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    You may not know this, but today is World Emoji Day.  To commemorate, Apple is announcing some brand new emojis coming out this fall in a free software update. One big upgrade is to the hand-holding emoji, which symbolizes relationships. Now texters will be able to change the skin tones and gender of the people holding hands. There are 75 combinations in all.   Apple is also adding some disability-themed emojis.  There’s a guide dog, a visually impaired person holding a cane, and a prosthetic arm.  Of course it wouldn't be an emoji update if there weren’t some new food emojis too. The newest additions are waffles, ice cubes, garlic, and butter.  Still no chicken wings. App users can see some of the new emojis here.
  • The Margaritaville Resort Orlando is one of Central Florida’s newest hotels, opening this spring.  It’s located close to Walt Disney World Resort property in Kissimmee, just off U.S. 192.  Take a look inside here:
  • Orange County Deputies now have a new tool to help them identify people through their DNA. It’s called the Rapid DNA System, or ANDE for short.  It can cut down the time it takes to make a positive DNA match, from months to only hours. The system proved effective after a recent fiery car crash on Narcossee Road, where the victim was unidentifiable, and her mother couldn't get her body back until she was positively identified.   Mobile users can watch a video of the new Rapid DNA System here.
  • It was something no one wanted to see during the fourth inning of a baseball game.  Facing the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. was at the plate with a 2-2 count when he hit a line-drive foul ball into the third-base stands.   The ball hit a little girl in the face, injuring her.   Amora, realizing what has happened, throws his hands up and takes a knee.   His fellow players try to console him as people crowd around the little girl in the stands.   At one point, Amora even embraces a Houston stadium security guard who tells him the little girl is going to be ok.  You can see video of Amora's line-drive and the aftermath here.
  • Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala posted an online video, saying she is not seeking re-election. In the video, Ayala mentions her reason for not running for another term. She says the death penalty law in the state of Florida is in direct conflict with her views on how to seek justice. Mobile users can watch Ayala’s announcement here.  
  • A woman driving a recreational vehicle smashed into several other vehicles during a high-speed chase Tuesday night in California’s San Fernando Valley.   At one point during the chase, the windshield of the RV is smashed and a black dog can be seen hanging out, perhaps trying to escape the wild ride.   She eventually crashed into the back of a car pulling into a driveway, then hit a tree, ending the ordeal. The woman was taken into custody.  Police are still investigating what lead up to the chase. Mobile users view the video here.
  • Attorney General William Barr announced he has appointed Connecticut's top prosecutor, John Durham, to look into how the investigation into Russian election meddling started, and whether evidence gathering leading up to the 2016 presidential election was lawful.  There's probably a good chance you've never heard of John Durham before, even though he's taken part in many high-profile cases as a federal prosecutor.  One of the most notable was when Durham investigated accusations that the FBI and Boston Police had ties to the mafia and crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger.  His work helped secure the conviction of retired FBI agent John Connolly in 2002, and send Bulger on the run for decades.  In 2011, The New Republic summed up the paradox of Durham's powerful work, and low-key reputation: They listed him among Washington's most powerful, least famous people.  Most recently, in 2017, President Trump nominated Durham to serve as U.S. attorney in Connecticut.
  • The Pentagon is unveiling a terrifying new weapon that will help cut down on collateral damage from missile strikes.  It's basically a hellfire missile that has swords on it, instead of an explosive warhead.   It dive bombs targets and then the blades come out, shredding everything in its path.   It's believed to have been used twice by the U.S. government. Mobile users can see a picture of what the weapon does here.
  • Aviation investigators, trying to determine why a Boeing 737 jet with 143 people on board skidded off a Jacksonville runaway and into the St. John's river Friday night, think they could have a big clue. Bruce Landsberg, Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, mentioned to reporters that a thrust reverser, which helps a plane rapidly slow down, was discovered to be broken.  That could explain why the jet overshot the runway and slid into shallow water.  There are also a couple of other factors as well that could have contributed to the plane crash.  There was stormy weather at the time of the landing, and the pilots also made a last minute decision to switch runaways to one that was shorter. None of 136 passengers and 7 crew members died, however several pets in the cargo hold of the plane, which is flooded with water, have not been recovered yet.
  • You've probably seen video from time to time of some form of wildlife photo bombing a traffic camera, but this is different. A seagull, seen on video looking into a London traffic camera as cars move slowly in the background, is one of the latest viral sensations.   In one hilarious video clip, the bird is squarely in the center of the screen with his beak moving as if he is trying to talk.   It’s the type of live shot that would make the most seasoned network news reporter jealous. If you are a mobile user, you can see video of the photo bombing seagull right here. 
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    Ray Caputo joined the News 96.5 WDBO news team as a reporter and anchor in May of 2010. He previously worked at News Radio 570-WSYR in Syracuse, NY, where he was born and raised.


    Ray did his undergraduate work at Florida State University and earned his master's degree at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. 


    In addition to his newsroom duties, he is also a full-time communications professor at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, and an adjunct media writing professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. 


    Ray is a regular news contributor on HLN's Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield and was previously featured on The Nancy Grace Show. 


    You can check him out on the web (www.raycaputo.com) or follow his work on Twitter: @profraycaputo

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  • Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere announced that he will not seek reelection today, after more than 20 years in city government. Persampiere said the decision is because he wants to spend more time with his family, and work on growing his business. Previously, he had served as an Oviedo city councilman before running for mayor. He’s been serving as Mayor since 2011.  Two months ago, Persampiere was involved in a dispute with a neighbor that led to police involvement, but a judge dismissed an injunction filed against him.
  • Disney World is hiring part-time workers to operate it's Disney Skyliner, set to debut in late September. The new transportation system will connect Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and four nearby resort hotels.  Skyliner workers will be responsible for greeting guests, loading and unloading the gondolas, as well as, monitoring the gondola system and providing audience control, according to a job posting.  The starting pay will be $12 an hour according to the posting, but Skyliner workers will be eligible for Disney's new starting rate of $13 as of September 29, 2019  Click here to apply
  • Aaron Carreto was enjoying his 10th birthday, playing outside his Compton home on July 6 when two neighbors tossed a lit, homemade firework at him, his family said. The boy reflexively grabbed the illegal firework, which exploded in his left hand, destroying four fingers and most of his palm, the Los Angeles Times reported. Aaron also lost a finger on his right hand and suffered burns on both hands, his face and his torso. One of the neighbors, Walter David Revolorio, 27, was arrested and charged with felony child cruelty and possession of a destructive device, the Times reported. The investigation is ongoing, but no charges had been filed against a second neighbor as of Monday. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials had no immediate comment on the status of the investigation. Aaron told Fox 11 in Los Angeles he was playing outside in his neighborhood when he walked over to the neighbors to say hello. At one point, the men called out his name. “They said my name, and then I turned and my hand flipped over, so that’s when they handed the firework to me,” Aaron said. “I was about to throw it and it exploded in my hand.” The explosion was so great, it rocked nearby cars, Fox 11 reported. >> Read more trending news The Times reported that Aaron was immediately taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he underwent a series of emergency surgeries. Doctors at UC Irvine Medical Center attached his left arm to his stomach to hopefully preserve nerve and skin tissue they can use to reconstruct his hand. Aaron’s older sister, Adriana Carreto, said doctors also reattached the finger her brother lost on his right hand. Carreto wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help with Aaron’s medical expenses that he has a long recovery ahead, including at least two additional surgeries. Photos and video of the boy on the fundraising page, as well as on social media, show him with burns on his face and his left arm hidden under a hospital gown. Pain is etched on the boy’s face. “This incident changed his life, (his) way of living, but not his spirits,” Carreto wrote. “Everyone knows him as a social butterfly, always friendly to his teammates on the soccer team. He’s very caring and aware of other people’s needs.” Carreto wrote that her brother loves riding his bike with neighborhood friends and playing the popular online video game 'Fortnite' with classmates over their summer break. “Now with his new disability, he’ll find it difficult to adjust to his day to day lifestyle,” Carreto wrote. As of Monday afternoon, donors had raised more than $47,000 of the page's $50,000 goal to help Aaron and his family. Carreto said along with the physical pain her brother is in, he is also psychologically scarred. “He tells his family how he feels betrayed by those people around us and wants to start a new life far away from where he grew up,” Carreto wrote on the GoFundMe page. As of Monday, Aaron had been released from the hospital to continue his recovery at home. “I been reading all the positive and kind words to Aaron from his donors and he said he appreciates all the help and support,” Carreto wrote. “He said he feels happy with each and every one of you guys.” The distraught sister told ABC 7 she, however, is angry. “I’m angry because those two guys are adults and one of them has kids,” Carreto told the news station. “I’m pretty sure if it was his kid, he wouldn’t have let that happen.” Aaron told KTLA he wants to see both men punished for what they did to him. “Those guys who did this, I don’t want to see them no more,” Aaron told the news station. “I just wish that they could be in jail.” Revolorio remained Monday at the Los Angeles County Jail, where records show he is being held in lieu of $630,000 bond. The second neighbor accused in the incident has not been publicly identified.
  • President Trump continues his public criticism of House democrats Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. He tweets, “The “Squad” is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border...And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!” These comments come after President Trump last week said those four freshman House Democrats should 'go back to the crime infested places' from which they came. This also comes after a crowd at a Trump campaign rally in North Carolina chanted 'send her back.
  • A California woman and her boyfriend have been charged in connection with their newborn son’s death after investigators learned they strangled the boy at the hospital shortly after he was born, authorities said. Andrea Torralba, 20, and David Villa, 21, both of Oxnard, are being held in the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of felony assault on a child causing death, Oxnard Police Department officials said. Jail records show Villa, who is described as a field worker, is being held in lieu of $5 million. ABC 7 in Los Angeles reported that Torralba’s bail was set at $1 million. >> Read more trending news  Oxnard police investigators said officers were called just before 8 a.m. Friday to St. John’s Medical Center, where they learned a newborn boy was in critical condition with serious injuries. The boy was found unresponsive and despite all medical efforts, he died of his injuries. Detectives from the department’s Family Protection Unit learned that Torralba and Villa strangled the newborn until he lost consciousness, police officials said. Oxnard police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide told ABC 7 that the couple, when questioned by detectives, admitted they did not want the baby. Both were arrested and charged in the boy’s death.

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  • In a dramatic expansion of a process known as 'expedited removal' of illegal immigrants in the United States, the Trump Administration will start applying that everywhere in the United States - to anyone who has been in the U.S. illegally for less than two years - as critics quickly said they would challenge the change in federal court. 'The effect of that change will be to enhance national security and public safety,' the Department of Homeland Security states in a new rule set to go into effect on Tuesday, which the notice says will allow 'DHS to address more effectively and efficiently the large volume of aliens who are present in the United States unlawfully.' Up until this change, expedited removal was only used for illegal immigrants who were detained within 100 miles of the border - now it can be enforced anywhere in the U.S. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Trump Administration argues the Acting Homeland Security Secretary has the 'sole and unreviewable discretion' to change 'the scope of the expedited removal designation,' shifting it from the 100 mile policy to one that applies nationwide. Critics denounced the immigration policy change, with some vowing to challenge the move in court. 'One of the major problems with expedited removal is that the immigration officer making the decision virtually has unchecked authority,' said the American Immigration Council, as the process does not involve an immigration judge or any type of court hearing. 'We will sue to end this policy quickly,' said Omar Jadwat of the American Civil Liberties Union, who charged that deportations could occur with 'less due process than people get in traffic court.' 'This is a massive and dangerous change,' said Aaron Reichlin-Melnick of the American Immigration Council, which is joining in the ACLU legal challenge to the new policy. The announcement marked the second straight week that the Trump Administration had rolled out a new immigration policy - last Monday, the feds announced a new plan to restrict asylum claims by migrants from Central America. Those plans are also facing a legal challenge from the ACLU and other groups.