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5 things for Wednesday, April 19: Facebook, Georgia race, UK "snap" election
Steve Stephens is dead. He shot and killed himself after a police chase. Police say Stephens killed an elderly man he saw walking down a Cleveland street, then posted a video of the man's death to Facebook. A nationwide manhunt for Stephens had gone on for days, but it was a trip to a McDonald's drive-thru in Pennsylvania -- for Chicken McNuggets and an order of fries -- that was the beginning of the end for Stephens. An employee recognized him and called police; then Stephens was told he'd have to wait a minute for his fries. Stephens drove off, but state police already were in hot pursuit. Stephens shot himself in the head after a state trooper rammed his car, police said.
There's going to be a runoff for a Georgia congressional seat in a race seen by some as a referendum on President Trump's popularity. Democrat Jon Ossoff almost pulled off a stunner, finishing well ahead of 11 GOP challengers in yesterday's special election but falling just short of the percentage he needed to win outright. The seat, in a Republican stronghold in Atlanta's northern suburbs, has been held by the GOP since the 1970s. Ossoff will likely face an uphill climb in the June runoff, since it's expected conservative voters will rally to the second-place finisher, Republican Karen Handel.
Oh, snap. The UK is set to hold a "snap" election on June 8. Prime Minister Theresa May made the surprise announcement, and Parliament is due to approve it today. So why is she doing it? Brexit (what else?). May wants a stronger mandate as she negotiates the UK's breakup with the European Union. But there's definite election fatigue in the British Isles -- this will be the third general election in seven years -- and no one demonstrated it better than a woman known only as "Brenda from Bristol," whose incredulous reaction to May's plans -- "Not another one?!?!" -- is sweeping social media.
Three people were shot and killed within two minutes of each other last night in downtown Fresno, California. Police say the suspect, a black man who spoke on social media about his dislike for white people, fired 16 rounds in less than 90 seconds, killing three white men. The victims were apparently picked at random. Police are calling this a hate crime.
Is Bill O'Reilly heading for the exits? The Fox News talk show host and the network are reportedly negotiating how he'll leave. O'Reilly's been under fire ever since word came out that millions were paid to settle sexual harassment claims brought against him by female Fox employees. Advertisers have been fleeing his show ever since. O'Reilly getting the boot from Fox would be a stunner. He's been with the network since its start and is its biggest star. Fox dumped founder Roger Ailes last year over sex harassment complaints.
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The family that smokes together
Singer Melissa Etheridge said she feels closer to her adult children ever since she started smoking pot with them.
Call me maybe
Someone stole 100 cell phones at Coachella, so concert-goers used the Find My iPhone app to track down the culprit.
Who says unicorns aren't real? They exist at Starbucks (at least this week) in the form of special pink and blue Frappuccinos.
Add the rainbow
Since no selfie is complete without a sparkling rainbow or a field of blooming flowers in the background, Snapchat is rolling out spiffy new 3D filters.
Eight mummies. Ten sarcophagi. A ton of figurines. Not a bad haul that Egyptian archaeologists dug out of 3,500-year-old tombs.
That's how much President Trump raised from corporations and rich donors for his inauguration. It's a record.
I fought the law, and the law lost
A police officer in Indiana fights off a goose with no respect for the badge. (Click to view)