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Christmas gifts found on Florida interstate will be returned to child

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:56 AM

Andrea Reed hopes to return the Christmas presents she found on an interstate highway to the boy they were intended for.
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Andrea Reed hopes to return the Christmas presents she found on an interstate highway to the boy they were intended for.(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

A woman who found a bag of presents on a Florida interstate on Christmas Eve has located the child they belong to and hopes to return the gifts soon.

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Andrea Reed posted an update to her Facebook page Thursday, thanking people on social media for their help in locating the family of “Branson,” whose presents were found by her as she drove south on I-75 in Sarasota County near North Port.

Andrea Reid was driving from St. Petersburg to Cape Coral when she spotted the presents on the side of the road, WFLA reported.

The tags on the gifts were for Branson, and “they are from Pops and Windy Randy and Jack,” Reed said. “Unfortunately, the wrapping had come off some of them just because from sliding on the road.”

Reid’s post on Facebook has been shared hundreds of times, and it paid off when she learned the whereabouts of Branson.

“Branson has been found!!” Reed posted Thursday. “Thank you to everyone for your help, you have been amazing!

“I’m still trying to figure out the details to get Branson his gifts.”

Update 12/28/17 BRANSON HAS BEEN FOUND!! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP, YOU HAVE BEEN AMAZING!! IM STILL TRYING TO...

Posted by Andrea Reid on Sunday, December 24, 2017

Philadelphia Eagles fan punches horse, police officer after ejected from game

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:50 PM

Taylor Hendricks, 22, faces multiple charges after he was ejected from Saturday's Philadelphia Eagles game and punched a police horse and mounted officer.
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Taylor Hendricks, 22, faces multiple charges after he was ejected from Saturday's Philadelphia Eagles game and punched a police horse and mounted officer.(Philadelphia Police Department)

A Philadelphia Eagles fan attacked a horse after being ejected from the Eagles-Falcons playoff game in Philadelphia on Saturday.

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According to WPVI, police said 22-year-old Taylor Hendricks was ejected from the game and became violent as we was leaving. WTXF reported Hendricks struck a mounted police officer in the legs and repeatedly hit the horse in the face and neck.

Police said Hendricks has been charged with aggravated assault, illegally taunting a police horse, simple assault and defiant trespass. He may also face animal cruelty charges.

Letting car idle in cold weather could be illegal

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

Idle Cars In Cold Weather Could Be Illegal

As temperatures dip across the country, you may want to check your state laws to find out if it is illegal to start your car and let it warm-up.

Several states, including Ohio, Texas and Georgia, have laws on the books that prohibit drivers from letting cars idle in a driveway or on a street, WYFF reported.

Law enforcement agencies and insurance companies have been warning drivers for nearly a decade that allowing cars to warm up, unattended, idling outside, as drivers wait inside, is an invitation for thieves to take the vehicles.

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If your car is stolen while you let it warm up, whether it would be covered by your insurance, depends on the company and your policy

If you want to warm the car, legally, while staying warm yourself, one community in Colorado suggests investing in a remote starter. That way, the keys stay safely with you and the car remains locked but running.

How can you find out if idling vehicles are illegal in your state? You can start by checking with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The laws differ by state, and even by municipality. There are laws in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, for example, that say how long a certain types of vehicles can idle and at what temperature.

Even if it is legal to warm up your car, do you really need to let the car run before heading out on the road?
Mechanics say no.

The idea of letting a car warm up comes from old engines that had carburetors. Now, most vehicles don’t have the part that mixes gas and air to make vaporized fuel. Instead, the majority of vehicles built after the 1980s have fuel injection, Business Insider reported.

Experts said that idling a car wastes fuel and wears on the engine.

Man accused of taking manhole covers, replacing them with traffic cones

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:56 PM

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FILE PHOTO(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A Massachusetts man has been accused of taking manhole covers from roads across the town.

Police in Webster said he was kind enough, however, to cover the empty holes -- which measure from 4 to 12 feet deep -- with traffic cones so no one would run over them in their cars, The Worcester, Massachusetts, Telegram reported.

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Darrin Lavallee now faces larceny charges, the paper reported.

Police were called by several eyewitnesses, who said they saw a man in a PT Cruiser taking the manhole covers. Eventually police found a car that matched the vehicle’s description and found orange cones inside. Police told The Telegram that the covers had been in the car recently.

Lavallee apparently told police that the manhole covers ended up at a local salvage yard, where police said he sold them, The Telegram reported. Police were able to recover the pilfered covers.

  

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome third child via surrogate

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Welcome Third Child, ‘Healthy, Beautiful Baby Girl’

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are parents of three. The TV personality and rapper welcomed a baby girl Monday via surrogate. The couple, married in 2014, are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, 2.

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Kardashian West confirmed the news on her official website.

“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

The baby was born Jan. 15 at 12:47 a.m. PT and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Kardashian West said.

Related: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: A relationship timeline

Reports emerged in July that the celebrity pair hired a surrogate to carry their third child. By September, Kardashian West confirmed the news and later revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that they were having a baby girl.

The newest addition joins an ever-growing Kardashian-Jenner family. Kardashian’s sister, Khloe Kardashian, confirmed she is six months pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports say Kardashian West’s youngest half sister, Kylie Jenner, is also pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott.