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Air Force may recall up to 1,000 retired pilots

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 12:24 AM

Up to 1,000 Retired Air Force Pilots May Be Recalled

The U.S. Air Force may recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active duty because of an executive order signed Friday by President Donald Trump,  ABC News reported.

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By law, only 25 retired pilots can be recalled through voluntary programs to serve in any one branch of military service, but Trump’s executive order removes that limit, ABC News reported. The order expands the national state of emergency declared in 2001 by President George W. Bush in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as part of an effort “to mitigate the Air Force’s acute shortage of pilots,” said Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

Secretary of Air Force Heather Wilson said the service was short by 1,555 pilots -- including 1,211 fighter pilots -- at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

"We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Ross said in a statement Friday. "The pilot supply shortage is a national level challenge that could have adverse effects on all aspects of both the government and commercial aviation sectors for years to come."

Poll: Americans wary about talking politics on Thanksgiving

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 7:33 AM

Some Thanksgiving dinners will be held outside.
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Some Thanksgiving dinners will be held outside.(Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

It’s OK to talk turkey during today’s Thanksgiving dinner, but a new poll reveals that more than a third of all Americans do not want to discuss politics.

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According to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, only two out of 10 people said they were eager to talk politics. Four out of 10 do not feel strongly either way. 

Democrats are slightly more likely than Republicans to say they’re uneasy about political discussions at the table, 39 percent to 33 percent. And women are more likely than men to say they dread the thought of talking politics, 41 percent to 31 percent.

With a cascade of sexual misconduct scandals now echoing similar allegations against Trump during the campaign, tempers on the subject of Trump may not have cooled.

Those who do think there’s at least some possibility of politics coming up are somewhat more likely to feel optimistic about it than Americans as a whole. Among this group, 30 percent say they’d be eager to talk politics and 34 percent would dread it.

In the past, the Emily Post Institute Inc. received Thanksgiving etiquette questions that were typically about how to handle difficult relatives, author Daniel Post Senning said.

“Now, I am hearing questions like, ‘I don’t want to go,’ or ’I can’t imagine sitting at a table with someone who has this perspective and staying through the meal,’” he says. “My impression is that it’s still out there. ... The shock of that election is a little further in the rearview mirror, but I think people still have strong feelings about it.”

The AP-NORC poll of 1,070 adults was conducted Nov. 15-19. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods and later interviewed online or by phone.

Police: Self-professed ‘voodoo priest’ arrested in death of Ollie the pit bull

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:11 PM

Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Palm Beach Post
Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.(Palm Beach Post)

A man, who Florida detectives believe fatally stabbed and left a pit bull named Ollie in a suitcase is behind bars.

Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty Wednesday, the Palm Beach Post reported. 

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>> Ollie the pit bull, found beaten, stuffed in suitcase, dies

Hollywood police said that DNA evidence left on the suitcase is what linked Evans to the Oct. 11 crime, where Ollie was found behind an abandoned building with 30 stab wounds and died days later. 

During the investigation, Evans allegedly told police that he was “a voodoo priest” and it was “his right to kill” animals if he wanted, according to WPLG

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Detectives reportedly found rats with their scalps removed, cat paws and blood in Evans’ refrigerator, the Palm Beach Post reported. There was also a CrimeStoppers poster of Ollie ripped in two, WPLG reported.  

“We will not tolerate any form of animal cruelty or violence in our city. Each reported case of animal cruelty, be it physical abuse or neglect, is disturbing, and this case is particularly heartbreaking,” said Acting Police Chief Chris O'Brien. “We were all pulling for Ollie to survive, but unfortunately he didn't make it. However, due to our investigation, we are now able to provide justice for Ollie.” 

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Pit bull pup dies after being stabbed, stuffed in suitcase

Published: Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 4:34 AM

Pit bull.
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Pit bull.(Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Ollie, the pit bull that stole the hearts of Floridians after being found bleeding inside a suitcase Tuesday, died Thursday night at the facility where he was receiving medical care.

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The VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital that was treating Ollie posted on Facebook Friday morning saying that Ollie died due to the trauma of his injuries. 

“Our team of specialists, emergency doctors and staff worked for over an hour to keep Ollie with us,” the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital said on Facebook. “His body simply could not overcome the inflammation and damage to his body caused by his horrific ordeal.”

All of the staff at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital are sad to confirm that Ollie the pit-bull, passed away last night at...

Posted by VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital on Friday, October 13, 2017

On Tuesday morning, Ollie was found injured a suitcase behind an abandoned apartment complex. His paw was sticking out of the luggage.

The next day, the dog underwent surgery to close the wounds on his head and was said to be wagging his tail. 

The Grateful Paws Dog and Cat Rescue was also looking to find Ollie a home and created a GoFundMe account to pay for his medical bills. 

Donations for Ollie's recovery can be made to Grateful Paws Pet Rescue at gratefulpaws.org or through their GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/oliver-stabbed-left-for-dead

Posted by VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
“The outpouring of love we have seen over the last few days in support of Ollie is an affirmation of the true goodness in people,” the animal hospital wrote. “Detectives are still investigating the crimes committed against Ollie in the hopes that the perpetrators of this grotesque brutality will come to justice.”

Ad selling 'used coffin' was joke, not everyone amused

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 9:05 AM

A file image of an open casket.
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A file image of an open casket.(Jenny Erickson/Freeimages)

An advertisement for a "slightly used coffin" raised eyebrows and the ire of some people.

The ad, posted Monday on a Facebook buy, sell and trade page, offered a "Slightly used coffin, only used once." The seller was asking $50 for the casket. A photo of a coffin with a discolored interior accompanied the ad. 

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The person who posted the ad told KRQE that it was just a joke to generate humorous comments. 

The ad did succeed in generating comments, such as, "That's a screaming deal," and "We have to URN your trust first," KRQE reported. 

But other people told KRQE they didn't find the ad to be funny and said it was in poor taste.

KRQE reported that in New Mexico, it's not illegal to sell a used coffin, as long as the buyer is informed of its prior usage.