Wife gets wedding ring back after husband accidentally drops it in Salvation Army kettle

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 6:32 AM

Salvation Army kettle.
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Salvation Army kettle.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

An Oklahoma couple is grateful to the Salvation Army after a wedding ring was accidentally dropped into a donation kettle.

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It happened while one Tulsa man, who asked not to be identified, was dropping some change into the red kettle.

“I had outpatient surgery at St. John's and I forgot to take [the rings] off. So at the last minute, I gave them to him and he put them in his pocket,” the wife said.

The husband did not realize what had happened until after they got back home and he couldn't find the ring in his pocket.

Captain Ken Chapman of the Salvation Army of Metro Tulsa said he received a frantic phone call from the couple asking if the ring was still with them. He said the kettles have a lock on them and stay locked until the counting process begins at the Salvation Army warehouse.

“So we count the kettles the next morning, find her ring, gave it to her and she gave us a $100 donation,” Chapman said.

Chapman said every year, they find odds and ends inside the red kettles.

“We have a little collection in our counting room of all the weird things we get in the kettle,” Chapman said.

Since the woman was reunited with her ring, she said she hasn't taken it off once.

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Ohio included in ice pop recall list for possible listeria

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:38 AM

A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops for possible listeria contamination, and Ohio is included in the list of 15 states. 

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According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, W.Va., is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk. 

In addition to Ohio, the ice pops were distributed to retail grocers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The ice pop products, sold 12 to a pack, were delivered between April 5 and April 19, US Recall News reports.

The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B.

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The Sugar Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B.

So far, there are no reported illnesses or incidents involving the product.

Listeria is a bacteria that causes food poisoning and is especially dangerous to the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women. While a pregnant woman may experience mild, flu-like symptoms, the illness caused by Listeria -- called listeriosis -- can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery or life-threatening infection in newborns.

Symptoms in people besides pregnant women can include fever and muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

Consumers who have purchased the affected ice pops are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

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Scattered showers return, wet roads expected for morning commute

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 3:36 AM

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TODAY: Scattered showers push back in this morning with wet roads for the morning commute, however, no major problems are expected. Breezy and mostly cloudy for the day as temperatures reach into the upper 50s, which is cooler than normal. Showers become more isolated by late afternoon and a passing shower or two are possible overnight. 

WEDNESDAY: A shower or two will come down before dawn. It’ll be dry for the day with temperatures reaching back near 60 degrees. Clouds break through the afternoon for some sunshine. 

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FRIDAY: It’ll be dry, early with sunshine with highs peaking in the middle 60s. Clouds increase late in the day with a possible evening rain shower, but it will not be widespread.

SATURDAY: A pleasant, dry start of the weekend with afternoon sunshine and highs in the low 60s. 

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Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:59 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:52 AM

Amazon Announces Cities Still In Consideration For Second Headquarters

Officials with technology giant Amazon on Thursday announced that the company has narrowed down its list of possible sites for its second headquarters to 20 metropolitan areas.

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The company said it got nearly 240 proposals from across the U.S. Canada and Mexico.

“All the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, with Amazon Public Policy. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

The following metropolitan areas are still in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • New York City, New York
  • Northern Virginia, Virginia
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Washington D.C.

Amazon employees will spend the next several months diving into the remaining proposals. Company officials said Amazon’s decision will come this year.

Amazon is headquartered in Seattle, but the company announced in September 2017 that it was seeking proposals to build its second headquarters somewhere in North America.

Amazon officials said the company plans to invest $5 billion in its second headquarters, which will bring as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs to whichever metropolitan area it gets built in.

“In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community,” Amazon employees said in a news release.

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Boston, D.C. top contenders for Amazon's second headquarters, report says 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM

Amazon Announces Cities Still In Consideration For Second Headquarters

A new report says Boston is one of the top two finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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Twenty cities have been competing to become the location for the company’s second headquarters, and one study predicts two cities are better suited than the rest – and Boston is one of them.

The new study was conducted by an organization called The Conference Board.

It believes Washington, D.C., and Boston are most likely to beat out the competition.

The company analyzed the 20 cities vying to land HQ2.

The group studied the four job types most common in Amazon’s existing headquarters in Seattle, then looked at “real-time labor demand” and “online job vacancies” in all 20 cities vying for the headquarters.

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It found Boston and Washington, D.C. were most compatible.

Something else that was in the report but needs to be considered – Amazon already likes Boston.

The company is seeking up to 1 million square feet of office space in the Seaport. Amazon could hire up to 4,000 workers for two future offices separate from the second headquarters.

Landing HQ2 could mean 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment in the city, but that doesn’t appear to have people in Boston too excited.

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According to a recent poll by Elon University, only 34 percent of Bostonians strongly support the bid for the new headquarters. That’s the lowest among the finalist cities.

The following metropolitan areas are still in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters: 

- Atlanta, Georgia 

- Austin, Texas 

- Boston, Massachusetts 

- Chicago, Illinois 

- Columbus, Ohio 

- Dallas, Texas 

- Denver, Colorado 

- Indianapolis, Indiana 

- Los Angeles, California 

- Miami, Florida 

- Montgomery County, Maryland 

- Nashville, Tennessee 

- Newark, New Jersey 

- New York City, New York 

- Northern Virginia, Virginia 

- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

- Raleigh, North Carolina 

- Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

- Washington D.C.

Amazon expects to make a decision sometime this year.

An Amazon sign in Seattle outside the company’s grocery store in Seattle.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

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