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  • Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python comedy group, has died, his agent said Wednesday. He was 77. The Welsh actor’s family said in a statement that he died Tuesday evening following 'a long, extremely brave but always good-humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD,” according to the BBC and The Associated Press. “We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humor has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades,” the statement read. With Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam, Jones formed Monty Python’s Flying Circus, whose anarchic humor helped revolutionize British comedy. Jones appeared in the troupe’s TV series and films including “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “The Life of Brian.” Jones announced in 2016 that he had been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a neurological syndrome that progressively impairs a person’s ability to communicate, according to The New York Times. Jones is survived by his wife, Anna Soderstrom, and children Bill, Sally and Siri, according to the statement. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The man accused of killing his boss on Florida’s Turnpike may have done so following a heated argument over politics, according to an arrest affidavit. Mason Toney, 28, is accused of fatally stabbing his employer and childhood friend, 28-year-old William Knight, just before 10:45 a.m. Monday in the area of Exit 254 near South Orange Blossom Trail and West Taft Vineland Road. Officials believe Knight drove Toney to work as he usually does before the two possibly got into an argument that led to the crime. According to an arrest affidavit, coworkers described Knight as an outspoken supporter for the American government and President Donald Trump, while Toney was anti-government and believed agents “were out to get him.” Officials said deputies found Knight’s body near an excavator with a new American flag near his body. According to court officials, witnesses saw Toney stabbing Knight repeatedly with a trowel while standing over him. Witnesses said they attempted to stop Toney by throwing things at him before he began to move toward them and eventually flee the scene. As he drove away in a truck belonging to Lane Construction, witnesses stated he yelled out to them that they were “terrorists.” Toney was later captured and taken into custody without incident by officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses said Toney brought a bag to work that day, which isn’t customary as tools are provided on the work site. Toney remains in custody without bond.
  • All hail King Sam! Witnesses describe him as 'burly and buff’ and the man only known as Sam showed off his strength when he pulled the legendary Excalibur from the Sword in the Stone at Disneyland park in California. The  show of strength happened on January 8, but it was not as smooth as in the movies. WDW News Today reports that the stone was broken and jagged after it was yanked out.  Disney employees taped off the area to keep guests from injuries, but have now repaired the display which now features a very shiny sword and anvil.
  • A former college and high school football standout was killed Tuesday in Alabama, Birmingham police said. According to the Clarion Ledger, authorities found De’Runnya Wilson, 25, unresponsive inside a home on Birmingham’s Northland Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. Officers said the death appears to be a homicide but have not revealed how he died, the newspaper reported. Authorities have not arrested any suspects in connection with the case, WBRC-TV reported. Wilson played football for Birmingham’s Wenonah High School and from 2013 to 2015 was a wide receiver for Mississippi State, the Clarion Ledger reported. Anyone with information about Wilson’s death is asked to call police at 205-254-1764, authorities said. Read more here or here.
  • Inmates at the Manatee County jail raise thousands of fish in large tanks through an Aquaculture program. Once the fish are large enough they are used to feed the inmate population. When the temperatures drop, workers have to keep the water warm in order to keep the estimated 30,000 tilapia alive. Lia Fernandez, a reporter at WTSP in Tampa, shared a video of the process on twitter. App users click here to see the video. The fish can not survive in water cooler than 55 degrees.

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  • The first substantive day of President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial turned into a late night, insult-filled battle between House prosecutors and the President's legal team, as Republicans voted down repeated efforts by Democrats to have the Senate subpoena witnesses and documents related to the Ukraine impeachment investigation. 'They will not permit the American people to hear from the witnesses,' Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said, taking direct aim at the President's lawyers. 'And they lie. And lie and lie and lie.' That prompted an immediate response from White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who demanded that Nadler apologize, accusing him of making repeated false allegations about President Trump. 'The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you,' Cipollone said. Just before 1 am, Chief Justice John Roberts warned both sides to tone it down, his first real foray into the impeachment trial. 'I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the President's counsel, in equal terms, to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body,' as the Chief Justice made clear the debate was not following along the lines of civil discourse. 'I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are,' Chief Justice Roberts added. Democrats kept the Senate working past midnight in a bid to put Republicans on the record on calling witnesses like former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and other top officials who defied subpoenas from the House. 'The House calls John Bolton. The House calls Mick Mulvaney,' Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said at one point. 'Let's get this trial started, shall we?' But with Republicans sticking together, GOP Senators defeated a series of Democratic amendments to an impeachment rules resolution on identical votes of 53-47 - straight along party lines. Democrats said there was only one reason why Republicans were not looking to hear from new witnesses - because they don't want to hear the real Ukraine story. On the other side, Republicans joined the White House legal team in blasting the demands of Democrats. 'The only thing that’s rigged is Democrats’ perpetual effort to undo the results of the 2016 election,' said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). In the end, no Republicans broke ranks, as the GOP defeated 11 different amendments by Democrats to change the GOP rules plan, bringing about a final vote over 12 hours after the Senate convened.