Arizona girls get special Build-A-Bear Christmas gifts to remember late father

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 2:29 AM

Young Girls Receive Special Build-A-Bears to Remember Late Father

For children whose father has died, Christmas can be a sad time. Holding on to memories are difficult because the void remains.

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But thanks to the ingenuity of an Arizona girl and her mother, the memory of a Phoenix man who died in June was preserved in a special way for the teen’s two younger sisters, KPNX reported. 

When 12-year-old Aaralyn Angel and her 7-year-old sister, Allani, opened one of their gifts on Christmas Day, they found a Build-A-Bear for each of them sprayed with the favorite Burberry cologne of their late father, Albert Angel. Urged to squeeze the bear, the girls then heard a recording of their father singing “You Can't Keep a Good Man Down,” by Alabama. Both girls began to cry uncontrollably as older sister Alina Angel and their mother, Stephanie Angel, recorded their reactions, KPNX reported.

Albert Angel died of systemic lupus and several surgeries, KPNX reported. Alina, 16, and her mother bought the three teddy bears and had them customized for the two young girls and their grandmother. In addition to the cologne and recording, the bears were dressed in miniature shirts made from the material of one of Albert Angel’s shirts.

Alina picked the recording of her father singing the Alabama song because it was clear audio and her father’s voice was easily recognizable, KPNX reported.

The video on Twitter now has nearly 6 million views. Alina said the reaction on Twitter was supportive and heartwarming. 

“I would have never expected that,” Alina told KPNX. “Most of my videos get six views.”

Texas' 'Tourniquet Killer' executed via lethal injection

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:05 AM

Anthony Allen Shore was executed by lethal injection Thursday night.
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Anthony Allen Shore was executed by lethal injection Thursday night.(Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AP)

'Brace': Passengers have rough, scary landing at Dallas airport

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:28 AM

A rough landing caused some concern for some passengers aboard an American Airlines flight.
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A rough landing caused some concern for some passengers aboard an American Airlines flight.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Flight attendants routinely instruct passengers on emergency procedures before a plane takes off, and it is a necessary but tedious monologue.

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However, passengers on an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Dallas were paying close attention Wednesday, when they were told to brace for impact as their plane made an emergency landing because of mechanical issues.

“Keep your heads down,” a flight attendant can be heard on a frightening video filmed by Scottsdale, Arizona, resident Steve Ramsthel. The plane, operated by Mesa Airlines, had some rough moments but managed to land safely at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, KNXV reported.

Ramsthel, who is a certified pilot, told KNXV that he could smell smoke on the plane. An airline spokesman confirmed that “a fan issue” prompted the emergency landing.

“There were some people crossing themselves, but I thought the adrenaline was high and everybody just cooperated,” Ramsthel told KNXV. "It was pretty amazing, to be honest with you.”

In a statement, American Airlines blamed “mechanical issues stemming from a broken fan,” KNXV reported. There were no injuries, the airline said.

Just made emergency landing in Dallas #emergencylandingdfw. #AmericanAirlines #MesaAirlines American #5957 from PHX to DFW

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Drone saves 2 swimmers at Australian beach

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:36 AM

A drone helped save two swimmers in Australia on Thursday.
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A drone helped save two swimmers in Australia on Thursday.(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Little Ripper turned out to be a lifesaver for two Australian swimmers caught in churning surf.

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Australian lifeguards were testing a new drone during a practice session at a beach in New South Wales when they received a call about two swimmers caught in 10-foot swells, according to Surf Life Saving New South Wales and The New York Times.

Lifeguard supervisor Jai Sheridan, who was operating the drone, responded and steered it toward the swimmers, releasing a yellow inflatable pod into the water, the Times reported. The swimmers grabbed the pod and were able to navigate safely to shore, Surf Life Saving reported.

The rescue took 70 seconds, Sheridan told the Times.

“The Little Ripper UAV certainly proved itself today it is an amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment and a delight to fly,” Sheridan told Surf Life Saving. “I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes. On a normal day that would have taken our lifeguards a few minutes longer to reach the members of the public.”

Why isn't the Google's art selfie feature available in two states?

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:53 PM

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Joern Pollex/Getty Images for MBFW
(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for MBFW)(Joern Pollex/Getty Images for MBFW)

Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where you can upload a photo of yourself and the app will match your face with a work of art that resembles you. 

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Except in Texas and Illinois, that is.

According to the Chicago Tribune, it’s because of the states’ biometric privacy laws, which limits companies who obtain “biometric identifiers” (like a “retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint or record of hand or face geometry,” according to the law) for commercial purposes. Anyone violating the Texas law passed in 2009 could be subject to a penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation. 

Guys, this app is DEAD ON.

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