“California Dreamin’” turned into “Let it Snow” this week for parts of southern California.
In areas where sun and blue skies are the norm, snow fell in areas like Hollywood, Pasadena and Malibu, USA Today reported.
Some saw more than snowflakes, others got to experience sleet, the newspaper reported.
The Los Angeles Police Department reminded those who didn’t know what to do with the white stuff falling from the sky, that it wasn’t an emergency.
The National Weather Service also got into the game of easing the fears of Californians who are not used to seeing cold precipitation in their normally warm part of the country, NBC News reported.
Los Angeles is not alone when it comes to unusual snow.
The last time any measurable snow fell in Los Angeles was 1949, according to the National Weather Service and NBC News.
The heat is going to climb again this weekend with sunny skies and above-normal temperatures next week, according to NBC News.
A man nicknamed the “Tag Man” has been tagged by police in South Florida.
Police in Boynton Beach arrested Fedelin Pericles, 36, of Royal Palm Beach, on Wednesday, WPTV reported. Pericles was arrested after undercover agents bought two fraudulent temporary license tags and a false insurance card during three different transactions, the Sun-Sentinel reported, citing a police report.
Pericles is charged with three counts of counterfeiting a motor vehicle registration, three counts of falsifying records, three counts of uttering a forged instrument, three counts of organized fraud and three counts of driving with a suspended license, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives received an anonymous tip that the “Tag Man” was selling temporary tags for $60 and fake insurance cards for $100, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Three separate undercover agents met with Pericles, the newspaper reported. Pericles sold one agent a fake plate on Jan. 31, a second agent an insurance card on Feb. 1, and a phony plate to the third agent Feb. 8, the newspaper reported.
The transactions were recorded on video with audio, police said.
More than a dozen 911 calls gave a Minnesota police department some pause.
Members of the Lakeville Police Department said they were hounded by a pair of dogs, which somehow were able to dial 911 by pushing buttons on a cellphone with their paws while their owners were away, KMSP reported.
“We were dispatched to a 911 hang-up call at a residence in Lakeville,” Officer Michelle Roberts told the television station.
“It was just kind of weird, usually people come to the door, seeing two dogs go hyper is not something I see all the time,” Officer Emily Bares told KMSP.
Remy and Bomber were apparently the culprits.
Roberts and Bares checked the house and rang the doorbell and walked around the residence when no one responded, the television station reported. They were about to leave when they learned there were more 911 calls from that address.
“Shortly after clearing, dispatch advised us they had multiple additional 911 calls and all they could hear in the background was dogs barking,” Roberts told KMSP.
Roberts called the owner of the home and managed to get inside the residence through the garage, the television station reported.
“(We) went upstairs to his office to where the cellphone was, it was on (the owner’s) desk, it was on emergency call only, so in theory a dog could’ve called 911, and pushed the phone with its paw,” Roberts told KMSP. “Our assumption is the dogs were having a rough day and it was the dogs that were seeking assistance through 911
“Anytime we can laugh and talk about dogs calling 911, if that’s the biggest news of our day, that’s a good day.”
While adults may have been grumbling about the snow that blanketed most of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast this week, kids, and apparently pandas weren’t all that different when it came to handling the snow.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo recorded video of its giant pandas enjoying a romp in the cold.
Mei Xiang and Bei Bei rolled around, climbed and covered themselves with powder, WRC reported.
Panda experts at the zoo say pandas are specifically adapted for cold weather. They have thick woolly fur that keeps them dry and warm.
The Washington, D.C. area had between 2 and 4 inches of snow Wednesday. The zoo had about 3 inches, WRC reported.
A computer issue caused Southwest Airlines to ground all of its flights nationwide Friday morning, KIII-TV reported.
The stoppage began at 5:34 a.m. ET and ended at 6:26, the television station reported.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a computer-processing issue was the cause for the delay.
"We're truly sorry for the delays this morning. Our Network Operations Control Team is aware of the issue and are working diligently to get you on your way as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience while we work through this," Southwest said in a tweet.
"Just a quick note to let you know we received your inquiry, that our systems are performing normally and flights are boarding," Southwest Airlines officials told KIII-TV in an email.
The technical issues were the latest for the Dallas-based airline. Over the past few days, Southwest was forced to cancel hundreds of flights because of poor weather or due to a maintenance “operations emergency,” KTVT reported.
An Alabama woman used obituary notices to target her victims in a series of burglaries, WHNT reported.
Jennifer Lynn Azizian, of Madison, faces four counts of third-degree burglary and one count of first-degree of criminal mischief, AL.com reported. According to Priceville police, the burglaries occurred while the victims were attending a family member’s funeral, the website reported.
“As people were laying their loved ones to rest, little did they know that someone was adding to their grief by breaking into their homes,” Priceville police said in a statement. “It was clear that the suspect had been researching obituaries for some time.”
Officials at the Morgan County Jail said Azizian's total bond was set at $87,800, WHNT reported. She bonded out Thursday afternoon.
Geoff Halbrooks, who has worked at the Peck Funeral Home in Morgan County for 36 years, said social media is making this type of crime easier to commit, the television station reported.
"Look on social media and look at their newspapers and just find those families. There are ways to do that now without a funeral home or anyone else giving their specific address," Halbrooks told WHNT. "We encourage people to maybe have someone to stay at their home when they are away. There are friends and extended family members that would be glad to stay at their home to watch over their personal things while they're handling the affairs of the funeral.”
Alligators on Florida golf courses are not unusual, but reptiles helping players avoid a penalty stroke is rare.
According to a couple playing in a tournament Saturday at Bonita National Golf Club, a gator “jumped up and caught” an errant tee shot, the Naples Daily News reported.
Joanne Sadowsky sliced her tee shot on the second hole during the couples tournament, and the ball headed toward one of the 17 lakes on the course, the newspaper reported.
“I shanked the ball to the right, and it was heading to the water,” Sadowsky told the Daily News. “It was close to the gator’s head. He saw it, jumped up and caught it.”
Sadowsky’s light pink golf ball was “caught” by the alligator, meaning she was entitled to a free drop.
“It saved me from a hazard penalty,” Sadowsky, told the Daily News.“We’ve seen them with a fish or a turtle in their mouths, but never a golf ball.”The lucky break did not help Sadowsky and her husband, Len, as they finished out of the money in the tournament, the newspaper reported.
Crikey! Google Doodle is paying tribute to the late “Crocodile Hunter” on what would have been his 57th birthday Friday.
Internet users with Google as their web browser homepage were treated to a cartoon drawing of Steve Irwin, the zookeeper and animal conservationist, to honor his memory and Australia’s National Wildlife Day, Newsweek reported.
Google also put together a slideshow of illustrations featuring the Australian native holding a crocodile and spending time with his wife, Terri, and children Bindi and Robert, CNN reported.
Irwin died Sept. 4, 2006, when a stingray barb went through his chest as he was filming an underwater documentary “Ocean’s Deadliest.”
Terri Irwin, in a blog post for Google, wrote her husband once said, “I don’t care if I’m remembered, as long as my message is remembered.”
"Today's Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognized as the most extensive of any conservationist," Terri Irwin wrote.
Steve and Terri Irwin filmed the nature series, "The Crocodile Hunter" together from 1996 to 2004.
An Arizona man is accused of impersonating a sheriff’s deputy, kidnapping and demanding money from a man at gunpoint, KNXV reported.
Daniel James Huntington, 61, of Scottsdale, was charged with felony counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, impersonating a police officer and endangerment, according to an arrest report by the Scottsdale Police Department. Huntington also was charged with intimidation and theft, both misdemeanors, according to the report.
According to Scottsdale police, a woman called and said a man who claimed to be a Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy was threatening her husband, KNXV reported.
Police said Huntington, a contractor, hired the victim to do some construction at a home that he owns. According to police, Huntington was not satisfied with the work and reportedly demanded the victim pay him $1,350, the television station reported.
Huntington allegedly showed the victim an identification card and claimed to be a deputy, KNXV reported. He then allegedly pulled out a gun, loaded it and threatened to shoot the victim if payment was not made, the television station reported.
A Texas couple en route to the hospital to have their first child was seriously injured in a car wreck and lost their unborn child, KLTV reported.
Jessica Mitchell, 20, and Justin Mitchell, 23, were injured as they were traveling to the Sulphur Springs hospital Tuesday morning, the television station reported. Jessica Mitchell was to be induced by doctors, but they were involved in a wreck when Justin Mitchell swerved to avoid a branch lying in the road, KLTV reported.
The couple were found in a ditch after more than hour, the television station reported.
Jessica Mitchell suffered a broken neck. According to her adoptive mother, Brenda Mize, the expectant mother needed four hours and a cesarean section to assess her injuries, KLTV reported.
“The baby didn’t make it,” Mize told the television station.
Mize said Justin Mitchell suffered a broken pelvis and back injuries.
The Mitchells were able to see their baby boy, whom they had named Sebastian, before they were moved to intensive care, KLTV reported.
“It’s just a really hard situation, and these kids need love and prayer,” Mize told the television station.
The Mitchells do not have insurance, but a GoFundMe page has already produced more than $5,300 in donations.
A California high school senior is fighting a ruling that banned her from wearing her “Make America Great” hat on campus, KGPE reported.
Maddie Mueller, who attends Clovis North High School in Fresno, belongs to Valley Patriots, a conservative activist group, KOVR reported. The group asked members to wear their MAGA hats Wednesday, but Mueller said school officials denied her permission, citing school dress code rules, the television station reported.
Mueller said her First Amendment rights were being violated.
“How does being a patriot in trying to show pride in your country, how is that inappropriate?" Mueller told KGPE. "To my knowledge (President Donald) Trump is not a logo it's a last name, it's just our president. You can't claim the president is a logo, sports team or affiliated with any gang."
Kelly Avants, spokeswoman for the Clovis Unified School District, said the ruling was a matter of safety.
"Bottom line for us is the dress code is for kids to feel safe at school and free of distractions so they can focus on learning." Avants told KGPE. "Here we are closer to shouting fire in a crowded theater."
According to former federal district judge Oliver Wanger, while Mueller’s First Amendment right is being infringed, the school may have the right to do it.
"If the hat is something that could invoke violence or invoke controversy, then for the sake of the safety for students the school is in their legal right,” KGPE reported
Mueller said she will continue to fight the ruling.
"I don't care if I offend anybody, I'm just showing support for the President and what I believe," Mueller told the television station.
A Great Dane that died in 1990 helped conceive a litter of puppies born on Valentine’s Day, KHOU reported.
Topper was a Great Dane born in 1980. His owner, Marilyn Herdejurgen, had the dog’s semen frozen 34 years ago, the television station reported. Topper died in 1990.
It was used to impregnate Herdejurgen’s latest Great Dane, 3-year-old Rubix, KHOU reported.
The procedure is not new, but the long gap between the father’s death and the conception is unusual.
“I’m not sure, but that’s what they’re saying that these are the oldest puppies that have been produced from the frozen semen,” Herdejurgen told the television station. “It’s strange … that it’s been so long ago, and here these puppies are from him (Topper). It’s pretty exciting. This is, like I said, I think a little miracle.”
New Yorkers are known for being impatient drivers, but some Brooklyn children were put at risk by one person who swerved onto the sidewalk to get around a school bus, WPIX reported.
The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn. Surveillance video shows the driver stuck behind school buses, and the person jumps the curb and tries to go around the vehicles, the television station reported.
Fortunately, no one was hurt.
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said word spread quickly about the sidewalk driver’s identity, WPIX reported.
"The last thing you imagine is that they might get on the sidewalk outside the school because someone is in a rush," Hikind told the television station. "This guy is a calm guy, nice guy. He's not some guy who lost it, which makes it even more incredible.
"I know who it is. Police are looking for him, local guy, family guy -- hey, it could have been his kids," Hikind told WABC. "That's the message to everybody: don't pass school buses."
A Texas couple walking along the beach found a message in a bottle dropped into the Gulf of Mexico 57 years ago by a Galveston laboratory, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Candy and Jim Duke found the bottle along the Padre Island National seashore near Corpus Christi, KXAS reported. While instructions said to break the glass, the couple removed the message without shattering the bottle.
"My husband and I go out there almost every Saturday morning. We get there before sunrise to take photos, and then drive down the beach to search for treasure," Candy Duke told the Chronicle. "That's where we found the bottle, at around marker 22."
The bottle was part of a 1962 "drift study" by the Galveston Laboratory of the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, now known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, the newspaper reported. Research was being conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration andthe bottle was one of several thousand released, KXAS reported. It was part of study of water currents and the movement of shrimp to determine the rate and flow of surface waters in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, the Chronicle reported.
"The study was done in the early days of shrimp management. It looked at where adult shrimp live, offshore, versus where juvenile shrimp live, inshore. The idea was, if you look at surface currents, you could connect the two," NOAA acting lab director Matthew Johnson told the newspaper.
The Dukes posted a video on Facebook that showed them removing the message.
According to the Chronicle, the message read, in part: "These releases are part of a study to determine the role that water currents play in the movement of young shrimp from offshore spawning grounds to inshore nursery grounds. The person finding this bottle should complete the enclosed postcard and mail it at the first opportunity. A 50-cent reward will be sent for each completed return."
"I told them not to send us the 50 cents," Candy Duke told the Chronicle. "I want to make a shadow box with the bottle and photo to hang in our house."
A Texas teenager’s attempt at a selfie nearly turned tragic in November as he fell 50 feet from a bridge in Dallas, KTVT reported.
Triston Bailey, 18, suffered a broken pelvis, a lacerated spleen, broken ribs and a fractured face, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The impact from Bailey’s fall off the Margaret McDermott Bridge left an imprint of his body on the ground, KTVT reported.
“I could have easily passed away that night. I could have easily been gone. If it was just one more rotation I could not be here,” Bailey, who has spent the last four months recovering, told the television station.
On Nov. 12, Bailey was with friends and were driving over bridge when they stopped to take a selfie, KXAS reported.
"I was going over the concrete barrier and they heard me exclaim, and they thought I was joking, that I was just trying to mess with them," Bailey told the television station. "They looked over. Just like the movies, I'm just laid out there on the dirt."
Doctors who treated Bailey were stunned he did not suffer more serious injuries.
“It’s amazing that he didn’t snap his neck. It’s amazing that he’s not a paraplegic – or broke his neck,” Joseph Darryl Amos, trauma chief at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, told KTVT. “It’s truly miraculous.”
Bailey said he has taken selfies since his accident, but nothing that could put him at risk.
“If I see another person on I-30 about to take a picture, I just stop on the side like, ‘Hey, it's not a good idea,’” Bailey told KFDW.
The Twitter account of a Florida mayor was hacked early Thursday, with the culprits posting racist, pornographic and homophobic content for several hours, WTSP reported.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s verified Twitter account also posted a bomb threat against Tampa International Airport and anti-Semitic content, the television station reported.
The account was filled with the offensive content from 2:50 a.m. to 9:08 a.m., WFLA reported.
Tampa Police Department spokesman Steve Hegarty said the hack was "very persistent," adding it "went on for several hours and they changed up a lot of things," WTVT reported.
Buckhorn, who is on a hunting trip in South Carolina, said in an email that police are investigating the hack, WTSP reported.
"Nobody wants that stuff out there," Ashley Bauman, the mayor's spokeswoman, said Thursday.
The hackers appeared to take over the mayor’s Twitter account with an initial post that said, “Hacked by @MeeZoid @CxlvxnSwag @SheepKiller69 you can’t touch US ####,” WFLA reported.The threats included an AK-47 attack at Tampa’s City Hall, attacks on blacks and a bomb threat at the airport, the television station reported.
Tampa International Airport spokesman Danny Valentine said the airport was aware of the threats, WFLA reported. Valentine said airport police Chief Charlie Vazquez told him the threat was not credible, but security measures were still taken.
"I have three people that are apparently... they seem to be passed out drunk, not waking up in my parking lot."
The clerk at the Shell gas station in Winter Springs, Florida, called 911 shortly before midnight on Saturday, Aug.18, 2018. One of the people believed to be drunk was inside a white pickup truck parked next to a gas pump. The other two were on the ground. All were unconscious.
That's how one of the deputies who responded to the emergency call described what she saw when she pulled into the gas station. The deputy saw a can of Four Loko between the driver's legs, a detail supporting the clerk's theory the man was drunk. But when the deputy tried to wake him up, nothing happened."Yo, bro! Wake up!"
"You are smacking at him. Screaming, you're shaking stuff around, moving things, and they are not doing anything," Deputy Caitlin Henry told WFTV.
The incident report filed with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office describes the driver as clammy, with a shallow pulse and labored breathing. He turned blue. Another deputy found the other two people, a man and a woman, in similar condition: light pulses, shallow breathing, unresponsive.
The deputies quickly realized the three people they were tending to weren't drunk -- they had overdosed on drugs.
"You could tell right away there was something different with this one," Lt. Dwayne Kvalheim said.
This scene isn't uncommon and certainly isn't new in Central Florida; law enforcement agencies around the country have trained officers to aggressively respond to opioid overdoses, arming them with the lifesaving drug naloxone, also known as Narcan. In 2016, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma introduced a policy requiring his deputies to each carry naloxone after the number of overdoses doubled year to year."Come on bud, come on man, wake up!"
Body cameras recorded the deputies at work on the three strangers, trying to keep them alive. They administered the Narcan, but the normal measures didn't work.
"Typically when you get the Narcan, you get that deep breathe," said Deputy James Hennessey. "You see the results right away. That didn't happen this time."
Seminole County Fire, also responding to the 911 call, administered more doses of the drug. They also performed CPR on all three people. Their efforts paid off: All of the patients lived. Ambulances rushed them to area hospitals; deputies stayed behind to investigate the scene.
Wearing masks and gloves to protect themselves, deputies found a white powder in the center console of the truck. Henry said the woman told her she thought they were using cocaine, but from experience she knew it wasn't. It turned out to be fentanyl, the synthetic opioid wreaking havoc in communities around the country.
The ending to this story is documented in the incident report: The deputies submitted the plastic bag with the fentanyl into evidence to be destroyed, and the pickup truck was towed from the gas station. The driver, who had passed out with the Four Loko between his legs, was told how to retrieve it. He and the other man told investigators they couldn't remember what kind of drug they took or how much.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office told WFTV they hope people will watch the video of the overdoses. Law enforcement wants people to understand the brutal realities of the drug. They recall the 82 people who died of overdoses last year; they said it was almost double the number of homicides and traffic fatalities combined.
An Arizona man is facing criminal charges after taking a machete to cacti in Tempe, causing thousands of dollars in damages.
Clarence Luke Waite is accused of damaging 53 Mexican fence post cacti under a bridge in the city, according to KNXV-TV.
Waite was arrested and charged with criminal damage Friday after police were called to the scene and saw the destruction to the plants.
City officials estimate Waite caused more than $5,500 in damages, KNXV reported.
Although Beyonce and Jay-Z could not accept their Brit Award in person, they sent a video message of their acceptance speech and it featured a portrait of Meghan Markle.
The duo won the award for best international group. Since they couldn’t attend the ceremony at the O2 in London, they expressed their gratitude in a quick 30-second clip, which they posted on Instagram.
In the recording, they re-created their “Apesh*t” music video, where they danced and sang in the Louvre in front of the famous Mona Lisa painting. Their re-creation was sans the dancing and the Mona Lisa painting. Instead, the portrait in the backdrop was that of Duchess Meghan Markle in a crown.
“Thank you so much to the Brit Awards for this incredible honor,” Beyonce said in the video. “You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love. Thank you.”
Jay-Z offhandly replied, “You're welcome.”
People on social media seemed to enjoy it. Many took to Twitter to express how much they loved the gesture, calling it “iconic.” They also praised Queen Bey for honoring the Duchess of Sussex.
In a later post, Beyonce explained the meaning of the video.
“Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle,” she wrote. “How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova. 🙌🏾 In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”
More than 1 in 4 high school students said they had used a tobacco product in the past 30 days.
“E-cigarette use increased from 11.7% to 20.8% among high school students,” the CDC said. “No change was found in the use of other tobacco products, including cigarettes, during this time.”
The CDC said the demographics most likely to use e-cigarettes are males, whites and high-schoolers.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has labeled teen e-cigarette use an “epidemic.”
"I think people should interpret the fact that I and others have made such a dramatic shift from our prior position with respect to these products as representing the fact that we have seen information that is deeply disturbing and startling in terms of the rapid rise of youth use over a short period of time," Gottlieb told CNBC in September.
E-cigarettes create an aerosol by heating a liquid, usually containing nicotine and flavoring. Inhaling this allows the user to imbibe nicotine.
The CDC warns that while e-cigarette aerosol contains fewer toxic chemicals than those in regular cigarettes, it is not harmless.
“It can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals like lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents,” the agency said.
Officials also warned that nicotine can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the 20s.
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