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This huge rabbit is looking for a new home

Atlas, a 7-month-old rabbit, is up for adoption.

The continental giant rabbit's former owner couldn't keep him anymore, so a dog-sized rabbit is looking for a new home.

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The Huffington Post reported Monday that the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shared the news about Atlas in a Facebook post.

The Scottish SPCA describes Atlas as"a very friendly rabbit who loves attention and getting cuddles" and "an inquisitive boy who makes everyone laugh with his mischievous character."

If anyone is interested, they'll need to meet very specific requirements to adopt this big rabbit.

"A standard rabbit hutch won’t do, so his new owner will need plenty of space for him," the SPCA said. "Atlas needs an owner with the knowledge to properly care for him, so ideally someone who has kept a continental giant before."

The organization said he is currently the size of a West Highland White Terrier but stands to get bigger.

Our centre in Glasgow is seeking a new home for a larger than life rabbit.The 7 month old continental giant rabbit...

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:37:17 -0500

CMS to discuss superintendent search

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school leaders will decide the next steps in its search for a superintendent Tuesday night.

Commissioners are expected to vote on whether or not to offer current Superintendent Ann Clark a contract extension.

RELATED ARTICLE: CMS officials discuss search for superintendent

During the meeting, they're also set to discuss proposed student assignment goals and a budget overview.

Channel 9 will have a crew inside that meeting and will bring you the latest on the superintendent search, Tuesday at 10 and 11 p.m. 

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:57:31 -0500

Mt. Holly residents upset over big rig traffic

Residents in a Mount Holly neighborhood said 18-wheelers are putting their kids at risk and damaging a road they use every day.

They've been petitioning town leaders for a weight restriction on North Main Street and on Monday night, they took their concerns to the council.

Residents said the trucks coming from several industrial facilities in the area are congesting the roadway while leaving potholes.

In less than a week, more than 155 people signed a petition to present to city leaders.

“All you're doing is dumping traffic straight into town down here,” resident Wayne Nichols said. “Get it away from the town and get it on down the road.”

Scott Lilly took their case to City Council asking for an alternate route that would detour the huge trucks away from the residential area -- an idea homeowners said they've been fighting for a long time.

“The state of North Carolina should use the money they got to build a bypass around here and get the trucks out of here, and we've been waiting 40 years and haven't built a bypass yet.”
 
Council voted not to take action Monday saying the state has the final authority.
 
Those who live there said they won't stop pushing to get something done.

“It's not over yet,” Lilly said. “We still have elections in a year and a half and we can make an election out of it.”

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:50:03 -0500

People won't stop texting this man for Chipotle burritos

You can get a free burrito from Chipotle, but not if you text the wrong number.

By texting "RAINCHECK" to 888-222 on Monday, you can get a burrito as Chipotle's apology for the E. coli health issue.

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Those who add another 2, texting 888-2222 instead, are texting a technology attorney from Washington, D.C., named Hank Levine, who can't give you free Chipotle burritos.

Related: Missed Chipotle for lunch today? Text them for a free burrito

"It started this morning around 9 a.m. when I suddenly got a text that just said, 'raincheck,'" Levine told Tech Insider. "Curious, I wrote back with a question mark."

"The person said, 'I want my burrito.' I told them they had the wrong number."

Levine had over 60 text messages, which started coming in at 9 a.m. Monday.

His daughter in law, Dorry Levine, tweeted a screenshot of Hank Levine's phone.

Despite some harsh responses when Hank Levine told some texters that they had the wrong number, his sympathy is with Chipotle.

"I feel bad for Chipotle," Levine said. "They've got all of southern Maryland thinking I'm giving out coupons for free burritos."

http://twitter.com/dorrylevine/status/696783225318940672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:34:28 -0500

Charlotte authorities search for missing woman

Charlotte authorities are looking for Dr. Tin Thi Nguyen, 74, who has been missing since 6:45 p.m. Monday in the west Charlotte area.
 
Nguyen, an Asian woman, was last seen in the 10000 block of Wilson Glen Drive.
 
She is 4 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and has brown eyes with black hair.
 
Nguyen, who doesn’t speak English, was last seen wearing a red jacket, white pants and a red toboggan with a red flag on the side of it.
 
Call 911 if you have information on her whereabouts.

Several firefighters and law enforcement personnel including a K-9 unit searched for her Monday night.

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:20:59 -0500

Police: Wisconsin couple arrested after letting 9-year-old drive

A call about erratic driving led Polk County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jeff Hahn to a shocking discovery last week: The driver was a 9-year-old girl.

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According to KMSP, Amanda Eggert and her boyfriend, Jason Roth, were allegedly drunk when Hahn approached the Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, couple.

They had their 9-year-old daughter drive them home Jan. 31 when they were too drunk to do so.

A early Breathlyzer test from Roth came back at 0.25, more than three times the legal limit, according to Fox 9.

Hahn also saw the couple's 11-month-old baby boy in a car seat.

Eggert and Roth pleaded not guilty to felony charges that included child neglect and second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

The pair remain in jail as they await trial.

"As the 9-year-old exited the truck, it was still running and in drive when Mr. Roth was sitting in the truck by himself," Hahn testified in court. "He turned the ignition off and the truck began rolling backwards down the hill towards the river. I jumped into the truck to hit the brakes and put the truck in park."

The 9-year-old drove the truck for miles without getting into an accident or causing injuries.

The children are staying with extended family.

A Polk County deputy responding to a 911 call about an erratic driver was shocked to discover a 9-year-old behind the wheel driving her mom and her mom's boyfriend, who both appeared intoxicated.

Posted by Fox 9 on Friday, February 5, 2016

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:16:42 -0500

Man may have been killed by meteorite, Indian official says

According to authorities, the first person in modern history has been killed by a meteorite.

The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, said that a 40-year-old bus driver died after being struck by a meteorite just after noon on Saturday. The pieces of the object also impacted the nearby grounds of a college in Tamil Nadu, India.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the object left a four-foot deep crater.

“There was a noise like a big explosion. It was an abnormal sound that could be heard till at least 3 kilometers [about 2 miles] away,” G. Baskar, a principal at the college told the Wall Street Journal.

The impact reportedly destroyed windows and windshields nearby. Classes have been suspended until Wednesday.

The object is described as rock fragments with a blue-ish black color resembling a diamond.

A team from the Indian Institiute of Astrophyics will investigate the object.

There was a reported death in 1825 according to the International Comet Quarterly.

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:03:49 -0500

Detroit Zoo looking for penguin-loving volunteers

A new program at the Detroit Zoo is recruiting "enthusiastic, friendly and passionate" volunteers for the spring.

WWJ reported Monday that the zoo is recruiting for what is the world's biggest penguin facility.

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The Polk Penguin Conservation Center is 33,000 square feet and houses 80 penguins.

"There’s going to be a huge underwater viewing area, including walking through tunnels, where penguins will be flying over your head, flying under your feet," chief life sciences officer Scott Carter said. "Penguins do fly under water. We should see penguins in the water all the time. It’s going to be very exciting."

Although volunteers can work in the center, none will be allowed to handle or feed any animals.

The zoo is also seeking volunteers elsewhere in the zoo, including with polar bears at the Arctic Ring of Life and kangaroos at the Australian Outback Adventure.

The penguin exhibit opens in April.

More details can be found at the Detroit Zoo website.

The Detroit Zoo is looking for a few good people who love penguins.

Posted by CBS Detroit on Monday, February 8, 2016

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:29:40 -0500

9 Investigates: Violence against officers escalates at Polkton prison

9 investigates learned inmates at Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Polkton have assaulted nine correctional officers and sergeants just within the last week.
 
“They don’t have enough security in the prison,” said Mary Crump. She doesn’t live far from the high security prison and thinks there should be more correction officers.
 
North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety confirmed the nine assaults saying most resulted in minor or no injury but twice, inmates threw urine and feces on officers.
 
“That’s just nasty,” said James Farris, who also lives near the prison.
 
Officials said inmate Marvin Breeden Jr., who is in prison for first-degree rape, took a homemade metal weapon and slashed an officer in the head several times on Saturday. The officer was airlifted to the hospital and has been released.
 
Polkton police said he will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
 
“I wouldn’t want to work there,” Crump said.
 
After that violent assault this weekend, one of the prison’s four units was locked down for about 30 hours while police investigated.
 
Channel 9 has been reporting on Lanesboro Correctional for years. In 2014, an inmate stabbed a prison administrator as he walked through the prison recreation yard. Also in 2014, federal and state agents took control of the prison because they believed inmates were using smuggled cellphones to plan attacks from inside.
 
Federal investigators also looked into whether a different former supervisor may have helped hide inmates’ homemade weapons.
 
A spokesperson with the Department of Public Safety sent Channel 9 a statement:
 
“As with any incident, all policies and procedures will be reviewed to include staffing and adjustments will be made as deemed necessary. Additional staff has been added and will remain on site until determined they are no longer necessary.”

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:49:55 -0500

Monica Lewinsky launches anti-bullying emoji keyboard

Monica Lewinsky has launched a new series of anti-bullying emojis, meant to give people a quick way to lend support to a friend. 

“Cyberbullying, trolling, and online harassment can ensnare public officials and celebrities but also private citizens, whether teens or college kids or adults,” she wrote in a piece for Vanity Fair, where she is a contributing editor. “Thousands of people are bullied online daily.”

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It’s an issue Lewinsky knows about first hand. In 2015, after trying to keep a low profile for years, she spoke out for the first time in detail  in a Vanity Fair piece last June entitled “Shame and Survival.

“In 1998, when news of my affair with Bill Clinton broke, I was arguably the most humiliated person in the world,” she wrote. “Thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.”

Lewinsky stuck to focusing on anti-bullying efforts in the more recent piece, noting, “The free keyboard app is available for download beginning on World Safer Internet Day, Feb. 9, in the iTunes App Store and coming soon on Google Play.” 

Lewinsky linked to the announcement from her public, officially verified Facebook page, where her online followers quickly made the connection from her current initiative and past issues.

“Say your piece Monica, especially now that (presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton) is trotting out her geriatric friends to say that women who don’t support other women belong in hell,” said commenter Soma Ganguly Simon.

She was referring to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright‘s remark at a recent Clinton campaign rally: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”

 Other commenters were less than impressed with Lewinksy’s anti-bullying efforts.

“You brought your problems on yourself,” David Carper wrote. “You are not a victim. You were proud of what you did, til you got caught. Shut up and go away again. You're welcome.”

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:47:08 -0500

Report: Florida man arrested for tossing gator into Wendy’s

A Jupiter, Florida, man was arrested for throwing a live alligator into a Wendy’s restaurant drive-through east of Loxahatchee, according to WPTV.

Joshua James, 23, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, illegally killing, possessing or capturing an alligator, and second-degree larceny petit theft, according to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

He has not been released on bail as of Monday afternoon. WPTV reports that the incident occurred in October, but James had only been arrested recently by U.S. marshals.

Officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told WPTV that James pulled up for his order, and after a server handed a drink and turned around, James tossed the 3 1/2-foot gator into the drive-through window.

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:46:22 -0500

Police officer helps homeless woman get food, shelter ahead of winter storm

A homeless woman in Massachusetts is safe and warm Monday thanks to the actions of a selfless police officer.

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According to a Facebook post by the Seekonk Police Department, Officer Keith Perry discovered the homeless woman was hungry and had no place to stay ahead of a winter storm.

Officer Perry came to her aid, buying her groceries and setting her up with a hotel room ahead of the storm.

"Perry epitomizes the meaning of public service," wrote Seekonk police.

After to coming to the aid of a woman in distress tonight, Officer Perry discovered that the woman was homeless and hadn...

Posted by Seekonk Police Department on Sunday, February 7, 2016

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:25:23 -0500

Airline employee brings ammo through secured area

An airline employee at Charlotte Douglas Airport is not allowed into secure areas of the airport after investigators say he brought a box of live ammunition through security.

A spokeswoman for American Airlines said the employee works for Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American that operates many of the commuter flights from the airport’s E concourse. 

She said a co-worker saw the box of bullets inside the secure area Sunday night and contacted Homeland Security officials.  

The spokeswoman said having ammunition inside the security zone violates both airline and airport policy, and that employee has had his security clearance temporarily revoked while they conduct an internal investigation.

There are many places at Charlotte Douglas where airport and airline employees with key cards can bypass security checkpoints.

A spokeswoman for Charlotte Douglas would not discuss security protocols, but said their security is robust and has many layers.

Police have filed a report in the case, but only for documentation purposes, and say they don’t consider it a criminal offense.

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:31:02 -0500

Casey Anthony launches photography business in Florida

Casey Anthony — the Orlando woman acquitted in 2011 in the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee — has set up a photography business in her name in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Anthony filed paperwork in November 2015 to form Case Photography, LLC with a start date of Jan. 1 listed, according to a document from the Florida Division of Corporations.

Property records show that an address listed for the business belongs to Patrick J. McKenna, a West Palm Beach private investigator who worked on Anthony’s case and who is credited with turning up evidence that helped to acquit O.J. Simpson in his murder trial.

Anthony, 29, has remained in relative seclusion since an Orlando jury found her not guilty of murder in July 2011. She has long been rumored to be living in the West Palm Beach area.

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:27:12 -0500

Former assistant fire chief charged with embezzlement

A former Lincolnton assistant fire chief accused of stealing money from a church and a children’s fund has been charged with nine counts of embezzlement.

William Fortenberry was charged Monday with four counts of embezzlement in connection with the Burned Children’s Fund and five counts of embezzlement related to Pisgah United Methodist Church.

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Fortenberry is being held under a $36,000 secured bond in the Lincoln County jail.

Fortenberry was suspected of taking money raised from collection bins, which helped families of child burn victims. Fortenberry served as treasurer for the Lincoln County chapter of the Burned Children Fund.

The president of the fund made a bank run in September and discovered a lot of the money raised for the children had disappeared.

Fortenberry had been trusted as treasurer of the fund since 1992.

The State Bureau of Investigation also looked into Fortenberry's involvement with his church. 

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:35:22 -0500

Report: Doctors perform procedure on wrong baby

A doctor at a Lebanon, Tennessee, hospital accidentally performed surgery on the wrong baby, according to CBS.com.

Jennifer Melton gave birth to a healthy newborn, Nate Melton, at University Medical Center. The Meltons told CBS a doctor there mistakenly performed a frenulectomy on Nate -- a procedure where the flap of skin under the tongue is cut.  

"It's recklessness. There's no excuse for cutting on a healthy child. There's no excuse for mixing up babies at a hospital," the Meltons' attorney Clint Kelly told CBS.

Nate’s parents fear that he may have speech or eating problems in the future as a result of the mistake, according to CBS.

CBS reports that "University Medical Center declined to comment specifically on what happened for this story, citing federal privacy regulations."

Read more at CBS.

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:12:40 -0500

Dad delivers baby on highway while getting speeding ticket

A baby boy is doing well Monday after his own father delivered him on the side of the road, while getting pulled over for speeding.

Shawna and Danny Lowe of Alabama were driving quickly to a hospital early Sunday morning when Shawna went into labor.

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A state trooper pulled them over and that was when little Barrett decided to make his entrance.

Danny jumped into action, delivering his own son on the side of the highway, with the trooper by his side.

The couple left with a baby boy and a special ticket from the trooper.

“This was his official birth certificate because this gave us the time and in the details,” said Danny, holding up the ticket. “He wrote that I was speeding and the wife had a beautiful baby boy.”

The couple said little Barrett is a very healthy baby. They were not given a speeding ticket for the incident.

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:54:47 -0500

Local congressional district map causes controversy

A local congressional district is causing major controversy, potentially creating change for thousands of voters from Charlotte to Greensboro.
 
A federal court struck down Districts 12 and 1 on Friday, saying they are unconstitutional based on race.
 
Since the congressional maps were redrawn in 2011, they've been in and out of court ever since. But Friday's late news surprised political experts.
 
"It certainly was not expected on a late Friday evening, kind of a bombshell," Dr. Michael Bitzer, a professor and political scientist at Catawba College, said.
 
Sen. Bob Rucho drew the lines with Rep. David Lewis and in a joint statement they said the "trial courts 11th hour decision throws an election underway into turmoil."
 
Political experts said there are now many questions unanswered, with a primary just weeks away.
 
"It is certainly unprecedented to have this kind of decision so close to an election," Bitzer said.
 
According to the State Board of Elections, more than 400 absentee votes have already been sent in and now their future is up in the air.
 
The Supreme Court could step in and put a hold on the decision. But in the meantime, lawmakers will have to get back to work and come up with new districts so people all across the state will know who representatives them and who wants to. 

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:45:20 -0500

WATCH: Did Cam Newton walk off because of Broncos player's interview?

Cam Newton’s Super Bowl walk-off has already passed through the social-media firestorm phase and is now on to the examination of circumstantial evidence.

Internet sleuths — namely, Twitter user @bmweezy13 — appear to have discovered a possible reason Newton abandoned his postgame press conference after a few short answers: The Super Bowl postgame scrums place players from both teams in close proximity during interview sessions.

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Newton’s table was near Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who was understandably jubilant.

Video shows Newton looking toward Harris as the defensive back proudly describes how Denver locked down Newton and the Panthers offense.

Here are a couple angles:

https://twitter.com/bmweezy13/status/696704493514334208

And this one:

https://twitter.com/CamInman/status/696546766569607168

>>Related: Deion Sanders on Cam Newton's walk off: 'You can't do that'

Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:57:12 -0500

Starbucks adding 3 new drinks to menu for Valentine's Day

Good news: Whether or not you have a Valentine's Day date, Starbucks will help make the day a little sweeter.  

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Starting Monday, the Seattle-based coffee chain will begin offering three new chocolate beverages -- Molten Chocolate Latte, Molten Chocolate Frappuccino Blended Beverage and Molten Hot Chocolate.

Here's how Starbucks describes the drinks on its website

Molten Chocolate Latte – Chocolaty chips are melted into espresso, then topped with steamed milk combined with bittersweet mocha sauce. This latte is finished with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle. It’s available hot and iced.

Molten Chocolate Frappuccino® Blended Beverage – Coffee with rich mocha sauce and chocolaty chips blended with milk and ice. This beverage is finished with mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and an espresso mocha drizzle.

Molten Hot Chocolate – Bittersweet mocha sauce and chocolaty chips melted into steamed milk for a smooth and creamy taste. Mocha and espresso-infused whipped cream and espresso mocha drizzle tops off the beverage.

All three drinks are available between Feb. 8 and Feb. 14.  

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Published: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:48:30 -0500