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WATCH: Angry bull destroys SUV, terrifying people inside

A terrifying viral video shows an angry bull terrorizing the streets of Peñalver, Spain.

In the July 1 clip, posted to Rumble in late November by ViralHog, the bull runs toward people who quickly dart over fences to get out of its path.

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Suddenly, the bull then turns and attacks an SUV sitting on the side of the road with people inside.

The bull lifts the car off its front wheels several times, puncturing a front tire and shaking up the people inside a bit before turning away.

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Source: Bull Destroys 4x4 by ViralHog on Rumble


Ikea expands paid parental leave to 4 months for US employees

Ikea announced on Tuesday that effective Jan. 1, it will offer a new parental leave policy in the U.S. for workers who are expanding their families, providing up to four months of paid leave.

This includes salaried and hourly workers, both mothers and fathers, and adoptive and foster parents. The company said the expanded policy was introduced to ensure employees have the opportunity to bond with their children and connect as a new family. 

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“At Ikea, we believe time with family and friends is so important for a healthy work-life balance and a happy and productive workforce.” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “This benefit, which applies to all parents, will give our co-workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families when welcoming a child. Our co-workers are our most important resource, which is why we continue to invest in helping them reach their dream.” 

CNN writes that the change in policy comes as other companies adjust their paternal leave policies in an effort to modernize workers' benefits and increase employee retention. Last year, Netflix began offering parents "unlimited" paid leave for a year. Other tech companies such as Adobe and Microsoft also have adjusted their parental benefits. 

'Heartbeat bill': Ohio lawmakers pass controversial anti-abortion legislation

The Ohio legislature Tuesday approved one of the nation’s toughest abortion laws, and the bill is now headed to Gov. John Kasich for his signature or veto.

Votes in the Ohio Senate and House capped a long day of maneuvering on a bill that would effectively outlaw abortions by banning the procedure once a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

First Ohio senators voted 21-10 for the bill, which is different than the one the House approved last year. After more than 90 minutes of emotional debate, the House voted 56-39 late Tuesday in favor of the changes. The votes were mostly along party lines with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition.

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, who previously balked at passing such bills because he said they would face constitutional challenges, said the election of Republican Donald Trump and an opening on the U.S. Supreme Court changes the dynamics.The Ohio House in March 2015 approved the so-called “heartbeat bill” that anti-abortion groups have been pushing for the last five years.

Kasich press secretary Emmalee Kalmbach wouldn’t say whether he favors the bill but added, “The governor believes in the sanctity of human life and has a strong, consistent pro-life record.” Kalmbach is a former staff member of Ohio Right to Life.

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State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miami Township, said: “This bill has been a priority of the pro-life community for a long time, and I’m happy to see it finally go to the governor’s desk. I believe it will protect the innocent lives of thousands in Ohio.”

State Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, spoke against the bill: “There is a time and a place for government. This is not one of them.”

If it becomes law, it would be one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation and would likely spark a constitutional challenge. Opponents noted that it does not include an exception for victims of rape or incest and it could burden taxpayers with costly litigation.

Faith2Action has been advocating for the heartbeat bill since 2011 while Ohio Right to Life has refused to endorse it, seeing it as strategically risky. Similar laws adopted in Arkansas and North Dakota have been struck down by federal courts. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals on those rulings.

Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio called it an unconstitutional bill to block women’s access to safe and legal abortion before most women even know they’re pregnant.

“Once a woman has made the decision to end a pregnancy, she needs access to safe, legal health care in her community. This bill would effectively outlaw abortion and criminalize physicians that provide this care to their patients. One in three women choose to have an abortion in their lifetime, and seven in 10 Americans support legal access to abortion care. Banning women from getting a medical procedure is out of touch with Ohio values and is completely unacceptable,” she said in a written statement.

State Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Alliance, described the ban on abortions after a heartbeat is detected is a “compromise” since many lawmakers believe life begins at the moment of conception.

Fewer abortions were performed in Ohio in 2015 than at any time since the state began keeping records in 1976, according to an Ohio Department of Health report. The report shows that the steady decline that has been occurring over the past 15 years continued in 2015, with a slight drop to 20,976 abortions reported in the state. Last year, 52 percent of the terminations occurred at nine weeks or less gestation.

The Ohio House is also holding hearings on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. Faber said both bills may be adopted — so that Ohio employs two tactics in case of legal challenges.

Mike Gonidakis, of Ohio Right to Life, said his organization believes the 20-week ban is a better route than the fetal heartbeat bill as means of overturning Roe versus Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion.

Deputies: Mom with boyfriend while child left in 'chilly weather by himself, whimpering'

A mother arrested Tuesday on child neglect charges has been arrested 24 times over a 10-year period for different crimes, authorities in Volusia County, Florida, said.

Sheriff's deputies said Cassandra Taylor, 31, was charged with child neglect after a witness said Taylor’s 9-year-old autistic son was found in a diaper "outside of the residence in the chilly weather by himself and whimpering."

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After law enforcement officials were called to the DeLeon Springs home, deputies said Taylor's brother spoke with Taylor on the phone. Deputies said Taylor told them she was at her boyfriend’s house and when she was asked to return to her home, she “hung up the phone."

Taylor’s brother said the 9-year-old boy is being cared for by family members.

Channel 9 found that Taylor had been arrested 24 times in Volusia County for charges that included burglary, exploitation of the elderly and theft.

Judge Belvin Perry, a WFTV legal analyst said the impact that kind of an arrest record can have on custody or visitation rights for a parent.

"The department will always consider if a parent is constantly incarcerated," said Perry.

Perry said the arrests would only be considered a factor if the offenses put the child in danger.

“Any arrests, whether it's one arrest or 200 arrests, you have to show some connection with neglect, abuse or abandonment. Arrests in themselves would not justify the removal of a child from a parent," Perry said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating.

“The first thing they’re going to do is they’re going to have a shelter hearing where the matter will go before the judge. The Department of Children and Family services will present evidence concerning the neglect and the court will decide on whether or not if they can provide services to the child in the home,” Perry said.

Baby named Jet born on flight to Orlando in critical condition

A baby born on a plane headed to Orlando was in critical condition Tuesday, officials at the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital said. 

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Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Melissa Ford said Flight 556 was on its way from Philadelphia to Orlando on Sunday when the woman went into labor.

Luckily, there was a doctor on board: Dr. Bhasker Patel.

The Palm Bay, Florida, doctor was on his way home to when he found himself in the middle of the in-flight emergency. 

"They made an announcement to see if there was any medical personnel on board," Patel said.

Related: Plane diverted after baby born during flight

A passenger at the front of the plane went into labor, and that's when Patel, who said he hadn't delivered a baby in nearly 40 years, jumped into action. The crew rushed to make an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina.

"All we could do at that point is do our best to help out and wish them the best," Patel said . "I think it's an emotional experience. Anyone would be touched." 

Officials said the flight and the remaining passengers arrived in Orlando just over an hour behind schedule.

MUSC Children's Hospital released this statement Tuesday:

Baby Jet came unexpectedly mid-air during a Southwest flight that was diverted to Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 4.  Believe it or not, "Jet" was on mom and dad's baby name list even before his unexpected arrival on their way home to Orlando from a family baby shower in Pennsylvania.  We at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children's Hospital are honored to have Baby Jet here with us in our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Jet was born at 26 weeks' gestation, so 14 weeks early, weighing 1020 grams, or slightly more than two pounds. Once the plane landed in Charleston, he was then brought to the MUSC Pediatric Emergency Department and ultimately the NICU.  Jet was placed on a ventilator and given a medicine called surfactant to help with his breathing. So far his blood pressure has been stable, and he is being treated for a possible infection at the time of birth.  He was a little bit colder than a baby born inside the hospital when he arrived here, and it is remarkable that he was able to go for some time without some type of respiratory support while on his way to us.  He is in critical condition at this time, surrounded by his parents' and family's love, and the 24/7 expert care of his neonatal health care team. His care team is led by Dr. Rita Ryan, professor of Pediatrics and a neonatal lung researcher.

Emotional Oakland warehouse manager lashes out at 'Today' hosts

Derick Almena has plenty of reasons to be upset, if not in total shock, after last weekend, when 36 people died in a raging fire inside the Oakland, California, warehouse he managed.

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Known as the “Ghost Ship,” the old building served as home to some people and as an art collective, but on Friday night, it was the scene of a dance party that became the deadliest structural fire in Oakland’s history.

On Tuesday, Almena joined “Today” for his first television interview since the blaze. He became emotional and confrontational, and refused to answer questions from hosts Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall about who should take responsibility for the fire.

Almena, his wife and their three children lived in the warehouse, but they were not in the space during the party.

“What am I doing here? Can I just say, 'I’m sorry?'” Almena said to start the live interview as he stood at the scene of the destruction. He went on to say he didn’t want to talk about himself and that the building was not run for profit, but as a communal space.

“I laid my three children down there every night. This is not profit. This is loss. This is a mass grave,” he said. “I’m only here to say one thing, that I am incredibly sorry. And that everything I did was to make this a stronger, more beautiful community and to bring people together. People didn’t walk through those doors because it was a horrible place.”

Then he refused to answer direct questions about whether he should be held accountable, saying, as his voice rose, “I’m not going to answer these questions the way you are presenting them. I’d rather get on the floor and be trampled by the parents! I’d rather let them tear up my flesh than answer these ridiculous questions!”

It might be difficult for some to find sympathy for Almena in the wake of such significant loss of life, considering his rather insensitive Facebook post. In the hours after the fire, Almena posted a status mourning the loss of his building, but saying nothing about the loss of lives.

“Confirmed. Everything I worked so hard for is gone,” he wrote. “Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound.”

As has been widely reported, the building had been the subject of numerous code complaints from the city. Former tenants alleged that Almena illegally rented out the space and did not install fire alarms, sprinklers or proper electricity. He did not secure a permit for the dance party that was held.

Almena was also on probation after pleading guilty in January to receiving stolen property.

He reportedly has spoken with authorities but has not been charged in the fire.

Texas elector says he won’t cast his vote for the president-elect Donald Trump

On Nov. 8, Donald Trump handily won Texas’ 38 electoral votes in his unforeseen presidential victory over Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

On Dec. 19, when the Electoral College meets to officially vote, Texas elector Christopher Suprun will ignore his state’s voting results by refusing to cast his vote for the president-elect.

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In an op-ed for the New York Times, the former firefighter cited Trump’s lack of qualifications as a major reason behind his decision:

Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day. George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks. His leadership showed that America was a great nation. That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.

Suprun, who urged electors to cast their votes for a more qualified candidate like Ohio Gov. John Kasich, went on to call out Trump for everything from his Twitter beef with “Saturday Night Live” to his lack of foreign policy expertise. He argued that the Electoral College was set up for the very reason of preventing candidates like Trump from becoming president:

The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.

Suprun is not the only Texas elector to publicly refuse to vote for Trump. Back in late November, Art Sisneros wrote a blog post stating his decision to resign as elector rather than cast his vote for the president-elect.

Peter Vaughan of 'Game of Thrones' has died

Peter Vaughan, a longtime familiar face in British film, television and theater, died this week at age 93.

Most modern television fans will recognize Vaughan for his role as Maester Aemon on the TV series “Game of Thrones.” Prior to taking on the pivotal part on the HBO hit, Vaughan had a decadeslong career in show business.

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Throughout his career, the World War II veteran starred in such notable films as “The Naked Runner” and “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.”

In an interview with the Sunday Post, Vaughan reflected on his career and the impact his part on “Game of Thrones” had on it.

“People talk about Grouty but, good heavens, the fan mail I get from all over the world because of ‘Game of Thrones’ is enormous,” he said over the summer. “It’s been an absolute privilege to have worked on it for the past five years at my time of life because it’s absolutely first class.”

Off-duty Muslim NYPD officer allegedly threatened by man

An off-duty New York Police Department officer who is a Muslim was allegedly threatened by a man Saturday after dropping off her son.

WABC reported that Aml Elsokary dropped off her 16-year-old son in a Brooklyn neighborhood. As she returned from parking her car, she saw a man arguing with her son.

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CNN reported that Elsokary, who was not wearing her uniform, intervened and the man allegedly told her, "ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat. Go back to your country."

According to the NYPD, Elsokary,  an 11-year veteran of the department, was wearing her hijab at the time of the incident.  

Christopher Nelson, 36, was arrested and charged with menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment within 24 hours of the incident.

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez told CNN Nelson was held on $50,000 bail.

WCBS reported that Elsokary spoke about why she became an officer in the first place.

"I’m born and raised here and I’m here to protect you and I know that my department and my city is here to protect me," she said. "I became a police officer to show the positive side of a New Yorker, Muslim woman that can do the job, that is (unbiased), that I can help everybody no matter what’s your religion."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference Monday that he was "sick to my stomach" over the incident.

"She serves this city. She is an example of everything we would want from our fellow citizens — a commitment to others, a commitment to service, a willingness to do something greater than herself and what does she get for it? Threats to her life and bigotry, taunts."

"This is her country, she is an American, she is a New Yorker, and this is her home," de Blasio said. "We cannot allow this hatred and bias to spread."

Nordstrom selling $85 stone 'wrapped' in leather

It's not a lump of coal, but a new item for sale at department store chain Nordstrom could be pretty close, if not pricey.

BuzzFeed News reported that the retailer is selling a "medium leather wrapped stone" by Made Solid, a leather products company based in Los Angeles, for $85.

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The shipping is free, but the purpose is unclear.

"A paperweight? A conversation piece? A work of art? It's up to you, but this smooth Los Angeles-area stone—wrapped in rich, vegetable-tanned American leather secured by sturdy contrast whipstitching—is sure to draw attention wherever it rests," according to the product description on the Nordstrom website.

There is only one option for the color of the pouch. A light brown, tan color called "natural."

Made Solid told BuzzFeed News the item, called wrapped stone, has been available for sale since Nov. 18 and that the stones for the item are sourced from "select reps that can legally pull them from our local mountains for use in landscaping."

Made Solid began making the leather wrapped stones in 2013.

Nordstrom spokeswoman Brie Cross told BuzzFeed News “only Mother Earth can take credit for rocks."

Artist Peter Maxwell is credited for the pouch which is cut and sewn by hand.

Made Solid added that "it's not a joke."

The company also sells a small version of the wrapped stone for $65, a small leather vase for $100 and a $65 leather incense burner tie dyed with indigo. There's also an entire collection of wrapped stones on Made Solid's website.

Artist says worker vandalized Muslim sculpture

A Seattle artist says her work, meant to educate others about Islam, was intentionally damaged by a worker.

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The sculptures were commissioned by the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and are currently on display at Lake City Mini Park.

The artist blames an employee with a heating and cooling company for intentionally destroying it.

But there's some dispute over what happened.

KIRO 7's Patranya Bhoolsuwan reached out to the company to get their side of the story.

Ann-Marie Stillion created the artwork called "Unfurled," depicting three Muslim women in their traditional head scarf called the Hijab.

"This was a yearlong project where I met with Muslim women in the community for over a year,” said Stillion.

Inside each sculpture are conversations the artist has had with the women.

"I want people to lean into each other. I want us to listen to one another,” said Stillion.

But Stillion said that was the not reaction she got from a man who was working at the building next to the sculptures on Saturday.

She took pictures of him and his work vehicle after she said he knocked down one of the sculptures on purpose, telling her he hated it, and it didn't stop there.

“He started immediately yelling obscenities at me calling me a liberal *#$#%# and a bunch of nasty names I don't want to say on air,” said Stillion.

KIRO 7 tried calling Bel-Kirk Heating and Cooling Services, the company listed on the work truck. No one answered the phone.

A KIRO 7 News crew then went to the address listed for the business and saw a work truck parked out front, but no one came to the door.

On the Yelp page for the business, someone using the name Pat S. defended the company saying,

"Bel-Kirk has a great reputation in our region and an organized group of activist(s) are trying to slander an employee who was trying his best to complete a job safely in a challenging and dangerous situation."

The post went on to say:

"This is nothing more than a hate crime against a hard working guy trying to get a job done without falling off a ladder."

Stillion says she doesn't buy it.

"I am very open to freedom of speech from this guy or anyone, but it's not OK to hurt people or to be obscene to people or to destroy property."

As part of the contract, the sculptures are set to stay up in the park until mid-December. Stillion is looking to try to find a new location them somewhere in downtown Seattle next year. 

Baby Jesus is the most-stolen Christmas decoration, store owner says

Ironically, the most-stolen Christmas decoration is one of a religious figure.

A Tyler, Texas, store owner told KYTX that baby Jesus has been targeted regularly by thieves for years.

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"That's the most stolen item we've had," Angie Bullington, owner of the Christmas Store, said. "Always has been."

"It's very startling," she said.

Bullington said thieves have taken all sorts of Jesus figures from the store, but the baby Jesus in the Nativity scene is the most popular.

"It's just crazy that people could steal baby Jesus," Bullington said. "And how could you not feel guilty about that?"

Store owners elsewhere have also complained that baby Jesus is stolen most often.

A number of stores in Washington state said in 2015 the figures were stolen from them as well. A Texas church had to leave a note asking that the replacement baby Jesus in a life-size nativity scene was left "for everybody to enjoy."

Man charged with raping, assaulting 11-year-old girl walking to school

A  man is behind bars after police say he hit an 11-year-old girl with his car, then sexually assaulted her while she was walking to a Memphis middle school around 7 a.m. Monday. 

Larry Ward, 20, is charged with rape of a child, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault. 

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The attack happened a little more than a mile away from Geeter Middle School.

The child was taken to the hospital after the incident but has since been released. FOX13 talked with a Memphis Light, Gas and Water worker Cameron Fifer who was on a job in the area shortly after the attack.

He said, “I passed by this girl and she's sitting on the ground crying.” Fifer said the victim was so shaken up she could barely talk.

"She's like yeah, he hit me with his truck and then he proceeded to rape me," Fifer said.

Prior to Ward's arrest police told us their top priority is catching the suspect and they have a warning for all parents.

Lt. Col. Gregory Sanders said, "Always if you can, take your kids to school or walk in pairs."

During the initial search for the suspect officers described Ward as a black man in his 30’s with dreads.

Police said Ward was possibly driving a compact, dark-colored Kia Sorrento or Hyundai Tucson with the driver side rear light broken. 

Meanwhile, Shelby County Schools leaders said on Monday, they sent a call out to the parents in the area telling them what happened and have requested extra support from Memphis police.

Thieves steal car from driveway with 10-year-old boy inside

An Atlanta father is counting his blessings Tuesday after a thief stole his car with his 10-year old son still inside.

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The father, who was taking his two children to school, started his car, then remembered he had left his coffee inside the house.He was gone only a few seconds, but that's all the time the thief needed.

Ezra Zyskowski, 10, still can't believe what happened to him Tuesday morning in front of his southeast Atlanta house.Neither can his father, Pete.

“Kind of shell shocked, you know,” Pete Zyskowski said. “Kind of angry about the whole thing."

One of the thieves jumped out of their car and jumped right into the Dodge Charger's driver's seat with Ezra Zyskowski still in the back.

“The guy jumps into the car and I said, ‘What the heck!’ And I just jumped out,” Ezra Zyskowski said.

The thieves got away with the car, but Ezra was OK.

Pete Zyskowski hopes police find the car soon but says that for now, he's proud of his quick-thinking son.

Girl, 9, escapes submerged vehicle, swims to safety after mother killed in crash

A passerby who spotted a wreck in a Kentucky creek on Monday found a girl sleeping on an embankment after she freed herself from the crashed car and swam to safety, according to Kentucky State Police.

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The girl’s mother, identified as 34-year-old Chasity Murphy, died in the wreck, Trooper Lloyd Cochran said in a news release.

State police got a report around 10 a.m. Monday of a car upside down and submerged in a Clay County creek. An official with the Clay County Coroner’s Office pronounced Murphy dead at the scene.

Troopers said Murphy was driving on South Highway 421 when she lost control of a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. The car left the road and plunged over an embankment before overturning in the creek, Cochran said.

She crashed sometime Sunday night, WKYT reported.

A motorist driving past the wreck on Monday noticed a girl sleeping on a nearby embankment and notified authorities. Police determined the girl was Murphy’s daughter, Mylee. She was a passenger in the car when it went into the creek.

“She survived the collision and escaped out of the vehicle, swam across the creek and climbed up the embankment to try to get help,” Cochran said.

Lee Roy Couch told WKYT that he found Mylee while troopers were at the scene.

"I lifted her over the guardrail and asked her what happened," Couch told the news station. "She said, 'My mommy wrecked and I climbed out the window.'"

He said that he believed it was no accident that he and his wife found Mylee.

“God works miracles,” he said. “There was just one spot where I could see the car, and that spot was where the kid was standing down the hill. You couldn't see her from the parkway.”

Mylee was taken to Manchester Memorial Hospital and later flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Man reunited with dog lost for weeks after being ejected in crash

A man’s best friend will be home for Christmas after being ejected from a car during a car crash and disappearing for weeks.

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Darrell Ahlgren’s car was hit by a semi truck in Minnesota while he and his dog were on their way home, KMSP reports.

His golden retriever, Zooey, was ejected in the crash. He saw her walking along the road as he laid injured inside his car, waiting for help to arrive. He was heartbroken when first responders couldn’t find her.

Weeks later, a neighbor finally spotted Zooey and got creative to catch her, laying out Ahlgren’s clothes and a blanket to lure the pup home.

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Surveillance video catches men trying to break into home

Police are investigating an attempted break-in over the weekend that left an Atlanta homeowner and her neighborhood on edge.

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Courtney Jewell said her home has been burglarized twice before. She told WSB-TV that the fear is the worst feeling, and she does not want it to happen to her neighbors.

"I felt really defeated," Jewell said as she watched surveillance video taken on her front porch of two men who tried to break in on Sunday.

Jewell was at work when she got an alert on her phone from her security system.

"When I saw the video I was just horrified. I didn’t even know what I was going to walk into when I came home," Jewell said.

The video shows a person knocking on the door of the house, then waiting. A car then pulls up and a man gets out.

"And the taller one tried to kick in my door twice," Jewell said. "He had a screwdriver in his pocket that he pulled up, and he tried to pry open my front window with a screwdriver."

The men left after they were unable to get into the house.

Jewell said neighbors told her that they had seen one of the men knocking on other doors and even asking someone for a gas can.

"I was really comforted and really touched by everybody reaching out to me, even directly giving me their cellphone numbers," Jewell said.

She said she hopes her neighbors are on the lookout in case the would-be robbers return.

"I was just hoping to make everybody aware. It’s the holiday season," Jewell said.

Some neighbors posted on that they saw the occupants of the car possibly casing the area.

Thieves steal donated Christmas toys meant for children in need

Someone broke into the offices of an Atlanta nonprofit organization and stole between 150 and 200 donated toys meant for children in historic South Atlanta just days before a community Christmas event. Focused Community Strategies president Jim Wehner said volunteers just missed encountering the thieves.

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"We had been out at a toy drive on Sunday and we were bringing the toys back," he said. "We came in the front door. They had broken in the back door. We actually interrupted them."

Wehner said in a statement on the FCS website that there was minimal damage.

The toys were being stored for FCS’ annual Pride for Parents Christmas event, where parents in the neighborhood are able to come in and "shop" for their children. The event is scheduled for Saturday, and the organization is hoping for new donations to replace the stolen ones.

"The experience has led to a conflicted sense of vulnerability and thankfulness," Wehner said in the statement. "My heart felt vulnerable because of the sense of trespass. It never feels good to have someone enter your space and do damage. The heart wants to ask questions of justification: Who would do this? Why on earth would someone take toys that were donated? This sense of vulnerability kept me awake until the early hours of that Monday morning.

"Let me be clear. This loss was not devastating. We lost a couple of large bags full of toys and some office equipment and tools. But if you have the ability to assist us this holiday season with an extra gift for ... a financial gift to help with replacement/repair costs of the office equipment, we would be so grateful."

Wehner also said the organization's Amazon wish list ist had been updated "to reflect the loss from the break-in."

Woman puts up rainbow lights after neighbor's anti-gay comments

A Washington state woman decorated her lawn with a festive 10,000-bulb rainbow light display after she said her neighbor made anti-gay comments.

Lexi Magnusson’s Christmas display in Silverdale, Washington, went viral.

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“Basically she told us she moved here to get her children away from the gays,” Magnusson told Buzzfeed News. “She went on to tell us how horrified she was when her son got turned down for prom because the girl was already planning on going with her girlfriend.”

“I told her that kids were going to be exposed anywhere she went and that I was glad that kids these days get it and aren’t horrible to each other because of who someone is or how they were born,” Magnusson said.

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According to Buzzfeed News, Magnusson said her neighbor doesn’t acknowledge her anymore, but the support from people online has been positive. 

Antique store shuts down over swastika controversy

A boutique shop in Littleton, New Hampshire, shut down indefinitely after a post on social media led to threats and harassment, the store's owner said in a Facebook post.

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Chic & Unique sold antiques, vintage items and other collectibles, including a "Lucky Flour" branded bag from Federal Milling Company. The bag included a swastika as part of its label, an image that a shopper recently took issue with.

The store's owner explained to the shopper that the antique, which she said was manufactured in the early 1900s, features what was then simply a symbol of good luck in several cultures.

The shopper, Katherine Ferrier, posted on Facebook about her conversation with Chic & Unique's owner, writing that the swastika "is a blatantly racist and super charged symbol, now more than ever."

"I'm shocked and bummed out that you think it's an appropriate thing to hang in your store," she wrote.

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Ferrier's post sparked a robust conversation on Facebook, and apparently prompted backlash against the store's owner.

"The hate messages and threats have become unbearable for me and I am fearful to return to my shop. The shop will be closed until further notice," a post made Saturday on the Chic & Unique Facebook account said.

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