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Nanny allegedly beats toddler with special needs in shocking video

A nanny in Southern California is out of a job and facing charges after a video surfaced that allegedly shows her beating a toddler with special needs in her care.

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According to KCBS, the mother of the child, Dyanna Ko, installed a “nanny cam” app and caught the entire incident on video. She said she and her husband were at their other son’s baseball game when they watched the scene unfold in real time on their app.

The 2-year-old child suffers from Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, Ko said. She told the station that her son is “blind in one eye, is nonverbal, eats through a feeding tube and requires care 24 hours a day.”

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The nanny, who has been identified as Thelma Manalastas, allegedly hit the child on the legs and then hit him with a rolled-up magazine, KCBS reported.

Ko said she almost passed out when she watched the video at the game. She immediately called the police, who came and arrested Manalastas, KCBS reported.

The company that the nanny works for said in a statement, “We have notified the California Board of Nursing and will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities as they investigate this matter.”

The couple reportedly filed a lawsuit against the company and the nanny.

Shocking Facebook Live video shows aftermath of apparent drug overdose

A frightening Facebook Live video from Massachusetts shows the life-and-death struggle that follows an apparent drug overdose.

WARNING: The video and details that follow are graphic. Viewer discretion is advised. Click to see the entire seven-minute video.

Posted just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Dorchester area of Boston, a man confronts a couple in a car about using drugs in his neighborhood.

A needle is visible, lying in the woman’s lap.

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The woman wakes up as the resident confronts her, but the man in the passenger seat does not.

The couple in the video carry their own Narcan, according to the woman, and she retrieves it from the trunk. She then starts doing CPR.

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The man who confronted them keeps filming and tries to help.

“Do you have a pulse? ... The police are coming,” he can be heard saying.

The woman asks the man how long they had been sitting in the car.

“Ya’ll had been sitting here for a while, and we could tell what ya’ll were up to,” he responded.

>> Doctor charged with murder in patients’ opioid deaths

The woman, still performing CPR, thanks him.

A Boston police officer arrives and shortly after the man begins to move, and then vomits.

“I’m glad you came back, man,” said the man filming the video.

The video has been shared more than 20,000 times and has more than 2 million views, capturing people’s attention from around the country.

>> Police officer overdoses after accidental contact with fentanyl on traffic stop

While it might be shocking to see, emergency workers said these scenes are an everyday occurrence.

“I'll say almost once a shift now we're doing overdoses," said Debra Johnson with Brewster Ambulance.

In Boston so far this year, EMTs have responded to more than 1,300 overdose calls, which is on par with 2016. That’s about 7.5 calls a day.

The number of fatalities, however, has doubled from last year.

“A lot of the people that we find deceased that we refer to the Medical Examiner are somebody who maybe used alone,” said Chief Jim Hooley, a Boston EMT.

Prince Harry affectionately calls Duchess Kate the 'big sister he never had'

In an interview with Newsweek, Prince Harry opened up about his relationship with sister-in-law Kate Middleton and how she helped him come to terms with his mother’s death.

>> Prince Harry opens up about Diana's funeral, doesn't think any royals want to be king or queen

“There was no filling the hole left by Diana’s death, and Harry seemed to be growing up without someone emotionally available he could lean on,” an excerpt from the story reads. “Kate has helped fill some of that gap. When she and William got engaged, Harry called her the big sister he never had. He often pops into their apartment at Kensington Palace, where she cooks him a meal — roast chicken is reportedly a particular favorite.”

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Prince Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate all live together at Kensington Palace in London, where Harry lives in a two-bedroom cottage on the grounds, and his brother and Middleton live in a 22-room apartment in the palace itself. Their proximity allows them to maintain a close bond.

>> PHOTOS: Prince Harry through the years

“Kate has quite a different relationship with Harry than she has with William. Harry appeals to her sillier side because he is carefree, footloose and loves banter. He finds things funny about people and says so,” a source told the Daily Mail last year. “Kate also adores the way Harry plays with her children — he is very good with them, a charming big kid and silly uncle.”

Now, the in-laws often carry out their royal duties together, such as promoting their “Heads Together” campaign to raise awareness on mental health.

Doctor charged with murder in patients' opioid deaths

A Midwest City, Oklahoma, doctor is facing murder charges in connection with the opioid-related deaths of five patients.

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According to The Associated Press and Washington Post, police arrested Dr. Regan Nichols on Friday and charged her with five counts of second-degree murder.

One of the patients, Sheila Bartels, reportedly died after overdosing on painkillers in 2012. The Post reported that on the day Bartels was discovered dead, she had filled a prescription for 510 pills.

The AP also reported that Nichols “prescribed more than 3 million doses of controlled dangerous drugs from 2010-2014" and in 2010 “prescribed one 47-year-old patient a total of 450 pills.”

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“Nichols prescribed patients, who entrusted their well-being to her, a horrifyingly excessive amount of opioid medications,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said, according to the AP, adding that her "blatant disregard for the lives of her patients is unconscionable.”

Nichols was released from prison on $50,000 bail.

U.S. suspends Brazilian beef imports over safety concerns

All imports of fresh beef from Brazil have been halted because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Thursday.

The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.

The action comes three months after a major scandal erupted in Brazil over allegedly corrupt inspectors at slaughter and processing facilities. Brazilian officials said then that meat companies paid inspectors to overlook violations and certify tainted or rotten meat or not make inspections at all.

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However, before the crackdown, rotten meat was distributed in Brazil and exported to Europe.

Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil. FSIS has refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products.

That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world. Since the implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots (approximately 1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian beef products due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues. It is important to note that none of the rejected lots made it into the U.S. market.

The Brazilian government had pledged to address those concerns, including by self-suspending five facilities from shipping beef to the United States. Today’s action to suspend all fresh beef shipments from Brazil supersedes the self-suspension.

Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

“Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions, and it’s one we undertake with great seriousness. Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American consumers. That’s what we’ve done by halting the import of Brazilian fresh beef. I commend the work of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for painstakingly safeguarding the food we serve our families.”

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The U.S. is not a major importer of beef from Brazil because the U.S. produces more beef and veal than Brazil does. This year, U.S. beef and veal production are expected to grow 5 percent to more than 12 million tons, reaching a nine-year high, according to USDA reports.

In 2016, the U.S. exported $6.3 billion in beef and beef products globally. The major importers of beef to the U.S. are Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with Brazil ranking fifth.

In May, Brazil re-opened its doors to U.S. fresh beef exports after a 13-year hiatus, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service reported.

In 2003, Brazil closed its market fresh beef imports from the U.S. over concerns about bone spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Farmers Union applauded the decision to suspend the importation of Brazilian beef and said it has long had concerns about the importation of fresh beef from Brazil.

“Since the 2015 repeal of Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), food safety scandals can undermine consumer confidence in the entire beef industry, harming American producers’ bottom line. This incident underscores the importance of COOL to protect American beef producers and consumers alike,” NFU officials said in a statement.

Monday, several cattle-ranching groups sued the USDA in Spokane, asking that it overturn its decision to not require country-of-origin labeling on meat imports. Without the labeling, imported meat can be sold as a U.S. product.

Grieving father buries wrong man after coroner error 

A California dad got a call on May 6 that no parent ever wants to receive: it was news that his son had passed away. The problem is that just wasn’t the case.

Frank Kerrigan, 82, got a phone call that day from the Orange County coroner saying that his 57-year-old son, also named Frank, had died next to a Verizon store in Fountain Valley.

Kerrigan told the Orange County Register that authorities said his son was identified through fingerprints and that he died from an enlarged heart and fluid in his lungs. The father also said that he only saw the body days before a $20,000 funeral ceremony and burial and that between his grief and what he’d been told by authorities that he believed he was really looking at his son.

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 “I took a little look and touched his hair. I didn’t know what my dead son was going to look like,” he said. “When somebody tells me my son is dead, when they have fingerprints, I believe them.”

Kerrigan said that he asked if he had to go down to the coroner’s office to identify his son, but was told that fingerprints had already confirmed who he was.

“If he wasn’t identified by fingerprints I would been there [to identify him] in a heartbeat,” he added.

Six days after getting that call, a funeral and a burial took place for someone who wasn’t actually Kerrigan’s son, a fact that he would learn on another phone 17 days after the whole ordeal began.

A family friend named Bill Shinker, who was a pallbearer at the funeral, called up Kerrigan on May 23 and revealed that Frank Kerrigan the younger was alive.

“Bill put my son on the phone,” Kerrigan said. “He said, ‘Hi Dad.’”

The Kerrigan family is demanding answers as to how this egregious error occurred and they retained legal representation. Attorneys from Easton & Easton, LLP are filing a claim on behalf of the family due to the coroner’s negligence with the allegation attached that the younger Kerrigan was treated differently because he is homeless and mentally ill.

“The people that we put in place to handle things, when they make these kind of mistakes, they have to be held accountable,” W. Douglas Easton said.

Frank Kerrigan’s sister Carol Meikle believes her brother was treated differently because he’s homeless.

“He was not given the dignity and the due-diligence in the process that a normal citizen of Orange County would get,” she said. “We lived through our worst fear. He was dead on the sidewalk. We buried him. Those feelings don’t go away.”

KABC reported that the coroner has not responded for comment The coroner would not comment and the county has six months to respond to the claim.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprises children at zoo

A group of young Zoo Atlanta visitors had quite the memorable experience this week when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showed up.

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“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?"

Officers rescue woman in wheelchair from floodwaters

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.

Texas mother left children in hot car to teach them 'lesson,' police say

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.

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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.

2 Chainz creates Atlanta's latest landmark

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.”

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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. 

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