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    A group of young Zoo Atlanta visitors had quite the memorable experience this week when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showed up. >> Read more trending news “I knew that was you!” one of the kids exclaimed. The Rock posited a very important question before posing for photos: 'Who's your favorite actor?
  • SeaWorld is under investigation by two federal agencies who subpoenaed statements made by the company and its executives on or before August 2014 regarding the impact of the “Blackfish Documentary,” according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings published Friday.  The theme-park company reports receiving subpoenas in June from the U.S. Department of Justice as part of an investigation into statements about the 2013 anti-captivity documentary “and trading in the Company’s securities.” >> Read more trending news The filing also indicates the company received similar subpoenas from the SEC, although it is unclear when those were received.  “The Company has cooperated with these government inquiries and intends to continue to cooperate with any government requests or inquiries,” the filing says.  The filing also indicates the company’s board of directors formed a special committee with legal counsel to determine how to handle these investigations on June 16, two days after the company’s shareholder meeting.  The full SEC disclosure reads as follows:  In June 2017, the Company received a subpoena in connection with an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice concerning disclosures and public statements made by the Company and certain executives and/or individuals on or before August 2014, including those regarding the impact of the ‘Blackfish’ documentary, and trading in the Company’s securities. The Company also has received subpoenas from the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with these matters. On June 16, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors formed a Special Committee comprised of independent directors with respect to these inquiries. The Special Committee has engaged counsel to advise and assist the Committee. The Company has cooperated with these government inquiries and intends to continue to cooperate with any government requests or inquiries.
  • Three Atlanta police officers rescued a wheelchair-bound woman from rising water on Tuesday. 'I wouldn't call us heroes. We were just doing our duty,” officer Travis Gray told Channel 2 Action News. Body-camera video showed the high water the officers had to wade through to get to the Buckhead home. It was around 4-feet deep and rising from a nearby raging creek after heavy downpours moved through the area. Neighbors told the three officers that a woman in a wheelchair needed help. 'That's what we get called to do and we respond and do it,” Gray said. Before the officers could get to the woman, they had to shut off the power. Once inside, they realized the challenge facing them. 'She was just trapped by the water,” officer Abraham Arias said. “Time was against us.” 'I can't really say (it was) stressful, because we're mainly just thinking about her, trying to get her out,” officer Elton Alexander said. They quickly wrapped the woman in life vests but they knew they couldn't carry her out easily because the water was too deep. 'Lifting her up was not an option,” Arias said. Thinking fast, the officers called in a floatation device from the Sandy Springs Fire Department. As they moved her from the wheelchair and carried her to safety, she got her first look at what was happening outside. 'She was surprised that there was so much water around her home,” Arias said. Once on dry land, the officers say they realized this could have ended much worse. 'At the end of the day, she's our main concern,” Alexander said.
  • A woman from Parker County, Texas, who previously claimed the deaths of her two young children in a hot car in May as an accident, admitted that she left them in the vehicle to teach them “a lesson,” police said. Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, told “several variations of the events” during police interviews, and later said she broke the car window to make it look like an accident according to WFAA. >> Read more trending news What really happened on May 26, police said, is that Randolph’s 2-year-old daughter refused to get out of the car. The mother responded by shutting the door to teach her “a lesson,” assuming “she could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready.” Randolph proceeded to go inside the house where she smoked marijuana then fell asleep for two or three hours. Randolph initially told authorities she was folding laundry and watching TV and realized within an hour that her kids were “gone.” She said they took off. She found them in the car, where they had locked themselves inside. She broke the car window in an attempt to save them, according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. Randolph is being held without bail.
  • Many people may associate The Waffle House or Big Chicken with Atlanta. But there’s a new landmark in town thanks to rapper 2 Chainz. Earlier this month, the artist hosted a listening party to promote his latest project “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.” >> Read more trending news For the event, he purchased a home, painting it pink and writing the word “Trap” on the front to mimic his album’s cover art. While the event ended more than a week ago, the house is still decorated. There’s no word on whether it will be used for future gatherings, but locals have been stopping to pose in front of what has now been deemed as the #PinkTrapHouse. There’s even an entire Instagram page for it. Take a look at some of the posts below. 
  • A woman was arrested in Jacksonville in connection with body parts of two infants found under a house in North Carolina.Bridgette Smith, 41, was arrested Wednesday in Jacksonville on a fugitive warrant. Police found her at the Hawkins Motel in Baldwin.Smith was arrested and charged with failure to report a death after police found body parts of two infants under a house in Smithfield, North Carolina, in April 2016. >> Read more trending news The body parts were found wrapped in towels in two separate bags under the home, according to court documents. A resident found the bags when he was running a cable under the home.Warrants revealed Smith may have been pregnant 10 times, but reportedly covered up her pregnancies when people asked about them.Other than being arrested in Duval County, it's unclear what other connection Smith has to Northeast Florida. Smith has waived extradition and will voluntarily return to North Carolina accompanied by agents from that state. 
  • A man is under arrest for allegedly stealing a 32-foot boat that later crashed ashore onto Daytona Beach with no one on board Saturday morning, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said.  >> Read more trending news Officials have not identified the man, but said he stole the boat from a marina in Daytona Beach and is the only suspect. Coast Guard officials began searching after the boat when it ran ashore near the Silver Beach entrance of Daytona Beach around 10:30 a.m., beach safety officials said. The boat was traveling full speed when it came ashore, investigators said. Beach safety officers had to board the boat and turn off the engine.  'It's very bizarre,' said Deanie Davis, a beachgoer. 'I've walked this beach too many times and I've never seen a boat float up.'  No one was injured when the boat ran aground, beach safety officials said.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Daytona Beach Fire Department and beach safety officials are investigating the boat crash. 'There's not a whole lot of talk about what's going on so our curiosity is definitely there,' said Bruns Powers, beachgoer. 
  • A woman in Iowa was arrested last week on animal neglect charges after she allegedly performed surgery on her dog at home. Sarah Diane McMenamin, 26, attempted to remove an obstruction from her dog by using a paring knife and tongs, police told KCCI. >> Read more trending news The dog did not survive the procedure. McMenamin told police that she performed the procedure because she couldn't afford to pay for the surgery to be done by a veterinarian, KCCI reported. She also claimed to have been raised on a farm and to have experience in castrating pigs, police said.
  • U.S. Park Police are facing criticism for handcuffing three teenagers who were selling water Thursday on the National Mall. Officials said police were just doing their job, as the teenagers were vending in a prohibited area, WUSA9 reported. >> Read more trending news Bystander Tim Krepp took a photo of the incident, and told WUSA9 that he thought the officers went too far in handcuffing the teenagers. The image quickly went viral on social media. The teens were given a verbal warning and released to their guardians, WUSA9 reported. 
  • People in Arizona are used to triple-digit temperatures in the summer, but an extreme heat wave gripping the Southwest this week had temperatures rising to 120 degrees. At that extreme temperature, strange things begin to happen. >> Read more trending news Arizona residents have been posting photos on social media of objects that they say have melted due to the extreme heat. It's important to note that none of these photos have been independently verified. The melted mailbox photo prompted KSAZ to ask an expert if it was possible for extreme heat to do that kind of damage. The engineering expert said that while it was unlikely that the plastic post completely melted, the heat could have weakened it, causing it to fall over, KSAZ reported. As for the photos of melting street signs, KPNX verified via a transportation official that the damage to the sign was age-related, not specifically heat-related. And the photo of the melted trash bin? That was posted on Reddit in 2016, and many doubted its veracity then. One thing is for certain: The heat in Arizona is no joke. Flights were grounded temporarily this week at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix due to the extreme temperatures. Phoenix emergency rooms have seen an increase in burn cases, most contact burns from bare skin touching pavement or a hot car's interior, azcentral reported. Pet owners are urged to take precautions as an increase in heat-related emergencies has been reported at Arizona animal hospitals.

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  • Police in Georgia are hoping surveillance video that captured a violent attack will help them find the people responsible. Video shows a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter being beaten by two customers Thursday afternoon in Baxley, Georgia. >> Read more trending news The victims told police the suspects were unhappy with their order. The verbal argument turned violent when one of the suspects began punching the restaurant owner repeatedly. When the victim’s teenage daughter came out of the car to break up the fight, the male suspect punched her in the face. WJCL reported that Baxley police have issued warrants for the suspects, Nathaniel Smith and Latasha Smith. The pair could be charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children. The suspects drove away from the restaurant in a cream or tan Cadillac Escalade with tag number REU8495. Officials said they headed north on Highway 144. Anyone with any information about the assault is asked to call the Baxley Police Department at 912-367-8305 or the 911 call center at 912-367-8111.
  • A dive team is searching a ditch along I-4 from which Orlando firefighters removed a car early Saturday, police said. A car flipped into the ditch near the Kirkman Road exit. Emergency services responded to the car around 8:15 a.m. App users click here to see the video. 
  • The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small plane crash that occurred Saturday morning near Fort Meyers, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said the plane crashed into an unoccupied day care building. >> Read more trending news One person died in the crash while another was taken to the hospital. The survivor’s condition has not been released.
  • A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested after he was accused of stealing money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida, Orlando police said. >> Read more trending news Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, was arrested Thursday night. Passenger Kathleen Duddleston entered the TSA checkpoint and was stopped for additional screening, police said. While she was patted down, Duddleston told TSA security officer Michelle Metz that she couldn’t see her luggage, so Metz moved her closer. Duddleston complained again that she couldn’t see her bag, and Johnson moved slightly. After the pat down, Duddleston reached for her bag and could not find her money, police said. She said she noticed a bulge in Johnson’s left front shirt pocket. Duddleston asked Johnson if that was her money, and he said he got the money from the bank, police said. The woman complained to Metz that she believed Johnson stole money from her. Metz contacted her supervisor. Duddleston has been charged with third-degree grand theft. TSA said in a statement to WFTV: TSA has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. The TSA immediately reported the allegation to OPD and we aggressively investigated the incident with our law enforcement partner. TSA officers represent a professional and honorable workforce that is trained to treat passengers and their personal belongings with care and respect. No exceptions will be tolerated. We immediately ended the federal career of this individual.
  • A scare happened at a Leominster, Massachusetts, supermarket after a 4-day-old newborn was left locked inside of a hot car while her mother was inside shopping. >> Read more trending news Mother Sharma Murphy said that on her way to Market Basket supermarket on Friday, she stopped by the fire house to make sure her baby’s car seat was properly installed. Less than an hour later, those firefighters helped rescue her 4-day-old baby, who was locked in her hot car. A shopper called Leominster police after spotting a newborn alone inside a car. It was Sharma Murphy's silver Chevy Malibu. >> A reminder of hot car dangers as temperatures climb Murphy said she was out for the first time with her newborn daughter, 4-day-old Katherine, and was nervous. “I went, I bought it. Came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me. Screaming at me,” said Murphy. Murphy said she brought her newborn inside with her to Market Basket and then returned to the car when Katherine fell asleep. She said that she ran back inside for two or three minutes to buy some baby formula. “I went (in and) I bought it,” Murphy said. “(I) came right out and this lady just starts screaming at me.” Related: Two toddlers dead after 15 hours in hot car, police say Police said the windows were rolled up. “I believe she locked her keys in the car because they had to use the jimmy to get the baby out,” witness John Casey told WFXT. According to WFXT meteorologists, the outside temperature was 84 degrees at the time. Murphy said she didn’t want to wake her newborn. “I thought, ‘OK, if I run in and run out...’ It was one of those things where she's gotta eat because I have nothing left for her and that's when everything happened and I'm like, oh my God,” Murphy said. Katherine was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Her mother said he is fine. The baby is currently in custody of DCF. No charges have been filed.