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Fremont police stop sexual assault ‘in broad daylight’


FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of sexually assaulting three women this month was arrested after officers caught him brutally attacking a 67-year-old woman in the front yard of a San Francisco Bay Area home. Police in Fremont said when officers were summoned by witnesses to the home Thursday, they saw a naked man sexually assaulting the victim “in broad daylight.” The officers rushed to the woman’s aid and took Alexander Lomax, 28, into custody. Police said they connected Lomax to two sexual assaults that occurred in the city this month.  

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Coca-Cola to discontinue one of its beverages in North America


(NEXSTAR) – The Coca-Cola Company is refocusing its energy on beverages that aren’t Coke Energy.

The energy drink, which boasted guarana extract, B-vitamins and over three times the amount of caffeine of a traditional Coke, was originally touted as “the biggest Coca-Cola innovation of 2020″ upon its debut in January of that year. Coca-Cola even promoted its then-new beverage during the broadcast of Super Bowl LIV, in a 60-second commercial starring Martin Scorsese and Jonah Hill.

But now, just under a year and a half later, Coca-Cola is discontinuing the drink in North America to “streamline” its portfolio and refocus on newer offerings, like its AHA sparkling water.

(The Coca-Cola Company)

“Our strategy is focused on scaling big bets across a streamlined portfolio … As we scale our best innovations quickly and effectively like AHA and Coca-Cola with Coffee, we need to be disciplined with those that don’t get the traction required for further investment,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement obtained by Reuters on Friday.

In January 2020, however, Coca-Cola had big hopes for Coke Energy’s U.S. launch. In a press release issued that month, Coca-Cola noted that energy drinks were among the fastest-growing beverage categories in the country, but cited research claiming customers were hesitant to try beverages from “unfamiliar brands.”

“We’re making energy drinks more accessible and approachable to more people,” said Brandan Strickland, brand director of Coca-Cola Trademark, in the press release. “We recognized an opportunity to meet an unmet need in the category and give more people even more reasons to reach for a Coke.”

While discontinued in North America, Coke Energy will continue to be available in other markets, Reuters reported.

The Coca-Cola Company, meanwhile, isn’t entirely out of the energy drink business: The company currently owns a stake in Monster Beverage, the makers of Monster Energy, among other drinks.

University of California system will no longer require SAT and ACT scores for admission after settlement reached


(CNN) — The University of California system will no longer require SAT and ACT scores for admission after reaching a settlement agreement, a statement from the UC system said.

UC first announced the new policy on April 1, 2020, for incoming freshman in fall of 2021, and in May of 2020 the regents board extended the policy for 2022 and 2023.

However, the UC system said it would allow campuses to make the tests optional for freshman admissions for fall 2021 and 2022.

judge ruled in September, though, that campuses could not consider scores from students who still chose to submit them.

The “test optional” policy at most UC campuses afforded privileged, non-disabled students a “second look” in admissions, said Brad Seligman, the Alameda County Superior Court judge who issued the preliminary injunction in the case of Kawika Smith v. Regents of the University of California.

“The University complied with this decision, but it strongly disagreed with the court’s decision and filed an appeal,” UC said in the statement.

UC said it also “explored the possibility of a settlement with the plaintiffs that would provide certainty for students and their families, counselors, and high schools.” The Board of Regents approved the settlement on Thursday.

Under the settlement, the university agreed not to consider test scores in admissions or in scholarship decisions for fall 2022.

“The Board of Regents had already decided in May 2020 that SAT or ACT scores would not be considered for fall 2023 admissions and beyond,” UC said. “And all the UC campuses have announced plans not to consider SAT or ACT scores for fall 2022 admissions.”

Many universities suspended using SAT and ACT test scores for admission last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But activists who view the tests as unfairly favoring privileged students and as an inaccurate reflection of a student’s academic ability had expressed hope that that would lead to permanent change.

Scores from the tests may be used for other purposes, such as fulfilling the English subject-matter requirement or course placement, the UC statement said.

The plaintiffs in the case are five individual students and six organizations: College Access Plan, Little Manila Rising, Dolores Huerta Foundation, College Seekers, Chinese for Affirmative Action and Community Coalition.

Gun used in deadly Chicago-area shootings has long history


CHICAGO (AP) — A gun that a man used to kill five people in January shootings in Chicago and a nearby suburb was used in as many five other shootings since 2009. The Chicago Tribune reports that documents it obtained in response to an open records request revealed that shell casings and ballistic tests were used in the other shootings on the city’s South Side that left five people injured. The documents do not indicate when and how Jason Nightengale obtained the weapon before he went on what police say was a random string of shootings that began in Chicago and ended in Evanston, where police killed him in a shootout. 

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Police in Phoenix suburb say 2 kids killed, mom detained


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police say two children have been found dead in a suburban Phoenix apartment after a woman flagged down a police officer and told them she was hearing voices telling her to kill her children. Tempe Police spokesman Sgt. Steven Carbajal says officers located the woman’s apartment, went inside and found a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy dead with “obvious signs of physical trauma.” Carbajal says the woman who flagged down officers at about 7 a.m. has been detained and detectives are interviewing her. No identities have been released. Carbajal called it a “tragic incident” and said the officers who responded to the call are receiving counseling. 

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Media demand Israel explain destruction of news offices


NEW YORK (AP) — News organizations are demanding an explanation Saturday for an Israeli airstrike that targeted and destroyed a Gaza City building housing the offices of The Associated Press, broadcaster Al-Jazeera and other media outlets. AP journalists and other tenants safely evacuated from al-Jalaa tower after Israel’s military warned of an imminent strike Saturday. Three heavy missiles hit the building within the hour. AP’s president said the news agency was seeking information from the Israeli government. Al-Jazeera’s acting director called the strike a “clear act” to stop journalists from reporting on the conflict between Israel and Hamas. The Israeli military said the militant group was operating inside the building but provided no evidence to back up the claim.

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NYC Pride says no police can attend; Gay officers


NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of New York City’s Pride events say they are banning police officers and other members of law enforcement from marching in an annual parade until at least 2025. NYC Pride announced Saturday that the sense of safety law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening and at times dangerous. It said it wants to challenge law enforcement to acknowledge the harm and “correct course” going forward. The Gay Officers Action League and the New York Police Department both said they were disheartened by the decision. The parade is scheduled for June after many Pride events were disrupted last year because of the coronavirus.

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Rainy weather doesn’t stop ‘Shots for Brats’ vaccine clinic


PEORIA (WEEK) — Over 100 people got vaccines this morning at a unique event in Central Peoria.

Vaccine participants were supposed to get a free bratwurst or hot dog from Alwan & Sons Meat Company. However, the rainy weather prevented them from starting the grill.

Instead, people got coupons to redeem next weekend.

Advanced Medical Transport administered vaccine doses at Saturday’s clinic. Organizers say they are hoping to host another “Shots for Brats” clinic next weekend.

“You can have your brat, and your chips, and sit at a table and have lunch with your family, and spend that waiting period, that 15-minute waiting period, actually enjoying something,” Kelly Walsh said. “We most certainly want everybody to still come get their free brat.”

You can make vaccine appointments at the Peoria City/ County Health Department’s website. Walk-ins were also welcome at this Saturday’s event.

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Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit schools no longer requiring masks for students, staff


JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — Two major metro school districts said they’re no longer requiring masks for students and staff, falling in line with a number of area cities and counties ending mask mandates on the heels of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit schools made their announcements on Saturday. Here’s a portion of an email sent to Blue Springs parents:

 In compliance with the expired health order and effective immediately, the Blue Springs School District will no longer mandate face coverings. Masks will be optional for students and staff, regardless of age or vaccination status. Please note, the County still strongly recommends face coverings for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. While mask restrictions have lifted, other COVID-19 preventative measures remain in effect. Individuals not fully vaccinated who are identified as a contact of a positive case will still be required to quarantine for 14 days. Fully vaccinated individuals or those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days will be able to avoid quarantining after exposure to COVID-19 as long as symptoms do not develop.

Email to parents from the Blue Springs School District

The last day of school in the district is May 28.

The news to parents in Lee’s Summit mirrors Blue Springs, and says that masks are no longer required regardless of vaccination status. Lee’s Summit does recommend masks for anyone who isn’t fully vaccinated, and says that masks are required for all students and adults on school buses.

The last day of school in Lee’s Summit is May 27.

The CDC’s updated guidance on Thursday where fully vaccinated people can go maskless in most situations set off a cascade of local leaders rescinding mask mandates.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas made announcement Thursday night that the city’s mask order would expire Friday at noon. Jackson County and Independence followed suit on Friday.

The Kansas City Royals lifted the mask requirement at Kauffman Stadium Friday evening, and many other businesses and attractions around the area have done the same.

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Agents kill driver in ‘confrontation’ after chase near border


SAN DIEGO — Three Border Patrol agents opened fire during a confrontation with a driver they had chased along a rural highway in San Diego County Friday, killing the man, the agency confirmed.

The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. in the far East County town of Campo, outside a Circle K gas station off state Route 94. Border Patrol said they had been chasing a car with three adult men inside for some time before the shooting, though they did not share details on what started the chase or if the vehicle was suspected of coming across the border illegally.

The chase ended when the driver of the silver sedan pulled in to the gas station off SR-94 at Buckman Springs Road, Border Patrol said.

“A confrontation ensued, resulting in three agents discharging their firearms,” the agency wrote in a news release, though no further explanation of what caused them to shoot was immediately provided. The driver was hit by the gunfire, which pierced the windshield, video from the scene showed.

The driver was taken to the hospital by ambulance but later pronounced dead. The two other men from the car were taken into custody, officials said, though no details on possible charges were released.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit will investigate the deadly shooting, as they do all shootings involving law enforcement in the county’s unincorporated areas.

FOX 5 has reached out to authorities for further details about what led up to the chase and fatal shooting, which a spokesperson said would be released at a later time.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Homicide Unit at 858-285-6330 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Check back for updates on this developing story.