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Court documents: High school teacher had been grooming, having sex with students for nearly 20 years

Court documents allege Craig Verver has been grooming and having sex with his female students for nearly the entire 20 years he has taught at Cascade High School.

"And this is the second case that you have filed against Mr. Verver?" Tacoma lawyer Darrell Cochran was asked.

"It is," he said. "It looks to be a pattern of sexual grooming and abuse by Mr. Verver over a period of a number of years," Cochran said.

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Cochran is handling both civil lawsuits against the longtime teacher and the Everett School District.

"What's been shocking during the course of our investigation is to find out that you have two separate principals at Cascade High School who were alerted by a faculty member within the school about predatory behavior the faculty member saw," said Cochran. 

That faculty member said she told the principal she spotted Verver "caressing" the students face, that "it looked oddly intimate." 

In a deposition in the first student's lawsuit, Verver admitted "to having sexual intercourse in my classroom after she was 18, graduated from high school, and was no longer a student in the Everett School District." 

"It thunderstruck her," says Cochran of his most recent client. He says she came forward when she realized she was not alone.

"At some level she believed Verver loved her and that she was special and singled out for treatment," said Cochran. "But what you find out when you realize there are other victims that you were just another body being exploited by a person in a position of power."

Craig Verver has been on paid administrative leave since October of last year. When asked why he is still on the payroll, the Everett School District said that is one of his employee rights until the case is resolved.

So far, the District has paid him nearly $90,000 while he was doing no work at Cascade High.

Fergie said it was ‘weird’ pretending she was still with Josh Duhamel

While promoting her upcoming album, “Double Dutchess,” singer Fergie is addressing her split from husband Josh Duhamel.

The couple, who were married for eight years before separating, announced the separation long after they were actually apart. The timing meant Fergie, 42, and Duhamel, 44, had to respond to questions about each other when in public as though they were still together.

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“Honestly, it was just getting a little weird for us with all the romantic questions,” Fergie told People Tuesday while making the rounds promoting her album.

“We’re great friends, we love each other so much, and it just got to the point where it was getting a little weird,” she said. “There’s no perfect time, so we just decided to do it. We just wanted to get adjusted in private.”

The parents to son Axl Jack, 4, announced the separation Sept. 14 in a joint statement.

“With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the statement said. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”

Related: Singer Fergie, actor Josh Duhamel announce separation

Fergie went on to say co-parenting with the actor is going well, and their son’s school has helped with the process.

“We have a co-op so Josh and I would walk there several times before the school season. I get to learn from the teachers and see how he reacts in a group of friends that he knows. And I get to help out and serve them snacks and clean the dishes. We have fun, we get down and dirty and read the stories with our costumes. You get down in the sand and get dirty -- I love it. I love that part of it all.”

“Double Dutchess,” the followup to Fergie’s 2006 debut album, “The Dutchess,” is set for release Sept. 22.

WATCH: Thousands of sea turtles rescued after Hurricane Irma, released back into wild

Thousands of baby sea turtles washed ashore along Florida’s coastline after Hurricane Irma pounded the state last week.

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The hatchlings were rescued and collected by South Florida residents, turtle rehabilitation programs and other groups. On Friday, more than 2,500 rescued turtles were released by Boca Raton’s Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials drove the state collecting rescued sea turtles from Palm Beach, Brevard, Broward counties and others, according to Gumbo Limbo.

The turtles were brought to Gumbo Limbo, then released by the staff in Boca Raton. They captured part of the release on video, which they shared on the center’s Facebook page.

All 2500-plus sea turtles returned to the "weed line" that provides their habitat for the first few years of their lives,” the nature center wrote on Facebook.

“Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is proud to have been a part of this massive effort to return the sea turtles affected by Hurricane Irma to the sea.”

>> Related: Boca Raton: After Irma, is it time to finally bury power lines?

Hot seats not cooling for SEC coaches like Sumlin, Malzahn

The Southeastern Conference coaches who entered the season facing questions about their job security haven't done much to quiet them.

In fact, the heat from fans has intensified around coaches like Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin, Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Tennessee's Butch Jones . The season's only about a quarter of the way done so much could change the rest of the way - good and bad.

There's been some bad already for each of those four coaches.

Fans and bosses don't exactly celebrate blowing 34-point leads (Texas A&M), managing a feeble 117 total yards (Auburn), losing on a last-play heave to a rival (Tennessee) or dropping three of four games (Arkansas).

The Aggies (2-1) and Razorbacks (1-1) square off Saturday. Sumlin and Bielema are longtime friends from previous stops as Big Ten assistants but their job security doesn't typically come up when they talk.

"As coaches, those are the kinds of things you don't talk about," Bielema said. "When Sumny and I have gotten together, whether we're at SEC meetings or different times, or just shoot the breeze with a conversation or a phone call or a text, they're usually about everything other than those kind of scenarios or situations."

Those kinds of scenarios or situations are covered well enough on talk radio and message boards, anyway. And in other forums, including critical posts on social media after the Aggies' opening loss to UCLA from a regent. Houston attorney Tony Buzbee's reaction included a Twitter post saying "Sumlin has got to go" that drew mixed responses from fans.

Jones came under intensified fire following a 26-20 loss at No. 20 Florida for the Volunteers' play calling in the red zone and the defensive alignment on the final play, a 63-yard touchdown pass.

"The sense of urgency, it starts with me," Jones said. "It starts with our coaching staff. It starts with our leaders. I'm responsible and I can promise you we'll get to it. We'll get to work and work to make the corrections."

There's also unrest among fans over Barry Odom at Missouri, who is 5-10 in just over one season and has the league's worst defense. He's already fired his defensive coordinator. And for Jim McElwain at Florida, which has the league's most unproductive offense - but two straight SEC East titles, too.

Here's a look at each of the other four coaches' situations with plenty of football left this season:


On the hot seat because: Went 8-5 three straight years after much more promising 5-0 starts and had high-profile quarterback defections.

Cause for concern: The Aggies blew a 34-point third-quarter lead to the Bruins. Trailed Louisiana-Lafayette 21-14 at halftime before dominating the second half for a 45-21 victory.

Reason for optimism: Much touted freshman quarterback Kellen Mond is gaining experience after getting thrust into the UCLA game with Nick Starkel's foot injury. Mond ran and passed for third quarter touchdowns against Louisiana-Lafayette.


On the hot seat because: Auburn has gone 11-13 in SEC games since making it to the national championship in Malzahn's debut season, 2013. Tigers are 0-6 against top rivals Georgia and Alabama the past three seasons and have struggled at quarterback, Malzahn's supposed area of expertise.

Cause for concern: Produced just 117 total yards against No. 2 Clemson , the lowest of Malzahn's time as a college coach. Struggled to put away FCS Mercer . Has just two scholarship QBs, one of whom hasn't played in a college game, after Malzahn's dismissal of backup Sean White.

Reason for optimism: The defense has been among the nation's best. A healthy Kerryon Johnson gives the Tigers a strong backfield tandem along with Kamryn Pettway. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham's performance against Mercer renewed hopes that he's the answer at that position.


On the hot seat because: He's 1-4 against Florida, 0-4 against Alabama and 2-2 against Vanderbilt. The Vols are 6-5 since an 11-game winning streak ended last season.

Cause for concern: The defense has lost linebackers Darrin Kirkland Jr. to a season-ending injury while safety Todd Kelly Jr. and linebacker Cortez McDowell are out indefinitely. Ranks 10th in the SEC in scoring defense, 11th in total and pass efficiency defense and last against the run.

Reason for optimism: Running back John Kelly is leading the SEC in rushing. The Vols have shown resilience in battling back from double-digit deficits against Georgia Tech and Florida.


On the hot seat because: He has a 26-27 record at Arkansas, including 10-22 in SEC games. Has dropped three of the last four games and failed to score in the second half of those losses.

Cause for concern: A 28-7 loss to No. 16 TCU, struggles by quarterback Austin Allen and a coach frustrated enough to deliver withering criticism of his kicker following that TCU game.

Reason for optimism: Bielema still has the vocal support of athletic director Jeff Long. The next few games against Texas A&M, New Mexico State and South Carolina are certainly winnable. Allen remains one of the SEC's more experienced passers, but is working with an overhauled group of receivers.


AP sports writers Steve Megargee, Kristie Rieken, Kurt Voigt and Mark Long contributed to this report.


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'Move back to Africa': Teacher dismissed after alleged racist Facebook post

A Mississippi teacher has been dismissed from her job after a racist Facebook post appeared on her page.

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Officials confirmed to Fox13Memphis that Cammie Rone was dismissed from her position as a teacher at Mississippi’s Batesville Intermediate School. The school serves about 600 students in the second and third grades, according to the school’s website.

>> Related: Mississippi teacher under fire for alleged racist Facebook post

A post on Cammie Rone's Facebook page said: "If blacks in this country are so offended no (one) is forcing them here. Why (don’t) they pack up and move back to Africa where they will have to work for a living." 

It went on to say the government will “pay for it.”

In a second post, Rone claimed that she was hacked.

"If anyone knows me I post about cows, recipes, and home improvements. Not racism,” she wrote.

In a statement to Fox13Memphis, school district officials said Monday that they were aware of the incident and that Rone had been placed on administrative leave. A school district spokesperson told the news station on Wednesday that she was no longer an employee of the South Panola School District.

She has the option to appeal, officials said.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Jennifer Lawrence Repsonds To Bad Reviews For “Mother!”

Jennifer Lawrence Repsonds To Bad Reviews For “Mother!”

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:


(two, three, six, twelve, thirteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-two, twenty-four)

Starbucks Thief Wants to Sue Man Who Stopped Him, Police Said

Starbucks Thief Wants to Sue Man Who Stopped Him, Police Said

Body of Man Missing for 20 Years Found in Truck at Bottom of River

Body of Man Missing for 20 Years Found in Truck at Bottom of River

Does your city like to exercise? Find out which areas do and which would rather sit on the couch

There’s the treadmill, jogging, high-intensity interval training, combined group fitness classes, and yoga. It seems like gyms and fitness refimens are popping up more often. But where are Americans the fittest?

A new poll put together by Gallup and Sharecare has ranked the cities that exercise the most, ranking them from 1 to 189. They took a look at the habits of exercisers over a week. They were deemed “regular exercisers” if they worked out 30 minutes a day for at least three days a week.

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More than 350,000 adults, compiled from every state, took part in the survey, Live Science reported.

Boulder, Colorado came in as the most fit city in the nation, with almost 70 percent of those polled saying they regularly exercised. The least fit of the 189 cities was the Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton, North Carolina, region, with 41.8 percent.

Seattle came in at 46. Charlotte and its neighbors ranked at 87. West Palm Beach lumped with Miami and Fort Lauderdale and came in at 95. Boston and its surrounding communities ranked at 104. The Atlanta area came in at 113, and Pittsburgh was 131. Orlando was 143.

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