Boy, 4, dies after accidentally hanging himself

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:12 PM

A 4-year-old boy died Saturday after he accidentally hanged himself at a Minnesota thrift store, according to multiple reports.

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Police said they were called around 5:40 p.m. Saturday to Again Thrift & More in Mankato for a medical call involving a 4-year-old. Medics took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No foul play is suspected in the boy’s death.

The boy was identified in an online fundraiser aimed at raising money to cover his funeral expenses as Ryu S. Pena, according to the Star Tribune.

Police Cmdr. Daniel Schisel told the Minneapolis newspaper that Ryu “apparently got the hooded sweatshirt he was wearing caught on a hanger attached to the wall.”

Family members were in the store when the child died. Schisel told the Star Tribune that the hanging was “a tragic accident.”

“God gained another angel last night,” Ryu’s aunt, Jessica Cuevas, wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page. “The few short years he was here with us, he never failed to make our day. Ryu was such a sweet boy, with a gorgeous smile (and) a unique little personality.”

Cuevas said Ryu became a big brother four months ago. He is survived by his younger brother, an older sister and his parents.

Police continue to investigate the case.

Tennessee day care at which child was kidnapped closes for good

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:43 PM



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Days after a child was kidnapped from Elite Academy Inc., the Memphis, Tennessee, day care has closed its doors for good.

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A Department of Human Services spokesperson said an investigation into the day care is ongoing, but the owner voluntarily shut down the business. The closure is permanent.

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On Thursday, 7-month-old A’Laleh Fentress was checked out from her day care by 18-year-old Mya Lakes. Lakes is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and child abuse/neglect. Her bail is $100,000.

A’Laleh’s mother said Lakes saw her name on a document at the day care and used it to check out the child.

The 7-month-old’s mother called police from the day care when she came to pick her baby up that evening. A’Laleh was later found safe at Annie’s Place in Frayser.

Related: Memphis day care at center of kidnapping had no previous violations

Elite Academy Inc. has been inspected by the DHS at least eight times since it opened in August 2016. According to the government database, the day care was never cited for violations.

Man reportedly kills three teens with AR-15 during Oklahoma home invasion attempt

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:20 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:43 PM

Three teens are dead after an alleged home invasion attempt reportedly ended in a shooting Monday.

It happened in the Wagoner County part of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

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According to officials with the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, three masked people broke into the house through the back door with the intent of burglarizing the home. 

Officials say the homeowner's young adult son killed all three with an AR-15.

Though they initially believed the son was 19, they now say he may be in his early 20s.

The homeowner was also home, but officials say he was not involved in the shooting.

Three teens are dead after an alleged home invasion attempt reportedly ended in a shooting Monday.

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It happened in the Wagoner County part of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

According to officials with the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, three masked people broke into the house through the back door with the intent of burglarizing the home. 

Officials say the homeowner's young adult son killed all three with an AR-15.

Though they initially believed the son was 19, they now say he was 23.

The homeowner was also home, but officials say he was not involved.

Deputies say two of the suspects were 17 and the other was 18. They say one had a knife and another had brass knuckles.

Officials say a fourth suspect will likely face charges related to the incident.

The 21-year-old female, who deputies say was the getaway driver, went into police custody. 

She was later identified as Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez. She was eventually booked on three complaints of first-degree murder and three complaints of first-degree burglary. 

In Oklahoma, those believed to be committing a felony that results in a death can face murder charges, even if they did not actually kill anyone.

Rodriguez reportedly knew who the homeowner was before the incident. A witness reportedly told investigators that Rodriguez had told the other three suspects to burglarize the home while she waited in the driveway. She reportedly drove away when she heard gunshots.

Rodriguez is being held without bond.

Facebook has never looked more like Snapchat

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:46 PM



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While imitation probably isn’t the sincerest form of flattery among competing tech companies, Facebook’s new Snapchat-like app updates are an obvious hat tip to Snapchat’s years-old features.

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Facebook announced the new updates Tuesday morning: a camera filled with effects and filters, short visual “Stories” and disappearing messages.

“The way people create content is changing to be from text to photos and videos,” Connor Hayes, product manager for Facebook stories, told The Verge. “This is in turn changing the way they’re sharing with one another and interacting online ... something that Snapchat has really pioneered.”

In 2013, Facebook tried and failed to strike a deal to buy Snapchat for $3 billion.

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And since then, it has cloned some of Snapchat's most popular features in an all-out effort to maintain dominance in the arena of photo and video communication.

While Snapchat has half the number of daily active users of Facebook-owned Instagram's 300 million audience, Facebook has noticed its “surging popularity” among younger users, CNN reported.

Here’s more on the new Snapchat-like features rolling out Tuesday on iOS and Android:

Camera effects

Similar to Snapchat’s camera filters feature, Facebook’s will pack dozens of effects (think glitter beards and sloth hats) and interactive features, including “reactive effects” such as falling snow.

Stories

Facebook replicated Snapchat's Stories format for Instagram in August and on Tuesday announced a similar release in its main mobile app. 

Users have options to share multiple media as a “visual collection” (or Story) to appear on top of Facebook’s news feed or on their timelines.

Similar to Snapchat and Instagram, the Stories will disappear in 24 hours.

Direct

Users will also be able to share their visual compilations directly to an individual or group of Facebook users if they choose to — part of the app’s new “Direct” feature.

Like Snapchat, when you send a photo or video via Direct, your friends will be able to view it once, replay it or reply. After the conversation ends, the content is no longer visible.

Boy bitten by rattlesnake after mistaking it for toy

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 2:46 PM

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A 5-year-old boy is recovering at a hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake in DeBary, Florida. 

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Volusia County investigators said Tampa resident Elijah Vaughn, 5, and his family were at a relative's house on Fort Florida Point Road on Saturday after leaving a funeral. 

Vaughn and his mother went outside so the boy could play on the jungle gym in the yard, deputies said. 

When Vaughn approached the jungle gym, he walked underneath the platform and saw what he thought was a toy snake. 

As the boy reached for the snake, it bit him on the right index finger, according to a police report. His mother rushed Vaughn to meet with deputies and he was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital, where he received anti-venom treatment, investigators said.

Vaughn was then taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. 

Officials said the boy's swelling had not spread down his arm and was primarily on his hand and wrist. 

The snake, believed to be a pygmy rattlesnake, was caught and killed.