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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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  • An Uber Eats driver who police said shot and killed a customer in Atlanta turned himself in Monday afternoon and claims he acted in self-defense, his attorney said. >> Watch the news report here Only WSB-TV's Tom Jones was there when Robert Bivines, 37, arrived at the jail with his attorney. The Atlanta Police Department's Homicide Unit secured an arrest warrant for felony murder on Monday. The shooting happened at a condominium on Pharr Road in Buckhead on Saturday night. Police said Ryan Thornton ordered food from Uber Eats, and the driver delivered the food around 11:30 p.m. At some point, authorities said words were exchanged between Thornton and the driver. >> PREVIOUS STORY: Uber Eats driver accused of killing customer turns himself in The Uber Eats driver then shot the 30-year-old, police said. Thornton died at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Bivines' attorney, Jackie Patterson, calls this a case of self-defense. 'This is a case where my client had no choice but to defend himself,' he said. Patterson said Thornton was irate that it took a while for his food to arrive. He said Thornton was aggressive, and as Bivines walked away, Thornton made a threatening move.  'He turned around put his hand in his pocket and said, 'I'm going to [expletive] you up,'' Patterson said. Patterson said Bivines was afraid to wait to see what Thornton had in his pocket, so he said he defended himself. Jones asked Patterson why his client, who had only been on the job less than a week, didn't just drive away. >> Read more trending news  'You can't drive away when someone is coming at you with your window down,' Patterson said. Bivines will be taken to the Fulton County Jail. He will have a first appearance before a judge on Tuesday. Uber sent WSB-TV a statement on Monday saying Bivens no longer has access to the app: “We are shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence and our hearts go out to Ryan’s friends and family. We have been working with the Atlanta Police Department, and the driver can no longer access the app” A spokesperson for Uber told WSB-TV that Bivens passed a background check and had only been an Uber Eats driver for about a week. Bivens was an Uber Eats delivery partner only and did not drive passengers. Uber is working closely with the Atlanta Police Department on this investigation. Morehouse College sent the following statement:  'The Morehouse College community is mourning the passing of Ryan Thornton who was was shot Saturday in Atlanta after ordering a late dinner from UberEATS, according to police reports. 'Thornton, 30, was a recent graduate of Morehouse College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in May 2017, and had started a new job. 'Morehouse faculty, staff, and administrators on Monday were shocked and saddened by the news of Thornton’s death. Employees in Morehouse College’s admissions office said they worked closely with Thornton and described him as being friendly, hard-working, and determined to become a Morehouse Man.  'President David A. Thomas said that the Morehouse community stands at the ready to support Thornton’s family during this difficult time. “ ‘The loss of another young life to gun violence is tragic,' Thomas said. 'Ryan was an ambitious student with so much promise. He was well-respected by his peers and highly regarded by his professors. We at Morehouse College will keep Ryan's family in our thoughts and prayers.’ ”
  • The man allegedly behind the fatal Florida high school shooting apparently has a disturbing past that is coming to light. A school fight that was captured on camera a little more than a year ago is the latest development. >> Click here to watch Authorities said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Cruz was formerly a member of the school’s JROTC program before being expelled. >> Florida school shooting: Teacher of the year's emotional Facebook post goes viral A September 2016 video shared by ABC News shows Cruz wearing a white shirt and khakis while fighting with other students. Cruz was reportedly handed a two-day suspension following the incident. >> Family who took in Nikolas Cruz: 'We just didn't know' According to ABC, the fight was one of five documented incidents that caused school administrators to expel Cruz, mandating his transfer to another high school in February 2017. >> WATCH: Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez slams politicians, NRA in emotional speech Another incident that reportedly contributed to Cruz’s expulsion was his alleged fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Cruz was allegedly abusive toward her before they broke up. >> Read more trending news  The massacre at the high school marked the 25th U.S. school shooting in which someone was killed since the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.
  • Orange County Fire Rescue will soon own an old Lynx Bus that they plan to use to help save lives during mass casualty incidents in the future.   On Tuesday, commissioners are expected to approve the $2,500 purchase of the bus and refurbish it into a large ambulance.    Fire Rescue officials will take out the bus seats and install rows of stretchers. They believe these new changes will be useful in saving lives during responses to things like wildfires, hurricanes, or any incidents like Pulse.    The bus will the only one of its kind in the Orlando Metro region, but can be requested for use around Central Florida.    The county also plants to stage the bus at large events like marathons and parades.
  • Two New York state troopers are being credited with an immense kindness after they paid for the flight of a young woman to Florida to say goodbye to her friend, one of the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.  Jordana Judson, 23, told NBC News that she was devastated to learn that her childhood friend, Meadow Pollack, was among the victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting at her alma mater. Former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of killing 14 students and three faculty members with an AR-15 rifle.  >> Read more trending news Pollack, an 18-year-old senior, and Judson were lifelong friends, NBC News reported. “They were like our second family our whole lives,” Judson said of the Pollacks. Judson said she showed up at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, the day after the shooting, frantic to get a flight home to Florida, where she’d grown up.  “As soon as I got out of the car at the airport, I started hysterically crying,” she said.  Troopers Robert Troy and Thomas Karasinski spotted the distraught young woman and asked if she was all right. She tearfully explained that a friend was killed in the school shooting in Florida and that she needed help figuring out where to buy her ticket.  The troopers led her inside to the JetBlue counter, where an agent told her a one-way ticket to Florida would be almost $700, Judson told the news station. Unable to afford the cost, she begged the agent to lower the price or allow her a bereavement discount. The agent could not accommodate her, and was about to give the ticket to another passenger when Troy and Karasinski stepped in. “I look up, and the state troopers are standing there and they’re both handing over their credit cards,” Judson told NBC News. “I’m telling them that they don’t have to do this. This is crazy. They said, ‘It’s already done. We want you to be home with their families.’” A rabbi who sat Shiva with the Pollack family confirmed that Judson made it home to be with the family and to attend Meadow’s funeral on Friday, where the Miami Herald reported that she was described as a star with “a smile like sunshine.” Meadow’s father, Andrew Pollack, and her older brother, Hunter, both lamented the fact that they couldn’t protect her when she needed them. “This piece of (expletive) killed my kid, and I couldn’t do anything about it,” Andrew Pollack said, according to the Herald. “That’s never happened to me in my life. I’m always able to protect my family in any situation.” Hunter Pollack said he always looked out for his sister.  “I wanted to be the over-supportive brother my whole life, and I feel like I failed,” Hunter said. “So all I can do is hope that (her killer) gets what he deserves.” Judson told NBC News that the troopers’ gesture to get her to the funeral made her heart “full and heavy at the same time.” New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II told the news station in a statement that, as law enforcement officials, all troopers take an oath to protect and serve.  “We also instill in our members the importance of acting with respect and empathy for the people they encounter,” Beach said.  Troy told the news station that he sympathized with Judson’s dilemma. “The sense of just being there for your family and friends, you want to be there for them,” Troy said. “You’re going to go through anything to get there.” Explaining that he has five younger sisters, the trooper said it was a “sigh of relief” to be able to help Judson. “If that was one of them, I’d want someone to help them out,” he said. 
  • The White House on Monday signaled that President Donald Trump is willing to back at least one bipartisan measure to strengthen the national instant check system for those who buy firearms, as Democrats in the House and Senate continued to argue that action by the Congress on gun violence is long overdue. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In a written statement sent to reporters, Sanders said the President spoke to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Friday; the Texas Republican has a bipartisan bill with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), which would force states and federal agencies to submit more information into the instant gun check system. Our churches and schools should be refuges where children and parents feel secure. Many of these shootings can be prevented. There's no reason not to advance #FixNICS to help https://t.co/0JpZDiLPOr — Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) February 15, 2018 Interesting morning. Two quick thoughts: 1/ Trump's support for the FixNICS Act, my bill with @JohnCornyn, is another sign the politics of gun violence are shifting rapidly. 2/ No one should pretend this bill alone is an adequate response to this epidemic. — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 19, 2018 After a mass shooting last November in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 25 people died, the Air Force acknowledged that the killer – who received a ‘bad conduct’ discharge from the military – should not have been able to buy guns, but those records were never placed in the instant check system. “For years agencies and states haven’t complied with the law, failing to upload these critical records without consequence,” Cornyn said in November when he introduced this bipartisan gun measure.” Democrats had hoped there would be action on that measure – just like they had hoped there would have been action to ban “bump stocks” after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, action on the “No Fly, No Buy” measure after the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, and then the “FixNics” bill after the Texas shooting. I know assault rifles. I carried one in Iraq. They have no place on America's streets. #Orlando pic.twitter.com/ibKQE2PpqF — Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) June 14, 2016 Last week’s shooting in Florida simply put all of those requests for legislation to deal with guns on repeat for Democrats. “We can’t ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “And so, I’m asking – no, demanding – we take action now.” Democrats would certainly like to do much more than the ‘FixNics’ bill, or banning bump stocks, as other ideas have popped up in recent days, like not allowing anyone under age 21 to buy weapons like an AR-15. But as the President returned to Washington on Monday evening from a long weekend at his Florida retreat, it wasn’t clear if his support for one bipartisan plan would actually mean action – as GOP leaders have not put such measures on the fast track to a vote in the House and Senate. On Sunday, when the President met with House Speaker Paul Ryan in Florida, the two men discussed a series of issues, including “the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida.” The White House statement on their meeting did not characterize whether legislative action was discussed. No action will happen on anything gun-related this week – as the Congress won’t be back on Capitol Hill for votes until February 26.