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Watch: Iguana slithers into toilet from pipes, startles family 

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 12:55 PM

An iguana suns itself on a fence in Ilamorada, Florida. A reptile similar to this specimen slithered up through pipes and was waiting in the toilet for the unsuspecting  homeowner in the Miami area.
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An iguana suns itself on a fence in Ilamorada, Florida. A reptile similar to this specimen slithered up through pipes and was waiting in the toilet for the unsuspecting  homeowner in the Miami area.(KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

An iguana made a startling appearance in a Florida family’s toilet Tuesday, scaring the women who discovered it and prompting a 911 call.

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It seems the reptile had somehow traveled through the home’s pipes and ventured out in the toilet.

Rather than handling the scaly intruder herself, the homeowner called police.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Lt. Scott Mullin told the Miami Herald that it was the first time he had ever encountered an iguana in a toilet. Mullins said he usually finds snakes.

”I have no idea how it got there,” Mullin told the Herald. “I (sic) guessing it probably came up through the pipes.”

>> Related: Rattle snake surprise in toilet leads to even bigger discovery at Texas home

Mullin removed the iguana for the family and turned it over to a local wildlife center, according to the newspaper. 

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Shelby Lin Erdman  and Sandra Nortunen contributed to this story.

Family: 6-year-old girl hallucinates, tries to jump out window after taking flu medication

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:18 AM



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A Texas girl suffered hallucinations and tried to jump out a second-floor window after she took Tamiflu to fight off a flu diagnosis, family members told KTVT Friday.

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The family, who was not identified, told KTVT the girl also ran away from school and might have tried to hurt herself after taking Tamiflu.

“The second-story window was open, which is in her bedroom, and she used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her,” the girl’s father told KTVT. “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects that we went through.”

Members of the family, from Allen, told KTVT they took the girl to the hospital, where they were told that Tamiflu carries the rare risk of nervous system problems. Dr. Glenn Hardesty, who works in the emergency room at Texas Health Prosper, told the news station that the side effects are seen in less than 1 percent of patients.

“I’ve been in practice 20 years, and I haven’t seen that particular complication,” he said.

According to the U.S. Food Drug Administration, children and teenagers who take Tamiflu have a higher risk of suffering from seizures, confusion or unusual behavior during their illness.

“These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient,” according to the FDA. “People who take Tamiflu should be watched for signs of unusual behavior and a health care provider should be contacted right away if the patient shows any unusual behavior while taking Tamiflu.”

Family members told KTVT that they would not have given their child Tamiflu if they were aware of the possible side effects and urged other parents to be aware.

“Know that side effects are there for a reason,” the child’s father told KTVT. “They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick.”

<p>5 Reasons to get a Flu Shot</p>(Bryan Erdy/News | WHBQ)

Pedestrian hit, killed by freight train in Seattle

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:45 AM



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A freight train hit and killed a pedestrian near the King Street Station in Seattle shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday.

How – and when – to protect your pipes from freezing

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:48 AM

How To Protect Pipes From Freezing Temperatures

When temperatures fall below freezing, water pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting. They can release several hundred gallons of water per hour, resulting in a big – potentially costly – mess in your home.

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What causes pipes to burst?

Pipes burst because of the pressure that's exerted when water freezes. It can exceed 2,000 pounds per square inch, so it's no match for metal or plastic pipes, which will burst under this extreme pressure.

>> Related: 5 things you won’t want to leave in a freezing car

Ice particles can also cause problems in your pipes by blocking valves or other areas.

What should you do to protect your pipes?

When temperatures are expected to drop to about 20 degrees, you should take the following steps to keep your pipes from bursting:

  • Leave water dripping or trickling slowly from your faucets. This helps reduce the buildup of pressure inside your pipes. If the water stops dripping, it could mean that ice has formed and is blocking the pipe, providing a good indication that the situation needs close monitoring.
  • Closely monitor all pipes. This is especially important for those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls and near electrical outlets, because these have the most exposure to cold temperatures.
  • Learn where your water shutoff valve is located. That way, you'll be able to shut it off in case your pipes burst. If your home is built on a slab, your shutoff valve is probably near your hot water tank. If you have a basement, you'll probably find your shutoff valve there. And if your home is built on a crawl space, the valve will probably be located there, under the front wall of your house. If all else fails, you can also shut the water off at the city water line's covered box near the front of your home.
  • Open cabinets beneath sinks. This is especially helpful if the sink is on an outside wall, because this helps keep the pipes underneath it warmer.
  • Use an insulating dome or similar covering. This can cover and protect outdoor spigots.
  • Check the areas around pipes and hoses that come into your home. Look for signs of daylight or outside air that's getting into your home. Block the holes with insulating foam or caulk.
  • Wrap your pipes. Look for thick foam or fiberglass insulating sleeves, UL-listed heat tape or other insulating products at a home improvement store. Wrap your pipes tightly and secure with acrylic or duct tape, cable ties, or aluminum foil tape or wire every foot or so to make sure it stays secure. Wrapping your pipes isn't expensive, and it can save a great deal of money and aggravation.
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Apple hiring for work from home positions

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:46 AM

Apple Announces Plan To Hire Remote Workers

Apple is looking for additions to its workforce and you don’t even have to leave home. 

The tech company is looking to fill about 50 AppleCare at-home positions to offer tech support of devices like iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, the Houston Chronicle reported

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While working from home is a big enough perk for some, the job also comes with Apple discounts, paid time off and potential career growth, even for those who work part time, according to Apple’s job announcement.

Apple At Home employees work directly for Apple for the company’s normal support hours. There could be extra shifts for holidays, what’s considered “peak business hours,” and training.

Workers are required to have a distraction-free room that is quiet and that can be closed off to keep noise down, high-speed internet with at least 5 mps download/1 mps upload, a desk and an ergonomic chair. 

Apple provides the iMac and headset that is only for work.

Click here to see what jobs are open and to apply.