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Dog dies of heat stroke after being left outdoors for hours in extreme heat 

Animal Control in Wallingford, Connecticut, is issuing a warning after a dog died after being let outside and left for hours in extreme heat Monday.

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“One of our shelter alumnus was left outside by the family’s nanny yesterday for several hours without water,” Wallingford Animal Control said in a Tuesday Facebook post. “Sadly, when the dog's owners returned home from work, they found her lifeless body in the yard. They rushed her to the veterinarian, who tragically confirmed she had suffered and died from heat stroke.”

Temperatures in the city reached into the 90s Monday, according to a post by the shelter.

“This was a young healthy dog,” Wallingford Animal Control Officer Katie Ehlers told WTNH. “So if you take another dog like a senior dog, let’s say, or a dog like a brachycephalic dog like our pugs or French Bulldogs -- those dogs are gonna be more susceptible to the heat.”

“Although we have not yet been able to question the person responsible for leaving the dog out for an extended period in this heat, all we know is that she died a painful and agonizing death,” the organization said in the post.

“This dog was loved VERY much by her family. She was extremely well cared for and adored. We do not blame the adopters for this tragic event. However, the bottom line is that this pup lost her life, and it was 110% preventable.”

According to The Humane Society of the United States, pets can be cooled inside out with dog friendly popsicles, water, and cooling body wraps. Dogs should never be left in parked cars and exercise on hot days should be limited. Dog owners should provide adequate shade and water when their pets are outside and not rely on a fan to cool pets down. Humidity should also be monitored.

Signs of heatstroke in animals include heavy panting, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting; a rapid heartbeat, glazed eyes, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy and fever. Very young or very old animals, overweight animals, as well as ones with short muzzles and with respiratory or heart disease, are at a higher risk for heat stroke.

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Woman who didn't know she was pregnant gets big surprise in grocery store bathroom

A woman who didn’t know she was pregnant left the grocery store with a lot more than just produce.

Ashleigh Miller-Cross gave birth to baby boy Ezra at the Atlantic Superstore in Nova Scotia.

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According to Canadian news outlet CBC, a manager rushed to help Miller-Cross when he heard screams coming from the woman’s restroom.

“The baby already proceeded to come, so I grabbed my phone right away, called 911,” said store manager Malcolm Comeau.

The store has a medical clinic, so a doctor rushed to help the woman finish delivering the baby. An ambulance later took Miller-Cross and Ezra to a hospital.

“The mother smiled at me when she left, and she had the baby laying on her,” said Comeau.

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Miller-Cross told ABC News she had just welcomed her daughter 10 months earlier and had no idea she was expecting again. She said she had not gained any weight.

Photographer Jen Matchett of Branches Photography reached out to the new mom when she heard the story. In a photo shoot with Ezra, she placed the new baby boy in a grocery store basket.

“My photographer brain was already envisioning the grocery basket shot; it just came to me and I had to make it happen,” Matchett told ABC News.

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According to CBC, the Atlantic Superstore awarded the family a year’s worth of free diapers.

“I want to thank everybody who has offered support, everyone who was giving us things,” said Miller-Cross.

The best ways to send money online — comparing Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay and more

With the rise of peer-to-peer payment services like Venmo, splitting the check with friends or reminding your sibling to pay you back isn’t as tiresome as it once was.

» RELATED: The hottest products, iOS 11 features announced at Apple’s big developer conference 

The services, which allow users to send money to others online or through apps, continue to gain popularity in the U.S. for their convenience (and the fact that fewer Americans carry cash these days).

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While you may only be familiar with popular apps like PayPal or Venmo, there are a countless number of services out there.

Just recently, Apple announced the feature as part of Apple Pay, and big banks are reportedly collaborating on their own service.

» RELATED: 7 hidden iPhone tricks you probably never knew about 

To help you narrow down the best P2P pick for you, we’ve rounded up a guide to the most popular, highly rated apps and services in the tech community.

Venmo

Venmo is one of the most popular P2P services out there, beloved for its highly rated iOS and Android apps, which add a little social fun to an effortless transaction between friends, and its split option, which allows users to split checks between friends.

You can either use a credit card, debit card, checking account or your Venmo balance (a collection of money you’ve received from others or manually added yourself). 

» RELATED: 3 costly mistakes when sending money online 

However, using a credit card or non-major debit card will yield a 2.9 percent fee.

Venmo also offers a nudge feature through which users can remind friends about missing payments without having to ask flat-out.

What some critics say: Security can be a bit of an issue if you’re not careful. Don’t use Venmo with anyone you don’t trust or don’t know. Because the app doesn’t automatically log you out, it’s important to make sure your phone has a solid security passcode when you use Venmo.

PayPal

PayPal is the most popular P2P used online, with nearly 200 million active accounts worldwide, according to NerdWallet. The mobile app is widely used, too.

Users are able to add loyalty cards to the app for free, but paying with a credit or debit card adds a fee of three percent plus 30 cents.

Security is almost a non-issue with PayPal, which doesn’t require account or routing numbers or credit cards. The company also offers purchase protection under the “goods and services” option for users transacting with people they don’t know well.

What some critics say: PayPal used to require users to log into a website and fill out a form before requesting money, which many app users found frustrating. But in 2015, the company added a feature called PayPal.me, which creates a personalized, shareable URL. Whoever has the link can then easily complete the charge request. The app itself, however, is still criticized for its interface. Though it isn’t as quick and simple as Venmo, PayPal is still the most used P2P globally.

Google Wallet

Anyone with a Google account can access Wallet, a web and mobile app with a Venmo-inspired clean interface.

Not only can users send person-to-person payments via text message, Wallet users also have the ability to pay for goods and services, such as YouTube movie rentals, PCMag reported.

Google Wallet also has the highest daily spending limits ($9,999 single transaction limit; $50,000 limit in a 5-day period) compared to other P2P services, including Venmo ($2,999 daily spending limit).

» RELATED: Man involved in $1,200 PayPal mistake hopes to inspire others 

What some critics say: Though Google Wallet has the highest daily spending limits, the service also charges the highest fees. Adding money using a credit or debit card will cost users 2.9 percent, compared to Venmo’s 3 percent tax on credit cards only. Square Cash and Facebook’s Payments services both only support debit cards and have zero transaction fees.

Square Cash

This straightforward P2P app might not be as popular as Venmo or Google Wallet, but it is considered one of the most visually-appealing and easy-to-use P2P services.

One thing that helps Square Cash stand out among others is its Apple Watch integration, which allows users to send or receive money to friends and family nearby via Bluetooth.

What some critics say: “Good, but not the best,” is how PCMag described Square Cash, citing its lack of credit card support, low spending limits and its $Cashtag system (a personal link anyone can create to send or receive money without having to ask for phone numbers, email addresses, etc.) as cons.

Apple Pay

The new iOS 11 update, which launches later this year, will offer P2P payments through messages, allowing users to send and receive cash via iMessage.

For enhanced security, the feature will be integrated with Touch ID authentication. 

What some critics say: A noted drawback to using Apple Pay via iMessage is that any money you receive won’t go directly to your bank account. Instead, the cash will flow into an Apple Pay cash card (sort of like a gift card to be used in iTunes, app store, etc.) and requires manually transferring the money to your bank.

One critic called the move “a psychological trick to keep you spending.”

But because iOS doesn’t launch until later, many critics are waiting before offering full product reviews.

Payments in Facebook Messenger

Nearly everyone you talk to is probably on Facebook, so finding other users to send money to or request money from is incredibly easy, though the receiver isn’t required to have an account at all.

The payments feature is available in the Facebook Messenger app and requires a debit card (with PIN-based protection) on both ends of the transaction. iPhone users can enable Touch ID for efficiency.

As of April, the service also supports group payments in group chats, allowing users to split a bill or pay individual group members with the click of the $ icon in the app.

What some critics say: While Facebook helps connect people all over the world, the P2P service in Facebook Messenger is limited to U.S. residents and requires a debit card from a U.S. bank for transactions. Critics warn users to only use the feature with people they know well as Facebook doesn’t have fraud protection protocols.

Zelle

Five of the largest American banks (JPMorgan, Bank of America Corp, Wells Fargo & Co, U.S. Bancorp and Capital One Financial Corp) recently collaborated to launch this P2P service meant to connect account holders through one single network instead of having to pick and choose from several P2P service options.

While banks hope to benefit by reducing costs from handling checks and cash, there are certainly some user perks.

The tool allows inter-bank money transfers between more than 30 major U.S. banks through each company’s app, so you don’t have to download an entire new app for different banks. You’ll be able to use the Zelle P2P service from within the bank app you probably already have on your phone.

There’s a full list of participating banks on the Zelle website, but if you don’t see yours there, you can still use the tool by signing up with digital payments network clearXchange. Once you sign up, you can pay your contacts using either their email address or phone number.

The program will integrate into dozens of mobile banking apps, and a standalone app is on its way later in the year. Eventually, the service will become available through 30 U.S. banks.

What the critics say: To some, Zelle may be “yet another redundant option” in a world of endless P2P services, but for first-timers, Zelle provides a convenience factor missing in many other services. For example, because you don’t have to share your banking information with a third-party service, security isn’t as big of a factor. Unlike Apple Pay or Venmo, funds will transfer directly into your checking or savings account. Funds sent using Zelle will become available to the recipient within minutes.

Grandparents celebrate 68th anniversary with darling photo shoot thanks to granddaughter

A Kentucky couple has a love story for the ages.

Ollie, 83, and Donald King, 87, have been married for nearly 68 years and have not spent a full day or night apart in those six decades, “Good Morning America” reported.

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As part of their upcoming anniversary celebration in September, the Kings’ granddaughter, Ashley Owen, gave them a present that will hopefully last for generations to come: a photo shoot of her grandparents who are still madly in love.

Now the photos, which were taken by Paige Franklin, are taking the internet and social media by storm.

The photos were taken on the couple’s farm in Crab Orchard, Kentucky. 

Donald is a retired pastor and Ollie is, according to the love of her life, a “masterful quilter,” Franklin told the Huffington Post.

“He explained that they never preferred anyone over the other, and that the Lord has spared them to live this long to love each other,” Franklin said.

The Owens have three children and five grandchildren, the Huffington Post reported.

To see more of the photos, click here.

Children's retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy, will close 375 stores

Children’s retailer Gymboree filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Sunday and will close more than 375 stores, according to Fortune.

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The retailer said it could close up to 450 of its 1,281 stores as the company reorganizes.

The San Francisco-based company says it is seeking to reduce its debt by $900 million. It expects to operate its business and majority of its stores during the restructuring.

“The steps we are taking today allow the company to definitely address its debt and enable the management team to turn its full focus toward executing our key strategies,” Gymboree CEO Daniel Griesemer said in a statement.

Gymboree is the latest retailer to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, close stores or go out of business entirely in 2017. Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource filed for bankruptcy protection in April and The Limited closed all 250 of its remaining stores early this year. Teen retailer Wet Seal in January said it would close its 171 stores.

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Teen says his pro-Trump shirt was censored in school yearbook photo

A 17-year-old from Wall Township, New Jersey, is speaking out after he took a look at the yearbook and saw that the Trump T-shirt he wore on picture day was Photoshopped out.

Grant Berardo said he wore the shirt in his yearbook photo for Wall Township High School because he was too young to vote for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but he wanted to show his support.

This is what the shirt actually looks like.

“It was Photoshopped,” Grant said in an interview with the Asbury Park Press. “I sent it to my mom and dad, just like, ‘You won’t believe this.’ I was just overall disappointed. I like Trump, but it’s history, too. Wearing that shirt memorializes the time.”

Wall Schools Superintendent Cheryl Dyer said she is “quite disturbed by the entire situation.” The photo company, Jostens, did not comment. Whether a school employee or the photo company was responsible for the edit decision remains to be seen.

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The school says political shirts are not a dress code violation.

The teen’s father, Joseph Berardo Jr., called it “censorship” and believes “it was probably politically motivated.”

The father wondered what kind of message this sends to someone interested in politics before they can vote.

“What are you doing? Don’t you go to school to debate this stuff – at the collegiate level, at the high school level,” he asked. “What’s frustrating to me is that this was the first election he took interest in, but what message did the school send?”

United Pet Group recalls 5 brands of rawhide dog chews

United Pet Group has issued a voluntary recall for multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products that were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the U.S. 

The recall – which covers the brands American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, Healthy Hide, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit – was issued after United Pet Group identified that certain rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Columbia, and one its suppliers in Brazil, were using an ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the making of the rawhide chews.

The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment, but it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

>> Click here to read the full recall announcement on the FDA website

The primary complaint received was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported from owners.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. 

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The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois, distribution facility. All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall identify an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 located on the back of the package.

Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund.

WATCH: Patriotic boy stops to say Pledge of Allegiance in heartwarming viral video

A video showing a young boy pledging allegiance to the flag when no one was looking is being circulated around the internet.

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Utah woman Jami Warner caught her 7-year-old son, Wyatt, pledging allegiance to the flag all on his own while her neighbor’s security camera recorded the footage. In the video, Wyatt rides his bike up to the neighbor’s doorstep. Before he rings the doorbell, he stops and notices the American flag hanging on the porch.

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Wyatt then immediately puts his hand over his heart and recites the Pledge of Allegiance.

“He doesn’t pledge allegiance, that I am aware of, other than at school ... or at an event,” his mother told Fox News after sharing the video on Instagram. “I can’t remember a time when he did this on his own.”

When she saw the video, Warner knew she wanted to share it with other parents to show them that kids to listen to them.

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“I wished I could show it to every parent who feels like what they teach their kids goes in one ear and out the other,” she said. “We try to teach our three kids about how lucky they are to live in this country and about the men and women who have served and died for our freedom.”

Read more here.

Firefighter warns others after daughter chokes on fidget spinner part

A firefighter in Indiana is warning other parents after his daughter had a frightening encounter with a fidget spinner.

The firefighter was not identified by name, but his story was posted on the Decatur Township Fire Department's page on Thursday. The firefighter said his daughter was in the back seat of the car playing with the fidget spinner and talking. "It broke out of the holder, flew in her mouth, and lodged in her throat. I did about 5 minutes of back blows and with her coughing it became dislodged and went to her stomach."

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The firefighter called 911 and the girl was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. 

The fire department posted an image of the girl's X-ray, where the fidget spinner piece can clearly be seen lodged in the girl's body. 

The firefighter wanted to share his story to warn other parents that fidget spinners, the latest toy fad, can be choking hazards. This is not the first time a fidget spinner has caused injury. A 10-year-old girl choked on a piece of the toy in May, and a piece got stuck in her esophagus, requiring surgery. 

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