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    Three men used chain and a truck to rip a door from its hinges at an Alabama convenience store and steal a 12-pack of Faygo, police said. >> Read more trending news  The men tied a chain from the entrance door to the back of a Ford Ranger, then used the truck to pull the door from its hinges, Tarrant police said.  One of the men then went inside, took a 12-pack of Faygo soda and left the store. 
  • A Florida man was arrested Thursday morning after police said he broke into a construction site then crawled 250 feet to the top of a crane and spent the night there. >> Read more trending news  The Orlando Police Department said Jason Garret, 42, broke into the Camden Lake Eola Apartments construction site. It is not known how Garret was able to get into the construction site, but he used a ladder to climb 250 feet in the air. It's the same treacherous trek a highly skilled construction worker took Thursday morning. 'My crane operator went up in the tower crane this morning and found the guy passed out on the crane platform at the top,' a worker said in a 911 call. The crane operator helped the man get inside the cab of the crane and construction workers called 911. 'I don't want to talk him into climbing down and something happen,' a worker said in a 911 call. Orlando police officers and firefighters rushed in. 'This is a fairly complex call. It all depends on what's happening at the top,' said Felix Benitez, of Orlando Fire Rescue. The man was calm and cooperating, but it was still a risky rescue for the team of more than 10 trained firefighters, he said. 'There's no harnesses that are available for the personnel that go up there, so they are worrying on what they can build as they climb up on the crane,' Benitez said. The entire rescue took about 30 minutes. Police said Garret had drugs on him. Garret was arrested and charged with trespassing and meth possession.
  • A sedan doing doughnuts in a Florida neighborhood had residents doing double takes when they noticed who was behind the wheel: not the car's owner, but his dog. >> Read more trending news  The owner of the car said he left it running when he stepped out for a minute. Somehow, he said, the car went into reverse with his black Labrador inside. 'I saw the dog get out of the car, a big black Lab or something and I'm like OK! This is turning weird,' a neighbor said with a laugh. No one was hurt, but the car did run over a neighbor's mailbox, which the owner of the car said he'll pay to replace.
  • High winds blew a trailer onto the bed of a pickup truck that was driving along a highway near the border of South Dakota and Nebraska. >> Read more trending news  Nebraska State Patrol shared a photo Wednesday of the trailer balancing on the back of the pickup truck.  “High winds and a lightweight trailer resulted in this unlikely predicament,” a trooper said on social media.
  • If you're planning on hitting the slopes, check your gear. There's a ski boot recall that you need to know about. SCARPA North America has recalled the Maestrale RS and Maestrale men's ski boots, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported. The recall affects the fall 2017 boots.  >> Read more trending news  The Maestrale boots all have style number #12047/501.1 and are orange with SCARPA on the lower, outside shell.  They also have Maestrale on the upper, outside cuff. The Maestrale RS have style number #12046/501.1 and are white, black and lime. They also have SCARPA on the lower, outside shell and Maestrale on the upper, outside cuff.  The boots can crack and cause someone to fall. Skiers are being told not to use them and contact SCARPA for instructions on returning the boot for free repair.  The boots cost between $700 and $800 depending on the model and were sold from Aug. 2017 through Aug. 2019, the CPSC said. 
  • ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow posted an emotional goodbye to his longtime furry friend, Bronco, who died Wednesday. >> Read more trending news  'One of the toughest goodbyes,' Tebow wrote on Instagram. 'Wanted to make a special tribute to the sweetest boy ever -- thank you for all the joy you brought and all the memories. ... If you had the pleasure of meeting Bronco, one of the best dogs ever, I would love to hear your story.' According to ESPN, Tebow often referred to Bronco, a 9-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback, as “his son. The pair adopted one another in 2010, shortly after the Denver Broncos selected Tebow in the NFL draft. On Thursday, Tebow posted an update to Instagram, saying he buried Bronco in a 'special place.” A photo of the former player “Tebowing” in tribute accompanied the post. Read more here or here.
  • The family of a Navy veteran is looking for answers after his body was found on the floor of his Texas apartment nearly three years after his death. >> Read more trending news  A medical examiner has determined Ronald Wayne White had been dead in the apartment since communications with his mother in New York ended abruptly three years ago, WFAA reported. 'My son would call me at least twice a month,' Doris Stevens told WFAA, adding, 'He would call me from Egypt. He would call me from the Philippines. He would call me right from Dallas.” White, who worked for a defense contractor following his military service, traveled frequently and would have been 51 at the time of his death, the news station reported. An officer with the DeSoto Police Department told People magazine White’s body was found last week on the kitchen floor of his DeSoto Town Center apartment when maintenance workers entered the premises to investigate a water issue. “Maintenance men were trying to get into the apartment because they noticed that the water usage was non-existent for some time, so they suspected that there was some type of issue with the water main,” the officer told People. Stevens, who lives in Long Island, New York, told WFAA multiple police departments explained to her over the years that because White was an adult who was known to travel frequently they could not pursue her concerns as a missing persons case. “My biggest question is, how in the world could my son have been dead in that apartment and nobody knows anything?” Stevens told the news station. According to WFAA, DeSoto police have determined White had a month-to-month lease on the apartment paid through an automatic withdrawal from an account linked to his Navy retirement. The new, well-insulated dwelling was located on the third floor with all windows locked and sealed tightly. 'The way he was found, the way the apartment was arranged and so forth, there was zero indication of foul play,' Pete Schulte, a detective with the DeSoto Police Department, told the news station. In addition, police investigators found diabetes medications inside the apartment – dated 2016 – and the family confirmed White was a diabetic, People reported. Read more here or here.
  • Citing falling ratings and a need to evolve its marketing strategy, Victoria's Secret parent company L Brands confirmed Thursday it will not air the lingerie brand’s fashion show this year, multiple news outlets reported. >> Read more trending news  In a memo to employees, CEO Les Wexner said the company’s leadership no longer believes network television is “right fit” for the show and “literally everything” about the brand’s business is being reevaluated, Business Insider reported. 'It was a very important part of the brand building of this business and was an important aspect of the brand and a remarkable marketing achievement,' L Brands Chief Financial Officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said during Thursday’s analyst call, CNN reported. According to Business Insider, the annual fashion show, which debuted in 1995, drew only 3.3 million viewers in 2018, compared with 9.7 million in 2013. The program, which one-time L Brands Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek called a “42-minute entertainment special,” has featured top models referred to as “angels” wearing the brand’s signature styles, CNN reported. Meanwhile, Wexner said on the call the company has shifted its focus to “developing exciting and dynamic content and a new kind of event — delivered to our customers on platforms that she's glued to.”
  • Elon Musk unveiled a futuristic truck Thursday evening that is expected to take on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market. The CEO of Tesla unveiled the new electric pickup truck at the Los Angeles Auto Show Thursday night.  Musk revealed that the 'Cybertruck' is made with a stainless steel body, will go zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds and will start at $39,000. The truck will be available in three different packages with 250, 300 or 500 miles per charge. Towing capacity varies based on package and tops out at 14,000 pounds available in the TRI Motor AWD version. The TRI Motor AWD with 500+ miles of range is $69,000 not including 'Self-Driving' according to the website.  >> Read more trending news During the demonstration, Musk highlighted the truck's toughness by hitting the stainless steel body with a sledgehammer. The truck also features what's called 'Tesla Armor Glass' which, in videos, seemed unbreakable. During the live demonstration, two windows unexpectedly broke, to which Musk discounted 'it didn't go through.' Before the presentation concluded, Musk surprised the audience with an electric ATV which rolled into the bed of the truck. The four-wheeled, battery powered vehicle can be recharged in the bed of the pickup. It's unclear how much the ATV will cost and its performance specifications. With the launch, Tesla is edging into the most profitable corner of the U.S. auto market, where buyers tend to have fierce brand loyalty. Tesla’s pickup is more likely to appeal to weekend warriors who want an electric vehicle that can handle some outdoor adventure. But it could end up cutting into Tesla’s electric vehicle sedan sales instead of winning over traditional pickup truck drivers. Tesla has struggled to meet delivery targets for its sedans, and some fear the new vehicle will shift the company’s attention away from the goal of more consistently meeting its targets. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Please check back for updates.
  • A Marietta, Georgia, veteran got a major surprise when she was awarded $50,000 for home renovations on the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Veteran’s Day.  Vernitta Love, who served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve for 25 years was nominated by her son, Aaron Love for the Home Depot Foundation’s Operation Surprise, according to Home Depot Foundation spokeswoman Morgan Salmon.  “My mom is retired and she is always helping other veterans and homeless vets that are in need, often when she needs help herself,” Aaron Love said. “Her house is a home but behind the scenes, it’s a wreck.” >> Read more trending news  Operation Surprise was a contest in which people could nominate a veteran they thought was deserving of a $25,000 grant for home repairs, Salmon said. Love was chosen from 2,516 nominations.  Love, who was clearly emotional after receiving the news, was also told during the show the grant was doubled to $50,000.  “She is a patriot to our family and the community. We love her,” her son said.  The Home Depot Foundation has committed to give $250 million to veteran causes by 2025, according to Salmon. 

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  • The FHSAA football playoffs continue Friday night with a full slate of games, featuring several of central Florida’s biggest schools vying for a state title. Starting with the Class 5A Region finals, Jones High School is hosting Ocala Vanguard tonight. In the Class 7A Region finals, Edgewater High School is hosting Niceville High School, in Edgewater’s first home playoff game in over a decade. News 96.5 WDBO spoke with Edgewater’s head coach Cameron Duke about tonight’s matchup. “To play a quality team like the Niceville Eagles, they’re undefeated.  And they’ve been a successful program for a very long time in this state, so we’re looking forward to it,” said Duke.  In Sanford, Apopka High School and Seminole High School square off to decide their own Class 8A Region final. All games kick off at 7:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of games and brackets for each division from Class 1A through 8A, click HERE.
  • The teenager who opened fire last week on classmates at Santa Clarita's Saugus High School, fatally wounding two students before turning the gun on himself, used an untraceable 'ghost gun' in the attack, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow, 16, pulled a .45-caliber, 1911-model replica semi-automatic pistol from his backpack in the open-air quad at Saugus High School on Nov. 14. He shot five students at random, police said. Gracie Anne Muelberger, 15, and Dominic Blackwell, 14, were killed in the attack. Investigators said Berhow saved the last bullet for himself. He died from a head wound the next day. Authorities are working to determine who built the gun used in the attack, which included a partially built receiver, meaning it lacked a serial number, The Los Angeles Times reported. 'They're sold as a kit,' Villanueva told KABC-TV. 'You can legally buy it, assemble the weapon yourself and then you have a gun that is not registered, and no one knows that you have it. … That is very dangerous.' Authorities in Los Angeles have noted an increase in recent years in the use and proliferation of ghost guns. The guns are crafted from parts which require no background checks to purchase and so they lack serial numbers, officials with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said. Officials with the ATF are assisting Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as they work to trace the gun used by Berhow and several other registered and unregistered firearms seized last week from his home, according to KNBC and KCBS-TV. Six of the seized guns belonged to Berhow's late father, according to KCBS-TV. The motive behind last week's shooting remained unclear Friday, despite a search of Berhow's home and police interviews with 45 people. Authorities said Berhow had shown no signs of violence and didn’t appear to be linked to any ideology or terrorist group. He ran cross country, was a Boy Scout and had a girlfriend. Villanueva told KABC-TV that authorities were working to unlock Berhow's cellphone in an effort to gain more information. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Disney is sharing a behind the scenes snapshot of their new Cirque du Soleil show coming to Disney Springs in 2020. They posed the video on their Disney Park Blog Thursday. It explains the yet to be named show’s theme, which combines animation and acrobatics as a young girl discovers her art. “We’ve discovered in our research that animation is very physical,” creation director Fabrice Becker said in the video. The video shows performers rehearsing as creator’s outline the theme.  The audience can expect to see acrobatics, choreography,  music and fun characters. 'It's a show based on love,' writer and show director Michael Laprise said.  Tickets can be purchased here , the first available is March 17, 2020.  The show replaces La Nouba, which permanently closed in 2017. App users click here to watch the video.
  • The family of a Navy veteran is looking for answers after his body was found on the floor of his Texas apartment nearly three years after his death. >> Read more trending news  A medical examiner has determined Ronald Wayne White had been dead in the apartment since communications with his mother in New York ended abruptly three years ago, WFAA reported. 'My son would call me at least twice a month,' Doris Stevens told WFAA, adding, 'He would call me from Egypt. He would call me from the Philippines. He would call me right from Dallas.” White, who worked for a defense contractor following his military service, traveled frequently and would have been 51 at the time of his death, the news station reported. An officer with the DeSoto Police Department told People magazine White’s body was found last week on the kitchen floor of his DeSoto Town Center apartment when maintenance workers entered the premises to investigate a water issue. “Maintenance men were trying to get into the apartment because they noticed that the water usage was non-existent for some time, so they suspected that there was some type of issue with the water main,” the officer told People. Stevens, who lives in Long Island, New York, told WFAA multiple police departments explained to her over the years that because White was an adult who was known to travel frequently they could not pursue her concerns as a missing persons case. “My biggest question is, how in the world could my son have been dead in that apartment and nobody knows anything?” Stevens told the news station. According to WFAA, DeSoto police have determined White had a month-to-month lease on the apartment paid through an automatic withdrawal from an account linked to his Navy retirement. The new, well-insulated dwelling was located on the third floor with all windows locked and sealed tightly. 'The way he was found, the way the apartment was arranged and so forth, there was zero indication of foul play,' Pete Schulte, a detective with the DeSoto Police Department, told the news station. In addition, police investigators found diabetes medications inside the apartment – dated 2016 – and the family confirmed White was a diabetic, People reported. Read more here or here.
  • At 5:30 this  morning, NASA began their coverage of a spacewalk to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, an instrument seeking to unlock the mysteries of dark matter. Astronauts Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Andrew Morgan of NASA will venture outside the International Space Station for the second in a series of five planned spacewalks to repair the particle physics experiment outside the orbiting laboratory. The duo is scheduled to spend six and a half hours in space today.  Their spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 7:05 a.m. App users click here to watch it live. 

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  • Fifty-six years ago, it was just another Friday. On November 22, 1963, my father had walked the one block home from his job on Capitol Hill to eat lunch with my mother, who was just days away from giving birth to her first child. After having his lunch, my dad was enjoying a little down time on the couch, listening to the radio. That's when the news arrived from Dallas, Texas. “KENNEDY SERIOUSLY WOUNDED PERHAPS SERIOUSLY PERHAPS FATALLY BY ASSASSINS BULLET,” read the bulletin on the UPI wire that was quoted by newscasters around the nation. As soon as he heard the report, my father bolted out the door, running down C Street, S.E. to the Cannon House Office Building, where he worked for a member of Congress from Illinois. “We heard the news on the radio. It was all horrible news,” my mother remembered. “Jim quickly went back to the office.” As my dad rushed towards the Cannon building, a cab pulled up with Ted Henshaw, a future Clerk of the House, and my father's friend and drinking buddy, John Mahoney, who worked with Henshaw at the Democratic National Congressional Committee. 'As we were walking up the steps to the building, your father came running down the street and he said to me - and I will never forget,' Mahoney said – ‘The president has been shot, perhaps fatally!'” Back then, there weren’t walls of televisions in every office. But in Mahoney’s office, there was a teletype machine that brought in news from around the world. “We all tore into the office of course and sure enough, there it was - Merriman Smith had filed a story for UPI,” said Mahoney. “We literally tore the subsequent bulletins off the tape before they made it on the air,” my father said. Like news of Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks, November 22, 1963 was seared on the memory of many of my father’s fellow aides on Capitol Hill. “I was in the cafeteria having lunch and someone ran in and said, 'The President's been shot!' and all hell broke loose,' said Abe Boni, a longtime friend of my parents. “I jumped up out of my chair - I don't know where the hell I thought I was going - but I jumped up,” Boni said many years later, like it was yesterday. When the news broke, Roll Call newspaper founder Sid Yudain was downtown at the time, in a most peculiar place for any reporter. “I was in the ladies room at the Meridian Hill Hotel, which was the hotel for girls at that time,” said Yudain, who had been out to lunch with the hotel owner, a real estate mogul who ran ads in Roll Call. There was no men’s room, so the manager took him to the ladies room and locked the door. “The next thing I know, his name was Goldberg (the manager), and he came in banging on the door and said, ‘You better get out of there! JFK has just been shot!’” Yudain scrambled back to Capitol Hill, stopping first for a drink and to watch the television at the 116 Club, a local political watering hole on the Senate side that most people probably still don’t know even exists. “Then I went to (Speaker) McCormack's office,” said Yudain, but staffers would not let him in at first because of stepped up security for the Speaker in the aftermath of the assassination. Earlier, one of Yudain's reporters had found the Speaker - standing by himself - in the House Press Gallery, doing the same thing my father was doing across the street, reading the reports coming in on the newspaper wire machine. But things didn't stay calm for long for the Speaker, or the Congress. “I remember the state of panic,” said Mahoney, who also was drawn to the Capitol in the immediate aftermath of the news. “I saw the Secret Service flooding the Hill and they came to get Speaker McCormack,” said Mahoney. “I saw him, he was absolutely ashen, I mean he was white panic in his face, and I will never forget that. It left me cold.” “This was Mr. Confidence, he ran the House like some piece of machinery and all of a sudden there he was in the arms of the Secret Service,” said Mahoney. The view from outside the U.S. was also interesting, and that came in a late 1963 letter to my father from his college friend Larry Russell, who recounted what it was like to get the news overseas. Russell was working at the U.S. Embassy in Algeria, where he worked for the State Department as a top aide to Ambassador William J. Porter. “I can add nothing to what your own thoughts and reactions must have been and will not try. In the cold, bleak dawn of another day, however, you might be interested in knowing what this sort of thing does to a small segment of the President’s staff overseas. 'I was attending a cocktail party for Walter Reuther at the Ambassador’s residence when the U.P.I. called to give the old man (the Ambassador) the news of the attempt. He took it rather calmly, came back to the main room and announced it to us all, and the party went on. The Ambassador then excused himself and went upstairs to turn on his radio (he is a HAM operator), dragging me along with him. He tuned in on a broadcast direct from the States, left me to listen and returned to his guests. 'It was thus that I had the very unfortunate job of bringing the final news to the old man. They were fairly good friends, the Porters hailing from Massachusetts and having a summer home very near that of the Kennedys, and the Ambassador took it like a blow to the stomach. He then had to announce the news to his guests, and the party broke up. Then the Ambassador wept. That was certainly my most difficult moment. 'You can’t imagine what Kennedy meant to the career Foreign Service officer, particularly the men like Bill Porter who knew him personally.' To my father, it was obvious what Kennedy meant. Years later, there were still pictures of the 35th President in my dad's office. In a note to his friends nine years ago, it was clear there was still pain. “The effect on this still somewhat idealistic Congressional aide who had been privileged to know and work with some of the top Kennedy people, was devastating,' my father wrote; 'things never seemed to have that same brightness and élan again.' The next few days after Kennedy was assassinated, hundreds of thousands converged on the U.S. Capitol to pay their respects, as they filed through the Rotunda in the bitter November cold. 'I wanted to go there, but Jim wouldn't let me stand in the cold,' my mother remembered years later, noting that she was days away from giving birth. “It was a horrible time for everyone,' she said.  Note: This is an updated version of an article written by Jamie Dupree in 2013.