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Exploding camera battery causes panic at Orlando International Airport, police say

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 7:33 PM

Crazy Things People Have Tried to Carry on a Plane

Numerous people at Orlando International Airport on Friday reported there was a panic caused by a noise initially thought to be a gunshot.

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The Orlando Police Department, however, said on Twitter that no shots had been fired and it was only "a loud sound that startled people."

The department later said on Twitter that the noise was caused by a lithium battery inside a camera that exploded. 

The bag the camera was in started to smolder, but no one was injured, the Police Department tweet said.

The incident did not pose any danger to people at the airport, the department's Twitter post said.

Regardless, photos given to WFTV showed a normally busy terminal that was completely empty.

A video showed people evacuating trams at the airport.

Orlando International Airport posted on Twitter that the incident was being investigated and details would be released when they became available.

Numerous flights were delayed due to the incident. Check here to see if your flight is among those affected.

One ‘hot’ Thanksgiving: Turkeys get Flaming Hot Cheetos makeover

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:16 PM

‘Flamin’ Hot Cheetos’ Turkey Is Spicing Up the Holidays

Food mashups can be the perfect answer to the traditional, boring holiday gathering. Reynolds Kitchens, the makers of the aluminum foil and cooking bags that help us create in the kitchen, have come up with some different recipes using popular snack foods to amp up the Thanksgiving turkey.

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They’re called “Flavor Blasted Turkeys” and use spicy cheese puffs (think Flaming Hot Cheetos), ranch-flavored corn chips (Ranch Fritos), or onion-flavored rings (Funyuns) to add an extra kick to Tom Turkey.

You start all three recipes the same. You put your chip of choice into a food processor or blender and crush them. You can also use the old fashioned rolling-pin/zip top bag technique and work out some holiday frustrations. As long as they’re powered, you’re fine.

Brush oil or butter on the bird to help the coating stick and cover the entire turkey, legs and all, with the crushed-up snack food.

This is where the technique changes depending on which chip you choose.

For Flaming Hot Cheetos turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put covered turkey in cooking bag.
  • Place bag and turkey in 2-inch deep roasting pan.
  • Cut 6 1/2-inch slits into bag and roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching a bone.
  • When it reaches temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes in the bag, then slice open the bag, remove the turkey and serve.

For ranch-flavored turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Put turkey on aluminum foil that’s tow and a half times longer than the turkey.
  • Overlap foil ends and turn up the sides of the foil to seal in juices.
  • Place turkey and foil into 2-inch deep roasting pan.
  • Roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching a bone.
  • Add 30 minutes to the time if turkey is stuffed.
  • To brown the turkey and coating, turn back the foil for last 30 minutes of roasting.
  • When it reaches temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes in the foil, then remove the turkey and serve.

For onion-flavored turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Lay a sheet of foil under turkey in roasting pan
  • Make a foil tent, leaving an inch between the turkey and the foil for heat circulation. Crimp the tent to bottom foil along the long sides of pan.
  • Roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching bone.
  • Add 30 minutes to the time if turkey is stuffed.
  • To brown the turkey, remove foil tent after one hour.
  • When it reaches correct temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes covered in foil.

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(STEVEN KARL METZER)

Pentagon accidentally re-tweets call for Trump's resignation

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

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A post on the Pentagon’s official Twitter account called for President Donald Trump’s resignation on Thursday when a message was mistakenly re-tweeted, according to officials with the Department of Defense.

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The tweet was quickly deleted, Politico reported.

The original message was posted by Ryan Knight, who goes by the Twitter handle @proudresister. Knight pointed to calls for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, of Alabama, to step down amid allegations that he sexually assaulted multiple women, and for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, to resign after recent allegations that he forcibly kissed a woman in 2006 and groped her as she slept.

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“The solution is simple,” Knight wrote. “Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress. Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It’s a crime as is your hypocrisy.”

Moore has denied any wrongdoing. Franken apologized on Thursday and called for an investigation into the 2006 incident.

>> Related: Sen. Al Franken accused of kissing, groping news anchor without consent

The post was shared for a brief time Thursday on the Department of Defense’s official Twitter account.

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that the re-tweet was posted accidentally.

“An authorized operator of the @DeptofDefense’s official Twitter site erroneously retweeted content that would not be endorsed by the Department of Defense,” White said in a tweet Thursday. “The operator caught this error and immediately deleted it.”

More than a dozen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. He emphatically denied the accusations, which dated back to the 1980s.

>> Related: Who is accusing Trump of sexual misconduct?

The accusations were made after a 2005 video surfaced in which Trump made derogatory comments about women.

"You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said in the video. “Grab them by the (expletive). You can do anything."

First lady Melania Trump defended her husband's comments, telling Fox News in 2016 that her husband's words were offensive and inappropriate but that they did not reflect his views on women.

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Dunkin’ Donuts worker fatally struck by van speeding in drive-through

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:45 AM

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A Dunkin’ Donuts worker was fatally hit by a vehicle while sweeping leaves in the drive-through lane Thursday night. 

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A white cargo van sped through the drive-through, striking Jose Furtado, 65, around 7 p.m., according to WABC. Furtado was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where he died.

"Speed no matter where you go, they don't slow down,” Furtado’s friend, James Reed told WABC. “You know, I think this is a wake-up call for everybody. Everybody knows (Furtado) from Dunkin' Donuts, church folks, church members, no matter who, no matter what race or color or creed they are he'd treat them all the same."

The 59-year-old driver and 15-year-old passenger were not injured. 

Police are reviewing surveillance footage. 

“No criminal charges have been filed at this time,” Passaic County prosecutor Camelia Valdes told the New Jersey Record. “However, the investigation remains active and ongoing.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts, a family-owned franchise which is typically open 24 hours, was closed Thursday to mourn the loss of Furtado.

Dream job alert: Get paid $10,000 per month to 'experience' Cancun

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

Get Paid $10,000 Per Month To ‘Experience’ Cancun

Love to travel? Looking for a new job? 

A new job posting by Cancun.com might be just what you’re looking for. 

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The travel site is seeking a social media savvy CEO, or a “Cancun Experience Officer.”

A description of the position online notes that the company is looking for “an outgoing, authentic and dynamic individual (or team) to represent the amazing destination of Cancun.”

The CEO will live in Cancun between March and August 2018, developing video of the vacation, capturing photos and creating written content. The CEO will be the face of the Cancun.com brand and its newly launched website.

Salary is listed at $10,000 per month -- and that doesn’t include the housing costs that will be completely paid for during the six-month period.

“You’ll get paid to dive into the culture, charm and wonder of Cancun and share your experiences with a worldwide audience,” the posting reads. 

“We can’t wait to get started on our search for a CEO to be the face and personality of Cancun. Getting paid to live and travel around Mexico is a once in a lifetime experience,” Chad Meyerson, general manager at Cancun.com, said in a press release. “It’s truly one of the most remarkable travel destinations, and we want to make sure we find the right person to help us show the rest of the world everything Cancun has to offer, from the culture and community to its beautiful hotels and pristine beaches.”

According to the press release, other perks include: 

  • Sleeping in luxurious beds overlooking the most pristine beaches
  • Scaling 3,000-year-old pyramids followed by a swim with a 40,000-pound whale shark
  • Sipping an ice-cold beverage before teeing off 200 yards down an ocean fairway
  • Mingling with locals and tourists at your VIP table in the hottest clubs
  • Coordinating charitable projects with local organizations to support education, health and well-being 
  • Having the most enviable job on the planet

Interested job seekers have until Dec. 17 to apply. A minute-long video describing why you’d be the perfect fit for the position is required.

The top five finalists will travel to Cancun in January, and the winner or winners will be announced Jan. 31. 

Apply here

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