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Hunters resist banning lead from ammo, despite threat to wildlife. Here’s why

A bald eagle recently died in northeastern Pennsylvania from lead poisoning and animal-rescue officials at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill believe the eagle somehow ate a lead fragment, possibly a piece of a bullet.

Ammunition left in the wild by hunters is the most common source of lead poisoning in wildlife, according to environmental groups.

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Before leaving office, President Barack Obama issued a directive banning lead ammunition and lead fishing sinkers on federal land, NPR reported, but now there’s a push to get President Donald Trump to overturn the ban.

Just like humans, animals can get sick and die after ingesting lead.

At the Pennsylvania environmental center, the chief naturalist described the eagle as extremely sick when it was brought in.

“It’s head was down. It was vomiting, and it had a very watery, green diarrhea and obviously neurological problems, too,” Susan Gallagher told WNEP TV. Tests later showed the 4-year-old female eagle had very high levels of lead in its system when it died.

Update on the female bald eagle - she didn't make it. Hunters and fishermen, please consider using non-lead ammo & sinkers and of course, always track down your game or tackle left behind.Posted by Drew Kelly on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Waterfowl hunters have been using lead-free ammunition for decades.

But other kinds of hunters are resistant to banning lead in ammunition.

Opponents, including Lawrence Keane with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, contend the ban would increase the cost of hunting. Keane also pointed out, during an interview with NPR, that there’s no proof of any significant impact on wildlife due to leftover ammo in the wild.

>> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here    “There’s no reason to ban traditional ammo unless there’s evidence of a population impact, and that’s the only solution to address that problem,” Keane told NPR.

So far, the Trump administration hasn’t addressed the issue.

 

Bull dies after leading New York police on chase through Queens

A rogue bull that led New York police on an hours-long chase after it apparently escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens has died, according to police.

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The bull was spotted on Tuesday afternoon with more than a dozen tranquilizer darts in its side after it managed to escape from multiple attempts to curbs its exploration of Queens, WNBC reported. The animal died sometime before 2:30 p.m.

Police first started chasing the bull after they got a call at 10:20 a.m. from a resident who saw the bovine wandering near the intersection of Archer Boulevard and 146th Street, authorities told WPIX.

I'm on my way to work and see a cow walk right by me in Jamaica, Queens. Unbelievable... pic.twitter.com/buM9dn3LmD— Vladimir Vilsaint (@Soon2betheKing) February 21, 2017

Officials told WABC that the bull escaped from a slaughterhouse.

Authorities managed to corner it in a backyard in the Jamaica neighborhood and attempted to sedate the bovine with tranquilizer darts. But the determined bull escaped, WABC reported.

Got vid of bull escaping from cops in Queens from a nearby slaughterhouse. "move! Everybody run!" a cop yelled @NYDailyNews @NYDNVideo pic.twitter.com/earTQiOGHJ— Edgar Sandoval (@edjsandoval) February 21, 2017

Officers trailed after the bull for about two hours, trying to trap it between police vehicles and avoid being injured.

VIDEO: Bull chases after people during its wild run in Jamaica, Queens https://t.co/GQEsKosQ1i pic.twitter.com/3m1bVVGzvB— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) February 21, 2017

No injuries were reported as a result of the escapade, The Associated Press reported. The bull did, however, rip the door off a car.

Police managed to sedate and capture the animal at 12:20 p.m., WPIX reported.

After a helluva chase through Queens, the bull is now in police custody pic.twitter.com/v83eNFSaR4— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 21, 2017

Authorities took the bull to an animal shelter, but officials told WABC it was dead by the time it arrived at a branch of the Animal Care Centers of NYC. The news station earlier reported that a crew of workers planned to take the animal to a safe haven in New Jersey.

It's the third time in just over a year that a bovine has made a run for it on the streets of Queens. A bull named Frank escaped from a slaughterhouse in April, WPIX reported. Comedian Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, took Frank to an animal sanctuary in Watkins Glen.

Another cow named Freddie escaped from a slaughterhouse in January 2016 days before it was slated to be slaughtered, The Associated Press reported. The cow was captured and taken to the Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue.

Florida teen creates teddy bear out of fallen Orlando police officer's uniform

 A South Florida teenager is finding a way to give back and honor officers who have died in the line of duty.

Megan O’Grady, 14, who started Blue Line Bears, on Monday morning presented a teddy bear that she made out of Lt. Debra Clayton’s uniform to the Orlando Police Department and Clayton’s son, Johnny Brinson.

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Clayton was shot and killed last month in a Walmart parking lot in Orange County by Markeith Loyd, police said.

The bear includes pieces of Clayton’s uniform and even her badge number.

"I looked forward to this for a few months now," O'Grady said. "I wasn't sure Johnny wasn't going to be there, but when he was, it was definitely worth it. He was very welcoming, he was crying. It was worth every single second making the bear and delivering the bear."

Photos: Pictures of Lt. Debra Clayton

>>Vigil held for fallen officer

“Out of all the gifts I got, this is one of the best that I have received. This is one of the best, because I always hugged her in her uniform, even before she went to work, while she was on duty, because we were that close, and talked every day and every hour. Seeing this patch, feeling it again, I thought I would never be able to feel it. It’s amazing. I’m very thankful for it, to Megan. It’s amazing, I love it, I really do,” Brinson said.

O'Grady also made a bear for fallen Orange County deputy Norm Lewis, who died in a motorcycle crash while responding to Clayton's shooting.O’Grady posted on the Blue Line Bears website that she created the nonprofit organization to help the children of fallen law enforcement officers who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

“Blue Line Bears will not only provide a lasting keepsake to help keep the officer’s memory alive, but will also help their child to see that there are caring individuals who respect and appreciate men and women in uniform," the organization's website says.  

"Children of officers killed in the line of duty are oftentimes young, perhaps too young to remember the parent who died.  For those children, a bear from Blue Line Bears will provide a tangible reminder that their loved one will always be with them." Blue Line Bears has a GoFundMe page to raise money for its organization.

Veteran who lost millions wants military to screen for gambling addiction

A veteran said that he lost millions of dollars as a result of his gambling addiction, and he's speaking out now that government officials are recommending that military members be screened for such addictions.

He said gambling addiction is a threat to the health of service members and to national security, whether it's the pressures of being in debt or the debt being used to get information or other details. He said the concern is real when it comes to gambling and the military.

He didn’t want his identity revealed but spoke anonymously with ActionNewsJax.com anonymously on an issue that he knows personally.

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The Army veteran said he lost “in today’s value, $10 million” while gambling.

“I was betting $5,000 a roll of the dice at my highest point. Because it’s never enough,” the veteran said.

Gambling is an addiction that he said doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

“Nobody talks about gambling as an addiction. Doctors don’t screen for it ... we’re just having fun,” the veteran said.

“Someone who knows this person has this issue can use that to extort information from them.” 

That’s just one reason why the Army veteran wants the military to do more to address gambling addiction.

“It’s not harmless. It’s not just entertainment … It leaves them exposed,” the veteran said.

He hopes that along with screening, the military will do more to help those who are serving.

“(We need) initial orientation and education when you’re first coming into the military … especially if you’re going into a region where it’s so readily accessible and part of the norm,” the veteran said.

He said his gambling started in the military.

“My very first trip to a casino was while I was in the military at Fort Dix in New Jersey,” he said.

He said his addiction got worse.

“I was risking everything … from January through August, I lost $275,000,” he said.

He said he has recovered and owns his own business. He hopes his story can bring changes to the military and help those who are still serving.

“It may just look like entertainment, but it has the potential to ruin your life and your military career,” he said.

But that could soon change. The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Department of Defense start screening for gambling addiction, and provide better guidance to help service members who might have an addiction.

“A lot of time, you know, guys have down time … that’s one of the things they turn to. It’s easy, readily accessible, whether it’s playing cards, dice, etc.,” the veteran said.

The Army veteran said he was an adrenaline junkie and gambling can help feed a need for adrenaline.

The National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that 36,000 active-duty service members meet the criteria for a gambling problem.

Photo shoot turns boy fighting cancer into superhero

Robert Hart has been battling cancer for more than half of his short life.

The 12-year-old Georgia boy, diagnosed at the age of 6 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has been in treatment almost nonstop since his diagnosis. His illness has forced him to miss out on a lot of adventures, but earlier this month, Robert got to live out a dream thanks to a family friend, some stunt performers and a harness and steel cables.

Photographer and family friend Brandy Angel, founder of the nonprofit Be the Change, told “Inside Edition” that Robert was slated to be part of a fantasy-themed photo shoot through her organization last year, but couldn’t participate because he had been hospitalized again. Angel kept his chosen costume -- Superman -- waiting for him, promising him that he would wear it one day.

When Robert’s mother, Kacie Hart, posted an update on Facebook earlier this month stating that Robert’s latest round of treatment, conducted in Seattle, had failed to produce the long-lasting results they’d hoped for, the photographer decided it was time to help him fly.

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Angel said she contacted a friend who owns a casting company and, before she knew it, she had professional stuntmen willing to give their time to help Robert.

The boy was all smiles when he finally donned his Superman costume. With the help of the stuntmen, he was fitted with a harness and suspended with cables so he could “fly.”

Robert’s photo shoot took place in front of a green screen, with Angel editing the cables out of the pictures and putting him in front of a variety of backgrounds, including flying above the Atlanta skyline.

“I had never seen him this way,” Angel told “Inside Edition.” “He was so full of energy and happiness. Last time I saw him, he was in a wheelchair.”

Video of the photo shoot, which took place Feb. 9 at Southeastern Movie and Stunt House in Atlanta, showed Robert grinning and laughing as the stunt crew hoisted him into the air and helped him into a flying pose. Smiles also lit up the faces of those helping him fulfill his dream.

Scroll to the end of this story to watch video of Robert's photo shoot. Find additional photos from Robert's adventure as Superman at BrandyAngelPhotography.com.

Besides learning to fly like a superhero, Robert also learned some stunt techniques and fought a stuntman wearing a Batman mask. Angel said in a Facebook post that the day was one of the greatest of her life.

This had to be one of the best days of my life. To see the smile on Robert's face was indescribable. Thank you so much...Posted by Be the Change - Brandy Angel Foundation, Inc. on Thursday, February 9, 2017 

Hart said seeing her son’s smile again was amazing.

“They made him feel strong and powerful, and he doesn’t feel like that most days,” Hart told “Inside Edition.”

Hart wrote in her update on Robert’s Facebook page, titled Robert the Great, that her son knows more treatment is ahead for him, but is happy and enjoying life each day.

“He is currently enjoying a rare break from pain and discomfort,” Hart wrote. “He looks and feels better than he has in a few years.”

Finding the right words for a post like this is tricky.  Too little information and people jump to their own conclusions...Posted by Robert The Great on Monday, February 6, 2017

She wrote that she and her husband hope to get their son into another immunotherapy trial. If that trial fails, the next option would be a bone marrow transplant, which isn’t ideal because of severe liver damage caused by years of chemotherapy.

“Our hope will never falter, though now it seems more guarded,” Hart wrote. “(Doctors) are now kindly suggesting that we enjoy the time that we have with our son. We no longer talk about statistics or numbers with others. We just keep working the problem the best that we can. We feel as if the cure that we so desperately want for Robert is quickly slipping from our grasp, but we are trying to remain hopeful that we will still win.

“As of right now, Robert feels great and we plan to take advantage of that and enjoy every second of every day. We will never give up.”

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

The two surviving members of the Beatles came together in a studio on Sunday for their first recording session together in seven years, according to a social media post from drummer Ringo Starr.

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"Thanks for coming over, man, and playing great bass," Starr wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of himself laughing with Paul McCartney. "I love you, man. Peace and love."

Thanks for coming over man and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love.pic.twitter.com/Z5kpyLLlkO— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 20, 2017

Starr's publicist confirmed to Billboard that McCartney was in the studio to contribute to Starr's upcoming album. The album is set for release this year, although no date has been announced, the site reported.

Starr also shared an image of the pair posing with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Starr's brother-in-law.

"What a day I'm having," he wrote.

And look out Joe W. came out to play what a day I'm having peace and love.pic.twitter.com/8xQt2j5OLn— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 20, 2017

Starr shared the photos just days after TMZ reported that McCartney, Starr, Walsh, actor Tom Hanks and musician Dave Grohl went to dinner together in Santa Monica.

Starr and McCartney last collaborated on the drummer's 2010 LP "Y Not," according to Rolling Stone. McCartney sings on the song "Walk With You" and plays bass on "Peace Dream."

Seattle mayor willing to sue President Trump over executive orders

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is willing to sue President Donald Trump over his executive orders.

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KIRO 7 News confirmed with the Mayor’s office that Murray is expected to announce a plan during his State of the City address at a North Seattle mosque.

SEATTLE - Mayor Ed Murray's office confirms they're challenging Trump admin on exec orders, will sue in 20 dys if no response @KIRO7Seattle— Rob Munoz (@RobKIRO7) February 21, 2017

Murray is expected to demand answers on the intention of Trump’s executive orders, as well as his plans for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and sanctuary cities.

If the Trump administration does not respond within 20 business days, Murray plans to sue.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Trump’s travel ban weeks ago.

>> Related: Washington becomes first state to sue Trump over travel ban

Ferguson announced a complaint that asked the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare key provisions of the executive order unconstitutional and illegal.

Ferguson also filed a motion for temporary restraining order seeking an immediate halt to the executive order’s implementation in the state and nationwide. 

>> Read a full explainer on the lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart of Seattle issued a ruling last week granting the restraining order brought by the state of Washington. This means Robart’s decision temporarily halted Trump’s travel ban. The Department of Justice filed a motion with the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- requesting President Donald Trump's travel ban be temporarily resumed pending the White House’s appeal. 

After arguments, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges upheld a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban.

>> Related: U.S. Appeals Court unanimously upholds suspension of Trump travel ban

Nearly a week later, Trump’s administration said in a court filing that it would replace the travel ban with a new one. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Saturday that Trump is working on a "streamlined" version of his executive order banning travel from the seven nations to iron out the difficulties that landed his first order in the courts.

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Police department halts high five program with students after parent concerns

Students in Northampton, Massachusetts, used to begin Friday mornings with high fives and fist bumps from local police officers, but because of concerns from parents that program has been halted.

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The “High Five Friday” program aimed to bring uniformed police officers to the city’s elementary schools on Fridays to welcome students to school. The idea for the program began after a law enforcement conference in San Diego, in which High Five Fridays were promoted as a way for officers to engage with young people, the Northampton Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.  

Today we started "High-5 Friday". Leeds School hosted week 1. Officers and kids had a great time! #northamptonma #high-5 pic.twitter.com/u3P7MfeZwM— Northampton Police (@NorthamptonPD) December 2, 2016

Northampton police said they received a lot of support for the program from the public, but there were also concerns.

During a school committee meeting, concerns were raised that not all children would feel comfortable with a police presence at the beginning of the school day.

"Others questioned the long-term impacts of the program and wondered if it was truly valuable," the department wrote in a post.

After the meeting, police were asked to pause the program, and they did.

Police attended a follow-up meeting with members of the public to discuss High Five Friday again. Concerns were shared that some students "might respond negatively to a group of uniformed officers at their school."

"People were specifically concerned about kids of color, undocumented children or any children who may have had negative experiences with the police," the post said.

Northampton police made the decision to end the program after that meeting.

In the Facebook post, Northampton police said it will continue to explore ways to connect more with young people and will still accept high fives and fist bumps from anyone who asks an officer on the street.

We are aware that there is an article circulating through social media related to NPD’s High Five Friday program.  There...Posted by Northampton Police Department on Saturday, February 18, 2017

WATCH: Coyote chases doctor out of office

A doctor in South Carolina got a huge surprise when a coyote followed him into his office.

Surveillance video from outside the office shows the doctor and the animal entering the office last week. Moments later, the doctor bolts out the door with the coyote close behind him.

Dr. Steve Poletti said he was minding his own business when he walked into the office and didn’t even notice the coyote. He thought it was a dog at first.

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“It kind of bared its teeth and started growling,” Poletti said. “I kind of put my hands up and jingled my keys, and the coyote took a step back, and basically I came back here and pushed the exit button and took a run for it.”

>>Georgia's 'Coyote Challenge' sparks outrage

The doctor called police, who referred him to animal control officers, who then suggested the doctor hire a trapper.

Mount Pleasant’s mayor said that’s the protocol, but she would not comment further on the town’s response until she could talk to her staff.

Chelsea Clinton takes 2-year-old daughter to her first protest

A protest held Sunday in New York City’s Time Square called “I Am Muslim Too” was held in response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order.

The executive order, which was met with opposition from federal entities, temporarily banned travelers from seven different countries from entering the U.S. and indefinitely banned refugees from Syria.

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In attendance was a first-time protester: Chelsea Clinton’s 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

Clinton, an outspoken critic of the president, posted a photo to Twitter from the event with a message that read: “Thank you to all who organized #IAmAMuslimToo today -- Charlotte’s 1st protest rally. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids.”

Thank you to all who organized #IAmAMuslimToo today - Charlotte's 1st protest rally. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids pic.twitter.com/5mSXGQtPJU— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 19, 2017

The protest, which drew about 1,000 participants, was organized in part by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who spoke to the crowd during the event.

"@iamamuslimtoo: .@UncleRUSH's opening remarks at #IAmAMuslimToo pic.twitter.com/juCftOnHvq"— Dipika (@_DipikaR) February 19, 2017

“We are here today to show middle America our beautiful signs and, through our beautiful actions and intention that they have been misled,” Simmons said as he spoke to the crowd. “We are here unified because of Donald Trump. We want to thank him for bringing us together.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also addressed the crowd, telling protesters that America is “a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs.”

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