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National pressure makes village abandon its controversial town seal

Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 9:20 AM
Published: Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ 2:07 PM
By: Ben Lawson

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Whitesboro, New York, will officially change its town seal after many called it racist.

Critics of the seal, which appears to show a white man choking a Native American, say it celebrates violence against Native Americans. The seal got national attention after "The Daily Show" aired a segment about the town.

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"Is that pioneer choking that Native American to death, or do I have something crazy in my eye?" asked Jessica Williams of "The Daily Show."

The official history of the seal says it depicts a friendly wrestling match that fostered good relations between the village's founder and Native Americans. (Video via WKTV)

Residents voted to keep the seal earlier this month but reversed that decision after the national backlash.

"Nobody wants to be the brunt of jokes in any community, so I'm pleased that they reached this decision," said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.

Local officials say they are working with Oneida Indian Nation leaders to create a new emblem that "preserves history" and ensures the village is "seen as the inclusive place that it is."

This video includes a post from Facebook / Village of Whitesboro.

Men attending bachelor party ends up falling in love with puppies instead

Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 4:05 PM
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 3:42 PM

            Men attending bachelor party ends up falling in love with puppies instead
(Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

A groom-to-be from Kalamazoo, Michigan is caring for seven puppies after rescuing them during his bachelor party.

WWMT reported that Mitchel Craddock and a group of his friends were deep in the woods of Tennessee celebrating his upcoming wedding when an unexpected guest showed up at their door.

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“The first morning we were there, we had the front door wide open and we’re cooking bacon and we look over the front door to the cabin we’re staying in, there is a dog sitting there, sweet as can be but would not come inside,” Craddock told WWMT.

The men looked after the dog, nicknaming her Annie and feeding her.

“She was very dehydrated, hungry, I mean everything we gave her and out in front of her she gobbled up as fast as she could,” said Craddock.

The men noticed her acting strangely protective regarding a specific area in the woods.

“There was one spot in the woods if anything went by there she would leave us and take off barking and going crazy, and she would go to that spot and then she would eventually come back,” said Craddock. ” We connected the dots, we put everything together and we found a giant hole in the ground.”

Inside the hole, they found seven puppies. They named them Knox, Bear, Daisy, Gunner, Brimmy, Finn and Rose.

“We’re guessing they were maybe around 5 or 6 weeks old,” Cradock told ML Live. Although the mother was malnourished, the puppies were robust and healthy, albeit dirty.

“Well, we’re washing our puppies, because they had all come out of a hole and they were all dirty, so there was a group of rough men going down to go four-wheeling, but instead they are inside washing puppies,” said Craddock.

All of the puppies have been looked at by a veterinarian.

Craddock told ABC News all the pups have have forever homes with the groomsmen or their relatives and they all live within 5-miles of each other.

Thier mother, Annie, is with Craddock's grandparenfts with one of her puppies.

Watch video of the puppies, from ML Live, below:

Thousands take to social media, vow to boycott Black Thursday

Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 3:44 PM
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 3:35 PM
By: Theresa Seiger - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Thousands take to social media, vow to boycott Black Thursday
Customers wait in line to enter Wal-Mart Thanksgiving day on November 28, 2013 in Troy, Michigan. Black Friday shopping began early this year with most major retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving day as consumers took advantage of discounted prices to prepare for the holiday season. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images) (Joshua Lott)

Thousands of people are vowing to spend Thanksgiving Day anywhere but in a store through a Facebook page called "Boycott Black Thursday."

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The page on Tuesday shared an image of a button that said "I'm not shopping on Thanksgiving Day!" The image was shared nearly 50,000 times by Thursday afternoon and had more than 12,000 reactions.

The message resonated with shoppers and retailer workers alike.

SHARE to tell the world!
Want to wear this button proudly - in real life? Buy it here and a portion of your purchase will go to charity!
Posted by Boycott Black Thursday on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"I remember my dad making sure the car was filled up the day before holidays. ... because a lot of service stations were closed," Jim Snyder wrote in response to the post. "Amazing how we have become a country where every opportunity to sell is exploited and any desire to purchase must be satiated."

Black Thursday is the name given to sales that run on Thanksgiving Day, a spinoff of traditional Black Friday sales.

"I'm not shopping because I'll (be) working," Darlene Spurlock wrote on the "Boycott Black Thursday" post. "Not all retailers (are) getting the message. So when (you) shop, we can't enjoy the day with our families like you do. Boycott Black Thursday, so we can all enjoy the holiday with family and friends!"

Thanksgiving Day sales at brick-and-mortar stores dropped from just over $2 billion in 2014 to $1.8 billion last year, according to Practical Ecommerce. Citing retail research firm ShopperTrak, Practical Ecommerce reported a 10 percent drop in shopping at "physical stores," although it noted that digital sales on Thanksgiving Day were "up by double digits."

Officer, K-9 on first assignment together find missing special-needs teen

Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 2:54 PM
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 2:50 PM
By: Theresa Seiger - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Officer, K-9 on first assignment together find missing special-needs teen
(O'Fallon Missouri Police Department/Facebook)

A Missouri police officer and her K-9 partner are being hailed as heroes after they helped find a missing teenager with special needs on their first assignment together.

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O'Fallon police called for help Sunday night from the St. Charles County Police Department after they got a call about an autistic 13-year-old who was reported missing. Temperatures were expected to drop as the sun set and officers were worried that the teenager, who was reported missing before nightfall, would get hurt.

St. Charles County police Officer Courtney Spiess and her partner, K-9 Tank, answered the call just a day after the pair completed their training together, KSDK reported.

The pair found the teen in less than five minutes and brought him home, according to the news station.

We love working with our brothers and sisters from our neighboring agencies. Tonight's heroes are K9 Tank and his...
Posted by O'Fallon Missouri Police Department on Sunday, October 23, 2016

"It's so rewarding, and (Tank) was so happy to find him, and of course I was ecstatic," Spiess told KSDK. "He absolutely loves going to work. As soon as I put his harness on him, he knows we're going to be tracking a person and you can see his face change. He's ready to go."

Tank, a Hanoverian hound, has been specially trained to work  with Spiess to find narcotics, suspects and missing people, according to KSDK.

"He's very special, a very special dog," Spiess said.

Twitter is discontinuing Vine

Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 2:13 PM
By: Jennifer Brett - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

            Twitter is discontinuing Vine
Vine (Flickr/Esther Vargas)

Social media practitioners who like to create and view video content six seconds at a time will be sad to hear Twitter's latest news. The money-losing social media platform is doing away with Vine.

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"Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today," the company said in a statement. "We value you, your Vines and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We'll be keeping the website online because we think it's important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website."

Although speculation has swirled about a possible buyer, Twitter finds itself unacquired and unprofitable. Axing Vine is part of a larger restructuring. Nine percent of Twitter's workforce is getting cut.

Shares of Twitter, which have tumbled 27 percent in the past month as possible suitors have wandered away, rose 34 cents, or 2 percent, to $17.63 in afternoon trading on Thursday, the AP reported.

The San Francisco company said it expects to take $10 million to $20 million in charges as it lays off more than 300 of its 3,860 workers.

"We have a clear plan, and we're making the necessary changes to ensure Twitter is positioned for long-term growth," CEO Jack Dorsey said in a company release.

Vine stars don't need to worry about their content disappearing today but should probably start storing somewhere else soon.

"We'll be working closely with creators to make sure your questions are answered and will work hard to do this the right way," the joint message from Vine and Twitter said. "We'll be sharing more details on this blog and our Twitter account and will notify you through the app when we start to change things."