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Honey Boo Boo and Pumpkin discuss Mama June’s massive weight loss

Mama June Shannon’s weight loss journey has been a long one, but she’s finally done it.

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The matriarch of the “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” family has undergone weight loss surgery and is ready to reveal her new body on the upcoming reality show, “Mama June: From Not to Hot” on WEtv.

Ahead of the show’s premiere, Shannon’s daughters, Alana (Honey Boo Boo) and Lauryn (Pumpkin), appeared on “Entertainment Tonight” to dish about their mother's new body.

“She had gastric sleeve back in May of 2015, and then she slowly started losing weight, and the reason she got the gastric sleeve was because she hit a plateau — she couldn’t lose any weight,” Pumpkin said. “And then it came to a point where (the trainer) had to step in because she hit another plateau with the gastric sleeve, and wasn’t losing any more weight.”

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After losing the weight, Shannon underwent additional surgeries to remove excess skin and lift her breasts.

Shannon has to stay hidden until the premiere of the show, and the girls admitted that being in hiding has been tough on her.

“It is very hard because Mama, she is a very stubborn person, and she wants to do everything,” Pumpkin said. “She’s like, ‘All right. I’ve got to go to the store,’ and we’re like, ‘Mama, no, you need to stay in the house because if somebody gets a picture with you…’”

“Mama June: From Not to Hot” premieres at 10 p.m. ET Friday.

Baby panda clings to worker’s leg, won’t be stopped in funny video

A baby panda at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China, took a shine to one of the workers this week.

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A video of the episode shows the baby at the Chengdu Panda Base clinging to the worker’s leg and holding on as the worker tries to spread around bamboo. The employee repeatedly removes the little bear from his leg, but the baby keeps coming back.

The base, which opened in 1987, is a nonprofit research and breeding facility for the endangered giant panda

#MoodBooster--Nanny, play with me, no working!--Baby, just a minute.--hmmm, I will stop you with my cuteness!Posted by iPanda on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

There are an estimated 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild and some 300 in zoos and breeding programs worldwide, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

White nationalist Richard Spencer kicked out of CPAC

A staffer working at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday revoked the credentials of prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer after an organizer denounced the so-called alt-right as anti-Semitic, racist and sexist, according to multiple reports.

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Dan Schneider, executive director of the American Conservative Union, called the alt-right "sinister" from the CPAC stage. He specifically decried a recent Washington meeting of people who were shown on video extending their arms in the Nazi salute. Spencer spoke at the meeting, according to The Associated Press.

"They despise everything that we believe in," Schneider said.

CPAC spokesman Ian Walters told NBC News that Spencer bought his ticket to get into the conference and that it was refunded after he was asked to leave. He called Spencer's views "repugnant."

Spencer spent almost an hour at CPAC talking to the media and conference attendees. He said he "coined the term" alt-right and was wearing a general admission badge.

Organizers seemed uncomfortable with Spencer's presence on Tuesday morning.

"The 'alt-right' does not have a legitimate voice in the conservative movement," CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp told the Los Angeles Times. He emphasized that no one from the movement was scheduled to speak at CPAC and said he'd "rather (Spencer) not be here."

"Richard Spencer is not on our agenda. We did not invite him," he told the Times. "There's all kinds of people, I suppose, who can buy tickets. We have a constitution. We have laws in this country. And I think it would be better if y'all (journalists) didn't give him attention."

Defiant as he left the conference, Spencer called his ejection "pathetic."

"They threw me out," he said, according to Politico. "I guess they just discovered who I was, because the truth is that people want to talk to me, not to other conservatives."

Thousands of conservatives will descend on the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington D.C. to attend CPAC. The conference runs trhough Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

It’s no Grammy, but Rihanna is winning an Ivy League honor that none of her peers can brag about.

Harvard University has named the popular Caribbean-born singer its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year for her charitable works.

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In addition to selling 200 million albums worldwide, which is quite an achievement, the Barbados-born and raised Rihanna is quite the philanthropist. Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter said the internationally acclaimed musician deserves recognition for her good works.

“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” Counter said.

“She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program (named for her grandmother and grandfather) for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project,” he said.

The Harvard Foundation has named Rihanna the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.Posted by Harvard University on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rihanna, who celebrated her 29th birthday this week, will attend the award presentation ceremony next week on campus.

Other Harvard Humanitarian Award winners include actor James Earle Jones, United Nations Secretaries General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai and tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe.

Just one more reason to love Rihanna.Posted by College Candy on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Teen seeks guardianship of sister after parents die

An Ohio teenager is seeking legal guardianship of his younger sister after the pair lost both of their parents within an 18-month span.

Kyle Nester, 18, of Groveport, is determined to take care of his 15-year-old sister, Madison. Nester told ABC6 in Columbus that his sister is all that he has left.

The siblings’ mother, Tammy Nester, died suddenly last week after becoming ill. Their father, Roy Nester, died on Christmas Eve 2015.

“I'm going to try and take guardianship of her and make sure she has everything she needs through college and everything,” Nester told the news station.

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The Groveport Madison High School honor student said that his grandparents, who live a couple of hours away, support his decision. They are helping him with the legal resources he needs to take on his new responsibility.

The Groveport community is also pitching in to help the pair. A fundraiser is being held Thursday night at a pizza restaurant, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help them with expenses.

As of Thursday morning, the page had raised a little over $5,000.

“I know it’s not going to be easy, but I have the whole community behind me,” Nester told ABC6

People were also showing their support on social media. 

What a great son, brother, and now a father figure 😊👍Posted by Chris Estrada on Thursday, February 23, 2017

If anyone can please go to flyers tonight in groveport 15% of the money goes to Kyle nester who is trying to gain legal...Posted by Katie Hawkins on Thursday, February 23, 2017

I DO not know these individuals but "BRAVO" to this young MAN for his honor and courage, His parents have raised a fine young man!! May God Bless and Keep them both!!Posted by Tammi Powell on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nester plans to attend Ohio State University after graduation while continuing to support his sister, the news station reported. 

Tigers play with drone like giant cat toy

Siberian tigers in northeast China had a blast chasing a drone in their snowy habitat.

Handlers used the drone to give the tigers, which CCTV described earlier this month as "chubby," some much-needed exercise.

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To these tigers in northeast China, a drone is just a giant cat toy— CNN International (@cnni) February 23, 2017

As the tigers romped around, one tiger managed to knock the drone to the ground, where it proceeded to claw and chew on the device. The other tigers moved closer, curious to explore the drone.The drone began to smoke, which caused the tigers to move back. Handlers came to retrieve the mangled machine.Handlers told CCTV that tigers naturally put on weight during the winter and with the arrival of springtime just around the corner, along with some more drone playtime, the tigers will be back in shape within a couple of months.

Single mother's tax return Facebook post goes viral

A Facebook post a single mother wrote about her tax return has gained a lot of attention online.

The woman, Christina Knaack, posted a photo of receipt and wrote, “I got back $5,600 on my taxes. Instead of buying my kids the latest Jordans or fancy electronics, I paid my rent for the year.”

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Knaack posted the photo Wednesday. As of Thursday afternoon, the post had received more than 90,000 shares and more than 26,000 comments.

Many have commented in support of Knaack: “Great job!” “Wow!! Good for you!!” and “You are such an example of a responsible mother! I don't know you, but I'm so very proud of you!”

Knaack told WHNS she is a single mother raising a 4-month-old and 2-year-old on a minimum-wage job.

"It's pretty crazy," she told WHNS. "I was just sharing a milestone with my friends and family."

Posted by Christina Knaack on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Man charged in 2005 disappearance, death of Georgia beauty queen

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday afternoon that a man has been arrested in connection with the 2005 disappearance and murder of Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead.

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Agents said someone walked into the sheriff's office earlier this week with information linking a man named Ryan Alexander Duke to Grinstead's disappearance and murder.

Duke attended the high school where Grinstead worked and graduated three years prior to her disappearance, according to the GBI.

This is the man who killed Tara Grinstead.— Up and Vanished (@upandvanished) February 23, 2017

He was arrested Wednesday afternoon.

GBI officials said the investigation continues and that authorities plan to do more interviews.

WSBTV reported on Thursday morning that authorities had gotten a major break in the more than 10-year-old case.

Grinstead, a former beauty pageant queen, was reported missing from her Ocilla home in October 2005.

Witnesses last saw Grinstead at a beauty pageant and then at a co-worker's barbecue on Oct. 22, 2005. Two days later, she was reported missing when she didn't show up to teach history at the county high school.

In a February 2006 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Anita Gattis said her sister would not have left on her own.

Gattis believed her sister left with someone she knew on the night she disappeared. Her house was locked but her car, a pearl white Mitsubishi 3000 GT, was unlocked and in the carport, with $100 in the console and clay on the tires.

"Tara never left her car unlocked and never drove on dirt roads," Gattis said.

Police found Grinstead's cellphone at her home. They also found a single latex glove outside.

"There was no struggle in the house. Tara was a singer. That was her talent in pageants," Gattis said of her sister, thrice crowned Miss Tifton and a contestant in several Miss Georgia pageants. "If someone was removing her, she'd project her voice. And she took self-defense. She'd go out kicking and screaming and fighting."

Video shows off-duty officer firing gun during confrontation with teens

A widely shared video shows the tense moments before an off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired a gun on Tuesday afternoon during a confrontation with a group of teenagers in Anaheim, California.

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Hundreds of people took to the streets near the officer's home in protest Wednesday night after the footage surfaced on social media. The fight occurred Tuesday over ongoing issues with kids walking home from school across the officer's property, a police statement said.

Witness George Perez, 16, told the Orange County Register that the confrontation might have started because of a misunderstanding between the 13-year-old and the officer.

"The little kid said, 'I'm going to sue you,' and then the guy thought he said, 'I'm going to shoot you.' That's when he started grabbing the little kid," Perez told the newspaper.

In a nearly 9-minute video posted on Facebook, the officer, who was not identified, struggles to detain the teen as a crowd of teenagers forms nearby.

The teen repeatedly denies that he threatened to shoot the officer as the older man pulls him across a yard. The teen says that the officer is hurting him and tells him to "let me go. … I'm only 13."

The struggle pushes the pair near a hedge, where a boy breaks from the crowd and slams into the officer. The older man is thrown into a hedge and comes out on the other side, pulling the 13-year-old through the greenery and blocking a punch from another teen.

Gripping the 13-year-old's sweatshirt, the man then pulls out a gun. A single shot is fired.

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Police said the shot did not hit anyone.

Police arrested two teenagers on battery charges in connection with the confrontation. One of the teens was also charged with making criminal threats while the other was charged with assault, according to authorities.

Anaheim police are investigating the case. Following standard procedure in cases of police-involved shootings, the officer was placed on administrative leave. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating his actions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A look back at the last 5 movies to win Best Picture at the Oscars

With the Academy Awards airing on Sunday night, Best Picture will be a compelling contest as"La La Land" competes with "Manchester by the Sea," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Fences" and "Hidden Figures."

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>> The Oscars 2017: What time, what channel, live streamed; who is the host?

>> The Oscars 2017: Complete list of nominees

Here is a look back at the last five Best Picture winners:

2016: Spotlight

Plot: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic archdiocese, shaking the Catholic Church.

Rating: 93 (

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy, Stanley Tucci

Other awards: Won the Oscar and BAFTA for Best Screenplay, Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast and more than 100 other awards

Fun fact: Although the movie never mentions it, the Boston Globe won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for the Spotlight reporting team’s articles on the church sex abuse cover-up. The prize citation read, “For its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local, national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church.”

Also, this is the first Best Picture winner since The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) to win only two Oscars.


2015: Birdman (or the Unexpected Value of Ignorance)

Plot: Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor’s struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.

Score: 88 (

Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts

Other awards: It won Best Screenplay at the Oscars and Golden Globes. It also won Best Cinematography at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. Director Alejandro G. Iñàrritu won the Oscar for Best Director, while Keaton won Best Actor at the Golden Globes.  It won Best Cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and more than 150 other awards.

Fun fact: The movie was the first winner that was shot entirely digitally. Every winner before this had been shot at least partially on film. It’s also the first Best Picture winner to have parentheses in its title.

Keaton’s Birdman costume was modeled using a mannequin from when he played Batman (1989).

2014: 12 Years A Slave

Plot: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Score: 96 (

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodward

Other awards: "12 Years" won Best Picture at the Golden Globes and the BAFTA awards as well. In her film debut, Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the film also won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Chiwetel Ejiofor won Best Actor at the BAFTA Awards.

Fun fact: Before filming brutal scenes together, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender performed a ritual of “making nice.” According to Nyong’o: “We wouldn’t say anything to each other, just a look in the eye and a grasping of hands. Our characters are in such opposition, but we as actors needed each other in order to be able to go the distance.”

 It was also the first Best Picture Oscar winner with Arabic numerals in the title, rather than Roman numerals or a spelled-out number.

2013: Argo

Plot: Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. 

Score: 86 (

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber

Other awards: In addition to the Best Picture Oscar, Argo also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. It also won Best Picture and Ben Affleck won Best Director at the Golden Globes and BAFTA. The Screen Actors Guild gave it the Outstanding Performance by a Cast award.

Fun fact: Affleck, a longtime Led Zeppelin fan, admitted he was desperate to use the track “When the Levee Breaks” (from "Led Zeppelin IV"). The band allowed the usage, but Affleck needed to make a very specific change. The scene featuring the song was originally shot with actor Tate Donovan placing the record needle on the beginning of the album, which was wrong: “When the Levee Breaks” is actually the last song on the second side of the album. Affleck later told the Los Angeles Times he appreciated the band’s attention to detail, despite having to pay for another shoot.

2012: The Artist

Plot: A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Score: 89 (

Other awards: The Artist won four other Oscars, including Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius. Dujardin also won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. The film won more than 140 other awards.

Fun fact: Dujardin was the first French actor to win Best Actor.

This film is only the second silent film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The first was "Wings" (1927) — the first ever Best Picture. "Wings" won just two Oscars, for Best Picture and Best Effects, making "The Artist" the first ever silent film to win Oscars for Best Director, Best Score, Best Costume and Best Actor.

Baby in critical condition after being shaken by caretaker, police say

A woman is accused of shaking a baby to the point where the child needed to have emergency brain surgery.

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Orlando police said Ameenah Taggart, 25, was arrested Tuesday.

Police said Taggart was taking care of a 1-year-old child on Monday when the baby had to be taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

The doctor told detectives that the baby had hemorrhaging inside the brain from a broken blood vessel and bleeding behind the eye.

The injuries were consistent with “a rapid back and forth motion to the head,” police said.

The baby remained in critical condition as of Wednesday.

Taggart was arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse, aggravated battery and aggravated child neglect.

The relationship between Taggart and the child was unclear.

She remains in the Orange County Jail without bond. 

James O'Keefe says he has tapes from inside CNN

Conservative activist James O'Keefe says he has more than 100 hours of audio recorded secretly from inside of the headquarters of CNN, which he plans to make public.

O’Keefe, founder of the website Project Veritas, says he will release the recordings he says shows CNN misrepresenting polling data. The audio was recorded by someone O’Keefe identifies as “Miss X.”

When asked why he had made the recordings and why he planned to release them, O’Keefe told a CNN interviewer that the network, "has a very important role as an arbiter of news."

"My audience, the American people, are deeply upset at the media,” O’Keefe said. "We think our media needs to be held to account, and CNN is kind of the leader of that. CNN has a very important role as an arbiter of news."

O'Keefe became well-known in 2009 after he went undercover,  posing as a pimp, in a video to embarrass community-organizing group ACORN. In 2010, he wa arrested at Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's office, and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for entering federal property under false pretenses.

Just like @wikileaks, @Project_Veritas will serve as an outlet for whistleblowers who wish to come forward w/ docs & secret audio. #CNNLeaks — James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) February 23, 2017

Instagram's new feature allows multi-photo uploads at once

Instagram users will no longer have to face the tough decision of finding the one perfect photo to upload to the social media platform.

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The popular photo sharing app just added galleries to its features, allowing users to share as many as 10 photos or videos in a swipe-able gallery.

When you add multiple photos & videos to a post, it's easy to decide how you want it to look. You can even rearrange before you share!— Instagram (@instagram) February 22, 2017

According to an Instagram news release, users will be able to either use a filter on the entire set at once or edit each image individually.

However, users will only be able to write one caption for the set upload and each image has to be a square.

>> Here's why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

>> Instagram is starting to look more like Snapchat

To upload a gallery, click on the blue dots icon below the first image or video to add a new one. To change the order, just tap and hold.

The new feature will be available for iOS and Android users over the next few weeks.

>> Users don't like Instagram's new logo

90-year-old woman accused of shooting 87-year-old husband in back

An elderly couple’s argument led to the 90-year-old wife shooting her 87-year-old husband in the back, according to a report.

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Emma Walton allegedly shot her husband Saturday at a home in Albany, Georgia, WALB reported

The couple had gotten into an argument, which escalated and led to the shooting, the report said.

"He was shot with a .38 caliber revolver," Dougherty County police Lt. Stephen Mitchum told the news station. "And the projectile actually went through his back and came out the front of him."

She faces aggravated assault charges. The husband was treated and released from a hospital.

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

Woman, 72, tells police she sold heroin to supplement Social Security checks

A 72-year-old woman accused of selling heroin in Pennsylvania said she did it to supplement her Social Security checks, police said.

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Cheryl Bartus, of Donora, was caught selling 10 stamp bags of heroin to a confidential informant, police said.

Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest said an officer pulled Bartus over on Route 88. When she got out of the car, she was dressed in a muumuu and didn't look like a typical drug dealer, authorities said.

Bartus told the officer that her Social Security checks are not enough to live on, so, she said, she supplements them with money made by selling drugs.

Bartus is charged with use or possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

Neighbors said her arrest is a shame, but not a surprise.

"Over the years she's gone down the tubes," Claude Gibasiewicz said.

Police believe that the heroin may have been coming from the Monessan area, but the investigation is ongoing. Bartus remained in the Washington County Jail Thursday morning on $25,000 bail.

Former couple captures breakup in photo shoot

Though many Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds are filled with announcements of engagements, weddings, pregnancies and the like, one former couple decided to shake things up, showing either a flair for the dramatic or a good sense of humor. 

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Harrison Bach and his ex-girlfriend, identified only as Jackie, broke up in 2015 after the high school sweethearts dated for more than three years.

The two decided to reunite the next year for a unique project: a photo shoot in honor of their breakup. 

"I see my friends who are in relationships doing really nice professional photography photo shoots," Bach told Mashable. "I had the idea of doing the same thing in the same setting, but post-relationship, in a different way."

"It was really just an ironic project to take the same photos people take when they're happy in a relationship, but when it's over and everyone's bummed out," he told Cosmopolitan.

Bach, 22, said the shoot felt unnatural at first because the two were "faking" their emotions. But before long, "it ended up being really real emotions and we got kind of sad," he said. 

"Taking those pictures felt like slipping right back into our relationship -- the good and bad," Jackie told Mashable. "Looking at them now, I am reminded of everything about him I fell in love with."

The solemn shots of the pair quickly gained attention online. 

My buddy from wmu took "break up photos" ?? Like they broke up. And took photos— (((William Depew))) (@williamwdepew) February 21, 2017

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See rare rain drain spectacle on California lake from heavy downpours

Heavy rains have inundated parts of California, flooding neighborhoods and roads and causing hundreds of evacuations.

The state’s waterways are running at capacity in some areas, with lakes and rivers overflowing their banks from the intense rainfall.

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All the rain is also behind a rare spectacle in Napa County, that only occurs when the water levels reach a certain height on Lake Berryessa near the Monticello Dam. The lake has a spillway or drain, similar to a drain in a bathtub, which is breached when water levels rise more than 440 feet above sea level.

The lake’s water spills over the funnel-shaped drain, called the Glory Hole, and flows 700 feet down to a creek below. From above, the drain looks like a bottomless pit that’s sucking the water down and out of the lake in a whirlpool-like phenomenon.

The spillway can take in as much as 48,000 cubic feet of water per second when the lake reaches capacity. That’s about the equivalent of draining half an Olympic-sized pool in one second, CBS News reported.

The last time locals saw water rushing through the drain on Lake Berryessa was back in 2006, some 11 years ago.

World's Largest Drain in ActionThe Glory Hole Spillway at Lake Berryessa is active for its first time in over a decade!Posted by Matador Network on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The coolest thing ever!!! Definitely recommend taking the drive to see this. The Glory Hole at Lake BerryessaPosted by Kiana Fisher on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Longtime radio, TV commentator Alan Colmes dies at 66

Longtime radio and television host Alan Colmes has died, family members confirmed in a statement Thursday. He was 66.

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Colmes is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley.

"Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness," the statement said. "He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed."

Fox News contributor @AlanColmes has passed away at the age of 66.— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 23, 2017

Colmes, born Sept. 24, 1950, in New York City, developed his career as a radio host in the Northeast. From 1996 to 2008, he acted as the liberal commentator opposite conservative Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."

In a statement on Fox News, Hannity described Colmes as "one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people you'd ever want to meet."

"Despite major political differences, we forged a deep friendship," he said. "Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I've ever seen. And through it all, he showed his incredible wit and humor that was Alan's signature throughout his entire life. I'm truly heartbroken at the loss of a dear friend."

Friends and fans mourned Colmes on social media:

<iframe src="//;border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe> <script src="//;border=false"></script> [View the story "Longtime radio, TV commentator Alan Colmes dies at 66" on Storify]Longtime radio, TV commentator Alan Colmes dies at 66Storified by CMGNationalNews· Thu, Feb 23 2017 14:59:19So sad to hear of the death of Fox News colleague Alan Colmes. He and I agreed on little, but I liked him immensely. Good guy. R.I.P.Brit HumeAlan Colmes was an incredibly talented media personality but he was also my friend & a mentor.Saying he will be missed is an understatement.dianafalzoneVery sad to report our friend and colleague @AlanColmes has passed away.Shannon Bream

Florida man charged with punching boy he accused of egging home

A Florida man is facing charges that he pushed and punched a 15-year-old after accusing the boy of egging his home, according to an arrest report.

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Scott Mersereau, 51, posted a $3,000 bond on Sunday and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail.

Mersereau, of Boca Raton, allegedly walked to the boy's home on Southwest Sixth Avenue and accused him of egging his house, the report said. The boy answered by saying he wasn't at fault before the argument escalated, the report said.

After being cursed by the boy, Mersereau allegedly pushed him in the chest with both hands. Mersereau walked to the front door of the boy's home and demanded to speak with his mother. When the boy told him to leave, Mersereau allegedly grabbed him by the shirt and pushed him again.

Mersereau, listed on the arrest report as 6 feet 3 inches and 230 pounds, then punched the boy in his face and back of the head, the report said.

The attack was witnessed by several people, including the boy's mother.

The victim had a contusion on the left side of his head and was taken to West Boca Medical Center for treatment.

When police approached Mersereau, he said his house had been egged a few nights before but "he did not know who actually did it," the report said.

Mersereau became belligerent with a Boca Raton police officer and was intoxicated, the officer wrote in the report. He is facing a charge of child cruelty.

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