Scorpion falls from United Airlines overhead bin, stings passenger

Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 4:18 PM

Scorpion Falls from United Airlines Overhead Bin, Stings Passenger

A scorpion fell from the overhead bin of a United Airlines plane over the weekend and stung a man before flight attendants could grab the arachnid, according to multiple reports.

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Richard Bell told CBC News that he was eating lunch on a flight from Houston to Calgary, Alberta, on Sunday when he felt something fall into his hair from above.

“I picked it up and it was a scorpion,” he told the news network.

He grabbed the scorpion by its tail and avoided a sting, he said, but dropped it when another passenger warned him that the scorpion was potentially venomous.

“I dropped it on my plate and that's when it stung me,” he told CBC News. “It got my nail, mostly." 

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He flung the scorpion onto the floor, where a flight attendant captured it in a cup. Flight crew members flushed the creature before the plane landed and another passenger, a nurse, gave Bell a painkiller until he could get medical treatment, CBC News reported.

A spokesman for United told CNBC that the flight’s crew got in touch with a physician on the ground as soon as they became aware of the incident. Medics met Bell at the airport, the news station reported.

Bell’s injuries were not life-threatening.

It was not clear how the scorpion got onto the plane. Bell told CBC News that he believes it might have been hiding in a guitar brought on board by travelers who recently visited Guatemala or Honduras.

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His wife, Linda Bell, told CBC News on Thursday that the airline gave the couple flight travel credits to make up for the incident.

United has faced heavy criticism in the days since Kentucky physician David Dao was forcibly removed from a flight to make room for airline employees. Dao’s attorney said at a news conference Thursday that the April 9 incident left Dao with a severe concussion, a broken nose and two missing teeth. 

Three officers from the Chicago Department of Aviation were placed on administrative leave as authorities investigate the Dao incident.

United CEO Oscar Munoz has apologized for the incident and promised to review the company’s training procedures. The company is offering compensation in the form of money, travel credits or miles to all passengers on Dao’s flight.

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Waffle House is selling beer for first time ever

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

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It's as much a part of Georgia as a peach, a peanut or even Coke. It's Waffle House.

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The first Waffle House opened in Avondale Estates in 1955, the company is headquartered in Norcross and there are about 400 Waffle House restaurants in the state. Some highway exits even have two Waffle Houses.

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But there was a first for Waffle House on Monday night. The second location at SunTrust Park opened. And when it did, it became the first Waffle House to sell beer.

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That's right, in addition to some hashbrowns, patrons can order up a cold adult beverage.

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That's actually all the restaurant sells; hashbrowns and drinks. There's the cheesesteak melt hashbrown bowl, grilled chicken melt hashbrown bowl, a regular order of hashbrowns along with water, sodas and beer.

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Miller Light and Coors Light are the beers the Waffle House offers. There is another Waffle House location in SunTrust Park that features a larger menu.

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Wash that next order of smothered and covered hashbrowns down with a frosty brew on an upcoming trip to see the Atlanta Braves play.

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No criminal charges filed in Prince's 2016 overdose death, prosecutor says

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:48 PM

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Authorities have declined to press criminal charges against anyone in the 2016 overdose death of musical icon Prince, saying Thursday that investigators were unable to determine where the artist got the fentanyl that killed him.

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'National School Walkout’: Everything you need to know about Friday’s event

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:52 AM

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Thousands of students across the country are set to walk out of class on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

More than 2,500 groups have signed up for the “National School Walkout,” a student-led protest aimed at bolstering the discussion about gun-control measures.

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Lane Murdock, a high school sophomore who started a Change.org petition suggesting the walkout, said keeping the momentum of the national “March for Our Lives” movement strong was important to her and that, “Our generation is demanding change and won't be ignored or swept under the rug." 

March for Our Lives grew out of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people died in the Feb. 14 shooting.

Murdock told National Public Radio that the protest is “not conservative or liberal. It is just about making sure our children don't get harmed in school and we don't live in a community and in a country that has institutionalized fear. I think we're all sick of it. That's why we're doing this."

Murdock goes to a Connecticut high school about 20 minutes away from where Sandy Hook Elementary School once stood. The Newtown, Connecticut, school was the site of a mass shooting in 2012 where 26 people – mostly 6- and 7-year-old children – were killed.

Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s National School Walkout.

When is the National School Walkout?

The walkout is set for Friday and starts at 10 a.m.

What is the walkout about?

Students are protesting “congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence,” according to the National School Walkout website. They are asking lawmakers to support:

  • Legislation to strengthen background checks.
  • Legislation to allow family members to request the issuance of a gun violence prevention warrant for those they fear may pose a danger to themselves or others. 
  • Bans on bump stocks.
  • Raising minimum age to 21 to buy an assault rifle like the AR-15.

What will happen?

Students across the country will walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. local time and pause for 13 seconds of silence – one second for everyone killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.

After that, organizers are encouraging students not to go back to school, but to stay out the entire day. They are telling students to hold rallies and letter-writing campaigns or other activities around the day.

How do you participate?

Since organizers are suggesting that students walkout of school for the day, the event is geared more toward high school students. More than 2,500 schools in the United States have registered their intention to participate in the walkout. Not all groups registered are high schools. 

Organizers have compiled a guide with suggestions for activities and a link to resources including legal rights and safety tips.

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, shooting instructor Frankie McRae demonstrates the grip on an AR-15 rifle fitted with a "bump stock" at his 37 PSR Gun Club in Bunnlevel, N.C. The largest manufacturer of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, announced Wednesday, April 18, 2018, that it will stop taking orders and shut down its website next month. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)(Allen G. Breed/AP)

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Barbara Bush funeral set to begin Friday in Houston

Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 11:19 PM

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Barbara Bush’s funeral arrangements are set for this weekend in Houston.

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The public is invited to pay their respects at a public viewing for the matriarch of the Bush family from noon until midnight on Friday at St. Martin’s  Church.

The private funeral service for the former first lady is set for Saturday at the Second Baptist Church in Houston. Attendance at the service is by invitation only.

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President Donald Trump has ordered flags at the White House and on public and federal property around the United States flown at half staff this weekend in honor of Barbara Bush.

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She’ll be laid to rest in College Station, Texas, next to her daughter, Robin, who died at the age of 4, according to an interview the Bushes did with CNN”s Larry King in 2004.

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