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Construction on temporary Pulse memorial set to begin

Construction of a temporary memorial to remember the victims and survivors of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting will begin this week, according to the onePulse Foundation.

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Crews have started gathering photos, flowers and other keepsakes left at the nightclub where 49 people died and more than 100 others were injured in the June 12, 2016, shooting.

>> Related: Pulse nightclub shooting: 1 year later, Orlando remembers victims

The temporary memorial will allow families, survivors, first responders and other people to pay their respects to the victims as details of the permanent memorial are being finalized.

It will have shade, places to sit and reflect and an area where visitors may leave messages.

The onePulse Foundation and the Orange County Regional History Center will collect and conserve all the items, artwork and messages left at the Pulse site Sunday.

Construction will begin Monday. It's expected to last two months.

>> Related: On WFTV.com: Judge rules on crucial evidence in Noor Salman trial

Meanwhile, the federal trial for the wife of the Pulse gunman begins March 1. 

Noor Salman faces charges of aiding a former terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.

WFTV.com will have a team of reporters in the courtroom. Coverage of the trial begins March 1.

Hugh Grant pays tribute to former 'Notting Hill' co-star Emma Chambers

Actor Hugh Grant took to Twitter to mourn his “Notting Hill” co-star Emma Chambers, who died Wednesday at the age of 53.

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“Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress,” wrote Grant, who played the brother to Chambers’ character in “Notting Hill.”

“Very sad news,” he wrote.

Chambers’ agent, John Grant, confirmed news of the actress’ death Saturday to The Guardian. Chambers was well-respected for her comedic talents. She starred on "The Vicar of Dibley" from 1994 to 2007, earning a British Comedy Award in 1998, BBC News reported.

>> Related: Emma Chambers, 'Vicar of Dibley' actress, dies at 53

“We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers,” Grant told the newspaper. “Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many and will be greatly missed.”

Chambers is survived by her husband, Ian Dunn, whom she was married to for 27 years, E! Online reported.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

8-year-old boy robbed at gunpoint, New Orleans police say

Authorities are investigating after an 8-year-old boy told New Orleans police he was robbed at gunpoint Saturday, according to multiple reports.

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The boy told police he was approached by a man who demanded his keys, NOLA.com reported. The man pulled out a gun after the boy refused, according to the news site.

“Give me the keys or I will kill you,” the man told the boy, according to a preliminary police report obtained by NOLA.com.

The boy handed over his keys, and the man ran from the area, police said.

The robbery happened around 1:15 p.m. Saturday in the 7200 block of Culpepper Drive, The Advocate reported. About three hours later, another boy reported he was robbed at gunpoint.

A 10-year-old boy told police he was approached around 4:20 p.m. by a group in the 3000 block of Bruxelles Street.

Someone in the group pulled out a handgun and reached into the boy’s pocket, according to The Advocate. The group fled after taking an unknown amount of money from the boy.

It was not immediately clear whether the two incidents were related. Police continued Sunday to investigate the reported robberies.

British police report ‘major incident’ after explosion in Leicester

British police responded to a "major incident" Sunday night following reports of an explosion in Leicester, according to multiple reports.

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Florida police officer fired after alleged sexual assault during traffic stop

A police officer in Florida’s capital city was fired Sunday morning after a motorist accused him of sexual assault during a traffic stop Saturday, The Tallahassee Democrat reported.

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Tallahassee Police chief Michael DeLeo said that Vincent Crump was fired after the allegations surfaced. Crump, who was hired by the Tallahassee Police Department in January 2017, previously spent 12 years as a captain with the sheriff’s department in nearby Gadsden County, working at a correctional facility in that county, the Democrat reported. 

“We immediately sent an investigative team to meet with the victim, for an interview, to collect evidence, and coordinate victim services," DeLeo said during a Sunday morning news conference. “Based on the evidence so far, Officer Crump has betrayed the values of our agency, and the public's trust.” 

Crump is not under arrest and no criminal charges have been filed, Tallahassee Police Department public information officer Damon Miller said.

Because Crump was in his first probationary status period with the Tallahassee Police Department, there are no performance evaluations on file, the Democrat reported.

Miller said department protocol is generally to place an officer on administrative leave during an open investigation, but added that “all situations are different.”

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Michelle Obama announces November release for ‘deeply personal’ memoir

Former first lady Michelle Obama announced the title and release date of her upcoming memoir, People reported Sunday.

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The book, “Becoming,” will be released Nov. 13 and will be published in 24 languages worldwide, People reported. Obama tweeted Sunday that writing the book was “a deeply personal experience,” 

“I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice,” Obama tweeted. “I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can't wait to share my story.”

“Becoming” is Obama’s second book. Her first, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” was published in 2012, Rolling Stone reported.

The book will be published by Penguin Random House. Markus Dohle, the company’s CEO, said in a statement that Obama’s book “will stretch the confines of a traditional first-lady memoir.”

“Becoming is an unusually intimate reckoning from a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations — and whose story inspires us to do the same,” Dohle said.

Texas transgender wrestler wins second straight state title 

A transgender wrestler from Texas successfully defended his Class 6A girls championship Saturday night, WFAA reported

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Mack Beggs, from Euless Trinity near Dallas, improved to 36-0, capping his season with a 15-3 victory against Chelsea Sanchez of Morton Ranch High school. Beggs, 18, also defeated Sanchez last season in the 110-pound division, WFAA reported.

Last year, a parent filed a lawsuit to prevent Beggs from wrestling in the female division.

Beggs began transitioning from female to male a few years ago by using testosterone, which was the reason the lawsuit was filed, WFAA reported. But according to the Texas University Interscholastic League, it is not a banned substance since it comes from a physician.

>> Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

A state law passed in 2016 says that athletes must compete as the gender listed on their birth certificates, WFAA reported.. 

Marco Karem, Beggs’ father, told WFAA that his son’s achievement was an inspiration.“He inspires a lot of people, and if he can help just one person -- then it’s worth it to Mack,” Karem said.

Mack Beggs heard several boos and jeers during the state final but shrugged it off, WFAA reported.

"I don't care, I gave my all in that match," he said. "You put me in front of anybody and I'll wrestle them.

"Each time I read comments, they all say the same thing about steroids. It all comes down to technique and who has the most heart."

Beggs is considering a men’s wrestling scholarship in college and is hoping to schedule a time for his “top surgery” by a doctor in Plano, The Dallas Morning News reported. 

He also wants to train for the Olympics. Both the NCAA and the Olympics have rules in place that allow athletes to compete as the gender they identify with, WFAA reported. 

$10K reward offered for information in case of missing CDC employee

The family of a missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worker has partnered with Crime Stoppers to offer a reward for information in the case.

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Timothy Cunningham, 35, was reported missing Feb. 16 after he called in sick to work Feb. 12 and has not been seen or heard from since, according to Atlanta police.

>> Father of CDC employee missing 10 days says disappearance 'not normal'

Police said Cunningham's parents went to his home and found his wallet along with several other belongings.

Police said Saturday that they have not been able to locate Cunningham, and they are asking for the public's help.

"This is an appeal to the public. Anyone who has seen Tim, or may know anything about his whereabouts, we're seeking your help in bringing Tim back safe to us," Cunningham's father, Terrel Cunningham, said.

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Cunningham's family and Crime Stoppers are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and indictment in the case. Police said that at this time they do not have any evidence of foul play, but it is their practice to explore any and every possibility in a case such as this one.

Anyone with information on the case should contact Atlanta police or Crime Stoppers.

12 charged in high school basketball brawl

Twelve people, including students and adults, will be charged in connection with a fight at a Pennsylvania high school basketball game earlier this month, police said.

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They face disorderly conduct charges.

Clairton police released details about the Feb. 6 brawl at Clairton High School between Clairton and Monessen.

Police said it began as a fight between two players and escalated from there.

Eight teenagers and four adults are charged. All are from Clairton and Monessen, police said.

In a news release, officers said they offered victims a chance to come forward to sort out who was involved in the fight, but no one did, so they used surveillance video to figure out who to charge.

The charges come after WPIAL officials decided to suspend players who left the benches for one game and put both schools on unprecedented five-year probations.

Monessen is appealing that decision.

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