U.S. Figure Skater Accused Of Slashing Her Rival’s Leg

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love figure skating and ice dancing. Whenever the Olympics come on, those are the first two sports I try to find on the schedule. Now, personally, my favorite ice dancers are the Canadian duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Their chemistry is outstanding, and they are the definition of perfection in my books. Instagram – Tessa VirtueHowever, another skating couple is quickly launching up to the top,

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While it might be fairly common knowledge nowadays that consumption habits are contributing to climate change, not everyone is truly committed to the fight to help the environment. Although engaging in green policies can often help a company’s bottom line, for example, cost reductions from recycling metalworking fluids can result in a potential 8% volume reduction against a non-recycling system. In spite of that, a variety of factors keep some people and companies from going

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Lawmakers in Florida aim to make life rough for pet owners who abandon their dog before a natural disaster.A new bill in the state senate, Bill 1738, prohibits owners from leaving a tied up dog alone after the National Weather Service has issued a warning about natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes.Owners who tie up dogs during disasters could face jail time under a new law.4028mdk09 – WikimediaThe law would also apply

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The only things that are guaranteed in this life are death and taxes, and most people have given at least some thought to how they would like to be put to rest when the time comes. Whether you tell your family that you want to be buried, cremated, or turned into fireworks, we all hope that our wishes will be honored once we’re gone.But a list of “fun” behind-the-scenes facts about funerals have

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Be still my pre-teen heart. My favorite movie of all time is coming back to the big screen. To be frank, I’ve been waiting for this news for 25+ years now. The entire film could just be the two of them farting into a microphone for 90 minutes and I’d still pay to see it. So long as it was called Bill & Ted 3Bill & Ted Face the Music has begun productionBill & Ted

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman, the pair is now being sued for $500 billion dollars by a mom who believes her son missed out on a chance at university because of the celebrities who bought their kids’ education. Jennifer Kay Toy, a teacher who previously taught in the Oakland Unified School District, filed a lawsuit against all the people involved in the college admission scam, claiming

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Massive Chemical Fire In Houston Expected To Burn For Days (Photos)

A fire at a chemical yard near Houston is already in its third day, but firefighters expect it to continue for several more before they have any hope of putting it out.

The huge cloud of black smoke sent up by the fire can be seen up to 35 miles away, as the blaze continues to burn several tanks stocked with barrels of chemicals at the Houston Ship Channel.

Emergency workers say the fire that began Sunday with a leak in one of the tanks will need to burn itself out before they have any hope of stopping it. They’re attempting to drain at least one of the tanks to speed up that process.

At least eight tanks (one of which was empty) have caught fire since Sunday, and water shortages Monday evening complicated the situation for emergency crews.

By Tuesday afternoon, five tanks were still on fire while three had burnt out.

Firefighters have used fire retardant foam to try and keep the fire from spreading to more tanks.

A communications officer for Channel Industries Mutual Aid, which manages firefighters at the plants, said it will “probably” be two days before the fire is out.

Two of the most common chemicals in the fire are naptha and xylene, which are mixed with gasoline and used to make products like solvents and plastics. Other tanks contained toluene, which is used to make nail polish remover and paint thinner.

No one has been injured by the fire so far, but nearby residents in the city of Deer Park were warned to keep indoors while the fire burns.

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The plume of smoke from the fire can be seen for miles and stretches thousands of feet in the air.Austin Black – Twitter

While some locals reported a chemical smell in the air Monday morning, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says they have “not detected any immediate health concerns at ground level” Monday, but planned to run more tests using specialized aircraft.

Experts say that while the burning chemicals could cause health symptoms, the smoke is rising too high to have much of an effect.

Local schools were closed on Monday but reopened on Tuesday.

While it’s business at usual at the city’s nearby port, locals are stopping to capture dramatic photos of the plume of dark smoke hanging over the plant.

Some of the chemicals from the tanks have also washed into the Houston Ship Channel, which leads to the Gulf of Mexico. ITC is using booms to capture the spreading liquid and contain the chemicals.

The Houston Ship Channel processes 12 percent of America’s petrochemicals, processing more than 2.3 million barrels every day.

[H/T: NBC News, USA Today, Bloomberg]

Let’s pray that firefighters stay safe as they battle this huge disaster!

Everything We Know So Far About The Deadly Attacks In New Zealand

All times and dates featured in this article are in local New Zealand time.

At least 49 people are dead and 20 more are seriously injured following a pair of mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Two Locations

Both attacks began at lunchtime on Friday while the mosques in Christchurch’s city center were crowded with worshipers.

Police reported that 41 people were killed at the al Noor mosque as another seven were killed at the Linwood mosque. Another victim died in hospital.

Police responded to the attacks after receiving the first reports at 1:40 p.m.

Witnesses described gunmen opening fire for “10 to 15 minutes,” as one told reporters he prayed the shooter would “run out of bullets.”

Police discovered a pair of explosive devices attached to a vehicle following the attacks and worked to disable them. A number of weapons were also recovered at both shooting locations.

Another “location of interest,” over 200 miles away from Christchurch in Dunedin, was evacuated on Friday night.

Authorities were treating the incident as ongoing Friday evening, and warned Christchurch residents to stay indoors.

Attacker Live Streamed Shooting

One of the attackers appeared to post a lengthy manifesto to social media just before the attack, and police say that one of the shootings was live streamed on the internet.

“We would strongly urge that the (video) link not be shared,” New Zealand police said. “We are working to have any footage removed.”

Representatives for Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter have publicly announced they will work to keep video of the attacks off their platforms.

Australian Suspect Charged With Murder

Four people were arrested Friday, but police say one was “not related to these events.”

An Australian man in his late twenties has been charged with murder. He is set to appear in court Saturday morning. Two other men and one woman were arrested in relation to the attacks, but one of those detained was later released.

Police say it’s still unclear what role the other two suspects in custody played in the attack.

New Zealand Police have declined to discuss “the offenders’ possible motivations,” but Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the shooting was committed by an “violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist.”

Reactions From World Leaders

In a press conference on Friday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the attack one of the country’s “darkest days,” and said the perpetrator’s “extremist views” have no place in New Zealand.

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She also said the shootings “can now only be described as a terrorist attack.”

President Trump offered his condolences on Twitter, extending his “warmest sympathy and best wishes” to New Zealand.

“Forty-nine innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” he wrote. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”

British Prime Minister Theresa May also expressed her “deepest condolences” to New Zealand, calling the day’s events a “horrifying terrorist attack” and a “sickening act of violence.”

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II wrote that she was “deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today,” before paying tribute to emergency services and volunteers supporting victims of the attack.

Pope Francis offered his “heartfelt solidarity” according to the Vatican’s Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, and said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless act of violence.”

[H/T: CNN, BBC]

Our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand and the victims of these terrible attacks.

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Brings Hurricane Winds And Blizzard Conditions Across The Country

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Shoppers should check the flour in their cupboards and on their grocery store’s shelves, after the Hometown Food Company issued a voluntary recall for Pillsbury flour products.The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) warns that some lots of Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour are contaminated with salmonella.#RecallAlert: Hometown Food Company announces voluntary recall on select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The flour products were sold

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A funeral is supposed to represent the person it honors, which is why loved ones go the extra mile to honor the wishes and requests of the dearly departed.But people rarely get the kind of send off Mark Shuman’s family gave him this month.The 48-year-old who died of brain cancer last month was the owner of a trucking company, so his family arranged to give him “one last ride” on a tricked

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A couple from the U.K. hope to return from their Singapore with a very precious souvenir.But, for now, a hefty medical bill has stranded them in the tiny Asian country.Chloe Wilkinson, 30, and Patraic Walsh-Kavanaugh, 27, were on a stopover on the island while traveling home from Australia. Wilkinson suddenly went into labor 24 weeks into her pregnancy and was rushed to a local hospitalThe couple were flying home to the U.

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In an age where everyone is quick to point out cases of animal cruelty, it’s a wonder that a recent incident caught on camera in Texas happened in the first place.Drivers on a highway outside the town of Corrigan were stunned to see a pickup truck cruising at 70 miles per hour with a live horse in the vehicle’s bed.The animal had its saddle on and was only secured to the

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In the self-care era, plenty of people have their chosen indulgences and ways of treating themselves. Enjoying a nice treat every now and then is great, but is it possible that your favorite way of spoiling yourself is actually hurting the environment? Here are a couple of common purchases people make, and the hidden impact they have (or don’t have) on the environment.Satisfying SweetsWho doesn’t love chocolate? Chocolate desserts of all kinds are a

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Roadways are essential for people to get to work, home, school, the store, and everything in between. Unfortunately, at any moment, the road is one of the most dangerous places to be in all of North America. With the total economic toll of auto accidents on the U.S. economy being approximately $250 billion, it’s clear that the roadway has the potential to severely impact property and life. There are so many factors that make

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Police Warn About “Catnip Cocktail” That Causes Bizarre Behavior

Just when you think you’re caught up on all of the dangerous new trends, police share an urgent warning about another one.

This time, the warning comes courtesy of the Fairfield, New Jersey police department, and concerns a strange drink called “Catnip Cocktail.”

The product is supposedly an animal sedative, but police say customers are buying it to get high and experience bizarre side effects.

Fairfield police seized 61 bottles of the drink during a raid at a nutrition store last week, and warned the public about the product’s unusual side effects in a press release.

In 2018, police responded to a call at a Fairfield mall to find “an individual who was dancing, yelling and generally acting abnormally in front of a hair salon.”

Police described the man as experiencing dramatic mood swings, and investigators found six bottles of Catnip Cocktail in his possession.

In November, a 40-year-old man pulled over for dangerous driving was found to be “extremely confused, totally unaware of his surroundings and unable to answer simple questions” by police. They later discovered eight bottles of Catnip Cocktail in his car.

Other strange incidents linked to the drink led police to the Nutrition Zone store, where they seized dozens of Catnip Cocktail bottles, along with 29 bottles of human growth hormone, other chemicals, several high-capacity handguns, and rifle magazines.

Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Mann called the drink “a very dangerous product” and said “its improper use is on the rise.”

Lieutenant Charles Zampino said that drinking the cocktail “gives you a feeling of euphoria” and depresses the nervous system.

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Despite being advertised as a pet sedative, Catnip Cocktail’s ingredient list is not safe for pets.Catnip Cocktail

A website for Catnip Cocktail calls the drink “the ultimate mood enhancer for your dogs and cats,” but warns it is “NOT approved for human consumption.”

The ingredients list for the drink does not include catnip. But it does feature 1,4-butanediol, which the National Drug Intelligence Center warns will metabolize into the “date rape” drug GHB after being ingested.

Catnip Cocktail also contains caffeine, which is toxic to pets.

The man listed as the Nutrition Zone’s general manager, John Sirico, 48, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (under New Jersey law) and intent to distribute, along with illegal possession of high-capacity magazines.

[H/T: Washington Post]

Have you heard of Catnip Cocktail before?

More Than 12,000 Cases Of Pillsbury Flour Recalled Over Salmonella Risk

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Ah, St. Patrick’s Day – the only time of year when it’s safe to eat green food that isn’t normally green.In the spirit of the season, Krispy Kreme is bringing back their green O’riginal Glazed donuts. (See what they did there?)Krispy KremeIf the luck of the Irish is on your side, you can also win free donuts for a year by visiting the donut chain on Patty’s Day

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An investigation into an alleged college admissions bribery scam turned up two very surprising names: TV stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.The stars were among the list of more than 40 people indicted in a federal bribery case in Massachusetts Tuesday.Federal authorities say coaches and test administrators were bribed.BlogtrepreneurCharges of racketeering conspiracy were also brought against coaches at several U.S. colleges including Wake Forest University, Georgetown, and the University of Southern

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Just when you think you’re caught up on all of the dangerous new trends, police share an urgent warning about another one.This time, the warning comes courtesy of the Fairfield, New Jersey police department, and concerns a strange drink called “Catnip Cocktail.”The product is supposedly an animal sedative, but police say customers are buying it to get high and experience bizarre side effects.The strange drink is marketed as a pet sedative,

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Talk show hosts love to pull hidden camera pranks on their famous guests, but they rarely go off as well as the trick James Corden played on soccer star David Beckham.With a new statue of Beckham, 43, set to be unveiled at the LA Galaxy’s stadium, Corden recreated the unveiling of the “ugly Ronaldo bust” that horrified the internet with another disturbing statue.Corden specifically designed the statue to tick off David Beckham.

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A Texas family is in mourning after losing a mother of three to a senseless crime.Keila Flores, 33, was killed on Saturday after a stranger hurled a rock into her car from a highway overpass.Now, her family is asking the person responsible to step forward and face the punishment for their crime.The mother of three was killed after a rock smashed the windshield of the car she was riding in.Flores FamilyThe

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A couple from Florida are counting their blessings after rescuing their son just in the nick of the time.Robert and Maria Wanes had returned home from a day spent on the water with their children earlier this month, when their 5-year-old son Nicholas went missing.As Nicholas told WPLG, he was trying to play “hide-and-go-seek,” but found a “not-good hiding spot” inside a drink cooler his parents had left outside to dry out.Nicholas

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Major Backlash Forces Walmart To Keep Disabled Greeters

Last month, we shared the story of Adam Catlin, a Walmart greeter and Special Olympian with cerebral palsy who feared he would lose his job because of the big box store’s changing policies.

Catlin, 30, was told he could be out of work after a decade manning the door at the Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania Walmart Supercenter when the company eliminated their “greeter” position in April.

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After 17 years with Walmart, Jay Marion was told he could lose his job. Now, the store has found him a new one.Pat Ray – Facebook

Walmart announced stores nationwide would be replacing around 1,000 front door greeters with “hosts” this year, but the change of title included new physical requirements that some greeters could not pass.

Catlin, who is also legally blind and has limited dexterity in his hands, was one of many greeters with disabilities warned that they he could not transfer into a new position at his store, they would be let go.

Catlin’s mother, Holly, wrote that he was being “thrown to the curb from his job that he truly loves and does [wholeheartedly].”

To all of the supporters far and wide, thank you so much for your support during this situation with Adam’s job. We met…

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But this month, after facing a nationwide backlash against the new policies, Walmart announced it will make “every effort” to find new jobs for their disabled greeters.

It’s no surprise, as retail consultant Craig Johnson called the company’s original stance “a major-league botch” that rightfully stirred up anger.

In a memo to store managers, the CEO of Walmart’s U.S. stores, Greg Foran, said that several greeters had already been offered new jobs at their stores.

While that’s not really a major change from Walmart’s original plan to reposition greeters, Foran writes the company is “taking specific steps to support” their disabled greeters.

One of those steps is extending the 60-day period Walmart workers are usually given to find new jobs withing the company.

Catlin and a pair of other greeters with cerebral palsy have accepted new jobs in the self-checkout department.

Walmart’s new “hosts” are expected to greet customers, but also help with returns, prevent shoplifting, and do other tasks to help keep the store clean.

[H/T: CTV News]

Do you think Walmart made the right decision?

Olympic Cyclist Kelly Catlin Found Dead At Age 23

Kelly Catlin, 23, one of the cyclists who led the U.S. women’s pursuit team to win a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was found dead at her California home Friday.

The bicyclist from Minneapolis was a prominent member of the U.S. national team and a three-time world champion who also raced on the pro cycling team Rally UHC.

Catlin’s father, Mark, told VeloNews that she had taken her own life. Catlin’s brother, Colin, said the same thing in a Facebook post about his sister’s death.

“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” Mark wrote in a letter to the outlet.

“There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”

Catlin’s siblings (and her triplets) Colin and Christine revealed to The Washington Post that the cyclist had been struggling since breaking her arm and suffering a concussion in a pair of crashes last year.

“She couldn’t train as well as she used to,” Christine said.

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Catlin wears her gold medal at last year’s UCI Track World Championships.Nicola – Wikimedia

She had really bad headaches and was sensitive to light. Then she tried to commit suicide in January the same way. She had written this lengthy email [to her family] and said her thoughts were racing all the time. She was suicidal, her thinking was really dark, and she had had taken to nihilism. We called police the moment we got the email and they got there in time to save her that time.

Rob DeMartini, the chief executive of USA Cycling, issued a statement on Sunday saying “the entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”

Before her death, Catlin was studying to earn a graduate degree in computational mathematics from Stanford.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

[H/T: ESPN, VeloNews, E! News]

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Catlin’s friends and family.

Florida Pushes To Quit Daylight Saving Time – And Other States Could Join Them

As the country prepares to spring forward – and lose a valuable hour of sleep in the process – people from coast to coast begin to wonder if daylight saving time (DST) is such a bright idea after all.

First implemented in Germany in 1916, the idea behind turning our clocks back and delaying the sunset was to add more hours of daylight to our “after work” hours. But from its very beginnings DST has always been a pretty unpopular idea.

America introduced its daylight saving plan in 1918, as a way to save energy during the First World War (but modern researchers aren’t convinced DST saves much energy at all).

The time change has only taken effect nationwide (minus Arizona) since 1966, when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act.

This week, Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott introduced a new bill to keep DST year-round and give up on time changes altogether.

Their scheme, called the “Sunshine Protection Act,” follows a similar measure to “lock the clock” passed by California voters. Florida’s legislature has already passed a measure to stop time-switching, but needs congressional approval to let it take effect.

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Two states and several territories have already opted out of time switching.PXhere

Already, Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have opted out of DST, and a number of states including New York, New Mexico, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, and Arkansas are looking into the option.

The Florida lawmakers included a laundry list of supposes benefits to year-round DST in a press release about their bill, including lower numbers of car crashes and accidents involving pedestrians, lower levels of seasonal depression, and economic benefits.

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This could be the year the sun finally sets on DST.Pixabay

Floridians will switch their clocks forward this year, as always, but lawmakers hope 2019 will be their last time.

This year, the clocks springs forward one hour on Sunday, March 10, at 2:00 a.m. Don’t forget to change your smoke detector batteries as you reset your clocks!

[H/T: Palm Beach Post]

Do you think it’s time to end DST?

Alex Trebek Shares Devastating News About His Health

In a sad announcement on Wedensday, everyone’s favorite quiz show host announced some troubling news about his health.

Alex Trebek, the longtime host of Jeopardy, revealed that he is suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Trebek made the announcement in a video on the show’s official YouTube page.

Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you. And it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy fanbase. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health.

So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information. Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.

Truth told, I have to [keep hosting] because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy’ for three more years. So help me. Keep the faith, and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.

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The announcement came as a shock to many, as the 78-year-old host seemed almost invincible. His long tenure as host of Jeopardy made most people forget that he too ages, and is vulnerable when it comes to health issues,

Many people, including fellow gameshow host Pat Sajak, reached out to Trebek to send their support.

“The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer,” the Wheel of Fortune Host wrote on Twitter. “Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.”

“Oh my God,” Brad Rutter wrote. “If anyone can beat this, you can. Sending heartfelt good thoughts and best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. We love you, Uncle Alex!”

“I’ve said this before but Alex Trebek is in a way the last Cronkite: authoritative, reassuring TV voice you hear every night, almost to the point of ritual,” Jeopardy legend Ken Jennings said of Trebek.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Alex Trebek as he fights this awful disease. If anyone can do it, it’s him.

Rest In Peace: Pocket Calculator Inventor Dies At 86

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Although gas prices are at recent memory lows, they are not likely to stay that way for very long. Anyone who drives has been in the uncomfortable situation where the gas needle is getting low but you really just need to wait another day or two until payday before filling up again. What is a person to do? You could tighten the belt and put a couple of dollars that would normally go to your

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A live video feed is already started as April the Giraffe – whose last pregnancy made her a viral sensation – is expected to welcome her fifth calf very soon.Workers at the 17-year-old giraffe’s home, the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, say that the birth of her next calf is “imminent.”This morning, the zoo shared graphic details suggesting the expectant mom is “almost there,” with the caveat that the birth

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When I was younger I took my stuffed panda bear, Domino, everywhere. He was my best friend, my confidant.Stuffed animals – or things like blankets, pillows, or other toys – are known in psychologist circles as “transitional” or “comfort” objects. They help a child experience new or unusual situations, liking sleeping alone for the first time, or spending the night in a new house. They ease the stress in children because they provide a

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Sometime during our childhoods, we all learn that pointing out differences that are just skin deep is rude and unnecessary.But an American Airlines flight crew never got the memo, apparently.A South Carolina woman is speaking out after she and her infant son were kicked off their flight by the airline, all because of a harmless skin condition.Flake and her son both have ichthyosis.Jordan Flake – FacebookJordan Flake and her baby boy,

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Family movies make for wonderful family memories, unfortunately for Nicole Goddard, last month’s family movie night was a time she’d rather forget.Nicole and Jake Goddard, of Parker, Colorado, say they sit down every weekend to watch a family movie with their three children. They pick a movie, get the couch all comfy and, of course, pop a big bowl of popcorn.As they were watching Mrs. Doubtfire, their youngest child, Nash, started to choke.

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In the animated movie The Secret Life of Pets, dog owners got a very funny glimpse at what the family pet does when no humans are around.But photos from a trail camera caught the real life adventures of a family’s missing dog, and they’re so cute we can barely believe it.In December, Rachel Howatt from Manitoba, Canada posted a concerned message to Facebook. Her husky, Koda, had been missing for several

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Outrage After Town Sells Pug On eBay To Settle A Family’s Debt

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It was less than a week ago that we shared the sweet story of Poochie, the senior dog that country singer Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline adopted.The 18-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, who was surrendered by his former owners after they supposedly developed an allergy, expected to spend his final days in foster homes before the Bryans spotted him on social media and applied to adopt him.Caroline poses with Poochie just after his

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After a humpback whale was discovered in the Amazon rainforest, far from where any humpback should have been this time of year, another huge sea creature is puzzling scientists.A 7 foot-long hoodwinker sunfish washed up on a California beach on Wednesday, in the first time the species has ever been spotted in the Northern Hemisphere.Sunfish are massive, oddly shaped ocean creatures that can weight over 2,000 pounds. The hoodwinker species is especially

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Lately, we seem to hear more and more stories of people putting their lives at risk to get the perfect vacation photo.From the man who fell off a bridge taking an eye-catching selfie to teenage girls who sprain their wrists posing non-stop, these social media photo shoots are a serious health risk.In fact, a grandmother from Texas was almost lost at sea while playing “Ice Queen” during her vacation in Iceland.Judith just

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Kim Denicola is 56, but when she woke up in a hospital bed last October she was convinced she was only 17 years old.The grandmother from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is still coping with memory loss that erased almost four decades of memories, after a headache caused her to black out in her church’s parking lot.In a new interview with Inside Edition, Denicola described waking up in the hospital to questions from her

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Michael Bublé’s voice has made him one of the most successful singers on the planet, so anyone who could steal the show from him in front of a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden has a real gift.Erin Bellucci definitely does.The 21-year-old University of Delaware student was in the front row for Bublé’s recent date in New York City, and made the most of her close encounter with the star.

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According to TMZ, former Beverly Hills, 90210 and current Riverdale star, Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke yesterday at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He is currently in production for his hit show Riverdale in LA.Alan Light – FlickrThe 52 year old actor was taken to hospital Wednesday around 9:40 AM where his current condition is unknown. Gage Skidmore – Flickr This news comes on the same day a reunion spin-off was

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‘Making A Murderer’: Steven Avery Could Go Back On Trial In New Appeal

When the controversial true crime documentary Making A Murderer premiered on Netflix in 2015, it became a nationwide phenomenon.

The case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man found guilty of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005, captivated the nation as fans debated whether or not he was truly guilty.

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Avery was convicted of murdering Halbach in 2007.Netflix

Now, newly discovered evidence has earned Avery the right to appeal his sentence, and possibly win his freedom, in an upcoming court case.

Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were sentenced to life in jail in a pair of trials for Halbach’s murder, after the woman’s charred remains were found in a car salvage yard owned by Avery.

Dassey’s conviction was overturned in 2016 after a federal judge ruled he had been coerced into confessing to the murder, but prosecutors in Wisconsin appealed the decision and he remains behind bars.

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Avery was previously convicted of rape, before being exonerated by DNA evidence.Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department

After spending 12 years in prison for Halbach’s murder, Avery still insists he was found guilty for a crime he did not commit.

Possible human bones found in a gravel pit near the property turned out to be the key evidence that earned Avery an appeal. His lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, claims the bones were not DNA tested before being given to Halbach’s family, a potential violation of state law.

Zellner also says the bones undercut the prosecution’s theory that Halbach was killed on Avery’s property.

“This evidence has the potential to undo the whole case,” she told Newsweek, “so it is a big win.”

Avery will return to the circuit court for new criminal proceedings which could include a hearing or a new trial. If the circuit court does not grant a new trial, the case returns to the appellate court, which could also grant a new trial or reverse Avery’s conviction.

If Avery does get another day in court, his defense attorneys can now submit the bones or other news pieces of evidence.

Zellner is obviously confident in her case, tweeting, “The DREAM LIVES ON for Steven Avery to be FREE AGAIN. The WRECKING CREW IS ON IT.”

Steven Avery
Avery could get a new trial, where new evidence could prove his innocence.Netflix

While Zellner’s theories about who killed Halbach were explored in Making a Muderer’s second season, she teased that there is even more evidence, including blood found on Halbach’s car, that points away from her client.

Avery previously spent 18 years in prison for a rape he claimed not to have committed, before being exonerated by DNA testing.

[H/T: Newsweek, BBC]

Have you watched Making a Murderer? What do you think of Avery’s case?

Animal Hospital Shows Off Great Dane’s Enormous Litter Of Puppies

Caroline Bryan – Instagram

It was less than a week ago that we shared the sweet story of Poochie, the senior dog that country singer Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline adopted.The 18-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, who was surrendered by his former owners after they supposedly developed an allergy, expected to spend his final days in foster homes before the Bryans spotted him on social media and applied to adopt him.Caroline poses with Poochie just after his

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Ever since Gerber baby food slapped a photo of an adorable tyke onto their canned goods way back in 1928, parents across the country have hoped for their child to become as famous as the baby in the iconic charcoal sketch.That original baby, Ann Turner Cook (who is still alive at 92), was chosen simply because she lived in the same neighborhood as artist Dorothy Hope Smith.My grandmother was the Gerber baby. It

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This time of year people don’t have to look too far for a reason to stay inside. Much of the country is cold or snowed in, other parts are windy and stormy, but I think Tennessee might have the best reason of all: it’s raining snakes.That’s not a misprint, typo, or some kind of folksy term for heavy rain either. Tennessee has a slithery situation going on.Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee have been hit

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Rachelle Dyer – Facebook

A quartet of women from two opposite sides of the country are sharing the incredible story that brought them together as a family.Rachelle Dyer, 53, and Shannon Nicholl, 49, were the first ones to stumble onto the incredible connection, after Rachelle moved from her birthplace of Seattle, Washington to Virginia Beach, Virginia.There, Rachelle and Shannon became friends with the same people, who often commented that the two apparently unrelated women looked just like

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A retiree has started an interesting discussion about nursing homes and how to enjoy our golden years in comfort, after sharing his quirky plan to spend his final days in a more comfortable setting.While Terry Robinson’s “story” is actually a classic joke often shared in chain emails, his version went viral and inspired a serious discussion about retirement.The joke runs through all the advantages of choosing a Holiday Inn as your care

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Some people will do anything for the perfect picture, even, it seems, risking their life.Over the past decade, the world has become increasingly dependent on social media and the validation that comes from others engaging with us. We post updates and statuses about anything from what we’re eating for dinner to how we feel about politicians. It doesn’t matter who likes our posts, just as long as someone does.This goes double for pictures.

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Storm Brings Power Outages, Evacuations, And An “Ice Tsunami”

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It’s not unusual for tourists to travel from far and wide to appreciate America’s natural wonders. Every day, the country’s 58 national parks fill with hikers, photographers, and outdoorsy folk of all sorts hoping to take in the sights.But visitors are rushing to Yosemite National Park to capture a very unusual natural wonder: a glowing waterfall of “fire” that doesn’t actually exist.elena_p_photography – InstagramFor a few days

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Bicho D’Agua – Instagram

Fish gotta swim, bird gotta fly. Pretty simple stuff, but it doesn’t help to explain how a humpback whale’s carcass found itself in the rainforest.(Whales, of course, aren’t technically fish, but finding one in the forest is unusual in any case.)The 10-ton, 36-foot long body was found last week, 50-feet from the ocean on the Brazilian island of Marajo.The whale’s white blubber is left after its grayish

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Comfort, affordability, and the variety of destinations have made vacations cruises one of the most popular kinds of getaways for American travelers.The cruise ship organisation CLIA reports that 24.7 million passengers set sail on these vacations in 2016. But for every dream cruise, there are just as many nightmarish travel experiences.While bad weather and food poisoning are some of the biggest risks on-board a cruise ship, New Jersey couple Carol and Bertam

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Some stars in Hollywood remain shining bright long after they’re gone and Clark Gable is one such star. He’s an icon, even after passing away over fifty years ago.We’ll always remember his talent and classic good looks, both of which had seemed to pass to his grandson, Clark Gable III – also an actor.Sadly, the younger Gable was found unresponsive in bed by his fiance and despite treatment, never woke up. He was

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A former Amazon employee from Kentucky is taking the online retail giant to court over a small but important issue: bathroom breaks.Nicolas Stover, who used to work at one of Amazon’s call centers, says he was accused of “time theft” by his supervisor for taking “excessive bathroom breaks.”In a lawsuit filed in Lexington, Stover complains that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not accounting for his Crohn’s disease.

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Humpback Whale Found In Amazon Jungle Puzzles Experts

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A beach in Oahu, Hawaii has been “haunted” by an unwanted visitor for more than a month, as repeated attempts to remove a huge sperm whale carcass have failed.The whale carcass first washed up on shore on January 10. Since then, the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources made two separate attempts to tow the carcass out to sea, and both failed. Two separate attempts to pull the body to sea have

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A year of wild winter weather continued this week, as hurricane strength winds gusting up to 75 miles per hour plagued the East Coast.In New York, where the powerful storm was at its worst, the icy and windy conditions combined to create a unique and bizarre emergencyResidents in both Canada and the Northeast captured piles of ice pushed ashore by strong winds.David Piano – TwitterThe coast along Lake Erie was hit with an

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Some stars in Hollywood remain shining bright long after they’re gone and Clark Gable is one such star. He’s an icon, even after passing away over fifty years ago.We’ll always remember his talent and classic good looks, both of which had seemed to pass to his grandson, Clark Gable III – also an actor.Sadly, the younger Gable was found unresponsive in bed by his fiance and despite treatment, never woke up. He was

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Canonicalized.com / Mark Buckawicki – Flickr

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Walmart Is Having A Special “Baby Savings Day” Tomorrow Only

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If there’s one group of people who know how to scrimp and save every last penny, it’s parents.

Of course having an extra mouth to feed makes everything in life cost that much more, so parents naturally become thrifty and learn to wait for sales.

For all of you moms and dads looking to save a buck this week, Walmart has a deal you won’t want to miss.

The store is debuting a new sale on Saturday, February 23 called Baby Savings Day. The event promises great deals on all kinds of necessities for young kids, including cribs, strollers, baby monitors, breast pumps, and more.

But you’ll have to plan your day to make the most of your trip – the event only last between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

While Walmart has not published a lot of information about the event, about 3,000 of its 3,570 Supercenter locations are taking part in Baby Savings Day, so it should be easy to find a sale near you. [You can check using this complete list of participating locations.]

There are other benefits aside from the great deals too. Participating stores will have experts on hand to talk about baby gear, with product demonstrations and advice for new parents.

Walmart Baby Savings Day
Click here to browse some of the online deals that are already up for grabs.Walmart.com

Some locations will even have law enforcement on hand to help prepare child safety ID kits with information on their appearance and fingerprints.

In case you don’t want to wade through the tide of parents in person, you can get great deals from Walmart’s website, where the Baby Savings event is already up and running.

You can save up to 30% off must-have products from the website until the end of February. Not all of the deals available on store are up on the website (and vice versa) but shopping from the comfort of your home makes it worthwhile.

Electric Breast Pump
This electric breast pump is a great gift for new moms.Walmart.com

Deals featured on the website right now include a Graco DuetConnect baby swing for $50 off the original price, a Graco Relay Click Connect jogging stroller at a $120 discount, and a Signature Pro electric breast pump for $61.24.

Whether you’re a parent, aunt or uncle, grandparent, or just looking to save a little money on your next baby shower gift, this new shopping holiday seems like a great opportunity.

[H/T: Delish]

Will you be braving the crowds for a great deal tomorrow?

Smoker Uses His Obituary To Warn Others: “Quit Now”

Geoffrey Turner knows that his addiction to cigarettes killed him, but sadly the lesson came too late.

Turner, who claimed he began smoking at age four, wrote a moving open letter to other smokers urging them to drop the habit. And his message is especially meaningful – because it came from beyond the grave.

Quitting Smoking
Turner urged his fellow smokers to give up the deadly habit.Sarah Huiest

The 66-year-old New Yorker wrote his own eulogy before his death earlier this month, using it as a final warning to smokers not to make the same mistakes he did.

His obituary in the Albany Times Union described being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer last November, and Turner put the blame for his condition squarely on his own shoulders.

“I was an idiot who made the same stupid decision, day-after-day, multiple times per day. I was a smoker and even though I knew it may eventually kill me, I chose to deny the truth to myself,” he wrote.

“The pain and suffering I caused my family was not worth the perceived ‘satisfaction’ that really did nothing more than waste money, separate me from my family, and eventually destroyed my body.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list a number of deadly health effects from regular smoking:

  • Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable deaths in the United States, causing 480,000 deaths each year, or almost one in five deaths.
  • Smoking increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease and lung cancer, or suffering a stroke.
  • Smokers are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, as well as respiratory diseases of the lungs. (Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America.)
  • Smoking can damage almost any organ in the body, and can cause cancer in almost any part of the body.

Turner is survived by his wife of more than four decades, five children, and four grandchildren. And while they made his life better, Turner’s eulogy acknowledges how many moments with his family smoking took away from him.

“At 66 years old, I lived a decent life, but there are so many events and milestones I will not be able to share with my loved ones,” he wrote.

“The moral of this story — don’t be an idiot. If you’re a smoker — quit — now — your life depends on it and those that you love depend upon your life.”

“Remember,” he signed off, “life is good – don’t let it go up in smoke.”

Turner’s daughter Sarah Huiest told Today she was as surprised by her dad’s obituary as everyone else, but grateful for the many positive responses it received.

“Many people, friends and strangers, have reached out to us regarding his words,” she said. “I heard from someone who said that they may be one of those reached before it’s too late.”

She revealed that her father quit for some years before picking up the habit again in the ‘90s, and warned his family members to never adopt the habit.

“He knew how much the family did not like it,” she said, “and he was vocal while we were growing up that smoking was bad and to never start.”

Turner even made a half-hearted attempt to quit smoking just a few months before his fatal diagnosis. While his realization came too late, hopefully his words will inspire others to finally break their habit.

[H/T: Today]

Do you know someone who still smokes, even though they know the risks?

Smoker Uses His Obituary To Warn Others: “Quit Now”

Geoffrey Turner knows that his addiction to cigarettes killed him, but sadly the lesson came too late.

Turner, who claimed he began smoking at age four, wrote a moving open letter to other smokers urging them to drop the habit. And his message is especially meaningful – because it came from beyond the grave.

Quitting Smoking
Turner urged his fellow smokers to give up the deadly habit.Sarah Huiest

The 66-year-old New Yorker wrote his own eulogy before his death earlier this month, using it as a final warning to smokers not to make the same mistakes he did.

His obituary in the Albany Times Union described being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer last November, and Turner put the blame for his condition squarely on his own shoulders.

“I was an idiot who made the same stupid decision, day-after-day, multiple times per day. I was a smoker and even though I knew it may eventually kill me, I chose to deny the truth to myself,” he wrote.

“The pain and suffering I caused my family was not worth the perceived ‘satisfaction’ that really did nothing more than waste money, separate me from my family, and eventually destroyed my body.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list a number of deadly health effects from regular smoking:

  • Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable deaths in the United States, causing 480,000 deaths each year, or almost one in five deaths.
  • Smoking increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease and lung cancer, or suffering a stroke.
  • Smokers are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, as well as respiratory diseases of the lungs. (Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America.)
  • Smoking can damage almost any organ in the body, and can cause cancer in almost any part of the body.

Turner is survived by his wife of more than four decades, five children, and four grandchildren. And while they made his life better, Turner’s eulogy acknowledges how many moments with his family smoking took away from him.

“At 66 years old, I lived a decent life, but there are so many events and milestones I will not be able to share with my loved ones,” he wrote.

“The moral of this story — don’t be an idiot. If you’re a smoker — quit — now — your life depends on it and those that you love depend upon your life.”

“Remember,” he signed off, “life is good – don’t let it go up in smoke.”

Turner’s daughter Sarah Huiest told Today she was as surprised by her dad’s obituary as everyone else, but grateful for the many positive responses it received.

“Many people, friends and strangers, have reached out to us regarding his words,” she said. “I heard from someone who said that they may be one of those reached before it’s too late.”

She revealed that her father quit for some years before picking up the habit again in the ‘90s, and warned his family members to never adopt the habit.

“He knew how much the family did not like it,” she said, “and he was vocal while we were growing up that smoking was bad and to never start.”

Turner even made a half-hearted attempt to quit smoking just a few months before his fatal diagnosis. While his realization came too late, hopefully his words will inspire others to finally break their habit.

[H/T: Today]

Do you know someone who still smokes, even though they know the risks?

911 Called After Tori Spelling Has A Complete “Breakdown”

Tori Spelling, daughter of Aaron Spelling and star of Beverly Hills, 90210, has had her share of hardships in her life. After her father died, it was expected that Tori was to inherit a large part of his $500 million fortune. However, because of the estranged relationship between Tori and her mother, the actress was handed $800,000 and nothing more. Tori has had financial problems ever since.

“It’s no mystery why I have money problems,” Tori wrote in one of her books. “I grew up rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. I never knew anything else. Even when I try to embrace a simpler lifestyle, I can’t seem to let go of my expensive tastes. Even when my tastes aren’t fancy, they’re still costly. I moved houses to simplify my life, but lost almost a million dollars along the way.”

Tori’s financial issues are not her only problems, either. In 2014 the actress was admitted to the hospital for an “Ebola scare,” but sources close to Tori say it was actually a nervous breakdown.

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Her friends claimed Tori was faking illness to the point where she actually made herself sick, was fighting with her husband constantly, and was freaking out about her money troubles. They said the “Ebola scare” was just a way to cover up the mental health issues. One friend said that an intervention was being planned.

“I am hoping that shedding some light on it for all of her fans to read may actually lead her to seek some change in her life,” the friend told TMZ. “Kind of like David Hasselhoff watching the drunk video of himself eating a hamburger.”

Since the hospital visit four years ago, the mom of five seemed relatively level-headed and steady in her life. However, police are currently being dispatched to her home for a potentially serious reason.