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A pregnant woman just a few weeks shy of her due date was killed along with her unborn daughter when a suspected drunk driver crashed into their car head-on in California over the weekend.

Nicole Ruddy, 33, who was 35 weeks pregnant, was sitting in the front passenger seat of a Toyota Carolla heading north along highway 495 when a Ford Explorer drove into oncoming traffic and slammed into her vehicle around 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, Fox 11 reported.

First responders rushed the pregnant woman to an area trauma center, where both she and her unborn daughter whom she planned to name Amelia Grace were pronounced dead, according to KTLA.

The expectant mom’s husband, 36-year-old Andrew Ruddy, was also in the car and suffered extensive injuries that reportedly required surgery.


Nicole and Andrew Ruddy were traveling in San Bernardino County, California, Saturday night when an SUV operated by Eddie Escobedo crashed head-on into their car.
Nicole and Andrew Ruddy were traveling in San Bernardino County, California, Saturday night when an SUV operated by Eddie Escobedo crashed head-on into their car.
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Nicole, left, who was 35 weeks pregnant, died along with her unborn daughter; husband Andrew, right, suffered major injuries.
Nicole, left, who was 35 weeks pregnant, died along with her unborn daughter; husband Andrew, right, suffered major injuries.
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The suspect, 43-year-old Eddie Escobedo, survived the collision and was also taken to a local trauma center to be treated for “major injuries,” the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said.

Escobedo faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI, authorities said.

“During the investigation, deputies determined Escobedo was under the influence of alcohol and over the California legal limit at the time of the crash,” investigators said.

Escobedo was later discharged from the hospital and booked into the county jail, where he remained Wednesday in lieu of $600,000 bail. He is due back in court Thursday.


Nicole Ruddy worked as a wedding planner and volunteered at her church.
Nicole Ruddy worked as a wedding planner and volunteered at her church.
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The description of a GoFundMe campaign that was launched to help the victims’ family praised Nicole “as a loving, compassionate, kind person who touched the lives of many people.”

According to the organizer of the fundraiser, the married mom-to-be ran a small business as a wedding planner and often volunteered at her local church.


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Columbia student from Syria loses nieces, sister-in-law in earthquake

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A 28-year-old Syrian student at Columbia University lost his two young nieces and their mom in the devastating earthquake that has claimed at least 11,000 lives in his country and neighboring Turkey.

Hussein Akoush, a student at the Ivy League school in Manhattan since 2021, told The Daily Beast that he was sent into a “panic” when a friend texted him about “massive destruction” in his hometown of Al-Atarib in northwestern Aleppo.

“I saw the magnitude of the earthquake was 7.8. At this point, I realized it was huge,” he told the outlet.

“I had to check in on my family in Syria. So I sent messages to all my sisters and my brother, but none of them received my messages,” said Akoush, who moved to Turkey in 2016 and then to the Big Apple in 2021 to study neuroscience.


Hussein Akoush, 28, a Columbia University student who lost his two nieces and their mom in the earthquake.
Hussein Akoush, 28, a Syrian student at Columbia University, lost his two young nieces and their mom in the devastating earthquake.
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He finally heard from his uncle, who said, “‘Don’t worry, we’re fine, your mother and your sister are well,” Akoush told The Daily Beast.

“‘Your brother’s building collapsed but we managed to take him out of the ruins. But we know nothing about his wife and two daughters,’” he said his uncle told him.

Eventually, he learned that his nieces — 6-year-old Sedra and 5-year-old Maria — and their mom Fatima perished in the disaster.


Five-year-old Maria and 6-year-old Sedra, who died in the quake
Five-year-old Maria and 6-year-old Sedra, who died in the quake, seen in undated photos.
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“With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of my two nieces and their mother in last night’s earthquake,” Akoush said on Twitter.

“So, my brother lost his wife and his two daughters,” he told The Daily Beast, adding that his brother has undergone surgery for a broken arm.

“It was a terrible night… I was not able to sleep,” he said.


Syrian rescuers and civilians gather at a collapsed building in the town of Jandairis in Syria.
The death toll across Turkey and Syria has surpassed 11,000.
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In a GoFundMe page from 2020, Akoush wrote that “before the Syrian revolution began, I was a hardworking student. I used to be top of my class but I was obliged to drop out of the School of Dentistry at Aleppo University in 2012 for fear of arrest by the Syrian Government due its violent response to the peaceful protests on campus.

“During the war, I dedicated myself to peaceful activism against the brutal dictatorship of Bashar Al Assad, as I watched friends and family members and innocent civilians being ruthlessly killed,” he continued.

Akoush said he learned English, decided to move to Turkey and became a freelance journalist after facing “a litany of death threats and constant bombardment.”  


Hussein Akoush, 28, a Columbia University student who lost his two nieces and their mom in the earthquake.
“With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of my two nieces and their mother in last night’s earthquake,” Akoush wrote on Twitter.
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“Fortunately, I was awarded a partial scholarship from Columbia to cover half of the tuition but it is still not enough and that is why I am hoping you will make a donation to help pay for my first year of tuition,” he wrote.

Akoush received $51,426 in donations, surpassing his goal of $50,000.




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I have to ‘learn to read’ before Barbra Streisand memoir

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Lea Michele is poking fun at rumors claiming she can’t read, joking that Barbra Streisand’s memoir release has given her a looming deadline.

“265 days to learn to read,” the “Glee” alum captioned a TikTok shared Wednesday, which showed the actress covering her mouth in a shocked expression.

Michele, 36, leaned out of the video’s frame to show the cover of Streisand’s upcoming memoir, “My Name Is Barbra.”

The 80-year-old singer’s book will be published in November, with her publisher calling it “frank, funny, opinionated, and charming.”

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Lea Michele joked she wants to “learn to read” before Barbra Streisand’s memoir is released.
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In a press release, Viking wrote, “Barbra Streisand is a living legend, a woman who in a career spanning six decades has excelled in every area of entertainment, and this engrossing and delightful book will be eagerly welcomed by her millions of fans.”

The statement continued, “Dozens of books have been written about Streisand, and now in My Name Is Barbra, she tells her story in her own words.”

Michele’s social media upload, which her followers praised as “iconic” and “funny,” did not mark the first time she has addressed speculation about her reading and writing skills.

The Broadway star called the rumors “sad” in a September 2022 New York Times interview.

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The “Glee” alum has “265 days” left.

Lea Michele shows Barbra Streisand cover
The “Glee” alum has “265 days” left.


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“I think often if I were a man, a lot of this wouldn’t be the case,” she said, pointing out that she showed up to the “Glee” set with her lines memorized “every single day” for six seasons.

Last month, one of Michele’s friends — and former “Scream Queens” co-star” — Emma Roberts played coy about the longstanding gossip on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.”

Michele has clapped back at speculation in the past.
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“We have not been in book club together,” the “American Horror Story” alum teased.

However, when Michele began starring in “Funny Girl” on Broadway last year, she received, and presumably read, a “beautiful letter” from Streisand, who once played the role.

“It was very sweet,” Michele gushed to Seth Meyers in December 2022. “She was like, ‘It’s really wonderful when your dreams come true, isn’t it?’”

The Emmy nominee “fell to [her] knees” over the note and immediately called her loved ones.


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Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders waits to deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union address by President Joe Biden on February 7, 2023 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Biden tonight vowed to not allow the U.S. to default on its debt by calling on Congress to raise the debt-ceiling and chastising Republicans seeking to leverage the standoff to force spending cuts. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders waits to deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union address by President Joe Biden on February 7, 2023 in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)

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7:30 AM PT – Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s state of the union address.

Huckabee Sanders (R-Ark.) had a lot to say in response to Biden’s speech on Tuesday, which largely hit on his campaign talking points, glossed over America’s struggling economy and soaring inflation rates, blaming the issues on the pandemic.

This despite the Biden administration refusing to lift the COVID state of emergency until may. 

Huckabee Sanders ripped on woke America and the left’s attack on America’s founding principles. She called for a “new generation of Republican leadership” and said that the American people have a choice “between normal or crazy.”

“Being a mom to three young children taught me not to believe every story I hear,” Sanders started her speech. “So, forgive me for not believing much of anything I heard tonight from President Biden. From out-of-control inflation and violent crime to the dangerous border crisis and threat from China, Biden and the Democrats have failed you.”

 The Arkansas Republican hit on the ways in which she and Biden are different.

“At 40, I’m the youngest governor in the country, and at 80, he’s the oldest president in American history,” she said. “I’m the first woman to lead my state, and he’s the first man to surrender his presidency to a woke mob that can’t even tell you what a woman is.”

The Arkansas governor also highlighted the weight of America’s downfall under Biden’s stewardship.

“In the radical left’s America, Washington taxes you and lights your hard-earned money on fire,” she went on. “But you get crushed with high gas prices, empty grocery shelves, and our children are taught to hate one another on account of their race, not to love one another or our great country.”

She went on to say that the Biden administration was “completely hijacked by the radical left” and that the “dividing line” is no longer between right and left.

“The choice is between normal or crazy,” she explained. “It is time for a new generation of Republican leadership.”

She also pointed out all the things that the Biden administration had inherited, and that the Democrats had “destroyed it all.”

“President Biden inherited the fastest economic recovery on record. The most secure border in history,” she listed. “Cheap abundant, home-grown energy. Fast-rising wages. A rebuilt military. And a world that was stable and at peace. But over the last two years, Democrats destroyed it all. Despite Democrats’ trillions in reckless spending and mountains of debt, we now have the worst border crisis in American history.”

Finally, she explained that America is a great country because it is a truly free country, but now that freedom is under attack and that Biden and the Democrats had failed the people.

“America is great because we are free. But today, our freedom is under attack, and the America we love is in danger. President Biden and the Democrats have failed you. It’s time for a change. A New Generation of Republican leaders is stepping up, not to be caretakers of the status quo, but to be change makers for the American people,” she said. “We know not what the future holds, but we know who holds the future in His hands. And with God as our witness, we will show the world that America is still the place where freedom reins and liberty will never die,”

Huckabee sanders is the daughter of former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee, and had served as White House press secretary under former President Donald Trump. She had also made history when she was inaugurated as the first female governor of Arkansas on January 10th




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