we did manage to speak with her, she was in good spirits but is injured.”

New Orleans mayor tweeted that the driver was drunk, and that “We are grateful that no one suffered any life threatening injuries.” 


Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims injured by a drunk driver on the parade route today.

— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) February 26, 2017



Thanks to our first responders for the care you provided to the victims and others watching the parade.

— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) February 26, 2017


This is a developing story. Check back for more.

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8-year-old fatally shot in Houston after car crash

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON)An 8-year-old girl was fatally shot following a car crash in Houston, Texas, early Saturday morning, police said.

Patrol officers responded to reports of a collision at the intersection of the Beltway 8 feeder road and Fuqua Street at around 2 a.m. local time. When officers arrived on scene, they learned that two or three vehicles were traveling at high rates of speed southbound on Fuqua Street. One of the vehicles, a Pontiac, was struck at the intersection by a black Honda Accord traveling eastbound on the feeder road, according to the Houston Police Department.

Following the crash, an unknown person opened fire on the Honda, striking 8-year-old De’Maree Adkins, who was in the vehicle with her mother. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries. The mother was not injured, according to the Houston Police Department.

Police told ABC News the incident is being investigated as a homicide. Officers are now searching for a dark colored, four-door sedan that fled the scene. There were no suspects in custody and no known motive for the fatal shooting at this time, police said.

The victim’s mother, Toyia Thomas, told ABC News the incident happened as she was driving home with her daughter. Thomas took an exit south off the Beltway 8 and the traffic light at the intersection ahead turned from green to yellow as she approached. Thomas then noticed a car coming from another direction at a high speed but she couldn’t slow down in time and the vehicles collided, Thomas told ABC News.

Thomas said she immediately checked on her daughter to make sure she was unharmed from the crash. De’Maree was still asleep in the backseat, she said.

Thomas said she was about to get out of her car when she saw another vehicle drive up and a woman get out with a gun. The woman then opened fire on her car, Thomas told ABC News.

Thomas said she didn’t realize her daughter had been shot until she took De’Maree out of the car and saw a blood stain on her jacket. Thomas lifted up the girl’s clothing and saw a bullet wound, she said.

“Never thought I’d be burying my 8-year-old daughter,” Thomas told ABC News Saturday in an emotional interview. “That was my baby.”

Thomas said she does not know the other people involved in the car crash.

The mother is struggling to make sense of why her daughter was shot and believes this may be a case of road rage. She described De’Maree as a “happy,” “witty,” smart,” “fun-loving” 8-year-old girl who was an honor student at school and was learning to play the violin.

“My daughter was full of life,” Thomas told ABC News as she wiped away tears from her eyes. “I can’t watch her grow up.”

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Vancouver Canucks report multiple players with mumps symptoms

iStock/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, Canada) — Five members of the Vancouver Canucks may have come down with mumps, the team said on Friday.

While the team says that only one player has received a confirmed diagnosis, four others have “presented with symptoms of mumps.” The players with symptoms are being tested and quarantined for five days after the onset of symptoms, or until tests prove negative.

The team also said it was offering vaccination to minimize further risk of transmission and universal preventative hygiene measures would be undertaken. All dressing room areas will be disinfected.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement that the team is “taking this very seriously given how easily mumps can spread.”

Benning confirmed that defenseman Troy Stecher is the only player with a confirmed test result. Defenders Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin, and centers Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund are the four others who have presented with symptoms.

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Former female gymnasts accuse doctor of molesting them during treatment YORK) — For young gymnasts with Olympic dreams, Dr. Larry Nassar was considered to be the best. But now, athletes from around the country are coming forward saying he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar was charged Thursday in Michigan with 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct, five of which, according to prosecutors, relate to victims who were under 13 years old. The charges relate to Nassar’s time when he was a faculty member at Michigan State University, from 1997 to when the university says he was fired in 2016 after allegations surfaced. He has pleaded not guilty.

“This guy is despicable, this guy is disgusting, and he’s a monster,” Bill Schuette, the attorney general of Michigan, told reporters at Nassar’s hearing.

While he was on staff at Michigan State, Nassar was the chief medical coordinator of the USA Women’s gymnastics team for a period of 19 years, and now, many of the athletes he treated are coming forward with allegations, saying they were so young when he abused them that they didn’t understand what he was doing.

Former Olympic gymnast Jamie Dantzscher, one of Nassar’s accusers, took home the bronze medal for Team USA at the 2000 Olympic Games. She said she believed Nassar “was helping me get to my Olympic dream, something I was dreaming about since I was 3 years old. … I didn’t even question it.”

She said she met Nassar when she made the Olympic team and sought treatment for back pain.

“When he first did the ‘procedure,’ as we’ll call it, I was either 13 or 14,” she said. “He used to do a lot of soft tissue massages. … He said, ‘There is a procedure,’ or a way to get my hips back into alignment and then he would put his fingers into me vaginally.”

Dantzscher claims that at another point, Nassar touched her breasts underneath her t-shirt.

“I don’t know how I wasn’t uncomfortable,” she added. “But just being a kid and being a little girl and being in such an intense environment I was so miserable because I felt like I got in trouble every day for something else. I had no idea back then that he was doing something wrong.”

Jessica Howard, another one of Nassar’s accusers, said she first met him at the famed Karolyi Ranch, a Houston-based elite Olympics training center, when she was 15 years old after she had finished the World Championships. She said she was visiting the camp to seek treatment from Nassar.

“Through most of that year, I had extreme hip pain, like to the point where I would wake up in the morning, unable to walk,” she said.

Howard described what she said happened during one of her treatment sessions with Nassar.

“I just remember he asked me not to wear underwear and to wear loose shorts and I thought that was a little bit weird,” Howard said. “He began massaging kind of my quads and my IT-bands [tissue on the outside of the thigh] and then he got closer and closer, you know, to a more intimate areas and then he penetrated me.”

Howard said he never said anything to her during that alleged incident.

“I remember feeling rigid on the table, just very uncomfortable,” she said. “I was thinking, ‘What’s happening?’ I was the most innocent 15-year-old you could find. I was so trusting. It didn’t even go through my head that this man could be hurting me.”

More than 60 women and girls have filed complaints against Nassar. Some like Dantzscher are also suing Bela and Marta Karolyi, gymnastics coaches and owners of the Karolyi ranch, saying they created an environment at their ranch that gave Nassar the opportunity to abuse young gymnasts.

“They created an atmosphere of fear and control,” Dantzscher said. “We weren’t really allowed to talk. They controlled what we ate, they controlled when we spoke.”

“He was very nice and he was on the gymnast’s side about what you were going through,” Howard added. “So, he was kind of a break from all of the endless negativity on a daily basis.”

Many are now asking questions about how the doctor had so much access to some of the most elite young athletes in the country for so many years.

“We’re on the elite national team, we’re training at the world and the Olympic level, your parents don’t go with you,” Dantzscher said. “They trusted USA Gymnastics to make sure that they were protecting us. Dr. Nassar was in my room, late at night, giving me treatment in my own bed.”

California attorney John Manly represents many of the accusers, including Dantzscher and Howard, and said Nassar would try to appear as someone the young women could confide in.

“Dr. Nassar wasn’t just alone with these girls, he was alone with them in their sleeping quarters, not just at the ranch but at venues all over the world when they went to compete,” Manly said. “What Nassar did is came in with a sunny personality, ‘I’m a nice man, you can trust me,’ gave the kids candy, listened to their problems and they liked him and they trusted him, and he used that trust to disguise sexual assault as medical treatment.”

A spokesman for the Karolyis told ABC News that they “deny the existence of a ‘toxic’ environment,” and that the Karolyis say they “were never aware that Dr. Nassar would be performing any procedures which are now the subject of the present litigation.”

Dantzscher’s lawsuit, like some others, names USA Gymnastics as well, claiming they also failed to protect them.

In a statement to ABC News, USA Gymnastics said they were “outraged that a physician would exploit his patient in the alleged manner” and reiterated that they dismissed Nassar when they learned of the accusations and reported him to the FBI.

Both Dantzscher and Howard said it took them years to come to grips with what they say Nassar did to them and to decide to speak out. Howard said she’s not sure she could ever face him again.

“But I find strength in the fact that there are so many others that have come forward and I believe that together we could face him easily and show him that we are not victims anymore, we are not innocent children, and we can fight back now,” Howard said.

Dantzscher said she has six nieces and many of them do gymnastics so she wanted to come forward to help protect them.

“I couldn’t live with the fact that this could happen to them,” she said, “If I didn’t say anything, I just couldn’t live with that.”

The Michigan attorney general says his team will be seeking the longest possible sentence against Nassar. Each first-degree charge is punishable by up to life in prison.

“I want him to spend the rest of his life in prison,” Howard said. “The number of people that have come forward, the things that he’s done, are reprehensible, an affront to basic human rights, and I believe that he deserves to be punished for what he’s done.”

Nassar will also have to face several civil lawsuits, including those brought by Dantzscher and Howard.

“When somebody sacrifices their childhood and their adolescence to compete for their country in the Olympic games and we watch them and we see those smiles, I want people to know and they want people to know that behind those smiles in some instances is a tremendous amount of pain that shouldn’t be there,” Manly said. “And the adults in charge of USA Gymnastics are responsible for that.”

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Tennis tournament using shelter dogs as ballboys

iStock/Thinkstock(SAO PAULO) — Everybody knows that dogs loves to fetch balls.  Tennis matches need people to fetch balls.  Hey — maybe we’re on to something.

The Washington Post reports that for the second year in a row, shelter dogs will be featured at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, serving as ball boys — make that ball dogs.

The pro tennis tournament will feature adorable pooches with sweatbands on their ankles and scarves around their necks. The dogs are specially trained for the job of ball-retrieving for the exhibition match that kicks off the event, to promote the adoption of homeless dogs.

Six doggies are being deployed this year — Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha — all of which come from Sao Paulo shelters and will be available for adoption.

In a statement, Madalena Spinazzola, spokeswoman for Premier Pet, the Brazilian pet food company that’s organizing the event, said, “What do these dogs have in common? In addition to a history of abandonment and looking for adopters, they love to run after balls.”

Four ball dogs performed at last year’s Brazil Open and all of them found homes.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/23/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Portland 112, Orlando 103
Detroit 114, Charlotte 108 (OT)
Houston 129, New Orleans 99
Cleveland 119, NY Knicks 104
Sacramento 116, Denver 100
Golden State 123, LA Clippers 113


NY Islanders 3, Montreal 0
Calgary 3, Tampa Bay 2
NY Rangers 2, Toronto 1 (SO)
Nashville 4, Colorado 2
Chicago 6, Arizona 3
Boston 4, LA Kings 1


(1) Gonzaga 96, San Diego 38
(4) Arizona 90, Southern Cal 77
(5) UCLA 87, Arizona St. 75
(15) Cincinnati 87, Memphis 74
Ohio St. 83, (16) Wisconsin 73
(20) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 78, Pepperdine 49

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Chicago White Sox to retire Mark Buehrle's jersey number this summer

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago White Sox will honor former pitcher Mark Buehrle by retiring his jersey number this summer.

The left-handed hurler won 161 games on Chicago’s South Side, throwing a no-hitter and a perfect game in the progress. He also helped lead the White Sox to the 2005 World Series, their first in 88 years.

“You know he’s one of the best that has ever put on a White Sox uniform,” General Manager Kenny Williams said Thursday. “He represented the organization in a first-class, fun way. The next person you meet that says that Mark Buehrle wasn’t a good teammate or wasn’t a top notch pitcher and person will be the first you meet that says those things.”

Buehrle will join 11 other White Sox who have had their numbers retired, including former teammates Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko.

The lefty spent 12 of his 16 seasons in Chicago, ranking among the franchise’s all-time leaders in strikeouts, starts, wins, innings pitched and games pitched.

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Jameis Winston uses “poor word choice” in elementary school speech

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston says he made a “poor word choice” while talking to third and fourth grade students in St.Petersburg Florida.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Winston asked the male students to stand and the females to sit. The NFL quarterback said, “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now, a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this [in deep voice]. One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.”

“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men [are] supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to” 

Later, Winston said he was trying to motivate a particular student without calling him out.

The former Florida State student-athlete has worked to rebuild his public image after being accused of sexually assaulting a female student at the school in 2012.

Winston was never charged or disciplined by the university. In December, he settled a federal lawsuit filed by the woman. 

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NBA trade deadline passes without major blockbuster

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It was a quiet deadline day in the NBA.

In the biggest deal of the day, the Philadelphia 76ers sent center Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a conditional first-round draft pick.

The Chicago Bulls sent Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, and a second-round draft pick, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Anthony Morrow, Cam Payne and Joffrey Lauvergne.

Toronto dealt Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks for P.J Tucker from the Phoenix Suns. The Suns also acquired guard Mike Scott from Atlanta for cash.

Elsewhere, the Houston Rockets sent K.J. McDaniels to Brooklyn and Tyler Ennis to the L-A Lakers. Houston received Marcelo Huertas from Los Angeles, but plans to waive him.

Roy Hibbert was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Milwaukee Bucls for a second-round draft pick.

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Mavericks' Andrew Bogut traded to 76ers

Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Andrew Bogut’s time in Dallas has reportedly come to an end.

ESPN reports the Mavericks traded the 32-year-old center to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with shooting guard Justin Anderson and a conditional first-round pick.

In exchange, Dallas picks up forward Nerlens Noel from the 76ers, according to ESPN.

The move came just hours before this year’s NBA trade deadline, set for Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

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