Sign1News 4.17.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Here are your top stories for today. Authorities in Colorado had been on the lookout
for this woman. Officials say 18-year-old Florida teen Sol
Pais was infatuated with the 1999 shooting rampage at Columbine high school and traveled
to Denver. This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of
that incident where two students fatally shot 12 fellow students and one teacher. According to the FBI, Pais went to a store
and bought a pump action shotgun and ammunition as soon as she arrived in Colorado. She also made threats that forced several
school systems in the Denver area to close on Wednesday as a precaution. But today authorities say Pais was found dead
by a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the base of Mount Evans. Authorities say Pais had no connection to
anyone in the Colorado area and her family members say she may have suffer from mental
problems. With the search over, schools were reopened
but because of Saturday’s Columbine anniversary, safety and security procedures will be heightened. After months of legal battles, prosecutors
announced they would release the video footage to the media that allegedly shows New England
Patriots owner Robert Kraft receiving sexual services at a Florida day spa. Prosecutors say they will also release video showing the 24 other men charged in the sting operation. Prosecutors say they will blur any obscene
or pornographic images before releasing the video to the public. Kraft’s legal team immediately filed an emergency
motion to block the video’s release. His attorneys argue that the video was basically
pornography and releasing the video would violate Kraft’s right to privacy. A judge approved the block of the video release. A hearing date has been set for April 29. Kraft faces two misdemeanor counts of soliciting
prostitution. He’s pleaded not guilty and requested a jury
trial. His legal team has asked the judge to keep
the video out of the trial as well. A hearing on that matter is scheduled for
April 26. Washington, DC is bracing for the release
of Attorney General William Barr’s redacted version of the Robert Mueller report on Thursday. Several current and former aides told CNN
they are dreading the publication because a number of the President’s staff cooperated
with the investigation. Those aides are now expressing concern that
the release of the new information in the report may provoke Trump’s anger and that
the report will be embarrassing and unflattering for the President. Sources say the report will provide the most
credible account so far of chaos inside the White House. However sources who have spoken with President
Trump over the past few days say he is not concerned about the report’s public release. He claims it will vindicate him and help him
move beyond the cloud of the Mueller investigation. People familiar with the matter say the President
is not expected to review the report ahead of Thursday’s release but will be briefed
on the findings once they are public. The President will also likely spend hours
watching TV coverage analyzing the details. Check your food pantry and freezer. We have two nationwide recalls to tell you about. The maker of Chips Ahoy has issued a voluntary
nationwide recall of 13 ounce packages of Chewy Chips Ahoy. The company cited a possible “unexpected solidified
ingredient” that has led to reports of potential adverse health effects. Customers who have the products should not
eat it. The company says you can call 1-844-366-1171
for more details about the recall. You can also go to
for ways to identify if you have the recalled cookies. The retail universal product code and ‘best
when used by’ dates of the affected products are listed there. Also a small quantity of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is being recalled. According to a release from the FDA, some
pints of Chunky Monkey and some bulk containers of Coconut 7-Layer Bars are impacted. These products might contain tree nuts that
are not declared on the packages. That could pose a potential threat to people
that have allergies. The company says it has received no reports
of illnesses associated with the recall. Officials say the issue is resolved and shouldn’t
happen again. More information is posted at The result of a new survey is causing concern
in the religious community. According to a new study by political scientists
at Eastern Illinois University, for the first time ‘No religion’ topped a survey of Americans
religious identity. Researchers say this is the first time in
the 44 years of the survey ‘Religious Nones’ edged out Catholic and Evangelicals. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 23.1 percent
answered no religion, 23 percent answered Catholic and 22.5 percent answered Evangelicals. Researchers say the meteoric rise of Religious
Nones started in the early 1990s and has grown 266 percent since then. Researchers also estimate the group will be
the largest group in the next 4 to 6 years. The reason for the rise is still being researched. Some experts say the Internet makes it easier
for the non-religious to find each other. Others say it is a generational trend being
driven by millennials who were hungry for facts and curious about the world. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has
amassed millions of followers on her social media pages. In fact she started her campaign on Facebook. For a long time that was her primary digital
platform. But on Sunday the New York Democrat announced
that she is quitting Facebook because of its negative impact. In an interview with Yahoo news, Ocasio-Cortez
said “I actually think social media poses a public health risk to everyone.” She says it increases isolation, depression,
anxiety, addiction and escapism. She still has a public page and her Twitter
and Instagram accounts but she has imposed usage rules by cutting down on content consumption
on the weekends. What about you? Do you honestly think you could do without
your Facebook page? Let us know…well…on our Facebook page
and we will share some of your responses in our newscast. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow
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