‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 premiering in November; creators want to give Kanye his own episode

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Adult Swim(NEW YORK) — In a brief, yet very informative clip that Adult Swim debuted Wednesday, the titular leads of Adult Swim’s acclaimed series Rick and Morty announced that the show’s anticipated fourth season will debut in November.

The announcement was part of the WarnerMedia upfronts presentation in New York City this morning.

In typically sarcastic R&M style, the two characters stand against a black background, and literally reveal only that information, for an audience that has been starving for new episodes.

For the uninitiated, Rick Sanchez is like Doc Brown from Back to the Future, if he was a genius sociopath with substance abuse issues, and Morty is his nervous grandson who gets dragged along on Rick’s often dangerous inter-dimensional adventures.

Both characters are voiced by series co-creator Justin Roiland; Community‘s Dan Harmon is the show’s other co-creator. The series has already attracted a number of celebrity guest voices, from Stephen Colbert and Nathan Fillion to Susan Sarandon.

At the event, Roiland and Harmon offered apparent R&M fan Kanye West his “own episode.” Roiland told The Blast that “Ye is a “f***ing genius,” and a “kindred spirit,” with whom they’d both love to work.

“I’m giving him an episode,” Harmon said, referring to the series’ recent massive episode deal with Adult Swim. “We have 70! He can have one….It’s official.” Roiland gushed, “I’m so down.”

Meanwhile, Harmon’s former Community star Yvette Nicole Brown, who can currently be seen in Avengers: Endgame, tells ABC Radio she’s waiting for his call.

“[Harmon’s] created two shows that are like HUGE — and Rick and Morty has like eclipsed anything Community did!” Brown says. “Dan, can I be on Rick and Morty? I gotta beg stuff. Harmon: let me be on Rick and Morty? OK, I’m done.” 

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Posted On 15 May 2019

Voter databases in 2 Florida counties hacked in 2016, governor says

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hermosawave/iStock(NEW YORK) — Russian hackers were able to infiltrate the voter databases of two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential election, though there’s no evidence any of the data was tampered with, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.

DeSantis was among the Florida officials who demanded an FBI briefing on the alleged hacks, after a line in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference mentioned that Russian military intelligence hackers were able to “gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government” through a spearphishing campaign.

“There was no manipulation or anything but there was voter data that was able to be [had]. Now that voter data I think was public anyways, nevertheless those were intrusions,” DeSantis said at a press conference Tuesday after being briefed by federal authorities Friday.

DeSantis declined to name the counties, citing a non-disclosure agreement with the FBI. The FBI previously declined to comment on the Florida breaches and its response.

After the 2016 election, U.S. officials said that Russian hackers likely targeted systems in all 50 states — what some compared to rattling door handles — and said that some were able to get through, though officials did not say exactly where the intrusions took place. The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. intelligence community said there was no evidence that any votes or vote tallies were manipulated.

Illinois was previously identified as another victim of an alleged Russian voter registration data hack, in which the personal information of 500,000 voters was believed to have been stolen. Voter registration systems are separate from the machines actually used to vote, which are generally not connected to the internet.

Since the 2016 election, security officials and experts said the U.S. has made significant progress in protecting the voting process, but there’s much more work to be done before Americans cast their ballots in 2020.

“There’s a lot of things that keep me up at night,” a DHS official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told ABC News last month. “What could our adversaries do? What could they do to undermine our democratic system?… I’ll certainly be nervous but confident in the lines of communication we have and the steps that we’ve taken.”

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25-year-old faces rare form of ALS that took her twin, but experimental drug offers hope

Courtesy Lori Hermstad(NEW YORK) — Jaci Hermstad is fighting for her life — against the same rare form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that claimed the life of her twin sister, Alex.

This time could be different. A groundbreaking new experimental drug offers something the ALS community has never seen before: hope.

The drug is in a testing phase expected to take six to eight weeks. Jaci’s family is worried she will not make it that long.

Now, they are in a race against time to save her life and every day counts.

ALS is a neurodegenerative disorder that targets motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. The Hermstad twins both developed a rapidly progressive form caused by a mutation in the FUS P525L gene.

“It is the closest thing to hell that any person could go through,” Jaci told Good Morning America. “You wake up one morning, you’re 25, you’re going to your dream job and the next thing you know … you are told that you have ALS.”

It was this past November when Jaci first noticed symptoms. She began experiencing pain in her rib cage and back, and walking long distances became difficult. When the avid horse rider struggled to lift her legs into the stirrups, she started to worry.

The daunting reality set in on Christmas Day. “I could go down the stairs, but I could not go up the stairs, and at that point I knew. I knew that I had ALS,” Hermstad said.

Unfortunately, the Hermstad family is no stranger to the horrific disease.

Jaci’s twin sister, Alex, was diagnosed with the FUS P525L mutation at age 11. She would have died in months, but chose to be on a ventilator to extend her life.

Alex died on Valentine’s Day 2011 at 17 years old. The loss was devastating.

“No one should ever have to watch their sibling pass away right in front of their eyes,” Jaci said.

Jaci never thought she, too, would receive the same diagnosis and she worried about possibly passing the gene to her own future children.

Exactly eight years since Alex died, Jaci was officially diagnosed with the same aggressive form of ALS that took her twin.

The FUS P525L mutation is extremely rare, according to Dr. Neil Shneider, who runs the ALS clinic at Columbia University. He knows no one else aside from the Hermstad twins with this particular mutation, though he believes there are others out there.

Doctors began furiously working to develop an experimental drug for Jaci’s exact gene mutation, with Shneider leading the research.

“It is an exciting time in ALS research, where successes in other motor neuron diseases has encouraged us to make this desperate effort on Jaci’s behalf. I’m not sure that we’ll succeed, but I’m hopeful,” Shneider told GMA.

On Wednesday, May 8, the drug was approved by the FDA — an answered prayer for the family. Now, it has moved to testing, which could take six to eight weeks.

The Hermstads are desperate to find a way to shorten the process and get Jaci the drug sooner. They believe it will be too late if not.

“We know what her symptoms were like six weeks ago from now; we can’t imagine what her symptoms will be like six weeks from now, so it is crucial that this testing process gets minimized,” Lori Hermstad, Jaci’s mother, said.

Jaci’s symptoms are progressing extremely fast. She now struggles with speaking and breathing.

“Any day that you wake up and you’re able to talk, that you’re able to breathe, that you’re able to you know, do the normal things, anything that is normal, brushing your teeth is a blessing, and you thank God for the days that you can do those things,” Jaci said.

As devastating as the diagnosis is, the Hermstad family is not giving up.

“There’s just no choice, you do what you have to do as a parent, and you will exhaust every last thing until it is exhausted, and that’s what you do,” Lori told GMA.

They are hoping people of influence will unite and help Jaci access treatment sooner, despite the standard testings and protocols.

The process of developing and obtaining the drug costs $700,000. The Hermstads have worked hard to fundraise, but they still need $500,000. A GoFundMe is set up in support. They also created a Facebook page with more information.

“Without some intervention, the outcome of her disease is certain,” Shneider told “GMA.” “But we are in uncharted waters here, and the question of whether this experimental therapy can extend Jaci’s life remains to be answered.”

Still, there is hope that this drug could save Jaci and others in the future.

“Alex didn’t have hope like I do. I feel like I was taken down this journey so that I can be Alex’s voice in this, and I can be the voice of everyone who wasn’t able to have these opportunities and for all of us who, in the future, so we will have hope and it will be the cure” Jaci said.

Knowing there is a possibility that she could be cured keeps her waking up in the morning. Her family, community, friends, and animals play a huge role in reminding her of the good and she appreciates the time she spends with them.

“Life is too short, never be afraid to go after your dreams, never be afraid to something that you love, do the things that make you happy, run with those things, because you don’t know what’s around the corner or when your last day is,” Jaci said.

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Graham unveils proposal to address ‘crisis’ at the border

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uschools/iStock(WASHINGTON) — GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham a longtime advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on Wednesday rolled out new legislation that he says is “designed to stop the humanitarian crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border.

His bill focuses exclusively on immigration from Central America.

“A wall will not fix this,” Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said at news conference.

Graham is usually a strong ally of President Donald Trump, who built his 2016 campaign on a promise to build a wall along the southern border, but has struggled to follow through on his promise in the two years he has been president.

“No matter how high the wall will be built … no matter how many agents you put at the border, they’ll keep coming because they want to get caught,” Graham said.

Graham’s proposal would change current law by prohibiting asylum claims at the U.S. border and requiring asylum applicants from Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to apply for asylum in their respective countries.

“Word is out on the streets in Central America that if you bring a child with you – regardless of whether or not it is actually your child – America’s laws can be manipulated to allow you to stay in the United States,” Graham said.

His legislation would also modify U.S. law to allow families to be held together up to 100 days in the U.S. while making their asylum claims, while the current limit is 20 days.

His legislation would require unaccompanied minors from Central America to be returned to their home countries of origin.

It would also add an addition 500 new immigration judges to reduce the backlog of cases.

“If we do these four things, then the incentive created by our laws will cease to exist, and this humanitarian crisis will begin to repair itself,” Graham said.

His announcement comes just one day after President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and senior adviser Stephen Miller attempted to sell a “unified message” on immigration ahead of the 2020 election to Senate Republicans during a caucus lunch on Tuesday.

The president and nearly 20 Senate Republicans, including Graham, are running for re-election in 2020, and many senators on the ballot are hoping to deliver on immigration policy.

Details on the administration’s plan are sparse, but their plan focuses on border security and legal immigration, according to senators who were in the room for the briefing.

“I don’t think it’s designed to get Democratic support as much as it is to unify the Republican Party around border security,” Graham said after the lunch Tuesday.

Republican officials told ABC News that Kushner did not have clear answers to some pointed questions from the Republican group of senators on Tuesday, which prompted Miller to interrupt and take over the conversation.

“It was awkward,” a legislative aide told ABC News.

Another source characterized the meeting with Kushner and Miller as a “gigantic waste of time.”

But publicly, Republicans emerged from the meeting commending the duo for their presentation.

“I think it was very encouraging, should have been very encouraging for the administration,” Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., told reporters Tuesday.

Graham said his plan is trying to “solve a problem” and it’s his understanding the president is likely to support his legislation.

“The White House’s plan is not designed to become law,” Graham said. “This is designed to become law.”

It’s unclear at this point if Democrats are on board with Graham’s plan.

“It’s my understanding that Senator Graham’s proposal is the White House proposal,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. told reporters Wednesday.

“There have been so many aborted efforts when it comes to immigration reform under this president,” Durbin added. “I’m skeptical as to whether he truly wants to deal with immigration reform,” he said.

Later in a statement to ABC News, Durbin doubled down.

“Any immigration proposal that is harsh on children seeking asylum and does not address the root causes that are forcing them to flee their home countries will fail to stem the flow of migrants and is a nonstarter,” he said.

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Lawmakers grill FAA chief over safety questions involving Boeing 737 Max 8

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Stephen Brashear/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of the Federal Aviation Administration over how his agency handled the safety certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 following two crashes that left more than 340 people dead.

Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell faced questions from members of the House Transportation Committee about the FAA’s role in approving the now grounded plane.

“The FAA has a credibility problem,” said House Transportation subcommittee chairman Rep. Rick Larsen, D-W.Va. “The FAA must take steps to restore the public’s confidence.”

“In the U.S., the 737 MAX will return to service only when the FAA’s analysis of the facts and technical data indicate that it is safe to do so,” Elwell said in his opening remarks. Wednesday’s hearing marked the first in a series of investigations into why regulators or Boeing did not require pilots to go through training for the scrutinized automated safety system suspected in playing a critical role in the two crashes and why that system wasn’t detailed in the plane’s flight manual prior to the Lion Air crash in Indonesia last fall. An Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 crashed in March.

The MCAS, or Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, is designed to automatically drop the nose of the aircraft if sensors mounted on the nose of the aircraft detect the plane potentially entering a stall, a dangerous situation for an aircraft at low altitude.

“How can we have a single point of failure in a modern aircraft?” Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., asked in his opening statements.

He said the the parents of 24-year-old Samya Stumo – killed in the Ethiopia Airlines crash were in the audience.

“Their daughter was flying from Ethiopia to Kenya for work when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 went down,” DeFazio said. “They deserve answers and accountability, as does the general flying public.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Wisconsin teen charged as adult in shooting that left ex-girlfriend dead and her mother wounded

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imaginima/iStock(KENOSHA, Wis.) — A 15-year-old Wisconsin teen allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend and then shot and wounded her mother, even after she pleaded with him, saying, “You don’t have to do this,” according to a criminal complaint.

“Yes, I have to,” Martice Fuller allegedly told the woman, Stephanie Junga, before shooting her twice with the same gun that prosecutors allege he used to shoot her daughter on Thursday in their Kenosha, Wis., home, according to the complaint filed by the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office.

Fuller was arrested a day after the deadly attack when his mother told investigators that the alibi he gave them — that he was at home during the shootings — was false, the complaint states.

On Monday, Fuller appeared in Kenosha County Superior Court and charged as an adult with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and armed burglary. He remains in custody in a juvenile facility on $1 million bail.

“Should have been $5 million,” Stephanie Juga told ABC affiliate station WISN-TV in Milwaukee.

Juga’s husband, Nicholas Juga, told WISN that Fuller had stalked his 16-year-old daughter, Kaylie, for several months before allegedly killing her. He said his daughter had to change after-school jobs at one point in an attempt to elude him.

“Kaylie was just starting to feel safe again,” Nicholas Juga told WISN.

Fuller’s defense attorney, Carl Johnson, said during his client’s first court appearance on Monday that the allegations against the teenager are only the “state’s version” of what occurred in the Junga home.

“There’s been no opportunity for the defense to really respond, investigate,” Johnson said in court.

The shootings unfolded around 3 p.m. on Thursday when a security camera from a neighbor’s house caught Fuller entering the garage of the victim’s home, according to the criminal complaint. In the video footage obtained by investigators, six shots are heard coming from the home during the three minutes Fuller was inside, the complaint states. Kaylie had been shot in the head and chest.

Stephanie Junga said her daughter was in her bedroom listening to music with her headphones on when she was allegedly attacked by Fuller.

“Mrs. Juga stated she was in the main bathroom of the residence when she heard a blood-curdling scream from [her daughter] followed by a bang and followed by another scream,” the complaint states.

The mother told investigators she went to her Kaylie’s bedroom and saw Fuller standing over her mortally wounded daughter with a gun in his hand.

“Mrs. Juga indicated the defendant pointed a firearm at her and that Mrs. Juga pleaded with the defendant, ‘You don’t have to do this,'” the complaint reads. “The defendant replied to Mrs. Juga, ‘Yes, I have to.”

The mother told investigators that as she tried to shut the door of her daughter’s bedroom on Fuller, the teen alleged fired at her, hitting her in the wrist, according to the complaint. She told investigators, Fuller fired at her again, shooting her in the chest.

She said she managed to run to a bathroom, locked herself in and called her husband and 911.

An autopsy conducted by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Officer showed that Kaylie was shot once in the head and four times in the chest.

Security video showed Fuller exiting the garage door of the Junga home and running away on the sidewalk, according to the complaint.

“Circumstances in this case would literally chill anyone who makes any real attempt to keep their family safe,” Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley told reporters on Monday.

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‘He is the scum of all earth,’ says mother of GA teen allegedly killed by traveling carnival worker

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Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office(ATLANTA) — The mother of a Georgia teen allegedly murdered by a traveling carnival worker described him as “the scum of all earth.”

Cynthia Butterworth, the mother of 17-year-old Joslyn M. Alsup, told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that her daughter met the suspect, 23-year-old James Michael Wright, last September at the North Georgia State Fair.

“He is unfit to even be called a monster,” Butterworth said through tears.

Alsup’s father worked for carnival company Drew Expositions, where Wright worked as a sub-contractor, Fred Newman, sheriff for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia, told reporters at a press conference Monday.

Wright was in charge of the ponies, Butterworth said.

“That’s what we called him — the ‘pony dude,'” she said.

It is unclear how long he worked for the carnival, which travels up and down the East Coast, Newman said.

Wright allegedly shot and killed Alsup near his home in Mendota, Va., on March 9, Newman said. She was reported missing by her family the day before.

“We’ve been looking for her. We had everybody out,” she said. “And then come to find she’s been gone this whole time.”

Wright is also accused of murdering two other women he met while working at the carnival, Newman said. On Feb. 28, he allegedly shot and killed 22-year-old Elizabeth Marie Vanmeter, of Carter County, Tennessee, after an argument, and on March 17, Wright allegedly shot and killed 25-year-old Athina Hopson.

“I see someone that shouldn’t be on earth,” Butterworth said. “My heart is so full of hate — for him and what he has done.”

Wright allegedly confessed to the murders last week while being interviewed by detectives in Tennessee, Newman said.

He allegedly deemed all three killings as accidents, Newman said, adding that the firearm believed to have been used in each murder has been recovered.

Alsup’s and Vanmeter’s bodies were found Friday on the property surrounding Wright’s home, Newman said. One body was buried in a shallow grave and the other was placed on or near some logs, Newman said. Investigators have “tentatively” identified the bodies based on Wright’s alleged statement.

Authorities have not yet located Hopson’s body, Newman said. Wright allegedly told investigators that her body fell out of his truck and down an embankment near a bridge as he was driving and that he placed her body in the river, Newman said.

Hopson’s cellphone was found in Wright’s truck during a search two weeks ago, Newman said.

Authorities are still investigating Wright’s involvement with the carnival to determine whether there could be more victims, Newman said.

A representative for the carnival company did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment. It is unclear whether Wright has retained an attorney.

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Posted On 15 May 2019