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Beekeeper removes 160-pound beehive from house in Texas

At first, the Hughes noticed just a couple of bees in their Texas home. When that grew to 20 to 30 bees at a time, the Hughes called in a professional.

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Aaron Garcia, a beekeeper with Bee Charmer, told WFAA that he noticed bee activity on the side of the Hughes home. Upon closer examination, Garcia discovered a five-foot-long, 160-pound beehive. Garcia said the hive was stacked like a file cabinet and was a foot tall, with honey accounting for a good amount of the weight. He estimated from the color of the hive that it had been there for a year.

Garcia was able to safely relocate the queen and the hive. He told WFAA that it was the second-largest hive he's seen this year.

Florida couple drinks, shoots up hot-water tank, police say

A Florida couple has been convicted of shooting at a hot-water tank in the middle of the night.

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According to Villages-News, Clifford A. Boyce, 29, and Kari L. Coleman, 27, were accused of drinking and firing guns at a hot-water tank in January outside of a home in Lady Lake. Police were called to the home in the middle of the night after reports of gunshots in the area.

>> Florida man threatens roommate with nunchucks

Authorities said Boyce and Coleman surrendered two 12-gauge shotguns when they arrived.

The couple was charged with discharging a firearm in public, and Boyce faced an additional charge of possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

>> Florida resident finds grenade while gardening

Coleman was sentenced Friday to six months probation and Boyce was placed on 36-months’ probation. Both were ordered to stay away from alcohol, and Boyce also was ordered to surrender his firearms and complete a firearms safety class.

Read more at Villages-News.

30-pound turkey slams through rental car's windshield

A family got a fowl surprise while traveling in Indiana Tuesday, when a 30-pound turkey slammed through the windshield of their rental car, La Porte County sheriff’s deputies said.

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The Tarabocchia family was traveling west on U.S. 20, bound for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, when the bird flew into the windshield of their rented GMC SUV, WBBM reported.

“I thought he was (going to) clear the roof, but he didn’t," the SUV’s driver, John Tarabocchia, told the Indianapolis Star. "He went straight through the windshield.”

Deputies said the turkey was killed on impact. Three of the four people in the car suffered minor injuries, according to WBBM.

“They are very fortunate not to have been hurt, if you see how far that turkey impaled into that interior compartment," Capt. Michael Kellems told the Star.

He said four turkeys were flying across the roadway, when one of them collided with the SUV around 9:30 a.m. CST.

A passerby from Chicago stopped when he spotted the accident to ask whether he could take the turkey home, according to WBBM. Authorities gave him a road kill permit on the spot.

“I’m sure he’s going to enjoy a meal,” Kellems told WBBM.

Authorities warned that during turkey mating season, wild turkeys can be as dangerous to drivers as deer.

IHOP waiter says he was offered nursing job after helping feed disabled customer

A waiter is getting a lot of attention for feeding a disabled customer at an IHOP restaurant.

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For more than a decade, Joe Thomas, 43, has been working at an IHOP restaurant in Springfield, Illinois.

On Saturday, a couple of his regulars stopped in for breakfast. Thomas knows the woman has trouble eating because of a medical issue.

“I always see him stop eating to feed her, and I was like, ‘Heck, if I’m not doing anything, why don’t I go feed her so he can eat and everyone can be happy?’” Thomas told WICS.

He told Buzzfeed News that the woman, identified only as Ma, has Huntington's disease, which makes it difficult for her to use utensils.

“I remember when she was able to walk and feed herself more than she can now,” Thomas told Buzzfeed, noting that he had seen Ma’s condition worsen over the last seven years. “We’ve become good friends, and I’ve grown attached to her. I’m just here to help.”

According to Buzzfeed, Thomas helping Ma eat has become “a standard weekend tradition,” and she usually always orders applesauce, fruit and eggs.

This past weekend, a woman sitting at another table spotted the touching moment and snapped a photo of Thomas’ act of kindness.

She shared the photo with IHOP on Facebook, where it quickly went viral, getting more than 4,500 shares.

The woman who posted the photo said her faith in humanity had been restored that day.

Thomas spent some time reading the comments from strangers around the world, who commended him on his kindness.

“It really felt good for somebody to actually see another person is doing something and take notice,” Thomas said. “It felt good, but at the same time I was like I really don’t care for the recognition too much because it’s just something that should automatically be done regardless.”

Thomas told WICS that since the photo was shared, he has received a job opportunity to become a nurse. It’s unclear if he was offered a caregiver position or if he was encouraged to pursue the training and certification needed for medical positions. 

Read more at WICS and Buzzfeed News.

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Melania Trump needs to pay up for security or move to DC, petition says

Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling on Melania Trump to either move to Washington or start paying for the expensive New York security detail required to protect the first lady and the Trump’s son, Baron.

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As of Wednesday afternoon more than 200,000 people had signed a petition asking Melania Trump to either move into the White House or pay for the additional security herself, CBS News reported.

“The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower,” the petition reads. “As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.” 

The New York Police Department said it is spending between $127,000 and $146,000 a day to protect the first lady and Baron Trump.

>> Related: First lady helps present courage award to 13 women

The Trump administration announced before the transition that Melania Trump would remain at Trump Tower in New York until son, Baron, finished out the school year.

Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.

U.S. Capitol honors female political pioneers with new exhibit

A new exhibit in the U.S. Capitol pays tribute to iconic women in political history.

House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the new exhibit, “The First Women in Congress,” last week.

“We owe so much to our pioneers," Ryan said. "It is a chance to remember public servants who made this institution and this country what it is today, for all of us, especially our daughters.”

Located on the House of Representatives side of the Capitol, the three-panel display shows women’s early contributions in politics.

The first panel, "Jeannette Rankin, First Woman in Congress,” gives a deeper look into how Rankin’s efforts in the women’s suffrage movement made her a political fixture. 

Rankin was the first woman elected to the Congress.

Her well-known vote against World War I came with a lot of public criticism. 

The second panel, “Early Women Representatives,” gives a look at how various women have paved the way for the country to stand as we know it.

It includes female political pioneers who fought Prohibition such as Florence Kahn of San Francisco and Mary Norton of New Jersey. 

“Legislative Achievements of the Pioneers” makes up the third panel.

Edith Nourse Rodgers took over her husband’s seat in the House following his death.

She would go on to have a 35-year run after being re-elected 17 times.

After serving as a World War I nurse, Rodgers went on to become chairwoman of the House Veteran’s Committee where she sponsored the “Women Army Auxiliary Act.”

Mary Norton makes an appearance in this exhibit because back in 1938, she helped get the Fair Labor Standards Act through Congress.

It outlawed child labor and limited the work week to 40 hours.

Aileen Brew, of Lander, Wyo., who is visiting Washington with her two young daughters gave her take on the new exhibit.

“It gives you hope, but it brings you up short as well," Brew said. "In our state of Wyoming, we have actually lost women in our state Senate and House of Representatives…I think women have to continue to step forward and really push…We can’t forget where this all started with these early suffragettes.”

President Trump declines opportunity to throw out first pitch

Apparently President Donald Trump won’t be singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Nationals Park on opening day. 

Trump has declined to perform the tradition when the Washington Nationals host the Miami Marlins Monday, ESPN reported.

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It is due to a scheduling conflict, The Washington Post reported.

The tradition of the president throwing out the first pitch at Washington’s opening-day game started more than 100 years ago , when President William Howard Taft threw out the first pitch for the then-Washington Senators in 1910, ESPN reported

In recent history, George W. Bush and Barack Obama threw out ceremonial first pitches on opening day.

Overall, 13 presidents been part of the ceremony either for the Senators or the Nationals.

There is no word on who will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch.

Nats all-star pitcher Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start for Washington. Edinson Volquez is the starter listed for the Marlins.

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday.

Investigation launched after dog dies during Petco grooming appointment

Authorities are investigating after a 5-year-old pug died last week at a Rhode Island Petco during what was supposed to be a routine grooming session, according to multiple reports.

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The 16-pound pug, Ollie, died last week at Petco in Middleton, the Providence Journal reported. His owner took him to the shop to get his nails clipped. It was not his first time getting groomed at the store and he had no known health issues, according to the Journal.

The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and animal control officers are investigating Ollie’s death.

Rhode Island SPCA animal cruelty Officer Joe Warzycha told WPRI that the death did not appear to have been malicious.

“It certainly appears to have been an accident, but we can’t rule out at this point (that) there may have been some level of negligence,” he told the news station.

>> Related: Dog owners sue PetSmart after dachshund dies

E.J. Finocchio, president of the Rhode Island SPCA, told the Journal that the dog might have suffered a medical crisis or might have been strangled by the loop that kept him from moving around on the Petco grooming table.

In a statement, Petco offered condolences to Ollie’s family and said the company is investigating.

“We understand that there is no way to make up for the loss of a pet. However, we are committed to doing everything possible to help Ollie’s family through this extremely difficult time,” company spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson told East Providence Patch.

The dog’s body was sent to Tufts University, where officials will perform a necropsy to determine how Ollie died, the Journal reported.

Man uses baseball bat to free infant in hot car, woman arrest

Police arrested a Florida woman accused of leaving a 2-month-old baby in a car parked in Jacksonville on Tuesday after a man used a baseball bat to free the child, according to authorities.

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Police were called Tuesday to the Lowe’s on Atlantic Boulevard after passersby saw the baby girl crying and sweating profusely in a car parked in a sunny spot outside the store. At the time, the temperature outside was 85 degrees.

Officers said a man noticed a group crowded around the car, spotted the girl and used a baseball bat to break a window and get her out. He ran inside Lowe’s with the baby in an attempt to cool her.

Authorities determined the baby was left in the car by Zoya Thomas, 30. She told police that she left the child sleeping while she went into Lowe’s to look at paint colors. She claimed she was only in the store for five minutes.

Police arrested Thomas on a child neglect charge. She remained jailed Wednesday afternoon.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

6 things to know about Jared Kushner

When it comes to the Donald Trump administration, the president is keeping it in the family, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who serves as his senior adviser.

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In the coming weeks, he’ll speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of an investigation into the Russian’s involvement with the U.S. election. Additionally, he’ll be organizing American Innovation, a new office charged with using ideas from the business world and applying them to government functions.

But aside from his political endeavors, what else do you know about the politician? From his alma mater to his career background, test your knowledge with these six facts:

1. He’s a Harvard and NYU grad.

He graduated from Harvard in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in government. In 2007, he earned his J.D. and MBA from New York University.

2. He and Ivanka began dating in 2005. 

The pair wed in 2009 in a Jewish ceremony. They have three children together -- Arabella, Fredrick and Theodore -- who range from the ages of 1 to 5. 

3. He’s an Orthodox Jew.

Ivanka converted to Judaism from Presbyterianism before they wed. They are both shomrei Shabbos, who observe the Sabbath. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, they turn off their phones and walk instead of drive.

4. He was in an episode “Gossip Girl.”

In 2010, he and his wife appeared on the show as themselves in season four. Ivanka tweeted, “Jared & I had a ball on the set of #GossipGirl this AM.”

5. He had a stake in the Observer.

Kushner bought the New York publication in 2006 for $10 million at age 25. Last year, he stepped down as publisher to accept a job with the Trump administration as a senior adviser to the president. He has no prior political experience.

6. He was previously a Democrat.

He was a registered Democrat for years, making donations to the organization regularly. At the start of the 2016 election, he became an Independent to support his father-in-law. 

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