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What's new at theme parks: Wonder Woman coaster, Pixar Pier

NEW YORK (AP) - Orlando, Florida, doesn't have a lock on theme park news this summer.

Sure, Toy Story Land at Disney World and a new "Fast & Furious" attraction at Universal Orlando will be getting attention. But there are lots of other exciting openings around the country.

Fans of Wonder Woman can ride the first coaster named for her, Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. The coaster has a unique design, built on a slender twisting monorail with riders lined up in single seats for their 90-degree drop and an upside-down thrill.

Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, plans a June 23 opening for Pixar Pier. The site, replacing the previous Paradise Pier, will consist of four Pixar-themed neighborhoods with attractions, food and merchandise inspired by Pixar stories and characters. One neighborhood, themed on Pixar's "The Incredibles" movie, includes a revamped Incredicoaster ride with new scenes and special effects keyed to the "Incredibles 2" film opening June 15. Another neighborhood will be themed on "Toy Story."

Six Flags Over Georgia near Atlanta debuts Twisted Cyclone, a hybrid roller coaster with a traditional wood coaster structure on a steel track. The coaster's red and black train is modeled after a classic 1960s sports car.

The Time Traveler ride opened in March to great fanfare at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Billed as the industry's fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster, Time Traveler drops riders at a 90-degree vertical angle followed by three inversions at speeds up to around 50 mph, all while spinning.

And at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, a new hybrid roller coaster called Steel Vengeance is debuting, 200 feet (61 meters) tall with a 90-degree initial drop and half-barrel roll.

Here are some other openings around the country this season.

CALIFORNIA

This is the final season for the "Jurassic Park"-themed ride at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles. That ride closes Sept. 3 to make way for construction of a new Jurassic World Ride opening next year.

Also at Universal Hollywood this summer, a nighttime lights show returns on select dates to Hogwarts Castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter beginning June 24. And Universal's DreamWorks Theatre opens a new multi-sensory attraction called Kung-Fu Panda: The Emperor's Quest. The high-tech adventure features LED lighting, surround sound and projection mapping, a type of augmented reality that can turn 3-D objects into interactive displays.

An upside-down view of Mission Bay awaits riders of the new Electric Eel coaster at SeaWorld San Diego. The triple-launch coaster will thrust riders forward and backward, accelerate to more than 60 mph in seconds and go nearly 150 feet (46 meters) up.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, debuts Skywarp, billed as the world's first dueling looping coaster with two cars speeding around each other on double loops.

Elsewhere around California visitors will find the new RailBlazer coaster at Great America in Santa Clara; a new steel coaster, Hang Time, at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park; the new Legoland Castle Hotel and Lego City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride at Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad; and CraZanity, a towering pendulum attraction at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia.

MIDWEST

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, debuts the world's largest loop coaster, called the Mardi Gras Hangover. The 100-foot (32-meter) ride puts riders on 32 face-to-face seats and takes them through several 360-degree revolutions.

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, is adding two kids' rides named for the Swahili word for elephant: the Tembo Falls water slide complex and Tembo Tides, a junior wave pool.

Six Flags St. Louis in Missouri opens Typhoon Twister at Hurricane Harbor water park, a hybrid zero-gravity water slide and wave wall.

In Minnesota, Valleyfair park in Shakopee opened Delirious, a looping thrill ride that coils riders upside-down on a seven-story, 360-degree freestanding structure with a high-speed train. In Bloomington, at Mall of America's 7-acre Nickelodeon Universe theme park, a new attraction is opening themed on Nickelodeon's animated preschool series PAW Patrol. Kids will recreate PAW Patrol missions in an open-play experience.

SOUTH

Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville is adding Scream Xtreme and a new family ride Rock 'n Roller.

Battle for Eire Action VR Ride at Virginia's Busch Gardens Williamsburg takes guests on an adventure with a fairy warrior named Addie through her Irish homeland in the park's Ireland village. The attraction uses a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art, 360-degree virtual reality headsets.

North Carolina Carowinds near Charlotte debuts Camp Snoopy, a newly expanded kids' section and a climb-and-play area, Beagle Scout Acres.

Pigeon Forge Snow in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a new year-round, indoor snow-tubing park, with 12 lanes, an oversized family tubing lane and a lift to deliver riders to the top of the hill.

NORTHEAST AND MID-ATLANTIC

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, debuts Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a colossal swing ride.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari in Jackson, New Jersey, opens Cyborg Cyber Spin, an anti-gravity gondola ride.

And visitors at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, can take Oscar's Wacky Taxi ride, a wood-and-steel hybrid family coaster with a bright yellow taxi-inspired train featuring Oscar the Grouch.

Louisiana man charged with driving lawn mower while drunk

A south Louisiana man was arrested Saturday after sheriff’s deputies said they saw him driving a lawn mower while drunk.

Brian K. Cheramie, 59, of Cut Off, is charged with second-offense driving while intoxicated, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was also booked on an outstanding contempt of court warrant.

Sheriff’s Office officials reported that deputies saw Cheramie driving a lawn mower on the shoulder of the highway just after midnight Saturday morning. As they watched, he swerved into a lane of traffic and back onto the shoulder, the deputies said. 

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They pulled Cheramie over, at which point he admitted that he drank several beers before getting on the lawn mower, authorities said

Cheramie also did badly on a field sobriety test. A breath test indicated he had a blood alcohol concentration of .144 percent, well over the legal limit of .08 percent.

He was booked into the parish jail, where he remained in lieu of $2,800 bond on Tuesday.  

R. Kelly sued by Texas woman for sexual battery, false imprisonment, claims he gave her STD

R&B singer R. Kelly is involved in yet another lawsuit in which he is accused of sexual assault.

The New York Times reported that Faith A. Rodgers, a 20-year-old Texas woman, filed a suit in a New York court. Rodgers said she was 19 when she started a relationship with Kelly.

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NYT reported that, according to the filing, Rodgers said she met Kelly in March 2017 after he performed in San Antonio, Texas. She said she was flown to New York by Kelly after months of phone contact. It was in New York that Rodgers alleges Kelly “initiated unwanted sexual contact” in a hotel room and did not tell Rodgers he was infected with herpes. The suit claims she contracted the disease.

“He turns on all the lights ...And he’s like, ‘Take off your clothes.’ And he says it, you know, with authority in his voice,” Rodgers told CBS News Tuesday. “Not just, you know, he’s demanding me to do this. And I didn’t take off my clothes because why would I? I just wasn’t ready… Sex isn’t something, you know, I’m ready for.”

Rodgers said she ultimately submitted and had sex with Kelly even though she didn’t want to. She claimed Kelly recorded the act on his iPad without her consent.

Rodgers said after the incident, Kelly asked how old she was.  

“I told him and he’s like, ‘You know, if you’re really, you know, 16, that you can tell daddy, right?’ And he was like, ‘You know, you just look about 14, 15 or 16,’” she said.

Rodgers said in the suit that she was in a relationship with Kelly for a year, in which he “routinely engaged in intimidation, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, during and after sexual contact.” The suit alleges Kelly’s actions were “designed to humiliate, embarrass, intimate and shame her.”

The suit is seeking unspecified damages, alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease. CBS News reported that Rodgers previously filed a criminal complaint with the Dallas Police Department in April.

In the past, Kelly has routinely denied allegations of sexual abuse. In response to the April criminal complaint, Kelly’s representative said the musician “categorically denies all claims and allegations.”

Photos: Hawaii Kilauea volcano eruption

Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii has erupted. More than 1,500 residents have been evacuated.

Capital murder indictment for Home Depot shooting suspect

DALLAS (AP) - A suspect has been indicted in a Home Depot shooting that killed a Dallas police officer and wounded two more people.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson announced Tuesday that Armando Luis Juarez is indicted on charges of capital murder and attempted capital murder in the April 24 shooting.

Officer Rogelio Santander (roh-HEE'-lee-yoh san-TAN'-dur) died April 25.

Juarez is also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public servant.

A second police officer, Crystal Almeida (al-MAY'-dah), and Home Depot employee Scott Painter were hurt when they confronted Juarez, a shoplifting suspect.

An attorney for Juarez hasn't returned a message seeking comment Tuesday.

Jury deliberations to begin in Gwinnett County murder trial

Jury deliberations are set to get underway in a Gwinnett County murder trial.

Channel 2's Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas has been covering the trial, in which the defendant has been loud at times.

The jury was set to begin deliberating after lunch Tuesday.  

They have listened to a week's worth of testimony and been out of the courtroom as defendant Melvin Roberts has exploded in anger several times. 

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Worker finds body on side of road in Gwinnett County Arrest made in murder of Duluth man Judge orders murder suspect out of court after angry outburst

Roberts wiped tears from his eyes as prosecutors wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning. 

Authorities said Roberts killed Jabari Pettway in November 2016, leaving his body along a south Gwinnett dirt road. 

Roberts has lashed out at his attorneys and the judge at times, insisting evidence is being faked and there is a conspiracy against him. 

He did not take the stand, though, when he had a chance to testify and let his attorney speak to the jurors. 

“There is no anger, bitterness. There is not a cross word between my client and Jabari,” Defense attorney Lawrence Lewis said. “Melvin Roberts got no reason to shoot Jabari.” 

Police said after Roberts killed Pettway, he took his car to southwest Atlanta and burned it.

Jury deliberations to begin in Gwinnett County murder trial

Jury deliberations are set to get underway in a Gwinnett County murder trial.

Channel 2's Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas has been covering the trial, in which the defendant has been loud at times.

The jury was set to begin deliberating after lunch Tuesday.  

They have listened to a week's worth of testimony and been out of the courtroom as defendant Melvin Roberts has exploded in anger several times. 

RELATED STORIES:

Worker finds body on side of road in Gwinnett County Arrest made in murder of Duluth man Judge orders murder suspect out of court after angry outburst

Roberts wiped tears from his eyes as prosecutors wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning. 

Authorities said Roberts killed Jabari Pettway in November 2016, leaving his body along a south Gwinnett dirt road. 

Roberts has lashed out at his attorneys and the judge at times, insisting evidence is being faked and there is a conspiracy against him. 

He did not take the stand, though, when he had a chance to testify and let his attorney speak to the jurors. 

“There is no anger, bitterness. There is not a cross word between my client and Jabari,” Defense attorney Lawrence Lewis said. “Melvin Roberts got no reason to shoot Jabari.” 

Police said after Roberts killed Pettway, he took his car to southwest Atlanta and burned it.

Teen takes late boyfriend’s father to senior prom

It was supposed to be the dance of a lifetime, but a Pennsylvania teen’s boyfriend passed away before prom day arrived.

Carter Brown died last month when he was heading home from college to surprise his girlfriend Kaylee Suders.  He was killed when his car crossed the centerline and was hit head-on, The Associated Press reported.

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They had been dating for more than a year, the Centre Daily Times reported.

A month after his death, Suders was planning on skipping the formal dance. That was until Brown’s father, Robert, asked his son’s girlfriend if he could go with her, the AP reported.

“I was kind of surprised before he asked me, and it was really, really heartwarming,” Suders told the Centre Daily Times. “I didn’t have to think about it. I definitely said ‘yes.’ It was so great of him to ask me.”

Brown had to get permission from officials at James Buchanan High School to attend. On the night of the dance, Brown and Suders posed for photos, even adding a photos of Carter to some of the poses. They also went to dinner to T.G.I. Fridays, the site of Suder’s and Carter’s first date, the Centre Daily Times reported.

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