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Florida man arrested after leaving 3 dogs in car at mall

A Florida man was arrested in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, charged with three counts of animal cruelty after three dogs were rescued from inside a hot car parked at a local mall.

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The rescue happened while the pit bulls’ owner, Edgar Marcial, 27, was inside shopping at the Volusia Mall, police said.

Investigators said the dogs had been in the vehicle, which had a window slightly open, for at least an hour without any water in temperatures exceeding 103 degrees.

One dog appeared unconscious and another could barely stand, police said. Police said one of the dogs urinated on itself as soon as it was rescued.Daytona Beach police body camera video shows how a police officer became frustrated with Marcial’s lack of compassion for his pets and complained to other officers on scene.

“He’s just like, ‘I just want my dogs back so I can (expletive) leave right now,’” the officer said.

Marcial was arrested and his dogs were taken to the Humane Society, where they are recovering.

Flight attendant becomes first African-American to win Miss Missouri USA pageant

A 23-year-old flight attendant and print model became the first African-American woman to win the Miss Missouri USA pageant, as she captured the 2017 crown this past weekend in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles.

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Bayleigh Dayton, a Baylor University graduate who attended high school in Kansas City, Missouri, first entered the pageant in 2013. After finishing in the top 16, she re-entered the contest last year and finished as the first runner-up. She also was awarded Miss Congeniality for 2016.

 “Last year when I entered, I knew that my road to pageantry wasn’t finished,” Dayton told the Kansas City Star. “When I made top five last year I knew that I could do this. The insecurities weren’t there. It was easier for me to focus this year.”

By winning, Dayton advances to the Miss USA Pageant next year. If she wins Miss USA, she would advance to Miss Universe Pageant.

“When they called my name I was freaking out,” she said. “I had to calm myself down.”

Dayton plans to make an impact with her newfound status.

“It’s awesome to be able to put a face with a title,” she said. “I’m obviously the first African-American titleholder in this position. Now girls have someone to look up to and can have an actual role model.”

Allegations against Trump have surfaced regarding his golf club staff

According to court records from 2012, Donald Trump allegedly fired female employees at his Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, that he found unattractive then hired women he did find attractive.

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“I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were ‘not pretty enough’ and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women,” Hayley Strozier, the director of catering at the club until 2008, said in a sworn declaration, according to the documents, the LA Times reported.

Strozier went on to say that managers would rework employees’ schedules to make sure that attractive women were working when Trump was at the club.

However, the Trump Organization said the allegations were “meritless.”

“Donald Trump always wanted good-looking women working at the club,” Sue Kwiatkowski, a club restaurant manager until 2009, said in a declaration, according to the lawsuit. “I know this because one time he took me aside and said, ‘I want you to get some good-looking hostesses here. People like to see good-looking people when they come in.’”

“We do not engage in discrimination of any kind and have always complied with all wage laws, including by providing our employees with meal and rest breaks,” Jill Martin, the Trump Organization’s assistant general counsel, told the LA Times.

The details of the lawsuit have come to light after Monday’s heated debate with Hillary Clinton and comments regarding former 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado. It was revealed that he allegedly called her names such as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”

Mom answers 911 call from daughter when fallen tree traps her inside home

A massive tree destroyed a home in northwest Atlanta when a storm rolled through the area Tuesday night.

The home belongs to Atlanta 911 dispatcher Le'Fayedra Toney. She wasn't home when a tree fell on it, but her daughter, Diamonique Foster, ended up getting trapped inside. Diamonique then called 911 looking for her mother.

Foster showed exactly where a giant 100-year-old oak came through her roof and trapped her on her bed, seconds after she heard an earsplitting lightning strike.

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Luckily for her, she still had her phone in her hand called 911. She asked to speak to her mother.

“I was freaking out, and I told her my mom worked there, and I know they don't usually patch you through like that, but I was freaking out and I needed my mom,” Foster said.

Toney said her 911 training kicked in and she stayed calm for her daughter, but she was frazzled on the inside.

“When I’m on my calls, personally, I try to treat everybody like family, because you never know. And this time, it was family. This time it was, so it worked out,” Toney told Elliot.

Foster said once she heard her mother's voice, she knew everything was going to be OK. Rescuers arrived minutes later and pulled her out with barely a scratch.

Foster told Elliot she thinks her mom is Super Woman, and she has the T-shirt to prove it.   

“Even as just a 911 call taker, she was, she needed to be calm at all times, but for it to be her own child, that was amazing. I don't think… I couldn’t have done it,” Foster said.

The house is a loss. 

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay expenses. 

Couple's final wish granted: reunion in hospital room

This is Richard Rand, 87, and his wife June, 86.

Both have been battling pneumonia. Their daughter Lisa, who lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida, made the decision to move her parents from out of state to Nassau County so she could care for them. 

 

They have been married for 65 years. They met during World War II, when Richard was 13 and June was 12. 

Richard served as a foreign service officer. He and June lived all over the world before retiring to Connecticut and Virginia. 

Unfortunately, Richard’s pneumonia has worsened. June fell at a rehab facility and suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

June was taken to Shands in Jacksonville but wanted to be reunited with her husband, who is hospitalized at Baptist Medical Center Nassau in Amelia Island. 

Staff at Baptist worked to ensure that June could be wheeled into Richard's hospital room. 

The two touched hands. 

Their granddaughter Taylor wrote on social media: "Our prayers were answered last night. My Grandma and Papa were reunited.

"This was their final wish. From ages 12 and 13, to 86 and 87, their undying love is the kind of stuff books and movies are based on. Never before have I experienced such a meaningful display of true love. It was truly beautiful and I will never forget it."

The extended Rand family has flown to Jacksonville to be with the couple. 

On Wednesday night, the reunion happened: 

Spider bites man on genitals for second time

A man in Australia is probably asking “Why me?” after he suffered another spider bite to his genitals just months after an earlier bite.

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BBC reported that the 21-year-old Australian man, identified only as Jordan, said he was using a portable toilet at a Sydney-area worksite when he felt a pain in his genitals. "I'm the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment," he said. "I was sitting on the toilet doing my business and just felt the sting that I felt the first time. I was like, 'I can't believe it's happened again.' I looked down and (I saw) a few little legs come from around the rim."

Mashable that a “highly venomous” redback spider bit Jordan in the same spot in April. He said this was the first time since the previous incident that he had used the portable toilet and he checked to make sure everything was clear.

"After the first time it happened, I didn't really want to use one again," he told the BBC. "Toilets got cleaned that day and I thought it was my opportunity to go use one. Had a look under both seats and then I sat down and did my business. Next thing you know, I'm bent over in pain.”

While Jordan said his co-workers were worried about him the first time, he told KIIS FM that they found it truly comical the second time. "(They were) just laughing at me, pretty much. They remembered me from the last time it happened," he said. "Everyone was laughing at me, calling me the unluckiest man in Australia."

According to the BBC, redback spiders are similar to black widow spiders, but have not caused any recorded deaths since the development of antivenin in 1956 and cause only  severe pain, sweating and nausea. Jordan said that he was released from the hospital and expects to return to work soon, but plans to avoid the portable toilet from now on.

"I think I'll be holding on for dear life, to be honest," he told BBC.

Read more at BBC.

Black moon rises Friday, won't happen again for years

A celestial event not seen since 2014 occurs Friday night when a rare black moon rises.

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A black moon is defined as the second new moon to occur in a single month. It’s an unusual event and one that won’t happen again in the western hemisphere until July 2019.

Because a new moon is the moment when the moon’s earth-facing side is fully in shadow, it’s not something that can be easily seen with the naked eye.

John Rao, a columnist for Space.com, said the black moon gets short shrift when it comes to moon hype.

“Unlike a ‘supermoon’ which gets countless numbers of people scurrying for vantage points to see a slightly larger and slightly brighter-than-average full moon, with a Black Moon, you simply can’t see it,” Rao wrote. “In my opinion, this is the chief reason why the Black Moon is going to have a tough time in becoming a popular media brand.“

The more well known blue moon has a few definitions, including when a second full moon occurs in a single month.

While some astronomers frown on giving nicknames to celestial events, others are happy people are paying attention.

“It’s more exciting for the general public to hear about a supermoon,” said Francisco Reyes, a University of Florida associate scientist and director of the school’s teaching observatory. “It’s like a curiosity.”

Earlier this month, a full harvest moon rose, marking the transition toward fall. Names were given to moons by Native Americans, who tied the lunar cycles to nature and the seasons.

While the moon will be dark Friday night, it won’t hide for long. By Sunday, a sliver of a waxing crescent moon should become visible.

Mom gets 15 years for having sex with daughter’s boyfriend

A mother from Alpharetta, Georgia, pleaded guilty Thursday to seducing her daughter’s boyfriend and having sex with him, WSB-TV reported.

Kathy Tompa will spend 15 years in prison after she admitted she had a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old for months.

Tompa was originally charged with child molestation and rape in May, but few details on the case were released.

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In court, the boy’s mother told the judge that her son had to move out of the county because of the humiliation it caused him.

"She stole my son’s innocence," she said. "She stole his childhood. I’m angry with her and I’m angry with myself."

Tompa had been in contact with the boy since December 2015 through text messages, WSB-TV reported. At one point, she groomed the boy for a sexual relationship with her daughter before persuading him to have sex with her.

"She was advising him on how to kiss her daughter, how to touch her daughter, when would be an appropriate time to touch her buttocks, what would be the appropriate time and manner to remove her shirt," Forsyth County Assistant District Attorney Heather Dunn told the judge.

WSB-TV reported that Tompa also helped the boy sneak out of the house and hide the affair from his parents.

Tompa has to pay a fine and the boy’s therapy services. She must also register as a sex offender.

Lady Gaga confirmed for Super Bowl LI halftime show

It's official.

After speculative reports earlier this month, Lady Gaga has been confirmed as the Pepsi Halftime Show headliner at the 2017 Super Bowl, according to an NFL news release.

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UsWeekly previously reported that the pop singer would be the halftime performer, but the NFL's senior vice president of communications Natalie Ravitz had said there was no final decision made.

"We have had conversations with several fantastic artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show," Ravitz said earlier in an email to The Washington Post. "However, at this point, we do not have a final decision. We’re happy there is so much excitement about the show."

Related: NFL says 'no final decision' on Lady Gaga performing at 2017 Super Bowl halftime show

Lady Gaga will be performing at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. She is set to give a preview of what will come in February during an appearance Oct. 2 during an interview on the FOX NFL Sunday Pregame Show.

Lady Gaga previously sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, this year.

Body of Erica Parsons discovered five years after she disappeared

Multiple sources confirmed to WSOC-TV that the body of Erica Parsons was discovered this week in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

The property is off Moore Road near Pageland, South Carolina, and is believed to belong to a family member of Sandy Parsons.

The Rowan County girl was last seen in November of 2011, but her family didn't report her missing until July 2013.

TIMELINE: Erica Parsons case (WSOC-TV)

At the time she was just 13 years old.

Several law enforcement and family members, who did not want to be identified, confirmed the information, but would not go into detail.

Her remains were taken to Rowan County, North Carolina, earlier this week.

Frequently asked questions in the Erica Parsons case (WSOC-TV)

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is expected to hold a press conference next week regarding the case.

Erica’s adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, are serving federal prison sentences for fraud charges.

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Cartoon Network announces the end of 'Adventure Time'

All good cartoon shows must come to an end.

Cartoon Network has announced that such is the case for its popular show "Adventure Time."

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Entertainment Weekly reported that viewers have a couple more years to watch new episodes of the cult hit.

After eight years, the show about Finn, his best friend and adoptive brother Jake and their travels in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo will end after nine seasons in 2018.

Deadline reported that "Adventure Time" content will continue on the network in the form of miniseries, specials and the final ninth season.

"Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories," creator Pendleton Ward said. "We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think."

The show debuted in 2010 and has won six Emmys. According to The Hollywood Reporter, numerous celebrity guests have been on the show, including Matthew Broderick and Neil Patrick Harris.

"Adventure Time changed the definition of what a kids' TV series could be, and it’s had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world," Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher said. "Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation."

The show is currently in its eighth season.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte delighted by balloons at children's party

There were plenty of balloons and bubbles to delight two special little guests at a party Thursday for military families that was part of the Royal Tour of Canada.

Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, who at 16 months was seen walking a bit at the party, were delighted by a man making balloon animals.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrived in Canada Saturday as part of an eight-day visit to the country. Prince George made headlines upon arrival to the country when he refused to high-five Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

>>Watch: Prince George's reaction to Canada's prime minister goes viral

Shannen Doherty thanks husband for standing by her as she battles cancer

As actress Shannen Doherty continues her battle with cancer, she is thanking her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, for his support.

Today.com reported that the former "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed" star has taken part in the love your spouse Instagram challenge.

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Doherty, who publicly her diagnosis in August 2015, was prompted to do so by her friend, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Doherty's first photo for the challenge, posted Monday on her Instagram page, was from her wedding day.

Related: Shannen Doherty says her dog detected her cancer

"It was exceptional because we committed for better or worse, in sickness or in health to love and cherish one another,"  Doherty wrote in the caption. "Those vows have never meant more than they do now. Kurt has stood by my side thru sickness and makes me feel more loved now than ever. I would walk any path with this man. Take any bullet for him and slay every dragon to protect him. He is my soul mate. My other half. I am blessed."

Related: Actress Shannen Doherty shaves head amidst cancer battle, shares on social media

Other photos posted for the challenge include snapshots of Doherty and Iswarienko in Colorado, Greece and Spain.

"I can honestly say that we always have a great time together. @kurtiswarienko thank you for being my best friend," she captioned a photo.

Woman orders wings, but gets thousands of dollars in box

A woman in San Jose, California, placed an order of wings for lunch and got thousands of dollars in cash instead.

KGO-TV reported that Selena Avalos, a manager at a cellphone store, ordered from a nearby Domino's and when her food arrived, there were not wings, but wads of cash inside the container.

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The total was nearly $5,000.

"I was like, I can’t keep it. It’s a crazy amount of money," Avalos told KGO-TV. "It’s not like it’s $20 you find, you know? It’s almost $5,000."

"I'm a manager myself, so I do deposits," Avalos said. "So I assumed right away that it was their deposits."

Avalos said she immediately called the Domino's where she placed the order, but there was no answer.

"Wouldn't they be thinking, 'Where did that money go?'" Avalos said.

There was still no response three days later, so she reached out to KGO-TV for help, which contacted the Domino's corporate office and got Avalos in contact with the franchise owner.

As a reward, Domino's is offering Avalos free pizza for a year and her boss is giving her a week off of work -- with pay.

 

Have $200,000? You could fly to Mars

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants people to travel to Mars for as little as $200,000 a person.

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Musk told the International Astronautical Congress his plan at a meeting in Mexico Tuesday.

SpaceX has yet to ferry an astronaut to the International Space Station. SpaceX is also still isolating the issue with a helium system breach that led to the explosive loss of a Falcon 9 and its payload earlier this month. However, that didn't stop Musk from announcing an ambitious plan for the colonization of Mars.

“One path is that we stay on Earth forever, and there will be some extinction species. The other is to become an interplanetary species,” Musk said.

Musk has said he intends to beat NASA's goal of sending astronauts to Mars in the 2030s by a decade.

Musk’s announcement comes on the heels of another major announcement from Blue Origin about the “New Glen.” It’s a reusable rocket designed to launch satellites and people from Cape Canaveral.

“You've got NASA pursuing its goals. You have the commercial sector coming in, bringing speed and innovation and sustainability, and it's an exciting time and Florida is smack dab in the middle of it,” said Dale Ketcham, of Space Florida.

Under the SpaceX plan, the journey to Mars would begin at the Kennedy Space Center. Musk said key requirements to make all of this a reality will include reusability, refilling in orbit, propellant production on Mars and choosing the right propellant.

“Forty to 100 years to have a self-sustaining community on Mars,” Musk said.

Tennis player Rafael Nadal stops match for a mother looking for child

Rafael Nadal has a heart of gold.

The tennis player, who is from Mallorca, Spain, was in the middle of a charity doubles match in Mallorca with Simon Solbas against Carlos Moya and John McEnroe.

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Fox Sports reported that as Nadal was about to serve, he noticed a commotion in the stands.

A woman was calling out for her daughter, identified only as Clara. Nadal stopped the match as the distraught mother looked for her daughter, according to The Huffington Post UK.

The story has a happy ending as the little girl was found a few seats down and was tearfully reunited with her mother, to the applause of the crowd.

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Kaepernick: 'Let's make America great again for the first time'

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has his own thoughts about the first presidential debate.

The outspoken football player spoke to CNN in a lockeroom interview about the heated debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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“To me, it was embarrassing to watch. Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist,” Kaepernick, who said he watched the first bit of the debate, told reporters on Tuesday.

“(Trump) always says, ‘Make America great again.’ Well, America has never been great for people of color and that’s something that needs to be addressed. Let’s make America great for the first time.”

The Associated Press has reported that Kaepernick has been taking a knee during the National Anthem at NFL games because he says the U.S. has oppressed people of color.

On the eve of Donald Trump’s Tuesday campaign rally Everett, Washington, the Republican presidential candidate spoke with KIRO Radio on a variety of topics, including Kaepernick’s national anthem protest. 

“I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing, I think it’s a terrible thing. And maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try. It won’t happen,” Trump said.

Kaepernick called Trump's statement ignorant on Tuesday.

"Very ignorant statement that if you don't agree with what's going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all that you should leave the country," Kaepernick said.

As for who Kaepernick will vote for in November, he says he’s not impressed with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. 

Student arrested for wearing gorilla mask, flaunting noose at Black Lives Matter protest

An East Tennessee State University student has been charged with civil rights intimidation after heckling Black Lives Matter demonstrators at a peaceful silent protest on the school's campus.

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Tristan Rettke, an ETSU freshman, arrived at the protest at Borchuck Plaza at the school's campus barefoot in a gorilla mask and denim overalls.

Video footage showed him attempting to hand out "noose-wrapped bananas" from a burlap sack to the demonstrators. The sack had a marijuana leaf and a Confederate flag printed on it.

"He pulled out his burlap sack and then he had the rope and whatnot and then he started offering us bananas," said Jaylen Grimes, one of the demonstrators. "A lot of us didn't take it, but I just took (it) as a sign of peace offering and just to show him that just because he's being disrespectful towards me, I won't be disrespectful towards him."

As part of his counterprotest efforts, Rettke held up a sign that said "Lives Matter."

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"He's just trying to get a reaction out of us that we're not going to give him. We're bigger than that," said one protestor who held a sign that read "Black Lives Matter (doesn't mean) all lives don't (matter).

Rettke, 18, was escorted from the protest by public safety officers and was later criminally charged by the Johson City Police Department. 

Rettke told police he went to the event "in (an) attempt to provoke the protesters."

ETSU President Brian Noland held a press conference Wednesday after seeing video of the incident. He discussed the event during a "community dialogue" on campus.

"I was offended, but I was also saddened," Noland said, calling Rettke's actions "incomprehensible, intolerable and impermissible."

Rettke has been placed on interim suspension from the college. 

In a statement, ETSU said Rettke's actions "go against the values" of the school and that the university is a place "where people come first and all are treated with dignity and respect." 

The university applauded the protestors for remaining clam despite Rettke's actions. 

"We are exceptionally proud of the students who were peacefully participating in the event and the manner in which they exercised restraint, thoughtfulness and strength in the face of inappropriate and offensive behavior," Noland said.

"Of course, it's hard to stay calm because they're doing it because they know they can get under your skin," Grimes said. "You've just got to have thicker skin and be the bigger person and just show that ignorance is not going to override your ability to be calm. Because being calm is a lot more difficult than reacting the way they want us to react, which is in a violent stereotypical black way. But we're not all like that."

"We hold no ill towards him," another student, Grant Madison said. "I added him on Facebook and want to speak with him about why he did it."

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Juanita Broaddrick slams Chelsea Clinton over family's past

Donald Trump said he would have mentioned Bill Clinton's past infidelity at the first presidential debate, but one thing held him back.

"I'm very happy that I was able to hold back on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton," Trump told CNN after the debate.

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Chelsea Clinton shrugged off the comment, telling Cosmopolitan, "I don't remember a time in my life when my parents and my family weren't being attacked, and so it just sort of seems to be in that tradition, unfortunately."

Trump's daughter Ivanka and Clinton are close friends. And Ivanka Trump still has "great respect" for Clinton, even though their parents are opponents.

>> Related: Chelsea Clinton answers Trump's threat to 'say something rough' at debate

One person who isn't holding back is Juanita Broaddrick. During Bill Clinton's second term as president, Broaddrick accused him of raping her in 1978 when he was Arkansas' attorney general. 

In a string of tweets addressed to Chelsea Clinton, Broaddrick said, "The truth is what has brought the attacks on your family," and "your father was, and probably still is, a sexual predator. Your mother has always lied and covered up for him."

>> Related: Rudy Giuliani: Hillary Clinton 'too stupid to be president'

Trump has often hinted at Bill Clinton's infidelity on the campaign trail. Trump tweeted that he would invite Gennifer Flowers, who allegedly had an affair with Clinton, to the first debate. But his campaign quickly put an end to that.

After a lackluster performance in that debate, Trump indicated that he won't hold back against Hillary Clinton going forward. Bill Clinton's past could certainly come into play.

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Carjacker shakes hands with victim, then steals his car, police say

A Sandy Springs, Georgia, man is sharing the terrifying moment when someone carjacked him outside the grocery store where he works.

"My nerves are shot," the man said on a 911 call to Sandy Springs police.

The man told police he'd just gotten off work at Kroger and was sitting in his car about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

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"A guy knocked on my window. I opened the door and said, ‘yeah,’ and he had a gun in front of him," the victim told WSB-TV "He said you do what I tell you to. I got out and he said to sit on the curb. He said he had somebody watching me. Don't call nobody and don't go inside. And he took off with my car."

"Apparently when the suspect was getting the keys from the victim he actually shook hands with the victim before he left," said Capt. Mike Lindstrom with the Sandy Springs Police Department.

Lindstrom says the man shook his victim's hand before stealing his Chrysler 300.

"We try to remind people, again, to be more aware of your surroundings," Lindstrom said. "And it doesn't really matter what time of day we're talking about."

Customer Chandrise Ross said the attack is surprising.

"It's really scary," Ross said. "I was always comfortable over here until that incident."

Ross told Petchenik she'll be changing up her routine in light of the carjacking.

"I’ll shop during the day and make sure I park closer to the door," Ross said.

Kroger sent Petchenik a statement about the incident, saying:

Customer and associate safety is a priority at Kroger, and we regret this situation happened. We are fortunate  our associate was not physically injured, and are cooperating fully with local law enforcement as they investigate this incident.
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