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WATCH: Video shows waitress drag giant reptile out of Australian winery

A big lizard crawled into a bar in Bermagui, Australia.

It sounds like the start of a joke, but there is viral video to prove it.

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Samia Lila was serving drinks at Mimosa Winery Sunday when a customer pointed out the goanna, which is a sort of giant Australian monitor lizard, that was scurrying across the floor. Lila, a 25-year-old waitress visiting from France, told Bega District News that she "looked at it and thought it was a dog at first."

As she moved the animal across the veranda, patrons jumped out of the way, and one woman leaped onto her chair.

Lila finally cornered the creature and managed to grab it by the tail, then pull it out of the restaurant.

"I wasn't scared. I like reptiles, so I was a bit excited," she said.

Somebody captured a video of the brief encounter, and the restaurant posted it to its Facebook page, where it has been viewed over 500,000 times. The video has earned her the nickname, "Goanna Girl."

 Unwelcome visitor in the restaurant today was no match for French waitress Samia ( Goanna Girl ) !!Posted by Mimosa Wines on Saturday, February 18, 2017

"At first I was shocked, but then I just smiled. Afterwards I was a bit shaky," Lila told ABC News Online.

It was the second time she has seen a goanna at the winery. She scared the first one off a week earlier.

Reptile handler John Hassell said Lila used good technique by lifting the animal's rear legs off the ground, but that one would ideally lift the animal further up along its tail to prevent it from turning around and biting someone.

Lila has been Australia since November. She said she will probably continue to work in the restaurant until her visa expires, then will continue her travels.

Florida woman attacks ex with knives pulled from bra

A Florida woman allegedly pulled knives from her bra and attacked her ex-boyfriend with them during an argument. 

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According to the Panama City News Herald, Bay County resident Loren Myriah Smith, 19, is accused of attacking Robert Dickerson II with knives she had concealed in her bra.

The Springfield Police Department received a call at around noon Monday that Smith was trespassing on Dickerson’s property. The call led the landlord of Dickerson’s property to issue a trespass warning to Smith. 

At about 11:15 p.m. that night, Smith returned to the scene and engaged in an altercation with Dickerson, according to the News Herald. During the argument, Smith pulled two knives from her bra and began to attack Dickerson, who sustained lacerations on his hand. He ran to a neighbor’s home, but Smith followed close behind, this time attempting to use a screwdriver as a weapon.

Witnesses restrained and disarmed Smith before police arrived. She was arrested, charged with trespassing, aggravated assault, armed burglary and aggravated battery and taken to Bay County Jail.

She is being held on $40,000 bond.

SodaStream recalls 51K bottles over explosion risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Tuesday a recall of SodaStream bottles, because they can burst under pressure.The CPSC recall states that no injuries have been reported, but notes that bursting bottles could injure the user or bystanders. Consumers should immediately stop using the bottles and contact SodaStream via phone at 866-272-9417 between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at sodastream.com for a refund. 

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According to the CPSC, 51,000 bottles sold in the U.S. are included in the recall. The CPSC states that the recalled bottles are one liter in size and blue tinted, with a blue cap and blue bottom base. “SodaStream” and “dishwasher safe” are printed on the bottles. The recall only includes bottles with an expiration date of “4/2020” printed on the warning label. The recalled bottles were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart and online retailers such as Amazon from February 2016 through January 2017 for approximately $15.  

Man collects trash for decades, donates $400K to needy children

A Ringgold, Georgia, man has been collecting items for recycling for 32 years and is doing something incredible with the money he's received.

Johnny Jennings, 86, has been collecting since 1985, Jennings' friend, Shay Drennan-Love, told WSB-TV. During that time, Jennings has worn out three trucks and countless sets of tires.

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Jennings has earned a grand total of $400,000 since he started his journey, all of which he's donated to the Georgia Baptist Home for Children, a Christian ministry of services designed to promote the spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of children, youth and families.

Dr. Kenneth Z. Thompson, president and CEO of The Georgia Baptist Home for Children said the following in a statement:

Johnny Jennings is one of the most gracious individuals I have ever met. I have always admired his quiet, humble spirit, his commitment to helping others and most of all, his love for the children in our care. We are so blessed to have someone of his character dedicated to serving our ministry.

Jennings sold 401,280 pounds of paper, 51,565 aluminum cans and 32,040 pennies in 2016 alone.

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Over the course of 32 years, Drennan-Love said Jennings has sold 810,063 pounds of paper and $20,275 worth of pennies. That's a total of 79,000 trees saved.

"During the week, you can usually see Johnny driving around town picking up paper from local businesses and churches and taking it to the Chattanooga Recycle Center on Central Avenue," Drennan-Love said.

From there, Jennings heads home and loads up his truck again with recyclables that people have dropped off at his house.

"Johnny normally loads his truck by himself, and that is a job in itself, and did I mention he is 86 years old and had two small strokes just two weeks ago?" Drennan-Love said.

That didn't stop him from getting back to his paper route. When Jennings' got home from the hospital, he went right back to work.

"That is just how he is, and he will not stop until the undertaker turns his toes up," Drennan-Love said. "That is what he tells everyone."

Texas city is No. 1 in U.S. for non-criminals arrested in ICE raids

U.S. immigration agents who conducted a recent operation in the Austin area arrested a higher percentage of people with no criminal convictions compared to other regions of the country and swept up more people found guilty of drunk driving than any other offense, federal documents obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV show.

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The information, compiled by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and presented late last week to several U.S. congressional officials, provides the most comprehensive data available in the national operation that sparked a furor in Austin, where 51 people were arrested.

It also intensified questions Wednesday about who federal agents targeted as part of Operation Cross Check, which ICE officials have said was aimed at the most dangerous violent criminals.

The newly obtained records indicate a somewhat different outcome than federal officials had publicly announced.

Documents show that of the 51 people arrested by federal immigration agents, 23 were previously identified by ICE as having criminal convictions. The other 28 were deemed “non-criminals” by the immigration agency — meaning those people did not have previous criminal convictions but were suspected of being in the country illegally.

The number of non-criminal people arrested during the operation number stands in sharp contrast to other regions where the operation took place.

According to the data, in the Austin region — which includes the cities of San Antonio, Del Rio, Laredo and Waco — 55 percent of those arrested were “non-criminal” immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, compared to 34 percent in Atlanta, 30 percent in Chicago, 6 percent in Los Angeles and 5 percent in New York.

It was unclear why the Austin area had more of those non-criminal arrests, but federal officials said they suspect it could be the result of “collateral apprehensions” — the arrest of a person because they happen to be with a wanted individual at the time.

“During targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter additional suspects who may be in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws,” ICE said in a recent statement. “Those persons will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and when appropriate, arrested by ICE.”

ICE officials have declined to identify the 51 people detained as part of the operation during a four-day period during the second week of February, making it difficult to know why the immigrants were arrested and their previous criminal histories, if any.

A large number of the 51 people are thought to be from Austin, federal officials said.

The Statesman has been attempting to learn their names through other means, including family members and through limited federal court records.

Soon after the operation became public, ICE officials highlighted the arrests of a citizen of El Salvador who had pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a child and of a Mexican citizen convicted of repeat domestic violence offenses.

According to the data, of the 21 who had been convicted, nine were convicted of drunken driving, two for assault and two for sexual offenses involving children. But the data includes several who had been convicted of marijuana possession, obstructing the police and drug trafficking.

The operation sparked a panic in Austin, prompting protests and vocal responses by some City Council members.

Dog chases, bites boy walking to school bus stop

A boy walking to his school bus stop was attacked and bitten by a dog on Tuesday morning.

WSB-TV talked to the 11-year-old boy’s mother who said the dog jumped over a fence and bit the boy on the legs in Decatur, Georgia.

The boy, Samuel English, said he thought he was going to die. 

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"I was just saying, 'God, please don't let me die,'" Samuel said.

Witnesses say the dog only stopped when the owner's children enticed it with some meat.

"They held out a piece of meat and the dog came toward the meat," said Samuel's mother, Chemedria Webb.

Samuel was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with bite marks to his legs.

Webb said the attack could have been much worse.

"Running from the dog, my son fell on the ground," Webb said. "He fought him off and the dog got hold to his thigh, his right thigh."

Animal control said the 1-year-old dog has gotten loose twice before, but the owner said this is the first time the animal attacked.

The owner of the dog, Timon Jefferson, surrendered it to animal control.

"Of course we're going to have to let her go, but, you know, kids come first in my book," Jefferson said.

Animal control said it will try to rehab the dog instead of just putting her down. 

Samuel told WSB-TV although the attack was scary, he won't be afraid of dogs.

"I still love dogs," he said. "It's just that some people just don't know how to control their dog."

Space travel is measured in light years, but what's a light year anyway?

Stars and galaxies in outer space are just so far away, it’s hard to comprehend the staggering distances.

Scientists have come up with ways to measure space distance that are easier to understand.

A light year is one of those space measurements and is similar to how a mile or kilometer measures distance on Earth. Distances in space are so vast, though, that a mile or a kilometer is just too small a number to be useful, because of the huge numbers involved in space travel. Light years work better.

A light year is measured by the time it takes a ray of light to travel a given distance.

While a light year has nothing to do with time as we know it on Earth, it does measure the distance that light travels, or the time it takes the light to move in one year, according to NASA.

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Since light moves at about 186,000 miles or about 300,000 kilometers a second, it can travel almost 6 trillion miles or about 10 trillion kilometers in a year.

If people could travel at the speed of light, they would be able to circle the Earth more than seven times in just a second.

In one second, light travels a distance of one light second, and in a year, light travels a distance of one light year.

Related: Nasa finds 7 'Earth-sized planets' orbiting star just 40 light years away

The moon is a little over one light second from Earth, meaning it would take a beam of light on Earth a little more than a second to reach the moon. The sun, which is 93 million miles from earth, is measured in light minutes and is some eight light minutes away.

Mars is under 25 light minutes from Earth, depending on its orbit around the sun, and the other planets in the solar system are several light hours from Earth.

The Milky Way galaxy, for example, measures about 150,000 light years across. The Andromeda galaxy, the nearest large galaxy, is more than 2 million light years away.

How long does it take to travel a light year? Here’s an example. The next closest star after the sun, is called Proxima Centauri. It is just over 4 light years away. If a spacecraft were traveling 38,000 miles per hour, it would still take 80,000 years to reach the star, according to the University of Virginia Physics Department.

Dad pens emotional tribute to 'selfless' wife pregnant with their terminally ill child

Even after learning that her daughter will be born without part of her brain due to a terminal condition, an Oklahoma mother has decided to give birth to the child in order to donate the baby's organs.

Keri Young and her husband, Royce, have been sharing their story on social media.

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The couple's daughter, Eva, has a condition called anencephaly. She is due in May but is only expected to survive for a few days.

The couple learned the devastating news during an ultrasound when Keri Young was in her 20th week of pregnancy. Keri Young decided to continue carrying the baby in hopes that the child's organs will someday save another child's life.

In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Royce Young explained how his wife was able to make the difficult decision.

"Donating was on Keri's mind from darn near the second we found out, and while the experience of holding and kissing our daughter will be something we cherish forever, the gift(s) she's got inside that little body of hers (are) what really matters. Keri saw that almost instantly," he wrote.

"In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It's one of the most powerful things I've ever experienced."

The other night, before I left for New Orleans, I was watching my beautiful wife sleep peacefully on the couch.I...Posted by Royce Young on Friday, February 17, 2017

Keri Young has been open about their decision as well.

"We learned (that) her whole heart would not be eligible for transplant, and that was disappointing," she wrote in December. "But then we learned her heart valves would be eligible, along with her kidneys and liver and maybe (her) pancreas. We could also donate her lungs to research. We'd get the opportunity to meet her recipients if they wanted to meet us."

She said that Eva could save as many as 50 lives in just 24 hours.

"This is not over for us," she wrote. "We'll almost assuredly have doubts on if we're actually doing the right thing. Or if we can even handle this. May 7th is far away. Please continue to think (of) and pray for us."

Some raw and honest thoughts on how we came to our decision with Eva. It's long but I married a writer so whatever. ...Posted by Keri Young on Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Man throws pork chop at mother when she returns home without cigarettes, police say

An Athens, Georgia, man has been charged with simple battery after throwing a pork chop at his mother, police said.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported that at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Terry Bernard Ball Jr., 29, was eating at home when he became upset because his mother hadn’t gotten cigarettes for him.​>> Read more trending stories

Police said Ball got up, pushed his mother and head-butted her after throwing the pork chop at her.

Ball’s father jumped on him and held him down until police arrived, the newspaper reported. Officers kept a Taser trained on Ball until they put him in handcuffs.

Police said Ball's mother would not discuss what happened, except to say her son was upset about the cigarettes.

Ball was arrested for simple battery and charged with a probation violation. He was on probation for 12 months after a simple battery charge six months ago.

Florida man claims dog shot his girlfriend

A man told police that his dog was responsible for shooting his girlfriend while she was sleeping on Tuesday night in Florida.

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Jacksonville police responded around 11:25 p.m. to the reported shooting at a home in the 2200 block of Patou Drive.

Brian Murphy told officers that he let his dog, Diesel, outside after the animal woke him up Tuesday night. When they returned to the bedroom, the room was completely dark. Murphy told police that Diesel walked in before him, and that he then saw a flash and heard a bang.

Murphy's girlfriend, Summer Miracle, had been shot in her sleep.

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Murphy claimed that "Diesel jumped up on the nightstand, where (Murphy's) gun was sitting, and it went off, shooting Summer in the right leg," according to police.

Miracle told authorities she was asleep when the bullet struck her and that she wasn't sure how she was shot.

She was taken to the hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

Photographer captures moment Florida father delivers baby in car

A photographer captured the moment when a Jacksonville, Florida, father delivered his newborn baby in the front seat of his car on the way to the hospital.

Jaiden Photography posted the photo of the couple on Wednesday.

The photographer said the couple's baby couldn't wait one more minute to come into the world.

The newborn's father delivered the baby within minutes of putting his car in park and rushing to the passenger side of the car, the photographer said.

"I am still in awe of their strength, their sweet baby could not wait another minute to come into this world and his father delivered him within minutes of putting his car in park. No words can describe how amazing it was to watch this miracle, more to come as I was able to capture it all! Birth photographer's dream, what a wild night it was. So in love with this family!" the photographer wrote.

The photographer said the baby was very calm lying next to its mother after she gave birth.

"In the wildness of all that happened this was such a quiet moment in the car, so peaceful," the photographer wrote.

At 12:21am an AMAZING mother and INCREDIBLE father delivered their precious baby in the front seat of their car!!!!! I...Posted by Jaiden Photography on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Such a powerful image to me, the baby was so CALM laying next to the mother, so content. In the wildness of all that...Posted by Jaiden Photography on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jay Z makes history as first rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jay Z, already a history maker, has another accomplishment under his belt: He is the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Billboard reported that the rapper was announced with other inductees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Max Martin, who has produced hits for Britney Spears, Katy Perry and the Backstreet Boys, among others, as well as Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds; Motown founder Berry Gordy; Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who produced records for Janet Jackson and New Edition; and Chicago members Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera.

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CBS News reported that Nile Rodgers announced the 2017 Hall of Fame class Wednesday.

"He has changed the way we listen to music," Rodgers said in interview with "CBS This Morning."

Jay Z is already a record-setter as the solo artist with the most No. 1 albums on the Billboard chart.

Hall co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and president Linda Moran issued a statement about the inductees:

With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades. The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening. The songwriters we honor cross genre, regional and even national boundaries -- R&B, rap, pop and rock 'n' roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.

Moran told The New York Times that Jay Z was "so over the moon" about the news and that he had been previously considered for induction last year, but "our board and community wasn’t ready. This year we felt that they had been educated enough."

The rapper's streaming service, Tidal, offered congratulations on Twitter.

Congratulations to @S_C_, the first rapper to be inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall Of Fame. #SHOF2017 pic.twitter.com/SUpistREN5— TIDAL (@TIDALHiFi) February 22, 2017

Jay Z and the other 2017 inductees will be honored June 15 at the 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. They join past inductees including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gay.

Here's what's inside the gift bags given to Oscar nominees

Even if for those that don’t win, Hollywood stars at this year’s Academy Awards are going home with a nominee swag bag filled with various goodies, including a pelvic floor exercise tracker, sweat-absorbing armpit pads and a Hawaiian vacation.

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The bag is worth six figures and is only available to people nominated in the top 5 categories.

Those nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director will get the goodies, even if they go home without the coveted golden statuette. 

The host of the evening, Jimmy Kimmel, will also receive one of the bags.

"People are excited -- is the word I would use -- judging from the number of calls we get from people's assistants and agents wanting to make sure we have the correct address to deliver the bag," Lash Fary, the curator of the fabled bags and founder of Distinctive Assets, told CNN. "When people hear there's a gift bag worth six figures being given out, we actually get calls from those not in the categories we gift."

 

According to Fary, the most popular gift to date has been an opportunity from Halo Purely for Pets that allows stars to make a 10,000 meal donation to an animal shelter of their choice

“The most redeemed item in the history of doing this has been from Halo,” Fary said. “Again this year, Halo Purely for Pets is allowing the nominees to make a 10,000 meal donation to an animal shelter of their choice. Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Rosamund Pike, Ethan Hawk, so many celebrities have redeemed that particular option.”

Here are other items included in the bag this year:

HAZE DUAL V3 VAPORIZER

The Haze Dual V3 is the first and only dual chamber vaporizer in the market. This premium vaporizer provides ultimate portability, longer sessions, and infinite versatility. It is also compatible with every type of material, including dry blend, e-liquid, oils, and concentrates. Its small size, replaceable batteries, pre-packable canisters, and multiple different options to vape make the Haze Dual V3 the most portable and complete vaporizer for outdoor lovers: www.hazevaporizers.com

OOMI

Oomi turns your ordinary home into an intelligent smart home. Check-in on loved ones from anywhere in the world or have your lights turn on when you get home. The best part? Oomi is as simple as a handshake so anyone will feel comfortable setting up their new smart home. The starter kit retails for $599. It includes Oomi Cube, Oomi Touch, Oomi Dock, two Oomi bulbs and one Oomi Plug: http://www.oomi.com

OPAL

Opal® apples can’t be compared to an everyday apple. These sunny fruits are like none other — with a beautiful appearance, distinctively crunchy texture, floral aroma and a sweet, tangy flavor. But one of the most incredible and natural features of this apple is that it does not brown after cutting. So an Opal® a day will keep your salads — and your kids’ lunchboxes — crisp and fresh. Opal apples are Non-GMO Project verified. Nominees will receive a case of Opal apples each month for a year (October thru July) and be able to participate in the Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference initiative. Opal is known as the apple with a purpose: http://www.opalapples.com

HEALING SAINT by DR. JANE 360

A year’s supply of Healing Saint Luminosity Skin Serum which uses polypeptide complex and natural botanical extracts to gently and effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines, fade age spots, minimize uneven tones and increase luminosity. Bonus Gift: Healing Saint Hair Follicle Stimulant which replaces what has been lost due to aging and replenishes the essential growth factors, preventing further hair loss: http://www.drjane360.com

KOLOA LANDING RESORT AT POIPU

5 nights/6 days in a luxurious villa on Kauai’s sunny South Shore: www.koloalandingresort.com

LOST COAST RANCH

Fully-private 3-day mansion stay to experience the sublime beauty of the Pacific Ocean at the magnificent and unique Lost Coast Ranch in Northern California. This magical retreat offers superb living space with 18 bedrooms for up to 10 guests, gourmet catering and farm to table dining. Hike the nearby forests, stroll along the beach or take in the sunrise and sunsets from the wrap-around deck in an idyllic setting: http://www.loastcoastranch.net

ALEXIS SELETZKY, CELEBRITY TRAINER

Package of 10 Personal Training Sessions with one of Los Angeles’ premier trainers, Alexis Seletzky. With a diverse clientele and multiple services ranging from nutrition counseling to physical therapy, your physical fitness regimen will reflect both quality and discretion.

BANGARANG

The Positive Cube is a handmade wooden box filled with 199 cards of positive actions and quotes. For every Positive Cube purchased, a donation is made to a charity or a cause: www.gobangarang.com

BELLDINI

Personally curated wardrobe for each nominee from Belldini, a leading manufacturer of women’s fashions for over 35 years, offers everything from cardigans and pullovers to twinsets and leggings. Their extensive collection of high-quality apparel allows the active woman to seamlessly transition from day to evening:  www.belldini.com

CASPER

Our responsive dual-layer pillow is engineered to stay supportive, cool and comfortable throughout the night – regardless of your sleeping movements:  www.casper.com

CHAPSTICK

New ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint is the first-ever tinted lip balm from the experts in lip care. This tinted moisturizer features a formula with 100% naturally sourced ingredients that deliver long lasting moisture, plus a hint of alluring color specifically formulated to enhance the lips’ natural color. The Total Hydration Moisture + Tint formula is comprised of premium ingredients, including Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil and Avocado Butter, and is available in three shades – Rose Petal, Coral Blush and Merlot: www.shopchapstick.com

CHOCOLATINES

Chocolatines’ Drunken Fig Cake Bites: the first of Chocolatines’ new line of luxury brownies, this cabernet sauvignon infused confectionery is flecked with cabernet-soaked figs: www.chocolatines.com

CHUBBY CHIPMUNK HAND-DIPPED CHOCOLATES

Designer Book Box with Hand-Dipped Truffles: these decadent, hand-dipped chocolate truffles come beautifully packaged in an original custom box. They are part of our artisan line using only the freshest gourmet ingredients and no preservatives. Our truffles are handmade in small batches to ensure perfection in every bite: http://www.chubbychipmunk.com

CPR ANYTIME CPR

Anytime® allows anyone to learn the core skills of adult Hands-Only CPR in just 20 minutes using their own personal kit. The program also includes other lifesaving techniques such as child CPR, choking relief and AED awareness. This kit from the American Heart Association is designed to be shared among close family and friends: www.heart.org/cpranytime

CRAYOLA

Each nominee will receive a customized box of 64 count Crayola My Way crayons personalized with his/her name on the front along with a colorful image to celebrate their Oscar nomination. Inside will be a special gold crayon created just for the nominee with his/her name on it: www.crayola.com/myway

CURLEE GIRLEE

Children’s book, empowering young girls to love all their unique features: www.curleegirlee.com

DANDI PATCH

Award-winning underarm patch that solves the embarrassing problem of sweat marks for both men and women. The most discreet and effective product available:  www.dandipatch.com

ELVIE

Limited edition pelvic floor exercise tracker (and app): www.elvie.com

GOLDEN DOOR

A week of total mind, body and spirit renewal at the world’s #1 destination spa. Golden Door gives 100% of its net profits to end child abuse and transform young lives: www.goldendoor.com

GRAND HOTEL EXCELSIOR VITTORIA

Located high on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples in Sorrento, Italy, the luxurious, family-owned Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria offers spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius and is the perfect gateway to nearby Naples, Ischia, Capri and the Amalfi Coast. The 92-room, five-star hotel’s gourmet restaurant, Terrazza Bosquet, headed up by Michelin-starred Chef Luigi Tramontano, offers an elegant combination of regional and Mediterranean classics. Nominees will receive 3 complimentary nights in a Suite: www.exvitt.it

GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO

The spectacular Grand Hotel Tremezzo is located in the heart of Lake Como. From its unique lakeside position, this authentic Art Nouveau Palace offers unparalleled views of Bellagio and the Grigne Mountains. Nominees will receive 3 complimentary nights in a Suite: www.grandhoteltremezzo.com

HAPPIEST TEE

Luxury American-made t-shirts and sweatshirts that celebrate your happy place: www.happiesttee.com

HYDROXYCUT PLATINUM

This premium 5-in-1 formula combines high performance weight loss plus essential vitamins & minerals, active probiotics and antioxidants in a state of the art formula: www.hydroxycut.com

JULES K.

jules k. offers unique, luxury handbags made in the USA with a fun anteater pattern: www.julesk.com

LIZORA

“Your masterpiece of green beauty.” Purity in the form of Pu-erh Tea, all-in-one natural nourishment for your skin: http://www.lizora.com

MEDICE

Amazing Medice Foot Care Kit stops pain from cracked heels and make heels smooth and crack free: www.medicehealth.com

MOUS FITNESS BOTTLE

Multipurpose fitness bottle designed to provide a healthier more hygienic way to hydrate and fuel your body by reducing the ability of bacteria accumulation. Perfect, for shaking supplements, infusing waters and enjoying smoothies on the go: www.mousfitness.com

MUSCLETECH NITRO-TECH CRUNCH

NITRO-TECH® CRUNCH bars are a gourmet, high-performance protein energy bar from MuscleTech®. Featuring 22g of high-quality protein, 5g of fiber and gluten free, these bars offer guilty indulgence without the guilt, and truly are the superior protein bar – more protein, fewer carbs and better taste:  www.muscletech.com

NAMIRA MONACO

The Limited Edition Pole Star Constellation Pendant & Brooch is crafted with precision to make a fine jewelry collectible, inspired by the stars: www.namira.mc

NATIONAL PECAN SHELLERS ASSOCIATION

A jar of freshly harvested pecans are a delicious heart healthy snack packed with vitamins and nutrition: www.ilovepecans.org

OXYGENETIX

A 10-year supply of revolutionary Oxygenating Foundation (breathable formula that promotes healing and provides complete coverage) and Oxygenating Moisturizer (attracts oxygen while delivering PCA, HLA and Multi-Tocophenals): www.oxygenetix.com

PARK AND BUZZ

Our baguette studs are hand-made high-quality earrings crafted with solid sterling silver, plated with 18k gold and inlaid with cubic zirconia. With each purchase, we proudly support global and local charities: www.parkandbuzz.com

REIAN WILLIAMS FINE ART

A Master of Emotive Realism: www.kunstlerstudios.com

REST-RITE SLEEP POSITIONER

Rest-Rite Sleep Positioner literally saves relationships! Instead of pushing your partner over all night because of snoring, you can just pick one up from your bedside table and pop it on his back or shirt with its medical grade adhesive … within seconds you have solved the problem. Now when your partner tries to roll onto his back, this positioner will give a gentle nudge to go back to his side without even waking him up: www.restrite.com

ROUGE MAPLE

For discerning palates, gourmet fine foods, featuring the unique flavor of rouGe 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup: www.rougemaple.com

SLIMWARE

Chic plates with portion control disguised in the design: http://www.slimware.com

SWEETCHEEKS CELLULITE MASSAGE MATS

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The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> Ever wonder what's inside those six-figure gift bags given to Oscar nominees? Well, we got our hands on one... 💰💵💎Posted by Hot Topics on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Police use stun gun on man accused of vandalizing city garden with hammer

Witnesses were shocked to find a man using a hammer to destroy sculptures at a city garden in Iowa.The incident was reported Tuesday at the Robert D. Ray Asian Garden, according to KCCI. Bystanders called police and tried to convince the man to stop, but to no avail. A couple of the bystanders recorded video of the man swinging the hammer and knocking off pieces of decorative art atop the railing of a walkway.

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When police arrived, the man still refused to put down the hammer, so police used a stun gun on him. He cried out and fell to the ground.Police arrested him without further incident.

Community rallies around family of father, son killed in head-on collision with one another

A tight-knit Alabama community is rallying around the family of a father and son who died after they were killed in a head-on collision with one another Saturday morning.

A joint funeral was held Wednesday afternoon for Jeffrey Morris Brasher, 50, and Austin Blaine Brasher, 22, both of Fayette, a small city in rural west Alabama. Jeff Brasher, a bread distributor, was on his way to work shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday, and his son was on his way home following a night out with friends.

They crashed into one another on a county road about 10 miles from their home, according to AL.com. Jeff Brasher was killed instantly.

Austin Brasher died about five hours later at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Jeff Brasher’s sister, Pamela Dennis, told People magazine that the family has been devastated by the deaths.

“You really just cannot imagine it,” Dennis said. “There are no words that can be said. Everybody’s life changed on Saturday morning. No one’s life will be the same after this.”

The family had already been dealing with a lot, People reported. Jeff’s wife and Austin’s mother, Pam Brasher, has been fighting cancer. Jeff and Pam Brasher’s only other child, Jennifer Brasher, had just recovered from a car accident that left her injured.

Jeff Brasher was known in the community as “the bread man,” his sister told AL.com. He worked as a bread distributor for Flowers Baking Co. for 20 years.

He was also an active volunteer, serving as the sports announcer for football games at Fayette Middle School and keeping the clock for basketball games there and at Fayette County High, where Austin Brasher earned his diploma in 2013.

“Everybody who knew him loved him,” Dennis told AL.com about her brother. “He always had a smile on his face.”

Dennis told People that members of the community and people from all across the country have been reaching out to offer support for the family. 

"We are just so blessed,” Dennis said. “Yes, we are struggling but we have been covered in prayer." 

The grief over the Brashers' deaths was palpable on social media. 

Please share. In memory of Jeff and Austin Brasher. Prayers lifted up for the family.Posted by Kris Gardner on Saturday, February 18, 2017

We at Winfield Walmart #362 would like to let the family of Jeff Brasher and Austin Brasher know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.Posted by Susan Dudley Gray on Saturday, February 18, 2017

Monica Marie Aker, a cousin of Austin Brasher’s, described Jeff Brasher as the “kind of guy who, if you needed something, you’d go to him because he would help,” according to People.

“He wanted to make you smile, and his kids were his No. 1 priority,” Aker said.

Austin Brasher, who graduated from Lincoln College of Technology in 2014, worked as a machinist. He and his father, who were extremely close, loved playing golf together.

They also shared their gregarious personalities.

“Austin was a beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend who loved his family with everything he had,” his obituary read. “He was an avid golfer and spent many of his weekends playing co-ed softball with his friends.

“Austin loved life and spending time with those that meant most to him. He had a great sense of humor that could light up a room and always had a smile on his face. He was always there for his friends and had a huge heart that was always ready to help anyone in need.”

He only takes the good❤A heart of gold stoped beating.Two shining eyes at rest.God broke our hearts to only prove he...Posted by Hannah Stidham on Saturday, February 18, 2017

AL.com reported that state troopers believed alcohol contributed to the crash. Neither father nor son was wearing a seat belt.

Aker told People that Austin Brasher had been drinking at a party the night before the crash. She told the magazine that part of her was relieved her cousin did not survive the collision that also killed his father.

“My worst fear was that Austin would make it through and then kill himself, because he wouldn’t have been able to deal with killing his father,” Aker said. “It would have destroyed him.”

Scientists find 7 'Earth-sized planets' orbiting star 40 light-years away, NASA says

Forthy light-years from Earth, scientists have discovered seven "Earth-sized planets" in the largest-ever cache of planets found around a single star outside of our solar system.

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"The discovery gives us a hint that finding a second Earth is not just a matter of if, but when," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. "You can just imagine how many worlds are out there that have a shot at becoming a habitable ecosystem that we can explore."

Three of the newly discovered planets are in what's known as the habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water, according to NASA. The Hubble Space Telescope has started to scan four of the planets, including the three found in the habitable zone.

New record! We've found 7 Earth-sized planets around a single star outside our solar system; 3 in habitable zone: https://t.co/GgBy5QOTpK pic.twitter.com/NEavRSXDU2— NASA (@NASA) February 22, 2017

The planets were found by astronomers using ground and space telescopes around an ultracool, red dwarf star named TRAPPIST-1, according to the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO).

The findings were published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature. The paper's lead author, astronomer Michael Gillon, described the planets as "the seven wonders of TRAPPIST-1."

"The energy output from dwarf stars like TRAPPIST-1 is much weaker than that of our sun," said Amaury Triaud, one of the co-authors of the Nature paper. "Planets would need to be in far closer orbits than we see in the solar system if there is to be surface water. Fortunately, it seems that this kind of compact configuration is just what we see around TRAPPIST-1."

Scientists characterized the discovery as a significant leap in the search for alien life during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

"Answering the question, 'Are we alone?' is a top science priority, and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal," Zurbuchen said.

The planets were spotted when scientists noticed dips in TRAPPIST-1's light output, according to ESO. The discovery was made using Spitzer, an infrared telescope that trails Earth as it orbits the sun, NASA officials said.

Astronomers determined that the dips were caused by the planets as they passed between the star and Spitzer.

The planets have been temporarily named with letters, TRAPPIST-1b through TRAPPIST-1h, in order of increasing distance from their parent star.

NASA to announce 'discovery beyond our solar system'

Scientists will share newly discovered information on Wednesday about planets that orbit stars other than Earth's sun at a 1 p.m. news conference hosted by NASA.

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The announcement that NASA would share findings on a "discovery beyond our solar system" came Monday. The vague nature of the tease prompted speculation that scientist could unveil the discovery of an alien species.

NASA conference at 6, supposedly presenting a finding "beyond our solar system" #Aliens #Nasa pic.twitter.com/aYhPFcmmvk— Will Doyle (@ALifeOfAnxiety) February 22, 2017

Has Nasa found ALIENS? Space agency to announce 'discovery beyond our s... https://t.co/PGv4Qig1Fe via @alienufovideos pic.twitter.com/DiG9PcQWBc— Alien UFO Sightings (@alienufovideos) February 22, 2017

However, as Mashable pointed out in an article headlined "It's not aliens. It's never aliens. Stop saying it's aliens," it's not aliens. Scientists promised that despite the news conference not addressing alien life, the announcement would still include "exciting news."

Pssst! We've got exciting news from beyond our solar system! Spoiler: NOT aliens. Watch at 1pm ET: https://t.co/mzKW5uV4hS Q? Use #askNASA pic.twitter.com/uHremmTTqK— NASA (@NASA) February 22, 2017

NASA will air the news conference at 1 p.m. on its website.

Speakers include Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters; Michael Gillon, astronomer at Belgium's University of Liege; Sean Carey, manager of NASA's Spitzer Science Center; Nikole Lewis, astronomer at Baltimore's Space Telescope Science Institute and Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

The group will follow the presentation at 3 p.m. with a Reddit Ask Me Anything conversation about exoplanets.

UPS test launches delivery drone from docking pad on roof of UPS truck

UPS is moving closer to adding drones to its delivery fleet.

The Atlanta-based company just completed another test on Monday, this time launching a delivery drone from a UPS truck in suburban Tampa, Florida.

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 The world’s largest package delivery service said it had “successfully” tested a drone that launches from the top of a delivery truck in the Tampa-area.

The roof launch is what makes the latest UPS drone test different from previous ones, officials said. The unmanned aerial vehicle sits on a recharging pad on top of the truck. The driver can put a package into a slot on the bottom of the drone, then program the UAV’s destination from the truck.

“Sending drones to make deliveries from package cars could bolster efficiency in our network by reducing miles driven,” the company said in a video showing the new drone test.

“This technology could save time and reduce costly miles driven, especially in rural areas where delivery stops are farther apart.

Reducing the number of annual miles that its trucks drive could save the company millions of dollars a year.

Thousands forced out by flood waters, Silicon Valley neighborhoods underwater

 Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect in central San Jose, California, as rising flood waters inundate parts of the city, forcing thousands of residents to seek higher ground.

Emergency crews went door-to-door in several neighborhoods Tuesday, rescuing stranded residents and drivers, after the Coyote Creek overran its banks, swamping homes and businesses.

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The National Weather Service called the flooding in the central Silicon Valley unprecedented.

“This is a once-in-a-100-year flood event,” National Weather Service meteorologist Roger Gass told the L.A Times.

The flooding has also closed down major roads and highways, including the 101 Freeway.

Coyote Creek reached a record level on Tuesday when it crested at 13.6 feet, four feet above flood levels.

“We’re expanding the mandatory evacuation order to nearly all residents east of Coyote Creek,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted.

We're expanding the mandatory evacuation order to nearly all residents east of Coyote Creek but west of 101 (except for the Bonita n'hood) pic.twitter.com/Bfqrf9Rfcq— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) February 22, 2017

Major storms moved through California over the past few days, inundating parts of the state with heavy downpours.

“Although the rain has largely stopped, flooding is continuing along Coyote Creek as reservoirs continue to spill, and creek flow is extremely high,” the city said on its website.

“The area for mandatory evacuation has expanded and includes approximately 14,000 residents.”

'Very Serious Flooding': High Water Overwhelms San Jose Homes, Streets Along Coyote Creek https://t.co/QYOaTObT5P via @nbcbayareaPosted by San Jose Police Department on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Great teamwork today between SJPD and SJ FIRE. In the words of Police Captain Johnson Fong, "SJ Fire has been inspiring." Thank you SJFD!Posted by San Jose Police Department on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Groups boycott business after owner hangs KKK sign

Several groups plan to boycott a business in Georgia after its owner hung a Ku Klux Klan banner.

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Boycott advocates spoke Tuesday night at the University of North Georgia campus in Dahlonega.

The controversial banner, which read "Historic Ku Klux Klan Meeting Hall," was hung early last week from the roof of one of the oldest buildings in the city. 

"We don't like racism. We don't tolerate it and we don't think this represents our community," organizer Jeremy White said.

The sign sparked protests in the town. 

"It's a shame this has happened in our community. It makes me want to cry," resident Kenneth Aikens said.

The property manager said the sign had nothing to do with racism, and was meant to get city leaders' attention. 

>> Related: Large KKK sign placed on historic building in Georgia

She said the owner, Roberta Green-Garrett, wants to develop the property, but the city is resisting.

City officials said Green-Garrett wants to tear down the building and replace it with a hotel.

Her applications have been denied by the City Council and the planning and zoning board.

The sign was taken down, but could go back up as early as Wednesday.

"We are really trying to direct all of the attention to the person responsible for bringing this spotlight to our beautiful town," White said.

Those at the meeting said if the sign goes back up they are prepared to protest and boycott a number of businesses Green-Garrett owns.

Green-Garrett did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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