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Lady Gaga confirmed for Super Bowl LI halftime show

It's official.

After speculative reports earlier this month, Lady Gaga has been confirmed as the Pepsi Halftime Show headliner at the 2017 Super Bowl, according to an NFL news release.

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UsWeekly previously reported that the pop singer would be the halftime performer, but the NFL's senior vice president of communications Natalie Ravitz had said there was no final decision made.

"We have had conversations with several fantastic artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show," Ravitz said earlier in an email to The Washington Post. "However, at this point, we do not have a final decision. We’re happy there is so much excitement about the show."

Related: NFL says 'no final decision' on Lady Gaga performing at 2017 Super Bowl halftime show

Lady Gaga will be performing at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. She is set to give a preview of what will come in February during an appearance Oct. 2 during an interview on the FOX NFL Sunday Pregame Show.

Lady Gaga previously sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, this year.

Body of Erica Parsons discovered five years after she disappeared

Multiple sources confirmed to WSOC-TV that the body of Erica Parsons was discovered this week in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

The property is off Moore Road near Pageland, South Carolina, and is believed to belong to a family member of Sandy Parsons.

The Rowan County girl was last seen in November of 2011, but her family didn't report her missing until July 2013.

TIMELINE: Erica Parsons case (WSOC-TV)

At the time she was just 13 years old.

Several law enforcement and family members, who did not want to be identified, confirmed the information, but would not go into detail.

Her remains were taken to Rowan County, North Carolina, earlier this week.

Frequently asked questions in the Erica Parsons case (WSOC-TV)

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is expected to hold a press conference next week regarding the case.

Erica’s adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, are serving federal prison sentences for fraud charges.

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Cartoon Network announces the end of 'Adventure Time'

All good cartoon shows must come to an end.

Cartoon Network has announced that such is the case for its popular show "Adventure Time."

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Entertainment Weekly reported that viewers have a couple more years to watch new episodes of the cult hit.

After eight years, the show about Finn, his best friend and adoptive brother Jake and their travels in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo will end after nine seasons in 2018.

Deadline reported that "Adventure Time" content will continue on the network in the form of miniseries, specials and the final ninth season.

"Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories," creator Pendleton Ward said. "We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think."

The show debuted in 2010 and has won six Emmys. According to The Hollywood Reporter, numerous celebrity guests have been on the show, including Matthew Broderick and Neil Patrick Harris.

"Adventure Time changed the definition of what a kids' TV series could be, and it’s had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world," Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher said. "Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation."

The show is currently in its eighth season.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte delighted by balloons at children's party

There were plenty of balloons and bubbles to delight two special little guests at a party Thursday for military families that was part of the Royal Tour of Canada.

Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, who at 16 months was seen walking a bit at the party, were delighted by a man making balloon animals.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrived in Canada Saturday as part of an eight-day visit to the country. Prince George made headlines upon arrival to the country when he refused to high-five Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

>>Watch: Prince George's reaction to Canada's prime minister goes viral

Shannen Doherty thanks husband for standing by her as she battles cancer

As actress Shannen Doherty continues her battle with cancer, she is thanking her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, for his support.

Today.com reported that the former "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed" star has taken part in the love your spouse Instagram challenge.

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Doherty, who publicly her diagnosis in August 2015, was prompted to do so by her friend, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Doherty's first photo for the challenge, posted Monday on her Instagram page, was from her wedding day.

Related: Shannen Doherty says her dog detected her cancer

"It was exceptional because we committed for better or worse, in sickness or in health to love and cherish one another,"  Doherty wrote in the caption. "Those vows have never meant more than they do now. Kurt has stood by my side thru sickness and makes me feel more loved now than ever. I would walk any path with this man. Take any bullet for him and slay every dragon to protect him. He is my soul mate. My other half. I am blessed."

Related: Actress Shannen Doherty shaves head amidst cancer battle, shares on social media

Other photos posted for the challenge include snapshots of Doherty and Iswarienko in Colorado, Greece and Spain.

"I can honestly say that we always have a great time together. @kurtiswarienko thank you for being my best friend," she captioned a photo.

Woman orders wings, but gets thousands of dollars in box

A woman in San Jose, California, placed an order of wings for lunch and got thousands of dollars in cash instead.

KGO-TV reported that Selena Avalos, a manager at a cellphone store, ordered from a nearby Domino's and when her food arrived, there were not wings, but wads of cash inside the container.

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The total was nearly $5,000.

"I was like, I can’t keep it. It’s a crazy amount of money," Avalos told KGO-TV. "It’s not like it’s $20 you find, you know? It’s almost $5,000."

"I'm a manager myself, so I do deposits," Avalos said. "So I assumed right away that it was their deposits."

Avalos said she immediately called the Domino's where she placed the order, but there was no answer.

"Wouldn't they be thinking, 'Where did that money go?'" Avalos said.

There was still no response three days later, so she reached out to KGO-TV for help, which contacted the Domino's corporate office and got Avalos in contact with the franchise owner.

As a reward, Domino's is offering Avalos free pizza for a year and her boss is giving her a week off of work -- with pay.

 

Have $200,000? You could fly to Mars

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants people to travel to Mars for as little as $200,000 a person.

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Musk told the International Astronautical Congress his plan at a meeting in Mexico Tuesday.

SpaceX has yet to ferry an astronaut to the International Space Station. SpaceX is also still isolating the issue with a helium system breach that led to the explosive loss of a Falcon 9 and its payload earlier this month. However, that didn't stop Musk from announcing an ambitious plan for the colonization of Mars.

“One path is that we stay on Earth forever, and there will be some extinction species. The other is to become an interplanetary species,” Musk said.

Musk has said he intends to beat NASA's goal of sending astronauts to Mars in the 2030s by a decade.

Musk’s announcement comes on the heels of another major announcement from Blue Origin about the “New Glen.” It’s a reusable rocket designed to launch satellites and people from Cape Canaveral.

“You've got NASA pursuing its goals. You have the commercial sector coming in, bringing speed and innovation and sustainability, and it's an exciting time and Florida is smack dab in the middle of it,” said Dale Ketcham, of Space Florida.

Under the SpaceX plan, the journey to Mars would begin at the Kennedy Space Center. Musk said key requirements to make all of this a reality will include reusability, refilling in orbit, propellant production on Mars and choosing the right propellant.

“Forty to 100 years to have a self-sustaining community on Mars,” Musk said.

Spider bites man on genitals for second time

A man in Australia is probably asking “Why me?” after he suffered another spider bite to his genitals just months after an earlier bite.

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BBC reported that the 21-year-old Australian man, identified only as Jordan, said he was using a portable toilet at a Sydney-area worksite when he felt a pain in his genitals. "I'm the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment," he said. "I was sitting on the toilet doing my business and just felt the sting that I felt the first time. I was like, 'I can't believe it's happened again.' I looked down and (I saw) a few little legs come from around the rim."

Mashable that a “highly venomous” redback spider bit Jordan in the same spot in April. He said this was the first time since the previous incident that he had used the portable toilet and he checked to make sure everything was clear.

"After the first time it happened, I didn't really want to use one again," he told the BBC. "Toilets got cleaned that day and I thought it was my opportunity to go use one. Had a look under both seats and then I sat down and did my business. Next thing you know, I'm bent over in pain.”

While Jordan said his co-workers were worried about him the first time, he told KIIS FM that they found it truly comical the second time. "(They were) just laughing at me, pretty much. They remembered me from the last time it happened," he said. "Everyone was laughing at me, calling me the unluckiest man in Australia."

According to the BBC, redback spiders are similar to black widow spiders, but have not caused any recorded deaths since the development of antivenin in 1956 and cause only  severe pain, sweating and nausea. Jordan said that he was released from the hospital and expects to return to work soon, but plans to avoid the portable toilet from now on.

"I think I'll be holding on for dear life, to be honest," he told BBC.

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Tennis player Rafael Nadal stops match for a mother looking for child

Rafael Nadal has a heart of gold.

The tennis player, who is from Mallorca, Spain, was in the middle of a charity doubles match in Mallorca with Simon Solbas against Carlos Moya and John McEnroe.

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Fox Sports reported that as Nadal was about to serve, he noticed a commotion in the stands.

A woman was calling out for her daughter, identified only as Clara. Nadal stopped the match as the distraught mother looked for her daughter, according to The Huffington Post UK.

The story has a happy ending as the little girl was found a few seats down and was tearfully reunited with her mother, to the applause of the crowd.

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Kaepernick: 'Let's make America great again for the first time'

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has his own thoughts about the first presidential debate.

The outspoken football player spoke to CNN in a lockeroom interview about the heated debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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“To me, it was embarrassing to watch. Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist,” Kaepernick, who said he watched the first bit of the debate, told reporters on Tuesday.

“(Trump) always says, ‘Make America great again.’ Well, America has never been great for people of color and that’s something that needs to be addressed. Let’s make America great for the first time.”

The Associated Press has reported that Kaepernick has been taking a knee during the National Anthem at NFL games because he says the U.S. has oppressed people of color.

On the eve of Donald Trump’s Tuesday campaign rally Everett, Washington, the Republican presidential candidate spoke with KIRO Radio on a variety of topics, including Kaepernick’s national anthem protest. 

“I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing, I think it’s a terrible thing. And maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try. It won’t happen,” Trump said.

Kaepernick called Trump's statement ignorant on Tuesday.

"Very ignorant statement that if you don't agree with what's going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all that you should leave the country," Kaepernick said.

As for who Kaepernick will vote for in November, he says he’s not impressed with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. 

Student arrested for wearing gorilla mask, flaunting noose at Black Lives Matter protest

An East Tennessee State University student has been charged with civil rights intimidation after heckling Black Lives Matter demonstrators at a peaceful silent protest on the school's campus.

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Tristan Rettke, an ETSU freshman, arrived at the protest at Borchuck Plaza at the school's campus barefoot in a gorilla mask and denim overalls.

Video footage showed him attempting to hand out "noose-wrapped bananas" from a burlap sack to the demonstrators. The sack had a marijuana leaf and a Confederate flag printed on it.

"He pulled out his burlap sack and then he had the rope and whatnot and then he started offering us bananas," said Jaylen Grimes, one of the demonstrators. "A lot of us didn't take it, but I just took (it) as a sign of peace offering and just to show him that just because he's being disrespectful towards me, I won't be disrespectful towards him."

As part of his counterprotest efforts, Rettke held up a sign that said "Lives Matter."

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"He's just trying to get a reaction out of us that we're not going to give him. We're bigger than that," said one protestor who held a sign that read "Black Lives Matter (doesn't mean) all lives don't (matter).

Rettke, 18, was escorted from the protest by public safety officers and was later criminally charged by the Johson City Police Department. 

Rettke told police he went to the event "in (an) attempt to provoke the protesters."

ETSU President Brian Noland held a press conference Wednesday after seeing video of the incident. He discussed the event during a "community dialogue" on campus.

"I was offended, but I was also saddened," Noland said, calling Rettke's actions "incomprehensible, intolerable and impermissible."

Rettke has been placed on interim suspension from the college. 

In a statement, ETSU said Rettke's actions "go against the values" of the school and that the university is a place "where people come first and all are treated with dignity and respect." 

The university applauded the protestors for remaining clam despite Rettke's actions. 

"We are exceptionally proud of the students who were peacefully participating in the event and the manner in which they exercised restraint, thoughtfulness and strength in the face of inappropriate and offensive behavior," Noland said.

"Of course, it's hard to stay calm because they're doing it because they know they can get under your skin," Grimes said. "You've just got to have thicker skin and be the bigger person and just show that ignorance is not going to override your ability to be calm. Because being calm is a lot more difficult than reacting the way they want us to react, which is in a violent stereotypical black way. But we're not all like that."

"We hold no ill towards him," another student, Grant Madison said. "I added him on Facebook and want to speak with him about why he did it."

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Juanita Broaddrick slams Chelsea Clinton over family's past

Donald Trump said he would have mentioned Bill Clinton's past infidelity at the first presidential debate, but one thing held him back.

"I'm very happy that I was able to hold back on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton," Trump told CNN after the debate.

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Chelsea Clinton shrugged off the comment, telling Cosmopolitan, "I don't remember a time in my life when my parents and my family weren't being attacked, and so it just sort of seems to be in that tradition, unfortunately."

Trump's daughter Ivanka and Clinton are close friends. And Ivanka Trump still has "great respect" for Clinton, even though their parents are opponents.

>> Related: Chelsea Clinton answers Trump's threat to 'say something rough' at debate

One person who isn't holding back is Juanita Broaddrick. During Bill Clinton's second term as president, Broaddrick accused him of raping her in 1978 when he was Arkansas' attorney general. 

In a string of tweets addressed to Chelsea Clinton, Broaddrick said, "The truth is what has brought the attacks on your family," and "your father was, and probably still is, a sexual predator. Your mother has always lied and covered up for him."

>> Related: Rudy Giuliani: Hillary Clinton 'too stupid to be president'

Trump has often hinted at Bill Clinton's infidelity on the campaign trail. Trump tweeted that he would invite Gennifer Flowers, who allegedly had an affair with Clinton, to the first debate. But his campaign quickly put an end to that.

After a lackluster performance in that debate, Trump indicated that he won't hold back against Hillary Clinton going forward. Bill Clinton's past could certainly come into play.

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Carjacker shakes hands with victim, then steals his car, police say

A Sandy Springs, Georgia, man is sharing the terrifying moment when someone carjacked him outside the grocery store where he works.

"My nerves are shot," the man said on a 911 call to Sandy Springs police.

The man told police he'd just gotten off work at Kroger and was sitting in his car about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

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"A guy knocked on my window. I opened the door and said, ‘yeah,’ and he had a gun in front of him," the victim told WSB-TV "He said you do what I tell you to. I got out and he said to sit on the curb. He said he had somebody watching me. Don't call nobody and don't go inside. And he took off with my car."

"Apparently when the suspect was getting the keys from the victim he actually shook hands with the victim before he left," said Capt. Mike Lindstrom with the Sandy Springs Police Department.

Lindstrom says the man shook his victim's hand before stealing his Chrysler 300.

"We try to remind people, again, to be more aware of your surroundings," Lindstrom said. "And it doesn't really matter what time of day we're talking about."

Customer Chandrise Ross said the attack is surprising.

"It's really scary," Ross said. "I was always comfortable over here until that incident."

Ross told Petchenik she'll be changing up her routine in light of the carjacking.

"I’ll shop during the day and make sure I park closer to the door," Ross said.

Kroger sent Petchenik a statement about the incident, saying:

Customer and associate safety is a priority at Kroger, and we regret this situation happened. We are fortunate  our associate was not physically injured, and are cooperating fully with local law enforcement as they investigate this incident.

Lawmaker to lifesaver: PA congressman helps save unconscious man

A Pennsylvania congressman may have helped save a man's life Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill.

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On his way to a meeting, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania, found a man unconscious and face down in a pool of blood in an elevator near Murphy's office.

Murphy acted quickly.

"Your muscle memory kicks in and you just know you have an emergency situation where you have to do something," Murphy said.

With the help of two of his staff members, the congressman was able to maintain CPR for about 15 minutes before an ambulance arrived.

"My mother was a nurse and made sure we had some training when we were younger," Murphy said. "As a Navy reservist medical, I have to be trained in this too."

Unlike Murphy, 70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act during cardiac emergencies because they don't know CPR or their training lapsed, according to the American Heart Association.

Murphy said he wants to help raise awareness on the importance of getting certified and expanding access to defibrillators.

"It doesn't take a lot of time out of your life to do it, but it makes a lifetime of difference for someone whose life is saved," Murphy said.

Murphy talked to the brother of the man he helped, who told Murphy he is in critical, but stable condition.

Volunteer firefighter hailed as hero after taking down elementary school shooter

A volunteer firefighter is being called a hero after he subdued an armed teenager who allegedly shot two students and a teacher at a South Carolina elementary school after investigators said he killed his father Wednesday afternoon.

The gunman, who has not been identified, was confronted by volunteer firefighter Jamie Brock after he rushed to Townville Elementary School following reports of a shooting.

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Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said Brock's intervention was pivotal to stopping the shooter.

"For that person to be willing to confront him, as far as why (the gunman) didn't get off more shots, I can only say at this point it's because he was confronted," he said Wednesday at a news conference. "He just took him down."

Townville volunteer fire Chief Billy McAdams said on Wednesday that he and Brock headed to the scene together after learning of the shooting around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. They searched a black pickup truck after finding it crashed in the school's playground area, but found no threats.

The pair split up after they found teachers and staff calling for police at the back of the school with two injured 6-year-old students and an injured teacher. McAdams, who is a paramedic, stayed to help tend to the injured while Brock left to search the school's perimeter.

>> Related: South Carolina school shooting: Suspected shooter's father found dead

Brock found the shooter outside the school, McAdams said.

"Feeling it was for the safety of everyone on site, he immediately confronted and subdued that shooter," he said. "He was able to keep him on the ground until law enforcement could place him into custody."

Scott Stoller, director of emergency management services and special operations in Anderson County, said on Wednesday that Brock wants to remain "humble and kind of quiet" about his role in stopping the attack.

"With that said, I don't think there's anyone amongst us that doesn't believe that firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero to us and the firefighter community," he said.

Brock reiterated that mindset himself in a statement released through McAdams.

"My reaction to yesterday's event was no different than any other fire or law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect their communities every day," Brock said. "The true heroes of yesterday's senseless tragedy are the teachers that put their lives on the line to protect their students; the principal who -- through fears of her own, she did what was right to ensure the safety of her school. They deserve to be called the heroes, and I tip my hat to them."

>> Related: #PrayersForJacob: Support pours in for 6-year-old victim of South Carolina school shooting

He asked that the public pray for the victims of Wednesday's shooting, including 6-year-old Jacob Hall, who was last listed in critical condition.

In the aftermath of Wednesday's shooting, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) took to Twitter to thank Brock.

"We truly admire and appreciate your service," he wrote.

Fan backs up Ryders Cup trash talk by making putt PGA stars couldn’t

A fan at the Ryder Cup won a spot in the Heckler’s Hall of Fame by nailing a putt Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan could not during a practice round Thursday.

A video shows the heckler making jokes as he practices his putt before hitting the ball. 

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The crowd erupts with cheers and applause as the ball goes in the hole and the heckler pumps his fists in the air.

This is enough to get even Allen Iverson excited about practice.

Whatever he does with that $100, it probably won’t be spent on a drink anywhere golfers hang out.

'Mrs. Doubtfire' house hits the market for $4.5 million

Real estate shoppers who are willing to shell out $4.45 million can now purchase a piece of entertainment history. 

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The San Francisco home featured in "Mrs. Doubtfire" hit the market with a multi-million dollar price tag this week.

The home, featured in the 1993 film starring Robin Williams, is located at 2640 Steiner Street. It was the site of a memorial for the Bay Area-based actor after he committed suicide in Aug. 2014, and it remains an "unofficial memorial," according to KGO-TV.

The three-story Victorian house has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and sits overlooking the San Francisco Bay. It also features a marble bath tub and two-person shower, "garden/patio for al fresco enjoyment," an office/family room, foyer, a remodeled kitchen, space for a personal gym and a multi-car garage. According to E! News, "a piece of the garage actually lifts your car up into the air so you can park a second one under it."

"Because it's built on a wide corner lot, the public rooms are large-scale and the home has an open feel," said listing agent Steven Gothelf of Pacific Union Christie's International. 

The home, built in 1893, is approximately 3,300 square feet.

The current owner, Douglas Ousterhout, is a surgeon who has specialized in facial feminization surgery for transgender patients. He purchased the home in 1997 for $1.395 million, according to the San Francisco Gate. The Gate reported that Ousterhout is selling the home to retire in the wine country.

See more at 2640steiner.com.

Snakes cause power outage at New Mexico high school

A power outage Tuesday at a New Mexico high school was caused by a pair of snakes.

Maintenance crews were called Tuesday afternoon to Cleveland High School to find the source of the power outage. According to KOAT, the school has solar panels and the power generated by those panels goes through a transformer box. When workers opened the box, they discovered two bull snakes, one snake disguised as a wire, hanging from the box, and another snake on the ground.

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The snakes crawled into an area that carried 12,000 volts. The snakes did not survive, according to KOAT.

According to a message on the Rio Rancho Public Schools Facebook page, the school experienced an electrical power failure “due to snakes getting into the switch gear of the solar field.” The power was restored before students returned Wednesday morning.

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Veteran refused Social Security benefits

Phil Sommers says he's paid Social Security taxes for 48 years and now he's 65 years old and ready to retire with his wife, Mari, but said he's being denied his Social Security benefits.

"It doesn't make sense. They took the money. Now they want to keep the money. It's put a lot of strain on myself and my family," Sommers said.

Sommers was born in Canada but vital records show his father was a U.S. citizen. Sommers said he grew up in the U.S. and worked here his entire life.

He showed WSOC'S Whistleblower 9 investigative reporter Paul Boyd what he said is his original Social Security card from 1968.

Sommers also provided a Social Security statement showing 48 years of payments into the system.

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He wanted to know how Social Security can issue a card, take payments all these years and not pay the benefit.

"They couldn't give me the answer. I asked for the answer," Sommers said.

Whistleblower 9 asked the Social Security Administration for answers.

"Due to privacy laws, we cannot discuss individual cases,” spokeswoman Patti Patterson said. “However, we are in contact with Mr. Sommers and providing assistance. I can provide some general information on requirements for receiving Social Security retirement benefits.When applying for Social Security benefits, one of the eligibility requirements is U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status. Social Security does not determine U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status. We depend on the agency that issued the document provided, such as Department of Homeland Security, for immigration status and Department of State for U.S. passports, for example."

Sommers' issue hinges on when he became a U.S. citizen. He said immigration officials only consider him a citizen as of 2016.

Whistleblower 9 obtained paperwork from 1972 that clearly showed the government considered Phil Sommers a U.S. citizen at least 44 years ago when he served in the U.S. Army.

"I served honorably with the U.S. Army. I just feel cheated," Sommers said.

Sommers said he should be receiving $809 in Social Security every month plus approximately $28,000 in back pay, because he's been fighting this for almost four years.

His wife said they're not rich and need the money.

"He loves his country and he's getting stepped on. It's just not fair," Mari Sommers said.

Phil Sommers said he's had to start working again. His family has also been in touch with U.S. senators and even wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, but said Sommers still hasn't received a penny.

‘Nuisance’ neighbor kills sheriff’s deputy, daughter in mystery murder-suicide, authorities say

Louisiana law enforcement officials are trying to determine what caused a man described as a “nuisance” by neighbors to gun down a West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy and her 20-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself.

Deputy Donna LeBlanc had just arrived Tuesday afternoon at her home in Glynn in neighboring Pointe Coupee Parish when she spotted 29-year-old Gregory Phillips talking to her daughter, Carli Jo LeBlanc, on their porch, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported. Donna LeBlanc’s 9-year-old daughter was in the house, locked inside by her older sister.

Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres told the newspaper that the family, like many of their other neighbors, had a strained relationship with Phillips.

Torres said it appeared that an argument erupted between LeBlanc and Phillips, who had gone back to his truck. At some point, Phillips produced a .223-caliber assault rifle and, approaching LeBlanc on the carport, began firing at the deputy.

LeBlanc, who was armed with her duty weapon, managed to fire three shots at Phillips before she was killed, the Advocate reported. It was not immediately clear if any of the three shots hit her assailant.

Phillips then turned the rifle on Carli LeBlanc, fatally shooting her. Torres told the paper that the gunman tried to get inside the house where the little girl was, but couldn’t because of the locked door.

After banging on the door and failing to get inside, Phillips apparently shot himself, the Advocate reported.

The 9-year-old called 911 to report the murders.

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Torres said investigators do not know what brought Phillips to the LeBlanc home or what the argument was about.

"We don't know what the argument was about. We don't have any eyewitnesses," Torres told the Advocate. "There will be parts of this that are lost because the people that were there are dead."

Neighbor James Didier and his wife, Susan, heard the gunshots, but James Didier told the Advocate that he thought they came from hunters in the area. Susan Didier said she thought Phillips was firing his guns in his backyard – one of the problems that neighbors had with him in the past.

"When I heard the little 9-year-old girl scream, I knew something was wrong," Susan Didier said. "I wish I had gone over there, but we didn't know where the shooter was."

Coworkers on Wednesday were mourning LeBlanc, a 22-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

"Donna would do anything for you as a cop,” said West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes. “She had a true love for the thin blue line. She got along great with the community. And she was very involved in both her daughters' lives and just would do anything to help someone."

LeBlanc was married to a Louisiana state trooper, the newspaper reported.

The mourning extended onto social media for LeBlanc and her daughter, who nearly died in a serious car crash in July 2014. She required multiple eye surgeries in the aftermath, and was still working through a traumatic brain injury. 

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.7&amp;appId=171232532957980";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>WTH IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?? Omgosh :'( RIP Donna Weems Leblanc and Carli Jo!! You both will be missed dearly!! My prayers go out to the family!!!!Posted by Brandy Fusilier on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

END OF WATCH: Horrible news out of West Baton Rouge.  Veteran Deputy Donna LeBlanc was shot to death during a gunfight...Posted by Randy Sutton on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Yesterday, we received the tragic news that Deputy Donna LeBlanc, a 22 year veteran of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's...Posted by Baton Rouge Union of Police on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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