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Who is Adam Schiff? Here are 7 things you may not know about him

California Rep. Adam Schiff grabbed the national spotlight Monday when he was given 15 minutes to present a case accusing President Donald Trump’s campaign of colluding with Russian officials to meddle with the 2016 presidential election.

Schiff, who was elected to Congress in 2000 and is the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, took the time to lay out a blistering attack against Trump, naming campaign workers and other associates whom he claims have ties that are too close for comfort with various Russian officials and those who support them.

On Wednesday, Schiff was in the spotlight again when he attacked the HPSCI chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-California), for announcing publicly that it is likely that some of Trump’s communications ended up being “captured” during routine surveillance operations. That information, Nunes said, included names of the people involved in those conversations and those names, he claims, were shared among intelligence organizations. 

Schiff responded with his own press conference, claiming that Nunes had “tainted” the investigation into Russian interference in the election and now only a special prosecutor could fairly look into the accusations.

Who is Adam Schiff and how did he get to this position? Here are a few things you may not know about him.

  1. He is an attorney. He graduated from Harvard. 
  2. He wasn’t a shoo-in for Congress. He lost three elections to the California State House before being elected to the state Senate. He was then elected to the U.S. House in 2001.
  3. He may run for Sen. Diane Feinstein’s Senate seat if she retires in 2018.
  4. As the ranking member of the HPSCI, he’s a member of the “Gang of Eight.” In that role, he is privy to high-level intelligence information. By law, he receives information about intelligence from the White House.
  5. He is on leave from the House Appropriations Committee, and served on the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
  6. He voted for the Patriot Act, and also has sponsored animal rights legislation.
  7. He’s married. His wife’s name is Eve. The couple have two children.

Man is praised after stopping fight

He has been praised by LeBron James, Snoop Dogg and soon, the City Council.

Ibn Ali Miller, 26, was running an errand for his mother when he came across an altercation between two boys, stopped it and lectured the pugilists as well as a throng of onlookers.

In video of the incident, Miller calmly walks toward two boys who are fighting in the middle of the road as a group of teens looks on from the street corner. He points his fingers at the group and said:

"Everybody on their phones, y'all the real cowards. Record that, too. It ain't cool, man,” Miller started lecturing the fighters and gesturing to the crowd. “Y'all in the middle of the street. Look, they laughing. Look. He's got a big smile on his face. ... He's supposed to be your man."

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Miller continues in the more than four-minute clip:

"Y'all got parents. Don't make your parents look like this.”

Miller, who is a student and father of five, did not leave until the brawlers shook hands.

"It's sad to say, but it's not the first fight I broke up and it's probably not the last," Miller told the Press of Atlantic City on Tuesday. "You can't pick that 'today, I'm gonna stop some kids from fighting', but God does what he wills."

The video has been viewed more than 26 million times with more than 66,000 comments, even garnering a retweet of the video by Cleveland Cavaliers star James.

"To me the fact that LeBron and others have seen it ... it's cool. I'd be more excited when I was a younger man," Miller said. "But I want people to take away from it to pay it forward. That's it."

Nail salon allegedly charged overweight people more

A nail salon in Tennessee allegedly tried to cash in on people’s weight. 

Deshania Ferguson said she was appalled after seeing this sign at Memphis nail salon:

“Sorry. But if you are overweight, pedicures will be $45 due to service fees for pedicurists. Thank you!” the sign read.

The owner of the alleged salon said the sign was not placed anywhere on his property despite the similarities between his business and the space seen in the photo. He told WREG that he didn’t put the sign up but he considered doing so, as he doesn’t want to provide pedicures to severely overweight customers.

Son Nguyen said it is harder for his technicians to give heavier people pedicures and that they’ve broken chairs in the past, WREG reported. He said broken chairs have cost up to $2,500.

The salon isn’t only specific in their practices regarding  weight. Nguyen told WREG his salon, which has been running for nine years, charges men an extra $5 because they don’t come as often.  

Read more at WREG

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Man searches 'teen marriage' days before kidnapping former student

A Tennessee man who kidnapped his former student searched “teen marriage” on the internet a little more than a week before kidnapping her, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher in Maury County, Tennessee, allegedly kidnapped his then-student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas on March 13. 

In the days before the two disappeared, Cummins also searched to learn what features of his vehicle might allow law enforcement to track him.

According to the TBI, concern about Cummins’ relationship with Thomas has heightened the urgency in the midst of an ongoing AMBER Alert in Tennessee and Alabama.

The agency believes Cummins, 50, may have abused his position as Thomas’ teacher “in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her." 

During one incident about two weeks before Cummins and Thomas disappeared, one of Thomas’ fellow students reported an incident to the school in which the student said Thomas and Cummins appeared to be kissing at school. Both Thomas and Cummins denied the allegation, and school officials allowed Cummins to continue working at the school while school officials investigated the incident, The Tennesseean reported. 

Cummins was fired by the school the day after he and Thomas disappeared.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the TBI had received hundreds leads for the pair’s whereabouts from more than 24 states but no credible sightings of the two.

Neither Cummins nor Thomas has contacted family members since disappearing.

"She may not realize that she's a victim, but she is certainly a victim," TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said Monday. "She needs help, she needs our best efforts and she needs the attention of this country to be on the lookout for her."

According to the TBI, Cummins may be armed with two handguns and driving a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tag 976-ZPT. A warrant has been issued for Cummins for sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

EpiPens recalled abroad due potential failure to activate

The company behind the EpiPen, a life-saving drug delivery device for severe allergic reactions, recalled some sets of the auto-injector abroad on Monday, although none were recalled in the U.S.

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Pharmaceutical company Mylan said in a recall notice that one batch of EpiPens might not work properly. The batch went to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. The company voluntarily recalled those.

Mylan said that it got two reports worldwide of EpiPens to activate out of a batch of 80,000 devices. The issue came from a defective part, the company said.

Mylan came under fire recently for raising the price of the EpiPen to $600. The cost amounts to a 400 percent increase in price between 2007, when Mylan acquired the devices, and 2016.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Firefighters help Walmart greeter achieve goal 

Christopher Echele always wanted to be a firefighter. 

For his 46th birthday, Eureka firefighters helped Echele, who is wheelchair-bound and has worked 25 years as a greeter at Walmart, achieve that goal Tuesday.

“I’ve been a fan of the fire service ever since I was a kid and never really outgrew it,” Echele told KTVI. “So, to be able to meet and interact with all these guys is amazing.”

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Firefighters with the Eureka Fire Protection District surprised Echele at the store. They made him an honorary firefighter, picked up his mother and took them for a ride around their neighborhood. 

Echele has shown a lot of support for the Eureka Fire Protection District. Firefighters worked on the surprise with Walmart store managers. Firefighters told Echele he can visit the station when ever he wants.

“This was amazing,” Echelle told KTVI. “I was shocked.”

Marine saves woman who nodded off, flipped car

A mother’s worry for her sick daughter led to an overturned car in the heart of downtown Marietta, Georgia, on Tuesday.

The 74-year-old driver hit a light pole and flipped her car where Lawrence and Cherokee streets northeast meet in front of the historic Strand Theatre on Marietta Square. No one was injured.

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Police don’t know how long she had been without sleep, bouncing between home and WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where her daughter was a patient. Authorities said the woman nodded off behind the wheel about 4:10 p.m.

“She (said she) just needed to stay awake a little longer to make it to Kennestone, but obviously that didn’t work out,” said Brittany Wallace, Marietta police spokeswoman.

The department posted photos of the scene to its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

People passing by reported the flipped car. Before cops could get there, a man and a U.S. Marine Corps serviceman in uniform had pulled the driver out of the vehicle.

Neither man wanted to be identified in the Facebook post.

Wallace said the men told police they were “just there to help, not for the recognition.”

She said crews were out Wednesday fixing the light pole, trash can and planter that were hit.

EXCLUSIVE: Dad wants Cash Me Outside girl out of Hollywood, in therapy

Around this time a year ago, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Ira Peskowitz stood in a greeting card aisle, fingers trembling as he fumbled through rows of pink and purple birthday wishes to find something pretty for a little girl with eyes like his.

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Months before the six words she uttered on a Dr. Phil episode propelled her to internet infamy, Danielle Peskowitz Bregoli reluctantly accepted the card and a pair of Nikes from Peskowitz in a hastily-arranged meeting at the Boynton Beach Mall – more a peace offering than an early birthday present from a father she hadn’t seen in years.

Tears welled in Peskowitz’s eyes Monday when he recalled that encounter during an exclusive newspaper interview with The Palm Beach Post.

Months into her notoriety as the “Cash me Outside” girl for a fight invitation she made to audience members on the daytime talk show, Danielle is at the center of a custody battle recently revived by her father, who says he wants her out of Hollywood, into therapy and eventually at his house with his wife and their two sons.

“She’s not famous,” Peskowitz said. “She’s a child that is being exploited.”

Read the full interview on The Palm Beach Post. 

Trump’s personal communications captured by intelligence surveillance, House chair says

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes will be briefing President Donald Trump on Wednesday about some of his personal communications that might have been recorded by investigators through “incidental collection” methods, according to The Associated Press.

"This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect," Nunes, a Republican from California, said. "This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

According to a story on CNN, Nunes said he was alerted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to the fact that communications had been collected.

Nunes said the intelligence surveillance produced "dozens" of reports that eventually unmasked several individuals’ identities and were "widely disseminated.”

While it is not illegal to unmask a person who has been caught in “incidental collection,” it is a crime to leak classified information. If the communications were gathered by authorization of a FISA warrant, the material would have been classified. 

Nunes said that he does not know if the information was collected at Trump Tower.

Nunes said he called a news conference Wednesday to update the public on information from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes emphasized at the news conference that the surveillance through which the communications were collected had nothing to do with Russia or any investigation into Russia and the 2016 U.S. elections. 

Nunes' committee heard Monday from FBI director James Comey and National Security Agency director Mike Rogers during a more than five-hour hearing. Comey confirmed that there was an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Nunes said the collection included Trump transition officials. He also said the collection happened after the election. He said he could not say whether it meant that Trump was "spied on."

"I'm not going to get into legal definitions, but clearly I have a concern," he said.

Florida homeowner told she has to take down Blue Lives Matter flag

Jeff Gaddie says the Blue Lives Matter flag has flown outside his daughter’s home in St. Johns County, Florida, for years.

Gaddie told Action News Jax it’s flown to honor him -- and many other family members -- who are law enforcement.

The homeowner is asking the St. Johns County neighborhood not be identified for fear of backlash.

“If you drive by and see that flag, it kind of makes you feel a little bit better that there’s a family that supports what I’m doing,” Gaddie said. 

Recently, his daughter received a letter asking her to remove the flag, saying it doesn’t fit the rules and regulations of the homeowners association.

"She called to ask why," Gaddie said. "They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-black lives matter.”

She was asked to submit a form for permission to fly to flag -- so she sent in the request.

The request was denied. 

To learn more about the neighborhood’s rules, we called First Coast Association Management, the company who enforces the regulations.

The company said only American and military-themed flags are allowed to fly in the neighborhood, but other flags are being displayed in the neighborhood.

Portions of the neighborhood code say no flags will be displayed without approval.

Gaddie wants neighbors to know the flag is nothing but a show of support.

“We’ve got black officers, we’ve got Asian officers, we’re got every race," Gaddie said. "I mean for them to say it’s racist, blue is not a race, it’s the furthest thing from it.”

The family is planning to appeal the decision at next month’s homeowners association meeting.

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