Netflix adds button to skip opening credits

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 2:18 AM

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For television binge-watchers who do not enjoy viewing the opening credits on their favorite shows over and over, Netflix has a solution.

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The company is testing a button that allows viewers to skip the credits on some TV shows, The Verge reported. A skip intro button would appear when a viewer hovers over the title sequence for shows like “House of Cards” and “Iron Fist,” the Verge reported.

Netflix spokesperson Smita Saran said the feature is one of "hundreds" of A-B tests that the company conducts each year with new features.

"We're looking at what does or doesn't enhance the viewing experience," Saran told CNN

Netflix declined to share details about the test, including which platforms the button is available on, CNN reported. Viewers have mostly reported seeing it appear while streaming on computers.

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Woman accused of leaving son in car, near drugs, while she broke into house

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:40 AM

Woman Allegedly Breaks Into Home While Leaving Son In Car Near Drugs

woman left her son in a car near methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia while she broke into an empty residence, authorities said.

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A Forsyth County deputy apprehended Theresa Jean Bice, 39, when she was leaving the house through a rear window, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Rainwater said. The house was on Browns Bridge Road in Cumming.

The deputy, C.A. Miller, said he found the 4-year-old boy asleep near multiple baggies containing meth, a digital scale and glass smoking paraphernalia.

A basket containing DVDs and children’s toys was found in the house, according to the deputy. It’s unclear how long Bice was in the house.

She’s charged with burglary, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of drug-related objects and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to sheriff’s officials. She’s in the Forsyth County jail without bond.

At the time of this arrest, Bice was on probation for a shoplifting arrest in April.

Which stores are open on Christmas Day 2017?

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Holiday Return Policies By Store

Whether you need to hop to the shop to snag some essentials (or a last-minute Christmas gift) or you’re missing an important ingredient for Christmas dinner, you may be able to find a store open on the big holiday.

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Here’s a breakdown of stores open for Christmas Day on Dec. 25, 2017:

Though the vast majority of retailers are closed on Christmas Day, some pharmacies and convenience stores will be open.

Note: The rule of thumb for holiday hours is to always call ahead and confirm. Some stores may close depending on their managers’ and franchise owners’ choices.

Pharmacies open on Christmas Day 2017

CVS: Most stores are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Locations inside Target stores will be closed. Call ahead to confirm.

Duane Reade: Either open 24/7 or open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call to confirm.

Rite Aid: Most locations open 24/7. Call to confirm.

Walgreens: Either open 24/7 or open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call to confirm.

Convenience stores open on Christmas Day 2017

7-Eleven: Most locations open 24/7. Call to confirm.

Circle K: Most locations open 24/7. Call to confirm.

Retailers open on Christmas Day 2017

Family Dollar: Most open 24 hours. Some have limited hours. Call to confirm.

Starbucks: Most locations close at 5 p.m. Call ahead.

This list will be updated as needed.

A customer pumps gas at a 7-Eleven store.(Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Grandmother who killed man in pet spa acted in self-defense, DA says

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:54 PM

The Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that it would not file charges against a woman who shot and killed a man inside the pet spa she owns in Concord.

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The district attorney’s report said Sarah Shoe shot and killed DeShawn Tatem after he forcefully and unlawfully entered Sarah’s Pet Spa on Winecoff School Road in November and started attacking her boyfriend while her two young grandchildren were inside the business.

Tatem was also known as “The General” in a group called the Yahshua Movement, according to the district attorney's report. The Yahshua Movement had rented space near Sarah’s Pet Spa.

Tatem went into Sarah’s Pet Spa and became involved in a verbal altercation with Shoe's boyfriend Christopher Gray over a water bill, according to a 911 call. Tatem was told to leave the premises more than a dozen times, according to the report.

Shoe called 911 when Tatem left the business and told the operator that he only left when she pulled out a gun.

During the 911 call, Shoe told the dispatcher that Tatem returned to the store with several other people and started yelling expletives at her and Gray.

The district attorney’s report said that while Shoe was on the phone with 911, a physical fight broke out between Tatem and Gray and that’s when she went and got the gun again. Shoe said she pointed the gun at Tatem so he would stop assaulting Gray.

Shoe said that Tatem then repeatedly told her to shoot him. She told police that when he started coming toward her, she had her two small grandchildren by her side and she fired the gun at him to protect them.

The single shot killed Tatem, according to the district attorney's report.

The district attorney ruled that Shoe acted in self-defense, and therefore no charges will be filed.

Mario Batali officially fired from ‘The Chew’ following sexual harassment allegations

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

What You Need To Know About Mario Batali

Chef Mario Batali has officially been fired from the daytime cooking show “The Chew” after multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

On Monday, Batali stepped down as a co-host of the show after multiple women anonymously told Eater New York that Batali had sexually harassed them.

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Variety reported that ABC reviewed the allegations after Batali was asked to step away.

“Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on ‘The Chew,’” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement. “While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously, as we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct.”

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Batali recently signed a deal with Food Network to revive his cooking show “Molto Mario,” but those plans have been put on hold, according to Variety. Six episodes of the show had already been filmed and were set to air in 2018.

Batali has also stepped away from the operations of his company, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, and his restaurants.

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In response to the Eater New York report Monday, Batali apologized and issued a statement.

“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong, and there are no excuses,” Batali said in part of the statement. “I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”

“I have work to do to try to regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed.”