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April 2, 2019

JAMES COMEY - APRIL FOOLS

WASHINGTON (AP) — No, James Comey isn’t running for president after all.

Nearly two hours after a tweet and Instagram post seemed to tease a potential candidacy, the former FBI director confirmed that his social media post was simply an April Fool’s Day joke.

The original post was a photograph of Comey standing in the center of a rural, two-lane road with a caption of, “I’m in. We need someone in the middle. #2020.”

After thousands of likes, retweets and comments, Comey confirmed what many suspected: he was kidding about the whole thing.

In a follow-up tweet, he wrote, “But could you imagine a president who used this website to make dad jokes rather than to hurl insults? Happy #AprilFools.”

Comey, a former Bush administration Justice Department official, then added the hashtag, ”#VoteDem2020.”

GAYS-ADOPTIONS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have advanced a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to place children with gay parents and other families because of their religious beliefs.

The GOP-dominant House overwhelmingly voted in support of the proposal yesterday. The bill must now pass the Senate before it can reach the governor’s desk for final approval.

Supporters argue that while faith-based adoption agencies have been operating without issue, the move is needed to protect against potential lawsuits hostile to the group’s religious beliefs. However, opponents counter the measure will give adoption agencies free reign to discriminate against LGBT families, single parents and non-Christians in placing children.

Republican Rep. Tim Rudd of Murfreesboro says nine other states have similar laws on the books including Virginia, Texas and South Dakota.

WRONG-WAY DRIVER KILLS FOUR WHILE FLEEING POLICE

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) — A driver trying to elude a sheriff’s deputy went the wrong way on a southwest Alabama highway and hit a second vehicle head-on, killing four people.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack tells local news outlets a deputy tried to make a traffic stop yesterday afternoon, setting off a chase.

The unidentified vehicle the deputy was chasing exited I-10 multiple times, reversing directions, before making a U-turn on the highway and going the wrong way in the westbound lanes.

Mack says all three people in the fleeing vehicle died after it hit an SUV, exploded and burned. An SUV passenger was also killed, while its driver was taken by helicopter to a hospital.

No identities have been released. Mack says he doesn’t know why the vehicle fled.

PLANE LANDS ON SO. CAL. STREET

SIGNAL HILL, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say nobody was hurt when a small plane landed on a street shortly after takeoff from Southern California’s Long Beach Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot was the only person on board the Piper PA-28.

Gregor says the plane departed from the airport and landed for unknown reasons on a street about 1½ miles away.

TV news helicopters showed the plane upright in lanes surrounded by police and firefighters.

The plane is registered to the Long Beach Flying Club and Flight Academy. A representative didn’t immediately have information about the street landing.

The FAA will investigate.

ICE - ID

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The sheriff of Philadelphia has told federal Homeland Security authorities that immigration agents must identify themselves to sheriff’s deputies if they are on-duty in courtrooms in the city.

Sheriff Jewell Williams cited a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer that plainclothes Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were in courtrooms to apprehend people illegally in the country.

The Defender Association was quoted as saying at least three people had been arrested this year on their way into or out of the city’s Criminal Justice Center.

Williams said agents could easily and confidentially disclose their presence or intentions, otherwise an agent “may be perceived as an intruder trying to disrupt or intimidate participants in a proceeding, in which case our deputies would intervene.”

Department of Homeland Security representatives didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

BOY WHO COLLAPSED ON BASEBALL FIELD DIES

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy who collapsed at a baseball field in Georgia while taking pictures with his teammates has died.

WTVC-TV reports Brantley Chandler died Thursday, hours after suffering a heart attack. Brantley’s mother Meghan Bryson says he was with the other Rock Spring Mustangs getting ready for the team picture when he collapsed.

Bryson says Brantley was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an estimated 960 babies in the U.S. are born each year with the heart defect, which affects normal blood flow.

The last photo taken of Brantley was his individual shot for the team.

Brantley’s obituary says the first-grader was the Mustangs’ catcher and lived in the northern Georgia town of Chickamauga.