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New Jersey police rescue dachshund trapped in pipe for 20 hours

A dog that chased a rabbit into a drainage pipe was rescued after a hairy, 20-hour ordeal, NJ.com reported.

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Khaleesi, a miniature long-haired female dachshund mix, was rescued by Secaucus firefighters shortly after noon Sunday, News12 New Jersey reported. The dog became stuck in the pipe around 5 p.m. after chasing the rabbit in a Secaucus park, according to Kristie Ann Ramos and Emilio Ramos, the animal’s owners.

“We had to dig around the pipe a good 6 feet, and at that point we were breaking the pipe little by little, using caution of course for the dog, cause the dog's tail was sticking out,” Capt. Guido Bravo, of the Secaucus Fire Department,told the television station.

Firefighters were unable to free the dog Saturday night and returned Sunday, NJ.com reported.

Officials were able to locate Khaleesi because she was wearing a transmitter collar, WNBC reported.

"Once I got near, I started hearing her bark," Emilio Ramos told the television station. 

“After a while, that bark turned into a crying noise."

After responders cut away several feet of pipe, they were able to rescue the dog, who was shivering but unhurt.

“Those men are incredible. … I was so grateful that’s she’s not hurt,” Emilio Ramos told WCBS

“It’s a really happy ending. It’s a good ending, that’s what it’s about,” Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli told the television station.

Homeless woman in NYC steals car with girl, 2, in backseat, police say

A homeless woman stole an idling car with a 2-year-old girl in the backseat Sunday afternoon, hitting a bicyclist and crashing into three parked cars during her brief joyride, the New York Daily News reported.

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Adrea Aronald, 52, was charged with kidnapping, reckless endangerment and grand larceny, WNBC reported.

According to police, the toddler’s 29-year-old mother left the child strapped in a car seat in the back of her Honda Accord while she went into a Brooklyn store to get some food, the Daily News reported.

That’s when Aronald allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat of the unlocked car and drove away.

She hit a bicyclist two blocks away, continued driving and crashed into three parked cars, the New York Post reported.

Police arrested Aronald, while the 36-year-old bicyclist suffered minor injuries, the newspaper reported. The child was not hurt.

Which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving? Here’s a list

If putting together a Thanksgiving feast isn’t in the cards for you this year, don’t worry, there are plenty of restaurants that will be happy to help with your holiday meals.

Several restaurant chains across the country will be open on Thursday, offering dine-in Thanksgiving dinners or meal packages you can take with you to share at home.

Below are a few restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving.

(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Some offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices and times may vary with location.) 

  • Applebee's: The restaurant will be offering a special entrée, for dining in or taking out, that includes turkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and green beans. The chain will also offer its full menu.
  • Bahama Breeze: Think Thanksgiving with a tropical twist. 
  • Bob Evans: You can get a $15 dine-in special Thursday ($7 for the kids' meal version) that includes a main course, three sides, endless bread and a slice of pie. The to-go meals include three options: Ham Farmhouse Feast, Turkey Farmhouse Feast or Premium Farmhouse Feast. They serve four to eight guests depending on your choice and start at $50.
  • Boston Market: The restaurant offers dine-in or take-out meals for Thanksgiving. 
  • Buca di Beppo: The Thanksgiving feast menu includes sliced white meat turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. 
  • Capital Grille: Capital Grille is offering a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner ($42 for adults, $15 for children) that Includes slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans and mashed potatoes. Desserts are available for $11.
  • Chart House: The Chart House will be open on Thanksgiving. 
  • Chevy’s Fresh Mex: Chevy’s is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at participating locations. 
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: Cracker Barrel is offering both a dine-in and takeaway prepared Thanksgiving dinner. The meal includes turkey with gravy, sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, a slice of pumpkin pie, a choice of biscuits, corn muffins or another side and a beverage.
  • Denny’s: You can get a Thanksgiving dinner delivered in some locations – you have to pick it up in others. The dinner includes carved turkey breast served family-style with stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. Served with your choice of two sides. The meals serve 4-5 and cost $35.99.
  • Fleming’s: Fleming’s is offering a three-course Thanksgiving feast for $49 (kids’ meal $19). The meal features either a mixed herb-roasted turkey breast or sliced beef tenderloin.
  • Fogo de Chao: Get the Thanksgiving feast at Fogo de Chao for favorites like roasted turkey breast, homemade cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole and Brazilian sausage and apple dressing. Reservations are needed.
  • Golden Corral: The restaurant’s $17 dine-in Thanksgiving buffet includes turkey, ribs, ham, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, desserts and other choices. Kids meals are between $7 and $9, depending on the child's age.
  • McDonald's: Some locations are open, but not all. Call ahead for hours.
  • HomeTown BuffetYou can order a Thanksgiving dinner pack through Tuesday for pickup. It costs 89.99. You can also get a whole pecan or pumpkin pie to take home for $8.99.
  • Hooter’s: Most Hooters locations will be open on Thanksgiving.
  • IHOP: The restaurant will be open on Thursday in most locations, though hours may vary.
  • Legal Sea Foods: Legal Sea Foods is offering a Thanksgiving dinner for $25 a person and $9 for children 12 and under. 
  • Luby’s: Get a Thanksgiving dinner for $11.49 that includes roast turkey, cornbread dressing, two sides, bread and dessert.
  • Macaroni Grill: The Macaroni Grill is offering a prix fixe menu for $25 per person. It includes turkey, buttermilk mashed potatoes, fresh apple-cranberry chutney and a slice of pumpkin pie topped with amaretto mascarpone cream. 
  • Maggiano's Little Italy: Get a four-course family-style dinner you can dine in or take out. The meal includes bruschetta, salad, your choice of entrée, two classic Thanksgiving sides, two types of pasta and dessert. 
  • Marie Callender's: You can pre-order holiday meals for pickup between Tuesday and Thursday. The restaurant offers whole meals that serve from four to eight guests, depending on the meal package chosen, from $109.99 to $159.99. 
  • McCormick and Schmick's: Get a turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash bisque, vegetables, apple squash casserole and more. Click here to make a reservation online.
  • Mimi's Cafe: Mimi’s is offering a dine-in or take-out three-course meal that includes a soup or salad, turkey with all the fixings and a slice of pumpkin or pecan pie for $20. Kid’s meals are $10. 
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse: Reservations are required at the locations open on Thanksgiving. Click here to check if a location will be open.
  • Old Country Buffet: You can order a Thanksgiving dinner pack through Tuesday for pickup. It costs $89.99. You can also get a whole pecan or pumpkin pie to take home for $8.99.
  • Ruby Tuesday: Participating restaurants will be open for business on Thursday.
  • Ruth's Chris: The steakhouse will offer a three-course dinner that includes turkey, sausage and herb stuffing, a choice of a side and a dessert duo. 
  • Ryan’sYou can order a Thanksgiving dinner pack through Tuesday for pickup. It costs 89.99. You can also get a whole pecan or pumpkin pie to take home for $8.99.
  • Ted's Montana Grill: Ted’s will offer a Thanksgiving roast meal turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, carrots, herb dressing, squash casserole, cranberry sauce, and a slice of apple crisp for $29.
  • TGI Friday's: The chain is offering a feast for two for $20-$25. You get two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts.
  • Waffle House: Always-open Waffle House will be serving its regular menu on Thanksgiving. 

‘There’s still good people out ‘there:’ Secret Santa pays off layaways in Vermont Walmart

Secret Santa has struck again, this time at a Walmart in Vermont near the Canadian border. A total stranger has paid off the layaways at the Walmart in Derby, not for one or two families, but for every single account that was being stored for pickup closer to Christmas, WCAX reported.

The good fortune came as a surprise for those who were at the store over the weekend to pay a portion of their presents or put them on hold, paying a bit at a time.

Julie Gates said she was at the store last week when a man came up and asked if she was putting items on layaway. 

“He said why don’t you run and get what you want now and come back here. So I came back and he was standing there waiting. There was no one left,” Gates told WCAX.

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The unidentified man paid the bill. 

Gates said she asked who can pay everyone’s layaway. She said he told her “Santa Claus can.”

Gates had overheard the man tell another shopper who was putting items on layaway, “Either I am going to pay for it now or I’m going to pay for it later,” WCAX reported.

Another woman, who also benefited from the goodwill, had a word for what had happened.

“It was kind of like surreal when they said no balance due, then it was really a reality,” Tammy Desautels told WCAX.

Walmart didn’t say how much the total of all the layaways was, but Gates said there were some that totaled $800 or $900, WCAX reported.

“Really have a feeling that there’s hope for mankind or whatever. There’s still good people out there,” Desautels said.

Which grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving Day 2018?

Even the best of cooks can end up missing an ingredient on Thanksgiving morning. 

If you find yourself short on nutmeg or minus a few potatoes, there is a good chance a grocery store near you will be open on Thanksgiving for at least for part of the day.

Here is a list of Thanksgiving Day openings, closings and store hours for national grocery store chains. Reminder: Some stores do not follow national opening/closing hours. Some state laws prohibit stores being open on a holiday. Be sure to check with your local stores for times. 

  • ALDI: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving.
  • AJ's Fine Foods: Open 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving. 
  • Albertsons: Open from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. 
  • Bashas': Open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving. 
  • BJ's Wholesale Club: BJ’s is closed Thanksgiving.
  • Costco: All stores will be closed on Thanksgiving.
  • Food Lion: Most stores will be open until 3 p.m. (depending on the store).
  • Fresh Market: Open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Ingles: Open regular hours on Thanksgiving.
  • Kroger: Stores are open regular hours on Thanksgiving.
  • Publix: All stores and pharmacies will be closed on Thanksgiving; regular hours resume on Friday.
  • Safeway: Most stores will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Sam's Club: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving.
  • Sprouts Farmers Market: Open 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Target: Stores open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and close at 1 a.m. Friday.
  • Trader Joes: All stores closed on Thanksgiving.
  • Walmart: Stores will be open on Thanksgiving.
  • Wegmans: Most Wegmans locations will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Whole Foods: Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Reports: Brenda Snipes to resign as Broward County elections supervisor

Brenda Snipes, the embattled supervisor of elections in a South Florida county that came under intense scrutiny during the 2018 elections, submitted her resignation late Sunday, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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Snipes, who has been the elections supervisor in Broward County since 2003, ends a tenure that was marred by legal disputes, voting discrepancies and withering criticism. She submitted her resignation hours after finishing an election recount, the newspaper reported.

“It is true. She did send it,” Burnadette Norris-Weeks, an attorney who works as counsel to the Supervisor of Elections Office, told the Sun-Sentinel.

Norris-Weeks said she saw an early draft of the letter. In the version she saw, she said Snipes said she wanted to spend more time with her family, the newspaper reported.

>> Who is Brenda Snipes?

Snipes did not respond to requests for comment by several media outlets.

The date Snipes’ resignation goes into effect is not clear, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Norris-Weeks said she believes it was effective Jan. 2. 

If the resignation becomes effective in January, it is likely that Florida Gov.-elect Rick DeSantis will appoint her replacement.

Snipes, 75, has lived in Broward County since 1964, according to the official Broward County Supervisor of Elections website.

In November 2003, Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Snipes to replace Miriam Oliphant, who was removed from the post after accusations of mishandling the 2002 gubernatorial primary, CNN reported in 2003. She was elected in her own right in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Snipes' tenure has been fraught with controversy. 

In the latest flap, her office submitted the results of a machine recount two minutes past the deadline and also lost more than 2,000 ballots for the 2018 midterm elections, WFOR reported.

A court ruled Snipes had broken election law when she destroyed ballots from the 2016 election 12 months after it, instead of the 22 months required by federal law, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Election results in the 2016 primary were posted on the election office’s website before the polls closed, the newspaper reported.

In 2012, nearly 1,000 uncounted ballots were discovered a week after the election, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

In 2004, approximately 58,000 mail-in ballots were not delivered to voters, the newspaper reported.

FDA reminds parents not to give honey to babies

The Food and Drug Administration is reminding parents of babies that it is not safe to give children under the age of 1 honey.

The FDA sent out the warning after four children were admitted to hospitals in Texas, diagnosed with botulism. All four babies used pacifiers that had honey in them. The binkies were bought in Mexico, but online retailers sell them across the country.

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Honey can contain clostridium botulinum spores. The spores can multiply in a baby’s digestive system and has been connected to some cases of infant botulism.

Botulism is a serious illness, caused by clostridium botulinum, clostridium butyricum and sometimes clostridium baratii bacteria  that attacks the body’s nerves and causes difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis and potentially death.

The FDA says that parents should not only not give the honey-filled pacifiers to babies, but also don’t dip them in honey and give to infants and young children. Experts recommend parents throw away any pacifier filled or dipped in honey, to stop using it immediately and throw them away.

Prime member perk: See Jason Momoa in ‘Aquaman’ a week before release

We all know the perks of being an Amazon Prime member: Free two-day shipping, free same-day shipping in some cities, discounts at Whole Foods, photo cloud storage and Prime Video.

But now, the online shopping giant is giving a little extra to those Prime members who are also fans of the DC universe. Amazon is allowing its Prime customers an early opportunity to see the latest DC Comics flick “Aquaman” a week before its general release.

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At select theaters across the country, Prime members can see an exclusive showtime of the Jason Momoa-helmed superhero movie. 

It’s a one time viewing - on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at select theaters. 

For those who are not Prime members, the movie is released a week later on Dec. 21.

To get tickets, click here.

Chris Watts case: Colorado dad to be sentenced in killings of pregnant wife, daughters

The Colorado man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges in the August slayings of his pregnant wife and two young daughters is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

According to KMGH, Chris Watts, 33, of Frederick, is slated to appear in Weld County District Court at 10 a.m. MST (noon EST) Monday. Watts, who pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to nine felony charges, including three counts of first-degree murder with deliberation, likely will be sentenced to life in prison without parole, the station reported. Under Watts' plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty.

>> On WSOCTV.com: 'It's horrific': Girlfriend of man who killed family speaks out ahead of sentencing

Watts' parents, who recently told KMGH that their son is not a "monster," could speak at the hearing, the station reported. The parents of his wife, Shanann Watts, also could speak, according to KMGH.

Watts is accused of killing his daughters – Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 – Aug. 12 or 13 in the family’s home. Prosecutors also said Watts killed Shanann Watts, 34, after she returned home from a business trip about 2 a.m. Aug. 13. She was 15 weeks pregnant with a baby boy, whom she planned to name Nico.

>> ‘He’s not that monster’: Parents of Chris Watts speak out on slayings of wife, daughters

A friend reported Shanann Watts missing the afternoon of Aug. 13. Watts was arrested two days later.

According to an arrest affidavit dated Aug. 16, Watts told investigators that Shanann Watts strangled the girls after he asked for a separation around 4 a.m. Aug. 13. He claimed he then strangled her in a fit of rage, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said Watts admitted to burying his wife's body in a shallow grave at a job site belonging to his employer, Andarko Petroleum, about 60 miles from the family’s home. The bodies of Bella and Celeste were found in two nearby oil tanks, submerged in crude oil. 

At the time of the deaths, Watts had been "actively involved in an affair with a co-worker," the affidavit said.

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In an interview with the Denver Post last week, Nichol Kessinger, 30, said she began dating Watts less than two months before the killings. Kessinger said Watts told her he was at the end of the divorce process, but when his family disappeared, she quickly realized that he had been lying.

“When I read the news, I found out he was still married and his wife was 15 weeks pregnant,” she told the Denver Post. “I thought, ‘If he was able to lie to me and hide something that big, what else was he lying about?’”

She said called the sheriff Aug. 15 and met with FBI investigators about her concerns. Watts was arrested later that night.

“I don’t think there is a logical explanation for what he did,” Kessinger told the Post. “It’s a senseless act, and it’s horrific.”

WSOC-TV contributed to this report.

Florida man gunned down next to vigil for 2016 double homicide victims

Deputies with Florida's St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a deadly shooting in West Augustine.

>> Watch the news report here

Lavert Durden, 28, was killed after an argument on Christopher and Aiken streets, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies are now looking for 30-year-old Brandon Calloway and have located 20-year-old Traevon Watson in connection with the shooting.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Witnesses remain silent while St. Augustine double homicide remains unsolved

The men are wanted for questioning.

They were involved in a heated argument with Durden just minutes before the shooting, according to Detective Gene Tolbert, sergeant of the Major Crimes Unit.

Watson was located Saturday evening and is speaking with detectives, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. 

Anyone who might know where Calloway might be is urged to call 824-8304 or 911.

ActionNewsJax reporter Courtney Cole spent the evening on the scene, speaking to neighbors and the aunt of the victim.

“What happened today and then for it to happen on the anniversary of my son’s death — you know, the family is torn to pieces,” said Annette Durden.

On Friday evening, she was gathering with family to remember the lives of her son Charles “Juvie” Durden and his friend, Stefon Larry.

"Me and my family, we still haven’t forgotten. It’s just like yesterday to us,” Annette Durden told ActionNewsJax.

They were shot, killed and burned inside a SUV in November 2016.

But just minutes before they could walk to the memorial, her nephew, Lavert Durden, was shot and killed in West Augustine.

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The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a shooting call at 5:03 p.m. at Herbert Street and Christopher Street.

Deputies arrived on the scene at 5:08 p.m.

Lavert Durden was already dead when officers arrived. The Sheriff’s Office said he was shot multiple times.

Neighbors poured into the streets, in disbelief.

“[I] lived in this community all my life, this is not something that we’d normally have going on in our community,” said the Rev. Ronald L. Stafford. He’s the pastor at New Mt. Moriah Christian Ministry, on the corner near the location of the deadly shooting.

Stafford not only lives in this community but also works in West Augustine.

“A bad situation to see a young man shot down like this,” Stafford said.

He told ActionNewsJax that it's normal to see St. Johns County deputies in his church parking lot.

“Years ago, you had drugs and things is this community, and the Sheriff’s Department worked very hard and cleaned it up,” Stafford said.

The Sheriff's Office says right now, this deadly shooting is not tied to drugs or gangs.

They believe it was an argument that got out of hand.

Annette Durden says their family needs answers — and closure — now more than ever. 

“There’s just a big hole in my heart. I really don’t how to really put it into words,” said Annette Durden.

Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: 9 must-see photos of the celestial light show

The annual Leonid meteor shower peaked this weekend, offering a stunning natural light show.

>> On AJC.com: Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: How to see this weekend’s celestial spectacle

Skygazers took to social media to share their photos of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

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1. Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @gareth_mon_photography, Instagram

2. South Stack, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @bigolivesphoto, Instagram

3. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Photo by @lestertsaiphotography, Instagram

4. Coleman, Alberta, Canada

Photo by @bound_for_mountain, Instagram

5. Blauen, Germany

Photo by Stephane Vetter, Facebook

6. Lone Mountain, Big Sky Resort, Montana

Photo by @davepecunies, Instagram

7. The Rumps, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Photo by @chrisfletcherphotography, Instagram

8. Oregon

Photo by @thezachhayes, Instagram

9. Llyn y Dywarchen, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @_belial, Instagram

Nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef recalled over E. coli fears just before Thanksgiving

Utah-based Swift Beef Co. is recalling 99,260 pounds of raw ground beef products over possible E. coli contamination just in time for Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The meat products were produced late last month and the potential contamination was confirmed last week.

The products under recall include bulk ground beef products produced on Oct. 24:

  • 2,000 pound - bulk pallets of Swift Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Fine Grind Combo bearing product code 42982.
  • 8-10 pound - plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42410.
  • 8-10 pound - plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 93/07 (93% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42413.
  • 8-10 pound - plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 85/15 (85% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42415.
  • 8-10 pound - plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 73/27 (73% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42510.

 

The potentially contaminated meat products were shipped to California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. 

There’s been no reports of illness so far.

>> Related: Ground turkey recall: 90K pounds recalled days before Thanksgiving

E.coli is a possibly deadly bacteria that can cause dehydration, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Those with more questions about the recall or E.coli, can call the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333.

Body of missing North Carolina teacher recovered in Mexico

The body of a missing North Carolina teacher, who disappeared while hiking in Mexico, has been recovered, according to a Facebook page that was dedicated to the search for Patrick Braxton-Andrew.

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"It is with a sense of relief that we are able to confirm that Patrick's body has been recovered and we will be able to bring him home soon," the post said.

Woodlawn School in Mooresville, where Braxton-Andrew taught, canceled classes Friday after learning of his death.

The Facebook page said on Friday that Braxton-Andrew, a Spanish teacher and Davidson College graduate, died Oct. 28 at the hands of a criminal organization in Mexico.

Since he was last seen on Oct. 28 in Urique, a tiny village in the country’s Chihuahua state, Braxton-Andrew’s family has been in Mexico working with local and U.S. authorities to locate him.

Chihuahua officials and Patrick Braxton-Andrew's family desperately searched for the missing backpacker for weeks. The family thanked the Chihuahua governor and attorney general for their "'unwavering commitment to locating Patrick."

On his official Facebook page, Javier Corral, the governor of Chihuahua, wrote that investigators believe Braxton-Andrew was killed by a narco-trafficker operating in the region named José Noriel Portilo Gil, also known as “El Chueco.”

“Through the advances in the investigation, I can say that it was a cowardly and brutal assassination of a person who was totally innocent, a clean man whose misfortune was to cross paths with this criminal,” Corral wrote.

Patrick Braxton-Andrew's brother, Kerry Braxton-Andrew, said the 34-year-old was last seen by a hotel employee in Urique, a remote town in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua.

>> Related: Missing North Carolina teacher killed in Mexico, according to Facebook post

The Mexico Daily News reported in January that 31 people died in seven hours there due to organized criminal activity.

The state government said in a statement Monday that searchers checked cabins in the area surrounding the village of Urique and rappelled down into 900-foot deep ravines looking for Braxton-Andrew.

Urique is a former mining village at the base of one of the many canyons that make up Mexico's Copper Canyon National Park.

According to the Washington Post, Braxton-Andrew was a fluent Spanish speaker who loved the language and had traveled widely in Central America and Mexico. He was originally scheduled to meet his brother in Mexico City on Oct. 30 after spending a few days hiking the Copper Canyon.

When he failed to show, his family began retracing his steps, eventually determining he was last seen leaving his hotel in Urique on Oct. 28.

Train derailment forces town to evacuate, damages state highway

A train derailed south of Macon, Georgia, forcing residents in one town to evacuate

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The train went of the CSX line and onto Georgia 90 near Byromville around 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Residents within a half mile of the crash were evacuated because some of the cars were pressurized propane cars. 

Dramatic photos at the scene showed cars piled on top of each other in heaps of twisted metal. Parts of the road and the train trestle were damaged and the highway was shut down. 

Crews worked to remove 30 rail cars. The Georgia DOT said the repairs to the road and trestle could take weeks. 

CSX hazmat crews determined there were no leaks and people were allowed to return to their homes. No injuries were reported. 

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Byromville is about 130 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Ted Turner sings at his 80th birthday party, says ‘still working’ on world

Ted Turner, who told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he is “still working” on making the world a better place, serenaded a crowd at his 80th birthday party in Atlanta on Saturday.

The CNN founder, philanthropist and former media and sports mogul — whose birthday is actually on Monday — crooned on stage to prominent and not-so-prominent well-wishers representing much of the breadth of his life.

They ranged from ex-wife Jane Fonda (who later sang for him) to fellow environmental supporters such as former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, crew members from his 1977 America’s Cup win on the yacht Courageous, former U.S. senator and nuclear-proliferation fighter Sam Nunn, cowboy-hat wearing ranchers from his massive landholdings, a long table full of children and grandchildren, civil rights icon and ex-United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, legendary Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, and former and current CNN journalists and executives including chief Jeff Zucker and political anchor Wolf Blitzer.

Turner, who gave more than $1 billion to support the UN, recently disclosed he has been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, a progressive brain disorder. He said he is battling forgetfulness and exhaustion.

Still, he greeted hundreds of people at a birthday bash at the St. Regis Atlanta hotel in Buckhead. He later said he hoped he would remember the words to songs he got on stage to sing: “My Old Kentucky Home” and “Home on the Range.” The crowd sang along with him on the latter.

Fonda, the actress and one of Turner’s three ex-wives, then took to the stage to sing a song written to honor him, then told him: “You are a good man, Ted Turner, and the world is a better place because of you.”

Turner told the AJC how he hopes to be remembered: “He was a good person and tried to help make the world a better place. …. I’m still working on it. I think it is a little better.”

In rare admission, Trump says he regrets missing Veterans Day services at Arlington

In a rare admission of fault, President Donald Trump said on “Fox News Sunday” that he made a mistake and regretted missing the Veterans Day services at Arlington National Cemetery last week.

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“I should have done that. I was extremely busy on calls for the country. We did a lot of calling,” Trump told host Chris Wallace, who pressed the president on why he didn’t take a quick trip across the river to attend ceremonies honoring America’s war dead.

“I probably, ah, you know, in retrospect I should have, and I did last year and I will virtually every year, but we came in very late at night and I had just left, literally, the American cemetery in Paris, and I really probably assumed that was fine.”

Trump had just returned from ceremonies in France commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, where he also missed a service for American veterans buried in France.

“I was extremely busy because of affairs of state, doing other things,” he said.

>> Related: Former Fox News executive Bill Shine accepts post in Trump White House, reports say

During the interview, Trump also doubled down on calling journalists “the enemy of the people,” and he criticized a retired Navy SEAL who commanded the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Trump said it took too long to get bin Laden, and he complained that Pakistan didn’t help at all.

 

Kim Porter’s oldest son Quincy Brown posts moving tribute on his mother’s death

Kim Porter’s oldest son, Quincy Taylor Brown, broke his silence Sunday on his mother’s death last week, posting a tribute on Instagram to the 47-year-old former model and longtime girlfriend of music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs.

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"I am broken ... & the only thing that makes sense right now is that you were way too good for this silly world we live in. I love you so much MOMMY. Please give Mee-Maw the biggest hug and kiss for me," he said.

Brown is Porter’s son from her relationship with singer-songwriter Al. B. Sure, whose real name is Albert Joseph Brown III.

A 911 call was placed from her home in Toluca Lake, California, where she was later found dead. A cause of death has not been revealed.

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Combs, who had two daughters and a son with Porter, also released a tribute to the mother of his children on Sunday, publicly addressing her death by posting a 2006 video that shows a pregnant Porter and Combs in a loving photo shoot for Essence magazine.

Still no sign of kidnapped North Carolina teen as FBI continues search

The FBI and other police agencies are continuing their search to find a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.

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The FBI said Saturday that agents are conducting searches on foot and using drones as part of the search for Hania Noelia Aguilar.

Relatives say the eighth-grader went outside last week to start a relative's SUV to prepare to leave for the bus stop. Police say a man then forced her into an SUV and drove off.

Authorities said the SUV was later found in Lumberton, several miles from the mobile home park.

A total reward of $30,000 is being offered for information leading to the girl.

The FBI said it has no reason to believe Hania has been spotted in Charlotte.

On Tuesday, officials said someone in Charlotte called to report seeing a girl who looked like Aguilar. They said the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was looking into the report, but at this point, there is no reason to believe it is accurate.

On Tuesday, the girl's mother released a handwritten statement: 

"I trust in God that my daughter will return. No one knows the pain I have in my heart. Despite all the criticism and speculation against me, I would never use my daughter’s name in order to take advantage of this situation. I thank all those people who have provided me help. Please, if you know something, call. I ask everyone not to make absurd comments. For the love of God respect my pain. I only want Hania, my princess, back. I miss her."

Investigators said they airlifted evidence to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia so it can be analyzed and processed quickly in hopes of locating the missing teen.

The FBI said investigators need help to identify a person seen walking near the area where Hania was abducted on Nov. 5. FBI officials said their plea grows more and more urgent by the minute. 

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Search crews said they need to talk to anyone who lives near Rosewood Mobile Home Park and Quincey Drive and will be walking in the neighborhood to make contact with everyone.

Police Chief Michael McNeill asked Monday for people to contact police if someone they know is acting strange.

He said, "Maybe they haven't gone to work, haven't come home or they aren't answering your calls or your text messages."

The FBI released a new missing person poster for the girl. On the poster, the photos that show her wearing red were taken the day before the abduction.

Surveillance video the FBI released the day prior shows what appears to be a man wearing light-colored shoes, a light-colored shirt and a hoodie walking south on Lambert Street, then turning north on Highway 41/Elizabethtown Highway toward the Rosewood Mobile Home Park.

FBI officials said surveillance images also helped them find the green SUV that was stolen and used in the kidnapping. 

According to the FBI, the SUV was located around 8 a.m. Nov. 8 off Quincey Drive in Lumberton, 10 miles from her home.

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Officials said the FBI's Evidence Response Team processed the vehicle for any clues.

The teen’s mother, Elsa Hernandez, is pleading for her daughter’s safe return.

"Return my daughter. I need her,” Hernandez said. “I am suffering for her. Her sisters, too."

Investigators have been collecting and analyzing surveillance video since Aguilar was taken from her home.

An FBI release issued last week said investigators were following nearly 50 leads in the girl's disappearance.

How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio, Kentucky

Amazon is growing at breakneck speed across the nation and in Ohio, where it has created 6,000 jobs in the past seven years and has commitments to add 5,500 more employees.

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Last week, the online giant said it would open a package-sorting “air gateway” at Wilmington Air Park, an airport 40 minutes southeast of Dayton that was decimated in the past decade when cargo carrier DHL announced it was leaving town.

“We have all the right ingredients for companies to succeed in e-commerce here,” said Ted Griffith, a managing director at JobsOhio, the state’s economic development organization.

The Wilmington announcement preceded the company’s biggest news in its history when it announced Tuesday that it had picked New York and Northern Virginia’s Crystal City over 238 U.S. cities to split its highly sought second headquarters. The company has said the headquarters come with a $5 billion investment and up to 50,000 jobs that pay, on average, $150,000 apiece.

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Although Ohio was not chosen for the second headquarters, the $178 billion company appears to have an affinity to the Buckeye State where it’s now one of the top 60 largest employers.

In May, Amazon announced plans to open its sixth Ohio fulfillment center in West Jefferson, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs by the end of 2019. This is in addition to fulfillment centers already operating in Etna and Obetz, with new fulfillment centers slated for Monroe and North Randall by the end of 2018, and another one in Euclid in 2019.

The new Wilmington air gateway will retrofit existing space at the Air Park, in buildings F and A. In all, it will take up 1.2 million square feet and about 35 acres. The company would not say how many jobs will be coming with the new sorting center.

“We think this operation will be consequential,” said Dan Evers, executive director of the Clinton County Port Authority, which owns and manages the Air Park.

The nation’s biggest e-retailer has about 20 gateway operations, all part of the company’s national air cargo network.

Geographically, Wilmington makes sense within Amazon’s network, given the facility’s proximity to the busy Amazon hub at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport, Evers said.

Said Evers: “Air cargo is in our DNA.”

Buckeye State growth

Amazon has invested more than $2 billion in Ohio since 2011.

But Amazon is not the only company drawn to Ohio and its strength in logistics. The roster of companies investing in large local distribution operations just in the Dayton area grows longer by the year — Caterpillar Logistics, Payless Shoe Source, Crown Packaging, Heidelberg, Spectrum, Purina, Chewy Inc. and many others.

Griffith cites proximity to consumers, a “fantastic” labor force and road system, a tax regimen that does not tax inventory — plus, more than 25 universities in Ohio with logistics programs.

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Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescue 15 people from tilted liftboat

A good Samaritan vessel and the Coast Guard helped rescue 15 people from a tilted liftboat Sunday.

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The good Samaritan vessel, the Starfleet Guardian, brought six people aboard, while the Coast Guard crew from Station Grand Isle rescued the other nine people, WBRZ reported

The liftboat reported control issues after a power loss, tilted to a 45 degree angle and could not correct itself, KATC reported. It had nearly 14,000 gallons of diesel on board but none of it has spilled. 

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