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Airline Employee’s Eye For Detail Saved Two Teens From Being Human Trafficked

Human trafficking is one of those terrible crimes that sadly doesn't get enough attention in our society.

The Justice Department estimates that as many as 17,500 Americans are trafficked every year, and become the victims of sexual assault and other crimes.

The Global Slavery Index reported that 50,000 people in America could be the victims of human trafficking right now.

Children are more vulnerable than adults, and the Department of State says a stunning 244,000 children are "at risk" of being trafficked.

That's why American Airlines employee Denice Miracle is being recognized by the sheriff's department in Sacramento, California.

The quick-thinking airline employee may have saved two teenage girls from a living hell.

The girls, 15 and 17 years old, walked up to Miracle's counter with luggage but no ID, hoping to fly from Sacramento to New York on prepaid tickets. Miracle says she knew something was off right away.

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"I think the way they kept looking back-and-forth at each other, like they weren't really sure," she told KOVR about her instinct.

"And then they were texting someone on the phone, and that person was giving them answers."

A little digging revealed the pricey first-class tickets had been purchased with another person's credit card.

"It just doesn't feel right to me," Miracle thought, and she called the local sheriff's department.

But even they were surprised by how close these girls came to something truly horrible.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says the two teenagers were defensive about their tickets and travel plans.

Eventually, they revealed they had met a man named "Drey" on Instagram, and he had bought the tickets.

The girls said Drey had offered them $2,000 to appear in a music video as models. That's when the police pointed out a chilling detail.

Police Warn You Should Never Pick Up A Bottle You Find In Your Yard

As the weather starts to warm up, it's a good time to remind ourselves about one of the country's most popular - and dangerous - pranks.

They've been called Works bombs, mailbox bombs, bottle bombs, and Drano bombs, but whatever you call them, they spell danger if you get too close.

Building these nasty science projects has been a popular teenage pastime for decades, but now that there are tutorials on YouTube, they've become even more common.

The basic idea is that a plastic bottle is stuffed with aluminium foil and the cleaning product Drano, or similar household products.

A pair of bottle bombs.WTOP

The combination releases gas and heat, which eventually explodes out of the bottle.

For many children, the creation is just harmless fun. But pranksters have taken to hiding the bombs on their neighbor's property, or even throwing them at unsuspecting people.

The Eagle Tribune reported on these bombs being stuffed in mailboxes in Methuen, Massachusetts, and a 12-year-old girl from New York City was burned when she found a bottle bomb in a playground.

Even small bombs in plastic bottles can shower victims in corrosive chemicals and shrapnel if they get too close.

Police are warning the public about how to spot one of these deadly "pranks" before they get too close.

Do You Know The Meaning Behind Your State’s Name?

The origin of your state's name is one of those funny things you could live your whole life without learning.

All 50 of our country's states have a unique story behind their monikers. You may be surprised to learn the meaning of yours.

The state takes its name from the American Indian tribes who lived along the Alabama River. The name is believed to combine the Choctaw words for "vegetation" and "picker," so its literal meaning is "vegetation gatherers."

This name was given to the Alaskan territory by the Russians. It's taken from an Aleut Indian word, alaxsxaq, meaning "facing the sea" or "where the sea breaks."

There are two disputed meanings behind the name Arizona:

It either comes from aritz ona, or "good oak" in Basque, since the state had many Basque settlers.

It could also mean aleh-zon, or "little spring," from the native Papago Indian dialect.

Illinois Indian guides for European settlers called the state's native Quawpaw Indian tribes Akansa, or "wind people."

Pronunciation was up for debate until 1881, when the state legislature settled on "Ar-ken-saw" instead of "Ar-kan-sas."

California was originally the name of a fictional island in the West Indies, from a Spanish novel Las Sergas de Esplandián by writer Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo. The magical island was said to be full of gold, so Spanish explorers were probably hopeful they would find some there.

California was mistaken for an island, and later a peninsula, until the 1700s.

Colorado is Spanish for red, and named for the color of the Colorado River, which carries red dirt.

Like other states, Connecticut is named after the river that bears its name. The word itself is from Quinnehtukqut, the Algonquian word for "beside the long tidal river."

The state and the river that flows through it were both named for Thomas West, Baron of de la Warr. He was the original governor of the colony of Virginia.

Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon arrived off the coast of Florida just after Easter 1513. Florida is the name for the Easter season in Spanish, but it also means "flowery."

The state is named after a colony founded there in the 1733, and named for the then-current King of England, George II.

Blake Lively’s Daughter Calls Her Mom Out For Leaving The House Without Pants

Maternity clothes are no longer restricted to be worn during your pregnancy thanks to the fashion-forward Blake Lively.

The mom-of-two is married to Ryan Reynolds. The couple are parents to 3-year-old James and 16-month-old Inez.

Lively recently revealed that she lost the 61 pounds that she gained during her second pregnancy.

“It took me 14 months, but I fit in PVC now,” said said, referring to the bright red trench-coat she wore to the Michael Kors show during New York Fashion Week. “But, it’s also okay if you don’t. If that’s not a priority or a goal of yours, then that’s fine, too.”

She spent the last 14 months with her trainer Don Saladino to work hard at getting her body back after the birth of Inez.

"Turns out you can’t lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through instragram and wondering why you don’t look like all the bikini models. Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud 💪😁💪," she captioned her Instagram post.

Now that she has slimmed down, she is not shy about showing off her figure again.

“After I had a kid I thought, ‘Okay, this is what my body looks like. This is amazing — I earned this body,’” she said in 2016. “‘And it’s not as good as it was before I had a kid, but, oh well.’”

The 30-year-old actress stepped out of the house wearing a top as a dress and skipping the pants, as a "lampshading" trend.

But not before her daughter had something to say about it.

New Survey Suggests The Age When You Should Stop Wearing Jeans

As we get older, we hear more people tell us what we can no longer do. It's like when we hit retirement age, instead of having the freedom of not having to go to work every day, we have more restrictions on our movements and what we should and should not wear.

Society seems to always be telling us that we are too old to do certain things. From the way we dress, to getting tattoos, even when to cut our hair, there is a time for everything according to a new study.

One study surveyed 2,000 people, and even though it's based on popular opinion, people responded with judgmental answers that really have us fired up.

People believe that you're too old for tattoos by the age of 38, so I guess inking your grand kids names on your arm isn't a thing. We'll see about that!

We all enjoy listening to music, but apparently the cut off age for attending music festivals is 45. Whether it's the heat exhaustion or the excessive amounts of beer consumed, this is no longer the place for you to be. I guess even if it's a band that's older than us, there's no exception?

There's also a cut-off for when you should be cutting off your locks. Apparently by age 46, you're officially too old for long hair and you should be looking at a shorter more "age-appropriate" style. I think I will stick with my giant hippie braid, thanks!

So apparently you should be kissing your bikini body goodbye once you hit the age of 46. Which is completely ridiculous because who wants to deal with tan lines!?

The apparent cut off to wear skinny jeans according to society is 47, but what about jeans in general?

Apparently when we should ditch the denim, however, is way before we even are considering retirement.

People Are Finding Obama’s Portrait To Be Inappropriate, Can You Spot What Some People Are Seeing?

The former first couple's official portraits were unveiled on Monday at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The work of renowned African-American painter Kehinde Wiley received a lot of praise for his unique portrayal of Barack and Michelle Obama.

However, not everyone was so quick to admire the portraits, particularly the former president's. Some people online pointed out that there's a hidden sexual innuendo in the portrait, while others are calling these findings disrespectful and "racist."  

You can spend hours looking at the photo and probably won't notice anything out of the ordinary, but some people have posted their strange findings online, and we're not sure how to feel about it.

Check it out, do you agree with what some people on social media are saying about Obama's portrait?

5 Tips To Help You Kick Smoking For Good

Quitting smoking is one of the hardest and most frustrating processes. It takes most people many tries to make it stick. If you've ever been around someone when they're trying to quit, you probably know how irritable they can be at the beginning.

Whatever method you choose to help you quit, there are things that can make the process a little easier.

Identify your triggers and try to avoid them in the beginning of your quitting process. For example, if a big trigger for you is alcohol, try staying in the next few weekends or stick to water to avoid feeling like having a smoke with your drink. It may seem difficult to quit even more habits, but it could help your quitting process. You can always go back to your habits once they are no longer triggers for you.

The amount of money you will save when quitting smoking is astronomical. Visit smokefree.gov to calculate just how much you save. Once you have your amount, pick out something you want to do with that money after you've quit. This will set up a bit of motivation for yourself to quit because you will have something to look forward to.

I think we all know most of the benefits of quitting smoking, the most important being, extra years on your life, of course. It helps to remind yourself of these benefits. Set up a checklist and put it somewhere you'll see everyday.

Put things on it like "Day two: Nerve endings have began to regrow and smell and taste has improved. Month one: Heart attack risk has decreased greatly." You can check these things off as you reach them. This makes the benefits seem a lot more real once you're recognizing yourself reaching them.

5 Simple Wrist Exercises To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you often feel tingling, pain or numbness in your hands, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. This is caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is extremely uncomfortable and can make any daily basic task painful and difficult.

Carpal tunnel can come from a number of factors from not eating right to repeatedly having strained hand positions.

Although there is no sure fire way to prevent this syndrome, there are a few things you can do to make your chances of getting it a lot smaller.

Here are some lifestyle changes you can do to prevent carpal tunnel:

- Don't smoke

- Eat healthy

- Stay at a healthy weight

- Lower your salt intake

Although all these methods are extremely effective, it is very hard to make an extreme lifestyle change to prevent something like this. Although these changes will impact a lot more than preventing carpal tunnel, if you wanted to make this kind of a change, you wouldn't decide on it now to prevent carpal tunnel.

Luckily, there are changes you can make that won't disrupt your entire life! Every one of these exercises are with your hands so you can do them practically anywhere, anytime.

Here are five exercises you can do to prevent carpal tunnel:

A Man Hired A Nigerian Scammer As A Documentary Photographer With Surprising Results

When Adam Grumbo received a message from a person claiming to be a hot, American girl, he knew something was off. The sender wasn't particularly good at playing an American and after some pressing, he found out that the messages were, in fact, coming from a young scammer who lived in Nigeria.

At the time, it seemed as though this person was hoping to trick Adam into sending thousands of his hard earned cash to a different country to be quickly spent, probably on criminal activities. But Adam was intrigued and decide to find out more about his scammer. After talking to him for a while, he had a crazy idea.

He decided to hire this man, who was named Tobi, to take pictures of his community. Not expecting much, he went about his day but a few hours later, his phone beeped as Tobi the scammer sent dozens of photos from his first "assignment".

Emboldened by Tobi's apparent honesty, Adam decided to take the assignment further. He promised a payment of $100 if Tobi went down to the local market and took videos and pictures of the food and people.

Against the advice of basically everyone who has been contacted by an internet scammer, Adam wired the funds through Western Union and proceeded to wait for the second time. He was surprised by what happened next.

Peter Wang, a 15 Year-Old Hero, Died Making Sure His Friends Were Safe

Instead of celebrating the Chinese New Year this week, the Wang Household is mourning. Their son, 15 year-old Peter Wang, was one of the 17 victims of Florida's High School massacre, another senseless American tragedy.

But in the midst of their pain, a heartwarming story about their son's heroic last act is emerging. Peter Wang was shot dead by gunman, Nikolas Cruz, as he held the door open for his friends to escape. His classmates spoke about how they last saw him standing back to make sure they were all safe before, perhaps, finally attempting to save himself.

Fittingly, he was wearing his ROTC uniform on his final day, a sign that Peter's selfless attitude was no new development.

Peter's parents moved to the United States from China years ago for a better life and opened a Chinese restaurant in the neighbourhood.

After news of the shooting spread, relatives searched for Peter in local hospitals while they waited at the local Marriott hotel with other worried parents for hours, as updates on casualties and fatalities slowly filtered in.

Due to their limited English proficiency, the exhausted parents only heard about their son's passing through the translations of their neighbors and friends.

Gabriel, Peter's best friend since the third grade, described him as a "funny, nice and great friend". He had planned to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Wang's at their West Palm Beach Restaurant only a day after their son was killed.

Mama June Reveals She May Be Going Blind During A Trip The Emergency Room

Last April, Mama June Shannon revealed her dramatic three-hundred-pound weight loss. The reality star unveiled her new svelte figure during the finale of her show Mama June: From Not to Hot, which chronicled her tough journey as she made major changes to her lifestyle.

Mama June had to undergo surgery three times to achieve the results that took her from a size 24 to size four. She had gastric sleeve surgery, skin removal surgery, a tummy tuck and breast lift.

"I’ve worked my ass off, working out getting healthy,” said Mama June. “And now I feel like becoming the person on the outside that I always felt like on the inside.”

Unfortunately, over the last couple of months, the state of her health has not improved as much as she thought it would when she shed the pounds.

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Right before Christmas, it was revealed that Mama June was facing "her biggest battle yet" during one of the episodes of her show, and that was just one of health many scares she experienced in 2017.

"I've been through hell and back the last few months. I've been through a lot within the last year. I don't wanna give away too much, but it's been crazy," she told ET. "There have been some crazy ones, anywhere from being in a hospital a ton of times. It's just crazy."

"You never know if you're going to get good or bad news," said her daughter, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. "Sometimes it can get overwhelming."

Alana was definitely not exaggerating. Once again, Mama June has been rushed to the emergency room, but this time, her condition could change her life forever.

Mama June Reveals She May Be Going Blind During A Trip To The Emergency Room

Last April, Mama June Shannon revealed her dramatic three-hundred-pound weight loss. The reality star unveiled her new svelte figure during the finale of her show Mama June: From Not to Hot, which chronicled her tough journey as she made major changes to her lifestyle.

Mama June had to undergo surgery three times to achieve the results that took her from a size 24 to size four. She had gastric sleeve surgery, skin removal surgery, a tummy tuck and breast lift.

"I’ve worked my ass off, working out getting healthy,” said Mama June. “And now I feel like becoming the person on the outside that I always felt like on the inside.”

Unfortunately, over the last couple of months, the state of her health has not improved as much as she thought it would when she shed the pounds.

WEtv

Right before Christmas, it was revealed that Mama June was facing "her biggest battle yet" during one of the episodes of her show, and that was just one of health many scares she experienced in 2017.

"I've been through hell and back the last few months. I've been through a lot within the last year. I don't wanna give away too much, but it's been crazy," she told ET. "There have been some crazy ones, anywhere from being in a hospital a ton of times. It's just crazy."

"You never know if you're going to get good or bad news," said her daughter, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. "Sometimes it can get overwhelming."

Alana was definitely not exaggerating. Once again, Mama June has been rushed to the emergency room, but this time, her condition could change her life forever.

Mike Tyson Is Opening A Marijuana-Friendly Ranch Where People Can Get High Legally

Boxer Mike Tyson is one of the world's greatest all-time heavyweight champions, but having a career as prolific as his does come with a cost.

An extreme sport like boxing often takes a toll on an athlete's body and could leave them with health complications, including chronic pain, that can only be managed by medication. For some, like Tyson, treatment comes in the form of marijuana.

Tyson has been a longtime proponent of using cannabis, and he has on multiple occasions openly talked about his own use of the natural drug during his career, as well as its healing properties.

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Now, thanks to California's recent legalization of recreational marijuana for those 21 and older, he's talking it one step further by opening up a cannabis-friendly ranch.

Yup, this is not a joke. It's a very serious business venture that is already underway.

Tyson is capitalizing on the Golden State's "Green Rush" by offering a 40-acre destination where weed enthusiasts can go to smoke, relax and expand their knowledge of the drug.

According to USA Today, "Tyson Ranch" will include a premium "glamping" campground, cabins, a factory that manufactures edibles (marijuana-infused food), a supply store, and an amphitheater.

The former boxer and his business partners already broke ground on the remote plot of land, which is located approximately 110 miles from Los Angeles.

In addition to offering an indulgent experience for consumers, Tyson's cannabis resort will have another even more interesting component to it.

7 Microwave Tricks You Didn’t Realize Were Possible

Our microwaves get used almost every day, but how much do we really know about how they work? Sure, I can microwave a bag of popcorn every single day, but if you asked me how to stop it from beeping loudly when I was trying to make my midnight snacks, I would never be able to tell you how to do it.

Well, it turns out that there are ways to make all your microwave work better for you, and it's not that hard at all. Here are some of the best hacks for the microwave that will help make every day so much better.

If you microwave your garlic for 20 seconds before you try to peel it, the skin will slide right off without getting stuck.

If you put a bowl of warm water with white vinegar mixed into it, and then turn your microwave on for three to four minutes, you will then be able to easily wipe down all of those splatter marks that have been crusted onto the side for weeks.

You just need to put your milk in a jar and shake it up. Use as much milk as you normally would in your coffee, and then screw on the lid. Shake it up for 30-60 seconds until you can see the milk has doubled in volume. Microwave for 30 seconds and then open it up. The foam will rise to the top so you can pour it right into your coffee or just spoon the foam on top.

If you are growing a garden anyways, you may as well grow your own fresh herbs! But when you want to use dried herbs in a recipe, all you have to do is microwave them in a bowl for two to three minutes, and then you'll be able to grind them up and store them for longer periods of time.

But there is so much more it can do...

What’s Creeping On Your Loofah Might Make You Want To Throw It Out Immediately

The idea of using a bar of soap over a loofah just seems crazy and kind of gross. No one wants to use a bar of soap, for one, it feels disgusting and secondly, it seems like that gross residue feeling is more apparent from using a bar of soap.

Loofahs are a great way to exfoliate, they're easy, and clean, or so we thought.

It turns out loofahs are quite disgusting and here's why.

Before we all sprint to the bathroom and throw out our loofahs, they aren't all bad. Loofahs are great for exfoliating your skin. They work by removing dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth and conditioned. Scrubbing the skin two to three times a week will enhance circulation and promote the excretory function of the skin.

The problem here is pretty obvious, where does the dead skin go? Yeah, that's the gross part. The dead skin cell's fall right from your body and find a nice home on your loofah.

Loofahs, are the perfect home for bacteria and mold. Loofahs have been seen to most commonly contain two different organisms including  acinetobacter. This can cause wound infections, boils and conjunctivitis, and yeast, the most common form of which is Candida. Candida can cause rashes around the mouth called perleche, as well as other various rashes and infections.

This bacteria is attracted to moisture and loves to grow in the nook and crannies of a loofah.

Here is how to keep it clean:

The Great Ambrosia Salad That Once Promised Immortality!

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There’s nothing more nostalgic to me as grandma's Ambrosia salad on holidays. I loved it so much that I made her make it every time I came over. Now I want to share this wonderful recipe with you.

This creamy dessert salad has bursts of pineapple, cherries, oranges and crunchy pecans. Oooops I almost forgot the fruity mini marshmallows that bring this “salad” to a whole other level!

  • 8 ounces cool whip, thawed
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 11 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 8 ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups Mini Fruit-Flavored Marshmallows
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the whipped topping and yogurt.
  2. Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold remaining ingredients into whipped topping.
  3. Chill before serving.

Cat Poop Fudge

Yes, you did hear it correct. Cat Poop Fudge IS a thing. This surprisingly tasty treat will have your kids or party guests howling with laughter.

This creative little treat is SUPER easy to make, looks awful, but tastes amazing! Have a little fun with food.

  • 3 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup margarine
  • ⅔ cup evaporated milk
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 7 oz marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box of Rice Krispies
  • New and CLEAN cat litter box
  1. Combine sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a full boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and thoroughly combined. Beat in marshmallow creme and vanilla extract.
  3. Transfer fudge into a piping bag with large round tip. In circular motions, create ‘poop’ like pieces on a baking sheet and let cool.
  4. Empty 1 box of Rice Krispies into a clean cat littler box. Scatter the cooled 'poop' around the box. SERVE!

Nashville Is Loving These New Songs And We Are Too

Jenna and Stuart Walker or, The Reklaws, are a brother-sister country duo, and are here to take over the country music scene! People can't get enough of these two, and once you hear their new songs, you'll see why.

Long Live the Night

Long Live the Night is a song that anyone can relate to and have fun with. To best describe this song would be, "That pre-party playlist staple." Now that I've heard this song the countdown to summer is on.

Last Call

Last call is the single girl anthem. Jenna gave this track her own personal spin by drawing on personal experiences. This song is sure to be on repeat at all your GNOs.

Wish You Were Beer

Ever heard the term, "Saturday's are for the boys”? This song is basically the dictionary definition of that saying. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, this song features James Barker Band, so basically what more could we want.

The Reklaws are fun, down to earth, and obviously know how to have a good time judging by their music videos.  

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You probably know the duo best from the single released in summer of 2017, Hometown Kids. When I first heard this song, it automatically became my summer soundtrack, and it has been on repeat ever since.

We've been patiently waiting for another hit to come from the duo, and today they not only gave us one, but THREE new songs that country fans can't get enough of.

Don’t forget to add all of them to your favorite playlist! We made it easy for you, just click the link below:

https://reklaws.lnk.to/LongLiveTheNightYV

If you love Country Music, you’re going to love #LongLiveTheNight! These songs are guaranteed to be your next go-to pre-party jam!

Jenna and Stuart Walker or, The Reklaws, are a brother-sister country duo, and are here to take over the country music scene! People can't get enough of these two, and once you hear their new songs, you'll see why.

Long Live the Night

Long Live the Night is a song that anyone can relate to and have fun with. To best describe this song would be, "That pre-party playlist staple." Now that I've heard this song the countdown to summer is on.

Last Call

Last call is the single girl anthem. Jenna gave this track her own personal spin by drawing on personal experiences. This song is sure to be on repeat at all your GNOs.

Wish You Were Beer

Ever heard the term, "Saturday's are for the boys”? This song is basically the dictionary definition of that saying. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, this song features James Barker Band, so basically what more could we want.

The Reklaws are fun, down to earth, and obviously know how to have a good time judging by their music videos.  

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You probably know the duo best from the single released in summer of 2017, Hometown Kids. When I first heard this song, it automatically became my summer soundtrack, and it has been on repeat ever since.

We've been patiently waiting for another hit to come from the duo, and today they not only gave us one, but THREE new songs that country fans can't get enough of.

Don’t forget to add all of them to your favorite playlist! We made it easy for you, just click the link below:

https://reklaws.lnk.to/LongLiveTheNightYV