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Pregnant woman bitten by brown recluse spider while sleeping

A pregnant woman is still recovering from a brown recluse spider bite that happened while she was sleeping happened about a month ago.

Kendall Butler said she woke up, killed the spider and took it to the hospital with her immediately.

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Doctors were able to stop the infection and keep her unborn child safe by using antibiotics. However, she does have a large area of skin on her stomach that died because of the spider’s venom.

Doctors said they don’t want to fully treat the wound yet because of the baby. Originally, the plan was to evacuate the wound and then look into skin grafts once the child is born.

Now, Butler’s doctors say the wound needs to be evacuated sooner. They will wait until July 10 when the baby is seven weeks from the due date. Experts believe she’ll be strong enough by then to be born early, just in case anything happens during the procedure.

A Green Country entomologist said that Oklahoma’s mild winter caused more dangerous insects to come out early.

Experts say people should take precautions against insects while outside, but that there isn’t much to be done indoors but have homes sprayed.

The Centers for Disease Control says that even though people fear bug spray with DEET is bad for pregnant women, it’s actually recommended with the same precautions as those who are not pregnant or lactating.

Uber now allows users to request a ride for someone else

Need to help your friend or family member catch a ride? Uber can help you out, because you can now use the service to request a car for someone else. 

The company announced the news this week, revealing you can book a trip for anyone in your contact list, even if they don’t have the app. 

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“We’re committed to providing safe, reliable transportation options for everyone in the family – including seniors,” Uber said in a post on its newsroom site. “So no matter where your loved ones need to be – and where you are located – a safe, reliable ride is just a few taps away.”

Related: Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO, report says

When you’re ready for an Uber, you will have the option to select yourself or another person as a passenger. Once the request has been processed, the rider will receive a text message with all the details of the trip, a link to track it and the direct contact information for the driver.

RELATED: Is Uber safe? People questioning after reports of recent assaults 

You will also be able to follow along and pay for the trip with the card stored in the app. For areas that accept cash, the passenger can pay for the ride at the end of the trip.

The feature, which is currently available in the U.S. and 30 other countries, became available on Tuesday.

Ohio man survives overdose on tracks as train passes over him

Emergency crews say a Middletown, Ohio, man who overdosed is lucky to be alive after he fell onto nearby railroad tracks.

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When Jesse O’Neill, 46, allegedly overdosed Friday night, he fell onto the railroad tracks near University Boulevard, fire officials said. O’Neill fell between the tracks, and he wasn’t hit when a Norfolk-Southern train passed over him around 8:30 p.m., officials said.

He was revived after Middletown paramedics gave him five milligrams of Narcan, according to Middletown Division of Police report. He was taken to Atrium Medical Center.

O’Neill told officers and paramedics he snorted heroin after he got into an argument with his live-in girlfriend. He told police he didn’t remember passing out nor the train passing over him.

The conductor told police he saw the man lying between the tracks, and by the time he stopped the train, 26 rail cars had passed over the man.

The train was stopped between 30 and 45 minutes and blocked four city intersections: University and Manchester, Central and University, First and University, and Grand Avenue and University, the report stated.

O’Neill was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and inducing panic.

Oxford English Dictionary extends definition of ‘woke’

If you’ve attended a social-justice protest or watched an episode of “Dear White People,” you’ve likely heard the word “woke.” But the term wasn’t being used to refer to sleep. It was being used to describe political awareness, and the Oxford English Dictionary is taking note. 

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This week, the organization has expanded the meaning of “woke.”  

It no longer just defines the word as the past participle of “wake.” It’s now also an adjective that means “alert to injustice in society, especially racism.”

“By the mid-20th century, woke had been extended figuratively to refer to being ‘aware’ or ‘well informed’ in a political or cultural sense,” Oxford told The Huffington Post. “In the past decade, that meaning has been catapulted into mainstream use with a particular nuance of ‘alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.’”

RELATED: ‘Fo’shizzle’ and ‘twerk’ among new words in Oxford Dictionary

The dictionary also noted that the word was popularized by Erykah Badu’s 2008 song “Master Teacher.” In it, she sings, “I stay woke.” The phrase began to be more widely used in 2014 in association with the Black Lives Matter movement.

RELATED: ‘Wine o'clock,’ ‘awesomesauce’ among new words in Oxford

“Woke” isn’t the only African American slang word to be added. “Bootylicious,” “bling bling” and “twerk” have also been included in the dictionary.

The word has been updated on Oxford’s website and in its upcoming print edition.

Video: Female sniper laughs after ISIS bullet explodes into wall over her head

In the war for the Middle East, locals have been trying to take their homeland back from the Islamic State. Rebel fighters, often trained by Americans and using American-provided weapons, fight the battles. In a new clip that has surfaced online, we see the resilience of the local fighters battling for their homeland.

According to Hemze Hamza, a journalist who uploaded the video to Twitter, the woman is a Kurdish fighter. He wrote, “Kurdish women have no fear.” Hamza is embedded with the YPG (Yekineyen Parastina Jin, the People’s Protection Units) in an all-female unit. Amazingly, after a bullet smashes into the wall inches from her head, she crouches down and laughs off the brush with death — she even sticks her tongue out. The footage was reportedly taken outside the ISIS-held city of Raqqa in Syria.

The West has become fascinated by the YPG, particularly their all-female forces. In 2014, a Kurdish fighter named Rehana went viral after a tweet claimed that she had killed more than 100 ISIS terrorists.

>> RELATED: Watch what happens when Somali pirates mess with Americans who break out the big guns

The United States has been supporting the YPG in hopes of defeating ISIS. In May, the Pentagon announced that President Donald Trump had authorized an arms shipment to the YPG. That announcement came only days before President Erdogan of Turkey visited the United States. Erdogan has been strongly opposed to the Kurdish forces and repeatedly criticized Obama for propping up the Kurds, telling Al-Jazeera, “Obama deceived us,” and calling the YPG a “terrorist group.” But Erdogan’s own visit was thrown into controversy after his personal security attacked protesters, a move that a bipartisan group of senators called “unacceptable.”

Major overhaul in works for Disney's Epcot

After nearly 40 years of fun, a major overhaul is in the works for Disney’s Epcot.

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Permits already filed reveal big changes for the Universe of Energy pavilion.

Sources said a "Guardians of the Galaxy" ride will likely be announced at D23, a fan event in California held in July.

There is also talk of a "Tron" light cycle ride, like the one in Japan.

>> Read: Disney gets permit to add gondola rides at theme park

WDW News Today said cast members are already being told Universe of Energy will close Oct. 1 to make room for a new roller coaster.

“Those permits are already filed. That’s months ahead and people don’t think Universe of Energy will last through the year,” said Tom Corless of WDW News Today.

Earlier this week, plans were also revealed for some kind of project between France and Morocco.

It’s rumored it will be "Ratatouille," which is already in Disneyland Paris.

“Clearly, the 'Ratatouille' ride, and whatever is going to replace Universe of Energy are happening immediately, like they’re going to begin construction by the end of the year,” Corless said.

According to WDW News Today, work will begin this fall and will be executed in phases.

The overhaul should be complete in five years, just in time for the park’s 40th birthday in the fall of 2022.

Fans, critics surprised, delighted at Kendall Jenner's birthday gift to North West

North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, turned 4 earlier this month. To celebrate, Kardashian and West gifted their daughter with a puppy, but it’s what North West’s aunt, Kendall Jenner, got her that fans are delighted by. 

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Jenner, 21, gave her niece a book with more than 20 science projects.

Along with the book were materials and ingredients for four of the projects. 

Kardashian, who said she loved the gift, shared video of the book and prepared kits on social media. She said she appreciated the creative package.

Many praised Jenner for getting the gift “instead of something expensive and lavish.” 

Sharks swim within arm’s reach of Florida beachgoers

A vacationer captured an incredible video of sharks swimming just off Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

Stephanie Stevens Adcock, from Arkansas, was off the coast of Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton when she spotted the sharks, according to KARK

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On Monday, Adcock shared the video and pictures on Facebook with the caption, “Yes that's my crazy husband in the green shirt ... WAY TO CLOSE to the sharp tooth sharks.”

Her husband wasn’t the only one dipping his toes in the shark-infested water. In the video, a group of beach goers got within arm’s reach of them. 

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One man even ran toward the water with snorkeling gear, while another woman is seen splashing the fish. 

Luckily no one was hurt, according to KARK.

Adcock’s video, which she posted as a cautionary tale, has been shared over 20,000 times. 

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Nuclear plant uses bikini contest to hire interns

A nuclear power station in Czech Republic got a toxic reaction from the public after it decided to use a swimsuit contest to hire interns. 

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CEZ's Temelin power station posted to their Facebook page photos of high school graduates posing in bikinis and hard hats last week, USA Today reported.

The post, which has since been deleted, said the woman with the greatest number of likes would be titled “Miss Energy 2017” and get a two-week internship. 

But many Facebook users scrutinized the station, commenting on how the post was “unprofessional” and “distasteful,” CNN reported. 

The plant apologized two days later on Facebook and said all 10 of the contestants would receive internships, Fox News reported.

"The purpose of the competition was to promote technical education," the post read. "But if the original vision raised doubts or concerns, we are very sorry."

Train misses man who overdosed, fell between tracks

Emergency crews say an Ohio man who overdosed is lucky to be alive after he fell onto nearby railroad tracks.

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When the man overdosed Friday night, he fell onto the railroad tracks near University Boulevard in Middletown, fire officials said. The man fell between the tracks, and he wasn’t hit when a train passed over him, officials said.

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The man was revived after Middletown paramedics gave him Narcan, fire officials said. He was transported to Atrium Medical Center.

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