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Christmas 2018: Target to offer cheese Advent calendar this season

Target has the perfect holiday gift for the cheese lovers in your life -- a cheese Advent calendar. 

The store has teamed up with a company called So Wrong It’s NomKYW reported

Officials with the company said the calendar will be available in 247 Target stores in the U.S., and can also be found in stores in the UK, France, Denmark and Portugal.

The calendar will be filled with 24 wrapped cheeses that -- if you can contain yourself -- will help you count down to Christmas.

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Company officials said the calendar will be on shelves thanks to those who tweeted, emailed or spoke out on Facebook wanting to buy the cheesy calendar. 

The cheeses are vegetarian-friendly and the calendar has to be kept in the refrigerator. It comes in a book-style format, so once half of it is empty, the first half of the package can be ripped off to make room in the fridge. 

>>Read: Aldi to sell wine, cheese Advent calendars this fall

Target isn’t the only company taking part in a foodie-friendly Advent calendar this year. The discount food chain Aldi has not only a cheese version, but the perfect pairing in a wine-filled calendar, too. 

Six incredibly easy Halloween costumes you can pull together from your closet

Halloween has a way of creeping up quickly once October 1st hits, which means we’re usually scrambling to throw together a last-minute Halloween costume. But instead of combing through the leftover, not-so-cute costumes at Party City this year, we suggest using pieces from your closets to create your own genius DIY Halloween costumes.

From classic characters like Holly Golightly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Meghan Markle and other members of the royal family, we’ve rounded up five simple Halloween costumes that you can quickly throw together before your Halloween party.

Shoutout to all the lazy girls out there—this one’s for you!

Elastigirl from “The Incredibles”

If own a pair of black leggings and a red T-shirt, you can easily dress up as Elastigirl from the popular movie. Get crafty with your costume by ironing on an Incredibles logo. And if you’re a fan of the new “Incredibles 2” movie, you might as well just buy a sparkly Incredibles logo tee ($16.99) from Spirit Halloween.

» Brave babies get capes for National Superhero Day

Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot has everyone wanting to be Wonder Woman—so there’s no doubt you’ll be seeing her character everywhere while you trick-or-treat. But rather than spend $50 on a costume everyone is wearing, channel your own version of Gadot with a red tube top, blue skater skirt, and metallic gold headband.

Eleven from “Stranger Things”

“Stranger Things,” the wildly popular Netflix series, introduced us to Eleven (hi, Millie Bobby Brown!), and also gave us inspiration for a super easy Halloween costume. Wear a light pink dress with a pair of tube socks and white high-top Converse—all things you likely already own.

Holly Golightly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

If you want to dress up as a classic movie character for Halloween, Holly Golightly is an easy choice. Just pull out your little black dress, style it with a pearl necklace and some oversized cat eye sunglasses, and put your hair in a chic bun.

» Hospital volunteers amp up patients’ wheelchairs for Halloween, create amazing costumes

Sandy from “Grease”

The movie “Grease” brought us Sandy and Danny who happen to make the best, and one of the easiest, couple Halloween costumes to pull together quickly. Wear an off-the-shoulder black bodysuit with a pair of black leather pants and red high heels. To channel Danny Zuko, throw on a basic black T-shirt and black jeans, and slick back your hair.

Meghan Markle

Royal fanatics will love dressing up as members of the British royal family for Halloween—especially as the iconic (and easy to replicate) Meghan Markle pre-Duchess look when she accompanied Prince Harry to the Invictus Games wearing a white button down, pair of ripped jeans, brown leather flats, and a brown leather tote.

UPS hiring 100,000 workers for holiday shipping season

UPS said it is hiring about 100,000 temporary workers for the holiday shipping season.

The jobs are to help handle the huge volume of packages shipped starting in November through January 2019.

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The full-time and part-time seasonal jobs are for package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers, and can be an entry point for a full-time job at the shipping giant.

Many UPS executives, including CEO David Abney, started out as part-time workers, and the company says about 35 percent of the people hired as seasonal package handlers get permanent positions after the holidays.

Those interested can apply at

NAACP holds July 4 protest at Stone Mountain, calls landmark 'largest shrine to white supremacy'

The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP wants the carvings of Confederate leaders gone from the side of Stone Mountain.

On Wednesday, the Fourth of July, the group is holding a large protest beginning at 7 a.m. The group is meeting at a rally point in Stone Mountain Village visitor’s center and then marching about two miles to the top of the mountain.

“Join us to protest America's bigotry at the world's largest shrine to white supremacy. Express your disapproval of racism, sexism, religious intolerance and discrimination based on national origin,” reads a notice about the rally on the chapter’s website.

>> On PHOTOS: Confederate memorials in metro Atlanta

>> On Taking the rebels off Stone Mountain isn’t as easy as you think

>> On NAACP chapter backs removing Confederate symbols at Stone Mountain but not the sculpture

The north face of Stone Mountain depicts three Confederate figures — Confederacy President Jefferson Davis and generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Work on the carving began in 1923, according to the park’s website. It is 400 feet above ground and the entire carved surface covers about three acres. It is larger than Mount Rushmore.

Stone Mountain has again become a focal point as conversations about removing Confederate monuments across the country have escalated. In 2017, Baltimore removed its statue of Lee, New Orleans removed four Confederate statues and several other cities around the country followed.

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Around that time, in August, Stacey Abrams — now the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia — called for the removal of the Stone Mountain carvings in a series of tweets, saying, “Confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on that terrible history, not in places of honor across our state… The visible image of Stone Mountain's edifice remains a blight on our state and should be removed.”

On Tuesday, commenting on a tweet about the NAACP’s rally, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle — who is now in a runoff race for the Republican nomination for governor — said, “When I’m governor, I’ll fight to preserve Stone Mountain as the monument and cultural attraction it was intended to be. I’ll work on behalf of all Georgians, but I will also stand up to the extremists who think we have to sandblast the past to move into the future.”

>> See his tweet here

>> On One company made more than 140 of the South’s Confederate statues

>> On Georgia city rescinds Confederate History Month proclamation

>> On Column: Confederates lose elementary battle

The Atlanta NAACP is asking protesters to park at the Antioch AME Church. Shuttle buses will pick up protesters and take them to the rally point. Stone Mountain opens to visitors on July 4 at 10:30 a.m.

A Facebook page for the event asks protesters to “carry American flags or signs of protest or wear protest shirts or hats.” According to another webpage for the event on, groups such as the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, Black Lives Matter and March for Our Lives are also expected to participate.

A call from the AJC to the Atlanta NAACP offices on Tuesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

WATCH: Police officers get in July 4th spirit with 'cop pool karaoke'

The Fourth of July is days away and many are getting into the patriotic spirit – including a couple of Boston police officers. 

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Officers Kim Tavares and Stephen McNulty of the Boston Police Department can sing! The department posted a video Monday morning of the two singing "God Bless America" while driving through the city. 

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10 ways to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks safely

With the national fireworks holiday here, it’s a good time to review safety guidelines that will keep everyone safe and enjoying the show.

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Here are 10 tips to keep in mind:

1. Keep water nearby

When you light fireworks, you are literally playing with fire. Keep a bucket of water, a fire extinguisher or a working hose within easy reach just in case your clothes, the pile of dry leaves you didn’t notice, or any other flammable object gets one too many sparks.

2. Don’t let children use fireworks unattended

Children and fireworks are both miniature explosives, so putting them together is a bad idea. Even seemingly harmless sparklers can burn tiny hands and arms. If it’s hot enough to melt metal, it’s hot enough to burn your child.

3. Designate an official lighter

Choose one responsible adult to light the fuses. You avoid potential accidents with only one person in charge.

It should go without saying, but the designated lighter should not be under the influence. Alcohol, fire, and explosions are not a good mix.

4. If it’s a dud, it’s still dangerous

A dud can still explode even after it appears to have gone out. Your best bet is to soak it with water and leave it alone for at least 20 minutes.

In the case of bottle rockets that don’t ignite, DO NOT look into the opening. People have reportedly died from fireworks to the eye while making that exact move.

5. Fireworks are not throwing toys

It sounds like a story that starts with “Hold my beer and watch this,” but every year there are stories of injuries caused by people throwing fireworks.

Would you want someone throwing a lit cherry bomb at you? No, so don’t play around, even in a joking manner, with any fireworks.

6. Keep a safe space

What kind of fireworks you are using will determine how far is a safe distance for onlookers. In most cases, a distance of about 20 feet will work, but practice good judgment. Larger explosions require more distance.

7. Wear safety glasses

Safety glasses can save your eyes when sparks shoot around and jumping jacks fly into the air.

While it might not be possible for everyone to have safety glasses, the lighter should definitely have them.

8. Obey the law

Another somewhat self-explanatory tip, but obey the local laws when using fireworks. It is easy for stray fireworks to end up on a neighbor’s roof or to hit a passing car.

Check your local ordinances to find out what rules your town or city has for personal fireworks.

9. Listen to fire safety reports

If there’s a drought, it’s not a good idea to blast off fireworks. Dry leaves, trees, and grass can easily ignite if a spark from a firework lands in the right place. If those dry leaves are on the roof of your house or a neighbor’s house, you could have a fireworks display that will ruin your day.

If your local fire department prohibits fireworks until after a good rain, listen to them.

10. Only buy legal fireworks

Don’t buy explosives from an unknown vendor.

Legal consumer fireworks will have labels and instructions on them. If they don’t, then they are either for professionals or manufactured illegally. In either case, those aren’t the fireworks you want to set off around your friends and family.

Which fireworks cause the most injuries?

Independence Day is upon us, and lots of us will celebrate by watching fireworks – or shooting off our own.

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All that firepower results in thousands of injuries and a handful of fatalities each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“On average, 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4 holiday,” the agency notes. “Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries.”

According to a month-long report conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission during the summer of 2015, of the approximately 8,000 injuries caused by fireworks, sparklers caused the most injuries and rockets caused the second most.

Here are some more of the agency’s findings:

Star Spangled Boom: Free McGuffey Lane concert, fireworks July 4th

McGuffey Lane will headline the city of Moraine’s Star Spangled Boom on July 4.

The popular country rock band from central Ohio will share the bill of free performances with Nashville Star winner Buddy Jewell before the fireworks at Wax Park at 3800 Main St.

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Jewell is set to take the stage at 7 p.m., followed by McGuffey Lane at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. In addition, food trucks, amusement rides and a kids entertainment area will be featured.

Events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.


Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Happy Father's Day!

>> Father's Day 2018: Where can dad eat free, get a discount on meals?

Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom.

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Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below:

1. "I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps. But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it." – @DaddingAround

2. "Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged." – @NPR

3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns

4. "Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere." – @MatBest11x

5. "Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted." – @Fawcett_Matt

6. "If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?" – @First_Jimothy

7. "I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime." – @HouseofBoodles

8. "How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints!!!!" – @ProducerEddie

9. "That cow is amazing. ... She's outstanding in her field." – @GuyMcPerson309

10. "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." – @Johnsense38

Twins born Memorial Day weekend celebrate 'cookout style' in adorable costumes

Twins born at Pittsburgh's Washington Health System Washington Hospital over Memorial Day weekend were dressed to impress.

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The hospital wrote on Facebook: "We know everyone was honoring the brave men and women that have served and sacrificed for our country on Memorial Day with cookouts and spending time with family. Even our newborns were celebrating 'cookout style' over the weekend!"

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