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    Have you ever heard of backpack airbags? Well, that’s exactly what professional skier Ian McIntosh says saved his life. McIntosh was filming the new ski movie “Paradise Waits” on Alaska’s Neacola mountain range when he took the 1,600 foot fall. His microphone was on during the fall, and recorded every gasp and grunt down the hill.  Luckily McIntosh had the wherewithal, in the middle of the fall, to deploy the device. To watch T.J. Holmes' interview with Mcintosh on Good Morning America, click HERE. See the 'behind the scenes' video of the entire ski trip below.
  • A busy 2015 holiday travel season is expected at Orlando International Airport and picking up arriving passengers should be a little easier. The North Cell Phone Lot officially opened today, and will offer drivers a convenient place park and wait for pick-ups. This lot is in addition to the South Cell Lot that has been around since 2006. The lot will feature: -          200 parking spaces -          Free Wi-Fi -          Flight Information Monitors -          Restrooms -          Pet relief areas -          Easy Access to Terminals A&B -          Electrical Access -          Landscaped retention pond   The lot is located just north of the airport’s Main Terminal on Jeff Fuqua Boulevard (SR 436). This project is part of the airport’s $1.1 billion capital improvement program which includes new terminal ticket lobbies, baggage system enhancements, a South Airport Automated People Mover complex and Intermodal Terminal Facility. 
  • Pepsi and Nike are going 'Back to the Future', with two new promotional goodies. Fans of the trilogy should remember the futuristic Pepsi bottle that Marty McFly ordered, called “Pepsi Perfect.” Now Pepsi is launching a limited edition bottle on Oct. 21 to let fans have their own Pepsi Perfect—and no, it’s not a new flavor. The bottle is a limited edition collectible, and only 6,500 will be made. Those looking to purchase the bottle can do so for $20.15 while supplies last. Pepsi also plans to distribute 1,500 Pepsi Perfect bottles ahead of the release during New York Comic Con this week. Nike also announced that they will be releasing a version of its self-lacing ‘Nike Mag’ shoes that were featured in the films later this year. The shoes feature and electroluminescent out-sole, space age materials, and rechargeable internal battery.
  • Pepsi and Nike are going 'Back to the Future', with two new promotional goodies. Fans of the trilogy should remember the futuristic Pepsi bottle that Marty McFly ordered, called “Pepsi Perfect.” >> Read more trending stories Now Pepsi is launching a limited edition bottle on Oct. 21 to let fans have their own Pepsi Perfect—and no, it’s not a new flavor. The bottle is a limited edition collectible, and only 6,500 will be made. Those looking to purchase the bottle can do so for $20.15 while supplies last. Pepsi also plans to distribute 1,500 Pepsi Perfect bottles ahead of the release during New York Comic Con this week. Nike also announced that they will be releasing a version of its self-lacing ‘Nike Mag’ shoes that were featured in the films later this year. The shoes feature and electroluminescent out-sole, space age materials, and rechargeable internal battery.
  • Tampa maintains its first place status, but Florida may be losing some ground as the go-to retirement state. WalletHub.com has released its annual list of the best and worst cities to retire for 2015. “The City Beautiful” dropped from third to fifth, while Cape Coral moved from eighth to fourth. Other notable Florida cities in the top 20 include St. Petersburg (11th), and Pembroke Pines (15th). The personal finance website compared the retirement-friendliness of the 150 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics, including the cost of living, percentage of elderly population, availability of recreational activities and other factors. You can view the full list here.
  • A group of illegal immigrants accidentally interrupted a South Beach photo shoot earlier this month, as they jumped off a boat and ran ashore during a modeling video. Ekaterina Juskowski was filming a video of her friend, a model, when she noticed a boat in the background. Seconds later, multiple men can be seen storming the beach. Juskowski, a migrant from Russia, told the Broward Palm Beach New Times that she understood what they were going through. She Said, “Witnessing people starting their life anew by jumping off the boat and running into the city made my personal struggle seem rather small. As controversial as the problem of illegal immigration can be for many of us, it is important to remember that people come here in search of the better life.”
  • Fiat Chrysler is recalling one-point four million cars after discovering that one of its cars could be hacked. Earlier this week hackers showed that they could take control of new Jeep Cherokee's due to a flaw in its Internet connected entertainment system.   Chrysler will issue a voluntary recall to update the software in affected vehicles, and added that hacking any of its vehicles is 'a criminal action.'   Here is a full list of the affected vehicles:   - 2013-2015 Dodge Vipers - 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups - 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs - 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs - 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs - 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans - 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes   Owners will receive a USB device which they can use to upgrade the vehicle software. To see if your car is included in the recall click here.   Fiat Chrysler said its currently 'unaware of any injuries related to software exploitation.
  • 24-year-old Jorge Santiago brought his 5-month-old child to the emergency room. He told investigators that the child was injured while he was holding him while sitting in a chair and bent down to pick up a blanket. At that point he heard a pop sound and the child began to cry. However, when Santiago was brought to the Kissimmee Police Department he changed his story. He explained that he was frustrated with his son while changing his diaper and at one point, he forced the child’s legs up in the air. When he sat the child down, that is when he heard the popping noise and the child began crying. Santiago has been charged with aggravated child abuse and is being held on a $2,500 bond. The child was taken to Nemours Children’s Hospital to receive additional treatment. 
  • Have you ever wondered what a bird sounds like drunk? Well, wonder no longer. If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches. Continue reading on npr.com
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  • A U.S. Navy aircraft with 11 people on board has crashed into the Pacific Ocean, officials said Wednesday. >> Click here or scroll down for the latest updates  >> Read more trending news 
  • On every Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to take some time and think about what you and your family are thankful for in 2017 – but at the same time, we may as well try to figure how Turkey Day is playing in political circles as well. In terms of political news, reporters on Capitol Hill and Washington, D.C. are currently going through an almost never-ending avalanche of stories, erupting daily (or even hourly) in what seems to be a high rate of speed in this new social media atmosphere. Let’s take a look at a few things on this Thanksgiving 2017: 1. Roy Moore – Roy Moore might be thankful for a lot right now, mainly a number of men in high profile positions in the Congress and the news media who have been ensnared in the recent swarm of news about sex. The latest person to hit the news – and take the focus off of Moore – is Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who had a nude photo of himself leaked on to social media by a woman he was once in a relationship with, which some say might be ‘revenge porn.’ No matter what the details might be of how this occurred, the Barton story is a reminder of the perfect piece of advice that my father gave as he dropped me off at the U.S. Capitol on my first day of work in 1980, when he told me that ‘They call it the House of Representatives for a reason” – members of Congress are no different from our neighbors and friends. Some are good. Some are bad. Some make bad choices along the way. Roy Moore is thankful for Al Franken, John Conyers, Joe Barton, Charlie Rose, and many others. Their stories keep Moore out of the headlines. So the count for today if I'm not mistaken is two more accusers against Al Franken, one more against John Conyers and a picture of Joe Barton's genitalia splashed across the Internet — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 23, 2017 2. President Donald Trump. – Mr. Trump may be most thankful for political opponents like Hillary Clinton, who continues to be a Trump punching bag on Twitter. While many Inside the Beltway cringe at “Crooked Hillary” tweets, those missives continue to delight the President’s legions of fans, as it helps to keep the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee in the news. (While Mr. Trump is probably also thankful for sports figures like Lavar Ball, Steph Curry, Richard Sherman, and others, I’ll stick to the political arena.) Over the last year, this President has proven himself to be very adept at verbally smacking people on Twitter – whether you think it’s right or wrong for Mr. Trump to be doing that isn’t the point. The longer that President Trump can keep Hillary Clinton in the news, the better for him, and maybe the better for the Republican Party. Donald Trump is thankful that Hillary Clinton is still around. Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017 3. Tax lawyers and accountants. – Yes, Republicans say their tax reform plan will make the tax code simpler to deal with, and for some individuals, it would be easier to file your taxes under the plans envisioned in the House and Senate. But before you think that it’s going to change everything, a simple review of Congressional tax plans shows there will be plenty of work for people who need to explain the intricacies of the tax code, like tax lawyers and accountants. You don’t have to go very far into the GOP bills to feel confused about what’s being changed. Tax lawyers and accountants are thankful for the GOP tax reform bill. There will still be plenty of business for them, even if that bill becomes law. 4. Federal workers. All the talk for years from Republicans has been about making deep cuts in the budget of various federal agencies. On the campaign trail, President Trump promised much the same. But this first year of a combination of a GOP House & Senate, and the Trump Administration, produced almost nothing in terms of spending cuts and budget savings. Last week, the White House proposed $44 billion in (generic) budget savings to offset disaster aid for recent hurricanes – except it would come between 2025 and 2027, when Mr. Trump would be long gone from the White House. So, as they enjoy a big turkey dinner, federal workers can say ‘thanks’ that the Republican Congress and the President, as they really haven’t been able to wield a budget axe on the Executive Branch. Mr. Trump said before Thanksgiving that he would push for budget cuts in the next year. On Thanksgiving, President Trump visited a Coast Guard facility in Florida. Back in April, Mr. Trump wanted to cut over a billion from the Coast Guard budget. That didn’t make it through the Congress. Pres Trump to reporters 'Admin. Dept. heads will work next on spending cuts, welfare reform ('very shortly aftr taxes') & infrastructure' — AWPS NEWS llc (@AWPSNews) November 20, 2017 5. Politics at Thanksgiving. A year ago, the recent election of Donald Trump was a prime topic for many families, as a lot of Democratic voters were struggling to come to terms with President Trump’s election. Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2017, and it’s possible that a lot of those same people are still somewhat aggravated about the way things have gone in political circles after Mr. Trump’s first 10 months in office. And that leads me to believe that some of you will have a few things to say at the dinner table about President Trump, good and bad. Some will be saying “thanks” for the President – others, not so much. But it isn’t hard to argue over whether you should talk about politics at the table, eh? If you’re a republican having thanksgiving dinner with your democrat family, as you go around the table saying what you’re thankful for, I highly encourage you to say “the electoral college.” — Lord Single Malt (@Singlemaltfiend) November 22, 2017 My advice: Don't print anything out. Don't bring a chart to dinner. At Thanksgiving tell weird stories about when you were a kid to the kids and funny stories about loved ones no longer with us. Politics aren't that important. — Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) November 23, 2017
  • A man was fatally shot late Wednesday at an apartment complex on Lake Monroe, the Sanford Police Department said. Map: Rash of shootings in Sanford The shooting was reported at about 11:30 p.m. at The Overlook at Monroe apartments on West First Street west of North French Avenue, Sanford police spokesman Ronny Neal said. Antoine Haggins was sitting in his vehicle when two unknown men approached him, Neal said. One of them shot him and they both ran away, he said. Photos: Fatal shooting at Sanford apartment complex Watch footage of the shooting scene below: Read: 2 men lead Sanford police on chase Haggins was taken to a hospital, where he died. The shooting remains under investigation. Wednesday's shooting is the seventh shooting investigation and the second person killed in Sanford since October 28, police said. Read: Sanford woman accused of stalking boyfriend with GPS device #Breaking #Sanford #News Sanford Police investigating a shooting @the Overlook at Lake Monroe Apartment Complex.— Sanford Police (@SanfordPolice) November 23, 2017 Read: Police: Man escapes Sanford mental health facility, carjacks man at knifepoint No other details were given. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477. Read: Father of Sanford murder victim awaits justice almost 3 years later
  • We know you would much rather listen to News 96.5 WDBO all day, but sometimes you need to let your mind rest and watch a classic. We’ve assembled a list of classic Thanksgiving movies and television shows that will be (or should be) airing this Thanksgiving Day.  A must see for everyone is the Macy’s Thansgiving Day Parade which begins at 9 a.m. We poured though sites like TVGuide.com and  NewsObserver.com to compile a list of Thursday’s television marathons and where they will air below: The Simpsons (FXX, 8pm-12am)Friends (TBS, 1pm-6pm)Gilmore Girls (UP, 6am-12am)Chrisley Knows Best (USA, 6am-10:30pmLong Lost Family (TLC, 4pm-3am)Blue Bloods (ION, 11am-12am)South Park (Comedy Central, 6am-9pm)Dirty Jobs (Discovery, 9am-7pm)Duck Dynasty (FYI, 10am-4pm)Ozzy and Jack's World Detour (FYI, 5pm-4am)Live PD: Police Patrol (A&E, 2pm-4am)Forged in Fire (History, 7am-4am)Tanked (Animal Planet, 2pm-6am)Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network, 6am-3pm)The Andy Griffith Show (9 a.m. -2 p.m.) followed by M*A*S*H (TVLand, 11am-5pm)Forensic Files (HLN, 6pm-6am)The Three Stooges (IFC, 6am-6pm)Gone With the Wind (Sundance, 6am-12am)Running Wild With Bear Grylls (National Geographic, 12pm-3am) The Godfather and Godfather 2 run all day on AMC starting at 9 a.m.  Godfather 3 will air at 2 a.m. Friends (TBS 1 p.m.)  watch 10 Turkey Day episodes If your feeling nostalgic, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like Coming to America,  Grease,  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and  Pretty Woman.  Click here for the schedule.  We didn’t forget the kiddos, FX is offering family-friendly films from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday.  See movies like, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be playing alongside  Despicable Me 2  and Minions. Furthermore FXX will be showing comedy classics like Anchorman 2 followed by The Simpsons marathon listed above.  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving aired on ABC at 8 p.m. Wednesday. If you missed it click here to watch it on teachertube. Finally, you MUST revisit or see for the first time the classic Turkey’s Away episode from WKRP in Cincinatti that originally aired October 30, 1978.  Watch the entire episode on youtube by clicking here. You will surely Thank Yourself if you do. 
  • Orlando-area Democratic Congressman Darren Soto says the massive influx of Puerto Rican evacuees to Central Florida will have a long-term positive effect on the area’s growth, but there are many short-tern needs to be met. To date, 120 to 160 thousand Puerto Ricans have moved from the island to the US with many choosing to live in Central Florida.  Soto says the growth will eventually turn into more jobs for the area, but right now it’s stressing out budgets: school boards, cities and counties. Along with Republican Congressman Dennis Ross and Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, Congressman Soto co-signed a letter requesting additional federal funds for HUD housing vouchers, Section 8 assistance in the short-term, and HUD dollars to build more affordable housing in the region. “In Central Florida, we have a need for higher paying jobs and affordable housing,” Soto tells News 96.5 WDBO in an exclusive interview.  “It’s what I hear everyday.” Soto says a lot of Puerto Ricans are getting jobs already. “That’s the positive,” he says.  “They’re getting jobs at the parks, at the hotels and so many different industries around here.  But we need to have long-term housing strategies in the process.” Soto says many hotels in Central Florida are helping the Hurricane Maria evacuees. “Particularly the 192 and I-4 corridor, they’ve really stepped up.  Some of our higher-end hotels, we really could use more help.  We need you.” But right now he’s focused on the medium and long-range solutions for the families who want to stay. “A lot of these folks - even though they’ll be working a full-time job or maybe their spouse is - they’re still going to need more apartments...and more affordable, single-family households,” he says.  “That will be a crunch if we don’t get our act together.  And while a lot of folks are talking about it, we need action.” Soto says anyone who touts him or herself as “pro economy” is going to want growth. “Growth is jobs in Central Florida,” he says.  “Because that’s what creates new small businesses that grow to new big businesses.  It requires more housing, but it’s gotta be done right.  We can’t have urban sprawl.” CLICK HERE to read the letter Soto and his colleagues sent to Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey in the House Appropriations Committee.  CLICK HERE to read the letter they sent to FEMA Administrator Brock Long.  They’re requesting the House and FEMA to fully fund the host-state agreement with Florida.  The FEMA/Host-State agreement provides direct reimbursement to the state of Florida for costs associated with evacuation and shelter support for Puerto Rican evacuees.