Bumble, which requires women to make the first move, announced Wednesday plans to launch in India later this year. Indian celebrity Priyanka Chopra, a new investor in the company, will advise on the expansion.
The news comes less than a week after rival Tinder launched a My Move feature in India that gives women the option to prevent men from initiating a conversation.
But Bumble’s efforts for an expansion in India have been in the works for awhile. Founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd said the newly engaged Chopra first told her “Indian women needed Bumble” months ago. Chopra was among a group of high-profile women who helped Bumble kickoff its networking app, Bumble Bizz, in October 2017.
“It was clear then we shared a passion for empowering young women on a global level,” Wolfe Herd told CNN in an e-mail. “From there we began architecting a plan to partner and launch Bumble in India.”
Wolfe Herd said the challenge in entering the Indian market is “localizing the experience and attracting women” — an area in which Chopra will help.
Chopra’s manager, Anjula Acharia, is also an investor and adviser. Acharia helped Chopra — who was already established in India — reach fame in the United States. But Acharia has a long history of crossover efforts. She was instrumental in introducing artists such as Britney Spears and Lady Gaga to India — a background that could translate to Acharia helping Bumble resonate with the local audience.
Bumble’s local app will be in both Hindi and Hinglish — a hybrid between Hindi and English — and available on iOS and Android. It will also roll out new safety features before entering the region, which has a reputation for violence against women. In June, India was named the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman.
Wolfe Herd said it will only require Indian women to provide the first initial of their name — no first or last names — and provide new ways to report “bad behavior” in the app.
Bumble already has photo verification features and more than 4,000 content moderators who review photos and profiles.
Before Bumble, Wolfe Herd was an early employee and exec at Tinder but left the company in 2014 after suing for sexual harassment and discrimination. The case was eventually settled.
But tension between the two dating companies has become increasingly palpable as a result of very public litigation between the Bumble and Match Group, Tinder’s parent company.
In March, Match Group targeted Bumble with a lawsuit accusing the company of patent infringement and stealing trade secrets. Bumble asked the court last week to dismiss the case.
Separately, Bumble filed a counter lawsuit against Match Group. Bumble argues that Match Group is using litigation as revenge over failed acquisition talks. Both lawsuits are ongoing.
While Bumble already operates in over 160 countries, India is a significant market because of its size. According to a report from Bain & Co, India has 390 million internet users, the second largest of any country behind China.
Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow watches the first half of an NCAA college football game between Florida and LSU, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow said Friday he agrees with criticism from Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban about the school’s student section.

“As a student, you’ve done nothing to win all these titles OK? You spend a little bit of your daddy’s money to show up at a game and to go to school there,” Tebow said on ESPN’s First Take. “You say you’re the best fans in college football. Well, you need to show up.”

Here’s a look at his full comments on the situation:

Tebow, who starred for the Florida Gators during his collegiate career and currently plays minor league baseball in the New York Mets’ system, responded to comments Saban made Wednesday about the lack of student support for the team’s 56-14 victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns last week.

The six-time national championship-winning coach told reporters he’s frustrated by the lack of cheering from the student section, especially when players are introduced:

“I can honestly say I was a little disappointed there weren’t more students at the last game. I think we’re trying to address that. I don’t think they’re entitled to anything, either. Me personally, I think it ought to be first-come, first-serve. If they don’t want to come to the game, they don’t have to come. But I’m sure there’s enough people around here that would like to go to the games and we’d like for them to come too because they support the players.”

He made similar remarks about a disappointing performance from Bama fans in October 2013.

Of course, a key reason for the lack of an atmosphere inside Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday was the opponent. Louisiana was massively overmatched and the game predictably turned into a blowout with the Tide going up 28-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime.

The crowd support could be similar Nov. 17 when Alabama welcomes The Citadel to Tuscaloosa in what’s almost guaranteed to become another lopsided Tide win.

Saban, Tebow and Co. can expect far better student attendance in all of the other remaining home games as part of the always difficult SEC schedule, though.

If FBI investigated allegation against Kavanaugh, here's what it would do

The investigation and much of what has gone along with it amount to a cover-up. No serious observer would mistake it for an effort to ascertain what really happened on those occasions when Kavanaugh, according to his accusers, was drunk, aggressive and assaulted them. He has repeatedly denied all the allegations.
The objective from the Republicans and from President Donald Trump was to pretend to have taken those accusations seriously. After all, women across the country were already incandescent with rage as the all-male Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee pushed to confirm the judge with little regard for claims that rang familiar to millions of women who have endured serious sexual attack — the kind that, as Christine Blasey Ford said of the laughter by Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge during the alleged attack in the early 1980s, remains “indelible in the hippocampus” for a lifetime.
Republicans agreed to grant the FBI one week to investigate. That was a tight timeline but, it turns out, more than enough for the job. Within a quick five days the report was all done. Why so fast? The restrictions that made the investigation largely meaningless made additional days unnecessary.
On Kavanaugh, the spotlight is on Democrats now

On Kavanaugh, the spotlight is on Democrats now

The scheme became visible almost immediately. On Saturday, reports started filtering out that the White House gave the FBI a list of four people to interview. Protests threatened to erupt, so Trump quickly denied it on Twitter. “NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people. Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion. Please correct your reporting!”
By all indications, the President was lying. And he repeated the claim over and over through the week. The FBI, he said, has “free rein.” But sources said the President was not telling the truth. The directions had not changed.
On Thursday, with senators taking their brief turns in the locked room where Republicans kept a single copy of the FBI report, White House spokesman Raj Shah confirmed, in what was possibly an inadvertent admission, that the White House did, in fact, give the FBI a list of four individuals to interview, prepared by Republican senators, and that investigators ultimately spoke to nine people. Republicans still claimed there was no list.
During the five days of the farce, we kept hearing from people desperate to speak to the FBI, including Ford. She was never interviewed. Neither was Kavanaugh. Neither were the scores of potential witnesses who tried to offer a clearer picture of what might have happened.
Three things FBI must investigate on Ford and Kavanaugh

Three things FBI must investigate on Ford and Kavanaugh

If they had been allowed to seek the truth, investigators would have answered calls from Kenneth Appold, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, who was a suitemate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale at the time when Deborah Ramirez alleges Kavanaugh dropped his pants at a party and put his penis near her face. Appold told The New Yorker that he heard friends describe the incident just after it happened 35 years ago.
Attorneys for both Ramirez and Ford wrote to the FBI director decrying the flawed investigation, and listing dozens of witnesses the FBI declined to interview, all with information they said would have bolstered their accusations.
Agents spoke with Ramirez on Sunday and the same day she gave them a list of 20 witnesses with relevant information. Her attorney wrote, “We can only conclude that the FBI — or those controlling the investigation — did not want to learn the truth. …”
If they had been seeking the truth, they would have found just how often Kavanaugh has lied. His story on Ramirez does not hold up well under scrutiny; his testimony to the Senate last week was filled with misdirection and untruths. Kavanaugh has lied about many matters. His lies have been cataloged and detailed, from falsely claiming he did not receive stolen emails, to his involvement in decisions of warrantless surveillance, to his claims about the meaning of terms describing sex games.
Let's be honest about Dems' Kavanaugh objections

Let's be honest about Dems' Kavanaugh objections

And, by the way, his explosive rage at last week’s hearing, which some took as proof that he was deeply wounded by the lies, is hardly evidence of truthfulness. Rage has been used to conceal guilt. Here’s Vladimir Putin, supposedly furious at being accused of meddling in the US elections.
It is Kavanaugh’s explosive performance, with its veiled threats of revenge, along with the long list of lies, that now, in the absence of a credible FBI investigation into charges of sexual assault, is leading prominent figures to withdraw their support for Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, a lifelong Republican, said Kavanaugh should not sit on the court, echoing the arguments of many, including other former supporters, who say Kavanaugh showed he does not have the temperament to be an impartial, cool-headed judge, not on the Supreme Court, not on any court.
In the meantime, Americans have been had. The White House and its accomplices on Capitol Hill are playing a dangerous game. Undercutting the credibility of the highest court, insulting the intelligence of the America’s people, and stoking the fury of women who are familiar with blistering abuses of power. The cover-up aimed to protect Republicans from paying a political price in the November elections for this travesty. The bill is coming in four weeks.
But the 35-year-old interior designer assured me we’d soon figure out whether a pair of comfy chairs or a couch would look better in my son’s playroom. It was a pressing question, because having doors and windows along the back wall makes arranging furniture a challenge.
Lee, who lives half a country away in East Prairie, Missouri, had spent a fair amount of time compiling a list of furnishings within my budget at Target, Overstock and a few boutique vendors. She mapped the precise location of each bookshelf, table, and picture frame in detailed renderings, and suggested a soft shade called “Repose Gray” for the walls.
And yet here we were, weeks later, still tweaking the design. I emailed my latest version to her, worried she might be tired of working with me. “There is no rush,” she said. “We are friends for life.”
I would hold her to that promise. And a life-long friend is not a bad deal for $169, the amount I spent getting a little help from Havenly, one of several online interior design platforms happy to redesign any room in your home.
Havenly designer Lyndsi Lee quit her job as a high school counselor to pursue interior design -- a career she never previously considered because she didn't want to move.

Lee Mayer, 35, and her 30-year-old sister Emily Motayed founded Havenly four years ago to help people who might not have time, skill, or patience to figure out how to decorate their home. The platform works with more than 400 designers and has raised more than $27 million from investors. Havenly does not reveal how many people use the service, but Mayer said it has seen the number more than double each year.
The service was born of Mayer’s own experience.
“When I moved to Denver and bought a house that needed way more furniture than what I had in my tiny apartment in New York City, it was nearly impossible to find the time to figure out what to buy, and how to make it all go together,” Mayer told me. “We created a solution to a problem that I felt a lot of people faced.”
I found myself in a similar situation: After moving to a house in the suburbs from an apartment in the city, I felt overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do with my son’s room. I wanted the design to be practical, organized and not scream “We have a toddler!”
The playroom right after we moved in. Drab, empty, in need of direction.

The playroom right after we moved in. Drab, empty, in need of direction.

After looking into hiring a local designer, Havenly seemed far more cost-effective. You pay a totally reasonable fee for the expert help, and the designer — who suggests products that suit your budget — gets a small percentage of the cost of the furnishings and other stuff you buy. You can save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.
I took Havenly’s multiple-choice quiz, picking my favorite furnishings and colors from a gallery of photos. It declared my style a blend of “transitional” and “farm house.” I chose Lee from a handful of designers that matched my taste after browsing her portfolio.
“I am really looking forward to designing this room,” she wrote me. “I’ve done it twice in my own homes — our old and new house. A huge thing for me was that I wanted the room to be functional for the baby but not too ‘babyish,’ which sounds exactly like what you are going for.”
She got it. I liked her immediately.
Havenly designers work as contractors and earn a flat fee for new clients. Lee was up front about earning a portion of her paycheck from commissions on the products I buy, but promised me I’d feel no pressure to rack up a tab.
One of Lee's detailed concepts.

One of Lee's detailed concepts.

Lee, who has an 8-year-old daughter, quit her job as a high school counselor last year to pursue interior design — a career she never considered because she didn’t want to move.
“I live in a rural town, and there’s not a lot of people nearby who need a designer,” she said. Working online allowed her to stay put.
Lee earned her certification in interior design from the New York Institute of Art and Design and started working with Havenly last spring. She takes on six to eight new projects each week, works about 60 hours, and brings in a comfortable commission.
“I choose to work these hours because I love it,” she told me. “It’s my main source of income, but it’s not for every interior designer. Sometimes I nail the design, and sometimes I have to go back to drawing board. But that’s okay because that’s what it’s for.”
Lee started by suggesting a few looks for the room and asked me to rate each of them and provide feedback. Some of them were pretty high energy, with bold colors like blue and orange. I chose a more subtle aesthetic that incorporated light blues and grays with white and wood tones. It complemented the dark blue rug I already had.
Another rendering from Lee with darker pillows.

Another rendering from Lee with darker pillows.

That done, Lee created a “mood board” so we’d see how different products look together. Then she created a digital rendering of the room furnished with those items to give me an idea of what the final design would look like.
Her plan included a detailed explanation of why she chose the various furnishings. No detail was too small. “The pillow I’m suggesting is light in color — so your mind might automatically just have gone to little Cheetos fingers — but the great thing about this pillow is that it is made of Sunbrella material,” she wrote in one case. “This stuff is GREAT for stains. I wanted to choose a quality item that you wouldn’t have to replace every couple of months.”
Unable to shake visions of orange-stained toddler paws ruining the pillow, I passed. I loved her suggestions for a white media console, wooden end table, double-decker toy chest and art for the walls to complement the blue carpet. I also followed her suggestions to look for bargains on sites like Amazon and repurpose things I already had.
When my husband and I settled on two gray accent chairs and ottomans we spotted at a local store, made by a company that is not a Havenly vendor, I emailed her a picture to make sure the style worked. She quickly responded, “The chairs look great!”
The playroom's new look (still a work in progress!)

The playroom's new look (still a work in progress!)

“Designing a room for someone is the easiest part of the process when you have good communication,” Lee later told me on the phone. “But some people are harder to read and if I don’t get a lot of feedback on why they don’t like something, it’s harder to fix and avoid.”
Along with services like Laurel & Wolf ($174 for a room) and Decorist ($299), Havenly is part of a growing trend to bring a more accessible, even a la carte approach to interior design. Havenly offers “mini design” packages for just $79 if you don’t need a rendering or simply want a seasonal refresh or tips for, say, holiday decorating. Most of these sites offer discounts for first time users, too.
But the experience doesn’t work for everyone. A colleague who gave Havenly a try found herself underwhelmed by the design. “I think it is hit or miss depending on designer you pick, but they do work with you just about for as long as you need,” she said.
Little touches, suggested by Lee.

Little touches, suggested by Lee.

That said, she praised Havenly’s customer service for handling things like replacing anything damaged in shipping. Still, I got hit with steep shipping fees on two items. Although that was largely out of Havenly’s control — and the site gives you the option of signing off on the final price of everything that goes into the room — it should be more transparent about potential hidden fees. None of that was enough to keep me from going back to Lee to redesign my living room, however.
As for the playroom, I sent her a few photos once the paint had dried and I’d arranged the toy chest, chairs and everything else. “Your room looks AHH-MAZING,” she replied. “Of course, I might be a little partial.”
She’s right. But I may be a bit biased, too.
It agitated her that women have to pay more for almost the same exact plastic disposable razors that are sold to men in drugstores.
“It’s called the ‘Pink Tax,'” says Gooley, co-founder of New York-based startup Billie. “There’s nothing different or unique about women’s razors that should make them more expensive than men’s [razors]. But they are.”
This price disparity between men’s and women’s products isn’t just limited to razors.
A 2015 study by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found that women pay an average of 7% more than men across a number of categories. But personal care products carried the biggest price discrepancies, with an average 13% premium on products marketed to women.
“It’s crazy and unfair,” says Gooley, a former advertising executive.
So in 2016 she teamed up with Jason Bravman to help level the playing field. Bravman had just graduated with an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and they both agreed: It was time to disrupt the women’s razor market, just as startups Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s had done for men.
What they came up with is Billie, an online subscription service that delivers discounted razors and other body care products.
Billie’s $9 starter kit includes a razor handle, a magnetic holder that attaches to a shower wall and two five-blade razor cartridges, all of which are shipped free. Customers can indicate whether they want cartridge refills (at $9 for 4 cartridges) delivered every one, two or three months.
Bravman said Billie’s prices are much lower than the average retail price of $20 for a comparable women’s product in stores, and less than half the price of a comparable men’s product.
Billie's co-founders, Georgina Gooley and Jason Bravman, sought to disrupt the women's razor market.

The company also sells Billie-branded products like shaving cream, body wash and body lotion that are free of toxins, parabens and sulfates and are vegan and gluten-free. “We’ve put a lot of thought into the formulation of our products and their design,” says Bravman.

A Superstar Endorsement

Gooley and Bravman invested their own money to get the venture off the ground, although they won’t say how much. The two also did not take a salary for well over a year.
But they aren’t alone in funding the venture. To date, Billie has raised more than $6 million in seed funding from investors including Female Founders Fund and Silverton Partners.
And a few months ago, Billie got its first celebrity investor: Serena Williams.
Serena Williams said she was proud to invest "in a brand that embodies a female-first philosophy from the inside out."

Serena Williams said she was proud to invest "in a brand that embodies a female-first philosophy from the inside out."

“She’s already a champion of women and women-owned businesses. We sent her our products and she became a supporter,” says Gooley, who declined to disclose the size of Williams’ investment.
“Beyond the brand’s message of beauty, courage and strength, Billie is raising social awareness around the true needs of women today and tackling the Pink Tax head on with products that are both exceptional and affordable,” Williams wrote in a statement to CNN.
Williams said she was proud “to be an investor in a brand that embodies a female-first philosophy from the inside out.”
The $9 Billie starter kit includes a razor handle, a magnetic holder and two razor cartridges.

The $9 Billie starter kit includes a razor handle, a magnetic holder and two razor cartridges.

Other women seem to be embracing that message, too. Billie launched in November 2017. “Within two days of our launch, we had sold in all 50 states,” says Bravman.
But the immediate popularity of the service surfaced a problem for the fledgling business: They couldn’t keep up with demand.
Bravman says the company, which now employs 13 full-time employees, is trying hard to address recurring supply shortages and keep production on pace with demand.
Bravman declined to disclose revenue or the total number of subscribers who have signed up so far. But he pointed to the brand’s social media traction as one measure of growth: In the 11 months since launch, he said Billie’s Instagram has organically grown to 65,000 followers.
“We certainly didn’t anticipate taking off as quickly as we did. As an entrepreneur, it’s all you can ask for,” says Gooley.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Billie’s founders are currently not taking a salary.
According to records from the Federal Judicial Center, there are slightly more Republican-appointed federal judges sitting on the bench right now than those appointed by Democratic presidents.
That includes so-called “senior status” judges, who hear cases on a more part-time basis.
Republican presidents hold a particular edge in appointments to the powerful US Courts of Appeal around the nation, which frequently decide matters of great importance that never reach the Supreme Court itself.
Kavanaugh’s likely confirmation will also mean Republican-appointed judges maintain their 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is viewed as more conservative than Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote he’ll replace.
That’s the moment when, after a looooooong speech explaining her thought process, the Maine Republican senator announced she would support Kavanaugh in the final vote on Saturday.
“My fervent hope is that Brett Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court so we have far fewer 5-4 decisions and so that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored,” Collins said, before delivering the final line of her about 45-minute floor speech: “Mr. President, I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”
Collins became the 50th Republican to support Kavanaugh, meaning that, if necessary, Vice President Mike Pence could break the tie in his favor in tomorrow’s final vote. (Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is expected to be the lone Republican to vote against Kavanaugh). Immediately following Collins’ speech, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia said in a statement that he would vote “yes” as well.
Collins’ “yes” effectively ends a process that began in early July, when President Donald Trump announced that Kavanaugh was his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh’s confirmation seemed to be on a glide path until two weeks ago, when a woman named Christine Blasey Ford came forward alleging that the judge had sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers.
After another hearing — in which Ford and Kavanaugh both insisted they were 100% certain that the attack had and had not occurred, respectively — and a five-day-long FBI investigation into the charges, Kavanaugh is set to make it to the nation’s highest court sometime late Saturday afternoon.


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His ascension is a major victory for Trump, who ran on the idea that electing him meant the chance to fundamentally reshape the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court. By putting Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch on the bench, Trump has done that before he is even halfway through his term. The Supreme Court is now solidly 5-4 in favor of conservatives — and could be for years (or decades) to come.
It is also a major victory for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who never wavered in pushing for Kavanaugh’s confirmation even amid the chaos that defined the fight over the past fortnight.
The political consequences of Kavanaugh’s confirmation remain to be seen. The past two weeks have seen a surge in Republican enthusiasm — as base voters are invigorated by the sense that Democrats are trying to smear a good man over wholly uncorroborated allegations.
Women, a large majority of whom already view Trump in a negative light, have also been activated by this fight — and are promising consequences for this vote at the midterm ballot box in 31 days’ time.
The Point: Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court. And Collins’ vote to put him there will almost certainly be the most consequential — and controversial — of her career.
While most people likely wouldn’t want to pair thick, red-orange mud and splashing milk-drunk baby pachyderms with a white top, sartorially, Melania Trump is not most people.
But when she moved on to her next activity, a guided safari a half-hour later at the adjacent Nairobi National Park, the first lady had added an accessory to her get up: a pristine white pith helmet. It was very “Out of Africa,” an homage perhaps to the fabled 1985 Meryl Streep and Robert Redford film, in which Streep stars as Karen Blixen, an independent woman who takes over a farm in rural Kenya in the 1920s.

However, with the hat, Trump’s outfit might have tipped the scales, moving from a practical accessory dangerously close to costume territory evocative of colonialists.
The hat was widely used by European militaries in their colonies throughout Africa and in India, according to Gentleman’s Gazette, and became a popular sun hat for civilian Europeans visiting or living in colonies in the 1930s. US President Theodore Roosevelt wore his pith helmet while on the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition after his presidency in 1909.
Matt Carotenuto, a historian and coordinator of African Studies at St. Lawrence University, compared the hat choice to “(showing) up on an Alabama cotton farm in a confederate uniform,” saying that Trump on Friday “(completed) the stereotype trifecta—elephants, orpahns and even the pith helmet.”
While pith helmets are still available for purchase online and in hat shops, they have come to symbolize white colonialist rule over the years, and, according to The Guardian, “a symbol of status — and oppression.” It’s unclear if Trump was aware of the meaning, and her office has not responded to CNN’s request for comment on the hat.
There is no need to wear a helmet on the type of safari Trump was taking; she was comfortably stowed in the backseat of a Toyota Land Cruiser; however, the helmet is largely used as more of a sun hat. The Secret Service agents in the vehicle were not wearing hats or helmets, and the guide seated behind her wore a uniform beret. Moreover, while there are no enforced rules or regulations for what to wear on a safari, it is widely suggested that participants avoid bright whites, reds and neon shades.
On the rest of the trip, Trump has worn largely neutral outfits, often in contrast to her hosts.
In Malawi on Thursday, she wore a silk taupe dress with pockets on the chest, paired with a leather belt. In Ghana on Wednesday, she chose a belted olive canvas top with chest pockets and khakis, as her hosts on the Cape Coast wore outfits made of colorful kente cloth. On Tuesday in Accra, she wore a rust red and white striped dress with a tie at the neck. The one exception, thus far, came Thursday night as she arrived in Kenya in a white dress printed with birds paired with a bright yellow belt.
Former first lady Michelle Obama wore bright, colorful outfits on her trips to the continent, and her predecessor, Laura Bush, generally stuck with her signature solid suits.
Trump will close out the week, her first major solo international trip, in Egypt on Saturday.
Frederick Hopkins also faces six counts of attempted murder in the shooting, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, whose office is conducting the investigation.
Three Florence County sheriff’s deputies went to Hopkins’ house Wednesday to interview his adopted son, 27-year-old Seth Hopkins, as part of an investigation into criminal sexual assault, Lott said. The deputies also had a search warrant.
“They got out of their car,” Lott said, “and they were shot without warning.”
Terrence Carraway, officer killed in South Carolina, was a 'gentle giant'

Sgt. Terrence Carraway, a 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department, was among those responding to the scene to provide backup. He was killed, and six other law enforcement officials were injured during the two-hour standoff.
Frederick Hopkins, who was formally charged at noon Friday, is in custody at a medical facility, Lott said. Officials anticipate he’ll be released later Friday and transferred to a detention center in Richland County, before being taken back to Florence County.
Seth Hopkins has also been arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, Lott said.
“This a very large, complex puzzle that we’re filling the pieces in, piece by piece — what, why and who,” Lott told reporters in a press conference Friday afternoon.
The investigation is ongoing, he said. The FBI is helping to process the crime scene.
It’s unclear whether either suspect are represented by attorneys.
A source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN before the press conference that a foster child who lived in the home was the victim of the alleged sexual assault, but authorities did not address that point at the Friday briefing.

‘This was an ambush’

It’s unclear whether authorities have determined why officers were fired on when they arrived at the house.
Seth Hopkins had been made aware the deputies were coming to question him, Lott said.
“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong,” he said. “I don’t want anybody to think their procedures were incorrect, that anything they did was improper. They did not. This was an ambush that you just can’t prevent.”
Blood-soaked evidence lies on the ground after officers were shot Wednesday in Florence, South Carolina.

Blood-soaked evidence lies on the ground after officers were shot Wednesday in Florence, South Carolina.

Frederick Hopkins was disbarred as an attorney in 1984, four years after he got his law license, according to records. He was ordered to pay $18,000 to a court in Lexington County, an amount said to be equal to the sum of “wrongfully collected attorney fees.”
He was charged in 2014 with disorderly conduct, court records show. It is his only known prior arrest.
Hopkins and his wife have nine adopted children, a woman who said she was a longtime friend of the Hopkins family told The State newspaper.
Officials did not provide details about how many children were in the house at the time of the shooting, but Florence County Solicitor EL Clements III told reporters there was a hearing in family court Friday regarding emergency protective custody for the youths.

Officers still recovering

Four law enforcement officials hurt in the shooting remain hospitalized Friday.
Two sheriff’s deputies are in critical condition, Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby said, and the third is in stable condition.
One police officer also is still in the hospital, Florence police Lt. Mike Brandt said. Two other wounded officers were released Wednesday night.
Scores of gunshots can be heard in footage recorded by a witness near the shooting.
The officers ultimately had to be rescued, with an armored vehicle used as a shield.
Carraway, whom the Florence mayor described as a “great cop” and a “great person,” died on his way to the hospital, city spokesman John Wukela said.

Slain officer was a ‘gentle giant’

City officials lauded Carraway as a man with a steady temperament and a deep commitment to his community.
Florence police Chief Allen Heidler fought back tears Thursday as he recalled Carraway as a good friend and “the bravest police officer” he’s ever known.
Carraway had started a mentoring program for disadvantaged youths called Camp FEVER, Heidler said.
“He had a passion for kids … to see kids in impoverished areas have the opportunity to do the things they might not have the opportunity” to do, Heidler said. “He was a giant of a man, but he was the proverbial gentle giant, and I loved him.”
An autopsy was to be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, WBTW reported.
Carraway’s pastor, the Rev. Cecil Bromell of First Baptist Church of Florence, said there would be a public viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Florence Center, and a memorial service at noon.
The reality star appeared in New Jersey federal court on Friday and was given an eight month prison sentence, along with two years of supervised release.
He must also pay a fine of $10,000 within 30 days and complete 500 hours of community service.
Sorrentino starred on the MTV series from 2009 to 2012. More recently, he appeared on the show’s spinoff, “Jersey Shore Family Vacation.”
In January, Sorrentino pleaded guilty to tax evasion and concealing income, stemming from a 2014 indictment for falsifying business and personal tax returns between 2010 and 2012. Sorrentino’s brother, Marc Sorrentino, was also sentenced on Friday. He received two years in prison and a fine of $75,000.
The U.S. Attorney in New Jersey charged the brothers for filing false tax returns and inaccurately reporting some $8.9 million in income.
Mike Sorrentino reportedly did not pay any income tax in 2011, despite making $2 million that year.
In April, Sorrentino announced he was engaged to Lauren Pesce. She arrived to the court, alongside Sorrentino on Friday.
CNN has reached out to Sorrentino’s representatives for comment.