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February 1, 2019

CALIFORNIA MEN GRANTED FRENCH CITIZENSHIP FOR THWARTING TRAIN TERROR ATTACK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three California men have been granted French citizenship for their role in thwarting a terror attack on a French train in 2015.

Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler were naturalized yesterday at a ceremony in Sacramento. They were honored by Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, consul general of France in San Francisco, and Guy Michelier, honorary consul of France in Sacramento.

The three men were traveling from Amsterdam to Paris during a trip in Europe when they helped subdue a man who opened fire inside the train. Authorities say attacker, Ayoub El-Khazzani, had ties to radical Islam.

All three men are from the Sacramento area.

FORMER COLLEGE STUDENT RETURNED TO JAIL FOR PRETRIAL VIOLATION

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a former Florida State student charged in a fraternity hazing death is returning to jail after testing positive for alcohol in violation of his pretrial conditions.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that 23-year-old Clayton Muehlstein’s ankle monitor tested positive for alcohol at about 3:20 a.m. on New Year’s Day in San Francisco. He will be returned to Florida and held in a detention facility.

Court records show that Muehlstein had been barred from drinking alcohol while awaiting trial. He’s charged with felony hazing in the November 2017 death of Andrew Coffey. Authorities say Coffey died of alcohol poisoning at an off-campus Pi Kappa Phi initiation event.

MINNESOTA TEAM OUSTED FROM SNOW SCULPTING EVENT FOR POLITICAL VIEWS

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) — A Minnesota team won’t be at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship this week after two of its proposed pieces — including one depicting President Donald Trump — were denied due to political overtones.

The team created a snow sculpture depicting Trump last year at the event in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, that was responding to some of the president’s vulgar comments about African countries.

Organizers, in turn, clarified rules early this year with sculptors, warning them to stay away from controversial and political designs because the event is family friendly.

CONFEDERATE STATUE - NORTH CAROLINA

STON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has rejected an emergency plea to delay removal of a Confederate statue.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the United Daughters of the Confederacy made the request to halt removal of the statue from downtown Winston-Salem. The UDC had until yesterday to have the Confederate statue moved or face city action to remove it.

City Manager Lee Garrity, relaying information from city attorney Angela Carmon, said a Forsyth County judge turned down the UDC’s effort to halt the city’s effort to have the statue removed. The statue has been vandalized twice in less than 18 months.

ATLANTA-AREA BUSINESSMAN SOUGHT IN SUPER BOWL SCAM

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police are looking for a prominent Atlanta-area businessman accused of exploiting Super Bowl fans out of tens of thousands of dollars as part of a ticket scam.

News outlets report Gwinnett County police are searching for Ketan Shah, and that his mother is among those who’ve filed police reports on him.

His wife, Bavhi Shah, says he hasn’t been seen since Jan. 3. She reported him missing earlier this month

WSB-TV reports Ketan Shah’s mother told police she lost $36,000 in the scam. John Brunetti tells WXIA-TV he lost $50,000. Both thought they were buying tickets from Shah to Sunday’s game in Atlanta.

A Thursday statement on the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce’s website says Shah has been suspended from its board of directors. The group says it has no connection to the alleged scheme.

NFL TILE GAME LAWSUIT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for two New Orleans Saints season ticketholders says he’ll continue to pursue legal action arising from officials’ failure to call a penalty on a key play in the Jan. 20 NFC championship game.

But attorney Frank D’Amico did not detail his next steps in a statement issued yesterday. And he gave no indication he would appeal a federal judge’s refusal to issue an order that could have led to a full or partial do-over of the game between the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams won the game in overtime. They play the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

D’Amico said unresolved issues include Saints’ season ticketholders’ rights to purchase Super Bowl tickets at face value “to see the Saints play in that game.”

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