Man admits to cursing at pregnant lawmaker

A white man has acknowledged that he cursed at a pregnant black Georgia lawmaker for taking too many items into a supermarket express lane but denies telling her to “go back where you came from.”

Eric Sparkes showed up during a WSB-TV interview with state Rep. Erica Thomas (D) of Austell on Saturday outside the Atlanta area Publix store where the incident occurred, the station reported.

Thomas confronted Sparkes in front of reporters and said he had “degraded and berated” her. He denied making any racially charged comment, adding, “I am Cuban.”

Thomas has told the Associated Press she notified police and will seek store video.

In a tearful Facebook video posted Friday, Thomas said she was in the express line because she is nine months pregnant and cannot stand for long. Her video went viral as the hashtag #IStandwithErica trended on Twitter.

Sparkes said he’s a Democrat and was being unjustly attacked for political purposes.

In a statement, Publix has said the company is “cooperating with local law enforcement as they look into the matter.”

— Associated Press


2 dead in shooting at nursing home

Delaware State Police say a shooting at a nursing home in Wilmington has left two people dead.

Police say an 82-year-old man and a 79-year-old woman were pronounced dead Saturday afternoon at ManorCare of Wilmington. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

Authorities have not said who the shooter was or released the names of the victims.

— Associated Press


Protest blasts holding of migrant children

More than 100 demonstrators protested Saturday in withering heat outside an Oklahoma Army base against the Trump administration’s plans to detain migrant children there.

Japanese Americans and Native Americans were among those who took part in the march to Fort Sill and the rally in front of one of its entrances, briefly blocking a city street. They chanted “Close the camps” and carried signs with messages including “Human Rights Matter,” “Love Trumps Hate.”

The protest follows a similar rally held June 22 at Fort Sill, which was used by the federal government to house hundreds of Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II and Apache prisoners of war from 1894 to 1910. The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement recently announced plans to temporarily detain up to 1,400 migrant children at the base about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

— Associated Press

CBS goes black in dispute: A business dispute has taken CBS off the air for millions of satellite television customers of DirecTV and AT&T U-verse. CBS was black on satellite systems owned by AT&T in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and across the United States on Saturday. Both the television network and AT&T hurled accusations at each other for failure to agree on what CBS is paid for programming. CBS said that while it didn't want its customers caught in the middle, it is determined to fight for fair value. The network warned that the loss of CBS programming "could last a long time."

5 killed in Texas crash: Five people were killed and seven injured in a three-vehicle accident in southern Texas on Saturday. The Department of Public Safety said the crash happened around 11 a.m. on U.S. 59, northeast of Victoria. Sgt. Ruben San Miguel said investigators are trying to determine why a northbound van hit the left rear of a northbound semi pulling a flatbed trailer. The van then struck a southbound pickup truck. Five people in the van died at the scene — the female driver, two men and two children. Five others in the van were injured. The pickup driver and a passenger were hospitalized in serious but stable condition. The driver of the semi was not hurt.

— From news reports