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Cam Newton issues video apology for response to female reporter

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By Anthony Pucik

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — On Thursday night, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton put out a video on his Facebook apologizing for comments he made to a female beat reporter in a press conference on Wednesday.

Newton said his choice of words were “extremely degrading and disrespectful” to Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer. Rodrigue asked Newton a question about wide receiver Devin Funchess’ route running, which caused Newton to laugh and say “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”

Rodrigue confronted Newton about the comments after the press conference, but he did not apologize. Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera said his quarterback “made a mistake” with his conduct.

In the video, Newton apologized to anyone he said he may have offended with his words, but did not address Rodrigue by name.

The video comes on the same day that Dannon Oikos Yogurt said they would pull Newton’s advertisements and no longer use the quarterback in commercials as a result of the comments.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/5/17

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 8, Boston 2
Cleveland 4, N.Y. Yankees 0

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 4, Nashville 3
Montreal 3, Buffalo 2; SO
Colorado 4, N.Y. Rangers 2
Washington 5; Ottawa 4; SO
Detroit 4, Minnesota 2
Chicago 10, Pittsburgh 1
Anaheim 5, Arizona 4
L.A. Kings 2, Philadelphia 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
(24) NC State 39, (17) Louisville 25

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
New England 19, Tampa Bay 14

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Elon Musk: Solar energy is the key to fixing Puerto Rico's power grid

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a solution for Puerto Rico’s post-Hurricane Maria power problem: solar electricity.

“The Tesla team has [built solar grids] for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too,” Musk tweeted Thursday. “Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR.”

Any Tesla solution would be aimed more towards the long-term, rather than the immediate restoration of power that is desperately needed, though.

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Only 5.4 percent of citizens on the island have electricity, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, only 14 of Puerto Rico’s hospitals had electricity, while 51 were “degraded” and in need of generators for power.

Tesla has done similar battery and solar power projects in conjunction with the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii and in American Samoa, albeit for smaller populations.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said on Monday that it could take one month to restore power to only a quarter of households.

Puerto Rico’s electric company said some households may be without power for four to six months.

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'Killer clown' cold case: Prosecutors to seek death penalty against suspect

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By Louis Milman

3drenderings/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a woman accused of dressing up as a clown and killing another woman nearly three decades ago, then marrying her widower.

Here is what we know about the case.

A mysterious killing

On May 26, 1990, Marlene Warren was at her home in Wellington, Florida, with her 22-year-old son, Joseph Ahrens, and several of his friends, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. While finishing breakfast, they saw a car pull into the driveway and someone dressed as a clown came to the front door with flowers and balloons.

“Marlene answered the front door and as the clown offered the items to her, witnesses heard a gunshot and Marlene fell to the ground,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The person in the clown costume “calmly” walked back to the car and drove away, the sheriff’s office said. Marlene Warren was shot in the face and died from her injuries.

Detectives initially identified a woman named Sheila Keen as a suspect, but she was not arrested, according to the sheriff’s office.

Twenty-four years went by before the cold case was reopened in 2014. Witnesses were re-contacted and more DNA analysis was conducted, the sheriff’s office said.

In the years that had passed, Sheila Keen had married Marlene Warren’s husband, and the two had been living in Tennessee where they ran a restaurant, according to the sheriff’s office.

“As a result of the investigation, probable cause was established linking Sheila Keen Warren [as she is now known] to the murder of Marlene Warren,” the sheriff’s office said.

This year, the case was presented to a grand jury, which issued a true bill for first-degree murder. An arrest warrant was obtained for Sheila Keen Warren, 54, the sheriff’s office said. On Sept. 27, 2017, she was found in Virginia and arrested without incident.

Ahrens, Marlene Warren’s son, told ABC affiliate WPBF that the news was a “big shock” but the arrest has made him “happier than I’ve been in many years.”

Marlene Warren’s stepfather, Bill Twing, was overcome with emotion, telling ABC News, “It’s bringing a whole lot back.”

“It’s sadness, but good sadness. They found somebody, hopefully,” he said. “I haven’t been this sad in a long time, but it’s a big load off my back.”

Prosecution seeks death penalty

Sheila Keen Warren, who was extradited to Palm Beach County, appeared at a first appearance bond hearing Wednesday.

State Attorney Dave Aronberg, whose office is prosecuting her for first-degree murder, said Wednesday that his office is seeking the death penalty.

“My office is committed to pursuing justice for the victim, Marlene Warren,” Aronberg said in a statement. “I have made this decision in consultation with our death penalty committee, which carefully reviewed the statutory aggravating and mitigating factors under Florida Law.”

ABC News has reached out to the husband, Michael Warren, for comment repeatedly but has not heard back.

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