‘Captain Marvel’ Fandango pre-sales already superheroic; GoFundMe aims to send young girls to see it

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Captain Marvel has taken its place among Fandango’s top three Marvel Cinematic Universe first day pre-sellers, alongside Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther.

The film — starring Brie Larson as the titular character, a fighter pilot-turned-alien-enhanced superhero — is outselling other Marvel Cinematic Universe ensemble movies, including Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as well as the MCU solo outings like Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor: Ragnarok, and Doctor Strange, in their first 24 hours of pre-sales.

Incidentally, A new GoFundMe campaign aims to send impressionable young girls to see Captain Marvel, the first female-led MCU film.

“Everyone should have an opportunity to see women in roles they can aspire to one day be, roles that show women as strong, smart and bold. From a teacher to a fighter pilot — or a superhero. This is an opportunity to continue to empower girls to be just that,” a message from the campaign says. The campaign has already collected more than half of its $10,000 goal.

Captain Marvel — also starring  Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening and Jude Law — opens nationwide March 8. Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.

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Mother alleges sorority hazing in wrongful death lawsuit over daughter’s suicide

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Jim Young/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(EVANSTON, Ill.) — The mother of a college basketball player who committed suicide is now suing one of the school’s sororities, saying that alleged hazing contributed to her daughter’s depression.

Jordan Hankins was a 19-year-old sophomore at Northwestern University when she was found dead in her dorm room in January 2017.

Her mother, Felicia Hankins, is suing Alpha Kappa Alpha and two of their chapters — Gamma Chi, which is an undergraduate chapter, and Delta Chi Omega, which is the graduate chapter, both at Northwestern — as well as nine individuals who are in the leadership of those chapters or now-former students who were in the chapters at the time of Jordan Hankins’ death.

The lawsuit does not go into detailed explanations of the alleged abuse but claims Jordan Hankins was “subjected to hazing, including physical and mental harm.”

“While post-initiation pledging, Jordan Hankins was subjected to physical abuse including paddling, verbal abuse, mental abuse, financial exploitation, sleep deprivation, items being thrown and dumped on her, and other forms of hazing intended to humiliate and demean her,” the suit states.

Alpha Kappa Alpha was suspended from Northwestern’s campus in May 2017, but specific details about the reason for the suspension were not disclosed. It may be allowed to return to campus in the fall, but it “must meet several criteria for that to happen,” a Northwestern spokesperson told ABC News.

Northwestern is not named as a party in the lawsuit, but a school spokesperson confirmed in a statement that the sorority “has been and continues to be suspended from the University.”

“Northwestern remains deeply saddened by the death of Jordan Hankins two years ago, and we continue to send our kindest thoughts and condolences to her friends and family,” the spokesman’s statement said, before acknowledging the suit and noting they will not be commenting further because the matter is in litigation.

ABC News’ requests for comment from Alpha Kappa Alpha were not immediately returned.

Felicia Hankins’ attorney Brand Vaughn released a statement on the family’s behalf, calling it “critical” to hold the sorority and those responsible “accountable.”

“Jordan Hankins was at the prime of her life and seeking to join an organization she believed was dedicated to sisterhood and personal and professional development. Instead, as a condition of her membership, it is alleged she was subjected to severe physical and mental abuse by members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,” the statement reads. “Despite repeated warnings that the hazing was triggering Hankins’ anxiety and depression, we allege that AKA failed to take action to stop the abuse, resulting in Hankins taking her own life.”

The suit states that “Jordan Hankins communicated to members of AKA sorority, including individually named defendants, that the hazing was triggering her PTSD, causing severe anxiety and depression and that she was having suicidal thoughts.”

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Louisiana police officer fatally shot just before starting shift

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kali9/iStock(SHREVEPORT, La.) — Authorities are searching for a suspect in the death of a Louisiana police officer who was shot just before her shift Wednesday night.

The shooting of an officer in Louisiana happened the same evening that a police officer was shot multiple times in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In Louisiana, the Shreveport Police Department didn’t disclose details about the shooting, but the city’s police association confirmed the officer’s death in a Facebook post around 2 a.m. Thursday and thanked the Oschner LSU Health Hospital doctors who “fought so hard” to save her.

“We have lost one of our own. She was young, and she was beautiful. She was proving herself to be a capable professional, dedicated to serving the Citizens of Shreveport,” the Shreveport Police Officer’s Association said in a statement. “We lift her family in prayer, and we thank you for allowing her to be a part of us.”

Shreveport Police Captain Marcus Hines said more than 50 police units responded to the shooting, which happened around 8:30 p.m., ABC affiliate KTBS reported.

He said the officer was a new addition to the department and was in uniform at the time of the shooting. She was not yet on duty.

At least one person was detained for questioning, but there hadn’t been any arrests as of early Thursday, according to KTBS.

The Shreveport Police Officer’s Association urged residents in the city to pray for the officer and her family during this “critical time.”

“We thank the Fire Chief Scott Wolverton and his administrative staff for responding and standing with us in our hour of need,” the association said. “God Bless you all! Please continue to pray for the men and women that will work through night and every night to make Shreveport a safer place.”

In North Carolina, a Raleigh Police Department officer — whose identity has not been released — was shot while trying to apprehend a suspect, according to police.

The male officer is now out of surgery after suffering multiple gunshot wounds, according to a statement from Raleigh police chief Cassandra Deck-Brown.

Police announced that Cedric Jamal Kearney, 24, has been charged with attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Antonio Dequan Fletcher, 21, was also arrested and faces a charge of possession of a stolen firearm.

“We ask that everyone continue to pray for the officer and his family,” Deck-Brown said in a statement.

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Shaq on paying for Jazmine Barnes’ funeral: “Just the right thing to do”

U.S. NEWS Shaq on paying for Jazmine Barnes' funeral: "Just the right thing to do" https://linewsradio.com/shaq-on-paying-for-jazmine-barnes-funeral-just-the-right-thing-to-do/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ESPN Images(HOUSTON) — Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has done it before, he will do it again, and he does not to be praised for it.

The basketball legend, who often goes by “Shaq,” paid for the funeral of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Texas.

O’Neal explained his decision to pay for the funeral in an exclusive conversation with ABC News. For him, it was a matter of right and wrong:

“Funerals… ten, fifteen thousand [dollars], that’s not going to hurt me, but for people to have to try to scrum money together to bury their little, beautiful daughter… nobody should ever have to go through that. So, I didn’t want them to have to go through that… It was just the right thing to do.”

A local of Houston, Shaq was disturbed by Jazmine’s death and wanted to take action.

“I’m watching the news, and I saw the story, and it just touched my heart. And I saw how devastated that mom was. And then to end the story… they had to raise money for the funeral? I can’t have that.”

This is not the first time Shaq has paid for the funeral of a grieving family. He says he does not want credit for his altruism. Rather, he feels he is fulfilling a duty to ease the pain of a grieving family that he has the means to help.

Jazmine was riding with her mother and three sisters through northwest Houston on Dec. 30 when a gunman opened fire. Jazmine, who was sitting in the backseat of their car, was shot in the head and killed. Her mother was wounded in her left arm. Two men were charged in her death.

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NBA legend Shaq on paying for Jazmine Barnes’ funeral: “It was just the right thing to do”

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Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ESPN Images(HOUSTON) — Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has done it before, he will do it again, and he does not to be praised for it.

The basketball legend, who often goes by “Shaq,” paid for the funeral of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Texas.

O’Neal explained his decision to pay for the funeral in an exclusive conversation with ABC News. For him, it was a matter of right and wrong:

“Funerals… ten, fifteen thousand [dollars], that’s not going to hurt me, but for people to have to try to scrum money together to bury their little, beautiful daughter… nobody should ever have to go through that. So, I didn’t want them to have to go through that… It was just the right thing to do.”

A local of Houston, Shaq was disturbed by Jazmine’s death and wanted to take action.

“I’m watching the news, and I saw the story, and it just touched my heart. And I saw how devastated that mom was. And then to end the story… they had to raise money for the funeral? I can’t have that.”

This is not the first time Shaq has paid for the funeral of a grieving family. He says he does not want credit for his altruism. Rather, he feels he is fulfilling a duty to ease the pain of a grieving family that he has the means to help.

Jazmine was riding with her mother and three sisters through northwest Houston on Dec. 30 when a gunman opened fire. Jazmine, who was sitting in the backseat of their car, was shot in the head and killed. Her mother was wounded in her left arm. Two men were charged in her death.

Houston Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins also pledged to donate his $29,000 game check from the team’s playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts to help pay for Jazmine’s funeral.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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As Trump heads to Texas border, he says he ‘probably’ will declare national emergency if no deal on wall

Political News As Trump heads to Texas border, he says he 'probably' will declare national emergency if no deal on wall https://linewsradio.com/as-trump-heads-to-texas-border-he-says-he-probably-will-declare-national-emergency-if-no-deal-on-wall/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/

Official White House Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian(WASHINGTON) — As he left Thursday morning to head to the Texas border, President Donald Trump said he “probably … I would almost say definitely” declare a national emergency to get funding for a border wall if he can’t reach a deal with congressional Democrats who flatly oppose a wall. “I would say 100 percent,” the president continued. “I don’t want to say 100% because maybe something else comes up.”

While Trump said he’d rather make a deal, he again lashed out at Democrats on Day 20 of the government shutdown over the impasse, denied that he pounded on the Situation Room table and said he didn’t “rant or rave” at the latest round of White House talks Wednesday before walking out. “I didn’t raise my voice. That was a lie,” Trump said.

“I don’t have temper tantrums,” the president said, pushing back on how Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had characterized how Trump had acted when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had again told him “no” when he asked whether Democrats would agree to wall funding if he re-opened the government.

The president also said China was more “honorable” in negotiations than the Democrats.

“We’re negotiating and having tremendous success with China, and I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy. China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party,” Trump said.

The White House has said the president’s trip to Texas, part of his PR blitz for a border wall, is designed to allow him to meet with those individuals who are “on the front lines” of what they have called a “national security and humanitarian crisis.”

Whether the president has the legal authority to build a wall through a national emergency declaration — in which he would circumvent Congress to get military funding for the project– is under review by White House lawyers.

“The lawyers have so advised me,” Trump said. “I’m not prepared to do that yet, but if I have to, I will. I have no doubt about it, I will. I have the absolute right to declare,” Trump said. Later he added he has a “tremendous” amount of funds available if he chooses that route.

Should the president go forward with the move, it would almost certainly be challenged in court and some congressional Republicans strongly oppose the move.

The White House has struggled to make the case that there is, in fact, a crisis at the border, with the number of illegal apprehensions trending downward over the last two decades. But the administration points to an uptick of illegal border crossing apprehensions in recent months as evidence.

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How the government shutdown is impacting food inspections

LiudmylaSupynska/iStock(WASHINGTON) — In a move to minimize the impact of the shutdown, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted the agency is “taking steps” to expand domestic food safety inspections during the shutdown, especially for high-risk facilities that make up a third of regular inspections.

Gottlieb tweeted they hope to resume some inspections after this week marked the first inspections the agency had to skip due to the shutdown.

The FDA conducts about 8,400 routine inspections of facilities that produce food every year. Gottlieb tweeted that a few dozen may have been missed because of the shutdown.

A third of FDA’s routine inspections are of high-risk facilities that work with products like fresh fruits and veggies, seafood, dairy products, prepared foods, infant formula, and medical foods. They expect to restart some of those inspections next week.

Routine inspections of lower-risk facilities that work with products like baked goods will still be suspended, though that will not impact inspections that are for cause or as part of a larger outbreak investigation.

FDA investigations and recalls related to outbreaks continue under the shutdown because of the immediate health concerns. The agency announced this week that romaine is safe to eat after concerns about E. Coli, though they are still investigating the cause of the outbreak.

The agency is still conducting inspections of foreign food coming into the country but under its shutdown contingency plan regular inspections of domestic facilities are suspended, raising concerns that Americans could be at higher risk for outbreaks of foodborne pathogens. FDA actually changed its travel policies last week so inspectors can charge travel expenses to a government account instead of personal credit cards.

The FDA is responsible for monitoring all food in the U.S. except meat, poultry, and eggs which are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Many USDA offices are closed during the shutdown but those inspections continue as usual, according to the agency’s shutdown contingency plan.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sing-along version coming to theaters Friday

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Alex Bailey/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — If you found it hard not to sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie, no worries: A special sing-along version is coming our way tomorrow.

The Golden Globe-winning film’s distributors will screen the special version in 750 select theaters in the U.S. and Canada. 

There aren’t any specifics about what exactly constitutes the sing-along version, other than the implied permission to belt out “We Are the Champions” during the film without getting ejected from the theater.  But if you want to find your nearest screening location, check out BohemianRhapsodyTickets.com.

Released in the U.S. November 2, Bohemian Rhapsody — based on the music of the rock band Queen and the life of its legendary frontman, the late Freddie Mercury — has since become the highest-grossing musical biopic in history, grossing $743.9 million worldwide.  Last weekend, it ranked 13th at the box office. 

Given its wins at Sunday’s Golden Globes — including Best Motion Picture — Drama, and Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for star Rami Malek, who plays Mercury — it’s a safe bet Bohemian Rhapsody will see an uptick in its gross and stick around in theaters a little bit longer.

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Houthi rebels carry out drone attack on Yemeni military commanders

WORLD NEWS Houthi rebels carry out drone attack on Yemeni military commanders  https://linewsradio.com/houthi-rebels-carry-out-drone-attack-on-yemeni-military-commanders/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

NABIL HASAN/AFP/Getty Images(BEIRUT, Lebanon) — In a bold and devastating strike against senior Yemeni leadership, Houthi rebels carried out a drone attack targeting a military parade near the southern port city of Aden Thursday morning, killing and wounding troops from the Saudi-led coalition.

Houthi rebel spokesman, Brigadier Yahya Sariyah, said in a statement the aircraft was a newer version of a drone called the Qasaf 2k that is designed to explode from a height of around 50 feet in the air and rain shrapnel down on its target.

That description matches video taken from the scene, which appears to show the drone flying directly overhead of the military parade at Al-Anad Air Base before it exploded.

“This is an unprecedented and pretty aggressive move for them to be hitting this base,” Adam Baron, visiting fellow with the European Council on Human Relations, told ABC News. “The Houthis have not succeeded in carrying out an attack of this magnitude against a Yemeni military installation in quite some time.”

Saudi broadcaster Al-Arabiya reported as many as six people were killed in the drone strike and at least 20 were injured, including some members of the media. The report also said ambulances were seen carrying the wounded to Aden hospitals.

Among the wounded were Mohammad Saleh Tamah, head of Yemen’s intelligence service, senior military commander Mohammad Jawas and Lahj Governor Ahmed al-Turki, according to Al Arabiya.

Yemen’s minister of information Muammar el-Eyrani condemned the attack in a statement published on Twitter, saying it was directed at “leaders, officers and members of the national army outside areas of military confrontation and away from areas of contact.”

The Al-Anad Air Base is located in Lahij province, the same region ABC News reported extensively from last March. It was once the headquarters for U.S. forces fighting al-Qaida in southern Yemen.

Pro-rebel news website al-Masirah said the drone targeted “the display platform at Al-Anad base” and said “a senior Emirati commander attending a graduation ceremony” was also injured. There was no information available from the United Arab Emirates government on the attack.

Yemen plunged into civil war in 2014 after rebels captured Sanaa, the capital, The Saudi-led coalition intervened a year later alongside Yemeni national troops and has since been trying to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government to power.

The drone attack comes as a blow to Yemen peace efforts after a cease-fire was signed for the key port city of Hodeida last month, just one day after U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council the agreement had brought a considerable de-escalation to the conflict.

The next round of peace talks was scheduled to begin in Stockholm, Sweden, before the end of January, although Baron said the attack will make further negotiations much less likely.

“It certainly violates the spirit of the Stockholm cease-fire talks and it presents a threat to the tentative and rather fragile peace agreement,” Baron told ABC News.

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