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Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, Fluffy to fans, suddenly cancels national tour

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is backing out of several upcoming tour dates after he revealed he is struggling with “health and emotional issues.”

On Wednesday, the comic wrote on Instagram that his issues “needed attention asap” and that “attempting to work through my problems was not going over and I had to stop everything before things got worse.”

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Wednesday’s post follows another earlier in the week in which he wrote “the problem with going down the wrong way is sometimes you take people with you. I’m not where I need to be, but I’m refocused and hopeful.”

Iglesias has canceled the rest of his tour through March. He was scheduled to appear at venues across the United States, from Texas to Pennsylvania.

To my fans: I can not apologize enough for the sudden cancellation of recent shows. I'm dealing with some serious health and emotional issues that needed attention asap. Attempting to work through my problems was not going over and I had to stop everything b4 things got worse. Failing to make better choices and never taking a break in 20 years of intense touring has finally caught up to me. I need to get better b4 I can return to making people laugh and smile. I applaud my management for doing their best to protect me but my fans need to know the truth. Fluffy is fine but Gabriel needs help. #gabrieliglesias #FluffyGuy A post shared by Gabriel Iglesias (@fluffyguy) on Mar 1, 2017 at 1:46pm PST

In several interviews, Iglesias has spoken about the toll touring takes on him. In a 2014 interview, he talked about his diabetes and its impact on his health. The comedian dropped almost 100 pounds to deal with the condition, but still didn’t take time off his grueling tour schedule. He also released a few stand-up specials with Comedy Central, most famously “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy.”

Fans on Twitter and Instagram, where Iglesias has 1.2 million followers, offered support for the comic.

Super Bowl 2017 commercials: Live updates on the games best ads

More than 100 million people will tune in to watch the Super Bowl today.

At least a few of those will be watching the game – for the rest of us, it’s the commercials.

Budweiser, Wix, Mercedes and Snickers are among the companies set to unveil their million dollar babies. Make that $5 million babies. That’s how much 30 seconds of time will cost the advertisers for Sunday’s game.

We are going to be keeping up with the commercials Sunday, live as they air. Come back here at 6 p.m. ET and join us.

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TSA responds after CNN commentator Angela Rye outraged over pat-down

DETROIT — Did a TSA security pat-down get out of hand?

Angela Rye, a CNN political commentator, NPR political analyst and chief executive of the IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington, expressed outrage at the grabby nature of a screening at Detroit Metropolitan Airport this week.

"I was just thoroughly traumatized by the TSA," she said in a Periscope video. "I’ve been randomly selected maybe three times in my life. Even if they think this is OK, it’s not. I’ve never been a victim of unwanted touching until today. I literally started crying while this was happening. It’s not right."

Related: Woman with breast cancer says she was 'violated' by LAX TSA officer

Rye, a former Congressional Black Caucus executive director and general counsel, has issued a complaint to the TSA and wrote about the experience on CNN.com.

Rye tweeted footage of the screening, saying she asked a police officer to record the interaction so that she could send it to he TSA.

The TSA issued the following statement Thursday:

The Transportation Security Administration takes reports of alleged impropriety very seriously. TSA looked into the specific details related to the screening process and concluded that our security protocols were followed. It is worth noting that just seven years ago on December 25, 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab flew from Amsterdam to Detroit wearing an explosive device in his underwear.  Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to carrying that explosive device on an aircraft with 289 passengers and attempting to detonate that device. TSA’s procedures, including pat down screenings, are designed to prevent such an act. TSA officers must work to resolve all alarms at the checkpoint to ensure everyone arrives safely at their destination. We regret any distress the security screening process may have caused the passenger. We are in contact with the passenger and will continue to work with her directly to address her concerns.

Duo steals nearly $1,000 in nail polish from Florida Walmart

Two people are accused of stealing 112 bottles of nail polish at a Walmart in the Shores, Marion County deputies said.

The Sheriff’s Office posted surveillance video of the incident Dec. 7 on its Facebook page.

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In the video, the woman started grabbing the nail polish as another man acted as a lookout for her, deputies said.

The duo got away with $976.64 of nail polish, according to investigators.

If anyone recognizes the two people, they’re asked to call Marion County sheriff’s Detective Stephen Juliano at 352-402-6000 or place an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 368-STOP or 368-7867. Text tips to 274637 using keyword 368STOP. Tips can also be submitted at www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. For Crime Stoppers please reference 16-122 in the tip. Also for Crime Stoppers, if a tip leads to an arrest, people could receive up to a $1,000 reward.

 

  

U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeals: William Sallie to be executed

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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for Georgia death row inmate William Sallie, clearing the way for him to become the ninth inmate Georgia puts to death this year.

Sallie was scheduled to die by lethal injection this evening at 7, but Georgia does not act until all courts have weighed in, which usually puts the actual time of death well into the night and sometimes into the early morning hours of the next day.

This afternoon, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously denied Sallie’s request for a stay of execution. His lawyers then petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court, even though the high court had previously turned him down.

As he waited, Sallie ate all of what he’d requested for his final meal — pizza — and visited with six family members, four friends, three members of the clergy and four paralegals.

Sallie, 50, has repeatedly failed to get any court to consider his claim of juror bias, and on Monday the State Board of Pardons and Paroles also rejected that argument and refused to grant a stay of execution.

Sallie was convicted in Bacon County of murdering his father-in-law John Moore in 1990, shooting and wounding his mother-in-law Linda Moore, and kidnapping his estranged wife and her sister.

Sallie broke into his in-laws’ home — where his wife, Robin, and their 2-year-old son, Ryan, were sleeping — after he lost a custody battle and his wife filed for divorce.

In court filings and a clemency petition, Sallie’s lawyers wrote that the domestic turmoil in William and Robin Sallie’s lives was much like that lived by a juror who denied ever being embroiled in a volatile marriage, a custody dispute or domestic violence.

When the woman was questioned during jury selection for the Sallie murder trial, she said her marriages — four of them — had ended amicably.

Sallie’s lawyers said that was false, contending in their clemency petition that the juror fought with soon-to-be ex-husbands over child custody and support payments and lived with domestic abuse.

That juror also told an investigator for Sallie’s lawyers that she pushed six fellow jurors to change their votes from life in prison to death, making the jury’s decision unanimous.

In numerous filings, Sallie’s lawyers have tried to get a hearing on the issue of juror bias, which has not been argued in any court because Sallie missed a critical deadline to bring that appeal.

Sallie’s attorney Jack Martin said that deadline came at a time when Sallie did not have a lawyer, as Georgia law does not mandate that the state pay for appellate attorneys for death row inmates.

Martin said former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher told the Parole Board about Georgia’s history of not providing lawyers for condemned inmates.

Fletcher wrote an op-ed in The New York Times this week — “Georgia’s dangerous rush to execution” — in which he talked about problems inherent in Georgia’s application of the death penalty.

“A door that would have been open to Mr. Sallie in almost any other state was closed to him in Georgia,” Fletcher wrote of the state’s refusal to provide people with legal counsel. “If it were open, he would be able to present the

facts about his trial, which appear to show serious problems with juror bias.”

Once Sallie is executed, Georgia will almost double its record for the number of executions carried out in a year since the death penalty was reinstated here in 1973. Georgia executed five people last year and also in 1987.

Georgia also leads the nation in executions this year.

Crews battle vehicle fire on I-85 in Gwinnett

Fire units from Gwinnett County and the Georgia Forestry Commission were fighting a vehicle fire on I-85 southbound Saturday, officials said.

The fire, north of Hamilton Mill Road, involved a car carrier and the vehicles on the trailer, Gwinnett fire spokesman Tommy Rutledge said. It also sparked several woods and grass fires in the median and the wooded area of the interstate.

No injuries were reported, Rutledge said. It’s too soon into into the incident to know the cause of the fire.

Traffic was reported delayed in the area.

Fire units from Gwinnett County and the Georgia Forestry Commission were fighting a vehicle fire on I-85 southbound Saturday, officials said.

The fire, north of Hamilton Mill Road, involved a car carrier and the vehicles on the trailer, Gwinnett fire spokesman Tommy Rutledge said. It also sparked several woods and grass fires in the median and the wooded area of the interstate.

No injuries were reported, Rutledge said. It’s too soon into into the incident to know the cause of the fire.

Traffic was reported delayed in the area.

 

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