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Craving heat this summer? Tabasco introduces new ‘Scorpion’ sauce 20 times hotter than original

Tabasco, the iconic Louisiana-made hot sauce seen on dining tables across the country, is vying to provide one of the country’s hottest products with a new sauce 20 times hotter than the original. 

Tabasco on Wednesday launched its Scorpion Sauce, made with the scorching Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper. By Thursday, the new sauce, made in a limited small batch and available only on Tabasco’s website, had sold out. 

A second new flavor, roasted pepper, was still available. 

Today reported that scorpion sauce is typically made from the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper, along with the flavor of a tropical fruit to pay homage to the pepper’s Caribbean roots. Tabasco’s Scorpion Sauce includes pineapple and guava. 

The description on Tabasco’s website describes the sauce as “a combination of scorpion peppers blended with guava, pineapple and a dash of Tabasco sauce (that) makes for a tangy sauce with untamed heat and a touch of Caribbean sweetness.”

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The McIlhenny Company, which produces Tabasco on Louisiana’s Avery Island, calls the sauce “not for the wary.”

That description did not stop Tabasco aficionados from pining for the new sauce.

Today reported that, while regular Tabasco peppers come in at around 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units -- the scale used to measure a pepper’s heat -- the scorpion pepper can register up to 2 million Scoville units. 

The Scoville heat scale measures the amount of capsaicinoids in a pepper. 

Time reported in 2012 that the newly-discovered Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper was the spiciest on the planet. It has since been displaced by the Carolina Reaper, which the Guinness World Records has named the hottest pepper in the world. 

The Carolina Reaper peaks at 2.2 million Scoville units.

Notorious 86-year-old jewel thief arrested twice in one week

Notorious jewel thief Doris Payne has been arrested yet again

Payne was arrested Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a probation violation from a previous arrest, according to DeKalb County officials. 

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WSBTV’s Tyisha Fernandes reported Payne was arrested Monday at the Walmart on Chamblee Tucker Road in DeKalb County. She's charged with theft by shoplifting.

According to the police report obtained by WSBTV, police were called to the store around 5 p.m. for a report of a woman shoplifting items.

Police said the woman, later identified as Payne, tried hiding items from the pharmacy department, the electronics department and the grocery department.

The State Probation Department released a statement: 

  "On July 17, 2017, Doris Payne was arrested in DeKalb County for misdemeanor shoplifting. Payne is currently under the supervision of our department for a 2017 Theft by Shoplifting conviction.    Once notified of Payne’s subsequent arrest, our officers acted swiftly to hold her accountable for the alleged criminal activity. She was instructed to report to a local Department of Community Supervision office where she was taken into custody on a probation violation warrant earlier yesterday. Payne is currently being held without bond in the DeKalb County Jail.   DCS believes in providing offenders under our supervision with opportunities to make positive changes through individual support, programs and assistance. However, the safety of Georgia citizens and the protection of all property are our greatest concerns." 

Payne, who has stolen about $2 million worth of jewelry over the last six decades and been open about her habits of theft, was the subject of a Netflix documentary called “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.”

Photos: Apollo 11's historic mission

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UCF student behind viral tweet grading breakup letter no longer suspended

The University of Central Florida student who graded a breakup letter that went viral on social media is no longer suspended from the university.

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An attorney for Nicholas Lutz said the school will allow Lutz back in the classroom. 

In February, Lutz graded his ex-girlfriend’s breakup letter for grammar, spelling and syntax.

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He posted images of the letter, complete with red marks, on Twitter and it was re-tweeted more than 100,000 times.

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His attorney called the decision a victory for the First Amendment. 

The school claimed that Lutz broke two portions of the university's code of conduct; disruptive behavior and cyber bullying. 

Officer finds girl's stolen toy, takes it on adventure before returning it

A little girl’s stolen toy is back home with its owner after a wild night with a Maryland police officer.

Sunday, dad Jason Hendricks posted video to his Facebook page showing his daughter’s dragon and dinosaur being taken from their porch, WRC reported.

The case of the missing dragon eventually caught the attention of police officer Robert Bagley.

Bagley told WRC that the person in the video looked familiar and knew what areas she frequents. When he checked out the locations, he didn’t come across the woman, but did find the toy on the curb.

It was around 2 a.m., so too late to bother the Hendricks family. Bagley did what anyone would do: He took the toy on an adventure around La Plata.

First up, a stop at the emergency room for a quick Doc McStuffins-like checkup. The dragon had a broken arm, so what better place to get patched up.

Then Bagley and his new dragon friend went on a search for the other missing toy.

They even stopped by the fire department to throw a little shade.

The dragon was deputized into service during the ride-along.

There was one last stop for the dragon before he was returned home. 

And while the dragon’s friend ,“Big Green Dino” was still missing, the little girl was all smiles to get her toy back.

Read Meghan McCain’s statement about her father’s brain cancer

Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, (R-Arizona), posted a statement about her father’s diagnosis of brain cancer Wednesday, saying the man who survived a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp is "the toughest person I know.”

McCain said that while her family is struggling with the diagnosis of glioblastoma – an aggressive form of brain cancer – her father will not surrender to the disease. 

Here is the tweet Meghan McCain posted.  

“The news of father's illness has affected every one of us in the McCain family. My grandmother, mother, brothers, sister, and I have all endured the shock of the news, and now we live with the anxiety about what comes next. It is an experience familiar to us, given my father's previous battle with cancer — and it is familiar to the countless American families whose loved ones are also stricken with the tragedy of disease and the inevitability of age. If we could ask anything of anyone now, it would be the prayers of those of you who understand this all too well. We would be so grateful for them. 

It won't surprise you to learn that in all this the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father. He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.

My love for my father is boundless, and like any daughter I cannot and do wish to be in a world without him. I have faith that those days remain far away. Yet even in this moment, my fears for him are overwhelmed by one thing above all: gratitude for our years together, and the years still to come. He is a warrior at dusk, one of the greatest Americans of our age, and the worthy heir to his father's and grandfather's name. But to me he is something more. He is my strength, my example, my refuge, my confidante, my teacher, my rock, my hero — my dad.”

Meghan McCain is a Fox News host and contributor.

Georgia mom felt ‘devil like spirit’ before stabbing children, husband

Nine-year-old Diana Romero said she saw her mother stabbing her brothers, sister and father, but before the woman turned on Diana she told her that she was “going to the sky to see Jesus,” according to a state child welfare report obtained Wednesday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The young girl cried and told her mother that she didn’t want to go to see Jesus, according to the report by the state Division of Family and Children Services.

The DFCS documents include a caseworker’s notes on her interview with Diana, who describes in horrid detail watching her mother slay her siblings and father one by one in their Loganville home

The child, for instance, says that her father tried to stop the mother but couldn’t. Isabel Martinez, 33, is accused of stabbing and killing her husband, 33-year-old Martin Romero, and four of her children, 2-year-old Axel, 4-year-old Dillan and 7-year-old Dacota Romero and 10-year-old Isabela Martinez, early on July 6.

She was charged with five counts of malice murder, five counts of murder and six charges of aggravated assault.

The DFCS report also includes a interview with the mother in the Gwinnett jail, who says she is innocent and that the killings were performed by a “family friend,” but she provides no name. Martinez tell the DFCS caseworker that she tried to stop the friend and he cut her on the wrist. Martinez also described a recent family trip to Savannah where, according to the report, she felt “a devil-like spirit” and where she felt the waves trying to take her and her children away.

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The child welfare agency had one prior interaction with the family in September of 2015, when the agency received an accusation saying the father struck one of the daughters with a shoe and a phone charger at night when she wouldn’t sleep. It’s unclear in the report which daughter was being struck. The agency investigated and both parents admitted disciplining the children using a belt on their behinds. 

But the agency found there were no safety threats and the case was closed soon after.

“In Georgia corporal punishment crosses the line when there are welts or marks or bruises,” said Ashley Fielding Cooper, DFCS chief operating officer. “Based on the information we gathered in this case we determined that corporal punishment was used within the bounds of the law and that maltreatment did not occur.”

On the deadly night of July 6, Diana Romero, a fourth-grader at Magill Elementary School, was stabbed by her mother, police say. She is the only survivor of the attacks. Family members have said she is steadily improving but has a long road to recovery both physically and mentally.

The caseworker spoke with Diana at 12:15 p.m. July 10. Before she opened up to the caseworker about the attacks, the child talked about having fun on the beach in Savannah. She said her mother and father did not fight while the family was away. She said her mother seemed normal when they all came home.

Diana said the police had never come to her home before. As she began to speak about that night, Diana cried, the report said. She said everyone seemed to be asleep when the trouble started.

She said she saw her mother take the knife out of the kitchen and start cutting her brothers and sister.

Her father rushed into the living room and tried to get help, but when he was walking to the door, she cut him too, according to the report.

Diana told the caseworker that, watching all this before her, she could not move. She said her mother was not crying or screaming during the stabbings, the report said. She said her mother called the police after she cut herself. Five of the family members were dead when police arrived at the home in the pre-dawn hours.

Martinez said that before police arrived she placed all the bodies in the same room so they could be together.

In a subsequent court appearance Martinez exhibited bizarre behavior, smiling and giving cameras the thumbs-up sign

On Tuesday, the attorney for the woman said she will not undergo a psychological evaluation at this stage in her case, but could later on.

Oklahoma teacher turns to panhandling to raise money for classroom supplies

A Tulsa, Oklahoma teacher is making a bold statement about the state of education as she pleads for money at an intersection to pay for classroom supplies.

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Teresa Danks is a third-grade teacher in the Tulsa Public Schools system.

As a result of serious education budget cuts, Danks said she is now spending between $2,000 and $3,000 of her $35,000 salary on supplies for her students.

“It all adds up week after week and month after month,” Danks said. “So, it’s a huge need.”

Danks said she decided to ask the public for help after she learned lawmakers weren’t going to help her.

In six minutes Tuesday, the veteran teacher made $55 standing on the street corner near 193rd East Avenue and I-44, more than double what she makes per hour in the classroom.

Danks said she was overwhelmed by the response, and she became emotional talking about it.

What is glioblastoma, the cancer Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with?

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.The cancer was discovered when McCain underwent surgery last week to remove a blood clot from behind his eye. During the surgery, tissue surrounding the clot was tested and the cancer was found.Here’s a look at the type of cancer McCain is suffering from and the prognosis.What type of cancer is it?McCain was diagnosed with primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor. Primary glioblastoma means the cancer started in the brain.What is glioblastoma?Glioblastoma forms in the tissue of the brain and the spinal cord. It is a very aggressive form of cancer.What are the symptoms?According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the symptoms of glioblastoma:HeadacheNausea or vomitingConfusion or a decline in brain functionMemory lossPersonality changes or irritabilityDifficulty with balanceUrinary incontinenceVision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral visionSpeech difficultiesSeizures, especially in someone without a history of seizuresAre there risk factors?The Mayo Clinic lists these factors.Age: Gliomas are generally diagnosed in people between the ages of 60 and 80, though it can occur at any age. McCain is 80.Radiation exposure: Those who have been exposed to ionizing radiation have an increased risk of brain cancer. Ionizing radiation is the type of radiation used to treat cancer. It is also the type of radiation that is caused by the explosion of an atomic bomb.Family history: Family history of brain cancer can increase the chances of contracting the disease.Why did they do the surgery last week?The cancer was found during one of the routine screenings McCain has had for years since being diagnosed with skin cancer. McCain suffered three bouts of melanoma– in 1993, 2000 and 2002. Those cancers did not spread, according to McCain’s doctors.How bad is the cancer? What is the prognosis?Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive form of cancer, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. The prognosis is often poor. The average survival rate for patients with malignant glioblastoma tends to be around 14 months with treatment. Around 10 percent of patients with the disease live five years or longer.McCain is in very good health, according to his doctors. He has not had problems with balance, headaches or seizures, according to a CNN story.Did they get all of the tumor?According to the CNN story, McCain’s doctors said the tissue in which the cancer was found had been completely removed.

Dolly Parton to join Kenny Rogers’ farewell concert this fall

Kenny Rogers knows when to fold ‘em.

This fall, the country music legend takes the stage in Nashville for a farewell performance. He’ll be joined by Dolly Parton, his duet partner on hits like “Islands in the Stream,” in addition to Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and others to be named later.

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“As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with,” Rogers said in a statement Wednesday.

Tickets go on sale Friday 11 a.m. Eastern time and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

“It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me. Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it,” Rogers said. “We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career. I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”

The concert, themed “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” is planned for Oct. 25 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and will be taped.

“Kenny is like a family member to me,” Parton said in a statement. “We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together. Since 1983, when we released ‘Islands In The Stream,’ everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go and me with him wherever he goes. Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night. Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on Oct. 25 is going to be emotional for both of us, but it’s also going to be very special.”

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, a charity popular in music-industry circles that has raised more than $271 million for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research over the years. 

Rogers’ swan-song show also supports the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center, a facility in Sikeston, Missouri, that serves children with special needs and their families.

Rogers, whose career has spanned over six decades, is going out on a high note. With more than 120 million albums sold worldwide during his career, he’s one of the best-selling male artists of all time.

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