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Alabama man wants to cut lawns in all 50 states

Cutting lawns during the summer can be a chore, especially when temperatures and humidity rise. But an Alabama man not enjoys cutting grass, he also wants to mow in all 50 states.

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“I’m on a journey called ‘50 States, 50 Lawns,’” Rodney Smith told WHAS. “(I’ll be) mowing a lawn in each state for someone who's elderly, disabled, a single parent mother or veteran.

Smith has done yardwork in four states so far, he told WHAS.

Smith, who lives in Huntsville, Alabama, but is originally from Bermuda, admitted that as a youth he did not like to cut grass. However, a chance encounter with an elderly man changed his perspective.

"It was on a hot, sunny August day and he was struggling, so I pulled up and helped him out and he really appreciated it," Smith told WHAS. "And I realized that this is something that so many people deal with."

It was that encounter that led Smith to create the Raising Men Lawn Care Service, which helps needy people but cutting their lawns for free.

Sunday, Smith was in Louisville to mow the yard of a woman who had recently lost her husband.

"I came to release some stress off her back by mowing her lawn," Smith told WHAS.

Smith’s business goal is to encourage youths to pitch in and help neighbors in need. He has set a goal of 50 lawns for each youth, WHAS reported.

"Once they reach 50, we fly to them and we do lawns with them and we also surprise them with a brand new lawn mower," Smith said.

According to Smith, 12 boys have completed the 50-yard challenge.

There are more than 100 kids involved in the Raising Men Lawn Care Service in the United States and there are also participants in Canada, Bermuda and England, WHAS reported.

Royal wedding: Official photos of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle released

The British royal family on Monday released official photographs taken after Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle in a highly anticipated ceremony in England over the weekend.

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The couple wed at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, nearly two years after they met when a friend set them up on a blind date in London.

>> Royal wedding: How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet?

Kensington Palace officials released three photographs from Saturday taken by Alexi Lubomirski after thousands of people greeted the newlyweds on a carriage procession.

>> Royal wedding: Will nuptials make Meghan Markle a princess? 

>> Royal wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle announce bridal party

>> Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry wed

Queen Elizabeth II conferred the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Harry and Markle ahead of their nuptials Saturday.

>> Harry and Meghan’s new titles: Duke and Duchess of Sussex

“The Duke and Duchess would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding,” royal family officials said in a statement. “They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth and around the world.”

Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry wed

Actress Meghan Markle and Britain’s Prince Harry got married Saturday in a highly anticipated, star-studded ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at England’s Windsor Castle. 

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Follow along with highlights from Saturday’s event:

Update 10:04 a.m. EDT Monday: The British royal family on Monday released three official photos snapped by photographer Alexi Lubomirski from Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day.

Update 6:21 a.m. EDT Sunday: The British royal family took to Twitter late Saturday to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and thank their guests for attending their wedding.

“Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today,” the tweet said. “Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

>> See the tweet here

Update 8:39 p.m. EDT: The couple drove to their reception in style. Prince Harry sat behind the wheel of a 1968 Jaguar E-Type with bride Meghan Markle in the passenger seat. The couple had changed from their wedding attire to attend the evening reception at Frogmore House. 

The car, which had been converted to electric power, had license number E190518, their wedding date, according to Metro.

Update 1:51 p.m. EDT: Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas, told TMZ that he hopes his relatives “will just shut up about everything” on Saturday after his daughter and Prince Harry exchanged vows in England on Saturday.

>> Meghan Markle confirms dad will not attend royal wedding

Earlier Saturday, the celebrity news site reported that Thomas Markle watched his daughter get hitched from his hospital bed after he had to undergo heart surgery earlier this week. He said he will “always regret” not being able to attend.

"When you watch your child get married, every thought goes through your mind, every memory from the first day she was born, the first time I held her," Thomas Markle told TMZ. "Now I pray that Harry and Meghan can go on a nice honeymoon and rest and relax, and all of my relatives will just shut up about everything."

Update 1:05 p.m. EDT: Saturday’s wedding included a performance from a gospel choir, an unusual choice for a royal wedding that was apparently spurred by Prince Charles.

Karen Gibson, the leader of the Kingdom Choir that performed for Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding Saturday, told The Guardian that the choir was first contacted by representatives of Clarence House, Prince Charles’ home.

“I understand that Prince Charles really likes gospel music,” she said. “The couple were very intentional about what they wanted sung and how they wanted it sung, but the actual idea came from Prince Charles.”

>> Royal wedding: 6 things to know about 19-year-old cellist Seku Kanneh-Mason

She told The Guardian that the variety of music played Saturday, which also included a performance by 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, was “reflective of what society looks like today.

“We live in a multi-cultural society, so we had classical music, contemporary classical music as well as gospel music, because you’ve got many cultures living here,” she said.

Update 12:42 p.m. EDT: Kensington Palace officials announced Saturday that Markle planned to speak at a lunchtime reception following her marriage to Prince Harry earlier in the day, but The Guardian reported she would actually be speaking at a second, evening reception.

>> Royal Wedding photos: The kiss, the ring and more highlights

Update 12:15 p.m. EDT: Elton John performed songs including "Tiny Dancer," "Circle of Life," and "Your Song" on Saturday at the reception following Prince Harry and Markle's wedding, according to the British tabloid the Daily Mail.

>> Photos: Oprah, Elton John among guests for royal wedding

Kensington Palace officials said earlier Saturday that Prince Harry asked John to perform and that the artist agreed “in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family.”

Update 11:35 a.m. EDT: Kensington Palace has suggested a donation to charity rather than buying a gift for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Update 9:50 a.m. EDT: Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle Saturday, but he changed his plans after suffering a heart attack and while facing criticism for posing for paparazzi photos.

>> Photos: Meghan Markle’s wedding dress stuns at royal wedding

Thomas Markle told celebrity news site TMZ that he watched Saturday’s ceremony live as he continued to recover from heart surgery.

“My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy,” he told TMZ. “I wish I was there and I wish them all my love and all happiness.”

Update 9:20 a.m. EDT: The queen will be holding a lunchtime reception Saturday after Prince Harry and Markle exchanged vows earlier in the day.

Prince Harry and his new bride will both make speeches, royal family officials said.

>> Meghan Markle selects Givenchy dress for royal wedding

The couple’s wedding cake, made using elderflower syrup created from the elderflower trees at the queen’s Sandringham House, will be served at the reception. The sponge cake features an Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream filling and is topped with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers.

Update 8:45 a.m. EDT: The royal family shared congratulations Saturday for Prince Harry and Markle after the pair wed Saturday.

Officials shared several videos of Saturday’s ceremony on social media:

Update 8:09 a.m. EDT: Prince Harry and Markle have left St. George’s Chapel.

The crowd could be heard shouting "Hip hip hooray," as they left, a "very English tradition," according to The Guardian

Update 7:40 a.m. EDT: Markle and Prince Harry have exchanged vows and been pronounced husband and wife.

Update 7:30 a.m. EDT: See scenes from the royal wedding as the ceremony continues Saturday:

Update 7:15 a.m. EDT: Prince Harry and Markle have exchanged “I will”s, to the laughter of those gathered in St. George’s Church Saturday.

As they stood at the altar, Harry said to Meghan: "You look amazing."

>> Photos: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry at Windsor Castle

Markle arrived to a fanfare and walked down the aisle accompanied part of the way by Prince Charles, and by 10 young page boys and bridesmaids. The children include 4-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Update 7:01 a.m. EDT: Markle has arrived at St. George’s Church.

Update 6:58 a.m. EDT: More members of the royal family have arrived at the church.

Update 6:41 a.m. EDT: Prince Harry has arrived at St. George’s Chapel along with his brother, Prince William.

William, who was married to commoner Kate Middleton at a ceremony in 2011, is carrying his brother's rings. Saturday's ceremony is supposed to last about an hour.

Update 6:23 a.m. EDT: Markle has left her hotel for St. George’s Chapel.

>> Photos: First glimpse of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress

Update 5:45 a.m. EDT: Famous guests who have already arrived for Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding include actor George Clooney and his wife, attorney Amal Clooney, singer James Blunt, Oprah Winfrey, actor Idris Elba and the Beckam family.

The stars are among celebrities, royalty, athletes and family friends in the 600-strong congregation invited to St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

Kensington Palace officials announced Saturday morning that Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding rings were made by Cleave and Company. Markle’s is made of Welsh gold while the prince’s will be made of a platinum band with a textured finish.

Original report: Queen Elizabeth II conferred the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the morning of the royal wedding.

>> Harry and Meghan’s new titles: Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Harry will hold several titles: His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Markle will be known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Police: Florida man tasered after walking naked through neighborhood carrying cooking oil

A Florida man was arrested Thursday for allegedly walking naked through a neighborhood during a rainstorm and carrying cooking oil, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

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Joseph John Musso, 63, was charged with loitering and prowling, lewd and lascivious behavior, resisting an officer without violence and exposure of sexual organs, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to an arrest report, a deputy encountered Musso, who was naked and standing in heavy rain near a red pickup truck. Musso also was holding a plastic bottle with cooking oil, according to the report.

Musso attempted to run away, but the deputy caught him and removed the bottle of cooking oil, the News Journal reported. But when the deputy attempted to handcuff Musso, he slipped away and began running down the street, according to the arrest report. 

The deputy fired his Taser at Musso, prompting the naked man to fall to the ground, according to the arrest report. Musso was handcuffed and taken to the Santa Rosa County Jail, the News Journal reported.

According to the arrest report, Musso told deputies he received sexual gratification by being naked in public. Musso also said he was carrying cooking oil because he liked to rub it on his legs, according to the arrest report.

Musso was released from jail on bonds totaling $3,000, the News Journal reported.

Florida woman smiles in mugshot during DUI arrest after fatal crash

A Marion County woman was all smiles in her mug shot when she was arrested on DUI charges after a crash that killed a 60-year-old woman last week, the Florida Highway Patrol said. 

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Angenette Marie Welk, 44, was driving east in a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche on US-27 just before noon last Thursday when she rear-ended a car stopped at the intersection with NW 60th Avenue, the crash report states. 

Troopers said Welk rear-ended a 2017 Hyundai Elantra, killing Sandra Clarkston of Sarasota. 

Welk was originally charged with DUI with serious bodily injury, but troopers upgraded her charges to include DUI manslaughter Saturday. 

Watch: Texas man learns how to style wife’s hair

True love knows no limits and for one couple, their love is beginning to go viral.

An apprentice hairstylist captured a heartwarming Facebook video of the elderly couple during a hair appointment at The Foundry Salon in New Braunfels, Texas. The stylist posted in the caption that the client in the video “can no longer style her hair herself” -- so the husband took action.

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From learning about the proper hair products to proper brushing methods while blow-drying, the man attentively took note on how to do all these things while the stylist thoroughly explained each tip.

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It was apparent that he really wanted to learn as evidenced by his attention to detail. He even asked specific questions about particular styling methods. It’s safe to say this likely wasn’t on his “honey do” list!

Child dies after motorized room partition crushes him at school

A 9-year-old boy from Franconia, Virginia, is dead after he was crushed by a motorized room partition.

Police said that third grader Wesley Lipicky and a teacher, both hit a button to open the partition. The wall is motorized and splits a room in half, WUSA reported.

Lipicky was caught between the divider and the wall in the gym, suffering traumatic head injuries, according to police.

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He was pronounced dead Friday night at an area hospital.

Police said that Lipicky was part of the School Age Child Care after-school program at Franconia Elementary School. 

Officials ruled Lipicky’s death as accidental and said that charges are not expected to be filed, WTTG reported.

The school’s principal said that there will be support available for students, staff and parents, WTTG reported.

University survey asking if students want to know whether 'black people hate America' draws ire

A Texas university is experiencing backlash over a cultural survey asking students to rate their interest in learning answers to controversial questions like, "Do black people hate America?" 

>> Huge cookout held at Oakland park where cops called on black family's barbecue

According to the Dallas Morning News, Southern Methodist University's Cultural Intelligence Initiative first posted the survey, titled "Ask Anything, Seriously," last fall. 

"Let's face it, we all have questions about the people we encounter in our day-to-day lives," reads an introduction to the survey. "We come from different races, cultures, countries, cities, religions and ideologies. We want to avoid mistakes or even worse, offending someone, but we really want to know."

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The introduction goes on to say the survey aims to reveal "important cultural information" and see which questions people of different races "have been dying to ask friends, colleagues and total strangers."

>> Read the full intro here

Those questions – which include "Why are black people so loud?," "Do black people hate America?" and "Why do black people always complain about segregation but always want their own TV stations?" – drew ire last week after a Twitter user shared screenshots of the survey.

Mario Batali faces criminal investigation, NYPD officials say 

The New York Police Department is investigating celebrity chef Mario Batali, but police haven’t said exactly what they are investigating

CBS News reported on “60 Minutes” that multiple former female employees of  The Spotted Pig, a restaurant that caters to the rich and famous in New York, claim that Batali and the co-owner of the eatery, Ken Freidman, sexually harassed or assaulted them.

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Trish Nelson called Batali a monster, saying “Behind the scenes, he’s hurtful and he does not respect women.”

Nelson told Anderson Cooper for the “60 Minutes” interview that Batali was called “The Red Menace” and a warning would go out when he was expected to show up at the restaurant.

Other employees told “60 Minutes” of times they claim Batali would grab them and come on to female servers, making inappropriate comments.

A woman who did not want to be named said that Batali drugged her in 2005. She woke up by herself in a room on the third floor of The Spotted Pig. The woman was an employee at Babbo, one of Batali’s restaurants. He had invited her to The Spotted Pig for a party. They drank white wine together when she said she lost time.

“I remember a moment where I was on his lap, kissing him. Like he was kissing me. And then I remember throwing up -- in a toilet. And that is all,” the woman told 60 Minutes.

The woman said she woke up, alone, in an empty room. She said she saw empty bottles and had deep scratches on her leg. 

“The first thing I think is, ‘I’ve been drugged.’ That was the first thing I thought is, ‘I’ve been -- I’ve been assaulted.’” the woman told 60 Minutes.

The woman returned to work hours after waking up, when she said that Batali called into the restaurant. She claims he wouldn’t talk to her when she asked what happened the night before.

She spoke with a detective from the NYPD, but declined to file a report, 60 Minutes reported

Batali responded to the accusations, telling 60 Minutes via a statement, “I vehemently deny the allegation that I sexually assaulted this woman.”

B&B Hospitality Group, the restaurant group founded by Batali and Joe Bastianich, told Fox News that the company is breaking ties with Batali, saying, “The accounts tonight were chilling and deeply disturbing. This was the first we learned of them. Our partnership with Mr. Batali is ending.”

In December, Batali was fired from “The Chew” on ABC and has left day-to-day operations from his businesses, NBC News reported.

Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here.

According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: New drug could reduce migraines

But how does Aimovig work? The FDA said it blocks "the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule that is involved in migraine attacks." Amgen researchers said participants in one study saw their migraines reduced by half and experienced "minor side effects" like colds, the AP reported.

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If Aimovig doesn't sound right for you, you're still in luck: Three similar shots and various pills to combat migraines are in the works.

Read more here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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