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Antonio Brown accuser to meet with NFL, originally requested $10M settlement: Sources

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zorandimzr/iStock(NEW YORK) —  Britney Taylor, who has accused NFL star Antonio Brown of three separate instances of sexual assault, is scheduled to meet with the NFL on Monday, sources confirm to ABC News.

The athletic trainer and former college gymnast filed a civil suit against the New England Patriots receiver on Tuesday after Brown declined to sign a settlement agreement, sources said. A source told ABC News that several offers and deadlines were given over the course of months of conversation between Brown and Taylor’s representatives.

The initial request for a settlement from Taylor’s lawyers was for over $10 million, according to a source.

The suit was filed two days after Brown declined to sign a $2 million settlement. It is not clear how much Taylor is asking for in damages from the lawsuit.

Taylor alleges in the lawsuit that Brown sexually assaulted her twice in June 2017 while she was working as his trainer, and a third time after a night out in Miami in May 2018.

Brown repeatedly exposed himself to Taylor and sent graphic text messages, according to the lawsuit, which includes texts allegedly from Brown. After the two were at a strip club in Miami last May, Taylor alleges in the lawsuit they went back to Brown’s hotel room and he raped her despite crying and screaming for him to stop.

ABC News does not usually name alleged victims of sexual assault, but Taylor’s lawyer gave permission and reiterated the lawsuit was not filed anonymously.

Brown has vigorously denied any of the instances took place and said the motivation on the accuser’s part was solely about money.

“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, said in a statement after the suit was filed last week. “He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”

Brown engaged in a very public battle with Oakland Raiders management during the offseason, and was eventually released just days before the season opener. He was traded to Oakland from Pittsburgh in March and immediately signed a three-year, $50 million extension. But when he was cut, after feuding with the NFL over the type of helmet he wanted to use and with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock over disciplinary fines, the team voided his contract.

He signed with the New England Patriots last week. He has not faced any disciplinary measures from the league, and made his season debut on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Brown finished with four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots blew out the lowly Dolphins, 43-0.

Both the Patriots and Raiders say they were unaware of Taylor’s allegations before the lawsuit was filed.

Brown said the two had a consensual sexual relationship.

The meeting between Taylor and NFL investigators on Monday is part of an investigation into the allegations by the league. While Brown has not yet been placed on an exempt list, that decision could still be made pending investigation by the league.

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Border Patrol agent shot, suspect killed during traffic stop

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jetcityimage/iStock(BRACKETTVILLE, TX) — A Border Patrol agent was shot in Texas over the weekend while conducting a traffic stop near the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said. The suspect was shot and killed by the agent’s partner soon after.

The incident unfolded on Friday night when two Border Patrol agents and a deputy with the Kinney County Sheriff’s Department pulled over a vehicle near Brackettville, Texas, where the two U.S. agents were based, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Saturday.

The traffic stop turned deadly when a passenger in the vehicle opened fired on the agents, wounding one of them. The agent’s partner returned fire, hitting the gunman and killing him on the scene. There were no other injuries reported.

The area is frequently used by smugglers to move drugs and people from the border to San Antonio and surrounding areas, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

CBP did not release the agents’ or the suspects’ identities, but they described the deceased passenger as a 25-year-old man. The driver, who was taken into custody at the scene, was described as a 32-year-old woman. They are both U.S. citizens.

“The agents and sheriff’s deputy requested medical assistance and rendered first aid, however the passenger of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene,” CBP said in a statement Saturday. “The injured agent was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound, and later transported by AirFlight to a San Antonio hospital.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted about the shooting shortly after the announcement, calling it a reminder of the dangers agents face every day.

“Border Patrol Agents go out and do their duty each and every day despite the dangers. My prayers are with the agents involved and their families,” he said.


Authorities did not say why the vehicle was pulled over, but the incident is being investigated by the FBI, Kinney County Sheriff’s Office and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Both CBP agents have been placed on administrative leave in light of the ongoing investigation.

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2 men facing charges after caught on camera dangerously close to Yellowstone's Old Faithful

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Kimberly Guilliams/Facebook(NEW YORK) —  Two tourists are in hot water after they were caught on camera trespassing at Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful and leaning dangerously close to the iconic geyser’s spout while snapping cellphone pictures, according to park rangers and a witness.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at the nation’s most famous geyser in Wyoming, according to park officials.

Witness Kimberly Guilliams was at Old Faithful with her family waiting for the thermal sightseeing attraction to blow when she spotted the two men ignoring no trespassing signs and leaving a designated boardwalk to step right up to the mouth of the steaming geyser.

 uilliams quickly took photos of the men, whose names have not been released, and reported them to National Park rangers.

Guilliams called the actions of the men “complete stupidity.”

“My family and I just couldn’t believe what was happening,” Guilliams told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Sunday. “They just didn’t care and we couldn’t believe that they thought that that was OK.”

National Parks officials confirmed to KRTV in Great Falls, Montana, that the two suspects were charged with thermal trespassing and have been ordered to appear in court in December.

“I don’t see how anyone couldn’t be aware of the rules,” Guilliams said. “They’re posted everywhere. They’re in multiple different languages. All around the border of the geyser, there are rules saying that it is very dangerous, that the ground is unstable and very fragile.”

It’s not the first time someone has been caught trespassing at Old Faithful.

Gabriel Villalva, 27, of Greeley, Colorado, was arrested after park visitors’ video recorded him getting dangerously close to the geyser’s spout in September 2018. The video, which was passed on to park rangers, not only showed Villalva walking up to the geyser, which spews 200-degree boiling water about every hour, but sticking his head in the spout.

Villalva pleaded guilty in November to disorderly conduct and thermal trespassing. He was sentenced to five years’ probation and banned from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks for five years, officials said.

On the Yellowstone National Park website visitors are warned about the dangers of venturing close to the geyser, saying, “burns from thermal features are a common cause of serious injury and death in the park.

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Suspect identified in blaze that destroyed historic Minnesota synagogue

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iStock/Thinkstock(DULUTH, Minnesota) — Minnesota police have identified the suspect allegedly responsible for sparking a fire that destroyed a historic Minnesota synagogue on Monday.

Duluth resident Matthew John Amiot, 36, was arrested last week on a charge of arson for allegedly starting the fire at the Adas Israel Congregation in downtown Duluth, the city’s police chief Mike Tusken said in a press conference on Sunday.

Firefighters spent more than 12 hours battling the flames after they broke out Monday around 2 a.m.

Despite the destruction, there is no evidence that the arson was the result of a bias or hate crime, Tusken said. The point of origin for the fire was outside the structure, and no accelerants appear to have been used, he added.

The synagogue was built more than 120 years ago, Mayor Emily Larson said in a press conference last week.

A spokesperson for the fire department described the structure as “pretty much a total loss,” The Associated Press reported. Eight of 14 Torah scrolls were saved.

The congregation served about 75 Orthodox and High Conservation Jewish members, according to AP.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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California woman who dreamed she ate her engagement ring has surgery after waking up to find she actually did

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iStock/Kwangmoozaa(SAN DIEGO) — A San Diego woman has had surgery after dreamed she was forced to eat her engagement ring woke up to discover that she had actually eaten it.

Jenna Evans was deep asleep on Tuesday night when she dreamed that her and her fiancé, Bobby, were on a high-speed train facing off with “bad guys” and during the fight Bobby told her she had to swallow her engagement ring to protect it from them, she told ABC San Diego affiliate station KGTV.

When she woke up, however, she saw that the ring was gone and immediately knew what had happened.

“When I woke up and it was not on my hand, I knew exactly where it was,” Evans said. “It was in my stomach.”

Evans and her fiancé’s fears were confirmed after she got an X-ray at Urgent Care. The silhouette of the ring was clearly there right in the middle of her stomach.

Things took a turn when she could feel the ring in her stomach and it started becoming painful for her.

So, rather than let the ring pass through her organs naturally, the doctor suggested that the safest way to retrieve her engagement ring would be to have an upper endoscopy to remove it.

“I was really happy because I don’t know if I can look at it and appreciate it in the same way, if I had to search for it,” Evans said to KGTV.

The procedure went smoothly and doctors were able to remove the ring from her intestines.

Even after everything she has been through, Evans is thrilled to have her ring back.

“I feel very grateful that I got it back, and that this is a happy and funny story,” Evans said.

Jenna and Bobby’s nuptials are still on course to take place in her home state of Texas next May but with one difference in the preparations now.

She takes the ring off before she goes to sleep.

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