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Happy birthday: Rubble the cat turns 30

Rubble the cat hit a big milestone this week, celebrating his 30th birthday, the Daily Mail reported.

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The feline, one of the oldest cats in the world and the United Kingdom’s oldest cat, had a party at a veterinarian’s office in Exeter, England, the newspaper reported.

Rubble, who lives with Michele Heritage, got his favorite cat food and a free checkup to mark his big birthday.

“He's a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age,” said Heritage, 50, who works at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The oldest cat on record is Creme Puff of Austin, Texas, who was born Aug. 3, 1967, and died Aug. 6, 2005 -- according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest living cat is Scooter, a Siamese from Mansfield, Texas.

Heritage said she met Rubble when he was a kitten in 1988.

“It was just before my 20th birthday when I got him,” Heritage told the Daily Mail. “He was part of a litter cat that my sister's friend had and I had just left home.

'I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten. It was in May 1988.”

Oklahoma woman stung to death by wasps during Africa vacation

An Oklahoma woman vacationing in Africa was stung to death by wasps, KOCO reported.

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Gloria White, 65, an attorney from Edmond, was traveling with her husband, veterinarian Gary White in Uganda. The couple was traveling to observe gorillas in their natural habitat; Gary White has spent many years studying primates, KOCO reported.

While the Whites were on a guided tour, a wasp nest was disturbed. Gloria White was stung “hundreds of times” and died within minutes, KOCO reported.

In a statement released by White’s family, Gloria was described as “an amazing woman with an adventurous spirit.”

“She loved to travel and felt strongly that experiencing new cultures made you a better ‘citizen of the world,’” the statement read.

White had a goal of traveling to all seven continents, her family said. Africa was the sixth continent she has visited.

The family said any donations in Gloria’s memory may be sent to Sister Rosemary's Sewing Hope Foundation, which helps women and children in Africa who have been victimized.

Trump says North Korea summit will go on after meeting with top Kim Jong Un aide

President Donald Trump said Friday that the scrapped June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back on again after a week of uncertainty.

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Trump met Friday with North Korea’s former military intelligence chief at the White House, making him the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit in 18 years. The meeting between Trump and Kim Yong Chol, described by NPR as Kim Jong Un’s “right-hand man,” lasted for more than an hour.

>> N. Korea says it’s still willing to meet with Trump after sudden cancellation of summit

Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 1: Trump said he hopes that the June 12 meeting will be the first of many between U.S. and North Korean officials.

"I think it will be a process,” Trump told reporters after Friday’s meeting. “I never said it will go in one meeting but the relationships are building, and that's a big positive.”

The president confirmed he was given a letter from Kim Jong Un, though he declined to discuss details. It was not immediately clear whether he had read the note.

“It was a very interesting letter,” he said a few minutes before telling reporters he had yet to open Kim Jong Un’s letter.

Trump said Thursday that Kim Yong Chol planned to deliver a letter from Kim Jong Un as the two countries continued work to salvage the canceled planned for June 12 in Singapore.

Original report: American and North Korean officials held a trio of meetings around the globe Thursday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had a “substantive” discussion in New York with Kim Yong Chol and others. Meanwhile, a U.S. delegation met with North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. In Singapore, officials from both countries met to discuss logistics.

>> Pompeo: 'Good progress' made toward historic summit with North Korean, US officials

"I think it will be very positive,” Trump said of Thursday’s discussions. “We will see what happens. It is all a process."

If the summit takes place, it will be a historic meeting between the two nations.

Trump on May 24 abruptly canceled the planned meeting in a letter addressed to Kim Jong Un, citing the country’s “tremendous anger and open hostility.” However, he didn’t dismiss the possibility that the meeting could be rescheduled. North Korean officials also said they'd still be willing to meet face-to-face, despite the tension.

Birdie traffic selfie: Cockatoo inspects traffic camera, wins the web

A cockatoo is winning the animal internet contest Friday, if there really was such a thing.

Traffic on a road in Cairns, Australia was going smoothly so there was nothing to see, except for the curious cockatoo that was checking out a traffic camera, 9 News reported.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads posted the video to Facebook where it is closing in on a million views within nine hours of being uploaded. 

It may not have been the camera itself that piqued the interest of the cockatoo. 

A bird expert said that it could have actually been looking at itself.

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“If it’s seeing its reflection it may be communicating in some way. They are very social creatures, and they recognize individuals. A lot of them have friendship groups like we do,” Dr. Adrian Gallagher told ABC.net.

And the bird knows where to look for his reflection. Officials told ABC that this specific bird has visited the camera before. 

“Our traffic management operators sometimes have to give the camera a jiggle to make him fly away when he chews on the camera and cables,” a spokesperson told ABC.

Pompeo: 'Good progress' made toward historic summit with North Korean, US officials

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Thursday with North Korea's former military intelligence chief to continue discussions aimed at salvaging a scrapped meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, described by NPR as “Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man,” Thursday morning in New York City after the pair started discussions over dinner one night earlier.

Pompeo said after the meeting that Thursday’s discussion was “substantive” and that “good progress” had been made toward re-establishing the planned June 12 meeting in Singapore.

“We discussed our priorities for the potential summit between our leaders,” he wrote. “#NorthKorea and the world would benefit greatly from the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Trump said Thursday morning that officials were having “very good meetings with North Korea.”

“I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday (with) a letter being delivered to me from Kim Jong Un,” he told reporters gathered at Join Base Andrews. “It is very important to them.”

He said he still hopes that North Korean and U.S. officials can meet next month despite his decision last week to cancel the summit amid tension with North Korea.

>> N. Korea says it’s still willing to meet with Trump after sudden cancellation of summit

"I think it will be very positive,” Trump said of Thursday’s discussions. “We will see what happens. It is all a process."

Two other meetings related to the planned summit also took place Thursday, according to The Washington Post. A U.S. delegation was meeting Thursday with North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. In Singapore, officials from both countries met to discuss logistics.

If the summit takes place, it will be a historic meeting between the two nations.

Trump on May 24 abruptly canceled the summit in a letter addressed to Kim Jong Un, citing the country’s “tremendous anger and open hostility.” However, he didn’t dismiss the possibility that the meeting could be rescheduled. North Korean officials also said they'd still be willing to meet face-to-face, despite the tension.

Parking fail: Valet drives Porsche under SUV

No normal bad day of work will compare to a valet’s bad day in Sydney, Australia.

Imagine being in charge of parking a Porsche Carrera and ending up with this:

The Porsche is the crushed car, wedged under the orange SUV. 

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An eyewitness described what happened, CNN reported

“I saw the valet hit the car in from of a parked position,” Jonathan Bouzaid said. “He must have panicked and hit the accelerator causing the Porsche to go further under the orange car and pushing the white car in to the bollards.”

Bouzaid surmised that the valet didn’t realize how powerful a Porsche can be.

CNN reported that the car can go from 0 to 62 in less than five seconds.

The valet had to be cut from the soft-top luxury sports car, Time reported.

He was physically OK, but the Hyatt hotel’s sales and marketing director said the driver was embarrassed and in shock.

The Porsche had damage to the hood and front bumper and was towed from the scene, Time reported.

Some witnesses said they thought the crash was part of a stunt, 9 News in Australia reported.

Father of child rescued by ‘Spider-Man’ was shopping, playing Pokémon Go at time of accident

Where were the parents of a child who needed rescuing and was saved by a quick-thinking man, now dubbed “Spider-Man”?

French prosecutor Francois Molins says the boy’s father was caring for the 4-year-old while the child’s mother lived on Reunion Island. The boy’s father had gone out shopping Saturday, leaving the child home alone, and ended up playing Pokémon Go after leaving the store, CNN reported.

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Mamoudou Gassama, a migrant from Mali, scaled the outside of the apartment building, climbing up four stories to save the boy who was dangling from the balcony.

Molins told BFM that the father could face two years in prison for abandoning his parental responsibilities. The prosecutor said the man “is devastated by the consequences of his actions.” He also faces a 30,000 Euro fine, which translates to nearly $35,000.

The father will be in court in September, BFM reported.

Meanwhile, Gassama has been honored by French President Emmanuel Macron who met with the now-famous hero.

Macron offered French citizenship to Gassama, who has also been offered a job by the Paris fire brigade, CNN reported.

During the meeting Gassama told Macron about the rescue, “I didn’t think about it. I climbed up and God helped me.”

Gassama has also been contacted by the mayor of Paris, who thanked him for his bravery, CNN reported.

White House: Pompeo to meet with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in New York

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Tuesday to confirm reports that a senior North Korean official was headed to the United States.

>> Trump cancels summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, cites 'open hostility'

Update 11:35 a.m. EDT May 29: White House officials confirmed in a statement later Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to meet with North Korea’s vice chairman of the Central Committee, Kim Yong Chol, in New York.

Sanders said a U.S. delegation is meeting with the North Korean delegation at the DMZ.

“The U.S. continues to actively prepare for @POTUS expected summit w/leader Kim in Singapore,” Sanders said.

Trump said last week that he remains open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hours after he canceled their planned summit in a letter released by White House officials. The meeting was scheduled to take place June 12 in Singapore. 

Original report: “We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea. Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more,” Trump wrote at 6:30 a.m. EDT. “Kim Young [sic] Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!”

CNBCCNN and other news outlets described Kim Yong Chol as North Korea’s former spy chief. The Associated Press, citing South Korean news reports, said he was traveling to the U.S. “possibly for talks on planning the summit on the future of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.”

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He is “the most senior North Korean official to visit the United States in 18 years,” the AP reported.

Read more here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Rickey Smiley buys teen car after photo of him taking bus to graduation goes viral

Graduation season is in full effect, and many are celebrating the accomplishments of scholars across the country. One is Corey Patrick, a student who made it to his ceremony despite his lack of transportation.

» RELATED: Metro Atlanta well represented on U.S. News list of best high schools

Earlier this week, a photo of the high school senior from Alabama surfaced online. Decked out in his graduation cap and gown, he was walking to his program after hopping off of a public bus.

The image was captured by the bus driver, who posted it on Facebook. It soon garnered tons of attention with more than 70,000 reactions and 40,000 shares within less than a week. 

According to WBRC, Patrick’s family didn't have transportation to get him there, but he was determined to be in attendance. 

“I told Corey, well the best thing to do is just get on the bus and we will work from there,” said Felicia White, Patrick’s mother. The family eventually found a last-minute ride to join him.

» RELATED: Morehouse valedictorian headed to Harvard Law School

This isn’t the first time he’s taken this route to class. He’s had to make the trek since last year when his family moved farther away from the school.

“Corey was getting up at 4:30 in the morning and had to be at the bus stop at 5:41 in the morning for the last year. Even when he would get out of school he couldn't get from that side of town until 5:19 when the bus runs back over there. So he doesn't make it back this way until about 6:30 or 7 o'clock,” said White.

Patrick’s perseverance and determination has paid off. After his picture went viral, celebrities including Rickey Smiley, announced they’d be banding together to purchase the new graduate a car.

“I would just like to say thank you to everyone who is supporting Corey and supporting me,” White said, “and I really appreciate it.” 

» RELATED: Study: Race alters teacher expectations of students

Now casting: Taraji P. Henson film seeking doctors, nurses

Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta’s film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City’s latest casting call for your chance at fame. 

» RELATED: 9 big movies filming in Georgia in 2017

‘What Men Want’

Taraji P. Henson will star with Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge in the comedy “What Men Want,” according to Variety. The movie is inspired by the 2000 romantic comedy “What Women Want,” which starred Mel Gibson as a marketing executive who could hear what women are thinking. In “What Men Want,” the roles are reserved, and Henson, who portrays a sports agent, can hear men’s thoughts. 

What are they looking for?

People with scrubs/lab coats are needed to portray the following:

Doctors – three needed (Subject line: “Doctor 5/29”)

Nurses – five needed (Subject line: “Nurses 5/29”)

Male orderlies – five needed (Subject line: “MALE Orderlies 5/29”)

» RELATED: Taraji P. Henson engaged to former NFL player Kelvin Hayden

When are they filming?

Filming will be on May 29 in the downtown Atlanta area.

How much does it pay?

Pay is to be determined.

How do I submit?

Send an email to WMW.Mhc@gmail.com with the subject line of the role you’re submitting for.

Include three current photos and your name, age, phone number, height, weight and distance to downtown Atlanta. Also list or show your scrubs/lab coat and list any medical experience you have.

» RELATED: 10 reasons to seek a job in Atlanta’s TV and film industry 

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