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Texas woman arrested for waterboarding disabled son and tying rope around his genitals

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A 40-year-old Texas woman was arrested after her son told investigators that she and her boyfriend waterboarded him and tied a rope around his genitals to punish him, KTVT-TV reported.

Christi Howell is also accused of beating the boy with a stick to punish him for not having “good form” doing push-ups. A separate arrest warrant was issued for the suspect’s 45-year-old boyfriend, Casey Shackleford, who allegedly took part in the abuse.

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The victim was described as being under 14 years old and living with an unspecified mental disability. WFAA-TV reported that the incident allegedly began when the boy told Shackleford that he had “put his finger inside the family dog’s butt.”

Shackleford then allegedly grabbed the boy by the hair and pinned him against a couch with a towel over his face before telling Howell to pour cold water on his face. He also told Howell to tie a “pig rope” around the boy’s “private parts.”

According to an arrest warrant, Howell complied and “pulled on the rope as if she was trying to pull him around and off the couch,” before further tying the rope around the victim’s neck. After she did so, Shackleford pushed him back onto the couch, causing the rope to tighten.

The alleged attack came to light after Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jimmy Weisbruch witnessed an interview between the boy and the county Children’s Advocacy Center on Feb. 8. An affadavit stated that the boy told Shackleford about his actions toward the dog because “he wanted to be honest and admit what he had done.”

The boy also said that Howell would also punish him on other occasions for not having “good form” while doing pushups by hitting him in the back and elbows with a stick. She was charged with causing injury to a child, and her bond was set at $250,000.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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