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Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson says she's skipping Trump's State of the Union address

President Donald Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who were locked in a well-documented feud months ago over the latter’s account of a phone call between the president and the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnsonmay have a new reason to renew their spat.

>> On Rare.us: Frederica Wilson renews fight with John Kelly and President Trump

Wilson has announced two weeks ahead of Trump’s first State of the Union address that she will be following in the footsteps of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calf.) and others by ditching the occasion.

The Florida Democrat said “recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations” were the reason why she won’t be on hand for the speech.

“For the first time since I began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be attending the president’s State of the Union address. I have no doubt that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump’s address will be full of innuendo, empty promises and lies,” she said in a statement, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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“During his disappointing and destructive first year in office, Mr. Trump has demeaned the presidency at every opportunity and cast doubt on our nation’s standing as a global leader. The United States’ reputation is smoldering in the ashes of his recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations,” she continued. “Many of his proposed domestic policies are harmful to people of color, low-income communities and the middle class. It would be an embarrassment to be seen with him at a forum that under any other president would be an honor to attend.”

As mentioned, Waters also announced that she will not be attending the SOTU.

Waters, who also called Trump a “racist,” went on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” to say Trump “does not deserve her attention.”

“Oh no, I didn’t go to the inauguration. I didn’t go to the joint session that was held after that; I don’t intend to go to this one. Why would I take my time to go and listen to a liar, to someone who lies in the face of facts?” she said.

“What does he have to say that I would be interested in?” she added.

>> On Rare.us: Sgt. La David Johnson’s mom claims Trump 'did disrespect' her son

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he “wouldn’t be honest with [himself]” if he attends the SOTU, so he has also decided to boycott it.

Florida boy dies of rabies after bat scratch, school officials say

A young boy died of rabies after being scratched by a bat, according to Christian Academy school officials in Eustis, Florida.

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The school posted about the boy’s death on its website, saying that he attended the school in 2016.

The post said Ryker Roque “was a quiet boy adored by teachers and classmates.”

Henry Roque, Ryker's father, took a video of the two on a fishing trip and said they were as close as father and son could be. 

He shared pictures and videos of his son with WFTV to share with the world how much he loved his son.

As Ryker underwent an experimental procedure for the rabies infection, Henry held out hope, even as doctors told the family he had virtually no chance of surviving. 

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"I've seen huge miracles before. And I went back on the bed and laid with him and held him and said, 'Ryker, miracles happen every day. I know you hear me,'" Henry said. 

Several weeks ago, Henry said he found a sick bat, which he did not know had rabies, and put it in a bucket, telling Ryker not to touch it.

But Ryker did touch it and was scratched by the bat – but seemed fine, school officials said.

A week later, the child lost use of his legs and “experienced confusion,” having hallucinations and convulsions.

Ryker was hospitalized and an experimental treatment was used, but he died Sunday.

>> On WFTV.com: Florida teacher donates kidney to student's mother

The school held a fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.

"He was a very sweet boy. Everything he did was nice. The kids loved to play with him because he was the kindest kid," said Connor Jenkins, with the Christian Academy preschool. 

GoFundMe account was also set up for the family. 

WATCH: Firefighter catches child thrown from burning building

Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.

The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.

The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety. 

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"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.

An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.

Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.

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He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.

Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said. 

One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.

“Jumping out of the building. Jumping out of their balconies. Someone said they threw their baby outside and fireman caught the baby,” they said.

Good Samaritan riding Chicago train gives snow boots to homeless man

Giving someone the shirt off your back is a time-worn phrase that means performing an act of kindness to help someone.

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A Chicago man helped a homeless man by giving him the snow boots off his feet, WLS reported.

Jessica Bell posted the good Samaritan act on Facebook. She said she was riding a train home last week when she saw Maurice Anderson take off his expensive snow boots and give them to a homeless man.

The homeless man, Bell wrote on Facebook, was “older, weathered, minding his own business.”

“His feet are so swollen he's wearing the tattered gym shoes he has with the back folded down, like slip-ons,” Bell wrote. “I don't know how many pairs of socks he's wearing in an attempt to keep his feet warm but there is blood seeping through.”

The homeless man said his feet might have been frostbitten, Anderson told WLS.

“I asked him what size shoe did he wear. He was like, ‘A 12.’ I myself was a 12, so I said ‘Here you go,’” Anderson told WLS.

Anderson handed the homeless man his black snow boots and a pair of socks. Anderson, who currently works as a service technician in Kentucky, had a spare pair of boots in his suitcase, which he put on, WLS reported.

“This is not what you see on the train every day, it was amazing,” Bell told WLS.

Bell snapped a few photos of the boots changing feet and posted them on social media.

“It was a really selfless and quiet act, no fanfare,” Bell told WLS. “It just happened.”

“He's already in distress, he's out in the cold, riding the train,” Anderson told WLS. “If I'm not reaching out to help someone, I can't say anything.”

166 passengers forced off plane at Boston airport after collision with de-icing truck

Passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight leaving Boston’s Logan International Airport were forced to disembark Monday after the plane collided with a de-icer and damaged its wing, officials said.

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Flight 133 was carrying 166 passengers and crew as it prepared for takeoff to Portland, Oregon, officials said.

Passengers said they felt the plane hit something just before taking off.

“As we are taxiing out to the runway we felt a jostle and we all kind of knew that it wasn't normal,” said Samuel Zavaletta, a passenger.

“(It was) kind of like a shudder, the plane shuddered a little bit, really didn't slow down much, just felt like we hit a pothole,” said another passenger, Rick Aiken.

According to the airline, the left wing of the plane hit a parked de-icing truck on the runway, so the plane turned back to the gate and the flight was canceled.

"You could see the bottom part of the plane wing had actually come off, totally disconnected from it," said passenger John Simers.

The airline released a statement and noted that the passengers were “being re-accommodated on other flights to the West Coast.”

Watch: Bus security camera captures car going airborne in California

Dramatic video footage from the security camera of a city bus in Santa Ana, California, shows a car going airborne before it crashed into the second story of a dental office Sunday morning, KTTV reported.

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The video, obtained by KTTV from the Orange County Transportation Authority, shows a bus traveling through the I-5 underpass near 17th Street in Santa Ana. 

The video shows a car going airborne, barely missing the bus, before hitting a building.

>> Speeding car hits median, flies into second story of dental office

Two people were injured when the car, apparently traveling at a high rate of speed, hit a raised median and flew into the second floor of a dental office, police said.

With Pence in audience, Maryland pastor denounces vulgarity attributed to Trump

During Sunday’s service attended by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, a pastor at a predominantly black church in Maryland denounced racially charged comments that were allegedly made in reference to Haiti and African nations last week by President Donald Trump, WUSA reported Monday.

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Dr. Maurice Watson is pastor at the predominantly black Metropolitan Baptist Church in Prince George’s County, a congregation that was founded in 1864.  On Sunday, during his sermon, Watson criticized “a hurtful, dehumanizing, visceral, guttural, ugly adjective, that I care not to repeat in church.”

“I stand today as your pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of the nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” Watson said. “And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, and whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa … whoever said it, is wrong. And they ought to be held accountable.”

Members of the congregation stood and cheered, WUSA reported.

Pence did not comment about the sermon. Trump has denied using an expletive during his discussions with members of Congress.

Watson, who has been at Metropolitan since 2014, earned his doctorate in ministry from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, according to the pastor’s biography on the church’s website.

Simone Biles latest gymnast to claim team doctor sexually abused her

Simone Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, went on social media Monday and became the latest gymnast to claim that former team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused her.

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“I am one of the many survivors who was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles, 20, wrote on Twitter. “Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak these words out loud than it is now to put them on paper.”

Nassar, who spent more than 20 years working at Michigan State University and as a physician for USA Gymnastics, has admitted to sexually assaulting gymnasts, ESPN reported. 

In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on charges of child pornography. He will be sentenced Tuesday for 10 state counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, ESPN reported. Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to those charges in November.

Nassar has been accused by more than 140 women and girls of sexual misconduct. That includes Olympic gymnasts Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, CNN reported.

“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive?’ ‘Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions,” Biles tweeted. “No. No, it was not my fault.

“No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG (USA Gymnastics), and others .”

In her tweet, Biles also called Nassar’s behavior “completely unacceptable, disgusting and abusive.”

Raisman offered her support to Biles in a tweet. Raisman accused Nassar of sexual abuse in November.

“I stand with you,” Raisman tweeted.

Pirates trade McCutchen to San Francisco

Two days after trading the ace of their staff, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded away the face of the franchise.

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Outfielder Andrew McCutchen is headed west to San Francisco.

The trade, which is pending the results of a physical, was first reported by The San Francisco Chronicle.

What the Pirates received in return for the 2013 National League MVP was not disclosed. The Chronicle reported that it could be reliever Kyle Crick and outfielder Bryan Reynolds, an outfielder the Giants selected with their first pick (in the second round) of the 2016 draft.

McCutchen spent his entire career with the Pirates organization, nine of them in Pittsburgh, and has a career batting average of .291.

On Saturday, the Pirates traded former No. 1 pick and top pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros.

Haitian protesters voice outrage near Trump's 'Winter White House'

The approach to President Donald Trump’s so-called Winter White House in Florida was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more.

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The group gathered in the spirit of a federal holiday recognizing the nation’s most recognized activist, Martin Luther King Jr. and on a day on which the president himself was likely to see them as he zipped by in his motorcade just after 4 p.m.

Those who stood at West Palm Beach approach on the Intracoastal Waterway to the Mar-a-Lago estate said they were driven to protest by President Trump’s reported lamentations last week, including a vulgarity that included references to African countries and Haiti. They also were protesting Trump’s assertion that the United States should instead bring in more people from countries such as Norway.

“We help America to fight. Some of us work two or three jobs to make a living,” said Charlemagne Metayer, a Lake Park zoning board member who came to the U.S. in 1985, became a citizen and is father to four all natives of Palm Beach County. “We are hard-working people. We deserve an apology from the President.”

Byrnes N. Guillaume, an attorney and one of the protest organizers, said the expectations don’t end with an apology.

“We want an immigration policy to be unbiased -- one that does not favor people from Norway over Haiti. And we want people who are of like minds to vote,” Guillaume said.

The protesters carried signs declaring Haiti is not a “shithole’”and “Let’s make America Great Again, NOT All white again.” Phoebe Crane, a 70-year-old white woman visiting from Indiana, waved a hot pink sign announcing: “Proud Grandparent of a Haitian!”

The crowd was swathed in bright reds and blues of the Haitian national flag. At times, protesters broke out in song from that not-too distant land. In between, they called and answered: “What do we want?” “Apology.”

The protest was a first for 27-year-old Sheena Marceline, a nursing student from West Palm Beach.

“I’m Haitian born, but I’m an American citizen,” said Marceline, who arrived in Florida when she was 7. Her father, she said, fled after his politically active brother was assassinated in the 1990s. “We are good people. We had to leave the country because of our political beliefs. We are not bad people.

“I never really cared for Trump or (Hillary) Clinton. But he’s just been very disrespectful.”

The crowd began gathering shortly after 10 a.m. and before noon, young and old marched east, crossing the bridge, gathering briefly for chants on the far side and then returning.

Each way, the protesters walking two-or three-deep filed by a corner that has been home to a loyal camp of Trump supporters — about a dozen strong Monday. The protesters moved past with little friction, though a woman with a bullhorn challenged them as they passed:

“Are all of you here illegally?” Cindy Levegetto of West Palm Beach called. “Because I do not see an American flag. You had 16 years to become American citizens.”

When the protesters returned to their sidewalk perch across from Trump’s supporters, chants broke out on both sides: “No apology” met with “No racists.”

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