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UK party leader's girlfriend suspended over Meghan Markle comments

The girlfriend of the leader of Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party has been suspended from the party after reportedly making racist comments about Prince Harry’s American fiancee, Meghan Markle.

The Mail on Sunday published a series of messages reportedly sent by 54-year-old Henry Bolton’s 25-year-old girlfriend, Jo Marney.

>> On Rare.us: Meghan Markle’s half-sister slams rumors about her family ahead of the royal wedding

Marney reportedly said Markle would “taint” the royal family, that she had a “tiny brain” and that black people were "ugly."

In a statement to The Mail, Marney said: “I apologize unreservedly for the shocking language I used.”

She added: “The opinions I expressed were deliberately exaggerated in order to make a point and have, to an extent, been taken out of context. Yet I fully recognize the offense they have caused.”

Former deputy leader of the party Peter Whittle wrote on Twitter: “These are disgraceful remarks," adding, “This person should not just be suspended … but expelled altogether.”

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UKIP’s chairman, Paul Oakden, told the Mail on Sunday that Marney had been suspended from the party membership immediately after he was made aware of the messages.

“UKIP does not, has not and never will condone racism,” he said.

Bolton, who was elected party leader in September, tweeted to confirm that Marney had been suspended from the party “immediately upon [UKIP] receiving this information.”

He was responding to a teenage party activist who urged him to publicly call for Marney to have her UKIP membership revoked.

“Her words were blatantly racist and there should be no room for that in UKIP,” Jack Penny wrote on Twitter.

Bolton confirmed his relationship with Marney in a letter to UKIP supporters earlier this month, after seemingly leaving his wife to pursue his new relationship, the BBC reported.

Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI charge

Dennis Rodman reportedly has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

>> On Rare.us: Dennis Rodman says Kim Jong Un is a 'madman'

Entertainment site TMZ broke the news that Rodman was pulled over for a traffic violation late Saturday and ended up being arrested on a DUI chargeThe Associated PressCNN and other news outlets later confirmed the arrest.

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The arrest occurred around 11 p.m. in Newport Beach, California.

Rodman has "struggled openly with alcoholism the past 17 years," Rodman agent Darren Prince told CNN, adding that the former NBA standout has "been dealing with some major personal issues the last month, and I know it's time he checks back into a rehab center to work through them."

Rodman has pleaded guilty and no contest to DUI in the past, and also faced charges related to a hit-and-run.

In his post-NBA days, Rodman has made headlines for increasingly bizarre statements about North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman sees as a friend.

Read more here.

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

Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations

Comedian Aziz Ansari released a statement Sunday in response to allegations of sexual misconduct first reported on women's website Babe.net.

According to the article published Saturday, a 23-year-old photographer said Ansari pressured her into having oral sex and "repeatedly asked her for sexual intercourse after she had already declined" after the pair went on a date in September.

>> Eliza Dushku says she was molested by 'True Lies' stunt coordinator at age 12

She said she gave physical cues that she was not interested, but the comedian either did not notice or ignored them.

The woman added that she told Ansari during the encounter that she "didn't want to feel forced because then I'll hate you, and I'd rather not hate you."

She said Ansari texted her the next day to say it was fun meeting her.

"Last night might've been fun for you, but it wasn't for me," she said she wrote back. "You ignored clear non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances."

After explaining her discomfort, she said Ansari apologized, saying he had misread the situation.

>> Read the full story here (WARNING: Graphic content.) 

"In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual," the statement read, according to USA Today.

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"The next day, I got a text from her saying that although 'it may have seemed okay,' upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said."

The statement added: "I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue."

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Vikings beat Saints on last second touchdown

Although the Saints were down 17-0 to the Minnesota Vikings at halftime, it looked like Drew Brees was on the verge of completing another incredible comeback in the fourth quarter, taking a 24-23 lead with just 25 seconds left.

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But there was still enough time for Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to throw the game-winning 61-yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs as time expired.

After a review and a delay, the Vikings lined up for the PAT -- as per NFL rules -- to complete the 29-24 win.

Prior to the penultimate play, it looked like the Vikings were about to suffer another playoff heartbreaker. The franchise has been plagued with crushing losses in the playoffs in the last 20 years. The Vikings will now move on to the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles in Philadelphia next Sunday.

Photos: 2018 Detroit auto show

Trump: 'I'm the least racist person you will ever interview' 

President Donald Trump answered several questions while entering Trump International Golf Course with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Sunday evening, telling reporters that he is not racist and he is working on a DACA deal. 

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Trump claimed to reporters he didn’t make the offensive remark at the Oval Office meeting last week.

“No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” he said.

He also said he was trying to get a DACA deal done, but Democrats were not helping. “A lot of things to talk about. We’re going to talk DACA,” he said. 

When asked if he could make a deal, he said, “Honestly, I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal... there are a lot of sticking points.”

The president was dining Sunday night with Rep. McCarthy at his golf club in West Palm Beach, according to news sources. McCarthy attended a meeting last week in which the president reportedly referred to Haiti and African countries as “shitholes.” 

1 dead, 14 hurt after casino shuttle boat catches fire, officials say

8:05 a.m. EST Monday: One person is dead and 14 others injured after a fire engulfed a casino shuttle boat near Port Richey, Florida, The Associated Press is reporting.

The woman’s cause of death is not yet known, according to the AP.

Read more here.

ORIGINAL STORY: A casino cruise ship with 50 people on board caught fire Sunday afternoon. 

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All 50 passengers aboard the Sun Cruz casino ship made it safely to shore near Port Richey where they were treated by emergency rescue crews, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office, Port Richey police as well as other agencies are investigating. 

Breastfeeding woman asked to leave Chick-Fil-A restaurant

A woman was kicked out of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant after she started breast feeding her infant daughter.

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Macy Hornung went to the opening of the restaurant Friday, ordered and ate and then was asked by the manager to leave after she started breastfeeding without a cover, according to the West Fargo Pioneer.

"The owner came to our table where I was showing no more than the upper portion of my breast, barely more than what was visible in my shirt and asked me to cover,” Hornung wrote on social media. “I tried to explain that I couldn’t, because my baby refuses to be covered and she started harping about the children and men who can see my indecency and I need to cover. I said they could practice the simple art of looking away and tried to cite North Dakota breastfeeding laws. She told me if I chose not to cover, then she would have to ask me to leave, so I told her my review would reflect my experience and I would be relaying the experience in every local mommy group."

Kimberly Flamm, owner and operator of the restaurant, does not deny asking Hornung to leave.

"My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all of my guests,” Flamm told Valley News Live. “And I sincerely apologize for the way I handled this situation.”

SpaceX to test Falcon Heavy rocket Monday at Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX plans to test its Falcon Heavy rocket on the Space Coast Monday, company officials said. 

The time window for the static-fire test starts at 4 p.m. 

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Crews have already loaded fuel onto the rocket, which stands on launch pad 39-A, at Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket to launch from there since the 1970s. 

SpaceX hopes to launch the rocket by the end of January. The company unveiled the Falcon Heavy rocket in December.

Photos posted by SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk then showed the new rocket inside its Florida hangar. Musk has said the Falcon Heavy will launch his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster into space.

SpaceX will test-fire the rocket's 27 engines at the pad Monday.

Falcon Heavy is essentially the company's Falcon 9 times three. It features three Falcon 9 first-stage boosters joined together with a second-stage on the middle one. It also has three times as many engines.

The Falcon 9 is now used to hoist satellites and supplies to the International Space Station. The Heavy is intended for super-big satellites, as well as cargo destined for points far beyond, like Mars.

Musk has repeatedly warned there's a good chance the new rocket could blow up, thus, his own personal property will be aboard. He heads the Tesla electric car company, as well as SpaceX and several other companies.

If all goes as planned, Musk's Roadster will wind up in a long, elliptical orbit around the sun, stretching as far out as the orbit of Mars. He laid out the jaw-dropping plan in a series of tweets earlier this month. Last week, a SpaceX manager said the company will meet all necessary government requirements.

"I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future," Musk wrote.

The Falcon Heavy will be without its featured load for the test. That's been customary ever since a Falcon 9 exploded during a 2016 practice engine firing, destroying both rocket and satellite.

The Falcon Heavy will have double the thrust of the next biggest rocket out there today, according to Musk. "Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another," he promised.

SpaceX advertises that the Falcon Heavy will be able to lift 140,660 pounds of cargo to low-Earth orbit, 37,040 pounds to Mars, and 7,720 pounds to Pluto.

NASA's Saturn V moon rocket, used during the late 1960s and early 1970s, will still top the charts. But none of it was reusable. NASA introduced reusability with its space shuttles in 1981, reflying the orbiters as well as booster segments and main engines until their retirement in 2011.

SpaceX has paved the way for rocket reusability in commercial orbital flight. Two of the Heavy's three first-stage boosters have flown before. After blasting off from NASA's historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, all three will attempt vertical landings, two on land and one on a floating offshore platform.

SpaceX is working on an even bigger rocket that would replace the Falcon line.

NASA is also working on a megarocket, the Space Launch System or SLS. So is United Launch Alliance, a venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, with its next-generation Vulcan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Police to charge mother for teen's string of violent crimes

For the first time, DeKalb County police are trying to arrest a local parent because, they say, her child was involved in violent crimes when he should have been getting ready for school.

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Investigators told Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr that this is part of a new effort to hold parent's responsible when their kids skip school.

"This kid is getting more and more violent," DeKalb County police Maj. K.D. Jackson said. 

Jackson was referring to a 13-year-old arrested for stealing a Honda Pilot from a gas station on Jan. 5.

They realized he was the same boy they were looking for late last year for aiding in a pawn shop break-in and stealing $9,000 worth of guns.

They say he's also the same child charged with both arson last summer and kidnapping in November.

In the kidnapping charge the teen suspect and an accomplice are accused of carjacking, taking off with a baby in the car and dumping him at a gas station.

“He just drops the baby off on the sidewalk and speeds off and we never see him again,” store clerk, Alex Robles, told Channel 2 Action News at the time. 

Police are going after the teen’s mother for contributing to her child's lack of structure, charging her with educational neglect. 

Investigators said her son missed more than 30 days of school between August and December -- the same time frame in which all the crimes were committed.

“She could not provide a valid reason as to why this kid was not going to school other than pointing the finger at other people,” Jackson told Carr. 

Carr wasn’t able to find the child's mother either. Police have an open invitation to her and other parents this Saturday.

“To help you become a citizen that's going to act right, we're going to help you. But if you want to continue to allow yourself, or your kid, we're going to deal with you that way too,” Jackson said. 

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