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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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  • Patrol officers with Mount Dora police are riding around with comfort bears  to hand out to children during certain emergency calls. The bears were made by volunteers who spent 200 hours crafting them from old police uniforms gathered up by Chief John O’Grady. “It’s a wonderful gift and a great use of material. I want to thank the citizens of Mount Dora and our eight volunteers that came forward and put these together for us,” he said. Comfort bears were made back in the 90’s to help children and Chief O’Grady saw that the need is still present today. The first bears will be handed out this weekend.
  • Police in Dunwoody, Georgia, are working to find a boy who stole a Salvation Army kettle. A young boy grabbed the kettle being watched by Todd Copper, who has been collecting money for the Salvation Army for 21 years despite having cerebral palsy and manning his post from a wheelchair. “I sit out here like nine hours, 10 hours a day,” he said. “I’m helping a lot of people who cannot do it on their own.” >> Read more trending news  Tom Copper, his father, said his son has never let his physical limitations hold him back. “Even though he’s in a wheelchair, he believes that he can do things that other people can't,” he said of his son. Todd Copper said he never had a problem at his post at Perimeter Mall until Monday afternoon. “An approximately 10 - 12 year old male approached him, snatched his collection bucket, and took off running,” Sgt. Robert Parsons with the Dunwoody Police Department told WSB.  Police hope surveillance video will help them catch the thief. “He was really distraught,” Tom Copper said. The father said his son continued to take donations after the theft. “He said, ‘No, I want to stay here.’ And even though he didn't have a bucket, people were putting money on his lap,' Tom Cooper said. Police said they are hopeful mall and MARTA surveillance cameras may help catch the suspect.
  • U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold announced he won’t seek re-election, less than a week after a House committee opened an investigation into sexual harassment claims from a former aide. >> Read more trending news
  • Five years after tragedy struck Newtown, relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting are fighting to prevent what happened there from ever happening again.  Thursday will mark five years since 20 first-graders and six adults were shot and killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton. >> Read more trending news Nicole Hockley, whose son, 6-year-old Dylan, was killed, spoke to Boston 25 News reporter Robert Goulston about how she helped to release a video calling on people to do more to stop mass shootings. The Sandy Hook Promise video depicts a tragedy similar to the one at Sandy Hook, one day before it happens. “To have it played out as something before a shooting takes place -- it really hammers that message home,” Hockley said. 'The end of the PSA has a little bit of a gut punch but gun violence is not comfortable and as a country, I think we've become a little too comfortable with.” Sandy Hook Promise was co-founded by several families who lost loved ones in the shooting. The PSA was released this week as a way of trying to change behaviors that seem to play out over and over.  “The mass shootings. That tears the scab right off my heart and makes everything incredibly fresh and painful again especially when there’s children involved,” Hockley said. The anniversaries are also incredibly difficult. >> Related: Newtown marks fifth anniversary of deadly Sandy Hook shooting 'The pain, it never goes away. There is no closure on this. There is no moving on,' she said. But she says Dylan is still by her side, keeping focused preventing this violence.  'His legacy lives on through these programs and that's the only way I can think to pay tribute to my little boy,” she said. 'Knowing that we are having an impactm that fuels us. Because that's all we want to do and that helps save lives.' There is no permanent memorial in Newtown. A commission has been working for years to design and pick a location. Recently, a resident donated five acres not far from the school - but they are still working on a design.
  • A 93-year-old Eustis woman was in jail Wednesday night after being arrested for allegedly refusing to leave her home at National Church Residences’ Franklin House after being evicted, police said. >> Read more trending news Juanita Fitzgerald was jailed just days before her 94th birthday on Friday. According to a Eustis Police Department arrest report, Fitzgerald had been “made well aware the day prior of her being evicted (Tuesday).” She was being evicted after falling behind on her rent, police said. When officers arrived at the senior living facility in the 2400 block of Kurt Street, Fitzgerald was in the lobby. “After several times telling Juanita to get her belongings and leave, she refused officers’ commands and stated, ‘Unless you carry me out of here, I’m not going anywhere,’” the report said. Fitzgerald was warned that she would be arrested if she did not leave, but continued to refuse to move. “Juanita still did not listen and refused to leave, stating again to ‘carry me out of here,’” the report said. The 5-foot-tall, 100-pound woman purposefully slid onto the floor as officers tried to escort her from the building and allegedly resisted officers’ attempts to lift her up, investigators said. Fitzgerald was eventually escorted to an officer’s patrol vehicle and taken to the Lake County Jail. The officer noted that due to her age and possibility of injury, Fitzgerald was not handcuffed. The Eustice police report said that Franklin House staff offered to help her move, but she refused. She also refused assistance from the Department of Children and Families, The Homeless Coalition, Department of Elder Affairs and eight other agencies, officers said. Fitzgerald was being held at the Lake County Jail in lieu of a $500 bond on a charge of trespassing.