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Actress Cynthia Nixon announces run for governor of New York

Actress Cynthia Nixon, best known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in HBO's "Sex and the City," announced Monday on Twitter that she's running for governor of New York City.

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Unabomber: TV shows, movies and books about Ted Kaczynski

More than 20 years after FBI agents arrested Theodore J. Kaczynski at his Lincoln, Montana, cabin, the man known as the “Unabomber” continues to fascinate true crime fans.

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Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, was blamed for three deaths and 23 injuries when he mailed 16 bombs to universities and airlines over the course of 17 years from 1978-1995. 

In June 1995, he sent his manifesto to The New York Times and The Washington Post, saying he would stop the bombings if it was published. The Washington Post published the 35,000-word manifesto on Sept. 22, 1995. 

Here are a few iterations of coverage of the Unabomber.

“Unabomber: The True Story”

In 1996 “Unabomber: The True Story” aired on USA Network. The TV film starred Tobin Bell as Kaczynski. 

The movie is not available for streaming and can only be watched on DVD or Amazon Video.

“Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family”

In 2016, David Kaczynski, the younger brother of Ted Kaczynski, published a memoir in which he recounted growing up with the person who became the Unabomber and ultimately turning him in. In the book, David Kaczynski says that his wife, Linda Patrik, was the one who first became suspicious that her brother-in-law was the Unabomber. 

>>Read the latest coverage of the bombings in Austin here

Of the book, David Kacynzki told The Guardian, “It doesn’t have any kind of thesis or analysis of how my brother transformed. It’s more of a meditation on the mystery of how that can happen.”

“Every Last Tie” can be purchased on Amazon.

“Manhunt: Unabomber”

Discovery released the limited series “Manhunt: Unabomber” in 2017.

The eight-part series attempts to explain why Ted Kaczynski, a mathematician, began a letter bomb campaign. The Unabomber is played by Paul Bettany. Mark Duplass plays David Kaczynski.

“This is a guy who mails bombs to people he’s never met,” series co-writer and executive producers Andrew Sodroski said of the series. “At the same time he’s a victim too. He was a little boy with a bright future ahead of him, and then something happened.”

The series can be watched on NetflixAmazon Prime Video and on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Self-driving Uber car hits, kills Arizona pedestrian

A self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona was involved in a crash that killed a woman early Monday, KNXV reported.

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The vehicle struck 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg while she was walking outside of a crosswalk, Tempe police said in a statement. Police said the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash, and a vehicle operator also was behind the wheel.

Herzberg was taken to a hospital and died of her injuries, KNXV reported.

>> Uber pauses service in Pittsburgh

It is believed to be the first fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle, several sources reported.

An Uber spokesman told KNXV the company was aware of the incident and is cooperating with authorities. Liliana Duran, a Tempe police spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg that “Uber is assisting and this is still an active investigation."

The company said it has suspended testing of its self-driving cars in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto, The New York Times reported.

WATCH: Roadrunner, snake battle in the desert

If you grew up believing a roadrunner was a lovable character that dominated Saturday morning cartoons, think again.

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A video documents a fierce battle between a roadrunner and a snake at Agua Caliente County Park in southern California.

Spoiler alert: the roadrunner wins with a forceful and clever strategy.

Meep! Meep! Indeed.

WATCH: Brewers reenact famous scene from 'The Sandlot' 

After 25 years, the Beast is back.

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The Milwaukee Brewers are known for churning out entertaining videos -- remember their bullpen dance-off against the Chicago Cubs? -- and spring training was no exception last week as several players contributed to a shot-by-shot reenactment of a famous scene from the 1993 movie, “The Sandlot.”

The 1993 comedy was about a group of friends who loved playing the game but only had one ball. So when one player hits the ball over the fence, where a snarling, mean dog lives, the game is apparently over. 

In the 2½-minute video, several players reprise the roles from the film, WTMJ reported. Stephen Vogt played Hamilton “Ham” Porter, who hits the home run. Brett Phillips plays Scotty Smalls, a newcomer who volunteers to retrieve the ball, while Eric Sogard has a memorable cameo as Squints.

Other players in the video include Christian Yelich as Benny, Hernan Perez as Yeah-Yeah, Jeremy Jeffress as Kenny, Josh Hader as Bertram, Chase Anderson (Tommy Timmons) and Jett Bandy (Timmy Timmons).

Plus, Hank the dog plays “the Beast.”

The scene is faithfully done, although Vogt bats left-handed. Ham bats right-handed in the 1993 film. And the Beast steals the scene.

Here is the original clip from the 1993 movie:

And here is what the Brewers do when they get bored in the bullpen:

Gorilla walks on two legs to keep hands clean

When it gets too muddy, or his hands are full, Louis, a silverback gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo walks on two legs so he does not get his hands dirty.

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A volunteer at the zoo recently shared footage of Louis scampering across his pen on two legs.

“People are often surprised to hear that despite his appearance of a tough male gorilla, (Louis) hates to get wet or for his hands and feet to be dirty,” primary gorilla keeper Kristen Farley-Rambo, said about Louis in a 2015 blog post. “When caught out in a rainstorm, he'll run bipedally across the yard to seek cover, and when he accidentally steps in mud, he'll find a leaf or a paper bag and wipe his hand or foot off until they are clean again.”

It’s pretty unusual for gorillas to walk upright for long periods of time, Michael Stern, curator of primates and small mammals, told The Associated Press. In the wild they might stand up to reach food or wade through swamps. 

The zoo even created a makeshift bridge from a fire hose over an area that chronically floods that Louis tightrope walks to keep out of the mud.

Louis, 18, was born at the St. Louis Zoo and came to the Philadelphia Zoo in 2004.

Blink-182 announces 16-show Las Vegas residency

Blink-182 has announced a Las Vegas residency, joining the likes of pop stars Britney Spears, Cher, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga.

But unlike many other musicians, the rock band won’t be in Vegas for years on end.

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People reported Monday that the band is starting a 16-date residency starting Memorial Day weekend.

The trio’s residency, called “Kings of the Weekend,” will start May 26 and take place on select weekends at Palms Casino Resort through Nov. 17, according to Rolling Stone. The latest lineup of the band includes bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba and drummer Travis Barker.

“We were stoked to be asked to be the first band in residency at the Pearl at the newly renovated Palms Hotel,” the band said in a statement to People. “Vegas is always a fun place to play.”

The band will perform at the Palms’ recently renovated Pearl Concert Theater.

“When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said, ‘Absolutely!’” Hoppus said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “Now, we just have to cast our showgirls, create our set list – a true throwback of Vegas classics with Sinatra, Liberace. Maybe we can even marry someone onstage ... The possibilities in Vegas are endless.”

Related: Lady Gaga confirms Las Vegas residency

Presale tickets go on sale March 20 at 10:00 a.m. General tickets are on sale March 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at

The dates for Blink-182’s residency shows are below. More information on tour dates and ticket packages can be found at

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Why was Andrew McCabe fired? What we know now

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe late Friday, hours before the former assistant director of the FBI was to retire.

Sessions said in a statement that McCabe was let go for “lacking candor under oath” in misleading investigators about the fact that he authorized a conversation between FBI employees and The Wall Street Journal.

While some are pointing to a vindictive strike at McCabe from President Donald Trump – McCabe took James Comey’s side following Comey’s firing last year – others say McCabe was forthcoming with information requested of him by the FBI’s inspector general.

Here is what we know about McCabe’s firing.

What Sessions said:

The Justice Department  released this statement from Sessions about McCabe’s firing:

“After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). 

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“The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.

“The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability. As the OPR proposal stated, ‘all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.’ 

“Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

McCabe’s answer:

McCabe issued this statement after he was fired.

“I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.

“For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The President's tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us.

“No more.

“The investigation by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI's involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau, and to make clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.

“The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.

“But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.

“Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey's accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG's focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday's comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.

“This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel's work.

“I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was privileged to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.

“I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred.”

What the inspector general said:

The report from the inspector general has not been released. However, according to a story from The New York Times, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that McCabe had encouraged FBI officials to speak with reporters from the Wall Street Journal about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

An associate of McCabe’s told reporters from the Journal that McCabe did not try to impede an investigation into the Clinton Family charity, the Times reported.

After the investigation, Horowitz recommended to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the department that investigates allegations of bureau employee misconduct, that McCabe be fired because he was not forthcoming with the IG’s investigation.

The report from Horowitz is expected to be released in April.  

What Trump said:

Trump tweeted that it was a “great day for Democracy” on Friday

About McCabe’s firing: 

And this one (Terry M is Terry McAuliffe): 

About McCabe saying he took notes at a meeting he had:

About McCabe’s wife:

What does his wife have to do with it?

McCabe’s wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, received $467,500 from a political action committee controlled by then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe when she ran for U.S. senator for Virginia. She received an additional $207,799 from the Virginia Democratic Party. 

McAuliffe ran Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and was national chairman for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 bid for president.

In a tweet, the president said McCabe ran the investigation into emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state while McCabe’s wife received the donation from the McAuliffe-run PAC.

McCabe was not in charge of the investigation into Clinton’s emails before FBI Director Comey closed it in 2016.

When an investigation into McAuliffe’s finances arose in 2016, McCabe recused himself from it.

What about his pension?

It has been reported that McCabe lost his pension when he was fired on Friday. That is not exactly the case.

McCabe was fired about 26 hours before he was to set to retire from the FBI. After 21 years of service in the Bureau, McCabe would have been eligible for early retirement at age 50.

What McCabe lost out on when he was fired was the ability to take his full benefits at age 50. He also lost his eligibility for a “top-up,” or “enhanced” benefit formula.

Federal rules state that employees in McCabe’s situation may not be able to draw pension until a date ranging from just before his 57th birthday to as late as his 62nd birthday.

That means he can still collect a pension in a few years, albeit a smaller amount than the $60,000 a year he was set to get. 

McCabe can appeal his firing in the hopes of getting his pension reinstated. 

What others said:

From former FBI Director James Comey:

From Former CIA Director John Brennan:

From U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, (R-S.C): 

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday:

“You know, his firing may be justified. There's no way for us to know at this point, but even though it may have been justified, it can also be tainted. And I think the president's badgering of the attorney general, his urging that he be fired before his pension could vest, and the fact that McCabe and every other of the James Comey associates … who corroborate James Comey on the issue of potential obstruction of justice, every one of them has been targeted by the administration, by the Republicans and Congress. And is this because they corroborate James Comey? That's a question we also have to answer.”

NYC man faces charges after baby found alone on subway platform 

A New York City man is facing charges that include child abandonment after a 6-month-old girl was found alone on a subway platform early Sunday, WNYW reported.

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According to police, Joshua Perez, 26, was with the child and her mother, Vanessa Almodovar, 27. According to police, the couple got into an argument inside the 110th Street train station, the New York Post reported. Perez took the child onto a train and then changed trains at 125th Street, police said. 

The baby was found unharmed in her stroller on a platform at the 86th and Lexington Avenue station, WNYW reported. It was not clear how the child ended up at that station, the Post reported.

The child was taken to a hospital, where she was joined by Almodovar, the Post reported.

Police said that about the same time the child was found, Perez called authorities to report the girl missing. He said he had fallen asleep on a train and woke up at a Brooklyn stop, WNYW reported. He was placed under arrest.

In addition to child abandonment, Perez faces charges of acting in a manner injurious to a child and reckless endangerment, the Post reported.

Kroger to halt sales of magazines about assault-style weapons

Kroger will no longer sell magazines about modern sporting rifles, commonly referred to as assault-style weapons.

The grocery retailer announced it would stop selling magazines about modern sporting rifles. The decision comes weeks after the company announced Fred Meyer locations will stop selling guns to people under the age of 21, according to The Wall Street Journal. Kroger sells firearms at 43 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

» RELATED: 5 retailers taking a stance on gun control

The Fred Meyer company did not share how stores will screen gun magazines for assault rifles.

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Other retailers have also taken a stance on gun control after a mass shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, Dick’s Sporting Goods, which owns Field & Stream, announced it would no longer sell assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles. Company officials said they already removed them from all Dick’s stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but they will now remove them from all 35 Field & Stream stores.

>>Dick’s Sporting Goods to stop selling assault-style rifles

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Police arrest man accused of running mobile meth lab in White Castle

Police arrested a man Friday after discovering he had a mobile meth lab set up in a White Castle restaurant, according to investigators.

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Indiana State Police are testing the chemicals they found in the “one pot” meth lab, which is a large bottle filled with chemicals covered by a thin sheet of plastic, according to WGN.

One person, who has not been identified, was arrested, and several others may have been involved, Hobart police Lt. James Gonzales told the Northwest Indiana Times

Four officers were treated for exposure to the chemicals, according to WGN

The restaurant passed a health inspection and was reopened at 6 p.m.

“We are proud of our White Castle team members who alerted local authorities about a suspicious customer, and thankful for the Hobart Police Department’s rapid response,” company Vice President Jamie Richardson told WGN. “We are grateful to be part of a community where everyone looks out for one another, and works together to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

For investigators, a race to decode hidden message in Austin bombings

Police in Austin are continuing their investigation of explosions that have killed two people and injured at least four others

Most of the explosions so far were due to package bombs, but another explosion Sunday night was triggered by a trip wire and not a package bomb, the American-Stateman reported. Officials are investigating if it was created by the same person, or persons, who set off the package bombs or if it was the work of a copy-cat, the American-Stateman reported.

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If the package bombs turn out to be the work of a single person, he or she will join a tiny but grim fraternity — serial killers whose weapon of choice was an incendiary device.

>>Austin neighborhood urged to stay inside after 4 explosions in 1 month: live updates

The group is so small that police and psychologist’s efforts to draw meaningful conclusions about its members has met with uneven success. An FBI profile of the Unabomber identified him as an uneducated man in his 30 or 40s who probably worked menial jobs. But Ted Kaczynski was a 53-year-old hermit who held several advanced college degrees.

Even within the minuscule group of deadly serial bombers, there are important distinctions, experts said.

>>Officials increase reward to $115,000 for information on Austin bombings

Some of the killers identified by forensic crime researchers selected their targets carefully. Thirty years ago, Walter Moody had a bomb delivered to an Alabama judge he felt was responsible for his misfortunes.

Other killers saw their deadly explosives as a dramatic protest against particular groups, with the individual identities of their victims apparently unimportant. In England, David Copeland’s 1999 bombs targeted blacks, Asians and gays.

Still, researchers have identified some broad characteristics that police turn to in an effort to identify deadly detonators. All have been white men. While they have varied educational attainment, they were of above-average intelligence and mechanically inclined.

Almost always, they were furious.

For interviews with experts on the distinct traits of serial bombers, and how investigators use that information to solve the crimes, visit

Alabama lawmaker says don't arm teachers since most are women 

An Alabama lawmaker is opposed to arming teachers because most of them are women and “are scared of guns,” reported.

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State Rep. Harry Shiver, R-Stockton, opposes a bill that would allow school districts to designate trained teachers and administrators to carry guns on school grounds.

“I'm not saying all (women), but in most schools, women are (the majority) of the teachers,” Shiver told on Thursday. “Some of them just don't want to (be trained to possess firearms). If they want to, then that's good. But most of them don't want to learn how to shoot like that and carry a gun.”

Shiver is a retired physical education teacher and coach. The bill is headed to the full House after getting a favorable report in committee, reported. Shiver said he likely will abstain when the bill comes to a vote.

“We don’t need to have a lady teacher in a school that’s got a firearm,” Shiver told WSFA. “I taught for 32 years, and it’s mostly ladies that’s teaching.”

Fifth Harmony going on indefinite hiatus, pursuing ‘solo endeavors’

Fifth Harmony is disbanding for the unforeseen future.

E! News reported that the girl group -- made up of Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregui -- announced on Twitter Monday that they are going on “solo endeavors” and are going on a hiatus.

Fifth Harmony began as a five-person group, forming on the US version of “The X Factor” in 2012. In 2016, original member Camila Cabello controversially left the group and launched her own successful solo career.

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“Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we've realized just how far we've come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever,” the statement said. “We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!

“After six years going hard, non-stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors.”

There have already been indicators that members of the group were going solo.

Billboard reported that Kordei signed a solo management deal in October and will go by the mononym Normani. That same month, Dinah Jane appeared on the joint single “Boom Boom” with Daddy Yankee, RedOne and French Montana.

In January, Jauregui appeared on “All Night” with Steve Aoki. That same month, Brooke appeared on “Perfect,” a single from Topic.

In February, Kordei appeared on the single “Love Lies” with Khalid.

The group ended its statement with a thank you to their fans, called Harmonizers:

“To our Harmonizers, thank you for everything we have been able to build as Fifth Harmony. With your love and encouragement we will continue to build on ourselves, support one another in everything we do, and keep making you proud, each other proud and ourselves proud.”

Fifth Harmony still has tour dates that it says will still happen through the end of the year.

Read Fifth Harmony’s full statement below:

Jim Carrey's newest artwork seems to resemble Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Actor Jim Carrey’s latest piece of artwork bears an eerie resemblance to the White House press secretary, the New York Daily News reported.

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“This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked,” Carrey wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of his drawing, which depicts an angry woman with dark hair and pointed eyebrows.

Carrey ended the tweet with the exclamation, “Monstrous!”

According to Twitter users, it didn’t take Ace Ventura to figure out that Carrey’s drawing bore a strong resemblance to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

There was plenty of negative reaction to Carrey’s tweet.

“And this is a portrait (of) a has-been who hasn't put out a decent movie in 15 years,” one man tweeted, posting a picture of Carrey.

“Another political Entertainer. Down the drain,” read another tweet.

There were some tweeters who jumped to Carrey’s defense:

Carrey’s Twitter account features many examples of his artwork, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker Paul Ryan, the Daily News reported.

Map shows location of 4 Austin bombs

The fourth explosion in Austin this month sent two men to the hospital with serious injuries Sunday night

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The explosion follows three similar incidents, one on March 2 that killed 39-year-old Anthony House, and two on March 12 that killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason and injured two others. The first three explosions were all package bombs.

>>Austin neighborhood urged to stay inside after 4 explosions in 1 month: live updates

Police said they are operating under the assumption that the four blasts are connected, although interim Police Chief Brian Manley said it is possible Sunday’s explosion was triggered by a trip-wire

>>Officials increase reward to $115,000 for information on Austin bombings

The map below details the location of the four explosions:

Sunday’s explosion is the first to occur west of Interstate 35. 

Residents of the Southwest Austin neighborhood where Sunday’s bomb detonated were urged to stay inside their homes until 10 a.m. Monday per an emergency alert. Police activity in the area has impacted school start times and bus routes. 

>>Austin package bombings: Friends remember victims Draylen Mason, Anthony House

Follow along with the American-Statesman’s full coverage of the bombings here.

Wendy Williams says ‘perfect storm’ led to talk show hiatus

Wendy Williams is discussing her health ahead of her return to her daytime talk show.

In February, the TV personality took a three-week hiatus from her show to focus on her health. “Entertainment Tonight” reported that she spoke to “Good Morning America” about her break before her return to the show March 19.

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Williams, who said she hasn’t taken a break since her talk show began as a 6-week sneak peek in 2009, told “GMA’s” Amy Robach it was a “perfect storm” brewing in her body since late July that led to her hiatus.

Related: Wendy Williams announces 3-week hiatus due to Graves’ disease

The 53-year-old has previously discussed her Graves’ disease diagnosis, an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid. She told Robach she missed three appointments with her endocrinologist, the doctor who monitors her Graves, and finally went in in February. At that appointment, her doctor told her to take some time off.

“I cried and then I laughed,” Williams said of her reaction. “(I told the doctor,) ‘Are you out of your mind? It’s sweeps.’”

Related: What is Graves’ disease? Wendy Williams opens up about her condition

Williams said the break ended up being a good idea.

“I found out I was very deficient in vitamin D,” Williams said. “My internist told me I am ... the worst case of deficiency vitamin D that she’s ever seen in her career.”

Williams also shared a message for women -- one that echoes her statement when she announced her hiatus Feb. 21.

“We, as women, particularly if — we have families, you know, we’re taking care of children, we’re taking care of, you know, home, our husbands, we take care of everybody but ourselves,” Williams said.

“And it’s really unfortunate. And that — that is something that has no socioeconomic thing to it. No matter what — no matter what the woman’s status is, it seems like we’re all in the same boat ... I’m not doing that anymore.”

“Wendy first,” Williams said.

Related: Wendy Williams to return March 19, Jerry O’Connell to guest host

One thing Williams asks of her viewers is to not ask how she’s doing. 

During her hiatus, actor Jerry O’Connell filled in as host -- a first in the history of “The Wendy Williams show.” Robach said Williams watched the show twice and thought O’Connell did a great job, but stopped after finding herself wanting to work.

Florida homeowners to split more than $52M after citrus canker battle 

A 17-year legal fight in Florida over citrus canker is over.

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More than 84,000 homeowners in South Florida who had healthy citrus trees cut down by the state are going to get paid for their losses.

The homeowners will split more than $52 million in compensation. That money was allocated in the budget approved by Gov. Rick Scott on Friday.

Residents filed suit after they said their rights were being violated.

In 2000, the state ordered the destruction of even healthy citrus trees within 1,900 feet of an infected tree, in a last-ditch attempt to battle contamination. This was done with or without the owner's permission.

Canker is a bacterial disease that blemishes a tree's fruit and can cause it to drop prematurely, although fruit that ripens can still be squeezed for juice, which is the primary use of Florida's commercial citrus crop.

Canker reappeared in Florida in 1986 and was spread by the wind.

When microphone troubles silence national anthem, students’ voices fill void

The pressure was on, and all eyes were focused on Herbert Derickson. It was his mission to sing the national anthem in front of 2,000 students during an event called “Equine Education Day.”

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But a wireless microphone malfunction silenced Derickson. Instead of a room full of nothing, the students stepped up, WTVC reported.

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The students from kindergarten to eighth grade started singing in Derickson’s place, WTVC reported.

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