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Couple finds nearly $10k in shopping cart, returns it

A couple in New York found an unexpected amount of cash in their shopping cart when they arrived at the store on Monday morning, but returned the money to its frantic owner.

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The Auburn Citizen reported Thursday that the couple found $9,800 with stacks of $100, $50 and $20 in the shopping cart at some point between 8 and 9 a.m. on Monday when they arrived at the Tractor Supply Co. in Sennett. They left the money untouched and returned it to the store manager, Jeff Weltch, who received a call from the cash's owner, a restaurateur in the area.

The woman said she had been at the store at 5:30 p.m. the day before and had brought the money, which was made up of cash receipts from the restaurant, inside because her dogs were in her car and she was afraid to leave it, the Auburn Citizen reported.

She said she "must have gotten distracted" and left the cash after one of the dogs urinated on the driver's seat and diverted her attention.

After making sure the woman was telling the truth about the cash, Weltch returned the money to her and declined the reward. He said the couple who found the cash declined to be identified and the woman offered them dinner at her restaurant.

"The people in that store are, without a doubt, the nicest, most kind people," she told the Auburn Citizen. "They were so concerned about me and they were elated that I got the money back."

Read more at the Auburn Citizen.

'Miracle' baby born twice

A "miracle" baby who survived two births after doctors found a rare and large tumor growing in her has beat tough odds.

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Doctors told Margaret Boemer and her husband, Jeff, that their baby girl, Lynlee Hope, had what's called a sacrococcygeal teratoma when Margaret Boemer went in for her 16-week check-up. The tumor, which is rare, grows at the base of the tailbone and can get large, although they're rarely malignant.

The family detailed their daughter's story in a GoFundMe page set up to help with their medical expenses.

After learning about their daughter's tumor, the couple met with two doctors to figure out their next steps. One doctor warned Margaret Boemer that it would be in her best interests to terminate the pregnancy, because of the "extremely large size of our baby's tumor and the risks to my health," she said.

However, doctors at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston told the Boemers that she had another option: open fetal surgery.

"They told us she had a 50 (percent) chance of making it with the surgery," Margaret Boemer said. "Jeff and I were in agreement that termination was not an option and we wanted to give Lynlee a chance at life by going with Texas Children's and having open fetal surgery."

When Margaret Boemer reached 23 weeks of pregnancy, doctors realized that Lynlee's tumor was growing.

"(It) was taking the majority of her blood supply and causing her to go into cardiac failure," Margaret Boemer said. The mother was rushed into surgery to save Lynlee.

Surgeons removed her uterus, cut through to Lynlee and managed to remove 90 percent of the tumor.

"It was a shock to Lynlee's system, so they did have to help restart her heart and give her a blood transfusion," Margaret Boemer said. "Once she was stable, they put her back in and sewed up my uterus and abdomen. Then it became a wait-and-see game."

Margaret Boemer was ordered to bed rest as she and her baby recovered.

Lynlee Hope was born June 6. According to KPRC, her tailbone was removed to prevent the regrowth of her tumor. It was not immediately clear whether the surgery would impact her ability to sit or stand.

"Through this entire experience, we have trusted in God to get us through each day," Margaret Boemer said.

Ross Harris sent wife text about son as toddler died in hot car, records show

As his 22-month-old son died inside his hot car, Ross Harris sent his wife a text message asking when she was planning to pick "(his) buddy" up from day care, phone records show.

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Harris is on trial for the death of his son, Cooper. He is accused of intentionally leaving the toddler inside the car for nearly seven hours to kill him on June 18, 2014 in Atlanta, He is facing eight charges, including malice murder.

Thursday morning, a Cobb County detective returned to the stand to continue his testimony about Harris' phone records.

Phone records show Harris' chats day of son's death

R.B. Smith was responsible for extricating the data, including chats and search history, from Harris' iPhone after his son's death.

Wednesday, prosecutors showed records that Harris was sexting a woman as his son was dying inside his car. Thursday, the defense countered that, saying he was having several chats on the app Whisper, some sexual in nature and some not.

The defense said Harris had a conversation with a woman that morning about Cooper, saying, "He's awesome." He told another woman, "My breaking point is pretty low right now," but the defense pointed out that there is no reference to his son in that post. Prosecutors said Harris sent a message in which he mentioned his son at 9:15 a.m. that morning, just moments before he arrived at work.

Later that afternoon, at 3:16 p.m., phone records show that Harris sent his wife a text asking, "When are you getting my buddy?" An hour later, Cooper was found dead inside Harris' car. 

Harris teared up in court Thursday as the defense showed a photo of Cooper sleeping that Harris had sent to his wife just days before Cooper's death. The tender parental messages were a stark contrast to the hundreds of other chats and messages Harris engaged in.

Four women who had sexual relationships with Harris testified

Four women who chatted with Harris sexually on the applications, Scout and Kik testified Thursday.

All four said they spoke with Harris the day of his son's death. Many of them said they had sexual conversations with him that day.

Alexandra Swindell, who began chatting with Harris in 2012, said he never mentioned his wife and son.

Swindell said they talked for a while back in 2012, when she was a freshman in college. Harris was 26 at the time. Swindell said they met up once for a sexual encounter and didn't talk much after that.

They began talking again in May 2014. Swindell said their conversations were sexual in nature.

She said that she sexted with him on the day of his son's death.

Molly Sims was the second woman to take the stand Thursday. She said she sexted with Harris in 2013 and 2014. 

She said that at times, she would try to have non-sexual conversations with him, but he would blow them off. She never met Harris in person

Elizabeth Smith was the third woman to take the stand. Smith said she talked with Harris daily on the application Kik, and their conversations were often sexual.

Smith said she met with Harris a few times, and had sex with him at least once.

She said Harris did mention his son, and would often send her pictures of Cooper. She said Harris talked about how much he loved Cooper.

Woman says Harris talked to her about marital problems

The final woman to take the stand Thursday was Jaynie Meadows.

Meadows met Harris on a dating app in May 2013. She says they began talking and eventually fell in love.

She only met him in person one time, and they kissed, but they spoke daily over text, on chat and on the phone.

She said Harris didn't initially say anything about his wife and son, but eventually told her the truth. She said Harris often told her that he and his wife were having problems, including financial problems and family problems. She said he told her his marriage was falling apart, but always talked about how much he loved his son.

She said he once told her that if it weren't for his son, he would leave his wife.

“It just made me realize how unhappy I can be sometimes. If he wasn’t in the picture, I probably would have left (Leanna) by now,” Meadows read from a text Harris sent her.

Once she heard what happened to Cooper, Meadows said she wrote Harris a letter and asked his attorneys to give it to him. In the letter, she told Harris she knew how much he adored his son.

Homeland Security investigating after massive cyber attacks take down sites across the internet

Federal officials are monitoring reports of at least two cyber attacks that took down pages and services across the internet on Friday. One of the attacks is ongoing as of 2 p.m. EDT.

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Department of Homeland Security, which monitors cyber threats against the United States, is monitoring the situation.

"At this point, I don't have any information to share about who might be responsible for this malicious activity," Earnest said.

>> Related: Twitter, Spotify among major websites down Friday morning

The outages appear to have stemmed from dedicated denial of service (DDOS) attacks levied against Dyn Inc., one of the world's foremost providers of internet services. The company runs domain name servers, known commonly as DNS, which provide infrastructure for internet services.

"They (DNS) work as a phone book or map to the internet, making sure that when someone writes an address into their computer or phone, it can be directed to the right place and show the right information," The Independent reported.

>> Related: Russian hackers release information about 25 more Olympic athletes

Dyn confirmed that it started monitoring and fighting an attack on its infrastructure around 7 a.m. The company announced that services has been restored by 9:20 a.m.

However, a second attack was reported just before 12 p.m., again targeting Dyn's infrastructure.

"Our engineers continue to investigate and mitigate several attacks aimed against the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure," the company said in an update posted just before 2 p.m.

>> Related: FBI investigating Democratic National Committee hack

It was not immediately clear whether the attacks were related.

Dyn is based in New Hampshire; However, it provides services for multiple U.S.-based sites, and the attack on its servers caused issues loading the American sites in parts of Europe, Japan and other places, according to outage maps from Down Detector.

>> Related: WikiLeaks emails: FBI investigates, Podesta claims he was targeted by Russian hackers

A DDOS attack occurs when a website gets an influx of requests meant to overload the site and make it inaccessible.

3-year-old dresses herself as Superman for adorable school picture

For two weeks, Kaylieann Steinbach has chosen to don a different superhero persona when she dresses for school.

So her father, Austin, was not surprised that for school picture day, she decided to go as Superman, complete with a life-sized figurine.

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“We always let her dress herself, and her choices show her personality well,” Steinbach told CBS News.

Steinbach shared the school picture on Reddit Wednesday.

Her parents said they will continue to let Kaylieann, 3, choose her clothes to express herself.

“She surprises us everyday, and leaves us speechless and with tummy aches from laughing,” Steinbach said.

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Dogs likely dream about their owner, Harvard expert says

If dogs do have dreams, they could be thinking of their owner when they sleep, an expert at Harvard Medical School said.

“Anything about what animals dream, or even if they dream, is speculative,” Dr. Deirdre Barrett, a teacher and a Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, who has studied dreams in humans, told People.

Most mammals have similar sleep patterns as humans, which includes Rapid Eye Movement, the time when dreams occur in humans, she said.

“That certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals are dreaming, too,” she said. “Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.”

When a sleeping dog starts kicking its legs, it very well could be dreaming of running.

As it turns out, cats dream too.

“Cats lay quietly through the other stages of sleep, and when REM began, they leaped up, stalked, pounced, arched their backs and hissed,” Barrett said. “They looked like they were hunting mice in their dreams.”

 Either way, she said the best way to ensure good dreams are positive experiences when animals are awake, as well as offering them comfortable, safe places to sleep.

Toddlers OK'd to video-chat in new recommendations from pediatricians

The American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday announced updated recommendations for parents hoping to shield their children from the worst effects of new technologies.

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The group released its recommendations after reviewing the latest scientific evidence on children and digital media use. Among other suggestions, the AAP said toddlers should be limited to using screens only while video-chatting.

The organization has traditionally recommended toddlers stay away from using screens at all until they become 2 years old. The guideline was first set out in 1999, according to NPR.

Studies indicate that despite the 1999 recommendation, most families operate under the assumption that applications like Skype and FaceTime “don't count.”

In a policy statement, AAP cautiously agreed and cited emerging evidence that young children can learn some words while video-chatting “with a responsive adult.”

The organization warned, however, that scientific evidence shows there is still harm caused by “excessive digital media use.”

"What's most important is that parents be their child's 'media mentor,'” Dr. Jenny Radesky, lead author of the policy statement, said in a news release. “That means teaching them how to use it as a tool to create, connect and learn."

The following recommendations were made by AAP:

For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing. For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them. For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.

To support the recommendations, the group also launched an online digital media use planning tool on its website.

Good Grief: MetLife fires Snoopy

It’s not as bad as getting sent back to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, but after 31 years, MetLife is parting ways with Snoopy.

MetLife has cut ties with the iconic cartoon beagle as it sheds its life insurance division and as part of a brand change.

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“We knew with all the transformation going on, we needed to rethink how we went to market and how we presented our brand,” Steven Kandarian, MetLife chief executive, told The Wall Street Journal.

MetLife has a multiyear contract to use Snoopy and other Peanuts characters that was signed in 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal. It could take some time to remove Snoopy from all marketing materials, Metlife said.

The company will no longer contract its signature blimp after this year.

Chemical spill causes evacuations in Atchison, Kansas

A plume of leaked chemicals enveloped a Kansas city Friday morning after a major chemical spill was reported, prompting city officials to order residents to shelter in place and ask visitors to stay away.

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The spill was reported at MGP Ingredients in Atchinson, between 10th and 14th streets, south of Main Street. City officials warned residents to keep windows closed, furnaces off and themselves indoors.

"If you are not in Atchison, please stay out of town," Atchison County emergency management officials said.

Medical officials at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri, said in a statement that they were made aware of the chemical spill around 9 a.m. CDT.

The plume "covered good portions of the city throughout the morning," but dissapted steadily, Atchinson City Manager Trey Cocking said. People were being allowed back into their homes within about three hours of the initial report, which was made around 8 a.m.

At least 18 people were treated for "respiratory discomfort," five of which were city employees, Cocking said. All the injuries appeared to be minor.

City officials told KSHB that the chemical leaked appeared to be airborne chlorine powder, however; MGP officials did not immediately confirm the substance. 

"The plume developed when two chemicals were mixed with each other," Cocking said. "It appears inadvertantly and during the delivery process. ... One chemical was (delivered) and inadvertantly put in the wrong holding tank, which caused the reaction."

Authorities did not immediately identify the mixed chemicals. City officials are working with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Chlorine can be damaging if inhaled. It can cause airway irritation, wheezing, difficulty breathing and skin irritation, among other things.

The company involved in the leak produces distilled alcohol products, industrial alcohol and wheat proteins and starches, according to its website.

Atchinson is a city on the Missouri River, about 50 miles northwest of Kansas City.

What happens if Trump or Clinton refuse to concede?

When asked if he would accept the results of the election by debate moderator Chris Wallace on Wednesday, Donald Trump refused to indicate that he would, saying, “I will look at it at the time."

By Thursday, Trump took another shot at the answer, but had not completely walked it back.

In a campaign appearance in Ohio, Trump said he would accept the results of the election only “if I win,” adding that he is “reserving the right to mount a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.”

While it pleases many of his supporters to hear him say that he would contest an election that does not name him the winner, could Trump reasonably mount a legal challenge to an election he loses?

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It’s complicated.

Elections are state-by-state affair

That means that each state runs its own elections,and each state has its own set of laws that regulate the counting of the ballots in those elections.

Included in those laws is one that says that the votes counted on election day are preliminary results. The results are not official until they are certified.

The vote count can change in that time. Often, absentee ballots are counted after election day, as are provisional ballots, or ballots used to record a vote when there is a question as to whether the voter is eligible to vote. This could happen because the voter’s name does not appear on the list of names at a certain polling place, or, if in states where voter ID is required, the person does not have identification with them.

What about close elections?

Some states allow candidates to request recounts, and in other states,recounts are automatically triggered if the ballot count is close – usually if the difference in the count is less than one-half of one percent of the total vote.

As far as close elections go, it doesn’t get much closer than the 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. The two candidates were separated by a little more than 500 votes in Florida, which had 25 votes in the electoral college.

A recount of ballots was triggered in several counties because of the closeness of the vote totals, lawsuits were triggered by the counting, and, in the end, the counting was stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that there was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause when different standards of counting ballots were used in different counties.

By the time the Supreme Court took the case, there could be no way to standardize the counting of ballots put into place within the time limit – Dec. 12 – that year. According to the Constitution, “The electors of President and Vice President of each State shall meet and give their votes on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December …”

The Constitution goes on to say,"any controversy or contest concerning the appointment of all or any of the electors of such State, by judicial or other methods or procedures, and such determination shall have been made at least six days before the time fixed for the meeting of the electors, such determination made pursuant to such law so existing on said day, and made at least six days prior to said time of meeting of the electors, shall be conclusive, and shall govern in the counting of the electoral votes as provided in the Constitution, and as hereinafter regulated, so far as the ascertainment of the electors appointed by such State is concerned."

In other words, any problems with electing the “electors” must be addressed and corrected by six days prior to the meeting of the electors “on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December.”

In the 2000 election, Al Gore won the popular vote, but lost the vote in the Electoral College. George W. Bush then became president.

Does the Supreme Court often intervene?

The United States Supreme Court can intervene as it did in Gore v Bush, but that is extremely rare. Most any legal issue is dealt with at the state level.

Must a losing candidate concede?

As for conceding a race, there is no requirement that a person who loses the presidential election concede the race. It is simply tradition that the losing candidate concede the race. Likewise, it doesn’t really matter if the person “agrees” with the results or not.

The only thing a concession does, really, is to serve to legitimize the election for the loser’s supporters

 What happens after Nov. 8?

Whether the loser of the 2016 race concedes or not, the result of state elections will be certified under the laws of each state. The electors who are chosen on Nov. 8 (remember, we vote for electors, not candidates) will cast their ballots in December, and that count will be read and certified in a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2017.

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