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Thanksgiving dinner mix-up now a tradition with grandma who accidentally invited teen

Phoenix teenager Jamal Hinton and grandmother Wanda Hence have turned their internet fame from 2016 into a tradition.

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Last year, Hence thought she was texting her grandson to invite him to dinner in a group text, but she was actually texting Jamal Hinton, 17.

Hinton asked who was texting him and was told it was his grandmother.

“I really thought it was my grandma, so I had to ask for a picture to make sure,” Hinton told BuzzFeed.

The result was a selfie exchange from Hence to which Hinton replied, "You're not my grandma!"

But Hinton asked if he could still get a plate of food despite the mistake. Hence replied, “Of course you can. That's what grandmas do ... feed everyone."

KNXV reported that Hinton joined Hence’s family for dinner and is now her "honorary grandson."

When Hinton arrived and shook Hence’s hand, the two soon embraced for a hug.

"I'd never seen her before and she welcomed me into her home," Hinton told KNXV. "That shows me how great of a person she is. I'm thankful for people like that."

"He always has an open invite to our house for Thanksgiving," Hence told WVEC Friday.

  

Florida man tries to break into car occupied by deputies

A man in the Tampa, Florida, area picked the wrong car to burglarize not realizing it was an unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicle, according to deputies. 

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Stephen Titland, 49, was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of attempted burglary, seven counts of auto burglary, and loitering and prowling, WFTS reports.

 

Deputies said homeowners in a neighborhood in Trinity, Florida, caught Titland on video trying to break into seven cars, but he was unsuccessful since all the doors were locked. 

The next day, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Titland tried to break into a deputy’s unmarked vehicle while several deputies were inside, according to WFTS. 

Deputies identified Titland as the man who attempted to burglarize the other vehicles from the night before, and arrested him. Officials told WFTS that Titland was already on a felony probation for another burglary and criminal mischief that happened in Pinellas County.

Titland remains at the county jail on a $45,150 bond, according to jail records. 

Houston, we have a problem -- astronaut Scott Kelly said his Twitter was hacked

If you’re waiting for the collaborative track featuring real-life astronaut Cmdr. Scott Kelly and hip-hop star Cardi B, then you’re probably out of luck.

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Kelly may have conquered the final frontier, but, as it turns out, even he is vulnerable to social media hacking:

This week, three tweets appeared on Kelly’s Twitter that sent the internet into a free fall as people tried to decipher their meanings.

After tweeting at foxnews.com, hacker “Kelly” turned to Cardi B, posting how he wanted to discuss collaborative ideas and requesting the Bodak Yellow queen to DM him.

Fans assumed “Kelly’s” proposal to be for mashup, which many thought would be out of this world.

Hundreds Retweeted the Cardi B posts from “Kelly” within the first 30 minutes.

Although the tweets suggest he is trying rocket into Cardi B’s DMs, Kelly shared follow-up comments explaining that he believed his account to be compromised:

Despite real Kelly’s clarification on the situation, some believe he accidentally searched for the terms “Cardi B” and “foxnews.com” in the space for writing tweets.

For her part, Cardi B did not tweet a response, so the world may never know if she’d be down to record a track with the world record-holder for most days spent in space.

Fire in Texas Walmart caught on camera

Short videos posted on Facebook late Tuesday night showed a fire blazing inside a Cedar Park, Texas Walmart. 

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Jackie Sinclair recorded the fire and posted it online while shopping at the store on Walton Way. The post includes three videos and shows the flames behind the Jewelry & Watches section in the store. 

“How did this happen?” Sinclair said in one of the videos. “Time to go ... that’s a little too big for my taste.”

Sirens can also be heard and flashing police lights can be seen in the corner of the video.

According to Kevin Riley, the City of Cedar Park’s multimedia specialist, the Cedar Park Fire Department was notified of a fire at 1:42 a.m.

“We received a 911 call from an employee and when the fire department arrived, they saw light smoke coming out of the building,” Riley said. “They entered and found that two locations in the store had been put on fire.”

Riley also said that the sprinkler system was able to control the fire and all that the firefighters had to do was “quickly knock it down.” No one in the store was injured and everyone evacuated safely.

When asked what caused the fire, Riley said that they were set, adding, “It’s still under investigation and police are speaking to a suspect.” 

The Walmart is currently closed and evaluating the breadth of damage. 

Should companies hire more remote workers? CEOs, employees weigh in

Should companies hire more remote workers?

Wooed by the appeal of waking up later and working in pajamas, many company employees would answer with an emphatic “yes.” 

And some company leaders agree. 

“The happiest and most productive companies are staffed by teams who work remotely,” says Brian de Haaff, CEO of product roadmap software Aha!.

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De Haaff, who leads a team of remote workers, believes remote work gives employers access to a larger talent pool, while giving remote workers more freedom, better health, a bigger sense of accomplishment and more room to be productive.

De Haaf, who says remote workers are outperforming office-bound employees, cites benefits for remote workers as follows:

  • No need to settle for a job within driving distance of one’s home
  • No need to rush home for family duties -- you’re already there
  • No commute means more time for sleep and exercise
  • Distance makes the heart grow fonder, not complacent, which means working remotely leads to more meaningful conversations with co-workers
  • Fewer office distractions means more time to be productive

“Remote work leads to happier and more productive teams. And when workers are happy and productive, they bring their best to each day -- which in turn leads to happier customers,” de Haaff wrote in a LinkedIn blog post. “In other words, everyone benefits.”

But Richard Laermer, CEO of RLM Public Relations, believes otherwise. 

“I think people have to be trusted,” Laermer told Bloomberg. “But the working-from-home thing has to be on a per-person basis, and it can’t be very often. It just doesn’t work.”

Laermer, who once let his workers do their jobs remotely often, used to believe that “you can get your work done anywhere, as long as you actually get it done.” But he had a change of heart after employees took advantage of the perk by being unavailable online and refusing to go into the office for meetings.

Other companies, including Yahoo, IBM and Best Buy, which once allowed more workers to do their jobs remotely, have rolled back at-home allowances, with some claiming remote workers are more likely to get distracted by non-work-related tasks.

According to The New York Times, people employed in the fields of community and social services; science, engineering and architecture; and education, training and library, are less likely to work remotely. And that may be fair, The Atlantic reported, as jobs in those fields -- and others -- often require in-person interactions with clients and customers or “collaborative efficiency,” necessary for solving problems as a group.

But many workers and studies show working remotely has benefits that can’t be denied.

Bloomberg points out that more telecommuters means more savings for companies because they don’t have to pay fees and monthly costs to rent out large office buildings.

“People do their best work when they are given the autonomy to work where they need to,” Michael Beach, a business adviser, wrote on a LinkedIn forum about remote work. “The ideal situation is allowing people to work at the office and at home and let them decide how best to deliver the results that you're counting on them to produce.”

“Depends on the professional and the scope of work activities,” Lori Ann Reese, a brand manager and content specialist, wrote on the same forum. “Culture of the business, nature of the job duties, and strengths of the worker are all factors that decide whether it ‘works’ or does not.”

Regardless of one’s view, remote work is growing. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, remote work has increased 20 percent in the last 20 years. And a Gallup report found that “flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities play a major role in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job.”

Tyler Perry buys car for mother of boy born without kidneys

A Georgia mother whose toddler has been waiting for a kidney transplant his whole life was gifted a car on Tuesday -- hours before a kidney donor was found.

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Carmellia Burgess brought her son home from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Nov. 8, where he’d been since Oct. 29. 

Burgess’s son, AJ, battled a potentially deadly infection, contracted pneumonia, had surgery to implant a new port for his dialysis treatments and received blood transfusions before he was released from the hospital, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

MORE: Toddler heads home from hospital to wait for kidney transplant

But his mother didn’t have a car to get AJ to his hemodialysis appointments three times a week, she wrote on Facebook.

That trouble ended Tuesday, when actor Tyler Perry gifted Burgess with a new car.

The family later learned a deceased donor kidney would be given to AJ this week, attorney Mawuli Davis said.

British police respond to incident at London’s Oxford Circus station

British police said they were responding to reports of an incident at the Oxford Circus subway station, one of London’s busiest, Friday evening.

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Native Americans mark Thanksgiving with day of mourning

Members of Native American tribes from around New England gathered Thursday in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the town where the Pilgrims settled, for a solemn observance of National Day of Mourning.

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Thursday's gathering served to acknowledge and remember the disease, racism and oppression that European settlers brought.

This year was the 48th year that the United American Indians of New England organized the event on Thanksgiving Day.

Moonanum James, a co-leader of the group, said native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620.

"We say, 'no thanks, no giving,'" he said.

Along with prayers and public speeches, participants condemned environmental degradation and government restrictions on immigration. They also planned a "stomp dance" to symbolically stomp out opioid addiction, which has ravaged many native communities.

2 Chainz's 'Trap House' back for the holidays

The famous Atlanta Trap House is back for the holidays.

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Grammy-nominated artist 2 Chainz’s management agency, Street Execs, posted a video on its Facebook page on Thursday announcing the return of the house.

Over the summer, the house, located on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, was painted pink with the word “TRAP” above the door, and a pink car was placed out front. The stunt was intended to promote 2 Chainz’s new album, "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music." 

Crowds of people showed up to see and take pictures at the house.

It was painted back to its original white color in the summer after the lease ran out, but it appears it will soon make its return in holiday style.

Street Execs held a grand opening of “Trap Wonderland” Thursday night at a new location -- 1740 Defoor Place.

It’s unclear how long the new attraction will be active.

Watch the teaser video below:

Restaurant employee helps disabled veteran with his meal

A Georgia man touched by a restaurant employee’s kindness has shared the message with the world.

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Dallas Smith Jr., of Sylvester, Georgia, was at Huddle House restaurant in Douglas, Georgia, on Wednesday around lunchtime, when he saw a customer trying to eat his pancakes, with one hand.

Smith said the man who was dining with him moved his plate to reach out and help the customer, but then a cook stepped in.

“She was on the other side of the counter and she saw that he was trying to cut his pancakes and she said, ‘I’ll get it,’” Smith said.

Smith said the employee put down what she had and walked over to the table, which is when he had the thought to start recording a video with his phone.

“It was kind of a warm feeling in there anyway because everyone knows everybody,” Smith said. “It threw me so far off-guard when she did it. For me, it was just a blessing to see.”

Smith said he posted the video on Facebook to share what he had witnessed with his friends and family. Since then, nearly 3,000 people have shared it. 

“This day and time, when you see that, it gives you hope,” he said. “I’m a Christian, and it’s the closest thing to Jesus I’ve seen in a long time.”

Smith said a family dining beside him noted that the man is a veteran.

He said that he is glad people are seeing the humble action the employee took, adding that we should help one another no matter race or age. 

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