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April Fools' Day 2018: See this year's top pranks

This year, April Fools’ Day is sharing the spotlight with Easter, but there are still plenty of pranks to be found.

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Along with Easter greetings, companies have been hard at work creating their April Fools’ Day pranks. 

Here is a roundup of the best of them. 

Second wave of the flu: What you need to know

Although the flu season may be winding down, an uptick of another flu strain is setting the scene for a possible second wave of flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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The strain of flu that has dominated this season, influenza A (H3N2), is on the decline, but cases of influenza B have increased, according to the CDC's weekly statement ending on March 11. The report notes that 58 percent of all laboratory-confirmed cases of flu were caused by the B strain.

>> Related: CDC warns of second wave of flu virus

Here are 6 things you need to know about this late-season rise in influenza B.

1. It’s not a total surprise. This second wave of influenza B cases is not unexpected. A late-season surge of influenza B often takes place when H3N2 is dominant in the beginning of a season.

2. Influenza B is less associated with severe illness but CDC says don’t take this strain lightly. 

H3N2 is associated with more severe illness, complications, hospitalizations and deaths, especially among children, people older than 65 and those with chronic conditions. But CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund urged vigilance."We know that illness associated with influenza B can be just as severe as illness associated with influenza A," Nordlund told CNN. "We also know that influenza B tends to be more severe for younger children."

3. There’s been an uptick of influenza B in Georgia, but overall numbers continue to fall. 

As of the week ending March 17, the Georgia Department of Public Health said 3.5 percent of patient visits to doctors were for the flu, down from 3.7 percent of patient visits the week before. A month ago, 11.9 percent of patient visits to doctors were for the flu. In Georgia, influenza A cases continue to represent a larger portion of laboratory-confirmed cases of flu: 8.9 percent for influenza A, and 3.9 percent for influenza B.

4. Believe it or not, it’s still not too late to get a shot if you haven’t. 

The CDC recommends vaccination “as long as flu viruses are circulating” and the season can run as late as May. In Georgia, there is “moderate” intensity of influenza, according to the most recent report. Influenza B viruses tend to respond better to vaccines than influenza A viruses. This season’s vaccine is believed to be about 36 percent effective overall, with lower effectiveness against the H3N2 strain, according to a mid-season estimate by the CDC. But even partial protection can help reduce the severity of illness.

5. Don’t let your guard down. Continue to take steps to protect you and your family from catching and spreading the flu. Wash your hands - before and after eating, after using the restroom, after coming home from work and school, after touching your mouth or nose. Hand-hygiene is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stop the spread of germs.

6. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and stay home if you are sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (except to get medical care or other necessities). Your fever should be gone for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings. Check with your child's daycare or school before sending your child back. Many have rules and it’s generally at least a full day after they don't have any fever without medication.

Buffalo Wild Wings’ customers top restaurant loyalty index

There are tons of casual dining restaurants to visit to enjoy a nice meal. From Applebee’s to Hooters, the possibilities are endless. But which one has the most loyal customers?

» RELATED: Arby's purchase of Buffalo Wild Wings part of shifting wing war

Foursquare, a location technology company, recently conducted a study to find out. For its first ever Casual Dining Restaurant Loyalty Index, researchers analyzed chains earning over $100 million in annual revenue according to Restaurant Business Online’s list of the top casual dining chains

They then used the patterns of Foursquare users, who had been active on the site for at least one year, to assess dining trends across four major categories. The sections were visit frequency; market penetration, the percentage of all CDR diners who visited the chain within a year; share of wallet, the percentage of the consumer’s total CDR visits that a particular chain captures within a year; and fanaticism threshold, the number of visits within a year required for a customer to be within the top 1 percent of customers. 

» RELATED: The best wings in Atlanta

After calculating the results, they found that Buffalo Wild Wings, which is owned by Atlanta-based finance company Roark Capital Group, came out on top. Analysts reported that its high penetration and share of wallet helped the eatery claim the No. 1 spot. 

“Fanaticism also increased year-over-year, due in part to a contingent of superfans most likely going wild for the chain’s Blazin’ Rewards loyalty program, which expanded in 2017 to serve all 1200+ locations,” the authors wrote.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Denny’s, Applebee’s and IHOP all followed right behind Buffalo Wild Wings to round out the top five

The researchers also highlighted a specific trends. They noted that alcohol, particularly beer, drives loyalty. They also pointed out restaurants providing a variety of food options for patrons as a loyalty indicator. Lastly, they said restaurants that merged, such as Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby’s, “helped brands increase industry presence, capture new audiences, and drive overall share of wallet.”

Want to know how other places fared? Take a look at the full report here

Dangerous ibuprofen-like pills linked to 4 overdoses, authorities warn

Authorities in Coweta County, Georgia, are warning the public about dangerous pills that have been linked to four overdoses, one of which resulted in death.

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The pills, that are unmarked and a pinkish brown, resemble ibuprofen. Authorities say it's a powerful underground version of benzodiazepine, commonly known as benzos.

Jacob Baswell, 17, is in jail on six charges of narcotics possession with intent to distribute. He's being held on a $20,000 bond.

>> CDC warns of second wave of flu virus

Police told WSB-TV's Tom Regan they believe his father overdosed and later died after taking some of these pills.

Coweta County fire rescue rushed to three overdoses within hours of each other just this past Sunday. The victims were teens ages 16 to 21.

Paramedics scrambled to help the young men who overdosed on Sunday.

>> CVS accused of revealing HIV status of thousands of customers 

"When we found these subjects, they had depressed respiratory and cardiac," said Robby Flanagan, division chief.

When first responders tried to revive the young men with Narcan, there was little response.

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Authorities say they are concerned there could be more victims.

"We worry there may be more out there. We know he ordered 50, and we can't account for them all this time," said Col. James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office.

Baswell told investigators he bought the pills online.

Gator’s got the answer: Family uses alligator for gender reveal

A Louisiana family has pushed the envelope for its gender reveal.

They used an alligator. 

But it was no big deal for Mike Kliebert. He’s a gator wrangler, trainer and tour guide with the nickname, “T-Mike, the Gator King,” WGNO reported.

So how did he use the gator for the big reveal?

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Kliebert opened the gator’s jaws and fed him a hollowed-out watermelon. The gator chomped down and blue jello came out, WGNO reported

The video has gone viral with more than 91,000 shares and 6.8 million views.

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NFL star Richard Sherman marries longtime girlfriend

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has married his longtime girlfriend, Ashley Moss

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Former teammate Ricardo Lockette shared a video of the couple dancing at their wedding celebration, writing, “Congratulations To the Sherman’s!!!! [sic] #familia”

>> See the post here

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Sherman signed with the San Francisco 49ers this month

>> Richard Sherman reportedly agrees to contract with 49ers

Pet cat attack sends Ohio woman to hospital

An Ohio woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after receiving various bite and scratch marks from her 1-year-old cat that attacked her inside of her Dayton home, according to a police report. 

>> On WHIO.com: Woman arrested for allegedly pepper spraying a cat

Officers responded to the 400 block of Richmond Avenue Wednesday afternoon and noticed the woman had open, bleeding wounds on her right arm and hand from the cat attack. The woman explained that she confined the cat to the basement as a result.

>> On WHIO.com: Cat is rescued from tree near Hospice of Dayton

The woman was given an animal bite quarantine form by officials to send to the public health department.

>> Cat reunited with owner 14 years after hurricane disappearance

She reportedly said the cat is updated on shots.

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The woman has since been released from the hospital

WATCH: Alligator filmed along river in Tennessee has residents on edge

Video of an alligator along Wolf River in Fayette County, Tennessee, has many residents on the lookout.

>> Watch the news report here

Residents said an alligator in their neighborhood is alarming. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the 7-foot alligator was captured on video by agents in the area.

Wildlife agents said alligators are naturally migrating into Tennessee from the southern border states.

The video below is one spotted in Fayette County along the Wolf River:

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In the Facebook post, the agency said:

"Recently a seven-foot alligator was videoed by TWRA Region 1 personnel at the Wolf River WMA in Fayette County. This latest sighting is one of several confirmed sightings of alligators in Southwest Tennessee.

"Alligators are naturally migrating into Tennessee from the southern border states. TWRA has not stocked any alligators in Tennessee. Alligators migrating into Tennessee is just another species that we must learn to coexist with like many of the other southern states.

"Alligators are opportunistic feeders that prey on fish, turtles, snakes, frogs, and waterfowl. Occasionally they will feed on larger animals such as possums, raccoons, and deer.

"Alligators can survive Tennessee winters by going into a hibernation-like dormancy called brumation. They can withstand periods of ice by sticking their snout out of the water before it freezes which allows them to continue breathing.

"TWRA would like to remind everyone that alligators are a protected species and catching or shooting one is a violation of the law. If you come across one while exploring the outdoors in West TN, leave it alone and enjoy Tennessee’s unique biodiversity."

Julia and Cole Stonebrook live in Fayette County.

"We live on the Wolf River like right there,” Cole said.

TWRA said alligators migrating into Tennessee is just another species that we must learn to coexist with like many of the other southern states.

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TWRA could not give a number of alligators that may be in the area.

"People knew they were out there. This is just TWRA finally getting footage,” Cole said.

TWRA said alligators are a protected species, and catching or shooting one is a violation of the law.

Wildlife agents said if you see a gator, don’t approach it. Please call wildlife agents.

Rubber ducky you’re the one - to be filled with harmful bathtime bacteria

Does your child love to play with yellow, rubber ducks during bath time? Beware, because the toy could store some nasty bugs, according to a new report

» RELATED: Hand-me-down toys could pose serious health risks, study says

Researchers from institutions in Switzerland and America recently conducted a study, published in Biofilms and Microbiome, to determine what germs the item might harbor. 

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“While bathing typically means good hygiene, bath toys can serve as incubators for microbial growth. Microbes colonize nearly every natural and human-made surface, sometimes living within complex communities called biofilms,” the authors wrote in the study.

For their assessment, they counted the microbes inside five ducks and found that the liquid released when four of them were squeezed contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria.” 

» RELATED: Teen contracts dangerous germ from puppy bought at Petland

The ducks also had a high volume, or up to 75 million cells per square centimeter, variety of bacteria and fungus. One included Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium linked with hospital-acquired infections, and certain amounts of other bacteria that can lead to eye, ear and intestinal infections.

They believe when the microbes combine with soap and human secretions, like sweat, in the tap water, the mix forms potentially harmful biofilm. 

“This work sheds light on how microbes are spread by our routine activities and that we are bathed in microbes, literally,” the authors said.

While some of the microbes may lead to disease-causing strains, the researchers said they need to continue their investigations to analyze the disease risk associated with the toys. 

» RELATED: Consumer safety group W.A.T.C.H. unveils 'most dangerous' toys list

You'll soon be able to cruise Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Tiki boat

When you think of Tiki bars and exotic tropical drinks, you probably don’t think of Pittsburgh. But starting this spring, you’ll be able to cruise the three rivers – Tiki style.

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Cruisin' Tikis Pittsburgh will offer two-hour sightseeing charters on the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers starting in May. Each 16-foot boat fits six people. They’re BYOB and children are allowed.

According to a comment on its Facebook page, a two-hour tour will likely cost $400 or about $67 per person. That includes the cost of the boat, the captain and possibly a crew member.

Cruisin' Tikis already operates service out of the following locations:

  • Carolina Beach, North Carolina
  • Exhuma, Bahamas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Islamorada, Florida
  • Key West, Florida
  • Lake George, New York
  • Madeira Beach, Florida
  • North Miami, Florida
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
  • Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

If you plan on riding the three rivers, you'll get some great views of the city skyline and stadiums

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