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Dunkin’ Donuts worker fatally struck by van speeding in drive-through

A Dunkin’ Donuts worker was fatally hit by a vehicle while sweeping leaves in the drive-through lane Thursday night. 

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A white cargo van sped through the drive-through, striking Jose Furtado, 65, around 7 p.m., according to WABC. Furtado was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where he died.

"Speed no matter where you go, they don't slow down,” Furtado’s friend, James Reed told WABC. “You know, I think this is a wake-up call for everybody. Everybody knows (Furtado) from Dunkin' Donuts, church folks, church members, no matter who, no matter what race or color or creed they are he'd treat them all the same."

The 59-year-old driver and 15-year-old passenger were not injured. 

Police are reviewing surveillance footage. 

“No criminal charges have been filed at this time,” Passaic County prosecutor Camelia Valdes told the New Jersey Record. “However, the investigation remains active and ongoing.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts, a family-owned franchise which is typically open 24 hours, was closed Thursday to mourn the loss of Furtado.

Dept. of State issues 'Europe Travel Alert' due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks

As the holiday season approaches, many families are preparing to take advantage of school breaks, federal holidays and remaining paid time off by traveling out of state to see family and friends and desirable international destinations.

But according to the U.S. Department of State, prospective travelers might want to reconsider any plans to journey across the pond.

>> Related: 17 states granted extension for REAL ID compliance; Driver's license OK for domestic travel 

In a travel advisory issued Thursday, government officials warned citizens of a heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. The advisory urged American travelers who go abroad to be cautious at holiday festivals and events. 

Officials cited two terrorist attacks that occurred in Europe last year -- one in which a man drove a truck into a German Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more, and another in which a gunman shot and killed 39 people during a New Year’s celebration in Istanbul, Turkey.

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“Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks,” the advisory reads. “U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.”

The advisory is in effect until Jan. 31.

Americans traveling abroad can always check the website of the U.S. Embassy or consulate in a destination city for any recent security messages.

>> Related: Paris plans to ban all gas cars by 2030

The American Music Awards 2017: What time, what channel, who is performing at the AMAs?

The 45th American Music Awards ceremony is set for Sunday in Los Angeles, and if the past is any indication, you can expect a night with a few surprising moments. 

Remember Garth Brooks declining the award, or the time Pat Boone dressed in leather? Yeah, it’s likely to be that kind of night.

The show will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Here’s what you need to know about the show.

What time: The show begins at 8 p.m. ET

What channel: The AMAs will be broadcast live on ABC.

Who is hosting: Tracee Ellis Ross, star of “black-ish,” is hosting.

What about a pre-show: What would a music awards show be without a pre-show? AJ Gibson, Marc Malkin, Laura Marano and Oliver Trevena will host the official pre-show, “AMAs Red Carpet Live presented by Security Benefit.”

The two-hour pre-show will stream live from the Microsoft Theater beginning at 6 p.m. ET. You can watch the show on Twitter. Find it here. or via @AMAs. You can also watch “E! Live from the Red Carpet” from 6-8 p.m. ET. on the E! Network.

Who has the most nominations: Bruno Mars has the most nominations this year – eight.

Who is nominated for Artist of the Year: The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran are up for the award.

Who is up for Video of the Year: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ("Despacito"), Bruno Mars ("That's What I Like") and Ed Sheeran ("Shape of You") are the nominees.

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

Who is performing: Here is a list of those scheduled to perform:

Alessia Cara Alesso BTS Christina Aguilera  Kelly Clarkson  Florida Georgia Line Niall Horan Selena Gomez Imagine Dragons Lady Gaga Nick Jonas Khalid Demi Lovato  Shawn Mendes P!nk Portugal. The Man Diana Ross Hailee Steinfeld watt Zedd

Anything special: Diana Ross, mother of host Tracee Ellis Ross, is both performing and receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Talking, bike-riding parrot escapes, found in 40-foot-tall tree 

Willow the parrot can ride a bicycle, roller skate and talk. 

Susan Whiteeagle spent nearly $20,000 and countless hours training the bird. 

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Then Monday, he took flight, and flapped out through the front door, which had been left open. 

“I see him go right out the door,” Whiteeagle told KNOE. “ I couldn’t sleep. I was sick to my stomach.”

She kept her porch light on. She called for him. 

Her neighbor found him sitting on a branch about 40 feet up, babbling.

The West Monroe Fire Department and Animal Services were not able to help. A tree service ended up getting Willow down from the tree. 

“I was thanking the Lord,” Whiteeagle said. “Yes, I was.”

These tiny superheroes overcome the odds to become the Justice League

They face insurmountable odds, but that’s not stopping a group of kids from fulfilling their superhero dreams.

Josh Rossi is a photographer who helped the group of children, who are living with either disease or disability, to see their inner heroes, calling the six children the real Justice League

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Rossi and his wife, Roxana, worked with costume designers to help dress the children in to their super alter egos. Each child then received a copy of their photo.

Their stories:

Kayden Kinckle, 5, is a double-amputee and has been for most of his life. Both of his legs were removed when he was younger. He was also born with omphalocele, a condition in which his organs grow outside of his navel. Kayden was the team’s Cyborg and was the first member of the Justice League. Click here to read Kayden’s biography.

Sofie Loftus is the second member of the team. She was diagnosed at the age of 3 with a rare cancer called embryonal rhabdomyoscarcoma. Days before her chance to get in front of the camera as Wonder Woman, Sofie had her radiation treatment. She was weak but Rossi said she did her poses with fierceness. To help Sofie and her family, click here.

Teagan Pettit, 9, is the team’s Man of Steel. Teagan was born with half a heart, or HLHS (hypoplastic left heart syndrome). He’s had three open heart surgeries, among other procedures, to help him live. He has to wear oxygen at night and had a feeding tube until recently. Teagan loves Superman, Rossi said, so what better Justice League member is there for him to be? For more on Teagan and his story, click here.

Mataese Manuma is the fourth member of the team. He’s only 2, but is battling megakaryoblastic leukemia. He was supposed to have his photo session shortly after a round of chemotherapy, but woke up a fever. It took a few days for him to be well enough to get in front of the camera and pose as Aquaman. Mataese needed help from his brother, and Rossi’s Photoshop prowess, to get him into poses because he was so weak at the time. To help Mataese and his family, click here.

Zaiden Stolrow was suited up as The Flash. Zaiden has severe ADHD and has non-stop energy, Rossi said. He got in trouble at school because he couldn’t sit still and wait. All he  wanted to do was run, but instead, Rossi said, Zaiden was sitting in the principal’s office during a school fundraising race with tears in his eyes because he had been in trouble for not behaving. His friends also stopped inviting him over because of his energy. There’s no better match for him than The Flash, a superhero who runs at the speed of light and never stops.

Finally, there was Batman of the Justice League. That honor went to Simon Fullmer, 5, who is battling nerve cancer called neuroblastoma. He loves the Dark Knight and Bruce Wane, Rossi said. Simon’s mother told Rossi that her son is a “very literal kid,” meaning he doesn’t want to soften the blow when it comes to what’s happening to his health. For more on Simon and how you can help his family, click here.

The “Justice League” movie hit theaters Nov. 17.

NASA to launch JPSS-1 weather satellite Saturday morning

NASA, in partnership with the NOAA, will launch a satellite Saturday that will help improve weather forecasts.

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The satellite launch was scheduled for earlier this week, but was postponed twice, once because of high winds and once because of technical difficulties.

The launch for the JPSS-1 satellite is scheduled at 4:47 a.m. Saturday, according to NASA.

>> Related: NASA postpones JPSS-1 weather satellite launch

A live stream of the launch will be available on NASA’s website starting at 4:15 a.m.

The satellites will help improve NOAA forecasts for the three to seven day time frame. The data collected from the JPSS is fed into the numerical forecast models to help improve them. The satellites will also collect atmospheric measurements, ground conditions and ocean conditions like vegetation, hurricane intensity and atmospheric moisture. 

The JPSS-1 will be launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California pending proper flight conditions. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

>> Related: NASA scrubs launch of JPSS-1 weather satellite again

This satellite is a polar orbiting satellite, which means it will orbit the earth from the one pole to the other passing the equator 14 times a day. Full coverage of the planet will then be provided twice a day.

JPSS-2 is planned to launch in 2021, and JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 are anticipated to launch in 2026 and 2031.

Violent brawl at high school captured on video

The Woodland Hills School District is dealing with a classroom fight as it continues to deal with fallout from a series of violent incidents that led to the resignations of two district officials.

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The latest incident, a classroom brawl that happened Monday at the high school, was captured on a cellphone. 

The district confirmed the two students at the center of the altercation have been suspended. 

"The students are being dealt with and both are suspended,” district Superintendent Al Johnson said. “The teachers appeared before the (school) board last night to express their concerns about the high school."

Channel 11 obtained the video Thursday afternoon. It shows two boys fighting in a classroom as their classmates cheer them on.

At one point, one of the students, shirtless, jumps on top of the other and punches him over and over again. Then he picks up a podium full of supplies and slams it against the other boy.

Students can be heard screaming in the background.

It’s unclear if either student needed medical attention or if security will be increased at the school.

The union said it hopes to work with the district to find a solution after some teachers expressed concern for their safety.

"We have made our concerns, frustrations, and experiences regarding the dangerous fights, blatant disrespect and disorderly behaviors known," the union said in a statement.

The principal of the high school, who also served as coach of the football team, resigned this summer after being investigated for threatening a student, not long after the school board president also resigned.

A school resource officer was accused of assaulting and deploying a stun gun on a student in 2015, and a Churchill police officer appeared to be physically abusing a student, whose teeth were knocked out, in a video released last spring.

Community groups demanded charges be filed against Steven Shaulis, the police officer, and parents have filed complaints against him and the district. 

George H.W. Bush accused of groping woman while in office

A woman on Thursday said President George H.W. Bush groped her during a photo-op in 1992, while he was still in office, becoming the latest in a string of women who have made similar accusations against him.

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The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN that she was in Dearborn, Michigan, attending a fundraiser for Bush’s re-election campaign when the president groped her buttocks.

“We got closer for a family photo and it was like, ‘Holy (expletive)!’” she told the news network. “It was like a gentle squeeze.”

At least eight other women have accused Bush of grabbing them during photo-ops, although Thursday’s accusation was the first alleged to have happened while the former president was in office.

"All the focus has been on 'He's old.' OK, but he wasn't old when it happened to me," the latest accuser told CNN. "I've been debating what to do about it."

The president apologized last month in a statement through his spokesman, Jim McGrath, after actress Heather Lind accused Bush of groping her during a 2014 photo-op in a since-deleted Instagram post.

>> Related: George H.W. Bush apologizes after actress Heather Lind accuses him of sexual assault

“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” McGrath said. “To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke -- and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”

Previous accusations

Lind, who plays Anna Strong in AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” said the president told a dirty joke and grabbed her rear end while taking a photo. She said that first lady Barbara Bush saw her husband groping Lind and just rolled her eyes.

Shortly after Lind went public with her accusation, actress Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin that she was groped by Bush during a photo-op in August 2016.

>> Related: George H.W. Bush apologizes, says he 'patted women's rears' after 2nd groping allegation

“We all circled around him and Barbara for a photo, and I was right next to him,” Grolnick told Deadspin. “He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!’”

Author Christina Baker Kline said Bush made a similar joke to her in 2014 when he groped her during a photo-op at a luncheon in Houston. She wrote about the incident in an article for Slate.

In a Facebook post, former journalist Liz Allen accused Bush of inappropriately touching her during a 2004 business event. She told the Erie Times-News that she wasn’t happy about the incident but that, “It did not rise to the level of assault … it was in my (personal) space.”

Former Republican state Senate candidate Amanda Staples said in an Instagram post that she was groped by Bush during a 2006 photo-op, the Portland Press Herald reported. She said Bush “grabbed my butt and joked saying, ‘Oh, I’m not THAT President.’”

Another woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN that Bush squeezed her rear “a couple times” during a 2015 event in Houston.

"It was unmistakable," she told the news network. "It was not just a pat. It was a serious squeeze."

Broadway actress Megan Elizabeth Lewis told NJ Advance Media this week that she was groped by Bush in 2009 while taking a photo at a performance of “Legally Blond: The Musical” in Houston.

“I was like, ‘wow,’” she told the news site. “I remember being really grossed out.”

Roslyn Corrigan told Time magazine that she was 16 years old when Bush, then 79, groped her in 2003 during an event in Texas.

“My initial reaction was absolute horror. I was really, really confused,” Corrigan told Time. “The first thing I did was look at my mom and, while he was still standing there, I didn’t say anything. What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States? Like, ‘Hey dude, you shouldn’t have touched me like that?’”

Bush, 93, served as president from 1989 to 1993. He was vice president under President Ronald Reagan before his election to the highest office in the nation, from 1981 to 1989.

Jennifer Hudson files for protective order against ex-fiance

“American Idol” alum and current judge on “The Voice” Jennifer Hudson has obtained a protective order against her now ex-fiancé, David Otunga, after calling it quits on their relationship.

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People magazine confirmed the news with a statement from Hudson’s representative.

“They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” the representative said. “Today, Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiancé. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son.”

The couple were engaged in September 2008 after less than a year of dating. They welcomed their son, David Daniel Otunga Jr., in August 2009. The engagement news came just before Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson, were found dead by gunshot wounds in a Chicago home. The singer’s 7-year-old nephew was also found dead. Her former brother-in-law, William Balfour, was convicted of the murders in 2012.

Ortunga’s attorney denied any abuse allegations in a statement to People.

“Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him. Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties’ only child,” the statement read.

TMZ reports that Otunga’s attorney, Tracy Rizzo, said Hudson is using Otunga’s status as a former WWE wrester against him. 

“As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE, Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim,” Rizzo said, according to TMZ.

RELATED: Sylvester Stallone addresses recently revealed sexual assault allegations from a teen girl

Pastor protects wife, daughters, shoots home invader

A family is safe and a home invasion suspect is in the hospital after being shot by the homeowner, deputies said.

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The family heard glass breaking downstairs when Donavan Simmons, 19, tried breaking into the house Thursday morning, deputies said.

The father, who Channel 2 confirmed is Keith Beck, the pastor of a Baptist church in Bartow County, then grabbed his gun and shot Simmons in the head as he was coming in the house.

"Come to the door and she was screaming, 'Invader in the house!' and her two kids were still in there asleep," neighbor Bill Kennedy said.

Simmons was taken to the hospital and faces charges.

Beck will not face any charges.

"I think he did the right thing, protect his family," Kennedy said.

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