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  1. LAREDO, Texas — A woman was jailed Wednesday for leaving her two children home alone while she was intoxicated at a Texas Applebee's, according to police. Priscilla Marisol Flores, 34, was charged with two counts of child abandonment with intent to return. She was also cited for public intoxication, Laredo police said. At 1 a.m. Wednesday, police officers responded to the Applebee's for a report of a disturbance. Police said that an intoxicated woman was dancing on top of a bar. The woman was identified as Flores. She was incoherent, had bloodshot eyes and could not balance herself, according to police. She allegedly became belligerent toward the officers and cursed at them. Officers said they found out that Flores lived at a nearby apartment complex. There, officers said they discovered two children, both 12 years old, asleep in separate rooms with no adult supervision. Police said they took Flores to headquarters to book her, due to her intoxicated state. She was later taken to the Webb County Jail.
  2. An exotic species of tick that mysteriously appeared in New Jersey last year is now here to stay. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced Friday that the East Asian tick, also known as Longhorned tick or the bush tick, which was discovered on a Hunterdon County farm last year, has survived the winter. "Ongoing surveillance continued during the winter and on April 17, 2018, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the Longhorned tick successfully overwintered in New Jersey and has possibly become established in the state," it was stated in a news release. Last summer, a farmer walked into the Hunterdon County health office covered in thousands of the ticks after she was shearing a 12-year-old Icelandic sheep named Hannah. Experts were called in to identify the tick which was not previously known to exist in the United States. The Department of Agriculture says it still does not know how the tick made its way to New Jersey. The sheep has never traveled internationally and has rarely left Hunterdon County, according to Andrea Egizi, a tick specialist at the Monmouth County Tick-borne Disease Lab. The longhorn tick. The larval and nymphal stages are difficult to observe with the naked eye. Larvae can be found from late summer to early winter. (Photo courtesy New Jersey Department of Agriculture) When the incident was first reported, steps were taken to eradicate the insect from the farm by using a chemical wash on the sheep and removing tall grass where the they are known to dwell. The exact location of the farm and the identity of the sheep farmer is being withheld by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Although the ticks are known to carry diseases, such as spotted fever rickettsioses in other parts of the world, tests performed on the ticks and the farm animals were negative for diseases. ADVERTISING Local, state and federal animal health and wildlife officials, as well as Rutgers University - Center for Vector Biology, are working together to eliminate the ticks and stop them from spreading. Wildlife and livestock in the area will continue to be monitored throughout the year. The ticks are known to swarm and infest deer and animals other than sheep, so the department is warning that it has the potential to infect other North American wildlife species. The ticks reproduce asexually by cloning themselves and just one of them is capable of laying thousands of eggs. State and federal Department of Agriculture employees will be working with the public to determine if the tick has spread and to educate the public about protecting their livestock and pets from the pest. The nymphs of the ticks are very small, resemble small spiders and are easy to miss, according to the Department of Agriculture. They are dark brown, about the size of a pea when full grown and can be found in tall grasses. Authorities are asking people to contact the state veterinarian at 609-671-6400 if they see any unusual ticks on their livestock. Unusual ticks detected in wildlife should be reported to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Wildlife Management at 609-984-6295 or the Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics at 908-637-4173, ext. 120. Any questions about tick-borne illness in humans should be directed to local health departments or the New Jersey Department of Health at 609-826-5964. Thousands of ticks swarmed a New Jersey woman
  3. A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and religion were abridged when he got taken off his route for leading students in prayer. And it's not the first time prayer on the bus has gotten him in hot water, either. The Associated Press reported that the driver, George Nathaniel, 54, was fired in Burnsville, Minn., four years ago for the exact same reason. Quality Care Transportation removed Nathaniel from his route last week, the Star-Tribune newspaper reported. He began working for the company in January 2017 and drove children to Nasha Shkola, a charter school in Brooklyn Park focused on Russian language and culture. He started folding prayer into the bus ride this winter. "The students would volunteer to lead the prayer," Nathaniel said, according to The AP. School officials received complaints that Nathaniel was forcing minors to pray, said Muk Musa, owner of Quality Care. While bus drivers are given time for personal prayer, leading children is not viewed as a part of the job, he said. Nathaniel said he never forced students to pray. He also expressed shock that parents had complained because he'd talked about the issue with them. "That's where the Constitution comes in," Nathaniel said, according to the wire service. Nathaniel isn't fired, but hasn't received a new route either, Musa said. Nathaniel is also a pastor for a Minneapolis-area congregation.
  4. Though Universal Orlando Resort’s catch phrase is “vacation like you mean it,” one woman’s negative experience that left her feeling “humiliated” her has led her to file a discrimination complaint aganist the park. She says park employees “fat-shamed” her. Want to bring your healthy lifestyle to your home? Learn six ways to keep your family safe and sound with organic, natural bedding, furniture and more. On March 15, Angel Morales told WFTV that she filed a discrimination complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations after ride operators denied her request for extra room on the Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal's Islands of Adventure on a recent trip with her children. Morales claims that workers told her they couldn't accomodate her request as they needed to “push for capacity” on the attraction. The vehicle used for the Skull Island ride. (Universal Orlando Resort) DEEZ NUTS! “It’s somewhat humiliating to have to ask for an accommodation because of one’s weight — that you have to put yourself out there and kind of beg to be able to ride and embarrass yourself because of weight,” the mom told the outlet. “Their interest is getting bodies and getting money and not accommodating paying customers.” Morales was disappointed to discover she “couldn’t fit on any of the Harry Potter rides because of my weight.” (Universal Orlando Resort ) Though Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s rides restrictions say nothing of weight limits, Morales believes that overweight people should be a protected class. Morales said she bought annual passes to the park last year and couldn't wait to check out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. "(I) did a lot of bag-holding in Diagon Alley and that kind of thing,” she admitted. Though Morales claims that Universal offered her a $100 gift card, dinner and movie tickets, the negative experience has left her reluctant to return. Kramer could eat a peach for hours. In the wake of the incident, Morales’ story has since gone somewhat viral on Facebook, and sparked a rousing debate of mixed reactions regarding weight, size and theme park accommodations. Some expressed empathy, while others urged Morales to lose weight. “Please, I’m fat too, if you feel ashamed lose the weight, it’s really a no brainer. If something happened to her on the ride, she would be the first to sue. No sympathy,” one user wrote. “I felt ashamed of myself when I could no longer fit on the Harry Potter ride. I went to the end of the line and waited for my kids and cried in the darkness. I've lost 140 lb. I can now fit in it and I'm proud. Lose some weight, honey! For your health!” another chimed in. “She wasn't fat shamed. She wanted the park to accommodate her needs, and make everyone else wait . The park was busy. I'm sure of the lines weren't long, they would have been more accommodating to her,” another said. Kramer has big nuts. “I'm bigger and can not ride many rides at different parks....its just the way it is. They have to build the rides to be safe...if you don't like it you have to lose weight,” another wrote. Though Universal did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on the story, they did offer WFTV the following statement: “While we don’t comment on specific guest situations, we always strive to treat our guests with respect and we work to accommodate special requests when we can,” a company representative said.
  5. Ricky Bobby

    Office style: Tattoos in, ties out...

    A few months ago, LaTondra Cannon — a recruiter with a Southfield bartending side business Ooh La La — inked her company's logo, big pink lips, with the company name underneath, on the inside of her left arm. "I bartend at night," Cannon, 34, said Wednesday. "So when I pour, people see it. It's a conversation starter." Long frowned upon in professional workplaces, visible tattoos have become fashionable, especially as a way for entrepreneurs, like Cannon, to promote their businesses. Activists are using them to advocate for their causes. Workers and customers are getting them to express corporate fealty. Cannon — whose day job is at Aerotek, a global staffing company — said visible tattoos are still a no-no at some professional service firms. But many seem to have eased up on their prohibitions. "Times have changed," Cannon said, adding that perceptions that tattoos are just for rebels and rock stars are fading. "People are using tattoos to express themselves. You actually learn a lot about a people just through their ink." A 2016 poll found that about 3 in 10 Americans had at least one tattoo, up from about 2 in 10 just four years earlier, and the younger they were, the more likely they were to have a tattoo: 47% of millennials — people in their 20s and 30s — had a tattoo; followed by 36% of gen Xers and 13% of baby boomers. Moreover, the poll showed, a majority of Americans said they'd be comfortable seeing a person with a tattoo in a range of jobs including teachers, coaches, pediatricians, judges — and even presidential candidates. And while Americans are getting more comfortable with tattoos in the office, they also seem increasingly adverse to wearing ties, which, for years, were part of the professional man's uniform. As a recruiter, Cannon said she looks for tattoos during interviews to help start small talk and get nervous candidates to open up about themselves. "I think its a new version of when people have children and put their pictures in their wallet and pull them out," she said. "It's like: 'Hey, these are some of my accomplishments. These are my babies. Look at what I got.' " 'All walks of life' Consider events in just the past few days. Last Sunday at the Academy Awards, young actress Emma Watson showed off a stylized temporary tattoo on her arm to show her deep devotion to the Time's Up movement against sexual harassment. There was a bit of an uproar on social media. But, the outcry wasn't because Watson — who played the goody-goody Gryffindor, Hermione Granger, in the "Harry Potter" movies and in real life is an Ivy League graduate — wore a tattoo to one of Hollywood’s most glamorous events. It was because the tattoo itself had a typo, "Times Up" instead of "Time's Up." "Fake tattoo proofreading position available," Watson later tweeted. "Experience with apostrophes a must." Actress Emma Watson attends the Academy Awards wearing a temporary tattoo. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil, Getty Images) There also was a Wall Street Journal article on tattoos.A stodgy business newspaper, the Journal's front-page report earlier this month told how workers nationwide are now wearing their corporate pride on their sleeves by tattooing their company logo on their bodies. The headline: "Nice Tattoo! I Didn’t Know You Worked at Walmart." And then last weekend in Detroit, more than 300 tattoo artists from around the world made their way to the 23rd Motor City Tattoo Expo. The growing annual gathering at the Renaissance Center drew about 5,000 people. Terry Welker, who organized the annual event and owns five parlors called Eternal Tattoos in metro Detroit, said now, many people in professional jobs are getting tattoos and technology has improved tattoo quality and designs. "Fifteen, 20 years ago, I wondered, is the uptick in business going to keep going? It kept getting bigger and bigger," Welker said at his Livonia shop, which also sells proprietary tattoo ink. "People from all walks of life are coming in." In his 38 years in the industry, Welker said, he's seen all kinds of tattoos. At the expo, a few folks even got tattoos of his Eternal Ink logo. "I didn't even ask them to do it," he said, amazed that they'd done it. "I had five people come up and say, 'Hey man, check this out.' I said, 'Man, you got my bottle of ink tattooed on you. That's cool!' I don't even have that on myself." Like passport stamps Over the years, Welker said he has put automaker logos on guys who worked for — and bought cars from — those corporations. But, Welker wondered aloud, "What if the guy leaves the company?" In some ways, it's like breaking up with Rosie after putting her name on your chest. Free Press page designers sought to capture that sentiment with a tattoo illustration in a publication for an industry conference in 2005, just after Gannett, a former news rival, bought the newspaper from Knight Ridder, a now-defunct newspaper chain. One of the Free Press artists created an illustration of man's arm with a Detroit Free Press heart tattoo. Beneath the heart was a Knight Ridder tattoo that was crossed out, and a new tattoo, the logo of the Free Press' new owner, Gannett, was inked underneath that. An illustration capturing the shift in ownership of the Detroit Free Press. (Photo: Rick Nease) Journalists — which, like tattoo artists, work in ink — often joke about getting company tattoos. "We were trying to express how we felt at the time," Steve Dorsey, who oversaw the project, recalled. He is now a vice president at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas and a former president of the International Society of News Design. "There's something very emotional about a tattoo. It's a commitment." Dorsey said he's considered getting a newspaper tattoo but never has, in part, because of how quickly the industry is changing. Still, he pointed out, as visual statements, tattoos have significance even after employees switch companies or — like Knight Ridder — the corporations go out of business. "People collect them like they do stamps in their passports," Dorsey, 46, said of tattoos. "Tattoos tell a story about where they've been, and what they experienced, and what they've felt. They are a collection of stories about who they are." Inspiration and identity For people like Amy Latweiec, who has collected tattoos her entire adult life, new attitudes about body art are liberating. Latweiec said when she got her first tattoo at 18 when she was working a retail job and was told to cover the ink up because if people saw it, they wouldn't trust her. She wore long sleeves to hide her tattoo but kept getting more. Now her arms are covered with tattoos like Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine's. Latweiec, 34, of Sterling Heighthas so many tattoos she said she can't count them all, and other people, including her new employer, Wayne State University, have become more accepting of how she expresses herself. "My students actually see the tattoos as a point of connection with me. I feel more authentic to them," Latweiec said. "I now go to the retail places I used to work and people have tattoos. They are showing them." Jamie Favreau, a Red Wings usher and fan, got a tattoo of Joe Louis Arena as a memory of her 10 years working there. Here tattoo, in color, is of the Joe, with the words "FAREWELL SEASON" and its opening and closing dates, 1979 and 2017. And, Cannon the enterprising bartender, added that her tattoo, whether anyone sees it or not, also is a message to herself. "I have T-shirts with the logo on them, but I can take those off," she said. "But, if I have the logo on me every day, it's a reminder that today I need to go an extra 100% harder than I went yesterday for my business." Cannon said that more than being a sexy French phrase and the name of her company, Ooh La La is part of who she is. The pink lips are her lips. La is from her first name. Growing up, she said, kids would make fun of her name and big lips, but as an adult, they are very much a part of her identity. "Will I ever get an Aerotek tattoo on me?" she asked, referring the Hanover, Md.-based staffing company she works for. "No. That's my job. I love my job. But, I don't have the same feeling for it that I have for my own company."
  6. President Trump has agreed to sit-down with his North Korean nemesis Kim Jong-Un sometime in the next two months to discuss stripping the hermit nation of its nuclear arsenal, it was announced Thursday. The historic meeting was brokered by the South Korean government, which delivered the invitation to the White House and divulged the details outside the West Wing. “He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong said of Kim. “President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.” According to Chung, the North also agreed to suspend nuclear and missile tests during such future talks — a longstanding US demand. The White House said the meeting will be held “at a place and time to be determined.” Trump celebrated the news in a tweet Thursday night. “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze,” he wrote. “Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!” The relationship between the two world leaders has been downright nasty at times — with Trump repeatedly calling Kim “Little Rocket Man” and Kim dubbing the president a “mentally deranged US dotard.” After Kim made threats against the US in a New Year’s address and mentioned the “nuclear button” on his office desk, Trump responded by tweeting that he has a nuclear button, too, “but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” But Trump struck a more conciliatory tone on Tuesday, when he tweeted about the possibility of a diplomatic solution to the conflict. “Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned,” Trump wrote. “The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!” No American president has ever met with a North Korean leader. The US and North Korea do not even have formal diplomatic relations and the two nations remain in a state of war — because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice. The major development follows diplomatic moves by the North to thaw its acrimonious relations with both the South and the US. The rival Koreas have already agreed to hold a leadership summit in late April. In recent weeks, the South publicly stated that the North was interested in talks with the US over normalizing ties. Kim Jong-Un’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, had a memorable meeting and friendly handshake with South Korean President Moon during the February Olympic games in PyeongChang. Trump has not spoken publicly since the meeting was announced. But he teased the news to reporters shortly before the press conference. When a reporter asked Trump about the announcement pertaining to talks between the US and the despotic nation, Trump responded: “It’s almost beyond that.” “Hopefully, you will give me credit,” he added.
  7. Ricky Bobby

    Seacrest fights back

    Ex-stylist of Ryan Seacrest endured sexual misconduct, former co-worker says by ERIK ORTIZ SHARE Share Tweet Email Print The ex-stylist of Ryan Seacrest who claims she endured years of unwanted sexual misconduct was put in physically inappropriate situations on multiple occasions, according to a former co-worker who said he witnessed the alleged harassment. "She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch," the former co-worker told Kate Snow by phone. The TV exclusive aired on "Today" Wednesday. "I saw that more than once," he added. NBC News is withholding the man's name because he still works in Hollywood and fears retaliation. Play Facebook Twitter Embed Ryan Seacrest denies allegations of sexual misconduct as witness speaks out 4:15 Suzie Hardy, a former stylist at the cable channel E!, had accused Seacrest, 43, of sexual misconduct last year but finally went public with her claims on Monday. Seacrest, a longtime TV personality, is a co-host of ABC's daytime talk show "Live with Kelly & Ryan" and is set to host E!'s Oscars show on Sunday and "American Idol" when it returns to ABC next month. A source close to Seacrest dismissed the former co-worker as a friend of Hardy’s and a disgruntled former E! employee, adding that there are other witnesses who dispute Hardy’s accounts. Another source connected to Seacrest provided a video to NBC News as a rebuttal to the claim that Seacrest would shove Hardy’s face into his crotch. In it, Hardy is seen tying Seacrest's shoe and him laughing and responding, "She's actually tying my shoe." The former co-worker said just before an Oscars red carpet special in 2008, Hardy had helped Seacrest get ready at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. He said at one point, the doors to the bedroom opened and Seacrest was holding Hardy in a bear hug from behind. Ryan Seacrest. Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images file "She yelled get off of me," the former co-worker said. "She was trying to get away from him." He added that "I could see an erect penis in his underwear." Related: Ryan Seacrest’s ex-stylist details allegations of sexual misconduct Hardy was visibly shaken, he said, and he urged her to go to human resources. E! conducted an independent investigation into the allegations lodged by Hardy and said in a statement that it found "insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest." Hardy’s lawyer in a letter last November also mentioned the alleged incident at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, but said it happened in 2009 and that Seacrest was on top of Hardy in the hotel room. NBC News obtained a letter, first reported by Variety on Monday, sent by Hardy's attorney to E!, its corporate parent NBCUniversal and Seacrest. (NBCUniversal is also NBC News' parent company.) Seacrest's attorney, Andrew Baum, described Hardy's allegations as "untrue" and said the stylist had sought $15 million. Hardy's attorney denied asking Seacrest, E!, or NBCUniversal for money. Seacrest said in a statement in part, "This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused." He added that he "worked extremely hard to achieve my success" and "I don't want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing, and put the matter to rest." Seacrest's lawyer told NBC News that the former co-worker's claims are "lies." "These claims are not new and were considered by the investigator hired by E!, who found no evidence of wrongdoing," the lawyer said.