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WATCH: 'Chopping cilantro' video goes viral

Many people are starting 2018 by watching a man chop cilantro.

It's one of the first offbeat videos to go viral in the new year.

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Rebecca Castañeda first posted the video on Snapchat. The video was taken at El Camino Real Mexican Food, her family’s California restaurant. She received such positive feedback that she decided to post it on Twitter as well. Castañeda said users find the video "satisfying."

Whatever the reason, the video of Rogelio expertly chopping a massive amount of cilantro is a viral sensation, with over 4 million views so far.

These are the best diets for 2018

With so many diets and fitness fads, it can be difficult to determine which might be best for you. However, a new ranking might make the decision a little easier.

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U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the best diets, including ones specifically for weight loss.

For their eighth annual round-up, the publication’s editors and reporters looked into medical journals and government reports to create in-depth profiles for diets. 

A panel of national health experts, including nutritionists, dietitians and specialists in diabetes, heart health, human behavior and weight loss, then reviewed the summaries. They considered factors such as how easy the diets were to follow, their ability to produce short-term and long-term weight loss and their safety.

>> Related: How to lose weight: Take a break from your diet for 2 weeks, study suggests

U.S. News analysts then converted the experts’ ratings into scores, ultimately constructing nine sets of best diets rankings: best diets overall, best commercial diets, best weight-loss diets, best for diabetes, best heart-healthy, best for healthy eating, easiest to follow, plant-based and best fast weight-loss diets. 

Here are the top 10 best diets overall:

  1. DASH, Mediterranean (tie)
  2. The Flexitarian
  3. Weight Watchers
  4. MIND, TLC, Volumetrics (tie)
  5. Mayo Clinic
  6. Ornish
  7. The Fertility

Here are the top 10 best diets specifically for weight loss:

  1. Weight Watchers
  2. Volumetrics
  3. Jenny Craig
  4. Vegan
  5. The Flexitarian
  6. DASH, The Engine 2, Ornish, Raw Food, SlimFast (tie)

Weather vs. climate: Why a cold winter doesn't refute climate change

Call it fortuitous timing. Hours before U.S. President Donald Trump issued a tweet last week panning climate change, a University of Georgia climatologist offered a lengthy pre-emptive explanation.

>> ‘Bombogenesis': What is it and why is everyone saying it?

“What we are seeing right now in the United States is just … well … wait for it … winter,” wrote Marshall Shepherd, director of the atmospheric science program at the University of Georgia and a former president of the American Meteorological Society.

>> What is a Nor’easter and how does it form?

Shepherd wrote that he would urge people to keep in mind that “weather is mood, climate is personality” and that weekly weather patterns say little about longer-term climate change.

>> Trump tweets ‘good old Global Warming’ could help with frigid temps

It came about 12 hours before Trump tweeted that forecasts were calling for record cold New Year’s Eve temperatures.

>> See the tweet here

Shepherd wrote that even as climate warms, the seasons will always change to winter and yield frigid weather, snowstorms and blizzards. After all, he said, winter is related to how the Earth is tilted on its axis as it revolves around the sun.

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Concludes Shepherd: "For now, the message for this week and the next seven days is that winter is reminding us that it still exists and always will even as our climate warms. Prepare accordingly, stay warm and help others."

New Year's baby born on freeway after South Carolina police chase

A South Carolina father watched his baby girl’s birth while he was in handcuffs.

>> Watch the news report here

WCIV-TV reports Carl Alewine’s fiancee’s water broke early on New Year’s morning and he was racing down Interstate 26 near Charleston to get her to the hospital.

>> On WSOCTV.com: South Carolina woman slips out of handcuffs, hijacks cruiser, deputies say

The car was traveling at more than 90 miles per hour when several law enforcement officers started chasing Alewine.

He just kept going until officers eventually boxed him in and forced him to pull over.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

They had Alewine in handcuffs when his little girl, Anastasia, came out with one push.

>> On WSOCTV.com: New section in North Carolina DMV handbook explains what to do when pulled over

"I'm sitting there, watching her born on the hood of the car, fireworks going off in the background, because it's 1 in the morning on New Year's and then they let me out of handcuffs and all the cops started clapping and congratulating us," Alewine recalled.

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The baby was born healthy, even though the mother went through a high-risk pregnancy. 

The family said they're thankful for the first responders' help. 

Plane disappears from radar over Gulf of Mexico after taking off from Oklahoma City

A plane that took off from the Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is missing.

The small aircraft, which can seat five people, was supposed to land in Georgetown, Texas, but radar data shows that it kept going and flew south over the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Coast Guard said it is searching for the last point of contact to confirm whether or not the plane is lost. Officials with NORAD sent four F-16 fighter jets to aid in the search. 

Authorities found the plane, but officials said they could not get the pilot to respond. 

The pilots of the fighter jets said they could only see one person on board -- the pilot. 

Mexican authorities, the US Coast Guard and the State Department are now in charge of the investigation. 

The plane is registered to Abide Aviation LLC out of Edmond, Oklahoma.

The aircraft is a Cirrus SR-22, which is usually equipped with a parachute system that requires someone to pull a lever in the event of an emergency.

Delta flight forced to return to Atlanta airport twice

A Delta flight on its way to London turned around and returned to Atlanta for a second time overnight

>> Delta warns flights may be affected by Southeast winter weather

Delta Flight 284 took off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

Delta told WSB-TV that pilots heard a noise coming from the plane and out of an abundance of caution decided it was in their best interest to turn the plane around. 

>> Bird enters cockpit, forcing airplane’s return to gate

According to Flightaware.com, the flight made it just over the North Carolina border when it turned around. 

The plane landed safely shortly before 9:30 p.m. at Hartsfield-Jackson.

A Delta representative said the passengers heading to London would be placed on another flight, which was expected to take off around 11 p.m. Tuesday. That plane took off but then turned around again at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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The third flight is not scheduled to leave until Wednesday night, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Here's what Kathy Griffin did on first New Year's Eve after CNN fired her

Comic Kathy Griffin‘s social media post depicting a bloody image of herself posed with a prop head of President Donald Trump prompted tour cancellations and got her fired from her gig co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast.

>> PHOTOS: New Year's celebrations around the world

That was seven months ago.

By New Year’s Eve, Griffin had found new footing – and made some new plans with her mom and her puppy:

>> Watch the video here

Griffin posted a somber video shortly after the firestorm sparked by the image, saying, “I sincerely apologize. I’m a comic. I crossed the line ... I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”

>> Mariah Carey finds her New Year's tea, takes Twitter by storm

She soon struck a more defiant chord, suggesting during a news conference that anger over the image was a political cover.

“We all know what’s going on here. They’re using me as a shiny object so that nobody’s talking about his FBI investigation…I’ve had everybody turn on me. I just want to make everybody laugh.”

She went on to call Trump a “fool.”

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“My impression is that they have mobilized their Army,” she said at the time. “It’s quite clear to me that they are using me as a distraction. I’m not going to be collateral damage for this fool. I think he’s a fool. I think the president is a fool.”

She became emotional, asked what the future holds: “I don’t think I will have a career over this. I’m going to be honest. He broke me.”

Turns out, he didn't.

Slain Colorado officer's 4-year-old daughter consoles her grieving mother at vigil

Gracie Parrish, the widow of the 29-year-old Colorado police officer who was shot and killed on New Year’s Eve in Douglas County, said she never imagined the love and support across America would be like this.

Parrish stepped up to a podium at Mission Hills Church in Littleton on Monday night and spoke to the crowd that had gathered there to pay their respects to her husband, Zackari Parrish.

>> On Rare.us: Slain Douglas County Deputy identified as Zackari Parrish, 29

Through tears, she thanked everyone at the church and also asked friends, family and colleagues of her husband to come forward and tell stories about him.

“I am overwhelmed with by the love and support of the community and of the nation. Never in my world would I have imagined this,” she said, according to KUSA. “And I will raise my girls to love you.”

The most moving moment of the vigil came when Parrish’s 4-year-old whispered in her ear.

>> Watch the video here

“It’s OK, Mama, it’s OK. Just be happy,” the girl said.

“I will do everything in my power, Zack Parrish, to honor you. And I will raise these girls to love you,” Gracie Parrish said.

>> Boy sings 'Coco' song at late baby sister's altar in emotional viral video

President Donald Trump reacted on Twitter Sunday afternoon to the news of Parrish’s death in the line of duty by sending condolences to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office victims and their families.

“My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County @DCSheriff, and their families. We love our police and law enforcement – God Bless them all! #LESM” he said.

Parrish was killed and four others law enforcement officers were wounded Sunday, New Year’s Eve. Two civilians were also injured.

The shooting happened after deputies were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in Highlands Ranch, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) said on Twitter. The gunman was also shot and killed.

Shots were fired in the course of the investigation at the Copper Canyon Apartments, a landscaped complex 16 miles (28 kilometers) south of Denver, the sheriff’s office said. Residents in the vicinity were advised to stay inside and avoid exterior walls and windows.

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A hospital where three people were taken for treatment says those people suffered noncritical injuries. Another nearby hospital said it received four patients but wouldn’t release their conditions.

The DSCO shared video on Twitter of a motorcade procession for the fallen deputy.

Officers said the shooter was Matthew Riehl, 37. Riehl died Sunday during what officials called an ambush at his apartment building in Highlands Ranch. He fired more than 100 rounds in his apartment before he was killed by a SWAT team, authorities said.

Authorities reportedly had been contacted with concerns about Riehl’s mental health over a month before the violence Sunday; however, Riehl was never held for mental evaluation.

>> On Rare.us: President Trump reacts to Colorado shooting

Riehl was honorably discharged from the Wyoming Army National Guard in 2012 and was an Iraq War veteran.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Chocolate could disappear as early as 2050, scientists say

There is some very sad news, chocolate lovers.

International Business Times reported that chocolate could vanish as early as 2050. Scientists are fighting to save the plant that brings the world the delicacy, the cacao plant.

>> Dogs at higher risk of chocolate poisoning during holiday season

Cacao plants can only survive in a handful of specific regions, but those regions have since become volatile. The plants are frequent victims of fungal disease, climate change and cocoa swollen shoot virus, or CSSVD.

Scientists and researchers at places like UC Berkeley and Mars Inc. hope to use technology to modify the cacao plant seeds to become adaptable to more climates.

And the technology wouldn’t just stop at cacao leaves.

Jennifer Doudna, geneticist and inventor of the CRISPR being used on the cacao seeds, thinks the experiment could change the way food is grown.

“Personally, I’d love a tomato plant with fruit that stayed on the vine longer,” she said.

But all is not terrible in the land of chocolate news.

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World-renowned Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut unveiled another type of chocolate called “ruby chocolate” in September.

The pink-hued creation with berry undertones joined the ranks of dark, milk and white chocolate nearly 80 years after the introduction of white chocolate. The ruby chocolate does not obtain its color or flavoring from additives. Instead, the chocolate was created following over a decade of testing a special cocoa bean.

Boy sings 'Coco' song at late baby sister's altar in emotional viral video

A Texas boy is reminding people that love lives on forever, no matter what.

Alex Deais, 4, of San Antonio said goodbye to his 4-month-old baby sister, Ava Lynn, last May. For her first birthday, he sang a special song for his sister, which his mother, Stephanie Deais, caught on camera.

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The emotional video shows Alex strumming a tune on his plastic guitar while he sings “Remember Me” from the movie “Coco.” He didn’t know he was being recorded because he was facing a photo of his sister.

>> Watch the video here

Ava Lynn’s first birthday would have been Dec. 30.

Alex’s parents posted the video to Twitter, where it has been viewed more than 1 million times.

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