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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:33 PM
CLIVE, Iowa — Charles “Chuck” Svatos bought a fortune cookie about a month ago when he was at a casino.
“You will discover an unexpected treasure,” the cookie’s message read.
A few weeks later, Svatos won the lottery.
Svatos picked his own numbers and bought his tickets with a coffee at a convenience store like he does most Sundays. This time, the random numbers Svatos selected matched the first five of the Sept. 25 Lucky for Life drawing, which comes with a prize of $25,000 a year for life.
Svatos, 92, decided to get the lump sum payment of $390,000.
"It's hard to believe a fortune cookie,” Svatos said. “You can never believe them most of the time.”
Svatos still carries the fortune with him in his wallet.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
— Update June 21, 4:55 p.m. EST: Matt Bershadker, CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), said Delta’s new policy banning pit bulls spreads “false and life-threatening stereotypes.”
“Every dog is unique, even dogs within the same breed, and their behavior is influenced by many factors,” Bershadker said in a Twitter statement. “Delta Airlines should resist unwarranted breed prejudice and rescind its breed ban.”
Original story: Delta Air Lines will limit each passenger to one emotional support animal and will prohibit pit bulls as service or support animals on flights, effective July 10.
Delta said the latest policy changes are due to “growing safety concerns” after two employees were bitten by a passenger’s emotional support animal last week.
The incident occurred in Atlanta during boarding of a flight to Tokyo Narita, and one employee was medically treated on site, according to the airline. The passenger and animal were removed from the flight.
Delta said when the new policy takes effect it will no longer accept “pit bull type dogs” as service or support animals.
The changes come after a Delta passenger was mauled by an emotional support dog on a flight last year.
Delta said it carries 700 service or support animals a day. Since 2016, the airline said it saw an 84 percent increase in reported incidents involving service and support animals, including urination or defecation and biting.
“Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, spiders and more,” Delta said. “Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs.”
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:26 AM
— McDonald’s is offering a new promotion to kick off the start of summer.
Customers who have the free McDonald’s app can get a free small McCafe Cold Brew Thursday. The new drinks are offered as a Cold Brew Frozen Coffee or Cold Brew Frappe. No purchase is needed to get the drink, but the offer may not be at every location.
According to a June 13 news release from the fast-food restaurant, the drinks are available on menus for a limited time.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:56 PM
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — A 12-year-old boy decided he had enough and called 911 to report that his parents were forcing him to eat salad.
Police said he was so distressed that he called 911 twice, the CBC reports.
In the first call, the boy stated that one of his parents made a salad he didn’t like. Before police arrived, he called 911 again to see how much longer he would have to wait for a police officer, reiterating how much he disliked salad.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police decided to give him a break and use this as a teaching moment for the family.
“While many can relate to the dislike of a salad at times, this raises a more important issue that warrants discussion at all ages,” Cpl. Dal Hutchison posted on Facebook. “The improper use of 911 is an issue with all age groups and it ties up valuable resources, preventing emergency first responders from dealing with real emergencies.”
When asked what type of salad it was, Hutchinson told the CBC, “Obviously one to his dislike, because he called 911.”
Hutchinson said the 12-year-old's parents "were not impressed" with what their son had done when police arrived at their door.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 3:59 PM
— First lady Melania Trump wore an olive green jacket with the words “I don’t really care, do u?” printed on it Thursday as she boarded a plane bound for Texas ahead of a tour of a migrant child detention center.
A spokeswoman for the first lady said “there was no hidden message” in Trump’s choice.
“It’s a jacket,” the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told BuzzFeed News after Trump’s trip. "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe."
FLOTUS spox confirms Mrs. Trump wore a jacket to visit border kids that reads: "I really don't care. Do you?" Spox says: "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe." pic.twitter.com/Bp4Z8n455G— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 21, 2018
Trump wore a different, pale yellow jacket later Thursday, when her plane landed in McAllen her visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center, The Associated Press reported. The center is holding 55 children.
The jacket choice raised the eyebrows of some social media users, who questioned the optics of Trump wearing such a coat, considering the purpose of her trip.
Is @FLOTUS so unfamiliar with English that she doesn’t know what the back of her jacket today says? That her initiative #BeBest is grammatically incorrect? Is there NO ONE ON HER STAFF to help her with these things?— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) June 21, 2018
bet Melania is really wishing she'd gone with the "IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN THE APPEARANCE OF CARING" jacket instead— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) June 21, 2018
Trump visited the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center and a border patrol processing center. Grisham told CNN the trip was planned because the first lady wanted “to see what’s real.”
"She wanted to see as close to what she had been seeing on TV,” Grisham said. “She wants to see a realistic view of what's happening."
The visit came one day after he husband signed an executive order ending the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border.
She previously said in a statement through Grisham that she “hates to see children separated from their families.”