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Best 2017 pop culture Halloween costumes

Halloween is the perfect time to make a statement about this year’s pop culture hits and misses. According to Insider, some of the most popular pop culture Halloween costumes in 2017 will include pregnant Kylie Jenner, Wonder Woman and a Playboy Bunny.

According to Quartz, what this says about us, besides that we like to dress up, is that our collective psyche is riddled with TV and movies. But Quartz also pointed out the common human desire to be more powerful, which is why superheroes are a Halloween fashion staple. 

Other pop culture favorites appearing this Halloween season include any costume that has Disney characters. In September, Pinterest noted that just the term “Disney costume” has been pinned more than 675,000 times this year, with Belle and Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast” leading the pack. 

A costume that became cliché in its first season is Pennywise, the kid-killing clown from the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.” Pinterest saves for clown makeup and costumes are up 941 percent this year. If you must join the horde, please, please, step away from red balloons near sewers in suburban neighborhoods. Other pop culture Halloween costume popular on Pinterest included “Baywatch” characters, frat boys and Wednesday Addams. One of the most popular Halloween makeup options is pixelated face makeup, which has been pinned more than 26,000 times. 

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Hit pop culture Halloween costumes from the media

Ripped-straight-from-the-headlines costumes make their own kind of scary Halloween statements, even if those headlines come straight from TMZ or People.

Fake News: Insider reports a mini dress of newspaper clippings stamped “Fake” in big red letters sold by costume retailer Yandy. Pregnant Kylie Jenner: You may not be unique, but you’ll be in good company in one of Yandy’s $60 pregnant Kylie Jenner costume. Hef and a Playboy bunny: 2017 claimed the life of  Hugh Hefner. Sure, dressing as the dapper (if elderly) Hef and a Playboy bunny is a time-honored Halloween tradition, but this year’s news adds a morbid touch to the Playmate (Yandy, $80) and Hugh Hefner (Target, $40) couples costume. Dancing hot dog from Snapchat: The wildly popular dancing meme from Snapchat makes a hot pop culture Halloween costume. You can pick up a  $40 hot dog suit from Target, but you must supply the over-the-ear headphones yourself. Handmaid: Hulu’s 2017 hit, based on the Margaret Atwood novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," is a dark metaphor for the current civil rights and political climate. A handmaid ensemble is easy to pull off for one or a group, from thrift store finds or ready-made purchases like the $64 version from Azure CostumesLa La Land: Another great couples’ idea from the Pinterest people, and if you can jitterbug and whatnot, all the better. For the snarkiest, include a “Moonlight” costume in the group as a nod to the 2017 Best Picture Oscars mix-up. April the Giraffe and her baby from Animal Adventure Park: With giraffe costumes and make-up running wild on Pinterest (up 1,200 percent from last year, unless someone made a typo), what a great time to dress as the ever-pregnant and finally a mom April the Giraffe. Depending on your companions and physical condition, you may want to go for pregnant April, during her eternal labor, or with her offspring. Kinder, gentler pop culture costumes

Groot: According to Pinterest, searches for this soulful, leafy “Guardians of the Galaxy” character’s costume have gone up 133 percent in the past year. It’s a more involved costume than most, with those branches and all, but it has the prime advantage of also having a baby costume option: Baby Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”Bob Ross and Tree: That’s a happy tree, mind you, a perfect foil to 2017’s political and environmental strife. And hey, Pinterest reports 25,000-plus saves on the costume idea. Unicorns: Rainbows and sparkles will be in the forecast for Halloween 2017 trick-or-treating and costume parties for sure, with searches for unicorn costumes up 110 percent this year on Pinterest. According to Quartz, “The draw seems to be childlike positivity and magical thinking, allowing people see themselves and the world through rose- (and cobalt-) colored glasses.” “My Little Pony”: With the 2017 release of the “My Little Pony” movie, the  animated characters should give you plenty of sweet costume options for every optimist on the block. Just be sure your costume has a pony name and a birthday on Equestria.

Puppy with 6-pound tumor left at shelter with note to euthanize him

Staff at an animal shelter in Ohio said they found a dog dropped off on the shelter’s premises, and the dog’s former owner wrote a note instructing the dog be euthanized. 

 

Staff workers at Gallatin County Animal Shelter and County Animal Hospital ignored the note attached to the dog, who is about a year old, and instead took him to an animal hospital to undergo surgery to remove a 6-pound tumor hanging from his stomach.

The dog, named Clyde by a shelter volunteer, underwent a two-hour surgery on Tuesday. 

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Hospital staff were outraged at Clyde’s condition and at the fact that an owner would wait so long before seeking help. Workers became devoted to saving Clyde, who is now up for adoption.

“He’s only a year -- way too young for a death sentence,” Shari Wyenandt, of HART Animal Rescue, told WLWT5. “I mean, he was in pain, dragging [the tumor]. It was already rupturing from being drug on the ground.”

Workers at the animal hospital think the tumor may have been growing for six months.

Now, the tumor is being biopsied to see if the dog will need further treatment.

An update on HART’s official Facebook page indicated Clyde is happy and healing.

“With how sweet he is, he will have no problem finding a home,” Wyenandt said of the shepherd/husky mix.

Read more at WLWT5.

RELATED: A dying dog made it down the aisle to be by his human’s side one final time

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

President Trump says you'll be hearing 'Merry Christmas' a lot more this year

Declaring victory on the “war on Christmas” at Friday’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., President Trump said he’ll be saying “Merry Christmas” during his first holiday season as president.

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“We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct,” he said, explaining that politically correct culture has made it difficult to celebrate the holiday. “You go to department stores, and they’ll say ‘Happy New Year,’ or they’ll say other things, and it’ll be red -- they’ll have it painted -- but they don’t say -- Well, guess what? We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

The crowd at the Christian public policy conference went wild, cheering on the president as he went on to call for tax reform, calling the possibility a “Christmas gift.”

President Trump has frequently used the “war on Christmas” to fire up the evangelical Christian wing of his base, saying on the campaign trail that political correctness prohibits people from proudly celebrating Christian holidays such as Christmas.

“So, when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday, and we are going to say Merry Christmas again,” he said at the time. “Merry Christmas. So, Merry Christmas everyone.”

Most popular Halloween costumes for 2017

The National Retail Federation predicts that 179 million Americans will partake in Halloween festivities in 2017 and that 48 percent plan to dress up. That’s a lot of costumes! Those trying to stand out for a party or costume contest and those who want to fit in with the rest of the trick-or-treat crowd can both benefit from these predictions for the top costume picks for Halloween 2017 from the NRF and Pinterest.

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 Most popular children’s Halloween costumes for 2017

The little ones will be dressing up as heroes this Halloween, with more than 3.7 children planning to dress as action characters or superheroes, according to the NRF. That figure doesn’t even include the Caped Crusader. Batman on his own will provide costume inspiration for 2.9 million child Halloween costumes, tied for second with a generic princess in the NRF rankings. Wonder Woman also makes a solo appearance on the list.  The entire NRF Top 10 list of the most popular Halloween costumes for kids: 1. Action/superhero 2. Batman character tied with Princess3. Animal (cat, dog, monkey)4. Spider-Man5. Star Wars character6. Witch7. Marvel Superhero (excluding Spider-Man) tied with Pirate8. Ghost9. Disney Princess10. Wonder Woman  Most popular adult Halloween costumes for 2017 In September, Pinterest and fashion search platform Lyst released predictions for the top Halloween costumes of 2017. The list included a frightening trend: costume ideas spawned by the kid-killing clown Pennywise in the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.” Searches for clown makeup have increased by 941 per cent on Pinterest this year, and Lyst also reported a rise in searches for shirts with expansive ruffled shoulders and pom-pom shoes like the odious clown wears. It may sound like a stretch but … giraffes are another go-to costume for Halloween this year. Pinterest data indicated pins for giraffe costumes ideas and makeup tutorials are up 1,200 percent compared to 2016, and Lyst data also indicated a 27 percent increase in searches for giraffe fashions since this past June. You can thank April the giraffe, and her long pregnancy that was one of the top viral stories of 2017.The TV set and other streaming devices also helped make certain costumes popular. This is the second season for “Stranger Things” character costumes to be making the trick-or-treat and party rounds, with 40 percent more Pinterest saves year over year. These costumes have the added allure of being simple to make and wear, especially the trucker hats and ‘80s T-shirts Pinterest and Lyst are predicting. “Game of Thrones” characters were up 91 percent on Pinterest and Jon Snow all by his lonesome had 280 percent increased costume saves on Pinterest. Quartz has a helpful hint for anyone wanting to jump in on this costume trend. Those gnarly Night’s Watch capes are repurposed IKEA rugs. Just in from the 2017 widescreen, Pinterest users currently have more than 230,000 Wonder Woman costume ideas saved while pins of Beauty and the Beast characters have jumped 680 percent, including some sweet group costumes for Gaston and the milkmaids.Here are some other top choices on Pinterest for Halloween 2017:Top group costumes Daenerys and Jon Snow from “Game of Thrones” “Baywatch” cast members  “Stranger Things” cast members  Top family costumes “Beauty and the Beast” “Jurassic Park”  Mother of Dragons (Daenerys)  Top solo costumes Wonder Woman  Hippie  Girl Scout  Makeup Unicorn  Giraffe  Spider-Woman 

Man, wife and sister: A heartwarming union

This one is a keeper.

Earlier this year, Will Seaton showed there are still many good guys out there. When Seaton decided it was finally time to pop the question to Ashley Schaus, there was one person he had to ask a very important question. No, not her father, but rather her sister Hannah. 

Seaton asked Hanna to be his “best friend forever.”

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Hanna has Down’s syndrome and diabetes, and when Seaton and Schaus started dating, Hanna was part of the deal, the couple told ABC News in June.

The couple got married on Oct. 7 and Hanna was there in a special role. 

Wearing a white dress of her own, Hanna was a bridesmaid, but she was also dubbed the “Best Sister.”

Hanna also exchanged “best friend vows” with Will, WXIN reported.

“I promise to tell funny jokes. I promise to care for you. Thank you for being in my life,” Hanna told Will.

They also had a first dance together, to the Michael Bublè version of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” WXIN reported.

Paris plans to ban all gas cars by 2030

France’s capital city, the world’s most visited city, according to Reuters, plans to ban all petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles by 2030, officials announced Thursday. Paris will encourage commuters who don’t walk, bike or use public transportation to switch to electric cars.

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The move is, in part, a pollution-reducing effort.

“This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases,” Christophe Najdovski, a transportation policy official for the city of Paris, told France Info radio. “Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers ... So we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030.”

According to the CBC, city officials said it was introducing a “feasible and realistic” goal of phasing out of gas vehicles instead of calling the move a “ban” on such cars.

Paris has seen significant amounts of rising air pollution in the last few years. In response, Paris Mayor Ann Hidalgo and government officials have approved “no-car zones, car-free days and fines for drivers who enter the city in cars that are more than 20 years old,” Reuters reported. Officials have also approved days of free public transportation, introduced rentable bikes and electric cars in the city and banned traffic from the popular Champs-Elysees Avenue once a month, among other measures. 

Officials hope that France as an entire country will ditch cars dependent on fossil fuels by 2040.

“This government goal affects the whole French territory, rural zones included,” a Paris City Hall statement said. “If we want to achieve this, it implies that the end of diesel and gasoline should take place several years in advance in urban areas, and particularly in big cities.”

Oxford, England, recently announced plans to ban non-electric cars from parts of the city by 2020.

Paris will host the Olympic Games in 2024. There are about 32 million household cars in France, according to the London Evening Standard.

>> Related: Los Angeles to host 2028 Summer Olympics; Paris wins 2024 Games

UPDATE: Chihuahua protects sick German Shepherd; adopted together

Update 10/16 11:21 a.m.: Jefe and Jericho have a new home -- together. They were adopted late last week by a woman named Constance, who, according to the Humane Society, understands Jerico’s Valley Fever and will be able to care for him.

Original story: Unlikely friends are going to need a “fur”-ever home together.

Meet Jefe the Chihuahua and Jericho the German Shepherd. They’re both hopefully temporary residents at the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix.

Jericho is living with Valley Fever. It’s an infection that is caused by a fungus that is found in soil.

Jefe now sticks by Jericho’s side, helping him get better.

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Workers at the humane society are trying to get a single permanent home for the unlikely pair.

For more information, potential adoptive families are being asked to call the shelter’s Alternative Placement team at 602-997-7585 ext. 2156

Gucci bans fur: Company CEO says it’s outdated, not modern

Luxury retailer Gucci will no longer create clothes, shoes and accessories with real 

animal fur, starting next year.

The ban includes the use of fur of minks, coyotes, raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits and other animals, according to PETA.

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Gucci president and chief executive Marco Bizzarri told Business of Fashion the use of fur is not “modern.”

“Do you think using furs today is still modern? I don’t think it’s still modern, and that’s the reason why we decided not to do that. It’s a little bit out-dated,” Bizzarri said Wednesday. “Creativity can jump in many different directions,

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instead of using furs.”

According to The Telegraph, critics and organizations have been urging Gucci to ditch fur for years. 

“Gucci kept up the dialogue with us for eight years and, today, patience paid off,” said a  spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States. “With this announcement, Gucci has signaled to the entire luxury fashion industry that it’s time to move away from using fur.”

>> Related: Luxury retailer Coach introduces new name: Tapestry

Other popular brands have banned the use of real animal fur, including Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, according to PETA.

“Being socially responsible is one of Gucci's core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals,” Bizzarri said Wednesday at an event in London. 

>> Related: No more 'Easy, Breezy, Beautiful': CoverGirl debuts new slogan

The move comes at a time when millennials care more about ethical standards regarding product creation.

“Today, the world is changing so fast, it’s not even an option not to change. We are not perfect, but we are doing our best to improve what we are doing,” Bizzarri said. “(And) I need to do it because (otherwise) the best talent will not come to work for Gucci.”

Bizzarri said Gucci products known for featuring fur, like its popular fur-lined loafers, will feature faux-fur, wool and “new fabric innovations,” Business of Fashion reported.

Gucci’s fur products bring in about $11.8 million a year, according to Business of Fashion.

The use of fur-free clothes will begin with Gucci’s Spring 2018 collection.

The fur industry is worth an estimated $40 billion a year, The Telegraph reported.

Rescue dog becomes K9 cop for a day

The Nebraska Humane Society and a local police department are teaming up to help give rescue dogs a new leash, er lease, on life.

It’s called K9 Cop For A Day and allows a dog from the rescue group to spend the day as an honorary member of the force.

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They do ride-alongs and meet the community. 

This time it was Mickey’s turn to put on the badge.

He’s a 6-year-old Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Mickey has been up for adoption since July and recently went out with the La Vista Police Department.

"It seemed like a win-win for both of us, where we could definitely continue our programs with involving our community, but also help the Humane Society find a great home for a great dog,” Capt. Bryan Waugh told KETV.

“Oftentimes animals that are out of this environment have a better chance of getting adopted -- if people see them in a normal environment rather than here,” Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society told KETV.

Mickey was the first dog to take part in the program, but the police department plans on doing it at least once a month, KETV reported.

Court grants woman paid sick leave to care for ailing dog

Italy is standing up for its pets.

A judge has decided that a woman who works for La Sapienza University in Rome should be paid her sick time that she took to care for sick dog.

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She had two paid days off and the judge said that despite it being for a dog, the university’s rules say she can take them for “serious or family personal reasons.”

Animal activists told The Telegraph that the ruling showed that Italy believes that pets are “members of the family” and that the case will set an important precedent.

“It is a significant step forward that recognized that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family,” Gianluca Felicetti, the president of the Italian Anti-Vivisection League, told The Telegraph.

The lawyers used Italy’s laws to support their case citing that anyone who abandons an animal to “grave suffering” be sentenced to jail for a year and fined up to 10,000 Euros or nearly $12,000, The Guardian reported.

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