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Photos: John Travolta through the years

Images of actor John Travolta throughout his time in the public eye.

Dirt bike, ATV riders descend on Charlotte, drive erratically to disrupt NBA All Star festivities

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they arrested several people who were driving erratically across Charlotte on ATVs and dirt bikes, potentially interrupting All-Star Weekend celebrations.

According to CMPD officials, they received several calls from drivers complaining about 70 dirt bikes and ATVs on the streets of Charlotte Saturday afternoon.

Multiple emergency units collaborated and were able to stop several riders on Oakdale Road in northwest Charlotte.

Officers said one of the ATVs had been reported stolen out of Georgia.

Officers said they were prepared for the bikers to come into town during the NBA All-Star Weekend after monitoring several social media accounts.

"We were aware through some monitoring of social media that this might be an issue, that these individuals were planning to come to Charlotte, to at least, at a very minimum, disrupt, or attempt to disrupt the festivities," said Brad Koch, with CMPD.

Channel 9 has reported on this problem for years.

Previously, bikers and ATV riders have been spotted driving into oncoming lanes and performing stunts for more than a mile through uptown with no license plates.

Neighbors said they saw the riders every two to three days each week and sometimes in packs of nearly 20 riders. 

The following were arrested: 

  • Christian Camacho, 26, who is charged with trespass, careless and reckless driving and failure to register a motor vehicle.
  • Tyler Camacho, 20, who is charged with trespass, careless and reckless driving and failure to register a motor vehicle.
  • Kelvin Lamar Ross, 26, who is charged with possession of stolen property.
  • Steven Arruda, 24, who is charged with resisting/delaying/obstructing a law enforcement officer.

The following were issued North Carolina Uniform Citations:

  • Lazarius Burks, 20, was cited on suspicion of careless and reckless driving.
  • Dee Williams, 22, was cited on suspicion of careless and reckless driving.
  • Ford Tate, 28, was cited on suspicion of careless and reckless driving.

Wayfair opens first brick and mortar store

Wayfair, which already offers furniture and home decor at a discount, will offer deeper deals as the online retailer opens its first brick and mortar location.

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The outlet store in Kentucky sells closeouts and furniture items that were returned but are still in good condition, according to Wayfair.

The store is open Friday through Sunday, according to a company spokeswoman. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The store was briefly opened on the weekends in December for a soft opening.

The online retailer has 13.9 million active customers and more than 10,900 employees.

Gun rights advocates want to divide Washington and create 51st state

Tired of voter-approved restrictions on gun rights, a group of Second Amendment supporters want to create a 51st state from the 20 Washington counties that are east of the Cascade mountains. They call the new state Liberty.

They rallied Friday in the state Capitol rotunda, upset about the age limits and safety rules for guns passed by voters in Initiative 1639.

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Nick, who declined to share his last name with KIRO, came from Longview, Washington, with his semi-automatic rifle.

“I want to defend my rights. Make sure that my children won’t get molested by a group of illegals,” he said.

Betsy Keller-Zal also lives in Longview. She told KIRO, “We follow the Constitution and they're just chipping away at the Constitution on all our rights, not just the Second Amendment.

Both joined others who want to form their own state that doesn't include the liberal Seattle voters who pushed I-1639 over the top.

Their leader is Spokane-area Republican Rep. Matt Shea, who spoke with the prospective new state’s flag featuring the outstretched wings of an osprey.

“I am not going to sit in a state that is going to try to take away our firearms either by regulation, by cost or by confiscation. Are you?” The crowd responded with a loud, “No.”

Shea is known for his support of rural ranchers defying federal regulations and for calling journalists “godless.”

Asked if the First Amendment would be respected in the new state, he responded, “The First Amendment is absolutely critical, especially religious freedom. The right of conscience in the Washington constitution, perfect toleration of religious sentiment and a lot of people are feeling right now that their right of conscience are being violated right now in Washington state.”

Creating a new state is a complicated process involving the Congress and the state Legislature. Some supporters here don’t want it limited to eastern Washington.

Longview, Washington, resident Jeff Burch told KIRO, “I disagree with splitting the state because it leaves the rest of us on the west side hanging.”

Miranda Lambert allegedly dumps plate on woman in steakhouse altercation

Recently married country singer Miranda Lambert reportedly got into multiple altercations with restaurant patrons last weekend.

Before announcing she quietly married New York Police Department Officer Brendan Mcloughlin some time ago, she was about to get into a fight with a woman at Stoney River Steakhouse in Nashville, Tennessee.

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“I have two guests about to get into a fistfight. ... Miranda Lambert,” a woman who identified herself as an employee told a 911 dispatcher, according to audio obtained by TMZ. “She just ran out the door, and got into it with another couple right here. ... I’m sorry, my manager just said call 911.”

Video from TMZ reportedly shows the aftermath from Lambert allegedly dumping a salad into a woman’s lap before leaving the restaurant. The video identifies a man as Lambert’s friend, who may be Mcloughlin. She was also at the steakhouse with her mother.

Related: Miranda Lambert announces secret marriage to Brendan Mcloughlin: 'I met the love of my life'

According to TMZ, the plate dumping stemmed from when Lambert’s friend was in the restroom and another man, the husband of the woman whose plate was dumped, made a joke about millennials and their cellphones.

More details come from 911 calls obtained by The Tennessean.

“Something happened in the restaurant between these two gentlemen, and another gentleman walked up to her table and started cussing him out,” the woman told the dispatcher. “This is the third time they’ve gotten into it, and now Miranda is trying to hit people and she's flipping plates over on them.

“There’s an altercation between two guests, and it’s about to get physical. Our managers are trying to hold them back but we can’t.”

Lambert’s publicist declined to comment, and nearly a week later, the musician announced she was married.

Woman becomes 1st known attorney with autism admitted to Florida Bar

A recent University of Miami law school grad has become the first known attorney with autism to be sworn into the Florida Bar.

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According to the Sun-Sentinel, 24-year-old Haley Moss, originally from Parkland, was admitted to the state bar Jan. 11 and works as an associate attorney at Zumpano Patricios in Miami. She's also known for her art, books, public speaking and advocacy for people with autism, her website says.

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Moss added another honor to her resume Saturday when she received the Occhigrossi Family Youth in Service Award from the Unicorn Children's Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of "individuals and families challenged by special needs and neurodiversity," according to its website. Learn more about the award here.

>> See the tweet here

Moss has a message for companies that have hired or are considering hiring someone with autism.

“To employers, I would say, ‘Don’t put limits,’ and, 'You’re investing in what someone can do, and you need to look at what people can do as opposed to what they might not be able to do,'" she told the Sun-Sentinel. “A disability generally is not all-encompassing; it is just part of who someone is, not everything they are."

Read more here.

Parents charged after toddler's body found in bucket of acid, prosecutors say

The parents of a 2-year-old Texas girl are behind bars after police reportedly found the toddler's remains in a bucket authorities believe was filled with acid.

According to The Associated Press, Monica Yvonne Dominguez and Gerardo Zavala-Loredo, both of Laredo, were arrested last week on charges of tampering with evidence and abusing a corpse. Authorities also charged Dominguez with two counts of endangering a child, the AP reported.

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Dominguez said her daughter, Rebecka, drowned in the tub Thursday afternoon while bathing with another child, according to prosecutors. Dominguez said the children were unsupervised at the time, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Dominguez sought Zavala-Loredo's help to dispose of the girl's remains, which police found in a bucket inside a closet, the AP reported.

Dominguez is being held on $175,000 bond, while Zavala-Loredo is being held on $125,000 bond, according to the AP.

Read more here.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

'SNL': Alec Baldwin takes on Trump's national emergency declaration

Actor Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impression was back in the spotlight this weekend as "Saturday Night Live" took on the president's national emergency declaration.

>> Trump signs funding bill to avoid government shutdown, declares emergency to build border wall

In Saturday's cold open, Baldwin's Trump laid out his case for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

>> Watch the clip here

"Let's cut to the chase: Folks, we need wall, OK? We have a tremendous amount of drugs flowing into this country from the southern border, or 'the brown line' as many people have asked me not to call it," he said, adding: "You can all see why I gotta fake this national emergency. I have to because I want to."

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Baldwin's Trump then launched into a lengthy explanation of his plan.

"I'm basically taking military money so I can has wall," the fake Trump said. "So I'm going to sign these papers for emergency, then I'll immediately be sued, then the ruling will not go in my favor, then end up in the Supreme Court, then I'll call my buddy [Brett] Kavanaugh, and I'll say, 'It's time to repay the Donny,' and he'll say, 'New phone, who this?' And then the [Robert] Mueller report will be released, crumbling my house of cards, then I can just plead insanity and do a few months in the puzzle factory, and my personal hell of playing president will finally be over."

>> See the full sketch here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)

When Kyle Mooney, playing CNN reporter Jim Acosta, said undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes than people born in the U.S., Baldwin's Trump was incredulous.

"Oh my God, Jim, those numbers are faker than this emergency," he replied.

"Anyway, in conclusion, this is a total emergency, a five-alarm blaze, which means I gotta go to Mar-a-Lago, so I can play some golf."

Read more here.

'Beer before wine' not always fine for preventing hangovers, study says

If you plan your evening’s alcohol consumption by the old wives’ tale “beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer, have fear,” then you might wake up tomorrow feeling awful.

Researchers at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and at the University of Cambridge put the saying to the test to determine if the order in which you imbibe beer and alcohol makes a difference.

Their study, published Feb. 8 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, divided 90 volunteers into three groups. To get the groups as equally likely to be drunk as possible, participants were divided into groups of “triplets” based on similar age, gender, body composition, alcohol drinking habits and hangover frequency. Each triplet was then randomly assigned to one of the three larger groups.

>> On AJC.com: Many hangover 'cures' are merely myths

>> On AJC.com: Do you drink too much? Here’s what a new study says

>> On AJC.com: Taking a break from alcohol can improve sleep and weight, study says

On the first day of the study, group one was served beer before wine; group two drank wine before beer; and group three was served one or the other, but not both.

A week later, groups one and two switched their order of consumption, and those who drank wine in group three drank beer while who had beer on day one drank wine.

The volunteers, ages 19-40, drank until they reached a breath alcohol concentration of 0.11 percent. 

The day after each party, er ... test, participants scored their hangover symptoms — thirst, fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach ache, tachycardia (elevated heart rate) and loss of appetite — on a scale of zero to 7, with zero being no symptoms.

The results? There was no difference in hangover intensity based on the order of alcohol consumption.

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They were “unable to confirm that the well-known folklore of drinking ‘beer before wine’ purportedly results in a worse hangover than drinking ‘wine before beer,'” their report stated.

The researchers admitted the study had limitations, including an inability to create a control group that drank only nonalcoholic beer or wine. 

“When they tried to, QZ.com reported, “participants expressed ‘real dissatisfaction and envy’ about not being in the ‘ever-so-happy booze-sipping study groups’—even trying surreptitiously to sneak in.”

Abstaining from alcohol is the only sure way to avoid a hangover, researchers said, adding that “perceived drunkenness and vomiting are useful predictors of misery in the morning after the night before.”

Miranda Lambert announces secret marriage to Brendan Mcloughlin: 'I met the love of my life'

Country music star Miranda Lambert has found love again.

The "Mama's Broken Heart" singer took to social media Saturday to tell fans that she secretly married Brendan Mcloughlin.

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"In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news," Lambert, 35, wrote in a Facebook post. "I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for.... me."

>> See the Facebook post here

According to People magazine, Mcloughlin is an officer with the New York Police Department and has a 3-month-old child from a former relationship.

Lambert was previously married to country singer and "The Voice" coach Blake Shelton from 2011 to 2015. 

Read more here.

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