Deadly Charlottesville car attack: What we know now

Published: Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 4:24 PM
Updated: Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 4:24 PM

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Here's what we know so far about the deadly car attack on people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday: 

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McDonald’s giving away free french fries through the end of the year

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:15 PM

McDonald's is giving away free medium fries every Friday through the end of 2018, for customers who download the McDonald's app.
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McDonald's is giving away free medium fries every Friday through the end of 2018, for customers who download the McDonald's app.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

McDonald’s is giving away free french fries for the remainder of 2018.

Every Friday until December 30, you can get an order of medium fries for free, McDonald’s announced as part of a promotion for National French Fry Day.

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In order to get the free fries, customers have to download the McDonald’s app to get the deal’s coupon.

Customers also have to make a purchase of at least $1 to redeem.

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Clown car: Driver uses clown masks to try to get into HOV lane

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:55 PM

Driver Uses Clown Masks to Use HOV Lane

You may have names for the commuters who share the road during rush-hour traffic. Clown may be the safest one to go with. 

But one driver in New York may live up to that moniker.

A driver in the high occupancy lane on FDR Drive in New York City tried to beat the law by adding clowns, to his convertible to qualify for the HOV lane, WNBC reported

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Masks were added to some of headrests in the car, but sitting in the passenger seat was a person-like shape wearing a mask, with an arm and hand draped casually out of the window. 

The unidentified driver was sporting sunglasses, a red clown nose and a cigarette. 

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By law, drivers with passengers in the car can use the HOV lanes, usually with a minimum of two or three people in the car, WNBC reported.

If a police officer sees some alone in a vehicle using HOV lanes, or using a fake passenger to get around the rules, the officer can issue a summons. Drivers face two points on their license for breaking the law, WNBC reported.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show is coming to Netflix

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

Bruce Springsteen's “Springsteen on Broadway” one-man show will be brought to Netflix Dec. 15. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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Bruce Springsteen's “Springsteen on Broadway” one-man show will be brought to Netflix Dec. 15. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)(Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Pro)

If you couldn’t get a ticket to Bruce Springsteen’s lauded appearances on Broadway, at least there’s the TV version.

Netflix will launch “Springsteen on Broadway” on Dec. 15, the same night as the artist’s final show of what will be a 236-performance run at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.

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Springsteen’s historic series of intimate, acoustic solo concerts began in October 2017 and has been extended three times after its initial eight-week run. 

Based on his autobiography, “Born to Run,” Springsteen’s one-man event does feature a special appearance by his wife, Patti Scialfa. 

The show is directed and produced by Emmy-winner Thom Zimny, who will also produce the film version along with Springsteen’s longtime manager Jon Landau, tour director George Travis and Landau Management partner Barbara Carr.

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Parents charged with murder after 4-month-old son suffocates while in ‘timeout’

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:45 PM

William Herring, left, and Brianna Brochhausen
Burlington County Prosecutor's Office
William Herring, left, and Brianna Brochhausen(Burlington County Prosecutor's Office)

A New Jersey couple is accused of smothering their 4-month-old with a comforter by putting the boy in a “timeout” when he would not stop crying, authorities said. 

William Herring, 42, and Brianna Brochhausen, 22, of Mahwah, are each charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. According to a news release from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, Herring and Brochhausen were arrested Monday by troopers with the New Jersey State Police. 

Police officers and paramedics were sent on Valentine’s Day to the Hilltop Motel in Springfield Township, where the couple was living at the time, after they called 911 and said their infant son, Hunter, had stopped breathing. He was rushed by ambulance to Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly, where doctors transferred him to the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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While in the PICU, Hunter had minimal brain activity and needed a respirator to breathe, the news release said. He died March 3 after doctors removed him from life support. 

Photos on Brochhausen’s Facebook page show that Hunter was a twin. His sister, Harley, will be 10 months old later this month. 

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in the news release that the couple became frustrated the night of Feb. 14 when Hunter would not stop crying. They decided he needed a “timeout,” the prosecutor said. 

“He was positioned on his stomach on the bed, and the comforter was pulled over him, covering his head and entire body,” Coffina said. “The parents then went outside to smoke cigarettes, returning to the room approximately 10 minutes later, where they discovered that Hunter was not breathing and was unresponsive.”

It was unclear where the surviving twin was at the time that the victim stopped breathing. Hunter’s autopsy found that he died of complications of suffocation, the news release said. 

“The thoughtless actions of these individuals ended up costing a defenseless 4-month-old infant his life,” Col. Patrick J. Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said in a statement. “I commend the detectives of our Homicide South Unit and Criminal Investigation Office for their commitment and dedication to finding justice for baby Hunter.”

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Coffina pointed out the help that is available for new parents who find themselves struggling. 

“The responsibilities of becoming a new parent can sometimes be overwhelming,” Coffina said. “Those who find themselves at a point of crisis when caring for a newborn child should know that help is available, and they must seek that help rather than taking actions that might harm their child.”

Parents Anonymous of New Jersey offers parent support groups, as well as a 24-hour Stressline/Family Helpline. Helpline volunteers listen to the concerns of parents and provide referral and crisis intervention information. 

The helpline can be reached at 1-800-THE-KIDS, and additional information about resources can be found on the organization’s website

New Jersey also has a Safe Haven Infant Protection Act, which allows parents or their representatives to anonymously surrender a newborn baby at any hospital emergency room, police station, fire station, ambulance, first aid or rescue squad that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The law is for parents of babies up to 30 days old. 

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