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    Report: Florida deputy fired after woman he met on Tinder admits on-the-clock rendezvous

    A Florida deputy was fired this month after an internal investigation found he had lied about spending several hours on the clock with a woman he met on Tinder.

    Deputy David Patterson was facing allegations of violating the Marion County Sheriff’s Office code of conduct, providing incorrect information on time sheets and dereliction of duty.

    The internal investigation substantiated all three claims against Patterson.

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    The incident laid out in the investigation happened on Dec. 5 between noon and 3 p.m. at a Marion County home.

    In uniform and driving his unmarked Sheriff’s Office cruiser, Patterson stopped at the house and spent between two and three hours with the woman who lived there the investigation said.

    The woman told Patterson’s sergeant about the encounter on Dec. 21, when he went to her home to serve an eviction notice, the investigation said.

    “(The woman) stated she met Deputy Patterson on a dating website and wanted to know if he was a ‘good guy,’” an investigative report said.

    The woman reportedly told the sergeant that she and Patterson "hooked up," but that they didn’t have sex.

    “She stated while Deputy Patterson was at her residence they talked and kissed,” the report said. “She stated Deputy Patterson also touched her breast over her clothes.”

    After the encounter, the deputy also allegedly sent the woman a photo of his genitals while he was working and still wearing his uniform, officials said.

    Patterson, who was scheduled to work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an hour for lunch, claimed on his time sheet that he worked the full eight hours, the investigation said.

    When interviewed, the deputy admitted to the allegations, the investigation said.

    “Due to these actions, Deputy Patterson has brought discredit to himself and the agency while on duty,” the report concluded.

    Man accused of killing dog to avenge pet cat's death

    Police arrested an Oklahoma man Friday after he allegedly killed a dog in retaliation for the death of his cat.

    Officers say Darren White, 36, ran over a dog with his truck and then beat it with a baseball bat in north Tulsa Friday afternoon.

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    Witnesses say White went after a second dog in his truck and even tried to beat the dead dog again with the bat before he was stopped.

    White was charged with cruelty to animals and released on a $2,000 bond. He is scheduled for a March 3 court date.

    Apple investigating iPhone7 that caught fire

    This is not the kind of hot smartphone Apple wants to publicize.

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    The company said it is looking into an incident involving an iPhone 7 Plus that caught fire, Hollywood Life reported. Brianna Olivas, 18, from Arizona, posted video on Twitter of the device unleashing a steam of smoke.

    The incident was reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 issues, in which defective batteries caused some of those phones to catch fire.

    It’s not clear what might have caused the fault. Olivas told Gizmodo that she’d only been using the official Apple charger with the phone and that she hadn’t had any trouble with the device until this week. After the device failed to switch on, she said she took it to an Apple store where employees ran diagnostic tests but found no faults.

    "The next morning I was asleep with my phone charging next to my head, my boyfriend grabbed the phone and put it on the dresser," Olivas told Mashable. “He went to the restroom ... and from the corner of his eye he saw my phone steaming and [heard] a squealing noise. By the time he got over to the phone it had already caught fire, he quickly grabbed the phone and threw it in the restroom ... as soon as he threw it in the restroom it blew up and more smoke started coming out of the phone."

    Olivas says she gave the phone to Apple and the company issued her a replacement device. She said that Apple representatives told her they are conducting tests and expect to know more information in a week.

    So my IPhone 7 plus blew up this morning 🤗 was not even using it, literally no explanation for this — Bree✨ (@briannaolivas_) February 23, 2017

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    'Moonlight,' 'American Honey' to vie at Spirit Awards

    The last three best-feature winners at the Film Independent Spirit Awards have gone on to win best-picture at the Academy Awards, but that streak appears likely to snap this year.

    The Oscar favorite "La La Land," a smidge too pricey with a $30 million budget to qualify for the indie awards, isn't in the hunt Saturday. The leading contenders are Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age tale "Moonlight" and Andrea Arnold's heartland odyssey "American Honey." Both are up for six nods, including best feature.

    While "Moonlight" is likely to take home some hardware Sunday, "American Honey" and other smaller releases will get their day in the sun Saturday. The Spirit Awards, held under a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, California, are the dressed-down, afternoon antidote to the Academy Awards.

    AP Explains: Who competes and how Carnival parades judged

    Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making.

    Here are questions and answers about what goes into the big show that is Carnival:


    Competing schools of samba spend much of the year preparing for a 75-minute presentation that must include at least six floats to tell a story in an innovative way — while participants dance and sing, of course. The competitions begin on Sunday night and go into Tuesday morning.

    The winners get a trophy, national bragging rights for a year and a party on Ash Wednesday. Samba schools that fail to place high are relegated to a second-tier league the following year.

    Carnival parades are such a serious business in Rio that one university even has a graduation program for samba school managers.


    In the second half of the 19th century, posh clubs of Rio organized Carnival parties. Little by little, these gatherings gave up the elegant ballrooms and took to the streets. The poor also had their parties far from the city's elite south zone. Costumes were often used to satirize politicians.

    As the 20th century began, many of these celebrations included "confetti wars" in which groups would throw paper decorations in the air and at each other. Still, they were non-moving events that featured wind instruments and horns, not the drums and dancing of today.

    The first samba school appeared in 1928 downtown Rio. The concept behind "Deixa Falar" (Let them Speak) was to parade to the sound of samba, and it was a hit. In 1932, journalist Mario Filho organized the first competition of samba schools. A tradition was born that would inspire cities across Brazil.


    Each of the samba schools of Rio represents a specific region of the city, often a favela. However, fans of particular schools usually have fans all over Rio and even some nationally.

    Up to 4,000 members can take part in the parade of each of the 12 top-flight samba schools in Rio. The heart of the samba school is the drums section, with at least 200 people. As a form of reverence, the oldest members bring up the rear of an ensemble.

    Up to 80,000 people watch the parades at Rio's sambadrome on Sunday night, all Monday and into Tuesday morning. Millions more watch on television. Tourists are allowed to participate in samba schools, but their costumes usually cost more than those for locals.


    Rio's samba school league picks 54 judges who spread out across the sambadrome. There are six judges for each of nine criteria, including drums section, costumes and samba dancing.

    Hours before the first parade, a lottery chooses four judges for each category. They will have their scores counted. The other two judges will only be counted if one of the other four is absent during the parade. The group that gets the best scores wins.

    Sometimes winners and runner-ups are separated by 0.1 points. There were also several occasions in which two or three have tied as winners.


    The green- and rose-colored Mangueira group often draws the biggest crowds at the sambadrome and fans across Brazil. They have won the parade 19 times, including last year's.

    Blue and white Portela is historically the biggest winner, with 21 titles. Both Portela and Mangueira are home to some of Brazil's most popular samba artists.

    The red- and white-colored Salgueiro is seen as the most popular among celebrities. It has won the parade nine times and it often has the most popular samba songs that fans in the sambadrome sing along to.


    Rio's city hall is investing 24 million Brazilian reals this year (about $8 million). The rest comes from sponsors, sambadrome ticket sales, samba school parties throughout the year that raise funds and a group of shady gambling businessmen called "bicheiros."

    "Bicheiros" run a widely popular but illegal gambling game called "jogo do bicho," or "animal game" in Portuguese. They are sometimes linked to criminal organizations, and many sponsor local samba schools to improve their image.


    After a day in silence, Rio's evangelical Mayor Marcelo Crivella delayed the traditionally opulent starting ceremony until 8:30 p.m. Friday only to skip it with the excuse that his wife was sick. Rio city hall eventually put out an email saying that Carnival was "officially open."

    Revelers had been waiting hours at the sambadrome for the traditional handing over of the city's key to "Rei Momo," or the king of carnal delights. This has been always done with great fanfare in the past. But Crivella sent the head of Rio's tourism agency to do the honors. Rei Momo did not give interviews as usual and instead was quickly escorted out of the sambadrome by security guards.

    It isn't clear whether Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop who took office on Jan. 1, will attend any of the five days of parades at the sambadrome. Rio's city council has already authorized him to travel abroad on the next few days, but he has not announced where he might go.

    Bottega Veneta exudes 1940s Hollywood glamour in Milan

    Milan Fashion Week took a formal turn on the third day of previews for next fall and winter.

    Mindful of the price point, designers were not churning out looks that could be tossed into a suitcase for a fanciful journey, but rather pieces that could hang in the closet for years to come, even left alone for a period only to re-emerge as relevant as the day they were purchased.

    The old debate continued about whether to get items to the store quickly to satisfy the consumer accustomed to instant gratification. But while some designers were quick to get out capsule collections, from Moschino to Ermanno Scervino, the overriding Milan mindset retained its commitment to luxury craftsmanship and materials, which cannot be rushed.

    Some highlights from Saturday's shows, including Bottega Veneta, Missoni, Scervino and Jil Sander.



    Bottega Veneta's looks for next season exuded a 1940s Hollywood glamour, with a strictly formal collection for men and women.

    The female silhouette befitted any Hollywood diva: broad shoulders, rounded hips and tailored at the waist with long continuous lines. Creative director Tomas Maier said the shape conveys "the pencil mark on a sketch."

    Sweeping metallic-thread evening dresses created a liquid effect and had distinctive detailing, with one tying demurely on the derriere. Riding trousers were the staple for daywear, worn with tucked-sweaters and knee-high boots. Contemporary touches included multi-directional pleats on the daytime dresses — a technique achieved with a mostly polyester base to keep the shape — and a disciplined deployment of sequins and elegant studs. Big furry coats were from goats, a purposefully sustainable choice.

    Glamorous accessories finished the looks: sheer black hose with polka dots, suede and nappa wedge footwear and crystal combs sweeping the hair into place. Colors included bright ochre and tangerine for the day and ice blue and desert rose for the evening.

    Bottega Veneta's menswear also started with formal wear, with both smoking jackets that nipped in the waist and bombers paired with bow ties. Maier said the two clothing lines were conceived together, sharing materials and ideas.



    Despite the collection's strong point of view on Saturday, Bottega Veneta's creative director, Tomas Maier, said he had no specific muse in mind.

    "I never think about one single woman. I grew up in a home with a lot of women, a lot of sisters, my mother and aunts. Everyone very different, everyone with their own personality and their own problems," Maier said backstage. "That really took me off the road of having a dream woman."

    Instead, he deliberately seeks to create looks that work for women of different shapes, skin tones and hair colors.

    "It is on our minds at all times," he said.



    The French brand Vionnet made its Milan runway debut Friday evening in the 15th-century Casa degli Atellani palace, recreating a salon atmosphere amid carved wooden panels and centuries-old frescoes.

    "We are Made-in-Italy, and this is why we are here in Milan today," said creative director Goga Ashkenazi, who took over the historic brand in 2012. "There may be a time when we go back to Paris, but for us, it is the same. We feel very at home here."

    The collection was inspired by the exotic bird-of-paradise, which Ashkenazi compared to "women of modernity" like Yoko Ono and Imam.

    "They belong to the world, and they are amazingly self-confident, each one a character," she said.

    Avian references appeared in encyclopedic prints on silken fabrics, while the bird-of-paradise's colorful plumage also inspired flashes of colors, including turquoise, green and pinks, which contrasted with taupe and black.

    Ashkenazi captured the fluidity of the brand founded in 1912 with light chiffon and crepe de chine silks that conveyed classical Greco-Roman styles. But she kept it modern with contrasting bias-cut denim, including flowing bell bottoms, and twists on dresses that had an industrial touch, inspired by the drill. Even the shearlings hung on the body in a fluid manner.

    "That was the intention, the break in styles," she said. "We are respecting our beautiful history of course, but we are giving it a twist."


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    Iranian director sends video to message to US rally

    An Oscar-nominated Iranian film director has sent a video message to a rally attended by celebrities and top talent agents. It's intended to thank the Hollywood community for its support during his boycott of the awards ceremony.

    After U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries, including Iran, Asghar Farhadi decided to boycott the Oscars.

    The video has been published on Iranian social media. In it, Farhadi condemns the new U.S. president's policies and says they are "trying to promote hate."

    Farhadi said in his first public appearance since the ban: "It is comforting to me to know that, at a time when some politicians are trying to promote hate by creating divisions between cultures and religions and nationalities."

    Legend, Miranda, Bareilles make Oscar rehearsals musical

    Lin-Manuel Miranda owned Friday's Oscar rehearsals. He sang a tune from "La La Land," posed like John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever," invoked a 1990s Billy Crystal Oscar monologue, and reprimanded his dad from the stage for having his cellphone light on.

    The creator of "Hamilton" joined Sting, Justin Timberlake and John Legend for a day of music rehearsals at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre Friday. Miranda is nominated for "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana." Timberlake is up for "Can't Stop the Feeling" from "Trolls." Sting will sing his nominated song from "Jim: The James Foley Story," and Legend will perform the two nominated songs from "La La Land."

    Wearing a sweatshirt that read "Rehearsal is the best part," Miranda sang a few bars from "City of Stars" before his rehearsal began.

    "I can't get it out of my head!" he said.

    Later, he called out his dad from the stage.

    "Luis Miranda," the 37-year-old Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner bellowed into the microphone. "Turn your light off. I can see it from here."

    Lin-Manuel Miranda will become the youngest member of the EGOT club if he takes home the Oscar on Sunday. He's set to introduce 16-year-old Auli'i Cravalho at the show, who voiced the title character of "Moana" and will perform his nominated song.

    A novice actress discovered by chance in her hometown of Honolulu, Cravalho repeatedly ran through the tune with a confidence and charm that belie her age and inexperience.

    "She's literally never done this before," said Disney Animation spokeswoman Amy Astley, adding that the Friday's rehearsals represented Cravalho's first time ever onstage.

    The starlet even smiled as she sang, completely undaunted until she noticed Meryl Streep's seat-saving placard in the theater's front row.

    "There's my role model in life right there," Cravalho said.

    She confessed her concerns to Miranda after the rehearsal. The banner-wielding dancers behind her: did they cause too much of a breeze in her hair?

    "It's like a bespoke Beyonce fan," Miranda said in comfort.

    Earlier Friday, Legend sat behind a grand piano on the Oscar stage. The last time he performed here, he went home with an Academy Award, winning best original song for "Glory" from "Selma."

    This time, Legend rehearsed a medley of tunes he didn't write, but the composer of the nominated songs from "La La Land" was by his side to offer guidance.

    Legend will perform a newly arranged medley of "City of Stars" and "Audition" by the film's triple-nominated composer, Justin Hurwitz, who kept his sheet music notes under his arm throughout Friday's rehearsal.

    "It's really cool to mess up on this stage," Legend said with a smile after striking an errant chord on the piano. Hurwitz coached the Grammy winner between takes.

    Set against a backdrop that moves from a Los Angeles sunset to a starry night sky, choreographer Mandy Moore led a team of dancers through a routine that evokes the timeless ballroom moves Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling perform in the film. Two dancers even appear to float through the sky during the number.

    "It's gonna be good, I promise," Moore told Hurwitz.

    "It looks beautiful," he said nervously.

    Co-lyricist Benj Pasek watched proudly from a seat in the theater.

    "I am freaking out," the 31-year-old Oscar nominee said, adding that he brought his mother along to rehearsals.

    "She's becoming best friends with all the people who run the Oscars," he said.

    Sara Bareilles, who will sing for the show's In Memoriam tribute, had a brief Broadway-style moment with Miranda and "Hamilton" director Tommy Kail. The stage stars attempted to present the singer with a bottle of water, which she dramatically shunned, until embracing the Tony winners seconds later.

    The 89th Academy Awards will air Sunday on ABC.


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