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Missing teen found after catching coal train to Texas, police say

A Texas teen who went missing last week while visiting Colorado with her family was found about 300 miles away after she hopped on a coal train bound for the Lone Star State, Colorado Springs police said Wednesday.

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Adalie Rivera, of Lubbock, Texas, vanished on the morning of March 17 after leaving the Quality Inn Colorado Springs Airport hotel room that she was sharing with her family.

Police said she got onto a coal train in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area and traveled to a farm community near Dumas, Texas, about two hours north of Lubbock.

“She actually got out of the coal car because she ran out of Skittles and she was hungry, so bless her heart,” Colorado Springs police Lt. Howard Black told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

A farmer on Tuesday found Adalie covered in coal dust and notified the Moore County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies took custody of Adalie until her family could get her.

She was found safe, despite being missing for about four days, police said.

Authorities don’t expect to file any charges in the disappearance.

Firefighter uses mouth-to-snout resuscitation to save dog

Firefighters used mouth-to-snout resuscitation, bringing a dog back from the brink of death after it was found in an apartment fire Tuesday.

Neighbors told Crystal Lamirande, 35, that her apartment was on fire as she was returning to her unit around 4 p.m. Nalu, her 10-year-old bichon frise/shih tzu was still inside. Thick, acrid smoke blocked Lamirande from entering.

Santa Monica firefighter Andrew Klein rushed in and, moments later, carried Nalu’s limp, lifeless body out as other members of the crew fought the blaze for about 10 minutes.

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"His eyes were glazed over, and he was not breathing, and I assumed he was dead," Lamirande told The Associated Press. "The firefighter said, 'I'm a positive person. Let's just get him back.'"

Klein and other rescuers spent 20 minutes using life saving techniques to get Nalu breathing again, including a special pet oxygen mask, CPR and mouth-to-snout resuscitation. 

"He was totally lifeless," Klein said. "I picked him up and ran out of the apartment, because time is key, especially with a small dog. Failure was not an option."

Nalu started breathing again and even walked around. Lamirande took him to an animal hospital, where Nalu spent the next 24 hours in an oxygen chamber to recover. 

"He's been coughing, but right now, he's fine, and he's so happy and smiling," she said Thursday.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. 

Policeman accused of abandoning emaciated dog in park

A Philadelphia police officer was charged with animal cruelty Thursday, four months after investigators believe he put his starving pit bull mix into a trash bag and abandoned her at a park.

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Authorities charged Officer Michael Long, 33, with multiple counts of animal cruelty following an investigation by the Pennsylvania SPCA and the police department’s Internal Affairs Unit.

Long, an 11-year veteran of the police department, has been suspended from the force for 30 days with the intent to dismiss, police said in a statement to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Pennsylvania SPCA director of Humane Law Enforcement Nicole Wilson told KYW-TV that the abandoned pit bull was micro-chipped, which led investigators to Long.

Officers with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Humane Law Enforcement team found the dog in November after a passer-by spotted her head poking out of a garbage bag in Wissahickon Valley Park. Authorities brought the severely underfed dog to the Pennsylvania SPCA’s shelter.

The dog was found just before Thanksgiving and named Cranberry. Veterinarians estimate she is around 2 years old.

Veterinarians caring for Cranberry were unsure in November whether she would recover from her previous owner’s lack of care, but she survived and was adopted in December, Pennsylvania SPCA officials said.

“She is currently living in a home in Malvern soaking up life as a couch potato very happy and most of her updated pictures come back exhausted by how happy she is,” Wilson told KYW-TV.

Dentist calls police on elderly woman; officer escorts her to new appointment

He has only been on the job for two weeks, but a Georgia police officer is already making a mark on his community.

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The Brookhaven Police Department posted on its Facebook page Thursday about how Officer Bell met a woman, identified only as Mary Anna.

The elderly woman told Bell she went to a nearby dentist for a painful loose tooth and wanted it removed.

For whatever reason, the dentist told Bell that Mary Anna was being a difficult patient and he did not want to treat her.

Bell went above and beyond the call of duty and made an appointment with another dentist in Brookhaven.

Bell even followed Mary Anna in his patrol car as she drove over to the dentist's office, and he walked her in to make sure she got there OK.

“Mary Anna was happy to get her tooth removed,” the Facebook post said. “Officer Bell is our newest officer in his second week with Brookhaven.”

Woman sends thank you note to police after they arrest her daughter

It’s hard to be a parent when your child gets arrested. And not everyone takes it well.

But one mother showed gratitude to police who arrested her daughter in Florida while she was on spring break.

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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office posted the text of a letter it received last week on its Facebook page. In the note, a mother thanks the department for arresting her 19-year-old daughter for underage drinking.

“Yesterday, my daughter was one of the thousands of spoiled spring breakers ‘living it up’ on the beach,” she wrote. “She got arrested for underage drinking. She was holding a can of beer on the beach. A stupid move that I warned her about before she left, but I’m just her mother, so ‘in one ear and out the other.’”

She said the arrest taught her daughter a lesson, and she thanked the officers for their professionalism.

“The arrest scared the hell out of her, and I’m hoping she learned her lesson. The reason that I am sending this is that every officer that I talked to or that I could hear in the background talking to her was so nice! Firm, but nice,” the mother wrote. “For a mom hundreds of miles away, that was very reassuring. I know you all have to deal with this on a daily basis, which must be completely annoying, and I'm very sorry my daughter added to your workload yesterday. They say you always have one child that makes you go grey early and she is mine! Thank you for saving me a few more grey hairs last night.”

The post has been liked more than 3,000 times.

Cop turns table on IRS scammer

With less than a month left in tax season, Americans may be getting those phone calls that claim that the IRS will have a an arrest warrant issued.

It’s all a scam, and the callers tried to scam the wrong person this time.

Kyle Roder received a call from the “IRS” that threatened that he’d be arrested if he didn’t call back ASAP, The Huffington Post reported.

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That’s when Roder, an Eau Claire police officer, scammed the scammer.

He called the number, having a co-worker record the call.

Roder asked if the number he called was the IRS, saying that he had received a call stating that he committed fraud.

The other man answered yes and asked for a case number.

Roder said he was not given one, but the man said that wasn’t an issue. He could look it up with an address, CBS News reported.

That’s when Roder started questioning the man, first asking how can he be arrested without an address, then asking how long until police showed up, The Huffington Post reported.

He also asked what the man’s name was.  First it was given as James Maxwell, then James Johnson, and finally settled on James Maxwell Johnson.

Eau Claire Police Department posted the video to its Facebook page where it has had nearly 4 million views.

The IRS warns that the agency will not:

  • Call without first sending a bill in the mail
  • Demand that you pay taxes without questioning or appealing the amount
  • Require that it has to be paid a certain way
  • Threaten you with police 

For more on the IRS phone call scam, click here.

2-year-old with rare disease becomes honorary police officer in NJ

A 2-year-old with a rare genetic disease became the youngest police officer in New Jersey, WABC reported.

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Trent Powers is battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and on Wednesday he became an honorary member of the Spotswood Police Department

Powers was all smiles as he received his own uniform and a small Chevy Tahoe police car. Powers was presented with badge No. 50 in the department and will be the only officer to have that badge number, New Jersey News 12 reported.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a terminal illness, and most patients usually die in their 20s. The Powers family started “The Powers Promise Campaign” to help raise awareness and find a cure, New Jersey News 12 reported.The Police Benevolent Association also gave the Powers family a check for $3,000, WABC reported.

Scientists develop blood test to detect, find cancer

Scientists at the University of California may have just made the next breakthrough in the battle against cancer.

A test called CancerLocator works by looking for DNA released from tumors and circulates in the blood, The Telegraph reported.

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And the test doesn’t just find cancer, it can also tell doctors where the cancer is located.

That’s because tumors have a “footprint” depending on where they’re located and computers running the CancerLocator test can zero in on it.

But don’t ask doctors for the test just yet, it’s still in the testing phase, with the developers telling The Telegraph that it “requires further validation.”

The study was published in the journal Genome Biology.

Assisted living facility worker in Florida arrested for filming couple having sex

A Florida woman who worked at an assisted living facility secretly recorded two residents having sex last year and posted the video on a social media website because she found it amusing, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Alexis Gloria Rebecca Williams, 20, of St. Petersburg, was charged with one count of video voyeurism and one count of video voyeurism dissemination, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Williams was a medical assistant at the Bristol Court Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg. She has now been fired, the Times reported.

According to detectives, on Aug. 1 a video was shot of a 59-year-old male resident at Bristol Court having consensual sex with another resident, an 81-year-old woman. The residents did not know anyone was recording what they were doing, according to the Sheriff's Office release.

Detectives said that an unidentified citizen saw the video on the social media website Snapchat and on Aug. 5 contacted the Bristol Court staff about the sexually explicit video. The staff called deputies, the Times reported.

Detectives identified Williams as the employee after a seven-month investigation and arrested her. When questioned on Wednesday she admitted she had shot the video, the Times reported. According to spokesman Sgt. Spencer Gross, Williams said she had done it "for her own amusement."

7 things to know now: Health care vote; new iPad; ‘Star Wars’ news

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Health care vote: President Donald Trump decided the time for talking was over, according to the White House, when he let GOP leaders in the House know late Thursday that he wanted an up or down vote on a new health care package to take place on Friday. After a day of wrangling for votes, Trump said he was done working deals with those who said they would not support the legislation aimed at repealing and replacing most of the Affordable Care Act.

2. Cancer triggers: Scientists say that normal healthy cells in the body that make a “typo” when they multiply play a large role in who develops cancer. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday that about two-thirds of the mutations that are seen in cancers are random errors in the multiplication of cells. The scientists were quick to stress that while these “mistakes” are linked to the disease, many cancers are a result of risky behavior such as smoking, lack of exercise and a bad diet, and those can be prevented.

3. New iPad on sale: If you’ve had your eye on an iPad, today is the day you can place your order for Apple’s newest version of the tablet. Plus, there’s a bonus – it’s cheaper than recent iPads. The new 9.7-inch screen version, which was unveiled earlier this week, starts at $329 and has up to 10 hours of battery life. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the 12-inch iPad Pro, but then it doesn’t cost $799 either.

4. CIA hack of iPhone, Mac: A release of documents from WikiLeaks suggest the CIA has a program that can be used to hack into iPhones and Mac computers. The technique, according to cyber security experts, is one that involves an older model of the devices, and generally requires some physical access. "The most notable part of this latest WikiLeaks release is that it shows the CIA doing exactly what we pay them to — exploit specific targets with limited attacks to support our national interests," Rich Mogull, CEO of the security research firm Securosis, told The Associated Press. 

5. London terror attack: The man who stabbed and ran over people in a terror attack in London this week was British-born and known to law enforcement authorities, according to officials in the United Kingdom. Khalid Masood, 52, was born Adrian Russel Ajao. He was a Muslim convert, according to some news reports, and was known to security services as "a peripheral figure, … not part of the current intelligence picture.”

And one more

Disney head Bob Iger says the next movie in the “Star Wars” franchise, “The Last Jedi,” will not be changed in light of the death of actress Carrie Fisher. "We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII (“The Last Jedi”). We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Iger said fans could see “another decade-and-a-half of “Star Wars” stories” come to the big screen. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is available on Google Play, as of Friday. It is priced at $19.99. The movie will be available on Blu-ray on April 4.

In case you missed it

Florida mom fends off intruder with shotgun

Mothers are known for being over-protective when it comes to their children.

However, did this Florida mom go too far when she used a shotgun to fend off an intruder earlier this month?

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A security camera captured a man trying to break into a Miami home occupied by a woman and her children, according to Morning Express with Robin Meade

“They were afraid,” the mother told Morning Express, adding that her only thought was to protect her kids. 

A reporter in the video can be heard asking: “What stopped you from killing the guy?” Her reply: “My kids.”

The mother did not fire on the unknown man, WPLG reported.

Police said the man jumped into a stolen Mercedes and drove away. The car was eventually recovered, WPLG reported.

Police say they are still searching for the man. 

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Trump chicken balloons coming to America

A huge Donald Trump chicken is expected to fly high at the Tax March in San Francisco. 

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The organizers of the march bought a 13-foot balloon, which taunts Donald Trump’s golden locks and hand gestures, from Chinese e-commerce site Aliababa, according to SF Gate.

March organizers weren’t satisfied and scrambled to get money for an even bigger inflatable chicken by posting to a second GoFundMe page. That appeal brought in more than $2,000, which is enough for a 30-foot chicken.

Former Egyptian president Mubarak set free

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from his detention, the BBC reported.

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Mubarak,88, left a military hospital in southern Cairo and went to his home in the northern suburb of Heliopolis, his lawyer said. Mubarak was released after Egypt's top appeals court earlier this month cleared him over the deaths of protesters in the 2011 uprising.

Mubarak became president in 1981 after Anwar Sadat's assassination.

Baby stops crying when he cuddles with mother’s dirty laundry

A baby can be inconsolable when he misses his mother. One father in San Francisco, however, found a way to comfort his wailing infant.

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A 3-month-old baby immediately calmed down after he smelled his mother’s dirty shirt, the Daily Mail reported.

“I was watching him one day while mom was running errands and he got real fussy,” the father wrote online. “Another dad-friend of mine suggested placing one of mom's dirty shirts from the hamper on his face, so he could recognize the smell and calm down.”

The results were surprising and immediate.

'I had no idea it would work so well,” the father said. “I hope this video is shared enough to help another dad out of a fussy situation with their little one.” 

Burger King to stop buying from farms that abuse chickens

Burger King officials said Tuesday that the company plans to stop buying chickens from farms that grossly mistreat the animals,CNN reported.

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By 2024, the fast-food chain said it plans to buy only chickens raised according to welfare standards established by the animal advocacy group Global Animal Partnership

"Chickens raised for meat, also known as 'broilers,' are among the most abused animals on the planet," GAP said in a joint statement. "They are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that they are often crippled under their own weight. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe they cannot stand, and so spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste." 

Burger King’s action follows similar commitments made in recent years by companies including Chipotle, Red Robin, Quiznos, Panera Bread and Starbucks, CNN reported.

According to the organization's website, GAP-certified farmers must provide birds with access to light and keep their barn living conditions cleaner. The chickens also must be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered to minimize pain.

Deputies: Family kept badly decomposed body, used Vietnam vet's benefits

Authorities in Ohio arrested three people after they discovered the badly decomposed body of a 71-year-old Vietnam veteran in a home, according to multiple reports.

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Deputies with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office found the body of Bob Harris, 71, after learning that his Social Security debit card was being used despite the fact that he hadn’t been seen for months, WJW reported. The body had decomposed to the point where the remains were mostly skeletal, lying in the living room of a home in Wainwright.

The body was kept a short distance from where the home’s residents slept, according to WJW.

“It’s a horribly graphic case,” Sheriff Orvis Campbell told TimesReporter.com.

He said Harris’ body was found in some “of the most deplorable conditions we can describe.” Trash and animal waste was found near the body.

Harris was living with a married couple and their daughter, according to TimesReporter.com. The family had spread stories about Harris moving to Stark County and allowing them to use his Social Security benefits, Campbell said.

Authorities arrested Brian and Stacy Sorohan on charges of abuse of a corpse and theft of a credit card, according to The Associated Press. The couple’s 18-year-old daughter was charged with abuse of a corpse.

Deputies said the circumstances surrounding Harris’ death were not immediately clear. An autopsy will be performed to determine whether his death involved foul play, according to TimesReporter.com.

Hawaii judge who blocked Trump’s revised travel ban target of threats

The Hawaii federal judge who ruled against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban has been the target of threatening messages, according to the FBI.

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U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson's ruling last week resulted in a temporary restraining order nationwide, CNN reported — hours before the revised travel ban was set to go into effect.

In the 43-page ruling, Watson ruled that the state of Hawaii had established "a strong likelihood of success" on their claims of religious discrimination, CNN reported.

Watson, who presides in Honolulu, has received threatening messages since the ruling. FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said the agency is aware of the situation and prepared to assist.

The FBI declined to provide additional details on the investigation. The U.S. Marshals Service, which is spearheading the investigation, said it does not discuss specific security measures.

"The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for the protection of federal judicial officials, including judges and prosecutors, and we take that responsibility very seriously," it said in a statement.

"While we do not discuss our specific security measures, we continuously review the security measures in place for all federal judges and take appropriate steps to provide additional protection when it is warranted."

Trump decried Watson's ruling during a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, last week.

"This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach," Trump said.

Watson's ruling, which applies nationwide, means people from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees will be able to travel to the United States. The countries were Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

"The illogic of the government's contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed," Watson wrote.

Shirtless man brandishing knives threatens Michigan restaurant patrons

A man walked into a Michigan restaurant Tuesday, waving knives at customers and ordering them to leave, WJBK reported.

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The 26-year-old man walked into the Mexican Fiesta restaurant in Dearborn Heights and threatened customers, witnesses told WJBK.

"He was really loud, and excuse my language, (he said) everybody get the (expletive) out," Jacob Latigo said.

Latigo and his wife recorded cell phone video of the incident Tuesday evening, showing the man shirtless at the bar counter.

"He said he wanted a beer," Latigo told WJBK. "They said ‘we weren't going to serve you’ and it looks like he got more agitated. So he put these knives in his fingers and started waving them around."

"He had like six of them," another witness, Sally Hanf, told WJBK.

The man also had cooking grease all over his body.

Dearborn Heights Police arrived and had to use a Taser gun on the man in order to arrest him, WXYZ reported.  

83-year old allegedly steals ambulance, drives home

An 83-year-old New York man checked himself out of a hospital in the middle of the night Tuesday and then allegedly stole an ambulance to get home, WNBC reported.

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Donald Winkler of Merrick reportedly was unhappy with the treatment he had received after being admitted to Nassau University Medical Center last week, so at 1 a.m. Tuesday he checked himself out.

After leaving the emergency room and walking into the parking lot, Winkler noticed an ambulance with the keys in the ignition, got in and drove away, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

Police found Winkler at an area 7-Eleven and reported that he admitted he had stolen the ambulance. Police then arrested Winkler, WNBC reported.

After being taken back to Nassau University Medical Center for evaluation and treatment, Winkler was arraigned at his bedside on a charge of second-degree grand larceny.

Neighbors said they took Winkler to see a doctor because he has heart issues and was having trouble breathing. Winkler's family advised him not to drive the car parked at his home, but he ignored their concerns because he cherishes his independence, WNBC reported.

"He's not supposed to be driving," a neighbor named Marie told WNBC. "There's a car in the driveway, but his children told me they told him, do not drive. I guess he wanted to get home that bad."

Authorities said the medic who left the ambulance with the keys in the ignition will be held responsible but that it is common to leave the vehicle running after dropping off a patient.

More millenials live with parents in S. Florida than anywhere else

A new study suggests that millennials in South Florida live with their parents at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country.

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The study conducted by Abodo found that 44.8 percent of millennials in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area still live with their parents. That’s the highest percentage among the 40 metropolitan areas looked at by the study, and above the national average of 34.1 percent.

According to Abodo, the finding represents the first time in 130 years that people in the 18-to-34-year-old range are more likely to live with their parents than any other situation, including cohabiting with a spouse, living alone and living with roommates.

Despite the stigma, millennials may have a good reason for living under their parents’ roof. If millennials living at home in South Florida were to move out, U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that they would spend more than 90 percent on their monthly income on rent. Millennials from six other metropolitan area would also spend more than 90 percent of their income on rent. In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area, millennials who would pay 110 percent of their income on rent.

The study found that millennials living at home have a median monthly income of $1,121, which falls well below the $2,023 median monthly income of all millennials.

Read more at Abodo.

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