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AOC raises $2M for Texans after deadly winter storm

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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised more than $2 million to help Texans in crisis as they continue to experience power outages and freezing temperatures in the wake of a deadly winter storm.

The Bronx Democrat announced on Twitter Thursday she was raising money for the Lone Star State, and by Friday morning the fundraiser reached $2 million in donations.

“Charity isn’t a replacement for good governance, but we won’t turn away from helping people in need when things hit the fan,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday.

“People understand that now is the time for collective action and doing what we can w/ whatever we’ve got.”

The donations will be split between the Houston Food Bank, Feeding Texas, The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, Family Eldercare and Ending Community Homeless Coalition, Ocasio-Cortez said.

She added that she was flying to Houston Friday to meet with Rep. Sylvia Garcia to help distribute supplies and “help amplify needs and solutions.”

The same day Ocasio-Cortez launched the fundraiser, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz flew to Cancun, Mexico with his family while Texans struggled to survive in the cold.

The Republican senator cut his trip short by two days and immediately flew back to Houston Thursday night after facing backlash for leaving the state in the middle of a crisis.

Cruz later acknowledged the getaway was “obviously a mistake.” Meanwhile, his family was soaking up the sun at a beach in Cancun on Friday.

More than 30 Texans have died as a result of the historic winter storm that slammed the state with blackouts and record freezing temperatures.

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Video shows small plane collide with Lexus on CA highway

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Wild footage shows a small single-engine jet make an emergency landing in the middle of a California highway — colliding with a car, according to reports.

Video posted by local news source 209 Times shows the moment plane hit Interstate 580 in Livermore, and a white sedan, which pushed the aircraft forward about five feet as it screeched to a stop.

“Holy f–k, I just barely got that!” the person taking the video exclaims. “What the hell!”

Pilot Josh Redsun told KPIX the plane was forced to land at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday after taking off from nearby Livermore Municipal Airport.

It managed to reach about 500 feet of elevation before diving towards an overpass above the interstate.

“Power was lost on take off,” Redsun explained. “I’m glad we’re all ok.”

Redsun, his father and the driver of the sedan — which Jalopnik identified as a Lexus IS — all escaped uninjured, KPIX said.

The nose of the Mooney M20E plane appeared to have hit the car’s frontend, KPIX said.

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Nxivm doctor defends branding sex cult members

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The doctor who branded women with Nxivm sex cult leader Keith Raniere’s initial defended the practice in a new television interview — claiming the women “wanted” the marks and were not “harmed.”

Speaking to NBC “Dateline,” Dr. Danielle Roberts said she was not acting in her capacity as a physician when she branded members of a secret master-slave group inside Nxivm, known as DOS.

“They had no idea who the branding technician was going to be, you know? There was no patient-physician relationship,” Roberts said in a clip of the interview, which will air in full Friday night.

She insisted that she never believed she was causing anyone “harm” by cauterizing their skin.

“I think pain and harm are two different things. You know, I think people are making an assumption that people were harmed. Nobody was harmed in this,” Roberts said.

“These women wanted this, they asked for this. You know, I mean and I understand now that narrative has changed and they’re saying other things,” she added.

She also claimed the women “were laughing” at the time.

“They said they wanted it. They were laughing,” she said.

Members of DOS said at Raniere’s 2019 trial in Brooklyn federal court that they handed over damaging “collateral” to join the group, which they feared would be released.

They were then branded in their public region with an insignia that looked like the letters K and R backwards during a nude ceremony — though several have said they didn’t realize that’s what the design was until they received it.

Jurors at the trial heard audio recordings of Raniere speaking with his No. 2, “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, saying the ceremonies should resemble human sacrifice rituals.

“Do you think the person who’s being branded should be held to the table, almost like a sacrifice?” Raniere asked Mack in the recording, adding that he thinks the slaves should be completely nude. “That’s a feeling of submission.”

“Laying on the back, legs spread straight, held to the table. Hands above the head, probably held, almost like sacrificial,” he added.

Former DOS slave-master Lauren Salzman described the branding as “the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced.”

Roberts has not been charged with any crimes. But her medical license is under review because of her involvement in Nxivm.

Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison in October after being convicted on charges that included racketeering and sex trafficking.

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Missing 20-year-old mom identified from remains in Florida

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A missing 20-year-old mom has been found dead in a shallow grave in Florida, authorities said.

Nyeisha Nelson has been identified from remains found Saturday near train tracks in a wooded area near Crescent City, news station WJXT reported.

She was last seen dropping off her 5-year-old daughter at Middleton-Burney Elementary School on Feb. 11, news station WJAX reported.

But when her family didn’t hear from her, they reported her missing to authorities.

Investigators found Nelson’s 2008 Honda Accord in the woods Thursday less than five miles from where authorities uncovered her remains.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Col. Joseph Wells said they believe that Nelson was the victim of a homicide, though they haven’t identified any suspects in the slaying.

“The investigation does suggest the likelihood that she knew the offender. This was not a random act of stranger on stranger violence,” he said.

He said her abandoned car may provide some clues as to who was responsible.

“Her car is going to be a key part of this,” he said. “Not so much the car — we have it — but who was driving that car around or after Feb. 11.”

No further details have been released about the cause of manner of her death, but an autopsy was ordered.

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