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Police officer suspended after dressing up as clown

A police officer in White Hall, Arkansas, is facing disciplinary action after a photo of him dressed as a clown surfaced on the internet.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that White Hall Police Department Officer Dustin Summers, 28, posed for the photo Sept. 20.

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KATV reported that Summers, a school resource officer with the White Hall School District, took a photo dressed as a clown at a family gathering in his parent's home and posted it on social media.

White Hall police investigator Mickey Buffkin told KATV the incident happened days after the department received calls about clown sightings, which have been reported in multiple states.

Related: Stop reporting fake clown sightings near schools, deputies warn

The police department made an internal investigation after the photo surfaced on social media. KARK-TV reported that the investigation found Summers willfully dressed up as a clown and allowed himself to be photographed.

Heath Bennett, the school district's assistant superintendent, told the Democrat-Gazette the investigation only pertained to police and does not involve the school. Summers was moved to patrol duty.

Related: Creepy clown sightings spread to Georgia; 'not cute or funny,' police say

KATV reported Summers was suspended without pay, police said.

"No evidence was found linking the officer to the recent reported clown sighting in the White Hall, Pine Bluff area. The officer used poor judgment in the matter and has subsequently been disciplined," Bradley told KATV in a statement. "In light of recent sightings in the Pine Bluff, White Hall (area), the White Hall Police Department takes this matter seriously and holds its officers to a high standard of conduct. The White Hall Police Department apologizes for any concern this incident may have caused."

Crossing guard saves child from attempted kidnapping, police say

A Los Angeles school crossing guard is being called a hero after stopping an attempted kidnapping at an elementary school, police say.

Maria Ramirez, 50, is facing one count of felony kidnapping. Police say the 8-year-old girl was leaving the school on Aug. 16 when Ramirez reportedly grabbed her arm and said, “Come on, come on,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Crossing guard Adrian Young heard the girl screaming and rushed to help.

“She was like ‘Please don’t let her take me. I don’t know her. She’s not my mom,’” Young told KABC. “I kind of went into mother mode … because I couldn’t see myself letting this little girl be taken. I’m just grateful I was there.”

Young is less than 5 feet tall, but she managed to punch the woman before she ran away.

Officers were called to the scene and they were able to arrest Ramirez Wednesday. She is being held on $100,000 bail.

Police officer fired over apparent racist social media post

A part-time police officer in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, was terminated Tuesday after an apparent racist social media post involving the officer began circulating online, the mayor of McKeesport said.

The post in question is a photo of the officer in her police uniform with a caption that read, “I’m the law today” and ended with a racial slur. The image appeared on social media Tuesday afternoon and was shared hundreds of times.

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko addressed the issue on Facebook, writing, in part: “This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city.”

As Mayor of the City of McKeesport, I feel compelled to publicly address an issue that has come to my attention via...Posted by City of McKeesport - Mayor's Office on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Pitcairn Police Department also responded to the post, in which the officer appears to be wearing a Pitcairn police uniform. According to the department’s Facebook post, the woman is a former officer of the Pitcairn police force. “As the picture alone does not constitute misconduct, it is symbolic speech and protected under the First Amendment. However, it is the content of the text in the picture which is unacceptable,” the Police Department’s Facebook post read, in part.

There has been a picture circulating around of an ex female employee of the Pitcairn Police Department. As the picture...Posted by Pitcairn Police Department on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Jennifer Aniston's husband Justin Theroux talks Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie divorce

Jennifer Aniston's husband, actor Justin Theroux, has spoken out about the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce, but it seems as if he'd rather focus on other things.

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Theroux spoke to Business Insider as part of a press tour for his new movie, "Girl on the Train." The website asked Theroux about his thoughts on the news of his wife's famous ex-husband.

"As a child of divorce, all I can say is that's terrible news for (Jolie and Pitt's) children, and that's all you can really say," Theroux told Business Insider. "It's boring to sort of comment on anything else. People are having a bad time. That's horrible."

Related: Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt

Aniston was married to Pitt for five years. Pitt met Jolie when she was his co-star on the set of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in 2004, while he was still married to Aniston. Pitt and Aniston got a divorce and he and Jolie dated for 10 years before getting married in 2014.

Since Pitt's alleged affair with Jolie, Aniston has constantly been brought up in relation to the couple. The news of their divorce only restarted that chatter, which Theroux seems to mention.

Related: Now Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's wax figures are separated too

"There's an endless appetite for trash, apparently, though everyone would say that they don't have that appetite," Theroux said. "But I think a lot of people do because people buy it. But there are bigger things to (expletive) about. It's shocking how much bandwidth things can take up when there are far more important things going on in the world."

Although Aniston has remained quiet about the news, it's clear her husband has some pointed opinions.

Couple shares premature baby’s first year, one second at a time

A dad is sharing his daughter’s first year of life in a touching 365-second tribute.

Bradley Mitchell’s daughter was born six weeks premature. The Canadian couple said the first few weeks were wrought with uncertainty.

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“At the time, we had no idea what the future may (or may not) hold,” Mitchell wrote on YouTube.

On September 10, they celebrated her first birthday, and as a tribute, her dad strung together 365 video clips of his daughter, each documenting one day of her life.

Watch the touching tribute below:

Rob Kardashian gets upset, tweets half-sister Kylie Jenner's phone number

While millions of people watched the first presidential debate of the election cycle, the celebrity world had news of its own.

Rob Kardashian, brother of Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian tweeted the number of his younger half-sister Kylie Jenner.

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E! News reported that Kardashian was upset with Kylie when she put together a baby shower for Kardashian, but did not invite his pregnant fiancee, Blac Chyna.

Chyna and the Kardashians have regularly been at odds -- although at times friendly -- with each other since Jenner has been on-again, off-again with rapper Tyga. Tyga was once engaged to Chyna, and the two have a son together.

The tweets -- which are still up at the time this story has been published -- reference a baby shower his family threw for him without inviting Chyna.

"Didn't invite the mother of my child to a baby shower you all were trying to throw for me?! You all must have lost your (expletive) minds," Kardashian tweeted Monday.

But that was not before Kardashian tweeted Jenner's number with little to no context, except to say that he was not hacked and it is indeed him tweeting the digits.

"Kylie’s #….I ain’t hacked either this is Rob dog lol," he tweeted along with the cellphone number.

Twitter gave the number some calls and texts, but a call to the number gives an automated message that it is no longer active.

High school soccer team forfeits after other team refuses to play against girl teammates

An Arizona high school boys’ soccer team forfeited a recent match after the other team refused to play because of the two female players on the team.

The Arizona Republic reported that the Foothills Academy College Prep boys’ soccer team's opponent, Faith Christian, would not take the field Friday because of the two female players on the Foothills’ side.

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This is the second time a school has objected to the female players. The first time, the two female players sat out and Foothills lost the game, but the school declined to comply to the request this time.

"Actually, it was the team's decision," Foothills coach Steven Rains said. "They would not play without their team. They felt the girls earned the right to be on the team. And they won't play without them."

Faith Christian officials cited religious beliefs as the reason they declined to play their male team against female players.

"I know it appears to fly in the face of what everyone is wanting to promote today, and that is equality," Dick Buckingham, administrative leader of Faith Christian, said. "It is based on a religious perspective that God created guys and girls differently. The difference physically, there is a strength advantage that men have over women. We want to teach our men that honor of ladies is just not in sports. We struggle how to teach that if we're allowing them to play against young ladies in a competitive game. We're the ones harmed because we're giving up a game. We think it's better to do that than give a mixed message."

The Arizona Republic reported on Monday that the first time another school refused to play Foothills, the girls’ mother decided to hold them from the game against Our Lady of Sorrows.

"I was like, 'I don't want this stuff to hurt the boys,' '' Noelle Avey said. "When it happened again, things changed. I would like to stress the outstanding character the boys on this team have shown by standing with their female teammates. I can't say enough about these boys, this team, the team parents, our coach, and our athletic director for supporting our female athletes. I believe one aspect of sport is that it brings different religions, races and genders together."

This isn’t the first time a game was forfeited due to a school declining to face female players on one side, according to the Arizona Republic, as a state championship baseball game was forfeited in 2012 after one school did not want to play the female player on the other team.

Bus driver heralded as hero after she saves 32 kids after fuel line breaks

A Virginia bus driver has garnered a lot of attention online after her daughter posted an image of her smiling in a hospital bed hours after she saved 32 kids on her bus after a fuel line leak.

The Loudoun Times-Mirror reported Michele Coates smelled smoke and was told by the students on her Loudoun County, Va., school bus that they noticed smoke and possibly flames on Friday. Coates immediately pulled over the bus and got the students off safely, but felt ill and was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

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"It's something you never expect to happen and you never thought you would encounter," Coates told the Times-Mirror. "It was very scary. My only thought was all these dear children's lives are in my hands and I have to save them."

All of the kids got off the bus safely, but 17 of the students were also taken to the hospital with symptoms related to exposure to the fumes. "I kept asking if all the kids were safe," Coates said. "Even in the ambulance and the hospital I kept asking."

Related: School bus driver saves 20 children after bus catches fire

Coates’ daughter, Autumn Echols, posted the photo of her in the hospital on Imgur, and the photo has garnered more than 1.4 million views as of Tuesday. "I just posted it to show just a few people," Echols told WUSA. "To say my mom is a hero. I thought it would make her happy. I wasn't expecting that many people."

WUSA reported that the school district blamed the fuel line break on "typical wear and tear," and the bus has been taken off the road for repairs. A bus driver in Maryland was also called a hero after she saved 20 kids on a school bus that caught on fire earlier this month.

My mom smiling after saving 40 kids off a burning school bus today

Plastic pieces prompt Tyson to recall 132,000 pounds of chicken nuggets

More than 132,000 pounds of chicken nuggets are under recall because they may be contaminated with pieces of hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday in a recall notice.

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Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling fully cooked "Panko Chicken Nugget" products that were produced July 18. The recall encompasses five-pound bags of nuggets, which were distributed for sale by retailers nationwide, and 20-pound cases that were shipped for institutional use in Pennsylvania.

The recall was prompted by complaints from customers who found "foreign matter" in their chicken nuggets, according to the USDA. Tyson told the government agency that the pieces of plastic found were around 21mm in length and 6.5 mm in diameter.

The Missouri-based company believes the fragments may have come from a plastic rod used by the company to connect a transfer belt during manufacturing.

Tyson hasn't gotten any reports of health issues caused by the plastic, although consumers are still being urged to throw away or return the chicken nuggets.

The following products fall under the recall notice:

  • Five-pound bags of Tyson's "Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets" with a "Best If Used By" date of July 18, 2017 and case codes 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33
  • Twenty-pound bulk packages of "Spare Time Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters with Rib Meat" with a production date of July 18, 2016 and case code 2006SDL03

Both products have the establishment number "EST. 13556" printed next to the "Best If Use By" dates on the back packaging.

Good Samaritans lift SUV off trapped child

A group of good Samaritans are being called heroes after they successfully rolled over an SUV to free a 9-year-old girl trapped underneath.

According to Bay News 9, a group of people pulled over alongside I-75 in Ruskin, Florida, after a Ford Excursion flipped over a guardrail into the median, landing on its roof.

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Dayna Gibson and her father, David Lowe, witnessed the crash. Along with several other good Samaritans, they were able to rescue the 31-year-old driver, but her 9-year-old daughter was pinned beneath the overturned car.

“She told us that her youngest daughter was under the vehicle,” Gibson told Bay News 9. “So at that time all of us ran around to the other side and we saw the little girl’s arm sticking out from under the vehicle.”

Gibson said they were initially unable to roll over the SUV. About 50 other drivers pulled to the side of the road and rushed to help, eventually freeing the girl.

“We achieved what would have been impossible by coming together,” Gibson said. “There were people from all walks of life there; it didn’t matter.”

The three passengers in the car were taken to a nearby hospital and are expected to be OK.

A Ford Excursion was traveling in the northbound lanes of I-75 towards Gibsonton Drive when a rear tire ruptured. The driver lost control, veering into the grassy median and flipping over the guardrail.Posted by Bay News 9 on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Transgender child actor will be a TV first

Meet Jackson Millarker. He's an actor who's transgender, and he's starring in this week's episode of "Modern Family."

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Not only is this the first time the ABC show has cast a child actor who's transgender, but it's also the first time any TV show has done that.

Just a week ago, "Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor urged Hollywood to cast more transgender actors and actresses during his Emmy acceptance speech.

"I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television," Tambor said.

Related: 'Transparent' star calls for more opportunities for transgender actors

GLAAD's most recent "Where We Are on TV" report found there were only seven transgender roles on scripted shows last season — none of which were on the five major broadcast networks.

But only some of those seven characters are played by actors who are transgender.

Perhaps that's starting to change. CBS will debut a new show midseason starring Laverne Cox, marking broadcast TV's first transgender character to be a series regular.

And we're not surprised "Modern Family" is bucking tradition. After all, its characters have always pushed the boundaries, so why should its casting be any different?

'Hillary's Shimmy' is now a thing on social media

Hillary Clinton may not have a future on “Dancing  with the Stars,” she has bigger fish to fry, but she did pop a move during the first presidential debate Monday night that has the social media world talking.

And shimmying.

It was a little shrug of the shoulders, a response to a claim she doesn’t have the temperament to be president, that took only hours to become a “thing” on the internet.

A viral “thing,” in fact.

When Clinton heard her opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump say, "I have a much better temperament than she does,” it seemed it was all Clinton could do to contain herself. She sighed, said “Ok,” then gave a little shimmy.

The move lasted a little bit longer than just a shudder -- not as long as a full shoulder roll.

It went like this:

At that moment, or soon thereafter, a gif was born, and it was named “Hillary’s shimmy.” The most popular gif using the move also  featured  former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and some cat that,  frankly, knows how to shake it.

Here’s a few versions of the “Hillary shimmy”:

You get the picture.

Whether this moment, out of  an hour-and-a-half of moments, will define the debate is another question. 

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado: 5 things to know about latest Trump target

During Monday’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton brought up Donald Trump’s treatment of women, specifically one woman, 1997 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado.

She opened up about her treatment by Trump during the Miss Universe pageant in an interview released on Clinton’s Twitter account. Trump responded on Tuesday on Fox and Friends, telling them that Machado “was the worst we ever had” and that she “gained a massive amount of weight.”

This isn’t the first time Machado has spoken out about the presidential candidate. Here are five instances between the Republican nominee and the former Miss Universe:

1. Machado gains 60 pounds following Miss Universe run

In a 1997 report by CNN, it was reported that nine months after being crowned Miss Universe, Machado gained “nearly 60 pounds.” In the article, Trump told CNN that some people “eat too much” when they get under pressure and said that “a lot of you folks have weight problems.”

2. Machado told The New York Times that Trump “pushed her to lose weight”

In a report by the newspaper in May, Machado detailed what happened after she gained the weight, saying that she asked for time to “recuperate,” but was thrust back into the limelight.

“I said, 'I don’t want to do this, Mr. Trump.' He said, 'I don’t care,' ” Machado told The New York Times. Trump added that he “will plead guilty” to pushing her to lose weight.

3.  Trump referred to Machado as an “eating machine” during a Howard Stern interview

According to Politico, Trump used the phrase to describe Machado in an interview with the radio personality. Politico added that Trump also admitted to taking her to exercise in a gym while “nearly 100 media outlets” watched.

4. Machado detailed her Miss Universe experience with Trump during an interview with Inside Edition

In the May interview, Machado said that Trump is “not a good person” and said he “made her feel so fat” and it led to her being “very depressed.” According to Inside Edition, a reporter asked Trump at the time what would happen if his then-wife Marla struggled with weight issues. He replied, “Well, I’d probably do the same thing with her. I'd say 'start working out.' No, I wouldn't. Still a very interesting question.”

5. Trump said Tuesday that Machado’s weight and attitude were a “real problem”

In the interview with Fox and Friends on Tuesday, Trump called Machado “the worst.”

“She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. ... not only that, her attitude," Trump told the panel. "And Hillary went back into the years and ... found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Teresa, and it wasn't quite that way, but that's OK. Hillary has to do what she has to do."

The Clinton campaign responded by tweeting out an interview with Machado where she talked about being “scared of (Trump)” and saying that he was “overwhelming” and yelled at her “all the time.”

'Registrarse para votar' Google searches hit all-time high during debate

Google searches for the Spanish phrase “registrarse para votar,” which means “register to vote” hit an all-time high during the presidential debate Monday night, with more than 200,000 searches.

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The search volume was highest in the important swing state of Florida, followed by Texas, California, New Jersey and Nevada, according to Google.

Voting can be done in Florida by mail or in person. Information is available on the website below in English or Spanish. 

PDF: Voter registration application in English

PDF: Voter registration application in Spanish

Artículo en Español: 

Google alcanzó un máximo historio de búsquedas durante el debate presidencial el lunes por la noche sobre “registrame para votar”. Registrando más de 200,000 búsquedas, en su pico.

Las búsquedas fueron más prominentes en los estados claves como Florida, seguido por Texas, California, New Jersey y Nevada, según Google.

Puede votar por correo o en persona. Las siguientes páginas electrónicas tienen toda la información para el votante y la planilla en español para que se registre. 

PDF en español: Planilla de registration del votante 

Trooper trumps carpool lane cheater

A Washington state trooper may have done a double take before pulling over a driver in Auburn on Tuesday morning.

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Motorcycle Trooper Greg Ulrich stopped a vehicle in the northbound lanes of State Route 167, Trooper Rick Johnson said. The vehicle was in the carpool lane and had a presidential passenger – a large Donald Trump head cutout attached to the passenger side headrest.

It's unclear whether the driver had a heated debate with the trooper before proclaiming that the HOV lane was "rigged."

Brazilian construction workers find 30-foot anaconda

Brazilian construction workers were blown away when a slithering serpent wound up on their site.

According to the Daily Mail, the snake was reportedly 33 feet long and weighed nearly 900 pounds. Workers were forced to use a crane to lift it out of the construction site so they could get back to work.

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The videos received backlash from people who saw the snake was chained down during the removal process. 

“I’m not sure this is real, but if it is, shame on these people for killing it! A snake that big has probably been alive for a very long time now, just to be killed for a few pictures?? What a waste…'” one user wrote.

It is unclear whether the snake was killed during the removal process.

UPDATE: Editors are researching claims that the photo/video and corresponding story by the Daily Mail may be inaccurate. Snopes.com suggests that the video may have actually originated in a 2012 Indonesian forum. 

The current Guinness World Records record holder for the largest snake in captivity is Medusa, a 25-foot-long snake in Kansas City.

Grandma's selfie of husband doing her hair is proof of true love

Perhaps true love does exist.

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After having surgery on her wrist Amy Pennington’s grandmother was unable to do her hair, so her husband helped.

“My grandma had surgery on her wrist and couldn't do her own hair so my grandpa did it for her,” Pennington wrote on Twitter. “Cuteness overload.”

Pennington shared the image on social media, garnering praise for her example of everlasting love.

However, Pennington might not want to let her grandmother know.

“My grandma would be so upset that she's Twitter famous off a picture of herself in her robe with no makeup,” Pennington said.

Multistate E. coli outbreak prompts meat recall

A multistate meat recall has been issued after several people became ill over the summer.

Adams Farm Slaughterhouse has recalled beef, veal and bison products, that may have been contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The recalled products include a date range between July 21, 2016, and Sept. 22, 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture recall notice, which provides establishment and lot numbers affected by the recall. Some products might have been frozen, so consumers are urged to check their freezers.

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According to the USDA, seven people have become ill, and five were hospitalized, with all cases involving the consumption of beef products from Adams Farm. Illnesses have been reported in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  No deaths have been reported.

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure which can be deadly in young children and older adults.

Naked Mike Rowe confronts drone flying overhead with shotgun

Former "Dirty jobs" host Mike Rowe confronted a drone in the nude with a shotgun that awakened him while it was video recording near his house.

However, while Rowe pumped the shotgun he did not pull the trigger.

“I froze, because I could see the video that might very well appear on the local news, (with considerable blurring, naturally.) The same video that might soon appear on my mother’s computer screen, along with the headline -- ‘Dirty Jobs Guy Totally Loses It -- Gets Naked and Shoots Drone From San Francisco Skies,’” Rowe wrote in a Facebook post about the incident last Tuesday. “Somewhere, in the logical part of my brain, it occurred to me that nothing good can come from an angry B-list celebrity standing on his deck with no clothes and a loaded shotgun.”

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Instead he simply took a photo of the peeping drone as proof of the occurrence.

Rowe hopes the image he took is all that emerges and that whatever video was captured is not released.

“I sincerely hope not, but I know it’s out there, and there isn’t much I can do about it but make sure -- if the unthinkable occurs -- that you can all say you heard it here first,” Rowe said.

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