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Inside Daily Brief (Aug 17th, 2019)

1. New Orleans journalist Nancy Parker and pilot Franklin Augustus were killed Friday after the plane they were in crashed as they were shooting a story. It’s unclear what caused the crash but the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to begin its investigation Saturday. Parker's colleague Lee Zurik broke into programming in the evening to share the news with viewers. Franklin long said he was the lone black licensed stunt pilot in the world and spent decades pushing for racial inclusion in the sky. Parker, an award-winning journalist, is survived by her husband and three children. -- USA TODAY

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2. 🗽 Travelers were stuck in long lines Friday at airports across the country, including Virginia's Dulles International Airport, due to a Customs and Border Patrol outage. Customs and Border Patrol tweeted, “CBP is experiencing a temporary outage with its processing systems at various air ports of entry & is taking immediate action to address the technology disruption. CBP officers continue to process international travelers using alternative procedures until systems are back online.” Some passengers said they waited up to three hours. The CBP says systems are now back online. -- CBS NEWS

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3. Actor Peter Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda, died Friday after suffering respiratory failure from lung cancer. The veteran actor, who starred in the cult hit "Easy Rider", was 79. Fonda's family confirmed the reports to People magazine. Jane Fonda reacted to the death of her brother, saying, “He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.” -- PEOPLE

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4. 🗽 Hundreds showed up for the funeral of Margie Reckard, who was killed in the El Paso mass shooting on Aug. 3, after her husband Antonio Basco said he didn’t have family nearby and invited the public to attend the service. Lines wrapped around the block, over 500 orders of flowers were set up inside the church, and Basco was greeted as he made his way into his wife’s memorial with several hugs and many saying, “we’re your family.” -- THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

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5. 🗽 A man suspected of leaving three pressure cookers in downtown New York City was taken into custody Saturday, police said. Police said three pressure cookers were located around Manhattan – including two inside the Fulton Street subway complex – causing commuter delays. Police found the man unconscious around 2 a.m. in the Bronx. He was taken into custody on a previous bench warrant unrelated to Friday's incident. As of publication, no charges have been filed in connection with the rice cookers incident. -- CNN

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6. 🌎 Though she was granted a request to visit the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) opted not to visit family there, citing "oppressive conditions." Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) originally were denied entry into the country because of their support for a movement which advocates for boycotting Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians. President Trump tweeted to encourage the U.S. ally to deny the two entry. After Tlaib decided against the trip, Trump tweeted, "the only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now," in which Tlaib's grandmother responded, “may God ruin him.”-- AP NEWS

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7. 🌎 A court in the British territory decided on Thursday to release the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, multiple reports say. It was seized in July because it was suspected to be in breach of EU sanctions. Earlier in the day, the US Department of Justice made an application to block the release of the tanker as Iranian media reported that the tanker was due to be set free. -- CBS NEWS

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8. 📚 “The Devil in the White City” tells the story of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago from the viewpoint of the designers, including Daniel Burnham, and also tells the story of H. H. Holmes, a criminal figure in that same time.

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Curated and written by Heather Long, a South Carolina-based journalist with experience in local and national news. When she’s not writing, you can find her renovating her home in Greenville (a must visit), doing homework for her master's degree from Harvard or cheering on the Clemson Tigers. Follow her on Instagram at @heatherjayde.

 

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